Survival Gear Review: The Council Tools Apocalaxe

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First of all, regardless of the name, this Council Tool ApocalAxe has uses well before the apocalypse arrives. And while it would certainly make a formidable and handy zombie stopping weapon (seems killing a zombie is redundant), the ApocalAxe will work fine on those that haven’t had the privilege of dying the first time.

By Doc Montana, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog

1_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_blade_handgripMade of hammer-forged steel, the ApocalAxe is far stronger than stamped steel that would save costs and simplify manufacturing. The ApocalAxe on the other hand has its iron grain aligned through being smashed with 20 tons of force while glowing red hot. Although the forging process might produce superior strength, it is a little rough around the edges from a finishing standpoint. But as a fan of hand-forged Swedish axes, the spit and polish of modern high speed manufacturing is easily overshadowed by performance and durability.

Thor’s Hammer

3_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_leather_sheath-caseCouncil Tools has been forging American-made cutting, digging and striking tools since 1886 when John Pickett Council founded the company. Based in Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, Council Tool has been instrumental in not only forging some of the best US-made traditional tools, but also in the design of new lines of tools for specific purposes. For instance, when the US Forest Service approached Council Tool in the 1930s to create forest fire fighting implements, one outcome was the Fire Rake, or catalog number LW-12 in case you want to order one.

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The ApocalAxe contains a set of essential tools and grip choices, and one not-so essential bottle opener. However, the near-six-inch cutting blade, the hammer head, gut hook, and the pry bar end are truly go-to essentials of any large survival multi-tool.

Home Front

6_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_forged_gut_hookThe domestic chores the ApocalAxe can handle need little introduction, but the survival elements of the ApocalAxe cannot be underestimated. On the domestic side, the blade is both a hatchet and a knife. An Ulu knife to be more specific. With a gripping surface above the blade edge, it is a direct and complete transfer of precise force from the hand to the cutting surface. Traditional knives have the blade leveraged from a distance, but the Ulu is more like brass knuckles.

9_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_compared_Estwing_hatchetAs a hatchet, the ApocalAxe behaves itself quite well. The head weight of the ApocalAxe is low compared to axes with edge lengths this side. Well, actually, I don’t have a traditional axe let alone hatchet that has an edge anywhere near this size. In fact the only edge close to this is the Timahawk, another tool with tremendous survival leanings. Even my 35” Gransfors Bruks Felling Axe has a blade a full inch shorter than the ApocalAxe.  On the far end of the main blade is a smaller blade in the form of a guthook/seatbelt cutter. Due to the placement of the grip handle forged into the main blade area, this gives great purchase and tremendous leverage when using the gut hook. The grip also provides the same advantage but in the opposite direction when applied to the main blade. This is much like the classic Ulu Knife that has provided Eskimos and vintage hunters a fabulous knife design for meat slicing, light chopping, and skinning.

A hammerhead is found opposite the main blade. It is smaller than a traditional framing hammer face. In fact, one would have to drop down to something in the 12 ounce claw hammer range before finding a similar hammerhead size. Notably, the head is also quite smooth, and could use some texture if pounding nails is a major use of the ApocalAxe. But for general pounding, breeching, and occasional self defense, the hammer head works quite well as-is.

Another feature of the hammerhead is as handguard keeping a secure fist on the forward grip. When using the blade as an Ulu, or yanking on the gut hook, the web of your hand butts up against the neck of the hammerhead.

Pry Me

10_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_bottle_openerThe southern end of the ApocalAxe features a lightly tapered prybar edge, a bottle opener, and a lanyard hole. In between the main edge and the pry bar is a rubberized grip almost five inches long. And hidden under the grip are a series of holes that will make excellent paracord anchor points should the apocalypse outlast the rubber-covered handle.  This would be a good time to address the overbuilt and uber functional sheath. Similar to many full-cover axe sheaths, the ApocalAxe cover is a full leather, fully stitched complete cover with no less than eight steel rivets. Belt slots outfit the back of the sheath along with a single D-ring to use in a dangling configuration. But the real advantage is that with the blade cover on,  full access to the hammer head and pry bar features are accessible and encouraged. A fold-over flap with a single snap secures the cover.

In the field, the ApocalAxe chops very well. Not quite a dedicated axe, but plenty good enough. In fact, for general chopping chores, the ApocalAxe could easily be a go-to hatchet, no questions asked. Even though the blade is on the larger side, it chops like a smaller edge in average sized workpieces. If you put the entire blade to work such as on a larger diameter branch or trunk, you would quickly hit the end of the leverage of this tool. But again, these are not intended functions of the ApocalAxe.

When choking up on the blade using the Ulu-like handle, the axe behaves better when punched or swiped. Pounding straight down into wood does little since the small amount of force is distributed over too large an area.

As a hammer, the ApocalAxe pounds with more force than you usually need with a head this size. Common outdoor hammer uses are nails and tent stakes, but as a weapon, this is pretty good choice. It is also the ApocalAxe surface of choice for breaking glass, windshields, and lightweight breeching. The axe blade is for chopping. The hammer is for pounding and breaking.

As mentioned, the gut hook does an admirable job especially after a touch up with file and ceramic rod. Council Tool knows that those serious about their edged tools often prefer to do the final detail sharpening. While the blade of the ApocalAxe comes sharp enough to get the adventure going, power users will want to hone the edge to their preference. However the gut hook could use a polish no matter who uses it. Out of the box, the gut hook had a tough time with elk hide. But a few minutes with a file, stone, and ceramic, the ApocalAxe could be yanked through thick hide and seat belts alike.

11_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_gut_hook_elk_hideSince hunting season is still a ways off, I went to work on a roadkill to see how the ApocalAxe worked processing game. Well, gamey game, that is. Like the guthook, the main blade would do well for a customized sharpening for specific tasks whether wood or meat. Not that the factory edge wasn’t sharp, but it was not at the level of sharp that I am used to handling.

The prybar aspect is as functional as any quality forged 16 inch straight pry bar. And “forged” is the key word here. According to James Elkins, a vice president at the company, “Council Tool Designed this tool to be a highly reliable, tough, and multi-functional tool that does quite a few jobs efficiently and well and it is again the only tool in its category that is drop forged out of a single 4140 high carbon steel billet, heat treated and tempered so that it will not break or bend.”

Stamps are for Licking

12_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_on backpackCompared to some of my other stamped steel options, this Council Tools ApocalAxe is vastly stronger, and you can easily feel it when in use. In fact, I would like to reference Snap On again. Tools might look the same, but the forging, heat treating, and especially the very iron from which it was birthed, makes all the difference in the world. And there are plenty of YouTube videos of catastrophic failure to backup my personal experiences. A human under an adrenaline rush due to escape, evasion, defense, or panic can easily deliver enough force to fail a foot-and-a-half pry bar. Heck, even without adrenaline I’ve bent spud bars that are inch-thick circular steel about five feet long. I bent Estwing axes, bent large screwdrivers, bent crowbars, and snapped sockets. I’ve broken pipes with a wrench, crushed oil filters, and snapped off lug nuts. So unless your survival tool has that final 10% stronger everything, you literally won’t know it’s limitation until you actually need it. I mean really need it.

Likewise, if your intended needs may include some precision in your prybaring then the somewhat coarse taper on the pry bar tip could use some thinning. Now I am comparing the ApocalAxe to my go-to pry bars made by Snap On. But those are dedicated pry bars and have little use elsewhere. Council Tools thoughtfully ships the ApocalAxe with the option to remove some material if desired which is infinitely easier than to add missing iron.

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4_Council_Tools_ApocalAxe_multi-too-axe_bottle_opener_Magpul_beerFinally there is the bottle opener. The one on the ApocalAxe is fun to use simply because it has such a brute force lever arm behind it. It opens bottles as well as any good bottle opener, and just might displace my favorite opener namely the Magpul Armorer’s Wrench. But opening bottles is not the only use for this tool. The prying feature of a bottle opener can be applied to anything else that needs prying and has a similar lip geometry as a bottlecap.

Don’t Wait

While the ApocalAxe will certainly be an exceptional heavyweight multitool for darker times, the ApocalAxe is also a necessary car, truck, or bug out tool for both escape and rescue. And should the zombies attack, the ApocalAxe will make a fine defensive and evasion tool. But seriously, zombies are little more than a metaphor, and EMPs are (hopefully) a fictional vehicle for prepper fiction. But non-fiction vehicles often need a little assistance when bent or rolled over. Glass needs breaking. And wood needs chopping. So while the ApocalAxe might have some heavy overtones in its name, you don’t need an apocalypse to put this essential tool to work.

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“Backyard Shack” Chickens — Prepper Survival Tricks for a Famine or Post Apocalypse

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“Backyard Shack” Chickens — Prepper Survival Tricks for a Famine or Post Apocalypse

What it takes to raise and harvest chickens following a societal collapse.

Tasty healthy, SURVIVAL eggs and chicken. Baby chicks to barter with.

Included: How to raise chickens without catching the attention of local thieves…

During the Depression, families often had to resort to creative ways to keep their food hidden from thieves, and that kind of creativity is certainly needed for raising chickens following a catastrophic disaster or apocalyptic event.

Animal predators, as well as human ones, will want your chickens and their eggs as much as you do, so being prepared is the way to keep your birds healthy and safely hidden until you are ready to harvest them.

One of the surest things about preparedness is that very few things are absolutely sure, and that applies to raising animals of any kind. Raising animals for food takes time and flexibility and the ability to go from Plan A to Plan B without losing your cool. The key to success is minimizing losses and maximizing harvest numbers. Chickens are one of the easiest animals to raise for eggs and meat, and that’s why farmers choose them as a first flock before goats, sheep, or other ruminants. If you are in a location where you can have animals, there are a few things you’ll need to get your chickens started as a renewable food source. You’ll need some place the birds can sleep at night, but the shelter doesn’t have to be fancy. Just shelter from the cold and/or heat, with food and water.

 

Chickens grow fast

If you buy chicks, they’ll grow fast and once they are old enough to identify as rooster or hen, you can sell mated pairs of birds to individuals or families you may be in contact with. Keep in mind that these birds, especially roosters, are quite noisy. If you’re trying to stay hidden, or just keep local thieves from knowing you’re raising chickens, you will need to keep your rooster apart from the hens in his own cage, with heavy blankets draped over it from dusk until lunchtime to muffle the sound of crowing.

They usually crow all day, but since they do it to establish territory over hens, keep him in his own cage (and away from the sight of the hens) most of the time and he will be more calm. When you are ready to increase the size of your flock, you can bring the hens to his cage one at a time. Once the new brood is hatched and you identify the new rooster you want to keep, you can harvest the old rooster for stew meat. For more ideas on keeping a rooster quiet, here’s a brief how-to article on stopping a rooster from crowing.

 

Chickens need daily water

Your chickens will need fresh, clean water daily just like you do. A mature chicken needs up to a full liter of water every day in warmer weather. If you have meat birds, (chickens that are raised primarily for the meat and not for the eggs they produce) they might need a little more than a liter.

One of the greatest challenges in raising animals of any kind is keeping the water containers clean. All animals, including chickens, don’t understand the need for keeping away from dirty water and if left to themselves will urinate and defecate in their water bowls if they are left on the ground. There are all kinds of inexpensive hanging DIY water container systems that solve this problem. Some of the best designs for these water containers can be made from empty two-liter soda bottles or plastic buckets. If none of these items are available, you can give the chickens water in any clean bowl you have available, but you will need to make sure the water is checked every day.

Chickens need vitamins, minerals — healthy food to eat

Chickens also need minerals such as calcium to make strong shells and ultimately make their meat and eggs healthy to eat.

Food for your chickens

Depending on the season of the year, and your bug out or emergency location, insects will provide some of the food that chickens need to eat every day. If you have a small cage with a mesh bottom that can be moved around (these are known as ‘chicken tractors’ to chicken farmers) the chickens will also be eating the green grass and other vegetation that they can reach through the wire. If you move the cage every day, the grass will always be fresh and the meat and eggs from these birds will benefit from the vegetation.

Chickens also eat scraps and will enjoy eating many leftovers such as wilted greens, vegetable stems and roots, even cleanings from a fish catch or fresh butchering of wild game. Some farmers insist that feeding chickens the butchered remains of other chickens is risky due to the potential for genetic weakness being passed down and/or latent bacterial infections; others say it is fine. My personal preference is to avoid feeding any animals the remains of the same kind of animals, but use your own judgment. Certainly you should avoid feeding them anything that has come in contact with chemicals or toxic waste. You are going to be eating those eggs and meat eventually, so don’t take any chances in making you or your family sick.

If you have more time to develop your chickens as a source of food, a compost bin in a plastic bucket with a lid can be used to grow earthworms or fly larvae to feed your chickens. This is another way to provide food for your chickens without having to feed them anything from your own table or supplies. If you only have a few chickens to feed, this will not be a problem. If you have more than six chickens, you will need to supplement their feed in winter with grain such as corn or oats or some type of layer feed.

Organic Feed for Chicks — First 8 Weeks

Scratch and Peck Feeds

For this reason, some farmers with a small flock will cull (harvest) chickens in late fall so that they only have a few to feed through the winter. Then when the weather warms in the Spring time, they will allow their flocks to build back up with new baby chicks that should be big enough and weigh enough to be ready to eat in eight or nine weeks.

Saving our forefathers ways starts with people like you and me actually relearning these skills and putting them to use to live better lives through good times and bad. Our answers on these lost skills comes straight from the source, from old forgotten classic books written by past generations, and from first hand witness accounts from the past few hundred years. Aside from a precious few who have gone out of their way to learn basic survival skills, most of us today would be utterly hopeless if we were plopped in the middle of a forest or jungle and suddenly forced to fend for ourselves using only the resources around us. To our ancient ancestors, we’d appear as helpless as babies. In short, our forefathers lived more simply than most people today are willing to live and that is why they survived with no grocery store, no cheap oil, no cars, no electricity, and no running water. Just like our forefathers used to do, The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available. It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones. Watch Video HERE .

Nesting chickens

One of the best things about chickens is that they will nest on the ground with only a little encouragement in the way of a nest box. Nest boxes can be made of wood or plastic but need to be filled with some kind of clean bedding such as dry grass or leaves. Chickens will quickly develop the habit of laying in their boxes but sometimes they need help learning what the box is for, especially if they are young chickens. Some farmers place a golf ball into the nest box for this purpose. The chickens will think that the ball is an egg and will add their own egg to the clutch. Once the hen has begun to lay, a healthy, well-fed chicken will typically lay one egg per day.

You will need to gather eggs daily and either eat them immediately or refrigerate them. If you can refrigerate, or store in a root cellar kept at a cold enough temperature, the cold will stop fertilization so that the egg will not hatch. If you only have hens and not a rooster, the hens will still lay eggs but since they are not fertilized, they will not hatch.

As we mentioned before, chickens can be noisy, especially roosters. If you are hoping to lay low and go unnoticed in your location, you will need to keep your flock to just the laying hens. Unfortunately, the hens will only be good layers for a couple of years. Then you will need to replace your birds.

Harvesting chickens

When it is time to harvest your birds (eight or nine weeks) there are several methods for doing this. If you are reading this article, you obviously have internet access. You can find any number of videos on how to harvest a chicken. There are several good how-to videos that show newbies a simple process of removing the head with a sharp knife and hanging the bird upside down to clean out the guts.

Next the bird needs to be placed in a pot of hot water to loosen the feathers; then the bird is plucked. You’ll find similar videos of hunters harvesting wild turkeys, a process that involves removing the skin of the bird, which hangs loosely on the body, and the feathers come off with the skin. One hunter shares that this method saves a lot of time and and you’re able to then get the bird onto the grill quickly.

If you are off grid and have no refrigerator or freezer, of course you will want to immediately cook your bird or any meat. There are ways to preserve meat with salt and smoke and drying techniques, but that is the subject for another day and another blog.

 

Protecting your chickens

You like chicken? Lots of animals such as coyotes, raccoons, hawks, wild or domestic dogs, foxes, wolves, domestic or wild cats, etc. also like chicken. As soon as you bring chickens into your setting, plan on keeping watch over these birds because you will have predators show up. The best protections include strong, reinforced cages with doors that can be padlocked, an outside domestic dog, and your watchful eye. It’s not just if other animals will try to eat your chickens, but when, and usually that is at night. If you park your chicken tractor (the moveable ones we talked about earlier) near where you will be sleeping, you will hear the chickens if they get upset by an intruder. If you are in survival mode, these animal intruders, if healthy, become another opportunity to add to your food sources. Get ready to get creative when making stew with your wild game.

Hatching even more chickens — help your neighbors help themselves

From fertilizer for the garden, keeping the insect population down near your crops, and feathers for pillows and mattresses, the value of chickens goes further than just meat and eggs. If you have the time and the land, raising chickens might just make the difference between just surviving the storm and living well in the midst of the storm.

If you start hatching too many chickens, you may even consider giving away some chicks to other local families with the backyards or other space to raise them.

History has shown us many times that it can all fly away in a split of a second. The biggest misstep that you can take now is to think that this can never happen in America or to you! Call me old fashioned; I don’t care…but I completely believe in America and what our ancestors stood for. They all had a part in turning this land into one of the most powerful countries in the world. Many died and suffered before a creative mind found an ingenious solution to maybe a century old problem. Believe it or not, our ancestors skills are all covered in American blood. This is why these must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same for our children and our children’s children. Our ancestors laid the bricks and built the world’s strongest foundation…that we are about to -irreversibly forget! I don’t want to see our forefathers’ knowledge disappear into the darkness of time…and if you care for your family…and what America stands for…then neither should you! Watch the video HERE and learn more.

 

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“THANKS, OBAMA!” THE 44TH PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SPACE WEATHER

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You’ve probably heard of something called a coronal mass ejection (CME), otherwise known as a massive solar flare, and you probably know it could be very bad for the United States if the we happened to be facing the sun when it impacts earth. A large CME has the potential to have devastating impacts on everything from our global positioning systems (GPS), satellite operations, space operations, aviation and even our power grids, knocking them offline in an instant and destroying critical power grid infrastructure. A CME is one of several extra-terrestrial events that could possibly impact earth that are collectively referred to as space weather. Although much less likely, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can produce the same impacts, most commonly seen as a result of a nuclear explosion. In a world where international terrorism is a real threat, the possibility of an EMP weapon being used against the United States is a real concern. Experts agree that a direct impact from a large CME or a successful EMP attack is an existential threat to the United States that could instantly bring an end to our modern civilization.

 

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On October 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events that outlined the country’s contingency plan in the event such weather events lead to significant disruption to systems like the electrical power grid, satellite operations or aviation, stating “It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.”

 

 

With this EO, President Obama ordered that the federal government takes steps insure that the national infrastructure is secure in the event of a space weather event. The National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan ( PDF ) was announced a few days later in conjunction with President Obama’s executive order, along with a PDF of The Implementation of the National Space Weather Action plan, complete with a White House official summary. The official pages aren’t up on WhiteHouse.gov, but here is the latest information I could find on those too.

 

 

After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation.  However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order.

 

So what does this mean for me and every one of you concerned about national security and the protection of our extremely fragile power grid infrastructure? The phrase “Within 120 days of the date of this order…” is used repeatedly in this executive order. If you take a look at the calendar, we are at that point right now. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn. Call your United States Representatives and your United States Senators and ask them to take action on President Obama’s executive order to coordinate a national response and strengthen our national power grids against the possible catastrophic impacts of a massive CME or electromagnetic pulse attack. Find your US Representatives and your US Senators and urge them to take action on this very important initiative today.

 

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One Socket to Rule Them All! Tools for the Apocalypse!

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I’m of the belief that when the poop hits the fan, tangibles are going to be very important. The money in the bank will be worthless.  But if you have something in your hands that is of value, well, you will be in a much better spot!

As a prepper, I believe you should have food, water, medical supplies, a means to defend yourself, etc…  You should have an emergency fund.  And, if you are able, having some precious metals is good too!

But one other thing that I think is important is having good tools, specifically non-power tools. Think about it.  If you have tools, not only can you fix your things, but you could find work fixing other people’s things.  Good tools might be worth their weight in gold in a poop hit the fan scenario.

Lately, I’ve been trying to make wise purchases when it comes to tools.  I definitely don’t want to have a bunch of dollar store or inferior tools if I ever really need them.

So with that, I would like to share with you a tool that I recently purchased that seems to be a good choice.  It is a socket that can fit any nut and more.

I recently used it to change out the headlamp bulb in my wife’s vehicle.  I have to say that it worked just like it was supposed to.  And, it looks and feels like a very solid socket.

The socket is made by Blendx.  The tool is  the BLENDX 7mm to 19mm (1/4″ – 3/4″) Ratchet Universal Socket.  On Amazon, it has 25 reviews with 4.5 stars.

This socket will replace many other sockets since it can fit anything between a 1/4″ to a 3/4″ nut.  It will also grab other types of fasteners that need to be turned (see video below).

The socket is created with 54 small spring loaded rods inside.  When you push the socket down around a fastener, it grips around it and allows you to turn the socket.  It comes with a 3/8″ adapter.

Shown above with the Stanley Multibit Ratcheting Screwdriver.

The socket only costs $9.99.  It is made in China.  I know many frown on the fact that it is made in  China.  But like I said above, it has good reviews.  From the Blendx Storefront page on Amazon, “BLENDX is a Professional Online E-commerce Brand offering trendy Outdoor Products and Home Gadgets.We have Overseas R&D center in Shenzhen, where’s the core of the Chinese manufacturing industry. By taking this advantages, BLENDX provides you various kinds of great products at the lowest possible prices.”

If you would like to purchase the same type of tool from another country, the Gator Grip runs under $39 and is made in the Czech Republic.

The video below is of the Gator Grip version.  But the Blendx version will work exactly the same.

 

Do you have one of these sockets?  How has it worked for you?  And, which tools do you believe would be important for a SHTF situation?

Peace,
Todd

Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse

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Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse Richard McGrath ” Finding Freedom” Audio in player below! This week we have another author Kate Morris who is also a homesteader. We will dive in and talk about prepping, freedom, homesteading, and her books also be sure to check her out on Facebook as well. Kate Morris: “I … Continue reading Kate Morris and The McClane Apocalypse

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SURRENDER THE SUN

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SURRENDER THE SUN

I have a vast array of interests that add flavor and color to this wonderful life of mine. A few of those happen to be the idea of apocalypse and what impact it may have on the baseline human condition, our sometimes crazy weather and it’s impacts on this incredible world, and a deep rooted love of history, especially when either of my previous two mentions are somehow involved. In her recent work Surrender The Sun, author AR Shaw has offered up a shiny bobble that I simply could not ignore. So, the real question is would it live up to my wild imaginings of where it may take me?

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Full disclosure, AR Shaw is a friend, a very nice lady and I have read her work before. That is precisely the reason I want to be careful in this review to only speak to the work and my impressions of it.

Given the interests I listed above that originally secured my interests in the book, in Surrender The Sun, Shaw did not disappoint.

Want to end life as we know it?
Let’s do it.
How about a naturally occurring catastrophe?
Yes, please.
What if I told you it’s all happened before and it will happen again?
Awesome. Bring it on.

In this cataclysmic, blizzard driven romp of a story, Shaw does a wonderful job of world building. I could feel my lungs ache and burn in the frigid temperatures as I stood on the lake shore staring out as wisps of blowing snow spun out and across the body of water’s frozen surface. To further my immersion in this white-bleached, wintry wasteland, Shaw effectively weaves a sense of intimate foreboding throughout the tale as I witnessed Bishop standing like a granite mountain as he shepherds flame-haired, Maeve and her party through the seemingly never-ending storm. Both natural and man made.

In short, if you share any or all of the interests I mentioned earlier, take a chance on Surrender The Sun. The story and the world are engulfing and satisfying. The author also does a good job of touching on some of my other interests too like preparedness and just what it would feel like to realize that you cannot prepare your way out of a situation. After all, it seems that is where things would get really interesting anyway, right? There will come a point when reading this book where you will find yourself standing alongside Bishop and Maeve, each of you asking yourselves the same question. Now what?

Jump into the deep freeze and grab your copy of Surrender The Sun today. To keep up with everything going on with AR Shaw, be sure to check out her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Survive in a Violent Post Apocalypse

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How to Survive in a Violent Post Apocalypse

When Post Apocalyptic Outlaw Gangs and Supply Raiders Rule the Land

… Military Tactics for Survival

Are you ready for a rise of outlaw gangs, sex traders, and supply raiders? This isn’t the Old West. This is America or the UK, Canada, or Australia following a complete societal collapse. Better know how to survive — because outlaw gangs, murderous raiders and “highwaymen” are coming.

They will hunt you and they will kill you…

 

If we lose the government, we’re going to lose local police. If there’s a rash of crime and looters and robberies, a lot of people may find themselves on their own, living in a constant state of fear of when and where the next group of thieves may strike.

Unless you have a fairly large group of family and friends to help fortify your home and property and defend it from lawlessness, simply put it will be dangerous for people to try to hold their ground against a larger, mobile group of thieves intent on taking everything you own, and even taking your life.

Survival calls for a strategy

Unless you have a strategy for dealing with outlaw gangs and supply raiders, they have the advantage, and history is on their side. In lawless lands, groups like these have taken many lives over the centuries, committed countless rapes and other atrocities, and are a very serious threat to your immediate and long term survival following any kind of collapse of government.

Lessons from the Old West and Civil War

Though they have plagued border lands throughout history, many lessons can be learned from the days of America’s Old West, as well as outlaw gangs of both Yankee and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. While both sides had their valiant and honorable soldiers, both sides also had their murderous thugs and mercenaries that would pillage, rape, and murder it seems on just about any chance they could get.

A few Confederate groups even made a name for themselves for their ability to hide out in rough terrain, making it hard for any lawmen or vigilante groups to pursue and bring them to justice for their crimes.

After the Civil War, a number of these soldiers now headed out West to seek their fortune and a new life. Many would become outlaws and bandits; some would become lawmen…

A Few Things to Know About Outlaw Gangs, Raiders, Bandits, Marauders and Highwaymen

These are historical terms used in different parts of the world and at different times in history to describe thieves and murderers that prey on travelers, or property owners, or both.

1) Bandits and highwaymen are more likely to strike travelers, especially as they leave cities and head into more rural country along long, lonely roads.

2) Raiders and marauders can almost be like a small guerilla military force, with their aggression, weapons, and sometimes complete disdain for human life. All of them are thieves and some of them are rapists and murderers as well; some will take children and turn them into sex slaves, after killing parents; or, as is going on in several lawless areas of Africa in the modern day, they’ll turn the boys into child soldiers and a new generation of raiders and marauders. Eventually, with enough child soldiers, they can take on the size of a small army, just like the LRA led by Joseph Kony that originally operated in Uganda but have since spread into neighboring countries in East Africa.

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

Butch Cassidy and a group he rode with called the Wild Bunch had a lot of success, as history records, pulling off multiple robberies. Their tactics included doing reconnaissance first and also stashing supplies and extra horses along their get away route.

Another outlaw group from the Old West is said to have planned robberies by breaking their large group into small teams and then attacking multiple locations simultaneously. That sounds a lot like first hand military experience and so gangs using these tactics may have been former soldiers from the Civil War now operating out West as bandits and supply raiders.

Outlaw gangs are known to use guerilla tactics

3) Due to their guerilla tactics, it can be tough for a localized military or police force to put a stop to them. In fact, often guerillas have a huge advantage in that they can disappear into the brush, have the experience of knowing the lands they travel in, and are able to flee and regroup at a safe location, away from any judicial consequences. They use hit and run tactics, using fast and overwhelming aggression in their favor when successfully raiding a township or homestead — or robbing a bank, ranch, or stagecoach back in the days of the Old West.

4) Raider forces usually have a “hide out” or base camp where they operate from. Something like this is likely to be located in an area that gives them some kind of strategic advantage vs any lawmen or vigilante groups that might form to go after them. One of the most successful hide outs ever was the location used by the Hole in the Wall Gang (that area known as the Hole-in-the-Wall Pass in Johnson County, Wyoming was actually a hide out for several gangs who history records weren’t one large gang but all cooperated to share the same location as a hide out / base camp; See: Hole in the Wall Gang.)

How to Beat Raiders and Highwaymen Using Military Tactics

In the right hands, the following information can serve to help save lives of future people who would otherwise die at the hands of future raiders and highwaymen. In the wrong hands, the following information could be used to do just the opposite. I pray that the information I share next is only used for good purposes…

1) Poison: If you live in a region currently threatened by raiders, you can set a trap, especially if you have a large supply of alcohol. Alcohol, often in the hands of raiders, is like liquid gold and a hot commodity. It can be an instant celebration back at the camp of a group of murderous raiders, the moment these raiders return to camp with that days “plunder” from homesteads and townships in the area. I’m not going to discuss the specifics of poison; I’m only going to mention it as one way a person or group could consider going after a group of murderous raiders by setting up a “fake” homestead or campsite, and then baiting it with things for this group to steal and take back to their leaders. If you want this supply to make it back to it’s leaders, it should be a large supply, and not a small supply. A small supply may never make it to the leaders and might be consumed by the foot soldiers that found it. Sure, they might die, but that still leaves the rest of the gang to deal with.

2) Spies: One way to bring a group of outlaws to justice is to use spies to infiltrate and collect information on their whereabouts and plans for the coming days, then plan attacks based on where and when there group will be in different locations.

3) Cut the Head Off the Snake: Assassins that can take out an outlaw gangs leadership and command structure make it much easier to cause a gang to break up and flee the area, or for them to all be brought to justice.

4) Apache Tactics: One of history’s ultimate stealth forces were the Apache, a Native American tribe from the Southwest states of which Geronimo is one of the most famous names from Apache history. The Apache were so skilled at stealth and hit and run tactics using that stealth that the Navy SEALS even adopted strategies from them, and use these tactics today in special forces training and on missions.

Remember the success that SEAL Team 6 had taking down Osama Bin Laden just a few years back? That operation was code named, “Geronimo.” How’s that for giving credit to the Apaches for some of what the SEALS know and use today?

Most outlaw gangs (the formidable ones with smart leadership, and even former military training) are likely to have sentries set up outside their camp, to spot anyone approaching long before they get near camp.

Successful Apache tactics can often occur under the cover of night, especially when there’s clouds to block moon light, and in the early morning hours when most people in an outlaw group are asleep, other than a few sentries scattered throughout the area. An intelligent Apache raid could involve waiting for an outlaw group to celebrate one evening, drinking large quantities of alcohol, putting most of the group into an alcoholic stupor. Then, one by one, those in your group of lawmen or vigilantes with the most stealth and fearlessness could go after a different sentry, effectively taking out all posted guards. Once all those sentries had been taken out, now a larger group could descend on the camp of outlaws while most or all of them are still asleep. Mission accomplished. Enemy is eliminated.

5) Set A Trap / Funnel the Enemy into a Kill Zone: An entire township could be outfitted with trained lawmen and vigilantes to look like ordinary citizens, knowing that the outlaw gang you’re after is likely performing daily reconnaissance and simply waiting for the right moment to strike. Somehow let news spread across the township that your local lawmen or vigilante group would be a few miles away the next day, helping out another town in some way, perhaps just attending some kind of event or celebration. Once that information reaches the outlaw gangs ears, they may choose that same time to strike, and walk into a trap, where they are outnumbered and outgunned, and an end brought to their murderous raids.

How to Survive and Avoid Encounters with Outlaw Gangs and Supply Raiders

If you’re part of a smaller group or even on your own, then there may be no real way for you to bring a group of outlaws and supply raiders to justice, or to effectively defend yourself from attack.

An ounce of prevention in the form of complete avoidance is what will save your life in this case.

First, understand how outlaw gangs operate

When praying on travelers, “highwaymen” were bandits that stalked lonely stretches of road that merchants and others were known to use, setting up ambushes, and many people have walked into their traps over the centuries.

When possible, travel with a large armed group

If you’re going to travel the open road in this way, it is best to travel with a large group that is armed, and from a distance away looks like a formidable force. In doing so, you are a lot less likely to be targeted for a robbery. That is true today just as much as it was true in centuries past.

Otherwise, stay far away from roads and even trails

If traveling with a large armed group or hiring a security force (that you can trust) isn’t an option, then as much as possible the safest way to travel will be far away from open roads and commonly used trails or other pathways. If outlaw bands are suspected to be in the area, find out where they are thought to be based out of, and then find a way that detours many miles away from their base camp, at the same time staying off roads and trails, because these are the places that outlaws are going to lurk.

Bandits stalk areas that people commonly travel

In a way, they’re like hunters settling in along side game trails, waiting for game. Because outlaws are for the most part unable to provide for their camp by honest means like hunting, trapping, farming, trading, and fishing, the only way they can survive and thrive is by supply raids that prey on people who are able to provide and build up supplies. That is why outlaws and supply raiders are a very real threat near populated regions and along lonely roads out in the countryside, especially those leading away from a nearby town or city.

Stay away from populated areas

If survival is a top priority, make it a habit to stay away from roads and known trails, and choose to travel off trail, detouring as far from populated regions as possible, much in the same way that Apaches could stay hidden for months at a time from American forces that sought to root them out in the 1800s, when the U.S. military was at war with Native American tribes in the Southwest states.

Find a vehicle that offers escape

Outlaw gangs in the Old West often had the assistance of fast horses. In the modern age, more likely they’re going to choose gas powered vehicles, including ATVs, trucks, and motorcycles. If you can ride a horse, that may be the best route as a horse allows a lot more stealth than you’ll ever see on an ATV, truck, or motorcycle, plus you can take a horse on a path into heavy brush or trees and across a shallow stream that may be too difficult for any motorized vehicle to follow.

While there are still plenty of skilled horse riders in the modern age, if that’s not you or you don’t have a horse in a post collapse world, other avenues that offer you speed can include a dirt bike or dual sport (on road / off road motorcycle), ATV, or even a truck with 4×4 capability. Due to the noise factor, each of these should really only be considered if you can also customize your vehicles to operate with less noise, while also operating at low speeds (as much as possible) and avoiding higher engine revs.

Noise dampening devices and quieter mufflers

When it comes to ATVS, dirt bikes and dual sports, seriously consider getting a new muffler beforehand and doing other custom work to make it a lot quieter. In a post collapse world, you’re not going to want the sound of your machine to carry that far, otherwise you’ll have no stealth, and you might as well be telling the world where they can find you.

Dual sports are the best motorized vehicle to consider

Dirt bikes, ATVs, and dual sports are commonly used in extreme sports racing or are the recreational vehicles of country folks and even a few city dwellers out there. By far, a dual sport is probably the best vehicle to own post-collapse, as long as you have a plan for both stockpiling fuel and procuring new sources of fuel before hand. A dual sport’s on road and off road capabilities give you a vast range of terrain that you can travel in, both on and off trail.

15Bandits will want your bike — proceed with caution

In a post collapse world, bandits will want those dual sports, ATVs and dirt bikes, that are common fair out in the countryside in the modern day. Many trails near populated areas may end up ambushed in the early days and weeks following a collapse. Some of those trails may have traps set that include running heavy wire or even barbed wire over a trail a few feet off the ground that will rip a rider right off his machine (like riding into a clothesline), sometimes even decapitating him or her. Watch out!

That is one more reason to avoid traveling on trails due to those traps and others.

Be on the lookout for road blocks

Also be on the lookout for road blocks up ahead that may include downed trees. A downed tree is a common scam used by bandits because it causes a person traveling in a vehicle to stop in order to move the downed trees. That’s exactly the moment that you are ambushed and robbed of everything you have.

Be wary of women “stranded” in desolate country

Another tactic that outlaw gangs can use is the “woman in need of rescue”; as you stop to help her, you’re suddenly surrounded by thieves hiding out in the brush nearby.

Be wary of abandoned goods

You may see some toppled over boxes or abandoned bags of gear up ahead; be wary of inspecting these — this is another common tactic used by thieves. While you’re attention is on these goods, they can sneak out of the brush and surround you.

Be wary of roadside buildings

Thieves know that travelers by road may be curious as to what’s inside any number of buildings along their path; as you make your approach realize you may be under close watch at that moment, and are being sized up and possibly lured into a trap.

Pray for guidance and listen to your instincts

Last but not least, don’t hesitate to ask God for guidance; even if it’s your first time in life, God’s always just that first prayer away. If you want this to work for you, repent and get your life right with God beforehand. Otherwise you’re like millions of people who claim to know God but don’t actually want anything to do with living a life according to God’s will — and courageously living for Christ.

What are your instincts telling you?

Listen closely to your instincts. If you come around a corner or over the top of a hill, and something suddenly doesn’t feel right, get out of the open immediately and find a place of concealment where you can wait patiently for a bit, carefully surveying everything around you before proceeding. When you do proceed, proceed cautiously.

Native American scouts had incredible survival skills

Back in the pioneer days, U.S. military sometimes hired Native Americans as scouts; history notes that these scouts often exercised a great deal of caution when on the look out for enemy tribes — a very useful and life-saving survival skill. While American military forces might rush in to battle — and die — instead of just rushing in, these scouts would carefully survey the entire area from all angles beforehand, sometimes scouting wide around an enemy’s known location, until they had a firm picture of everything they were up against.

As mentioned prior, these tactics have been passed down to today’s Navy SEALS and other special forces groups. These are skills to know and apply in any kind of post-apocalyptic landscape.

Reconnaissance

If you see a road block up ahead, immediately go back the way you came, stash your vehicle (if you have one), get out your high-powered binoculars, and if you still need to use that path in that direction, do some reconnaissance first (sneaking around the area at a distance, and viewing the scene from multiple angles, looking for any signs of movement).

After your recon, if you’re not absolutely sure it’s safe to proceed, find a way to make a wide detour, even if you have to dump your vehicle and proceed on foot.

Guerillas

To avoid a guerilla force of bandits and marauders, you have to operate a lot like a guerilla force of your own. That calls for Apache tactics and modern day lessons from the Navy SEALS and other special forces groups like the SAS (UK) and U.S. Army Green Berets. Stay away from roads and trails as much as possible, always using brush and forest as cover.

High powered binoculars and night-vision scopes and night-vision monoculars can be life-savers on a repeated basis post collapse. There is a serious need of awareness in the general public of the immediate dangers from supply raiders and those murderous thieves that will be lurking outside cities and townships. They are after women, food, and supplies; some may even be after children.

In worst case situations, some may have even turned to cannibalism.

Are you prepared for outlaw gangs and supply raiders?

A lack of awareness shows itself when the majority of people’s preps for disasters overlook basic and essential items for living in a land of lawlessness, whether that’s the American Old West, or a pioneer family on a prairie surrounded by warrior tribes of Native Americans, or a post-apocalyptic landscape of tomorrow.

The survival tools that will really make a difference will be high powered binoculars and other tools offering night vision. Daily reconnaissance and understanding what dangers are in the land around you will be crucial survival tactics for most people. If you overlook this, you are making a serious mistake.

Firearms don’t guarantee anything

Even if you have firearms for self defense, that doesn’t mean you are protected from danger. Outlaw gangs and supply raiders may have you outnumbered and use any number of murderous schemes to ambush you, catching you completely by surprise. You lose everything, including your guns. You may even lose your life. If that happens, your wife and kids (if you have any) are goners.

Remember that tactic mentioned above, where your group uses spies to infiltrate a group of thieves? Thieves can use that tactic also. Be wary of anyone new that comes into your group and be ready to feed them misinformation as well as have someone spy on their movements and report anything out of the ordinary.

What about faith?

Though God can look out for us from up above, we still live in a dangerous world and shouldn’t be ignorant that sometimes those dangers are coming after us. Basic safeguards can help protect you, your family, and close friends from people who are cold blooded thieves, killers and rapists.

Personally, I appreciate the safety that God can give us when we follow Him. It’s a safety you have to experience to truly appreciate; otherwise it’s just words that someone is writing out and often hard for readers to believe, unless they already have faith — real faith. God can rescue us and or protect us from danger again and again.

It’s said that evil takes place when good people do nothing

In a dangerous world, it is definitely possible that God could lead a number of believers to have firearms for self defense, especially if he has a specific purpose in mind. Ever notice how sometimes everyday people have used handguns to stop a murderer in the middle of an attack? Not just a terrorist attack, though that has happened also.

As a Christian publisher I’m not opposed to guns; I’m just opposed to guns in the wrong hands used for the wrong purposes. Jesus said, “he who lives by the sword will die by the sword” and he also told his disciples on another occasion, before sending them out on a specific task, to “sell your cloak and buy a sword.” Why would Jesus say something like that? Probably because he knew that those specific believers he was giving orders to would be traveling through dangerous lands and God, for whatever reason, wanted them to carry weapons that day.

Even if you don’t like firearms, at the least choose reconnaissance tools

Being able to survey the terrain with binoculars (during the day) and night vision tools (at night, during darkness) can be life savers and daily tools for survival. They are great tools for traveling both by day and by night.

They are also great tools for boating and an absolute necessity when hunting any king of game or even for attempting to spot wild edibles (edible plants and berries) from a distance.

Surveying the environment will allow you to spot danger before danger catches you by surprise. This is what recon is all about. This is why scouts, sentries, and patrols all have their place when defending a post apocalyptic community or just you and those close to you living off the land post collapse.

Perimeter alarms

When stationary for a period of time, you’ll want a way to set up multiple trip-wire traps (fishing line and or thick string connected to bells, cans, etc.) that make noise around your property or where you may be camped for the night when encountered by intruders. If you go with masonry string, rub the entire spool in dirt as much as possible to help camouflage the string when you string it out around the perimeter.

Set those perimeter trip wires at various distances, for example 20 yards, 50 yards, and 100 yards.

With these trip wires in place set at various distances, these are your early warning signals that danger is approaching. More than one person keeping guard can investigate using a night vision device rather than just shining a bright light which can make your posted guard(s) an easy target and it tells intruders exactly where you are (so keep those lights off and keep those night vision scopes and monoculars at the ready).

Your posted guards and night vision tools allow you to catch these thieves by surprise and hopefully save lives and protect supplies.

Pay attention to every noise, even if a possible false alarm

If you’re lucky that night, it’ll just be a raccoon or ‘possum that tripped one of your wires. On more than one occasion though, it could be a group of thieves sneaking up on you, having assumed that everyone in your camp is asleep. Maybe it’s a group of slave traders after women they can turn into forced prostitutes.

We live in a dark world and in a post-apocalyptic landscape expect it to be 100 times worse than it is anywhere today. Social awareness coupled with lethal force can bring an immediate stop to the atrocities of more than one psychopath and cohorts roaming the land. Lethal force isn’t for everyone though — so if it’s not for you, just imagine what if was your child being taken and possibly forced into prostitution? What if it’s your spouse being murdered and robbed for anything he or she has?

Lethal force has it’s place when we’re talking about psychopaths

In a dark world, lethal force has it’s place; let the Lord be your light and know that you are saving lives and that it is justice. If you’re brave enough, don’t just take out a psychopath and his cohorts — find out where their home base is and with enough people on your side, go and investigate — just maybe you’ll be able to free some captives, and that may include children and women who right at this very moment are praying for their escape.

Through out the world there are captives, and sex slaves, and forced prostitutes, and that includes right here in good ol’ USA. Now imagine it 100 times worse that it ever was. That’s some of what we’re facing in a post-collapse tomorrow. God help us.

Serious risks to life and safety post collapse

Even the most prepared among us are all at risk of robbery and possibly worse than that post collapse. Without a plan and without the tools and strategies for dealing with supply raiders, outlaw gangs, kidnappers and murderous thieves, each of us is asking for trouble. Networking, diplomacy, and good relationships with others in your region can serve to help all of you survive in a land without police, military, or government.

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What is Apocalyptic Survival?

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What is Apocalyptic Survival?

There are many terms used for serious survival, apocalyptic, SHTF,TEOTWAWKI, in my book all mean the same thing; something big has gone down that seriously changes the way we live and the way we look at things around us (I do not include a nuclear strike in our vicinity that most people could not survive). It could be an invasion from another country; it could be an Alien invasion. It could mean that the grid is down from a terrorist strike. What it is not is a normal temporary black out. It is not a chemical truck turning over in your neighbourhood. So let’s get this straight, a real serious survival situation is not for hobby survivalists. A hobby survivalist can go bush for a weekend or even a weeks camp-out and they will probably be okay providing no natural disasters occur or the camp is attacked by feral humans.

Now I must say that there is nothing wrong with being a hobby prepper, providing you stay within the limits of your expertise, you should be fine. Enjoy yourself. I do not mean this to sound demeaning, but facts are facts. If someone’s main fire making tools are a ferrocerium rod, some bic lighters and a box of matches, then they are not thinking long term. They are only prepared for a short term survival situation. Anyone who carries only one knife and that knife is used for multiple bushcraft tasks is not thinking long term survival. Now a lot of these people will defend their choices of gear, and that is fine. I see no point in arguing the point. But the fact is that in a major survival situation, these people will not survive.

If you are a serious prepper/survivalist you will be using flint, steel and tinderbox as your main fire lighting tool, and you will have learnt at least one other primitive method of fire lighting as a back-up. Your main knife will be for skinning, butchering and defence, and your choice of blade will reflect this. You will have at least one other blade which will be for camp chores and general usage. You will also be carrying a belt axe/hatchet or tomahawk for the heavier cutting chores and for defence, and you will know how to use these tools to their best advantage.

My hunting knife.
My legging knife.
My friction blade clasp knife.
The serious survivalist will have some form of hunting tool suited to long term wilderness living, be it a traditional bow or a firearm. If it is a firearm then you need to think very carefully before making your choice. You know what sort of game you may encounter, and you know that you may also have to depend on this tool for defence. Do not compromise other important survival needs in your pack by carrying too much weight in ammunition. I choose to carry flintlock guns. A flintlock gun has many advantages over a modern firearm and some advantages over the use of a bow. But having said that I am still very much in favour of carrying a bow, both the bow and the flintlock gun are long term sustainable tools for wilderness living. They may have a disadvantage in a fire fight compared to a modern firearm, but I firmly believe that both are better than a modern firearm regarding their versatility and long term sustainability.
.62 caliber flintlock fusil.
.32 caliber flintlock rifle.
.70 caliber flintlock pistol.
Knowing how to make and use traps is important, their use on a trap line will save on ammunition, and they are working for you day and night. Learning primitive skills is very important; they will help keep long term, as will primitive equipment. Modern equipment will eventually run out or break down, and the hobby prepper who only carries modern gear will gradually find themselves living a Stone Age lifestyle. Those people who invest in pre 19thcentury equipment will not likely ever have to drop below that level of comfort, be it 18th century or 12th century because again, it is sustainable.
A quick word about so called 24 and 72 hour survival packs. As a get home pack I think these are a good idea, but as a survival pack to take bush, I personally would not advise it. None of us can predict how long we may have to survive in any given situation. Limiting your pack to mere hours instead of a lifetime in my opinion is pointless. Use your main survival pack all the time, whether it is just for a weekend camp or longer. This will make sure you are well prepared and it will make you more familiar with your gear.


Here below is a list of skills our group members learn and practice; also there is a list of benefits of using a flintlock muzzle-loading firearm. If you are serious about being able to survive in the future should anything major happen to affect our quality of living, then I urge you to be honest with yourself and evaluate the skills you have and the equipment you carry.

New England Colonial Living History Group 1680-1760.

This is a list of basic skills in which we expect an 18thcentury woodsman or woods-woman to have some experience with in our group. There is no time limit set, learn in your own time & if we can help just ask.
Keith.

·      Flint & steel fire lighting

·      Wet weather fire lighting

·      Fire-bow fire lighting

·      Flintlock fire lighting

·      Flintlock use, service & repair

·      Marksmanship with either gun or bow.

·      Field dressing & butchering game

·      Blade sharpening

·      Tomahawk throwing

·      Making rawhide

·      Brain tanning

·      Primitive shelter construction

·      How to stay warm in winter with only one blanket

·      Cordage manufacture

·      Moccasin construction and repair

·      Sewing

·      Axe and tomahawk helve making

·      Fishing

·      Hunting

·      Evasion

·      Tracking

·      Reading sign

·      Woods lore

·      Navigation

·      Primitive trap construction & trapping

·      Open fire cooking

·      Fireplace construction

·      Clothing manufacture

·      Drying meat & other foods

·      Knowledge of plant tinders & preparation

·      Knowledge of native foods & preparation

·      Knowledge of native plants in the area and their uses for other than tinder and food.

·      Scouting/Ranging.

·      Basic first aid.

·      Finding and treating water.

General leather work.


Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.

1)   Ammo is less expensive than a modern equivalent caliber firearm.

2)  The smoothbore is very versatile, being able to digest round ball, bird shot, & buckshot, or any combination of two of these (can also use minies).

3)  The fusil is lighter to carry than a modern equivalent sized gun.

4)  You can vary the load if needs be.

5)  The smoothbore will digest other projectiles besides lead.

6)  Lead can be retrieved from downed game & remoulded with a simple mould & lead ladle. This means that you can carry less lead, & more of the lighter gunpowder.

7)  You can make your own gunpowder.

8)  You can use the lock to make fire without the need for gunpowder.

9)  You can use gunpowder for gunpowder tinder fire lighting if needs be.

10)        IF the lock should malfunction (these are very robust & it is not likely) you can easily repair it if you are carrying a few spare springs & a few simple tools.

11) If you do not have any spare parts & the lock malfunctions, you can easily convert it to a tinderlock or matchlock & continue using it.

12)        You do not need a reloader, brass shells, caps, or primers. The latter have been known to break down in damp conditions or if they are stored for too long.

13)         Wadding for ball or shot is available from natural plant materials or homemade leather or rawhide.

14)       Less chance of being affected by future ammunition control legislation.

15)        Gunpowder is easily obtainable providing you have a muzzle-loader registered in your name regardless of caliber (NSW)

16)        A .32 caliber flintlock rifle is more powerful than a .22 rimfire, less expensive to feed, more accurate over a greater distance, able to take small & medium sized game, & other than not being able to use shot (unless it is smoothbore), it has all the attributes of the other flintlocks.

17)        Damage from a .62 caliber-.75 caliber pistol or long arm is in the extreme. Wounded prey is unlikely to escape.

18)         By using buck & ball you are unlikely to miss your target. This load is capable of taking out more than one target.

19)        There is less kick-back to a muzzle-loading gun.

20)       Antique Flintlock muzzle-loading guns do not require a license, registration, or a permit to purchase in NSW Australia.

Here is a list of the equipment that I carry. As in everything, equipment is a personal choice based on experience.

Equipment List.

.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.

.70 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol.

Gun tools and spare lock parts.

Shot pouch and contents.

Leather drawstring pouch of .60 caliber ball (in knapsack).

Powder horn.

Ball mould and swan shot mould.

3 Gunpowder wallets

Lead ladle.

Butcher/Hunting knife.

Legging knife.

Clasp knife.

Tomahawk.

Fire bag.

Tinderbox.

Belt pouch.

Fishing tackle in brass container.

Two brass snares.

Roll of brass snare wire.

Knapsack.

Scrip.

Market Wallet.

Tin Cup.

Kettle.

Water filter bags (cotton & linen bags).

Medical Kit.

Housewife.

Piece of soap and a broken ivory comb.

Dried foods in bags.

Wooden spoon.

Compass.

Whet stone.

Small metal file.

Oilcloth.

One blanket (Monmouth cap, spare wool waistcoat and wool shirt rolled inside blanket).

Two glass saddle flasks.

Length of hemp rope.

Bottle of rum.

Apocalypse Training 101: Learn How to Survive the End of the World

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

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When non-preppers think about how to survive the end of the world, they usually think about hoarding supplies, finding a secure place to store them and hunkering down to wait it out. It’s a nice fairy-tale, but in the real world, when SHTF, true survivors have to know how to hit back.

While it is important to stock up on supplies that you might need to survive TEOTWAWKI, having all the supplies in the world won’t help you if you can’t get to them when an apocalypse event strikes. What about defending all your supplies from desperate people trying to get them? What about protecting yourself and the people you care about? What if a flood or fire break out and you end up stranded with nothing? Even if you do manage to make it back to your supplies and feel safe, what happens when the inevitable occurs and your supplies run out?

Fitness is the First Step to Survival

The truth is, prepping is about skill and knowledge, first and foremost. Knowing what matters most is the true key to apocalypse survival, and having the skills to do whatever it takes to keep going isn’t about buying stuff; it’s about building your skill-set. That’s why the first step in learning how to prepare for the end of the world is always getting your body ready to handle whatever might come your way. In reality, every moment is an opportunity to train for the end of the world.

The Elements of Physical Fitness

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Endurance. Strength. Flexibility. Creativity. These are the essential elements of apocalypse survival and training. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities in your everyday life to increase your overall capacity to execute these skills – if you make the time for it. Here’s a quick guide on how to physically prepare for SHTF:

  • Endurance. There’s just no way to build your stamina without getting after it, every day. Endurance is quite literally a marathon sport. Even if it starts with a simple walk, find a way to get moving and keep moving every day. Aim to continually increase the amount of physical activity you do, the kinds of activities you try and their level of difficulty.
  • Strength. Bodyweight exercises are a great way to strengthen and tone without a ton of equipment, while there are a range of targeted activities like CrossFit and Krav Maga that can help you home in on and improve your weakest skills.
  • Flexibility. It may not seem very tough, but staying limber is essential to staying alive. Stretch while you strengthen, and you’ll be able to do more and recover faster after intense physical activity.
  • Creativity. Diversify your training to see the greatest results. Try different combat methods and improvise with the environment around you to identify your strengths and weaknesses while making it easier to respond effectively, whatever your situation or surroundings.

Apocalypse Training Techniques

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Ultimately, fitness training for SHTF situations is about applied knowledge, not book learning or simulations. The people you’re fighting against when SHTF won’t follow the rules of sparing or good sportsmanship. At TEOTWAWKI, you’ll be fighting for your life with whatever you have available. That means you need to be prepared to fight on all fronts.

Train in three ways for maximum effect:

  • Functional Training. Use what’s around you to build practical strength, like tires, ropes and more. This idea is the cornerstone of CrossFit and parkour training.
  • Combat Training. Learn how to defend yourself in a lethal situation without a weapon. Mastering a martial art that’s specifically designed for tactical fighting like Krav Maga can be your greatest protection in an apocalypse situation.
  • Tactical Training. Firearm training is a no-brainer. Having a gun won’t help you if you don’t know how to properly use it or don’t consistently practice and improve your shooting skills.

When deciding how to build your skills in each of these three areas, think about the ultimate goal of any technique you learn. Your primary objective is to survive, not simply one-up your assailant. Find tactics that will help you stay one step ahead of an opponent both mentally and physically. Approaching your training this way is how to survive the end of the world. Survival isn’t about winning a trophy or a championship belt. It’s about making it out alive.

Tactical Survival Training for TEOTWAWKI

Focus on developing the kind of skills that will serve you under pressure when preparing for the end of the world. PHOTOGRAPHER: Lauren Harnett

If you really think about it, it makes sense to focus on developing the kind of skills that will serve you under pressure when preparing for the end of the world. You won’t be facing rainbows and words of encouragement in the end of days. When training with firearms, spend the majority of your time building and practicing fundamental skills so they become natural reflexes when you’re fighting for your life, rather than focusing on tricks and complicated techniques that will take time to recall.

The tactics you have to think about are the ones that will do the most damage when it’s time to make a split-second decision in a fight or flight situation. It’s better to stick with tactical techniques that complement what naturally happens in your body and brain when adrenaline spikes. This means sticking with methods that retain your accuracy and control, even when you’re under serious stress.

Practice the Basics. Then Practice Differently.

The tactics you have to think about are the ones that will do the most damage when it’s time to make a split-second decision in a fight or flight situation.

The first key to effective firearm use is mastering the basics, including your stance, grip, target acquisition, sights, trigger control, follow-through and ability to disarm an opponent. Here’s a quick breakdown of each and what you should focus on to improve your fundamentals.

  • Power Stance. Improving your overall fitness level will help you find a stable, mobile and balanced stance when shooting your gun, but it takes practice to find the power stance that will protect you from recoil, while letting you stay agile, aggressive and in control.
  • Grip. Make your grip firm, tight and with your thumbs curled down. Firearm expert and master trainer Massad Ayoob calls this the “crush grip,” and it’s one of the five elements he considers most crucial to have in your arsenal before firing a gun (Ayoob, 2012).
  • Target Acquisition. This skill covers the rapid vision transition that must occur after you’ve spotted a target and before you shoot. Practice adjusting the focus of your eyesight from a natural target to your sights quickly so you program the movement into your eyes’ muscle memory.
  • Sight Alignment and Picture. Two essential yet separate elements of proper shooting, sight alignment requires that your front sight be centered between the rear sights with your rear sights horizontally aligned, while sight picture is the relationship of your sight alignment to your target for accurate execution. Understanding the relationship between sight alignment and picture takes practice and depends on your individual gun.
  • Trigger Control. Your grip will go a long way toward improving trigger control, which is the act of pulling the trigger without pushing the nose of the gun up or down, jerking the trigger or otherwise disturbing your aim. Smooth and consistent squeezing is key.
  • Follow-Through and Reset. Follow-through is about squeezing the trigger until it stops moving, while reset is about getting the trigger ready to fire again. After your follow-through, practice releasing the trigger to the point of reset and firing again. Sometimes, the trigger break and follow-through positions are the same, sometimes not. Your trigger reset is rarely the same position where the trigger rests when untouched. Practice to determine both the follow-through and reset positions of your specific guns.
  • Disarmament. Whether you’re facing a knife, gun or concealed weapon that you can’t identify, you have to know how to disarm an assailant coming at you with a weapon – not only to protect yourself from other people, but also to anticipate how someone else might try to disarm you and prevent it.

There are a few simple drills that can help you get the basics ingrained in your brain, round out your shooting skills, and give you the confidence and versatility you need to shoot well when SHTF. Remember to practice shooting both moving and still targets, work with both two-handed and one-handed grips, and incorporate movement into your tactical training. If you aren’t shooting, move.

You should test out different kinds of firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, and practice drawing and shooting them all until you find the weapons that work best for you. Your gun will do you no good if you can’t draw it fast enough and shoot it accurately. Practice in low light environments, try shooting multiple targets to improve your agility, and practice safely shooting from behind cover and concealment. All of these techniques can give you a huge tactical advantage in a lethal confrontation.

Mental Readiness: The Real Key to Apocalypse Survival

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Having a strong mind and body and the right functional, combat and tactical training will go a long way to getting your ready for TEOTWAWKI – much more than stockpiling supplies can ever do.

Mental preparation is about conditioning yourself to handle the inevitable emotions during an apocalypse. Fear, concern, hopelessness, helplessness, defeat. Being better prepared than most can itself be a liability, since you can’t save everyone and trying to could ultimately end your own life. How will you determine when to stand firm, when to offer help and when to move on?

Mental preparedness doesn’t mean being weak. In fact, working on assessing, identifying and controlling your emotions will improve your ability to stay assertive, aggressive and in control instead of breaking down in the face of disaster. Often, appearing aggressive is enough to keep weaker would-be threats at bay, without the risks of direct engagement.

Having a strong mind and body and the right functional, combat and tactical training will go a long way to getting your ready for TEOTWAWKI – much more than stockpiling supplies can ever do. I hope this article gave you a good understanding of where to put your focus to really prepare for SHTF. If you get after it and train to improve a little each day, you’ll be better prepared than most when the end of the world arrives. Good luck.

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How To Pick Survival Guns For An Apocalypse | episode 121

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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. 

 

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13 Catastrophic Events Which Could Lead To An Apocalypse

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I don’t normally post doom-and-gloom articles. In my opinion, constantly obsessing over disasters that could happen is a waste of energy. You’re better off focusing on your preps and enjoying your life. However, I think it’s a good idea to poke one’s head up every now and then and see what’s going on. And over […]

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CLAIRE C. RILEY USA Today Best Selling Author!

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CLAIRE C. RILEY: USA Today Best Selling Author Bobby Akart “Prepping For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Claire C. Riley, USA Today Best Selling Author and horror writer from Manchester, England joins us at a special time—3 ET, Noon Pacific and 8 p.m. in the … Continue reading CLAIRE C. RILEY USA Today Best Selling Author!

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The Most Scarce Commodity in the Apocalypse

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It is the contention of this article that the one commodity that will be in the shortest supply, and one that people will most likely be short on from day one is…

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5 Assumptions People Make in a Doomsday Scenario

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5 Worst Assumptions People Make in a Doomsday Scenario

Is it going to be some kind of nuclear holocaust? Are zombies going to start rising from the dead? Will there be a mass infection that wipes out the bulk of our species, or a spiritual rapture that leaves only a handful of us on the Earth?

These scenarios don’t seem especially likely, and they seem even less likely when you consider the sheer number of times people have predicted the end of the world that turned out to be false. Still, the curious and most prepared among us always keep the prospect of a “doomsday” in the backs of our minds, considering how we’d survive in a post-apocalyptic society. Some of us even have shelters or supplies stashed away, just in case—but there’s a problem with these doomsday preparations. They’re almost always based on a number of false assumptions.

The Dangers of False Assumptions

All forms of preparation rely on some assumptions; this is unavoidable. However, when most people picture a “doomsday,” they approach it with a set of preconceived notions that they’ve gathered from books, movies, or ideal projections of what the apocalypse might be like. If these assumptions are incorrect, you could end up preparing wrong, reducing your chances of survival and making all your efforts worthless.

The Worst Assumptions You Can Make

These are some of the worst—yet most common—mistakes you can make about the ambiguous coming “doomsday:”

  1. Some forms of technology will still work. We’ve come a long way in terms of being able to protect our data and protect our devices against natural elements and disasters. But on a big enough scale, it’s unlikely that any of our technologies will survive a massively destructive event. That means all forms of Internet and electricity will become unusable, and even portable, analog devices like radios might be useless. Does that mean you shouldn’t include a radio in your emergency stash? No—it might still come in handy. But you shouldn’t plan for it to work, just like you shouldn’t plan for cars, phones, or any other form of technology to work. Count on absolutely nothing surviving, and you’ll be prepared no matter what.
  2. You’re more likely to survive than someone else. This is an assumption most of us live with, and we can’t really help it. Imagine you’ve just learned that a new illness is going to wipe out 95 percent of the U.S. population—you’ll imagine yourself as part of the 5 percent who survive, even though this makes little logical sense. You can’t really plan on dying, though you do owe it to yourself to be more realistic about the scenario. Even if you survive the initial effects, the aftereffects (think: secondary infections, nuclear fallout, etc.) could catch up to you.
  3. Your supplies will be safe. When most of us prepare for a doomsday scenario, we focus on physical goods, sometimes going overboard with the amount of supplies we store. All of this is usually based on an assumption that we’ll be able to keep these supplies safe and available for our own use. In reality, having this many supplies is probably going to make you a target rather than providing a cushion for your lifestyle. In reality, it may be wiser to only store what you absolutely need for survival.
  4. Supplies matter more than skills. This assumption also involves our tendency to horde supplies; people generally assume that as long as they have the right materials, they’ll be able to survive. And it’s true that additional food and water can keep you alive for longer, but it’s more important in a post-apocalyptic scenario to have the skills and abilities necessary to support your own continued survival. It’s the “teach a man to fish” moral, but applied to post-doomsday survivalism. Instead of spending more money on supplies, spend money on survival training and experiences that will keep you alive.
  5. Short-term survival is what really matters. Most people end up planning for a few weeks of survival after a doomsday event. Some go nuts and plan for a few months. But the truth is, your body will probably be able to survive for a few weeks on its own, without much need for additional resources. If you really want to survive after a doomsday event, you need to think in longer terms. How are you going to survive in a year? In five years? In ten?

Predicting the Unpredictable

Even though this article has been centered on false assumption, it’s probably making some false assumption of its own. Why? Because by its very nature, a doomsday scenario is unpredictable. It may never come. It may come tomorrow. And if it does come, it could take any one of an infinite number of forms. It’s impossible to prepare for everything, so the best you can do is prepare for the greatest number of possible events, and prepare yourself—mentally and physically—for the most demanding situations you can.

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What Would Happen To Earth If All Humans Disappeared?

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What Would Happen To Earth If All Humans Disappeared? Within the first few hours of extinction, power plants would run out of fuel and shut down. As the world started to lose power, the electrical fences used to keep livestock under control would stop working, releasing 1.5 billion cows, 1 billion pigs and 20 billion …

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After the Apocalypse: What Will You Do Then?

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But an apocalypse is something that you could still live through, right? At least that is what many of us seem to be prepping for. What could life be like after the apocalypse and why do so many preppers need to adjust your thinking about the probable facts of life we all plan on living through.

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THE NEXT BIG SOLAR STORM: AN APOCALYPTIC TIMELINE

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Have you ever wondered what might happen in the event a massive, earth directed solar flare were to erupt hurling a powerful coronal mass ejection (CME) at our home planet? What series of events could unfold? What would the impacts be? How do you think we might react? Well, this infographic gives us a look into what that future eventuality may look like.

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20 Worst Things About Life After The SHTF

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If you’ve ever told anybody about the things you’re doing to survive after the SHTF, you’ve probably been asked why. “Why would you want to survive the end of the world?” There are plenty of reasons. The human instinct to survive, for one. The folks who say they’d […]

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 Finale – Episode 16 “Last Day On Earth”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 15 “East”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 14 “Twice As Far”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 13 “The Same Boat”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 12 “Not Tomorrow Yet”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 11 “Knots Untie”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 10 “The Next World”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 9 *Mid-Season Premiere* “No Way Out”

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A WORLD WITHOUT WORK

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Have you ever wondered what the world may look like after societal collapse? What if the world as you know it today simply disappeared? If so you have probably considered what how the priorities and values of today might be reshuffled. Things that seem to matter so much today may not matter at all in this new world. What would have value? What skill sets would matter when commutes, cubicles and consumerism are a thing of the past? Believe it or not, the answer can be found today and Derek Thompson, Senior Editor The Atlantic, takes a look at what a world without work might look like. Check out this video as Thompson discusses this new and probable reality where the old ice breaker “What do you do?” becomes “What can you do?” After societal collapse that is all that will really matter any way.

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ISIS’s End Game: Why You Should Be Very Worried

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ISIS's End Game: Why You Should Be WorriedISIS has plans for terrorist attacks on the United States and other countries in order to launch a world war and trigger what it considers an apocalypse. So say experts on terrorism and Islamic theology who have studied the organization in detail.

“ISIS wants a war between Islam and the rest of the world, with Muslims on its side, as a way of creating and expanding its so-called ‘caliphate,’” Miami Herald world affairs columnist Frida Ghitis wrote in a recent CNN.com column.

On the surface, Ghitis wrote, ISIS’s strategy seems self-destructive. It provoked France and by extension NATO, and then it brought down a plane from Russia, which is not part of NATO.

“ISIS must have known that shooting down a Russian plane would make [Russian President Vladimir] Putin turn his guns against the perpetrators, which is exactly what has happened,” she wrote. “By attacking Russia, ISIS is doing the unimaginable, making Putin and the West start working together — against ISIS.

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“…ISIS seems to be risking it all, creating the conditions for an overwhelming international attack, by the United States, Russia, France, Turkey, perhaps all of NATO, against its ragtag army. If this happens, it could lose it all.”

The goal, she wrote, is simple: provoke the countries to retaliate and get all Muslims to side with ISIS. It hopes its brutality and attacks will turn worldwide public opinion against moderate Muslims and Muslim 1refugees, and in turn the two groups will have nowhere to turn but ISIS.

“Its ultimate vision is an apocalyptic one,” she wrote. “A strategy that looks self-destructive is, in fact, destructive, but perhaps less baffling than it seems as first glance. As many scholars have noted, ISIS’s long-range vision is of an end-of-days battle with the West — what it calls Rome. It is the ultimate suicide mission, one that sees the entire world involved in a grand final conflagration.”

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The attacks in Paris were planned by ISIS’s top commanders at its headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, and probably were ordered or approved by ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, experts say.

The ISIS Apocalypse

One of ISIS’s key beliefs is that there will be an apocalyptic battle between the forces of true Islam led by a Caliph, and the armies of Rome at the Syrian city of Dabiq, said Graeme Wood, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

ISIS has captured Dabiq, and al-Baghdadi has proclaimed himself Caliph, Wood noted. That means al-Baghdadi expects to lead the final battle between Islam and the rest of the world.

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“Dabiq is basically all farmland,” an ISIS supporter tweeted earlier this year. “You could imagine large battles taking place there.”

Wrote Wood, “The Islamic State’s propagandists drool with anticipation of this event, and constantly imply that it will come soon.”

Many of the beheadings have taken place at Dabiq. According to ISIS’s theology, the Caliph will win the battle at Dabiq, conquer the entire world, and impose Sharia law, says Bernard Haykel, who is regarded as one of the world’s foremost secular authorities on ISIS’s ideology.

“Even the foot soldiers spout this stuff constantly,” Haykel told The Atlantic. “They mug for their cameras and repeat their basic doctrines in formulaic fashion, and they do it all the time.”

Politicians and some Muslim leaders may try and excuse the Koran by saying ISIS is twisting texts, but Haykel said the Koran is clear in teaching violence.

“People want to absolve Islam,” he said. “It’s this ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ mantra. … These guys [ISIS] have just as much legitimacy as anyone else.”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 8 *Mid-Season Finale* “Start to Finish”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 7 “Heads Up”

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Omega Plague Post-Apocalypse

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Omega Plague Post-ApocalypseThis week on Surviving Dystopia it is my genuine pleasure to welcome fellow indie author P.R. Principe, Author of the post-apocalyptic novel, Omega Plague: Collapse.

A description from his website on his book, “An airborne strain of the AIDS virus decimates humanity. Bruno Ricasso, an Italian cop, a Carabiniere, struggles to survive on the island of Capri while Europe erupts in flames and society crumbles. But when his solitary existence is broken, Bruno returns to the empty city of Naples in search of answers.

11-18-15 virusCan Bruno find a way to stay alive in the ruins of civilization? Or will Bruno’s past sins prove even more deadly than the Omega Plague?”

This really brings questions to mind about such things we may need to think of in preparing for biological disasters in our efforts. Having served on active duty as a commissioned U.S. Air Force officer I think brings the military perspective to the possibilities in such a scenario.

He also has learned to forge a broadsword and has an amateur radio license, hopefully he can share some that knowledge with us this week and give a perspective that is both valuable and interesting.

As with other Post-apocalyptic authors I have had on the show, I am curious about ways we can use fiction to help enhance our preparedness and provide different perspectives to possible outcomes maybe we could have overlooked. I too would love to delve into the world of the indie artists with him and get his take on the indie world.

11-18-15 ebolaHis book as with mine has an element of the biological dangers that may lie in wait for the unprepared masses. Differences in each of these also affect the means by which we may prepare and keep ourselves safe. He speaks of airborn Aids virus while I found Ebola to be particularly nasty in my book. Either way the issues that come along with any Plague or epidemic are scary and specific. I look forward to gaining his insight and discussing our books and the impact that the scenarios might imply.

Take a moment to grab his book here. Give it a read and join us for some conversation and a look into the thoughts of its author. Check P.R. Principe out on the web as well.

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 6 “Always Accountable”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 5 “Now”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 4 “Here’s Not Here”

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Superyacht Getaway Subs And Luxury Bomb Shelters: The Elite Are The Most Paranoid Preppers Of All

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

When it comes to “prepping”, many among the elite take things to an entirely different level.  As you will see below, the elite are willing to pay big money for cutting edge home security measures, luxury bomb shelters and superyacht getaway submarines. Some of the things that the elite are demanding for their own protection go beyond even what we would see in a James Bond film, and serving the prepping needs of the elite has become a multi-billion dollar business.  Meanwhile, the media outlets that the elite own continue to mock the rest of us for getting prepared.  All the time we see headlines like this one that appeared in a major American news source: “Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse“.  Well, if we are paranoid for setting aside some extra food and supplies for the future, what does that make the people that you will read about in this article?

The elite live in a world that is completely different from the world that you and I live in.  In wealthy enclaves of major global cities such as London, elitists are willing to shell out massive amounts of money to ensure that everyone else is kept out.  The following comes from an article that was just published a few hours ago by the London Evening Standard entitled “The paranoid world of London’s super-rich: DNA-laced security mist and superyacht getaway submarines“…

Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch. Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber hacking through to physical intrusion and kidnapping,’ says Bond Gunning. ‘We ended up installing fingerprint-activated locks for family members and programmable keys for staff that limit the time they are allowed into the property and the rooms they are able to enter and exit.

‘Inside and outside we installed 24-hour monitored CCTV cameras that are so hi-tech they can tell the difference between a dog, cat and a person. In the garden there are thermal-imaging cameras that can detect heat sources in the undergrowth. One thing intruders can’t hide is the heat of their bodies.

‘Should an intruder evade the cameras or ignore the warnings they automatically broadcast, the property itself is protected by bulletproof glass and alarm sensors in all rooms. There is a bullet, gas and bombproof panic or safe room, with its own food and water, medical supplies and communications, and an impregnable supply of fresh air. Just in case the family cannot make it there in time, key rooms are sealed by reinforced shutters.’

But for many elitists, those kinds of extreme security measures are simply not enough.  That is why sales of “luxury doomsday shelters” are absolutely soaring.  If “the end of the world” arrives unexpectedly, high net worth individuals want to know that there will be somewhere for them and their families to go.  The following is an excerpt from an article about one such facility located in Indiana

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 3 “Thank You”

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 2 “JSS” (“Just Survive Somehow”)

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PRACTICAL TACTICAL NAMED A ‘TOP PREPPING RESOURCES’ WEBSITE

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BEST 250 PREPPER WEBSITE

Talk about a wonderful way to start the day…..

I woke up to an email this morning to find out that Happy To Survive has named Practical Tactical among the top 250 prepper websites with top prepping resources on the interwebs.  This marks the second time we have been ranked among the best in the business when it comes to helping you and yours become more prepared for whatever may come down the road.  We are especially proud of being included in this group as we are rubbing shoulders with some of the folks that we consider to be the very best at what they do, which is helping others increase their level of preparedness and personal resilience like Peak Prosperity, Resilience, Willow Haven Outdoor, James Wesley Rawles Survival Blog and Prepper Website just to name a few.

 

This recognition means so much to us for a number of reasons, but mostly because it gets right to the heart of what we strive to make Practical Tactical all about….helping others become more prepared and resilient in their every day lives.  Our work with Practical Tactical is not a full time deal.  My wife (and partner in the venture) and myself both maintain full time jobs, raise our baby girl, as well as entertain our vast number of other interests that make our life experience worth living and for us that is the key to preparedness.  Prepping does not have to take over your life or darken your outlook on the world.  Rather, we hope to show you that being prepared is something anyone can do and that it, in fact, frees you from the stresses of worrying over the circumstance that you are NOT prepared and allows you to get out there and enjoy all that this wonderful life has to offer.  The list states that it is cobbled together in no particular order, but just to be included among such a fine group of individuals and projects is a wonderful honor in itself.

 

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 Premiere – Episode 1 “First Time Again”

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REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 Finale – Episode 6 “The Good Man”

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REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Episode 5 “Cobalt”

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REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Episode 4 “Not Fade Away”

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REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Episode 3 “The Dog”

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REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Episode 2 “So Close, Yet So Far”

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It’s not the fall that gets you….

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It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden change of direction at the bottom.

It’s not necessarily the disaster that kills you.  It’s the severe dislocation of normal societal systems and the chaos and peril associated with it that comes in the two weeks, to a month, to six months following a major disaster that’s really going to determine whether or not you survive.  I say this because as a society, we are completely and totally dependent on our wholly integrated, just in time delivery systems to supply us with the basic necessities required for life.  Our water, our food, the energy we use to power everything that makes this super sized, got to have it right now society of ours whir, it’s all at our fingertips.  The unpalatable truth of our reality is that most people have completely lost touch with all that it takes to procure these basic necessities of life for ourselves.  The really frightening part of this situation is that most in our society do not or will not recognize the fact that by a whole boatload of metrics we are already falling, but because fresh water still flows from the tap, there is food on the shelves when you go to buy and there is still relatively inexpensive gasoline at the pumps when you go to fill up, people are able to turn a blind eye to the nation’s ills because they believe they do not impact them personally.  This of course is a fallacy, but normalcy bias is a powerful thing and the majority chooses to simply not acknowledge the problems they see all around them because it’s just easier.  Never mind looking to the future and where we may end up if we continue on our current trajectories as a nation, most folks only care about next weekend.

The unfortunate truth is that you will stop falling at some point and that’s when things get ugly.  That is when reality demands a cold, hard stop to the continuations of life as we know it and we are forced to make a new way forward.  Or we don’t.

When faced with this new reality, most people will have a very difficult time because they do not have the tools or the skill set necessary to take care of themselves.

So what do I say?

1. Embrace a big picture, long range viewpoint in an effort to see the unhinging before it happens.  This will give you a chance to spot when trouble is ahead and begin to take steps to get better prepared to handle it.  Educate yourself about the most probable threats for your area to start and grow your threat matrix from there.

2. Develop a plan to navigate these disruptions that best fits your circumstance based on your capabilities whatever they are.  Everyone can prepare.  Don’t waste your time worrying about a hurricane if you live in a desert.  Focus your planning and tailor it to suit your needs.  Furthermore, it does not matter what your limitations may be, there are very useful ways for everyone to become better prepared.  Remember, knowledge doesn’t have to cost anything to attain and weighs even less.

3. You can’t know the future for certain, so learn practical skills and don’t just acquire stuff.  There are more than a few folks out there that want to sell you the latest gadget or piece of gear, but if you don’t know how to use all that stuff it will do you no good.  Skills learned, practiced and verified in the back yard or on a family camping trip will most likely be way more valuable in the long run.  Acquiring these skills will make you flexible and adaptable and you will be able to use them any time.

4. Know your tribe.  You may be a verifiable bad ass, but none of us can effect sustainable, long term survival by ourselves in the long run.  Figure out who in your circles is of a like mind now before the storm rolls in and begin to take steps to strengthen those relationships.  You will want to surround yourself with people you know you can trust, that are hard working individuals that understand the importance of team concepts, that most likely share your general world views and who will excel in any area that you may not be as strong.  You will be glad you did.

 5. Enjoy life, but keep your eye on the ball.  Most of us prepare because we want to be able to take care of our family should we ever find ourselves in a bad situation and every one of us should be proud of that fact.  With that said, don’t allow yourself to become so focused on your preparations that you lose sight of why you’re working so hard to get ready in the first place.  Remember to make time to enjoy your family, friends and loved ones now while the world is still rolling along.  There may be dark days in the future, but while the sun is shining get out there and embrace the good times with those you care about.  Take a vacation, play with your children and take your wife or husband out to a nice dinner.  Live your life!  Isn’t that what it’s for?  Preparedness will never fall completely out of focus for people like us because it is a fundamental part of who we are, so don’t worry about that.  While you’re out there doing the hard work of preparedness day after day, just be sure to remember to take a little time to enjoy the good stuff.  Those people you are working so hard for will appreciate and love you for it.

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