3 Pistol Problems That Could Ruin Your Range Time

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3 Pistol Problems That Could Ruin Your Range Time

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As an instructor of many new shooters, I’ve come to expect certain equipment problems that crop up repeatedly. Here are some insights to help you not be that person whose enjoyment of shooting is diminished — or worse, injuries are sustained — as a result of gear issues on the range.

1. Inadequate pistol holsters.

Holsters, whether for open or concealed carry, come in two general types: rigid ones that stay open wide when the gun is drawn, and soft ones on which the opening collapses to some degree when empty.

There’s nothing wrong with a softer holster as a storage device for a gun that’s rarely used, or for uses in which you have lots of time to re-holster the gun after use.

Where problems arise is when people attempt to use non-rigid holsters for serious training, like rapid draws. Usually, they fail to position the gun in the same place every time, forcing the user to fumble around during the draw. If it’s a life-or-death situation, or a serious defensive shooting class you’re preparing for, soft holsters are a poor choice.

Fully collapsible holsters, like the soft one I wear in my waistband as a concealment aid, are great for comfort and everyday wear. For practice, I must remove the holster, safely re-holster the gun using two hands, and then put the whole business back in my waistband. There’s nothing fast about it. If I were in a situation where I had drawn my pistol for self-protection and the threat is still active, and I still had the gun out when police arrive on scene, I’m better off dropping my gun to the ground and trusting its drop-safe construction than fooling with a holster, gun in hand, and risking the appearance of being a threat to police.

The most frequent problems I see with soft-sided holsters, purses included, are safety issues. People often fail to realize they’re passing the muzzle over their own hand during the draw or re-holstering. On belt-mounted holsters that feature retention straps that cross over the backstrap and snap into place, risk of shooting oneself in the leg is presented by not making sure the holster opening is clear of the strap before inserting the gun.

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There’s a time and place for soft-sided holsters, and a time to choose a rigid one. Although rigid holsters generally cost more, acceptable ones can be found for less than $45. That’s cheap prevention of a disabling injury.

2. Revolvers that aren’t maintained.

3 Pistol Problems That Could Ruin Your Range Time

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Virtually every presentation geared toward new shooters touts revolvers as an easy, user-friendly choice. Yet they are by far the most problem-riddled firearms that show up in my classes. Why? Lack of maintenance. Most users pull out or borrow a revolver, or ammunition, that’s been in storage and neglected for years. Then it’s a surprise when the cylinder won’t rotate, or won’t open, or when bits of hot shrapnel are spewed back to the shooter’s face (one reason you MUST wear glasses when shooting).

Revolvers, like any firearm, require occasional maintenance. Lint and dust can build up around the extractor. Repeated firing can change the barrel-to-cylinder gap, or cause excessive side-to-side travel when the cylinder is closed, among other problems. Any of these can cause a revolver to malfunction. Attention to cleaning and lubrication, even when in storage, can go a long way to prevent frustrating or unsafe experiences with your revolver.

3. Handgun sights that aren’t up to snuff. 

Whether they’re an aftermarket add-on or factory-made, a loose, broken, or fallen-off sight can ruin your plans for practice. Regularly check your front and rear sights. Ensure they’re not cracked or broken, missing parts like the day-glow or tritium insert, or loose.

There are many advantages to high-visibility sights, especially for that all-important front sight. Many aftermarket front sights are elongated to accommodate light-collecting tubes or other features. Especially with those designs, but with all models, there will at some point be leverage exacted on those sights, usually during re-holstering. Knowing this may affect what sights you select to replace the stock ones.

Many times, it won’t be immediately obvious that there’s a problem with the sights. Often the first sign is when shot patterns on target begin to be uncharacteristically inaccurate and random, especially for experienced shooters. Choosing sights made of steel instead of plastic can increase the odds that your sights will remain solid over time. Installing sights according to manufacturer’s instructions, particularly those that screw in, is not to be overlooked. It’s tempting, but can be disastrous, to over-tighten screws, for example. Follow instructions, and be vigilant about inspecting sights at the beginning and end of your practice time.

It’s Not About the Money

Usually with firearm equipment, the least expensive choice of product delivers the most disappointing results. However, it’s almost never true that the priciest choice is superior, either. Choosing reputable guns and gear is important, but the biggest advantage is gained by paying attention to the condition and maintenance of equipment. The only investment needed is a little time.

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Excessive rain fall expected in Qld & NSW !

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Huge rainfall expected for the east coast in the next few days. If you live in an area prone to flooding, take precautions NOW! 

And here: https://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/a/35548447/nsw-and-queensland-weather-months-worth-of-rain-to-pour-in-three-days/#page1
DO NOT try to drive through fast flowing waters at any depth. DO NOT attempt to drive through waters which are deeper than the wading depth of your vehicle. DO NOT let your kids play anywhere near flood waters. Check food supplies in your pantry & stock up NOW. Think about how you are going to boil water & cook food if you are flooded. Make sure you have plenty of safe drinking water on hand, flood waters may be polluted. Tie stuff down in your yard, these rains may be accompanied by strong winds.
Good luck everyone.
Keith.

THANK YOU…Hosting is covered for the next two years.

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Just a short note to let all my friends and visitors know that hosting for SurvivalRing is now taken care of. Thank you Thompson, Scott, and Charlie…it is done…and I can relax now…this was really worrying me. Now to focus on getting the next two years done, and writing on the road. Rich

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Choosing the Best Rifle Sling – Part 2

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Introduction to Slings (Part 2)

Last time we looked at the uses, types and history of slings.  Now let us consider how to choose a sling and look at some choices with potential for tactical use.

How to Choose a Rifle Sling

As is usually the case with anything, the first step in choosing the best rifle sling is to decide what you are going to use it for.  For a sport hunting arm, any old carrying strap will do.  A padded one will be comfortable for those long treks, and these are available in nylon and leather.  I tend to prefer the nylon ones as being more reasonably priced.  If you are doing competition shooting, go with what the rules of your events specify; a M1907 model sling might be optimal for some types of competitions.  For a tactical rifle or shotgun, a single point/two point convertible is often a good choice.

Slings are available in various widths.  I would tend to avoid 1″, the most common, when possible.  This is just because the narrower the strap, the more concentrated the weight applied where it contacts the body.  Of course, a sporting sling with a wider padded part would eliminate this concern, and in my day, I found Uncle Mike’s padded slings to be quite acceptable.  They do not appear to be sold these days, but if I were looking for one, I’d check out Butler Creek (same parent company as Uncle Mike’s), who appear to have some models which would be equivalent or even better.  For slings without a wide pad, the 1 1/4″ sling would often be a better choice than the 1″.

Wider slings are available, but usually only with clips for ring mounts.  For a tactical sling, I’d prefer 1 1/2″, and for a heavy tactical gun, I might even search for a 2″ sling.  There are a few padded tactical slings, but my theory is that if they were really superior, there would be a lot more of them.

When considering any sling, check out the “fixed” adjustment.  You want a sling which is big enough for any likely use of yours, without being too big for any use.  The fixed adjustment should be moderately easy to set, but more importantly, not move accidentally.  Some slings also need to have a “rapid” adjustment to switch between modes, separate from the fixed adjustment for size.  Make sure this adjustment mechanism is conveniently located, easily operated, and stays where you put it when it is not deliberately being moved.

Tactical Sling Choices

As mentioned, sport slings are not terribly different from each other, and competition slings tend to be specified by the competition.  The real excitement is in the tactical sling arena; usually a single point/two point convertible sling is a good choice, but there are a bunch of them, ranging in price from cheap ones from China to the $100 range.  Looking for one appropriate for a tactical shotgun, I set an arbitrary limit of $60.  The first one I considered was the Magpul MS3 or MS4, because they are a good company, and frankly, since they have their own QD clip, they “must know what they are doing”.  But they use 1.25″ webbing, which might be a bit narrow for such a heavy gun.  A very attractive one was the Cetacea Rabbit with two rapid adjustments instead of just one, but the 1″ webbing might be even less appropriate than the Magpul.  Finally, I found a 2″ wide one, the e-RUSH (enhanced Rapid Urban Sentry Hybrid) from Urban-E.R.T Tactical.  This is their top model, with all the sling bells and whistles.  They have a lower level model for economy and even a 1″ version if you like the style but don’t need the 2″ width.

Let’s take a closer look at the e-RUSH and the MS3.

e-RUSH sling

This photo shows the E-RUSH Sling transformed into a one point sling for single point use.

With a strap width of 2″, this is one of the better choices I’ve found for heavy long guns – if it will fit you.  Fixed adjustment is a simple sliding buckle providing one foot of adjustment.  The captured buckle means you can’t make it any shorter than two feet, and a very long label on the strap discourages you from getting three inches more than three feet;  there is a flat elastic section included.  Unlike the “bungee” section which is a more common methodology, this is at the forward end of the strap rather than at the butt end.  This is so that if you jump down and the weight of the gun stretches the sling downward, the elastic does not bring it back up to smack into your face.  And it is more comfortable and useful for chest expansion if you are breathing heavily.  The straps and attachments on each end of the 2″ strap are standard 1″.  With this and all the hardware, this means that using the strap like a normal sporting sling, for carrying (muzzle up) or shooting support, is not comfortable, and the moderate adjustment variance makes it too long for this anyway.  With all the hardware it has, you might be able to disassemble it and “build” it for “normal sporting” use, but it might still be too long and even if not, it hardly seems worth the effort.

On the butt end of the sling there is a locking strap system which allows you to attach a female buckle and ring, a female buckle and male buckle, or a female buckle and push button QD socket.  The female buckle is where you plug-in the male plug which is attached to the mount on the gun, and the ring/male buckle/QD socket is where you attach the forward end of the sling to convert it into a one point sling.  You can also attach a “CQB” adapter here instead, which eliminates the two-part buckle between the sling and the gun so it rides a few inches higher.  That is, the gun adapter is connected directly to the sling rather than through a quick disconnect buckle.

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The other (forward) end of the sling has the same locking strap system.  This is attached to a fancy two function buckle.  On the top end, there is a small tab, which if you pull sharply, causes the buckle to come apart, giving an emergency exit from the sling.  The other end is a fast adjustment buckle, which allows you to tighten the sling by pulling on the protruding strap end, or loosen the sling by lifting up on the end of the buckle.  This gives you a rapid adjustment of sixteen inches.  On the other end of the rapid adjustment strap is the female buckle which attaches to the male plug connected to the forward sling attachment.  The rapid adjustment strap is handy to pull on to cinch up the system, but when the sling is cinched tight, that strap end can flop around.

Which QD adapters are available, you ask?  All the major ones are available, except for the Magpul one.  You can choose between the stud, the push button, the Mash clip, the HK clip, a locking strap (for a slot or fixed ring), and a version of the Universal Wire Loop using paracord instead of the stiffer and thinner wire (which may make it less versatile).  In order to use the ring to convert from two point to one point, you will have to use the Mash or HK clip on the front, and to use the QD socket to convert to single point, use the push button QD adapter on the front.  Or if you have the male plug for single point conversion, just unclip the front female buckle from the adapter in use, and fasten it to the male plug near the butt end.  This latter configuration allows you to have a female buckle attached to your belt, which allows you to fasten the male plug attached to adapter at the front end of the gun to that buckle to secure the front of the gun when quick access is not needed.

I’m quite large, and at the three-foot adjustment, it is just the right size.  If I had armor or a thick vest, it might not be long enough.  Functionally, this works quite well in one point mode with a shotgun or rifle with a pistol grip or any stock.  In two point mode, it is great for a pistol grip shotgun, but if the shotgun has a full size stock and a shell saddle, the butt end kind of sticks out (because the shell saddle is between the user and the gun.  The adapters which Velcro around the stock and the forearm to provide sling mount points on guns which don’t have them, or have them only on the bottom, work very well, except that putting it on an AR style stock prevents you from operating the charging handle, so should be avoided.

This system seems to meet my requirements for heavy tactical weapons, and is versatile enough that one sling can be used on any one of a variety of firearms.

MS3/MS4 sling

Magpul MS4 Gen 2 Multi-Mission Single Point / 2 Point Sling with Dual QD Swivels Nylon

This is kind of standard and simple in design.  There is their brand clip (MS3) or a QD clip (MS4) on the butt end, connected to a ring or QD socket.  Then the main strap to a buckle tasked as a double loop.  The fixed adjustment for this strap is two slide buckles, giving you about three feet of adjustment and more if you get creative.  The secondary strap gives you two feet of “instantaneous” adjustment and has another Magpul clip or a QD clip, and that’s it.  Simple and clean, it is more streamlined than the e-RUSH, but not as versatile.  You can also get a MS1 sling and upgrade it to a MS3 or MS4.

It is designed as a two point to one point convertible which means it can provide fast access, but no support for increased accuracy.  But it can be “tricked” into working as a standard sling, allowing the use of the “hasty sling” technique as well as muzzle up carry.  You’ll need a ring or QD socket forward and near the butt.  Rings are rare at the butt end, but you can install an unattached QD clip back there and that works adequately as a ring for the Magpul clip.  Then reassemble the fixed adjustment system to be much shorter (there will be a long strap end to feed back into the buckles) and it actually works fairly well for “hasty sling” and “normal” carry.

In its intended modes, it works quite well, with one big advantage and a couple of minor disadvantages.  The big advantage is the Magpul connecting clip.  This attaches to the ring parallel to the strap, rather than perpendicular like the HK or MASH clips.  And it doesn’t twist or rattle or slide around like those others.  With the cross lock, it is secure, yet very easy to attach or detach.  On the downside, there is no elastic element in the strap, so if you have it cinched up tight, you might restrict your breathing a bit.  The width is 1 1/4″ which is better than 1″, but not as good as bigger.  A heavy weapon gets a bit uncomfortable when hanging in single mode for a long period of time, which may not be normal usage.  And the quick adjustment tends to adjust itself sometimes.  Minor negatives, and for a medium or lightweight weapon, this is a pretty good choice.  There is a padded version of the MS1, which if upgraded to a MS3 or MS4 equivalent, might even be acceptable for heavy weapons.

Conclusions

Personally, I’d have any long gun I owned set up for a sling.  When you find you need a sling, it is often too late to install one.  Although I would be too cheap to have a separate sling for every gun, I would have at least one of every type of sling I would need.  I would install studs or QD sockets in every hunting rifle and shotgun, with a nylon padded sling (or two) with the matching clips.  For any competition gun, I’d probably stick with the sling attachments which came with it, and have a 1907 style leather sling (the one from Brownells used to be hard to beat) and any other sling required by a match I might go to.  For a tactical weapon, I’d have an ambidextrous mount between the stock and the receiver, and a mount in front which either was ambidextrous, or could easily be removed and mounted on the other side, as well as standard mounts forward and at the butt if practical.  My choice for a heavy tactical sling would be the e-RUSH sling, and I’d be tempted to get a couple of Magpul clips and integrate them into the e-RUSH since I like them much better than MASH clips and slightly better than QD clips (I won’t have anything to do with HK clips).  If I had several tactical weapons, I would also have a Magpul sling for the lighter ones.

Are there other slings besides Butler Creek, Brownells, Urban-ERT and Magpul?  Of course, there are many; some similar and a few significantly different.  There might be better ones, and from my experience, I can guarantee there are worse ones.  Some are cheaper and some are more expensive; more expensive ones are sometimes better than cheap ones, but not always.  There is often a choice of colors.  Pick the one (or more) which is suitable for your needs and budget.

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The Grey Ham

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Author Ron Good is on the show today to talk about his new book, The Grey Ham.

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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Dilbert Is Smart Enough To See Through the “Fight Carbon” Lies, Simply a Tool For Global Control Over Energy

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Dilbert did a great article on Climate Deniers.
http://dilbert.com/strip/2017-05-14

Robust comments there, here is one of them.

Well, we might as well get some facts here, facts that do not fit the narrative. Indeed, had poor Dilbert mentioned these to “Michael Mann”, he would have been subjected to a quite long stream of abusive tweets about his being a science denier. And yet every proposition presented below is so well supported by data that we teach it to first year paleoclimatologists.

First, this is NOT the hottest year “on record”, unless one cherry picks the record to make it so. For example, a consensus view (see Marcott et al. (2013) Science 339, page 1198) notes that temperatures today are ~ 75th percentile since the end of the last Ice Age 11000 years ago (this is a period of time called the Holocene). That is, in the last 11000 years, 25% of the years have been warmer than today. This includes the Medieval, Roman, and Minoan warm periods, the first of which the Mann “hockey stick” tried to eliminate from widely accepted fact, because it denied his political goal.

All natural variability. And no, these warmer temperatures did not cause the polar bears to go extinct, the coral reefs to die, or methane to bubble from the permafrost and make Earth into Venus. And, yes Dilbert, no computer model accounts for it.

Another proposition that is well supported by data: Modern global warming did not begin in 1880 (when thermometers became available). It began with the end of the Little Ice Age, about 250 years ago. And yet this was long BEFORE anthropogenic CO2 was a factor. The computer models that we are supposed to believe, at the threat of being called a “denier”, cannot account for this either.

Nor is the RATE of current temperature change greater than that seen naturally. Abrupt changes in temperature occur for entirely natural reasons, as climate science has studied for a half century (See Flohn (1979). “On Time Scales and Causes of Abrupt Paleoclimatic Events.” Quaternary Research 12:135-149. for a paper that all of our students read). And the current rate of temperature change is small compared to any of these. And nope, no computer models account for these.

And, of course, the computer models behind the Paris Accords are failing. Thus, over the last 10 years, the temperature has been roughly constant, variously measured, even though human generated carbon dioxide continues to increase. Our models are missing some negative feedback. Low clouds may be one of these.

Now, in the Climategate emails, people affiliated with Michael Mann admit that their computer models do not work. That is, not only do the computer models fail, and not only does everyone expect them to fail (given the approximations that go into expect them to fail), but the people who create them KNOW that they fail. And yet any Dilbert who dares to point this out is a “science denier”.

And, of course, simple math shows that even if the models were correct, and even if every item of policy in the Obama agenda, the Paris Accords, and Al Gore’s wish list were implemented, 100%, the result will be no measurable impact on climate in the face of human population growth and industrialization The only effect will be to enrich third world corruptocrats.

How do we know the last? It is like trying to get medical care into the third world. You can offer to give Zaire FDA-approved drugs free of charge. But then the Zaire govenment will say: “Great, but first you must pay $10 million to move them through Zaire drug approval, at the Zaire Drug Approval Bureau”. Which, conveniently, is run by the brother in law of the president of Zaire. And the money ends up in a Swiss bank account.

Pretty much every uncorruptedclimate scientist agrees that climate change is real, it occurs naturally, natural variation can be large and rapid, only a part of current change (and possibly a small part) is caused by human CO2, the models behind the Paris Accords fail, yet even if they did not fail, the Paris accords will do nothing significant about CO2 in any case, but will fill the Swiss bank accounts of third world corruptocrats.

Even the engineer Dilbert can see this. Yes, that “science denier.”
But say that you buy into Michael Mann’s big lie. If you actually want to reduce US CO2, you should simply convert to natural gas (by way of fracking) for your transportable fuel needs, and do what the French did for fixed power generation; convert all the current coal-fired plants to nuclear power. Especially some of the modern versions where fuel is less expensive and waste products are less onerous. But that would not meet the political goals of Gore, Obama, …

And still, you have people like Mara Naile Akim, who does not understand how “burden of proof” works in science.

Some of the classic pro nuke trolls showed us, since I showed up

http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/19/more-countries-caught-manipulating-their-climate-data/

When White Rice becomes a Luxury

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The Dias family welcomed us to their home, as Jennifer ate their first rice in a week.

Are you getting complacent with your preparedness? Not putting aside as much food as you used to?

Then you need to watch this short clip, its just one minute and ten seconds people, but it says so much more than I can in this post.

Venezuela: Where supplies are few and pain is everywhere

Check this video as well. The guy at 3:02, literally showing how many new holes he has made to his belt.

Yes, Venezuela again. A country destroyed by corruption, communism and downright stupidity. How on Earth do you turn a tropical, fertile, oil rich country into a hellhole where everyone in it is starving?

Food is key. So is knowing your politics, knowing when to escape these death traps in time.

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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”

Fertilizer Spreader Buyer’s Guide: Broadcast, Drop, Hand Held, and Tow Behind Explained

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If you’re lucky enough to have a large yard or garden, you’ll probably need a fertilizer spreader to take some work off of your plate. Also known as lawn or seed spreaders, these handy tools make seeding or fertilizing your yard an absolute breeze…but choosing one can be a pain. There three different types of … Read more

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NYT Publishes Story on Stonehenge, and Obama Seen Walking By Fake Rocks at Stonehenge — It’s Surreal

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The New York Times, publishes an article NYT Secrets of Stonehenge

about the “secrets of Stonehenge” and then I show a picture of Obama walking through Stonehenge with a  large fake rock being totally obvious.  

No this is not photoshopped, this is from a (a’hem) “real” news story

The annotation is by stock, no other changes.    Is this some type of psychological mind bender?   Why would the powers that be publish this photo?

My guess is that it is like a technique that sociopaths use.    They get people confused and off guard by a sometimes clever construct of confusing words that just don’t make total sense.   Then, when the mind is reeling with a cognitive dissonance, they roll out their real game. 

The Simple Things Could Mean the Difference Between Life and Death: A Real Life Scenario

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It’s the simple things, the know-how and the skill to actually do it, that can mean the difference between life and death. This truth didn’t become more real than just recently when a father and son were lost in Australia and were thought to be dead. It was a crude shelter they built that kept them alive!

John Ward, 42 and his son Stephen, 13, decided to spend some time bonding and went on a day hike in the Tasmanian wilderness, Nine Mile Creek, Arthurs Plains to be exact. They mistakenly started a multi-day hike, thinking it was just a day hike trail.

“It nearly turned to tragedy but left them unscathed, apart from Mr Ward’s mild hypothermia. As well as being inexperienced, they were underprepared for the punishing conditions.

With snow falling on nearby mountains, their chances of survival were rated 0 to 5 percent by some searchers on Thursday morning, after a third night in the open.”
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Rescuer’s credited the father and son’s survival on one big factor, the ability to make a shelter.

“They’ve built a small shelter (from vegetation) … they’ve been able to protect themselves somewhat from the elements, from the heavy rain we had,” Sergeant Williams said. “That’s most likely saved their lives. They’ve had the smarts to build something like that and keep themselves out of the weather.”  Source

Some other things that helped in their survival and rescue were they were able to find a food depot that was left for other Bushwalkers. They were able to eat and maintain their energy throughout the three days they were exposed.

On the day they were found, they walked to higher ground, but left clues for searchers and even used “something reflect­ive to signal, as well as yelling.” Source

Real life survival stories help us understand how quickly a situation that we are in can go south. It also helps us understand or be reminded that there are some things that we can do and lessons to be learned so we don’t make the same mistakes.

Lessons to Learn

Kit Up! – Regardless if you are going on a day hike or not, if you are traveling somewhere, carry a survival kit with you! Putting some supplies inside a small backpack would have made a big difference in this scenario. A knife, a fire kit, some cordage, a means to filter water, some snacks and first aid supplies should be the minimum. You just never know! What would it have been like if this father and son had a fire kit and knew how to make a fire? They would have stayed a lot warmer and could have signaled rescuers more easily.

My suggestion – If you are not comfortable in your fire craft skills yet, please purchase some wet fire to go in your kit. Having this will help ensure you have a way to start a fire in harsh conditions. And, at the very minimum, make yourself a robust Altoids Tin Kit that you can slip in your pocket in a moments notice.  Check out these easy DIY fire starters. They are all very easy to make.

 

Get Familiar with the Lay of the Land Before You Go Out! – The Tasmanian Wilderness is beautiful but can be deadly. In researching this story, I came across another situation where a Forest guide tripped and broke her ankle. She spent two days out in the wilderness in cold temperatures. So if even guides can have a hard time out there, we should do everything we can to make sure our memories are all good ones. Source

The Tasmanian Wildlife Service has a nice PDF with plenty of info. (The pics alone are worth a peek) (Source) Many places that have hiking trails have something similar. But, you should also have a trail map and a compass and know how to use it! Just don’t go out without doing some research on where you’re going!

My suggestion – Watch this video on how to use a compass and practice in your neighborhood or local park. Teach your kids how to do this too!  Also, if this guide would have been carrying around a whistle, it would have helped others locate her more easily.  I purchased this whistle for my wife (for safety reasons). It is supposed to be the loudest made whistle available.

 

Get Some Book Knowledge?!? – Book knowledge will never replace actual skills! Let me say that again so you make sure you read it… Book knowledge will never replace actual skills! But, it is in reading and studying where we get ideas and a foundation for building on our current knowledge.

My suggestion – Create a list of survival skills you would like to learn: fire craft, filtering water, building a shelter, making cordage, etc… Then devote a few hours on the weekend to practicing one until you feel comfortable enough to mark it off your list. Also, purchase a copy of Mors Kochanski’s classic book, Bushcraft. This is a must have book if you are going to be spending time in the wilderness!

Let Other’s Know Where You’re Going – I understand…sometimes you just want to get away! But it is just being responsible to let others know where you are going. There are people that will be worried and scared that something terrible has happened to you. In the father and son situation, the wife was frantic. Could you imagine losing your husband and son at the same time? They might not have been able to let someone at the campsite know where they were going, but they could have left a message in their tent or even in their vehicle. Something like, “It’s Friday, 1 p.m., we are taking a day hiking trip down trail such and such. I agree that this would be a pain and something else to do, but you just never know! Even if you think you are experienced, it is a good practice.

For another example, in the above situation with the female trial guide, if she would have let other’s know where she was going or left a message, they would have found her so much more easily.

My suggestion – Get into the habit of letting those close to you know where you are going. It’s a hassle, but better safe than sorry!

Think Worst Case Scenario – Some will take this as pessimistic, but I don’t. I like to think about what is the worst case scenario, and then put things in place to help mitigate that possibility. It’s an attitude that doesn’t come from a point of fear, but instead a place of strength. You have the strength to change things, make adjustments, prepare before you are stuck in a terrible situation! If this father would have thought worst case scenario, he might have realized that they could get lost or even hurt on the trail. He could have then taken measures to mitigate that possibility, like kit-up and leave a message about their route on the trail!

My suggestion – If you are going to spend time in the deep wilderness or even on the ocean, get a Personal Beacon Device. These devices will connect with satellites and send your coordinates to rescuers. They are pricey for something you might not ever use ($260), but if you needed it…what is your life worth?

Concluding Thought

We get put in situations every single day that can go south. Just getting in your car and driving to the corner can change your life forever. And although spending some time outside is a goal for many of us, we should be eve more careful and wise about how we prepare and prep when we are out in the wilderness, whatever that looks like for you. Be smart and don’t add more grief to your life – yours or anyone you love!

Peace,
Todd

Can Concealed Carry Be Banned? Supreme Court May Decide

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court may decide in its next term if citizens have a constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

Earlier this month, the court “relisted” the case, Peruta v. California, meaning the justices are still considering it

“I suspect they’re going to grant it,” John Eastman, director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the former law dean at Chapman University, told Fox News.

The lawsuit was filed by a California man, Edward Peruta, who challenged San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore’s denial of concealed carry permits to applicants who did not show “good cause.” Gore does not consider self-defense to be good cause for a concealed carry permit.

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Peruta’s attorneys want the justices to overturn a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Second Amendment does not grant the right to carry a gun outside the home, Off The Grid News previously reported. The Ninth Circuit ruled against Peruta in a 7-4 decision in June 2016.

“The right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment,” the Ninth Circuit’s majority opinion read. “Therefore, because the Second Amendment does not protect in any degree the right to carry concealed firearms in public, any prohibition or restriction a state may choose to impose on concealed carry — including a requirement of ‘good cause,’ however defined — is necessarily allowed by the Amendment.”

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement challenged that ruling in January 2017, The Union Tribune reported. Second Amendment activists and gun control advocates are watching the case closely, not only because of the issue but because it could be the first major firearms decision heard by new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although Gorsuch has been a federal judge for years, he’s never ruled on a Second Amendment case.

Peruta could be the most important gun-rights case since the 2008 Heller decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment grants Americans the rights to keep guns in their homes, UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler told The Los Angeles Times. Heller overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on private ownership of handguns.

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Can Concealed Carry Be Banned? Supreme Court May Decide

Can Concealed Carry Be Banned? Supreme Court May Decide

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court may decide in its next term if citizens have a constitutional right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

Earlier this month, the court “relisted” the case, Peruta v. California, meaning the justices are still considering it

“I suspect they’re going to grant it,” John Eastman, director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and the former law dean at Chapman University, told Fox News.

The lawsuit was filed by a California man, Edward Peruta, who challenged San Diego County Sheriff William D. Gore’s denial of concealed carry permits to applicants who did not show “good cause.” Gore does not consider self-defense to be good cause for a concealed carry permit.

The Self-Defense Weapon That Doesn’t Require A Firearms License!

Peruta’s attorneys want the justices to overturn a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Second Amendment does not grant the right to carry a gun outside the home, Off The Grid News previously reported. The Ninth Circuit ruled against Peruta in a 7-4 decision in June 2016.

“The right of a member of the general public to carry a concealed firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the Second Amendment,” the Ninth Circuit’s majority opinion read. “Therefore, because the Second Amendment does not protect in any degree the right to carry concealed firearms in public, any prohibition or restriction a state may choose to impose on concealed carry — including a requirement of ‘good cause,’ however defined — is necessarily allowed by the Amendment.”

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement challenged that ruling in January 2017, The Union Tribune reported. Second Amendment activists and gun control advocates are watching the case closely, not only because of the issue but because it could be the first major firearms decision heard by new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although Gorsuch has been a federal judge for years, he’s never ruled on a Second Amendment case.

Peruta could be the most important gun-rights case since the 2008 Heller decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment grants Americans the rights to keep guns in their homes, UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler told The Los Angeles Times. Heller overturned the District of Columbia’s ban on private ownership of handguns.

What do you think? Should concealed carry be a constitutional right? Share your thoughts in the section below:

The Survival Entrepeneur

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The Survival Entrepreneur Have you ever thought about starting your own blog or product in the survival industry. Maybe you are a person who consumes tons of information on the topic. If so you should truly consider survival entrepreneurship. The truth is there are some significant benefits to taking this path. The benefits go far …

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4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Holster

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So, you’ve finally got your perfect handgun, with all the features you need. Before you take it down the range, though, you’re going to need something to carry it in. A good holster is essential for any serious gun owner. First a foremost, a holster protects you against accidental discharge, which can have very serious […]

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected We are living on a changing world. There is no getting around that. No matter what reasoning you subscribe to when it comes to the reason for this changing world we are still on it. If you don’t believe its changing than I don’t think you are paying enough attention. …

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Stockpiling Ammo For SHTF – How Much is Enough?

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Stockpiling Ammo For SHTF – How Much is Enough? Answering the old-age question “How much ammo is enough?” is more challenging than actually gathering the ammo. There are all sorts of debates regarding this topic and each person thinks they have the right answer. In fact, the answer is never simple and it’s more than …

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code

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Beyond SOS: Learning Morse Code   Morse Code is one of those things that many people in the civilized world consider to be outdated and not worth knowing. If they even know what it is in the first place! The truth is, though it may be “old” and we have updated and faster ways of …

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5 Solo Car Camping Tips for the Wilderness Wanderer

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Now that the days are warming up nicely and the nights are only slightly cool, you may want to consider enjoying nature a bit more. Solo car camping trips are often the way to go if you need some time by yourself to relax, unwind and get away from the stressors of work. However, because solo camping is not for the faint of heart, consider these tips before your first time roughing it.

Get Familiar with Camping

If you have never been camping before, solo car camping is most likely not for you. You need to be familiar with the basics of roughing it, such as laying a fire, keeping away from wild animals and hiking. You should also know the basics of first aid and wilderness survival to ensure that you will not make a newbie mistake on your first solo camping trip.

Pack Lightly

Since you will need to be transporting everything yourself, you should pack lightly, particularly if you plan on parking your car and hiking to a nearby location to sleep. Water and food are some of the biggest items you should carry, but make a few adjustments to lighten your load. For example, instead of carrying an entire water purifier, use space-saving purification tablets, and instead of using firewood for cooking, carry a small gas or alcohol-burning stove.

Pick the Right Car

Your car is probably your best bet for safety because you will count on it to get you back home and to keep you and your belongings safe from wildlife and weather. Visit a dealership and choose a small SUV that is good for rugged terrain, such as the GMC Acadia or the Jeep Grand Cherokee. A Subaru Forester is a great compact SUV that has plenty of space for cargo.

Stay Slightly on the Grid

Make sure that someone knows where you are going to be before you leave. While camping is not a time that you want to stay connected to your phone, you may want to have access to a phone charger while you are gone in case of emergency. Additionally, make sure that your contact person knows your license number and make and model of vehicle.

Travel with Emergency Devices

You may not have cell phone capabilities everywhere you camp. Definitely invest in a battery-powered weather radio and a whistle. You may also want to purchase or rent a personal locator beacon to help rescuers find you should you need help.

While your first solo car camping trip may be filled with worry over whether something bad will happen, if you will run out of food or if you will encounter a dangerous wild animal, you will quickly begin learning the ropes and realizing that if you practice basic safety techniques you can have a pleasurable and safe trip by yourself. Soon you will begin connecting with yourself and discovering more about what makes you who you are. Also, remember that if you are camping in state or national parks, you can reach out to park rangers who will have helpful information about the lay of the land.

About the Author:
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.

Prepper Apologetics!

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I recently completed a three-art series of videos in which I answer the three most common objections to preparedness, self-reliance, and survivalism that I hear from people. Here are the videos:

1) Is Preparedness and Self Reliance Selfish?

2) Are Preppers failing to trust God? 

3) HA! HA! It hasn’t happened! 

I hope you enjoyed these videos. Please subscribe to my You Tube channel. Please remember that I am not a public speaker and am relatively new to making videos.  Consider me still learning! 

5 Survival Myths That Get People Killed Every Year (LOTS Of People Fall For No. 2!)

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Thousands of people find themselves in survival situations each year, and many of them tragically perish simply because they believed a myth to be true.

Below are five such survival myths, and how to avoid them:

Myth No. 1 – Your Shelter Has to Keep You Completely Covered

Most people are under the impression that a survival shelter must consist of four walls and a roof. It is true that your shelter needs to keep you protected from the elements, whether it be rain, snow, wind or the blistering hot sun.

However, a shelter doesn’t always have to keep you covered from all sides. This is because the main purpose of a shelter is to keep you warm and insulated. It may not always be necessary to waste valuable time and resources to ensure that your shelter has four walls with a roof.

For example, in some survival scenarios, a simple lean-to with bedding on the ground will suffice. As long as the wall of the lean-to is against the wind and the bedding offers you ample insulation and warmth from the cold earth, there’s no reason to continue building more walls.

Myth No. 2 – You Can Drink Your Own Urine

Okay, yes, you (sort of) can drink your own urine. However, the idea that your urine will keep you hydrated in a survival situation is a huge myth. On the contrary, your urine is only going to make you more dehydrated and, thus, more thirsty!

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This is something that must be avoided at all costs in a survival scenario, especially if you’re in a hot or desert environment. But perhaps the biggest danger of all to drinking your own urine is the significant stress it will inflict on your kidneys, which will also make you more thirsty.

Don’t drink your urine in a survival situation (unless you filter it with a solar still).

Myth No. 3 – Food Should Be Your Top Priority

Should finding food be a priority in a survival situation? Absolutely. But should it be the “top” priority? Think again.

The human body can last for up to three weeks without any food. In contrast, it can last for only three days without water, and hypothermia can kill you in less than a few hours.

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So, in other words, finding water and keeping yourself warm and insulated with fire and shelter need to be bigger priorities than finding food.

Another priority over food will be navigation. You don’t want to live in the wilderness; you want to escape from it, and to do that you need to find out where you need to go.

Myth No. 4 – You Can Outrun a Bear

Bears are very bulky and heavy animals, which may make you think they are slow runners or only capable of quick sprints.

But don’t be fooled. Not only can brown bears achieve speeds of 30 miles an hour (far faster than any human can achieve), they can maintain this speed over virtually any kind of terrain.

Should you encounter a bear in the wild and it begins acting defensively or charges you, turning around to run is the very last thing you should do. Instead, open your jacket to make yourself appear bigger, and yell to make yourself seem more intimidating.

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Should the bear charge you anyway, then protect your front with a backpack and get down on the ground and keep yourself covered as much as possible. Play dead, and the bear may lose interest and leave.

Myth No. 5 – Boiling Water Automatically Makes it Safe to Drink

There’s no denying that boiling is among the most effective water purification method. But does this mean that boiling water automatically makes it safe to drink? Nope.

Boiling gets rid of the deadly pathogens and bacteria that you can’t see. But it can’t “kill” harmful chemicals, and it can’t get rid of dirt.

The most effective way to purify water in the wilderness (assuming you don’t have the ability or the time to distill it) is to run it through a water filter, and then boil it. This way, you remove any visible debris while also killing off any bacteria.

What myths would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

How Would A World War Look Today?

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Will another world war happen anytime soon?

Tensions between the great powers of the world are increasing.  And if they are going to burst, how would a world war would look today?

World War II was a world-changing event. While not all the countries of the world were involved in the war, it affected most of them to some extent.

More than anything, it affected the industrialized nations of the world, what are known as the “first world countries,” a term that you don’t hear all the time.

It is this wide-reaching impact that made what was thought of by some to be a European war, into a world war.

There have only been two world wars in the world’s history and both of them were fought largely in Europe.

Considering that the European countries, especially the British Empire, controlled 30% of the world’s landmass until World War II, it’s really not surprising that those wars became world wars.

But things have changed. One of the major, but little talked about results of World War II was that the British lost their empire. This caused the British Empire to drop from being the world’s greatest superpower to being just one more European country, amongst many. The United States of America took its place as the world’s premiere superpower.

This leads me to think that any future world war would have to center around the United States. That’s not pride and patriotism talking, but merely an analysis of the facts.

No major war (defined as involving more than two countries) happens today, without the USA being involved in some way.

Of course, being the strongest and richest country in the world has its price. Part of that price is that we accumulate enemies much faster than other countries, with many countries claiming that the US government tries to dictate to the rest of the world. Of course, the countries who complain about that either want to invade others or want the USA out of the way for other nefarious purposes.

So, like the Japanese in World War II, these countries turn against the United States. The Japanese never intended to invade the USA during World War II, they just attacked Pearl Harbor to keep the United States from interfering with their plans of conquering the Far East and creating an empire.

What is the Threat?

Predicting the next war is an inexact science that baffles even the best informed. Throughout my years in the military, I heard talk about how the Soviet Union was going to come barreling through the Fulda Gap, launching World War III. That was the war we prepared for, and the war that never happened. The Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union collapsed and the world went in a different direction.

That next war turned out to be in the Middle East. I suppose I could say “I told you so” to all my old military buddies, but I’ve lost contact with them in the ensuing years. Even if I could tell them that, the satisfaction would be tempered by the fact that I successfully predicted a war, not something more profitable or enjoyable.

Some of today’s threats are akin to that of the Soviet Union, but others are smaller, even if they are more dangerous. What makes them more dangerous is their unpredictability. Those smaller threats don’t follow the rules the rest of the world does; in fact, it’s hard to say if they follow any rules at all.

Our Current “Threat Board”

Russia – the world’s second largest power and one with imperial ambitions

China – the largest country in the world and one that historically has no love for the United States

Iran – a sworn enemy who has previously declared war on the USA

North Korea – headed by a despotic dynasty, North Korea has also declared war against us

ISIS – while not really accepted as a nation, the Islamic State calls themselves one. They are also the most dangerous nation on the face of the Earth, murdering thousands of people in their “holy war”

There are other countries that we could add to this list, but these would have to be the major players. Our other enemies are either too small, too weak, or smart enough to not make too much noise about attacking America.

Of that list, we can identify four different types of threats that we face:

Conventional war, with Russia or China trying to invade the United States. Not a very likely scenario.

Cyberwarfare, again with Russia or China being the attackers, trying to take down the US government, military, power grid or financial network. Any of those would cause us serious harm and none are adequately protected.

Nuclear War; while Russia and China actually have the ability to attack the USA with nuclear weapons, it is doubtful that either of them will do so. On the other hand, both Iran and North Korea are actively working on the development of nuclear weapons and the intercontinental missiles to deliver them. However, they would be better served by an EMP attack, which would have much wider impact on the United States.

Terrorism, propagated by ISIS or by another terrorist organization, funded and supported by Iran. This is already happening in many parts of the world. Extending it more aggressively into the United States would be child’s play, especially with our porous southern border.

The greatest threats come from the most unstable countries. So, while a war with Russia or China might be more devastating, the reality is that we are at more of a risk of attack from Iran, North Korea or ISIS. Each has declared against us and would love to take us out of their way.

Aren’t We Already in the Midst of World War III?

Some have said that we are already in the midst of World War III; specifically referring to the jihad being waged by ISIS and other radical Islamic terrorist organizations. In one sense, they are absolutely right; radical Islam has declared a war of conquest against the rest of the world, and it appears that they have no intention of stopping until they have succeeded.

With 1.3 billion Muslims in the world today, a fair percentage of which support the idea of jihad to conquer the world and convert every living soul to Islam, it doesn’t look like this war is going to stop anytime soon.

But the Islamic jihad has a number of problems as a war of conquest. First and foremost, Islam itself is divided. More than anything, Muslims are killing other Muslims over doctrinal differences. As long as that continues, it is doubtful that they will succeed in conquering the world.

But that doesn’t mean that they won’t continue trying. Between jihadic terrorism and what I like to call “social jihad” Muslims are making inroads in many countries, especially in Europe, using the Syrian refugee crisis to infiltrate the European countries. Even social jihad has its violent element, as we’ve seen in Europe: supposed Syrian refugees have attacked citizens in Sweden, Germany, France and England.

This makes the central focus of this world war Europe at the moment, just like it was for the last two world wars. Not only is Europe involved in it, but a number of other countries, such as the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Kenya and Tanzania, to name a few. Islam is even making inroads into China, Serbia, Albania and Serbia. Unless something is done about it, the expansion of Islam will continue to take over more and more of the world.

We have felt little of this war here in the United States. But that is about to change. As Europe closes the doors to Syrian refugees, more and more are entering Mexico, first to start the Islamification of that country and then to move into the United States.

Border Patrol is seeing more and more Middle Eastern men crossing the border with Mexican names. They are taking on Mexican identities and even marrying into Mexican families, so that they can come to the United States as Mexicans, rather than Syrians.

In this, they are once again using our own laws against us. While the problem of illegal aliens coming into the United States from Mexico is one that concerns Americans, it is nothing compared to the problem of unveted Muslims. The invasion is on and it is only time until they start to do the same sort of violent acts here in the USA, that they are doing in Europe.

Escalation of the Islamic Threat

While there is a very real war being waged by radicalized Islam today, it is a slow war; one that is intended to last for years. These invaders are patient in their conquest and have centuries of experience in taking over countries through a combination of social jihad and violence.

The tricky thing about this third jihad is identifying when it moves from being a nuisance to being an actual war. It is clear that the jihadists themselves have declared war on us. But many of the methods they use are known to us, defining whether they are acts of war or simple criminal actions is difficult.

Part of the methodology of social jihad is making the areas that Muslims occupy ungovernable, so that the legally constituted government abandons the area, turning it into a “no-go zone” and allowing the Muslims to “self govern;” or institute Sharia Law.

But while the low level warfare of jihad is a clear and present danger to the United States of America, it is nothing compared to what is going on in the Middle East. There, ISIS and other terror groups are killing people by the thousands, some through warfare, but even more through gristly executions. We’ve all seen the videos of ISIS executioners beheading people, setting them on fire and even drowning them because they would not convert to their version of Sunni Islam.

While we have seen the violence of terrorism at work here in the United States, it is hard to quantify it. The previous administration refused to acknowledge that many of the deaths caused by Muslims were acts of terrorism, even while the killers declared their loyalty to ISIS or Mohammad. Instead, they were labeled “workplace violence” denying us accurate data on how bad the situation is.

Hopefully this will change. Unlike the former president, Trump has no ties to Islam, nor reason to give them preferential treatment. Therefore, it is highly likely we will see an upswing in reported Muslim terrorist attacks. Not because there are more, but because they will be reported honestly as what they are.

But I think we can probably expect to see an upswing in actual attacks as well. ISIS is learning from their mistakes and is constantly looking for new means of infiltrating soldiers into our midst. Not only that, but their online recruitment is continuing, seeking marginalized youth that they can convert to their work.

These young terrorists get all the technical and emotional support they need from their Muslim handlers, who encourage them to engage in acts of violence, including taking their own lives as holy warriors.

When we see these attacks, either from misguided youth or infiltrated soldiers on the upswing, we will know that the war has truly reached our shores. But that war is not our biggest danger.

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Nuclear War on the Horizon

While the threat of Islamic terrorism isn’t something we can ignore, it is not the biggest threat on the horizon. While they are horrible in and of themselves, terrorist acts hurt few people compared to what nuclear war can kill.

Even the most effective terrorist attack in the history of the United State, the destruction of the twin towers in New York, only killed 2,996 people. An atomic bomb, exploding over Los Angeles, could kill millions.

Chances of an enemy invading the United States are minimal. As Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is reputed to have said during World War II, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” While obviously an exaggeration, this statement is based upon a very real truth. That is, the American people, especially conservatives, own a lot of guns.

“You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

Any invading force would not only have the problem of defeating the United States military, which is the most powerful military on Earth, they’d have to deal with all the armed Americans out there, many of whom are hunters.

The only two countries in the world who have the military might to even attempt it would be Russia and China, and neither of them can muster enough troop transports to make the assault and support it logistically. On top of that, our countries 10 aircraft carriers are more than all the aircraft carriers of all the other countries of the world combined.

But that’s not to say that enemies couldn’t attack the United States and do so effectively. One such attack would be a cyberattack, taking out our communications and the electrical grid. The defenses of our electrical grid are probed regularly, as if potential enemies are seeking weaknesses to exploit.

Both China and Russia are far ahead of the United States in developing cyberwarfare. We ignored this new battle front, at a time when China was creating their fist cyberwarfare division. Their capability today is largely unknown, but it is clear that they have the capability of taking down much that we depend on, without firing a shot.

Should China ever choose to initiate cyberwarfare against the United States, we would probably lose. But then, so would they.

China holds over a trillion dollars of the US federal debt, something that they wouldn’t want to lose. Besides, they wouldn’t want to lose the 347 billion dollars in trade deficit, money that their economy needs to receive, or their country plummets into worse poverty than they’ve ever known.

So, while the risks of invasion or cyberwarfare are real, they are not the biggest risk that we face. Rather, the risk of nuclear war is.

For over 40 years, the United States and the now defunct Soviet Union stared at each other across the world’s oceans, with both sides wondering if that day would be the last. At its height, the two countries held a total of over 70,000 nuclear warheads between them; many more than the approximately 15,000 that exist today. We could have destroyed the world in less than an hour.

Fortunately, we never reached that point. The closest we came was the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The only reason why John F. Kennedy was able to stare down the Kremlin and put that crisis to bed was that we had intelligence which confirmed that the missiles were not ready for use. This caused the Kremlin to back down and defused the situation.

While we never shot a nuclear tipped missile at Russia and they never shot one at us, the threat of nuclear war has never really left. Our mutual nuclear arms stockpiles make it unlikely that we ever will.

However, there are two countries who are actively seeking to build nuclear arms and the missiles to turn them into weapons of mass destruction, North Korea and Iran; two countries that have declared themselves to be against the United States.

It actually goes deeper than that. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, has threatened the United States of America with nuclear holocaust over and over again. While his military has had trouble with their missiles, they are continuing testing, seeking to build a missile that can be used against us.

Video first seen on Fox News.

Likewise, Obama’s deal with Iran literally gave them permission to go ahead with their nuclear program, working towards developing their own capability to build nuclear bombs.

Both of these countries are dangerous, due to their unstable leadership and their hatred of the United States. Either could attack with little to no notice, as the preparations for a nuclear strike aren’t something that can be seen by satellite, as the buildup of troops for a conventional invasion is.

What looks like another simple missile test could easily turn out to be the launch of nuclear war, and we wouldn’t know it until the missile was on the way.

It is almost a certainty that both North Korea and Iran will become nuclear powers with ICBMs in the next five years. The question is, what are these countries going to do with that nuclear power? Will they be content with saber rattling or will they feel a need to use it and attack?

There is no real way to predict the answer to that question, but I would not put my faith in either country or their leadership. Their hatred for us might easily overcome their common sense, causing them to attack. Such an attack would of course require retaliation, a retaliation which would make their countries the ultimate losers in that war.

Neither country is likely to have the nuclear might to fight a full-fledged nuclear war, but they could do us considerable damage. Even the destruction of one city, such as Los Angeles (the most likely target for North Korea), would have a huge impact on the American people and on American politics. Regardless of how we responded to that attack, it would scar the country deeply.

But attacking one, two or even 20 cities in the United States would not destroy our country. While it would be a major blow, the United States is too big a country to be destroyed like that. Yes, millions would die and billions in capital would be lost, but the country would survive.

On the other hand, an EMP attack would be much more effective. It quite possibly could spell the destruction of our country, if properly planned and executed. It does not take thermonuclear weapons, ICBMs or miniaturization to create a Nuclear High-Altitude EMP (HEMP). Actually any country that has nuclear weapons and can orbit satellites has the technology and ability to carry out an EMP attack on the USA.

The very nature of this sort of attack would give the attackers the element of surprise, and foreknowledge wouldn’t do us much good anyway.

Regardless of how much notice we had, there is little that any of us could do, or even that our government could do, to prevent the destruction of an EMP. Our power grid would be down, much of our electronics destroyed, and the United States set back by about 150 years.

This is the most likely and the most dangerous scenario for an attack by another country.

Will it happen? Nobody knows. But to ignore the possibility and pretend that everything is okay would be foolish. Learning the error of that mistake would be too expensive to contemplate. Till then, keep preparing!

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What’s the Right Water Filter For Preppers?

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What’s the Right Water Filter For PreppersThere are quite a few products out there when it comes to water filtering and purification for preppers, and that makes picking the right water filter a challenge for preppers. Some of these water filters are in the $20 range, and some can be well over $100. Because the microorganisms these filters remove are invisible to the naked eye, we need to know that our filter is going to do what we think it is going to do.

Before I even get into what different types of water filters can do, I want to go over what a micron is, and the sizes of some of these different microorganisms. Water filters are truly a “you get what you pay for” product. Some of the lower cost water filters would work great for high country use, but wouldn’t do much good in an urban area.

On the flip side, you wouldn’t need an expensive filter that removes viruses and chemicals in an area where you’re fairly certain they don’t exist. Mountain streams and lakes probably won’t have pesticides and chemicals in them like a lake in city park would.

What is a Micron?

Water filters are usually rated in microns. A micron rating for a water filter is a way of indicating the ability of the filter to remove contaminants by the size of the particles it is removing. You also need to pay attention to whether they use a Nominal Micron rating (NMR) or an Absolute Micron Rating (AMR).

Nominal Micron Rating: NMR usually means the filter can capture a given percentage of particles of the stated size. For example, a filter might be said to have a nominal rating of 90% at 0.1 microns.

Absolute Micron Rating: AMR means that if the water filter is rated at 0.1 microns AMR. Meaning there is no pore size larger than 0.1 micron in size.

Size Matters

Now that you know what a Micron is, you need to know how big these microorganisms are that you want to remove. It’s also important to note that different types of filters need to be added into the equation as well.

Some carbon filters will filter out herbicides and pesticides, while a hollowfiber filter wont. I’ll go into more detail about these a little later in this article.

Micron Size Chart

Common Microorganisms in Microns

To get a better idea about the size of these different virus, chemicals, and protozoa, think about something you can see. A single grain of sand is between 100 and 2000 Microns in size. A human hair is about 70 Microns in diameter.

Protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium): Protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium are about 2 to 50 microns in size. Giardiasis is also known as “Beaver Fever” because You can also get it by drinking water contaminated by animals.

Bacteria (Cholera, E. coli, Salmonella): Bacterial cells range from about 1 to 10 microns in length and from 0.2 to 1 micron in width. They exist almost everywhere on earth. Some bacteria are helpful to humans, while others are harmful.

Viruses (Hepatitis A, rotavirus, Norwalk virus): Viruses are the smallest of the infectious microorganisms. They range from 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size, which is about 100 times smaller than bacteria.

Chemicals: Some chemicals cannot be removed from your water with a filter, and if a water source is that questionable it should be avoided. Some active carbon filters can be used to filter herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals. Herbicides and pesticides are around 0.001 Microns in size.

What Type of Filter Do You Need?

The type of filter you need, and how much you need to spend on one depends on what you are trying to remove from your water. In a SHTF situation where sanitation is becoming an issue, you will need something that filters out viruses. A low-cost water filter that only removes bacteria and protozoa will not do the job.

High Country Water Filters: I consider any water filter that does not remove chemicals, heavy metals and viruses a high-country filter. Filters like the Sawyer Mini and the LifeStraw are great for bug out bags, camping, and hiking, but might not be effective enough in an urban environment.

Low Country Water Filters: A low country water filter is going to be more expensive than a high-country water filter, but well worth the money. These will remove some chemicals, virus, heavy metals as well as bacteria and protozoa.

Common Water Filter Media

Here are a few types of water filters you might run across. While there are a few other options available, these are the most common among preppers. This article goes into quite a bit of detail about water filter media if you want to have a look.

Solid Block Carbon Filters: These are recognized by the EPA as the best option for removing chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Quality carbon block filters will remove chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, heavy metals, nitrate, and parasites.

Granulated Activated Carbon: These filters contain fine grains of activated carbon. They are typically less effective than carbon block filters because they have a smaller surface area of activated carbon.

Hollowfiber Filter: These contain tiny tubes of membrane material that allows water to pass through, but nothing larger than its micron rating. Nothing gets clogged, nothing breaks, nothing to replace. This has an extremely long lifespan and is cleaned by pushing clean water backwards through the membrane.

Ultraviolet Filtration: UV purification systems can be used to protect against water-borne viruses, bacteria, molds and pathogenic disease-causing microorganisms such as giardia and cryptosporidium. Even viruses such as the hepatitis virus, which are known to be highly resistant to chlorine-treated water, can be relatively easily eliminated through UV treatment.

The Truth About Water Tablets and Drops

While these water treatment drops or tablets are great for emergency situation, not all are created equal. Some are made for storing water, while some will remove viruses, bacteria, and most protozoa.

There are 3 main types of water treatment tablets (or drops). These are Chlorine (NaDCC), Iodine, and Chlorine Dioxide. Here’s how they stack up against each other…

Water Treatment Tablets Chart

Why Pretreat Stored Water?

Many people recommend pre-treating your water with chlorine to help prevent algae and bacteria growth. Some people claim that this isn’t even necessary because tap water is already treated with chlorine.

While water will never go bad, and can always be cleaned, in my opinion it’s better to be safe than sorry. Who knows what resources will be available to you when the time comes, and why not take a few minutes now to save time later.

Best Water Filters For Preppers

Here are a few water filters that you might run across as you are researching preparedness. The filter (or filters) you might need in an SHTF situation will depend on your needs. Some of these are great for bug out bags, some are great for bugging in, and some are necessary in an urban environment.

Sawyer Filters

sawyer squeeze water filterSawyer makes a few types of water filters. The great thing about Sawyer is the ability to purchase different accessories to fit your needs such as bags, hoses and attachments.

Sawyer MINI: The Sawyer MINI is ideal for backcountry use, outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, and emergency preparedness. Quite a few preppers have this filter in their bug out bags. These will also fit the threads on most bottles of water that you buy at a grocery store

The MINI is a 0.1 (AMR) hollow fiber filter (can be cleaned by back flushing) that removes 99.99% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.99% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.

Sawyer Squeeze: The Sawyer MINI and the Sawyer Squeeze are pretty comparable. The MINI is exactly that, a mini version of the Squeeze.

The Squeeze has a 0.1 micron (AMR) hollow fiber membrane filter that removes 99.99% of all bacteria like salmonella, cholera and E. coli, and 99.99% of all Protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

NOTE: The hollow fiber membrane filter used by the Sawyer MINI & Squeeze do not protect against viruses.

Sawyer PointZero: The Sawyer PointZero water filter is a beast, but it comes with a price. It is a 0.02 Micron (AMR) hollow fiber membrane purifier. That’s right, it’s 0.02, not 0.2 meaning it will remove 99.99% of viruses, 99.99% of bacteria, and 99.99% of Protozoa/Cysts.

This filter also includes attachments to connect it to a plastic bucket to create a large-volume gravity purification system that can be used to filter up to 170 gallons per day to an incredibly clean 0.02 microns. The PointZero is a great filter for bug in, and bug out situations.

Katadyn Filters

Katadyn water filterThese are another popular water filter for preppers, and Katadyn also have a few products to choose from. I have heard nothing but good things about Katadyn, and in my opinion, they are the way to go. Like I said, there are quite a couple options to choose from, but I’ll list a few here.

Katadyn Hiker Pro: In last weeks podcast Kevin talked about the Hiker Pro and why he likes it so much. Kevin is an instructor at the Wilderness Safety Institute, so I trust his recommendations.

The Hiker Pro is a 0.2 micron glassfiber filter and Includes activated carbon granules. This water filter removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, and sediments (but not viruses). The Hiker Pro also reduces bad tastes and odors.

Katadyn Vario: The Katadyn website states: The Katadyne Vario has a trio of filters scrubs water to confidently purge the bad stuff: Activate a ceramic pre-filter with a quick turn to conquer dirtier water so the durable glass fiber pleated filter inside lasts even longer. Plus, active charcoal gets rid of odors.

The Vario has a ceramic prefilter, 0.2 micron glasfibre membrane, and replaceable activated carbon granulate that Eliminates bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, sediments. The Vario also reduces chemicals and improves taste and odor.

LifeStraw Water Filters

LifeStraw water filterIf you have been researching preparedness for any amount of time, you have no doubt come across the LifeStraw. LifeStraw is great for backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness situation. The LifeStraw filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water.

The LifeStraw is a 0.2 micron hollow fiber filter that removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of waterborne protozoan parasites.

Berkey Water Filter Systems

Big Berkey water filterBerkey is another big name when it comes to water filters for preppers, and emergency preparedness in general. Berkey is superior to many other water filter systems and bottles because it provides an on-the-go microfiltration system that qualifies as purification system (without using harsh chemicals). This means that it filters 99.99% of bacteria and viruses as well as other heavy metals up to 95% levels.

The black filters are near a foot long and are made from a proprietary combination of approximately 6 different types of media. They exceed EPA log 7 ANSI / NSF protocols for filtration and thus are rated as water purifiers.

The Big Berkey water filter can run between $250 to $300 but is well worth the price and can be used at home. The Go Berkey is a bit smaller and made for portability. It’s great for camping, at home and bug out scenarios.

HydroBlu Jerry Can

I recently had an opportunity to review the Jerry Can water filter from HydroBlu and I am very impressed. While there are a few water filters that will do the same thing, I love the durability and portability of this Jerry Can Water Filter. It is perfect for camping, and any sort of bug out scenario.

The dual filter system boasts an activated charcoal filter and a 0.02 micron hollow fiber ultra-filtration membrane filter. The Activated Charcoal Filter removes heavy metals, such as iron and lead, while absorbing the dirty taste of water. Additionally, it removes unseen chemicals and improves the clarity of water.

SteriPEN UV Water Purifier

SteriPEN UV Water PurifierThe SteriPEN works by using UV light destroys germs’ ability to reproduce and make you sick. The SteriPEN destroys over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, and is safe and effective without altering taste, pH, or other properties of water (chemical-free).

The one downside to a SteriPEN is they require batteries or a power source. That shouldn’t be a problem for preppers though, because you probably have a light out kit ready to go.

Other Options for Preppers

As you are researching preparedness and water filters for preppers you will find that there are quite a few options to clean your water other than filters. Using bleach, boiling water, and pasteurizing water are all good skills to learn just in case a water filter is not available.

If you have any other water filter suggestions, or water treatment methods I didn’t mention here, leave a comment below.

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The REAL Power Of Your Testimony

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     I’m not even sure how to begin this conversation with you. My original thought was to share how frustrated I am with all the finger-pointing that various Christian factions are engaging in towards fellow Believers who are different than them. Accusations of heresy and diabolical practices are tossed back and forth, and unity among the Body is far from evident.  The New Reformation movement thinks anyone involved with the Charismatic or Pentecostal branch of Christianity is practicing outside the boundaries of Scriptural doctrine.  And any Christian who even hints that they believe in Healing or Deliverance is accused of being caught up in “Charismania”.
     Have there been self-proclaimed people of God who have been misled, and who are misleading and deceiving Believers?  Yes, on both sides of that spectrum!  Just as in the Bible, men have sought to elevate themselves (rather than God) through signs and wonders — I think of Simon the Sorcerer.  But I can also think of several prominent pastors and teachers who preach against anything supernatural in our relationship with God, keeping Believers bound in theology that restricts the power of God in their lives.  It goes both ways.  And how does any of that benefit the Church?  The bickering and finger-pointing only serves Satan’s purpose, which is to keep us focused on our differences. That contributes to division and takes the focus off the validity of our personal testimonies.
     I think it is safe to say that the world doesn’t want to hear the Doctrines of Men; our creeds, our theology, or our dogma. As Christians, we know that God wants a personal relationship with us.  But why do we think that the world will be drawn into our buildings when the people of the world have made it clear that they reject our message?  We must reach the Lost the same way that Jesus instructed His Disciples:   But you shall receive power of the kind which God has [and exerts] after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.  And you shall be those who testify of what they have seen and experienced, my witnesses, both in Jerusalem and Judea, and in Samaria and to the end of the earth (The Greek Translation of the New Testament).  We must share our testimony of how we have experienced Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives!
     So, now I’m at the heart of what I want to say in this blog post … how our personal testimony can both shine the Light of Christ into the Unsaved and strengthen the faith of our fellow Believers by sharing the power of God in our lives.
     Whenever I’ve got a nugget of knowledge or wisdom that I feel is important for us to consider, but can’t quite flesh it out, I always take it to my husband, Mark, who can usually see it with spiritual eyes and help me get the bigger concept.  This time was no different… he actually became quite passionate about what our testimony should accomplish.
     Using himself as an example, he said most Christians think their testimony is boring … I was raised in a Christian home; attended Church most of my life; and can recall the day I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  I accept that I am a sinner, that Jesus died for my sins, and I have tried to live a life pleasing to God.  He said, “We think how we express our doctrinal beliefs or theology is our testimony.  And if you’re one of the lucky ones, perhaps you have a dramatic conversion experience when you realized you needed to change your life, and you found yourself on your knees, and asked Jesus to come into your heart”.
     But then he went on to say, “Most of us don’t have that. So where is the experience of God’s presence being exercised in our testimony? Does it really speak to the needs of the Lost who are hurting, or to the Believers who need confirmation that God/Jesus/Holy Spirit still interact with us today?
     Just a couple of years ago, the Body of Christ was not even able to consider that God still acts supernaturally in this earthly realm.  They could not conceive that He still wants to heal our physical sicknesses and afflictions, or that He still wants His Disciples to cast demons out of oppressed people.  But that is changing, thank the Lord!  I see Christians beginning to renew their minds about what the Scripture actually says, and they are seeing Jesus’s commands through new revelation. And, in some instances, the word “demon” is even being accepted as part of the Christian experience; some even going so far as to acknowledge that we can defeat them just as Jesus and His Disciples did! [And for those who are still skeptical that demons can oppress Christians, who do you think is responsible for so many Christians suffering from anxiety, depression, unworthiness, bitterness, inadequacy, fear, etc? Since the Church quit believing in Jesus’s command to “do the works” that He did in casting out demons, the devil and his evil spirits have had a heyday with Believers!]

     But there is still a reticence among Christians to share those testimonies with the Church.  Believers who are willing to admit that demons exist are still cautious about sharing their personal, spiritual and supernatural encounters with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in which the demons attacking them have been thoroughly defeated.  Why would we be willing to attribute some of our spiritual attacks to demons, but not be willing to share how Jesus and the Holy Spirit defeated them in our lives?  Isn’t that presenting the problem without sharing the solution?  And when that solution was the presence of God, interacting with us in the spiritual realm, doesn’t that provide the unmistakable power that our testimonies are missing?
     If we could share that Jesus actually showed up [in the spirit] and comforted us as we dealt with the loss of a parent, or a childhood molestation, or a miscarriage, or a time of profound doubt in ourselves — and we felt His embrace and heard Him whisper, “I’m here with you; accept my healing in this situation”, don’t you think that is a more powerful [and persuasive] demonstration of Who we profess to have faith in?  Which do you think the Lost will find it easier to identify with — your personal testimony that speaks of the power of Jesus to heal your (and their) wounds — or a sermon that speaks of a theological point that has no relevance to them or their experiences?
     And if Christians could be healed by sermons, then there would be no hurting souls sitting in the pews.  But you and I know that is not the case.  In the end, I see this as really simple … I just wish the Church would quit denying what our Bible tells us; and quit defining this generation as “too enlightened” to believe in the supernatural character of God.  The truth is that our rational, modern, and self-informed viewpoint has left us impotent when it comes to the attacks of the Enemy.
     As more and more Christians come to believe the literal Word of God regarding our Commission, they will begin to experience the literal power of Jesus in their lives, through healing and deliverance.  And when they can share their personal encounter with the Living Christ, and how He healed the wounds of their lives, then I believe the Lost in the world will be drawn to that message and we will have the opportunity to share the full revelation of God.  (I mean, that’s how Jesus presented the Gospel!) Furthermore, the Church needs to hear that testimony of Power as well.  They, too, need to know they can experience those personal and supernatural encounters in order to come into their full identity as images of Christ.  Then the Church will be operating in the Power of Heaven (instead of their own authority); and the REAL POWER behind the word of their testimony will conquer the devil and his schemes.

Psalm 107:2   “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.”   

The REAL Power Of Your Testimony

     I’m not even sure how to begin this conversation with you. My original thought was to share how frustrated I am with all the finger-pointing that various Christian factions are engaging in towards fellow Believers who are different than them. Accusations of heresy and diabolical practices are tossed back and forth, and unity among the Body is far from evident.  The New Reformation movement thinks anyone involved with the Charismatic or Pentecostal branch of Christianity is practicing outside the boundaries of Scriptural doctrine.  And any Christian who even hints that they believe in Healing or Deliverance is accused of being caught up in “Charismania”.
     Have there been self-proclaimed people of God who have been misled, and who are misleading and deceiving Believers?  Yes, on both sides of that spectrum!  Just as in the Bible, men have sought to elevate themselves (rather than God) through signs and wonders — I think of Simon the Sorcerer.  But I can also think of several prominent pastors and teachers who preach against anything supernatural in our relationship with God, keeping Believers bound in theology that restricts the power of God in their lives.  It goes both ways.  And how does any of that benefit the Church?  The bickering and finger-pointing only serves Satan’s purpose, which is to keep us focused on our differences. That contributes to division and takes the focus off the validity of our personal testimonies.
     I think it is safe to say that the world doesn’t want to hear the Doctrines of Men; our creeds, our theology, or our dogma. As Christians, we know that God wants a personal relationship with us.  But why do we think that the world will be drawn into our buildings when the people of the world have made it clear that they reject our message?  We must reach the Lost the same way that Jesus instructed His Disciples:   But you shall receive power of the kind which God has [and exerts] after the Holy Spirit has come upon you.  And you shall be those who testify of what they have seen and experienced, my witnesses, both in Jerusalem and Judea, and in Samaria and to the end of the earth (The Greek Translation of the New Testament).  We must share our testimony of how we have experienced Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives!
     So, now I’m at the heart of what I want to say in this blog post … how our personal testimony can both shine the Light of Christ into the Unsaved and strengthen the faith of our fellow Believers by sharing the power of God in our lives.
     Whenever I’ve got a nugget of knowledge or wisdom that I feel is important for us to consider, but can’t quite flesh it out, I always take it to my husband, Mark, who can usually see it with spiritual eyes and help me get the bigger concept.  This time was no different… he actually became quite passionate about what our testimony should accomplish.
     Using himself as an example, he said most Christians think their testimony is boring … I was raised in a Christian home; attended Church most of my life; and can recall the day I accepted Jesus as my Savior.  I accept that I am a sinner, that Jesus died for my sins, and I have tried to live a life pleasing to God.  He said, “We think how we express our doctrinal beliefs or theology is our testimony.  And if you’re one of the lucky ones, perhaps you have a dramatic conversion experience when you realized you needed to change your life, and you found yourself on your knees, and asked Jesus to come into your heart”.
     But then he went on to say, “Most of us don’t have that. So where is the experience of God’s presence being exercised in our testimony? Does it really speak to the needs of the Lost who are hurting, or to the Believers who need confirmation that God/Jesus/Holy Spirit still interact with us today?
     Just a couple of years ago, the Body of Christ was not even able to consider that God still acts supernaturally in this earthly realm.  They could not conceive that He still wants to heal our physical sicknesses and afflictions, or that He still wants His Disciples to cast demons out of oppressed people.  But that is changing, thank the Lord!  I see Christians beginning to renew their minds about what the Scripture actually says, and they are seeing Jesus’s commands through new revelation. And, in some instances, the word “demon” is even being accepted as part of the Christian experience; some even going so far as to acknowledge that we can defeat them just as Jesus and His Disciples did! [And for those who are still skeptical that demons can oppress Christians, who do you think is responsible for so many Christians suffering from anxiety, depression, unworthiness, bitterness, inadequacy, fear, etc? Since the Church quit believing in Jesus’s command to “do the works” that He did in casting out demons, the devil and his evil spirits have had a heyday with Believers!]

     But there is still a reticence among Christians to share those testimonies with the Church.  Believers who are willing to admit that demons exist are still cautious about sharing their personal, spiritual and supernatural encounters with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in which the demons attacking them have been thoroughly defeated.  Why would we be willing to attribute some of our spiritual attacks to demons, but not be willing to share how Jesus and the Holy Spirit defeated them in our lives?  Isn’t that presenting the problem without sharing the solution?  And when that solution was the presence of God, interacting with us in the spiritual realm, doesn’t that provide the unmistakable power that our testimonies are missing?
     If we could share that Jesus actually showed up [in the spirit] and comforted us as we dealt with the loss of a parent, or a childhood molestation, or a miscarriage, or a time of profound doubt in ourselves — and we felt His embrace and heard Him whisper, “I’m here with you; accept my healing in this situation”, don’t you think that is a more powerful [and persuasive] demonstration of Who we profess to have faith in?  Which do you think the Lost will find it easier to identify with — your personal testimony that speaks of the power of Jesus to heal your (and their) wounds — or a sermon that speaks of a theological point that has no relevance to them or their experiences?
     And if Christians could be healed by sermons, then there would be no hurting souls sitting in the pews.  But you and I know that is not the case.  In the end, I see this as really simple … I just wish the Church would quit denying what our Bible tells us; and quit defining this generation as “too enlightened” to believe in the supernatural character of God.  The truth is that our rational, modern, and self-informed viewpoint has left us impotent when it comes to the attacks of the Enemy.
     As more and more Christians come to believe the literal Word of God regarding our Commission, they will begin to experience the literal power of Jesus in their lives, through healing and deliverance.  And when they can share their personal encounter with the Living Christ, and how He healed the wounds of their lives, then I believe the Lost in the world will be drawn to that message and we will have the opportunity to share the full revelation of God.  (I mean, that’s how Jesus presented the Gospel!) Furthermore, the Church needs to hear that testimony of Power as well.  They, too, need to know they can experience those personal and supernatural encounters in order to come into their full identity as images of Christ.  Then the Church will be operating in the Power of Heaven (instead of their own authority); and the REAL POWER behind the word of their testimony will conquer the devil and his schemes.

Psalm 107:2   “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.”   

Have No Fear If You Are Prepared For Survival

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You will have no fear if you are prepared for survival, I promise. There is something about going to bed at night knowing I have water, food, and a few emergency items I can survive with. Now, this didn’t happen overnight it was a little of this and a little of that collected over many years. Sometimes we need a little push to be prepared for survival or a pat on the back for being prepared to survive almost any situation. I sometimes have to sit back and say to myself, Linda all is well, God will take care of your neighborhood, you cannot do it all yourself. I take a deep breath and say, thank you God for reminding me that I can’t do it all.  I do not have the room or money to provide for my entire neighborhood, I am prepared to take care of Mark and myself. And a few others……

I do talk with one of my friends here a few streets over about what we will each do in case we have a disaster that hits our subdivision. We both talk about how this woman can help us cook after a disaster, this guy can fix anything we need, etc. I’m asked to speak in several churches and homes so people know I’m prepared. I was asked to write a book, Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation so people know where I live. It’s a fact, I know you may have read, “keep it a secret if you have food and water”, trust me if we have the internet anyone can find us. Some preppers use a pseudonym name because they are paranoid about people knowing who they are, where they live or whatever. We have to respect their feelings. But, I’m real and I live in Southern Utah. I have readers that email me and call me. Sometimes, they just need a hand to hold to learn how to use a pressure cooker. I get it. I really do.

I grew up with a garden, having a pantry with food, sewed my own clothes and made bread. We canned food and I taught my girls the same thing. Except, I regret I didn’t teach them to sew, but three have sewing machines. That counts, right? How can you mend if you don’t have a sewing machine? When I go visit my daughters and their families usually someone has something that needs to be taken in or mended. That’s how we roll, every house has to have a sewing machine. I’m proud to say that three of my grandkids have taken sewing lessons, hooray!

I have a few items to help you think about what you may need to add to your emergency stash, these are the bare minimum, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Have No Fear If You Are Prepared For Survival:

  1. Water, one gallon per person per day minimum, I prefer four gallons per person per day, but do what you can ASAP.
  2. Food, today I am begging you to get a few extra cans of food, the government will not be there the day after any disaster, I know because I have lived through a few emergencies and we all know this is true. We must be self-reliant.
  3. Emergency stove, Camp Chef Butane 1 Burner Stove with Camping Case you can cook just about anything on this little stove. Your gas barbecue uses too much fuel to boil water. Be sure and get extra fuel: Gasone Butane Fuel Canister (4pack)
  4. Flashlight, make sure you have batteries if you have a battery powered flashlight. I prefer to have a solar one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel or this one I keep in the front window to keep it powered with the sun: Goal Zero Solo LED Flashlight
  5. Blankets, never give away blankets that can keep you warm if the power goes out.
  6. Portable toilet, this means store extra toilet paper, kitty litter and 10-gallon bags for your portable emergency toilet. Food Storage Moms Emergency Toilet Please remember those “time of the month” items your girls may need.
  7. Portable washing machine, we all want clean underwear no matter what, right? Food Storage Moms Portable Washer
  8. Please have a first aid kit and a good medical book like this one: The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way If your medications are expired, please pick some up today, not tomorrow if the pharmacies and stores are closed, they are closed. I can’t emphasize this enough, we must take care of ourselves, if we lose power the stores may close and so will the pharmacies. What you have in your home today is what you will have in one hour if we have a total power outage for days, weeks or months. Please be prepared for the unexpected.
  9. Please keep your gas tank at 3/4 full, if you need to flee your area, you don’t want to wait in line at a gas station to find out the tanks do not work due to lack of power.
  10. Keep small bills like ones and fives for cash if the power goes out, the banks, the stores, the ATM’s, etc. will not work.

This is a very short list to remind you to be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for doing what you can to be prepared. You will have no fear if you are prepared for survival.

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2017 Update

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Dateline: 17 May 2017

“The Deliberate Agrarian” has undergone yet another transformation. I have gone from blogging here, to blogging at my new Upland blog, to now video blogging! 

My new video blog is titled, This Agrarian Life. I invite you to join me in this new journey. You can read all about it at THIS LINK.


Retirement May Be Your Own SHTF If You Are Not Prepared For It

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  Guest article, by ‘NRP’ Do you believe that someday TS-will-HTF ? Well then you are absolutely correct. We sometimes talk of how an EMP, economic-crash, WW III, Cyber Attack, Pandemic, so-on, will change the world (your life) forever, and/or bring it crashing down. Retirement IS an event that will totally disrupt your current life […]

Frugal Prepping: 12 Cheap Ways to Prep Like There’s No Tomorrow

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With economic times being what they are, it only means that we become more frugal when it comes to prepping. No one wants to be overdrawn in their accounts because they were trying to prepare for emergencies. Frugality is an art form, and if used properly, it can save you lots of money. The key is to know where to find these hidden gems. With a little “out of the box” thinking and some patience, you can acquire prepper items like food, tools, shelter, first aid and weaponry for pennies on the dollar.

Before you begin, keep these tips in mind:

  • Find out what your budget it and set aside an allotment each month for preps.
  • Take inventory of what you already have so that you don’t purchase multiples of items.
  • Have a list of items you need and don’t deviate from the plan!
  • When you are prepping on a budget, be patient and wait for the right opportunity to purchase.
  • Don’t ever panic buy or shop impulsively. This is where you lose money and the key here is to save it.

There are many strategies you can take to save money on your preps, you just have to choose which one is best for you. Here are 12 suggestions you can take to frugally purchase preparedness items.

12 Cheap Ways to Prep Like There’s No Tomorrow

  1. Buy in bulk. A lot of preppers use this frugal shopping strategy so they get more bang for their buck. Discount warehouses are great for this type of purchasing. As well, when you buy in bulk, you will enough of this item for a short-term emergency, so you can cross the item off your prepper list until you need to buy more. The LDS warehouse is another place to get bulk items inexpensively.
  2. Purchase a small item at a time. If your budget is so tight that you only have $5 extra in your account – you can make that work. Take a look at these prepper food items that are $5.
  3. Barter in your community. Your skills and services can carry you far if you allow them to. Consider what abilities and knowledge you possess that can be shared with others and barter them for goods or other services. Here are some great tips on how to barter better.
  4. Go to farmer’s markets and get in contact with local growers. If you work a deal with a vendor at a farmer’s market, you can get lots of food relatively inexpensively. Work a deal such as, get 5 lbs of strawberries to turn into jam and give 4 jars to the vendor. This is a great way to practice self-reliant skills and put food in your pantry. If you are an avid hunter, work a deal and see if someone will preserve the meat. See what I mean?
  5. Thrift stores. Thrift stores are a great way to collect vintage or antique items for a fraction of the cost. Ready Nutrition writer, Ruby Burks found cast iron pots, old cookbooks and kitchen utensils to use in her home. Remember, keep a list of items you are looking for and don’t deviate. This will keep your budget in check.
  6. Look for free stuff. I know this one is a long shot, but there are items you can get for free at garage sales, Craigslist, and even rummaging through items people have thrown out. Freecycle.com is another place to look for items. At this website, people recycle previously owned items and give them away for free.
  7. Go to the Dollar store. Not only can you buy food at the Dollar stores, but tools and medical supplies. This could be an untapped local source of preps for you!
  8. Use coupons. Finding coupons in the Sunday newspaper, magazines, local grocery stores or even online is a great way to start the search for what you need.  Not only can you use coupons to use for short-term and long-term food supplies, but you can find deals for camping equipment or warm clothes, etc.  You can literally save hundreds of dollars using coupons.
  9. Purchase gently used items. Pawn shops, Ebay, military surplus stores, and Craigslist are great places to look for used items. You can save a lot using this method, but take all necessary means to ensure the products are not damaged in any way. As well, if you are meeting someone at their home, practice safety and go with someone else.
  10. Look for deals – When you are shopping and you come across a deal such as 10 canned goods for $5 – get it! This is a great way to save money and stock up your pantry. This cumulative savings strategy can go for any of your prepping needs – medical supplies, dental care, garden seeds, etc. Typically, these type of deals can be found in your local newspaper. Don’t forget that coupons are your best friend in this situation.
  11. Do-It-Yourself – Whether it’s DIY projects or dehydrating your own food, this method can save you a lot of money. For example, instead of spending $4 on waterproof matches, dip them in wax yourself and viola! Or, if you need dehydrated food, buy a dehydrator and do it yourself.
  12. Grow your own food. Having food stashed away for a rainy day is one of the must-have items in your preps. Why not start a garden and grow your own. Any food that comes from our harvest can be dehydrated or canned for long-term use. This instantly saves you money at the grocery store too and is a great way to practice self-reliance.

We are all looking for ways to save money in our prepper ventures and hopefully some of these suggestions can help you. What are frugal strategies you use to save money on your preps?

 

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How to go self-sufficient at home

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The world is constantly evolving, and it’s not always for the best. Being self-sufficient within the home is like being in survival mode and it means you are always one step ahead with preparedness than the majority of people. The supermarket, the water supplier and the power grid, are you prepared if they all went … Read more…

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Rich gets a new job in Nashville…or two.

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Ok folks. Here’s the skinny. My New Job, by Rich Fleetwood…for inquiring minds. I now am a contract employee for a recruiting company that has offices all over the world, including an office here in downtown Nashville. This local recruiter got me a job with FedEx Supply Chain, in late April. Job was prepping new […]

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Rich gets a new job in Nashville…

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Ok folks. Here’s the skinny. My New Job, by Rich Fleetwood…for inquiring minds. I now am a contract employee for a recruiting company that has offices all over the world, including an office here in downtown Nashville. This local recruiter got me a job with FedEx Supply Chain, in late April. Job was prepping new […]

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Psychological Preparedness and Shopping Tactics!

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Psychological Preparedness and Shopping Tactics Host: Gary & GGsBoo “The Road Less Traveled” Welcome to this outing on “The Road Less Traveled.” On this excursion we’ll focus on some of the intricacies of Prepping from our perspectives with an emphasis on psychological preparedness being quite important to our overall efforts. Learning exactly who and what … Continue reading Psychological Preparedness and Shopping Tactics!

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