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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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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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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…

BREAKING: McKinney Cop From ‘Pool Party’ Video Just Made A Major Move In Response To Criticism

Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.

The policeman who was videoed slamming a teen girl to the ground and pulling his gun on other teens during the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident has resigned.

As reported by Western Journalism, the most controversial part of the video was when McKinney Police Officer Eric Casebolt, 41, forced 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground and put his knees on her back.

Brandon Brooks, 15, who shot the video, said in an interview afterwards: “I think she was quote unquote running her mouth, and she has freedom of speech and that was very uncalled for him to throw her to the ground. When he pulled his gun my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary.”

The video also shows Casebolt manhandling and yelling expletives at other teenagers.

Casebold was placed on administrative leave following the incident, pending an investigation.

The officer’s resignation comes after hundreds of protesters marched through McKinney Monday night, carrying signs calling for him to be fired and chanting that he should be “charged.”

The AP reports that Nikki Perez, a black resident of McKinney, attended a city council meeting Monday to express her concern about the incident.

“I don’t excuse the behavior of those teenagers, but if I call 911, then I wouldn’t want that cop to respond,” Perez said. “He blew his credibility when he opened his mouth and started cursing at the kids.”

The McKinney Police are scheduled to have a press conference Tuesday night to further address their actions at the pool party.

21 Life Lessons from James Bond

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21 Life Lessons from James Bond

James Bond is arguably the world’s most famous spy. He always has a witty one-liner, he manages to get out of even the trickiest of situations, and somehow, at the end of the day, he still has time and class to seduce any woman he lays his eyes on.

While it’s his debonair attitude that sells movies, it’s his levelheadedness, cleverness, resourcefulness, and loyalty that make him a worthy role model.

Not Just on Her Majesty’s Service Anymore: James Bond Works for You Too

Implementing some of these lessons can you get into the mindset of a spy. James Bond isn’t just protecting queen and country; he’s also protecting you.

1. “Never let them see you bleed.” James Bond Teaches About Pride

This quote, from The World is Not Enough, is actually courtesy of Q. Here, Q teaches us that it’s important to lick your wounds in private, both to save face and to keep your enemies from knowing your weak points.

2. “Always have an escape plan.” James Bond on Thinking-Ahead

Courtesy of Q in The World is Not Enough, James always knows what’s next, which gives him the upper hand. When it comes to you in your life, it’s good to know where you’re headed, regardless of where you are.

Always be one-step ahead.

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3. “I always enjoyed learning a new tongue.” James Bond Teaches Us About Communication

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond quips on the joys of learning another language.

The more people you can communicate with, the better.

Written skills, verbal skills, and language skill take you far.

4. “I’ll do anything for a woman with a knife.” James Bond on Caution

This quote from License to Kill gives a bit of insight into when to tread carefully.

James knows it’s wise to give the woman with the knife the center stage for a time—so that he has time to formulate an escape plan.

5. “Don’t forget my pathetic love of country.” James Bond on Why Country is Important

This lesson from Skyfall is an ongoing theme in the James Bond canon.

Whether it’s country, queen, or your family, find something worth fighting for.

6. “Give me the old fashioned target range, Quartermaster.” James Bond on Innovation

In Die Another Day, Bond yearns for the old ways. Learning from traditional methods and employing classic tactics is nothing to be ashamed of.

Sometimes a little glue and duct tape go a lot further than a bunch of fancy gadgets.

7. “I have a slight inferiority complex.” James Bond on Humility

Here in Goldfinger, James teaches us the importance on admitting our flaws—so that we can better overcome them. His answer? Carry a gun.

8. “Well, I’m an early riser myself.” James Bond on Making the Most of a Day

In A View to a Kill James used this line to flirt—but it’s also indicative of how the famous spy finds time to train, learn new techniques, and find time for extracurricular activities.

9. “I have no armor left.” James Bond on Vulnerability

One of the best ways to learn something about another person is to open up. Casino Royale shows us James at one of his most vulnerable states; let yourself shed a little armor once in a while.

10. “Someone always dies.” James Bond on the Circle of Life

In Skyfall, Bond reminds us of our own mortality, the mortality of our loves ones, and the mortality of our enemies. A greater respect for life can help you when making life-and-death decisions.

11. “Alright, keep your hair on!” James Bond on Staying Cool

The world famous spy reminds us here in For Your Eyes Only that overreacting isn’t helpful. Keep a level head when in intense situations.

12. “Youth is no guarantee of innovation.” James Bond on Respecting Elders

In Skyfall, Bond reminds us that being young doesn’t necessarily mean better, and that old doesn’t mean spent.

13. “It was the job we were chosen for.” James Bond on Commitment

Keeping with the theme of loyalty to country, here in Goldeneye Bond reminds Alec that he’s in his profession because he was meant to be. Own what you’re doing to succeed at it.

20. “I’ve never lost.” James Bond on Consistency

While it in itself was a film inconsistent with the franchise, this quote from Never Say Never Again inspires us to set goals for ourselves and stay consistent.

15. “Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?” James Bond on Getting Advice

Here in Casino Royale Bond give us insight on advice. Remember to stay humble.

16. “Don’t think. Just let it happen.” James Bond on Instinct

This quote from The Living Daylights is the other half of Bond’s success. He plans and he reacts in the same moment.

17. “There’s always something formal about the point of a pistol.” James Bond on Weaponry

When it comes to guns, Bond sums it up in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Weapons are powerful and deserve respect and care.

18. “In my business, you prepare for the unexpected.” James Bond on Foresight

This quote from License to Kill reminds us to always be looking for the things others didn’t think of.

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19. “This is my second life.” James Bond on Living Life to the Fullest

In You Only Live Twice, Bond is given a second shot at life.

When motivated to change your life, take the opportunity.

20. “The world is not enough.” James Bond on Potential

From The World is Not Enough, Bond reminds us that we, as humans, aspire to do and be so much.

You can achieve anything and everything.

21. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” James Bond on Self

The classic catchphrase is an important reminder to always stay true to yourself.

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7 Bushcraft Skills That Changed My Life

From improving conscious awareness of your surroundings to building and maintaining a fire, bushcraft skills can change your life.

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Our modern lifestyle is all based on a very fragile premise which can be destroyed with something as common as a hurricane or tornado.

Having the knowledge and skills necessary to live off of the land will provide you with confidence in all kinds of situations and provide you with an alternative perspective on our current way of life.

You will gain a whole new appreciation for the convenience, availability, and luxurious resources available to us in modern times.

Benefits of Bushcraft Skills

By learning and developing bushcraft skills, you will greatly improve your well-being and quality of life.

Not only is this way of life healthier, but it will provide you with the knowledge of how to be a self-sufficient survivor.

It will bring you confidence in everyday situations from remembering landmarks to assist with driving in unfamiliar territory to managing your stress at work.

Whether the wilderness survival situation is temporary, self-imposed, long-term, or a forced emergency, these skills can be the difference between life and death. Acquiring these skills is guaranteed to change your life for the better.

1. Avoid getting lost or being found with orienteering.

Orienteering describes the traveling of unknown terrain with the aid of a map and compass.

Originally, this skill was designed as military training for Swedish soldiers. It has since gained international popularity and even become a world renowned sport.

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This skill involves identifying terrain features which would provide natural barriers in the path. Those unfamiliar with orienteering may be surprised that it is usually impossible to simply travel in a straight line across long distances.

Practicing this skill has immeasurable benefits including strengthening decision making, improving mental acuteness during fatigue and stress, and constant awareness of the surroundings. With this skill, you will never get lost again.

Even if you are not sure where you are but you know how to get back to where you started, then you are not lost.

2. Knowing what is edible is a bushcraft essential.

Finding edible wild food is a survival necessity.

If you don’t have a food source, you will not have the mental capacity or the energy to focus on survival.

One of the most important aspects of foraging is being informed about what you can and cannot eat.

Many plants in the wild are poisonous if ingested while looking like harmless berries to an inexperienced forager. Acquiring this skill will benefit not only in survival situations, but in our everyday lives as well.

Wild plants and fruits are much richer in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals than those found in the grocery store.

3. Animal tracking will strengthen awareness of our surroundings.

Identifying an animal by its tracks can tell you so much about the area you are settling in.

Tracking will assist in hunting animals for food or fur. Trailing an animal can also assist you in finding a fresh water source or even a food source.

The main benefit of learning to track animals is minimizing the risk these animals will pose to your survival.

It is especially important to be aware of your predator’s normal pathway to avoid unnecessary confrontation with the animals.

4. Hide-tanning ensures none of the animal is wasted.

Bushcraft skills often promote maximization of resources and reducing waste.

Hide-tanning is one way to ensure that none of the animal is wasted, while also providing numerous benefits including clothing, shelter, and storage.

Leather provides resistance to harsh wind, making it an excellent addition to any long term clothing or shelter structure.

It is tough, durable, and long lasting making for excellent storage bags as well. This skill will provide countless benefits while living off the land.

5. Gardening saves money and improves your health.

Gardening is an important long-term bushcraft skill because it will provide the nutrition and stable food source your body needs.

In everyday life, gardening will consistently bring fresh produce, stress relief, and assist in your body’s regulation of the immunes system.

You will not only soak in Vitamin D from the sunshine but will also be absorbing the friendly bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae from the dirt which all stimulate your immunity.

6. You can easily tap trees for water and sap.

Trees will pull water from the ground and filter it through their roots.

The water will stay in the tree all winter collecting nutrients and providing nourishment to the tree until spring.

Humans can tap into trees and produce a maple or birch sap. This delicious natural energy drink is high in manganese, electrolytes, and vitamins.

It also contains abscisic acid which helps remove sugar from the blood stream and stimulate the immune system.

7. Building and controlling fire is the most important bushcraft skill.

Controlling fire is exceedingly the most crucial bushcraft skill to acquire.

Fire was and still is one of the most necessary prerequisites to survival. Control of fire is what in fact makes us human.

About 1.8 million years ago, our ancestors discovered and harnessed the amazing power of fire.

By adding cooked meat to the human diet, we were able to add more calories to focus on the brain, resulting in an unprecedented increase in brain size.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, people in the wild will usually only survive a few months without cooking even if they have access to raw meat.

In addition to providing a method of cooking, fire will provide a method of producing safe water, warmth, light, and shelter.

From tanning hides to learning to identify edible wild food, acquiring these skills can provide you with countless benefits and significantly improve your quality of life.

These skills will help guide you into the bushcraft lifestyle.

This way of life provides for better health, mental acuity, and preparedness.

Modern life has brought us far away from the way of life of our ancestors.

Facing the wilderness can be deadly for many modern humans who do not value the benefits of bushcraft and cannot even produce fire, arguably the most significant skill ever to have been learned throughout humanity.

Acquiring these skills is sure to be life-changing in a positive direction.

 

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10 Ways You’ll Fall In Love With A Prepper

10 Ways You'll Fall In Love With A Prepper

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Becoming more knowledgeable about preppers and their lifestyle will reveal how beneficial they are to society as a whole.

They focus on an individual lifestyle and fight for everyone’s freedom. Freedom to preppers includes freedom from government dependence, so they keep resources available to them to ensure they can be self-sustainable.

This way of life was normal, and even necessary for survival, only a few generations ago, yet modern thinking has shunned the entire notion of it.

Benefits of the prepping lifestyle

A true prepper is an independent, free-thinking, innovative individual who devotes a good amount of time to stocking resources and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sustainable.

They conserve resources and wealth in contrast to most modern people today.

Most importantly, they highlight valid arguments against the seemingly invincible modern way of life.

1. Preppers have their own resources.

They have built an entire lifestyle revolving around having a stock of all necessary resources. If you are in need of some necessary or basic resource, then it is very likely your prepper friend already has the item.

Even in times of non-emergency having resources handy can be extremely helpful. For example, if a low-key storm happens to knock your power out then a prepper will likely have a generator or some strategy for continuing on with the day.

If you need a particular ingredient for dinner, there will be no trip to the store for that one item. Instead, it is probably already in your prepper’s stock room.

2. They are handy.

Preppers value a wide range of skills from planting gardens to building houses.

9 reasons I won't be trusting the government any time soonA good prepper has a strong knowledge base encompassing various skills that are useful in everyday life. From preparing meals from scratch to knowing the best fishing spots, the information a prepper acquires will prove to be helpful in the most unexpected ways.

3. They are generally conservative with their money and resources

Preppers are great partners because they are experts at cutting costs and reducing waste. Prepping strategy involves buying in bulk which will save money and leave you with plenty of spare resources.

Learning valuable skills, such as growing your own food or general car maintenance will also help reduce costs. By cutting wasteful spending and focusing on the future, you will have more money to save, invest, and prepare.

4. They are prepared for much more than just catastrophe.

The prepping that is done to protect from an apocalypse situation can also be just the thing that helps you pull through losing your job, the death of a loved one, or unexpected major medical expenses.

These situations are extremely common and you should most certainly expect to deal with at least one of these challenges during your lifetime.

Despite how likely we are to experience these events, most people fail to prepare for these events and have extreme difficulty recovering financially. Having plans and resources available will help you through.

5. They are realistic.

Most techniques that preppers use were actually historically necessary to survive not too long ago.

For example, in your grandmother’s early adulthood, she probably canned food for the winter, had guns in the house for protection, and may have even had a garden to help provide food.

Only a few generations ago people were much more independent and realistic about their needs. Back then it was not considered prepping, but living. Without planning for the future, you were doomed to fail.

6. They fight for freedom.

The Democratic Party usually argues for social freedoms, whereas Republicans promote economic freedom. Survivalists and preppers fight for all around freedom.

This group has been ostracized by the media and government and labeled as outcasts, doom-seekers, and even domestic terrorists. They strive for less government dependence and have viewpoints more in line with our founding fathers versus the modern socialistic trend.

7. They can be your insurance plan.

Obviously a preppers main goal is to prepare themselves for survival in the event of some catastrophe.

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They make plans, store up stock, gather resources, and ensure their safety during any kind of natural disaster, economic collapse, or even total societal meltdown. Though it is much wiser to prepare for yourself, if some emergency does happen then you will know right where to turn.

8. They help the entire community.

Even if you yourself don’t have an emergency kit or supplies, having survivalists in your community greatly increases your chances of survival in a disaster situation.

The more preppers you have in your community the more likely your area can survive any disaster or economic collapse. Together a group of preppers provide the area with a variety of imperative survival skills, stocked resources for immediate needs, and of course the ingenuity needed to rebuild.

9. They are independent.

A skilled prepper has all of the necessary resources he needs to survive on his own, independent of any external situation. They have learned to become problem-solvers, innovative, and most importantly, self-reliant.

They generally live their lives without the desire or need to be told what to do, and love the individualism within others as well. They tend to favor freedom, socially and economically, and are rarely swayed by twisted politics.

10. They see the world differently.

Preppers and survivalists alike have the knowledge of what it really takes to survive in a completely different world.

Today’s modern human does not take into consideration how convenient and easy meeting our basic needs has become. Preppers, on the other hand, tend to appreciate resources, hard work, and luxury much more than the average person.

They generally shy away from the excessive consumption and waste culture we have created today. A person with a greater appreciation for everything in life is generally a happier person.

Preppers have been portrayed by the main media and government as loners and crazy doomsday-seekers, but they couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are numerous advantages that preppers provide to not only their community but also to the nation as a whole for fighting for our freedoms and independent lifestyles. There are countless ways you will fall in love with a prepper, these ten just top the list!

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Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

We wanted to create a list of the Top 10 Forums For Survivalists because we previously made a post of the top 20 websites for survivalists that has gotten a lot of positive comments. We didn’t want to leave out the forums, because they are different than traditional websites so we felt that it was important for us to share forums as a separate post.

Becoming a survivalist is not so much as a destination as it is an ongoing journey. A true survivalist is constantly looking for ways to not only improve their prep gear, but to also find the absolute best information wherever they can get it.

Anyone that wants to be a true survivalist should take a look at these top 10 forums that will help them answer major questions, find the newest gear, discuss pertinent news stories, and enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals.

1. Americanpreppersnetwork.net/

American Preppers Network is a comprehensive website that will be useful for those that are new survival techniques as well as highly-trained preppers that have been living this lifestyle for years.

The forums are filled with helpful threads covering everything from basic 3-day kits to simple tips for surviving in different environments. Users also maintain a working map of upcoming expos, items for bartering, and meetups.

2. Zombiehunters.org/forum

While the name may sound a bit odd, Zombie Hunters is actually one of the most popular survivalist forums to-date and has been going strong for over 12 years.

In addition to basic tips and suggestions, there are also a number of relaxed threads with funny, interesting, and though-provoking “what if” questions about certain survival situations such as getting caught in traffic during a zombie apocalypse.

3. Prepperforums.net

Prepperforums.net has recently undergone a major renovation with a clean, responsive, and intuitive layout.

Members will be able to find any information that they will need on bug out bags, survival kits, hunting tips, and more. The highly-active community also discusses current news and events from around the world with a focus on how it may affect their prepping.

4. Wildwoodsurvival.com/_jthy/

Survivalists that want to avoid the frills or unnecessary discussions may enjoy Wildwood Survival forums.

This website breaks down its forums into basic categories such as shelter, fire, tracking, and foraging. The discussions often focus on a specific location such as the Pacific Northwest, and then offers tips and suggestions for surviving in that area.

5. Bladeforums.com/forums/

These forums do focus on knives, hatchets, and other bladed tools, but it also has quite a bit of information for the survivalist.

Every survivalist is going to have at least a handful of blades on them at all times, and the members of these forums offer in-depth reviews of various bladed products and can even help survivalists save money with upcoming sales and redemption codes.

6. Thesurvivalmom.com

The Survival Mom is a sister site to American Preppers Network and focused on busy mothers that use a minimalistic approach to their prepping.

While the layout is geared towards women, anyone can join the forums and enter into discussions on survival products, upcoming sales, foraging, home gardening, and countless other topics. This is one of the best websites for those that are prepping on a strict budget.

7. Survivalistboards.com

Survivalist Boards is another comprehensive site for those that are ready to get serious about their survivalist mentality. The community is extremely active and members continue to help one another with everything from new bargains on gear to trades and bartering.

As an added bonus, Survivalist Boards also has regular giveaways for active members with prizes such as new knives, backpacks, flashlights, stoves, and more.

8. Survivalcache.com

This website is useful in the fact that it covers many of the topics that a survivalist may wonder about but is generally not covered in other forums.

The primary focus of Survival Cache are the products that most preppers will want to acquire with regular reviews done by members and moderators. he forums are primarily used to discuss recent articles or make suggestions on what future articles members would like to see.

9. AR15.com/forums

Much like the name implies, the AR15.com forums focus on the guns, ammo, and knives for survivalists. Members often post their experience with certain guns and how they feel those weapons would hold up in a survival situation.

While there is quite a bit of information on AR-15s, members will be able to find broad information on other guns and manufacturers including pistols, AK-47s, precision rifles, and hunting rifles.

10. Wilderness-survival.net/forums/

The Wilderness Survival forums covers some of the highly-specific skills that a survivalist will need when out in the wild.

The discussions often bypass the basics and move directly into more advanced information such as the medicinal uses of specific plants or how to make emergency repairs on specific vehicles. Overall, these forums are a great option for the advanced survivalist.

Becoming a true survivalist is about constantly searching for the best information, new techniques, and advanced gear that can be used to survive and thrive in any situation.

These 10 forums are great places for preppers and survivalists to collect information as they move toward self-sufficiency.

 

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12 Ways to Become the MacGyver of Wilderness Survival

Do you have any idea what you would do if you got lost or hurt while out in the wilderness? What if your car broke down and your cell phone died, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere? By planning ahead, you can save your life when caught in an unexpected situation.

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Must-Read Wilderness Survival Hacks

It takes a bit of planning and a small budget to compile the necessities you’d need if you were unexpectedly alone in the wilderness. The most important supplies would help you stay warm, hydrated, and fed, while alerting others to your whereabouts.

1) Find Flammable Materials in the Wilderness

If it’s wet out and you’re getting cold, you’ll need to build a fire stat. It’s not always easy to come across dry, flammable materials. Peel long strips of bark from a cedar tree or a birch tree for tinder. If you’ve planned ahead, you should have emergency tinder on you, or even baggies of dryer lint, which are flammable. In a pinch, you can also douse cotton balls in Vaseline.

2) Build an Emergency Shelter

If avoidable, don’t try to sleep on the ground without any shelter, and make sure to get the shelter up before the sun goes down. Shelter is one of the most important things to have when you’re stranded outside in an unknown place.

You should have a tarp or an emergency blanket with you if you’ve been hiking or camping, which you can rig up with paracord (get a paracord belt or bracelet so it’s always nearby).

3) Build Makeshift Fishing Gear

If you’re stuck near water and you need to go fishing for food, you can create a fishing spear from bamboo. This may be difficult to use if you’ve never spear fished before, though, but it may be your best option.

You can also fashion a fishing hook from the tab of a canned beverage by snipping away part of the thin circular part at an angle. All you’ll need is something to attract the fish (the sparkly tab may be enough) and something to use for line.

If you think of it ahead of time, pack an emergency tackle kit in a Tic Tac box.

4) Increase Your Light

If your flashlight’s died (or you didn’t bring one in the first place) and all you have are a few candles, increase the light by cutting a soda can to make a “doorway” with flaps on either side.

Place the candle inside – the light will be brighter as it reflects off the can. You can do the same thing with a tuna can.

5) Makeshift Water Filter

Ran out of water? Too bad you didn’t pack that fancy water filter you have sitting at home. Take a piece of cloth and two containers, one empty and the other filled with the yucky water.

Run the strip of cloth from the dirty water to the empty glass. After a little while, the “filtered” water will make its way into the empty glass to give you something drinkable (after it’s boiled, of course).

6) Repel Bugs

If you’re at least a bit prepared with something to start a fire and a few herbs for cooking, sprinkle rosemary or basil on the fire – bugs can’t stand the smell and they’ll leave you alone for the night.

Sage works well at repelling bugs, too. If you need to keep ants away from your campsite, sprinkle grits wherever you see the ants – they’ll steer clear of that area.

7) Impromptu Microwave

Cut three sides of a square into the top of a food box and line both the flap and the inside with aluminum foil.

Place food inside, fold the flap down, and leave the box out in the sun. The food inside will cook in your makeshift solar microwave.

8) Simple Compass

If you’re completely turned around and don’t know which way is home, find a small sliver of medal, like a needle, and rub it against your clothing multiple times.

Float a leaf in water and place the metal on top. The needle will point north.

Make sure you’re watching the needle as it readjusts so you know which way is north and which is south.

9) Emergency Oil Lamp

Empty out a soda can and fill it halfway with olive oil. Roll up a napkin or paper towel and put it in the mouth of the can with part of the cloth still sticking out of the top. Light the end of the cloth – the oil lamp will burn for hours.

Not working? Make sure the bottom of the cloth is far enough in the can to reach the oil.

10) Whistle for Help

If you didn’t pack an emergency whistle and your phone is out of range, find an acorn – you can use the cap to whistle for help.

You need just the cap, not the entire acorn, and you want to find a cap that’s whole, not broken or misshapen. Take the cap in both of your hands, holding it between your index finger and thumb.

The inside of the cap should face you. Place your thumbs near the top of the cap with your thumbs touching each other. Put your upper lip on your thumbs and your lower lips on the bottom of the acorn cap and blow through the triangle that’s formed by your thumbs.

11) Mark Your Way

If you’re lost and trying to find your way out of the woods, use biodegradable tape to mark where you’ve been.

If you retrace your steps without realizing it, you at least won’t think you’re someplace new. If you don’t have trail tape on you, use something to keep track of where you’ve been, even if it’s simple rock formations.

12) Calm Annoying Mosquito Bites

If you’re getting eaten alive, rub a bit of deodorant on a nasty mosquito bite to quell the itch.

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If You Read One Article About Survival Training Read this One

You find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere with the sun setting fast.

It’s too late to try to find your way back to civilization, and you only have about an hour of good sunlight left to seek shelter and protect yourself from the chill that is coming.

Luckily, you know the six most important survival skills that every person must master.

By thinking quickly and putting your skills to good use, you can find a suitable location, build a shelter and protect yourself from the elements.

The Six Survival Skills You Must Master

Survival training protects you in the event that you find yourself battling the elements. Hopefully, you won’t find yourself in a situation where you need to call upon this training.

However, knowing how to protect yourself can mean the difference between life and death if you do get stuck in the wilderness.

1. Finding and Building a Suitable Campsite

You may not have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a place to set up your camp. Look for a location that is high, and avoid paths and valleys that make it easy for water to flow directly toward you.

Look at the area around you and make sure there aren’t any dead branches hanging above you that might fall during the night. When possible, look for an area close to running water and against a rock face to help protect you from the elements.

The best shelters are made from natural elements. Look for a downed tree that is firmly secured by rocks or other trees. Cover the tree with any debris you can find like moss, leaves and branches.

Finally, cover the inside of the lean-to with debris to help insulate you from the ground.

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2. Finding Ingredients for a Fire

No survival training course would be complete with instruction on how to build a fire.

Building a fire requires tinder and kindling ranging in size from a toothpick to a pencil. Place a large log as the base and then add your tinder. Tinder consists of fibrous material that tends to burn easily and quickly.

Look for dry brush, leaves or shred branches to create your tinder. Light the tinder and then start stacking the smaller pieces of kindling. Gradually add larger pieces of kindling in the shape of a lean-to.

This allows air to flow through and fuel your fire. Once the fire gets big enough, add additional logs to the fire. If the logs are damp, keep them close to the fire to dry them out and make it easier to keep your fire going strong. A fire can act as a signal for help and protect you from the cold.

3. Finding Clean Water

Ever wondered why cats tap water with their paw before they drink it?

It’s a behavior that stems from a knowledge that stagnant water is not safe to drink. Running water is your best option for clean water.

Avoid anything that has been standing for a long time, such as water you might find in puddles. The best option is to boil your water, but that isn’t always possible.

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Rain, snow and dew are also fairly safe options for water. If there is a waterfall or a river with water that cascades over rocks, that source should be your second option.

You can filter the water by taking some clean clothing, soaking the water in the clothing and then wringing it out. Maples trees and cacti contain good sources of water if you cut a hole and let the water drain out. Water can also be squeezed from vines and thistles.

Finally, consider filtering the water yourself if you have good sunlight. Find a leafy branch and tie a plastic bag around the leaf, come back later in the day and drink the condensation that formed on the inside of the bag.

4. Finding Edible Food

One of the biggest mistakes people in a survival situation make is trying to hunt big game. In a survival situation, you need to conserve your calories and the time and energy required to hunt, cook and prepare game might overextend you.

Plus, if you fail to find food or can’t cook it correctly, you’ve just wasted a day’s worth of energy. Look for easy to catch and find foods like edible plants.

Additionally, you can catch small game like fish, frogs and even lizards. Just make sure to cook anything you catch properly. This is where good survival training becomes important.

Being able to identify the plans that can kill you from those that are safe to eat is crucial to surviving. Memorize the plants common to the area you frequent most often. Safe plants common to many areas include cattail, dandelions and wild spinach.

5. Finding Help

If you are injured, you won’t have time to find your way home.

You need to send out a signal for others to find you. In fact, sending up a signal is a good idea even if you aren’t injured. Each day, find time to create a signal so that any planes overhead or search parties can find you more easily.

Use a signal fire on top of a clearing or hilltop. Create large amounts of smoke by piling on green branches, pine boughs and other green plants.

If you have a mirror, cell phone screen or any other reflective surface and use it to reflect the light from the sun. A reflective signal can often be seen for miles at day or night and is far more effective than a flashlight.

6. Finding Your Way Home

While surviving, you also need to make progress towards civilization. If you’re lost and you don’t have GPS, you can use your environment to ensure you don’t go in circles.

If you’re on a mountain, choose a direction and head down. Follow any streams or lakes when possible, since these natural flow along the line of least resistance and will lead you to the mountain’s base.

If there is no sun, then look for moss on trees. Moss doesn’t grow exclusively on the north side of a tree, but it does grow the most on the north side. This only applies to the northern hemisphere. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, it’s the reverse.

If you find a trail, road or any other indication of civilization, stay on the trail. The important thing is to make a decision on a direction and stick with that choice. Create large markers every 500 feet. This way, if a search party is looking for you they can follow your trail markers.

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Top 5 Dog Breeds for Preppers

During a time of distress and anarchy, the term “Man’s best friend” cannot be stressed enough. Amongst experts, dogs are the first animals domesticated by humans and have proven to be versatile allies and useful.

Dogs have been with humans every step of the way, even since primitive humans took their first step on this world. Dogs have helped ward off predators, hunt and herd a variety of other animals.

Although the majority of dog owners do not have their pet for utilitarian reasons, they would be very useful if anarchy erupted tomorrow. However, should society collapse, not all dogs would be suitable.

Top Breeds for Preppers

The following is a list of the best dogs to have on your side if the lights of civilization burn out.

1. Siberian Husky

click here to train your huskyAs one of the most resilient breeds, Siberian Huskies are useful for “pulling their weight.”

These dogs were originally bred for moving heavy sleds across long distances through the northern tundra. As a result, they have become tough dogs who do not have any quit in them.

Of course they need to be trained by a strict owner. They are a proud breed who will not have any respect for demands from someone who is not stronger than themselves. Regardless of this attitude, if you are able to rein them, they will prove to be strong and intelligent.
Also, despite their large size, Huskies are light eaters which is critical to survival. Most dogs eat in excess while Huskies will only eat as much as they need. Similar to Border Collies, Huskies require a large amount of open space and attention.

Given that Huskies were bred in rural areas, it is best to keep them in their natural habitats.

2. Miniature Schnauzer

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You may be asking yourself, what is the best dog to have in an urban area that has had its lights knocked out?

This is a difficult question due to the numerous factors of a good survival dog, most of which are not found in apartment-dwelling breeds. Dogs willing to work tend to have a large amount of energy and are larger in stature. They require continuous stimulation or they will end up being destructive.

In an urban environment, you must have a dog that is small and calm enough to be able to handle a small space but big enough to keep up if you must go out into the wilderness. This breed must also be a good watch dog to inform you of intruders but that doesn’t bark constantly either. This type of dog needs a lot of exercise to remain alert and well-trained. Overall, you need a dog that has a balance of all these traits.

The best candidate is the Miniature Schnauzer who, despite not being great work dogs, are excellent watch dogs.

They are trainable, intelligent and obedient, all of which are crucial characteristics of a prepper dog. You want to be able to teach them how to handle threats by alerting you only when necessary. A dog that barks at every creak in the apartment will be great at revealing your position.

Although the Miniature Schnauzer requires a fair amount of exercise, they are much more adaptable than other breeds. They are family-oriented and want to please their owner more than run and play. Therefore, plenty of walks in the park during the good times is necessary but you can keep them indoors during the bad times. If you flee the city, they are natural vermin hunters and can easily adapt to a rural area. Additionally, their fur can withstand warm and cold temperatures but not the most extreme climates.

3. German Shepherd

This list would not be completed without mention of the German Shepherd which is one dog that certainly will not let you down in a bad situation.

For this reason, they are dominant in the military, police and search and rescue forces. They are the strongest, fastest and most intelligent and obedient breed of dog with exceptional senses. From a temperament standpoint, German Shepherd’s are fearless and extremely faithful to their owners.

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Also, they are always weary of strangers which make them excellent guard dogs who only bark when they feel threatened.

Training is critical for this breed but is all worth it in the end. With proper training, they can adapt to almost any situation. German Sheppard’s are probably the best prepper dog for a survival situation as long as you keep enough food around to feed them over a long period of time.

4. American Pit Bull

Aside from the relentless condemnation of the American Pit Bull by the media, this species of dogs provide love and tenderness toward their family and ferocity toward a threat.

Like all species of dogs, keeping them in line is a matter of training and proper treatment. They are versatile and can be excellent family pets and “man’s best friend.”

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Featuring a lean and muscular build, the American Pit Bull can boast incredible feats of strength and would run into blood and bones to protect their family.

This makes them excellent watch and guard dogs who have a natural instinct to discern threats. Also, their muscular build makes them excellent working dogs, as was found during the 19th century.

5. Border Collie

Many animal researchers consider border collies to be the smartest of all domesticated dog breeds.

As a result of their intelligence, they are able to adapt to almost any situation. They have a need to learn and there are numerous tasks you can train them to do in a post apocalyptic world.

Additionally, they are very athletic and seem to have endless energy. The only caveat to owning such a dog in a lights out scenario is that they need regular stimulation. If they are cooped up in a confined area with no activity, their energy can turn more destructive than most breeds.

They will tear up the walls, supplies and furniture. If cooped-up in a small house or apartment for a regular period of time, they could become a nuisance. Given this behavioral trait, it is considered inhumane to own a Border Collie if you live in an apartment.

As a result, this breed of dog is ideal if living in a rural area with endless fields.

10 Reasons Why It Rocks To Be a Prepper

If you want to prepare for problems in the future, you can do so. Now, with so much technology and information, a person can do what he or she needs to do to prepare for a disaster. In the past, people were mocked openly for being preppers. However, after Katrina and other disasters, it’s wise to consider becoming a prepper. With this in mind, here are 10 reasons it rocks to be a prepper.

10) Learn great skills

First and foremost, if you are a prepper, you probably know more about survival skills.

This will help you can foods, live frugally and keep an organized and simple life.

Remember, even if you don’t ever need to worry about a huge event, if you have the skills, you can live a safer life.

9) Peace of mind

Obviously, it is great to have peace of mind.

Think about it, if you see trouble brewing, you are not going to panic if you are a prepper.

No, if you know how to live an independent life, you are going to live a happier life in both good and bad times.

8) Community

Now, there are plenty of people interested in prepping.

In fact, people from all backgrounds love to prep for the worst, and you are going to meet plenty of interesting and hardworking people who are interested in prepping.

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7) Friendly to the environment

If you are a prepper, you probably know a little more about your local environment.

By knowing how to live in the wild, you are more of an environmentalist than people you know.

6) Prepared for anything

If you are prepared for anything, you are going to be happier, more relaxed and enjoy life.

Think about it, if you have some cash stashed away and some water and food, among other things, you won’t have to worry.

5) Take on minor things

While a lot of people prepare for the big event, if you are a prepper, you can prepare for a minor one too.

Think about wildfires, earthquakes and such.

If you have all the items you need, you can deal with minor issues.

4) Help others

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If you have a survival background and plenty of tools, you can help out others in their lives.

This is true whether you are facing a serious event or a normal one.

Remember, the prepper community is all about helping others, and it’s not about exploiting humanity when issues arise.

3) Make you a better person

Let’s face it, we are safer and more secure than ever.

People don’t worry about foot or other issues like they did in the past.

But, if you acknowledge potential problems, you can grow emotionally and spiritually.

2) Frugal

Without being frugal, you are going to struggle in your day-to-day life.

However, if you are a prepper, you are probably already preparing for serious events, both economic and real-world events such as natural disasters.

For this reason, if you are wise, you are probably frugal, which makes life much easier in the short and long run.

1) Prepare your kids

If you have kids and you want them to be independent when they are older, you will help your cause if you show them prepper skills.

Yes, if they can live without power or deal with things that come up in your life, you will have an easier time.

Sadly, as people rely on technology, this is becoming less and less common, and your children will suffer if you don’t teach them survival skills.

For this reason, if you are prepper, your kids will not be ill-prepared for life.

If you are a prepper, you are going to be well-prepared for what comes up. Not only that, your day-to-day life will be easier as you won’t struggle with as many probelms as your friends who aren’t preppers.

Simply put, your life will rock if you are a prepper.

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9 Reasons Why You Suck At Prepping

What is a “prepper?”

Some would say that when survivalists go off Zoloft, they become doomsday preppers. Whether it is the zombie epidemic, the collapse of the Federal Reserve, radioactivity from a supernova explosion, or the armed terrorism of ISIS, preppers believe that the world is headed for the Day of Judgment.

They call it SHTF – when the “sh*t hits the fan.” Consider it insurance against Uncle Sam. Across America, three million people identify themselves as preppers.

Here’s why you’re not one of them.

9 Mistaken Assumptions of the Newbie Prepper

 

1. You are not Jason Bourne.

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No matter how many Xbox Live hours you’ve logged on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, you are not adequately prepared for the pandemonium of martial law. You’ve put all your eggs in one basket: an automatic M4 Carbine or semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

Take a hint from the years 2008-2013, when AR-15 ammunition was harder to find than a Democrat in Alabama. AR-15 rifles have achieved market saturation, and once Armageddon cometh, ammunition will quickly be stockpiled and sold for Brobdingnagian black market prices.

Your better bet is a double-barrel, pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun. Ammunition is plentiful. Parts are cheap. Uses are multiple. With an adjustable choke, you can hunt everything from rabbits to turkey to fish. With a set of slugs, you can take down a deer or looting criminal.

Take a lesson from Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch in Robert B. Parker’s western novels: Nothing beats a trusty shotgun.

2. You lack potent social skills.

Think your bear spray and bottled water will protect you if a Category 5 Hurricane razes the American South? Think again! Three-quarters of Americans dwell in urban areas. For most survivors, people skills will be more important than survival skills. Ever watched “Survivor”?

Read, study and practice the seminal book, “Social Intelligence,” by Daniel Goleman, and then follow it up with his other work, “Emotional Intelligence.”

Goleman believes that social and emotional intelligence allow humans to navigate complex social situations. Humans are wired to connect at the neural level, he argues.

Mirror neurons encourage empathy, altruism and corroboration. So when you need a shot of penicillin for a bacterial infection, remember that the pen is mightier than the sword.

3. Your stash is a target.

Thomas Hobbes contended in “Leviathan” that the pre-civilized natural condition of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

If Hobbes is right, then once Y2K Edition 2.0 hits, your stash of canned green beans, sourdough starter and salted venison will be under fire. So don’t brag about your stash.

Everyone you inform will either become an asset or a liability. Maximize the first; minimize the second.

4. You fall into analysis paralysis.

Which will come first: a dirty nuclear explosion? Genetically-engineered killer bees? Solar flares? An electromagnetic pulse?

Where does the list end?

Keep your sanity. Plan and prepare only for the top three or four doomsday scenarios.

5. You bug out instead of bugging in.

In the event of an apocalyptic societal collapse, Mother Nature will wipe out far more of mankind than man himself will. Surviving in the wild takes a lot more than a Swiss Army knife and a 120-pack of MREs.

Can you build a snow cave? Brew tea with spruce needles? Identify flint versus sandstone?

Build a water filter using charcoal, leaves and sand? Most preppers will survive the collapse of civilization squirreled away inside a home with a 2,000-watt inverter generator and a gutter garden, not playing hermit in Rocky Mountain National Park.

6. You don’t know how to use your gear.

Can you find the North Star in Argentina?

No, you can’t. Because you didn’t know that once you cross the equator, Polaris disappears, and instead you use the Southern Cross for navigation.

Moral of the story: You must know how to use your gear! Can you convert GPS degrees, minutes and seconds into decimal notation?

Just remember this equation: Decimal value = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600). Can you tie a bowline loop, a prusik knot and a hunter’s bend? How about a highwayman’s hitch or a constrictor knot? Can you build a ham radio from parts cobbled together from eBay auctions?

7. You stored all the wrong food.

Freeze-dried chicken breast. Canned French-cut green beans. Spicy Ramen Noodles. You spent $5,000 on food that looks like it’s going on a mission to the moon.

In starvation situations, men have been known to murder longtime friends over a spare bar of chocolate or a fresh orange. So don’t skimp on the sweets, and understand how food is stored. Fight against the six food storage enemies: temperature, oxygen, moisture, pests, light and time.

8. You don’t have any documents.

The most important, most ignored prep is a documentation package: Social Security cards, bank account numbers, family contact information, insurance forms – and a minimum of $5,000 in cash.

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9. You forgot to make a personal library.

Doomsday will not be spent fighting invading armies or setting snares for jack rabbits. Most of doomsday will be spent in the shadow of candlelight, surrounded by family and friends, sharing memories and reading outdoorsman handbooks and mystery novels. So don’t ignore the power of entertainment.

Learn to play the harmonica. Amass a personal library. Laugh often.

Don’t just survive; live.

 

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Top 20 Websites for Survivalists

We decided it would be a great idea to put together a top 20 list of the best websites for Survivalists. This is what we’ve come up with from our research and we wanted to provide you with the best information possible.

So here you are!

 

1. Graywolf Survivalhttp://graywolfsurvival.com/

– One of the most popular survivalist sites, Graywolfsurvival is informative and easy to navigate.

2. American Preppers Networkhttp://americanpreppersnetwork.com

– This website caters to a wide range of preppers. From novices to seasoned survivalists, this site contains information for everybody, as well as a blog to help you pick up tips from other preppers.

3. The Prepper Journalhttp://www.theprepperjournal.com/

– This site is very thorough and has a wealth of information, particularly for those who don’t know where to begin. The attractive layout is an added bonus.

4. Sovereign Survivalhttp://tipsforsurvivalists.com/

– This site is particularly helpful for preppers with families, and is chock full of links to other resources across the web. Great for people at any experience level, particularly those with small children.

5. The Survival Momhttp://thesurvivalmom.com/

– While this site appears to cater to women, don’t let the name fool you! This site is great for beginners of all genders who want tips on organization, prepping food, and keeping your kids entertained in the event of a crisis.

6. Doom and Bloom – http://www.doomandbloom.net/

– Doom and Bloom is both fun and informational –containing helpful articles as well as a radio channel where you can tune in and get helpful survivalist tips.

7. Off Grid Survival – http://offgridsurvival.com

– While this site is not super heavy on tips for beginners, it is a wealth of knowledge in terms of related news stories and information on practical gear.

8. Survival Spothttp://www.survival-spot.com

– This site is attractive and well laid out, but is recommended for those who already have base-level knowledge; otherwise the high-tech advice could bury a beginner.

9. Prepping To Survivehttp://preppingtosurvive.com/

– Where most prepping websites focus on disaster related preparedness, this one targets wilderness survival in general, and is great for the adventurer who wants to be ready in case of emergency.

10. Prepper Resourceshttp://www.prepper-resources.com/

– This resource is not only provides information on prepping basics and gun safety, it will also link you to other sites on the web that can expand your knowledge.

11. Survival Cachehttp://survivalcache.com/

– While it does contains articles on storing food and water, this site’s main focus is weaponry. While it may seem extreme to some, it is an often overlooked aspect of being prepared.

12. SGT Reporthttp://sgtreport.com/ 

– This website is less about active survival tips and more about the danger we are facing on a daily basis – however, it can be helpful to train yourself to know the warning signs of crisis.

13. The Prepared Ninjahttp://www.thepreparedninja.com/ 

– A short, simple, and well-organized blog for those who understand the fundamentals, but need help with practical execution.

14. Authorized Boots – http://authorizedboots.com/

– Authorized Boots is for all things related to Army boots and tactical gear. They provide their expertise as well as team’s insights to provide high quality reviews of your favorite army boots based on their experience, opinions, and relentless research to be a trusted source in your purchase journey.

15. The Organic Prepperhttp://www.theorganicprepper.ca/

– This website is very beginner friendly, but also focuses more on an eco-friendly approach to survivalism. The blogger has several other sites that are related to prepping.

16. Backdoor Survivalhttp://www.backdoorsurvival.com

– While this site is slightly more difficult to navigate, it has a wealth of in-depth preparation tips, particularly for those with large families and those who want tips on training their mind as well as their bug-out bags.

17. Survival Bloghttp://survivalblog.com/

– Where some sites are a little skimpy, this site has almost an overload of information; however, it is very organized, and has information that appeals to all level of prepper.

18. Survival MD – http://survivalmd.org

– This website has the only complete medical field survival guide for the laymen…showing you how to treat yourself and loved ones in an emergency when doctors, pharmacies and hospitals are shut down.

19. Suburban Prepperhttp://www.suburbanprepper.com/blog/

– Suburban prepper has a few tips for those who are a little more outdoors-y.

20. Blackout USA – http://blackoutusa.org

– This site is all about educating you about a threat so powerful it will wipe out 281 million Americans in the first year. And while NASA, the CIA and the Pentagon are warning us like crazy…no mainstream T.V. or radio outlet is talking about it.

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SHTF Fitness Plan: Your Plan Starts Today

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If you are starting to put together your fitness routine, then you have come to the right place. There are many things that one can do to stay fit, but being fit in an everyday scenario is different from being fit in a SHTF scenario. When shit hits the fan, it is unlikely that you will have a treadmill available to do your running, weights to keep your muscles toned or a gym with a fitness instructor to keep your routines worthwhile and efficient. The truth of the matter is that your SHTF fitness plan should include everyday items, and you should change it up frequently.

Push-ups and Pull-ups

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I know, the dreaded pull-up is most people’s most hated fitness workout ever, but it is important that you can do them. In a worst case scenario, you may have to pull yourself up fire escapes, onto rooftops and into trees. Not only will you need to be able to do this, but you should be able to do it quickly. Push-ups are a great way to begin building the upper body and torso strength that you will need for pull-ups and other activities.

Rock Climbing

ROCK CLIMBING

Okay, so you live in an area that mountains are not readily available. Make your own wall! As silly as it sounds, you can use many different things to practice climbing of all sorts. Climb trees, go for hikes in hilly areas, find ways to scale your house, use a friend’s home as a gym or even go to random public areas and practice! When shit hits the fan, you will be thankful that you have made yourself accustomed to doing more strenuous work because you will be ahead of the game.

Go for Runs

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Yes, running on a treadmill is better than not running at all, but it can also be harmful to your SHTF fitness plan. The problem is that treadmills offer a person a place to run in a comfortable, well heated or cooled environment. When SHTF, you will probably have to endure exercising in extreme weather conditions, and that could be a shock to your body if you have not prepared for it. Being able to run a mile in 75 degree temperature is easy, but being able to run 5 miles in 100 degree temperature is what will set you apart from the crowd. Be responsible, carry water and take breaks if you need to, but you should certainly be running in real life environments.

 

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Exercise your Mind and Body

Okay, fitness generally means exercising your body, but in a STHF scenario, having a fit mind is just as important. You should be reading up on all things related to survival, and you should practice whatever you have the means to practice. One important factor to consider is that you will likely have less food readily available than you do now. Make sure that you are prepared to work smarter not harder, so that you may use your energy better.

Go Camping

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As irrelevant as this may sound, camping is great practice for survivalists and preppers alike. When you go camping, pretend like you are already in a SHTF scenario, but try to survive the night or weekend by only purifying your own water, catching your own food, cooking the food over a fire that you built without the use of modern lighters and try to stay out of sight of others. By pretending that other people may be out to harm you, you will better prepare mentally for a real world scenario.

Get your Family and Children Involved

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If need be, make it a game for your family. Get them all interested in being fit, and then take them on adventures. By preparing your family, you are ensuring that if something happens to you, they may still have a chance. In a worst case scenario, your children may have to be the ones who are taking care of you if you get hurt. If they know how to hunt, fish, hide, climb and apply basic first aid, your whole family will have more of a chance at surviving the inevitable.

Plan and Practice your Escape Route

More often than not, other people will be trying to leave the area as well. Your goal should be to find the least used route, quickest way to safety and safest way for you and your family to get there. The only problem is that if you do not practice this route, you are likely to forget something essential along the way. Practicing allows you to become familiar with detours, obstacles and traffic before the situation actually occurs.

Being SHTF fit does not simply mean being able to make your own fire, hunt your own food and purify your own water. While those basics are definitely keys to surviving, you will also need to be prepared for what is to come, and have the stamina to keep going if new obstacles arise.

Here is a sample of a daily routine you can do:

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Make your own Safe Room

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t rich enough to purchase one of those neat prefab safe rooms rated to survive F5 tornadoes and Anti tank missiles (I know, I’m exaggerating…) but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a certain room in the house that is our go to Safe Room in the event of natural disasters or home invasions. This article will deal mostly with home invasion, but many of the same principles go into a “storm shelter” room.

But wait, why would someone want to run and hide when a burglar breaks in the door? Isn’t that why we have guns? Why should we hide and let them take whatever they want? First off, yes, you may have the means of defeating the intruder. Multiple intruders? Intruders with the same equipment in hand that you have in your desk drawer?

Let me state clearly, I am not advocating pacifism or any such thing. I am a staunch supporter of Stand your Ground laws. But sometimes that’s not the best way. Let’s say your wife isn’t a “gun person”, she could lock herself in the safe room rather than try to operate a tool she has only a passing familiarity with. What if you leave your 13 y/o in charge of his siblings while you run to the store? Maybe ha can handle firearms, but does he have the confidence necessary to take control of the situation? Beyond that, do you want your child to experience taking a life at such a young age? If he gets his siblings into the safe room then (let me pause for emphasis) EVERYTHING outside that room is replaceable. The situation can run it’s course without loss of life or serious emotional damage. And remember, just ’cause you’ve locked yourself in, doesn’t mean you’re helpless. We’ll talk later about what to do when inside.

But let’s move on. Let me state something so that it is abundantly clear. No Safe Room is Un-Breachable. But there are a lot of things you can do to make it harder than it’s worth. We’re going to discuss how to turn an existing room into a safe room. These same principles can be applied to new construction, often to greater effect.

Location, location, location. Where you locate your room is the first decision you have to make, and it’s an intensely personal decision. If you’re looking for a weather-safe room, you definitely want to go for an interior room. If you want to have a way out (away from the people in the house) then you’re talking about an exterior room with another door or window. If you’re concerned with entry points as vulnerable points in your room, you may again want to have an interior room.  I cannot tell you where to have your safe room, only point out that it is a serious matter of consideration.

Entry points. Entry points are weak spots in your perimeter, since they are designed to, well, allow passage, so they will get the first and greatest attention. You should take a moment to go look closely at your door and frame. First off, most interior doors are hollow core doors. This means they have two sheets of ¼ inch plywood with dead air in between. This is not going to stand up to someone who is both determined, and has a strong kick. You should look into replacing it with a steel door (which are also hollow), or a solid wood door. Preferably out of something hard like Oak. The door to your safe room should have a peep hole. These can be purchased and installed with a relatively simple effort, or if you’re replacing the door, you may find one with it built in. If you’re installing it yourself, you may consider mounting it lower, so you can look through it while kneeling, or so your kids can look through it if you aren’t there. One other consideration is that (especially if you’re setting up for weather disasters) your door should definitely open INTO the room. If the storm leaves debris across the door you won’t be able to push it out. Opening into a room is pretty standard, so you likely won’t have to change anything.

Now let’s talk about the door frame. Most frames are a simple ¾ inch pine, which is a fairly soft wood. By the time you drill the hole for the bolt to fit into you’re talking about a very small amount of wood holding the door in place. A swift kick is all it really takes to tear out a door set up this way.

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The striker plate can help add some strength to the door, but the standard screws that come with these things are only 1 inch long, and are only set into that little piece of ¾ inch wood, so they will probably pull out with that same kick. If you only make one modification to your safe room, do this; go to your local hardware store and get a box of 3 inch screws. Now go to your door and replace all the screws on your striker plates and hinges with the 3 inchers. This will anchor your strikers and hinges into the 2×4 stud behind the door frame, giving it a much beefier resistance to pull-outs. You should replace the hinge screws one at a time so you don’t risk getting your door out of alignment. They’re tricky to get back.

What about your locks? One thing you’ll notice about your dead-bolts is that they don’t (typically) stick out very far from the edge of the door, just seating in that ¾ piece of soft wood. Have you realized yet that every bit of your security rests on that little piece of scrap wood? You can get dead-bolts that have an extra long throw, again, seating into the studs behind the door frame. Or you can even get steel inserts that go into the wall that accept the bolt. These are not too complicated to install, just involved. It would be much better if you were able to put these in during new construction or a thorough remodel.

You can get dead-bolts in either keyed “one side” or keyed “both sides”. Keyed both sides is recommended for many home security applications, a burglar who breaks a door window can’t reach in and unlock it from the inside. However, these are a BAD idea for a safe room! If you’re trying to get away from an intruder in a hurry (they may even be chasing you down the hall!) you don’t want to have to fumble with a key. So leave these the typical keyed “one side”. And yes, in case you noticed, I am using plurals for a reason. To make your door really rock solid, you should have four dead-bolts. I recommend five actually. Put them in the four corners of your door, top, bottom, left, right, just keep them about 18 inches from the top/bottom edge. The fifth one? Right where it usually is. There are three reasons for this. One: Your door probably came pre-drilled for a standard dead-bolt (though not necessarily) and you’ll need to fill that hole with something anyways. Two: It gives an extra bit of protection right where the assailant is likely to plant their kicks. Three: Goes back to the scenario of locking up quick. It’s just instinctive to reach for the dead-bolt in it’s usual location. Get in and throw the main lock before your attacker gets there and it should hold him off long enough (if you’ve listened to the rest of this so far) to let you lock up tight.

Windows. Windows are typically seen as one of the weakest points of a home, despite the inherent dangers of climbing through broken glass. If you have a window in your safe room (that you aren’t keeping available as an exit) your best bet is to board it up. You could do bars, but then you’ll look like you live in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela or something. If you are really concerned with appearances, get some window blinds and hang them inside the window frame instead of above it. Most blinds will have instructions for both. Close them up tight and it’ll cover almost all of what you’re doing to the window. You’ll have to remove any interior window trim. Get a good strong piece of plywood, maybe even paint the side towards the exterior if you want. Make sure it overlaps the window, I would recommend to the next stud. Not the one on each side of the frame, the next one. 16 inches should be the furthest you’ll have to look. Again using the 3 inch screws, anchor the tar out of that puppy, both around the edges and around the window sill. Now, you still only have a piece of plywood between you and them, maybe up to an inch. So you’ll need to reinforce it with 2×4’s, or even 2×6’s if you want overkill. I’d space them roughly 6 inches apart, running horizontally, placed edge on to the plywood. It would be easier to attach these before putting up the panel as a whole, screwed in from the exterior side.

Walls are also a lot weaker than most people realize. All you have between the studs is usually two pieces of ½ inch drywall and 3 ½ inches of air. Pretty easy to penetrate, even with a fist, let alone a foot or shoulder.

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There are two basic ways to “harden” the walls around your safe room. The first, easy way, is to cut a hole in your sheet-rock, probably from inside your room. Make a funnel of some sort and pour pea gravel into the voids between studs. Remember, studs have a standard spacing of 16” from center to center, with variables for intersecting walls, window/doors etc. You can discuss all day how high you should fill the walls, but just remember the basics to help you decide for yourself. One thing to consider obviously is cost. Filling the voids to six feet will require more gravel than say, waist high. Next consider how high you expect the attack to come. Most people face with the task of penetrating sheet-rock are going to kick it, and the typical front on kick is not going to rise far above their hips, or maybe chest. That’s where you need to be protected.

The second, more expensive way to harden your walls is similar to the first, but when you cut the hole I your wall, insert a 55 gallon bag so the opening is sticking out. This will limit how high you can make your re-enforcement, but you can go higher incrementally. Using a funnel as in the method above, pour wet cement into the bag. The bag will contain it so it doesn’t try to seep through gaps in your construction or through switch boxes etc. The cement hardens and viola, you have a cement wall around your safe room. Do be mindful in both these methods that you need to avoid over taxing the walls from the inside out. Especially with cement, doing it in increments will avoid this. Just wait till it hardens, and it won’t be exerting outward pressure so you can add more on top.

Now, what to do when you’re locked up good and tight? First thing, call for help. Keep a phone in your safe room. Land lines can be cut, and would be by serious home invaders. Cell phones can be left on the counter in a panicked rush, and one that you leave in the room is being paid for (hopefully) for nothing. You can get a cheep pre-paid phone, but remember, most such arrangements allow for your minutes to expire monthly, so you need to make sure it’s current or you may end up with a dial pad paper weight when you need to use it.

If you only plan on calling 911, you can store an unused phone. Some time ago there was an agreement made that any phone, on any carrier, even without a plan of any sort, can access any tower to dial 911. So take an old phone, or a cheap phone, and put it in there. Just bear in mind if you want to make any additional calls (“honey, stay at the store till I call you back”), it will not work for that.  Also be aware of battery life.  Even keeping it turned off, you should check it occasionally to make sure it won’t fail during a crisis.

Observe. Remember I said you need a peep hole in your door? Watch what’s going on in your house. Any detail you can see could be used to aid the authorities in finding the intruders. (They also help verify when someone on the other side says “It’s safe now, I’m Officer So-and-so, open up”)

Arm yourself. Keep a firearm of some sort in your safe room. I recommend something that makes a loud “Schuck-Schuck” sound. Nearly as effective as firing it. Besides the universally feared sound, it makes a great blast to discourage someone from having an interest in any hole they may have made. Just make sure you’re responsible with it. If you teach your kids how to run to the safe room before you teach them how to handle the gun, make sure they cannot access it.

All of the above steps can be taken piece by piece, individually, modified to suit your situation. As with anything, you will find a trade off when it comes to security vs. effort/cost. Only you will know what you should do, just please do something, even at the very least, plan. A good evacuation plan (even evac to a room INSIDE the house) and rehearsals is probably to biggest single improvement you can make.

Gun Shop Owner Says He’s Been Forced to Turn Over 165 Customer Records — Why He Fears ‘Door-to-Door Confiscation’ Could Be Next

The owner of a New York gun shop says he was given 24 hours to comply with a “request” from the New York State Police to turn over records of all customers who have purchased “bullet button” AR-15 rifles since the passage of the hastily-passed SAFE Act in 2013.

Joseph F. Palumbo, owner of the Albion Gun Shop in Albion, New York, told TheBlaze on Wednesday he had no choice but to turn over roughly 165 customer records last week. Now, both he and his customers are concerned that “door-to-door confiscation” or “warrantless searches” could come next.

An AR-15 with a “bullet button” modification makes it so the rifle’s magazine is not detachable without a special tool. Though the legality of bullet button semi-automatic rifles appears to murky under the SAFE Act’s unclear definition of a “detachable” magazine, Palumbo said he was only recently informed in “vague” terms that the weapons he sold are not compliant under the law.

It is illegal to purchase or sell semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines in New York following the passage of the SAFE Act. Rifles obtained before the gun control law was passed are required to be registered with the state government. The law also limits all magazine capacity to 10 rounds, regardless of when they were made or purchased.

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Palumbo claimed he was told by an undercover officer that police first considered raiding his business with an armed SWAT Team to retrieve the records. The lead investigator, however, opted to take a more peaceful approach, he said.

Palumbo told TheBlaze he’s not entirely sure why law enforcement officials suddenly became focused on his business. He said there have been rumors that his gun shop came under scrutiny after police received an anonymous complaint via the NY SAFE “Tipline” that promises a $500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest under the gun control law. He also said he’s heard rumors that an anti-gun group could be responsible.

After he was initially informed by the undercover officer that the state police wanted the customer records related to the modified AR-15 rifles, Palumbo said police didn’t want to return to his gun shop and requested that the list be sent via email. He said he reluctantly complied because his hands were tied due to the restrictive provisions found in the SAFE Act and he realized a SWAT team could raid his store and confiscate all of his inventory.

Palumbo said the SAFE Act gives police unprecedented authority to investigate cases involving so-called “assault weapons.”

A New York state trooper allegedly called back after receiving the customer list and requested phone numbers as well, information which Palumbo said he doesn’t have.

“They did not tell us anything else,” he told TheBlaze. “I have a lot of customers concerned that the cops are going to come kick their doors down or conduct warrantless searches. … It’s something I am worried about, it’s something my attorney is worried about, it’s something my customers are worried about.”

Palumbo told TheBlaze that he consulted a hotline set up by the state police in 2013 about the legality of AR-15 rifles with the bullet button modification under the SAFE Act. He said he was told that the guns should be OK, but they never gave him a definitive answer.

The gun store owner has since hired a “very good” attorney specializing in the Second Amendment and hopes to resolve the matter in a timely fashion. Palumbo said he doesn’t want to have to spend large amounts of money to sue New York state over the incident, but he is “more than prepared” to do so if that’s what it takes to protect his customers and business.

“Obviously in New York, our state is totally screwed up,” he added. “You are constantly on eggshells — not even just with this incident. Every time you turn around and there’s a shooting, every time there’s a gun-related incident, you sit back and think, ‘Oh gosh, what are the going to ban next?’”

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As the Niagara Falls Reporter notes, a recent gun-related arrest in Orleans County — the same county where the Albion Gun Shop is located — could also help explain the police’s sudden interest in the shop’s customer records.

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Improvised Armor and How It Could Save Your Life

Today I’m going to talk about improvised armor, or maybe in some circumstances “augmentation armor”. Most body armor on the market today (including ours) is geared for shooting situations. Not surprising, since they are designed to withstand bullets. Some styles however, are also knife resistant.

This is the only short-fall I have come up with for our soft plate, as they are not rated against knives at all. The steel plates, obviously, will stop a bladed weapon.

However, in *most* shooting situations, the attacker is most likely to place his shots in the “center mass”, or chest. Several reason for this, such as when a person who is lacking in training and/or experience in a firefight starts pumping adrenaline, he aims at the person.

Not any particular point on that person, and that means (usually) the torso. Most of our vital organs are contained in the top 12 inches or so, which is why the standard plate size is 10X12.

Would a hit below your plate still be lethal? Could be, but with medical help available, it’s much more likely to be survivable then a hit to the chest. All this to explain why most body armor is confined to the upper torso.

Now, if you’re planning for a firefight, that’s all well and good. If what you’re trying to be prepared for is a situation where you may need protection for a trip to the grocery store, maybe a street fight setting, there is (in my mind) a glaring short-fall.

A common weapon in street fights is a knife, and most knife fighters don’t thrust at the top 12 inches of your chest. They aim for the lower torso, where there are no ribs to hinder their blade, or they slash at your face and arms.

So what do we do about that?

Well, there are a whole host of knife resistant materials out there, some of which I’m looking into for manufacturing a line of knife protection. Still in the works though.

But let’s assume for a moment that you don’t have any of this protective gear. Maybe it’s too expensive, maybe you just didn’t think you’d need it, or whatever reason you may have.

Now we’re in a situation where you’re worried about being knifed on the way to work for the contents of your lunch box, or for the gas in your car, the shoes on your feet, or whatever.

Use your imagination.

What can you do? In it’s earliest forms, armor was designed to repel bladed objects. All of our modern stuff is really just designed to match the threat of advancing fire-arm technology. 

You want to protect against a blade, just get back to basics.

The basics of blocking a knife, is that you just need enough between it and your skin to absorb the force of the attack. And let’s face it, in this sort of scenario, if your attacker suddenly finds his best weapon in-effective and you show a bit of resistance yourself, he’ll probably move on for a “softer” target.

So what can you use? Well, as I said, one of the most vulnerable places in your abdomen. So put something under your shirt. Got a piece of wood? No? Go take the fronts off your kitchen drawers, they’ll work nicely.

Appropriately sized cookie sheet? Nice place to start, although some of them are a bit thin. We’ll come back to that.

How about doggy chews? I mean the real raw hide ones?

Some of the earliest armors were made of leather or raw hide, depending on the goal of that particular piece. I have a pit bull. He likes the big raw hide rolls that are roughly 8 inches across. If you soak one of these in water, unroll it, maybe form it a bit of you want to get fancy and let it dry.

If you really want to be sure of it, go for multiple layers, but there’s some serious stopping power in raw hide. Regular leather works well too, but it needs to be thicker, since it’s softer. If you have a way to layer the tanned leather with the raw hide, with an adhesive, then you’re really gonna be talkin’.

Another thing that you probably have in abundance: Paper. Yes, I said use paper to thwart a knife attack. The ancient Greeks used linen, and they had to stop spear thrusts, from trained warriors. Not just a knife jab from a street tough. The key is layers.

If you don’t trust me, go get your phone book (if you have one) and try to stab through it.

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Back when I was young and… Ok, youngER and MORE foolish, some friends and I were messing around with a Dirk, trying to stab it into a ream of paper. I can attest to paper’s resistance to stabs. And you don’t even need a whole ream of paper under your shirt.

Grab a couple issues of Southern Living, maybe tape them together.

At the VERY least, you’re talking about reducing the energy from a knife thrust so you get very limited penetration in your wound. Best idea yet? Get a composite put together, using paper, leather, raw hide, whatever you can come up with.

Get yourself a knife and to some experimenting. Now, briefly (since I’ve covered the different materials already) let’s talk about other areas of your body you might want to “harden”.

First one that comes to my mind is your fore-arms. Face it, someone slashes at you, a pretty good instinct is to block it with your fore-arm. Even with no armor, you’re better off taking a slice to the arm than to the neck or face. Better yet is if you’ve had a bit of defense training and can avoid the blade all together. But sometimes you get cut, and you don’t need to.

Especially if you have reason to prepare for trouble ahead of time. All of the materials I listed above for your abdomen can be used on your arm. Ok, the drawer fronts might be pushing it… Drawer sides are a bit less awkward… Laugh all you want, but a board strapped to the outside of your fore-arm will protect you, awkward or not.

Obviously though, if you expect trouble, less awkward is better.

None the less, samurai used wooden bracers for their armor. Smaller pieces, strapped together so they can form around your arm. They don’t have to be as thick as a piece on your belly, we’re not talking about the same amount of force being applied.

Slashing attacks are quick and not intended to penetrate deep into the victim. Raw hide would work well here, and could be formed to your arm very well indeed.

Anybody seen World War Z?

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That’s when Brad Pitt wraps the magazine around his wrist to protect against zombie bites? Yeah, works here too.

Really desperate? If you can get away with it without the wife taking your head off (kinda defeats the purpose of what we’re talking about here…) You can use the flat-ware, taped our bound together in some fashion around your arm.

Odd? Yeah. Ugly? Yep.

Stop a knife slice and keep you alive? Sure will.

The bottom line is, your imagination is really your only limit in this endeavor. If you’re really serious about it, create a system and test it, just like any other emergency prep skill. Best learned and tried BEFORE you need it.

Oh, just don’t test it while you’re wearing it. Please? I don’t want angry letters blaming someone’s injuries on me cause I told them to test their armor. But that’s the basics of “hardening” your body against knife attacks.

Hopefully next week I can start talking about hardening your house!

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Body Armor Basics

Several months ago, I started wondering about Body Armor. Let’s face it, one of the things you can expect in a post-collapse society is people willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. Or to have a bit of “fun”.

Having Body Armor would give you a valuable edge in such a situation, and I think we can all agree, we want every edge we can get. So I started shopping around online, looking for bullet proof vests. When I started to find them, they were the full chin-to-shin set ups for buku duckies, and quite frankly, not what I was looking for.

Then there were the ones called “carriers”, priced anywhere from $50-$150, and I thought “there’s no way it’s that cheap”. I finally realized that these were nothing more than vests with pockets that you can put armor plates into.

I was disappointed.

I was looking for just a basic bullet proof vest, and no-one seemed to carry them (I have found some since, but I’ll discuss later why they got a thumbs down). Then I got a belated Christmas present from my dad. He had pre-ordered the Survival Summit webinar, a copy for himself, and one for me. I highly recommend this resource, it’s put out by The Prepper Project, at www.theprepperproject.com.

One of the topics discussed was Body Armor!

This is where I got my basic understanding of modern Body Armor, and I’ve managed to expand my knowledge somewhat since.

Turns out, vests are pretty much a thing of the past. The ones you can get are, by necessity, constructed of flexible materiel, such as Kevlar or something similar.

This gives the vest the ability to move with the wearer, but limits it somewhat in stopping power.

I haven’t found any soft armor vests that are rated above a IIIA, and those are precious few and pricey. Most of them tend to be level II, and I wanted at least level III. Ok, let’s back up.

What does Level IIIA mean?

These are ballistic ratings, established by the National Institute of Justice. The following link is to the NIJ publication on Ballistic Resistance Standards. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/223054.pdf They start at the lowest rating, IIA, and progress through II, IIIA, III and IV.

Basically, to be a IIA, the armor has to stop 9mm, and .40 caliber, Level II has to stop 9mm and .357 magnum. IIIA has to stop all the above and up to .44 magnum. So far, these are all pistol rounds. To make the jump to the higher velocities of rifle cartridges, you have to go to Level III, which is rated to stop anything up to and including 7.62mm (rough equivalent to .308) FMJ rounds. Level IV is rated for .30 caliber Armor Piercing rounds. Now you start to see why I passed over the Level II vests earlier in my search.

My understanding of things thus far, is that there are very few Level IV plates capable of stopping multiple hits, and they are very expensive. We’re talking $250 for one plate, at the lowest price I’ve found. And so, I was left debating between a plate that can take multiple hits of *almost anything you throw at it, or something that will stand up to an AP round, then be pretty well worthless. I decided the probability of facing an AP round was fairly low, so I looked at Level III armor.

There are basically three types of armor out there, steel, ceramic, and flexible. There’s lots of different flexible plates out there, and not all are created equal. I happen to think the one’s offered by AR500 armor (my supplier) are not only an excellent value, but at the forefront of the industry.

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When it comes to steel vs. ceramic, there are several things to consider. First in my mind, ceramic plates have a shelf life. That’s right, even if they never take a hit they eventually wear out. This has mostly to do with the material used to contain the ceramic tiles that make up the plate, and bind them together. T

hey also are susceptible to high temperatures. So if you’re a police officer who keeps an “active shooter vest” in the trunk of his squad car just in case, you may need to check it every once in a while, or there’s a good chance it could fail you when you need it. The other big problem with ceramic plates is cost. I have not been able to find a ceramic level III plate the falls under $200.

Maybe that’s no big deal for you, but for me, it’s definitely a factor.

Oh, one more thing about ceramics. Remember I said they were made up of tiles? Well, that’s how they dissipate the energy from the round. The specific tile hit shatters, resulting in spent energy absorbed from the bullet. So now you have a vest with a spot approximately 2″ square that is unprotected. Maybe you’re not concerned with multiple hits, but for me that’s a problem. The plus side to ceramic is that it’s extremely light.

I’m talking, floats in water kinda light.

*Edit – since publishing this article, I am informed that the floating plates I saw were not ceramic, they were a modern type of polyethylene. This is a new type of armor to me, and I am currently researching it. Ceramic plates usually run about 5lbs*

Ask any LEO you know, wearing armor gets hot and heavy, so for you, it may be worth it to have a vest that won’t weigh you down. On to Steel. ar500 is not just the name of the company for whom I am a certified dealer, it’s a quality rating of steel.

When people go to the range and shoot steel targets, they are made of ar500 steel. This steel is crafted and tempered to such a high strength that a bullet cannot penetrate it. (Ok, not all bullets. See the balistic ratings above). It is multi-hit capable.

The only times I’ve seen penetration by anything short of an AP round was when a test placed two .308 round virtually on top of each other at 20 yards, which just isn’t a likely real life scenario.

There are two major drawbacks to steel armor.

One is the weight. Where ceramic plates are light enough to float, steel plates usually weigh around 8-9 pounds each.

The other big problem they have is called Spalling, or Fragmentation. Essentially, when the bullet hits a plate harder than itself, the energy of that projectile is spent by the bullet itself exploding, and turning into shrapnel flying out in a 360 degree pattern, roughly on the plane of the plate it struck. Now, take a moment, stand up from your computer and take a stance like you’re holding a rifle. Or pistol.

Doesn’t matter.

Think about what is in the plane of your chest plate.There’s the major arteries in your biceps (remember your first aid class where you found that pressure point to stop the bleeding? It can work the other way too). Also, and maybe even more important, your neck (if you have good shooting form) may be forward of your chest.

That’s scary. Needless to say, the problem of spalling as a BIG problem. This is what a box looks like when you shoot a bare steel plate inside of it.

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Enter modern technology. There have been many attempts to mitigate the spalling effect off of a steel plate.

Some of the more basic ones are nothing more than trying to beef up the construction of your plate carrier, in the hopes that it will contain it. I even saw one guy that puts a light gauge metal plate over the top of his steel plate. The theory was that the fragments will lack the energy to pierce the sheet metal, since they will have less energy than the whole round. Seemed to work well enough. But there are a few companies that have moved to a type of plastic coating.

Really more of a really stiff rubber. The coating is strong enough to catch and contain all bullet fragments from multiple hits, effectively dealing with the spalling.

In my opinion.

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You can see the bulges where the coating contained the fragments of all the bullets. And so, these are some of the basics of Body Armor, along with some of my reasoning about what I shop for and what I sell.

The 3 things you will always need in an Urban Survival situation

I came across this article about the 3 things you will always need in an urban survival situation and had to share it with you… here’s a brief excerpt of it.

WTSHTF maybe you are prepared for an extended survival scenario away from civilization, but you have to get out of the city first (maybe). In a disaster situation that might not be so easy. If you have these three things in place you will greatly increase your chances.

1.  Get Home Bag (GHB)

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Imagine for a minute that you work downtown in a large city, maybe you ride the subway or take a bus to work everyday. You are in a large office building with many floors, thousands of people, and you are on the fifteen or twentieth story. If a disaster strikes how are you going to get out? I mean literally. If there is an earthquake, or a catastrophic man made event how are you going to get out of your building? How are you going to get down the street? How are you going to get home? Do you want to be one of the people covered in dust wandering around in shock? I sure don’t.

But I have my Bug out Bag you say!

Oh really, where is it? Even if it is in your car it is useless to you at this point. The parking garage is at street level and possibly blocks away. That could mean life or death in this situation and you need to act now.

Even if you could get to your Bug Out Bag, how much good would it do you in this environment? Most people’s B.O.B. is packed for survival in the wilderness. Camping gear, food, clothing, etc.

Get Home Bag contains an entirely different set of tools and serves one purpose: To get you from wherever you are to your Home.

How to Choose an Urban Survival Bag

Your GBH should contain things that are going to get you out of the building like a prybar. Things to help you make it through the aftermath like water and breathing masks. Things you might use to help rescue others like flashlights or radios. Things that will help you on what could be a very long walk home such as food and maybe shoes.

Clearly a GHB is not a Bug Out Bag. Sure they have some overlap, but a GBH can be much smaller, less weight conscious, have more specific tools, and be planned for one purpose. Do you have one cached  in your office or place of work?

 

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Click here to read the article –> The 3 things you will always need in an Urban Survival situation

8 Simple Steps to Throwing Knives Like a Professional

Step 1) Watch This Video

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Step 2) Order Your Knives Today and Start Practicing

Where to Order The Knives Mentioned in The Video

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How to Throw a Knife Like a Professional

Throwing a knife like a professional is not any different than most other things. You need proper instructions and a lot of practice. The fundamental throwing movement for throwing a knife is not complicated. In the video above you saw how simple it can be.

By getting familiar with the technicalities of the throw and practicing them on a consistent basis you will improve your knife throwing ability. Striking a target with perfect accuracy needs several thousand reiterations and all it takes it practice so keep that in mind.

To throw a knife like a professional you will need to follow some of the instructions as given below:

 

1- At first, you will want to hold the knife on the tip side to be fixed between the thumb and index finger. You will want the tip should pointed towards the palm. You will want to remember to ALWAYS avoid double edged knives because they will scratch you.

2- Next you will want to stand with your shoulders upright and put a foot a step in front of the other one. If you are throwing with your left hand, step your right foot forward and vice versa.

3- Position both your arms at the goal and stick the eyes on the striking point.

4- Lift your throwing arm leisurely straight upward and then move it rearward so that the knife is at the back of your head.

5- Snap the throwing knife forward speedily. As you move your arm down instantly, swing your weight from the back foot to the front foot.

6- Maintain your wrist in a straight line and your shoulder immobile all through the knife throwing motion. Just one arm should be in motion.

7- Liberate the knife when it contacts the discharge point.

8- Trail through. Carry on stirring the throwing arm next to the unchanged path after you liberate the knife. It will assist it link to the target.

A final note, when practicing throwing knives, be sure to use different blades. Once you master one throwing knife, switch to a different one. With enough time, you will be able to pick up a random blade and be able to throw it perfectly without a thought. You will have created muscle memory.

Have you tried throwing knives?

3D Printed Guns (Documentary)

Cody R Wilson has figured out how to print a semi-automatic rifle from the comfort of his own home. Now he’s putting all the information online so that others will join him.

This is a story about the rapid evolution of a technology that has forced the American legal system to play catch up. Cody Wilson, a 25 year old University of Texas Law student, is an advocate for the open source production of firearms using 3D printing technology. This makes him a highly controversial figure on both sides of the gun control issue. MOTHERBOARD sat down with Cody in Austin, Texas to talk about the constitution, the legal system, and to watch him make and test-fire a 3D-printed gun.

Check out our podcast with Cody here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Podcast-Cody-Wilson

Produced By Erin Lee Carr 
Edited by Chris O’Coin 

What do you think of 3D Printed Guns?

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7 Krav Maga Techniques Everyone Should Know

In the modern world, self-defense and being able to effectively defend oneself and one’s family from harm are becoming survival skills on par with being able to work on a car and locate safe sources of food quickly.

The ever-growing popularity of the Israeli-born martial art Krav Maga is one prevalent indication of this trend.

In this article, we will discuss seven crucial Krav Maga techniques everyone from school teachers to commandos should know.

Please note that nothing in this article should in any way be considered a substitute for proper training from a licensed, skilled instructor in Krav Maga.

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1) Everything’s a weapon.

Your pen, keys, belt, even your credit cards are all potential weapons.

Most people consider these items essential to getting through the day, but rarely consider how they might be employed as a weapon if necessary.

Pens and keys can quickly become stabbing implements, while credit cards can be employed as slashing weapons.

Look around you and see what items you could use as weapons if you absolutely had to right this second.

2) Always stay in motion.

At the heart of Krav Maga is the idea of retzev, Hebrew for “continuous motion.”

In a combat situation, you should always be moving either toward or away from your opponent, but the endgame is always to ensure your opponent is no longer a threat at the end.

This could mean simply disarming, rendering unconscious, or possibly even killing your opponent.

3) Look for pressure points and soft tissue.

Areas like the groin, shins, eyes and throat are all vulnerable areas with a lot of soft tissue and nerve endings.

In the middle of an encounter, striking as many of these points as you can, as quickly and as hard as you can, will generally take your opponent from feisty to face-down in a hurry.

Remember that in a combat situation the only rule and scoring criterion is survival.

4) Submission techniques

Choke holds, arm bars, leg locks, and other forms of submission techniques are all valuable to the hand-to-hand combatant.

If an opponent is off balance, having his shoulder dislocated, or being choked unconscious, that person is unable to wreak havoc on you.

If you find yourself in a position to use a submission technique and end the encounter, do so.

Here is a video showing over 150 techniques:

5) Keep it simple.

The KISS principle applies in Krav Maga as much as anything else.

Krav Maga is essentially stripped-down street fighting.

If you see a weakness or vulnerability, do not hesitate to use it. If your attacker has a slight limp, go after the weak leg.

If he’s holding a knife like he’s not sure what to do with it, work on his weakness.

If you can throw something and thereby force your attacker to maintain distance, do it.

Do whatever you must without overthinking it.

6) Defend against weapons.

There is always the chance your attacker will be armed and you won’t for whatever reason.

If this happens, understanding how to defend against attacks from knives, clubs and even guns will drastically increase your odds of surviving the encounter.

You can practice these techniques in your own home using improvised weapons with someone you trust.

7) Neutralize the threat.

The primary objective of Krav Maga is to keep you alive and as close to unharmed as possible.

All the training in the world won’t help you if you come into an encounter without the will to do whatever it takes to survive it.

The goal of Krav Maga is to neutralize your attacker and ensure he does not try that again.

Have you ever done Krav Maga? Leave a comment below!

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10 Self Defense Techniques Everyone Should Know

When you are contemplating getting off the grid and living off of the land, one preoccupying issue is self-defense.

When you are in a spot where the police and assorted passers-by cannot give you aid, you need to be certain that you can defend yourself.

If you are married or have children, it is equally important for them to understand how they can protect themselves as well. We recommend learning and practicing krav maga.

The truth is that self defense is something that can be learned, and there are some very effective techniques that can be picked up by anyone.

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10) Eye Gouging

If someone is attacking you and your hands are free, it is important to go for the most obvious and vulnerable targets right away.

In many cases, an attacker’s eyes are the first choice.

Hook your fingers into stiff claws and rake at the person’s eyes.

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9) Run to the Kitchen

When you are in the kitchen, you have an advantage over the attacker.

You know where all the knives are, and there are a number of things that you can smash over an attacker’s face and head.

Things like broken glassware and broken crockery can severely injure your attacker.

8) Shin Rake

Being grabbed from behind is something that is deeply disturbing, and if you are not prepared for it, there is a good chance that you will freeze.

If you feel someone grab you from behind and drag you close to their body, you can do a move called a shin rake get away.

Shift all of your weight to one foot, lift the other and kick it back against their knee.

Rake your foot down their shin as hard as you can. If you have shoes on, this can take off a lot of skin.

Slam your foot down on the top of their foot.

This can actually break their foot and prevent further harm or pursuit.

7) Yell

When people freeze up from fear, they often also go silent.

This is something that can make it much easier for an attacker to do what they want.

Be ready to yell loudly if someone threatens you.

The sooner you yell, the more likely it is that you will be able to get away while they are nervous and unsure.

6) Running from a Gun

If someone is pointing a gun at you, remember to assess what they want.

If they just your wallet or purse, give it to them.

However, if they are trying to take you someplace, it is far better to get away as soon as you can.

Wait for a distraction, and then run away in a zigzagging pattern, making it harder for them to shoot you.

5) Break a Wrist Hold

When someone has grabbed your wrist, drop down into a deep stance where you are well grounded.

Ball up your fist and push your elbow towards their body.

The more quickly and powerfully you do this,the more likely it is that they will be forced to drop your wrist.

This position keeps you strong and grounded while they are off balance.

4) Hit With The Elbow, Knee or Head

While a fist is a great thing to hit someone with, remember that the hardest parts of your body are your elbows, your knees and your head.

Uses these parts on your attacker’s face, groin and stomach when you are trying to get away.

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3) Throat Strike

When you want to strike someone’s through, strike the side rather than the front.

Stiffen your hand with all fingers stretched straight and together, and fold your thumb underneath your palm.

Strike the targeted throat area with your palm down, either forehand or backhand.

This can knock someone out.

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2) Zone of Safety

If you keep at least three feet between yourself and a possible assailant, you make it much harder for them to harm you. Maintain this circle of safety.

1) Step Into Your Punch

If you know how to throw a punch, lift your foot slightly when you draw back, and then step down and forward hard as you throw it. This gives you much more force.

Do you have any other tips you would recommend?

Leave them in the comments below and share this with your friends!

Top 20 Ways to Protect Your Family and Home from Burglars

With the economy how it is, burglaries are on the rise.

SNR940-Detail-PropertyThis means that you, your family and your home could be at risk. It’s best to be prepared and these survivalist tips are going to help protect your family and home from burglars.

Here are 20 good tips to help protect your family and home from burglars.

  1. Never open your door to a stranger.
    This may seem like common sense, but we sometimes forget. We are no longer in the days where we could leave our doors open and let strangers in our house. Make sure your children do the same and be sure you know who it is on the other side of the door before you let them in.
  2. Always leave a light or two on when you leave your house at night.
    What do you think when you see lights on in a house? You tend to think that a person is home, and the same happens when other people see your home with its lights on. If you’re gone for consecutive days, plug a lamp or two into a timer so that the lights come on at night and go off in the morning.
  3. Always lock your windows, even if leaving home for a few minutes.
    Always lock your windows. You might think that an open window is just a way of letting in fresh air, but to a burglar it is an open invitation to come into your house.
  4. Close your blinds or drapes at night.
    Houses with open blinds or drapes is like an open fishbowl, it exposes its contents to every passerby. Protect yourself from this by closing your blinds.
  5. Always arm your alarm system if you have one, even when you’re at home.
  6. Burglars don’t look like thieves.
    One common problem is that people think burglars will look like thieves. The truth is that most burglars are advanced and will carry clipboards to look like official employees of a service company so always be on the lookout for impostors. If you don’t have a meeting or an appointment, be sure to notify the police.
  7. Form a neighborhood watch committee because even the sign may deter some burglars. Get to know your neighbors and report any unusual activity to the police.
  8. Loud dogs and nosy neighbors serve as great deterrents against criminals.
  9. Don’t leave a spare key to your home in any conspicuous place, like under a planter or doormat or above the doorframe. These are all places a burglar checks first. You probably know many people who do this and it’s not smart to do.
  10. Make sure flat screen TV’s can’t be seen from a major window.
    TV’s are popular among thieves. They’re light to carry and quick to grab so keep them out of view.
  11. Don’t leave toys outside.
    Toys can be stolen, leaving your children to be upset and they also signal burglars that you may have nicer toys inside.

    Always remember to put your kids toys away and teach your kids responsibility of putting things away when they’re done with them.

  12. Wasp spray is better than pepper spray because it can shoot up to 20 feet away and is more accurate.
  13. Don’t leave a note telling people that you are not home.
    Imagine what a thief would think if they go to your front door to see a note stating you aren’t home…
  14. Store valuables in a kid’s room.
    Burglars tend to open up the drawers in parents rooms and look through each of the drawers. However these burglars don’t often go into kids rooms because who would leave their valuables in a kids room? That’s right, you will… because you’re prepared.
  15. Bolt safes to the ground. A burglar won’t have time to break into a safe, but he can certainly take it with him.
  16. When on vacation, don’t allow newspapers to pile up in the driveway.
    Have friends or family members pick up your mail/newspapers and redirect your mail to prevent burglars from seeing you are out of town.
  17. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real TV. Find it at faketv.com.
  18. If it snows while you’re on vacation, ask a neighbor to walk across the lawn or driveway.
    If there are no tracks in the snow that means no one has been home and is a signal to burglars.
  19. Do not announce your vacation on Facebook. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
  20. Always lock your door. Locking your door is one of the simplest steps you can take to protect your house. Often times burglars will move to the next house if you have a good quality deadbolt on each door.

10 Skills Every Prepper Should Have

Many conscientious people have begun to take steps to help prepare themselves and their families for a major disaster.

10 skills every prepper should haveThese preppers anticipate the possibility of the world ending as we know it due to events such as war breaking out on American soil, a complete breakdown of technology, the fall of our government or even a zombie apocalypse.

Regardless of what may bring about the end of ordinary life, there are several skills that every prepper should have.

Here’s a checklist of 10 Skills Every Prepper Should Have

1. Weapons and Self Defense

Chances are you have already brought in a stash of weapons to protect yourself and your family in case the time comes when there is no longer any recognized law. This is a good first step, but you need to know what you are doing. Visit your gun range, take some weapon’s safety classes and have your entire family take some basic self defense classes.

 

2. Learn to Garden

You may have already gone to great lengths to stockpile food items, but eventually your supply will run out. There are many free online classes that can teach you to grow your own food. Start your garden today, and also learn to can your vegetables so you will have access to them all year long.

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3. Connect With Other Preppers

Don’t wait for tragedy to strike to try and find others who are as well prepared as you are. You can find a great many groups on the Internet devoted to being prepared. Get to know some other like-minded people, and you won’t have to worry about going it alone when the times comes. Remember, there is often safety in numbers.

 

4. Learn About Edible Plants

Get yourself a thorough book that teaches about edible plants. If your food runs out, you could be forced to forage and you certainly don’t need to give yourself food poisoning by eating a bad mushroom.

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5. Home Remedies

Start learning about and using home remedies now to see what works best for you. If a time comes when there are no more emergency rooms to run to when you are sick, then you will be prepared to take care of a variety of issues yourself.

Also, be sure to have an extensive first-aid kit on hand for each member of your family and take a CPR course.

 

6. Trapping and Hunting

Don’t wait until you are desperate for food to learn how to hunt and trap animals. Buy some traps, but also learn to make them. Learn how to kill the animal as humanely as possible, how to skin it and how to cut it to make the most of the entire animal.

Here’s an article on trapping –> How to Make a Basic Snare Trap with Paracord or Wire

7. Learn to Sew

Have someone in your family take a sewing class and then teach everyone else how to sew as well. Your clothes will need mending, and if you have children, they will continue to grow out of their clothing at an alarming rate just like they do now.

 

8. Be Handy

Learn all you can about useful trades such as carpentry, welding and soap and candle making. You will be living in a new world where everything can be bartered, and the more you know how to do the more you will have to offer.

 

9. Raise Animals

If you are in a position to do so, then consider raising animals such as chickens, rabbits and horses. The chickens can provide you with eggs every day, and the rabbits make a great stew. With no other transportation available, a nice horseback ride will look really good rather than walking everywhere.

 

10. Teach Your Children Differently

Don’t cripple your children by allowing them to spend all their time watching television or playing on their computer.

Teach them how to play using their imagination so it won’t be difficult for them to make the transition when their electronic playthings are no longer available.

With a vast amount of luck, nothing will go wrong enough to interfere in your regular life.

However, if it does, with these skills you will be the one who is ready to deal with whatever is thrown your way.

Learn these skills well, enjoy your life and be secure in knowing you are ready for anything.