Survival Caches Packing & Placing!

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Survival Caches Packing & Placing!

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This week, On the Gunmetal Armory, we get into the Survival Cache category. This is a subject that was suggested to us by our listeners. Granted, its been covered by other folks, but not us. So we’re going to tackled the subject of Survival Caches, Gunmetal Armory style! We are going to get into what you should put into your caches, different types of caches, “practice” packing and placement, building or buying the outer case, covering or other means of concealment.

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Fire & Security.

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This post is brought about from a link that was recommended by lonewolf. At that link & saw a popular image of an “all night burning fire”. Now on a winters night an all night fire may seem like a good idea, & there are several ways of accomplishing this, but post shtf an all night fire in my opinion is not a good idea.

Any fire small or large, day or night has the potential to attract unwanted guests, so an all night fire is going to at least double that risk. Post shtf, there will be no safe wilderness areas, people will be on the move, raiders are opportunists & a fire glowing in the night or the smell of smoke will draw them like ants to honey. Because I am a living historian, my historical treks have to be as authentic as possible. Now even today there are risks in camping out, but back in the 18th century those risks were far greater. So I set myself scenarios. Some nights I have camped with no fire, this requires knowledge of how to stay alive in winter with little bedding, because bedding is bulky & adds weight to your pack. It also requires knowledge regarding what foods to carry, because with no fire, you can not cook food, so you need to carry some food that can be eaten without having to cook it.

Other nights I do light a small fire in a fire hole. This is a scrape in the ground to contain the fire surrounded by rocks back & sides. The heat reflects off the rocks back into my shelter, & they help hide the fire from prying eyes. But a small fire does not last long once I have fallen asleep, & at some time in the night the cold will wake me & I will stoke the fire from my supplies under cover behind my bed & from a supply of wood at the end of my shelter. Despite the fact that I am always mindful & therefore alert to sounds in the forest, this waking up from the cold is for me a security measure. It is an opportunity to look & listen to the sounds around me before I make up my mind as to whether or not I should re light or stoke the fire.

If I had placed a large log on the fire to keep it going all night I would probably sleep soundly, certainly I would not be waking frequently because of the chill seeping through my bedding. This would create a security risk, one because as I have already said, the fire would be noticeably visible from a distance at night, & secondly because I would not be so alert. Just something for you to think about next time you are camping out & practicing your skills.


Conceal Carry the SCOTTeVEST

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Conceal Carry the SCOTTeVEST Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps “ Audio in player below! As per my last show the grayman and concealment, this little invention is a great way to perform those acts with ease! If you are familiar with the company SCOTTeVEST you know they make vests, jackets, hoodies, pants, and shirts that … Continue reading Conceal Carry the SCOTTeVEST

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Firearms Training: Cover VS Concealment

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Number of speakers: 1 (Ethical Preparedness)
Duration: 4 min 23 sec  

Firearms Training: Cover VS Concealment

EP: “Remember: You are ultimately responsible for protecting yourself and for providing for yourself. Live your life with honor and integrity. And always be the wolf hunter; don’t be the sheep. Nor the wolf.”

EP: “Hey folks, welcome to ethical preparedness. I like to, as much as possible, to try and get as much firearms training as I can in. Unfortunately due to work and family and home chores I am not able to get out on the ranch as much as I’d like. But my fire arms training, I like to incorporate movement and use of cover and/or concealment. And transition drills and voice commands and communication and even medical assistance. I like to incorporate movement in my training because I want to train myself to automatically move and not make myself such a stationary and easy to hit target for my suspects.”

“Also, I like to incorporate the use of cover and/or concealment ya know preferably cover so that I will automatically try to move to something that may assist in stopping the bad guys bullets that may be coming my way. So today we are going to be talking about the difference in cover and concealment. Ya know and to put it simply, cover has the ability to stop bullets. Good examples of cover are solid thick block walls. Maybe engine blocks, thick trees etc… Concealment will probably not stop bullets, but helps to hide you so that the bad guy isn’t able to take good aim at you which then lesson his chance at hitting you. Good examples of concealment are your typical walls in most homes. A bush or shrubbery. A car door, stuff like that etc. Obviously you want cover instead of concealment but sometimes you just might not have it available. An example would be if you engage in a gun fight with an armed intruder in your house. Unless you live in a castle of some type of fortress you probably won’t have a solid brick wall or a large thick tree in your house to get behind.”

“Another mistake people commonly make with cover is that they want to get right next to it and hug it. Most of us are guilty of it and I almost have to fight it myself. This is natural so don’t beat yourself up about it. That piece of cover is usually offering safety so naturally we want to be as close to safety as possible. The reality is that the further away that you are from that piece of cover, obviously within reason, the better you can use that cover to your advantage. It will make it easier for you to slice the pie when engaging or searching for the bad guy.”



“We also have to remember that cover can suddenly turn into concealment depending on the rounds that the bad guy is sending your way. What I mean is that a semi thick wall may stop a 9mm round but suddenly that same wall won’t stop a 7.62 x 39 AK round thus probably turning what you originally thought was cover into only concealment. This is something to keep in mind as it is not unusual for inner city thugs to be armed with AK rifles since our courts don’t want to lock them up for a good long time the first time that they’ve been caught committing a crime with a fire arm or some other violent act. And since we are talking about a deadly force issues here. I always like to put this in my videos:


“The preservation of life is of the utmost importance. Shoot only to save a life, never just to take a life. Deadly force should always be a last resort. Never just a convenient option.”

“There ya have it folks. I just wanted to bring up a couple misconceptions that I regularly see that a lot of people make or have with the use of cover and/or concealment. “

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Personal Camouflage and Concealment

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Camouflage is anything you use to keep yourself, your equipment and position from looking like what they are. Personal camouflage has certain simple rules that will defeat the most obvious sensor on the battlefield; the human eye.
Shape. Your helmet, load bearing web equipment, rifle and other gear have a clear, often square shape, and there are no squares in nature. Break up straight lines with