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How To Make A Slingbow – Learn How To Make A Slingbow

In this video you’ll learn how to make a slingbow

A sling-bow is basically a slingshot that’s altered to shoot arrows.  They are pretty powerful depending on what materials you use to construct them with, and can be made on a very slim budget. So without further ado lets begin!

You’ll need:

  1. A sling shot
  2. A golf tee
  3. An O-ring
  4. Two medium zip ties
  5. An old beat up arrow
  6. A few strips of duck tape

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The first thing you need to do is to prep the sling shot.  The first step in doing this is to take off the existing elastic bands, and discard them.  Next take your heavy duty replacement bands and trim them until there’s 1 inch of band for every 5 inches of arrow.

For example I trimmed my bands to 5 1/2 inches, and they work perfectly with my 25” arrows.  Next put your bands on and leaving a quarter inch to a half inch of extra band extending at the end.  To test pull it back to it’s max draw and have someone measure the distance from the pocket to the extra bit of band on the sling shot.

You want this number to be less than the length of the arrow by one or two inches.

DIY Slingbow

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The arrow rest is what is going to hold the arrow before and during the release.  You want the O-ring, to be perfectly vertical, so to do that you first need to put one of the zip ties through the O-ring and then around the end tag of the elastic band like in the picture above.

Don’t tighten it all the way yet, we’ll get to that later. Then next to get the ring to stand vertical you need to counter twist the other zip tie. If you are confused at this point just reference the pictures above.

Now tighten the zip ties until the ring is right in the center, and vertical.

If you need further instructions check out the original article here, http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Sling-Bow/step8/The-Nock/

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

What to do before and during your purchase

If you are a prepper and just starting out, then one of the tools which you are sure to acquire is a gun. Yet, for those which have never purchased a gun, the process may be a little frustrating. There are a few things which must be considered prior to and during your purchase. Here is a list of the top considerations you need to have in line before and during a gun purchase.

Before you Purchase a gun

Before you purchase a gun, you need to select the gun which is appropriate for you. Now, if you do not have a gun then you will need to find a way in which to test various guns to find the perfect fit. There are a few ways in which you can do this.

  1. Find a friend that has a few different guns and ask to shoot them. Ensure that the person that has the guns knows what he/she is doing. You do not want to kill yourself just because you and the person that owns the guns thought it would be fun to unload a few rounds.

 

  1. Go to a firing range and ask if they can instruct you. Typically, you can find someone that will be able to match a gun to your needs, your build, and your ability.

Planning your Purchase

Remember that when you go to purchase a gun that you are entering into a commercial space. The person that is selling you the gun is going to try to up sell whatever they can to get the most profit from you. Do a bit of research on the various guns which are available. As with any commercialized product there are different makes and models available as well as different bells and whistles for each. This does not mean that you have to purchase these things. Do not get bamboozled by the salesman which is trying to get more on their commission and profits.

Once you have picked the gun or rifle that you want, then you need to ensure that you have the proper paperwork in place to purchase the gun. Where Hollywood would make it sound as if you can just go into a pawn shop or a gun shop and slap down a bit of money and get a gun that day, the reality of the situation is that you will have to have your paperwork processed and that the paperwork will have to clear before you can pick up your gun. In most cases this will take 7 days or more. To help expedite the process have:

  • Your gun safety license or a copy of the license
  • Your driver’s license and a secondary proof of Identity
  • The cash to pay for the gun
  • A background Check printout on you

The last point is essential in helping things along. Most of the delay that you will find is a result of the governmental stipulations requiring that all those which purchase a firearm have a background check conducted. Where the establishment may require a new background check, it may not if you have a notarized and authentic source for your background check.

Purchasing your gun

Again, I really want to drive the point home that you will be purchasing from someone that is not concerned with your safety and how you shoot the gun. They are concerned with your dollars and you leaving the store legally with a weapon. That is it. When you go in to purchase a gun, you need to have in mind the type of gun and the features which you will want to have on the gun. Be sure to ask about warranties, different models, and ask about the cost of ammunition and upkeep for the particular model that you select. If you are choosing a Glock or another similar gun which is notorious for not having a safety, ensure that you acquire a trigger lock or another way to ensure that you do not accidently fire the gun.

Gun stores love preppers, for some reason they think that the majority of us are ill informed theorist. This has, unfortunately, led to many gun providers offering over the top guns to those that make it known that they are prepping. Keep it to yourself that you are planning for a catastrophic event. Instead use terms like “I want some extra defense” or “what is your best long range hunting rifle”. You may want to consider stating that “I have a bit of precision training and I want a gun that has a bit more power than a (put gun type here).” The more informed you are the better you will be in getting things accomplished.

It is part of your plan so plan wisely

You do not want to look like a novice when you go to pick out a gun. Look like you have been there before and that you have a firm grasp on weaponry. The worse thing that you can say when you go to purchase your first gun is “I have never purchased a gun before and need a little bit of help” or something to the equivalent. Yes, you can ask questions and yes it is important to get help on a topic if you do not understand what is being stated. However, you do not want to be the target of every sales person that says you must have this and that in order to have a prepper ready arsenal.

TIP: Where gun purchasing does take time and there is usually a waiting period, you can usually purchase your ammunition the day that you go to a store. If you are certain that you are going to get a particular gun, go ahead and start buying up the ammunition for it. As the amount of boxes you can purchase is limited, buying now and later will give you more bullets.

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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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9 Reasons Why I Won’t Be Relying on the Government Any Time Soon

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We live in an age when an increasing number of people are relying on the government.

Reliance on the government does not just extend to social welfare programs; even middle class people are taking advantage of the ‘free’ public education and low cost health care insurance programs that their taxes fund.

However, there are a multitude of reasons that many of us insist on doing for ourselves. Here are the top nine.

1. The Government Can be Heavy-Handed.

Is anyone else concerned about increasing the scope of power that a small amount of oligarchs wields over us? Every day brings a new example of Big Government telling people what to do with their most intimate lives.

For example, in some states the government has done away with all exemptions for vaccination.

If you want your children in a public school or a state-funded hospital (and they’re all state-funded now), you have to let them decide how your children are raised. Rather than biting the hand that feeds you, stop taking the food.

2. The Government Is Inefficient.

Anyone who has been in the military or any government service can attest to the immense amount of paperwork needed for even the smallest decisions.

Committees of experts and a team of consultants are necessary to make a decision on what color of toilet paper to put in the restrooms.

Government employees spend their days in meetings and pushing papers, with very little actually getting done. Depending on a government program for any necessity means becoming yet another piece of paper on a desk somewhere.

3. The Government Wastes Money.

Bureaucracy is expensive.

All of those paper pushers sit on government-funded chairs at government-funded desks writing on government-funded laptops and then take home government-funded paychecks.

Most tax dollars are spent on all of the people working in big shiny buildings before they ever reach the intended target.

Sure, a lot of us are paying taxes for these services we will never use.

However, it is usually impossible to avoid taxes. It is, however, possible to avoid becoming another drain on tax dollars.

When fewer people use government services, the government will have less of an excuse for its blatant waste of funds.

4. The Government Is Always Late.

Hurricane Katrina is a fine example of the government being a day late and a dollar short.

People waited for Uncle Sam to dig them out of the wreckage left behind but no one came until the formerly world-renowned city of New Orleans was a cesspool of sewage, looters, and rotting bodies.

They’ve done little more than damage control since then; the waterfront has still not been rebuilt and many levees remain in such poor condition that another hurricane might cause the same situation.

5. The Government is Corrupt.

You might as well send a check to the mafia every month; they probably have less overhead.

There are a few people who can successfully depend on the government, but they’re lobbyists and the cronies of our representatives.

Unless you can afford to pay off a few senators, the government cannot be relied upon.

Even worse, collectivist government programs are where some of the worst and most egregious corruption occurs.

Contractors for bridges and roads, for example, are chosen by who they know and how many minorities work in the back office while the well-connected CEO pockets millions.

When you rely on the government for anything at all, you are feeding the beast.

6. The Government Doesn’t Care.

Anyone who thinks that the government cares about the people it claims to help needs a reality check.

click here to saveOur soldiers come back to find there are no resources for even the decent care of their battle wounds. Young widows and infirm widows are cut off of needed benefits over paperwork errors every day.

The government doesn’t care about your kid or your grandma. Institutions are not people; they do not have a heart or emotions. Only people can care, and that’s why charity is best handled in our own homes and neighborhoods.

7. These Benefits Won’t Be Around Forever.

Don’t get too comfortable relying on the government to handle the distribution of aid and benefits.

Programs like Social Security are being driven into the ground and costing far more than the benefits paid–and far more than taxpayers can financially sustain.

The programs simply cannot continue to exist in their current form. Smart people don’t let themselves become dependent on aid that is, at best, temporary.

8. There Is Pride in Self-Sufficiency.

If you’ve ever seen a four-year-old feed the chickens or complete even the simplest chore, you have seen pride. Yet somehow our society beats this important human feeling out of us by adulthood.

We forget how good it feels to do things ourselves.

Refuse to let go of that simple joy.

Taking care of yourself and your own is sometimes difficult, sometimes a sacrifice, and always worth it.

9. I Don’t Need To.

Even the best and most hardworking people of our times have an odd sense of entitlement.

It’s easy to see how this develops.

Most Americans work hard and pay their fair share; it’s only right to expect something in return. However, there was a time when government dollars were not a fact of life.

People maintained their own roads, grew much of their food, and lived without carefully tracked and rationed public utilities we now take for granted.

I can run my life just fine without government assistance, so I will.

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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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