The 5-Minute Pistol-Cleaning Trick That Will Save You Time

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The 5-Minute Pistol-Cleaning Trick That Will Save You Time

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Most of today’s striker-fired pistols, like Glock, Smith & Wesson’s M&P line, Springfield Armory’s XD series, and others, are made to be easy to “take down,” or disassemble for cleaning. Despite that, I often encounter new owners of these guns who’ve never cleaned it for fear of doing something wrong.

This is the five-minute routine I do after a long day on the range when my gun is headed to storage for a while, after my gun’s been in damp or wet weather, or for a student who brings a dry, dirty, or brand new gun to class and is having problems. It’s not my aim to neglect what an owner’s manual says, but a quick cleaning is better than nothing.

Supplies

If you’re pregnant, nursing, or have open cuts on your hands, wear rubber gloves. If you choose to go glove-less, at least wash your hands at the end of this process. The responsibility for preventing toxin exposure lies with you.

A scrap of a clean T-shirt and a bottle of CLP (cleaner, lubricant and protectant) are my go-to supplies. Frog Lube is my favorite CLP; it’s non-toxic and even smells nice. Extreme Force Weapons Lube is a new CLP that may work better for folks who use their gun in extreme cold. Both Frog Lube and Extreme Force are American products.

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One thing you should NOT have is ammunition. Start with a gun that’s completely unloaded — magazine out, chamber clear. Ammunition should not be within arm’s reach of your cleaning station. Many unintended, sometimes tragic discharges occur at cleaning time.

The Task

The order of parts described here isn’t necessary. Pick your own order.

Disassemble your pistol and lay the parts on a relatively clean surface. Pick up the slide, put a dot of CLP on the rag, and wipe out the entire visible interior surface. Be sure to take a fingernail (or other similarly shaped object, like a flat screwdriver head), and run the dampened rag through the grooves along the length of the slide’s interior. This is a place where gunk builds up. Once the rag is coming up from the grooves clean, put a fresh drop or two of CLP on each groove and smear it in with a fingertip.

Now, pick up the recoil spring/guide rod. Wipe both ends using a clean section of the rag. Wrap the spring/rod unit inside the rag and turn it in your tightly closed palm. No lube is needed here.

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The barrel is next. With the rag moistened with CLP, rub the entire outer surface with pressure, getting off all the buildup. The feed ramp of the barrel is an important place to clean. There’ll be some buildup here, even if you’ve only fired a few rounds. Wipe hard until it looks smooth. Depending on your barrel’s composition and finish, it may become shiny like chrome. Wipe the feed ramp dry.

Do the same around the locking lugs. Basically, any place on the barrel with sharp angles will have carbon accumulation. Get it off to insure your pistol continues to function smoothly.

If you’ve neglected cleaning, fired a lot of +P ammo, or have been rolling in the dirt, the accumulated gunk may be stubborn. A nylon bristle brush like an old toothbrush, cleaned and dried, works great for such occasions. But that’s beyond the five-minute rule. A partial cleaning beats neglect!

Notice I didn’t talk about cleaning the barrel interior. At least take a look through the bore for any abnormal accumulations or damage. If you feel you must clean it, a dry patch or Bore Snake is more than sufficient for a quick cleaning. The bore and feed ramp do not require oil.

Put one or two drops of CLP on the outside of the barrel, and smooth it all around with your finger, avoiding the feed ramp and muzzle ends. This is a high-friction, high-heat surface.

On the frame, give the locking block and exposed parts of the trigger mechanism a wipe-off with a dry rag. If you’re not sure which parts are which, just wipe off the metal parts you can see.

Finally, use the rag to clean the rails on each side of the frame. These match up with the grooves on the inside of the slide. Put a dab of CLP in each rail, and spread it along the rails’ length.

All Done!

Reassemble your pistol. If any excess lube is seeping out the sides, wipe it off. Give the outside of the slide a wipe-down to remove fingerprints and any remaining smudges.

That’s it — doing it takes a fraction of the time reading this did! Don’t forget to wash your hands in cool water if you’re like me and do this job bare-handed.

A Word on New Products

Conventional wisdom has held that we never oil the bore. Especially in a firearm that’s carried or stored with a round in the chamber, it is possible that oil will penetrate the cartridge, causing a misfire or dangerous squib (insufficient pressure resulting in a bullet that’s stuck in the barrel).

Technology has a way of running contrary to conventional wisdom at times. A couple of new firearm oils are made for use in the bore. In rifles, there is evidence that the behavior of these products, on a molecular level, results in increased precision, i.e., smaller shot groups. For a striker-fired pistol, accuracy gains caused by oil are likely to be undetectable. While I have used new barrel oils from Modern Spartan Systems and the Hoppe’s Black line, keep in mind these products were made for rifles, not pistols. Use these products sparingly inside the bore if you use them, and swab them well so that no visible oil remains in the barrel when it’s time to reassemble the firearm.

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Thoughts For The Week By Owen Guns.

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Thoughts For The Week.

Well its Anzac Day, it does not seem 5 minutes since last year, again the bands will be playing, politicians will be postulating, young officers (just out of school) will be making speeches and the dignitaries will be accepting the salutes of the veterans as they march past.

I go every year, I don’t enjoy it. It is a duty that I care about. I go to show that I respect the sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price and to those who are still paying the price. I watch the sloppy drill of the current serving soldiers and silently lament some of the chronic renditions of the Last Post. I hear the croaking, stuttering, silences, when they attempt to sing the National Anthem. No one knows the words, no one knows what the words mean. We show our flag, it’s a symbol but very few know what the symbols on the flag are supposed to mean. Many just think that its like a product banner, like ‘coca cola’ a logo, a familiar badge that they put up and down if someone wins a medal at the Olympics.

I believe the Anzac Day Parade is done all wrong, the Veterans should be on the podium and the whole town, politicians, mayors, councillors, police, teachers, serving officers, should all march past, smartly saluting the Veterans. Show some respect for those who put their individual lives on the line, so that we can live in idle security, and give it all away.

All had some one waiting for them at home. Countless millions never came home.

All the sacrifice, the lives cut short, the loss of whole generations, the loss of whole families, the loss for the mothers, and wives whose lives were lost in grief, for what? Yes, we have been given the best country and richest country in the world, yet our apathy has allowed us to vote for traitorous politicians who beginning with the Lima Agreement in 1974 gave our country away to the international power club. The Wars to End all Wars have never really stopped, yes we have had a continuous flow of little enemies, media created bogy men, with big hats like Castro, Ho Chi Min, Pol Pot, Gadaffi, Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong which have destroyed millions of families since World War Two, but the seemingly endless war between the international mainly faceless power brokers and the harmless Mums and Dads of this sorry world goes on, and on relentlessly. What’s more the bad guys keep winning, and we lose more freedoms every day.

Ever since the bad guys have dominated the printing press and television the people have been used and abused, dumbed down and misinformed. Our only hope, the combination of the internets distribution and the mobile phone ability to record and transmit is still only a pin prick to the mainstream media enemy. Australia’s leadership since the first sell out to internationalism, sending our jobs over seas with the Lima Agreement, destroying our manufacturing ability has been magnified by selling our real estate, selling our utilities, Electricity, Phones, Banking, Gas, and even our Water. What’s next the air we breath, or our body parts?

Would those who sacrificed their lives in days gone bye, recognise the slave state we have to-day with the future that they were promised. It seems that all threats are used to enchain and bind the people, if they do not have enough threats local enough, they will import them by mass migration, yes they will flavour it with refugees fleeing from the new holocaust but when Mad Monis, or the Monash University overseas student illegally obtain firearms, that is used as the catalyst to bind the people’s steel chains a little tighter. Bit by bit they import a threat, they even follow the suspects give them bail and wait for them to fuel a media campaign against their real enemy the free thinking freedom loving Australians. That’s us, we are our leaders real enemy. They want power and we are preventing them from having it.

Thesis and Anti Thesis allows them to conqueror with Synthesis.

In two world wars, thousands of Australian and Britons were sacrificed on countless battlefields because we our nation and our Commonwealth was sadly ill-equipped, left without secondary manufacturing industries to quickly re-equip our military forces. In the First World War the bogy men on our doorstep was German New Guinea, in World War Two it was the Japanese. They were not false bogy men.  If they had won, English would not be spoken on the Australian continent, the best they could have expected would have been to be worked to death in a labour camp. Same as today, the Islamic threat, within our borders or without, it is very real. To Islamic believers, we infidels are worth less than any edible animals.

Our government even though it spends $26 billion dollars in an ever increasing defence budget, has destroyed 95% of our manufacturing ability so we have to import all equipment.  This is why our annual defence budget is so high, it has to service our nearly non existent defence force. What’s worse a defence force which cannot re-equip itself.  Our demise will be when Australia is cut off from US and other supplier’s, on the other side of the planet. For our $ 26 Billion in US dollar terms we get 58,000 personal (although by the sound of it 50,000 work in the office). We have an official Reserve of 44000 (but if anyone inspected the turn up at the drill halls they might only ever find a quarter of them, their well intentioned enthusiasm is killed off and put to sleep) We have 59 tanks, 75 towed artillery guns, 47 ships (including patrol boats) 78 attack aircraft. While Singapore with its 5 million people, and its $9 Billion dollar defence budget has 72,000 regular soldiers and 950,000 in the Reserves, 212 Battle tanks, 212 towed artillery, 41 ships (including patrol boats) 119 attack aircraft. Singapore has 6 submarines so does Australia but they have a Merchant Marine strength of 1599 ships.  They can get re-supply, they have a secondary manufacturing industry. We have 7.7 million square kilometers to defend and Singapore only has 697 square kilometres. We have a Merchant marine of 41 ships and they are manned by foreign labour. When we wonder which threat does Singapore face to spend that $9 Billion on defence. Well they have a neighbour close at hand that is militant Islamic and has 255 million people, just to Singapore’s south and just to our North. Indonesia has 476,000 regular soldiers and 400,000 in active reserves, 468 battle tanks (they make their own) and 80 towed artillery, 58 attack aircraft and 221 ships in its fleet. Indonesia only has 2 submarines but it has 1340 ships in its merchant marine. They keep all this and only spend $6 Billion in US dollar terms. They have a manufacturing industry so they can build firearms, they can build tanks and ships and even their own aircraft, it’s a lot cheaper in the long run to do it yourself. Australia could not produce an ice cream making machine, too much government regulation, wage restrictions, dearest electricity in the world, expensive real estate and no chance of competing in the world market that the big power brokers have forced on to us.

I’m sure that America was out this way, on our last day trip.

Why worry about North Korea? As it only spends $3.5Billion in US dollars terms per year and only has 700,000 in its full time defence force and 4.5 million men in reserve. 4200 Battle tanks, 4300 towed Artillery, 528 attach aircraft, its Navel strength is 967 ships. However, its 2400 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems are worrying its close neighbours. The point is when we see what our neighbours are getting for 3.5 Billion dollars and what we get to defend Australia, a continent, we should be worried about the corruption, or worried about the betrayal, or worried about intelligence of our elected leaders who are put forward as being so much smarter than us. They can criticise the quality of North Korean tanks, or Indonesian Artillery, all they want, but Australia with 59 tanks to defend 7. 7 million sq kilometres is a world joke. In World War Two Japan started the war with 2 million men, at the end of the war it was set to field 13 million men, if the USA and Britain had not have been fighting them as well, Australia would not have stood a chance, and our history would have ended in 1943.

So they are again preparing us to be the ill equipped patsies trading the lives of Australian soldiers because we are an easy target, swapping lives because we have no bullets to fire back. Does history keep repeating itself, but even after we lose another generation can we really expect to win out for the third time. That is highly unlikely.

Maybe, they are counting on the 2 million licenced shooters in Australia to be its deterrent and saviour? That is doubtful as our leaders are bent on imposing another disaster on us.

NFA Registering Ammunition Sales.

In most of the other Australian states they have already put the new National Firearms Agreement alterations through the parliament. Queensland is again lucky, it was due to go through the House of Representatives in the first sitting of parliament this year January, it’s the end of April and it still has not been presented to the house. Premier Palaszczuk is keeping it at bay until she is forced to an election as she thinks that when the Nationals, One Nation and Katter Party vote against it that they will win votes on that subject at the election. She has not done her mathematics and does not realise that the worm has turned that the 600,000 shooters in Queensland who are increasing in numbers every year with an increase of applications of 50 % on preceding years. She does not realise that the bad news on world security increases peoples needs for individual security and she is standing in their way of getting it. Premier Palaszczuk has also not understood the new power on the block, facebook and the internet, she underestimates the new media channel. She sees the shooters detriments as the means of her success at the next election. We have to ensure that she is defeated by encouraging all our personal friends and virtual friends plus our family members to get a licence, apply for a PTA get angry and go tell it to your local politician.

We all have to be soldiers of the working day, we are lucky we don’t have to sacrifice our lives yet for our friends and families we only have to get off our chairs and put the shoulder to the wheel to get Labour and the Greens off the benches at the next election. Now, I know that the all parties have betrayed us before, or done nothing, that is no excuse to do nothing in return. Apathy grows like cancer, we have to stand up and be shining examples of Tigers,

“In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man

As modest stillness and humility:

But when the blast of war blows in our ears,

Then imitate the action of the tiger.” Henry V. WS.

OR Tell  MPs to VOTE AGAINST the National Firearm Agreement.
You all should know who your local MP representative is and soon with an election coming your going to know who their opposition is. Seek them out, don’t be insulting just tell them that if they vote against law abiding firearm owners they wont get your vote or you friends and families vote. If they vote for the NFA they should not get your vote.

Read if for yourself, its NOT  just a Re Category for the Adler Shotguns its further impoistions.

” This Agreement sets out minimum requirements in relation to the regulation of firearms. Nothing in this Agreement prevents jurisdictions from adopting additional, including more restrictive regulations.

Cat A

(c) Shotguns (other than semi-automatic, pump action or lever action)

Cat B

d) Lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds

Cat D.

(c) Semi-automatic, pump action and lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity greater than five rounds

20. Heirlooms

(a) Jurisdictions agree that where the owner of an heirloom firearm is unable to establish a genuine reason for possession of that firearm and/or does not qualify for a collector’s licence, jurisdictions may issue the heirloom owner with a special category of licence. The requirements of that heirloom licence must be that:

i. before the licence is issued, the owner provides sufficient proof of inheritance of the heirloom

ii. the licence apply only to a single gun, or a matched pair or set

iii. all heirloom firearms be rendered permanently inoperable

iv. the licence not authorise the discharge of the heirloom firearm or firearms in any circumstance

Collectors

i. the firearms which are the subject of the collection should be of or above a defined age

ii. firearms in a collection which have been manufactured after 1 January 1946 must berendered inoperable (whether or not they are otherwise only required to be rendered temporarily inoperable according to paragraph 19(b))

iii. collectors may not possess ammunition for a collection firearm

iv. any attempt to restore firearms in the collection to usable condition should be regarded as a serious offence and subject to severe penalties

v. all operating firearms which are owned by the collector under separate licensing arrangements should be subject to the same level of regulation as any other operating firearm

vi. for the purposes of the collection of Category H firearms, genuine historical collectors must

1. be a member of a state or territory accredited historical firearm collectors society

2 .have their licence application endorsed by an accredited historical firearms collectors society

3. comply with strict storage requirements

4. display a commitment as a student of arms in order to collect or retain post-1946 handguns.

AMMUNITION

54. Jurisdictions will legislate to allow the sale of ammunition only for those firearms for which the purchaser is licenced, and impose limits on the quantity of ammunition that may be purchased in a given period.

(This means that all sales will have to be recorded to whom and which licence another register, more public servants more taxes, more impositions)

55. On the purchase of ammunition, the relevant licence must be produced

(d) the commercial transport of ammunition with firearms is prohibited

.43. Jurisdictions agree that the issuing of a permit must be subject to a waiting period of at least 28 days to enable appropriate checks to be made on licensees in order to ascertain whether circumstances have occurred since the issuing of the original licence which would render the licensee unsuitable to possess the firearm or which would render the licensee ineligible for that type of firearm.

45. Jurisdictions should consider imposing greater storage requirements where multiple firearms are kept on the same property.

All information has to be forwarded to the national information-sharing hub.

We all know who they share the information with.

This ‘national information-sharing hub’ seems separate to Crimtrac which is where all licenced shooters have been recorded with what they own up to date. Incomplete, though it has been, we all know that information from it has leaked to people whose only work choice is robbery under arms.

All the above affects all of us and all those in the community that are worth defending as when the bad people don’t know who owns firearms and who does not, that lack of knowledge protects the whole law abiding community.

One of the reasons why I oppose registration so vigorously is because I know it does not work. I can remember many years ago, I lived in a remote mountain country area, we had road edges with 1500 feet drops on one side. Ben Buckly a pilot, crop duster, fire spotter spotted a windscreen stuck in a tree that had a car attached to it. SES went in found the Voltswagon stuck up in a tree it had come off the road a 1000 feet above and ended up in a tree top. No one could see a body in the mountain bush so it stayed there. Some years later some hunters found human remains down below that point in a dried up creek bed. The local Policeman went it and found that the bones had a broken leg and assumed it could have been the driver from the voltswagon. He bagged and tagged the bones and sent it off to Melbourne to Police Headquarters for identification. I asked him a few years later did they ever find out who the person was. The answer was amusing at the time. He had continued to chase up the results but Police Headquarters had lost the bag somewhere between lost property and the morgue. No one ever knew who he was. Sad that the man, was lost when he went over the edge and then he was lost when he managed to get out of his car to the ground, that’s when more than likely he broke his leg, then he was lost as he waited for rescue after he crawled to the creek. His bones were found but then he was lost again by the Victorian Police. The bit that stuck in my mind, was that if they can lose a bag of human remains, if they can lose a car, how do they hope to retain all the firearm information. Well we know they cannot, but if they lose 1 % or 10 % they can never justify that the information is going to be any use as when they want to recover the information more than likely it will not be available human error will have erased it.

West Australian gun users are calling for tougher laws and communal weapons safes after a spate of gun thefts police are blaming on bikie gangs.

ABC news reported last week that due to guns being stolen from farms. A farmer,  Murray Pederick thinks a better solution would be communal gun safes in towns where they can be overseen by police.

Detectives have recently charged 10 people in connection with firearms thefts from rural properties in the Kojonup and Katanning districts.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts has promised to act.

“Theft of firearms is an incredibly serious issue, I will be raising the issue of facilities to store guns with the Police Commissioner,” she said.

So now again we have that old anti gun push for Communal Armouries where we can only draw them out when we need them.

The article does not explain that as in Queensland when firearm are stolen from licensed shooters the victim is often the one charged not the perpetrator. If the person leaves his key where it can be easily found, if he or she leaves a window open and in Western Australia police are even charging farmers for not locking up the tools that were used to break open the safe. Once they get a conviction then its another feather in the policeman hat and another conviction that they can call a firearm crime and this can be used against all of us.

The responsibility is on the Police we pay a huge amount of taxes to pay them to put away the bad guys. They neglect their duty and blame the victim, what’s worse they prosecute the victim after punishing him by forcing him to have all the security under the sun. As above in WA. CCTV, burglar alarms, safes.

The Police are culpable they prevent us from defending ourselves and refuse to defend or protect us. Then like parasites they still want a bigger pound of our flesh. Once they get huge collective Armouries all the eggs will be in one basket for them and then the terrorists or crims, or invaders will be able to come and take what they want.

In about 1960 when I was twelve, I went to the local Drill hall two nights a week and many Sunday mornings as I had joined the 22nd Cheshire Regiment Army Cadets. I knew nothing, I was always wondering where the other 21 Cheshire Regiments were. I also went to small bore shooting with the small bore club that used the same 25 yard indoor range at the back of the Drill Hall, my whole idea of being in the part time army was for shooting, but wanting to take up every opportunity I shot smallbore competition as the Army never did enough. After about six months I saved up my wages, (as a bicycle order boy) to buy a very second hand .22 BSA target rifle it had been a Martini Cadet that had been converted to.22 by BSA. It had elementary peep sites and it was slightly better then the club Mossberg training rifle that I had started off with. As I could not apply for my firearm certificate to own that .22 rifle, I only had a 10 shilling licence that could allow me to own an air rifle and a .410 shotgun, the BSA had to stay in the Armoury with the club guns. The Armoury was the territorial and army cadet Armoury it was a steal vault in a very strong brick building that had a full time guard. So everyone presumed that it was very safe, that was until a few months went by and the IRA called in on a Saturday night stuck a pistol in the face of the guard got the keys and helped themselves to everything, they must have had a truck. They had taken the Bren Guns the single Vickers Medium machine gun that I was very keen on, they took all the two inch mortars, the Enfield and Webley revolvers. They took all the .303 Lee Enfields No 4s even the one that had been issued to me, at no charge. They took all the ammunition thousands of rounds of 303, the drill practice mortars and the few real ones, .380 ammunition and all of the Small Bore Clubs .22 ammunition and what was much worse, this fairly put me off admitting to having an Irish line of descent for years, they stole my BSA. On the Tuesday night when we turned up for drill I felt disarmed, useless, so did the whole company. We were ‘gobsmacked’, at the thought of the work and labour I had put in to raise the money for my .22 BSA.  I was angry, I would have been pleased to have wiped out half of Ireland on the off chance that they might have remotely once known an IRA man. Angry and yet heartbroken, I can remember marching home that night with a tear in my eye. I was so ashamed about what the IRA had done and that I had lost my rifle.

In the weeks to come when we were re-issued with .303 Lee Enfields we took them home with us. No ammunition or course but rifle and bayonet, boots polished, belt blanco’ed and brass cap badge gleaming I proudly marched to the Bus stop and caught the number 40, then came home the same way. No one ever blinked an eye, all the older territorials and the reserve all took their rifles home. I always wanted to be the one to take home the Bren but was never picked. The message had made its mark, we had the IRA to thank for that the rifles were safer in everyone’s homes. It was un safe to make a target with all those eggs in one basket to carry out the same effect the IRA would have had to rob every one of us. The message is just as clear today, if the government does this the Islamic Bikers Groups, or ISIS equivalent will know just where to tool up. ISIS would not have the good manners to stop the truck and phone the local police, so they could go and let the tied up guard out of the Armoury. He would be dead.

Australia has never ever been under a greater threat than it is today, we can hope that the threat goes away but Australia will never be secure until it has the industry and skill to make its own arms and have them close at hand. Veterans, the few that are left  understand the importance of defence in all of its contexts, so too should we all, we have to defend our rights to self defence. Like when the chips are down its time to stand up, stand up for your mates, your friends and families. Take a part, phone up your local MP.
……………….
There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
Ron Owen

Every Man Should Have A Rifle

Every Man And Woman should take their place at the Sea Shore.

So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb,

Seeing visions “over yonder” of the war I know must come.

In the corner – not a vision – but a sign for coming days

Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize.

And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land,

Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand.

No – no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss –

In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us!

Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be,

We shall march down, very quiet, to our stations by the sea.

While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war,

Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store!

Henry Lawson :

Scenes from the neighborhood

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Another reason I love living in Montana –

Doorbell rings and it’s my neighbor from across the street. He hands me a  couple containers of Accurate #9 and Accurate 1680 and says “Here. I don’t load anything anymore that uses these.”

See, that’s the sorta thing that gets me taking the snowblower to your sidewalk in the winter for free.

 

What You Need to Know About Arrowheads for Your Survival Bow: Types, Care & Advice

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Editor’s Note: Although you might see many articles on archery, building a bow for survival or hunting, you rarely see articles on the various types of arrowheads.  A short walk through the archery section in any sporting goods store will show you that there are many types to select from.  Not only are there many to choose from, but there are care and maintenance considerations too.  I hope this article will shed some light on the subject and spur more dialogue on something that is rarely discussed on preparedness websites. To enhance this article, I added videos to elaborate on the specific topics discussed.. This is a guest post.

 


Choosing the correct arrowhead

Before making the decision to purchase arrowheads it is a very good idea to know how you are going to be using them. This may be your first time buying them or perhaps you may be trying to decide if a different type will work better for you. In either case, it is beneficial to understand the three basic categories.  

Target

These are typically the beginner’s choice as well as a good pick for those who want to get in some extra practice without the added expense of more sophisticated arrowheads. The tips of this type are constructed with a straight shaft and no barbs. The reason for this is that they are much easier to remove from a target and are typically strong enough for multiple shots. This doesn’t mean they are without risk. Target arrowheads can range from flat (blunt) tips to fine bullet points. In any case, they can cause injury or death when shot from a bow.

Blunt

Similar in some respects to flat tipped target arrowheads, blunt tips used for purposes other than hunting have a very different configuration. The purpose of this type is not necessarily to enter their intended target, but rather to hit with a force strong enough to cause enough trama to cause paralysis or even death depending on the size and location of the hit. One of the most popular of these is the JUDO point which has several spring loaded arms located just behind the tip. The advantage to the JUDO is that unlike other tip types, the arms stop the arrow from digging into grass or leaves. This makes the arrow better able to be recovered. Blunt heads are for the most part used in hunting small game.

Broadhead

There are many varieties of the broadhead, but each of them stems from a basic design idea. The characteristic shared by tips in this category are several razor-sharp blades that extend outward from the shaft center. The obvious purpose of this configuration is deep penetration and internal lacerations. The back end of the broadheads is typically pointed backward, or barbed so that it is less likely to fall out of an animal once it hits. There are specialized broadheads whose blades are retracted before shooting them, but once they are loosed from a high rated bow, the blades extend outward. In either case, broadheads are the tip of choice (and often required) for hunting large game animals.

 

Equipping for Survival

When in a survival situation, broadheads are typically going to be the best type to carry, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to also equip yourself with a small number of blunt heads. If you find yourself in need of meat and the only game you can find are small squirrels or the like, broadheads may simply be over the top. Besides, broadheads can be somewhat fragile and the chances are greater of missing a small target and thus ruining your broadhead. This characteristic of broadheads is particularly important to remember in that the blades can separate once they hit their target. This will leave razor-sharp pieces of shrapnel inside the body cavity so take great care when dressing out your game until you are absolutely sure you have found every piece of the arrowhead.

On the other hand, while target and blunt tips can theoretically take down small game, they will only cause minor injury to large game and you will undoubtedly lose your kill. Just make sure that when you carry this type of arrowhead that you keep them in a closed container. Broadheads that are ready to be used for hunting are extremely sharp.

Sharpening Arrowheads

It may come as a surprise, but even some of the best broadheads are not sold razor-sharp. The main reason for this is safety in shipping and handling, not because manufacturers are lazy. Razor sharp blades would create a considerable hazard to those responsible for getting them from the maker to the retail store.

Like sharpening knives, being able to repeatedly ensure razor sharp edges on broadheads takes considerable practice. There are many techniques to choose from, but the simple process of hand sharpening with what is known as a bastard file would be an excellent skill to master. While many modern hunters enjoy the convenience of bench grinders or other power tools to sharpen their arrowheads, if you find yourself without power, those tools become essentially useless.

 

Filling your quiver

Once you have decided which tip or tips will work best for your application, the next question to answer is how many arrows to carry when you are in the field. There is no standard or official answer to this kind of question and the best teacher is, of course, practical experience. Some hunters find they need to carry only two arrows while others may carry much more than that. Perhaps the best advice is to take more than you think you may need on your first few hunts and work your way down to the number you typically use on a regular basis. The mixture of arrowhead tips on these arrows is also dependent upon the type of game being hunted as well as experience.

Make sure that you also consider the type of arrows you will carry. Just as there is a variety of arrowheads available, arrows come in their own varieties of material such as wood, aluminum, and carbon. The carbon arrow is likely the most popular choice among hunters because it is strong, durable, and lightweight. Even so, some of the best carbon arrows are susceptible to damage over time.

Always make sure to inspect all your arrows long before you decide to use them. Arrows with splinters and cracks can be very dangerous because they can split or even shatter. The idea is to fire a strong, safe arrow at your target, not to injure yourself or others in the process.

Editor’s Note: I added this video because it is just cool to watch! 🙂

 

Author Bio:

Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com

 

 

Training and Dry Fire Thoughts

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People can tend to over train in rarely used and unrealistic areas. Two examples would be speed reloads and rifle to pistol transitions. Statistically speaking in a civilian gunfight you won’t shoot a .38 snobby dry let alone a modern double stack handgun holding 15 ish rounds. I won’t say t never happens because sometimes it does but it’s very rare.

Ditto rifle to pistol transitions. For that to make sense 3 things need to happen simultaneously. First a modern rifle which usually holds 30 rounds and certainly 20 plus needs to run empty (or jam which I didn’t mention in pistols because if you use decent modern guns and aren’t a complete buffoon it’s very unlikely.). In a civilian or even law enforcement context rifle fights end really fast. The reason for this is that rifles stop people, even the much picked at 5.56, very well. Also critically rifles and shotguns are much easier to shoot well than pistols due to a longer length between songs and so many Points of contact. Second I would have to be at pistol range which we could define as 25 meters for simplicity. Third I would have to be in the open otherwise I’d just reload my rifle behind concealment/ cover. The idea of people blazing away at each other at pistol distances in the open until  I run dry won’t happen outside an action movie.

These skills are good to know how to do. They are also good to practice. It’s just a question of how much of our limited time should go to them. I would be inclined to mostly practice the stuff that will help me win the fight. The biggest single shooting skill there is getting the first hit on target. Shooting someone gets you all up in their OODA loop.

Dry fire training with a timer is essential to improvement in these skills. Unless you have a range outside your back porch and a huge ammo budget you can’t shoot every day. You can do dry fire at home for free.

Today’s notes.

Equipment. G19 and appendix holster.
Consistently hitting 1.5 from concealment. Dropped to 1.4 and ran 50/50 ish but get rushed and was making mistakes. I’ll stick at 1.4 for at least a week. My short term goal is to get dry fire from concealment to 1.3 which giving a little extra time for real shooting get me at 1.4 there. The long term goal is sub 1 second from concealment but that’s beyond a dream now.

After that I did a few rifle to pistol transitions to get ready for shooting this weekend. More on that topic later. 

The Essentials of an Emergency Action Plan

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The Essentials of an Emergency Action Plan When disaster strikes, you need a plan. In a true disaster scenario, panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking. Without a well-rehearsed action plan, you’re sunk. An emergency action plan ensures you have the supplies you need and you take the appropriate actions during an emergency. …

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More dead in Venezuela as violence continues

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It’s been several days of protesting, rioting and looting in Venezuela, claiming several fatal victims every day.

More than two dozen people have been killed in less than a month and young people keep leaving the country.

People are starving, protesters are getting gunned down by the police and Maduro supporters and it seems that Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is running on fumes.

Even people with jobs are  looking through garbage to find food. Inflation has spiralled out of control long ago and the lie that is the Venezuelan government can’t keep food on the shelves.

An interesting fact and important reminder: Less than Lethal 12ga ammo (plastic buckshot) CAN be lethal at very close range. Gruseny Calderon was killed by rubber bullets that pierced his lung and liver.

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”

Top AR15 Varients for Home Defense

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Top AR15 Variants for Home Defense This article talks about creating rifles with alternate calibers in the style of the AR15 particular for home defense. There are many ways to protect your home and many weapons to do so. This article is written with a great authority on calibers and their effects within the four …

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Completely Sustainable Gardening

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Completely Sustainable Gardening Gardening starts as a fun hobby and before you know it your buying gas masks! Well, maybe its not that bad. After a while it gets under your skin though. From a small raised bed you often wind up taking more and more real estate from the backyard. The good news is …

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SHTF Preparedness: How to Mask Noise and Light Signatures

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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

This article is an introduction on how to mask the signatures of light and noise that are given off if not controlled.  We are talking primarily about a scenario taking place in the forest, but the techniques can also be applied to an urban setting.  The tougher one of the two to overcome is the noise; however, each poses a challenge that if not handled can lead to a problem when you wish to remain incognito in the field.

How to Diffuse Light in SHTF Environments

First let’s deal with light.  The reason light poses a problem is we need light to see optimally, but in using it at night, the light can be seen by others, giving our position away.  Flashlights and any kind of hand-held lantern, battery powered or otherwise are the main problems here.  There are a few simple ways to cut down on these signatures, and all of them take practice.

  1. No white lenses with movement: you need to obtain a red lens for your flashlight. This will not defeat NVD’s (night vision devices), but it will cut down on being compromised by the unwanted naked eye considerably.
  2. When using the flashlight, cover it up: preferably a poncho over top of yourself and the flashlight, to perform whatever task you need to accomplish when moving at night, such as checking your position on the map, or fooling with equipment of some kind. Keep that light covered.
  3. Adjust your eyes and learn to move in the dark without a flashlight: this will take some practice, and some people may not have the night vision abilities to perform it, especially those with eye problems. For everyone else, practice makes perfect.  Most nights have a little illumination and are not pitch dark (except for the New Moon and a day before and after).
  4. Smokers: you must hide the signature of the end of your cigarette. Through NVD’s it appears to be a flare going off from a distance.  Either cup it within your hands, or inside of an aluminum pouch, such as found with MRE’s (Meal Ready to Eat).  When you light that cigarette you also tend to give off a big signature.  Best thing I can tell you is to quit smoking and really nip it in the bud.  Not to mention the fact that you can smell a cigarette from several hundred feet away.

How to Minimize Noise Levels in Dangerous Situations

Noise is an entirely different animal.  We make noise as we walk.  We can’t help it.

What we can do, however, is control the amount of noise we make…and reduce the amount that would give away our position.  You must practice noise discipline in order to perfect it!  Looking where you walk and where you take your next step is key.  Be keenly observant of where you are moving and through what.  Are you facing a large area covered in dry leaves, with dry weather?  Are there dried branches and twigs strewn all over the place?

How about sticker bushes and nettles in the summertime?  If you’re not crushing them underfoot, how about if one of them whips you across the face?  Unless you are prepared to take the pain of it, you may yell, curse, or cry out.  You should practice moving through all of these different types of substances.  In addition, how about the noise made just as a consequence of your movement?

Many people carry so much stuff, such as keys, change in their pockets, etc., that they mimic a tambourine when they walk.  Let’s not forget our happy, singing, laughing, chirping tracking devices…our cell phones.  Your cell phones: I don’t use one.  You can believe when Uncle Ed tries to reach you or you get a call from Gram-gram, or some other family member, and you’re out in the woods?  The whole world (animal, vegetable, and human) will hear that ringtone.  Clattering gear that is rattling around, the sounds of trampled branches and vegetation, the occasional grunt in fatigue or pain…all of these will give you away.

Any and all of your rattling gear needs to be silenced.  Everything that is loose must be tied down and secured.  This is not just prudent: this is survival.  “What is the situation?” you may ask.

The situation is anything: our happy “Betty Crocker/Holly Hobby” society can change with the blink of an eye into “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

Choose the situation.  The situation is unimportant.  What is important here is that you ensure noise and light discipline in order to avoid being obsequious and potentially to evade a pursuer.  Practice walking at night in the woods, and listen to yourself.  When you’re stationary, practice listening to the things that are around you.  If you’re patient and open your eyes, ears, and mind, the woods will come alive for you. Your senses will experience what your normal Western-Consumer marketing environment deadens them to.

Learn to pace yourself by the amount of noise you make and also practice leaving fewer tracks and/or a trail.  Practice negotiating close (thickly-vegetated) terrain and making as little noise as possible.  Skills need practice in order to master them.  Now that the weather is warming up, try some training that won’t cost you anything except time and effort to master these skills.  JJ out!

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About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

 

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Tarp Tents

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Tarp Tents We are always looking for new and exciting shelter options. There are a lot of options when it comes to using tarps as shelters. When I happened upon this article I didn’t think I would find out so much about the opportunity of tarps. There are some serious methods for creating legitimate shelter …

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Easy DIY Wood Pallet Projects

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Easy DIY Wood Pallet Projects Wood pallets are one of the best materials you can use for DIY projects. They are readily accessible and usually free to acquire. Most of the pallets you will find are free of dangerous chemicals, and the ones that aren’t are clearly marked. To top it all off, pallet projects …

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15 Irreplaceable Tools That Helped The Pioneers Survive

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15 Irreplaceable Tools That Helped The Pioneers Survive

Artist: Walt Curlee

Americans today have it made compared to the pioneers. When something breaks, we can just drive down to our local home hardware store and pick up what we need. We even can order online and wait for the item(s) to arrive on our doorstep!

It certainly wasn’t that easy for the pioneers. Whether they had just arrived in the New World, were traveling West in hopes of grabbing some land, or were settled on their farm, there were few “mercantiles”  or general stores to be had.

How did they manage to survive? Good old ingenuity for one, a few working skills, and a few tools made all the difference.

Let’s examine 15 of their most useful tools.

Building and Construction Tools

No matter where they ended up, the pioneers had to build their own shelter. While some homes were made from sod, many more were made from wood. This made saws and axes both valuable and common. Of course, if you could afford to pay the mill to cut your logs, you were fortunate, but most people simply cut their own logs to make cabins to live in and barns for their livestock. Hatchets and axes did any work that saws couldn’t.

Hammers were vital. Hammers can split logs (with a wedge, which was another important tool), work metal, break rocks, and, of course, hammer nails. These ancient but super-flexible tools came in several types and sizes, depending on your need.

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van goghShovels, or spades as they once were called, were another fundamental tool. Holes needed to be dug to support log cabins, turf was often used as roofing material, and a spade would be necessary to cut out those blocks.

Many of the early settlers had root cellars that would preserve food as the temperature was more stable. Even a small root cellar required a whole lot of digging! Pioneers also used shovels for the same things we do today — planting vegetable gardens, cleaning out stalls, and planting trees.

Farming and Planting Tools

Every pioneer would need to do at least some planting in order to survive, even if they only wanted to grow food for themselves and their livestock to survive through the winter.

Therefore, almost every farmer relied on his plow. Whether drawn by hand or pulled by an animal, a featured, pioneers, survival, tools, was an absolute necessity. John Deere invented the first steel plow blade in 1837, but long before that, people used wood or sharp rocks for plow blades.

Hoes were another invaluable tool for farmers. Crops involve much more than just seeds and water; weeds need to be removed. With a sharp hoe, a person can go at a slow walking pace and remove weeds.

Scythes were great for those who could not afford the mechanical horse drawn crop reapers. These slightly curved blades enabled a person to cut crops or clear tall grass and weeds from a standing position.

A tool that many people today are unaware of, which enabled grains to be removed from the husk, is the flail. It’s a simple tool, but quite effective. A flail consists of one larger stick that the person would hold, connected by a chain or hooks to a shorter stick. Harvested grain crops, such as wheat, were placed in a pile, and then the person would beat (thresh) the grain with the small stick, until the husk surrounding the grain fell off.

Household Tools

15 Irreplaceable Tools That Helped The Pioneers Survive

Artist: Hanne Lore Koehler

People of today have it made in the simple process of day-to-day cooking and cleaning.

Washboards were, for many years, exactly as the name implies — nothing more than pieces of rounded wood strips, nailed to a frame. It sounds very primitive, but it must have been in improvement over beating your clothing with sticks or rubbing them over rocks in the river!

Spinning wheels changed the wool from sheep or cotton balls into fibers that could be used to make clothing and blankets. Spinning wheels were used in Europe since at least the year 1250, so it was a common tool that almost every woman knew how to operate.

Once you had the wheat threshed, you needed to grind it into flour. This was done with a little device that some of us today think of as a meat grinder. Pioneer women used this same type of hand-powdered device to grind their grains to make flour.

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Let’s not forget the lowly needle. While many of the needles used by the pioneer women are pretty much the same as the ones we use today, they had a much larger variety that was needed. In addition to the regular clothing that needed to be made or repaired, they had to sew their own blankets, in addition to sew horse blankets and leatherwork. Most saddles would be made by professionals, but the repairs to straps or bridles could be done if one had a large needle.

While most pioneers were very resourceful and independent, they cherished nearby neighbors who could be counted on in a pinch. Common tasks were often shared by neighbors or nearby family members, knowing that when the need arose, they also would benefit from this shared labor. It was not uncommon to see neighbors get together to help build a house for newlyweds or to help out with household chores when a family was sick or having difficulties.

Hunting Tools and Weapons

One of the most useful tools that every pioneer owned was a shotgun. A shotgun was used for protection and as their main source of killing animals for meat. Some of these hardy mountain men also kept pistols as a backup, but the shotgun or rifle was the weapon of choice.

A hunting knife also was an essential tool, and most pioneers had several of them. A good hunting knife was priceless, as it could handle almost every chore or need. It could be used to kill in close quarters, to skin and gut the animal, and to hack off a few branches for wood if necessary. Knives are one of the most versitle tools around, which would explain why  many pioneers, like the indigenous people, had special places to store them so they wouldn’t be misplaced.

Hatchets also were sometimes used in self defense. Many pioneers kept both a hunting knife and a small hatchet on their person at all times.

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The Radical Left is Preparing for a Hot War-Are You?

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Bob Griswold of ReadyMadeResources.com is on the show today to issue a clarion call to prepare. He expects more violence and civil unrest as radical leftist groups like Antifa continue to buy AK-47s, AR-15s, load-bearing equipment, and ammunition. He believes they are preparing for an all-out civil war in America.

Everett and Courtney Carroll have survived the Seven Seal Judgments which devastated the planet. But have their efforts to stay alive been in vain? The next series of judgments to fall upon the earth are known as the Seven Trumpets.With each subsequent Trumpet Judgement their odds of living grow slimmer. If Everett and Courtney are to survive, they’ll need perseverance, faith, and a great outpouring of providence from The Almighty. Buy your copy of Wormwood in audio, paperback or Kindle edition today!

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Plot Your Position With a Compass

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 A quality compass is an integral part of the backcountry navigator’s kit.  Sighting with a compass is an important skill that can determine direction to an object or help the hiker locate and identify his position in the backcountry.

This post discusses the steps to be taken to use a compass to plot one’s location on a topographic (topo) map in the back country.  In the vocabulary of navigation this is also known as “fixing” or determining “position.”

The first step is to ensure that the hiker has adequate maps both in quality and quantity.   I recommend carrying a set of maps that include 7.5’ United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps and a second map type such a United States Forest Service map.  The USGS map gives me the detailed information of the immediate area while the other map covers a much broader and larger area. 

Before heading for the trail, take a look at the maps at home.  Scouting from your desk allows you to find significant land features that will surround the direction of travel.  Features such as distinct mountain peaks, a stream, and a ridge line are just of few topographic “hand rails” that can be of value in the field.  By spending some time at home with the map the hiker develops a mental map, a mental picture of the trek in advance of the actual journey. 

Account for declination before leaving the trailhead.  I like to keep my navigation simple and personally use a compass that can be adjusted for declination such as the Brunton 8010G.  Declination information found at the bottom of a topographic map is frequently out of date.  Check the web site www.magnetic-declination.com  for the current declination.

 “A compass is basically a magnet mounted on a pivot, free to turn in response to the pull of the earth’s magnetic field.  The housing protects the needle and helps you relate the direction in which the needle points to directions on the map and on the land.  A compass by itself can’t tell you where you are or what you are looking at but it can tell you about direction….”

Staying Found, The Complete Map & Compass Handbook, by June Fleming

Sighting with a compass allows the hiker to do several things.

First, sighting on a distant object can provide direction to that object and repeated sightings can provide course corrections along the way.  Secondly, with several sightings on different objects a person’s position can be determined and plotted.

Compass direction to an object is known as the “bearing” or azimuth.   Bearing is the more common term in outdoor recreation and is a term used heavily in GPS navigation.  For example, if a mountain peak is due north of you, the bearing to the peak is 000° (read as zero zero zero degrees.)  A compass can also assist the hiker by orienting a map and following a line of bearing taken from a map.

The picture below offers a quick review of the components of a baseplate compass.

To sight or take a bearing do the following:

  1. Using the owner’s manual, adjust the compass for declination.

  2. While holding the compass at waist level, turn squarely towards a distant object.  Hold the compass so that the direction of travel arrow points directly at the object. (Point the direction of travel arrow away from you, perpendicular to your body.)

  1. While holding the compass, turn the compass housing (the dial) and align the orienting arrow (a red arrow engraved in the rotating housing) underneath the red magnetic needle.

 

To determine and plot or “fix” a position, the next step is to plot bearings on the map. In a “nut shell” this means that bearings to three clearly identifiable features are used.  Ideally, objects that have a bearing separation of 30° – 60°.  Good bearing separation provides better fixing information and plots on the map cleanly.  The bearings are then plotted on a map and where the three lines cross is the hiker’s location.  This complete process is called triangulation.

The following are suggestions for triangulating a position in the back country.

  1. Identify three (or more) distinct objects to sight on.  Note that the objects need to be on the topo of the area. 

  2. Orient the topo using the compass.  Orienting the topo means that the map’s left or right border is pointing to true north or 000° degrees true. 

  3. Sight on an object such as a mountain peak or church spire.  (Note that not many objects in the backcountry are so distinct and crisp.  Do the best with what you have.)  Ensure the direction of travel arrow is pointed towards the object.  Be as accurate as you can, point directly at the object.

  4. Turn the compass housing until the orienting arrow is directly under red magnetic needle.  Do not move or rotate the compass housing, keep the new bearing in place.

  5. At this point, and while plotting the bearing on the map, the compass will now be used like a protractor.  Importantly, the movement of the magnetic needle is not important.

  6. Lay the compass on the map with either the top left or right corner of the baseplate on the landmark.  This will be a pivot point while aligning the compass.

  1. With the edge of the baseplate in position, rotate the compass (swing) left or right until the N (north) of the compass housing aligns with map North (the top of the map.) 

  2. Draw a line (along the baseplate) from the object (e.g., the mountain peak) to your approximate area.  Draw a nice long line.

  3. Repeat the process two more times using other distant objects to sight on.

  4. Ideally the three lines will intersect in the immediate area; this is the hikers location.  But because of compass error and human error the point of intersection maybe spread out.  Still, triangulation will put you in the ballpark.  Use terrain association to help narrow down your position.

   

Survival Hax 10 in 1 EDC Keychain

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EDC (Every Day Carry) are those items you want on you (or within immediate reach) at all times. Each person’s EDC kit will be different and will be based to a large degree on personal preference, and to some degree on your usual location.

When SurvivalHax.com sent me their 10 in 1 EDC keychain for review, I was pretty interested.  This is basically a mini-fishing kit with fire starter stored in a waterproof aluminum case attached to 4 feet of braided Para cord with a whistle attached to a small carabiner.

 The aluminum container holds :

3 Fishing lines 2 x Hooks 2 x Weights 2 x Floaters 2 x Sinkers 2 x Swivels 1 Knife 1 Tinder cotton 1 Ferrocerium rod 2 Safety Pins and  1 cable saw
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The first thing I tested was the whistle. Although not police quality, it got the immediate attention of both the wife and the cat, each vying to give me the meanest scowl. It is certainly loud enough for signaling purposes. The carabiner is of lightweight metal but seems to be of good quality. Although I did not unbraid the paracord, it also looks to be well made.

The small finger knife has a sharp edge and a saw edge. The sharp edge wasn’t that sharp, but a few swipes on a sharpener solved that, and it will now cut the fishing line if needed. The main use of the knife is as a striker for the Ferrocerium rod. Holding it by the ring end and striking it like a match down the rod produces a goodly ammount of sparks, certainly enough to start a fire with proper tinder. I didn’t try the small cotton tinder roll, as I am soaking it in Vaseline and placing it in a small plastic pill bag.

Living in the Sonoran Desert I am not real close to a handy stream to try the fishing gear, but it is certainly adequately made. The small wire saw is sufficient to cut a small pole for a fishing rod, but I doubt it would hold up to hard continuous use. But then again, it wasn’t designed to. This is an EDC kit to get you home to your main gear.

The aluminum case is indeed waterproof with a thin rubber gasket between the two parts.  I tend to adapt my gear. I recently did an article on the SurvivalHax.com nifty little Survival Shovel Both handels are hollow, and I filled one with cotton balls wrapped in a plastic bag to use with the fire starter. I am going to take the fishing components on the 10 in 1, wrap them in a [plastic bag, and place them in the second hollow handle. The shovel is attached to my get home bag I keep in the back of my Jeep.  As I require certain medication, I am going to fill the waterproof metal case with one weeks worth of medication and attach it also to the get home bag.

Conclusion

All in all, this is a pretty nifty little set up for the price. You can use it as intended as an EDC keychain, or divvy up the components as I did. Available from SurvivalHax.com  or on Amazon.

 

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5 Best Places to Bug Out in the USA

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Bugging out is one of the most popular topics in the prepper community, but most of the discussion is about what to put in your bug out bag. Although this is important, we ought to spend more time talking about where to go when bugging out. After all, you can’t just wander into the wilderness […]

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Survival Composting: Can Human Excrement Be Used as Compost?

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After the movie, The Martian, a lot of people wonder — can human excrement really be used as compost?

Wow — ready for the answer?

 

Imagine what the world would look like after a devastating event on an apocalypse level.

The World After an Apocalypse — Can You Survive?

The apocalypse could be something like a major power grid failure, major war or some natural disaster that completely destroys the world as we know it. What some proclaim as “judgment day” coming from the hand of God and others consider just a probable event when unruly nations like North Korea are allowed to develop several nuclear weapons, an EMP caused by a nuclear explosion, a solar flare or some man made device is a very real possibility.

It is something the governments are preparing to deal with because there is such a high probability it will happen. There is no doubt that our power grid is in danger and that terrorists are dreaming up ways to try to take it down.

If an EMP takes place…

If a massive EMP happens, the world as we know it will crumble. It will take out the power grid, which will create a domino effect. Everything will fall apart. Businesses will collapse. The banking systems will be non-existent and the food supply chain will cease. Life is going to be much harder and you will be completely dependent on yourself.

Growing your own food will be a necessity. You won’t have the luxury of running to a grocery store when you need to put food on the table. It will have to come from your own crops. That is a lot of pressure. In today’s world, most people are not prepared to grow their own food. They don’t have the knowledge or the know-how. It is going to be a scary situation.

If you are familiar with gardening at all, you are probably well aware of the many, many products on the market to help your garden thrive. Fertilizers are regularly used by commercial farms and hobby gardeners. They help speed things along while ensuring plants are healthy. If your plants and the soil in which they grow don’t have the necessary nutrition, your garden is going to fail.

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Without backup foods and preps of course, and we’ve written previously on several of the best survival foods to be stockpiling today.

That should be a simple fact to understand, which is why you need to know about survival composting.

Compost is Organic Material with the Nutrients for Rich Soil

Compost is organic material added to the soil. Compost is rich in things like nitrogen and carbon. These components are what make soil rich and fertile. Fertile ground is what you need to make your garden grow. If your soil is healthy and full of nutrients, you won’t have a need for fertilizer.

Compost Attracts Worms

Compost attracts worms as well. Worms thrive in rich soil and make it even better. Their little tunnels help break up the soil, making it nice and loose for the sprawling roots of your plants. They also add their own fertilizer and organic material to the soil for the plants’ roots to feed on. It is a harmonious balance that every gardener strives for.

Why Compost?

Every time you grow something in soil, you are depleting the nutrients. Think of your soil as a bucket of water. Each time you grow a plant, you are taking out some of that water. Soon, it will be empty. Your soil will quickly be drained of the nutrients it needs to feed the plants. This is why it is so important you are constantly adding nutrients to the soil in the form of compost.

If you continue to plant, harvest, plant, harvest, you are going to deplete your soil. Practicing proper crop rotation is one way you can give the soil a rest. This is a practice that is very common in today’s world. Farmers will rotate fields each season. One season it is planted with something like corn or potatoes and the following year a cover crop, like clover or alfalfa is planted. The cover crops add nutrients back to the soil. The plant material sits in the fields over the growing season and winter, slowly breaking down and feeding the soil so it is ready to go the following year.

Unfortunately, in a grid down situation, that may not be possible. Every inch of ground you have available is an invaluable commodity. You need to grow as much food as possible on every bit of land available.

You can skip the downtime for a field by mixing in compost after a harvest. The compost cuts out that waiting period. You would harvest, add in your compost and allow it to sit in the ground over the winter months, eliminating the need to give your field a rest season. Your fields or garden bed are going to be ready for your seeds.

What is Compost Exactly?

Compost is really garbage. It is a lot of kitchen scraps that you wouldn’t eat. Things like potato peels, rinds, coffee grounds and so on. It can also be the parts of the fruits and vegetables you don’t eat like the tops of the carrots or the core of an apple. Newspaper and cardboard are also nice additions to a compost heap. Compost is comprised of organic material. Anything that can break down can be tossed in a compost pile. You would want to avoid things like plastic that don’t break down-at least not in the next five lifetimes.

Compost has fondly been dubbed Black Gold. It is a vital part of a healthy garden. After the kitchen waste has been given some time to break down, it turns into a dark loose material. It resembles a mixture of straw and dirt once it has gone through the break down process. This material is worked into the soil with a rototiller, hoe or just spread over the top and allowed to naturally work its way in.

Compost is not fertilizer. Compost feeds the soil. Fertilizer feeds the plants. If your soil is rich in nutrients, you don’t need the addition of chemical fertilizers. There is a reason organic gardening is so popular these days. The produce from an organic garden tastes better and is far better for you than produce grown with the help of some chemical fertilizer cooked up in a laboratory.

Now, when we say organic matter is what makes up a compost heap, we are also talking about waste i.e. poop. Every compost heap is benefited by the addition of poop. Yes, poop. Chicken poop and steer manure is so popular for use in gardens, it is sold by the bag at nearly every nursery and home store. You don’t have to pay for this excellent soil additive. You make your own everyday, right in your own home.

Yes, human waste is a fabulous addition to your compost heap that can mean the difference between having food on the table and starving. Before you turn up your nose, wait. There is plenty of evidence to back up the use of human waste in the garden.

Poop for Compost Heaps?

In today’s world, people are picky about the poop they use to fertilize their gardens. As mentioned earlier, chicken and steer are highly sought after. Feces is high in nitrogen. It will make your plants green and very leafy. As you get into composting, you are going to hear a lot about what NOT to compost. One of the things that is always heavily debated is the human waste addition to a compost heap.

Plenty of compost experts are going to tell you to never use human waste in your heap. There is a good reason for that. Human waste is full of parasites and bacteria that can make you incredibly sick. We know how important it is to wash our hands after taking care of business so we don’t spread disease. We know that poor sanitation can lead to a lot of nasty viruses and outbreaks of potentially fatal diseases.

So, why would we ever use human waste in a compost bin?

It’s free. It’s plentiful. And, it is a great way to recycle. After a world as we know it ending situation, compost is going to be a necessity and the one thing you are guaranteed to have available is human waste.

Safety of Human Waste in Compost Heaps

This is a topic that will get people really fired up. After movies like “The Martian” and a society that is more environmentally conscientious, recycling everything, including human waste, has become very trendy. It is something referred to as humanure. The bacteria and other pathogens found in human waste need a certain temperature to thrive. Think about the meat you cook for dinner. If you were to eat raw chicken or hamburger, there is a pretty good chance you could get sick. If you cook the meat to a certain temperature, the nasty viruses are killed and the meat is safe to eat. This concept applies to human waste as well.

Human waste needs to be heated in order to kill off the harmful organisms. This does not mean you cook up a poop stew. A compost heap provides all the heat needed to kill the harmful bacteria, viruses and other dangerous organisms that are in human waste.

The break down of organic material creates a reaction that quite literally cooks the manure and transforms it into the nutrient-rich compost that can make your garden flourish. In a recent test of the humanure system, Nance Klehm collected feces from 22 people. The people pooped in buckets and delivered it to Klehm. She dumped all of the waste material together and allowed it to sit in a compost heap for 11 months. It was given a stir and then tested again a year later. It was completely free of the bacteria and pathogens that typically contaminate human waste. It was completely safe once it went through the break down process, which we will cover in depth a bit later.

Composting Toilet

The composting toilet is a great way to get started with the humanure process. There are a number of different ways to create a composting toilet or you can spend a little extra cash and buy one that has everything you need. A composting toilet will catch all of the human waste. Every time a person uses the toilet, they add a layer of sawdust or woodchips. This helps contain any odor, covers up the business and starts the process of breaking down the waste to turn it into compost. Sawdust or wood chips are the best option for your composting toilet when it is in use in the house. Once you remove the basin/bucket or whatever you are using to catch the waste, you can add things like straw, grass clippings and etc…to the waste to help speed up the composting process. A composting toilet will not only save water, but it will give you an excellent additive for your garden. Imagine a world without plumbing, which is exactly what will happen after a massive EMP. People will still need to use the toilet. It just makes sense to put everything to good use!

Aerobic Composting of Human Waste

Aerobic composting is basically an open air compost heap. You will quite literally have a pile of poop in the yard or wherever you have designated your compost heap to be.

The waste from the composting toilet is dumped into the pile along with your kitchen and yard waste and allowed to ferment. You will need to use a pitch fork to “stir” the pile from time to time. In the very beginning of a compost heap, it will smell. Just avoid the area until the process gets moving along. The breakdown of organic material produces heat. The center of a compost heap can reach temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This is where you want your heap to be temperature wise for at least three weeks. You will often hear gardeners and expert composters talk about a heap and say it is too hot to be put into the soil. It is. It would actually scorch the soil if a cooking heap of compost was put into the soil. When a compost heap is “hot” you will get a very strong ammonia smell. Give it a good stir, wait a day or two and the smell will dissipate.

A hot compost pile is killing off those harmful pathogens and bacteria that are typically found in human waste. It is important you actually take the temperature of your compost heap. This is a critical step in the process of turning otherwise deadly human waste into a nutrient-rich material that will make your garden thrive.

Once the pathogens and bacteria are killed off, your heap cools down and you get this mellow process that slowly transforms the waste into an earthy, almost dirt-like substance.

Don’t Get the Compost Too Hot — Or You’ll Kill Good Microbes

It is possible for your compost heap to get too hot. If you have a lot of nitrogen-rich waste in your heap, things can really start cooking to the point the good microbes are killed off. If this happens, the breakdown process is interrupted and the heap will no longer be compost. It will be a very flammable alcohol. These hot heaps are fire hazards waiting to happen.

Human waste has got a bit of a bad reputation. When done right, it can be an invaluable tool to your survival garden. Check out the following books to learn more about survival composting with human waste.

 

Building Your Compost Bin

You can make your own outdoor aerobic compost heap with a few wooden pallets. Create an open U with the front being the open place. The pallets along the back and both sides will help keep the heap contained in one area. Ideally, you will want three bins so you always have a fresh batch of compost cooking. Once you have constructed your space for your heap, it is time to start adding your organic matter. There are some basics you will want to follows. Things to add to your heap include;

• Human waste

• Chicken, horse and other livestock waste

• Kitchen scraps

• Grass clippings

• Newspaper

• Cardboard

• Dead leaves, branches

• Cotton rags, scraps

• Ash from woodstove

• Sawdust (if using a composting toilet, you won’t need any extra)

• Wood chips

• Hay/straw

There are some things you will want to keep out of your compost heap. These are things that may introduce unwanted elements, like a noxious odor and unwanted parasites and diseases.

• Weeds or their seed heads

• Meat bones

• Milk products

• Plants that are diseased or full of pests like aphids

• Grease, lard or oil will attract flies, which brings maggots

• Black walnut leaves and branches are toxic

• Avoid adding wood chips that have been chemically treated

• Avoid any chemicals in general

You will be amazed at how quick your compost heap builds up. Once your pile has reached a certain height or you have been building it for about a month or two, it is time to leave it alone and let it do its thing. You can buy an actual compost heap thermometer at Home Depot or online. It is pretty quick and easy to check the temperature of your heap. Poke the thermometer in, wait for the dial to stop moving and you will know where you stand. If it is too hot, give the heap a good stir and spread it out. If nothing is happening, you need to add more waste to help get things cooking.

You will soon see how easy it is to compost and will appreciate what it does for your soil.

Why Survival Composting? Modern Day Society Could Crumble

Rather than the world moving toward an advanced and peaceful society, the fact is that the chaotic nature of unruly governments and religious extremists like Islamic Radicals mean that we will always have war, violence, disease and the possibility for a clash of civilizations. History is littered with these clashes and multiple societies have crumbled in the aftermath.

Only someone with their head in the sand would fail to realize that history has a bad habit of repeating itself. So whether our next clash is the result of the Biblical judgments of a Holy God, or because of the next major world war that some say is shaping up right now — or a combination of both to the shock of many — we need to be prepared with ways to support our family and possibly even help our neighborhoods and communities in the years ahead.

If stores ever close their doors suddenly, a lot of people simply are likely to die in the aftermath, not having seen the signs that danger was approaching. They won’t have food. They won’t have water. They won’t have any idea what to do to feed and protect themselves.

Food, Supplies, Plans, Knowledge … and Prayers Don’t Hurt

The right foods, supplies, plans, knowledge and a lot of those prayers for those who believe are going to make the difference for those who seek to be prepared.

 

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S&W Airweight Review – A Badass Little Revolver For Conceal Carry

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S&W Airweight ReviewSo you’re on the lookout for a new conceal carry weapon (CCW). One that’s small, light reliable, and accurate while still packing a punch.

Maybe you currently carry a popular semi-auto CCW (such as a Glock 26, S&W M&P Shield, Ruger LCP) but are looking for something even lighter and smaller.

Or perhaps you’ve heard about the reliability of the revolver over a semi-auto and are reconsidering your options.

Or you’re looking for a solid conceal carry firearm for someone new to carrying. Something reliable, simple and not intimidating.

Well, then I may have just the right gun for you.

Smith and Wesson Airweight -S&W Airweight Review

Today I’m going to review the Smith and Wesson Airweight. Specifically, the model 637 because it’s the one I own. The 637 is an SA/DA weapon chambered in 38 Special and rated for Plus P rounds (we’ll talk more about the slight difference of the 642 model a bit later).

All S&W Airweight models hold five shots, and they are very compact at only 6.31” long with a 1.875” barrel.

The Airweight frame is an aluminum alloy, and at first touch, you may want to hold on tight lest it floats away. But alas, gravity still holds down its 15 oz empty mass.

This reliable revolver is so damn light it makes for a worthwhile self-defense choice for a survival pack or a bug out bag.

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The cylinder is fabricated of stainless steel coupled with a steel barrel liner. The little S&W J-frame pistol comes with a synthetic grip in black or pink (for the ladies – or men who can appreciate pink). Or you can get upgrade with a popular aftermarket Pachmayr grip.

Like most revolvers, there is no safety. If you don’t want to shoot, don’t pull the trigger.

The S&W Airweight has a front sight integral to the barrel and a fixed rear sight. The sight radius is what you’d expect for a small revolver. That being said, I was surprised by the accuracy demonstrated.

Like most conventional S&W revolvers, the Model 637’s single action trigger pull is light with a crisp break. I’m sure this contributes significantly to the inherent accuracy of the revolver. I wasn’t expecting much in the way of accuracy with a 1.875” barrel but was pleasantly surprised.

Testing The Airweight On The Range

I shot the weapon at my brother’s range the weekend before Christmas. We sat up some paper targets and fired single action from 7 yards to start.

Most of the hits were within 2” of the bullseye after we got the little revolver dialed in. Very, very repeatable performance.

Then we moved on to shooting steel. Nothing gives me a sense of satisfaction than hearing the thunk and ring of lead on steel. The range had a series of six 8” diameter steel plates lined up in a row. We took turns knocking these down and resetting them.

The little revolver put the bullets right where I asked it to with no qualms at all. I finally backed off to fifty feet to see what it could do at a distance. After very little practice I could hit five for five steel plates at this distance.

Much more accuracy than I expected from such a small revolver.

Of course, this is all single action shooting. The double action trigger pull is much harder, and I make no accuracy claims for this mode of operation. Frankly, I’m just not as steady a shooter with double action.

We fired fifty rounds of 130 grain Federal .38 Special copper jacketed target rounds. Finishing the day with fifty rounds of hand-loaded 125-grain copper-plated cartridges (from my ammo stockpile).

The recoil was very mild, another surprise from such a lightweight weapon. To be sure 158-grain bullets will have more felt recoil, as will Plus P rounds. But still, the felt recoil of the 130-grain bullet was a little more than a .22 Magnum.

Felt recoil had no impact on accuracy that day. The little Airweight was a joy to shoot, unlike some other pistols where I’m happy to have shot my last shot of the day.

The little J-frame is compact and seems easy to conceal in a woman’s purse or an IWB holster. It has curves in all the right places and, as I said before, it’s so damn light.

Make no mistake though; this is not an ideal pocket pistol.

It’s J-frame and dimensions are far too large to go unnoticed in your front pants pocket, unlike my Kel-Tec .380 auto. However, unlike my Kel-Tec, the Smith will never fail to extract or fail to feed.

I carry my Kel-Tec because it’s so damn easy to carry. If I wanted to upgrade to more firepower, this little snub-nosed 38 Special would be a good choice. But more firepower also requires a holster.

The S&W Airweight and five quality Plus P defensive rounds represent a fair compromise between size, price, and power.

The weapon I bought retailed for $388 (check out today’s price).

In the revolver world, the 38 Special is the last of the lower recoil rounds. It’s the last stop off on the way to .357 or .44 Magnum – serious recoil rounds not for the timid. But don’t let anyone tell you the 158 grain 38 Special is weak-kneed, especially the Plus P rounds.

And finally, the size of the little revolver is what drives the five round limit. But the weight and concealability of this weapon is a good trade-off for the loss of a round of capacity.

You simply can’t build a revolver this compact and fit six rounds, unless you drop in power exponentially to the .22 LR.

If I’m going to aim at my target, I’d rather have five 158 grain 38 Specials, than eight .40 grain .22LRs – but that’s just me.

Here’s a video covering all the features and details of this “dandy little revolver”.

Speed Loader

As you saw in the video, it’s worth getting a high-quality speed loader for this gun.

When I was researching speedloaders, I found a few people who added thicker grips who had clearance issues with this speed loader.

Quick Strip

If that’s your case, I suggest you look into using quick strips.

S&W Airweight Model 637 vs Model 642

Ok before we wrap this review up I want to talk about the S&W Airweight Model 642.

It’s damn near the same gun with nearly all the same features. The main difference between the two models being the exposed hammer with my 637 and the fully concealed hammer with the 642.

Now, this concealed hammer vs exposed hammer is no small matter, especially when discussing concealed carry and self-defense

Many firearms this CCW category are DAO (Double Action Only) with no exposed hammer like the 642. The DAO pistol is hammerless to prevent the hammer from catching on a man’s belt.

The design also makes it easier to extract from a woman’s purse, but the internal striker and double action nature of a revolver  (you still have the move the cylinder) require far more trigger pull than a single action-capable revolver.

Heavier trigger pulls translate to error in aiming and holding the weapon on target.

I always use a hammer with at least the first shot as single action. While at the very short ranges usually associated with a gun fight the error induced by DAO may not be significant.

However, if you want to use the revolver for recreational purposes, like a morning at the range, the SA/DA revolver allows you to shoot for accuracy.

Frankly, I have a DAO carry gun (the Kel-Tec mentioned above) and I’ll never be as good a shot with it as my Smith and Wesson Model 15-3.

On the flip side, even if your shots are more accurate with SA, if the exposed hammer gets hung up when it matters, you may never get your self-defense rounds off because you couldn’t get the gun out you pocket or off your belt in time.

The bottom line is you’ll find this topic under debate across the web and I’m only sharing with you a few of the main arguments.

Ultimately if you decide the S&W Airweight is the right gun for you, you’ll need to decide which model suits you best.

Here’s a great video worth watching that compares in detail the subtle differences between these two models.

Final Word

I realize you have many everyday carry firearm choices. And at the end of the day, only you can make the final choice on what works for you. But you should take a nice hard look at the S&W Airweight it offers reliable protection at a mere 15 oz.

For the combination of size, weight, and accuracy it’s a tough little CCW to pass up.

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Alstroemeria Care – Growing The Peruvian Lily

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Japanese Holding Air Raid Drills, Building Bomb Shelters; Gov’t Warns They’d Have 10 Minutes To Take Cover

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Japanese Holding Air Raid Drills, Building Bomb Shelters; Gov't Warns They’d Have 10 Minutes To Take Cover

Japanese citizens are being told they may have less than 10 minutes to prepare for a North Korean missile attack.

“When a missile is launched from North Korea, it will not take long to reach Japan,” an official communique from the Japanese government reads. It was released this week. “For example, the ballistic missile launched from [North Korea] on February 7 last year took 10 minutes to fly over Okinawa.”

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Officials in some parts of Japan are preparing to hold air raid drills for the first time since World War II, and they’re telling citizens to practice taking shelter, The Washington Post reported. A post on the government website urges people to “evacuate to a substantial building or underground shopping area” if they are outside, and to lie down under cover and away from windows if inside.

There is an official warning system for a missile attack called “J-Alert,” but even many politicians have little faith in it.

“A missile may not be detected as soon as it leaves the launch pad … and that could take several minutes,” Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura told The Japan Times. “Depending on the case, the warnings and alarms might only sound four or five minutes before a missile arrives.”

Not surprisingly, sales of bomb shelters have skyrocketed in Japan.

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TRT World News — Detailed Coverage On Fukushima “It Might Take 100 Years to Clean Up”

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I shall once again point out that even though the contamination levels in the Pacific are diluted to what the paid scientists like Kenny Boy Buessler and Jay Cullen (Culling) say are safe, there are specific biological structures that magnify the radiation 20 to 2,000,000 times the background level. Radiation is one of the few things that can destroy this important biological structure called Chitin. Here-in I layout the scientific basis for the destruction of the Pacific Food Chain. It’s fairly easy to follow. I have sent this to over 100 so called scientists, and nary a peep. It goes against the narrative. https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-scientific-basis-for-destruction-of.html

95 Questions You MUST Ask Before Buying Rural Property

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So You Want To Buy Rural Property Are you looking to build a homestead, but you are still trying to decide where to locate it? It’s a difficult decision, but there are a few things that can help you decide if a location is right for you and your family. First, please keep one thing clear in your mind – no one else’s criteria is going to fit your family perfectly. Perhaps you place a higher priority on being close to family or neighbours and want to ensure someone is always within a good walk in case of emergency. Other

Why The Most Delicate Part Of Our Infrastructure Is The Grid

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In case you hadn’t noticed, major power outages are on the upswing. During the period of 2000 to 2004, there was an average of 44 power outages per year, nationwide. That rose to 100 per year in the period from 2005 to 2009, and doubled to 200 in the years 2010 to 2013.

In 2014, 14.2 million Americans were impacted by power outages, with California topping the list. I can’t find compiled data for the years after that, but in the first six months of 2014, there were 130, which shows a continuing of this trend.

Basically, our electrical grid is old. Power plants, distribution centers, substations and transmission lines are all designed with a 50 year lifespan. But a large chunk of our electric grid is older than that and an even larger chunk is approaching the 50 year threshold. In the Northeast, there are transmission lines which have been in continuous use for over 100 years.

The Fact: 3 Blackouts in One Day

On April 23rd, three major cities in the US received blackouts on the same day – New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; the largest, second largest and fourteenth largest cities on our country, respectably. The fact that these happened all at the same time and can’t be attributed to either hot weather (the use of air conditioning) or storms is suspicious.

While all three of these cities were hit by outages, San Francisco was hit the hardest, with business, traffic and many day-to-day activities coming to a complete standstill. We are so dependent on our electric grid, that there are few areas of activity which are not affected by a blackout.

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Yet as we look into the future, we can expect more and more blackouts to occur. Government red tape and regulations are making it harder and harder to build new power plant. During the years of Obama’s presidency, the coal power industry was especially hard hit. That’s on top of the struggles that the nuclear power industry regularly has, because of the fear that the political left has of nuclear power.

Yet the left’s vision of green power is unrealistic. The only renewable (or green) power that is reliable is hydroelectric, and the United States has pretty much maxed out the use of available rivers in building hydroelectric plants. Unlike Lesotho, Bhutan and Paraguay, we can’t produce 99% plus of our energy needs from hydroelectric dams.

We need to depend on much less reliable wind and solar power, neither of which can provide power 24/7. Even geothermal power, which the United States is the world leader in, accounts for only 0.41% of our total energy needs.

Not replacing our aging power grid merely plays into the hands of our enemies, all of whom are aware of our high dependence on electrical power. We can be sure that any countries who look at the Untied States as a potential enemy, have both mapped out our electric grid (the information is readily available on the internet) and developed plans to disrupt it.

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The Question About the Cause

The question has been raised whether the power outages on April 23rd were part of a test attack by a foreign power or not. China and Russia lead the world in cyberwarfare, especially China. But they are not the only countries pouring resources into this new battleground.

Compared to other forms of warfare, cyberwarfare is cheap, requires few “soldiers” and minimal money spent on developing or acquiring arms. A small group of brilliant programmers and hackers can do wonders, when given the freedom to experiment.

When survivalists think of the grid going down, we tend to think of an EMP attack. I wrote about that recently, in regards to North Korea. But an EMP is only one of the options available to an enemy. Cyberwarfare entails less risks and requires less expenditure of money; yet can be extremely effective.

It is a known fact that nuclear power plants have been targeted for hacking, with considerable success. Remote control of a nuclear plant by a hacker can cause a variety of effects, ranging from reducing power output all the way through causing a meltdown of the core.

I’m not sure if it is possible, but if they can hack in far enough to cause a meltdown; it seems to me that they could also cause a runaway reaction, leading to an explosion.

Then there’s the attack on the San Jose, California substation in 2013. In that attack, unknown parties shot the coolant tanks on the substation’s transformers, draining the coolant out and destroying the transformers. Had it not been for the ability designed in to the electric grid to reroute and cover a destroyed substation, the people of San Jose would have been without power for months.

Our grid can absorb the loss of a substation, power plant or transmission line. But the more that are lost, the greater the chance of the domino affect taking over, causing more and more failures. If a major substation were to be destroyed during peak usage time, the number of people who would end up being affected could easily run into the millions.

What Is the Risk?

One of the biggest tactical mistakes in the protection of our country was when some unnamed officials admitted to the Wall Street Journal that sabotage of just nine key substations would be enough to bring down the grid.

Do you want to guess which countries have engineers hard at work determining which o the country’s 55,000 substations are included in that short list? Once they figure it out, there will be a clock on our country’s electrical power use.

Potential attacks like this, and our dependence on electricity, make our country much more vulnerable than it was 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago. The more we depend on electronics in our day-to-day lives, the more easily our lives can be disrupted.

Worse than that, the disruptions that we would experience can’t be replaced by other systems, as we no longer have those systems available to us.

  • Loss of water pressure as the city water loses power
  • Loss of heating and air conditioning
  • Loss of communications, once phone companies run out of fuel for their generators
  • Loss of fresh and frozen food, without stores having refrigeration
  • Loss of transportation, without the ability to pump fuel out of underground tanks
  • Loss of our supply distribution system, which is highly dependent on computers
  • Loss of much of our medical services, which depend on electricity as well
  • Loss of jobs and the associated paycheck, as few companies can operate without electricity
  • Loss of education, when the schools shut down
  • Loss of air travel, which depends on radar and radios for communication, not to mention the fuel they need to get those planes in the air
  • Loss of the news media, which needs power to broadcast
  • Loss of the internet, which is all electronic
  • Loss of sewage systems, as soon as the sewage lines back up. Water treatment plants depend on electricity to drive their pumps. Without that, the system backs up.
  • Loss of refrigeration, so our food will spoil
  • Loss of access to our money, as we mostly depend on electronic money
  • Loss of access to money in the bank, as the computers which tell the bank how much money we have would be inoperative
  • Loss of commerce, in general, due to the inability to access money
  • Loss of defense, as the military depends heavily on electronic communications, as well as electrical power to control and run our weapons systems

I could keep going, but I’m sure you get the idea. Basically, everything we depend on, depends on electricity to operate. So, without electricity, our lives come to a standstill.

That’s a fact known to our friends and enemies alike. So is the lead time on new transformers for substations and how few manufacturers there are in the world build those custom artifacts. Maybe it wouldn’t have as major an impact on the USA as a nationwide outage caused by an EMP would, but the fact is, it wouldn’t take much to take out the grid regionally, in any part of the country.

Without electrical power, it wouldn’t take long for fear to set in and for people to turn against each other. FEMA’s recommendation of three day’s food isn’t going to help people much, when they’ll be without electrical power for weeks or even months.

Even Hurricane Katrina left some people without electrical power for six weeks, and that didn’t take even one terrorist who was willing to lay down their life in pursuit of a larger cause.

When Going Off-grid is Not Your Choice

For us here in modern-day America, the loss of the electric grid is probably the ultimate urban survival challenge. With our lives and our communities so dependent on electrical power, the loss of that power would quickly lead to a breakdown of society. As soon as people realized how close they were to starvation, they would panic; and that, in turn, would lead to them turning on each other; especially on those who they suspected had food.

Survival in such a situation has to include complete isolation from others. The old adage of “out of sight, out of mind” applies here. If people don’t see you, they won’t be asking how you are doing. Nor will they have the chance to ask you if you have any food that you can share with them. They may speculate, but that’s all it would be.

This would be an ideal time to disappear to that secret cabin in the woods, if you are fortunate enough to have one. If not, you’ll need to make your home look as abandoned as possible, while you live off of whatever food and water you have stockpiled.

Depending on how widespread the blackout is and how it happens, repairs could take months or even longer. In a case where substation transformers are destroyed, it takes a year to build new ones. That’s long enough that the loss of life could be severe enough to prevent their replacement. America, as we all know it today, could cease to exist.

This is why a three day supply of food isn’t enough. For that matter, a three month supply of food isn’t. You are going to need at least a year’s worth of food to survive this sort of attack, and possibly even more.

The year figure I just mentioned is based upon the assumption that within that year, you can get your own food production up and running. But if you can’t, then you’ll need more than a year’s worth of food in your stockpile.

Water will be at least as critical, if not more so. The idea of surviving off the water in your hot water heater or the community pond assumes that you’re only going to have to survive a short period of time. When we’re talking a year or more, you’re going to have your own means of harvesting water.

If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, you’ll be able to use rainwater capture to provide you with water. But if not, about the only truly reliable means of providing yourself with water is with a well, unless you happen to be fortunate enough to have a river flowing across the edge of your property. Any other method for getting water would require you going out in public and letting people know that you are alive, healthy and obviously eating.

The ability to defend yourself could ultimately be the most important part of your survival preparedness. Regardless of who you are, where you are, or how well you isolate yourself from society, somebody is going to realize that you are there. That realization will probably be quickly followed up by the thought that you are better fed than they are, which would mean that you have food.

Once people realize that you have food, when they don’t, you’re in trouble. While some will limit themselves to begging for food, others will try to take what you have. In either case, you’ll have to be ready to defend home, family and your stockpile as well.

That may even mean defending your chickens and vegetable garden. When people are desperate and hungry, they do desperate things. Scaling your fence to steal some food may not even seem all that desperate to them. But if you allow it, your garden will be cleaned out in a matter of days.

Sadly, survival carries with it some hard decisions. Decisions like not helping others, so that you can take care of your own.

If you can’t make that decision and then follow through on it, chances are, you won’t survive.

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Is It Time for Judgment of the Household of God?

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     Certainly, God lets us know throughout the Bible that Judgment is part of His character.  The Book of Psalms is full of descriptors of His Judgment:  It is true; it is in all the earth; He has established His throne for Judgment; and He will most assuredly execute His Judgment.
     But there is another topic that surrounds this theme of “Judgment”, and it can be found in both the Old and New Testaments.  In Ezekiel, Chapter 9, God shows the prophet a vision of an effectual slaughter of the people of Israel for the abominations they have committed against Him.  Ezekiel sees God commanding an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of those who mourned over the sinfulness and kept themselves apart from it.  Then come the devastating words of the Lord: Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary. It is quite apparent that God’s Judgment is swift and terrible, and His Judgment begins with His sanctuary.

     Again, in 1 Peter 4:17, the Apostle warns Believers that the time is coming when there will be Judgment on the Household of God. Many commentaries suggest that this references persecution coming against Christians.  I believe that this is a definite aspect of the Judgment, but I think it goes beyond that.  I believe that just as in Ezekiel, God will use an instrument of Judgment [on His behalf] against those who have not been obedient to Him… both Believers and Unbelievers.  But just as in Ezekiel, there will be a fiery test of the quality of one’s faith.  In other words, there will be a process of judgment that leads to a decision [by God], resulting from His investigation.  Those who are sealed with the mark of true faith on their foreheads will be exempt from the Judgment.
     But let me ask you a question … are you willing to say, let it begin with me? Can you examine yourself, and know for certain, that you have been walking the narrow road, instead of the broad one?   Will Jesus recognize you when you stand before Him at the Judgment seat, or will He say He never knew you?  I must admit that I am deeply concerned for the people of our nation who call themselves Christians.  They have access to the wisdom and the knowledge of ancient Scripture, and the very words of God Himself at their fingertips — but do they bother to take the time to get to truly know the God they say they worship?
     I’m afraid that too many rely on their Pastors and Sunday School Teachers to interpret the Bible for them, and far too often those sermons and lessons are formulated from a subscription to an online clearinghouse of Bible resources.  How many congregations today are receiving the WHOLE counsel of God from pastors and teachers who not afraid to offend one or two for the sake of revealing God’s Truth? It grieves me that so many churches are receiving only a small part of God, and people are ignorant of the fullness of His character and commandments.
     As Mark and I dig deeper into God’s Word and share the Bibles’s Truths with our fellow Believers, I can’t tell you how many people cry out [as we did], “Why haven’t we been taught this?!? Why hasn’t the Church shown us our Power and Authority? There are so many people in physical pain and spiritual torment! Why aren’t we laying hands on people, and delivering people from demonic oppression and bondage???  This is what Jesus told us to do, and yet we are totally unaware we are supposed to be doing it!”
     All I can say is that Satan has been working a very effective plan for hundreds of years and we are seeing the demonstration of his masterful scheme to keep us from our destiny of authority and power. When you think about it, the devil has played his hand very cunningly. By introducing false doctrine through false prophets, and infiltrating our churches with flawed theology, the Enemy has been able to keep us in ignorance of our calling as sons and daughters of the Kingdom.  And after generations of this lack of Biblical knowledge, well … the Body of Christ is suffering and perishing.
     As Dr. Charles Kraft has explained, when he attended seminary in the 1940s, his professor told the students they could skip the very short chapter on spiritual warfare since they would not ever encounter it.  Thank the Lord, that He showed Dr. Kraft that evil spirits were just as relevant today as they were when Jesus walked the earth.  And thanks to Dr. Kraft (and many other devoted men and women) for making it their life’s work to help teach Christians how to walk in victory and freedom.  Because as Rob Pue writes in an article for Barbwire.com, “The writer of Hebrews tells us what REAL MEN OF GOD accomplished for their Lord, and what they endured throughout the Scriptures — and what REAL CHRISTIANS should EXPECT to endure even today: “they conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; they shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength, and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies…. Others were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning, they were sawed in two, they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated…”.

     That describes the commitment that the faithful in the early Household of God exemplified.  Does it describe the Church today?  Even the “True Church”, as some call those with a higher quality of faith? Because the very next question I have to ask is a pretty tough one… God is the same today as He was then, and as He will be into eternity.  Are we due any less of His Judgment than those He called His own in Ezekiel Chapter 9? It seems to me that the Israelites that Ezekiel saw in his vision were comfortable in indulging their sins and remained unrepentant and flagrantly disobedient.  Who are we, who call ourselves the Household of God today?  Are we maintaining the Holiness of His House and Sanctuary?  Or do we invite everyone in and try to make them feel comfortable and accepted in their sin, hoping that they will “get the message” one day?  After all, who are we to cast stones or judge another, right?
     And why aren’t we warned, as Peter warned the First Century Church, that we can expect a fiery ordeal to test us, and we can expect to suffer as Christ did. Don’t you think God will judge us for dispensing only the “feel good” message with all its promises of ease and comfort and peace if we will just “turn to Jesus”?
     As saddened as I am about the Judgment that I sense is going to come on the Household of God, I am tremendously encouraged at the remnant that I see rising out of the delusion and deception being heaped upon the Church. I am hearing it and seeing it across this land; faithful followers of Christ who have ears to hear and eyes to see through the dirty veil that Satan has thrown over the Church-at-large. Believers are discovering the Truths of what Jesus commanded and being consistently obedient to do the works that He did.  They are diligently learning how to heal and to minister to their fellow Christians who are tormented and oppressed by demons.  They are not afraid to exert their power and authority through the Holy Spirit to reach an unsaved person, and to set them free by the Blood of the Lamb. They are preaching a Gospel of the Kingdom message and taking back territory from the Enemy.  They are shining Jesus’s Light into the Darkness of this world and into the shadows that surround the Body of Christ.
     This is what revival looks like and the Lord knows we need it!  Because I don’t believe it will be long before we hear an angel shout in a loud voice,  Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come. It will be swift and it will be mighty.  But I praise Him for all those seeking to come out of their ignorance and indifference.  I praise Him for the remnant that is standing up to the lies and deception that Satan has propagated upon the Church.  And I praise Him for revealing His unmitigated and pure Truth to those of us who have been wanting more of Him. I pray that more of God’s Household will awaken from their slumber before that fateful day.  Because I know this for sure:  Jesus died that all might know Him and glorify the Father; that all might receive the gift of eternal life and in the Kingdom of God — and He doesn’t wish to lose a single one of them!

1 Peter 4:17    “…. and if it [the Judgment] begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not respect or believe or obey the gospel of God”?  
   

7 Essentials for Navigating Through the Wilderness Without a GPS

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Exploring the great outdoors if one of the favorite past time of many Americans. Gone are the days when these modern pioneers would navigate through the wilderness with just a map. Nowadays, they rely on their mobile phones and various GPS devices to find the safe path. Rather than “abusing” technology, it’s best to look … Read more…

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6 Things You Should Throw in Your BOV’s Trunk When Bugging Out

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One of the things less talked about in bug out scenarios is the things you will take with you. For some reason, many don’t put a lot of thought into this, even though leaving one’s valuables behind is hard to understand. Sure, when you need to evacuate, you’ll have plenty of other things to worry […]

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

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10 Facts About Trauma and Kids

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Three Easy Cakes To Make From Scratch

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Can you use three easy cakes to make from scratch? I know summer is coming and we are starting to hear about family reunions. I love taking cakes to family reunions. I can still remember a very yummy cake that Mark’s aunt brought to the Loosli family reunion every year. I swear we all fought to get in line to get a piece of her cake. It was a white sheet cake, topped with real whipping cream and topped with homegrown elderberries or loganberries in a rich gooey sauce. Oh my goodness, I can almost taste it, right now!

Have you heard about the famous chocolate Texas sheet cake? I’m not sure if it was REALLY a Texas cake or not. Maybe it started in Texas, I don’t know. In Utah, we tend to take this cake to every funeral or family reunion because it’s easy to make and serves a lot of people. I think anything with chocolate is always my favorite. So let’s get started with three of my favorite easy cakes to make from scratch.

Easy Cakes:

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or one cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa-dry
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon real salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
 Instructions:
  1. Put the butter, water, and oil in a medium size pan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt, and vanilla. Blend in the slightly beaten eggs and buttermilk. Pour into a greased cookie sheet 12″ by 17″ or a 9″ by 13″ cake pan. Bake the cakes @ 350 degrees. Bake the cookie sheet cake approx. 20 minutes. Bake the 9″ by 13″ cake pan for approx. 37 minutes.
  2. Frosting: melt one cube butter in a saucepan, add 4 tablespoons cocoa and 5 tablespoons milk. Bring to a boil. Mix in 4 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour over cake while it’s still warm. This cake is very moist and never has any leftovers.

PRINTABLE recipe: Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake by Food Storage Moms

Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups shredded/grated carrots
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, soda, seasonings, and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and thoroughly mix together. Grease a bundt cake pan or two 9-inch cake pans. You can also make 24 cupcakes.

Baking times:

Bundt cake: bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Two-9-inch cake pans: 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Cupcakes: bake approximately 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

PRINTABLE Recipe: Carrot Cake by Food Storage Moms

PRINTABLE recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting by Food Storage Moms

Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

1-1/4 cup boiling water

1 cup regular uncooked oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and let it set for 20 minutes. Grab a bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter until creamy, add the sugars and beat until fluffy. Blend in the vanilla and eggs and thoroughly blend until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and mix them together. Pour into greased pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees, depending on altitude. While the cake is baking mix the frosting recipe below and spread carefully on the cake after it is done. Put the cake back in the oven and broil until the glaze bubbles.

Frosting, combine the following ingredients and spread on the hot baked cake:

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons cream

1/3 cup chopped nuts

3/4 cup shredded coconut

PRINTABLE recipe: Oatmeal Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze by Food Storage Moms

Sometimes we just need to make some easy cakes and enjoy a treat with family, friends, and neighbors. Who wouldn’t love a piece of cake from a friend? Thanks again for following my blog and giving me input so we can learn together.

My favorite things:

KitchenAid KHM512ER 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, Empire Red

Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″

Top Rated Bellemain Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls with Lids, 4 Piece Set Includes 1 Qt., 1.5 Qt., 3 Qt. & 5 Qt.

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Here’s How to Tell If a Riot Is About to Erupt in Your City

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It seems like civil unrest has become an increasingly common occurrence in America over the past few years. Since the election we’ve seen a lot of protests turn violent, and in the years preceding the election, just about any controversial police shooting could spark a riot. As these incidents become commonplace, more people are becoming aware of just how tumultuous our nation really is. They want to know how they can protect themselves from civil unrest or avoid riots in the first place, especially if they live in urban areas.

Coincidentally, I have firsthand experience on this subject. Though I have thankfully never been in a riot, I know exactly what it looks like on the streets in the hours before a riot kicks off. I was visiting Berkeley, California on December 6th, 2014, just before a massive protest for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown turned violent.

I left the city a couple of hours before things got crazy, though not because I knew what was coming. Though I had heard earlier in the day that there was going to be a protest, I didn’t think that anything serious was going to happen, because protests are a pretty common occurrence in Berkeley. This may sound crazy now, but at the time there was no reason to think that there was going to be a full-blown riot.

Always Be On the Lookout for Warning Signs

Though I was completely ignorant of what was about to go down, in hindsight there were plenty of red flags. I noticed them as I was walking through the city in the late afternoon, on my way to catch a BART train home.

For starters, there was a massive police presence everywhere I looked. There were more cops walking or driving around than I had ever seen in the city before before. That may sound like an obvious sign, but it was what the cops were doing and what kinds of equipment they had on hand that was significant. You could hear helicopters overhead, and there were several large nondescript buses parked near where the protest was about to begin. They were kind of like school buses, but painted white. In other words, the kind of buses that are often used to transport prisoners. They were clearly getting ready to detain a lot of people.

As for the behavior of the police, there was one thing I saw that stands out. I distinctly remember seeing two police officers tell a homeless man to leave the area. That’s common in some cities, but not Berkeley. There are homeless people everywhere and I’ve never seen the police do that. Unless the homeless are being unruly and someone calls the cops (which most people rarely do), the police seem to leave the homeless alone in Berkeley.

In hindsight it makes a lot of sense. After they close, the homeless often sleep in front of the shops where the riot was about to take place. And when the cops interacted with this guy, they weren’t being aggressive. The interaction looked pretty courteous. They weren’t removing someone who was causing a problem. They were removing him for his own safety.

And perhaps the most interesting warning sign I witnessed, has to do with what many of the businesses in the area did to prepare themselves for the protest. I saw dozens of shops close early. Their owners and employees had boarded up windows and doors, as if they were getting ready for a hurricane to rip through the city.

The reason why that’s so intriguing, is that before 2014 I don’t think Berkeley had seen a major riot in decades. I’m really not sure how these businesses knew that there was going to be unrest in the streets. Remember, Berkeley is practically the protest capital of the world. It seems like there is a protest going on in that city every week, and they rarely turn violent.  So how did they know that this time was going to be different? My only guess is that the police must have warned them ahead of time. Without that kind of advice, they would have been as much in dark as I was.

So keep these warning signs in mind the next time you visit a city. Don’t be like me. I just happened to leave as the city was gearing up for civil unrest. I had no idea of what was going on, and basically avoided the riot by dumb luck. When you see the police and the locals getting ready for a street battle, take note and get the hell out of there.

 

Additional Reading:

8 Prepper Principles for a Prepared Mind

Think Like a Navy Seal: Training Exercises to Toughen Your Mind

Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

7 Tips To Improve Your Situational Awareness

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

How to start foraging … Without killing Your family!

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How to start foraging … Without killing Your family! Austin Martin “Homesteady Live“ Audio in player below! Last year i was super excited when my wife came inside and told me that she thought she found a patch of Morell Mushrooms in our backyard. I ran outside to look, and yes! There were lots of … Continue reading How to start foraging … Without killing Your family!

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