Quickest Way to Start a Fire

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Building a fire may look easy but for most people it takes some practice.  The quickest way to start a fire is with a fire starter!  Fire starters are designed to start quickly, burn hot, and last for a couple of minutes.  This allows tree branches that are placed […]

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Fire Starter Kit

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One prep I find very useful this season is a fire starter kit.  It’s particularly helpful when camping with a light rainfall or in the morning when the dew sets in.  My experience has taught me that when tinder is damp starting a fire canRead More

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Ron Owen Report. Australian Elections 2016.

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Elections 2016.

The eternal war between the Individual and the State ebbs and flows with the same regularity as the oceans tide. Last week, on 23rd June (Britains Independence Day) the individuals stood up and voted to break away from the tyranny of the European Parliament. The little guys won, the smaller more independent parties finally beat the media/bank/big political party machine. Lets hope its not a one off.

We are living in a vary exciting time, due to many factors, one large one being the internet, facebook and twitter the individual are competing with mass media. Mass media, due to its reduction in advertising revenue is in decline, not quite like a falling star, but faster than anyone could have envisaged five years ago. The Trump phenomena is still tied to big party Republicans politics, but the died in the wool Republicans hate him, as he is financially & morally independent of them all. They cannot control him and he has successfully used his ‘one liners’ to set up the main stream media to rail against him, knowing that his  ‘one liners’ are irrefutable to the common man and woman, ‘the individuals’. We are the people who are fed up, with Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dummer politics, we will be the people who cause the revival of individual power. No longer are we going to be the meat in the sandwich with left wing buying votes for immigrants and right wing importing cheap labour, at the cost of higher GST to pay the ‘fly in’ welfare bill. Australia still  needs a Nigel Farage UKIP, or a Trump to unify the middle ground, but as we go to the poll next Saturday we have for the first time lots of choices, Martin Turnbull (turncoat) who is very acceptable to all the major bankers like Goldman Sachs and Bill Shorten who is acceptable to left wing unions, both are smiling as they re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, just hours before it hits the iceberg. Both are glancing forwards to see the Independent  imminent iceberg slowly but surely approaching. Look hard the smiles are only a façade to cover their fear.

We Should All Know Who To Vote For. Have you Contacted your Local Candidates Yet.
Lots of readers, of this Bulletin have contacted me asking for advice on who to vote for, some have asked me to print a suggested ballot paper out, but they do not realise that this humble message goes to 10,000 shooters in ever State and electorate in Australia, even Tasmania, as there are so many variations it is impossible and would only confuse the issue.
So to simplify, just keep this loud and clear in your minds and please pass this on to all of your friends and families. All major parties, in all states are fully aware and concerned about the growing resentment against them by Australia’s middle ground, added to this is there concern that the 2 million licensed shooters in Australia which equated to 15 % of the voting public is a larger factor than the traditional middle ground swinging voters.

This Has Held Back The New National Firearm Agreement.
Twice this past year the Police Ministers from every State have met with the Commonwealth Justice Minister and they have adjourned the decision on a new altered NFA. The Commonwealth Government has refused FOI requests from Dr Samara McPhedran, (Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Violence Research and Prevention Program,) submitted a FOI in March 2016 to access the documents mentioned in a News.com.au article that the government has been circulating since November 2015. The FOI request was denied by Stephen Bouwhuis, Assistant Secretary at the Attorney-General’s Department.
Mr Bouwhuis confirmed the document existed, however refused to disclose it. He said in a letter to McPhedran, “I do not consider that it would be in the public interest to disclose this document”.
“The information contained in the document was communicated to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department by or on behalf of state or territory governments on a confidential basis, for the purposes of discussions about the proposed agreement,” he said in the letter.

“Following consultations with the relevant state or territory government agencies, a majority of agencies objected to the disclosure of the document on the basis that it would disclose information provided to the Commonwealth in confidence.”

Blind Freddy can understand from Stephen Bouwhuis statement that the major parties have a bad plan for us, that they don’t want to announce before the election because they fear a huge backlash at the ballot box from the shooting community. Even the process is obviously corrupt as it is a case of ‘Caesar judging Caesar’, the Justice Department runs the COAG meetings and the FDA and it also controls all Freedom of Information requests. So its no surprise that Caesar won’t allow us to see the document.

If the major parties have a huge cut in there vote percentages they will not have the guts to rip a new FDA into the Australian shooters. On the other hand if one of them has a huge majority we can dig a big hole and get ready to bury your tears. So no one has an excuse, so do your duty vote against the big four.

Vote instead for the Shooters Party, or Liberal Democrats, (Senator David Leyonhjelm) or Katters Party, or One Nation, or Liberal Alliance, or any sympathetic Independent. We all should be on the telephone, or on the email asking all of these parties, even our traditional enemies, Liberal Labour, Nationals and the Greens what improvements are they going to make for licenced shooters, don’t be discouraged by the long silence as every time they are asked and answer in a negative, or lie, they know they are losing votes, the bad guys are not known for their silence, they will never publically support us, but they will complain to their party henchmen and blame their losses on the shooters, so please get motivated and annoy them at this crucial time. They won’t listen again, like this for four years.

History of Treason in Parliament.
Many shooters have emailed in references to Section 44 of the Commonwealth Constitution and asked why we have Muslims in parliament who give their Allegiance and Adherence to a foreign power, the political orientation of Islam when section 44 states,
44. Any person who-
(i.) Is under any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power,
How can they honestly take the Oath of Allegiance?
I, A.B., do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her heirs and successors according to law. SO HELP ME GOD!

These issues of ‘Allegiance’ are the product of the Bill of Rights and were codified there in the Oath of Allegiance followed by,
“That the said Lords Spirituall and Temporall and Commons being the two Houses of Parlyament should continue to sitt and with their Majesties Royall Concurrence make effectuall Provision for the Setlement of the Religion Lawes and Liberties of this Kingdome soe that the same for the future might not be in danger againe of being subverted. That noe Forreigne Prince Person Prelate, State or Potentate hath or ought to have any Jurisdiction Power Superiority Preeminence or Authoritie Ecclesiasticall or Spirituall within this Realme Soe helpe me God.”

As you can see the problem that they were addressing was very similar to what we now face in all countries of Western civilisation. Infiltration and subversion from leaders whose real interest is in a religious ideology that has its own separate political agenda to Australia. In the days when the Bill or Rights was written it was ‘Popery’ and today it is Islam. That document the Bill of Rights  is also relevant to shooter in Australia due to its other provisions,

“Disarming Protestants, &c.
By causing severall good Subjects being Protestants to be disarmed at the same time when Papists were both Armed and Imployed contrary to Law.”

Subjects’ Arms.

That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.

John Locke wrote  ‘The Second Treatise of Civil Government’ which inspired the freedoms and rights listed in every Bill of Rights since 1689.

That document is also our Bill of Rights and it is the Bill of Rights that the Americans copied into their Bill of Rights which are included as amendments to their Constitution and in our case are acknowledged under the Coronation Oath which every Monarch submits to. As power of assent to all laws flows from the Crown the Governors and Governor Generals should not give assent to laws that are in breach of those Constitutional documents such as the Bill of Rights and Magna Carta that limit the Crown powers.

So why won’t our Parliament disqualify the Muslim members of parliament, why won’t our Parliamentary members uphold the provisions of the Bill of Rights? Same reasons for both problems. Just look at the next provision in our Commonwealth Constitution Section 45.

“Vacancy on happening of disqualification.
45. If a senator or member of the House of Representatives-

(i.) Becomes subject to any of the disabilities mentioned in the last preceding section: or

(iii.) Directly or indirectly takes or agrees to take any fee or honorarium for services rendered to the Commonwealth, or for services rendered in the Parliament to any person or State: his place shall thereupon become vacant.”

As all party politicians take an honorarium and are paid election expenses after pre-selection by a political party, which is paid to them on the basis that they render a service to the Party once they are elected, they should all be Disqualified. This provision was thoughtfully placed in the Constitution by our founding fathers Henry Parks and Sir William (Good Iron Mac) Mc Millen to prevent Party control of our Australian Parliament. They wanted our representatives to represent the individuals not Political Parties. So on the basis of “Those that live in Glass Houses should not throw Stones” our party politicians will never complain as they have to so  we the people have to accept treason as a daily occurrence in our halls of government. That does not mean we just walk away from it, we have to tell everyone we know about it, we have to keep striving to change things and regain our freedoms. Its not much of a choice its simple either Vote for Liberty or Tyranny.

Questions to Ask Your Anti Gun Friends??
On Facebook every time we have a published massacre, ( I say that as there are many massacres that occur every day, forty or fifty dead in a third world country, but if they are not in a Gay Brothel, or a Gun Free zone we never hear about them) we are inundated by anti gunners full of Hoplophobia zeal. I have over the last forty years had to deal with them personally or in letters to the editor and I have found that best way is to ask them nicely to answer a few questions and then your will answer theirs. I have put the questions on this site so you can easily cut and paste them into a facebook post.

Ron Owen.

Article – Inside A Secret Government Warehouse Prepped For Health Catastrophes

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Interesting article on the Strategic National Stockpile. I wonder if they have one of these somewhere for ammo. (“Yes! And its called ‘my basement’!”)


When Greg Burel tells people he’s in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they’re like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever.

“Well, no, not really,” says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that the officials would need in the wake of a terrorist attack with a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.

The location of these warehouses is secret. How many there are is secret. (Although a former government official recently said at a public meeting that there are six.) And exactly what’s in them is secret.

“If everybody knows exactly what we have, then you know exactly what you can do to us that we can’t fix,” says Burel. “And we just don’t want that to happen.”

What he will reveal is how much the stockpile is worth: “We currently value the inventory at a little over $7 billion.”

Wanderers End Sanctuary

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Clubb, Missouri, Athens, TN Broadalbin,NY United States)

This Community is Re-forming

Oklahoma, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado locations are sold out Kentucky land ended up flooding. Starting over in Missouri, Tennessee and WE just got 120 acres donated to us in New york! WE needs pioneers  in New York Now! Ground floor opportunity since we do not have any members in this area yet
Mission Statement:
If you are tired of the rat race,

• with all the never-ending bills

• crime-infested neighborhoods

• GMO-poisoned foods

• lack of community support

Our mission is to guide you through to research and obtain the most logical, sustainable lifestyle that can be accomplished by an average community that works together. Our power as a community empowers us to accomplish more! The 1st step on the Wanderer’s path is to get to our online network that will help you get grouped together with others in your chosen location to purchase your shares. The earlier you get in the more seniority.


• wants to help save the world

• get a free off-grid super home to your family

• own your own business in an Eco Village

• Develop Self-Sufficiency Skills

• Divide and Conquer various Projects

• Privacy, but with trusted friends nearby

• Like-Minded Neighbors

• Thrive in Good Times & Bad

• Secure Prepper Retreat Nearby

• Far Easier to Take Vacations

• People are Social Creatures

•Permaculture•Aquaponics•Self Reliant

• MUCH Cheaper than doing it alone!

• Secluded/Hidden

• Accessible yet VERY Secure

• Great soil for growing food

• Decent year-round climate

• Usable Acreage

• Purpose-built, but still nice

Our Homestead Planned Features 85 percent free super community-built homes that are almost completely…..

hurricane proof, bulletproof, tornado proof, and will last forever with no utility bills!

Other Features

• Indoor greenhouse the cleans your air and grey waste-water while providing year round GMO-free food!

• Securable Perimeter

• 24x7x365 Security with Quiet peaceful gated community living

• Strategic Entrance Path / Choke Points

• Listening Posts / Observation Posts (LP/OPs)

• First Come First Serve on Acreage Selection

•Get in on the ground floor to learn from each other and train yourself to be better prepared!


•Existing Members Vote in New Members

•1/4 acre per share- 4 share limit 1 acre per house•All Documents/Easements/etc done 100% Legit

In today’s world, to have neighbors that are Like-Minded – Priceless! Don’t be lone wolf homesteaders that are Easy Prey for Serious Threats! WE Preppers are people too. Relax. Live. Enjoy! VERY Family-friendly! We are all determined to work together to make our dreams happen.

If you possess the skills and manners that our community desires, then you will be given an invitation to apply for a membership in our group of families that are traveling convoy style cross-country to our acreage of Appalachian mountain land.

So here are a list of some of our desired traits for our members:
Website technicians
Web content writers
Fundraising Experts
Rock Musicians (a whole band would be nice)
Earthship Pirates
MLM marketers
MacGyver’s & Bill Nye’s
Camera crew and producer
Scientists and researchers

We are tired of the crime, the sliding family, community, educational and nutritional values, the rat race, endless bills for disposable homes that are only hurting planet and are ready to do something about it! Our dream is to pioneer a true Eco-village from scratch utilizing our simple, very effective plan. Just help others with their dreams.

It costs $200 to apply. If approved, up to 4 shares of membership will made available to you and your family. Each share comes with 1/4 acre of land and 1400 sq foot of shop and off-grid home for your family to enjoy in our private village. Your family will also get its own business, and free shopping for all of our village’s goods plus numerous other benefits.

If interested please apply here and put CONVOY in spot for sponsor!


10 Unconventional Uses for Honey

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10 Unconventional Uses for Honey Ah, Honey… food for kings. I love honey and so have every nation, every era and every man and woman on earth since time began! Honey is mostly used to put on things like toast or cereal but did you know that Honey goes much deeper than a yummy taste. …

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10 Non-Edibles for Your Emergency Stash

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non edibles emergency stash

While not exactly edible, stocking up on these ten items will make everyday life more comfortable, whatever your emergency.


Picture this.  You’ve been in your bunker for three weeks.  Sponge baths are a rare treat.  Then you remember your stash of Secret anti-perspirant.  Ahhhh….. instant morale booster, especially if shared.

Feminine products  
Periods don’t stop for something trivial like a nuclear war.  A six month’s stash of tampons, especially o.b., won’t take up much room, and will greatly improve your quality of life. However, a much better option, by far, is a menstrual cup, such as the Diva Cup that I review here.

Small items for entertainment
Choose multi-use toys and games.  Playing cards or Play-Dough, for example. Yard sales, dollar stores, and thrift shops are all very good places to buy these. They’ll keep kids busy during stressful times and will provide diversions for the adults in the group.

Bar soap

In a pinch it can be used for shampoo and even laundry. Buy a variety of soaps, including some that do not have a lot of extra dye or perfume added. You should also stock up on classic laundry soaps, such as Zote or Fels-Naptha. These are terrific as stain removers and as an ingredient for homemade laundry detergent.

Zip-Loc bags of all sizes

These can’t be beat for everything from a tooth for the Tooth Fairy to containing nuclear waste, aka dirty diapers.
Rope for a clothesline and clothes pins.  Air-dried laundry smells and feels so clean and crisp.  It may become your preferred method of drying, even after the electricity comes on, and of course there’s the added benefit of being oh-so-Green!

A pack of never-before-opened underwear for each family member

This is something that most folks will overlook in their zeal to stock up on freeze-dried food and ammo, but sooner or later, the kids are going to outgrow theirs and mom and dad will appreciate having a nice, fresh set. Ditto for bras.

Battery-powered CD player & CDs
There’s just something about beautiful music for defusing tension and calming nerves. I put this in the category of “Sanity” when it comes to packing emergency kits and making survival preps at home.

Tylenol PM
Seriously.  Do you really want to be 100% conscious wrapped up in your silver emergency blanket, huddled in the back seat of your mini-van for hours?

Toilet paper

While it’s true you can’t stock up on enough toilet paper to last indefinitely, but you can stock up on a year’s worth. I’ve done it. Use coupons and store sales to bring the price down. Keep track of how many rolls your household uses in a month, multiply by 12, and you’ll know about how many rolls you’ll need. Some have argued in favor of using cloth wipes in lieu of TP, and this isn’t a bad idea in general, but it will require the ability to bring a few gallons of water to a boil at least 2-3 times per week, and then dispose of the resulting “black water” in an area that won’t contaminate ground water or growing, food-bearing plants.

Preparing for natural disasters, nuclear war, complete societal breakdown, doesn’t mean we have to lose our sense of humor. In fact, your sense of humor should be #1 on this list! Don’t ever hunker down in your bunker without it!

This article was originally posted in June, 2009 and has been updated.

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Arctic Specter Sends A Review

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Well done review on an excellent piece of kit, by a guy who knows his business. _________________________________________________________________ Suunto M3 Compass – A Review June 27, 2016 Having recently graduated the Army Mountain Warfare School’s Basic Mountaineering course I was introduced to a newer, and, in my opinion, more effective type of compass.  Being fairly proficient at […]

Senator Calls 2A Supporters “Dirty…Filthy…Crazy…Vicious…Heartless…Supporters of Terrorism”

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While we all know that the majority of the politicians in California are painfully liberal and terrified of guns and, well, you know, freedom, Senator Isadore Hall really raised (or … Read the rest

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Laundry To Landscape Grey-water Hack

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Laundry To Landscape Grey-water Hack   I think this is a perfect project for many of us that want to save money and recycle laundry water 🙂 We all waste water. Well, with this hack you can use the water from your laundry to water your garden 🙂 Save gallons upon gallons of water. The hose …

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How to Survive a Riot in a SHTF Situation

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Survival is the name of the game. What do college tuition increases, soccer games, institutionalized oppression, death caused by police, editorial cartoons, and a movie star’s death have in common? They’ve all ignited riots in the past few years. It’s no secret that angry mobs can be as dangerous and unpredictable as just about any …

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Throwing Sticks for Wilderness Survival 101

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Throwing Sticks for Wilderness Survival 101 Throwing sticks have been used for thousands of years and are still used today in some cultures. Wilderness survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation  to save themselves or others. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food, thermoregulation, …

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Spice Up Your Health: Why You Need To Be Using These Spices Every Day

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Spice Up Your Health: Why You Need To Be Using These Spices Every Day As a prepper myself, I always try to stockpile multi-use preps. For example, I stockpile aluminum foil because it has way more uses than to cook in. Check out the article on this here. The same can be said for spices. …

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How Much Rainwater Can You/Should You Store

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How Much Rainwater Can You/Should You Store To determine the amount of storage that is appropriate for you, you need to know how much rainwater you can collect from your roof or other areas and the amount of water you will need. When calculating how much water you are going to need, you will want to …

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Best survival Gun?

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Right here. Glock 17. When you do the equation factoring concealability, reliability, durability, availability, commonality, weight, accuracy, ammo capacity, ergonomics and simplicity no other fighting gun comes close. You dont agree? Tell me why and I’ll explain why you are wrong.

The Glock 17 is today what back in the day was a 1911 or maybe more popular world wide the Browning Hi-Power. Anywhere you go, you are likely to find a few rounds of 9mm and a Glock to fire them.

For all survivalists and preppers, this is the gun to own and master. Maybe you like its smaller brother the Glock 19 or maybe you like a different caliber, I understand that too. But with a Glock 9mm you will always be well armed, you will always find some rounds to feed your gun given 9mm’s popularity and you’ll always find parts and magazines if you ever need them.

The only thing I recommend changing is the sights. Get good metal nightsights like these.

Meprolight Glock Tru-Dot Night Sight for 9mm $61.79


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Smartphone Navigation Apps

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It’s common in my navigation classes to be asked – what is better, a standalone GPS

receiver (such as a Garmin 64) or smartphone navigation apps?

Philip Werner’s blog has a fine post that takes a look at what hikers are using on the trail for backcountry navigation. His post offers a survey of what is most common in the hiking community.

I was gratified to see that a large majority use a traditional paper map and compass.

Smartphone navigation App use is large and from my perspective getting larger.

Thoughtfully, Mr. Werner provides a nice listing of popular smartphone navigation app.

Personally, I’ll stick with my waterproof and reliable Garmin 64s.

Considerations When Buying a GPS –

Lynx Defense Range Bag

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This bag is made in the USA in Selma, North Carolina, and it is Berry Amendment compliant under USC, Title 10, and Section 2533a. What is the Berry Amendment and what does it have to do with a range bag anyway.

The Berry Amendment is a statutory requirement that restricts the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to DoD for procurement of food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.

The Berry Amendment has been critical to maintaining the safety and security of our armed forces, by requiring covered items to be produced in the United States. With respect to textiles and clothing, the Berry Amendment has been critical to the viability of the textile and clothing production base in the United States (Trade.Gov, 2016).

This means that the Lynx Defense Range Bag is made from the highest quality materials available and that all phases of manufacturing and assembly comply with Department of Defense standards even though this bag is marketed for civilian use.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

  • The Bag Is 12 Inches Tall, 16 Inches Long And 9 Inches Wide
  • Two Inserts Are Included With The Option To Purchase More, Which Can Then Be Added
  • Inserts Fit Most Guns (Feature Gun And Magazine Holders)
  • Fits A Maximum Of Four Gun/Magazine Combination Inserts
  • Includes A Detachable Rollout Gun Mat
  • Durable 500D Cordura Fabric
  • Removable Hard Bottom For Increased Durability

(Cordura is a durable proven fabric for the needs of the shooting sports, military, and tactical industries. We source every single thread, zipper, piece of Velcro, and fabric from US companies making their products in the USA.)

I found out years ago that using a gym bag or a duffle bag made for clothes just doesn’t make the cut, when it comes to carrying firearms and assorted relevant gear around. Ammo gets lost in gym bags, and my shooting glasses always seemed to get bent out of shape and everything bangs around inside the bag, which always made me cringe, because what is getting chipped or nicked I always wondered.

If you are like me, you want to configure things to suit yourself, and this bag makes it easy to do, so play around with it when you get it home. The bag employs hook-and-loop attachments, so they can be removed and placed in different positions so you can adjust to suit your needs, and you can purchase and add additional ones as well.

With the Lynx Defense Range Bag, everything has its place and it stays in its place, so if you are heading out for a hunting trip and are traversing rough terrain rest assured your firearms, magazines and Ammo are secured in place.

While not as big as some range bags you can buy this one has plenty of room above and beyond what is needed for your handguns and magazines. You can carry firearm tools, eye and ear protection, there is a pocket for paper targets, and plenty of room for extra Ammo along with your cleaning kit and other assorted sundry items.

Lynx Defense Range Bag

I love the range mat because it protects your handguns and gives you a good work surface to clean and work on your firearms. The material cleans up easy as well, so you can keep it looking new no matter how much you use it.

Some firing ranges have concrete tables/benches that can mar the finish on your handgun quickly, so you do need a mat for laying out your firearms, and having one built in ensures you always have one, and of course lay the mat out at home for firearm maintenance, as well.

You can remove the rollout mat for extra storage if you so choose. This bag gives you options and allows you to adapt it to suit your personal preferences.

The removable hardened bottom may not sound like a selling point for some people, but it is, and you will appreciate it once you reach inside the bag. The bottom holds the bag in such a way that you don’t have to constantly push the sides away to find something, which is characteristic with many range bags. Moreover, you can remove it as I said, which makes cleaning the bag much easier and the material does clean up easy by the way, which is typical of high-quality material. The hard bottom also protects the contents if you happen to drop the bag or set it down harder than you expected.

Even though the bag is high quality, it is nondescript in the sense that when carrying it in public it doesn’t advertise it is a range bag full of firearms. The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap if you choose to use it. You can learn more about Lynx Defense and all there products at LynxDefense.com

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WWIII? Germany about to Achieve Hitler’s Dream, EU leaders call for European SUPERSTATE

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European Elites are using the BREXIT vote in the UK to push for the creation of a European SUPERSTATE — EU countries to be dissolved, losing their rights to have an army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. […]

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Bird Hunting with a Fishing Line and Hook

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bird huntingFirst let me put in the disclaimer, I believe bird hunting with a fishing line and hooks is probably illegal in all 50 states.  The only conditions under which I would ever recommend that you do this would be if you are in a life and death situation.

But if the situation is desperate, here is a way to catch ducks, geese, swans, seagulls and many other birds.  If you are hunting ducks first determine what kind you have. Diving ducks and sea ducks dive deep underwater to get food. Dabbling ducks feed on land or on the surface of the water.  First of all, watch the ducks and see if they are diving ducks or dabbling ducks.

Most common waterfowl feed on a diet of grasses, aquatic plants, small fish, insects, worms, small amphibians (frogs and toads) and small mollusks. Dabbling ducks or waterfowl that feed on land or the surface of the water are the easiest to catch.  All you need is a good fishing, strong line (10 Lbs test) and a small treble hook.  A treble hook works the best, but others will do. Bait the hook (bread works well) cast out near the ducks and wait.  When the duck bits give him time to swallow the hook and pull him in.

This can also work with seagulls and other shorebirds; if they are used to being fed, you can often just cast the line into the air.  I have had both seagulls and pelicans grab my bait when fishing.

Using corn, bread or bugs, you can catch many different types of birds including doves, pheasant and quail.  This technique will sometimes even work for getting a squirrel or two.  You want to have a large cloth or something to wrap the birds in when you drag them to you.  This makes them easier to control until you can dispatch them.

Whenever I mention eating seagulls, someone always says I heard they taste horrible.  Now to be truthful I have never eaten a seagull.  However many cultures in different parts of the world have consumed them during periods of need.  Some have even learned to cook them into what became popular dishes.  My only advice about cooking birds would be if the birds are meat eaters or scavengers, cook them well.

Again I repeat this type of bird hunting is only something you should ever consider doing if your life depends on it.


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25 Ways You Can Arm Yourself For Survival

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For many people, self-defense after a disaster is a frightening topic. It’s much more fun to think about food, water, survival gadgets, and so forth. But the reality is that your chance of being attacked, robbed, or worse after the SHTF will be significantly higher than it was before. People will be desperate, so you […]

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Cold Steel Broken Skull First Impression

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Cold Steel Broken Skull First Impression The Cold Steel Broken Skull is a relatively new folding knife. It was designed with input from wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Mr. Austin is a life long outdoors man and ranch owner. Like it’s designed the broken Skull is big, brash, and tough as nails. I haven’t […]

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Generator day

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It’s not exactly a holiday, but every so often you need to crank up the Honda EU2000. There are probably a few things that need to be drilled into everyone’s head at an early age…and one of those things should be ‘take care of your gear’. I’d bet money that almost no one here checks the air pressure in their spare tire on a regular basis.

20160624_084338The EU2000 has been, for my needs, an awesome product. Relatively quiet, it sips gas, is man-portable, and at around $1k isn’t going to break the bank too badly. Last summer when we had our hellaciously bad windstorm I was able to sit here with computer, internet, cable TV, cold beverages, and operational security cameras….all thanks to the little Honda and some foresight.

Speaking of foresight. The generator by itself isn’t enough. Accessories include, but are not limited to:

  • Lock and cable
  • Heavy-duty, contractor grade extension cords.
  • Fuel funnel
  • Extra filters
  • Fire extinguisher for refueling process
  • Dedicated supply of stored gas
  • Printed copy of startup/shutdown instructions fixed to generator
  • Hardigg case to hold everything
  • Flashlight/area light for initial setup
  • And a few other minor things

Everything fits in a happy little Hardigg case to keep stuff clean, dry, and protected. I use Evernote to keep track of preparedness-related stuff, so I’ll make an entry tagged ‘generator’ and set an alarm to remind me to do this again in another month.

Big or Small? Your Prepper Abode

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Big or Small? Your Prepper Abode

The prepper community is diverse, with each individual and family bringing a particular skill set to their preparations. Some are better hunters and foragers, while others are master seed savers with a seed library carefully stored alongside other survival tools. Similarly, some preppers have strategized around protecting a large land area and others for surviving in an urban jungle in their own adobe.

It should come as no surprise, then, that with such varied skills and plans, there is no single ideal prepper home. Rather, choosing the right place to live is largely tied to putting those skills to work. That’s why it’s important to keep your talents in mind when deciding between a large and small home.

The Large Home Advantage

Many preppers prefer to live in large homes, or at least on large properties. That’s because it’s easier to stockpile food in a larger home, and with more land you can plant a large vegetable garden and even raise small livestock to keep your family fed. Those with a strong handle on at-home engineering can also develop small alternative power systems using wind or water on large land plots, which is generally not possible when you live in a smaller home or in a city.

Another advantage to having a larger homestead is that you’re more likely to be close to other natural resources. Buying a home near vineyards and orchards, for example, can ensure that you have a backup food supply when disaster strikes – you’ll be able to forage, and wild animals are more likely to flock to the area for food.

The Middle Ground

Suburban areas may be among the hardest for prep, as they have a relatively high population density without the same level of infrastructure as a major city. This can be threatening for preppers because if your neighbors know you have valuable supplies on your property, a suburban home is among the hardest to protect. Living in the suburbs can leave you feeling vulnerable.

There is great wisdom, however, to the prepper motto, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Knowing how to survive where you live and honing your skills to the scale and nature of your life is a smart approach to the prepper lifestyle. Rather than committing your energy to planning an elaborate bug out or considering a radical move to the country, why not master the skills you need to survive here and now?

You never know when disaster will strike, so you and your family are vulnerable if you continue to regard the suburbs as just a stop over on the way to a real prepper homestead, small or large, rural or urban.

Tiny Home Tactics

Prepping in a trendy tiny home is a lot like prepping in a small urban apartment. That’s why tiny home dwellers or those considering scaling down can take their cues from experienced urban preppers, making the most of minimal space. But unlike apartment dwellers, many tiny homes are also portable. If things are going badly where you are, picking up and leaving for a more suitable environment is often an option.

The other key to prepping in a tiny home is making use of spaces others might easily waste. Have you built your drawers extra deep and stockpiled rations on top of the cabinets, as well as in them? Filling those small gaps can mean the difference between having enough food and going hungry.

Small crevices are also great for storing solar blankets, tarps, and even for securing valuables where only you’d think to find them. It’s also relatively easy to protect a tiny home, even if you have little defensive skills, compared to a suburban home or large property with many points of approach.

Ultimately, there is no perfect place to prep – but prepping is about making the most of a bad situation. That’s why it’s important to always consider how to protect yourself and your possessions where you are now, rather than focusing on where you want to go next.

Planning for the dream homestead is all well and good, but only if you’re equipped to survive the road there.

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Tools You’ll Need When Manufacturing No Longer Exists

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Figuring out the basic tools and machines that can get you productive in a time of crisis or in everyday life is more important than you think.

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How to Keep Grains Edible and Fresh for Over 40 Years With Nitrogen

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Editor’s Note: This article was gladly contributed by one of our readers. Mark Sharp got his Commercial Pilot’s License at 18, his Airline Transport Pilot License at 23 and became

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Small Homes: A Shelter For All Economic Seasons

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By: Tom Chatham With the economic conditions becoming ever worse around the world every day it is becoming harder for the average person to build or buy large homes that make their owners feel successful. In recent decades it has become the norm to keep up with the neighbors in consumer spending. Nobody wants to […]

Heat Mate HMN-110 Radiant Kerosene Heater 10000 BTU

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Just wanted to share with everyone to this HUGE discount on a Heat Mate Kerosene Heater. We bought one a year ago for $129.99, which is the original price.

Right now on Amazon it’s on sale for just $67.32! That’s nearly 50% off!

We used ours all last winter and it kept us toasty warm. So if you’re looking for warm heat for winter, now is the time to buy this heater at half off.

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The most important prep is…

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A critical-thinking brain. The ability to think, to analyze, and to make good decisions. Without knowing what to do, or what you should do in an emergency, a disaster, or a SHTF situation, tangible preps aren’t quite as important as your noggin. And I’m not just talking about the simple stuff. Here’s what I mean… […]

Camouflage basics to know for bugging out

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While camouflaging yourself when bugging out may seem a little bit extreme for some people, under certain conditions disguising yourself to make your detection more difficult may actually save your life. In order for camouflage to work you first have to understand what camouflage is supposed to disguise. Before you start researching about camouflage techniques, … Read more…

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Video Monday: Shipping containers recycled into affordable, accessible Utah home

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Hello my friend and welcome to another video Monday!  Now if your like me, you are always looking for good ways to create usable space on your homestead.  I know you have all seen…

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2 Types Of Military Sleeping Bags To Use On Your Bug Out

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Best Military Sleeping Bag

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This picture shows the bivy, the intermediate bag, and the patrol bag.

I love military gear.  Some people hate it for various reasons, but to me this gear has proven itself on the battlefield.  It’s constantly evolving and being updated as technology changes, but it’s always being put to the test.  Another good reason is that you can usually get it relatively cheap after it’s been used at Army/Nave stores or other discount stores.

Today we’re going to talk about sleeping bags.  There are thousands of sleeping bags on the market and it can be a tough decision to try and figure out which one you should use if you have to bug-out.  Sleeping bags tend to be expensive as well and who wants to spend $300 on a new sleeping bag that’s going to live in a bug-out bag and see the light of day once a year when you go in to check the gear?  Leaving a newer sleeping bag compressed will eventually cause it to lose it’s loft ending the usefulness of the bag.

By Jarhead Survivor

There are a couple of types of military sleeping bags I’d like to compare and contrast today.

Old School

First, let’s go back to the ’80s when I was in the Marine Corps as a fresh faced youth.  The bags we used back then were much heavier than the ones used today.  I usually rolled mine up and tied it to the outside of my ALICE pack and carried it around that way if we were going to be marching.  I spent a lot of time in artillery, so luckily we could just throw our bags on the back of the 5 ton trucks when we were moving around.

tennier military sleep system - bivy - intermediate - patrol - compression sack

This is the Tennier System (4-Part). The fourth part is the compression sack in this picture.

The standard bag back then was the Bag, Sleeping, Intermediate Cold Weather (ICW) and its Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) cousin.  I spent hundreds of nights in both of these bags and never got cold.  The ICW bag weighed about 7 1/2 pounds and surprisingly, so did the Extreme Cold Weather; however, the ECW bag also came with a liner for really cold temps and that added some to the weight.  I slept many nights at -40 degrees Fahrenheit and never felt unduly cold in the ECW bag.  Most of my nights in the ICW bag never really fell below freezing and I never felt cold in it either.

Related: M1951 Fishtail Parka Review

These are mummy type bags with drawstrings that you can use to pull the hood of the sleeping bag tight around your head in cold weather.  One of the things they told us to avoid was sleeping with your head down inside the bag.  This puts a lot of moisture inside, which can cause you to get cold.  However, I did this many times without getting cold, so I leave it up to you try it for yourself.  When the temperature is below zero your natural tendency is curl into a ball and try and get your head as far from the biting cold as you can.  Some people wore a balaclava and others, like me, wore the wool watch cap to bed.  They also advise sleeping with the parka mits over your feet to help keep them warm.  Although I never did this it makes sense if your feet get cold.

One night I was camping with my dad just off a frozen lake here in Maine.  The wind was howling and the ambient air temp stood at -20.  He couldn’t believe it when I stripped down to my undershorts, t-shirt, and wool socks and climbed into my ECW bag.  I was shocked to see that he had brought a kids Charley Brown – type sleeping bag and froze his ass off all night.  I gave him my field jacket and some other stuff, but I could still hear his teeth chattering all night long.  It didn’t take him long to get himself a good warm bag after that night!

 The New Gear

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Hilary models the ICW old style military sleeping bag. Next to her is the Tennier Systems (4-Part) sleep system

Now let’s talk about the more modern military gear.  The new Modular Sleep System (MSS) bags are made by Tennier Industries and come in four or five parts depending on the model you get and is rated between 50 and -50 degrees Fahrenheit.  There’s a lightweight patrol bag rated for between 30 and 50 degrees.  The Intermediate bag is rated for 30 degrees to -10.  There’s a compression bag you can get that’s a good modern day addition that will compress the MSS down to one cubic foot.  The one piece I really like is the bivy, which is basically a personal tent.  It’s water resistant and has a cover over the face I found useful in cold weather.

Like I mentioned earlier, you can separate these bags and use them independently or together.  I slept in the lightweight patrol bag in 40 degree weather and found I was a little cold though it’s rated between 30 and 50 degrees.  I’ve slept in the intermediate bag in 30 degree weather and was reasonably warm in it, but I wouldn’t want to try it in -10 degree weather by itself.

Also Read: SHTF Sleep Deprivation

If you combine all three components and you’re sleeping in your polypro underwear they say it’s good to about -50.  The coldest I’ve slept in the combined sleep system was around -10 and I was comfortable, although I wouldn’t want to attempt -50 in one of them.

One thing I had to learn was how to ventilate properly.  When I first got in the bag I zipped up all three components and was too warm.  So I unzipped the inside sleeping bag down to my belly button and cooled off until I was comfortable.  As it got colder I zipped the inner bag up a couple of inches at a time until I was in full mummy mode with the bivy closed and covering my face.  I liked this feature as it meant I could breathe outside the main bags without getting moisture down inside them.

Also Read: Mil Surplus Sleeping Bag Review

Over all this bag is much closer to the civilian bags on the market today.  They are far lighter than the older bags and more versatile; however, they are a little more expensive.  They also compress down nicely and can fit in your pack a little better, although I found that most quality civilian bags rated for the same temps will compress more and be a little lighter.

Tennier Sleep System and ICW bag side by side.

Tennier Sleep System and ICW bag side by side.  The Tennier bag is NOT compressed in this picture.

As mentioned earlier I like the bivy.  One thing I’ve done is take the bivy from one of my Tennier sleeping bags and put it in my Get Home Bag (GHB.)  By itself it doesn’t offer much in the way of insulation for warmth, but during the non-winter months it would be ideal for get home purposes.  Open it up, climb inside with your clothes on, and you basically have your own personal tent.  Put it on top of some pine or fir boughs, or a pile of leaves, and you’d even be comfortable while you grabbed a couple hours of tactical shut-eye.


When to Use These Sleeping Bags

So when is the best time to use these bags?  The older bags would be good:

When you’re on a budget
When you don’t expect to be carrying your bag anywhere
When you want to be sure you’ll be very warm
If you are dragging it on a sled

The newer sleep systems would be good:

When you expect to be hiking and need a lighter bag
If you have a little more money to throw at them
When compression is important to you (pack space)
When you need a bag you can split up for different purposes and climates

Overall they are all pretty good sleeping bags. I bought a pile of the newer ones at once and still have a few kicking around.   There’s a link on their site for a Retail Outlet and you can pick up individual gear there as opposed to bidding at Government Liquidation.  One thing you might try though:  if you have a few like-minded friends looking for pretty good sleeping bags or other military gear pool your funds and bid on a lot of sleeping bags.   Split the shipping costs and you might be able to pick up twelve to twenty sleeping bags for a few hundred bucks like I did.  I sold some of them, but kept four or five for family and friends and have loaned them out to friends several times when we went camping and our friends didn’t have any gear during a bug-out.  You might also need to loan to family during a bug-out.  Ya never know, folks.

If you have questions about bidding at Government Liquidation let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them.  I spent a good deal of time on this site a couple of years ago and got a pretty good feel for it.

Questions?  Comments? Sound off below!
-Jarhead Survivor

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Another Move In The Cosmic Chess Match!

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     If you are like most Americans, you may be a little confused by all the media coverage of “Brexit”, and what, if anything, it has to do with us.  In case, you’re not quite sure what that is, let me put it in simple terms… Brexit stands for the British exit from the European Union, and this move comes with lots of implications, both from a current worldview and from a Biblical perspective.  Follow my train of thought …
     You may remember that, in the past, I have referred to a cosmic chess match between God and satan.  If you can, I want you to picture it like this:  On one side is the Most High God and His army of angels, led by the archangel Michael, “the great Prince”.  On the other side is Lucifer, or the devil, and his army of rulers, powers, and spiritual forces of wickedness.  And they battle in the spiritual realm, resulting in consequences in this earthly realm.

     Focusing in on this cosmic chess match a little closer, and we see two armies, if you will; one led by Michael, identified as an angel (messenger), and whose name means “who is like God”.  I contend that there is a good argument that the title “Michael the archangel” can be translated as “The greatest messenger who is God”, or Jesus.  The other army is led by an angel once known as Lucifer, the anointed cherub who was the guardian of God’s throne.  But pride, which caused him to seek to overthrow God, resulted in him being cast away from God and out of Heaven, where he is still seeking to dethrone God by working from the spiritual realm through men on earth.
     So what does this have to do with Brexit, and why should we, as Christians, find any meaning in it?  The most recognizable Scripture that embodies the premise of this cosmic chess match is found in Genesis 11, and the story of the Tower of Babel.  You will remember that at the beginning of this story, the Bible tells us that “the whole earth spoke one language and used the same words”.  According to the story, a united humanity of all the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar.  There, in their arrogance and self-glorification, they agreed to build a city and a tower “tall enough to reach heaven”; seeing this, God confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world.
      In Hebrew and Christian tradition, Nimrod is considered the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, though the Bible never actually states this.  But Nimrod’s kingdom included the city of Babel in Shinar, and it was likely under his direction that the building of Babel and its tower began.  But remember the part of Scripture that relates that Nimrod “began to be mighty in the earth”?  It is my belief that after God cleansed the earth with the Flood (a bold move on the cosmic chess board), satan began to plot his strategy.  The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, means “rebel”, and I think satan revived his own spirit of rebellion in Nimrod, and used him to build a tower from which satanically influenced men could assault heaven itself.  God’s next move was to scatter the people into separate nations, speaking different languages, so they could not form a unified coalition again.
     Throughout history, satan has attempted to infiltrate this earthly realm and influence, or revive his rebellious spirit, in men who would further his cause to defy God.  Every time satan used an Antiochus Epiphanes or a Hitler to spread his evil on the earth and separate men from God’s will to reconcile with them, God would counter his move and put an end to the wickedness.
     And now, through the spiritual eyes of men much smarter than me, I am beginning to see another set of moves on the cosmic chess board.  On his website, shoebat.com, Walid Shoebat contends that the European Union was a move by satan to, once again, build a coalition to establish his earthly authority, from which he could institute a global (or one-world) government to control the earth and destroy God’s people.  If he can’t have Heaven, then he’ll take the earth for his throne.
      By moving towards a common currency and governing body for all of Europe, satan saw his chance to thwart God’s long-ago move to scatter the people at the Tower of Babel and create independent nations.  With an encroaching one-world government and global currency system, it would set up satan’s future plan that no one can buy or sell without complying with his currency system, the mark of the beast.  And his move was a good one!  The nations of Europe were subject to the governing rules of the EU, and were losing their autonomy and ability to self-rule.  And perhaps satan’s greatest evil intentions came through the forced acceptance of Muslim refugees among the EU countries, and the influx of jihadist ideology.

     But does the exit of Britain signal God’s next chess move?  Could He be setting the stage for a break-up of the European Union, and the re-establishment of His independent and sovereign nations that He began at the Tower of Babel?  Certainly, Britain’s exit has stirred similar thoughts among the governments of Scotland, France, and Spain.
     Walid Shoebat, in his article, takes it a step further, stating:  We are beginning to see the signs of a future split in Europe, even states within states, separating between sheep and goat nations where France, parts of Italy, Spain and Portugal will be destined as sheep nations, while Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the Baltic states or major parts of these will remain liberal and anti-God; to be destined as goat nations. Austria could go sheep or goat, we do not know.  
     Interesting concept, isn’t it?  Please take the time to read his entire article, it is fascinating and not without Scriptural support.  Is it accurate?  Only God knows.  But I am certain that Brexit is an indication of a major shift in the cosmic war in the spiritual realm.  In the coming days, you will hear the media discuss the worldly implications — effects on the world economy, global trade, immigration, etc. — but I am more interested in the spiritual ramifications.  How will it affect the spiritual foundations of the nations, and on whose side will they align themselves?  Will there be a renewed interest in seeking God, or will secularism and jihadism continue their march across the globe?  
     A case can be made for Shoebat’s assertion that Brexit is the beginning of a move by God.  Consider his statement: “If a one world government is to take place or a European Union is to control the entire continent, how then will God “divide the nations”? How then will “nation war against nation, kingdom against kingdom” and how will God “divide the nations” “sheep from goats”?  Whether this is just an isolated set of circumstances, or we see the entire dismantlement of the EU,and nations sliding toward the end-times prophecies remains to be seen.  But of this, I am certain:  the cosmic chess match will continue; with God countering every move that satan makes until His complete plan for His reconciliation with man is accomplished.  Then it will be checkmate with the return of Jesus!  For now, all I need to know is that there is a battle plan in the spiritual realm to rule the earth, and I know which side I’m on.

1 John 3:8        “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Healthy Low Carb Foods To Stockpile For Survival

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Survivopedia low carbsThere are 3 types of nutrients that your body can convert to energy: carbs, fats, and protein.

Carbs are the primary source for most of us but the problem is that they burn up quickly, leaving us hungry and run-down an hour or so after we eat them. Good fats and proteins, on the other hand, burn slowly so they provide level, sustained energy.

Obviously, there are situations that call for each type, but the big thing with carbs is that you need to choose the RIGHT ones, which is a topic for another day. Today, we’re going to talk about good sources of low-carb foods (aka, high protein/fat foods).

Just as with carbs, there are good and not-so-good sources of proteins and fats. The debate about this is hot, especially when it comes to saturated fats such animal fats.

Your body is hardwired to use carbs as the first source of energy because they’re quick and easy to break down. When it doesn’t have carbs (or during prolonged exercise), it turns to fat, and then protein. You don’t want to push yourself to the point that your body is using protein as a fuel source exclusively, because it’s literally eating your muscle away.

Instead, use protein to build and repair muscles, and use fat as your energy source. Your body needs glucose (sugar) for proper brain function, but it doesn’t need it in large quantities or from junk sources. Fruits and veggies provide the carbs your body needs.

We’ve  all heard how eating too much red meat or eggs raises cholesterol and increases your risk of heart disease, but now there are studies that suggest that meat wasn’t necessarily the culprit – it was other foods that were eaten in conjunction with the meat.

No matter what you think about meat, you probably agree that there are far worse foods in the junk-carb category than steak and eggs. Anyway, now studies are showing that many of these proteins are good for you.

Since it takes your body longer to break down protein and fat, you won’t get that pop of energy that you get from carbs, but your energy levels will remain steady for much longer and you won’t suffer from the crash that you get from carbs. There are many great sources of low-carb foods to stockpile for survival.

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(Fairly) Lean Meat and Poultry

Meats such as lean beef, venison, lamb, bison, rabbit, goat, and lean pork cuts provide are amazing sources of protein and vitamin B12, and generally have zero carbs. Sufficient amounts of this vitamin are found almost exclusively in fish and animal-sourced foods.

Vitamin B12 is critical to human health. It plays a role in the health of every single cell, including brain cells, in your body. Deficiencies are linked to Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, impaired brain function, mental disorders an even a decreased brain size.

Vitamin D3 is another vitamin that’s exclusive to animals. D2 is found in plants but isn’t as bioavailable as D3 is. Your brain needs this for proper function and it also plays a role in nutrient absorption. Typically you get all the D you need from the sun, but if you’re forced to hunker down, it may become an issue.

Add that to the energy that you get from the meat and it’s a no-brainer that these are necessary for your food stockpile. You can pressure can your meat, dehydrate it, or buy it in bulk freeze-dried containers. You can also farm your own or hunt for it so that you have fresh meat.


Fish is great for you. Even when red meat was the scourge of society, fish was still on the happy face list. It’s also basically carb-free and easy to source as long as you live near a water source and the water isn’t tainted.

All fish are good sources of protein but fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines provide Omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for numerous bodily functions, including brain function.

Be careful eating fish that are higher on the food chain, though, because they also likely have high amounts of mercury, which can poison you in high amounts. Shoot for wild-caught fish instead of farmed fish to help with this. Wild-caught fish also have a better Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio, which is also another article altogether.

You can pressure can fish (or buy it canned for fairly cheap), smoke it, catch it fresh, or buy it freeze-dried. It doesn’t last well when dehydrated because of the fat content. It’s probably easier to just buy the cans of tuna and salmon.

Eggs and Milk

Eggs are another excellent, low-carb (zero) source of protein, Vitamins D and B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. and they’re extremely versatile. Eggs are also a source of Omega 3s and the amino acid lutein, which your body needs to build muscle.

The best thing about them when it comes to prepping is that it’s available in three extremely user-friendly forms. You can either reach under your own hen and get a fresh one, or you can buy it powdered or freeze-dried.

Dairy Products

Yeah, I know the counter-argument to this already – humans are the only mammals that drink milk post-weaning. Blah. I’m a farm girl – give me fresh cream in my coffee and a huge scoop of cottage cheese on my tomatoes any day, and for heaven’s sake don’t mention this argument to my dad unless you want to set him off on a 3-hour tangent.

High-fat dairy, just like anything else, is only bad for you if it’s ALL you eat. It’s low-carb and has some excellent nutritional benefits, including being a great source calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.

It also has amino acids in it that your body needs to synthesize muscle, and cultured dairy such as yogurt (unsweetened!) has probiotics that help keep your gut healthy. Omega 3s are also in there, though not in nearly the quantity that you’ll find in fish or nuts.

You can actually make and can your own butter as well as milk. You can make yogurt at home.

If you’ve looked into making cheese, you’ve probably noticed that many of them require rennet, which isn’t exactly something that most people keep on hand. There are, however, several cheeses that don’t require it, including mozzarella, cottage cheese, cheddar, and cream cheese. In fact, you can make these cheeses right at home in very little time.

The best part is that if you keep cows or goats, you can have a steady supply of milk. If not, you can buy it powdered or freeze-dried, or use the other methods in the article that I linked you to.


I’m not even going to touch on the health benefits of vegetables; otherwise we’d be here all night. Instead, I’m going to tell you which ones are the lowest in carbs and highest in nutrients.

Before I do that, though, I need to explain how the carbs in veggies and fruits affect your body differently than those from wheat or sugar. Vegetables and fruits are typically extremely high in fiber, which means that your body has to work hard to digest it. Because of this, the sugar is released slowly instead of all once.

A good rule of thumb is that if a veggie is green, it’s low-carb. Other veggies, such as yellow peppers, cabbage, and cauliflower are also good. Even if a veggie is higher in carbs, such as carrots and tomatoes, see above.

Root veggies and tubers such as potatoes and rutabaga are high in carbs, so if you’re shooting specifically for a low-carb diet, skip them.

I’ve written an article about the best way to stockpile veggies here.


Fruits are iffy when it comes to inclusion on a low-carb list. The general rule here is that the higher in fiber and the less sweet a fruit is, the lower it is in carbohydrates. Fruits are like veggies, though. The more fiber they have, the slower the body extract the sugar, so you don’t get the carb pop and crash.

Good fruits include apples, pears, berries, and citrus fruits.

Again, preserving fruits is fairly simple. You can water-bath can them, pressure can them, freeze dry them, or dehydrate them, but if you’re shooting for low-carb, don’t add sugar to them. They are another healthy foods to stockpile for winter.

Preparing fruits and vegetables, and even meat for that matter, all involve a similar process that just about anybody can learn to do.

Nuts and Seeds

These are great because they’re easy to pack and take with you if you need to bug out or even if you’re just going on a short hunting or camping trip. Many nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds are rich in omega 3s too, so win-win!

Fats and Oils

Having a good supply of fairly healthy fats is necessary for a variety of reasons. They’re rich in omega 3s and they’re a necessary ingredients (well OK, you CAN substitute apple sauce in some baking recipes, but not for the good stuff like biscuits.

You can also can fats and seeds are simple to store. These definitely need to go on your list.

1_620x110_1Now that you have a general idea of some low-carb foods for survival, please feel free to mention any that I may have forgotten in the comments section below!

This article has ben written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

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Survival Gear Review: Escape & Evasion Gun Belt

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Shark Tank Belt Review

Since the Bronze Age belts have been worn by all ages and all genders.  A belt round the waist is a fashion statement money belt review(1), holds utility essentials (2), and is safety equipment in all manner of work-related and recreational applications (3). And it is those very same three aspects of a special purpose belt that make it an essential component of anyone who considers himself prepared.  The Escape and Evasion Belt addresses the three components through style, function and strength.

By Doc Montana, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog 

Only in death will I relinquish my belts.” – Manny Pacquiao

As well as being a stiff leather gun belt, the E&E has three inside zippered pouches that will easily hold a few simple tools and some cash. The nickel-plated brass buckle is first class and won’t raise a single eyebrow unlike tactical belts of any flavor. But the buckle’s heft will certainly make a good weapon, and make short order of car windows and most other non-bulletproof glass when at the flying end of a yard-long lever arm.

More Than Skin Deep

The main body of the belt is pure English harness leather which is one of the few best choice for a belt there is. The CIA Money Belt1.5 inch thick cowhide looks as good as it feels. To avoid the effects water and sweat, the leather crafters in the mountains of Utah used polyester thread instead of cotton. And to take the picturesque illusion of a magical belt further, the edges of the belt are burnished with 100% pure beeswax from Heaven.  Ok, maybe not Heaven, but a small farm in Colorado. Almost the same thing, right?

Also Read: Tips For Flying With A Gun

The quality continues on the inside as well.  Using YKK zippers, a long service life is expected. But still, as and Escape and Evasion Belt, you won’t be opening and closing the zippers every day.  YKK is known as the world’s largest zipper maker and arguably the best zipper on earth.  Despite their implication a 2007 price fixing case with other zipper cartels, YKK has a stellar reputation for quality and durability.

My Lowdown

In the three zippered slots in the belt, I have the following:
1. One full lenght (12”) hacksaw blade that has 18 teeth per inch.  Any more teeth and it will struggle with wood, and Best Money Beltany fewer teeth and it will be difficult to cut metal without the blade in a frame with handle.  While I could snap or cut a hacksaw blade into halves or thirds to make it more compact or flexible, the reality of needing a functional hacksaw blade for a true E&E situation necessitates having a long draw and enough length for real cutting and a real handle.

2. Another pocket holds $500 in cash in five $100 bills.  Some think smaller bills would be a better choice, but I figure that a $100 bill will work anywhere a $20 would.  And the bribe factor goes up proportional to the denomination. Imagine an auction breaking out for the last few gallons of gas.  Two zeros beats one zero every day of the week.

3. A metal handcuff key resides in another pocket.  I’ve tried to come up with scenarios where I might need the key yet still be wearing my belt.  I figure that there more possibilities that the key will be handy to help someone else in a jam rather than me needing it personally.  But you never know.  And yes, I know that a handcuff key is one of the easiest things to fabricate out of almost anything, having the right tool for the job is more than just a cute saying if one needs to shed some bracelets because I also cannot come up with a scenario where time is not a major factor.

But Wait, There’s More

Other E&E tools can include lock picks, wire, even Kevlar cord.  I don’t plan on adding any first aid equipment in myJason Hanson Belt E&E belt, and while thinking about that omission, I realized that it might be hard, make that impossible to use the E&E belt as a tourniquet.  Since the E&E belt moonlights as an excellent gun belt, it follows that it won’t make the tight turns necessary to stop blood flow.  On the other hand, it seems that this Escape and Evasion belt will provide a solid platform for towing cars so it will certainly provide enough strength to save your bacon when you need a lift…or to be lowered.

Last Chance

The main idea behind the Escape and Evasion Belt is to have some survival essentials around your waist at all times and without further thought.  While the E&E belt is not the end-all-be-all, it does serve an important purpose in many survival scenarios.  And should the need never arise, you still have an exceptionally nice gun belt that can be worn every day.  And if that is not already enough to convince you to enjoy the comfort of an E&E belt, the idea of a 100% American made product should be.

Related: SHTF Wardrobe List

Each E&E gun belt is made by hand in Cedar City, Utah by a real American worker.  Each stitch, each hole, each rivet.  I understand the allure of inexpensive Chinese products when some mass-produced overseas copy costs half of what an American made one does.  But like the old saying goes that “You are what you eat,” where you put your money is not only confirmation of your patriotism, but a testament of your conviction to America.

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How To Make Your Own Biscuit Mix

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Have you been wanting to learn how to make your own biscuit mix as much as I have? Don’t you just love the smell of biscuits coming out of the oven? You can make them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have this recipe that I found in my mother’s recipe box shown below, and so I wanted to share it today. My mother was very frugal when I was growing up and made most everything from scratch. Of course, back then they didn’t have all the processed and boxed convenience foods available at the grocery stores today. I like most everything from scratch and I love homemade biscuits! PRINTABLE recipe at the bottom of the post.

I have really wanted a biscuit mix that I could make with the ingredients I have in my refrigerator or pantry. Here’s the deal, if we had an emergency we can all make biscuits to stretch the meals we make for the entire street to go further if we had to, right?

biscuit mix

You can see me using my homemade buttermilk mix above! You can use two forks or a pastry blender to “cut in” the real butter!

biscuit mix

I hope you like making these as much as I do! I think most flours would work for this recipe to make them gluten free. I made this recipe so you can learn how to make just one batch or a BULK mixture for you to store in your pantry. With the bulk recipe, you will just add butter and buttermilk, depending how big a batch you want to make. I love biscuits and gravy. My family loves biscuits with butter and jam. What’s your favorite way to eat biscuits? These are my favorite biscuit or cookie cutters: Wilton Comfort Grip Round Cookie Cutter

*Stephanie just made a comment that she likes her biscuits a little sweeter. She adds 2 tablespoons sugar to each 2 cups of dry mix. I just added that to my recipe! Thanks, Stephanie!

Homemade Biscuit Mix By Food Storage Moms

  • 2-1/4 cups flour of choice, I use white bread flour (or *BULK-4 times=9 cups of flour)
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder (or *BULK-4 times=8 teaspoons baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Real Salt (or *BULK-4 times=4 teaspoons Real Salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (or *BULK-4 times=2 teaspoons baking soda)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar-optional (or *BULK-4 times=8 tablespoons sugar)
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk (or *BULK recipe instructions below)
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into pieces (or *BULK recipe instructions below)
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Place all of the ingredients into a large size bowl and cut in the butter with two forks or a pastry blender. Add more flour if needed. Mound the dough into a ball and roll out about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes desired. Place the biscuits onto the greased cookie sheet and bake for about 12-15 minutes. One batch makes 8 biscuits.
  2. *BULK Instructions: Mix all the DRY ingredients in a large bowl. Store the dry ingredients in an airtight container in your pantry to keep fresh. When ready to make ONE batch of 8 biscuits: scoop out 2-1/4 cups dry mixture and cut in 1/2 cup cold butter (cut into pieces). Add one cup COLD buttermilk and mix and roll out as above. Follow baking instructions above.

Let me know if you make biscuits and what you like to put on yours, I would love to hear. May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected.

PRINTABLE recipe: Homemade Biscuit Mix by Food Storage Moms

My favorite tools to make biscuits:

Wilton Comfort Grip Round Cutter

Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin

Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet

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Money Mondays: How to Get Free Containers for Emergency Storage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to build up your emergency food storage, you may be concerned about the costs associated with storage containers along with the food itself.  There is some expense involved, but it does not have to break your budget.  There are free or inexpensive ways to obtain emergency storage containers. Here are a few tips: Water Containers You don’t have to spend a lot of money on water containers. 2-liter soda […]

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Pet Disaster Plan and Bug Out Bag

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Hello and welcome! I bet you’re here because you want to know what to do with your pets in the case of an emergency. Disaster planning for pets is often hard to find, but many cats and dogs are just as important in the family as the two-legged members, especially service animals.
Disaster planning is necessary for pets, too! Take steps to make sure your pets are safe in an emergency.

It is with pleasure that I share this incredibly comprehensive Pet Disaster Plan with you. This guest post was written by a former dog trainer who wants to make sure that all of my readers keep their precious animals safe no matter what happens.

Keep your pets safe in an emergency. #Prepping is for animals, too! Free printable supply list.

Pets are such a very important part of our lives for so many people. Just like preparing to keep the people safe during a disaster, we need to assemble supplies, gather information ahead of time and know what to expect.

Although you certainly can download the printable Pet Disaster Plan, I urge you to keep reading in order to find out more detail about all of the items, as well as the very important Species card printable.

Off-Grid Winch: Incredible Power from Two Logs and a Rope

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by Todd Walker

The power of simple machines, smartly employed, are capable of moving most anything. Over the years I helped my daddy move really heavy stuff in his plumbing/welding business and on our farm. He once moved and installed a new 3,000 gallon metal water tank at our elementary school using only ropes, pulleys, and levers… by himself.

Daddy didn’t possess superhuman strength, he simply understood the power of simple machines.

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.


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I first discovered this ingenious flip-flop winch from a YouTube demonstration by Mors Kochanski, the Godfather and author of Bushcraft. A search of flip-flop winches on YT will garner several clips demonstrating the power of using two logs and some rope. So why would I add my video to mix? Because it’s only theory until you put it into action by Doing the Stuff!

The flip-flop winch combines two simple machines, lever and pulley (wheel and axle), as a force multiplier to free vehicles stuck in the mud, safely dislodge hang-ups when felling trees, and/or move heavy rocks. I decided to pull my truck up a slight incline in a field.

Flip Flop Winch

In an emergency vehicle kit, weight and space are not an issue – unless you tool around in a Smart Car. For this winch, all you need are two logs and some rope. Of course, you’re not hauling eight foot logs in your vehicle. You will have to cut those with your truck ax or takedown bucksaw.

Material and Tools

  • Ax or Saw – cut two logs about 8 feet in length
  • Rope – non-elastic is preferable for safety reasons
  • Cordage – enough to make two loops about 1 foot in diameter
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L to R: Green paracord loops, 100′ of rope, truck saw, truck ax. Top pole – lever pole. Bottom pole – pulley pole.

Cut Two Poles

You’ve hit a ditch or snow bank (rarely happens in Georgia) in the hinter-boonies and need to get unstuck. Reach into your vehicle emergency kit and fetch your saw or ax. You have an emergency vehicle kit, right? Be sure to add 100 feet of strong rope to the kit if you haven’t already. A tow strap won’t be useful with this winch unless it’s really long.

Scout for a straight tree (dead or live – it’s an emergence) to cut. Anything between 4 to 6 inches in diameter is suitable. Cut two lengths in the 8 foot range. De-limb the poles by chopping any branches off with your sharp truck ax. You can saw them off but proper ax-manship makes quick work of the de-limbing. This process is best done by cutting from the trunk end to the top end of the pole. Keep the pole between your body and the moving ax.

Lever and Pulley Pole

Now that you’ve got two poles, one will be used as the “lever pole” and the other will be your “pulley pole.” I noticed in my video that I called the drum pole a “barrel” pole interchangeably. In this written tutorial, I will use “pulley pole” to hopefully clear up the verbiage. The terminology is not that important. What you need to know is that the pulley pole is where the rope will coil similarly to that of a modern come-along.

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Using Rig 2 causes the rope to coil on one side of the pulley pole

A larger diameter pulley will winch more rope with each revolution. The pulley pole I used was a standing dead pine which was a bit lightweight for the job. I was forced to drive two stakes in the ground to prevent the pulley pole from swinging in towards the tensioned rope in our video. With two people available, the stakes wouldn’t be necessary. A heavier pulley pole will solve the issue as well. I wanted to simulate and experiment with the lowest quality wood I could scavenge. The lever was a smaller dead cedar but the most solid of the two poles.

Locate an Anchor

The base of a live tree is perfect. A dead tree is not a good candidate. You’ll risk toppling the tree down if the object you’re pulling is really stuck or heavy. Wrap the rope around the base of the anchor twice and tie it off with a tensioning knot.

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The base of a Sourwood tree was used as an anchor point.

Ideally, you want the anchor point and the object you’re pulling to form a straight line sighted down the rope.

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Both truck and anchor point are lined up for optimal pull.

2 Rigging the Systems

Midway between the anchor and object lay the two poles perpendicular to one another. Run the rope on top of the pulley pole about a foot from the larger end of the pole. Pull the rope back under the pole to form a loop. Insert the lever pole into the loop from the side of the pulley pole where the loop is formed. Give yourself about a foot of lever sticking through the loop.


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The loop formed to receive the lever pole.

There are two methods of rigging the winch. Rig 1: One causes the rope to coil on both side of the pulley pole where the lever pole crosses (demonstrated on the video). Rig 2: This technique causes the rope to spool on one side of the pulley pole. I’ve found that the latter method causes less side-to-side torque since the rope remains in a straight line.

With the winch rigged, pull the slack out of the line and tie to the object you’re pulling. Another tension knot will work.

Start the Flip-Flop

Flip the lever pole up and over the pulley pole. Once on the ground, check the first wrap on the pulley pole. This is the time to straighten the loops around the pulley before real tension begins. Try to keep the rope from spooling on top of the previous coils as this may weaken the rope. With each flip-flop, the rope will begin coiling on the pulley pole.

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Rig 1: This set up will spool rope on both sides of the pulley pole (shown in the video)

Note: I’ve watched others spool rope on one side of the pulley pole only. This technique decreases the swing of the pulley pole towards the rope under tension. To use this method, place the rope attached to the anchor and the object on the same side of the lever pole before flip-flopping.

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Rig 2: One revolution with the rope spooling on one side of the pulley pole

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Notice how the rope coils to one side of the lever pole (Rig 2). With the rope in line, the pulley pole is less likely to torque in towards the tow rope..

Now, flop the pulley pole over the rope for the next flip of the lever. If the pulley pole was magically suspended off the ground, no flop would be required. This would become a Spanish windlass. You’d simple spin the lever around a wheel and axle. The earth prevents this continuous spin. But the ground is what keeps the system from unraveling. The flop of the pulley pole is necessary for the lever to make another 180 degree revolution.

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The rope spooling down the long end of the pulley pole (Rig 2).

Continue this of flip-flop action until the object is freed. Six full revolutions around the pulley is what it took to inch my truck up the incline to level ground in the video.

Flip-Flop Tips When Alone

If you practice the technique with rope coiling on the pulley pole on both sides of the lever, you’ll find that the pulley has a tendency to swing in towards the rope as tension increases. My fix was to drive two stakes on opposite sides of the rope where the pulley pole lands on each flop. If the ground is too hard for stakes, a heavy rock or object may prevent the slide. As mentioned above, a heavier pulley pole would decrease the chances of this happening.

Experimenting with the rope spooling on one side of the pulley pole remedied the torque issues. I recommend using this method (Rig 2) vs. the rope spooling on opposite sides of the lever pole (Rig 1).

Also, under tension, the lever pole can rise off the ground with either method. Attach a loop of cordage on the tow rope where the flipped lever lands. Slide the loop over the lever on each flip once a good amount of tension is present.

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A Prussic Loop is a quick way to connect to the standing rope

Disconnecting the Rig

Obviously, once a vehicle is freed, the rope is no longer under tension. However, when pulling a tree or rock, tension can be released by reversing direction of the flip-flop. Once tension is removed, the spooled line can be handled safely.

Safety Concerns

There are inherent dangers when tension is applied to a rope or cable. If the rope has elasticity and snaps, the potential energy turns to kinetic energy moving like a slingshot or bow and arrow in opposite directions. Use rope without elasticity, nicks, abrasions, and a working load suitable for the task.

If you’re alone, you must cross over the rope in this process. Minimize the risk from flying rope by laying a heavy coat or blanket (if available) on the rope at both ends. With two people, nobody has to step over the taut line.

Another safety precaution is to wear leather gloves and eye protection. A smart thing to have handy is a knife handy to cut the rope if you somehow manage to get a hand pinched between the rope and pulley. Not sure how that might happen but better safe than sorry.

This powerful simple machine takes practice to perform properly. With a minimum of tools and some rope, the flip-flop winch can be a life saver on the homestead or in the backcountry. Add it to your preparedness toolbox. Give it a try and share your results.

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Long-Term Food Preservation Secrets Of The Native Americans

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Food Preservation Secrets Of The Native Americans

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Traditional food preservation and storage methods have seen an uptick in popularity in the past decade, as people show an interest in learning how the native people of America preserved food and kept it safe for later consumption without refrigeration.

Of course, in winter months, storing food to prevent spoilage wasn’t such a huge concern, but in some parts of the country, indigenous people lived in areas that did not freeze or had a small number of freezing incidents.

Let’s take a look at how the native people dried and stored fruits, vegetables, and meat for consumption during the winter months or for times when food was scarce.

The 5 Types of Food Typically Preserved

  • Foods above ground: berries, fruit, nuts, corn, squash
  • Foods below ground: roots, onions, wild potatoes
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Animals with 4 legs: buffalo, deer, elk

One of the factors that was critical to nomadic tribes, such as the Lakota, was that food needed to be portable. Nomadic tribes generally moved every few weeks (or months, depending on the size of the tribe) so that they did not strip the area of food and firewood, as well as to keep their horses fed. This means that food needed to be dried and made into the smallest, lightest form possible.

For example, while Southwestern tribes, such as the Hopi, could afford to simply dry corn on the cob and store the entire cob in sealed-off rooms, other tribes would strip the corn kernels off for storage. Keep in mind that the corn native people used was not the same corn we see in our supermarkets today.

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Corn was typically dried on the cob, laid out on flat rocks, grass mats or hides. Children and the elderly would typically be in charge of drying food, turning it regularly and removing flies, ants or scaring away birds and raccoons.

Other types of fruit were picked and dried in the same manner. While each tribe had their own way of dealing with vegetables, the methods were the same: to dry out the vegetable so that it could be preserved for later consumption. Many tribes would cut the vegetable, such as squash, into strips, flatten it out using a bone or rock, and then dry these thinned-out pieces in the sun.

Preserving Meat and Fish

Although the native people had no scientific evidence to fall back on, they learned over thousands of years that some foods would not store well and would go rancid quickly unless cooked, dried or somehow preserved.

Fish was often smoked to preserve it for later consumption. Once gutted, the entire fish was often placed over a low fire that included a great many green branches, so that the heat and smoke would dry out the fish meat. Salmon, due to their size, were often cut into strips, and then smoked and dried.

Long-Term Food Preservation Secrets Of The Native AmericansMost other types of meat were cut into long strips and the fat removed. The fat was placed in cooking “pots.” If it was the beginning of the hot, dry season, meat would then be placed on rocks or racks made from tree branches so that it would dry in the sunlight. Again, children and the elderly did their share of work by fanning away flies, insects and marauding animals such as dogs or raccoons. If time was short, the meat was sometimes dried and/or smoked under a very low fire. This dried meat is typically referred to as “jerky.” It could be made soft again by cooking it in a soup and was often served along with other vegetables.

The fat from large animals, such as buffalo or elk, was collected and then put through a process called rendering. Animal fat is very dense in calories, but it goes rancid quickly. Indigenous people learned to render fat by cooking it, along with small amounts of water, under a low heat. All pieces of meat or other tissue will come to the surface and are removed. Rendered fat will last about one year without refrigeration if kept out of direct sunlight.

Pemmican: The Fast Food of Native Tribes

Pemmican was made by many tribes of the north and northeast, including the Cree, Chippewa and Lakota. While the “recipe” varied, the basic pemmican is dried, pulverized meat and dried berries, held together by rendered fat. This mixture was often made into golf-ball sized pieces. The meat could be whatever was handy or what was plentiful at the time, including moose, elk or bison. The fruit used was often dried chokecherries, blueberries or cranberries. Dried meat would be pulverized into almost a powder, the dried fruit also broken down into smaller pieces, and then mixed with the rendered fat. These balls of pemmican were then placed in rawhide bags for storage and transportation.

Pemmican is a nutrient- and calorie-dense food that would last for at least one year. Most tribes, as well as hunting parties, relied on pemmican to get them through the lean winter months. Most Canadian fur traders used pemmican, as well. If a person were traveling, a piece of pemmican was bitten off and then slowly chewed to soften it. If you have ever eaten jerky, you know it takes some time to break down the meat! However, pemmican could also be cooked. Some tribes would put a few balls of pemmican in a pot of water, along with some vegetables, while others would fry it with some onions or wild potatoes.

There were a great many other foods that were dried for later use or used as seasoning, including sage, dandelions, wild rice (which is actually a grass, but grows in wetlands much like rice), pumpkins, beans, azafran, sunflower seeds, acorns, mustard seeds, cactus, tomatoes and plantain (the greens, not the bananas!). What was collected and dried varied a great deal, depending on the climate and what was in season.

While most of us rely on our dehydrators or ovens for drying meat or fruit, the native people of America did it all by hand, relying only on their skill and the power of the sun or fire.

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7 Versatile ‘Survival Trees’ Every Homesteader Should Plant

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Trees on a fundamental level provide shade from the sun and when mature, firewood. But certain trees also can serve as a food source or offer medicinal benefits.

The seven trees below will grow across most parts of North America, from the deep south to far north. It was tough to pick just seven. and you may have your own ideas, but from my perspective these are the best:

1. Apples. I continue to feel that apples are one of the most versatile fruits we have. It’s not just because they’re good to eat, but they offer the ability to make apple cider and most significantly, apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic and an excellent resource for canning and food preservation. The variety doesn’t really matter, although you might want to consider planting two of the same variety to help with pollination.

2. White willow. Willow bark has a chemical substance called salicin in the inner bark, or xylem. It’s the active ingredient in aspirin and has been infused in a tea for centuries by the Chinese and Native Americans as a pain reliever and fever reducer. A German chemist in the 1800s first isolated this compound to make a commercial pain reliever. His last name was “Bayer” and he called his new product aspirin.

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3. Cherry. Cherry trees have both nutritional and medicinal value. The cherries, whether sweet or sour, can be used across a variety of recipes, from pies to juice. Cherry juice has been shown in clinical studies to be a powerful treatment for arthritic conditions, including gout. They’re also beautiful trees when they’re in bloom and like apple trees, you can use the wood to flavor smoked foods as branches die or need to be trimmed.

7 Versatile ‘Survival Trees’ Every Homesteader Should Plant

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4. Oak. Oak is a slow-growing tree but it has numerous benefits. As firewood, it burns long and hot. Baby oak leaves are an excellent addition to a salad or soup. The biggest additional benefit may be the acorns. They are high in protein, calories from fat – which is important in cold weather – and can be used in a variety of ways, such as nutmeats in a meal or to make flour. You just have to be patient because they (like we said) grow slow. Buy the biggest tree you can find.

5. Ginko. Scientists say Ginko is the oldest deciduous tree on Earth. It was thought to be extinct until a botanist happened to come across one growing in a garden in China. The tree has significant medicinal value, and the leaves are commonly infused into a tea. Benefits range from blood thinning to some indications that it can help to treat neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, as well as boost the immune system.

6. Pear. Pear trees are hardy trees and also provide a good source of firewood, as well as smoking wood for smoked foods and fruit. Pears are a great table food and can also be used to make breads, tarts and other simple desserts.

7. Mulberry. Some people might disagree and say this is a very messy tree. It is. But mulberry trees bear a sweet fruit that shows up in early June, and it’s one of the first fruits to appear. I put a tarp under the tree and shake the branches to make harvesting easier. The fruits are sweet to semi-sweet and are great on cereal or ice cream. You also can make mulberry juice, jelly or blend the fruit into bread for mulberry bread. They will stain your fingers and lips, but if you want to dye fabric, the juice will certainly do that.

The ability of any tree to survive and thrive is dependent on the environment where you live. Most of the trees I’ve identified will survive across most parts of North America, but desert parts of the continent and high mountain areas could be problematic. When selecting the best trees for your homestead, think about if they can offer more than basic shade and firewood. Can the tree offer either fruit or a medicinal benefit that transcends the usual tree? Those are the trees I like to plant.

We’d love to hear your ideas about the best trees to plant. Some of you living in far southern environments may be able to grow oranges and avocados. No matter where you live, let us know what trees you’ve planted in the section below.

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The 5 Best Easy-To-Draw Holsters For Concealed Carry

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The 5 Best Easy-To-Draw Holsters For Concealed Carry

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Choosing your holster is as big a consideration as choosing your gun. A holster needs to be comfortable, easy to wear, and should support and retain the weapon while encouraging an easy draw.

When it comes to choosing a holster, there are hundreds of options, but from experience we’ve found five that seem to be the best.

1. Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB

I have a long history of disliking inside-the-waistband holsters, the main reason being the comfort level. I had difficulty finding one I could carry comfortably day in and day out. I resisted purchasing an Alien Gear because I couldn’t try it on, and I ignored the spew of positive reviews out there for Alien Gear holsters. What finally broke me was a deal Alien Gear was running on buying two holsters. I bought an outside-the-waistband one and an inside-the-waistband one. The purchase of the Cloak Tuck 2.0 came side by side with my purchase of the Ruger LCR 9mm, so I chose the LCR holster just to have a holster for my new revolver.

The Cloak Tuck 2.0 is a hybrid holster, meaning it’s a combination of Kydex and cloth materials. The base is neoprene, which looks and feels somewhat like leather. This neoprene base is comfortable against the skin, and flexible for different body types. The base is molded polymer and holds the weapon tight to the base. The holster performs like it should; it’s sturdy, easy to use and customizable. When ordering, you have lots and lots of options for different guns, belt clips, and you get an accessory bag of goodies to customize the holster’s fit. The main thing I have to say about this holster is how comfortable it is, to the point where I have taken a nap with it, and my weapon on, completely forgetting about it.

2. Sneaky Pete

The Sneaky Pete makes the list due to its bit of genius utilized when bringing the holster to the market. The Sneaky Pete original leather belt clip holster resembles a carrying case for a modern smartphone. With phones growing and growing in size, it seems the Sneaky Pete becomes more and more invisible. The Sneaky Pete is best used, in my opinion, for concealing weapons like the LCP and S&W Bodyguard, but they do produce larger options for weapons like the Glock 43, S&W Shield and Walther PPS. The design of the Sneaky Pete uses a large cover that does make the width of the pouch difficult to see.

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The Sneaky Pete uses either a complete leather belt loop or metal clips to keep the holster in place and steady. Once it’s on your belt, it would be nearly impossible to rip off. You can get a holster in either leather or nylon, and there are a few different colors. The Sneaky Pete is perfect in business wear, formal wear, and can be used in casual clothing. It is a little slow to draw because you do have to open the holster, but in some situations, it’s the only option some people can carry on a day-to-day basis.

3. Raven Concealment Phantom

The 5 Best Easy-To-Draw Holsters For Concealed Carry

Raven Concealment

If you carry a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P, then the best holsters on the market for those weapons is made by Raven Concealment. With Raven, you can choose to customize a Phantom holster just for you, or purchase a pre-made model. The concealment Phantom is an outside-the-waistband holster that comes in either light bearing or standard models.

The Raven concealment holster takes the cake by allowing the easy carry of a full-sized pistol. The holster clings to your body nice and tight but is still comfortable. This makes keeping the weapon concealed a breeze, and allows you to carry, say, a Glock 20 with 15 rounds of 10mm. When you build a custom holster, you can build the holster of your dreams for the gun of your dreams. As long as that gun is a Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P.

4. Stealth Operator Compact

The Stealth operator has a cringe-worth, tacticool name, but it’s honestly an amazing holster. I purchased one originally because of the claim of a multi-fit holster that could fit over a dozen guns. I test and evaluate guns all the time, and this often involves carrying them, so this holster solved a lot of carry problems for me. I’ve been carrying four different weapons in it, and at a price point of about $30, I am spending less than $10 a gun so far.

The Stealth Operator can fit dozens and dozens of guns, and it carries them securely. I suggest checking the Internet for the complete list. The Stealth Operator is an outside-the-waistband holster, made from Kydex. The holster uses a passive retention device, and it actually works; the gun doesn’t move. The guns I’ve carried in this holster are the Walther CCP and PPS, the CZ P09, and the Glock 19 without issue.

5. Miami Classic

The Galco Miami Classic is the choice for those looking to carry in a shoulder holster. Stay away from cheap shoulder holsters; they are often uncomfortable, hard to use and tend to dangle the gun. The Miami Classic is an all-leather holster which draws its name from Miami Vice. The holster is very easy to wear, and can be adjusted for an individual user’s body. The actual holster portion is molded for a specific weapon, and this aids in retention and reducing the dangle factor.

The Miami Classic is easy to draw from, comfortable to wear and provides options for those in specific positions where carrying a firearm on the waist is difficult. These holsters do, of course, require a cover garment, and this may scare some off. The Miami Classic holster is expensive and around $150, but it is quite high in quality. This was the perfect holster when I worked as a driver, and still serves me well in the winter when I want to carry a large handgun.

What holsters would you add to our list? Share your advice in the section below:  

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The Essential Oil For Stressed-Out, Overworked People Like You

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The Essential Oil For Stressed-Out, Overworked People Like You

One of the most prized essential oils, Indian sandalwood is known for having many health benefits, even if it isn’t as popular as other essential oils.

The oil is distilled from the fragrant inner wood of the sandalwood tree (Santalum album), a tree that takes about 40 years to mature and to produce oil at full potency. In recent times, they have become endangered – mainly owing to illegal logging – and there is now a world shortage of high quality Indian sandalwood oil.

As a result, producers have started looking to Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), which is native to Western Australia, for an alternative supply. By managing these trees with care, the Australians can offer a sustainable source of sandalwood essential oil.

Australian sandalwood essential oil has a milder fragrance than the Indian form. Its chemical content is a bit different, but it offers the same benefits for both the mind and body.

Australian sandalwood oil has a deep, fruity-sweet smell and is antiseptic, astringent, soothing, relaxing, sedating and regarded as an aphrodisiac. In aromatherapy, it is used for meditation, insomnia, tension, stress, depression, loss of libido and emotional problems. For the body, it is said to nourish and regenerate dry or mature skin, help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and strengthen fingernails.

Using Sandalwood Essential Oil to Benefit the Mind

Australian sandalwood essential oil is also said to fortify an inner resolve to persevere through emotional challenges.

Here are several recipes that I use to aid in meditation and help with mental stress and hormonal mood swings:

For mental stress and burnout

  • To ease mental stress and burnout, take a bath with three drops of Australian sandalwood essential oil and three drops of lavender essential oil.

To calm erratic emotions and even out mood

  • Two drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Four drops rose geranium essential oil
  • Four drops clary sage essential oil
  • Four teaspoons sweet almond carrier oil
  • Mix and apply the blend with gentle strokes anywhere on the body, letting it absorb into the skin.

To relieve the mental effects of PMS

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Three drops fennel essential oil
  • Three drops mandarin essential oil
  • Four teaspoons sunflower essential oil
  • Mix and apply the blend with gentle strokes over the abdomen area to help manage symptoms, have more energy and feel more positive.

To soothe the pain of grief or loss

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Four drops rose otto essential oil
  • Two drops bergamot essential oil
  • Four teaspoons apricot kernal carrier oil
  • Mix and massage the blend with gentle strokes into the temples or anywhere on the body.

For meditation

  • A powerful aid to meditation, Australian sandalwood essential oil has aromatherapy properties that will help release you from the grip of anxiety, worry and guilt, and bring you back to a feeling of inner peace.
  • Add sandalwood essential oil to a room diffuser, humidifier or candle oil burner to release the oil’s molecules into the air. Breathe in the scent.
  • Add sandalwood essential oil to a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam.

Healing and Improving the Condition of Your Skin and Nails

The Essential Oil For Stressed-Out, Overworked People Like You

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For centuries in Egypt and India, sandalwood essential oil has been added in cosmetics and salves to preserve the beauty and youth of women and men. It is particularly beneficial in the relief of irritated skin, and has excellent properties for dry skin, mature skin and wrinkles. It is also a great fix for unhealthy nail issues.

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Here are some recipes that I use with Australian sandalwood essential oil for healing the body.

To rehydrate dry skin

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Three drops frankincense essential oil
  • Three drops geranium essential oil
  • Four teaspoons jojoba carrier oil
  • Mix and apply (allow it to be fully absorbed) to affected areas of dry skin several times a day.

To rejuvenate and tighten wrinkled skin

  • Six drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Two drops immortelle essential oil
  • Two drops neroli essential oil
  • Four teaspoons avocado carrier oil
  • Mix and gently massage the blend into the affected areas of your skin.

To nourish mature skin

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Four drops neroli essential oil
  • Four drops patchouli essential oil
  • Four teaspoons wheat germ carrier oil
  • Mix and gently massage the blend anywhere on the body.

To soften rough or tired-looking skin

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Three drops patchouli essential oil
  • Three drops sweet orange essential oil
  • Four teaspoons apricot carrier oil
  • Mix and gently massage the blend into the skin where it is needed.

To soften calloused skin

  • Four drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Three drops lavender essential oil
  • Three drops tea tree essential oil
  • Four teaspoons cranberry sead carrier oil
  • Mix and apply the blend to the affected areas several times a day.

Nail treatment

  • Three drops Australian sandalwood essential oil
  • Three drops bay essential oil
  • Four teaspoons argan oil
  • Rub the mixture into the nails and cuticles several times a day to speed the growth of healthier, stronger nails.

Sandalwood essential oil has been used for centuries in meditation and for emotional clarity. It is also famous for healing and improving the condition of the skin and nails. With its fruity and sweet smell, it has become an absolute favorite of modern essential oil users!

Have you ever used sandalwood essential oil? How do you use it? Share your tips in the section below:

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Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF

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Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Please join me and my guest, Emergency Preparedness Instructor, Chuck Hudson, as we talk about one of the nastiest and life threatening conditions in a post-SHTF situation- gangrene. At one of Chuck’s recent classes, he had the opportunity to work with a woman who had gangrene on … Continue reading Surviving Gangrene Post-SHTF

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