I have questions on dealing with the community during a SHTF.
What are some non-prepper skills to have during a collapse?
And much more.
Matt From OK Beauty products during the SHTF and survival uses.
The SHTF and dealing with the community.
Non-Prepper Skills that will be handy
Whats essential uses for electricity.
Matt From OK Blood Sucking Family Lawyers During the SHTF
Beauty Products that have survival uses and homemade versions
Deodorant helps prevent blisters when breaking in new shoes
Lip balm helps heal small shaving nicks.
Chap Stick and lip gloss can be used as fire starter.
Oil based lube is the best fire starter.
You can brush your teeth with baking soda to remove stains and whiten the enamel. Moisten your toothbrush and dip it in baking soda.
You can also make a basic shampoo out of one cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda. Put in a sealed container
To make an excellent detangler and conditioner, mix together one cup of water and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Put in a sealed container (such as an empty conditioner bottle) and shake vigorously before using.
Mix ¼ cup baking soda with ¼ cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder). Slowly add five to six tablespoons of coconut oil to the mixture, stirring with a spoon until it reaches your desired consistency and texture. You can refill your old deodorant dispenser with this, although you will need to ensure it is kept in a cool location to prevent the coconut oil from liquefying.
A simple and long-lasting eyeliner can be made from activated charcoal – the substance used to filter water and soothe stomach aches. If the charcoal is encapsulated, empty the capsule onto a small plate. Otherwise, pour out a small amount onto the plate. Dip the tip of a narrow makeup brush into water, then swirl the moistened brush through the charcoal. Apply as you would any other eyeliner.
To make a clear lip-gloss, mix one teaspoon of aloe vera gel (slice open the leaves of an aloe vera plant and scrape out the gel), half a teaspoon of coconut oil, and 1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Mix until smooth, and then pour into a lidded container.
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This week I talk about the Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events. Science Has found evidence that at least five times in the past humans faced near extinction events.
Many times we have stood on the brink of extinction only to come back stronger.
1.2 Million Years Ago: Humanity Before We Were Exclusively Homo Sapiens
Scientists have calculated that for a period lasting one million years and beginning 1.2 million years ago, at a time when our ancestors were spreading through Africa, Europe, and Asia, there were probably between 18,500 to 26,000
150,000 Years Ago: Homo Sapiens and the Big Chill
The era is officially called Marine Isotope Stage 6 (because we know of its existence in part by analyzing oxygen isotopes from deep sea sediment samples), and informally called a “glacial stage,” but it was likely more of an “ice desert” stage. Deserts expanded as well as glaciers, and much of the world was cold and dry.
The human population shrank down to only 600 people.
70,000 Years Ago: The Toba Explosion
Roughly 70,000 years ago, give or take a few thousand years, an enormous eruption occurred in what is now Sumatra, leaving behind Lake Toba The eruption coincides with a population bottleneck that is often cited as the reason for the relatively low genetic diversity across Homo sapiens sapiens. Research suggests as few as 2,000 humans were left alive by the eruption and its aftereffects.
12,900 comet and flood
Roughly 12,900 years ago, massive global cooling kicked in abruptly, along with the end of the line for some 35 different mammal species, including the mammoth, as well as the so-called Clovis culture of prehistoric North Americans. Various theories have been proposed for the die-off, ranging from abrupt climate change to overhunting once humans were let loose on the wilds of North America. But now nanodiamonds found in the sediments from this time period point to an alternative: a massive explosion or explosions by a fragmentary comet, similar to but even larger than the Tunguska event of 1908 in Siberia.
Paired with the fact that this layer occurs directly before the extinction of at least 35 genera of large mammals, including mammoths, it is strong circumstantial evidence for a cosmic event.
670 years ago The plague
October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. Most of the sailors aboard the ships were dead, and those who were still alive were gravely ill. They were overcome with fever, unable to keep food down and delirious from pain. Strangest of all, they were covered in mysterious black boils that oozed blood and pus and gave their illness its name:
1.2 Million Years Ago: Humanity Before We Were Exclusively Homo Sapiens
This week I have an episode all about How to preserve fruits and vegetables. The last episode was all about How to preserve meat.
Many of the same techniques work for both. You really need to find the method that works well for which item.
Canning works great for meat to make a stew with but will turn some softer veggies into mush.
Some methods of preservation work better than others and some are easier.
Free dried foods will last the longest. But Freeze drying at home is all but impossible unless you have 30k to spend.
In this case, I say buying freeze dried foods is best not trying to make a DIY rig at home.
Fermentation works great and can have added benefits for both gut health and to fight off scurvy.
With ferments like sauerkraut without canning, you can expect it to last up to 6 months. With wines and distilled alcohol, it will last forever.
Freezing is the quickest and easiest method available. While the grid is still up, take advantage of this method. If the grid fails you will need to consume the frozen goods or preserve them another way.
This week I rant about how the group Antifa are fascists themselves not Anarchists as they are being called.
Being myself an anarchist politically I was pissed to find out these whiny statist babies are being referred to as Anarchists.
Many don’t even understand what an anarchist is. To them, an anarchist is basically the same as a terrorist. This is simply not the truth.
Anarchist feel that people should be free to govern themselves. To live without rulers.
Antifa does not want a society without rulers. Only without ones that Republican. Antifa would not have a problem with Hilary Clinton or Obama in office for life.
In this episode, I teach you what is Anarchy and why Antifa are fascists.
a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler.’
often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial controlearly instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
What is anarchy? And what is it not?
What exactly is Fascism?
How does Antifa match up with the 14 points of fascism?
The question of how to combat normalcy bias came up in a thread on the Survival Punks Group. Out of all the questions asked I wanted to tackle this one first.
Normalcy bias is defined by Wikipedia as:
“The normalcy bias, or normality bias, is a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects, because it causes people to have a *bias* to believe that things will always function the way things *normally* function.”
Basically, it’s putting your head in the sand.
It can happen to yourself and those around you.
In today’s episode, I talk about how to combat it both in yourself and those around you.
Sp 5 year anniversary
What is Normalcy Bias
How To Combat Normalcy Bias
How Do you live with others
Consequences of not following the bias, pros, and cons
Focus on The solution, not the problem.
People get adamant about what “I can’t do”, yet they are miserable in their own decisions. And the great praise we receive when we conform, buy a bigger house, buy a new car, enroll your jackass kids in every activity possible so you can appease your own “need” to work long hours and through them in daycare all day. That’s part of the reason I dig your vibe, the PUNK aspect, fuck the people who want to tell you what you need to be doing, or how you can’t do something.
I’ve been watching a lot of youtube recently on homemade guns. One day I ended up on a video on accident of YouTuber Royal Nonesuch making a 50bmg.
I kept watching his channel for two reasons. One, I keep expecting him to get hurt. He seriously takes no safety precautions.
Secondly, that kid has some serious skills. He has come up with some pretty ingenious weapons. And he is much more entertaining than some all the other DIY gun YouTubers.
It got me thinking about making my own homemade guns. And the legality of doing so. I had always assumed that zip guns were illegal to make and own.
I decided to brush up on the subject to see what is legal and what isn’t. Happily, I can tell you that it is 100% legal to build homemade guns.
The rules you have to follow are pretty lenient. Basically, if you can own it you can build it. We will start off with all the legal mumbo jumbo before getting to the good stuff.
Like many laws, it seems that the ones on homemade guns are all for stealing collecting tax. No, a license is not required to make a firearm solely for personal use.
Nor are these homemade weapons required to be registered.
Homemade guns are legal under federal law, as long as the weapon does not violate any existing gun laws. And if you are legally able to own one. So felons who are not able to own a firearm can not make one. Don’t believe me? Here’s a lawyer site for reference.
Checking On the ATF’s Site to make sure I didn’t miss anything at the time of writing. It is prohibited by law for a person to assemble a non–sporting semiautomatic rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts. Also, firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors or x–ray machines.
In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. NFA weapons are also sometimes called class 3 weapons.
What is the NFA and what are NFA weapons? NFA or the National Firearms Act is a Gun Control Act that was amended in 1968. The law is mostly another way to steal collect money.
NFA weapons are machine guns, sound suppressors (a.k.a. silencers), short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, destructive devices and “any other weapons”. For more info on What NFA weapons are Vow Guns has some great info.
Besides the NFA items the only other real prohibition to consider is in selling them. A license is required to manufacture firearms for sale or distribution.
Also, There is barrel length to consider. You must have an 18″ barrel with a 27″ overall length. There has to be Rifling in the barrel if it’s pistol length.
So once you make any firearm, whether from scratch or an 80 percent kit, you many not sell it. Legally. Without a license.
What are the benefits to building a homemade gun? There are a ton of benefits. Below are a few of the many reasons why you should make a homemade gun.
In many cases, these improvised weapons and home finished ones are much cheaper. Buying guns can get pretty expensive. I would love to own a few more but I’m broke.
By building your own guns you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Maybe it’s just me but I want to shoot every caliber. This is an affordable way to play.
By making a homemade gun you get around having any kind of record of you owning it. When buying a firearm from a retail store there are many records made.
There will be store records retained, Background search info, bank statement etc.
I read one prepper book where corrupt sheriffs used those records as a shopping list.
Using your hands to create something is satisfying like nothing else. For many of us, our work is intangible. You go home at the end of the day with nothing to show for it.
You build your maker skills every time you build. Just like a muscle when you lift heavy weights. You can only grow as a builder by building.
Making homemade guns now when resources and laws are on your side will give you the knowledge you will need. In a collapse knowing that you can build improvised weapons makes you better off than not.
Sure you may have your firearms in place but what about your community?
I’m big on building community both now and during a collapse. Lone wolf survival is not practical. Yes, there are rare cases of it being done. Will you be the exception or a casualty?
With homemade guns, you can arm your unarmed friends and neighbors for extremely cheap. Unless you bought cheap Mosin Nagants and AK’s before the prices went up this is the best option.
Homemade guns go by many names. Zip Guns is the first one I remember hearing. Wikipedia uses the catchall phrase of Improvised firearms.
Liberals have started calling homemade and home finished guns Ghost guns. Which probably scares liberals by being vague and uninformed.
For our purposes, let’s define a few things. A homemade gun is a firearm not made by a firearms manufacturer or gunsmith. They are typically constructed with existing materials repurposed.
The quality on homemade guns varies greatly. Some you see look like death traps and others are both functional and beautiful.
The quality of your zip gun depends on your skills and the tools at your disposal. A master of his craft can make a great firearm with poor materials and a few tools. Like this guy that made an AK from a shovel.
Or you can have no real skills but have fancy tools. You can go buy The Ghost Gunner and mill you own ar15 lowers.
Many of the homemade guns can be built from hardware store items without fancy tools. A middle ground between dangerous death traps and works or art.
I want functionality and reliance first. And I want it to be affordable. Also, I don’t want to go spend thousands of dollars for a gun that would cost a few hundred.
Built From Scratch
The first method of building homemade guns is to build them from scratch. So you won’t be using off the shelf items or repurposing things.
Building from scratch produces the best looking and functioning weapons. It is also the hardest method.
For this, you will need to have a significant amount of tools. And the expensive ones. Like milling machines, welders and metal lathes.
With the right tools, you don’t even need a high skill level. If you have a CNC milling machine you can download the files to mill out an ar15 lower for example.
I have even seen people making ar15 lowers from wood. And they can actually work. At least for a few shots anyway.
YouTube has a few examples of homemade guns made from scratch. They are great to watch even if you can’t make them.
80 Percent Lowers
Building homemade guns from 80% lowers is a lot easier than building from scratch. Even without having to use mills of any kind.
An 80% lower is the lower part of a firearm, the part that has the serial number and requires an FFL to buy, only 80 percent finished.
When you get one you will get the lower and a jig to be able to finish it. All the instructions I have seen, call for milling with a drill press.
Most of the videos I watched had people using Dremel tools and files. Although it takes a bit more work they worked just fine.
I just did a quick search to try to compare prices. You can get an 80% lower for $54.99 and $79.99 for a stripped lower. So the savings are not great.
In using an 80% lower you will also not need an FFL and that will save a few dollars.
Best of all your weapon won’t have a serial number or be Federally registered at all.
I got extremely excited when I found out that they are making 80% polymer lowers for Pistols. They are Glock clones that are homemade.
Buying just the 80% lower is around $149. That is an amazing price I thought. I was all ready to buy one. Until I saw what the cost to complete it would be.
You can buy the entire build kit here at Lone Wolf Tactical. And it will only cost you $727. Only.
I would personally buy a used Glock 19 from a person with cash in the $400~$500 range.
The most popular, easiest and ugliest method of building homemade guns are repurposed. These are typically what are called zip guns.
They are built from random junk. Zip guns will often look more likely to kill you than to hit anything.
Building a zip gun requires little to no tools. The name comes from using zip ties to hold them together. And I do not have any faith that a will zip tie keep me safe.
I have seen several well made repurposed homemade guns. Repurposing a cheap flare gun to shoot .22’s is one example I’ve seen.
You can build a lot of homemade guns from the plumbing section of a hardware store. Black pipe makes a great unrifled barrel. Like a shotgun.
I found a few places with tutorials on how to build zip guns. Check out this Simple Zip gun here. And this site has a ton of plans. There are not pictures only ASCII code.
Or You can turn to Youtube for videos on how to make them.
For some reason, I never even thought about there being plans for homemade guns. I figured you had to follow tutorials and build pictures. Or even reverse engineer a photo of a finished gun.
I came across both kits and plans while watching a Mark Serbu video on youtube. It was a video on his GB22 build. A gun the was designed to be simple and cheap to trade in at gun buybacks.
At the end of the video, he said he is working on plans and kits to be released. Well, when the GB22 plans finally came out I bought them.
I will be doing a build video and post on the GB22 when I get the plans. And when I figure out how to read them.
I will admit that the plans to the GB22 confused me. They are more technical than I had expected. I kind of wanted to cut out paper, tape to metal and cut out.
And maybe I’m reading them wrong. Also, Mark released a video discussing them that helps a lot.
A quick google search will turn up lots of homemade gun plans. Of varying quality. Like computer ASCII code pictures showing you how to build.
The ones that cost a few bucks will, of course, be better.
Another option to build homemade guns is to print them. This option will only grow over time. Right now 3d printers are in their infancy.
At this time 3d printers are not that common. But they are getting there. I knew when I saw one at Lowes that it’s about to explode.
To get one that can print a working gun will cost you a good bit. The ghost gunner requires a $250 deposit then $1250 plus $100 shipping.
While you will most likely not find a 3d printer under $1,000 that will be able to print a firearm. And definitely none under $500.
Once you have a printer you will need to find plans on the internet to print. And a quick google search should turn up the needed files.
Finally, You will need to get a strong filament to use for printing guns. And it will get pretty expensive.
So depending on the resolution of your printer you may spend hours with a file to clean up your weapon.
The benefits of using a 3d printer to make homemade guns are that you don’t have to register it. And It won’t have a serial number.
And you will know how it works better than any weapon you didn’t make. If a part breaks you can fix or replace it.
After building the first one it will become cheaper and faster to make additional ones. That you can not sale.
One solution that might work is for a few friends to go in on buying a 3d printer to make it more affordable. Also, you can sell the printer after printing to recoup much of the cost.
There are places online that will 3d print for you but I’m sure none will print guns. Especially without giving your info to the FEDs.
In conclusion, I plan on building some homemade guns. Not so much for the unregistered aspect. Which I am a fan of. But for the knowledge and resiliency gained.
Firearms are a must for a SHTF scenario. For defense and for hunting purposes. Since having a weapon is a must why not have the ability to make more?
Firearms are tools. And You need to use the right tool for the right job. Therefore you aren’t going to be hunting elk with a .22 long rifle. Just as you shouldn’t hunt squirrel with a .50 cal.
If a gun breaks during a collapse can you replace it? What if you still have holes in your firearms preps when the SHTF?
I didn’t mention it before now but please be safe. Normally I don’t talk about safety but in making homemade guns I will.
I plan on not test firing in my hand until I’m sure it won’t explode. Use a string or something for initial testing. I love building as much as the rest of you but don’t want to loose a hand.
Knowing how to make homemade guns is a big investment in your self-sufficiency. Since you will have the skills to build weapons for defense and hunting.
Have you ever built a Homemade gun? Did you use parts or build from scratch? Let me know in the comments!
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How Do We Lose Body Heat Conduction, Convection, And Radiation
Want to know how you lose body heat?
Heat is transferred by three ways. Conduction, Convection, And Radiation.
Right Now As I write this I’m losing body heat on my backside from Convection. Sitting in my hammock without a pad under me.
My legs are being warmed by conduction using an electric blanket.
And lastly, my tiny house is usually warmed by radiant heat provided by my Buddy Burner heater.
Just as how Conduction, Convection, And Radiation are the methods by which we lose body heat they are also how we gain warmth.
Let’s break down each of the three heat transfer mechanisms in depth.
Conduction is the transfer of heat between substances that are in direct contact with each other.
Whenever two things come into contact with each other the one with the higher temperature will begin to transfer that heat to the colder one.
You lose body heat in air temperatures lower than 68°F .
The body loses about 2% of its heat through air conduction. However, you will lose body heat much faster in water.
If you have ever tried to sleep on the ground without a sleeping pad you will know this. The parts of your body making contact with the ground begin to feel cold.
To prevent this you need a sleeping pad or improvised ground cover. You can make a big pile of leaves sleep on.
Basically, you want to have a buffer between you and a cold surface so you don’t lose body heat through conduction.
Convection is when a fluid, such as air or a liquid, is heated and then travels away from the source, it carries the thermal energy along.
The next way we lose body is called convection. The definition of convection is weird but I’ll explain it better.
When you boil water you will notice steam rising off it. The steam is carrying away heat as it rises. The same occurs when you step out of a really hot shower and see steam rising off yourself.
That’s a visual example but it is happening even if you can’t see it.
The body loses 10% to 15% of its heat through convection.
Convection causes movement as well that will steal heat. Like wind blowing on you. Or the air movement under your hammock.
To prevent heat loss through convection you want to minimize air flow.
Putting a barrier to prevent the wind from blowing across you will help slow down heat loss from convection.
Thermal radiation generates from the emission of electromagnetic waves. These waves carry the energy away from the emitting object.
The last way we lose body heat is through radiation. Just like the buddy burner, a wood stove or the sun.
Radiation does not need to come into contact with a solid or have movement. It simply projects out the heat.
Think of it this way. Turn on the eye of your stove top. You see it turn red and know it’s hot. Now hold your hand above it. With no air blowing from it to you and without touching it you can feel it’s heat.
In air temperatures below 68°F, you will radiate your body heat out. Just like a wood stove , you are projecting your heat.
This means it is leaving your body. And the body loses 65% of its heat through radiation.
Hence why we want to have proper clothing to trap that heat in. The more body heat your clothes can retain the warmer you will be.
There are nuances though to clothing keeping you warm. You will want clothing that allows moisture to move away from your skin. And to prevent air flow from getting to your skin.
In the winter for cotton under layers will get damp from sweat and then rapidly cool you down.
Now you know how you lose body heat. You understand how heat is transferred by convection, conduction, and radiation.
And I left out the complicated science. No need to know that when matter is heated molecules move faster. And when faster-moving molecules come into contact with slower ones they transfer their kinetic energy to them thus speeding up the slower moving particles while itself slowing down. AKA conduction.
Understanding the mechanics behind how we lose body heat also teaches how to retain it.
Knowing how it is lost and gained will help you to stay warm and alive in a survival situation.
Today we’re going to talk all about bug out bag documents. It is maybe the most neglected prep but one of the easiest and most important.
Bug out bag documents are all the important documents you will need in a disaster stored in a binder usually ready to go.
I’m talking about things like copies of your driver’s license, bank account numbers, and phone numbers to your local utilities.
In the event that you need to bug out, you do not want to be wasting time trying to find these documents. And you definitely do not want to be without them.
After hurricane Katrina, many were left without ID’s, insurance cards or banking access. That caused some major headaches. People could not access their bank accounts without their debit cards or Id’s.
With these bug out documents, you will have these with you. You my prepper friend do have your bug out documents ready right?
If the answer is no I’ll help get you squared away. I am by no means perfect. My own documents need to be updated. So this is a good time to go through what needs to be done.
Personal identification is I believe the most important bug out document you can have. In many cases being able to prove who you are is invaluable.
There are several ways to carry backup identification. Some will work better for different uses. You won’t be buying beer with a picture of your driver’s license on your phone for example.
For many of the official documents, like a license, I prefer to have an official duplicate. Most places will not accept a photocopy of an id. Although there’s no reason to not also have photocopies.
I put birth certificate first on the list for a specific reason. It is the one id used to get all the others.
Years ago when I read the anarchist cookbook I remember the part about getting a false Identity. It went like this. Get the death certificate of someone about the same age as you that died at birth. Use the death certificate to obtain their birth certificate. Take the birth certificate to get a social security card. Once you have the Social security card and Bith certificate go get a photo ID.
So with the actual copies in your Bug Out Bag documents, you will need to be careful they are not stolen. They would be an identity thief’s wet dream.
Social Security Card
Concealed Carry Permit
Mail From A Bill
High School, College, GED or any other diploma or certifications.
Titles to your car and home
In the event of a disaster, you are going to want to be able to access your financial institutes. We’ve already covered the ID part of the equation.
The easiest way to do this would be to have spare debit/ credit cards. But I can’t bring myself to tell you to keep spare debit cards in your car. Unless you have the best identity theft protection on those cards. Even then it’s not a great idea.
You should keep the bank account numbers, routing info, and phone numbers to the branches. There are a million different ways to encode the numbers to keep them from being stolen. The easiest is to increase or decrease all the numbers by one.
You can keep the debit card numbers, pin, expiration dates and security code. This can be used in online shopping, like ordering a hotel room online. Also, you might need that info to cancel a card.
Without a debit card, you can still go into a bank with your ID and banking account numbers and withdraw money.
I added having the info on local coin shops on my Bug Out Bag documents list. I’ve never seen this one another site and don’t know why. In a disaster, there are a few reasons to know where your local coin shops are.
In a disaster, you might want to convert your precious metals into cash. During my move to my tiny house, I had a cash shortage and had to sell some coins to cover the move. I would rather hold onto coins for the long term but in an emergency, you can sell them.
In a situation where you don’t want federal currency, you can go convert it to precious metals. If the economy was tanking or we went into hyperinflation this would be necessary.
Income Tax Return
Contact Info For Banks
Info For Any Debt you have
Info On Local Coin Shops
Important Phone Numbers
On this bug out bag documents we’ve covered a lot of phone numbers already but let’s add a few more.
Friends and Family
Local Emergency Numbers
Bug Out Routes
I like to have three places to bug out to in an emergency. And three ways to get there.
There are several ways to do this. I like to use Google maps.
Map the directions, choose show satellite view and print . You can even use a highlighter to mark the route.
Have the directions in written form too.
Put the maps in plastic sheets or have them laminated .
Having maps of your nearby cities and state are nice to have.
I usually grab maps of the nearby states if I pass through them.
Checklist Of Things To Do In A Bug Out
One of the things I add to my bug out bag documents is a checklist of things to do and remember.
Mike and I did an entire podcast on bug out checklists. worth a listen to go deep on the subject.
The items on the checklist are time sensitive . If the pyroplastic flow from a volcano is heading your way forget the checklist and go.
If you have more time you can spend more time going over the checklist .
Some of the things to go on there are cutting off the gas to your home.
If you’re not coming back ever grabbing any food you can eat from your refrigerator is worth it.
If you do plan on coming back and power is out you will want to empty your fridge.
Anything left will become a toxic mess.
If your anything like me you always forget something when leaving for a trip.
Having a checklist will help ensure you don’t bug out and forget something vital to your survival.
I have never been a weapons light guy. No idea why not. Maybe it was simply for lack of having used one. With the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie (Amazon Link) things might have changed.
Used to be there were little choices in firearms lights. You had Surefire lights and junk not to be trusted. Surefire was the standard in high-quality lights. And they charged for it too.
Then companies Like Olight and Foursevens started to innovate. Whereas the Surefire rested on its laurels and overcharged.
That is why I have never owned a Surefire. And why at this time Olight is my top pick for all my flashlight needs.
Let’s get into the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie and why you might want to add it to your preps.
Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie Stats
Applicable on MIL-STD-1913 and Glock sized rails.
IPX6 Waterproof .
Uses a single CR123A battery delivering an output of 450 lumens and a beam distance of 106 meters
Switch on/off silently. Push forward directly or hit the side of the switch to activate
Heavy duty stainless steel lever making it easy and fast to attach and release
Hardened glass coated with an anti-reflective coating on both sides allowing for 99% light transmission rate for maximum clarity
I’ve talked about it before. When it comes to lights Lumens are king. It is always better to have more lumens available than less. In my review of the Olight H1 Nova, I went on
In my review of the Olight H1 Nova, I went on about how great it was. A large part of that is the 500 lumens it packs.
The Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie packs 450 lumens. You can easily move around in the dark with 450 lumens to see by. You don’t want to be trying to move around a dark house with a weak light.
Shining the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie into the eyes of a home intruder will give you a major advantage. In my testing, I immediately closed my eyes and had spots dancing in my vision for a few minutes.
Turning the light on and off is easy. The button depresses without too much force. I don’t want to struggle to turn on my weapons light while holding my firearm.
There are no crazy modes to mess you up with. Press one side of the tail cap to come straight on. Press both sides for strobe mode.
The Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie will eat batteries. It will eat 1 CR123 battery every 60 minutes to be precise. And CR123 batteries are not cheap.
I would highly recommend rechargeable batteries and a charger. 1 hour is plenty of time for a home sweep. But if you want to train with the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie, and you should, then get rechargeable batteries.
I did my testing of the weapons light mounted on my AR15. And it mostly worked great.
Turning the light on and off where I had rails to mount it to was awkward. If I had rails on my heat shield I would be better. Or if the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie had a remote switch to mount near the trigger.
I think that the Olight Pl-1 II Valkyrie is a great weapons light for any handgun. The mounting and ease of use paired with the 450 lumens are great.
I think it is decent for an AR15. Unless you can mount it right by your hand so you can activate it without moving your hand. In which case, it would be a great addition.
Do you run a weapons light? Which one do you use? Let me know in the comments!
I have an Ebook on Paleo Pumpkin Recipes I worked really hard on for you. I would love for you to make some recipes from it and enjoy them.
This episode is a fun one. And one that you can participate in. Serenity and Mikes Wife join us this week to play a game of Conflicted The Card Game Finacial Collapse.
Unlike some of the previous versions of conflicted the card game this deck ask some knowledge based questions. So some cards have actual answers. Whereas my favorite ones are What would you do type answers.
What Items Could you Buy Cheaply Now That Could Be Used In Cashless Society
You were wise and saved gold and silver before the collapse. Do you keep the coin or invest?
Governments Usually print more money to get out of a crisis. How should they react to an economic crisis?
In a collapse where local areas were creating their own currencies would you trust it?
If your country collapsed what are the chances of geographic areas breaking up and how would it affect you?
Someone’s crisis is someone else’s opportunity. During a collapse could you get by with what you have?
What’s the difference between Inflation and Deflation and what causes them?
After the latest economic collapse You became an entrepreneur. Your government has new taxes that make it impossible to stay open. Do you shut down or sell on the black market.
The fine folks at Survival Hax sent me this self-inflating sleeping pad for review. Although sleeping pads are not as cool as some other BOB items they are one of the most important.
When I began building my first Bug Out Bag many years ago a sleeping mat was one of the first things I ever bought. For a very important reason. That reason is maintaining core body temperature and staying alive.
If you sleep on the ground or in a hammock without insulation beneath you will rapidly lose heat. Conduction is the method you loose heat on the ground.
When you come into contact with another surface heat transfer will occur. Transfer to a solid object will occur much more effectively than in air.
So to achieve the first rule of survival we have to prevent this heat loss. Sleeping pads are an effective way to accomplish this.
Let’s break down the stats on the Survival Hax sleeping mat.
The Survival Hax sleeping pad has several good things going for it.
It packs up smaller than any other sleeping mat I have owned. It is small enough to actually fit inside a pack. All of my other sleeping pads have to be strapped to the outside of my pack.
The Survival Hax self inflating sleeping pad is the firmest pad I have tested. Most of the self-inflating ones tend to be pretty soft. With this one, you can manually blow in it before closing the valve to get a bit firmer. Just be careful not to overinflate.
It inflates and deflates quick and easy. No messing around with a pump.
The Survival Hax sleeping pad has some room for improvement. It is small. Like really small. To translate the inches to feet 70.8 inches is 5.9 feet. To quote a comedian I heard once Manhood starts at 6 foot.
Being 6’1 myself this comes up a little short. Meaning either my head or feet will have to hang off. With a pillow or wearing boots, you could solve this.
Also at 19 inches wide it is pretty narrow. Big and tall guys will not have a good night.
In conclusion, the Survival Hax self-inflating sleeping pad is not for everyone. And that’s Ok. For most men, this pad is simply way too small.
If you are a tiny man, a child or a woman then this just might be what you are looking for. If so I do envy you being able to carry such a small packable sleeping mat.
What do you use for a sleeping pad? Closed Cell or self-inflating pad? Let me know in the comments.
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The great folks at Olight contacted me to see if I wanted to review two new lights by them. I did an unboxing and first thoughts video Here. Today will be focused on the Olight H1 Nova.
After a few weeks of testing On the lights, I am ready to share my thoughts on the Olight H1 Nova Headlamp.
Guys if you haven’t given your Christmas list to your ladies read this first. You’re gonna want to revise that list.
Olight H1 Nova Features
500 Lumen max output using CREE XM-L2 LED (NW/CW) paired with bead lens, creating clearly divided focus, floodlight with a smooth transition
Powered by CR123A (included) or RCR123A (16340) rechargeable lithium ion battery
Magnetic tail cap allows it to be attached to any ferrous surface for hands-free work when being used as a standard light
Low profile silicone switch located on the head of the headlamp for easy location and operation
There is so much good about the Olight H1 Nova. Let’s start with the most important factor of a headlamp. The almighty lumens.
This headlamp packs an amazing 500 lumens max mode. 500 lumens. Let that sink in. That much light coming from a light that’s only 2.3inches long. And it weighs 1.7 ounces.
The Olight H1 Nova has five brightness settings. 2 lumens on the lowest, that last for 15 days. The 500 lumens last for 3 minutes at full power then tapers down in brightness for 170 minutes to 180 lumens.
The headband is soft and comfortable. I have had some headlamps that are scratchy. There is just no reason to have an uncomfortable headband.
The Olight H1 Nova comes with a high quality carrying case, extra o-rings, and a clip. With the clip, you can transform the headlamp into a pocket flashlight.
The headlamp is IPX-8 certified. At this time IPX-8 is the highest level of waterproof and dust resistance. The Olight H1 Nova is completely waterproof.
There is not much bad about the Olight H1 Nova. The silicone strap that attaches the light to the headband could be a failure point.
It could get weakened if you take the light in and out many times. Or get snagged on something. Even though I doubt it since it is very low profile.
In conclusion, I can say without a doubt that the Olight H1 Nova is the best headlamp I have ever owned. It has all the features that I want in a headlamp.
For me, brightness will always be the most important feature on a light. The brighter the better. More light is always the solution. With 500 lumens on max, it is way brighter than everything else I have owned.
This is my pick for the headlamp you need to have. I’m in love with it and so will you be.
I have an Ebook on Paleo Pumpkin Recipes I worked really hard on for you. I would love for you to make some recipes from it and enjoy them.
Today we go long talking all about how to scavenge;for fun and profit. Scavenging is defined as searching for and collecting usable items from waste.
The old saying one man’s trash is another man’s treasure comes to mind. What you may find value in is completely different to another.
We begin by talking about how to can begin to develop your carving skills now while times are good.
Up first on how to scavenge is dumpster diving. I have personally gone dumpster diving many times with great results.
Just to mention it dumpster diving is not exactly legal. There are a few rules to follow to ensure that you will have little to no issues. There is an entire community of Dumpster Divers this site has some helpful info on it.
Want to know how to scavenge easily? We talk about using the free section on Craigslist to get some great stuff. We open up the Nashville Craigslist Free section and read off a few of the items. Mike was blown away by the free sections.
I really like the design of the pocket shot. I want one. Badly. However, I am also a cheap ass. And $25 is a lot of money for a something I will just play with.
I have been working out a way to build a Pocket Slingshot from scratch. The only part that was tripping me up was the pouch part . I was overthinking it. Trying to use a heat gun to form one from rubber.
I found this infographic on Mom With A Prep created by The Prepper Project. With Thanksgiving coming up I really wanted to find a one more Thanksgiving related. This infographic had sweet potatoes so I went with it.
I am a picky eater being a big proponent of the paleo diet. So I often go against the grain (pun intended) with many survivalists.
I don’t store buckets of wheat. I want to store and grow food that will have me at optimal performance. Every edge you can give yourself during a disaster.
With that said I love that the majority of this list is paleo friendly. This 10 Best Survival Foods You Can Grow Infographic has one grain and one legume.
Kale is definitely a big one on my list of top survival foods. I eat it almost daily. Kale is a nutrient wonder food. It is cold hardy in the US.
It’s odd how kale divides people. It’s either love or hate with kale. I generally eat it cooked down in bacon fat. And I don’t know anything that doesn’t taste batter in bacon fat.
Another one on the 10 Best Survival Foods You Can Grow Infographic that I love are sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes.
Unfortunately, the sweet potato is only known by many as the disgusting sweet potato casserole. Covered in brown sugar and marshmallows.
When I mention sweet potatoes that are usually what people think. And they say that they don’t like them. Have you ever tried sweet potato hashbrowns? Baked Hashbrowns? Or any of the myriad of other ways that accent the amazing taste and not cover it up.
Check out the entire 10 Best Survival Foods You Can Grow Infographic below for the rest.
What is your favorite Survival food to grow? Let me know in the comments!
I have an Ebook on Paleo Pumpkin Recipes I worked really hard on for you. I would love for you to make some recipes from it and enjoy them.
Tips For Finding Cheap Used Gear For Homesteading And Survival
Looking for cheap survival gear, homesteading tools or crafting supplies? But your broke as hell and can’t afford to keep up with all the gear whores. You need to score some Cheap Used Gear gear my friend.
My definition of used gear is not buying from a retailer of new merchandise. Used, scratch and dent and resellers will all provide a huge discount over new. Sometimes items will be new in packaging from the places I talk about.
There are several places to find Cheap Used tools. I recently found some great deals. This is part of the reason for this post. When you score a great deal you want to share it with your buddies.
Learn To Haggle
For finding cheap used gear you are going to have to haggle. These second-hand markets require you to haggle. Or pay more.
Many of the vendors, especially the old timers, want you to haggle. They will often say a really high price just to see if you will begin the haggling process.
This will result in one of three actions. You will leave. You will pay the asked price. Sucker. Or the haggling will commence.
To haggle you can ask if they are willing to come down on the price. Or you can give them a counter offer. They will either say that the prices are firm or work with you.
No harm in asking. Never be afraid to ask.
The only thing I don’t like about the flea market where I live is that it is only once a month. Maybe a good thing for my wallet, though.
Earlier this month I scored a club hammer and my first chisel. My girlfriend got me the chisel for $6 bucks and I got the hammer for $10.
I saw several Stanley planes for a decent price. Some were in more or less good shape. Many would require a lot of work to restore. And is a point to leverage in the haggling process.
At this flea market, there is always a ton of old cast iron. Look around a lot before buying. Some will be cleaned and seasoned. Some will be rusted badly. If the rust is only on the surface then cleaning isn’t bad.
The prices will vary greatly on cast iron cookware. Some of the sellers will price on collectability. You want cheap used gear to use not to collect.
Flea markets are a treasure trove for homesteading tools. They should have plows, draw knives, shovels, picks, chainsaws. Not blowing all your money will be the hardest part.
You can find some really great cheap used gear at thrift stores. It will vary on the store and location. The things being donated come from the community they are in. So if the area is full of hipsters don’t expect the best stuff.
Some of my best thrift store finds have come from the Goodwill stores closest to FT Campbell army base. You will find army surplus pop up in there on occasion. I got my combat boots
I got my combat boots for $10 in a thrift store.
In one thrift store in Nashville, I found a grab bag of kerlix gauze for my first aid kit for three bucks.
The majority of my cold weather gear like wool shirts and under armor clothes have come from thrift stores.
For my entry, I built a bugout Bag with change left over. A big part of the build, the bag and cook system, came from a yard sale for only $1.50
In the past, I have found ammo for sale at yard sales.
A lot of time you can score camping supplies at yard sales. People buy it and never use it. It sits around for years till they sell it. Usually for a steal.
As with thrift stores, location is everything with finding cheap used gear at a yard sale. Some of my best finds have been in going to the richest areas. The prices are usually the lowest and the gear is the best.
I’m new to using scrap yards but I’m becoming a fan. I’ve been to a few metal scrap yards and got some great materials.
The ballistics plate I made came from an I-beam bought at one. I paid $30 for a 100-pound chunk of metal. I still have a bunch left for my anvil project.
They don’t just have junk metal but odds and ends. Like sinks, pots, weights, and rain gutters. All for crazy low prices.
One I went to had a section for bikes and grills. Most of them looked to be in working condition.
Besides cheap used gear you can find some great building supplies at them. You can get metal for knife making.
Scratch And Dent Stores
These stores can be hit or miss for finding cheap used gear. They are more retail store than a flea market and you can’t haggle.
Some of the deals are great. Some are not even a good deal.
The items change regularly and in many the prices will drop the longer the merchandise sits. Keep your eyes out and you may find a great deal.
I got an all glass water bottle for $2 recently. It is very thick glass. At a normal retail store, it would go for around $8.
In conclusion, I have given you several ways for you to find cheap used gear. A lot of it is in what you’re looking for.
The flea market is the best for finding tools. If you need some homesteading tools and are short on cash try your local flea market. Don’t forget to haggle with the vendors.
If you are looking for clothing then my pick is in thrift stores. The prices on great quality clothes can’t be beaten. Like a car being driven off the lot the value of clothing plummets once they are worn.
What is the Best Deal you have got on cheap used gear? Let me know in the comments!
I have an Ebook on Paleo Pumpkin Recipes I worked really hard on for you. I would love for you to make some recipes from it and enjoy them.
Practical Tips On How To Craft The Perfect Survival Bow
Today I have a guest post on Practical Tips On How To Craft The Perfect Survival Bow. Making a survival bow is something I have been meaning to do for a while. This post has several grerat tips to get me building. Enjoy -James.
Adding the Bow Cord
One thing that nobody prepares you for is an emergency situation. You only realize that you were not ready when it is too late to save the day. In everyday life, there are some skills that you would deem irrelevant. For instance, on an average day, where would you require to start a fire without the use of a lighter? Another such skill would be how to make a survival bow. In the event you find yourself in a position which requires you to utilize some of your caveman skills, this article clearly elucidates how to go about making a perfect survival bow.
One thing you need to get clear is that a survival bow is nothing like the modern day compound bow and crossbow. It is a quickie bow that is designed with a single thought in mind; convenient assembly for immediate use.
When you are in the wild, one thing is for sure; you have limited time and resources. When it comes to fashioning a bow, you are lucky because nature is on your side. The primary resource which is wood is most likely in abundance.
Below are some quick and easy tips for creating a Survival bow which you can use for hunting game and self-defense if the need arises.
The first step is picking out the right kind of wood. This is like the backbone of your bow. So that you know not any wood can be used to make a bow. You want to go for hardwood. This includes the likes of ash, yew, black locust, oak, hickory, beech, and maple. It is possible that you may not know the identity of your trees and if that is the case, here is how you can test if the wood is good enough for a bow.
Take a twig the size of your pinky finger and bend it slightly. Allow it to snap back. Observe whether it responds quickly or sluggishly. Next, bend it into a c-shape, does it stay intact? Lastly, break the twig. If it breaks easily into two, it is a wrong candidate. If it refuses to break, but it kinks and forms a fibrous fracture, you’ve got yourself a match.
Now that you’ve got the right wood, you will need an excellent piece of it to make the best bow. A good bow stave should meet the following criteria;
· A length of 5-6 feet
· A thickness of 1.5-2 inches
· Minimal to no twists or knots
· Have a steady taper from one end to the other
· No cracks
The next thing to having the perfect stave is to find its back, belly, and handle. Here is how you do it;
· Set the bow upright on the ground with one hand holding the top
· Push on the center lightly and allow the stave to rotate revealing the part that is slightly curved
· The inside part of the curve is the belly
· The outside part of the curve is the back
Now to find the handhold, determine the center of the branch and mark out three inches from either side of the center. The gap in between is your handle. Next, you need to ensure that your stave achieves a perfect bend. To do this, first, you need to curve the stave to see how the limbs bend. Some areas of the limb bend more easily than others.
Now, whittle away wood from the belly until both limbs are bending equally. The result should assume the shape of a parabolic curve. However, it is prudent to take your time when doing so because too much of it will spoil the branch and you may have to start from scratch. Also, do not remove anything from the back because it can easily break as it endures a lot of tension.
The next bit is modifying the limbs so that the strings sit easily without sliding off the tips. Cut two knocks on either side of each limb to form a 45-degree angle facing the handle just deep enough for the string to rest and make sure not to touch the back.
Adding the Bow Cord
Some materials you can use for bowstring include;
· Nylon rope
Point to note is that you can use any synthetic cord of a small diameter, the stiffer, the better. Elasticity messes up with the bows snap power. Now you can string your bow but just make sure that the cord is -6 inches from the bow’s handhold. One final process and you can begin using your bow.
Tillering your bow
This is one of the most crucial processes of shaping your bow. You need to find a piece of scrap wood or use a branch to hang your bow up horizontally by the handle. Pull the string down a few inches to see how the limbs bend. Both limbs should bend evenly throughout, and each bend should be a complete replica of the other. You have nothing to worry about if you did a good job shaping the bow.
At this stage, if you are equipped with some bow hunting tips, you are ready to hunt. Take caution to never fire the bow without an arrow as it can break the bow. If you are not in life and death situation and would probably like to do some finishing, you can sand the belly to make it smooth and also apply some light oil to prevent it from drying out fast.
Get yourself some arrows, shoot your bow frequently, oil it and tiller it when necessary. Now that is what a pro hunter does.
If you are just at home and would like to take on this fun and creative learning process, you can do it out of materials that are probably available in your backyard within a very short time. Why not give it a try? You will carry on the skill forever, and it may come in handy one day when you need it.
Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com
Since the infographic was created by a wool company it is biased. I am a big fan of wool, though, especially when you can get wool on the cheap.
When layering clothes you begin with the base layer. This is the layer that comes in contact with your skin.
You want to treat this like a second layer of skin. The goal is to retain body heat without getting sweaty. You want a material that will move perspiration away from the skin.
As an example cotton as a base layer would be terrible in the winter. Cotton will absorb the moisture and keep it on the skin. This will suck the heat from your body.
A light merino wool shirt or leggings will do much better than cotton as a base layer.
I prefer a synthetic base layer myself. It is usually cheaper and easier to find an under armor type base layer than merino wool.
You can find other types of wool easily at thrift stores. Merino wool can be found on occasion too. If you try to use another type of wool as a base layer you will regret it. You will not be able to stop itching.
The mid layer is where I like to use heavy wool. I want the mid layer to provide most of my warmth.
This layer is meant to retain heat. It does this by trapping body heat close to the body. Think of it as your insulation layer.
Natural fibers, such as merino wool and goose down work great as a mid layer.
The outer layer is there to protect you from the elements. This layer will offer rain and wind protection.
Not all outer layers will be rain proof. You will usually get a balance of rain resistance, wind resistance, and breathability.
Now time for something completely different. This year’s Holiday Gift Ideas For Survivalist And Preppers 2016 post is a bit different. In the past, I have tried to post a few neat items on the Christmas Gift posts. Last year I went looking for Small business and Kickstarters.
Last year I went looking for Small business and Kickstarters. I would rather give business to a small startup over a mega company in most cases. Quality still counts.
This year I’m aiming to make the definitive guide to Holiday Gift Ideas For Survivalist And Preppers 2016. I will have options for cheaper gifts as well as more expensive ones.
The list will be organized by category. Firestarters and tinder, for example, will go in the Fire category. In the categories, I will make the items go from cheapest to most expensive .
Lastly, This post will not be static. I will update it as time goes on. Up until Christmas. If you see a great deal drop it in the comments.
Disclaimer: Some of the links here are affiliate links. That means I get a commission if you buy. It does not charge you more. It helps support the blog.
Back to Basics: Survival Skills Our Grandpas Taught Us
Learn what Survival Skills Our Grandpas Taught Us today in this guest post.
Everyone remembers that time when they spent their summers with their Grandfather. He taught you many chores, which you didn’t know would still be useful to this day.
The timeless skills of being self-reliant and living a simple life still apply today.
We were taught basic, but useful survival skills. Let’s look back to the survival skills and other things your Grandpa had that still work around the homestead.
Our grandfathers were so knowledgeable about woodworking that they were able to fix things around the house. These are some of the skills we ought to know if disaster strikes. Knowing how to build a shelter is one way to survive.
Some of the woodworking skills that we should know would be:
-Building a ladder for picking fruits or fixing roofs
One of the most adventurous activities of your childhood may have been foraging, which is an essential survival skill. You would walk around your grandparents’ farm and pick up cool looking sticks, or pretty rocks to show to your Grandma. Maybe you even found some wild mushrooms or chickens’ eggs.
This was your education on foraging and you didn’t even know it. You were taught what can be eaten and what to avoid. You probably learned that wild mushrooms can be poisonous and not to eat them if you were uncertain.
It is important that you are knowledgeable about what you can and cannot eat in the wild. Because you might come across items that look edible but are indeed poisonous. To hone this skill, look into getting a book that covers what you can and cannot eat in the wild.
Mowing with a Scythe
This is probably one of the few things that you truly looked forward to in you summers. Farms consists of vast acres of land where there may not be enough electricity to mow it in its entirety. That’s why the scythe is one of the farmer’s most trusted tools.
If you didn’t have to use a scythe during your childhood, here’s a quick lesson on operating one. The use of the scythe is actually quite simple if you give enough time to practice. The first thing you do is put the blade on the ground, in front of you, hold it with both hands. Your non-dominant hand will be on the top handle and your dominant is placed on the middle part, for power.
Rotate your torso far back to create a momentum and twist your body to create a sweeping motion. Your feet should remain firmly on the ground. Expect to be sore for a couple of days! This is an important skill for survival especially if there if your mower dies and there are now mechanics around.
Planting a Garden
Most of our grandpas loved their garden. It is a way to relax and to just get away for a while. The garden has many seasons: planting, growing and harvesting. The kitchen will be filled with corn, eggplants, beans, cucumbers, squash, and peppers.
The skill needed to have a productive vegetable garden like this is to that you should be able to use a rake and a hoe. Farming is fun and fulfilling. It doesn’t have to be difficult. All you need to do is to be committed to taking care of your plants, to have adequate knowledge in using farm tools, and know how to use a good kitchen knife when the time comes to chop and preserve them.
Taking Care of Farm Animals
Taking care of farm animals is not that hard, as long as you don’t plan on raising a large number of them. You can have a cow for milk, some pigs, and a number of chickens and you’re good to go.
Chickens are very easy to take care of. All they need is water, grass, and corn. Other fowls such as geese, ducks, and turkeys are also fairly easy to keep happy.
If you want a more challenging farm animal, try raising pigs. They don’t mind being in a small, but sufficient space, as long as there are enough food and water, especially during winter time.
These are just some of the numerous survival skills that our grandpas taught us. There’s still a lot to learn, but we can start brushing up on the basics. That way, we can share something with our grandchildren as well.
About the Author
Jack Neely is a fitness expert, survivalist, and world traveler. He’s been in several life or death situations, and he’s making an effort to spread his knowledge around the web to help others survive these situations as well. He’s also on the content team at The Tactical Guru.
Today Mike and I talk about What are the best barter items for SHTF. We change up the format and dig deep into the main topic. No news this episode.
Also, there won’t be an All geared up with Couch Potato Mike this week. Since he was salty all episode long.
We disagree on the storage of Precious Metals. Mike says that it is a stand-in for money. I.e you are not bartering with gold and silver you are buying.
I stand behind using precious metals being a barter item. Bartering is between two people without a government needing to be involved.
We talk about many of the well-known barter items. The things that pop to mind easily. We also cover a few less talked about items.
Barter items basically come down to two categories. Needs and wants.
Early on in an SHTF scenario needs will be most important. People will need food, gas, and medical supplies.
Once Things calm down, even a little, the wants will rule. During the great depression movie, theatres were filled. They had little to no money and still spent it on entertainment over needs. This is a valuable lesson.
Yes, you should stock up on needed items for barter. You should also store wants, vices, and addictions to barter with.
Alcohol, tobacco and titty mags will all have high barter value. The porn industry is not as big as it is without a reason.
Today a new president is elected. I’m really pulling for my candidate. Nobody. Since that isn’t going to happen there are some preps for the election that need to be shored up.
Regardless of the outcome, some items are going to get more expensive. Or harder to find. As preppers, we should be prepping for this. Most of us have already got preps for the election. I like to prep right up to the last minute.
Today I’ll talk about a few items and strategies for Election 2016. I honestly don’t think much will happen. Each president of my lifetime has left the country worse and closer to the collapse. And the fear mongers are saying this is end times. They said the same about Obama and Fukushima and every other thing.
My point is that a collapse will occur. One day. No, I don’t think it will be overnight. Rome took between 100 to 300 years to fall. After an American collapse scholars in the Future will argue over how long it took the US to fall.
First up on the preps for the election is ammo. While I don’t actually believe Trump is pro-gun, Hilary is very outspokenly anti 2nd amendment. Her husband got an assault weapons ban in place while in office. And I’m sure she would love to get another.
So if Hilary is elected ammo will become hard to find and expensive. Not because of anything on her part but because it is going to be bought up as soon as it comes in. Just like the ammo shortage after Sandy Hook. In fact .22 ammo
In fact, .22 ammo has never recovered completely. Many places still have buying limits on it. I looked for some this morning there wasn’t any.
This is the one time I recommend odd calibers. They will be available during an ammo shortage. Since my day job is retail (well night job) I can see trends easily. And during the ammo shortage, I remember .17 HMR and 30-30 were both available the entire time.
Gas is on the preps for the election list for the same reason. Many will be topping off their gas tanks for the election. Most preppers will be topping off their fuel storage too.
Add this to the pipeline spill and fuel may be really hard to find. Here in Tn, I have seen several stations with empty pumps. Friends of mine have seen long lines at the pumps.
That said I plan to be filling up with the election results. Nothing may happen. No reason to put it off, though.
I have seen a lot of stories that if Trump wins there will be riots. If Hilary wins Trump is refusing to admit the loss. So, either way, there could be riots.
The election results won’t be in till late so many will at least be home from work. For us night workers it could be an issue.
I don’t normally watch the news but it will be worth it today. As well as social media. If riots are breaking out then staying home from work would be wise. As well as getting away from any major cities.
I do not recommend getting out on Tuesday if it’s not necessary. Especially no shopping trips to major metropolitan areas. Stay home and listen to our podcast on Surviving a riot.
In conclusion to the preps for the election list please be safe. Like I have said. I don’t think anything will happen but I am making preps anyway.
If you don’t take responsibility for your own safety you are at the mercy of others. I don’t like to be at anyone’s mercy. I don’t like to leave things to chance.
Regardless of who wins this election, we are screwed. Nothing good can come from these idiots. Either is going to grow government. Both will erode our personal liberty.
Focus on your preps. Grow a garden. Build a community. Learn a new skill.
What Preps For the Election are you making? Let me know in the comments!
While looking for the Monday Infographic I came across the survival rule of 3’s infographic from Willow Haven Outdoors.
It is a short but sweet infographic. I realized I haven’t covered the basics of Survival in a few years. The survival rule of 3’s is a core tenet of survivalism.
The Rule of 3’s is:
3 Hours without shelter.
3 Day’s without water
Three weeks without food
Those are the basic rules. Some have added more. Like 3 seconds without security, 3 minutes without air and three months without love. But we will stick to the 3 rules of 3’s.
3 Hours Without Shelter
This rule of 3’s rule is for 3 hours in extreme weather. Like all the rules it is an approximation. Obviously, you can survive just fine in the shade of a tree on an island paradise in perfect weather.
The problems come in with extreme conditions. Rain and cold weather come to mind first. There is also extreme heat and sun exposure. Basically, the further weather gets away from ideal conditions the faster you are going to need shelter.
3 Day’s without water
After shelter on the rule of 3’s water is next up in importance. Many worry about food first which is plain wrong. You can survive 3 days easily without food. 3 Weeks is a long time and many have gone longer.
Three days is a short time. So You need to get water fast. Focus on water before you think about food.
3 Weeks Without Food
Your last rule in the rule of 3’s is Food. The record for fasting is longer than three weeks but that doesn’t mean you can be a record setter.
After your shelter and water are squared away you have a 3-week window to get food. This seems like an easy task in 3 weeks but Naked and Afraid shows that it might not be.
For survivalists who pride themselves on always being prepared, pocket-sized gear is often the most useful. The fact is, gear you can’t keep on your person won’t be available when you need it the most. That’s why pocket-sized tools, though small, are powerful and reliable. But what is the most useful pocket-sized equipment for the savvy survivalist? Here’s a look.
This may be the most obvious item on this list, but a multi-tool like a Leatherman or Gerber is an indispensable tool. With multiple knives, screwdrivers, scissors and more, both brands have a plethora of options that have an extensive collection of tools, or lighter, slimmed down models for those who want to cut down on weight. Gerber’s tools have a lifelong warranty, while Leatherman’s lasts 25 years. Leatherman’s also come at a slightly higher price point, but are name brand and have a reputation for durability. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a reliable tool wherever you go.
The Altoids Box Kit
While many companies make and sell their own pocket survival kits, like Whiskeyfox, you probably know what items you will need more or less of on your adventures. The absolutely essentials, after your multi-tool of course, can all be fit in a metal Altoids box. For instance, a smaller, lock-back knife may be handy. As will a Zippo lighter, magnifying glass, matches, Band-Aids and alcoholic wipes, a razor blade,and a roll of medical tape. This can all fit in an Altoids canister if you’re economical with space. Remember, you’re the one who knows just what and how much of each supply you might need depending on your plans and the environment you’re in.
There are some tools that won’t fit in an Altoids tin, however. The company Vigilant Trails makes a nifty pocket fishing kit that includes hooks, weights, lures, line, knife and even a rod alternative. This kit is great for those who expect they’ll be near a body of water, like a lake or river.
If you get caught out overnight, you may need an emergency blanket. Emergency blankets are light, cheap (at around five dollars a pop) and made of plastic that rebounds your own body heat back at you.
While a GPS was once too large for a pocket, backcountry GPS devices from Garmin have slimmed down and become much more power efficient. The Garmin eTrex 30 weighs a paltry 4.8 ounces, has 25 hours of battery life and a 2.2-inch screen and is made specifically for backcountry hikers and survivalists. The eTrex 30 is also one of the cheapest GPS devices on the market, so you won’t spend an arm and a leg. Of course, with the holiday season right around the corner, stores will have special sales on tons of outdoor equipment. This is the time of year to get the most bang for your buck.
If you have a ready water source in your vicinity and don’t plan on leaving it, the LifeStraw is a straw that lets you drink directly from a river, stream or pond by filtering the water before it hits your lips. This is the smallest, simplest water filter system on the market.
Alex Clark-McGlenn is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Writer’s Workshop. His fiction is published in the Best New Writing 2016 anthology, The Cost of Paper, Smokebox.net, and others. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, soccer, and reading. He lives the Pacific Northwest.
This week We welcome on Dr. Lori Shemek to speak about inflammation. She is a well-known pioneer in creating global awareness of low-level inflammation and how it is responsible for and the core cause of most illness, disease, faster aging and weight gain.
The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts, alongside such names as Dr. Oz and David Zinczenko, author of Eat This, Not That.
Dr. Shemek is the author of How To Fight FATflammation! and the best-selling author of Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!
Listen in to loose weight and improve your health to survive.
Keto CaNa Review Get The Focus And Energy You Need
Can you get the benefits of being in ketosis without eating a ketogenic diet? With Keto CaNa you can. What is Keto CaNa from Keto Sports and Why would you want some?
You have heard me talk about how being in ketosis is the best for survival. Being in A state of ketosis is optimal for long term and short term disasters.
Hell, it is healthiest to be in ketosis most the time. I advocate going in and out of ketosis. This more closely mimics the way our ancestors would have lived.
Being in ketosis you have more energy and focus than a system with excess glucose. This I believe is an evolutionary adaptation. Without food, the body begins to convert stored fat into ketones for the brain and body to run on.
The brain runs exceptionally well on ketones. Which makes sense that the brain would want to work better when starving.
What is Keto CaNa
Keto CaNa is an Endogenous ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) in powdered sodium and calcium salt form. Basically, It is pure ketone bodies. The same as what your body will produce in ketosis or a fasted state.
In humans, hydroxybutyrate is synthesized in the liver from acetoacetate, the first ketone produced in the fasting state. BHB can be used as an energy source by the brain when blood glucose is low.
Why Would You Want To Take Keto CaNa
Well, you might not want to be in Ketosis all the time. I think you should but maybe you are not willing to give up pizzaa. By taking Keto CaNa you can gain the health and performance benefits while still consuming carbohydrate.
You might want to take some on a cheat day to minimize the effects of bad food. I’m going to be giving that a try.
Or you might want to get some to add to your preps. It is a high octane fuel source for your brain and body. You can start taking it during an emergency situation to be on your A game.
I know that during an emergency I want to be thinking as clearly as possible. Have enough energy to deal with the extra physical demands. Beta-Hydroxybutyrate decrease oxygen demand. So you can hold your breath longer and run more efficiently. Seems like benefits to Escape and Evasion to me.
It is definitely a great product. I felt my brain kicking ass the first morning I took it. Keto CaNa was very impressive. I felt awake and alert. I found in comparable to modafinil in many ways, Would highly recommend this as a prep.
For this infographic Monday I have the Top 20 Firestarters from Equip To Survive. It is broken up into 10 ignition sources and 10 tinders. I came across this one and picked it to go with the Survivalpunk Punks weekly
I came across this one and picked it to go with the Survivalpunk Punks weekly challenge. Every week we do a challenge on in the group. This week is making a fire using a unique way. So no matches or lighters.
I even have one that is not listed. In fact, I have not even seen much mention of this method. But you’ll have to join the group to find out what it is.
Top Ignition Sources
The best of all firestarters will always be a butane lighter to me. It is simply the fastest and easiest method to get fire. They are small and cheap. Stock up on lighters now while it’s easy.
Using a battery and steel wool is a great one. I showed in a video how to use a USB battery charger to do it with. It is very easy to get a fire going using this method.
Firestarters won’t work great without great tinder. Petroleum jelly and cotton balls used to be my main go to. It has since changed to cotton pads and coconut oil. Both burn for a few minutes to give you time to build a sustainable fire.
What are your favoritFirestartersrs and tinders? Let me know in the Comments!
What zombie resources are there for you ravenous fans out there? Sadly not a huge amount. I have some of my favorites that I will talk about.
Like the rest of the web, site turnover is high. Many that I have loved are gone or not updated.
I love zombies and Zombie Week 2016 but I could not blog about it year round. So I understand. Kinda.
I’ve curated a list of zombie resources I can recommend. If you have a great one I missed leave it in the comments.
Must Hate Zombies
Must Hate Zombies is my buddy Guy’s podcast On finding a partner for the zombie apocalypse. It’s a fun podcast filled with some great info.
We’re Alive is a great podcast. It is all fictional about a group of survivors in a Zombie Apocalypse. It is a full audio production in a podcast. A cast and sound effects. Like the old radio programs before tv’s.
The Zombie Squad Forums are literally what introduced me to survival. I stumbled onto a thread on Bug Out Bags and they rest is history. Still my favorite Survival Forum on the net.
Zombie Go Boom
I just found this YouTube channel and I’m loving it so much I’m adding it to my zombie resources. On Zombie Go Boom They test out various ways to kill zombies. GO Watch you will enjoy.
Z.E.R.T does training to help you survive a zombie apocalypse. The training has evolved over time to be some of the best organized around. They also have some of the coolest patches.
Zombie Week 2016 continues! Today lets talk about weapons for a zombie apocalypse. These weapons will work great to get you through a zombie uprising.
Even though I am a huge fan of the zombie genre I do not believe zombies apocalypse will ever actually occur. For me, it is more metaphorically. So This article could be used for weapons for whatever two legged vermin during an SHTF.
It is easier to talk about bashing in a zombies brain than your neighbor that is hungry. That is why I talk about building community. I would rather give a neighbor a bag of rice over a bullet.
Weapons For A Zombie need only destroy the brain. Which generally will work for all living creatures too. A screwdriver or an icepick both work really well for this.
The issue with using a screwdriver is how close you have to get to a zombie. It is very effective at piercing the brain. But you have to do it in close quarters.
A knife is the same as a screwdriver. It is for a quick puncture to the brain. Not all knives will work as good. You will want to get a knife designed for stabbing not slicing.
A pointy knife with a strong tip will work great. Daggers will shine in this use. As will any long, skinny pointy one.
Hamers make great improvised weapons for a zombie. In 2011 in the US 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. So It is obviously an effective weapon.
Depending on the weight of the hammer and your strength you could have to hit the zombie multiple times. And you have to get in close.
Hamers are effective but better used as a last-ditch effort over the first line of defense.
In the comic, The Walking Dead, Ricks’ favorite weapon was the hatchet. It is a great close range weapon for a zombie. Unlike the hammer, you have the benefit of it being sharpened.
The chances of destroying the brain with only one hit are much higher.
Both hammers and Hatchets have a chance to get stuck, though. This could get you killed if it happens at the wrong time.
With a baseball bat, you can move back a little. All the previous weapons for a zombie are extreme close range ones. The further away you can dispatch a zombie the safer you will be.
If you plan on killing zombies with a bat choose aluminum or high-quality wood. A cheap wood bat will break at the worst time.
With a mace, you are combining both bashing and piercing weapons in one. Mace’s are basically baseball bats with spikes on them.
If it worked in medieval times it will work for zombies, right?
With a mace, you get to step back from the target and don’t have to swing as hard as with a baseball bat.
You will most likely get stuck in a skull. You will have to pull it back out after most every strike.
Here is another ancient weapon to fight zombies with. A pike is a long staff with a sharpened end.
With a pike, you get to move even further back. Every step you take back the higher your chances of survival rise.
With many of these weapons for a zombie that risk of getting stuck is high. With a pike at least it should pull back out easy.
All the nerds just rejoiced. I almost didn’t put a sword on the list. I don’t feel it is the most practical weapon for a zombie.
Many liberal zombie fans hail swords as the ultimate weapon. Meh.
This is our last episode! The world has become run over by zombie clowns. That’s right Clowns are zombies. The end is here. And It’s not funny. Mike and I tried to get this podcast out on time in hopes that it can save some of you.
If you are safe stay that way. Clowns are zombies now and you can’t trust them.
The only way to kill them is to destroy the nose. That is those bastards only weakness. Unlike normal zombies headshots won’t work.
Some survivors have had luck trapping them in invisible boxes. I would only recommend it as a last resort.
Be advised to avoid any tiny cars. The clown zombie can drive and a horde of them can fit in a mini. If you are caught by a horde it’s over.
Clowns Are Zombies!
I don’t know how it happened. What space radiation or mad scientist is to blame. All I know is that now clowns are zombies and mankind is at its end.
There are pockets of resistance. Many are fighting the good fight. The odds are simply stacked against us. It’s too crazy.
I hope this final podcast reaches you and helps you to survive. One day the Survival punk podcast like mankind might make a triumphant return.
Until then be safe and DIY to Kill Clowns Youse Guys!
Zombie Books And Movies You Need To Check Out Now!
Toda’s video is all about Zombie Books And Movies You Need To check out. What I’m calling Zombie Week 2016 is in full swing. I have seen and read a lot of zombie fiction over the years. Much of it pretty terrible. Like Zombies On A Plane…Other are great.
I have seen and read a lot of zombie fiction over the years. Much of it pretty terrible. Like Zombies On A Plane…Other are great.
In the video I talk about the Zombie Books And Movies that I like. And mention a few I don’t like.
On the list of recommended reading, I have World War Z and Day By Day Armageddon. Both are my top picks for zombie books. Followed by the Walking Dead Comic. But Only about the first 12 volumes of the trade paperbacks.
I lose interest in the comic about there. The Tv show lost me in season 2.
I talk about a few of the many zombie movies I own. With my top picks for ones you need to watch. I keep coming back to the original Dawn of the Dead (the only one on amazon is $45 go look at a pawn shop). To me, it is about the best. Zombie Land is another great one. More fun and
Zombie Land is another great one. More fun and less social commentary.
What’s your favorite zombie movie? Or Zombie book? Let me know in the comments!
Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic
Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic
It’s the week leading up to Halloween and I love it. Zombies are what got me into survival. It’s a silly way to get into it but it’s true.
Today I have Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic for you. I found this on Pinterest from Grocery Coupon Network. Proof that everyone loves zombies.
The Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic begins with zombie speed in media. You can see that for the most part, they have got faster over the years. With the exception of the Walking Dead Tv Show.
Fast Zombies scare me.
The survival supplies section is pretty sparse but accurate. 1 gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food and first aid.
The weapons section relies solely on melee weapons. No guns on the list. I feel this is a mistake. Nothing beats a subsonic .22 to kill zombies.
The Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic ends with info on barter goods. The three categories it lists is Alcohol, Ammunition, and Gasoline. Those are a good start.
I would add entertainment and precious metals to that list. Silver and gold have always had value. Initially in a zombie outbreak, they would not but afterward, yes. For entertainment, I mean books, magazines etc. People always want distractions from the world.
Survival Instructions For The Zombie Apocalypse Infographic
What would you do In a Zombie Outbreak? Have you spent hours arguing with your buddies on who has the better plan? Let me know in the comments!
10 Nuclear Survival Gear Items You Need To Get For SHTF
Let’s Talk about Nuclear Survival Gear today. I hear a lot going on about nuclear war with Russia. I would like to say up front that I do not think that is going to happen. Nuclear war with any of the big world powers is very unlikely.
If any world power launches a nuclear attack on anyone the rest of the world will retaliate. Putin may be many things but he is not a Nihilist. No one wants to scorch the world.
If we ever see a nuke set off It will be a lone wolf bomber. Or a group that is not affiliated with a country that doesn’t care about the outcome. I see the likeliness of a dirty bomb being set off in strategic locations to be more probable.
With that said having preps for a dirty bomb makes sense. If I’m wrong and Russia hits us with some nukes then the same gear will work. At least if there’s anything left. If you are in the area that gets hit it’s game over. No prep can save you from taking on a nuclear bomb.
Nuclear Survival Gear
Some of these you will probably know. Lists of nuclear survival gear are always going around. My buddy Matt sent me a link recently to one. It was bad. They had soap on the list. Yes, It can help but I’m sure you have soap anyway. I wanted ones you might not know.
I’m sure you’ve seen this one and might already have it in your preps. Potassium iodide pills are the first nuclear survival gear people think of. The price has come down significantly on the iOSAT pills since Fukushima.
Iodine pills are not a magical radiation pill, though. It only prevents radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland. It won’t help once the thyroid is damaged.
In the event of a nuclear attack, you want to begin immediately taking Potassium Iodide. You need to fill up the thyroid with stable iodine so no radioactive iodine gets in.
No, not the artist or laundry kind. The CDC says it is not that same. I can’t find any sources to either prove or disprove this.
Prussian Blue is a pill, by prescription, that can help remove radioactive cesium and thallium from people’s bodies. It traps radioactive cesium and thallium in the intestines and keeps them from being re-absorbed.
The radioactive materials then move through the intestines and are passed in bowel movements.
Prussian blue reduces the biological half-life of cesium from about 110 days to about 30 days and thallium from about 8 days to about 3 days.
You will need to either ask your doctor about getting a prescription or poke around on the internet for a source to buy.
DTPA (Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate)
DTPA (Diethylenetriamine pentaacetate) is a medicine that can bind to radioactive plutonium, americium, and curium to decrease the amount of time it takes to get radioactive plutonium, americium, and curium out of the body.
It works by tightly binding to radioactive materials then passing them from the body in the urine.
It is best to take right after radiation exposure to reduce the time that the material is inside your body.
This too is by prescription only. Which makes no sense since it, not Prussian blue have off-label uses.
Radiation badges are carried by first responders and people that work in and around radiation. These badges are a calmative indication of radiation exposure. So the meter will never reset. It, however, does not require power. It will fit in a wallet so you can carry it everywhere you go.
They will work great to check your exposure after an event. It will also show you how well you are avoiding radiation.
There are a ton of Geiger counters on amazon. Many of them are well over $100 though. I know y’all don’t have tons of money floating around. Neither do I. There are some affordable smartphone ones. You just plug them into the headphone jack.
Or you could go the DIY route and make one. Here is a link to an Instructable on building a Geiger counter. It might be a project for the more experienced of you.
Radiation hazmat suit
Chem suits are pretty cheap on Amazon. Here is one for $12. I would not recommend getting a cheap one and deliberately going out in radiation.
I would use them for emergencies. Only use them when you have to. Best practices would be to stay inside.
I have also seen hazmat suits at army surplus stores. I would trust a mil surplus one. They overbuild everything.
In a nuclear event, you want to seal up your home. Cover the windows, vents, and doors. You do not want radiation to get inside.
The more radiation you keep from getting inside the less you have to worry about removing. Only physical barriers will keep radiation from entering the body.
Not much to add to this. You need stored water in your Nuclear Survival Gear preps. If you follow the rest of the advice I’m giving you and drink radiated water you’re screwed.
I almost left it off the list because you need to have water storage covered in basic preps anyway. Since water is so important I’m telling you again.
Sea Salt And Baking Soda
This is where the list of Nuclear Survival Gear gets weird. I like weird. And hopefully, you do too.
I came across this article on using sea salt and baking soda. It is kinda out there and suggests using diet for radiation and cancer (which I agree with).
One of the gems learned from this article is that Sodium bicarbonate binds with uranium. Yup good old baking soda binds with uranium.
It recommends soaking in a bath of sea salt and baking soda to draw out the radiation. Although it does seem like pseudo-science it may just help out. And both items should be in your preps anyway.
This one was a bit harder to track down sources for. I remember hearing Dom D’Agostino on the Tim Ferriss show mention ketones effect on radiation exposure.
Basic science supports the idea, that nutritional ketosis could preserve the cellular, tissue and physiology of people exposed to radiation. He talks about this concept for astronauts but also for Japanese near Fukushima.
I like to be in at least mild ketosis the majority of the time. So I will be fine. If you don’t want to eat a ketogenic diet you have options now. This science paper stated that:
The invention relates to methods of using ketogenic compounds to protect against the adverse effects of radiation exposure, including ionizing radiation tissue damage. NIH inventors have discovered that ketone esters can be used to reduce tissue damage if administered before or after exposure to radiation. Specifically, the invention relates to esters and oligomers of (R)-3-hydroxybutyrate that are capable of elevating blood levels of (R)-3-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate to sufficient levels to reduce cell death caused by radiation-induced damage of DNA and RNA. The development of effective radioprotectant molecules such as these is of great importance in reducing tissue damage following intentional or accidental radiation exposure. This discovery can also increase the therapeutic efficacy of radiation therapies by protecting non-target tissues from incidental radiation damage.
So by having some exogenous ketones as a prep you can start taking it as soon as you are exposed. New products are coming out all the time if the price on KetoCaNa is a little steep. With the benefits from it though I would say, is will easily pay for itself. Fasting will get you into ketosis fast too.
There are probably more herbal remedies out there for radiation. And I encourage you to go look and research on your own. With the Nuclear Survival Gear, I recommend in this post I feel that you will survive a radiation exposure event.
In the case that you are not a direct target. Nothing I can recommend for that. The best advice I have is to not live in a city that is a desirable target.
If you live in a town with a small population at least some distance from the larger cities you will be better off. We preppers often gravitate to smaller towns anyway.
The big key is to minimize exposure. So the less exposure to radiation you have the better off you will be.
Next is that most of the nuclear survival gear items need to be used ASAP. The sooner you treat radiation sickness the better your chances of survival is.
Combining any or all of these will raise those chances more.
Be safe out there. What do you have for nuclear attack in your preps? Let me know in the comments!
Learn how to squirrel hunt with a bow today with this guest post.
A good way to practice your skill or get ready for an upcoming season is to spend some time in the woods hunting squirrel. Like much small and big game, you have lots of weapon options.
Using a bow to hunt squirrel is a popular choice that requires skill and patience in order to be successful. A compound or recurve bow is a wise choice for squirrel hunting, but a compound bow could be used if you really wanted. Believe, we’ll go over tips on how to squirrel hunt with a bow.
Reasons to Kill a Squirrel with a Bow
There’s always going to be hunters and anti-hunters that think using a bow to kill squirrel is overkill. But, those that love it know there are several reasons to do it. Here’s just a few.
– Arrows can be reused
– Virtually silent (allows you to hunt more squirrel at a time)
– Great way to train for upcoming seasons
Know the Regulations
Nobody wants to risk getting in trouble because they don’t know the regulations regarding squirrel hunting. Make sure you get a small game license. When you purchase the license, you’ll get a hunting regulation booklet. It’s important to read the pamphlet, even if you’ve read it before. Regulations, bag limits, season dates, time limitations, and more can change from one season to another, so it’s important to always read the information and make note of changes.
Choose Your Choice of Bow
Now that you’ve got your duck, er squirrels, in a row, it’s time to decide what type of bow you should use while deer hunting. Obviously, the bow of choice would be a recurve or compound bow. But, as hunting technology keeps getting better and more hunters keep pushing for better ways to hunt, the compound bow has become a good choice as well.
When you choose the type of bow you want to use bow hunting, it’s important to think about what your purpose is. Are you just trying to pass time, or are you training for the upcoming season. If you’re training opt for the bow you’re going to hunt with in the spring or fall. If you’re introducing a young or new hunter to squirrel hunting with a bow, consider a compound or recurve bow.
What You Need to Know About Bows and Squirrel Hunting
You don’t need a ton of power to kill a squirrel with an arrow. If using a compound bow, you probably don’t need much more than a 25-lb draw. If you’re using a crossbow, think about the shots you’re going to take. A squirrel has a tiny kill zone and a small body. Missing the mark could guarantee you end up with a mangled arrow. Just think smart and shoot straight no matter what type of bow you use, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
As you would imagine, squirrels have teeny tiny attention spans. What this means for hunters is that you can be doing everything right and come home from a morning of squirrel hunting empty-handed. Strong winds, nasty weather, and the threat of a nearby predator can cause squirrels to hole up in a tree for hours, which means you won’t see a thing unless you have tons of time and patience. In fact, having time and patience is one of the best hunting skills you can take into the woods with you when hunting small game. Another bonus is having a bit of skill with the bow.
squirrel hunting bow tips
Bow Hunting Squirrel Tips
Squirrel hunting isn’t all about perfect aim and instinct. Sometimes, it’s just about being in the right spot at the right time. In most areas, squirrel is the most active in the early morning and late afternoon. If you schedule your squirrel hunting endeavors during those times, you’ll likely have better luck than any other part of the day.
Another tip to help you provide the meat for your stew later in the day is choosing the right spot to stalk or move through. It’s good to know that squirrels go crazy for acorns, beechnuts, and hickory nuts. So, for the best chance to hit the bag limit for the day is to choose a location near hickory, beech, or acorn trees.
Next, you need to know when a squirrel is close. Falling leaves, changing colors, and camo help hide you from squirrels but it also helps squirrels hide from hunters. What this means is you can’t just count on your eyes to let you know where the squirrels are hiding. Instead, you need to locate squirrels with your ears just as often as you see them with your eyes. Specifically, you need to listen for “cutting.” Cutting is a term to describe the sound squirrels make when they are eating.
If you can hear squirrels eating nuts nearby, you know you’re in a good spot to get some squirrels. It’s a good idea to keep some leaves to rustle in your hunting day pack to try and cover any sounds you may make in the woods to cover your tracks.
squirrel shoot head
Know Your Kill Zone
It’s hunter’s responsibility to take out their prey as humanely as possible. In terms of hunting squirrels, there is one way to do this – a kill shot to the head. There’re several reasons to aim for the head and not everyone is going to agree on how and why you should do this.
First, a kill shot to the head ensures the squirrel doesn’t have time to scurry away. If you hit the squirrel in the body, it may have a few seconds to scurry around, which means they could find a hole and bury themselves in. At this point, it could be nearly impossible to retrieve the squirrel and means it would take the animal longer to die as well.
Another reason to always aim for a squirrel’s head during hunting is to preserve the meat. If you hit a squirrel in the largest mass area, it might not die right away. You may even have to fire a second shot to knock it down. With one or more shots to the body, eatable meat could be destroyed. When aiming for the head, you can preserve as much meat as possible.
Know you have tips to make you a better squirrel hunter with a bow. Get out there and start knocking them down.
Brandon Cox is the founder ofStayHunting, who is passionate about all things of hunting and fitness. Through his hunting website, he would like to share tips & tricks, finest tech that will excite all of the intricacies of hunting whether you be an amateur or a professional.
Today We talk about the Best Survival Foods That Lasts Forever. These foods will outlast you and deserve a spot in your preps. Many of them will already be there. Others should be added as soon as you can. I preach “Eat What You Store and Store What You Eat”. I allow for exceptions, though. Especially on the Best Survival Foods That Lasts Forever.
You might not know what the heck Ghee is. Ghee is butter that has had the water removed. This process of removing the moisture makes it last a really long time.
I’m a big fan of butter and anyway, I can have it for longer makes me happy. You can find it in a local international market or on Amazon. Or you can make it yourself.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that instant coffee will last the long haul. I was not looking forward to not having my cuppa joe. In fact neither are my friends and family. I am not a morning person.
I have canned foods on the list. You may be thinking that canned food wont last forever. And They might not. But They might. The expiration date is made up. As long as the can is not compromised then you will be fine.
How To Tie A Boot So it NEVER Comes Untied On Accident
The only thing worse than your boots coming untied is quiter socks. With the video I have for you today learn How To Tie A Boot So it NEVER Comes Untied On Accident. Once you tie it like I’m going to show you It will stay tied untill you untie it. And not I won’t be showing you how to tie it in a knott that can’t ever be untied.
It’s easy to learn and to start doing. Basically you just make two surgeons knots. That’s it. they won’t back off unless you pull the knot out. The knot won’t get stuck. Not matter how tight you get it you can always putt it out easily.
The only real downside to this way of tying your boots is that it won’t work on most tennis shoes. You can’t use it to tie a low top shoe well. I have done it in the past with varrying degrees of sucess. The main reason being the looping it around the back of the shoe. Without the shoe top and padding it will bite into your leg.
How To Tie A Boot so tight that you can use it like an ankle brace. I have used this method to tie my boots when I have sprained my ankle in the past. It acts similar to a cast. Having a boot that tight cmpresses your ankle well. I have been able to walk on a sprained ankle like that when I otherwise couldn’t have.
For this week’s infographic Monday I chose one on Building Your Bug Out Bag. If you are like me then you can never get enough about bug out bags. I really need to do the post on my BOB that is long overdue. This infographic I found on Pinterest saved from The Prepper Project.
Building Your Bug Out Bag Infographic
I mostly agree with them on the items in Building Your Bug Out Bag Infographic. Bug out bags needs to fit basic survival needs. Beyond that, it is a lot of personal taste. One of the items mentioned in the infographic is a Bible. This is a heated debate in the survival community. Many can’t imagine
One of the items mentioned in the infographic is a Bible. This is a heated debate in the survival community. For many, it’s impossible imaging not having their book of faith with them in a survival situation. Others say it’s too much weight and not worth it. To me, it is a personal matter and beyond debate. I would urge you to cover your basics first, however.
I fully agree with a Hennessey Hammock as a shelter. My hammock is my go to shelter for years and love it. I lived out of my hammock for extended camping trips before happily. I can’t imagine ever going back to ground camping. Especially not for an extended time.
Enjoy the infographic.
Building Your Bug Out Bag Infographic
What’s in your BOB? Anything Special or Unique? Let me know in the comments!
As a modern-day prepper with so many high-tech hunting tools around you, you may discard the idea of bow hunting because of its antediluvian nature. But even though when we are living in the age of technology, there is no harm in learning bow hunting for survival.
Using a bow and arrow is actually an art form of the highest kind. It may someday become the only way out when you are left with the choice to use what nature provides abundantly as a defense mechanism. Knowing bow hunting may save your life one day when all the other tools fail.
When you are stuck in a wilderness survival scenario, nothing can beat a bow and arrow set up. There are other reasons too that will make you a fan of bow hunting for survival, especially if you have any interest in primitive survival skills. Below are the five main reasons for why you should spend in purchasing a high-quality bow-and-arrow.
An ordinary take-down bow only weighs a couple of pounds making it extremely light for carrying. Moreover, all you need to take down a bow is to twist some lug screws, and you are done. A bow consists of three pieces: two limbs along with a middle grip section. This further adds to the portability of the bow and arrow arrangement. You can easily pack it in your bug out bag along with some five or six arrows.
With the advancement of almost everything across the world, arrows have also come a long way. Modern carbon-fiber arrows are impressively lightweight and come with a versatile tip that can accommodate various kinds of hunting tips. A good and sensible collection of different tips, for example, standard practice tips, small game stunner tips, and others allows you to use same arrows for a number of hunting games.
A simple take-down bow is easily available within a reasonable price of few hundred bucks. Most importantly, a high-quality and well-made bow will definitely last a lifetime making your investment more worthwhile. Apart from the bow, arrows are also very cost-effective. Once you polish your shooting skills, you will be able to retrieve and reuse the same arrows again and again. Crafting your own arrows with wooden dowels or natural wood is another great affordable option.
No Cumbersome Paperwork
Legal laws and regulations are more lenient in terms of using bow and arrow. There is no cumbersome ordeal of extensive paperwork and permits as needed with guns and pellets.
Not only bow-and-arrows are deadly, but they are equally noiseless as well. You may come across various occasions when the silent weapon becomes seems the best.
Should You Choose Recurve or Compound Bow?
The most debatable topic pertaining to prepping is that which of the compound or recurve bow is more competent for a deadly scenario. There are many preppers who believe a compound bow to be inept in critical conditions because of all the complex moving parts it has. While other preppers say that a recurve bow lacks the necessary power and is thus unsuitable for a defensive tool. They think that more practice and skills are required when it comes to using a recurve bow but even then it does not have the high-end range.
Below are the main concerns relevant to both the bows.
Drawbacks of Compound Bows
The main reason many of the preppers consider the compound bow inept for their hunting purposes is its need for high maintenance. There is a finely tuned machine or a pulley system incorporated in these bows that are responsible for bearing all the pressure constantly. They withstand the force which is caused by the high draw weight of the bow. But preppers must not rely on supports. And the maintenance of this compound bow and its articulate machinery make you dependent of the archery technician. The lack of maintenance may cause you to suffer a lot when you are met with a disaster scenario.
Recurve bows require high-end practice before you can use them accurately. They also lack sighting system as seen in compound bows and thus as a prepper you will have to depend on your instinctual shooting. Only a lot of habitual practice has the potential to make you proficient with recurve bows. These bows are inexpensive, very easy to maintain and can be fabricated on your own with right tools and skills. The most important concern about recurve bows is its lighter draw weight, which makes it difficult to hunt from a tree stand. But recurve bows are a great way to learn game stalking skills, and they are highly capable of taking down big-game animals too.
Overall, recurve bows are great for small-game hunting and compound bows for large game hunting.
Use Bow as Your Defensive Tool
Whether you choose a compound bow or a recurve bow, you will need to give the most of you as a prepper using bow-and-arrow. A huge amount of skills and patience is required for bow hunting. Practicing on the range and also in the field with perseverance is a lot to ask for. But bow hunting has its own share of payoffs as well. The utter joy, immense thrill and the love of a challenge are some of the most important reasons that draw the preppers to bow and arrow. Although bow hunting needs a lot of preparations like tracking, setting up and the final flawless shot, it is worth doing all of this. It makes you a more skilled prepper who can now survive in almost any kind of wilderness.
Guns and rifles may fail in case of utmost urgency, but your skills and craftsmanship will pay you well. Bow hunting for survival also boosts your self-confidence so that you can come out safe from any kind of deadly scenario. Your hunting gears remain present around you all the time in the form of reeds and woods. You can pick them and use them as your self-made bow and arrow to escape the deadliest of animals while hunting.
Jennifer is the founder of BuckWithBow, a great blog that focuses on helping you learn how to hunt deer with a bow. As an experienced bow hunter, she will guide you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the bowhunting world and transform you into a better hunter. Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or an absolute beginner, you will find BuckWithBow a gem!
How To Pick Survival Guns For An Apocalypse | episode 121
In this podcast, Mike and I talk about How To Pick Survival Guns For An Apocalypse. What guns would we both pick for a few different apocalypses? We begin with a general SHTF. Basically, the best survival guns that will work for any situation. There is no ultimate survival gun for every situation. We pick several guns to accomplish different goals.
After we take care of the normal Survival Guns For An Apocalypse we dig into zombie apocalypse a little. What survival guns would differ from one SHTF to another? What is my top pick for a zombie gun?
We only briefly touch on outlandish weapons. I talk about how great a rail gun could be for a zombie apocalypse. If one was built light enough with enough power to be useful. The problem with many of the homemade railguns is the trade off between the stopping power of the projectile and the battery weight to power it. If that ratio gets perfected railguns make great Survival Guns For An Apocalypse.
Mike dispels the myth that a crossbow makes a great weapon against zombies. Since you have to reclaim your spent bolts makes it, not a great weapon.
How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank
We have all seen videos around the internet on starting a fire with steel wool and a cell phone battery. That is a great way to start a fire in an emergency. The issue is that many phones now have sealed batteries. So I wondered Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank? With phones dying so fast many people carry these portable charging devices.
How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank
For this build, I bought the cheapest power bank I could get. It was $4.88 for a 2,000 mah battery bank. Which should, it states, provide you with one charge. For our needs, this will be plenty of juice. The usb battery pack came with a tiny usb cable. also we will need steel and tinder. I used some charcloth and a cotton ball. Note do not get the steel wool with soap in it. It was all I could find and it
Note do not get the steel wool with soap in it. It was all I could find and it doesn’t work well. I had to wash it off and let it dry all day.
We will need to cut the end that plugs into your phone all of the mobile battery pack. Mine only had to wires. Strip off a little of the wire to expose the bare wires.
Starting The Fire
I tried several times with just the cotton ball with no luck. I added a piece of charcloth under the steel wool and got it to work right away. Once the charcloth caught I started slowly blowing it to get it to burst into flames. It took just a few minutes to work.
Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank? The answer is yes. Save your phone and just
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Do you know How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad?
How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad
Food storage is the backbone of being a prepper. Making sure that we have food to eat now and in tough times is one of the major factors that drives us to prep. Knowing How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad is vitally important. If you have food that goes bad you won’t be eating it. You need to plan for food rotation, especially on fresh food.
How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad and to begin to grow mold? Do you know? I know I hate having to toss out food because I didn’t eat it in time. That is a waste of money. A waste of food that has to be replaced. With so much hunger in the world, I hate throwing away food.
There is another reason to know How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad. That reason is mold. Mold and the mycotoxins they produce are terrible for your health. A few of the health issues caused by mold exposure are headaches, fatigue, and poor memory. This site has a full list of symptoms of toxic mold exposure. Mold can come from both your food and environment. For your home, you can try homebiotic to kill mold toxins.
In a disaster or full on SHTF do you really want to be crippled by mold exposure? I want to be on the top of my game. It will be life or death and I want every advantage I can get. Making sure that my food and home are mold free is an easy one to check on the list.
Below is an awesome infographic on How Long Does It Take For Food To Go Bad by the folks over at Mold Guide.