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5 Guns To Guarantee Your Survival No Matter What The Situation!

We’ve all seen the debates about which guns are best to have in different situations.There’s everything from Tips for First Time Gun Buyers to selecting a gun for your bug out bag.

So today, we wanted to talk about 5 Guns to Guarantee Your Survival.

When it comes to situations where you need to be putting meat on your table for your family, it’s often better to have a rifle instead of a hand-gun. A high-powered rifle with long-range power should be in every survivalist’s arsenal.

Not just from the standpoint of these high-powered rifles being extremely fun to shoot, but when it comes to dangerous situations these are one of the most useful.

But, we all know that a handgun can be useful in those instances where carrying around a rifle is not a possibility.

So, what is the best survival gun no matter what the situation?

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Depending on your situation and where you live, you’ll want to keep different things in mind. I spent some time researching this topic and came across an article that nailed the subject on the head. I would be doing you a dis-service if I didn’t just share that article with you.

So rather than act like I’m the smartest guy around (only in my own mind), I decided to share the following excerpt from Ranger Man at shtfblog.com.

1) The Mighty AR-15!

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This should really come as no surprise. My only guess as to why so many survival writers don’t list the “Black Rifle” as their top choice is because they want to set themselves apart from the pack. Like in politics, when you’re the man on top, you can expect attacks. There are very solid reasons for the AR-15’s extreme popularity and cult-like following. There are very solid reasons why its the #1 choice of the U.S. military and paramilitary groups (“AR-15” to include all variations). It’s the best – period.

Advantages: very common caliber; fast bullet with flat trajectory; highly adaptable platform that allows the user to meet mission specific needs; extensive options readily available; they’re everywhere (meaning so are parts); wide variety of available rounds from 55 grain to 75 grain, tracer rounds, steel penetrator tips, etc.; very, very light recoil; Made in the U.S.A., and in the case of Bushmaster, Made in Maine 😉

Disadvantages: smaller caliber than what’s found in other battle rifles; many moving parts; rather annoying to clean compared to other rifles; the gas system often comes under criticism for throwing the “gunk” back into the chamber (some call this “shitting where it eats”), though this problem has been remedied in some newer models (at a higher cost).

2) Ruger 10/22 Rifle

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I can hear it now, “What!?” That’s right, the .22 rifle. It’s ALL about survivalism. Look, when TEOTWAWKI hits you’re going to want a rifle like the Ruger 10/22 for put some sort of meat on your dinner plate. Squirrels, gophers or the neighbors’ cats, the 10/22 is quiet, effective, and you can shoot all damn day for what it’d cost you to buy a 6-pack of PBR.

Additionally, a little recognized fact, Chechen rebels successfully used .22 rifles for sniping purposes against Russian troops in urban settings. The urban setting consisted of narrow streets and close buildings allowing these “snipers” to get exceptionally close to their targets. They strapped soda bottle silencers on them to further the effectiveness. I don’t care what you say about the .22lr, take one in the neck and you’ll think differently.

Advantages: already stated – go buy one

Disadvantages: none whatsoever

3) Compact 9mm Handgun

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What’s a more common caliber than the .45 ACP? The 9mm. Unfortunately, it’s the most common handgun caliber in the United States used against police officers. Thugs love it. Love the 9mm, but don’t be a thug.

Advantages: cheaper to shoot than the .45 (and thus practice with); high capacity magazines; easier to conceal and carry

Disadvantage: less lead

4) AK-47

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Image source: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/4/6/using-an-ak-47-for-self-defense/

It’s durable, designed to be thrown into a mud hole for a month when it can be dug out and immediately used without cleaning. That might be an exaggeration, but not by much. It also delivers a beefy round for a standard issue assault rifle. If you’re outside the United States, there’s likely readily available parts and ammunition.

Advantages: banana clips, baby; jungled clipped banana clips, baby

Disadvantages: lacks the accuracy found in other assault rifles; made in China, or Russia, or Yugoslavia – you get the idea.

5) Remington 870 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun

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*shhhick-shickt*
Let’s hear that again.
*shhhick-shickt*

The sound is undeniable. You hear that and you instantly know what it means, “You wanna roll with me?” The only reasonable response is, “errrr . . . . nah, I’ll move along.”

You can get a shotgun that’ll take a bigger shell, but you don’t need it. The 12 gauge is exceptionally common and it’ll take a variety of shells: birdshot for game hunting survival purposes; double-ought buck for pushing intruders not only down, but back out the window they came in through; and slugs for anything else.

Advantages: common caliber; many accessories available for this model (pistolgrips, tube extensions, etc.); obscene knock-down power

Disadvantages: none come to mind

What do you think?

Can you think of any other Guns To Guarantee Your Survival No Matter What The Situation? Let us know in the comments below…

California could be hit by an 8.2 mega-earthquake, and damage would be catastrophic

California mega-earthquakeThe magnitude 8.2 earthquake that ravaged southern Mexico on Thursday was the largest to shake the country in nearly a century.

Like California, Mexico is a seismically active region that has seen smaller quakes that have caused death and destruction. But Thursday’s temblor is a reminder that even larger quakes — while rare — do occur.

Scientists say it’s possible for Southern California to be hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Such a quake would be far more destructive to the Los Angeles area because the San Andreas fault runs very close to and underneath densely populated areas.

The devastating quakes that hit California over the last century were far smaller than the Thursday temblor, which Mexican authorities set at magnitude 8.2 and the U.S. Geological Survey placed at 8.1. Mexico’s earthquake produced four times more energy than the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a magnitude 7.8, which killed 3,000 people and sparked a fire that left much of the city in ruins.

Southern California’s most recent mega-quake was in 1857, also estimated to be magnitude 7.8, when the area was sparsely populated.

Here’s what a hypothetical magnitude 8.2 earthquake would look like in Southern California — a quake that begins near the Mexican border and moves north and west through L.A. County into central California. (Los Angeles Times)
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake would rupture the San Andreas fault from the Salton Sea — close to the Mexican border — all the way to Monterey County. The fault would rupture through counties including Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino.

An 8.2 earthquake would be far worse here because the San Andreas fault runs right through areas such as the Coachella Valley — home to Palm Springs — and the San Bernardino Valley, along with the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. The fault is about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

Thursday’s earthquake occurred in the ocean off the Mexican coast and began about 450 miles from Mexico City — and it was relatively deep, starting about 43 miles under the surface.

In Mexico, “you’ve got [many] people a pretty long way aways from it,” seismologist Lucy Jones said Friday. But in Southern California, “we’d have a lot of people right on top of it. It would be shallow, and it runs through our backyard.”

A magnitude 8.2 on the San Andreas fault would cause damage in every city in Southern California, Jones has said, from Palm Springs to San Luis Obispo.


Read the full article here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-california-mexico-earthquake-20170908-htmlstory.html

 

 

 

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The Art of Raising Off-Grid Kids, And What They Have To Say About It

I guess we all have an impression in our minds about what off-grid kids might be like.  The movie Captain Fantastic does a pretty good job of showcasing one side of it, although it’s very Hollywood based.

But there are so many variables…. the Fouch Family came from a traditional “on grid” life and now has come into their new life of becoming homesteaders.

Now their experience continues to progress as the stories they tell will become more and more from the voice of experience.

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Here’s what our kids, ages 7, 5, and 2 have to say about the simple life. Some voiceover from their parents, explaining things, as the kids show off their make-believe Sarlacc and some Olympic-style bed jumping.

Phil Robertson Gives Possibly The “Best Hunting Advice of All Time”

Stop reading your Facebook and listen to Phil Robertson give some epic hunting advice!

Here it is folks: hunting tips from the duck master and bearded legend himself, Phil Robertson.

Be sure to turn it up and listen real close. You won’t want to miss a single word.

 

Phil Robertson is always someone worth listening to, he’s been a man of the land for years.

Duck Dynasty is one of the funniest shows on TV and we had to share this video when we saw it!

Tourist Finds An ATM Skimmer Whilst On Vacation

Security expert Benjamin Tedesco found an illegal cash skimmer on an ATM machine whilst on holiday in Vienna, Austria.

The skimmer was located on the ATM machine near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, based in the Austrian capital.

His video of the incident has already amassed two million views.

Tedesco noticed glue around the skimmer which instantly determines that it’s fake.

To prove it, he pulls off the skimmer and shows us how identical the real and fake machines are.

He then speaks to an ATM user to warn her about the danger of the fake skimmer as soon as she goes to insert her card.

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Tedesco said, ‘While on vacation with my family in Vienna, Austria, I went to grab some cash from an ATM.

‘Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100s of times…; today’s the day when my security awareness paid off’.

‘In addition to the magnetic strip reader, it has a battery (the large silver object on the right), some sort of switch (the small silver object in the middle with the small black tab sticking out of it), and of course the control board with the 4 pin connector (the large green board to the left).’

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He added, ‘I have since notified the Vienna Police Department regarding this discovery’.

Tedesco noticed something else suspicious after watching a spoof of his video by Ali Rahmoun. It shows a missing grey slip that could have been a camera.

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The camera was positioned over the keyboard so that PIN codes can be recorded. Whilst it was in Tedesco’s video, it was removed in Rahmoun’s.

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So if you’re on a luxurious holiday this year, keep alert for potential threats like this.

Source

http://www.timetobreak.com/5982711/tourist-finds-an-atm-skimmer-whilst-on-holiday/

The Flood Waters Swallowed Their Neighbors Whole. These People Were Geniuses.

As preppers and survivalists, we understand the importance of being properly prepared for any type of natural disasters.

Many citizens are not prepared, and some may even consider you a little crazy for preparing for emergencies. However, when it comes down to it, preppers tend to be looked upon as geniuses once disaster strikes.

When these Southern citizens were faced with some of their own natural disasters, they handled it exactly as you would expect..

When The Waters Of The Mississippi River Broke In April 2011, It Created One Of The Largest And The Most Damaging Floods In The U.S. But Some Residents Decided They Wouldn’t Let Their Homes Be Destroyed…

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… These preppers took Matters Into Their Own Hands Instead Of Letting THIS Happen.

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They Created Mini-Islands Together!

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… Of Course, Some Didn’t Quite Make It..

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Although these didn”t all work, the cooperation needed to create these “islands” to save surrounding neighbors is incredibly moving. It brings a newfound respect for the South, where your neighbors are your family, and makes me want to move there ASAP.

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City Tells Veteran He Will be Arrested if He Continues to Live Off the Grid [VIDEO]

Wow, wow, wow.

It seems like every single day the world is getting worse and worse for us within the USA who want to live off the grid.

The city of Huntsville, AL has told a couple who are living completely off their land that if they continue, they will be arrested for trespassing on their own land. You read that right, trespassing on their own land.

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Military veteran Tyler Truitt, along with his girlfriend, has setup his home on two acres inside the Huntsville city limit. He uses a solar system to supply the property with power and collects rain water.

However, Huntsville is telling him that if he doesn’t get hooked up to city water and power, he could be arrested. According to local media coverage:

“They came and they condemned our house and told us if we stayed here we’d be arrested for trespassing on our own property, and the reason why is, they said, it was unsafe living conditions because we don’t have city utilities hooked up,” Truitt explained.

The former military member says he just wants the freedoms he swore he’d protect.

“I took an oath that I would support and defend the constitution and the freedoms that entails, and I really feel like those are being trampled upon,” Truitt said.

Truitt is prepared to fight for his property. “You have to stand up for what you believe in. They could come out here today if they wanted to and take us to jail for trespassing if that’s what they want to call it and, you know, that’d be fine with me. I’ll still come back the next day and the next day and the next day because it’s my home and because I live here. Where else am I supposed to go really?”

The city is currently in the process of suing Truitt along with the criminal threats.

 

Original article source: http://tribunist.com/news/city-tells-veteran-he-will-be-arrested-if-he-continues-to-live-off-the-grid-video/

 

What do you think of this? 

Protecting Credit Cards From RFID Scanning Theft

For as long as civilizations have used money – from ancient coins to modern paper bills – there have been pickpockets. Stealing cash by stealth from individuals as they go about in public has been a form of robbery for literally thousands of years, but with the recent introduction of “smart” contactless credit cards, a new form of electronic pickpocketing has become even easier.

It is now possible for someone to have their pocket “picked” from a distance, without the thief even having to physically touch the victim’s wallet. Fortunately, there are ways to protect from this new high-tech pickpocketing.

Credit cards were originally conceived of not just a way of borrowing money, or at least deferring payment by the consumer, but also as more convenient and safer than carrying cash. Even if a card owner was robbed or otherwise lost the card, a quick telephone call would cancel the card and render it useless.

A weakness in the security system began to be exploited in the 1960s, though, when transactions required an imprint of the card and a signature by the card holder on three copies of the receipt: one each for the card holder, the merchant and the bank.

Thieves discovered that a record of the card number and signature were available on the carbon paper used between these copies. This security flaw was plugged by paperless scanning technology, introduced with magnetic strips attached to the back of the card. The data was read electronically by a reader when the card was swiped during the purchase transaction, without the need of any paper records.

In the late 1990s, a new form of smart credit cards began to be introduced into the marketplace. These use radio frequency identification (RFID) microchips imbedded into the card. These chips carry much more information about the credit card account, are more difficult and expensive to counterfeit and were much easier and faster to use when charging a purchase: The card no longer had to be swiped through a reader, but merely waved in front of a reader which would electronically query the microchip for the information required to complete the transaction.

Unfortunately, this “contactless” technology also exposes the cardholders to a new form of fraud: If they can be read by authorized readers, the cards can also be read by unauthorized ones and the information used to make fraudulent purchases. It is pickpocketing crossed with identify theft.

With an easily-obtained contactless credit card reader, a laptop computer containing the required software and memory and a power source, a credit card thief can read and record the information from credit cards, right through the cloth and leather of pockets, purses, briefcases and bags of anyone just a few feet away.

All the thief has to do is carry their credit card trapping system unobtrusively in a crowd – from a mall to the lobby of a hotel – and he can harvest a large number of data sets.

The reader’s signal identifies queries and records the information from the RFID chips, including the credit card number, expiration date, name of the card holder and a one-time CVV security code. The only defense the contactless chips offer is that the CVV code can only be used once, for the next transaction; if the card holder uses the card for another transaction before the thief does, the system will note the discrepancy and automatically block any transaction with that card number.

Of course, the work-around for a credit card thief is to have a set of fraudulent transactions pre-loaded in their systems, to allow the card number to be used as soon as it is stolen.

Anyone whose credit card has an RFID chip imbedded is at risk for this form of fraud. How do they know if their cards use this technology? It’s difficult to know: While some smart contactless cards are marked with names such as “PayPass” or logos marked with “RFID” or “Radio,” the issuers are not required to identify the cards using this technology.

With nearly 400 million credit card accounts active in the United States, as of the third quarter of 2013 (the most recent period for which there are data), the number of smart contactless cards that are potentially open to theft is very large.

Fortunately, there are products already on the market to guard against unauthorized RFID scanning and data theft. Protective sleeves for individual cards or multiple cards, wallets and even money belts are readily available on the market.

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These are made from material that blocks the signals from the readers, preventing the data on the chips from being transferred. If used consistently, they will frustrate electronic pickpockets.

References:

“Magnetic stripe card,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, published (revised) April 9, 2014, accessed May 20, 2014

“Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags,” Alan Yu, NPR, published December 19, 2014, accessed May 20, 2014

“Hacker’s Demo Shows How Easily Credit Cards Can Be Read Through Clothes And Wallets,” Andy Greenberg, Forbes, published January 30, 2012, accessed May 20, 2014  

“Products block unauthorized RFID reading of contactless cards,” Homeland Security News Wire, published May 21, 2009, accessed May 20, 2014

“Credit card statistics, industry facts, debt statistics,” Daniel P. Ray and Yasmin Ghahremani,CreditCards.com, published May 20, 2014, accessed May 20, 2014

How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed


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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt

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¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?

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An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.

How to build your food storage if you are poor

How to build your food storage if you are poor

Self-sufficiency is not a financially dependent lifestyle

I once heard a man say that reasons are excuses which are packed full of lies. And when it comes to prepping there is not such a bigger excuse than that of financial obligations. Many would be preppers and survivalists do not start because they reason that the financial obligation for prepping is too much. However, if one were to understand that the money spent on groceries and produce is far more than that of the self-sufficient individual, then they would be more apt to build their food storage. Here is how you can build your food storage if you are poor.

Understand and re-allocate your funding

Produce is marked up 70% or more to account for the loss and damage of the products in shipping. The average American spends nearly $151 on food[1]. Out of this a person spends $23 a week on junk food and fast food[2]. Now, the average small garden startup is $70. It does not take a great deal of math to calculate that re-allocating your fast food funds into a 3 week savings to start a garden is a wise choice. This is the first method of securing and building your food storage. You have to have your own way of providing your own food in order to sustain life in a catastrophic event.

Buy in Bulk

There is a misconception that bulk items are more expensive than single serve items. On the contrary, many of the bulk items that you can find are cheaper per serving. When you are building your food supply take some of the bulk and put it aside for your food storage. Where this is not a quick building method, you will gain some storage on your food and you will do so as you shop for your everyday needs.

Become a coupon King/Queen

There are a TON (and by this I mean thousands upon thousands) of coupon sites out there. Some stores still provide cut or print coupons for products. The odds are that if you have a particular food that you like, a coupon is available to get that food for a discounted price or for a buy one get one free. All you have to do is dedicate a bit of your time into finding the coupon. Do not go crazy with the coupon collecting. You have other needs which will need to be addressed such as water storage, survival skills, and your disaster preparedness plan. However, if you keep a coupon book of items you want and look for locations that offer multiple coupons and discounts, you can get your food items for a very low cost and build up your food storage.

Barter

For some reason the word barter has been associated with cheap in today’s society. Bartering was long established before our monetary system and it will be again if the financial system collapses. If you have a marketable skill then you have a skill that can be bartered. Where bush crafts and such do provide a self-sufficient way to do so, you can barter your services out even if you are a dentist, doctor, graphic artist, or stay at home mom. Unless you are a vegetable (and I do sympathize with those people) you can get up and do something that someone wants. The best part is, it will not cost you anything but your time.

Trade your skills for dehydrated meats and fresh produce that can be canned. Where that pie or cake may look good, it really has no place in the food storage plan.

Use the government to fund your aquaponics system

This is one of those situations where you can use the government to your advantage. I am not talking about going on food stamps or any other government reliance program. I am talking about your taxes. If you are poor then the odds are that you fall below the bracket of paying into your taxes and you get something back, this is especially true if you have dependents. In this scenario, if you get money back from filing your taxes spend that money on setting up an aquaponics system instead of going on that yearly vacation or getting that new car. Where the startup costs is a bit high, the food is pretty much never ending.

Buy Seeds

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Granted, you will need to have a survival bag with at least 3 days of food and water in order to survive. And if you have the survival skills to hunt and fish, then you should be good to keep yourself alive. Adding seeds to your food storage is a cheap method of storing up food. While you may not consider seeds to be food now, they will yield a crop later. Ensure that you have organic seeds (not hybrids) which can be planted in various seasons for the best results.

Eat less and store more

Those living on a very tight budget can store food with one simple concept. Cut your portion size down. It is a proven fact that the majority of Americans over consume. The obesity level is through the roof. Cut your portion sizes down and you will not have to consume as much food. This will open up the door for you to either store the food which is not used or to use the funds from the savings to buy food to store.

There is no reason why anyone cannot build up a food storage. Regardless of whether you are rich or poor it comes down to your own willpower and motivation. Finances have nothing to do with it. If you want to be a prepper than you will find a way to become one, anything else are just excuses packed full of lies. Remember, you are the only one that can ensure your survival.

[1] According to gallup.com and thepeacefulmom.com

[2] Based upon statistics of a $1200 a year consumption

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterization goes beyond the vehicle to consider the driver and passengers

Winter is a festive time of year for any person. Yet, with the season also comes the cold weather. And where you may be a seasoned prepper and survivalist, you may not be up to date on winterizing your modern day equipment, specifically your car. There are several ways in which you can drastically minimize the risk of damage to yourself or your vehicle with these easy to follow winterization tips.

Have Water in the car

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Crazy as it may sound, you need to have water in your vehicle. In the event that you are stranded somewhere because of a roadblock, downed tree, the apocalypse, whatever, you will need to have some water. Now, keep in mind that during the winter the temperatures can get to below freezing. Allow some space for ice expansion in the container to keep it from breaking. Store the water in a blanket to reduce the chances of it freezing.

Granted, you could live off the water from the snow for a while, but then again there may only be cold temperatures and hard ground.

Have a mobile air generator

Tire pressure fluctuates in the cold weather. You may have the ideal pressure when you set out on a trip, but because of the cold the air can reduce in the tires. You will find this common especially if the car has been sitting for a day or two (say at a hotel or campsite). A mobile air generator gives you the ability to pump up your own tires and regulate the pressure in the tires. There are several different air generators available. Most are electric and work off of the cars voltage plugs. However, you can find gas and even diesel air generators if you look around.

A shovel

Unseen dips in the terrain can quickly become a hazard to your vehicle. Having a shovel is a great way to keep you from getting stuck for too long. Granted, if you have a large SUV  or Truck you may need to use that tow cable to pull yourself out of a ditch or a hole. Those that just get too much snow around the tires or underbody of the car can use the shovel.

A chainsaw

I would venture to say that most people have not considered a chainsaw as part of the car winterization process. Yet, more people get stranded by fallen trees and debris during the winter than during any other time of the year (apart from maybe tornado season in Kansas). Now, I am not saying that you should start cutting on trees that are over powerlines or cause a threat to your health if you try to clear them, but if there is a tree that is blocking the road or close to falling on your car or another vehicle, cut it down and cut it up. If you have a large cargo area, take some of the wood for firewood for later.

A 5 gallon container of gas

Why 5 gallons? Typically a vehicle can hold anywhere from 10 to 20 gallons of gas. A 5 gallon tank will sustain you long enough to get to point B without painting a huge sign on your car that says “break in here and take my extra stockpile of gas”. If you want to have a backup for the entire tank, use small containers or lock down your large container. Remember, you will also need to take into account any tools and generators which rely upon gas.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

As a prepper, you are familiar with first aid and with first aid strategies. You also understand that the cheap kits that adorn cars are little more than novelty products to make consumers feel better about their purchases. Have a spare tactical first aid kit in your vehicle. This is imperative. For one, you are maximizing your chances of a successful winter by eliminating the excuses of not having a specific medical supply to help you in an emergency. Secondly, you are establishing an alternative place for your first aid to accompany your disaster preparedness plan. DO NOT use your primary first aid kit from your bug out bag.

Alcohol (closed container)

Let me be very, very clear here. In NO way do I promote drinking and driving and in no way do I promote having an open container in the car. Both are illegal in most states (drinking and driving is of course) as well as dangerous. That being stated, alcohol does not freeze and can provide you with an emergency source of liquid if needed. Do not get beer as this really has no purpose in a survival situation or in winterization. Use a strong alcohol like whiskey or vodka. Again, KEEP THE CONTAINER CLOSED AND STORED AWAY FROM THE DRIVER. If you have to use it, discard the bottle and do not drive till you are 100% sober.

Steel Wool and a Mobile battery charger

I would venture to say that 75% of winter problems with a car have to do with the battery. In most cases the battery is drained and the car just dies. There are a few ways in which you can go about checking your battery.

Lick your fingers and touch both terminals (NO, NO, DON’T THAT WAS A JOKE)

  • First try to turn the engine over. If you get some power and then the lights fade off or there is a slow dying it is probably the battery. If you get an abrupt dying of the interior lights it could be the battery or it could be the alternator.

 

  • Pop the hood and look for any visible signs of buildup on the terminals of the battery. This will be a green like substance. Do not touch it as it is battery acid and corrosion and not good for the skin. Instead remove the terminals from the battery (with the engine turned off) and use the steel wool to gently remove the build-up.

 

  • Most mobile battery chargers have a gauge which will tell you the power of your battery. Note that you will always have below 100% unless it is a brand new battery. If you find the numbers to be 10 to 50% then you need to use the charger to power up the battery.

 

These are but a few ways to keep your car and yourself ready for the winter season. Of course, you should do the proper and regular maintenance such as oil changes, fluid checks, and fuse checks. Remember, as a prepper/ survivalist you need to be ready for a catastrophic event at any time. That includes in your car in the winter.

 

Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Where should you be setting your priorities in a survival situation?

Survivalist and preppers understand that the essentials must be covered in order to sustain them should there be a catastrophic event. Sure, planning has gone into making a bug out bag and there have been some skills which have been honed in order to achieve this, but which element should be the top of the top? Should you focus on your food or your water as your main priority?

The Easy Answer

Focus on Shelter.shelter2 This may come as a shock to some people, but the reality of the situation is that you have already acquired your water for the first 5 days. Granted, this will not sustain you for the long run and you will need to find a water source, but if you have done your prepping and planning strategically (meaning that you have not waited until a catastrophic event has occurred) you already have located a sustainable water source.

What would cause you to need to find alternate shelter from your plan?

Your disaster preparedness plan should have a definitive location for your shelter and your water. However, the area can become compromised based upon several factors. These can include:

  • Military presence around your location is too strong – There is a theory that the closer you are to danger the safer you will be. This is not true in a catastrophic event. If your shelter is too close to a military base of operations, you will more than likely be found and seized.
  • Other Preppers have acquired the spot – Yes, you could fight to the death over the area, but this is really not the way that you want to start out your survival. The only way that I would say that you should duke out the survival spot is if you have erected a structure such as a bunker and another person has tried to occupy it.
  • Catastrophic Situations have unpredictably made the area insecure or unyielding – In a catastrophic event you will not be able to predict with certainty how the terrain will be affected. Should you find that the area in your disaster plan is unsuitable, you will need to go to another location.

Shelter should be sought over water as the environment is going to be harsh. As you are looking for an area in which to live, simply finding a spot that has water is not going to be sufficient. You need to ensure that there is a food source, water, a means of getting out quick if needed, tactical advantages, vantage points, the proximity to dangers, egresses, natural lighting, and the condition of the soil (just to name a few).  Now, keep in mind that during a catastrophic event, you will be battling against the terrain as well as everyone else to find a spot. The best solution: Find multiple spots prior to an event occurring.

The more difficult answer

Where shelter is a priority and will need to be found in order to keep you from over exertion, dehydration, as well as provide the basic functionality of a shelter, water may be the top priority depending upon the conditions. Should an event occur and the heat index rise to a substantial level you will need to find water and find it quickly. Granted, you will need to find a shelter to keep from getting sunburned and dehydrated, but without water you will die anyway.

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You should not spend more than 2 days looking for shelter. If you have to think of water vs shelter and you have a 5 day pack, you need to ensure that you will be able to allot time to finding water. If after the end of 2 days you have not found s sustainable shelter, you will need to just make do with what is available and seek out some sustainable water. You do NOT want to totally deplete your bug out bags water prior to finding a renewable source of water.

It’s all about the location

Finally, when you are thinking about your survival plan consider where your plan is located. Are you depending on wilderness survival? If so, you will need to focus on the shelter first, as water is more abundant in the wilderness (usually). Are you planning for urban survival? Water will be your main priority as there will be plenty of abandon buildings and structures which you can choose to take shelter in. Look for residences with external water heaters as a quick way to gain access to stored and safe water.

Be prepared and you will not have to prioritize

Where you cannot fully plan for the worst situation, you can be prepared to survive. Preppers and survivalist who have a plan and a backup plan or two should have a few locations selected in various locations which provide ample shelter as well as have a natural water source. Bug out bags should be equipped with tarps and water to provide for immediate shelter and water if needed, but these should be understood to be temporary solutions. Bags which have water straws and water filters can maximize the time that a person can look for a shelter or a route to their bug out location. Do not limit yourself to one plan or have your location around one main river (For example: you would not want to have 15 locations picked along the Mississippi River. If the river becomes polluted to the point of not being able to use it you have 15 useless locations). Diversify your locations around several natural water supplies to maximize your potential for one of the locations to be functional in a catastrophic event.

It is in the best interest of the prepper/survivalist to perform checks on their shelter and water locations. Revamp your plan if you find weaknesses in your plan or if the shelter and water desirability change (for example a 4 lane highway is constructed cutting you off from accessing your shelter without compromising your safety). Prepare, plan, re-plan, and you should survive.

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How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

Did you know?

A quarter of the cars on the road right now have GPS systems.

This should mean it’s almost impossible for someone to get lost, right?

Wrong! People still get lost all the time. In survival situations, you need to be able to get around without your phone, GPS or any other technological advantage and know which way to go. What would you do if your phone died and your only source of direction was through the phone? Would you be lost?

Would you know how to get to safety?

This article is going to help you improve your sense of direction and improve your chances of getting to safety.

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There are a lot of factors that determine your directional skills. It has been proven that directional orientation is an acquired ability. This means you’re in luck!

Whatever your current aptitude, even the stubborn men out there like myself, you can learn how to improve your sense of direction.

Here’s how you can improve your sense of direction.

At Home

While you will need to get out of your house for further improvement, it all starts at home. Here are some tips on how you can start in your home, starting today.

  • Eat well – Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries and pinto beans have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. This helps with improving memory-related tasks like remembering directions.
  • Exercise – Aerobic exercise likewise increases blood-flow to the brain. Numerous studies show that the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for memory, including spatial memory — is larger in individuals who exercise regularly.
  • Rest Up – Keeping well rested is one of the most important things for all aspects of your life, not just for improving your sense of direction. It helps your brain to more effectively take in and store spatial relationships.
  • Study Maps – Yes, studying maps can actually help improve your sense of direction. By finding and studying a map of your route (even day to day routes) you can visualize your route and note features that you will encounter on your route and how they’ll be in relation to one another.
  • Find North – Keeping the cardinal directions in mind at all times is important. Know which direction your home faces and then use that to orient yourself inside it. Which direction do you face when you do the dishes? What about when you watch TV or sleep? Do you know?
  • Play Games – Games are one of the best ways to train our brain for anything. Activities that require you to exercise your spatial awareness, Tangrams or Pentominoes can help improve your ability to intuitively understand how distances relate to one another.

 

Out and About

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the car or out in natures hiking on trails, here are a few things you can do when you’re out and about that will improve your sense of direction.

  • Visualize – Visualization is one of the first steps you’ll always want to take. Whether you are thinking about driving somewhere or walking down trails, you’ll want to visualize the route you’ll take in as much detail as possible, before you start. Picture specific landmarks and where they are in relation to one another. When you begin traveling, compare what you see with what you’ve visualized. Is your memory accurate? It will get better with time.
  • Pay Attention to the Time – Check out the time before you begin and continue to take note of the time as you pass specific landmarks and once again when you reach your destination. This will help you get a feel for relative distances This will be helpful if you find you’ve missed a turn or went too far. You’ll have a more accurate idea of how far back you’ll need to go.
  • Verbalize What You See – Verbalizing anything helps to solidify the information in your brain. Say each landmark out loud while you pass it to reinforce where it is in your mind.
  • Make Up a Story – Stories are one of the best ways to get our minds to remember information. Connecting landmarks in a story form (even if it’s made up and crazy) can help you to better remember the information.
  • Think Big – When you are going somewhere, try to get a birds eye view of the route on a map. Basically you want to recognize where you are on a map. Relate your position to a fixed frame of reference so you can better acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Always think in the cardinal directions.
  • Take a New Route – Most of us have habits of going one specific way every single day. Our route to work likely hasn’t changed, the same as we don’t usually change the way we go to our family or friends’ houses. Switch up your normal route and imagine different routes on a map, even if its just taking a parallel street a block or two away. This will help you with orienting yourself better.
  • Get a Different Perspective – Many times we’ll forget where we parked our car in parking lots. We tend to blame this on getting older, however there are ways you can improve this. As you walk from your car to your destination, turn around and look back at it every 10 seconds or so. This will help you solidify in your memory where your car is, along with familiarizing yourself with what you’ll be seeing on your return trip. For longer distances like hikes, just increase the interval between backward glances.
  • Don’t Panic – Panicking happens. It’s important to stay calm when these situations occur. People tend to move quicker when their anxious, and that will potentially get you more lost than you already are. If you find yourself lost, remember STOP: Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

If you are someone who has lived your entire life confused about directions, don’t worry.

It’s never too late to start working on your directional senses. Take the time and practice these activities and develop the habit of awareness. Practice this and apply it in your day to day life. You’ll notice that the more you practice this skill, the better you will get at determining directions.

Do you have any other tips that help you with directions?

7 Unique Redneck Camping Tricks

As we all are aware, everyone has camping tips. This article is going to give you a couple tricks for those of you who fancy yourself as “rednecks”.

We’ve got your back when it comes down to unique camping tricks.

While some of these will give you a laugh, others will give you an “aha” moment where you’ll say “why didn’t I think of that??”

 

1. Place Sandpaper on a mason jar lid for strike-able match storage

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Find the instructions here.

 

2. Create outdoor candle sticks for easy, portable lighting

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Instructions here.

 

3. Doritos can be used as kindling.

 

4. Put frozen water jugs in your cooler to keep food cold with an end result of water!

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Instructions here.

 

5. Create a pocket-sized oil lamp from a travel shampoo bottle

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Instructions here.

 

6. Create travel-friendly coffee brewers from filters and floss

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Instructions here.

 

7. Make your own grill out of a tin can

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Instructions here.

Want a full list of these things? Check out the post at Camp Like a Redneck | 14 Unique Camping Tips

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How To Choose The Best Rifle For Hunting

How To Choose The Best Rifle For Hunting

Image source: http://www.wideopenspaces.com/top-8-rifles-for-whitetail-deer-hunting/

Tips for choosing the best gun for off grid living

When you are looking into the purchasing of a gun for hunting in a wilderness survival setting, there are several factors which should be considered.

Price should not be the main factor but rather the functionality and the compatibility that you have with the rifle.

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best rifle for hunting.

What is your level of expertise?

Some rifles require a bit more experience in shooting and maintaining.

Where you may want to have the biggest, baddest gun available, it will do you no good if you cannot use it.

Does the gun have a scope? If so do you know how to calibrate it and keep the lens clean?

Regardless of what people may think, guns are not just a mechanism where you load the bullets, point, and pull the trigger.

You need to determine your level of experience with guns first so that you can determine the best gun for you.

What is the caliber of the gun?

The second most important factor in picking a gun for your disaster plan/ wilderness survival is to determine the caliber of the gun. .22 rifles have little to no effect in the wilderness game hunting.

Sure, you can get a squirrel or maybe a rabbit with this gun but that is about it. You might as well have rocks to throw at them.

A .30 is not much better but can take down a deer, though a 7.62 is more apt for that. If you really want to go for the power a .300 will bring down about any animal you come across and is commonly used to hunt bear and other large game. 

Any caliber higher is just overkill as there will not be safari animals roaming the wilderness.

Consider, bullets leave an exit hole and firing a high powered rifle at a small animal will all but obliterate it.

You want to get a powerful rifle that does not leave a large entry of exit point. This way you can hunt both large and small game as the necessity requires.

Does the rifle take a clip or not?

Remember, everything that you need to bring with you must be in your emergency preparedness kit.

This means that if you need to have clips for the rifle, then they will need to be stored somewhere in your bag.

If the rifle takes bullets without a clip, then you will need to have a place where you can store a few boxes of bullets.

It is more realistic to find a rifle that takes a clip which can easily be stored in your survival gear then trying to find a place to store hundreds of individual rounds of ammunition.

If you prefer to have a gun that does have loose bullets, consider storing the boxes in the side pouches of your survival pack or carrying a few boxes in the pockets of your pants (as it is hoped for that you will have jeans which have several pockets and not just blue jeans).

How heavy is the rifle?

Yes, your physical strength will gradually increase as you become more self-sufficient living off the grid.

However, in the first few weeks or months, you are going to be getting used to the wilderness environment.

It does no good to get a rifle that you cannot hold for a long period of time or one that you cannot stabilize to take the shot when needed.

Know the limits of your strength and find a model which is appropriate for you. There are several different models that accommodate the caliber needs you will have.

A good test it to hold the rifle straight out in front of you for 2 minutes or so. If your arm gets weary quickly, then the gun is probably not a good fit for you

. If you find that the rifle can be held steady and that you are comfortable with the design then check the quality of the manufacturing and purchase it.

How loud does the rifle fire?

In normal hunting situations, the noise put off by the rifle is not that big of a concern.

You are hunting and you have found the game that you are going to kill, so what does it matter if it is loud or not.

Yet, in a survivalist situation you do need to consider the noise of the rifle.

Why is this?

The main reason is that you are in a survivalist situation and do not want to give away your location.

Where it is true that you will probably not be able to shroud your location entirely, a gun that is too loud is like a beacon telling others where you are located and that “there is food here”.

How does the rifle handle outdoor storage?

Ideally, guns are stored in a dry place where there is little to no moisture or dirt which can come in contact with them.

Realistically, your campsite may not have these accommodations.

If the rifle that you purchase requires special maintenance or else it jams or parts break, then it is not a very effective gun for your wilderness survival.

You want to pick a hunting rifle which can be kept in moderate conditions and requires minimal maintenance.

Keep in mind that with any rifle you purchase there will be pros and cons.

You may have to sacrifice the weight of the gun for the proper caliber to get the job done, a clip may be sacrificed to loose bullets on a gun that has a higher precision rating.

You may choose to purchase a blot action rifle and a spare bolt mechanism over a self-loading rifle.

There are many considerations that you should take in to mind.

Above all, you need to ensure that you can carry the gun over the course of your survival navigation and that you can use it properly when required.

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