Best assault rifle – AR 15 Vs. AK 47

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AK47 vs AR15

Russia is the country that comes to mind when you think about the AK 47 assault rifle. Adopted by 55 different countries and used actively in 100 others, it is one reliable rifle. And despite its origins, the gun has become a favorite of American recreational shooters and hunters. So, how does it compare to one of America’s most loved tactical rifles, the AR 15? The latter is arguably the most popular and produced gun in the US. In fact, according to the National, Shooting Sports Association over 1.2 million AR 15 rifles have been produced since 2015. Since the Obama administration imposed a sanction on Russia, the demand for AKs has skyrocketed. And with Kalashnikov USA producing American made AKs, the demand will only go up. But which between the two rifles is the better option? When choosing a tactical assault rifle, there are a number of things to consider. In this article, I will explore the main things to consider using the AR 15 and AK 47 as examples.

AR 15 Vs. AK 47

  1. Effective range

Depending on what you want to use a tactical rifle for, the effective range is of great importance. In essence, both the AR 15 and AK 47 rifles have a range of about 400 yards. However, in the hands of an experienced shooter, the AR 15 can be deadly from 600 yards. The problem with the AK is that it is designed for combat level accuracy and not target level accuracy. However, when paired with the best scope for AK 47 it does wonders on the range. But in regards to accuracy and effective range, the AR 15 is hands down the better rifle.

Shooting range

  1. The ammunition and caliber

The term caliber is used to refer to the internal diameter of a gun barrel. A high caliber rifle is able to use larger bullets. For big game hunting, a high caliber rifle will be ideal. The AK 47 uses a 7.62X39 mm cartridge while the AR 15 uses a smaller 5.56X45 cartridge. Due to its size, the AK cartridge is more powerful as it contains more powder. The muzzle velocity of the AK stands at 1500 foot-pound while that of the AR 15 is 1300 foot-pound. Thus, when it comes to power, the AK 47 is a more powerful tactical rifle.

Wildcat Caliber Bullets Ammo Ar15 Ar Ammunition

  1. Ease of use

One of the most important factors to consider is how easy it is to use a rifle. In my experience, I believe the AR 15 is easier to use than the AK, especially for an American shooter. The reason being that the AK has much more kick than its American counterpart. In addition, having tested both weapons myself, I can testify that the AK’ safety, trigger, and bolt carrier are harder to manipulate. On the other hand, the AR 15 is easier to manipulate. Additionally, the AR 15 has many accessories that you can use to customize your rifle. You can find the best bipod for AR 15 or even the best scope easily. The AK 47, on the other hand, does not have many customization options. Thus, for a beginner, I recommend sticking with the lighter and easier to use AR 15.

  1. Maintenance required

Being mechanical tools, tactical rifles require maintenance. However, some require very little maintenance while others require regular maintenance. If you want a tactical weapon for use in harsh weather that will not let you down even after using it for long go for the AK. The ruggedness and reliability of the AK 47 is legendary. In fact, I know friends of mine who have never cleaned their AK’s. The AR 15 has small gas pins and rings that tend to break after long-term use. Thus, with regards to maintenance, the AK is the easier to maintain. It is worth noting that both are easy to field strip.

  1. Weight

Whether you are a hunter or a recreational shooter, there is no denying that you do not like carrying insane amounts of load. Thus, the weight of a tactical rifle will be an important factor to consider. The weight of a rifle depends mainly on what it is made of and its magazine size. That being said, the AR 15 which is made of an aluminum alloy and synthetic material is lighter. To be more specific a fully loaded Ar 15 rifle with 30 rounds in the magazine weighs 8.8 pounds. On the other hand, the AK, which is made from wood and metal weighs 10.9 pounds when fully loaded. It is for this reason that most hunters prefer the AR 15 to the AK.

  1. The price

Whether we like it or not, parting with some of our hard-earned dollars is the price to pay for our need for a tactical rifle to be satisfied. The question is how much money we are willing to spend on a tactical rifle. Some people are able to spend upwards of up to $1500 on a rifle while others can only spend $ 500. Thus, when buying a rifle, it is important to consider the price. When you want to choose between the AR 15 and the AK, the latter is cheaper. The price of an AK ranges between $400 and $ 600. On the other hand, the price of an AR 15 can be anything between $600 and $1500. Nevertheless, with $500 you can build your AR 15 using parts bought from different places. When it comes to ammo, the AK 47 ammo is cheaper. However, given that the AK is not originally an American rifle it is subject to changes in international politics.

  1. The barrel

The barrel is an important component of any gun. This component has a big influence on the performance of a weapon. Due to the modular design of an AR 15, it is easier to get different kinds of a barrel to use on it. The AK 47, on the other hand, does not have as many options. Thus, if barrel customization is important to you, then I recommend going for the AR 15.

Barrell

  1. What is it for?

The reasons for wanting a tactical assault rifle are many, from self-defense to hunting. The rifle you pick should be suited for what you want to do with it. If it is hunting, then it is important to consider what you will be hunting. Between the AR 15 and the AK 47, the former is ideal for hunting small to medium-large animals. This is essential because of the kind of cartridges they use. For larger game, you might want to consider the AK 47. Though the AK 47 packs more of a punch, the AR 15 can still be used for hunting due to it being accurate and more effective at long range. Thus, it will depend on what your preference is.

  1. Availability

According to the NRA over 61,000 AR 15 rifles were produced in 2016 alone. This means that the AR 15 is very much available. The AK 47, on the other hand, is not as available. While it does come in a number of variants only about 40% of the rifles manufactured by Kalashnikov are exported to the US. However, lovers of this legendary rifle will be pleased to know that Kalashnikov USA has started producing their own brand of AKs. Nonetheless, in terms of availability, the sheer number of AR 15s that are produced make the rifle a more readily available tactical rifle.

Conclusion

The tactical assault rifle options available out there are almost endless. This being the case, I believe that your choice boils down to preferences and price. True both the AK 47 and AR 15 rifles are reliable and accurate rifles, but they will appeal to different people. Therefore, choosing a tactical assault rifle depends on what you want it to do. Obviously, both guns go “bang” when you pull the trigger but excel in different situations.

Thunderboomers

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We had quite the blow yesterday. I was lounging in the yard on my laptop, trying to get some academic nonsense sorted, and enjoying the over cast weather. It got a bit windy and I saw those clouds. The kind that look like theyre cascading over each other like water. Either way, it was time to pack it up and head inside. Sure enough, fifteen minutes later the wind picks up and starts doing its thing.

We had a really nasty blow come through in August of 2015. This wasn’t as bad but I sat on the porchand watched the rain come down and could hear a couple transformers pop off in the distance. Fully expected the power to go out but it stayed on. At least, on my side of the street it did. The guy across the street had a tree come down in his yard and land on the powerline. That side of the street is without power until the power company works it’s chainsaw magic.

Me, I was content to listen to the police radio and watch the tree limbs come tumbling down. Why should I worry? Loss of electricity is only a minor inconvenience in this household. But thats what preparedness is about – being able to not be exposed to as much risk as might otherwise occur.

Tomorrow will be cleanup since there;s dead branches everywhere, but all in all, a quiet  little non-disaster. These summery thunderboomers sure leave a mess behind. Reminds me, I need to get the generator out and run it for a little while. It’s been several months since the last run so I really should get that taken care of.

Hurricane Expert Warns: “Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario”… U.S. Could See Up to 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

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Before 2017, there was a relatively quiet period for hurricanes. In fact, a decade went by without a major hurricane. But all of that changed in 2017, when monster hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit. Due to their unprecedented damage, the 2017 hurricane season became one of the most expensive on record. With nearly 200 billion dollars worth of damage, many were hoping for another quiet lull for this year, but forecasters say otherwise.

Two primary factors are critical for determining how active the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be. One is whether El Niño develops and the other is the configuration of North Atlantic sea surface temperatures. When El Niño conditions are present and ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific are warm, the Atlantic hurricane season tends to be less active.

Increased sea levels could also be indicative of more severe storm damage. “Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.”

The U.S. Could See as Many as 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

When combined together, these indications could create a conditions perfect for hurricane formations. AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski is predicting the United States will see 12-15 tropical storms, 6 to 8 are forecasted to become hurricanes and 3 to 5 are forecast to become major hurricanes.

2018 atlantic hurricane season forecast 

“According to Kottlowski, conditions are ripe for early season development in the Gulf of Mexico due the warm water already in place in that part of the Atlantic basin.

As for the rest of the season, historical records and the projected pattern suggest the area from Houston to Florida and up through the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be more favorable for direct impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes.

‘Anywhere else along the coast, everybody should still be vigilant and prepare for a possible direct impact,’ Kottlowski said.

‘You should have a hurricane plan in action. In other words: If you had to evacuate, what would you take with you? And if you were staying home, how would you deal with a storm that may knock your power out, may knock your water service out,’ he said.

‘You want to prepare for the worst case scenario – that’s called having a hurricane plan. And the government and local officials do have guidelines on how to create such a plan depending on where you live.’”

Hurricanes are Unpredictable and Preparation is Key

In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-dense coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding and hazards from storms. With so many living near hurricane-prone areas, it is important for everyone to be prepared.

It is emphasized in The Prepper’s Blueprint how unpredictable hurricanes can be and how this type of natural disaster is truly one of the most difficult emergencies to prepare for simply because there are so many variables to account for. These storms can range from mild to severe, cause wind damage, flooding, and tornadoes. You can be fully stocked with provisions and then your home is flooded in a matter of minutes. For example, before Hurricane Harvey made landfall it was predicted as merely a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. In fact, many living in the area did not think much of it in terms of severity and only stocked up on supplies for a few days. Within those few days, it had developed into a Category 4 with 132 mph winds.

Related: 20 Hurricane Survival Tips From Real-Life Scenarios

5 Ways to Get Prepped

Having an emergency plan and some simple supplies on hand can help you get through a disaster unscathed. If you can start gathering supplies now, you won’t have to deal with panic buying or going home empty-handed. This hurricane primer has essential articles with supply lists that may be essential in your preparedness planning.

Here’s how to start!

Have a plan. Making a plan ahead of time will keep you organized and ensure that all of your needs and supplies are accounted for. This short-term emergency checklist is good for getting necessary supplies in place. At a minimum, keep an emergency bag filled with supplies to last for 72-hours. This is good for peace of mind, as well as, in the case of having to evacuate on a moment’s notice. If you want to go “full prepper” you should really have multiple 72-hour bags packed for places where you spend most of your time: the home, vehicle and workplace. This ensures all of your bases are covered. That said, it is also imperative to research and learn about the aftermath of hurricanes.

Get some supplies. You want to create a short-term emergency supply of not just food and water, but critical items that will disappear after a hurricane. Many of the items that often disappear as a result of a disaster are items that protect your basic needs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, six items disappeared almost immediately due to the shortage of supplies: gasoline, water, food staples, bleach, toilet paper, and home repair items. To ensure you have all that you need, read the 52-Weeks to Preparedness to get prepared for short-term to longer-term emergencies.

Prepare for all family members and don’t forget your petsOne of the reasons planning for emergencies before they occur is so important is that when panic sets in, you tend to forget needs of others like prescription medicines or food for pets.  Consider having all members of the household knowing some simple first aid and CPR.

Get supplies to protect your home. Having pre-cut boards and supplies prepped and on hand can save valuable time when you are under a hurricane threat. This checklist for preparing the exterior of the home should be printed out and put in an emergency binder for essential protocols to follow.

Plan for the worst-case – There are consequences to those who fail to prepare for disasters. They are listed in detail in this article and should be read.  There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Water contamination, infectious diseases, sanitation emergencies, and looting could all pose a problem for victims of hurricanes. While prepping for hurricanes at the last-minute can be a gamble, it is possible. Here are some tips for last-minute preparations for sheltering in place.

Hurricanes are unpredictable in nature and the 2017 hurricane season was a brutal reminder of how quickly your world can change and have the capacity to level homes, flood neighborhoods and cause massive amounts of damage to communities. Experts are warning communities to prepare accordingly for this season.

 

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Hurricane Expert Warns: “Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario”… U.S. Could See Up to 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

Before 2017, there was a relatively quiet period for hurricanes. In fact, a decade went by without a major hurricane. But all of that changed in 2017, when monster hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit. Due to their unprecedented damage, the 2017 hurricane season became one of the most expensive on record. With nearly 200 billion dollars worth of damage, many were hoping for another quiet lull for this year, but forecasters say otherwise.

Two primary factors are critical for determining how active the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be. One is whether El Niño develops and the other is the configuration of North Atlantic sea surface temperatures. When El Niño conditions are present and ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific are warm, the Atlantic hurricane season tends to be less active.

Increased sea levels could also be indicative of more severe storm damage. “Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.”

The U.S. Could See as Many as 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

When combined together, these indications could create a conditions perfect for hurricane formations. AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski is predicting the United States will see 12-15 tropical storms, 6 to 8 are forecasted to become hurricanes and 3 to 5 are forecast to become major hurricanes.

2018 atlantic hurricane season forecast 

“According to Kottlowski, conditions are ripe for early season development in the Gulf of Mexico due the warm water already in place in that part of the Atlantic basin.

As for the rest of the season, historical records and the projected pattern suggest the area from Houston to Florida and up through the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be more favorable for direct impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes.

‘Anywhere else along the coast, everybody should still be vigilant and prepare for a possible direct impact,’ Kottlowski said.

‘You should have a hurricane plan in action. In other words: If you had to evacuate, what would you take with you? And if you were staying home, how would you deal with a storm that may knock your power out, may knock your water service out,’ he said.

‘You want to prepare for the worst case scenario – that’s called having a hurricane plan. And the government and local officials do have guidelines on how to create such a plan depending on where you live.’”

Hurricanes are Unpredictable and Preparation is Key

In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-dense coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding and hazards from storms. With so many living near hurricane-prone areas, it is important for everyone to be prepared.

It is emphasized in The Prepper’s Blueprint how unpredictable hurricanes can be and how this type of natural disaster is truly one of the most difficult emergencies to prepare for simply because there are so many variables to account for. These storms can range from mild to severe, cause wind damage, flooding, and tornadoes. You can be fully stocked with provisions and then your home is flooded in a matter of minutes. For example, before the Hurricane Harvey made landfall it was predicted as merely a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. In fact, many in the area did not think much of it in terms of severity and only stocked up on supplies for a few days. Within those few days, it had developed into a Category 4 with 132 mph winds.

Related: 20 Hurricane Survival Tips From Real-Life Scenarios

5 Ways to Get Prepped

Having an emergency plan and some simple supplies on hand can help you get through a disaster unscathed. If you can start gathering supplies now, you won’t have to deal with panic buying or going home empty-handed. This hurricane primer has essential articles with supply lists that may be essential in your preparedness planning.

Here’s how to start!

Have a plan. Making a plan ahead of time will keep you organized and ensure that all of your needs and supplies are accounted for. This short-term emergency checklist is good for getting necessary supplies in place. At a minimum, keep an emergency bag filled with supplies to last for 72-hours. This is good for peace of mind, as well as, in the case of having to evacuate on a moment’s notice. If you want to go “full prepper” you should really have multiple 72-hour bags packed for places where you spend most of your time: the home, vehicle and workplace. This ensures all of your bases are covered. That said, it is also imperative to research and learn about the aftermath of hurricanes.

Get some supplies. You want to create a short-term emergency supply of not just food and water, but critical items that will disappear after a hurricane. Many of the items that often disappear as a result of a disaster are items that protect your basic needs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, six items disappeared almost immediately due to the shortage of supplies: gasoline, water, food staples, bleach, toilet paper, and home repair items. To ensure you have all that you need, read the 52-Weeks to Preparedness to get prepared for short-term to longer-term emergencies.

Prepare for all family members and don’t forget your petsOne of the reasons planning for emergencies before they occur is so important is that when panic sets in, you tend to forget needs of others like prescription medicines or food for pets.  Consider having all members of the household knowing some simple first aid and CPR.

Get supplies to protect your home. Having pre-cut boards and supplies prepped and on hand can save valuable time when you are under a hurricane threat. This checklist for preparing the exterior of the home should be printed out and put in an emergency binder for essential protocols to follow.

Plan for the worst-case – There are consequences to those who fail to prepare for disasters. They are listed in detail in this article and should be read.  There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Water contamination, infectious diseases, sanitation emergencies, and looting could all pose a problem for victims of hurricanes. While prepping for hurricanes at the last-minute can be a gamble, it is possible. Here are some tips for last-minute preparations for sheltering in place.

Hurricanes are unpredictable in nature and the 2017 hurricane season was a brutal reminder of how quickly your world can change and have the capacity to level homes, flood neighborhoods and cause massive amounts of damage to communities. Experts are warning communities to prepare accordingly for this season.

 

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Total Collapse is Unavoidable- Part 2

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I had the honor of being a guest on the Hagmann Report recently. This is the second half where I spoke with Jon and Joe about the economic and political nightmare that will lead to a total collapse in America.

 

Ava’s Crucible is now available in Paperback, Kindle and Audio edition!

The deck is stacked against twenty-nine-year-old Ava. She’s a fighter, but she’s got trust issues, doesn’t always make the best decisions, and despite her natural beauty, doesn’t score well in the self-esteem department. Her personal complications aren’t without merit, but America is on the verge of a second civil war, and Ava must pull it together if she wants to survive.

 

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What Place Does Extreme Frugality Have In Your Life? How Can You Live In Extreme Frugality?

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You know, of all the claims that preppers make, not having money always hinders preps. Of course, the case for simple living is always made and for some it can be a reality. What is the reality of simple living. Well, a better method of looking at it is frugality where it works. Now, I …

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5 Realities You’ll Face In An SHTF World

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You’re Probably Not Thinking About This In An SHTF World!

We have never really been in a prolonged SHTF scenario in this country, at least not in our modern day.  But if it ever happens, and I hope it doesn’t, there are things that many people aren’t really thinking about.  Unfortunately, many believe SHTF will just mean life would be like a very long extended camping trip.  That is the furthest from the truth!  An SHTF World will be bad, really bad!

In a recent video, I talked about my favorite article of the week that I read on The Prepper Website Podcast.  The article comes from Ask a Prepper and is titled, “7 Terrifying Realities Of Long-Term Blackouts (That You’ve Probably Never Considered).”  I used that article to bounce off of an talk about my thoughts on an SHTF World

Some of the topics that came up were water, trash, sewage, paying bills and neighbors who will cause you problems, even if they are leaving you alone in your home.  Again, these are things that not everyone thinks about.  I hope you watch or listen to the video and share your thoughts below.

In the video, I mention a British version of American Blackout.  You can watch it by clicking here.

 

 

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Growing Kale: The Ultimate Guide To Growing Your Own Superfood

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In recent years, it’s gotten a reputation as a superfood. Leaf cabbage, also called kale, is a brassica species which really packs a punch. But growing kale isn’t something a lot of people consider doing. They should! Vitamin-packed kale (Brassica oleracea) is considered to be among the world’s healthiest foods. Rich in Vitamins A, C, … Read more

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Create your Own In-Car Trauma Kit

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Reacting to a disaster is not always about fire power. Sometimes it comes down to merely dealing with trauma. Now, most preppers are prepared to react with violent force.  Still, there are not enough bullets on the planet to stop an earthquake. That is something to understand. While our carry weapons will protect us against …

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Greenpeace investigation shows Fukushima radiation risks to last into next century

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Japanese people act somewhat obedient and in decorum, but in reality, they are not stupid and they actually will protest more than most Americans.

The Government’s policy to effectively force people to return by ending housing and other financial support is not working, with population return rates of 2.5% and 7% in Namie and Iitate respectively as of December 2017.

https://www.greenpeace.org/international/press-release/15062/greenpeace-investigation-shows-fukushima-radiation-risks-to-last-into-next-century/

 Significantly more tables and charts are available on the detailed report.   I did not see any clear indications of isotopes mentioned, maybe I missed it.

Words have meanings

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Listening to late-night talk radio, especially some of the more…offbeat…programs (looking at you, Geo. Noory) can really mess with your head. On the one hand, the forecast is for economic depression or massive hyperinflation and if you don’t move your money out of currency and into metals you are doomed…doomed! And then there’s an upcoming global disaster that will lead to famine…unless you stock up on food now! But not before the powers that be decide to enact a scheme to repeal your second amendment rights….so get out here and buy guns and ammo!

I don’t know which is worse, the emotional whiplash or the financial whiplash.

I was having a discussion with a classmate today. He said that todays generation will be less successful than the previous one.  I said that without establishing a baseline of what ‘successful’ meant, the conversation was pointless. His grandfather fled the Nazis and got out of Europe with just the clothes on his bank and not a penny to his name. We both agreed that would probably, to him, qualify as ‘success’. The generation after that? Probably saw raising good kids and having a job as success. That led to the question – what did we think success was?

I can’t speak for anyone else but me….to me, success is safety and security. Having constructed a system , or series of systems, to minimize my exposure to risk and harm and having those systems in place and effective…thats success to me. What does that system look like? It looks like a life without debt, some marketable skills, a paid house, with cash in the bank, gold in the safe, guns on the wall, food in the pantry, fuel in the cans, heat in the winter, and good health. I would say I’m a success if I could stop what I’m doing right this second and not have to worry about any of my needs being met for a year.

It’s different for everybody, of course….folks with kids might say that success is raising your kids to adulthood and having them turn out to be fine adults. Or some folks (notably Gyno-Americans) might judge success by how their relationships with other people are. And, of course, a lot of folks figure success is measured by your bottom line.

I’m not saying any of that is true or not. I’m simply pointing out that when you say ‘success’ it’s pretty good odds that what you think of as ‘success’ may be different than someone (or everyone) else. Nothing wrong with that, though.

Speaking of words having meanings, we throw around terms like ‘collapse’ or ‘end of the world’ but we never really specify what constitutes that sort of thing. Here’s a very interesting piece on how we define ‘collapse’:

And that’s why I hate using the words “civil war” and “collapse”, because they’re not specific. Whenever I read the words “societal collapse” or “economic collapse”, I wonder: collapse to what level? 100% collapse? 50% collapse? (Even a 25% collapse in employment and living standards is going to cause significant problems.) One could argue that we’re witnessing a societal collapse right now — a collapse of established, normative sociopolitical behavior and attitudes. It might be more accurate and specific to say that we’ve entered into a period of societal decline, but it only goes to show just how vague the word “collapse” actually is.

RTWT, it’s quite interesting. Words have meanings, and when you talk to someone about something as important as preparedness it’s a good idea to make sure that you both know exactly what you mean when you say things like ‘collapse’.
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Words have meanings

Listening to late-night talk radio, especially some of the more…offbeat…programs (looking at you, Geo. Noory) can really mess with your head. On the one hand, the forecast is for economic depression or massive hyperinflation and if you don’t move your money out of currency and into metals you are doomed…doomed! And then there’s an upcoming global disaster that will lead to famine…unless you stock up on food now! But not before the powers that be decide to enact a scheme to repeal your second amendment rights….so get out here and buy guns and ammo!

I don’t know which is worse, the emotional whiplash or the financial whiplash.

I was having a discussion with a classmate today. He said that todays generation will be less successful than the previous one.  I said that without establishing a baseline of what ‘successful’ meant, the conversation was pointless. His grandfather fled the Nazis and got out of Europe with just the clothes on his bank and not a penny to his name. We both agreed that would probably, to him, qualify as ‘success’. The generation after that? Probably saw raising good kids and having a job as success. That led to the question – what did we think success was?

I can’t speak for anyone else but me….to me, success is safety and security. Having constructed a system , or series of systems, to minimize my exposure to risk and harm and having those systems in place and effective…thats success to me. What does that system look like? It looks like a life without debt, some marketable skills, a paid house, with cash in the bank, gold in the safe, guns on the wall, food in the pantry, fuel in the cans, heat in the winter, and good health. I would say I’m a success if I could stop what I’m doing right this second and not have to worry about any of my needs being met for a year.

It’s different for everybody, of course….folks with kids might say that success is raising your kids to adulthood and having them turn out to be fine adults. Or some folks (notably Gyno-Americans) might judge success by how their relationships with other people are. And, of course, a lot of folks figure success is measured by your bottom line.

I’m not saying any of that is true or not. I’m simply pointing out that when you say ‘success’ it’s pretty good odds that what you think of as ‘success’ may be different than someone (or everyone) else. Nothing wrong with that, though.

Speaking of words having meanings, we throw around terms like ‘collapse’ or ‘end of the world’ but we never really specify what constitutes that sort of thing. Here’s a very interesting piece on how we define ‘collapse’:

And that’s why I hate using the words “civil war” and “collapse”, because they’re not specific. Whenever I read the words “societal collapse” or “economic collapse”, I wonder: collapse to what level? 100% collapse? 50% collapse? (Even a 25% collapse in employment and living standards is going to cause significant problems.) One could argue that we’re witnessing a societal collapse right now — a collapse of established, normative sociopolitical behavior and attitudes. It might be more accurate and specific to say that we’ve entered into a period of societal decline, but it only goes to show just how vague the word “collapse” actually is.

RTWT, it’s quite interesting. Words have meanings, and when you talk to someone about something as important as preparedness it’s a good idea to make sure that you both know exactly what you mean when you say things like ‘collapse’.
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Getting from point “A” to point “B” with a heavy load on your back, has been a requirement for everyone from the military and hunters, to hikers and refugees. Understanding how to do this as efficiently as possible, is in and of itself an art form, and you can usually tell who’s been doing it […]

14 Unusual Everyday Carry Items

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The everyday carry has changed the game for many people who have concerns about self-defense in the public. Still, there is so much more to the everyday carry. There are things in the EDC that just help people with everyday tasks. One that many people find incredibly useful is the pen and pad. Now, the …

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Leaky Gut Can Mean More Than A Stomach Ache

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Leaky Gut can cause many serious health concerns

Lots of men and women have stomach problems. Of all the issues with your digestive tract, a “leaky gut” may be the most detrimental and difficult to deal with. Some of the reasons for this are poorly understood, but the good news is that in time, conditions can be improved greatly.

But first what’s really going on when we say “leaky gut”?

Generally, when the intestinal lining is irritated over time, toxins and germs begin to move through the wall into the bloodstream. Here are some A-league issues that could be explained by this “system-wide” inflammatory reaction:

• Arthritis

• Anxiety

• Absorption issues from foods

• Adrenal fatigue and energy and loss

• Autoimmune diseases

Leaky Gut – Short Hacks

Most healthcare practitioners see leaky gut as a condition that’s very difficult to heal. But not to worry. Some dietary changes and a few “power supplements” are definitely worth experimenting with.

Here’s five you should check out and consider:

Probiotics: A high-quality probiotic supplementation is critical to repairing leaky gut as well as for your entire gut wellness. You will need to obtain a probiotic which works for you seeing as there are many strains with each having distinct health advantages. By way of example, some variations enhance the immune system performance although others improve bodily hormone stability. You need to be confident you’re taking a probiotic specific to the actual health need you will seek out. To achieve the most beneficial effects, select a particular bacterial variety rather than using an assortment.

When you purchase your own probiotics, make sure you examine the label very carefully. You will need to recognize the genus, species, and strain. You need to know the CFU’s (colony forming units) and then to go with a probiotic made up of not less than fifteen billion CFU’s. Remember that brand caliber matters and that means you could very well have superior effects from a trusted company making use of top quality ingredients. Finally, make sure you check for helpful strains which have higher survivability rates and also pick a brand that contains multiple strains.

Fiber: The key reason why fiber can be so important is simply because probiotics need fiber to live. Specifically, prebiotics, which is usually the indigestible fibers that help probiotic bacteria thrive, are precisely the food products to incorporate into your diet plan. A diet loaded with high fiber foods such as chia seeds, sprouted flaxseed as well as hemp seeds can help your leaky gut syndrome simply by raising the probiotics in your gut along with the kinds you’re taking. You may also boost your fiber content daily by having extra steamed vegetables and fresh fruits to your meal plan.

Leaky Gut Supplements

Enzymes: Enzymes are responsible for wearing down protein, complex sugars, as well as starches, that helps to lessen digestive tract swelling. Ideally, you need to take a full range enzyme product which contains protease (pertaining to protein breakdown), amylase (intended for food made of starch), lipase (for fats), and lactase (regarding lactose in dairy foods). The best digestion benefits will probably be observed any time an enzyme supplementation is taken before or after your meals, ordinarily, 1 or 2 pills will work the very best. If you are aware of some sort of gluten or milk intolerance, subsequently looking for the precise enzyme that will help is a great solution to cure your gut and also develop digestive health.

Collagen: Collagen may be the principal support protein that gives your bones, cartilage, and tendons their strength. Health supplements are usually in powder form and will regularly be cooked to generate gelatin. Introducing this in your diet really helps to increase production of your own stomach juices, which aid in the recovery of the strength within your mucosal lining. Collagen also contains amino acids (proline and glycine) which are the building blocks in the intestinal wall.

L-Glutamine: For a necessary amino acid, L-glutamine is a potent anti-inflammatory factor. This specific compound holds significant health advantages including mending a weakened gut and intestinal tract walls. Some cells that line your digestive tract and therefore are the agent responsible for trying to keep it healthy make use of this amino acid as energy resources to solve leaky gut syndrome. The majority of people do not realize that stress depletes your quantities of L-glutamine, which will leave you susceptible to leaky gut, therefore maintaining your intake up can heal and stop intestinal tract damage.

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True Heroes Live By Faith – Then Actually Do Things

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True Heroes Live By Faith Which means They Do Things.

We have been talking about heroes and why it’s important to live by faith. And, we have seen that Jesus Christ is God’s archetypical hero. He defeats the dragon and wins back his bride. He does this by wisdom, courage, and self-sacrificing love.

We receive His Spirit and become partakers of His anointing when we come to Him. Like Him, we become prophets, kings, and priests. We are to speak the truth, put it into practice, and use it to bring healing. In Christ then, we become ambassadors, evangelists, soldiers, witnesses, and agents of healing. We do all this for the kingdom of God. In Christ then, we become heroes.

The words “in Christ” are the key here. The power and skill we need to fight God’s battles can never live in us. We are fallen children of Adam. All our righteousness is  of the filthy rags variety (Isa. 64:6). Even after we come to Christ, we have no good thing in ourselves whereby we may claim the blessing or power of God (Rom. 7:18). We can’t fight, let alone win, God’s battles in our own strength. We need the resurrection life of Christ. We need the power of His Holy Spirit. And at all times we need to be covered with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. We also need justification and forgiveness. God gives this to us through a gospel-born faith.

By Faith
Faith comes by hearing. Paul tells us and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). Faith is a gift God gives to His people. This gift comes through the preaching of the gospel and the regenerating work of His Spirit (Eph. 2:8). Faith doesn’t grow in the natural soil of the natural man’s heart. It isn’t a work, an accomplishment, or a gift that we give to God; it’s His work in us. We do the believing and trusting. True faith is confidence and trust in Jesus Christ.  Our faith merits nothing, but it lays hold of Jesus Christ for all that we need as God’s children.

By faith, we ask for our daily bread. By faith, we ask God to heal the sick. By faith, we ask God to provide all our needs. By faith, we endure persecution (Heb. 11:36-39). By faith, we surrender to His will. But, at the end of the day… it is all the same faith. Further, our faith is in Christ “crucified and risen”.  This is the very same faith that clings to the promises of God. In Him, all God’s promises are yea and amen (2 Cor. 1:20).

When we ask God for strength, skill, wisdom or opportunity…. we always ask “for Jesus’ sake” knowing that our “asking” is based soley on His merits. These merits find power in His death and resurrection. If we take up a task for the sake of God and His kingdom, we do it by faith in Jesus Christ. So its important to remember that God receives our works for Jesus’ sake and no other reason. Even our worship and any spiritual sacrifices are only “acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).

All this to say that  the faith that justifies us, is the very same faith that allows us to cling to Christ. And when we cling to him, we also receive his blessings.

But at the same time, in confessing this, we reject two errors:

First, we reject the idea that we need something other than Christ to serve Him.

Second, we reject the idea that God’s promises end with our justification. In Christ we say… God gives us all things. But the “all things” here includes our active victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Jesus doesn’t save us to sit on a shelf and gather dust like a bowling trophy. He saves us to serve and reign with Him (Rom. 5:17; Rev. 1:6). Again, reigning here is “active” in orientation. We’re supposed to actually do things.

Faith Without Works
James tells us that faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:14-26). Charles Shultz once captured the spirit of James’ warning in a cartoon. Snoopy stands shivering in the falling snow. Charlie Brown and Schroeder, wearing warm winter clothes. They see Snoopy from a distance and agree that they ought to provide some comfort to him. Together they walk over to Snoopy and say, “Be of good cheer, Snoopy.” And then they walk away. Not the greatest heroes.

Luther said this about faith:

Faith is a divine work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God (John 1). It kills the old Adam and makes altogether different people, in heart and spirit and mind and powers, and it brings with it the Holy Spirit. Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. And so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly…

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man would stake his life on it a thousand times. This confidence in God’s grace and knowledge of it makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and all His creatures.

And this is the work of the Holy Spirit in faith. Hence a man is ready and glad, without compulsion, to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, in love and praise to God, who has shown him this grace (Commentary on Romans).

And this from Calvin:

Since faith embraces Christ as the Father offers him, and he is offered not only for justification, for forgiveness of sins and peace, but also for sanctification, as the fountain of living waters, it is certain that no man will ever know him aright without at the same time receiving the sanctification of the Spirit . . . (The Institutes).

Finally, from the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1674):

Q. 8. How is Jesus Christ offered to us in the gospel?
A. Jesus Christ is offered to us in the gospel, as priest, prophet, and king; and we must receive him if we would be saved by him.

When we receive Christ, we become partakers of His anointing. We, too then, become prophets, kings, and priests… active agents of the kingdom of God in this world. We become His heroes.

Our battles and challenges may be big or small. They may be personal or public. But God calls us, day in and day out… to fight the good fight and overcome by faith.

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7 Great Garden Gift Ideas For Mom On Mothers Day!

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Searching for a few great garden gift ideas for Mom on Mothers Day? Mother’s day is a just around the corner, and with spring finally springing, perhaps the perfect gift is one that can let mom enjoy her love of gardening

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Leave Only Footprints; Take Only Pictures and Memories: No Trace Camping

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One of the great testaments to man’s freedom and America itself is the vast national park system. We have created a system of parks that are unique and protected from disruption. That is until people roll in and start scorching the earth. Just kidding. For the most part people are great stewards of our land …

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How to survive anything!

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Dave follows up last week’s survival tips while traveling with the guy that wrote the book on How To Survive Anything for Outdoor Life, Tim MacWelch. That’s right three-time New York Times Best selling author Tim MacWelch will be on talking to Dave about how and why he wrote this book on surviving anything. Dave’s longtime Prepper buddy and mentor Tim will give you the best tips, tricks, hacks and OITs (Old Indian Tricks) on survival in all kind of situations.

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