18 Essential Factors To Consider When Choosing A Homestead

Everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to starting a homestead, but if you want the best place for you and your family you need to consider these big items before you buy your land.

Land Usage

Different homesteading ventures require different amounts and types of land. For example, if you simply want to grow more of your own food but don’t want to raise livestock, you can include smaller parcels in your land search, perhaps even an acre or less. Other ventures like grass-fed pastured beef require much more. Here are some homesteading activities to consider:

1. Building Resources

If you want to build a house using materials from your land, you may need to look for access to sturdy hardwoods, stone, clay soils, and more depending on the type of construction you choose. Figure out what building materials you will most likely need, find properties that provide as many of them as you can, and devise ways to acquire the rest in your area. Followers of the blog know that we’re building a cordwood house, so our property search included the need for lots of softwood trees. Luckily for us, eastern red cedar is a good wood for cordwood masonry and it’s practically a weed around here so we found a property with an abundance.

 

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Texas Nuke Plant REfuses to Shut Down — Despite USGS Predictions of nearby River Flooding Above Their Design Basis

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South Texas Nuke Plant (STP) is just a small part of electricity production in Texas.  

Natural Gas Fired plants are 10 times larger, around 25800 MegaWatts.     STP is just 2500 MW.

Gas and coal plants are shutting down for safety.    But the dying nuclear industry refuses to give up even a day of profits, as Biblical storms pound Texas.

The “Design Basis Flood” of which engineering is done to protect from is 40.0 Mean Sea Level.   See second screen cap down.   Bay City is the nearest River Gauge Station.   They are predicting over 50 ‘ Mean Sea Level.     But no plans to shut down this nuclear plant.   

 

The Colorado River (of Texas) Basin is huge.   In the NRC Flood Risk Control documents they try to minimize the area of the Basin to make things “look better”,   They cut the basin size by almost half.   My calcs show below show 13,389 Trillion gallons of water to hit that basin, using the proper area.

  

Hippie Dog said

Update: STP Nuke Plant In plain english…
We know that the STNPPL (South Texas Nuclear Power Plant Lake) WILL have problems….
We also KNOW the smaller “loop pond” will be inundated with flood waters…
And the flow pipe exit and intake gates in the small pond will be under water…
Seems clear this is a situation where running those reactors under those conditions is not only wrong it’s a violation of both NUREG and state/federal law…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NUREG-1150
If you don’t believe that look up willful child endangerment in the criminal code…
https://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/criminal-law/violent_crimes/felony-child-endangerment.htm
And endangerment of grandparents too..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangerment
Don’t sit idly by while a major potential nuclear threat looms!!!!
SHUTDOWN THE STP NUCLEAR POWER PLANT NOW!!!!
A zoom-able satellite map:
https://zoom.earth/#28.775032,-96.050377,13z,map
Are lawyer worried, no, professional courtesy

Tactical Pen Uses

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A tactical pen is a popular everyday carry for preppers. Although they can widely differ in weight, size, and design there are some common features that all tactical pens have. These features are a replaceable ballpoint pen, aluminum kubotan for self-defense, and a steel tip designed for breaking glass. I’m a big […]

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The Problem with Glock Pistols

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I have enjoyed your site for many years. I started reading it when you were still in Argentina.  We here in the U.S. are still headed down that same self destructive path but maybe a little slower that one would expect.

Even though I am a Sig fan ,(P226, P228, P290), I must agree with your article on the Sig P320.  I strongly disagree with your assessment of Glocks.  Many professionals and truly experienced gunners here in the U.S. are dropping the Glocks in favor of a safer designed pistols.   The Glock is 90% cocked with NO safety.  Anything coming in contact with the very light trigger will fire the weapon as has been demonstrated by and ever increasing number of accidental discharges.  These are referred to as “Being Glocked”.   The Springfield XD series pistols and Heckler & Koch both are much better weapons.  The XD has the grip safety, (similar to 1911), and a drop safety.  It is in my opinion, and many experts agree, that it is also of higher build quality than Glock.  The Military did make a mistake by going with the P320 but the Glock would not have been the right choice. In fact they should stick with a proven gun such as the Sig p226, FN, or HK.  But then opinions are like A-holes, we all have one.

-Jack

Hello Jack,

Thanks for your message.

If you read my bookThe Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, you know that I’ve had accidental discharges before. If you shoot thousands and thousands of rounds, it’s not a matter of it but when. When it eventually happens, you better hope the other safety rules aren’t broken as well (be sure of your backstop, always point your gun in a safe direction)

Some people prefer to use ND, negligent discharge, but I don’t think they are the same thing. Negligence involves a certain incompetence and purposeful misuse of the firearm (playing with it, knowingly leaving it loaded, in dangerous positions or pointing it in unsafe directions). Accidental discharges are just that, accidents which can and will eventually happen to all of us, simply because we are imperfect humans. The only difference is that those that remember the safety rules will have a hole in a dresser, floor or wall. Those that don’t will get someone killed. I’ve have an AD with a Glock and with a revolver, which perfectly illustrates what I have to say about this topic: If a gun fires when you pull the trigger that’s not the guns fault, that’s on you. A gun is supposed to fire when you pull the trigger. A gun with safety makes no difference if you disengage the safety and pull the trigger. A manual safety lever isn’t some magical insurance, it won’t avoid the tragedy if you fire a round you don’t intend to.

The Glock is basically as safe as a revolver, and no one ever complained about revolvers not having enough manual safeties nor did It ever occur to anyone to put one in them(although there is such model). Like the revolver, part of the safety of the Glock is its sheath, which should be rigid, made of hard polymer and completely cover the trigger guard.

Never use leather holsters. Leather softens when wet (rain, sweat) and can deform enough to get caught inside the trigger guard when reholstering. Use polymer. I’ve used and strongly recommend this IWB holster, the Blatech Phanton. It’s affordable and extremely safe and reliable.

Blade Tech Industries Phantom Inside the Waistband Fits Glock 17/22/31 Holster$21.78

The Glock with a round in the chamber is on a half cocked position so to speak. The striker isnt fully pulled back which is done when pulling the trigger, therefore the loaded Glock is perfectly safe and even if dropped it will not fire. What will cause it to fire is something actually pulling the trigger, which is why you should never try to “catch” any gun when dropped.

Most serious professionals that I know of carry Glock. I’m sure that if Glocks were that bad, over 60% of the PD in USA wouldn’t be issuing them. The famous “Glock leg” or as you say “being Glocked”, is simply a consequence of two things. First, AD simply being a fact of life. They do happen and sometimes people end up shooting themselves. Second, the prevalence of Glock, especially among law enforcement. Put these two together and you see why so many AD include Glocks.

I don’t think the Glock trigger is that light. There’s far lighter triggers and again, something actually has to pull it for it to fire. If Glocks were that dangerous, they wouldn’t be in the holsters of most pros, used by more LE than any other gun.

As you say, everyone has an opinion and I sure respect yours and appreciate your email.

FerFAL

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”

North Korean Aggression Continues

             

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           In Japan and in North and South Korea, and in Far Eastern Russia, it is already tomorrow. This is why the news outlets from that part of the world are announcing that Kim Jong-un has sent a long range missile over Japan on August 29th, 2017.  This missile landed in waters nearest Hokkaido.

                 North Korea’s nutty little dictator is doing all he can to drag his country into a fight to the death with other nations where there can be no winners on any side.  Kim Jong-un has killed uncles. He is responsible for ordering the killing of his half brother using VX nerve agent wiped on his face in a public airport. He has imprisoned three generations of families in work camps and starved them until they die. We might never know what he did to Otto Warmbier.

                 If there is a war on the Korean peninsula then there will be only losers.  The losers will be the people of North Korea who will know starvation even worse than now, and atrocities. The people of South Korea will no doubt be bombed by their northern neighbors. The people of Japan may be recipients of bombs or even VX nerve agent. The people of Vladivostok, Russia are just forty miles from N. Korea, and a war just forty miles away will impact them, at the very least through refugees, the potentially through bombing errors. No doubt Russian troops will be moved to Vladivostok, not just the border or Primorskiy Krai. The people of China will also be adversely impacted by a war on the Russian peninsula. The people of Guam, Alaska, or the western coast of the US may be impacted, and it is possible that people anywhere in the US could be impacted by N Korea’s madman.

               I ask China and Russia to intervene in any way possible. Surely you both have more to lose with a madman on your doorstep.  The US, will have to defend its allies and itself if necessary.

               I pray to God almighty to slow the collision course of this confrontation.

              If you are a person on Earth, I want you to consider for a moment what a World War III would look like in terms of your home life, your health care, your job and the futures of your family. Please make whatever reasonable preparations are necessary, and then pray to God to alter the course of this coming collision.

Hunkering Down with Hurricane Harvey – Update

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just a quick update about how we’re doing since my previous post http://apartmentprepper.com/hunkering-down-a…hurricane-harvey/ ?.  Hurricane Harvey is now a tropical storm but it is still hitting Houston quite hard.  I am sure you are all getting up to the minute news from various channels, but I just wanted to give you my perspective, as someone who is in the midst of it. Though we have had some street flooding, we are fortunate our […]

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Movie Monday –

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With the devastation in Texas right now, I thought it might be appropriate to bring back to memory what happened only 5 years ago in New York.  Many people think we are too far north to be bothered by hurricanes, but Canada is affected by about 3 – 5 of these storms per year.  In fact, the Canadian Hurricane Center predicts 2017 to be an “above average” year with 4 – 6 storms affecting Canadians.  In 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and it could have easily hit dead on in Canada if the various circumstances were only slightly different.

Here’s a 2.5 hours long compilation of emergency responses the days before, during and the days after hurricane Sandy. No matter whether FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, MTA Police, NGUS, USACE, USCG or whatsoever, here you see pretty much anything. Even emergency vehicles from other cities and states (like e.g. Superior from the Chicagoland area) were present with several vehicles. 
Of course not every single emergency responses is a consequence of the hurricane (like e.g. Medical call at Macy’s with the Ambulance and Engine 1), but I didn’t sort them out since it’s hard to determine whether it is or isn’t linked to Sandy in many cases.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Oak Bark

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The Oak has a long history of being a sacred tree, especially to the Druids.
The bark was not only used medicinally but also to tan leather and to add flavoring to smoked fish.
Oak lumber was formerly used to build naval fleets of European nations. Whole forests were cleared to meet the demands of shipbuilders.
Oak bark has been used since the time of the Aztec empire as an effective remedy for diarrhea.
Acorns were a staple food for Native Americans, and also sustained many wild animals during the winter.
Many cultures have used decoctions from the bark to treat sore throats, coughs, and other respiratory problems.

How can it help us?
antidiarrheal
astringent
antiviral
antiparasitic
heals wounds
stops bleeding

What makes the bark so good?
tannins (15-20% including quercitannic acid, phlobatammin, ellagitannins, and gallic acid).

The outer bark, leaves, inner bark, seeds (acorn) and seed cups are also sometimes used.

NOTE: Over 600 species world wide.

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How to Remove Rust From Tools The Easiest Way

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It happens to all of us gardeners… We’re out in the garden: pruning, hoeing, clipping, thinning…and we forget to pick up a tool. This happened to me recently with my beloved Felco F-2 Hand Pruners, arguably some of the best pruners you’ll ever buy. They’ll last you a lifetime…IF you take care of them. Mine … Read more

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6 Homesteading Skills You Need To Know—And Where To Get Them

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In this edition of Homesteading Basics, let’s talk about learning homesteading skills you need if you’re going to be a modern-homesteader, and where the best place is to get those skills.

Watch the video here: (video length: 2:38 minutes)

A True Story

My son was using the mower the other day and ran out of gas. 

He left it in the south pasture with the key turned on, and the battery died.

Now he’s off on a trip, and I’m stuck with a dead battery.

This got me thinking about all of the skills you need to be a modern-day homesteader.

Do you have the skills you need?

Here are some basic skills that you’re definitely going to need on your homestead:

  • Basic electrical knowledge
  • Carpentry skills
  • Plumbing knowledge
  • Animal husbandry
  • Gardening methods and techniques
  • Home Medicine

If you don’t already possess this knowledge, these skills can take a while to acquire.

Where to gain homesteading knowledge

One of the best places to get the knowledge you need is to attend a Mother Earth News Fair. They are held all over the U.S. There are a lot of different workshops in a two-to-three-day period. They offer the basic skills you’ll need for your homestead.

Here are a few other suggestions to help you improve your homesteading skills:

Your local farmer
See if he or she will give you a few tips or pointers on something specific, like animal husbandry. Offer to pay him or trade him something that he needs, maybe even your labor.

Big Box Stores
A lot of the big box supply stores offer Saturday morning classes in home improvement skills, including basic plumbing, electrical, and carpentry.

Local Community College
Many community colleges offer nighttime and weekend classes in auto repair, small engine repair, carpentry, basic plumbing, and electrical.

Online Classes
There are thousands of online classes from home medicine to gardening. Choose the one that gives you the knowledge you need and works with your schedule.

County Extension Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are a community of volunteers trained in horticulture by the County Extension Office. You can become a Master Gardener by learning valuable plant and soil information. Then volunteer 40 hours during the year and give your knowledge back to your community. Check your local or state extension office for more information, or call your local Master Gardener hotline for more information on the public classes they offer.

Local Master Classes
In many places, there are local classes offered by specialty groups. For instance, Master beekeepers, Master composters, and others often offer classes for free or a small fee to attend. Look online for groups near you.

YouTube videos
There are hundreds of thousands of videos online to help you gain the skills you need in just about any area of homesteading.

Let’s improve our skills together.

Where are you getting the homesteading skills you need? In the comments below, let us know what skills you have and which ones you need.

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Fall Garden Guide: How to Plan, Pick, and Grow The Best Fall Vegetables

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WINTER IS COMING! But before it does, there is still the autumn, and many people can manage to squeak another batch of fall vegetables out at this time of year. But when should you have your plants in the ground, and how much time do they need before they produce? There are more questions about … Read more

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Hurricane Harvey

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Hoping you are yours are safe, the storm now fades but the aftermath lingers and lingers and will last for years. The many pictures of neighbors helping neighbors trumps the media’s assault on America and Americans.

    

Following the storm from the safety of my high & dry home a thousand miles away my daughter and her husband live in the Ponderosa Forest area of Houston, west of George Bush International Airport and just south of the very affluent Woodlands area.

The area has older (1980’s) large (her’s is 3,200 sq ft.) two-story homes on large lots, most a quarter to a third of an acre, with long driveways, and lots of old growth trees and above ground utility lines. Hurricane Ike in September 2008 left them without power for two-weeks. This is when they became preppers.

Then, last year, April 18, 2016 to be exact – 16″ of rain fell in under 12 hours. “According to Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood District, rainfall across Harris county on April 18 averaged 7.75 inches, or 240 billion gallons. He tweeted that this “Could run Niagara Falls for over 88 hrs.”

The house flooded 3″ on the lower floor and they ended up replacing the entire kitchen, appliances and cabinets, the washer & dryer, all the flooring and 4′ of the lower story interior and exterior walls throughout the house, including 16 windows. This is why I was following the storm, noting from afar that 1:00 am this past Saturday was when they would be closest to whatever remained of the eye-wall. Reports on Saturday were some rain, little wind, between bands.

When I talked to my daughter very early Sunday morning, she said the house was now an island, streets flooded and water half-way up the front yard; it is 70′ from the street to their front door. Two hours later there were 3″ of water on the ground floor, 2 hours later it was 12″ and 6 hours later it had reached the ceiling of the first floor, while they watched. Kayakers, they took their bug-out bags, their three cats (I still haven’t gotten the details on how they accomplished that) and left through a second floor window, retrieved their kayaks from an almost fully submerged garage, replete with both of their vehicles, and started paddling north west. To their luck they came across a Good Samaritan in his boat who was out looking to help people. Setting their kayaks adrift they were taken to higher ground where a friend picked them up and they are now safe and dry through the kindness of friends. My son-in-law believes the house and both vehicles, both quite new, are total losses.

This story is being repeated a thousand fold across lower-east Texas and the Louisiana coast. The pics I have included here are from Harvey and I will post some pics should my son-in-law send them. I have asked, he is a little preoccupied.

This is why we prep. They should have bailed on the house on Friday considering its history, their history there. I should have started harping on that theme this past Thursday. Should have, could have. Regrets all around for not being more proactive. They both work but both their employers are in flooded areas now only accessible by boats. The waters will recede, life will assume a new normal, we will mentally kick ourselves for the “should haves” for a long time. I hope we learned a lesson. Be safe out there and remember that there are great people all across America who “step up” when there is a need. I for one owe a guy with a boat I have never met a debt I can’t repay.

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Houston Flooding Catastrophe

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The Houston flooding disaster is a shocking example of why preparedness and preemptive action is so very important. Unfortunately many did not take appropriate actions and the consequences are stunning. Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has triggered catastrophic, unprecedented Houston flooding. The rains have broken all-time records. There may be no parallel available to any other rainstorm in U.S. history, based on the number of people affected, amount of water involved, and other factors, meteorologists have warned. Due to its wide geographic scope across America’s 4th-largest city, the ensuing flood disaster may rank as one of the most, if

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DIY Miracle Healing Salve: Wild Plant Edition

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A number of years back, I found Gaye’s recipe for an essential-oil based DIY Miracle Healing Salve that she found effective on everything from cuts and rashes to sore muscles and eczema. I made the recipe, and have been using it ever since as my go-to first aid salve, replacing Neosporin, Cortisone, aloe vera gel,. . . Read More

Comparison: Beretta 92FS vs. Taurus PT92

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One of the most popular handguns was a former U.S military sidearm (they switched to the Sig Sauer in 2017), the Beretta 92FS/M9 and related variants. The Beretta 92 has firmly established itself as an accurate and reliable pistol that serves well in hostile environments. The Beretta is a great choice as a home defense weapon or as a SHTF sidearm. The Beretta 92FS can be price prohibitive for some.

Fortunately, there is a less expensive clone of the Beretta 92-series called the Taurus PT92, which has been around since the 1980s and uses the same profile. Is it wise spending less money on a PT92, or should you save up your money and get the Beretta?

While we won’t tell you what to do, we will list the differences between the two so you can make that decision.

History and Development

Many people believe that the Taurus PT92 is a recreation of the modern day Beretta 92FS, when it is in fact a clone of the earlier Beretta 92 pistols.

In the mid-1970s, Beretta released the very first Beretta 92 pistol that utilized a heel magazine release, and a framed mounted safety similar to a 1911. Brazil decided to use the new 92 as the official sidearm of the Brazilian Army, so Beretta set up a factory in Brazil to begin producing the 92.

Taurus was an incredibly small Brazilian gun manufacturer that had been most well known for making economic revolvers. When Beretta’s contract for the Brazilian military ended in 1980, they sold the factory (including the blueprints, machines, and workers) to Taurus. It’s a decision Beretta has probably regretted, as in a few years, Taurus went from a small gun company into a major competitor.

The Beretta 92 later evolved into the Beretta 92S, which placed the frame mounted safety to the slide like we see in today’s modern Berettas. The 92S evolved into the 92SB, which moved the magazine release from the heel to the traditional position behind the trigger guard.

The 92SB developed into the 92F and then the 92FS, which squared off the trigger guard and replaced the blued finish with Beretta’s tough Bruniton finish. The Beretta 92FS serves in the U.S Army designated as the M9.  Beretta has since developed many more variants of the Beretta 92FS since then, such as the 92A1 and the M9A1, but the 92FS has remained the mainstay in their 92-line.

The Taurus PT92 has undergone many developments in its history. Unlike Beretta, Taurus kept the frame mounted safety but moved the heel magazine release to the traditional location behind the trigger guard.  Later, a decocker was added to the PT92 that allowed you to decock the gun without engaging the safety.

PT92 pistols remained in this configuration until 1997, when the cocking serrations on the slide were widened and an internal trigger lock was installed into the gun (all Taurus guns have this).  The next major change came in 2005, when Taurus added rails to the PT92 increasing the magazine capacity from 15 to 17 rounds.

Today, the new Taurus PT92 pistols are sold with rails and available in either a matte bluing or polished stainless steel finish.  They are consistently available for $150 to $250 less than the Beretta 92FS.

Here is an actual demonstration of the Beretta vs. Taurus:

Advantages and Disadvantages

While the Beretta 92 and Taurus 92 are definitely in the same family of guns, significant differences exist between the two.

Safety location

The most significant advantage to the PT92 is the location of the safety. Granted, if you prefer the Beretta’s slide mounted safety, you may disagree. The safety of the PT92 is located on the frame like a 1911, making it more accessible than the Beretta’s slide safety.

Decocking and safety

The decocking and safety are separate on the PT92.  Press the lever down to decock the pistol, and press it up to engage the safety. This means it is possible to carry the PT92 ‘cocked and locked’ like you do with a 1911. The decocking and safety lever on the Beretta are the same: press the lever down, and the gun decocks and engages the safety simultaneously. The Beretta cannot be carried cocked and locked like the PT92.

Finishes

Both can have the corrosion and rust resistant Bruniton finish, of have one of several finishes including stainless steel,

Frame construction

Both use aluminum alloys in the frame construction. While the PT92 is slightly more lightweight in build, the Beretta’s is still slightly longer (though both pistols will probably last longer than you can shoot them).

Grip

The two pistols have minor differences. The forward part of the grip frame on the PT92 is straight, whereas the Beretta’s is curved at the end (it’s been that way since the U.S military requested it) for a fuller grip.

While the Beretta 92FS is not railed like the PT92, Beretta does sell a railed option called the M9A1.

Mags

The 92FS also ships with 15 round magazines out of the box, in contrast to the PT92’s 17 round mags. Factory Beretta 17-round magazines are available for purchase separately. Mec-Gar (an aftermarket supplier of pistol magazines) manufactures 18 round magazines for both pistols. Firepower between the two pistols is equal.

Which is more reliable: the Beretta 92FS or the Taurus PT92?

In terms of reliability and accuracy, the Beretta and Taurus seem to be on equal footing. The Beretta definitely has a superior track record having served the U.S military servicemen and law enforcement officers, and military units all over the globe. The PT92 has seen military and law enforcement service across the world, but not nearly as much as the Beretta.

Quality and accuracy

This isn’t to say that the Taurus is a worse gun than the Beretta. The two pistols are nearly identical in basic design. After all, the PT92 was constructed based on Beretta 92 blueprints with the same machinery and workers, and what they perfected Taurus went back and added details to their newer ones. In that regard, overall quality and accuracy between the Beretta and the Taurus should be considered on equal ground as they used one another to improve the original design.

Optimizing the Beretta 92 for Self-Defense:

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, if you’re on a budget or have been trained to use a 1911, you’ll probably prefer the Taurus due to its lower price and safety position respectively. If you want the original manufacturer of the 92-series, prefer the slide mounted safety, or feel more comfortable with Beretta’s track record go with the Beretta 92FS or one of its variants.

4 Simple Staples to Take with You on Your Next Camping Trip

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Camping is an outdoor delight but requires a lot of hard to work to make it a fun experience. In this article, we will be discussing the four basic staples you should be taking on your next camping trip to make it a great experience and an eye opening adventure in the outdoors.

Tent

Unless you enjoy sleeping on a pile of rocks and dirt, you’ll need to pack a tent for you and your companions. There are a variety of tents you can choose from, but if it’s just you, you should choose a two-man tent to have enough room for you and your gear. Plus, you should also make sure it is waterproof or water resistant in case you run into inclement weather. Not to mention, you can easily pick up a tent at your local Target, Walmart, as well as a number of online retailers as well. Keep in mind that tents range from $100-$500, so choose your budget wisely.

Long Sleeve T-Shirt

A long sleeve t-shirt is a must have no matter if you are going on a small hike or a full-fledged camping trip. Even if the weather is extremely warm, a hike to a summit can get surprisingly cold and you’ll be thanking yourself that you packed a warm long sleeve t-shirt, like those available from Over Under Clothing, to toss on. Plus, hiking with layers is extremely important due to the amount of sweat you shed throughout your trip. You should look for a wicking t-shirt or a shirt that is partially made from spandex to absorb your sweat.

Fire Starter

Is there anything better than cooking marshmallows over an open flame? In order to start that fire, however, you need a working fire starter. This could be a lighter, matches, solar fire starter, or flint and steel starter. Most people prefer standard lighters as they are the easiest to use, though matches are a useful backup to bring. No matter which one you prefer, you will need to have a working fire starter so you can build your outdoors campfire.

First Aid Kit

Many people overlook the importance of bringing a first aid kit. However, it is crucial to be prepared for the worst case scenarios. You never know when you may trip and hurt yourself. Your first aid kit should contain Band-Aids, bacitracin, gauze, duct tape, ibuprofen, and moleskin. You may also want to include aloe vera gel in your first aid kit if you are prone to getting sunburns. Camping is an incredibly fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. With these four essentials, you will be able to survive your weekend in the woods and even have a little bit of fun while you’re at it.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

4 Simple Staples to Take with You on Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is an outdoor delight but requires a lot of hard to work to make it a fun experience. In this article, we will be discussing the four basic staples you should be taking on your next camping trip to make it a great experience and an eye opening adventure in the outdoors.

Tent

Unless you enjoy sleeping on a pile of rocks and dirt, you’ll need to pack a tent for you and your companions. There are a variety of tents you can choose from, but if it’s just you, you should choose a two-man tent to have enough room for you and your gear. Plus, you should also make sure it is waterproof or water resistant in case you run into inclement weather. Not to mention, you can easily pick up a tent at your local Target, Walmart, as well as a number of online retailers as well. Keep in mind that tents range from $100-$500, so choose your budget wisely.

Long Sleeve T-Shirt

A long sleeve t-shirt is a must have no matter if you are going on a small hike or a full-fledged camping trip. Even if the weather is extremely warm, a hike to a summit can get surprisingly cold and you’ll be thanking yourself that you packed a warm long sleeve t-shirt, like those available from Over Under Clothing, to toss on. Plus, hiking with layers is extremely important due to the amount of sweat you shed throughout your trip. You should look for a wicking t-shirt or a shirt that is partially made from spandex to absorb your sweat.

Fire Starter

Is there anything better than cooking marshmallows over an open flame? In order to start that fire, however, you need a working fire starter. This could be a lighter, matches, solar fire starter, or flint and steel starter. Most people prefer standard lighters as they are the easiest to use, though matches are a useful backup to bring. No matter which one you prefer, you will need to have a working fire starter so you can build your outdoors campfire.

First Aid Kit

Many people overlook the importance of bringing a first aid kit. However, it is crucial to be prepared for the worst case scenarios. You never know when you may trip and hurt yourself. Your first aid kit should contain Band-Aids, bacitracin, gauze, duct tape, ibuprofen, and moleskin. You may also want to include aloe vera gel in your first aid kit if you are prone to getting sunburns. Camping is an incredibly fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. With these four essentials, you will be able to survive your weekend in the woods and even have a little bit of fun while you’re at it.

About the Author: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

Where are my children? 3 questions to ask about your school’s safety plan

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Disasters can happen anytime, including when your children are at school. Do you know exactly where they will be if it strikes?

1. Where is my child in the building?

Ask your children or their teachers where the students will be during any type of drill – fire, tornado, earthquake and lockdown drills. Think through where the children would be when they are in different parts of the building, too, such as lunchtime and specials. Keep a copy of your children’s daily schedule on hand. I often keep a copy on the refrigerator and take a picture to keep in my phone.

Speaking of lockdown drills, make sure to take the time to talk to your children about what they would do if one happened when they were in various locations in the school. One of my children once asked what she should do if she was in the bathroom when they called for a lockdown – that made for an interesting discussion.

2. What is the evacuation plan?

If the school is damaged, find out where the school will take the children. Sometimes there is a church or community center nearby that the school plans to use. Some school may plan to use a nearby field or parking lot if there is not a big enough building nearby. If your children are the kind that like reassurance (mine do), let them know that you know where they will be taken to during an evacuation and that you will come get them.

3. What hospital does the school use in its’ school safety plan?

Sometimes a disaster is a more personal one where children get hurt or collapse at school. If they have to transport your child to a hospital, do you know which one they would use? Knowing that could save you time by knowing ahead of time exactly how to get there. It is good to know what emergency services your school would call as well. Do you have specific people lined up who can get your children in emergencies if you are not available? Make sure to let your children know who is and is not allowed to pick them up. One good idea is to establish a family code word that a person who picks them up should know.

Now you know

Ask these questions and you can be prepared in case a disaster happens while your children are in school. You can also apply these questions to any event that you leave your children at – scouts, church, sports, and friends’ houses. Knowing where they are means you will be able to get to them quicker in case of an emergency.

What other questions would you ask about your school’s emergency plan?

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How Are We Going To Survive Globalization?

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A progressive movement towards socialism is being taught in our schools, our universities and being touted constantly by people like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. They are planning a quiet takeover of the world. The question is how are we going to survive the globalist scenario they are struggling to impose.

This group of the globalist elite met just a couple of months ago, working to determine the fate of the world. These people, known as the Bilderberg Group, consist of world leaders in banking, business and politics. There’s a core group that comes together every year, inviting others to join with them as seems appropriate for that year’s agenda.

Bilderberg is one of the world’s most secretive organizations. While they publish a list of attendees every year and an official agenda, nobody but the attendees knows if it is accurate. They’re not allowed to take notes, tape recorders, photos, videos or copies of papers with them. Everything that happens at Bilderberg, supposedly stays at Bilderberg.

Only it doesn’t.

These people are the main driving force behind a one world government, trying to bring all the governments of the world under a central power. The model is the European Union, which they want to expand, setting up other regional governments, which will all eventually come under one common worldwide umbrella, giving control to the elite of the world.

This new government will be a socialist one. We see that clearly in what’s happening in Europe. As time has gone on, the various European countries have become more and more socialist, now that the Soviet Union has been dissolved and Russia has moved away from socialism.

Anyone who knows anything about Biblical prophecy can see the writing on the wall. One of the things that is talked about in the book of Revelations is that one world government. So it’s likely that if this group doesn’t succeed, then another like it will. It’s just a matter of time.

You and I really can’t do much to stop that.

We can vote for politicians who will oppose putting the USA under such a system, but that’s about it. Since there are about as many people who vote Democrat in our country as there are who vote Republican, chances are that we’ll be back under the progressive-liberal leadership of the Democrats once again. When that happens, the globalists will have their instrument in place to push the United States closer to becoming part of that one world socialist order.

Remember the UN small arms treaty?

Barack Obama and John Kerry signed it on behalf of the United States. But it was never brought before the Senate, as the Constitution requires. So it hasn’t been ratified. What that means is that it isn’t law here in the USA. But if we ever had a Democrat president and a Democrat controlled Senate again, it’s waiting in the wings to be approved.

Should that happen, we can expect the Democrat controlled government to do everything they can to implement the provisions of that treaty, taking our guns from us, and with it, taking our ability to defend ourselves from tyranny.

That’s a prerequisite for making the country socialist, as they need us to be good little sheeple, who can’t rebel against the government. That, in turn, requires taking our rifles from us, because you can’t fight a war with pistols.

What is the Battle We Have to Face?

The question for us, is how will we survive that transition when it comes? How will we keep from losing our guns and our freedom when the US joins that global disaster?

I think there are a few things that we can assume will happen, when that day comes.

I also think that we can assume that it will be voted in by the people, specifically the younger generation, who are being brainwashed into believing that such a thing would be good. These assumptions include:

  • Gun confiscation would be implemented before it happened.
  • Paper money would be eliminated, replaced by a RFID chip or something similar, linked to an electronic bank account.
  • Income taxes would skyrocket to pay for all the “free” stuff.
  • The government would start rounding up dissidents who opposed the new world order.

At first, the change will be made to look good. We saw this with the roll out of Obamacare. The government and the media touted it as a great success, quoting exaggerated figures of how many people were receiving free healthcare.

But what they didn’t say was that those people were signing up for Medicaid and that you and I were going to have to pay for it.

So we need to be aware of what’s going on behind the news; the truth of what Washington is doing, rather than the leftist propaganda that the mainstream media is pushing. We also need to be thinking about the news we are hearing, looking for signs that the USA is getting closer to joining that one world government system.

When that time comes, we will each have to make a decision. Actually, we should make it before that time comes, but even if we do, we’ll need to reaffirm it then. The three options we will have are:

  • Fight government troops in what will probably be a losing war.
  • Knuckle under and accept totalitarian rule over us, along with higher taxes and a loss of freedom.
  • Move to someplace where government agents will have a hard time finding us.

Of those three options, the third one is the most sustainable survival solution. If we stay where we are, in cities and towns, it’s too easy for the government to find us and control us. But if they can’t find us, they can’t do a whole lot to control us either.

This means either moving out of the country or moving to a remote area of the country where government agents would have trouble finding us.

Even at the height of the Soviet Union, there were people living on the fringes of society, who were not really accounted for. These people, many of whom lived in Siberia, were too far distant from the government and too few to really matter. So they were mostly left alone.

Of course, this means going totally off-grid and either living off the land or homesteading. You wouldn’t be able to have an e-mail account, a bank account or a Facebook account. For that matter, you wouldn’t be able to be online at all. Any electricity you consumed would have to be produced in house, as well as your food and pretty much everything else you would use.

Since there won’t be any money, it will be difficult to buy things without accepting the RFID chip or something similar. But there will always be a black market, as well as others who are working on the barter system.

Once again, we can use the now defunct Soviet Union as a model and see that they had the same. Shortages in the Soviet Union created a very lively smuggling business, especially for products that were made “in the west” but not available within their borders.

We can expect essentially the same thing, especially at the beginning. While many people will be quick to accept their chip, they won’t want to give up the freedom of buying with cash. So while greenbacks will not be usable for much of anything, there will always be people who are willing to accept gold and silver in exchange for products. Stocking up on these precious metals would be a good hedge against this system.

Another thing that would help is the ability to make things that you can use as trade goods. One of the ways that those living in Siberia were able to trade for things that they needed was by trapping and trading the furs. While that probably wouldn’t work here, other similar opportunities would show up, mostly based upon items that were in short supply.

Is Gun Control a Threat Anymore?

One of the biggest risks that any of us who attempt to drop off the grid would face would be government agents, probably UN troops, confiscating guns. While government agents tend to be a bit on the lazy side, soldiers are used to hardship. So they would seek us out, even in remote areas.

The solution is make sure that you have guns that are totally off the books, such as ghost guns, so that you could turn in the guns you’ve purchased over the counter and look like you’re obeying the law.

But you would still have your off the books guns at home. As long as you kept them out of sight, you could get away with keeping them.

Of course, that also means avoiding using them, unless you absolutely have to. So it would be a good idea to have an alternative, like a bow and be proficient with it. That would give you a means of hunting that is silent, wouldn’t attract attention, but would still provide you with meat for the table.

All in all, it would be possible to live and even enjoy a life of freedom in such a world; but it would require giving a lot up in order to maintain your freedom.

So the decision really breaks down to how much your freedom is really worth to you. What are you going to do to keep your family safe?

 

 

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

13 Things to Do Before the Economy Collapses

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A few weeks ago, I shared an article on Facebook about the potential for an economic collapse in the near future, and someone left a comment saying, “Why do I keep hearing this warning over and over and over for years, and yet nothing ever happens?” Good question. When people keep saying that the sky […]

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How To Clean Your Home With Borax

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Since the late 19th century, Borax was used in many chores around the household. A lot of people are using it even today and its variety of uses recommend it for preppers and people alike. In this article, I will share some of my cleaning routine which involves using borax. To start from the beginning, … Read more…

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