What I Learned Living Through Harvey

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What I Learned Living Through Harvey Easily the most effective study on preparedness in American the recent hurricanes have changed everything. There were an in depth look at how the U.S Government and the people of the nation would react to serious disasters. If we learned anything it’s that now is the time to start …

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PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout

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PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout The subject of this article is so important. After Vegas, Houston and the wildfires of California, everyone is on high alert. 2017 would seem to be the year for the prepper. These are the easy times to prep. When the threats are close we can all …

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PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout

PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout The subject of this article is so important. After Vegas, Houston and the wildfires of California, everyone is on high alert. 2017 would seem to be the year for the prepper. These are the easy times to prep. When the threats are close we can all …

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PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout

PrepperPsych 101: The Big Three for Avoiding Prepper Burnout The subject of this article is so important. After Vegas, Houston and the wildfires of California, everyone is on high alert. 2017 would seem to be the year for the prepper. These are the easy times to prep. When the threats are close we can all …

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Gutting a Turkey the Quick & Easy Way!

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Cleaning and gutting a turkey is not as hard as some people might think. Get to learn about the process from this comprehensive guide on preparing your turkey. If you are going to prepare the turkey, then you need to know some of the important steps towards the […]

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Going Off Grid: Is It Right For You?

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Going off grid is something that few people have chosen to do, but those who have would never go back to the way things were before. Going off grid isn’t for everybody, but for the right people, it’ll completely change their lives.

Taking this step isn’t something that should be taken lightly, so you’ll need to consider a few things first. After reading this, you should have a good idea of whether going off grid is truly right for you:

Is Going Off Grid Right For You?

You need to figure out if going off grid is right for you. Ask yourself, do you want to stop paying electricity bills? Are you ok with spending money to create your off grid paradise? Do you want to teach yourself all about alternative energy?

If the answer to those questions is yes, then this could potentially be a good choice for you.

There are plenty of reasons people choose to live in this way. For example, finding a place in the world that you think is absolutely amazing but you’ll have to come off the grid to live there is a perfectly good reason. Producing your own energy and doing other things related to coming off the grid are also good reasons, as they are so empowering. You will be producing your own clean energy, and there’s nothing in the world quite like it. Especially when you’re not receiving utility bills anymore!

Reasons To Go Off Grid

  • Being concerned for the environment. You can use less energy and make your own from renewable resources.
  • You want to eliminate vulnerability from utility outages.
  • Your political/social values.
  • It makes economic sense for you in terms of cost.

The Time Needed To Maintain Your System

Figure out how much time you have to maintain your off-grid system. It’s going to take plenty of work in the beginning, and you’ll more than likely make some mistakes while you figure out what’s right for you. Your lifestyle will need to change considerably, and it can take some getting used to. You’re going to need to pay attention to your energy stores too, so you know you’re not depleting what you have faster than you generate. It takes a lot of thought and planning, but if it’s something you really want, you can do it.

Finding The Money/Resources To Go Off The Grid

Going off the grid doesn’t need to be expensive. You can do so many things to your home to get started and many are inexpensive. Solar panels, for example, or rechargeable batteries can be used to generate your own power. Many of the items you purchase will be a one time payment. There are all kinds of resources online to help you too. You can find out how to make well water drinkable, how to generate your own power from scratch, and more. This will be a huge change of lifestyle, so you need to make the commitment if you decide this is what you want.

You can learn more about becoming energy self-sufficient through various resources. It’ll take time, so if this is what you want to do, make sure you start now.

Is going off grid for you? Leave a comment!

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Going Off Grid: Is It Right For You?

By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Going off grid is something that few people have chosen to do, but those who have would never go back to the way things were before. Going off grid isn’t for everybody, but for the right people, it’ll completely change their lives.

Taking this step isn’t something that should be taken lightly, so you’ll need to consider a few things first. After reading this, you should have a good idea of whether going off grid is truly right for you:

Is Going Off Grid Right For You?

You need to figure out if going off grid is right for you. Ask yourself, do you want to stop paying electricity bills? Are you ok with spending money to create your off grid paradise? Do you want to teach yourself all about alternative energy?

If the answer to those questions is yes, then this could potentially be a good choice for you.

There are plenty of reasons people choose to live in this way. For example, finding a place in the world that you think is absolutely amazing but you’ll have to come off the grid to live there is a perfectly good reason. Producing your own energy and doing other things related to coming off the grid are also good reasons, as they are so empowering. You will be producing your own clean energy, and there’s nothing in the world quite like it. Especially when you’re not receiving utility bills anymore!

Reasons To Go Off Grid

  • Being concerned for the environment. You can use less energy and make your own from renewable resources.
  • You want to eliminate vulnerability from utility outages.
  • Your political/social values.
  • It makes economic sense for you in terms of cost.

The Time Needed To Maintain Your System

Figure out how much time you have to maintain your off-grid system. It’s going to take plenty of work in the beginning, and you’ll more than likely make some mistakes while you figure out what’s right for you. Your lifestyle will need to change considerably, and it can take some getting used to. You’re going to need to pay attention to your energy stores too, so you know you’re not depleting what you have faster than you generate. It takes a lot of thought and planning, but if it’s something you really want, you can do it.

Finding The Money/Resources To Go Off The Grid

Going off the grid doesn’t need to be expensive. You can do so many things to your home to get started and many are inexpensive. Solar panels, for example, or rechargeable batteries can be used to generate your own power. Many of the items you purchase will be a one time payment. There are all kinds of resources online to help you too. You can find out how to make well water drinkable, how to generate your own power from scratch, and more. This will be a huge change of lifestyle, so you need to make the commitment if you decide this is what you want.

You can learn more about becoming energy self-sufficient through various resources. It’ll take time, so if this is what you want to do, make sure you start now.

Is going off grid for you? Leave a comment!

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Everything You Need To Know About Winter Survival For Kids

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My kids usually have their sleds lined up by the garage door by Thanksgiving.  They’ve been trying on their snow clothes, eyeing new ski jackets in the L.L. Bean catalog and are ready to get out in the snow!  I love to watch them play in the snow and ski down a (slightly elevated) hill, but the Survival Mom in me wants to make sure they also have some winter survival skills.  Combining the fun of winter sports and outdoor activities with a few survival lessons are my sneaky way of making sure they know what to do if ever they find themselves in trouble.

Some specific skills and knowledge I want them to have are:

  • how to prepare for going out into winter weather
  • what to do first if you ever feel you’re in danger
  • the four basics of survival: warmth, shelter, food, and water

Above all, I want my kids to know how to make it easy for rescuers to find them.  When there’s a chance they’ll be out of my sight, say, when they’re skiing or tramping through the woods, I want them to have a small survival kit with them.  Just in case.

Once kids are on their December break, putting together individual Winter Survival Kits is a sure-fire activity to keep them occupied.  These are small enough to be carried in backpacks or fanny packs, and kids love having something important that is all their own. It’s important to keep in mind that an essential piece of survival equipment is knowledge.  Make sure your kids know what to do with each item if they’re ever in an emergency situation.  Here is what you’ll need to make up these kits.

  • a bright colored bandana or similar size cloth
  • a whistle
  • a small, powerful flashlight
  • 2 hand-warmers and 2 toe-warmers
  • 2 high-calorie energy bars
  • a small bottle of water (Once it’s empty, it can be filled with snow for more drinking water.)
  • a large black trash bag (use as an emergency blanket or shelter)
  • a pocketknife
  • a small packet of tissues (emergency toilet paper, runny noses, etc.)

Put all these items in a large zip-loc bag or small nylon sack, and it’s finished.  In no way is this meant to be provisions for long-term survival!  It’s filled with just enough essential items to help a child signal for help and stay occupied until rescue arrives.  For older kids, you might add a firestarter, a few tablets of over-the-counter pain medication (in case there’s been an injury), and additional food and water.

Older kids will enjoy this video of how to make a small survival stove using a couple of cans, toilet paper, and alcohol, and this video from Shiloh Productions has multiple survival tips designed to help kids survive the wilderness.

Sometimes parents have to be sneaky in order to teach our kids what they must know.  Now that winter is in full swing, take advantage of the colder weather to teach important survival skills your kids will never forget.

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Is Prepping Really Useless? A Response to the Guardian

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Many people misconceive preppers and it’s hard to blame most of them, considering shows like Doomsday Preppers are so popular. But, when a writer misconceives preppers, and, worse, uses a single prepper convention to attempt to diagnose a whole country, well, it’s harder to excuse. Stephen Marche, novelist and writer for Esquire, attended this year’s. . . Read More

Where to buy Bitcoin?

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Ferfal,

I just saw your bitcoin article and have been looking into it.  Can you explain who exactly you use to set this up/the easiest process as it seems to be sort of complicated for the average guy.  I assume I open an account with a bitcoin broker, link a normal bank account, buy bitcoin, and hold in their “wallet”.  Is there a company you use/recommend?

A-

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Let me say this first, I’m no Bitcoin expert.

I understand enough to believe it has potential, maybe even great potential, but please by all means do a lot of research and make up your own opinion. Wikipedia is actually a good place to start. Google it and read up some of the many good articles out there about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies in general.

Long story short for those looking for a straight answer would be that after looking up and checking safe places to buy, in general they will point towards Coinbase as one of the most reputable places to buy and keep an account in. Again, I’m no expert. I’m not affiliated in any way to that site and it’s not the only place for buying Bitcoin. Remember, only spend what you can afford to lose.

Good luck!

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”

The Spices of Life

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I was lucky to have grown up in a house with two good cooks that taught me how to cook.  Mom was a classic prepper_food_preparedness_survival_spicessouthern “soul” food cooker with menus of fried chicken, pork chops, stews, fresh vegetables and cornbread.  Dad was a fancier cook having learned some of the trade at the famous Blackstone Hotel in his native hometown Chicago before the Big War.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

My mom often spent hours slaving over the kitchen stove to produce her many culinary delights, while dad’s true chef skills were played out best on the outside charcoal grill or the big clay pot cooker he carried home aboard a USAF C-124 from the Philippines on supply runs to Vietnam long before they were popular in America.

Related: How to Eat a Squirrel

I was taught to cook many different foods in many different ways, but what I was taught most was the use of spices and marinades to enhance the flavors of the most basic of meats and garden vegetables.  Nothing we ate as kids could be called anything close to bland.

What I learned as a child, young man, college student, and now long married father has spilled over into fixingHydro Flask Water Filter meals as a prepper and survivalist.  Trust me, after Katrina blew through our area years ago, I not only learned to cook without utilities, but with the foods on hand at the time.  That was a challenge, but none of us starved or even went the least bit hungry.

I also serve as the main cook at our Bug Out camp that also doubles as our deer hunting camp.  If it were not for me, the other guys in camp would likely scare all the deer away with growling stomachs.  Deer camp is a great place, too, to try out a wide variety of menus on the “guinea pigs” in camp.  The emphasis here is on pigs.  So, my cooking skills (or lack thereof) have truly been honed by fire.

Plan to Spice it Up

Just the same as you gear up your prepper lists for any type of SHTF event that might befall you or your area, spice_salt_pepper_survival_emergency_prepperbe sure to include cooking spices, and other recipe supplements to help you produce good tasting meals under duress.  Survival food does not have to be bland and survival cooking does not have to be survival starving either.

Naturally you want a good supply of the basics, but create a real depth in your available food spices way beyond salt and pepper.  Also use care in the overuse of salt especially on meats as it can make a good cut tougher, and a marginal cut almost impossible to eat unless it is marinated for a good while.

So, what other spices to have in abundance?  My own always go-to spice is garlic powder, not garlic salt.  I don’t use the salted version at all.  My wife complains that I would probably put garlic powder on breakfast cereal if she weren’t looking, but even I agree that would be going too far.  However, for just about anything else from meats, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and any veggie, I lay on the garlic powder.

The list of granular type spices that can be used out of fairly long term storage shaker containers is endless.  Shop your local grocery store spice section just to see the wide variety of basic spices and spice combinations available today.  Be sure to stock up and use all the standards you like, but also try out some new spices to jack up your menus before a SHTF hits.

My own list of spices is not terribly extensive, but they include curry powder, Italian spices, sage, coriander, bay leaves, paprika, basil, celery seed, chives, chili powder, mustard, cinnamon, sesame seeds, poultry seasoning, parsley, poppy seeds, and several others.

Also Read: Emergency Foods from Wild Plants

When you make up your prepper lists for spice supplies, pick spices in containers for long term storage, but also plan to rotate them on a regular basic.  Some spices can in effect spoil or just lose their zest over time.  Use spices in cooking trials to find out what combinations you like best for a wide variety of foods especially dishes you might have to make under survival conditions.

Spice Mixes

There are some very good spice mixes on the market that are worth trying out.  These include an endless selection of Bar-B-Que spices for rubs, or shaking on while cooking meats on the grill or in the oven.  I don’t have a favorite because I try new ones all the time.

Staple spice mixes that work well across the board includes Cavender’s Greek Spices, Tony Chachere’s Cajun Spices, and Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans SpicesI also use and recommend a variety of fish, chicken, and pork coating mixes.  These are simple, easy and provide a really quick way to prepare these meats to bake or grill in some cases.

Marinades

Marinades are coatings, soaks, or additives that not only add spice to all kinds of meats, tough cuts or not, butspices_for_food_preparedness_prepper also can help to tenderize meats.  Marinades are also great for game meats which may often have a bit of a wild taste depending on how the meat was cleaned and processed after the harvest.

You can make your own marinades, or buy both granular or powder marinades as well as liquid pour on marinades.  Good marinade sauces include items like Worcestershire Sauce, Dale’s Steak Seasoning, Italian salad dressings and others you’ll find on store shelves.  Simply put the piece of meat in a heavy zip lock bag, pour on the sauce to cover the meat, then seal it up.  Refrigerate if the power or generator is ON, and be sure to flip the bag every couple of hours.

Also Read: DIY Toothache Remedies

Marinade timing is a factor.  Most meats are enhanced by several hours of marinating and even overnight marinades are recommended in some cases.  This may depend on the kind of meat and its thickness.  For steaks, and such after shaking on the spices, use a fork to poke the spices into the meat for enhanced flavor.

Other Spicy Thoughts

There was never a vegetable grown that did not taste better when spiced up.  Even canned goods of every description can be bettered by adding some spices.  Go garlic powder.   Try items like butter or cheese flavored spices, or in some cases some sweet spices or flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg.  You have to experiment before the SHTF to find success.

One thing you have to constantly keep in perspective as a prepper survivalist.  Regardless of the stocks of food along with spices and all else, much of it will eventually run out.   So go ahead and use that last bottle of steak sauce or some other luxury food item before it spoils or is gone.  You may never be able to replace it anyway, unless life truly gets back to some kind of normal.

I am by no means any kind of a chef.  I just have learned to cook basic everyday foods that my family likes to eat and will eat.  When it comes to a real survival situation, it will be essential that foods are made palatable so everyone maintains their energy and nutrition even if at very basic levels.  One way to help that process is to add some spices to the life of your cooking.  Remember food is life.  It might as well taste good at the same time.

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The Spices of Life

survival_food_prep_spices

I was lucky to have grown up in a house with two good cooks that taught me how to cook.  Mom was a classic prepper_food_preparedness_survival_spicessouthern “soul” food cooker with menus of fried chicken, pork chops, stews, fresh vegetables and cornbread.  Dad was a fancier cook having learned some of the trade at the famous Blackstone Hotel in his native hometown Chicago before the Big War.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

My mom often spent hours slaving over the kitchen stove to produce her many culinary delights, while dad’s true chef skills were played out best on the outside charcoal grill or the big clay pot cooker he carried home aboard a USAF C-124 from the Philippines on supply runs to Vietnam long before they were popular in America.

Related: How to Eat a Squirrel

I was taught to cook many different foods in many different ways, but what I was taught most was the use of spices and marinades to enhance the flavors of the most basic of meats and garden vegetables.  Nothing we ate as kids could be called anything close to bland.

What I learned as a child, young man, college student, and now long married father has spilled over into fixingHydro Flask Water Filter meals as a prepper and survivalist.  Trust me, after Katrina blew through our area years ago, I not only learned to cook without utilities, but with the foods on hand at the time.  That was a challenge, but none of us starved or even went the least bit hungry.

I also serve as the main cook at our Bug Out camp that also doubles as our deer hunting camp.  If it were not for me, the other guys in camp would likely scare all the deer away with growling stomachs.  Deer camp is a great place, too, to try out a wide variety of menus on the “guinea pigs” in camp.  The emphasis here is on pigs.  So, my cooking skills (or lack thereof) have truly been honed by fire.

Plan to Spice it Up

Just the same as you gear up your prepper lists for any type of SHTF event that might befall you or your area, spice_salt_pepper_survival_emergency_prepperbe sure to include cooking spices, and other recipe supplements to help you produce good tasting meals under duress.  Survival food does not have to be bland and survival cooking does not have to be survival starving either.

Naturally you want a good supply of the basics, but create a real depth in your available food spices way beyond salt and pepper.  Also use care in the overuse of salt especially on meats as it can make a good cut tougher, and a marginal cut almost impossible to eat unless it is marinated for a good while.

So, what other spices to have in abundance?  My own always go-to spice is garlic powder, not garlic salt.  I don’t use the salted version at all.  My wife complains that I would probably put garlic powder on breakfast cereal if she weren’t looking, but even I agree that would be going too far.  However, for just about anything else from meats, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and any veggie, I lay on the garlic powder.

The list of granular type spices that can be used out of fairly long term storage shaker containers is endless.  Shop your local grocery store spice section just to see the wide variety of basic spices and spice combinations available today.  Be sure to stock up and use all the standards you like, but also try out some new spices to jack up your menus before a SHTF hits.

My own list of spices is not terribly extensive, but they include curry powder, Italian spices, sage, coriander, bay leaves, paprika, basil, celery seed, chives, chili powder, mustard, cinnamon, sesame seeds, poultry seasoning, parsley, poppy seeds, and several others.

Also Read: Emergency Foods from Wild Plants

When you make up your prepper lists for spice supplies, pick spices in containers for long term storage, but also plan to rotate them on a regular basic.  Some spices can in effect spoil or just lose their zest over time.  Use spices in cooking trials to find out what combinations you like best for a wide variety of foods especially dishes you might have to make under survival conditions.

Spice Mixes

There are some very good spice mixes on the market that are worth trying out.  These include an endless selection of Bar-B-Que spices for rubs, or shaking on while cooking meats on the grill or in the oven.  I don’t have a favorite because I try new ones all the time.

Staple spice mixes that work well across the board includes Cavender’s Greek Spices, Tony Chachere’s Cajun Spices, and Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans SpicesI also use and recommend a variety of fish, chicken, and pork coating mixes.  These are simple, easy and provide a really quick way to prepare these meats to bake or grill in some cases.

Marinades

Marinades are coatings, soaks, or additives that not only add spice to all kinds of meats, tough cuts or not, butspices_for_food_preparedness_prepper also can help to tenderize meats.  Marinades are also great for game meats which may often have a bit of a wild taste depending on how the meat was cleaned and processed after the harvest.

You can make your own marinades, or buy both granular or powder marinades as well as liquid pour on marinades.  Good marinade sauces include items like Worcestershire Sauce, Dale’s Steak Seasoning, Italian salad dressings and others you’ll find on store shelves.  Simply put the piece of meat in a heavy zip lock bag, pour on the sauce to cover the meat, then seal it up.  Refrigerate if the power or generator is ON, and be sure to flip the bag every couple of hours.

Also Read: DIY Toothache Remedies

Marinade timing is a factor.  Most meats are enhanced by several hours of marinating and even overnight marinades are recommended in some cases.  This may depend on the kind of meat and its thickness.  For steaks, and such after shaking on the spices, use a fork to poke the spices into the meat for enhanced flavor.

Other Spicy Thoughts

There was never a vegetable grown that did not taste better when spiced up.  Even canned goods of every description can be bettered by adding some spices.  Go garlic powder.   Try items like butter or cheese flavored spices, or in some cases some sweet spices or flavors like cinnamon and nutmeg.  You have to experiment before the SHTF to find success.

One thing you have to constantly keep in perspective as a prepper survivalist.  Regardless of the stocks of food along with spices and all else, much of it will eventually run out.   So go ahead and use that last bottle of steak sauce or some other luxury food item before it spoils or is gone.  You may never be able to replace it anyway, unless life truly gets back to some kind of normal.

I am by no means any kind of a chef.  I just have learned to cook basic everyday foods that my family likes to eat and will eat.  When it comes to a real survival situation, it will be essential that foods are made palatable so everyone maintains their energy and nutrition even if at very basic levels.  One way to help that process is to add some spices to the life of your cooking.  Remember food is life.  It might as well taste good at the same time.

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What Could Pop The Everything Bubble?

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What Could Pop The Everything Bubble? House prices are up! consumer confidence is up! What are we talking about a bubble pop for? One of the most important things to prepare for is an economic collapse. It is so important that you be ready for a day when hyperinflation comes knocking. We have built a …

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Anxiety & Over Scheduling Of Our Lives

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Why do we do it? We ‘over schedule’ our lives. Thus leading to anxiety and other problems. Our modern lives and our modern lifestyle has changed from decades ago. You can’t even recognize our way of life compared to a century ago! The following are some random thoughts on the subject while considering the public at large:   Most every aspect of daily life is filled with technology, both seen and unseen. We use it to speed things up. To be more efficient. To get more things done. There is more on our plates. There is less ‘quality time’. More

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Anxiety & Over Scheduling Of Our Lives

Why do we do it? We ‘over schedule’ our lives. Thus leading to anxiety and other problems. Our modern lives and our modern lifestyle has changed from decades ago. You can’t even recognize our way of life compared to a century ago! The following are some random thoughts on the subject while considering the public at large:   Most every aspect of daily life is filled with technology, both seen and unseen. We use it to speed things up. To be more efficient. To get more things done. There is more on our plates. There is less ‘quality time’. More

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Psy-che: Off-Grid Raves Outside Beirut

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Girl at rave fire-spinning

No central heating required

Camping is a popular outdoor activity in Lebanon, but not many would undertake it as a permanent lifestyle. Every now and then, a young and talented group comes together to create wonderful psychedelic raves for the Lebanese community. We travel to the mountains, deep in the forest, and far from civilization in order to set up these events.

Every event is at a different location. This reduces the risk of getting caught by the police which would result in closing down the party and paying a large fine. This event in the video was held in a small village located in-between mountains a two-hour drive from Beirut. Just on the outskirts of the village and deep into the mountains, there is a private landowner. He lives off-grid in a cabin house along with his wife and two kids and is of course quite shy and retiring so there are no photos of him. He was kind enough to allow the organizers to create the event on his land.

There is a grand exchange in experience. For them, it is a change in scenery and a real buzz to see all the strangers dancing to weird electronic music. For the party-goers, it is amazing to see how a family can fully function happily off-grid!

Organizers of the raves head to the location around midday and begin to set up the event. This includes installing generators, sound system, and lighting along with the DJ booth, dance floor and food stands. Ravers soon begin to arrive with their tents and light. preparing multiple bonfires. As soon as the sun sets, the incredible two-day rave begins. From LED hula-hoops to fire-spinning, talented young ravers give spectacular performances that highlight the event. Dancing till sunrise and continuing to the next day is embedded in the system of a Lebanese raver. Although there is not much sleeping involved, people do bring their pillows and mattresses and keep them in their cars. Being an animal friendly environment, dogs also have their share in enjoying the rave!

With breathtaking nature reserves and astonishing views, Lebanon has many great places to live off-grid. However, not many go for the option. Perhaps because Lebanon is a third-world country, luxury is a big factor in the thinking of a Lebanese citizen. So it is mainly foreigners who live off-grid.

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Best Kill Zone Shot Placements for a Deer

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Best Kill Zone Shot Placements for a Deer

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Even though deer, such as whitetail deer and mule deer, are relatively mid to small-sized animals, it can still be difficult to get a proper shot placement.

Deer are notoriously skittish and can run away at the first sound.  Firing off a shot that does not hit them in the vital regions not only means you could get a lost animal, it’s incredibly inhumane.

This is why knowing where to shoot a deer is essential, and equally as important is knowing when to shoot.  You should only shoot a deer when it is standing still, when you have taken careful aim, and when you have a clear shot.

Here are the top vital regions to shoot a deer, and the pros and the cons that exist with each:

The High Shoulder

By properly shooting your deer in the high shoulder, you have the potential to snap its spine, break some of its ribs, and even cut its nervous system.  A proper shot here should bring your deer down instantly.

The biggest cons to shooting a deer in the high shoulder are that you could potentially mess up a lot of good meat that you may want to eat later (such as the shoulder meat and upper back strap meat), and it’s easy to place your shot too high when you are aiming here.

Heart and Lung

Ask any hunter where you should shoot a deer, and most answer with the heart and lung region.  Even though shooting a deer in the heart or lung will not always bring down the deer immediately, it will leave a massive blood trail that will be easy for you to follow, and the deer will likely die eventually.

The con to shooting a deer in the heart or lung is that since it won’t always drop immediately, you may have to follow a blood trail, and whether you locate the fallen deer or not depends on your tracking skills.

The Brain

Shoot a deer directly in the brain, and it will be killed instantly.  You also won’t mess up the meat.  Unfortunately, the brain is a small target, and it’s not easy to reach.  You could possibly hit the deer in the jaw, which won’t kill it and will be extremely inhumane.  For this shot, you will need to be an expert and use the best AR scope available as some of the best are mentioned at HuntingMark (If you are using any AR rifle).

The Neck

The fourth and final vital region to hit a deer will be in the neck.  Shoot a deer in the neck and you could deal extensive damage to its vertebrae and spinal cord.  You could paralyze the deer instantly by shooting it here. On the other hand, if you aim too low, you’ll simply wound the deer and it will take off running, and you may not be able to locate it.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s hard work to track down and bring down deer a deer.  Getting close to a deer and having a good shooting position is the first step. Then the second step is making sure that your shot is on target, and the above vital regions that we have just discussed will be where you should aim.

 

Author Bio

Jessica Kelly is the founder of HuntingMark.com and the hunter. Jessica invites several subject matter experts to share their experience at HuntingMark. Most of their guides like this Glock sights guide are written by people who have years of experience in their field. HuntingMark focuses on hunting, shooting, and survival.

 

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Best Kill Zone Shot Placements for a Deer

Best Kill Zone Shot Placements for a Deer

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Even though deer, such as whitetail deer and mule deer, are relatively mid to small-sized animals, it can still be difficult to get a proper shot placement.

Deer are notoriously skittish and can run away at the first sound.  Firing off a shot that does not hit them in the vital regions not only means you could get a lost animal, it’s incredibly inhumane.

This is why knowing where to shoot a deer is essential, and equally as important is knowing when to shoot.  You should only shoot a deer when it is standing still, when you have taken careful aim, and when you have a clear shot.

Here are the top vital regions to shoot a deer, and the pros and the cons that exist with each:

The High Shoulder

By properly shooting your deer in the high shoulder, you have the potential to snap its spine, break some of its ribs, and even cut its nervous system.  A proper shot here should bring your deer down instantly.

The biggest cons to shooting a deer in the high shoulder are that you could potentially mess up a lot of good meat that you may want to eat later (such as the shoulder meat and upper back strap meat), and it’s easy to place your shot too high when you are aiming here.

Heart and Lung

Ask any hunter where you should shoot a deer, and most answer with the heart and lung region.  Even though shooting a deer in the heart or lung will not always bring down the deer immediately, it will leave a massive blood trail that will be easy for you to follow, and the deer will likely die eventually.

The con to shooting a deer in the heart or lung is that since it won’t always drop immediately, you may have to follow a blood trail, and whether you locate the fallen deer or not depends on your tracking skills.

The Brain

Shoot a deer directly in the brain, and it will be killed instantly.  You also won’t mess up the meat.  Unfortunately, the brain is a small target, and it’s not easy to reach.  You could possibly hit the deer in the jaw, which won’t kill it and will be extremely inhumane.  For this shot, you will need to be an expert and use the best AR scope available as some of the best are mentioned at HuntingMark (If you are using any AR rifle).

The Neck

The fourth and final vital region to hit a deer will be in the neck.  Shoot a deer in the neck and you could deal extensive damage to its vertebrae and spinal cord.  You could paralyze the deer instantly by shooting it here. On the other hand, if you aim too low, you’ll simply wound the deer and it will take off running, and you may not be able to locate it.

Conclusion

Overall, it’s hard work to track down and bring down deer a deer.  Getting close to a deer and having a good shooting position is the first step. Then the second step is making sure that your shot is on target, and the above vital regions that we have just discussed will be where you should aim.

 

Author Bio

Jessica Kelly is the founder of HuntingMark.com and the hunter. Jessica invites several subject matter experts to share their experience at HuntingMark. Most of their guides like this Glock sights guide are written by people who have years of experience in their field. HuntingMark focuses on hunting, shooting, and survival.

 

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Weekly Watchman – November 6, 2017

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But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/3/17
  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Massive Change” – 11/5/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 11/2/17
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/5/17
  • Jason A – NASA Won’t Tell You About This! (2017)
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – RUSSIA AND IRAN MOVING INTO SYRIA – 11/5/17

 

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/3/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Massive Change” – 11/5/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 11/2/17

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/5/17

 

Jason A – NASA Won’t Tell You About This! (2017)

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – RUSSIA AND IRAN MOVING INTO SYRIA – 11/5/17

Peace,
Todd

What’s in your SHTF library?

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What’s in your SHTF library? Forrest Garvin “The Prepping Academy” Audio player below! On this episode of the “The Prepping Academy Join Forrest and Tenderfoot will hit the bookshelves and pick their favorite prepping and survival books. Listen to this broadcast or download “What’s in your SHTF library?” in this player! In any crisis situation, … Continue reading What’s in your SHTF library?

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Crockpot Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes – Using No Creamed Soup

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Making homemade Au Gratin Potatoes becomes a breeze when using your crockpot! No need to heat up or take unneeded space in the oven during large gatherings, not to mention it is easily transported and served right out of your

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How to Keep Eating Healthy in the Wild

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Camping outdoors is one of those activities that makes a seasonal break complete. It’s always fun, regardless if you haul a pop-up canopy, a hammock, or a tent, so long as food’s there. The only concern of new health-conscious campers, however, is that there are limited meal options outdoors. In truth, it just seems like […]

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A Fresh Spate Of Killings. The Look Beyond

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Arguments have gone back and forth about whether mass killings are on the rise or not. A lot depends on how you define a mass killing. Leftists use more liberal definition (of course), allowing them to qualify more killings as “mass killings” or “mass shootings” than what the FBI uses.

Based upon the FBI’s definition, there isn’t any rise, but based upon the leftist definition, there is.

But there’s should be no question in anyone’s mind about the last week. Three mass killings in one week is way too much for any nation, even one as large as ours is. First there was the terrorist attack in Manhattan, where a supposed ISIS supporter drove a truck down a bike path, killing and maiming in his wake.

Then there was a shooter in the Denver Metro area, who entered a Wal-Mart and shot three people, before making his escape. Finally, there was the Sunday shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 dead and about 20 others wounded. All this, just a month after the Las Vegas shooting.

The Texas shooting is still a breaking story, as I sit here writing this. Little is known, other than the name of the shooter and a few other details. Motive, the most important thing for the investigators to try to uncover, is still at doubt. But it is interesting to note that the church he attacked was attended by his ex-wife and her family.

Devin Patrick Kelly, the Texas shooter, apparently has a history of violence, having been court-martialed for domestic violence in 2012; a crime that led to his incarceration, loss of military rank and a bad conduct discharge, as well as his wife divorcing him. This raises the questions, could this have been nothing more than a grudge killing?

Obviously, more details will come out as time goes on and the investigators look further into his life. One glaring fact stands out right now; that is, because of his history with violence, he should not have been able to buy a firearm legally. Yet somehow he did.

The Flaw in the System

One of the first things that investigators track down in a case of this type is where the murder weapon was purchased. In this case, the gun he used, an AR-15, was purchased over the counter in an Academy Sporting Goods store in the city of San Antonio.

Having bought firearms in an Academy store before, I can assure you that they follow the law explicitly when selling firearms. So what went wrong?

There are three basic steps required for buying a firearm in the United States.

The first is filling out an ATF form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record. There are several questions asked on this form, mostly involving things that would deny one the right to purchase a firearm. Obviously, the killer in this case lied on that form, or he wouldn’t have been able to make the purchase. But then, there’s really nothing to stop people from lying on such forms, any more than there is to keep them from lying on their taxes.

The second required step is to prove that you are who you say you are. This is easily accomplished by presenting a driver’s license, or other acceptable form of picture ID, preferably a government-issued one. Obviously, he was able to do that.

Finally, the seller has to contact NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check system, a sub-agency of the FBI. This computerized database is supposed to have records of all crimes committed by anyone in the country. Since he had assaulted his wife and child in 2012, there should have been records of that in the database, denying him the ability to buy the gun he used in the crime. Yet, somehow, he did.

Adding a touch of confusion to the case, Kelley was denied a Texas Concealed Handgun Permit, which would make it seem that he couldn’t pass the NICS background check. However, the background check for the Concealed Handgun Permit is much more extensive than that for purchasing a firearm. So it is possible that the NICS database didn’t have all the data that was used in the Texas Concealed Handgun Permit background check.

This brings to light a major flaw in the background check system that is currently in use. The “loophole” in the system isn’t the non-existent “gun show loophole” that gun grabbers love to talk about. Rather, it’s the loophole created by the simple fact that not all the information seems to make it into the NICS database.

Here we have a man who was convicted of two counts of assault in a military court-martial and served time incarcerated for it. Yet that felony didn’t keep him from buying a firearm, even though it should have. We don’t need more gun laws; we need the ones on the books to be enforced.

One of the problems with the system is that there is no federal law requiring that states send mental-health information to the NICS, only state laws; and those only exist in 38 states. Even then, the states only send records on those who have been judged to have mental health issues in a court of law. Most people with mental health issues don’t end up there.

Some are calling for doctors to be able to make that judgment call, without a court order. But that denies people the right of to defend themselves before the judge’s bench. If a doctor can claim that someone is mentally incapable of owning a firearm, then anti-gun doctors could literally say that of all their patients, without the patients having any recourse.

But while there is a mental health element to this particular shooting, that’s not the big concern; at least, not as far as him buying a firearm. His conviction for assault should have been enough for that. Does this mean that there are crimes committed in the military, which are not being reported to NICS?

For that matter, how many federal cases, state courts and municipalities are really reporting all crimes to NICS? I would venture to guess that there are a lot. If that’s the case, there are massive holes in the system, holes that are making it possible for criminals to legally buy firearms, just as we see in this case.

But with no penalty to states or municipalities for not reporting, there is no way to enforce this law.

Is This Like Other Mass Shootings?

The motivation behind the killing isn’t just of interest to investigators, but to all of us. Is this another mass shooting, in the style of Sandy Hook and Columbine? Is it a terrorist incident like San Bernardino? Or, could there be another motive behind the shooter’s actions?

Until investigators uncover the motive behind the killer’s rampage, there is no chance of learning anything to help prevent any future such incidents.

While little is known at this time, first indicator fit the model of other mass killings. The killer has been described as “creepy,” “crazy,” “weird,” “negative,” “quiet” and “depressed.” He was also an avowed atheist, which may have something to do with his choice of targets. All of this lends credence to the possibility of some sort of mental disorder; although no real evidence has been brought to light, other than anecdotal evidence, to show any true mental disorder.

The other thing that appears to follow the pattern of other mass shooters was his obvious preparation. While it is still very early in the investigation to have any idea of how long he has been planning this killing spree, he bought his rifle back in 2014, three years ago. Could he have been thinking of this for that long?

Even if he didn’t, this clearly wasn’t a spur of the moment action. He showed up at his target area in full tactical gear, including a ballistic vest. That alone shows that he took the time to prepare. He clearly went to that church with the intent of committing mass murder and didn’t want to be stopped before he could complete his objective.

This has led investigators to look into the possibility of Kelley being a member of a local militia group. Most militia groups are conservative, although since Trump became president, there have been some liberal ones that have risen up.

I would not be surprised if the investigative team finds extensive evidence in Kelley’s home, showing how he had planned this crime. That would follow the pattern of other mass killers and show that this crime was more than one of passion, but rather another such crime caused by mental illness.

A Good Guy with a Gun

A common trait of mass shootings is that the killer ends their own life, as the culmination of their act. The exception to this rule is when someone else ends it for them.

Video first seen on BP Network.

In this case, the shooting spree was ended by a good guy with a gun, a local resident, who heard the shooting and engaged the shooter with his own rifle, hitting him in the side, through a gap in his body armor.

This caused Kelley to drop his rifle and take off in his SUV, with the man who shot him and another man in pursuit. Whether this was necessary or not is yet to be determined, as the killer ran his vehicle off the road, hitting a tree. When police arrived, they found him dead.

Whether the killer was finally done in by his own bullet, by the bullet fired by the local hero or by the police is something that we won’t know until the autopsy is completed. But one thing is clear; as horrific as this crime was, it could have been worse, if it had not been for a good guy with a gun.

While leftists won’t admit it, guns are used to stop crimes hundreds of thousands, or maybe even millions of times per year. One study puts the figure at 2.5 million. Statistics for this are hard to collate, simply because most of the time when an individual uses a gun in self-defense, it doesn’t get reported.

There is no requirement to report a crime that didn’t happen, and 70% of the time that lawful gun owners draw a gun in the face of a criminal, that’s enough to cause the criminal to flee.

So, What Can We Do?

Ultimately, the big question for all of us is: How can we stop gun crime?

Those on the political left want to blame the crime on guns, outlawing them. They want to eliminate guns entirely and if they can’t eliminate as many as they can. But unless they can find a way to repeal the physical laws that make guns work, they can’t eliminate them. All they can do by passing laws is make it harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.

But as long as there are evil people in the world, there will be crime, even violent crime. The earliest recorded crime in human history was when Cain killed his brother Abel, and he didn’t need a gun to do it. So until we can eliminate all problems with human morality (which is obviously impossible), people will continue to kill, maim and otherwise harm each other.

What we can do is to quit sensationalizing murder… or rather, the news media can. Mass killers are looking for their moment of glory, as a way to end their otherwise unremarkable lives. Going down in infamy may not be the best option, but in their minds, it’s better than ending their lives as an unknown.

There is also a strong mental illness factor in mass murder, which has never been dealt with effectively. Over and over we hear of these cases, only to find that the murderers were either on psychosomatic drugs or should have been. That alone should be enough to legally deny them their rights to own firearms, by court order. Yet it isn’t happening.

As a society, we need to figure out a better way of diagnosing and treating those with these sorts of mental illnesses. That part has to be done by medical professionals. But we also need to make the general population aware of who these people are, regardless of any privacy laws. We currently deny this right of privacy to sex offenders and I really can’t see a whole lot of difference.

Will we ever be totally successful in diagnosing and treating the mental illness behind mass murder? I doubt it. But we can and should do a much better job than what we are doing now. It’s time for Congress to take action, not to eliminate our Second Amendment rights, but to make these mental health issues a priority and fund them appropriately.

The Real Answer

But the real answer is the one I mentioned earlier… the good guys with a gun. While I hope to never have to kill one of these mass murderers, I live every day as if I have to be ready to do so. I carry concealed from the time I get dressed in the morning, to the time I go to bed at night, even at church.

Sunday, before hearing about the Sutherland Springs shooting, I was talking with a member of our church, a retired police officer, who has a concealed carry license. Although he is licensed and was a firearms instructor while in the police department, his gun was in his car. So had this event happened in our church, he would not have been able to help.

There are four of us who carry concealed in our church, and I can guarantee you we will be meeting together to discuss strategy, should such a thing ever happen in our church. While I realize the likelihood of that is slim, I also realize that it is not impossible. So we will be ready, should it ever occur.

Ultimately, our safety is in our own hands. If you don’t carry concealed, I’d like to recommend you start. Get your license, go to the range and practice, and be ready, should this ever happen to you.

While I would rather not have to kill a killer in my church, neighborhood store or anywhere else, I’d rather be part of the solution, than just stand their wondering if I’m going to become a statistic instead!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Refernces:

http://www.abc15.com/news/data/mass-shootings-in-the-u-s-over-270-mass-shootings-have-occurred-in-2017

http://www.shootingtracker.com/

USAF Developed A New Bomb that Creates General Darkness: “CHAMP”

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Electromagnetic pulse attacks are one of the most alarming threats facing the western world. There are two reasons for that: #1. The damage the attack would actually do, would be

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6 Best Dog Breeds for Preppers

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In a dangerous world, the right dog can help you survive outdoors, hunt, and keep you safe. The vast majority of dogs are easily trained to fulfill a wide array of tasks. However, each breed has particular instincts that helps it excel in a specific area. If you are wondering what are the best dog […]

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How to Stay Prepared When On a Hunting Trip

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Are you planning on going outdoors for a hunting expedition soon? Then you must be prepared and know what to pack so you won’t be shorthanded or endanger yourself while you are on the field! So if you’re wondering about how to stay safe and prepared outdoors, here are the tips you should follow. Pack […]

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Triumph and Tragedy

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     I write this post today from a position of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, as well as with a heart that is deeply saddened.  We had just ended our four-day retreat for Christian female military veterans and were having an assessment meeting when we got the news of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  It is difficult to express the sense that the intense victories we had experienced over the Enemy this weekend were tarnished for just a moment by this profound evil.
     You see, that little church is only about 45 minutes from where I live, and Mark and I have visited that church to hear a friend preach. This was too close to home and personal. But it only took a moment for us in Leadership to declare that Evil will never overcome the Light… the Light of Jesus will continue to shine even during the darkest of times.  And I do not want this tragedy to overshadow the life-giving work done by our Savior at the retreat.  So, let me share those thoughts, and I will make a final comment on the tragedy at the end of this post.
     It was such a blessing to have been invited to this retreat, and from the beginning, the devil tried to interfere. Several of the female veterans tried to cancel at the last minute, but with encouragement on our part, and courage on theirs, they took a leap of faith and boarded those planes, coming from California, Arizona, Washington D.C., and North Carolina.  There were some disappointments … one Seeker had car trouble and missed her flight and decided to return to her home.  We pray that God will arrange another opportunity.  And at first, we fought disillusionment that the number of women we were expecting dropped off by half, to where we only had six women show up. But God knew what He was doing!

     That small number of Seekers allowed us to create an intimate atmosphere in which we were able to minister to them in a more personal and individual way.  Add to this situation the fact that many of the women on the Leadership team (which included female vets, along with four of us who were civilians) were first-time participants in a Christian Warriors Retreat event. It allowed us to weather the storms of a first-time retreat without sacrificing what we wanted to accomplish. In the end, the opportunity to spend 4 days encountering Jesus was a journey for each one of us.
    And as with any first-time event, there were rough patches, but we had the advantage of learning from the nine male veteran retreats that preceded ours.  At first, we fought schedule interruptions, but decided that everything would be on God’s timing and under the Holy Spirit’s direction. Once we let go of that concern, we were ready to see what God had in store for these women.
     I do not want to betray any confidences, but I will tell you that, as expected, it was a spiritual battle from beginning to end.  The devil tried to throw personality conflicts at us; spirits of rebellion and pride and divisiveness; and an occasional physical trauma.  But we knew our authority and the power of our Lord to overcome any opposition from our spiritual enemies. Every time we were confronted with an obstacle, we fought back by praying against the spirits, praying for God’s will to be done in a particular situation, and laying on of hands to correct sudden and severe back pain, bodies that were out of alignment, and lengthening legs where one was shorter than the other.  We were not going to give up ground when Jesus wanted to set these women free!
     And how precious these women were!  Each one had her own particular beauty and strengths. But also, you could see the battle going on inside them.  At the risk of being politically incorrect — and in no way, is it my intention to insult or condemn the brave service of these women to our country — but I cannot imagine how women go to war and DO NOT come home with some sort of trauma, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.  And some of these women are married to men who are, or were, in the military, too.  So add that combustible element to the mix, and you could see the pain in their eyes.
     But Jesus wanted them free!  Slowly, hour by hour, and day by day, we saw them begin to let down their guard as they trusted us.  The female vets who were on the Leadership Team shared their testimonies, pointing the way to each woman’s significance in the Kingdom; the absolute need to forgive; the importance of prayer and how to pray; what Christian action and Discipleship looks like; how we can identify with the Prodigal son; the value of perseverance; and then left them with a Battle Plan to keep the freedom they received during the retreat.
     And let me tell you … when you hear the life stories of the Leadership, which encompassed abusive husbands, rape, abortion, molestation, promiscuity, adultery, alcoholism, etc., it broke your heart to know that your Sisters in Christ had endured such pain in their lives.  But, oh the redemption! They shared how Jesus freed them from shame, guilt, blame, unforgiveness, feeling lost and without hope, and then set them upon a journey to grow into the clean, purified, blameless, and strong women that stood before us.  Let’s just say, a lot of kleenex was handed out during those four days.
     But these veteran Leaders spoke Truth and Hope into the lives of the younger veterans.  They declared that they were washed clean by the power of Jesus’s blood and they had new identities and new names … a child of God; the daughter of the King; and the Bride of Christ.  Slowly, we saw eyes begin to shine, heads held higher, and they began seeing Jesus as the solution to their trauma and their issues. We watched them begin to open up, and through their Leader’s testimonies they received evidence that it is ALWAYS Jesus’s desire to redeem lives… but you have to seek Him, confess the sins in your life, ask for His forgiveness, and then receive the overflowing abundance of His love and the freedom He offers.
     Women who had arrived with wariness and distrust left with confidence that their demons (both literal and figurative) had been defeated. There were late nights filled with hearing their stories, and afternoons spent in the presence of the Lord, as all those painful wounds were healed. As part of Leadership, I got about 4 hours of sleep each night, as we prayed for the Holy Spirit to reveal the blockage in their spirits, and discussed how to partner with Jesus to see them set free. And always … always …. the answer was to point them to Jesus to receive their answers and strategy. In the end, with each of those six Seekers, and several of the Leadership team, there was a relationship with Jesus that had been forged through tears, confession, and surrender.  Spirits were lighter and hearts were cleansed.

     To seal everyone’s new identity, we were blessed with a special dinner on the last night.  It was kept secret until we entered the dining hall, which had been transformed into a wedding feast.  White linen, china settings, pearls and flowers.  We were Brides!  We were seated and served by the men who served as our retreat “angels” (who spent the entire four days praying for us, interceding for us, and showing us into the presence of Jesus in the “Bridal tent”). We saw ourselves worthy of the King and to be called His Bride.  Oh, how I wish I could describe the radiant looks on their faces as they walked into that beautiful wedding feast.  Words fail me, but it is a memory that will never fade.
     The final day, we had a closing ceremony and the local community came to celebrate with our Seekers.  They were invited to come and answer two questions before the public … What did you get out of this retreat?  And what are you going to do with it?  Leadership sat there holding their breath.  Were our efforts to encourage a relationship with Jesus enough to make a difference in their lives?  Would anyone feel their experience was so transforming that they wanted to share it with the people in attendance?  And finally, would they keep Jesus to themselves or share Him when they returned home?
     Imagine our surprise when two of the quietest and most shy of the six got up to declare that Jesus had set them free and they were going to go back home and encourage other female vets to come to this retreat. There were tears from the podium, in the audience, and from the Leadership team. Thank you, Jesus! We had grown to love these women and now we were sending them out into the world to resume their lives, and all we could do is pray they keep their freedom.  We had done the best we could to point them to Jesus; we had overcome Satan’s fiery darts; and now the inaugural female veteran retreat was over.  The Enemy was defeated!

     That sense of victory was literally maybe 15 minutes old, when we started getting the text messages about Sutherland Springs.  What we initially felt was a safe place was now a target.  i remembered my husband asking me if I was going to take my handgun with me (I am licensed to carry, and highly trained).  I said, “I’m going to a retreat for Christian female veterans at a secluded retreat center. I’ll be fine”.  I felt there was no threat… until there was.  We would have been a perfect target.  The Director of the retreat and I drove three of the Seekers to Houston to the airport — a seven hour round trip — in a church van, and I can tell you, we felt vulnerable.
     But it didn’t take me long to declare this attack is because the devil is getting scared.  He sees small pockets of the Remnant becoming stronger in our ability to fight in this spiritual battle, and he must ramp up his opposition.  He is fighting back because we are winning!  This retreat was about bringing the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the forefront of these women’s lives, but it was equally a testament to fighting in the spirit, applying the blood of Jesus to strongholds and powers of darkness, and developing spiritual battle plans to overcome the Enemy and take back spiritual territory.
     As extremely sad as the Sutherland Springs tragedy is, we can rejoice that God knew that very morning that those 26 spirits would be returning home.  He has known since the foundation of time.  We can rejoice that Satan and all his demons know they are going to lose this battle!  They see us rising up in spiritual warfare, and they know we are gaining valuable revelation from Heaven as to how to fight in the spiritual realms.  He is angry because we are winning and we are not going to stop!
     So, I ask you to pray for continued revelation; that more people will join us in spiritual warfare; and that the Heavenly host will come down to protect us from any more of these tragic displays of evil.  Bless the spirits of those killed, and the families who must now arrange for 26 funerals.  Father God, give us the strength to mount up for battle, while remaining in Your mercy and grace.  We are ready to follow you into battle, Jehovah Nissi! We know the battle is Yours, and we are neither afraid nor dismayed. We know that You will deliver our enemies into our hands.  Praise You!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9      We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 

Triumph and Tragedy

     I write this post today from a position of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, as well as with a heart that is deeply saddened.  We had just ended our four-day retreat for Christian female military veterans and were having an assessment meeting when we got the news of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  It is difficult to express the sense that the intense victories we had experienced over the Enemy this weekend were tarnished for just a moment by this profound evil.
     You see, that little church is only about 45 minutes from where I live, and Mark and I have visited that church to hear a friend preach. This was too close to home and personal. But it only took a moment for us in Leadership to declare that Evil will never overcome the Light… the Light of Jesus will continue to shine even during the darkest of times.  And I do not want this tragedy to overshadow the life-giving work done by our Savior at the retreat.  So, let me share those thoughts, and I will make a final comment on the tragedy at the end of this post.
     It was such a blessing to have been invited to this retreat, and from the beginning, the devil tried to interfere. Several of the female veterans tried to cancel at the last minute, but with encouragement on our part, and courage on theirs, they took a leap of faith and boarded those planes, coming from California, Arizona, Washington D.C., and North Carolina.  There were some disappointments … one Seeker had car trouble and missed her flight and decided to return to her home.  We pray that God will arrange another opportunity.  And at first, we fought disillusionment that the number of women we were expecting dropped off by half, to where we only had six women show up. But God knew what He was doing!

     That small number of Seekers allowed us to create an intimate atmosphere in which we were able to minister to them in a more personal and individual way.  Add to this situation the fact that many of the women on the Leadership team (which included female vets, along with four of us who were civilians) were first-time participants in a Christian Warriors Retreat event. It allowed us to weather the storms of a first-time retreat without sacrificing what we wanted to accomplish. In the end, the opportunity to spend 4 days encountering Jesus was a journey for each one of us.
    And as with any first-time event, there were rough patches, but we had the advantage of learning from the nine male veteran retreats that preceded ours.  At first, we fought schedule interruptions, but decided that everything would be on God’s timing and under the Holy Spirit’s direction. Once we let go of that concern, we were ready to see what God had in store for these women.
     I do not want to betray any confidences, but I will tell you that, as expected, it was a spiritual battle from beginning to end.  The devil tried to throw personality conflicts at us; spirits of rebellion and pride and divisiveness; and an occasional physical trauma.  But we knew our authority and the power of our Lord to overcome any opposition from our spiritual enemies. Every time we were confronted with an obstacle, we fought back by praying against the spirits, praying for God’s will to be done in a particular situation, and laying on of hands to correct sudden and severe back pain, bodies that were out of alignment, and lengthening legs where one was shorter than the other.  We were not going to give up ground when Jesus wanted to set these women free!
     And how precious these women were!  Each one had her own particular beauty and strengths. But also, you could see the battle going on inside them.  At the risk of being politically incorrect — and in no way, is it my intention to insult or condemn the brave service of these women to our country — but I cannot imagine how women go to war and DO NOT come home with some sort of trauma, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.  And some of these women are married to men who are, or were, in the military, too.  So add that combustible element to the mix, and you could see the pain in their eyes.
     But Jesus wanted them free!  Slowly, hour by hour, and day by day, we saw them begin to let down their guard as they trusted us.  The female vets who were on the Leadership Team shared their testimonies, pointing the way to each woman’s significance in the Kingdom; the absolute need to forgive; the importance of prayer and how to pray; what Christian action and Discipleship looks like; how we can identify with the Prodigal son; the value of perseverance; and then left them with a Battle Plan to keep the freedom they received during the retreat.
     And let me tell you … when you hear the life stories of the Leadership, which encompassed abusive husbands, rape, abortion, molestation, promiscuity, adultery, alcoholism, etc., it broke your heart to know that your Sisters in Christ had endured such pain in their lives.  But, oh the redemption! They shared how Jesus freed them from shame, guilt, blame, unforgiveness, feeling lost and without hope, and then set them upon a journey to grow into the clean, purified, blameless, and strong women that stood before us.  Let’s just say, a lot of kleenex was handed out during those four days.
     But these veteran Leaders spoke Truth and Hope into the lives of the younger veterans.  They declared that they were washed clean by the power of Jesus’s blood and they had new identities and new names … a child of God; the daughter of the King; and the Bride of Christ.  Slowly, we saw eyes begin to shine, heads held higher, and they began seeing Jesus as the solution to their trauma and their issues. We watched them begin to open up, and through their Leader’s testimonies they received evidence that it is ALWAYS Jesus’s desire to redeem lives… but you have to seek Him, confess the sins in your life, ask for His forgiveness, and then receive the overflowing abundance of His love and the freedom He offers.
     Women who had arrived with wariness and distrust left with confidence that their demons (both literal and figurative) had been defeated. There were late nights filled with hearing their stories, and afternoons spent in the presence of the Lord, as all those painful wounds were healed. As part of Leadership, I got about 4 hours of sleep each night, as we prayed for the Holy Spirit to reveal the blockage in their spirits, and discussed how to partner with Jesus to see them set free. And always … always …. the answer was to point them to Jesus to receive their answers and strategy. In the end, with each of those six Seekers, and several of the Leadership team, there was a relationship with Jesus that had been forged through tears, confession, and surrender.  Spirits were lighter and hearts were cleansed.

     To seal everyone’s new identity, we were blessed with a special dinner on the last night.  It was kept secret until we entered the dining hall, which had been transformed into a wedding feast.  White linen, china settings, pearls and flowers.  We were Brides!  We were seated and served by the men who served as our retreat “angels” (who spent the entire four days praying for us, interceding for us, and showing us into the presence of Jesus in the “Bridal tent”). We saw ourselves worthy of the King and to be called His Bride.  Oh, how I wish I could describe the radiant looks on their faces as they walked into that beautiful wedding feast.  Words fail me, but it is a memory that will never fade.
     The final day, we had a closing ceremony and the local community came to celebrate with our Seekers.  They were invited to come and answer two questions before the public … What did you get out of this retreat?  And what are you going to do with it?  Leadership sat there holding their breath.  Were our efforts to encourage a relationship with Jesus enough to make a difference in their lives?  Would anyone feel their experience was so transforming that they wanted to share it with the people in attendance?  And finally, would they keep Jesus to themselves or share Him when they returned home?
     Imagine our surprise when two of the quietest and most shy of the six got up to declare that Jesus had set them free and they were going to go back home and encourage other female vets to come to this retreat. There were tears from the podium, in the audience, and from the Leadership team. Thank you, Jesus! We had grown to love these women and now we were sending them out into the world to resume their lives, and all we could do is pray they keep their freedom.  We had done the best we could to point them to Jesus; we had overcome Satan’s fiery darts; and now the inaugural female veteran retreat was over.  The Enemy was defeated!

     That sense of victory was literally maybe 15 minutes old, when we started getting the text messages about Sutherland Springs.  What we initially felt was a safe place was now a target.  i remembered my husband asking me if I was going to take my handgun with me (I am licensed to carry, and highly trained).  I said, “I’m going to a retreat for Christian female veterans at a secluded retreat center. I’ll be fine”.  I felt there was no threat… until there was.  We would have been a perfect target.  The Director of the retreat and I drove three of the Seekers to Houston to the airport — a seven hour round trip — in a church van, and I can tell you, we felt vulnerable.
     But it didn’t take me long to declare this attack is because the devil is getting scared.  He sees small pockets of the Remnant becoming stronger in our ability to fight in this spiritual battle, and he must ramp up his opposition.  He is fighting back because we are winning!  This retreat was about bringing the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the forefront of these women’s lives, but it was equally a testament to fighting in the spirit, applying the blood of Jesus to strongholds and powers of darkness, and developing spiritual battle plans to overcome the Enemy and take back spiritual territory.
     As extremely sad as the Sutherland Springs tragedy is, we can rejoice that God knew that very morning that those 26 spirits would be returning home.  He has known since the foundation of time.  We can rejoice that Satan and all his demons know they are going to lose this battle!  They see us rising up in spiritual warfare, and they know we are gaining valuable revelation from Heaven as to how to fight in the spiritual realms.  He is angry because we are winning and we are not going to stop!
     So, I ask you to pray for continued revelation; that more people will join us in spiritual warfare; and that the Heavenly host will come down to protect us from any more of these tragic displays of evil.  Bless the spirits of those killed, and the families who must now arrange for 26 funerals.  Father God, give us the strength to mount up for battle, while remaining in Your mercy and grace.  We are ready to follow you into battle, Jehovah Nissi! We know the battle is Yours, and we are neither afraid nor dismayed. We know that You will deliver our enemies into our hands.  Praise You!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9      We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 

Triumph and Tragedy

     I write this post today from a position of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, as well as with a heart that is deeply saddened.  We had just ended our four-day retreat for Christian female military veterans and were having an assessment meeting when we got the news of the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  It is difficult to express the sense that the intense victories we had experienced over the Enemy this weekend were tarnished for just a moment by this profound evil.
     You see, that little church is only about 45 minutes from where I live, and Mark and I have visited that church to hear a friend preach. This was too close to home and personal. But it only took a moment for us in Leadership to declare that Evil will never overcome the Light… the Light of Jesus will continue to shine even during the darkest of times.  And I do not want this tragedy to overshadow the life-giving work done by our Savior at the retreat.  So, let me share those thoughts, and I will make a final comment on the tragedy at the end of this post.
     It was such a blessing to have been invited to this retreat, and from the beginning, the devil tried to interfere. Several of the female veterans tried to cancel at the last minute, but with encouragement on our part, and courage on theirs, they took a leap of faith and boarded those planes, coming from California, Arizona, Washington D.C., and North Carolina.  There were some disappointments … one Seeker had car trouble and missed her flight and decided to return to her home.  We pray that God will arrange another opportunity.  And at first, we fought disillusionment that the number of women we were expecting dropped off by half, to where we only had six women show up. But God knew what He was doing!

     That small number of Seekers allowed us to create an intimate atmosphere in which we were able to minister to them in a more personal and individual way.  Add to this situation the fact that many of the women on the Leadership team (which included female vets, along with four of us who were civilians) were first-time participants in a Christian Warriors Retreat event. It allowed us to weather the storms of a first-time retreat without sacrificing what we wanted to accomplish. In the end, the opportunity to spend 4 days encountering Jesus was a journey for each one of us.
    And as with any first-time event, there were rough patches, but we had the advantage of learning from the nine male veteran retreats that preceded ours.  At first, we fought schedule interruptions, but decided that everything would be on God’s timing and under the Holy Spirit’s direction. Once we let go of that concern, we were ready to see what God had in store for these women.
     I do not want to betray any confidences, but I will tell you that, as expected, it was a spiritual battle from beginning to end.  The devil tried to throw personality conflicts at us; spirits of rebellion and pride and divisiveness; and an occasional physical trauma.  But we knew our authority and the power of our Lord to overcome any opposition from our spiritual enemies. Every time we were confronted with an obstacle, we fought back by praying against the spirits, praying for God’s will to be done in a particular situation, and laying on of hands to correct sudden and severe back pain, bodies that were out of alignment, and lengthening legs where one was shorter than the other.  We were not going to give up ground when Jesus wanted to set these women free!
     And how precious these women were!  Each one had her own particular beauty and strengths. But also, you could see the battle going on inside them.  At the risk of being politically incorrect — and in no way, is it my intention to insult or condemn the brave service of these women to our country — but I cannot imagine how women go to war and DO NOT come home with some sort of trauma, whether physical, emotional or spiritual.  And some of these women are married to men who are, or were, in the military, too.  So add that combustible element to the mix, and you could see the pain in their eyes.
     But Jesus wanted them free!  Slowly, hour by hour, and day by day, we saw them begin to let down their guard as they trusted us.  The female vets who were on the Leadership Team shared their testimonies, pointing the way to each woman’s significance in the Kingdom; the absolute need to forgive; the importance of prayer and how to pray; what Christian action and Discipleship looks like; how we can identify with the Prodigal son; the value of perseverance; and then left them with a Battle Plan to keep the freedom they received during the retreat.
     And let me tell you … when you hear the life stories of the Leadership, which encompassed abusive husbands, rape, abortion, molestation, promiscuity, adultery, alcoholism, etc., it broke your heart to know that your Sisters in Christ had endured such pain in their lives.  But, oh the redemption! They shared how Jesus freed them from shame, guilt, blame, unforgiveness, feeling lost and without hope, and then set them upon a journey to grow into the clean, purified, blameless, and strong women that stood before us.  Let’s just say, a lot of kleenex was handed out during those four days.
     But these veteran Leaders spoke Truth and Hope into the lives of the younger veterans.  They declared that they were washed clean by the power of Jesus’s blood and they had new identities and new names … a child of God; the daughter of the King; and the Bride of Christ.  Slowly, we saw eyes begin to shine, heads held higher, and they began seeing Jesus as the solution to their trauma and their issues. We watched them begin to open up, and through their Leader’s testimonies they received evidence that it is ALWAYS Jesus’s desire to redeem lives… but you have to seek Him, confess the sins in your life, ask for His forgiveness, and then receive the overflowing abundance of His love and the freedom He offers.
     Women who had arrived with wariness and distrust left with confidence that their demons (both literal and figurative) had been defeated. There were late nights filled with hearing their stories, and afternoons spent in the presence of the Lord, as all those painful wounds were healed. As part of Leadership, I got about 4 hours of sleep each night, as we prayed for the Holy Spirit to reveal the blockage in their spirits, and discussed how to partner with Jesus to see them set free. And always … always …. the answer was to point them to Jesus to receive their answers and strategy. In the end, with each of those six Seekers, and several of the Leadership team, there was a relationship with Jesus that had been forged through tears, confession, and surrender.  Spirits were lighter and hearts were cleansed.

     To seal everyone’s new identity, we were blessed with a special dinner on the last night.  It was kept secret until we entered the dining hall, which had been transformed into a wedding feast.  White linen, china settings, pearls and flowers.  We were Brides!  We were seated and served by the men who served as our retreat “angels” (who spent the entire four days praying for us, interceding for us, and showing us into the presence of Jesus in the “Bridal tent”). We saw ourselves worthy of the King and to be called His Bride.  Oh, how I wish I could describe the radiant looks on their faces as they walked into that beautiful wedding feast.  Words fail me, but it is a memory that will never fade.
     The final day, we had a closing ceremony and the local community came to celebrate with our Seekers.  They were invited to come and answer two questions before the public … What did you get out of this retreat?  And what are you going to do with it?  Leadership sat there holding their breath.  Were our efforts to encourage a relationship with Jesus enough to make a difference in their lives?  Would anyone feel their experience was so transforming that they wanted to share it with the people in attendance?  And finally, would they keep Jesus to themselves or share Him when they returned home?
     Imagine our surprise when two of the quietest and most shy of the six got up to declare that Jesus had set them free and they were going to go back home and encourage other female vets to come to this retreat. There were tears from the podium, in the audience, and from the Leadership team. Thank you, Jesus! We had grown to love these women and now we were sending them out into the world to resume their lives, and all we could do is pray they keep their freedom.  We had done the best we could to point them to Jesus; we had overcome Satan’s fiery darts; and now the inaugural female veteran retreat was over.  The Enemy was defeated!

     That sense of victory was literally maybe 15 minutes old, when we started getting the text messages about Sutherland Springs.  What we initially felt was a safe place was now a target.  i remembered my husband asking me if I was going to take my handgun with me (I am licensed to carry, and highly trained).  I said, “I’m going to a retreat for Christian female veterans at a secluded retreat center. I’ll be fine”.  I felt there was no threat… until there was.  We would have been a perfect target.  The Director of the retreat and I drove three of the Seekers to Houston to the airport — a seven hour round trip — in a church van, and I can tell you, we felt vulnerable.
     But it didn’t take me long to declare this attack is because the devil is getting scared.  He sees small pockets of the Remnant becoming stronger in our ability to fight in this spiritual battle, and he must ramp up his opposition.  He is fighting back because we are winning!  This retreat was about bringing the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the forefront of these women’s lives, but it was equally a testament to fighting in the spirit, applying the blood of Jesus to strongholds and powers of darkness, and developing spiritual battle plans to overcome the Enemy and take back spiritual territory.
     As extremely sad as the Sutherland Springs tragedy is, we can rejoice that God knew that very morning that those 26 spirits would be returning home.  He has known since the foundation of time.  We can rejoice that Satan and all his demons know they are going to lose this battle!  They see us rising up in spiritual warfare, and they know we are gaining valuable revelation from Heaven as to how to fight in the spiritual realms.  He is angry because we are winning and we are not going to stop!
     So, I ask you to pray for continued revelation; that more people will join us in spiritual warfare; and that the Heavenly host will come down to protect us from any more of these tragic displays of evil.  Bless the spirits of those killed, and the families who must now arrange for 26 funerals.  Father God, give us the strength to mount up for battle, while remaining in Your mercy and grace.  We are ready to follow you into battle, Jehovah Nissi! We know the battle is Yours, and we are neither afraid nor dismayed. We know that You will deliver our enemies into our hands.  Praise You!

2 Corinthians 4:8-9      We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed; 

How to Determine the Blade Performance of a Tactical Knife?

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Well, the first thing in my opinion to consider when determining the performance of a tactical knife or tactical blade is will the steel that is used by the manufacturer or custom maker be able to withstand stress well? Will it take the stress of the environment you subject it to and the chores you demand from it? Will you get the cutting performance that you want?

So, one needs to consider a number of factors when, say, one is looking for the best bang for their buck in a knife, folding or fixed. This article “Best Tactical Folding Knife”  provides detailed insight into just such a selection process.

The Angle

If a knife’s edge has an angle or profile that is too thick you might lose cutting performance over the “long term” or if the steel hardness is not “hard enough” for the tasks you perform then you take a hit in blade strength and possible wear resistance. Of course on the other side of the coin if a blade has a thinner profile and a harder Rockwell Hardness (RC) rating this will of course raise the bar on cutting performance.

Determining what the tactical knife will be used for is of course integral to the decision process. In reality, generally, we all use knives for pretty much the same thing and if you are going to test those limits or use it for a purpose it was never intended to fulfill, well the results, whatever they are, will be well earned. That said the standard measures still apply – edge retention, wear resistance, profile, sharpening ability, grip, easy of use and portability.

As has been noted before in other related Prepper Journal articles, the base material is steel and this little guide as to the components of steel will help you make a better choice.

As a collector tactical knives, I consider the following when deciding what to carry and how to use my tactical knives in my daily life. Wear resistance, toughness, edge holding ability, sharpen ability, general overall strength, and of course stain resistant qualities Let’s look at some of the aspects that one would look for in a tactical knife steel.

Wear Resistance

No other way to say it except that this is the ability of the tactical blade steel to withstand wear, be scratch resistance and not becoming “malformed” from hard use. The main focus here is on durability of steel, the way the carbides of the steel are allocated within the blade steel of choice.

  

Blade Strength

Tactical knife blade strength is determined by how much punishment the overall knife can take as well as how much the blade can take before it becomes deformed. This is important in certain cutting chores and strength goes hand in hand with its brother hardness. The fact of the matter is that the harder tactical blade steel is the longer it will stay sharp and resist becoming deformed.

Steel Toughness

The toughness of the steel is the ability of the steel to take an impact without suffering any major damage. I am referring to things like the steel chipping or cracking under the stress of an impact. Will the blade steel chip or crack from being used in certain chores like chopping? Was the knife intended for this type of chopping chores in the first place? Doubtful, though it may have been a consideration and part of the quality assurance testing. When it comes to deciding what steel you want to use for a tactical knife, this will make or break most manufacturers.

The big decision is strength versus toughness. Many people think this means the same thing but it does not. Tensile strength vs fracture toughness is the reality:

Tensile strength is a measure of the maximum stress that a metal can support before starting to fracture. Fracture toughness is a measure of the energy required to fracture a material that contains a crack. As the yield strength increases, the amount of stress a metal can support without deforming increases.

Kinda complicated. So blade manufactures, like anyone working with steel in their product development process, have to consider the physics of the steel they use, based on the “designed purpose” of the product, the projected misuses that will have an adverse affect on the product while, as with EVERYTHING, factoring in costs. And you just wanted to know the name of a knife and where to but it 😉

Steels Stain Resistance

This is of course the ability of the chosen steel to resist rust and oxidation, in other words the steels corrosion resistance. Can the tactical knife steel handle a salt water environment like Spyderco’s new Salt-2 folder knife in which the carbon, the standard hardening ingredient in steel, has been removed and nitrogen has been put in its place giving this particular steel superior performance against rust.

  

Does the steel that a manufacturer or maker has chosen have stain resistance resistance to things that are acidic like lemons, or other citrus fruits, or the blistering agents in say an Agave plant (tequila in its original form is a powerful blistering agent)? Additionally things like oxidation and pitting can affect  edge loss on the very primary edge of the tactical blade, that part that makes contact with that which you want to cut.

Edge Holding Abilities

This is of course how well the chosen tactical knife blade steel holds an edge. While there are many people out there that have a decent knowledge of tactical knives, there is a common misconception that wear resistance and edge retention abilities are the same thing.

They are not! The ability of blade steel to hold or retain an edge is job/chore specific. If blade steel can hold an edge, then it can resist wear to a certain point. The fact of the matter is that different chores or cutting duties will require different edge angles and grinds as well as different edge retention properties. Isn’t this all so simple?

There are some other things to consider when learning about the properties of steel and steel performance and they are things like the steels ability to take a tactical knife edge. Let’s face it; some steels just take a better edge than other steels. They will sharpen keener.

A fine carbide structure will produce a finer/keener edge, while steel that has a coarser carbide structure at the primary edge may not sharpen so keen. Another thing to consider when picking steel is how the steel is produced. Steel that has impurities will not perform as well as steel that manufactured to demanding standards. Is the edge of the steel toothy enough?

I like D2 steel for a toothy edge on my tactical knives. It goes back to the carbide structure of the edge, the mini serrations that you can see if you can magnify a tactical knife edge enough. The carbide structure will denote the toothy nature of the edge.

So here comes the eternal question again: What is the best tactical knife blade steel? I truly do not believe any such animal exists because there is steel for every job. Some of them are good and some of them are bad. If we stick with good quality steel there are still many choices, and generalization is just a scapegoat -“stainless steel is better than carbon steel.”

I just do not follow that kind of reasoning and that is because you have to consider what kind of work the intended steel is going to be used for. So the best thing I can suggest for tactical knife enthusiasts, collectors and lovers is to learn as much as you can about steel properties and then in time you can decide what the best steel is for you at that time.

I hope you have enjoyed this post!

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What Should You Have Ready When The Power Goes Off

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Today it’s all about being ready when the power goes off. Yesterday, about 4:20 P.M. our little town in Southern Utah lost power for a few hours. I think it was off about 3-1/2 hours. I was sitting on the couch petting my dog and sipping some limeade, yes it’s full of sugar and tasted fabulous. I heard that sound of a “beep” when the power goes off. You know, at first, you think “is it just my house or is it more widespread.” I looked on my cell phone to check out the Washington City FaceBook page. They mentioned there had been a car accident and a power transmission pole had been hit. The city had a team of people trying to get the power restored as quickly as possible. That’s cool, I was glad it wasn’t a terrorist attack or something that would be longterm.

I read a few comments and got the giggles because people were asking for an ETA…. people let’s be patient. There’s been a car accident and the workers were just getting started to assess and repair the equipment. Then one lady left a rather strong statement to the effect, “FYI, you will” as in Washington City, “have to replace the food I am fixing for dinner if it goes bad because the power is off.”

Let me explain, I usually never read those comments on FaceBook, but I was curious to see if someone from the city had responded to any questions about the power outage. This morning I got the giggles again thinking about that statement I read last night. I’m not making fun of her, I don’t know who she is and I would feel sad if her food went bad. But, I also think she should be prepared to cook a meal when the power goes off. Period, it’s that simple.

Mark and I sent a few text messages to some neighbors to see if they wanted some soup I was making with my gas stove. I used a match to start the flame and we had soup/chili in just a few minutes. You may not remember me telling the story about why I wanted a gas stove. I lived without a stove/oven for three months until my plumbing friend could run a gas line for a gas stove from the garage near the gas water heater into my kitchen area. I gave my electric stove to my daughter because her’s had gone out, so we got to wait a while for the plumbing job to be completed.

My sister had ordered takeout yesterday so they were set for dinner. Her husband drove in and that restaurant was open. A few neighbors sent a text back telling us they had steaks and kabobs on their barbecues. LOL! My chili/soup tasted great and cost a whole lot less to prepare.

I had just gone to the store about two weeks ago when a local store had a case-lot sale of canned goods. I mentioned to Mark I wanted to pick up some chili beans that were on sale. These three cans make a fabulous chili/soup. Of course, we need a hand can opener, you can make chili/soup in minutes, no meat, no spices and it’s fabulous and cheap. This is a great Can Opener and my favorite saucepan: Farberware Saucepan and my favorite emergency stove: Butane Stove and Butane Fuel if you do not have a  kitchen gas stove.

power goes off

If you are into preparedness a gas stove is critical for survival. Yes, I have several different cooking and baking devices, but a gas stove is #1 on my list. When the power went out it was getting later in the afternoon but still light enough to see in the garage area, I grabbed my solar lanterns and all my solar flashlights to put on the coffee table. You never know how long the power will be off. This is so dumb, but I kept thinking, “I sure hope the power comes on before my favorite Sunday night shows start tonight at 8:00 P.M.”

My Shih Tzu puppy does not like the dark or when the power goes off, his name is Bentley. I have to leave the kitchen light on for him in the morning and at night so he can find his food and water and the trail to his doggy door. Is he spoiled or does he just hate the dark, I don’t know. So I put a lantern in the kitchen for him once it got dark and I could see the power was going to be off a little longer than we had hoped.

power goes off

When the Power Goes Off:

Now keep in mind I’m suggesting these items be already in your possession so you can locate them ASAP when the power goes off in your home.

Flashlights:

I don’t buy flashlights with batteries, the batteries do not last here in Southern Utah for more than 6 months. Yes, it drives me crazy, but it’s fact. So, I only buy solar flashlights, lots of them, yes too many to count. You may even call me a hoarder, I do not like the dark. If you watch the Costco Roadshows you can get Goal Zero products cheaper, but I suggest you be ready ASAP before the power goes out in your area. Who knew a car was going to crash into that power pole and knock out the power to most of the city! You just never know when something like that catches you by surprise. So, just prepare NOW so you are ready for whatever.

If you use flashlights with batteries be sure and stock up on batteries. If you have some extra pillowcases you may want to get a group together to make a few of these for all your bedrooms: Emergency Bed Bag by Linda

power goes off

Goal Zero Large Solar Integrated Flashlight

Goal Zero Smaller and Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Lanterns or Lights:

I love lanterns because you can set them on your bedroom dresser, coffee table or your kitchen table. No fuel is required, just sunshine to recharge them. I love solar. I have headlamps, but they give me a headache, yes they are needed sometimes.

Reading Lights

Janet reminded me a good reading light would be awesome if the power is off for weeks. Grab a good book and read with Reading Light

Luci Lights

These were recommended to me by Dmwalsh and other readers, I’m ordering some today, just so you know. Luci Lights

Little Sun Solar Light

You can hang the Little Sun around your neck and walk around, plus it has two levels of light.

SunBell Solar Lamp

I love this one, I put it in the kitchen for Bentley.

Goal Zero Lantern

This one I can charge via my laptop with a USB charger and I keep it in my living room where it’s ready to go ASAP.

Solar Generators for CPAP’s and Nebulizers:

This particular one works well. I gave one to my son-in-law who requires a CPAP to help with sleep apnea to try one night and it lasted well over 8-1/2 hours with power still showing in the solar generator. CPAP Article by Linda

power goes off

Goal Zero Yeti 400 With Solar Panel

Food and Water:

You know the drill, we need at least four gallons of water per person per day and food that you would eat directly out of a can or fresh food from your garden. I need cans of food that I can open and eat cold or heat on my gas stove.

Cooking Devices:

This is a good one if you are not evacuated and don’t want to use up your propane gas via your barbecue.

Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

Vacuum Sweeper

Janet mentioned she was without power for a week, this non-electric Bissell Dual Brush Sweeper would come in handy.

If you think about it, when the power goes off we can get by during the day without air conditioning by opening the windows to hopefully catch a few breezes. If it’s cold outside, we can bundle up with extra clothing by layering and using blankets. If you have a wood burning stove and the fuel, you can stay warm and cook your meals if your stove is designed to do the cooking on the top of it.

I actually thought today’s experience was a good dry run for when the power goes off. Here’s the deal, I gathered all the solar flashlights and lanterns and recharged them today outside in the sunshine so I’m prepared for the next adventure.

Emergency Food Storage by Linda

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What Should You Have Ready When The Power Goes Off

Today it’s all about being ready when the power goes off. Yesterday, about 4:20 P.M. our little town in Southern Utah lost power for a few hours. I think it was off about 3-1/2 hours. I was sitting on the couch petting my dog and sipping some limeade, yes it’s full of sugar and tasted fabulous. I heard that sound of a “beep” when the power goes off. You know, at first, you think “is it just my house or is it more widespread.” I looked on my cell phone to check out the Washington City FaceBook page. They mentioned there had been a car accident and a power transmission pole had been hit. The city had a team of people trying to get the power restored as quickly as possible. That’s cool, I was glad it wasn’t a terrorist attack or something that would be longterm.

I read a few comments and got the giggles because people were asking for an ETA…. people let’s be patient. There’s been a car accident and the workers were just getting started to assess and repair the equipment. Then one lady left a rather strong statement to the effect, “FYI, you will” as in Washington City, “have to replace the food I am fixing for dinner if it goes bad because the power is off.”

Let me explain, I usually never read those comments on FaceBook, but I was curious to see if someone from the city had responded to any questions about the power outage. This morning I got the giggles again thinking about that statement I read last night. I’m not making fun of her, I don’t know who she is and I would feel sad if her food went bad. But, I also think she should be prepared to cook a meal when the power goes off. Period, it’s that simple.

Mark and I sent a few text messages to some neighbors to see if they wanted some soup I was making with my gas stove. I used a match to start the flame and we had soup/chili in just a few minutes. You may not remember me telling the story about why I wanted a gas stove. I lived without a stove/oven for three months until my plumbing friend could run a gas line for a gas stove from the garage near the gas water heater into my kitchen area. I gave my electric stove to my daughter because her’s had gone out, so we got to wait a while for the plumbing job to be completed.

My sister had ordered takeout yesterday so they were set for dinner. Her husband drove in and that restaurant was open. A few neighbors sent a text back telling us they had steaks and kabobs on their barbecues. LOL! My chili/soup tasted great and cost a whole lot less to prepare.

I had just gone to the store about two weeks ago when a local store had a case-lot sale of canned goods. I mentioned to Mark I wanted to pick up some chili beans that were on sale. These three cans make a fabulous chili/soup. Of course, we need a hand can opener, you can make chili/soup in minutes, no meat, no spices and it’s fabulous and cheap. This is a great Can Opener and my favorite saucepan: Farberware Saucepan and my favorite emergency stove: Butane Stove and Butane Fuel if you do not have a  kitchen gas stove.

power goes off

If you are into preparedness a gas stove is critical for survival. Yes, I have several different cooking and baking devices, but a gas stove is #1 on my list. When the power went out it was getting later in the afternoon but still light enough to see in the garage area, I grabbed my solar lanterns and all my solar flashlights to put on the coffee table. You never know how long the power will be off. This is so dumb, but I kept thinking, “I sure hope the power comes on before my favorite Sunday night shows start tonight at 8:00 P.M.”

My Shih Tzu puppy does not like the dark or when the power goes off, his name is Bentley. I have to leave the kitchen light on for him in the morning and at night so he can find his food and water and the trail to his doggy door. Is he spoiled or does he just hate the dark, I don’t know. So I put a lantern in the kitchen for him once it got dark and I could see the power was going to be off a little longer than we had hoped.

power goes off

When the Power Goes Off:

Now keep in mind I’m suggesting these items be already in your possession so you can locate them ASAP when the power goes off in your home.

Flashlights:

I don’t buy flashlights with batteries, the batteries do not last here in Southern Utah for more than 6 months. Yes, it drives me crazy, but it’s fact. So, I only buy solar flashlights, lots of them, yes too many to count. You may even call me a hoarder, I do not like the dark. If you watch the Costco Roadshows you can get Goal Zero products cheaper, but I suggest you be ready ASAP before the power goes out in your area. Who knew a car was going to crash into that power pole and knock out the power to most of the city! You just never know when something like that catches you by surprise. So, just prepare NOW so you are ready for whatever.

If you use flashlights with batteries be sure and stock up on batteries. If you have some extra pillowcases you may want to get a group together to make a few of these for all your bedrooms: Emergency Bed Bag by Linda

power goes off

Goal Zero Large Solar Integrated Flashlight

Goal Zero Smaller and Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Lanterns or Lights:

I love lanterns because you can set them on your bedroom dresser, coffee table or your kitchen table. No fuel is required, just sunshine to recharge them. I love solar. I have headlamps, but they give me a headache, yes they are needed sometimes.

Reading Lights

Janet reminded me a good reading light would be awesome if the power is off for weeks. Grab a good book and read with Reading Light

Luci Lights

These were recommended to me by Dmwalsh and other readers, I’m ordering some today, just so you know. Luci Lights

Little Sun Solar Light

You can hang the Little Sun around your neck and walk around, plus it has two levels of light.

SunBell Solar Lamp

I love this one, I put it in the kitchen for Bentley.

Goal Zero Lantern

This one I can charge via my laptop with a USB charger and I keep it in my living room where it’s ready to go ASAP.

Solar Generators for CPAP’s and Nebulizers:

This particular one works well. I gave one to my son-in-law who requires a CPAP to help with sleep apnea to try one night and it lasted well over 8-1/2 hours with power still showing in the solar generator. CPAP Article by Linda

power goes off

Goal Zero Yeti 400 With Solar Panel

Food and Water:

You know the drill, we need at least four gallons of water per person per day and food that you would eat directly out of a can or fresh food from your garden. I need cans of food that I can open and eat cold or heat on my gas stove.

Cooking Devices:

This is a good one if you are not evacuated and don’t want to use up your propane gas via your barbecue.

Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

Vacuum Sweeper

Janet mentioned she was without power for a week, this non-electric Bissell Dual Brush Sweeper would come in handy.

If you think about it, when the power goes off we can get by during the day without air conditioning by opening the windows to hopefully catch a few breezes. If it’s cold outside, we can bundle up with extra clothing by layering and using blankets. If you have a wood burning stove and the fuel, you can stay warm and cook your meals if your stove is designed to do the cooking on the top of it.

I actually thought today’s experience was a good dry run for when the power goes off. Here’s the deal, I gathered all the solar flashlights and lanterns and recharged them today outside in the sunshine so I’m prepared for the next adventure.

Emergency Food Storage by Linda

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