Glock 19 vs the 17 for prepping

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Hi Fernando, I know you’re a huge fan of the Glock 17 for prepping and even EDC but I would like to make a counter argument that the Glock 19 has an advantage over it’s larger brother for prepping. While the 17 is a solid gun, it can only ever accept magazines made for the 17 while the 19 can accept both the 19s and 17s magazines. So if you buy a 19 you’ve essentially doubled the possible available magazines you can buy or find for your gun and all it cost you was a bit of barrel length and a bit off the bottom. So if you’re CCWing a 19 you can have a 15rnd magazine in it to reduce your printing while having an extra glock 17 mag on your belt or in your bag.

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I like the Glock 19 very much. As you say the size is about perfect, especially for smaller frame people. The grip is basically the same thickness as the Glock 17, only shorter, so I don’t feel it gives any particular advantage to people with smaller hands. But being smaller, lighter, there’s less gun to swing around for smaller people and its also easier to conceal.

I will say though that I like having a bit more grip real estate as in the Glock 17 and I at least don’t feel that the Glock 17 is all that harder to conceal. Again, for smaller frame people or people that dress a certain way, maybe tighter fitting clothes, the advantage in concealment may be worth it.

I also find that having less barrel length gives me a shorter distance between sights. I group better when precision shooting with the Glock 17. The longer barrel also gives you a bit more velocity and power and of course, you have two more rounds in the Glock 17 vs the Glock 19. Sure you can use Glock 17 mags in the Glock 19, but it defeats the purpose of having the smaller gun in the first place.

I feel all of this doesn’t compensate the rather small tactical advantage of being able to use both G17 and G19 mags, especially considering that the Glock 17 is the most prolific gun of the two.

Either way, both are excellent guns and if a given person feels the Glock 19 is better for them then I’m perfectly fine with that. You can’t go wrong with the Glock 17 or its slightly smaller version.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Your EDC Must Have – A Belt for the End of the World?

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I’m a big guy. I wear out clothes like nobody’s business. One article of clothing that I seem to destroy is belts. Because I’m a big guy and I like wider belts, I tend to purchase a few at a time when I find a good deal. But regardless of the brand, stitching, and price, the end result is usually the same. I destroy the belt sooner than I would like.

This seems to have changed!

I was sent the Indestructibelt to review. I really didn’t have much hope for it. But it is one piece of gear or article of clothing that has really surprised me! In fact, I liked it so much that I purchased a brown belt!

I’ve been wearing the belt now for over nine weeks, usually 6 days a week. I haven’t experienced any breakdown of the belt, stretching or any other wear. The only belt that I can compare it to is a leather belt that I purchased at a gun show a while back. That belt was made to be thick and rigid enough to handle the weight of concealed carry. It cost double the price of the Indestructibelt and I could see wear on it not long after I purchased it.

The Indestructibelt features:

  • 100% made in the USA by US Workers
  • High-strength, high-tech, tested and proven, leather-like textured polymer with an internal integrated nylon webbing with pull test strengths up to 4500 psi
  • Resists water, oil, dirt, chemicals, and harsh outdoor environments
  • Resistance to salt water (sweat) stress cracking
  • Has a lifetime warranty against defects
  • Cleans up with soapy water
  • Solid heavy duty stainless steel buckle
  • Belt is held together with screw fasteners for ultra-strong holding power

Can you conceal carry with it? Yes!  It is rigid enough and will hold up to the weight of your pistol.  This is something that I remember the late Paul Gomez discussing, early in my preparedness, when he talked about it in his EDC video.

To purchase an Indestructibelt, visit — CLICK HERE.

See the PIC Review Below… You can see the value and sturdiness of this belt…

The Indestructibelt comes in a nice belt and packaging.

This is a view of both belts I mentioned above. The Indestructibelt is on the bottom.

This is a close-up view. Notice the wear on the top, more expensive, belt.

This is a close-up of the bottom of the belt. Again, notice the wear.

Both belts, utilize a screw fastener.

This is the Indestructibelt with a brown version sold by Daltech Force, a sister company to Indestructibelt.  It is not made of the same material as the Indestructibelt, but it is just as solid and rigid and at a very fair price!

Purchasing the Indestructibelt is a smart purchase!  You’ll be glad you did!

Peace,
Todd

Reply: Some thoughts about push daggers

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Fernando—

Regarding push daggers, as cute as they are there are potential complications that can come up before someone might use one in self-defense, and they are certain to come after they have used it.

The first point is that I suspect they are illegal to carry in most jurisdictions.  While in some places in the U. S. the law might allow a person who has a concealed weapon permit to also carry and potentially use such a knife in self-defense, in most places the CCW only pertains to a handgun.  Other laws govern knives.

“Ah”, you say, “but what if you carry the push dagger openly?”  First, it is hard to carry it in any way that it is not concealed at least partially or at times, depending on how it is carried, what clothing is worn, etc.  Second, there are laws on the books in some jurisdictions that allow law enforcement officers to arrest people who openly carry a knife—in at least one jurisdiction the display of a pocket clip is enough to get a person arrested.

As you know, there is a patchwork of laws in place across the U. S. and across various countries.  In one jurisdiction where the law is written to allow knives to be carried that are not “designed and intended” to be used as weapons, that “design” and “intent” comes down to interpretation by law enforcement and the courts.*  Under those rules, it is probably illegal to carry a push dagger since it is designed and intended to be used as a weapon and cannot be justified as a tool intended for some other use or general utility.

Then, if someone actually uses a push dagger in otherwise legitimate self-defense, they are likely to be charged criminally for carrying an illegal concealed weapon, with any damage they might do to an aggressor to also be adjudicated according the local laws and preferences of law enforcement and prosecutors.**

The bottom line is that maybe the push dagger should be left at home or else only carried by people who are legally authorized to do so because their professions require them to go in harm’s way.

-Larry

That is true.

Usually when I post about gear I include links to those products in Amazon (I get a small % of it) but in this case there was none to be found.  I looked further and could not find a single push knife/dagger in Amazon.

That alone goes to show the problematic laws and bans they face in many States.

Yet again, you simply have to know the laws that apply you. For knives, guns and self-defense, knowing the law is important.

Having said that, where legal to own and carry I do believe they have the advantages mentioned. Compactness, ease of carry, instinctive use and outstanding retention being the most valuable traits.

No affiliation of any kind and I’ve never bought from them, but knifecenter.com does seem to have a wide variety of push knives offered.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Advantages of the Push Dagger for Self-defense

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I was going through my knife collection the other day and came across an oldie but goodie: The Cold Steel Safe Keeper Push Dagger.

In the world of edged weapons you rarely see or read much about push daggers/knives.

It’s usually folders or traditional fixed blades that end up in the spotlight. Nothing wrong with these no doubt but the push dagger does deserve your attention because it certainly has its attributes.

1)Fixed blade

It’s not a folding blade, usually a single piece of steel. This means you have all the rigidity and strength of a fixed blade knife.

2)Ease of carry

Because the handle is perpendicular and not in line with the blade. Push knives can be very compact in spite of blade length. It is fairly easy to carry concealed a four inch blade, let alone smaller 2 or 3 inch ones which are still formidable weapons. The one pictured was carried by me on several occasions in Argentina. I remember how comfortable it was and feeling rather well armed with it.

3)fast deployment

Unlike folding knives there’s no blade to flip or other deployment mechanism. Just grab and pull out ready for use. Neck knife models are particularly well suited for quick access. The Cold Steel Mini Pal can be kept handy in a key chain. Don’t let the small size fool you. That little Min Pal can cut.

4)instinctive use

Because it is held in a balled fist and used in the same manner as punching, the push knife lends itself nicely to not only different martial arts disciplines but also more instinctive punching.

 

Safe Maker II at ColdSteel.com

5)Almost impossible to disarm

Besides its ease of carry, this has to be one of its most valuable traits: retention. Anyone that ever took a knife fighting class and practiced some CQC with practice knives knows how likely it is for knives to be dropped during a fight. In the case of women or smaller frame people there’s also the risk of being overpowered and disarmed, a position you certainly never want to find yourself in. With a push knife, such a thing is almost impossible. For most models none of the handle is left exposed for grabbing and the only surface protruding is the blade itself, which your attacker certainly doesn’t want to touch.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

2017 EDC Items You Haven’t Heard Of

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2017 EDC Items You Haven’t Heard Of Tech is changing everything. Innovation. We are America. Everything is going to continue to get better .Of course, the issue is the China made products that fall apart and you do not want on your person everyday. Still, there are great American companies created incredible products for your …

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17 Apps Every Survivalist Needs

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These days, most of us have smartphones, and this gives us the ability to download apps for just about any purpose. But have you considered what apps might be useful when SHTF? In a truly large-scale disaster, cell phone service might not be available, but many apps can store information and be accessed even without … Continue reading “17 Apps Every Survivalist Needs”

The 5 C’s of Urban Survival

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In case you don’t know, the “5 C’s of Survivability” is a term coined by survival expert Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival. It’s an easy way to remember the things you need to survive in the wilderness. His list includes a cutting tool, combustion, covering, container, cordage. Since they are the most difficult things to […]

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Best Self-Defense Handguns For A SHTF / Prep Situation

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The handgun you should choose for a SHTF situation is a little different from the one you carry around everyday. Preppers have a few things to worry about that the average Joe doesn’t, because whichever handgun you choose for self-defense you want to make sure it will keep going long after civilisation collapses. If you’re … Read more…

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The Only EDC Fire Starter That Works In The Wind And Rain

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The Only EDC Fire Starter That Works In The Wind And Rain

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Ask any survival instructor for their favorite fire-starting method, and you may get an answer that’s pretty far out there. By “far out there,” I mean that it’s going to be something that most people won’t know about. Somehow, survival instructors tend to collect fire-starting techniques and like showing their students the most unusual.

I’ve seen many different fire-starting techniques in my years — many of which seem only to have been developed to allow the instructor to have something that nobody else has. That doesn’t mean that the idea is easy or even practical; but in the right circumstances, it might be the only thing you can do.

Of course, you never know what circumstances you might find yourself in and what materials you might have available. That’s why it’s useful to be able to start a fire with a bow drill, with the parabolic reflector of a car’s headlight, or by carving a lens out of solid ice. But to tell you the truth, I wouldn’t want to depend on any of those, unless I had no other choice.

The Problem With Most Fire Starters

For that matter, I really don’t want to have to depend on a ferro rod, a credit card-sized Fresnel lens or some of the other methods marketed as “survival fire starters.” As far as I’m concerned, they all have one thing in common: They’re too hard to use.

I’m not saying that because I’m lazy, no matter how much it seems that way, but because in a survival situation, I can’t afford to waste time. I might need that fire right now to keep myself from getting hypothermia; and even if I don’t, there are a lot of other survival tasks that need my time. Unless needed, I don’t want to waste the time it takes to make myself a bow drill or to carve that block of ice.

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The other important issue, that goes hand-in-hand with time, is dexterity. As your body temperature drops, so do your fine motor skills. So, if you are depending on a method that takes too long to accomplish, you’re in a race against your own body. You’ve got to get it done while you still can, or it will be too late.

At the same time, there’s another thing to consider; that is the weather. Anyone who carries waterproof matches or even stormproof matches understands that you may very well be trying to start your fire in the rain or in the wind, both of which will work against you. Any method which doesn’t account for that is likely to fail you when you need it the most.

OK, so what’s the solution?

Let me start by laying out the basic criteria that I believe any primary fire starter much have:

  • It must be easy to use.
  • It must be fast.
  • It must work in the rain.
  • It must work in the wind.
  • It must be able to start a lot of fires.

At first glance, that list may hit you as impossible to fulfill with one single device.

It’s Not Matches …

Matches won’t fulfill that list, even though there are some absolutely excellent waterproof and stormproof matches. But the problem with matches has always been that they are a finite resource. No matter how many waterproof match containers you carry, you’re going to run out of matches, and I don’t know anyone who carries more than two.

The only thing that fulfills all the requirements that I laid out is a butane lighter. But not just any butane lighter will do. The average disposable light you can pick up at your local convenience store won’t do. While the average one fulfills several of those criteria, it won’t work when it’s windy. So, you must have some way of shielding it from the wind, which isn’t easy to do, or you must have something else to use when it is windy.

However, there are refillable butane lighters, which are known as “stormproof lighters.” These use a piezo-electric igniter which continues to strike as long as you are holding the gas valve open. So even if you use it in the middle of a hurricane, once it ignites, it can’t be blown out. It will just keep reigniting itself.

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There are only two problems with these stormproof lighters.

But Will it Light in Cold Weather?

The first is that the ones designed for survival are a bit pricey, especially when compared to the one you can buy at the corner convenience store. But there are other piezo-electric lighters on the market, which sell considerably cheaper than the survival ones. The only real difference is that the case on these is much prettier, as they are intended to be carried and used for lighting cigars and pipes.

The second problem is that like any other butane lighter, the butane tends to liquefy in the cold. So, if you are out in the cold and needing to start a fire, the gas won’t flow and the lighter won’t light. That sounds like it disqualifies the lighter, doesn’t it? But not if you keep it inside your clothes, where it is kept warm by your body heat. In that case, the butane will flow just fine.

So, go ahead and keep collecting esoteric fire-starting techniques, just in case. But to keep yourself from having to depend on them, buy yourself a butane lighter with a piezo-electric striker. Make that one your EDC fire starter and you’ll be much more secure.

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The 10 Best EDC Bags for 2017

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Each year, the manufacturers who listen to their customers learn a little more about how their products are being used and what can be done to improve them. Then technology keeps advancing so the quality of materials and the designs improve year on year.

From backpacks to sling bags, messenger, laptop bags, pocket organizers and even a designer bag there is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket and most importantly a bag that will fit all the EDC items. We have rounded up a select few popular EDC bags you should consider.

rush 12 tactical backpack

1. Backpack: TACTICAL RUSH 12

The Rush 12 is incredibly popular. It comes in 4 colors to suit different tastes and uses – Black, Multicam Sandstone and Double Tap. The design of this bag is great for someone who has to carry a reasonable amount of gear and equipment on their daily commute. The main compartment is 18″ x 11″ x 6.5″ and it has a 21.2 liter capacity (1296 cubic inch)

For people who like to be organized instead of rummaging around in a pack that has only two or so compartment this bag has 16 compartments including a fleece-lined sunglasses pocket. Winner! Then the zipper pocket inside the outside storage area fits an iPad mini snugly – so no extra case needed for that or a tablet of similar size either. In the main compartment you can fit a laptop and accessories.

For concealed carry the interior provides snug fitting compartments to store your weapons. The internal admin panel means all your small accessories that usually get lost within backpacks are ready to hand. There is a built in hydration pocket but the wrap-around MOLLE/SlickStick web platform allows you to add other add-ons or an extra hydration system if you need.

The users range from scholars and hunters to airline passengers, and it’s even been used as a tactical assault pack – so it’s pretty versatile. Some people have managed to stuff all their clothes and toiletries in here for a long weekend away.

The fact that it’s made from water-resistant 1050D nylon means your stuff isn’t going to get wet in a rain shower. The fabric is sturdy and the stitching strong. The zippers are YKK self-repairing and the pull-tabs for opening are glove-friendly. Zippers are what set aside top quality gear from cheaper products.

The straps are fairly broad with a contoured yoke shoulder strap making it very comfortable for carrying securely for long periods of time.

Basically it’s a versatile bag, which means you don’t have to keep swapping bags. This bag will take you from college or work to a weekend away without any trouble – and it will last and last. That’s a true everyday carry bag for you!

Maxpedition LITHVORE Backpack

2. Maxpedition Advance Gear Research Lithvore 17L Everyday Back Pack

Quality and price go hand in hand –so near the top end of the range is this backpack from Maxpedition made from 500D Hex Ripstop and with a laser cut ATLAS attachment lattice system.

The zippers are YKK® with Positive Grip Pulls, it has expandable bottle holders and Shapeshift™ Webbing. The buckles are quality Duraflex® Xlite® Buckles and the bag comes with a logo embossed 420D Nylon Liner. Teflon® fabric protector is used to increase grime resistance and for easy maintenance.

The main compartment has an easy slip in pouch for a laptop while the front opening pouch comes with a handy organizer system for all those little things you need on a daily basis like USB stick, charger cords, headphones, a pen and a whole lot more. Both the front pouch and the main compartment have clamshell opening so you can see what you have at a glance with mesh pockets to keep everything in place. The ergonomic shoulder straps provide maximum comfort on this quality bag.

3V Gear Outlaw Sling Pack Over

3. 3V Gear Outlaw Sling Pack Over the Shoulder Day Bag

This bag comes in black, coyote tan and olive drab – probably black is the best for EDC in the city. This bag is made from heavy-duty 600D PVC nylon with reinforced top and side handles.

Besides the shoulder strap designed for the left shoulder for better weapon shouldering, the main compartment comes with place for concealed carry weapon (CCW) and accessories. The bag can also be worn slung to the front and can be comfortably accessed while seated. The day bag is MOLLE and PALs compatible with an air mesh strap and hydration sleeve.

The zipper pulls also have built in theft deterrent devices and there are enough compartments to fit all your EDC gear neatly. The price is the draw-card as it’s not as expensive as the Maxpedition brand – but bear in mind that the more you pay for an item the longer it is likely to last!

Direct Action Messenger Tactical Bag

4.  Laptop bag – Direct Action Messenger Tactical Bag

This is a tough fairly compact bag at 5.1 x 13.8 x 10.2 inches, which doesn’t shout “tactical” making it ideal to carry to the office or to the workplace. It was however designed for advanced military and law enforcement operators.

This durable bag, made from water resistant coated 100% Cordura 500D fabric that comes in various color options. The coyote brown is a practical EDC color but you might prefer the snowdrift or one of the others in the range. The Kryptek, PenCott and Multicam models are NIR (Near-infrared) treated, meaning it will help prevent detection with nightvison – FYI.

There’s space for a laptop and a notebook and file in the main compartment which comes divided into two sections, one secured with Velcro and the other open – remember the flap top does cover these compartments. The 13” Macbook Air fits in quite snugly in the smaller compartment with its thin quilted fleece type lining. The larger compartment has the whole one side of the interior covered lined with the loop side of Velcro so you can adjust options by adding interior storage. There are multi pockets for pens, chargers and all the other EDC paraphernalia. One side compartment has space for a small water bottle or thermos.

On the inside of the flap is a nylon mesh pocket with an elasticized edge. In all, it has a number of pockets on the flap and on the front of the bag making access fairly easy. The bag has no less than three tethers for keys! No mixing up various key sets.

The compartment on the other end of the bag has zippers allowing it to open up around two thirds of the way down making access for a small tablet or cell phone easy or whatever else you need on your daily commute – trail mix, Snickers bar? There are MOLLE attachments so you can add to the bag.

The messenger bag flap comes with zippered compartments and secures to the front compartment with Velcro as well as buckles. Once the flap is down and fastened then there’s a comfortable handle made of nylon webbing. Duraflex D rings attached on either side of the handles and on the back of the bag give a person options for attaching the waistband – this is for additional security when carrying the bag slung across the body, messenger style.

Generally the down sides to the bag all relate to size and accessibility– some people wish the laptop compartment was bigger and that the water bottle pocket was deeper and wider. For those who want concealed carry weapon space then this isn’t very practical as the Velcro and buckles plus putting back the flap are going to slow you down in the eventuality you need the weapon in a hurry. But these features do prevent pickpocketing – so what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts.

Cargo Works 13 inch Macbook EDC Kit

5.  13″ MACBOOK EDC KIT

For businessmen and women this sleek and stylish laptop bag at 13.4″ wide x 9.5″ high x 1.6″ deep has space for all the essentials for people on the go having meetings and calling on customers. It will fit a 13″ Macbook, iPad, mouse, various cables, and other stationery.

The exterior is made from 900 denier polyester canvas and can take it’s fair share of wear and tear, while the padded neoprene lined interior ensures your equipment will stay safe. It has four stash pockets and MOLLE nylon exterior webbing so you can have add-ons. A detachable shoulder strap and YKK zippers complete this popular item.

Versatile Canvas Sling Bag

6. Versatile Sling Bag – NEATPACK-SL01-UK00

This is for those who prefer to travel fairly light, as the product’s dimensions are 12.5 x 4 x 18.5 inches. The Neatpack sling bag can be worn over either shoulder or cross body for extra security.

Made from a tough polyester material that is water resistant the bag comes in black, grey and rustic red with black trim. The ergonomically designed and padded shoulder strap has a cellphone pocket with access for headphone cords.

The main compartment is fully lined – great for camera equipment. Then there’s a pocket that will fit a tablet or a small laptop – up to 12”. Zippers are of sturdy construction. The front lined zipper pocket has three elastic loops to make it easy to access small items like your charger cord or small flashlight – items that could get tangled or lost in a bigger space. Another compartment has pen sleeves, slots for bankcards and a key clip as well as a mesh zip pocket for other documents. There is also a mesh pocket with an adjustable loop for carrying a water bottle.

On the back of the pack – where it will be worn against your body is a hidden RFID blocking pocket. A common concern for commuters is RFID skimming which enables digital theft by pickpockets of smart credit cards. The device used by the thieves enables them to read and duplicate the cards without you knowing any better – until you swipe your card.

maxpedition edc pocket organizer

7. Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer

This is great for using inside a handbag, attached to a larger bag or simply carried in the pocket of cargo pants or a jacket.

It’s small – just 5” long x 7” high x 1” wide but it can certainly get all those little items organized. The main compartment has full clamshell opening with dual zips. This means you have everything you want at a glance. On the inside left there’s a slip pocket, an elastic organizer with 9 divisions and a key ring. On the right is a slip pocket, a tie down loop and an elastic organizer with 6 divisions.

Women can get their makeup, nail file, mini torch and all the EDC stuff women need in one tidy little container. Guys can get their multitool, folding knife, and other EDC goods in here too without having to do some weird version of the Makarena dance as they frantically pat pockets to find what they need. On the front exterior is a mesh slip pocket with hook and loop for a driver license or whichever card you need regularly. The back features attachment webbing.

MARC JACOBS Recruit North 2

8. Women’s handbag  – MARC JACOBS Recruit North/South Leather Crossbody

This designer bag, available from Bloomingdale’s, is surprisingly spacious and will go with various outfits from corporate office wear to skinny jeans. Its sleek black genuine leather says style with a capital S.

The crossbody style makes is great when you have kids in tow and want both hands free but the adjustable crossbody strap is detachable if you want it as a sling bag. It’s lined and comes with a zip closure. There’s an exterior zip pocket and an exterior slip pocket. Its 9″wide x 1.5″deep x 10″ in height and has a 23″ strap drop. It will fit your tablet and phone, and you can use a small organizer like the Maxpedition pocket organizer to carry all the loose stuff that normally spills out of women’s handbags.

Icarercase Fashion Cross Body Bag Sling Bag

9.  Icarercase Fashion Cross Body Bag Sling Bag Chest Pack

At 11.8” x 5.7” x 3.3”mm this one shoulder design allows for carrying on either shoulder and has an adjustable webbing strap. The interior is comprised of one main zippered pocket, with three interior pockets for maximum organization. There is also a front pocket and a back zippered pocket plus a back cardholder pocket for maximum security. This will met most people’s EDC demands if they don’t have to carry a laptop. It will fit a tablet, pone, wallet, keys and all the other EDC paraphernalia comfortably. The best part is the bag is made from genuine cowhide leather giving it an element of luxury and durability.

Condor Edc Bag

10. Condor EDC Bag

What users like about this bag is the fact that its light and easy to access, that you can use it for concealed carry and fit in everything else you might need for a day of sightseeing or work. It’s a solidly constructed bag and has a modular MOLLE system for more pouches/bags. Basically it’s for people on the move who want their EDC items neatly stashed in the various compartments, can carry a weapon without advertising the fact and need something with a low profile – it cinches in very neatly. Its claim to fame is a secret compartment with a hook-and-loop closure between the admin area and the flap that is hard to spot that holds a wallet.

Do you have any suggestions of brilliant new EDC bags to add? Let us know what you picked in the comments below.

14 Often-Overlooked EDC Items I Carry … Just In Case

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14 Often-Overlooked EDC Items I Carry ... Just In Case

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We survivalists tend to think of EDC (everyday carry) as our own invention. But it is not. The reality is that everyone has an EDC — just look at any woman carrying a purse. That purse, filled with miscellaneous things, is her EDC.

Of course, only survivalists (male and female) have taken the step to make that EDC useful to help us out in a life-threatening situation.

Still, I find that most preppers don’t bother with much of an EDC. They work under the assumption that whatever happens, they’ll be at home, where they have access to all their survival gear and supplies. While that would be an ideal way to start out any survival scenario, rarely do things work out that well.

Being prepared must mean being prepared for anything at any time. Therefore, a good EDC is an essential part of being prepared. While it is possible to survive many situations without having the right equipment on hand, having the equipment makes a world of difference.

I break my EDC down into two general parts. First are the things that I carry on my person at all times. This includes things like my pistol, two spare magazines, a pocket knife, a multi-tool, my cell phone and a lighter. In some circumstances, I might add other items, such as bandages for emergency first-aid or even a small survival kit.

Then there’s my EDC bag. That’s kept in my car. Actually, there’s one in each of our cars. Since I don’t go anywhere without my car, I can count on always having that with me. This is essentially a combination survival kit (a thorough survival kit) and get-home bag. It has enough in it for me to survive several days (other than water), either in an urban or wilderness situation.

Between the two, I have found that I have enough with me to not only take care of those times when I’m caught in a survival situation, but also to take care of many of life’s inconveniences. To me, my EDC is not just a decoration, it’s something I use constantly. That means I’m also constantly maintaining and refilling it with consumables.

Along the way, I’ve found a number of items that were not originally included in my EDC, so I’ve added them. Perhaps these are things that you should have added to yours, but never saw the need.

1. Cash

Today’s society is gradually becoming more and more cash-free. We generally use credit or debit cards for almost everything – even small purchases. That means that when the lights go out, so does our purchasing power. If there’s a blackout and you have to buy gasoline to get home, you’re stuck.

14 Often-Overlooked EDC Items I Carry ... Just In CaseCarrying $100 in cash may seem like a waste of a good $100, but in such a situation it could mean being able to buy food, water and gasoline. But don’t carry it as one single bill. Rather, carry a number of smaller bills. If all you have is a $100 bill and you need five gallons of gas, you might just end up paying $100 for it.

2. Spare magazine

The number of people carrying concealed has been growing in recent years. Overall, that’s a good thing for society, increasing safety and reducing crime. But few people carry a spare magazine with their pistol. I suppose if your carry gun has a 15-round magazine, that’s OK. But most concealable pistols only have a 5- to 7-round magazine. That may not be enough.

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While carrying a couple of spare magazines may be a hassle, it could be a lifesaver. I carry two extended capacity magazines, plus the normal capacity in my pistol. That gives me a total of 20 rounds. While not enough to fight a battle, I hope it will be enough for anything I face.

3. Lighter & accelerant

About the only other people who carry a cigarette lighter with them are those who smoke. I have one in my EDC kit in my car, but I also have a small one on my key ring. That way, I always have the means to start a fire. I also carry a small aluminum container, filled with magnesium powder. This burns readily and can be used in conjunction with the lighter to get a fire going, even when I’m having trouble finding dry tinder.

4. Rain poncho or umbrella

No, I’m not English and I don’t carry an umbrella around with me all day. But I have both an umbrella and a rain poncho in my EDC kit in the car. Even though I live in an arid climate, rain still happens at times. And because I live in an arid climate, when it does happen, it’s often a surprise.

While the human body is drip-dry, our clothing may not be. Besides, wet clothing will make you lose body heat considerably faster. If your clothes get wet toward sundown, when the temperature is dropping, this could set you up for hypothermia. Better to stay dry, rather than risk that.

5. Water

We all know that water is one of our top survival needs, but few of us carry water with us. I always have a gallon or more of purified water in my car, as well as a water bottle. Getting back to the arid environment I live in, it’s also hot here. Not having water with me can be dangerous, especially if I get stuck someplace where water is not readily available.

Granted, I’m not a big fan of drinking hot water on a hot day, but I’d rather do that than not have water to drink. Allowing one’s self to become dehydrated reduces the body’s energy and strength — two things that are essential to survival.

6. OTC medicines

Aches, pains and hay fever are realities of life. Carrying a few pain relievers and Benadryl in your EDC can make a huge difference on those days when your body just isn’t feeling up to par.

7. First-aid kit or supplies

Injuries are another reality of life. Whether it’s a paper cut in the office or skinned knuckles from changing a tire, I rarely get through a week without some minor cut or scrape.

While I’m used to ignoring minor scratches and scrapes, that can’t be done with larger injuries. Not only does the blood get all over everything, but the larger the injury, the greater the chance of infection. Properly treating an injury is an important part of maintaining your health.

Besides, you never know when you’ll encounter someone else that needs some first-aid. I was driving home from church one time and encountered a man who had just been struck by a car while crossing the road. I didn’t have a first-aid kit with me, so was limited in what I could do to help him. That was the last time I went anywhere without a first-aid kit.

8. Solar phone charger

Cell phone manufacturers love to brag about their products’ battery life. But I’m not sure how they calculate it. I rarely manage to get through a day without having to top off my battery, and I know I don’t use my cell phone as much as others do.

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To mitigate this problem, I keep a solar phone charger on the dashboard of my car. That way, it’s constantly being charged, so that it is always full to charge my phone. While I could charge my phone off the car’s accessory connector, that requires leaving the phone in the car. With my solar charger, I can take the charge with me, then return it to its home, when I go back to the car.

9. Collapsible stainless steel cup

How many times have you had something to drink, but nothing to drink it out of? Trying to drink out of a five-gallon jug is difficult. Carrying a cup with you is an easy way to solve this problem, and using a collapsible stainless steel cup helps ensure that your cup takes up the least amount of space possible. Besides, it’s hard to break those cups.

10. Spork

Like the cup, carrying a spork with you gives you something to use when you find something to eat. You can buy stainless steel, titanium or plastic. The best ones have a spoon at one end and a fork at the other. Between this and your pocket knife, you’ll always be ready to eat.

11. P-38 can opener

Speaking of eating, a military P-38 can opener — the type they used with C-Rations — is a great EDC item. I’ve carried one on my key chain ever since basic training, more than 30 years ago. While not as easy to use as a kitchen can opener, they are reliable. With one, you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you can’t open a can and eat the contents.

12. Spare batteries

14 Often-Overlooked EDC Items I Carry ... Just In CaseWe all carry and use a host of things that are battery powered. Today, we use more types of batteries than ever, including button cells that can be hard to find. Yet we act as if those batteries will last forever.

Carrying a few spare batteries along in your EDC bag will make it possible to continue using your portable electronics, long after the battery wears out. This is especially important for your flashlight, which I assume is already part of your EDC. The tactical flashlights we use today are great, but they go through batteries like crazy.

13. Copies of items in your wallet/purse

Ever lose your wallet or purse? Make copies of your driver’s license, concealed carry permit or passport. It doesn’t take much time, and it can save you a lot of trouble.

14. Emergency contact list

When I was a kid, we all learned phone numbers. Today, many people need to look up their own number, let alone those of family and friends. That means if they lose their phone, they can’t call anyone, even if they can find a phone to use. A simple laminated card, with important phone numbers on it, doesn’t take up much room in your wallet and can get you out of many a sticky situation, especially if you lose your phone.

What would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

The Best EDC Wallets. Plus, Clothes for Your Bug Out Bag

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The Best EDC Wallets and Pocket Organizers

Unfortunately, many of us have already experienced how quickly a regular, routine day can go wrong in minutes. A flat tire on a dark highway, a car accident, or a stolen purse or backpack can wreak havoc in our lives. And with increasing stories of terrorist attacks, school shootings, rioting, violence, and weather-related events, we all need to be prepared for the worst.

Everyday Carry (EDC) is a concept designed to help people not only be prepared for life’s unexpected emergencies and daily inconveniences but also can be used to help you survive a potentially life-threatening situation. In fact, you may already have an established portion of an EDC system in place without even realizing it. (more)

Clothing for your Bugout Bag

If there is one thing that I have learned over my survival career, it is the importance of having the right clothing with you for the challenges that you face.  As you assemble and modify your bugout bag for the seasons, you will need to consider which clothing items to take.

For the purposes of this article, I am going to discuss the importance of every item you may want to pack.  Then I will leave it up to you to decide which items to bring and which to leave behind. (more)

How to Carry EDC Gear

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How to Carry EDC Gear There is so much written and so much said about the topic of EDC. Those items that you carry on your person Every Day are always a hot topic in the prepper and survivalist world. This article takes an angle that I feel is never discussed. How do you carry …

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My EDC Fail (and pocket carry update)

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Two things you eventually learn about EDC:

1)It does you no good unless you do indeed carry it every day. The day you don’t will be the day you need it. Be honest and keep your expectations real. Better to have a few tools in your pockets that you do indeed carry rather than some massive bag full of stuff that always ends up staying left behind.

2) 3 is 2, 2 is 1 and one is none. Backups work. The day a tool breaks, is forgotten, left behind or lost is the day you will be glad to have a backup. This is especially true of primary tools such knives and flashlights.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

 

EDC for Regular People and Then Some! The One Item You’ll Go Back Home For!

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John started off Tuesday like every other day.  He dropped to the floor and knocked off 20 push-ups.  He turned on the shower, so it would get hot and then went to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot.  Showered, shaved and dressed, John filled his Yeti and headed off to work.  His thoughts were on the big presentation that he and his colleague were in charge of.  This presentation could make or break his career.

Entering the freeway, John reached into his pocket to retrieve his smartphone and connect it to his car’s Bluetooth speakers.  A wave of panic hit him as he went from his front pockets to his back pockets looking for his phone.  He thought for a moment that he should turn back, but he was already on the freeway and he didn’t want to be late.

Seven minutes down the freeway, traffic came to a standstill.  He couldn’t see what was causing the hold-up, but he knew he was completely dead in the water.  He instinctively grabbed for his phone, but then remembered he left it at home.  With no traffic app, he turned on talk radio to try and get a traffic report.

After 20 minutes, traffic had inched its way to the next off ramp.  John decided to exit and take a different route.  He turned down one road and encountered a ton more traffic.  It seemed like everyone who wasn’t on the freeway was on this one road.  He quickly decided to turn on the next road.  After about a mile, the road filled with construction.  Two miles in, John received the notification that his front right tire was loosing pressure.  He screamed!  He didn’t have time for a flat tire.

He desperately looked for a place to pull over while he kept an eye on his instrument panel.  He finally found a flat driveway that would allow him room to change his tire.  He stepped out of his vehicle and straight into a puddle of water.  Feeling the water squish between his toes and socks, he punched the air and yelled, “What more?”

He walked over to the front right tire and noticed a huge nail sticking into the side of the tire.  He opened his trunk and pulled up the carpet to get to his jack and spare tire.  After unscrewing the placement nut, John’s heart sank as he felt the air in the spare tire.  It was flat!

He slammed the trunk down and again instinctively reached for his cell phone.  He hung his head as he remembered he forgot it at home.  He locked up his car and started down the road to find a convenience store, wet shoe and all!  He just hoped he didn’t miss one of the most important presentations of his career.

The fictional scenario above isn’t too far fetched.  When it rains, it pours!  But when it pours, you want to make sure you have one of the most important EDC (everyday carry) items in modern history, your smartphone.  A smartphone would have come in very handy in many instances in the scenario above.  From checking the traffic, finding the fastest alternative route, to calling for assistance, a smartphone would have helped this character out in so many different ways!

When preppers think about EDC, our minds go to the sexy stuff: knife, flashlight, firearm, ferro rod, paracord bracelet, etc…  But preppers are practical, commonsense people.  We like the sexy stuff, but understand that it is important to always be prepared.  And in this modern time, having a smartphone is really a no brainer.

APPS Galore

The beauty of the smartphone are all the APPS that are available.  You can find an APP for almost anything imaginable.  I don’t want this article to be about APPS you can download.  There have been plenty of those.  Recently, UrbanSurvivalsite did a good article on Survival APPS that I read on EP.9 of The Prepper Website Podcast.  But I’ve also linked to many other articles throughout the years on Prepper Website.  You can find them in the Tag Cloud – here, here and here.

Dont’ Be Afraid!

What I do want to suggest, is not to be afraid of using your cell phone.  Many preppers, because of our natural mistrust of prying eyes AND ears, tend to shy away from helpful aspects of having a smartphone.

For example, in the above scenario, if John would have had his smartphone on him with the location on, he would have received an alert telling him that the freeway was backed up.  Likewise, when he exited the freeway, if he would have had a map app and location on, he would have learned the best and fastest route to take.

“BUT, BUT, BIG BROTHER!”  I’ll get to that in a moment.

I don’t keep my location, bluetooth or wireless functions on my smartphone at all times.  I turn them on and off as I need them.  But I have had experiences, with like the MAP APP, that showed me the best route to take and it worked!  There were times that I thought I was smarter and knew better, and found myself in standstill traffic because I didn’t follow the Map APP.  I’ve learned not to be hardheaded!

Big Brother and Stuff

Yes, there are some who will rally against having a smartphone, APPS and all because “BIG BROTHER” is watching…and listening.  But I have continued to say, since the beginning of my time in preparedness, that the only real way of not leaving any digital footprint is to completely be offline!  That is almost impossible nowadays!  However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be SMART about using your smartphone.

One way to be “SMART” is to be the “gray man” while using your phone.  A gray man is someone who doesn’t stand out in the crowd.  He or she looks like the crowd and just blends in. You can say the same for your smartphone use.

This means that you aren’t looking up “FEMA camps” on your phone.  This means that you are not visiting militia websites.  This means that you use your smartphone for regular everyday purposes like everyone else.  But then again, if you are doing those things on your home computer, there is already a record of it somewhere!

Someone might say that you can be tracked by your phone number.  I will say, if they wanted to really track you, they would do it regardless of your smartphone use!  Again, you don’t make it easier.  Be smart!

Stay Powered!

One of the things that I don’t understand, is when someone lets their smartphone battery run out.  They have this great tool in their possession, but it is basically a brick since it doesn’t have power.  This happens often if smartphone users are playing games and listening to music.  I recommend everyone carry around a battery pack to power their smartphone.  A battery charger that I recommend is the GRDE 15000mAh Solar Panel External Battery.  It holds a lot of power and is about the size of a smartphone.  You could easily carry your smartphone in your back pocket, the GRDE in your other back pocket and your cord in your front pocket and not really feel weighted down.  The battery is under $18 and is rated at 4 STARS with over 500 reviews on Amazon.  I don’t use the solar aspect of it.  However, it is good to know that it can be charged (rather slowly) using solar power if needed.

Final Thoughts

Smartphones are powerful tools that everyone should carry every day.  Not only are they a means to communicate and entertain, but they provide helpful preparedness and survival information through many APPS that can be downloaded free.  The important thing is to have it on you and ready to use at all times.

Peace,
Todd

 

The Prepared Bloggers present - Everyday Carry Bag. What will you find in ours?

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Everyday carry, or EDC for short, refers to items that are carried on a regular basis to help you deal with the normal everyday needs of modern western society and possible emergency situations.

Some of the most common EDC items are knives, flashlights, multitools, wallets, smartphones, notebooks, and pens. Because people are different, the type and quantity of items will vary widely. If you have far to travel for work or have young children, your EDC could be huge!

But, even if you’re just setting out for a walk around the neighborhood, taking your essential items with you in a pair of cargo pants with large pockets, may be all you need to be prepared.

Follow the links to see what a few of the Prepared Bloggers always carry in their EDC. Would you feel safer with these items close at hand?

Shelle at PreparednessMama always carries cash, find out why and how much she recommends.

John at 1776 Patriot USA tell us the 5 reasons he thinks his pistol is the essential item to have.

LeAnn at Homestead Dreamer won’t be caught without her handy water filter.

Justin at Sheep Dog Man has suggestions for the best flashlights to carry every day.

Bernie at Apartment Prepper always carries two knives with her, find out what she recommends.

Nettie at Preppers Survive has a cool way to carry duct tape that you can duplicate.

Todd at Ed That Matters tells us about the one item you’ll always go back for…your cell phone

Erica at Living Life in Rural Iowa knows how important her whistle can be when you want to be safe.

Todd at Survival Sherpa always carries 3 essential fire starters wherever he goes.

Angela at Food Storage and Survival loves her Mini MultiTool, it’s gotten her out of a few scrapes!

 

 

Why I Keep Two Knives with Me

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   One popular topic around the preparedness community is the “EDC” or every day carry.  These are items we keep with us wherever we go.   I have a number of items I consider part of my EDC, but today, I’d like to talk about knives.  I have two favorites that I keep with me: My Swiss Army knife Gerber Knife Why do I have two knives? It might sound a little redundant, but […]

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Smart People Include Cash in their EDC Bag

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Does Your EDC Include Cash? Every Day Carry, or EDC, is a term that preppers use when they talk about their everyday supplies.  You probably call it something different – maybe a purse, wallet, or your pants pocket. No matter what you carry your supplies in, your EDC should include cash. Actual cash is not […]

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Eight Must-follow Rules for Concealed Carry

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Carrying a concealed weapon comes with responsibilities and consequences. Concealed carry is a complex subject and you need to inform yourself to stay current and stay alive. Learning about concealed carry weapon is an ongoing process and it continues even after you receive your certificate. The information in this article may be new to you … Read more…

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Survival Gear Review: Surefire FirePak

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2_Surefire_FirePak_Smartphone_Camera_1500_Lumen_mobile_lighting_solution_on_case_boxSince smartphones are often considered almost as important as knives, guns, and flashlights as part of a personal EDC, it’s time to consider other technologies beyond the usual stuff. Surefire is always full of bright surprises just as they are loaded with cutting edge technology to serve our lighting needs whether reading a map or clearing a cave.

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

Surefire is well known as the maker of some of the world’s best flashlights, but recently they have let some of their lighting magic seep into the world of smartphones. With Surefire’s new “FirePak Smartphone Video Illuminator + Charger” lighting system, you can carry a blinding light, a cell phone charger, and a lower lumen general lighting solution. By blasting up to 1500 lumens of light onto a questionable subject. That’s like flicking on a 100 watt light bulb in their face!

Sunburn in a Can

3_Surefire_FirePak_Smartphone_Camera_1500_Lumen_mobile_lighting_solution_box_case_FirePakThe Surefire FirePak was designed for the “millennial” smartphone user so their videos and selfies can continue its madness into the deep night. The lightly rectangular block named the “FirePak” contains a large rechargeable battery, two USB ports (one for charging itself, one for charging other devices), a sliding multi-position switch, a battery indicator light, and most of all two forward-facing LED lights. What’s unusual about the pair of LED lights is they have asymmetrical 10mm reflectors. with one offset in one direction and the other offset 180 degrees. This combination of lights produces full-frame illumination specifically designed for a smartphone’s 16:9 HD aspect ratio. In other words, the FirePak lights up a rough rectangle that is proportioned to what the cell phone camera sees. No wasted light, no dark spots or vignetting. So blasting bad guys or questionable scenes is a simple job for the FirePak.

Smooth Lighting

A side advantage of the FirePak is found when it is actually used for making cell phone videos. Slo-mo can take advantage of the clean flicker-free lighting that is modulated so it does not interfere with the shutter speed of a digital camera or cell phone camera.

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The Surefire FirePak has a six position switch, off—on (but no-light)—low—med low—med high—high.  When on but no-light, the light output can be controlled by the App up to 10 meters away (which has it’s own set of advantages).

The runtime for the FirePak on high output is about five hours. You might get about one and a half complete iPhone 7 recharges if the FirePak’s battery is used only for that purpose. And running on the lowest light output of 100 lumens, the FirePak should give about 10 hours of useful light off a full starting charge. Obviously there are many combinations of the above, but you can always head off to school with a full charge if you plug the FirePak into a wall outlet or computer overnight. And you can even charge the Firepak with a traditional external recharging cell phone battery such as any of those so popular today.

Photons don’t lie

5_Surefire_FirePak_Smartphone_Camera_1500_Lumen_mobile_lighting_solution_Case_railsThe Surefire FirePak produces a bright stream of light that can easily reach out 20 yards or more when needed, or shine a spotlight on a local scene making closer subject stand out from the background. Light output is affected by the inverse square law meaning that the light’s intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source. Double the distance between the light and subject and you have one fourth the quantity of photons of light falling on the subject. So brightness is relative. It takes a substantial amount more lumens of light to significantly change the scene brightness. The scale of lumens from 100-1500 of the FirePak is about four doublings of lumens. That’s a pretty good range from reading a book to putting a pretty big dent in the darkness around a campsite.

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The FirePak is designed to be mounted to the smartphone using a slide-on docking attachment system that begins with a custom Surefire phone case. The dual-rail yoke on the back of the FirePak slides into a pair of slots on the back of the svelte phone case Surefire makes. It’s mostly held in place by friction, but there is a mild stopping block that locks the sliding. But overcoming the block and following friction to separate the two is done by just sliding them apart.

Get the App

4_Surefire_FirePak_Smartphone_Camera_1500_Lumen_mobile_lighting_solution_App_screenThe Surefire FirePak has an accompanying App called the Surefire FIrePak Illuminator that can be downloaded onto your phone. The App can talk to the FirePak via Bluetooth allowing some on-screen light control and customization. Additional features of the App include grid overlays for photo composition, tools for white balance, a self-timer, output levels, exposure brightness (ISO), and Bluetooth controls including battery percentage. But consider this option: you can place the FirePak about 30 feet from the phone and control its light output from off to 100 lumens to 1500 lumens. And because the connection is Bluetooth, you can do this kind of remote lighting anywhere in the world.

For example, you are camping your bugout location. Before dark, you place your FirePak in to the side of your camp about 10 yards from your tent or bivy sacks. In the middle of the night, you hear a noise. Not a forest noise, but a predator noise. The two-legged kind. In the dark of your sleeping bag, you open the Surefire FirePak App and fire up your FirePak. Suddenly it’s daylight in your camp and even if the disoriented and now frightened intruder attacked the source of the light, you would be safely off to the side ready to take action. A more domestic use would be to run roughly the same scenario in your house. Night. Intruder. Blazing light anywhere. You, the hero.

Being prepared means taking advantage of every advantage. The Surefire FirePak makes for a seriously new tangent in portable lighting. And I’m sure there are many more advantages that have yet to be problems. Surefire has proven itself over and over, so while the FirePak is only a relative of the flashlight, the light it spills is all the same. Just more of it.

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EveryDay Carry (EDC) Long Term Review

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Everyday carry is a popular subject, often interlaced with the two is one and one is none concept.  There are multiple ends of the spectrum as with anything, folks who go bare essentials and others who have 2 or 3 of everything they carry (read: redundancy) complete with stuff loaded into cargo pockets and strapped to their ankles – or in the pockets of their super incognito fisherman’s vest.   I must admit that my EDC loadout changes sometimes as I tweak things or change out kit, what follows is a long term review of the items I have carried on my person for at least the last year.  I should add one note in that I do not believe my personal loadout is the be all end all, everyone has their preferences which align with their comfort level and training.

EDC Loadout

You’ll see in the above picture my basic loadout, I’ve included my belt because I think that is a very important and often overlooked item.  After all almost everything pictured hangs off of my belt, that leather braided belt from 1991 won’t cut it in 2017 if one is serious about stability and comfort.

Glock 19 / Surefire XC1 / G Code XC1 Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holster

Glock 19 with Surefire XC1

I won’t spend much time here as everyone has their personal preference with respect to weapons but I totally dig the Glock 19.  I’ve carried many other weapons and I think the Glock 19 offers the best combination of concealment and performance.  The Surefire XC1 is a great light which isn’t too bulky, I’ve seen folks run a Streamlight TLR IWB and it’s just too much for me.  Granted the XC1 doesn’t put out as much light but it does the trick.  All this fits nicely into the G Code holster, a nice sturdy holster which is also very comfortable and functional.  I’ve run many holsters in the past and my current favorite and go to is the G Code (I have two of them).;

Benchmade Mini Barrage (Serrated)

Benchmade Pocket Knife

This has been a fantastic pocket knife which I use almost on a daily basis.  I’ve done everything from start fires with it to cut gouda cheese on the countertop.  I have carried a few knives in the past and for me this size (2.91 inch blade) is perfect, I’ve yet to encounter a situation where I wished I had a larger blade.  The blade does keep its edge very well, I use a Spyderco Tri Angle sharpener to tighten it up occasionally.

Casio Pro Trek Watch

Casio Pro Trek

I’ve worn this watch just about every day for over 2 years and have found it to be a key addition to my EDC.  Although it has a boatload of features I primarily use it for: current time and date, stopwatch, altitude check, compass (occasionally).  The fact that it keeps a charge via the sun is a bonus, no batteries to worry about changing out.  I’ve worn it on long hikes and jumped out of airplanes with it, it’s a great watch at a decent price point.

KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife

KA BAR TDI Self Defense Knife

I run this knife on my left side, pretty much centered between my spare mag holder and belt buckle.  Good placement for a quick grab with my non-dominant hand but still accessible with my other hand.  Fortunately I’ve never had to use this knife but it is there in case I need it.  The small kydex holster with clip work well and slide in and out nicely.

Bravo Concealment Spare Mag Carrier

Bravo Concealment Mag Carrier

Lots of options out there for spare mag carriers, all of which pretty much do the same thing.  I will say that I prefer to run a single mag carrier, OWB, on my left hip.  It’s what is comfortable for me and even though I carry my Glock 19 IWB (Appendix) I still prefer my spare mag to be in the traditional location.

5.11 1.75 inch TDU Duty Belt

5.11 Duty Belt

Simple, sturdy, effective.  This belt really doesn’t have any of the fancy features of many other duty belts but at $15 who is going to complain?  These can be picked up just about anywhere and are reversible for all of those who need to color coordinate.  Great belt which I highly recommend.

The Bottom Line

There is no one right answer to EDC, what I run and you run may be completely different.  What I run today I might not be using in 6 months or a year as I try out new gear or make adjustments in what I carry.  I do believe the most important thing is that the gear you carry is tested, ready to use and comfortable in an all day (wearing it) setting.  On a final note I should mention that I sometimes run a CAT-TQ and Quikclot Combat Gauze on my person but when I do not it’s always within reach.  Since I do not carry those items 100% of the time I intentionally left them out.  Good luck with your own EDC and remember to train with it!

 

9 Tools the Practical Prepper Should Carry Every Day

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9 Tools the Practical Prepper Should Carry Every Day Everyday Carry is not a new concept. Whether you are a prepper or not, you carry items on your person each and every day. Adding useful tools to what you carry every day can make you more prepared for more situations. Focusing on what you happen …

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7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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The topic of everyday carry is not that popular on many survival blogs. I think the reason is that a lot of people worry too much about EMPs and other large-scale disasters and catastrophes — and too little about personal emergencies.

Yet there are a number of things that can happen to us … from getting mugged to getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because our car stalled. Avoiding all of these and more require not just knowledge and skills but also a number of essential items that you should at least try to carry with you every day.

No. 1. A folding knife

A folding knife fits in your pocket and, besides the infinite numbers of ways in which it can assist you, it has a great advantage: People won’t label you as a prepper for having one.

In fact, no small self-defense weapon (such as pepper spray) will get people to label you as such. You just tell them it’s for protection and they’ll leave you alone.

No. 2. A way to navigate

Whether you get lost in the wilderness or in a big city, you should always have means to find your way back. Leaving EMP events out of the equation, you should at least have GPS maps on your phone. Keep in mind that, even if the phone lines are down, satellites may still be working, showing you your location.

Another thing you should consider in your phone’s maps app is the ability to download them offline.

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Lastly, it wouldn’t hurt to add celestial navigation skills to your “mental EDC,” as well as to practice the ability to orient yourself relative to various points of interest.

No. 3. A bandana

Bandanas are amazing survival items that have a huge number of uses. Besides the obvious one — to protect your head from extreme heat — you also can use them to:

  • melt snow.
  • pre-filter water.
  • hold a broken arm as a sling.
  • collect foraged food.

No. 4. Lighter

Not just to light a fire and keep yourself warm, but there are other situations it could be useful:

  • to melt a zip tie if someone ties you up.
  • to start a fire to use as signaling.
  • to light your way in absence of a flashlight.
  • to open a bottle.

No. 5. A multi-tool

7 EDC Items Every Person Should Carry EVERY DAY

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Whether you opt for one of those micro multi-tools made by Leatherman or for one that’s credit-card shaped and fits in your wallet, you can carry with you at least 10 tools to aid in your survival: scissors, tweezers, screwdrivers, a ruler and many more.

No. 6. A “prepped” cell phone

When I say prepped, it should not only have a shock-absorbing case, but it also should be equipped with the apps and information you may need in an emergency. There are plenty of apps related to survival, and let’s not forget a maps application (with the option to download those maps for offline use).

No. 7. A mini-flashlight

I got the tiniest flashlight I could find on the market and attached it on my keyring. Sure, I can always use my phone, but what if I run out of batteries? Redundancy is never a bad thing.

Final Word

One last thing … don’t let anything stop you from expanding your EDC to your wallet and your pockets. Also, if you carry a laptop with you every day, don’t be shy about adding extra items in the laptop bag.

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7 Concealed Carry Guns That Are Perfect For Range Training

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7 Concealed Carry Guns That Are Perfect For Range Training

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Many gun buyers new to concealed carry are eager to get out on the firing range. That’s great, but some subcompact guns suited for concealed carry are of limited usefulness for extensive practice. Low ammunition capacity and lack of outside-waistband holster and mag pouch choices mean the owner of the tiny gun may have to sit on the sidelines while his friends participate in a defensive pistol class or weekend match.

What’s more, a limited budget can put the purchase of two guns for these two roles out of the question. What to do? Fortunately, many companies are making guns that bridge the gap between range and everyday carry (EDC). These guns are truly jacks of many trades.

To keep the playing field somewhat level, all choices here are chambered in 9mm. It’s an affordable load that’s readily available in most locations. Due to cartridge size, capacity is generally higher, too, a factor I believe favors both range and self-protection use. Many are available in larger calibers and some are also offered in full-size versions of what’s listed here.

1. Glock 19

This compact, but not really small rendition of the Glock design, has a huge following among those who carry a gun for a living. Extraordinary reliability is its hallmark. With a generous 15-round, double-stack magazine and 4.01-inch barrel, it’s as easy to handle as a full-size range gun. It weighs in at 23.7 ounces unloaded. Glock’s Gen 4 rendition of this gun is more expensive, but the adjustable grips and improved texturing add value compared to past versions. Retail prices are around $550 for the Gen 4 model; sub-$500 for earlier editions.

2. Smith & Wesson M&P compact

Smith & Wesson’s popular design has undergone some updates over the years. Modular grip panels and an improved trigger are good upgrades to the 12+1 capacity striker-fired gun. Its low-profile rear sight on the 3.5-inch barrel serves the purpose of carry. This is one of two guns on the list available with or without a thumb-operated safety. At 21.7 ounces unloaded, it’s handy. Pricing hovers around $500.

3. Springfield Armory XD subcompact

With a three-inch barrel, this is one of the shortest guns on the list, but it’s big on capacity. The XD Subcompact 9mm ships with a 13- and 16-round magazine. Its chunky, 26-ounce frame soaks up recoil from the short barrel. Some prefer the XD line because of the passive safety device at the top of the backstrap. Priced below $450 and with a trigger that’s more forgiving of typical new-shooter mistakes, it makes an ideal starter handgun.

4. Ruger American compact

The folks at Ruger took their time and listened to customer feedback about their own and other brands before scaling down their relatively new, full-size American 9mm to a packable size. Their methodical approach directly benefits the consumer.

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Modular grip panels and an optional thumb safety help an owner make it their own. One of the larger guns on this list, the mag packs 17 rounds into a long grip balanced by a 3.55-inch barrel. Depending on options, it’s about 29 ounces unloaded. High-quality Novak three-dot, no-snag sights help make it a joy to shoot. Left-handed shooters could love this, as it is one of two fully ambi pistols on the list. Retail is in the mid- to high $400s.

5. Smith & Wesson SDVE

This is an older model that’s not been updated for some time. It’s earned my respect as I’ve seen two very different students have great success and enjoyment from this dependable pistol. With a 16-round mag and four-inch barrel, it’s not the smallest choice. It’s a modest 22.4 ounces. The SDVE is a very dependable choice for less money at around $390.

6. Heckler & Koch P30

Another ambidextrous choice is HK’s excellent P30. Modern polymer construction and features, combined with HK’s classic double/single action and a 3.85-inch barrel combine to make a packable and accurate shooter. HK’s luminescent sights and excellent trigger contribute to a gun that feels like an upscale choice, assuming the user is committed to the additional practice required to use a DA/SA platform effectively, especially under stress. The 15-round magazine capacity, 27- ounce pistol usually sells for upwards of $800.

7. REX Zero 1CP

This is a new release for the double/single action fans who want seriously solid construction. Made by major military arms producer Arex of Finland, the REX Zero 1CP is imported to the US by FIME Group of Las Vegas. It features a safety so it can be carried cocked and locked. The slide stop doubles as a de-cocker.  It comes in flat dark earth or black. The grip is rather thick, making the gun a good fit for medium to large hands. It has a 3.85-inch barrel and 15-round mag, and weighs in at 30.4 ounces. Though it’s not a mass-market gun like others listed here, holsters are available as it fits those made for the classic DA/SA Sig Sauer. MSRP is $650; real-world prices should come in at well under $600.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of concealable but range-friendly 9mm handguns. There are many folks who’ll also not consider them concealable for their body type. I’ve chosen them based on their track record as quality, dependable guns for myself and many friends and students.

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Best carry knife for Germany ?

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Hi Ferfal, You seem to like folding knives. I live in Germany where it is illegal to carry a folding knive. It is only allowed to carry non-foldable knives with a blade that is less than 12 cm long. I’m looking for an all-purpose knive that I can legally carry. What knive(s) do recommend for Germany?

Regards, Karl

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Hello Karl, thanks for your message and sorry for the long wait.

Yes, I can recommend you a knife and will do so in a minute but before we go there I’d like to talk a bit about having the right mindset. This goes for my friends here in Europe and the ones in US that have to deal with restrictions just as bad or worse depending on where they are living.

Those of us that are law abiding citizens always look to understand the local laws and regulations and stay on their right side. The problem I see is that many times, like-minded honest citizens try to go an extra step away from that line, just to play it safe. This is how I often come across people that truly believe guns are illegal when they are not, or knives or other defensive tools. I had a friend in Argentina that was surprised to know that guns were legal to own in the country. She was in her early twenties, we were in college and she wasn’t a dumb person. It’s just human nature to assume that anything potentially dangerous gives you power, and these days people are brainwashed to believe that power should not be in the hands of common people.

The same happens with guns, ammunition, and knives. Recently I had to explain a gun store owner that buckshot is perfectly legal. He was under the impression that it was banned so he hadn’t been ordering it for years “just in case”.

Now, the thing that sets me apart from most other people is that I know for a fact what happens when SHTF. I know that if someone attacks you on the street or breaks into your house to hurt you and your family, they (its usually more than one) won’t care what you thought or wrongfully assumed. It will just be too damn late and what happens is cold harsh reality. An undeniable fact that can’t be changed and isn’t open to debate. (Yes, people there are no “alternative facts”). If you get killed in your home, or your loved ones hurt. If you’re left on a wheelchair for the rest of your life or your daughter is raped that cannot be changed. It simply is what it is and you can’t go back in time to change it.

So… you may read here and there to just play it safe and go with a Swiss army knife, or maybe a non-locking Opinel. True, it will handle 90% of the cutting tasks you may come across on your day to day routine and even help in some emergencies. But my advice is to plan for the worst and keep that worst case scenario in mind. Don’t take five steps away from the legal limits. Know them and within that limit we law abiding people always respect, carry the best most capable tool you can.

In your case, it seems that you can’t carry a folder that locks and can be opened single handed. You may be able to do so with a lawful use (say you go fishing, hunting or hiking) but it seems that you can carry a fixed blade as long as its under 12 cm (4 3/4inch). That’s actually pretty good and opens up a few interesting options.

SOG Seal Pup

SOG SEAL Pup Fixed Blade M37N-CP $30.74

A great option. I believe the blade is exactly within your limit. This would be one of my first choices. If the blade happens to be a couple mm too long, I wouldn’t hesitate to cut the tip down a bit and regrind it. If you’ve done this before you can do it yourself, or find someone more experienced if not. Just be careful not to overheat the thin tip and dip it in water constantly when working on it with a grinder.

ESEE 3P

ESEE -3 Plain Edge $98.99

This is another solid choice. Definitely within your legal limit yet a super capable little knife. The sheath is pretty much ideal since you can carry it as a neck knife or on your belt. It doesn’t look aggressive or tactical, at least not much, so it may work better if ever stopped by cops and such.

Cudeman MT-5 Survival fixed blade knife

Survival fixed blade knife Cudeman MT-5 120-X $79.99

This is a actually a great brand, makes excellent knives in quality BÖHLER N-695 stainless steel, similar to 44C . If you’re in an area that is damp or wet often, this is a great way to go at exactly 11 cm.

If you ever need that knife, and you happen to need it in a life or death situation where a Vicotrinox or other pen knife simply wouldn’t have been enough, you’ll be glad you went with the most capable tool you could lawfully carry.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Everyday Carry Kids for Kids

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Have you ever thought about what your kid carries with him every day? While you can expect him or her to be able to survive any disaster, making sure he has these survival items with him in his backpack could make a huge difference.

This article written on Everyday Carry Experts shows exactly which edc items to get for your kids depending on their age. Read more

(Just keep in mind part of the reason why you’re doing this is to plant the seed in your child’s mind, so that, when he grows up, he’ll become a real prepper and protector of his family.)

Hiding in Plain Sight – Innovative Ways to Discreetly Wear Survival Gear

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In this article I list some of the most unique ways that some basic survival gear, weapons, and defensive tools can be disguised in items you already wear every day.

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The Ultimate Everyday Carry List of Items for Preppers, Survivalist and Patriots

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A good survival EDC has to do two things well:

  1. To assist you in everyday tasks
  2. To keep you alive in case of an emergency.

The problem with EDCs is that you can only carry so much on your person. Unless you have a job that’s keeping you glued to your car, you’re stuck keeping your everyday carry items in places such as your wallet, your laptop bag, your purse and, of course, your pockets.

Whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural area, you’ll find the exhaustive list below enough to fit most if not all of your needs… so let’s take it one at a time, shall we?

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3 Winter Survival Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Vehicle

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3 Winter Survival Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their Car

Indeed, the temperature has dropped. We’ve noticed.

This means now would be a good time to reevaluate your winter preparedness – specifically, what’s currently stashed in your vehicle to break out in case of a blizzard?

Have you stocked and loaded your favorite emergency duffle? Well, if you haven’t, then here are a few interesting ideas that might turn some gear to keep you warm. Now I won’t be discussing general winter survival or gear in this post, simply because those are some rather inexhaustible topics in themselves, but we will cover a few items that really make sense to carry during the coldest months of the year.

1. Heated blanket/portable charger

From my own personal experience, as heated blanket has actually kept me from a potentially life-threatening situation (ie., when my hatchback plowed into a snowbank just outside Bedford, Va). I had to get quite comfortable with the idea that help would not arrive soon, and my heating options were limited.

With a portable heated blanket and a portable charger, you can stay warm until you’re safe. (Plus, your car battery – or even the sun — can recharge this type of portable charger.)

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Just make sure that your car is NOT enveloped in snow when it’s idling, because carbon-monoxide poisoning becomes a huge concern. Also, time your gas to battery intervals so you don’t drain your only way of starting the car again.

2. Zippo hand warmer

In my mind, carrying along a Zippo Hand Warmer makes quite a bit of sense. However, it’s not just the dexterity-enabling heat capsule that I’m after. It’s the fact that you should also be carrying lighter fluid in the same duffle. If you just so happen also to carry a Zippo Lighter, well then, you’ve got a hand warmer and a complete fire kit.

3. The right signaling gear

3 Winter Survival Gadgets Everyone Should Have In Their CarSpeaking of fire, snow is white.

And if you’re pressed into a situation where you have to build a fire in the snow, chances are, you’ve probably had a bad day. That’s why, if you’re going to bring along duct tape, you should make sure that your sticky wonder ribbon is in the most obnoxious neon orange color possible to pop against the whiteness of the snow. With that being said, fire is always a great way to keep warm in such situations — but oddly enough, it’s not really that great of a signaling device in snow-clad broad daylight. You’ll need a way to offer additional contrast for responders, and wouldn’t you know it? Duct tape burns with black smoke.

Be smart out there this winter. Stay safe. Stay warm.

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Cheap and Great Results: Red Lithium Grease for Guns

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Next time you’re in Walmart, remember This:  High Temp Lithium grease. Its costs just a few bucks for a lifetime supply of the stuff. In Amazon you can get a pound of it for just under eight bucks.

High temp Red lithium grease is intended for vehicles and other high temperature, metal on metal friction.

What’s wrong with gun oil? Nothing really. It just doesn’t last nearly as long. After over a decade of using it I can say that grease just stays around more, doesn’t dry away nearly as fast. You simply see it where you last placed it in the gun after weeks of use, while oil just seems to go away after a couple trips to the range. Not very scientific but that’s my impression.

One final tip though: don’t overdo it. As cheap as it may be a very small amount of it goes a VERY long way. Just a pinch on the rails and other contact areas, heck use a tooth pick for good measure. If you overdo it you end up with a greasy mess which may even attract unwanted dirt in dry, sandy climates.
Other than that, it’s what I’ve been using mostly for keeping my guns lubbed and I’m happy enough with it to recommend it to you folks.

Have a great weekend!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Eight tips to consider when buying a knife

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They say that a true survivalist has a knife that will help him survive through harsh times In fact the reality is different and most preppers and survivalists have more than one knife. Buying the right knife for all your survival or camping needs is not easy and I suggest you follow these tips when … Read more…

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The First 5 Items That Should Be In EVERYONE’S Everyday Carry

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The First 5 Items That Should Be In EVERYONE'S Everyday Carry

You likely already know that what you carry with you on a daily basis is influenced by whether you live in the city, in a small town or on a farm, as well as by the job you have and the mode of transportation you use.

Nevertheless, there are a few everyday carry (EDC) items that should be in everyone’s pockets, purses, briefcases and so on. Here are five:

1. The band-aid

I took part in an experts’ round-up a while back, which is in essence a mega-article where they take survival “gurus” and ask them what the most important survival item is. Everyone said knives and multi-tools, but I said band-aid.

Why? You never know when you might get a cut or a bruise. It is much more likely than landing in the middle of social unrest and having to make your way home through angry mobs and tear gas. Even then, you could still get injured and need to patch yourself up.

I carry a band-aid in each wallet, in my gym bag and, of course, a few in my car. They’re cheap, lightweight and small.

2. The phone*

Duh, everyone carries a phone, right? Maybe, but is your phone prepared? I’m talking about loading it up with survival eBooks, GPS apps, offline maps and so on.

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If you live on a farm or spend a lot of time outdoors or on construction sites, do you have a rugged phone, or at least a shock-absorbent case?

Whether or not you’re a HAM radio enthusiast or have a couple of walkie-talkies in the trunk of your car, your phone is likely to be the thing you use to call for help in an emergency or to make sure your family is safe.

3. Cash

You don’t have to believe ATM machines will stop functioning in a disaster situation. You should always have some cash on you, because it can get you out of a pickle fast. It’s accepted everywhere.

4. A pocket knife

The First 5 Items That Should Be In EVERYONE'S Everyday CarryThere’s nothing like a knife to make you feel safer. Well, maybe a gun, but not every location allows it to be legally carried. A pocket knife is the next best thing. It can help you escape an attacker, and you can use it to cut and open things.

Whether you sleep with a gun under your pillow or you think guns are evil, a pocket knife can be your everyday best friend.

5. A fire-starting device

It doesn’t matter if it’s a lighter or a magnesium fire-starter, the ability to ignite fire should never be ignored. You can use fire in a variety of survival situations: to signal someone, to cook a meal, and, of course, to keep you warm.

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So there you have it: The minimum number of EDC items (according to my humble opinion). Now, I know I left out things like your house keys, but I don’t really consider those to be survival items. I also know you can add dozens of other things to your EDC, and I encourage you to do so.

You can build on them by adding things such as:

  • a larger wallet to fit more items.
  • a mini first-aid kit.
  • a credit card shaped Fresnel lens
  • a multi-tool
  • a compass
  • a concealed carry revolver
  • … and so on

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EDC Keychain: 5 Must Have Essential Items

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Yesterday during an interview with Jim Paris I was asked about survival gear. It’s a massive topic and it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated.  It’s safe to recommend stocking up food and at least two weeks worth of bottled water. The same goes for essential emergency supplies, but people want specifics and these lists can be massive, overwhelming.

For those new to modern survival I recommend starting with the core items behind such philosophy: The items you are most likely to use during an emergency, meaning the ones you will have on your person. This is what we call EDC, everyday carry items. Now here too it can get a bit intense but I do have a tip for you.

Just start with your keychain.

Everyone carries one. It’s an item you will have with you no matter what and a few carefully selected items can keep the total volume and weight down while making sure critical tools are always available. I’ve had this setup for years and ended up with it after years of trial and error. I guarantee you will be using all of these more often than you’d think.

These are the items I recommend you have in your keychain.

1)Flashlight.

SureFire Titan Plus Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Keychain Light $87.75

ThruNite Ti NW Lumen Cree XP-L V4 LED Key Chain Flashlight in Titanium alloy, Neutral White $25.95

Few other items are as indispensable during emergencies. Today LED lights are surprisingly bright. Surprisingly durable as well and can run for long periods of time.

I currently keep a Thrunite Ti in my keychain, but if you want to spend a bit more and buy premium quality look for the Surefire Titan.

2)Knife/Multitool.

Victorinox Swiss Army MiniChamp II Pocket Knife,Red

Victorinox Mini Champ Swiss Army Knife $29.95

Leatherman - Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool, Black

Leatherman – Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool, Black $29.24

Pretty basic right? You gotta have a knife. Better yet have a knife and a bunch of small tools. After years of use I recommend either a Leatherman Squirt PS4 or a Victorinox Minichamp, the Minichamp being my personal favourite although the PS4 is objectively as good, maybe better for certain applications.

3)USB Flash drive.

SanDisk Cruzer Fit $9.78

Keep one with your important work files, copies of documents and other important papers and family photos and videos. The Sandisk is a good way to go given that their encryption software is pretty good and allows for the creation of password protected vaults, meaning you can safely use the Flash drive for everyday use too.

4)Lighter

Jolmo Lander Titanium Watertight Fluid Lighter Ti Peanut Petrol Lighter $15

Fire being a quintessential survival tool I believe you should have a lighter or at the very least fire starting tools. A ferrocerium rod is suitable for repeated outdoors use, but a lighter provides a quicker flame when needed. This is the one I have, a titanium peanut lighter. Pretty great and totaly worth it.

5)Mini Prybar

Miscellaneous M4276 2" Pico Widgy Pry Bar Titanium

2″ Pico Widgy Pry Bar Titanium $20.57

Boker Plus 09BO310 Access Prying Tool $24.99

Its small, light and compact. A small prybar can spare the relatively fragile blade in your keychain tool. For years I had the Vox bar from Boker. Currently I’m using a tiny Pico bar. Either one will serve you well.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Pocket-sized Survival Gear

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Pocket-sized Survival Gear

Pocket-sized Survival Gear

For survivalists who pride themselves on always being prepared, pocket-sized gear is often the most useful. The fact is, gear you can’t keep on your person won’t be available when you need it the most. That’s why pocket-sized tools, though small, are powerful and reliable. But what is the most useful pocket-sized equipment for the savvy survivalist? Here’s a look.

 

Multi-Tool

This may be the most obvious item on this list, but a multi-tool like a Leatherman or Gerber is an indispensable tool. With multiple knives, screwdrivers, scissors and more, both brands have a plethora of options that have an extensive collection of tools, or lighter, slimmed down models for those who want to cut down on weight. Gerber’s tools have a lifelong warranty, while Leatherman’s lasts 25 years. Leatherman’s also come at a slightly higher price point, but are name brand and have a reputation for durability. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a reliable tool wherever you go.

The Altoids Box Kit

While many companies make and sell their own pocket survival kits, like Whiskeyfox, you probably know what items you will need more or less of on your adventures. The absolutely essentials, after your multi-tool of course, can all be fit in a metal Altoids box. For instance, a smaller, lock-back knife may be handy. As will a Zippo lighter, magnifying glass, matches, Band-Aids and alcoholic wipes, a razor blade,and a roll of medical tape. This can all fit in an Altoids canister if you’re economical with space. Remember, you’re the one who knows just what and how much of each supply you might need depending on your plans and the environment you’re in.

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There are some tools that won’t fit in an Altoids tin, however. The company Vigilant Trails makes a nifty pocket fishing kit that includes hooks, weights, lures, line, knife and even a rod alternative. This kit is great for those who expect they’ll be near a body of water, like a lake or river.

If you get caught out overnight, you may need an emergency blanket. Emergency blankets are light, cheap (at around five dollars a pop) and made of plastic that rebounds your own body heat back at you.

While a GPS was once too large for a pocket, backcountry GPS devices from Garmin have slimmed down and become much more power efficient. The Garmin eTrex 30 weighs a paltry 4.8 ounces, has 25 hours of battery life and a 2.2-inch screen and is made specifically for backcountry hikers and survivalists. The eTrex 30 is also one of the cheapest GPS devices on the market, so you won’t spend an arm and a leg. Of course, with the holiday season right around the corner, stores will have special sales on tons of outdoor equipment. This is the time of year to get the most bang for your buck.

If you have a ready water source in your vicinity and don’t plan on leaving it, the LifeStraw is a straw that lets you drink directly from a river, stream or pond by filtering the water before it hits your lips. This is the smallest, simplest water filter system on the market.

 

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Alex Clark-McGlenn is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Writer’s Workshop. His fiction is published in the Best New Writing 2016 anthology, The Cost of Paper, Smokebox.net, and others. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, soccer, and reading. He lives the Pacific Northwest.
 

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Places to Stash Your EDC Items

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By far the biggest issue when it comes to the items we carry with us on a daily basis is the location. We want to be as mobile as possible and we sometimes find it hard to fit everything. There is a simple answer to concealing and carrying your EDC items.

Many folks replace them with smaller items in order to do that… and that works, but it’s easier to simply figure out more places to store these items.

Inside Your Pockets. Duh!

But are you buying clothes that have more pockets? You know, like cargo pants? Of course, it’ll be a pain in the you-know-what to move them around, but you can just buy more of some of the cheaper items.

What if you don’t want to buy new clothes? Well, you may not know this but you can actually add pockets on your own. Sewing is an important survival skill, by the way, so it wouldn’t hurt for you to learn it.

Get a Bigger Wallet

Lots can be said about edc wallets… water resistance, number of compartments, size… Up to you which one you want, so long as you store the items in a way that won’t raise any eyebrows. If you work in an office, it might be hard to explain why you carry a Fresnel lens with you all the time, so look for wallets with lockable compartments.

Get a Messenger Bag

If you’re a lady, carrying a purse is normal, but if you’re a guy and you want more EDC items on you, you might be stuck getting a man-purse or a briefcase. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which one you should choose, but know this: such a bag will allow you to carry A LOT more items with you. And that’s a good thing… just remember that, if your bag is lost or stolen, you’ll have to start all over again.

This is why it’s important to do your homework when purchasing survival items: you don’t want to spend a bunch of money on expensive gear that you can lose. No matter what edc item you’re looking to buy, there will always be cheap yet quality items for sale.

Tip: if you want something that looks like a briefcase but not as fancy, you can always go for a laptop bag. A very good, sturdy bag is made by Swiss Army and has lasted us years.

Wear Things AROUND Your Body

Lanyards, belts and backpacks are great ways to carry things while keeping your hands free. And since fashion is probably not your main concern, don’t let anyone stop you from wearing all three of them if you want.

Now, I don’t know about your health conditions but wearing a backpack on your back is a great work-out for your body AND good practice for when you’ll have to evacuate with your BOB.

Camouflaging Your Items

As I mentioned before in this article, you don’t really want other people to know you have all these things with you. Sure, some people don’t care but others still want to keep their job and friends. I can understand both points of view and, since I’m a problem solver, the solution I came up with is to try and camouflage these items.

I talked before about wallets with lockable compartments, so that’s a good start. But if we focus on the definition of camouflage, one way to do it is to hide your survival items among the “innocent” ones.

For example, you may want to keep some maps or emergency phone numbers in the notebook you carry with you at all times. You may want to keep 1-2 band-aids in your wallet, behind your id card. You may want to keep some tinder along with your medication in a waterproof storage container around your neck, and so on.

 

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Best Concealed Carry Glock for California?

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In the golden state of California, I’m only allowed 10 rd capacity magazines. Would you still go with a 9mm or 40sw? If the latter, which model: full size, compact or sub compact?

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Its no secret that I greatly favour Glocks. There’re lots of guns out there but none of the is like the Glock. I’m also not the only guy that thinks this way. Most firearms experts that I consider worth listening to will repeat the same thing.

Now, which Glock should we go for.

My standard response is get a Glock 17 or if you want something a bit smaller a Glock 19 both in 9mm of course.

Listen, you just need a 9mm. It ubiquitous, it just works, bot accurate and with moderate recoil. With quality JHP ammo it will get the job done for defense. Cheap 9mm means you can easily afford the few hundred rounds needed to learn basic gun handling. More importantly, you can afford the thousands of rounds need to acquire proper gun fighting skills.

Having said this, personally what would I carry in such a situation?

A Glock 32. 357 SIG. It’s the same size as the Glock 19, meaning compact but not ridiculously compact that it impairs proper gun operation. If I’m limited to 10 rounds, then yes, I certainly want the most bang per rounds. One of the rules of gunfighting is to carry the most powerful caliber you can realistically shoot fast and accurately. At least in my case, I can shoot 357SIG as if I shot hot military 9mm. Without such restriction I would go for my Glock 31, 15+1 rounds of 357SIG in a gun similar to the Glock 17. That’s hard to beat in my opinion. Some folks will prefer 45 ACP, even 10mm and both are great choices. For me though, Id go with 10 rounds of 357SIG in a Glock 32 if that was the limitation presented with.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

How to Make a Survival Kit for Emergency Situations

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Survival kits are much more than bags needed to survive the harsh conditions in some nameless wilderness, they are actually useful for a variety of applications. The term “survival kit” is somewhat misleading, as it implies that the kit contains everything that you need to make it out of the woods or some such thing. … Read more…

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The City, EDC, and Preparedness!

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The City, EDC, and Preparedness! Josh “7 P’s of survival” This show in player below! This week on the 7 P’s of Survival Radio Show we discuss various aspects concerning EDC, Preparedness and Self-reliance in a major city environment. Throughout the show I discuss a variety of major metropolitan areas, their laws regarding EDC, Preparedness … Continue reading The City, EDC, and Preparedness!

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S&W M&P Reliability: Stick to Glocks

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Why do nearly all new pistols look like Glocks? Because they want to be one!

There’s a reason why 60% of law enforcement and I’d say 9 out of 10 true firearm experts chose Glock. It may not be perfect but it sure gets close and the simple truth is that no other firearm can claim the reliability, durability ease of use and downright ubiquity of the Glock pistol.

Tons of articles can be written about firearms but just trust me:

Carry and learn the Glock pistol. If you don’t know which one then pick the Glock19 9mm.

Other than that play, experiment and collect all other firearms in the planet if that makes you happy, but for dead serious business stick to what works best.

That is all folks.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

EDC During SHTF and Why “Tacticool” Might Just Get You Killed: Part I

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Our EDC Gear is equipment we carry every day that can help us out of bad spots. Normally, we consider items like a knife, flashlight, concealed firearm, multi-tool, even a bandanna and lighter round out the list. These are all to varying degrees perfectly fine while society is still normal. The EDC during SHTF will likely be different. What do you plan on carrying every day when it all goes to hell?


The video clips below can illustrate several different points which will be important to the prepper/survivalist community, but the point that I want to focus on in this article is that of appearances during a potential SHTF event.

In the first video clip, Eddie Murphy as Detective Axel Foley spots two men entering the club wearing long black trench coats, which is seemingly an unassuming choice of clothing aside from one fact which the erstwhile detective points out: it’s June and a long black trench coat wouldn’t be a typical clothing choice for the hot Beverly Hills sun (which is where the movie is set).

WARNING: The first video clip is NSFW; it is a scene in a strip club and there is some objectionable language and risqué imagery in it; to minimize this, stop watching at the 1:30 mark, as the point I intend to make with the video has been demonstrated by that time in the clip. If you find the clip wholly objectionable, I would advise you to skip it and watch only the second clip, which will still demonstrate the point I want to make without any such issues.

In the second clip, CIA assassin Jason Bourne notices that another potential CIA “asset” is there to track him down and probably kill him. When his girlfriend Marie asks him how he could possibly know that simply by looking at the man, he says that “everything about him is just wrong.” He enumerates what is “wrong” about the man relative to the location and culture that they are in; that in Goa, India (where the scene is set), where few people drive cars, this man has a car, and a nice one. In Goa, India, where there are few Westerners and few wearing Western clothing, this man, a Westerner, is wearing Western clothing (albeit very low-key and suitable for the weather) and sunglasses, which VERY few in Goa will wear.

The second clip is fairly clean, but involves some close-up goriness if you watch it to the end. To eliminate that, stop watching at the 1:15 mark, as the point I intend to make with the clip has been made by that time in the clip. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Now, what relevance does this have to a prepper/survivalist who is going to go through an SHTF scenario? I would argue that, while few non-prepper/survivalists will have the observational acumen of a detective or a CIA operative, the “traditional” perspectives and attitudes on prepping/survivalism leave PLENTY of room for hordes of desperate and opportunistic non-preppers/survivalists to take advantage of the observational oversights that preppers/survivalists are prone to. What do I mean by this exactly? Well, I have observed that there are two primary viewpoints that preppers/survivalists hold that non-preppers/survivalists would take advantage of.

These main thoughts are either:

  1. ‘my community has fallen apart and we are living in a WROL (Without Rule of Law) world. I’m most likely going to be the best armored/most well-armed person still left in town and I’m gonna bug-in anyways, so I can just jaunt down Main Street all decked out in my LBE/tac vest with ammo and everything on, an AR in my hands, a 9mm strapped to my waist or leg, and a big knife and maybe a tomahawk tucked in my belt and if any mugger wants to mess with me, well, they’ll regret it,’ or
  2. ‘I’m bugging out and no one knows where my BOL (Bug-Out Location) is, so I can go on minding my own when I get there, doing my daily chores with my AR strapped over my shoulder and my 9mm and a knife in my belt and no one will be the wiser and if anyone DOES want to mess with me and mine, they’re gonna wish they hadn’t!’

Now, while noble-sounding, this line of thinking actually makes one very vulnerable because of the tendency of preppers/survivalists towards the practice of “tacticool,” that is to say, the practice of preppers and survivalists decking themselves out in the most top-of-the-line mil-spec-oriented gear and assume that it’s a good idea to walk around with it about town, leave it in your car for anyone in your car to see, and take pictures of it to put on social media. Whether you realize it or not, people are developing ideas and perceptions about the gear that they see you photographing, carrying, and/or wearing. Given the relatively “stable” nature of the present day, those thoughts are more likely to be something like ‘Oh, that’s a cool bag. I wonder where he/she got it. Hmm…I wonder what he/she puts in it.’ However, if you change the circumstances and put people in a catastrophic SHTF scenario and they see your gear, I’m willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that their thoughts are more likely to be something like ‘they have stuff, they’re prepared, GET THEM!’ Just as the car and sunglasses and the trench coats made individuals stand out in the video clips, so to will that piece of tacticool gear make you stand out and more than likely make you a target for the desperate and unprepared.

While I could probably find myriad examples of the proverbial tacticool gear, I will focus primarily on three examples, to which I have already alluded to, and the correlating problems with each in a SHTF scenario: the tactical vest, the tactical pack, and weapons.

The Tactical Vest

UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest

UTG 547 Law Enforcement Tactical Vest

The inherent problem with the tactical vest is that it says as much as you DON’T want it to say as it does what you DO want it to say. Ostensibly, what you want a tactical vest to say is, ‘I’m ready for whatever combative situation comes my way, and I’m a tough nut to crack. Don’t mess with me!’ However, what it ALSO says is, ‘I have stuff and I’m ready for a fight.’ Now, on the surface, this may not seem like a terrible message to telegraph, but one has to also think about the implications of the messages that he or she advertently AND inadvertently telegraphs. While you may wish to telegraph a message of strength, you must also consider just to what degree you can back up that message. Anybody seeing you and taking note of the messages you send with your tactical vest may very well just decide to ‘up the game’ with more firepower than you have or more hostiles than you can reliably defend against. How many can you reliably defend yourself against? 3? 4? 6? More? What if you are traveling or living with others, others who may not themselves be armed or know how to fight?

Now, considering all of the tactical variables that one has to think of if there is an inadvertent ‘invite’ to a confrontation, would it not be wiser to keep a lower profile and avoid unnecessary confrontation altogether, a means which could be achieved by avoiding the tacticool piece of equipment that is the tactical vest? I leave it to you to decide.

The Tactical Pack

5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Back Pack

5.11 Tactical Rush 12 Back Pack

Anyone who has been in the prepper/survivalist circle for any reasonable amount of time has probably already been made aware of the risk that is the tactical bag. The primary disadvantage of the tactical bag is just that, that it looks tactical, or more appropriately, tacticool. The major problem with that tacticool look is that, in this day and age, people take one look at it and IMMEDIATELY are prone to think, ‘prepper.’

While that MOLLE-bedecked pack gives you a warm fuzzy feeling that you’re ‘ready,’ it also tells that opportunistic vulture who wasn’t ready for SHTF, ‘Oh look, one of those prepper, survivalist nuts. Hey, this person’s bound to have some great stuff that I can use. Let’s just knock them off and take their stuff.’ It’s not whether you can take that person (or that person’s buddies if they’re there), but whether you can afford to have that person (or other people later on) have that impression of you and continuously have that kind of ‘target’ on your back. Can you? I leave that to you to decide.

Tactical Weapons

The last item that I want to focus on briefly is weapons. Now admittedly, weapons are a much more manageable element of EDC during SHTF because you can choose how you carry weapons, either concealed or open-carry. However, things may not be as clear-cut as walking down the street with your sidearm strapped to your thigh like you’re the new sheriff in town. Now, at this point I think more than any other in this article, I’m sure that there are plenty of readers who are thinking (maybe even mouthing to their computer screens) ‘this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of, you can’t go out with NO WEAPONS! You can’t got out without ANY show of defense! You can’t make yourself a target like that!’

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You’re right, but I am NOT advocating going out weaponless; I am merely warning against going out kitted out like you’re ready to win World War Three all by yourself. As mentioned above, that only encourages would-be thieves to up their game against you, wait until the right moment, then take you out when they have that tactical superiority. I would put it to these readers: would it be better to face one or two people who run into you on the street who think that you might be an easy mark being that you are not well-armed, only to be shocked and surprised in an alley when you pull concealed weapons on them, or to show your hand from the beginning with the tacticool look with all sorts of weaponry, only to find yourself visited later by seven or eight equally well-armed individuals who have chosen the place or circumstances of a potential fight which will put you at a disadvantage?

Another consideration is what condition any semblance of ‘law enforcement’ exists in the SHTF scenario. Again, I think that the common assumption that it will just be a WROL situation and that everyone will be free to open-carry as they please. I would suggest that this will not be the case…at least not everywhere. Whether it be still by elected officials or by vigilante gang, I would contend that in many places, some semblance of ‘law’ will still exist. As such, rules about certain types of weapons and certain types of carry of weapons needs to be considered. If you get your weapons confiscated for open-carry where it will not be allowed, then what good did all that weaponry do you?

So then, I bet that the first logical question rolling off of the minds you, the reader, is something like, ‘so if I’m not gonna wear a tac vest and I’m not gonna carry a tactical bag and I’m not gonna be carrying a bunch of obvious weapons on my person, then just what the heck am I gonna do with all my gear, and where the heck am I gonna put it?!’

Well, in part 2 of this piece, which I will be cranking out soon, I will address those issues!

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Ten reasons to keep cash in your bug out bag

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We are used to swipe our credit cards every day and get the items we need, we even use our phones to pay for the things we desire. However, in the event of a regional emergency, your credit cards will become useless for quite a while and this is why it’s important to keep cash … Read more…

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Prepper’s Gear – Lifestraw Personal Water Filter Review

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Over the past couple of years I’ve bought different types of survival gear, but this is actually the first time I’m doing a review for such an item. I decided to write this review after spending two weeks in the mountains and my Lifestraw would not produce anymore clean filtered water. My first encounter with … Read more…

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Fantastic Video: Everything you need to know about the Glock Pistol

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Youtube is packed full of “experts” that truly know very little about the topic they address. Even the few good shooters you see, they are rarely more than that. In this case we’re talking about a real firearms expert, a true scholar if you will.

This is without a doubt the best, most informative video about Glocks that I’ve ever seen and I hope it convinces you that it is by far the most adequate handgun for survival purposes bar none.

The video is a bit long but for those of us that value good information it’s worth a thousand two minute videos that don’t say much. Make sure to check his other videos too. I liked the one about the Beretta M9 as well.

Take care folks.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Bug Out Bags, Get Home Bags and EDC

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Bug Out Bags, Get Home Bags and EDC Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” On this live broadcast of “The Prepping Academy” join Forrest and Kyle as they discuss: everyday carry items, get home bags, and bug out bags. These are literally the backbone of prepping. The items you carry with you can literally make or … Continue reading Bug Out Bags, Get Home Bags and EDC

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Fighting Load Evolution

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I took a kydex OWB holster and put it on a pair pf cargo pants. Stuck a cheap folding knife in the pants pocket. Put some medical stuff on the cargo pockets. A flashlight in the off hand front pocket. On the weak side I put a condor double rifle pistol mag pouch. Put it in the bottom of my nightstand with a pair of boots.

Good: Now I could wake up and throw on a pair of pants n boots in a hurry. Open the quick access safe to grab the Glock 19 and or AR and I am good to go.

My new set up and a slight change in my light/ summer EDC means my handgun and knife are always in the same place. This obviously has a significant benefit in terms of simplifying my life.

Made entirely of stuff I had on hand. 

Bad: Generally that it is all cobbled together and not necessarily with components that are fit for prime

The belt sucks. It is just a generic nylon web belt. I need to put a dedicated gun belt on there. That means I need to replace the one I am currently wearing and retire it to this rig. The new Magpul belt looks promising. Though I may just replace the one I have with another Blade Tech. The one I am wearing has been my only belt for 3 years and still works good. Just aging past every day wear for cosmetic reasons (mostly because I spilled some paint on it). As I write this it is clear I will buy the blade tech belt.

The knife isn’t great. I have a serious case of missing knives in my residence. At least 3 good folding knives are MIA in my residence. Honestly I don’t plan to do much cutting with it so the Wally World knife is fine for now.

I am going to think about the mag pouch situation. Maybe to make it lower profile I could put a double pistol mag pouch on the belt (I have a good TT one somewhere) and stick a spare rifle mag in the cargo pocket. Honestly I’m not too worried about doing rifle mag changes in my house.

The flashlight needs a more secure situation. It is just flopping in the pocket. It probably came with a pocket clip which I might still have. 5.11’s have a pouch that would work if I could find a pair in my place.

I can probably fix most of these issues by spending a day digging through my house.

Holster- It probably won’t work well with a ruck. However realistically I can’t see myself carrying a ruck much. If I do I’ll probably stuff the pistol in a rifle mag pouch or something. Also I could just use the old belt for that unlikely scenario.

Also my current holster will not accommodate a weapons light. I have mixed feelings about this.

I will play with scientifically tactically test it some and let you know how it goes.

Zero Tolerance ZT0561: The Beauty and the Beast

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ZT Zero Tolerance 0561 Hinderer Collaboration Dark Earth Scale Folder

The Zero Tolerance 0560/0561 is a knife that combines great materials, American craftsmanship and an outstanding esthetical design (fancy words for pretty).

And pretty it sure is. Maybe the prettiest folder ever made. In my opinion even more so than Rick Hinderers Xm-18 which inspired it. People will say they like the Elmax steel (more on that later) or that they appreciate Rick Hinderer’s design, based on his experiences in both rescue and firefighting. As someone with decades of experience with knives, using them, buying them and yes, even making them and reading books specifically about knives I can tell you this: Looks is what catches the attention of 99.9% of buyers when they first see a knife, and this is particularly true about the ZT0560. Very few folders have such eye-pleasing lines, proportions, colours and texture.

Is it all about looks though? Of course not.

The design is sound. The 3D machined titanium scale is very solid and comfortable, providing a good frame lock. By the way, if its not locking solid and disengages when lightly smacking the spine of the blade then send it back for replacement because its not supposed to do that. They need to tighten the locking bar or maybe address the contact surface of the bar. The Lock Bar Stabilizer prevents the accidental over travel of the lock bar during closing of the knife. The steel insert in the lock bar prevents both the sticking of the lock bar due to titanium-steel contact. It also means it wont wear down nearly as much after years of hard use. If it gets used that much, which is unlikely, its just a matter of replacing the insert. Steel is premium Bohler-Uddeholm ELMAX steel with extremely high wear and corrosion resistance. This super steel is stainless but acts like carbon steel allowing relatively easy sharpening in spite of its outstanding edge retention ability, which sometimes comes at the cost of much more work needed for sharpening. The blade geometry is a wide, drop point shape. Thick, but pretty classic. The bevel angle is pretty steep, which makes sense for a work knife although a more narrow bevel should be put in it to take full advantage of the high quality steel. This will come at a cost though, super steel or not, a more narrow angle means less steel behind the edge. Mess with this only if you know very well what you are doing and intent to use the knife for cutting and carving in softer materials. Otherwise, leave it as it is. There nothing wrong with it.

The blade has thumb studs but its clearly intended to be used as a flipper. My knife came with an unusually strong detent. After flipping it about a thousand times its just now starting to let go enough and feeling comfortable to deploy. So yes, a break in period makes it better. The squeaking sound is also gone now. After that, the knife opens smoothly thanks to the KVT ball-bearing opening system. I’m still using the first interphalangeal joint in my index finger rather than the pad for stronger deployment of the flipper.

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The ZT0561/0560 has a four position deep pocket carry clip. Scales are machined titanium on one side and G10 on the other.

The design, while pretty, is not perfect. For example the thumb studs are all but useless for opening the knife. ZT says they aren’t intended to be used, rather worth as a blade stop when the knife is opened, the studs resting on the scales. If you still do use it, the studs easily catch the flesh of your finger pad. This also happens with the jimping on the flipper and the web of your hand between the index and thumb(why put jimping there at all?) Clearly, flipping is the intended method of use. The G10 scales have some sharp edges. These can be easily fixed with some sand paper, same thing for the (again) jimping that is a tad too aggressive in the handle. Although its easy enough to fix, you shouldn’t have to do any of this on a +USD200 knife.

Finally, maybe the thing that bothers me the most but doesn’t seem to be bothering others: The KVT ball-bearing opening system. Yes, its supposed to be super smooth but with the strong locking bar that slows it anyway I just don’t see the point vs traditional washers. You don’t really gain anything over correctly worn in phosphor bronze washers, while being less abuse resistant. Don’t get me wrong, it will work for cutting your entire life if you look after it. But washers are stronger if you even need to pry with your ZT. Can you pry with your ZT0560 if you need it? Yes you can, you can pry the hell out of it. If it wasn’t the case I wouldn’t have bought the knife and I wouldn’t be writing this. Its just that with the ball-bearing system you are more likely to deform the titanium contact surface. Washers are simply tougher and I always prefer tougher.

But I read that this knife sucked…

I always do a lot of research before buying anything, especially when I’m spending this kind of money on a knife.

As good as the ZT0560/0561 may be, its not perfect. Many users have reported problems with the steel being too soft, rolling or chipping. After researching some more it seems the problem was with the heat treatment of the earlier version around 2012 or so. In some cases, sharpening the knife fixed the problem (soft metal on the outside, but ok on the inside) in others the heat treatment itself was the problem and the knife needed to be sent back for replacing the blade. Even in the early models, this was very rare and most people were extremely happy with the performance of Elmax steel. These last few years such a problem is unheard of as far as I know.

If you want something similar, a bit smaller, a lot cheaper and without the KVT system, check out the ZT0566.

Zero Tolerance 0566BW Hinderer Folder BlackWash Knife with SpeedSafe $159.47

You have a knife that have the same great built quality, ELMAX steel, but a 3.25 inch blade rather than 3.75 with Speed Safe assisted opening system.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Life and Various Things EDC, Caches, ETC

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Hey All, I spent about half the summer in Eastern Europe for work. Maybe I will talk more about that at some point but I am back in the US now. I also have the kiddos with me for the remainder of the summer. So I went from being busy with work to being busy with the kiddos. Thoughts have been brewing in my head lately. Also since the kids go to bed early and I have them with me there isn’t a ton of stuff to do after they go to bed so you may hear from me more in coming weeks. No promises though.

Here in eastern Kansas it is hot and humid. Not quite the sauna that is Louisiana but still a hot and humid. So I am pretty much living in shorts and tank tops outside of work. This has some EDC challenges as cargo shorts have officially jumped the shark. I am toying with some new carry methods for my Ruger LCP and a new knife. The theme is maintaining basic capabilities in a way that fits within my lifestyle. In a couple more weeks I will talk about the specifics of these things some more.

Along these lines I have been thinking about the ‘naked bag’ that lives in my vehicle. I got the idea from Pastor Joe Fox’s book The Survivalist Family. I have it in a separate bag in my vehicle so I can change, if needed, then rock out in some functional clothes. One might say this is redundant as I am obviously wearing clothes in the vehicle but I may be coming or going from the gym, being lazy on the way to the store for milk, etc. The first time I did this the clothes in it were really pretty outdoors/ paramilitary in nature.

I realized this is dumb. Odds are far, far higher I will be using the clothes in this bag for some sort of normal mundane reason than some emergency scenario. Maybe I cover my shirt in BBQ sauce at the beginning of a day in town. Maybe I forget to pack something for a trip. Maybe some nice young woman takes me home for the evening. All of these things have happened and not once have I needed to change into my crazy pants (literally) and run off into the woods with a back pack. Also I no longer live in a rural area. I live in a mix of suburbs and exurbs of a city with intermittent farms in between.

So what does this mean? My ‘naked bag’ looks a lot more like a generic overnight bag then some survivalist thing. I need to choose clothes I would actually wear that would work for me to actually wear and have a useful secondary function of JIC clothes. This means sturdy non cotton clothes and a good pair of shoes. I added a fleece and a rain jacket which generally lived in the back of my vehicle anyway. In addition to those items I included a pair of gym shorts to sleep in and a hygiene kit. Maybe I will post on it later.

For whatever reason the idea of caches has been in my head for awhile now. Maybe I was bored and had wandering paranoid thoughts or maybe that little voice is telling me to spread out my risk. Recently I was visiting family in a place where I could potentially end up if things go sideways. Having an EDC setup, a rifle, ammo n ancillary stuff next to an old ALICE pack full of camping/ survival stuff in their attic would be a win win as they are like minded but on a tight budget. Depending on some other things I may put together a couple more caches.

Before we get into a discussion about money where people call each other poor or yuppie survivalists I should note I do most of this type thing with stuff already on hand. The costs are sunk so its not like I am writing big fat checks today, which I could not afford.

The next post I write will probably be on some things I am working on right now.

Take care of each other

Haversack! What’s in Yours?

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Haversacks were in use during the American Civil War, as recounted in Grant’s memoirs, “In addition to the supplies transported by boat, the men were to carry forty rounds of ammunition in the cartridge-boxes and four days’ rations in a haversack.”

In 1910 the U.S. Army adopted the M-1910 haversack (or M10) as the standard back pack for all infantrymen. The pack is essentially a sheet of rugged khaki-colored canvas that folds around its contents (bedroll, clothing, daily rations, and assorted personal items), and is held together by flaps and adjustable buckle-straps. The two shoulder straps are designed to attach to a web belt or suspender configuration. – Wikipedia

Brought to us by Shamans Forge Bush-craft, Blackie talks to us about some of the items he carries in his haversack and their purposes. He really brings things into perspective about how we should carry our items by explaining why he carries them that way. He introduces us to his pal Nugget and tells us a little bit about how he came to know his woods buddy. He has a trick to store duct taps that is amazingly simply and genius.

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Hard-Use Folder Indeed: Zero Tolerance 0550

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Zero Tolerance ZT0550 Hinderer Design Folding Knife

The knife is the quintessential survival tool. For the modern survivalist that doesn’t specifically carry a fixed blade as part of his daily required equipment the folder is the kind of knife he’s more likely to carry.
Now pocket knives and folders come in all kinds. Any good knife is a useful tool. Some are particularly well made and designed, making them a pleasure to use and handy in a number of situations.

And then there’s the hard-use folding knife. Yes, it folds. Yes, it fits into your pocket and yes it will open all the mail you get, cut strings and even help you prepare a sandwich. But it will also cut through dry wall. It will chop and stab through a 2×4 and pry open a door if needed or cut through metal to get you out of a car wreck. Yes, it will not break or otherwise fail if ever used in the art of putting two-legged predators down.
Many handy, outstanding folders and pocket knives simply aren’t made for that sort of situation. But the Zero Tolerance 0550 is.
The titanium frame lock holds the blade in place, the thumb stud rests against the frame for additional support. The steel is outstanding S35VN, meaning it will hold an edge considerably longer, take more abuse without chipping, rolling or breaking.
At 3.5” the blade isn’t too big but it is big enough. “built like a tank” is read often when researching the ZT0550 although it really is a comfortable, medium size knife.
Check out this torture test video of the ZT0550.
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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Glock (almost) Perfection?

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Fernando–

The Glocks are very nice guns and have lots of performance features to commend them.

The only thing I disagree with is the lack of a positive mechanical safety.

I know that devotees of the non-safety pistols get defensive when anyone takes exception to this design feature.

But–anyone trained to a level of competent pistol shooter can train to take the safety into account when they do need to deliberately fire the weapon.

And–when they don’t need to have the weapon fire, or heaven forbid not have it fire when somebody who should not have their hands on the gun (but somehow got hold of it)–then that is when the manual safety earns its plaudits!

We see too many cases with the non-safety pistols where gun owners (including experts) somehow shoot themselves or others, kids get hold of a gun and shoot themselves or others–where a mechanical safety properly employed would have likely saved people from harm.

I realize that everyone who has not had such an incident happen in their own lives will poo-poo and object to suggestions along these lines, but consider how many tragedies might have been prevented happening to others like themselves who did have things go bad for themselves or their loved ones.

Best wishes,
Larry

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Hi Larry,

I cant say I agree with you on this one and I believe I have a good foundations for the point I’ll try to make.

No, I don’t think the Glock needs a safety.

1)Revolvers don’t have safeties, and no one ever thought of bothering putting one in them other than some oddity here and there. Nearly all firearms experts agree revolvers don’t need safeties. Revolvers do have longer and stiffer trigger pulls in double action, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are perfectly ok without a manual safety and the double action only trigger pull in a standard Glock is stiff enough to avoid the kind of accidental discharges that sometimes happen with hair triggers and single action only firearms like the venerable 1911.

2)Talking about the 1911, that was my first handgun. I spent years training with it, so much that when I went to the dark side and got my Glock, I spent years disengaging a safety that wasn’t there anymore whenever I drew the gun. No problem there since its just a reflex thumb flick on the side of the Glock.

3)In terms of legal problems and accidental/negligent discharges due to lack of manual safety, notice that most police departments seem to be ok with Glocks anyway, in spite of the complicated legal situation they often find themselves in.

4)The British army recently adopted the Glock 17, no problem with the lack of safety there. SEAL did so too, as have other special forces around the world. The truth is that as long as the shooter does its part and carries the gun in a holster Glocks are perfectly safe. The accidental/negligent discharges can still happen with guns with safeties, all they have to do is disengage it and pull the trigger. They key part of the problem being pulling the trigger when you don’t really intend to do so. I think there a good reason why firearms instructors, shooting experts and specialists overwhelming favour Glock both for themselves and for arming others.

5) I will concede that in a fight, at night, and after losing control of your weapon, an attack may grab your weapon and fail to disengage a safety while trying to shoot you. Then again I believe that the advantage of having a Glock, the best handgun for combat and defence. Greatly out weights the chances of what has to be admitted as a rare, unlikely scenario compared to much more probable ones. As for kids, I believe that if a child has a loaded gun that’s already a disaster. I believe also that most kids will easily figure out a safety. They are simple enough to figure out for a kid that ever played videogames or even owned a toy gun. If a child has hold of a loaded gun and is playing around with it trying to figure out how to operate it you have messed up bad as a parent already and chances are that with any loaded firearm you’re looking at a tragedy about to happen. If anything, keep your gun in a quick access safe or use a trigger lock. They are cheap enough and much better insurance than praying a child doesn’t figure out the use of the safety which he most likely will.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Best survival Gun?

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Right here. Glock 17. When you do the equation factoring concealability, reliability, durability, availability, commonality, weight, accuracy, ammo capacity, ergonomics and simplicity no other fighting gun comes close. You dont agree? Tell me why and I’ll explain why you are wrong.

The Glock 17 is today what back in the day was a 1911 or maybe more popular world wide the Browning Hi-Power. Anywhere you go, you are likely to find a few rounds of 9mm and a Glock to fire them.

For all survivalists and preppers, this is the gun to own and master. Maybe you like its smaller brother the Glock 19 or maybe you like a different caliber, I understand that too. But with a Glock 9mm you will always be well armed, you will always find some rounds to feed your gun given 9mm’s popularity and you’ll always find parts and magazines if you ever need them.

The only thing I recommend changing is the sights. Get good metal nightsights like these.

Meprolight Glock Tru-Dot Night Sight for 9mm $61.79

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Best Deal in Cheap Keychain LEDs

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These have been around for many years now. Cheap, simple, reliable and tough as nails. For three bucks or so for the pack of ten they are a great deal. In my experience they last well over ten hours. They do start to dim down but a day later you still may have some light left.

 

Leegoal 10 X Led Mini Micro Black Keychain Key Ring Super Flash Bright Flashlight White Light $3.30

For $0.33 a pop you can’t beat these for budget EDC or keeping in different kits, keychains and bags.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Questions And Answers Episode 105

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Join us this week as we tackle your questions and answers. Some of the topics include supplementing your camping food with wild edibles. Cooking with grubs, frying grasshoppers.

Matt calls in wanting to know how to stay cool in the summer without air conditioning. We go deep on this question. With tons of info on how to keep cool during the hot months. Shading your house, reflecting the sun back and using the ChiliPAD to stay cool.

 

Topics

  • Supplementing wild edibles
  • Keeping cool in the summer
  • I would love to know yours and mike’s edc.
  • What is your ideal apocalyptic scenario?
  • Why do you prep?
  • What’s your ideal survival firearm?
  • Is technology a help or a hindrance for survival?
  • What are you bug out bag must haves?
  • Please describe the differences and similarities of B.O.B., get home bag, car emergency kit, edc…
  • What would you personally do in a mass shooting scenario?
  • What are your first aid kit must haves?
  • What hand tools do you recommend everyone should have for a grid down scenario?
  • What are some effective diy home security preps both low and high tech?
  • Is there an episode this week?

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Tactical Pen – My Most Used Everyday Carry

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Tactical Pen Everyday Carry One of the greatest benefits to being a woman prepper is the use of a handbag.  I store a variety of everyday carry items in it like a knife, duct tape, pepper spray, key chain light, multi tool, small firstRead More

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8 Tools Women Carry That Every Prepper Should Have

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8 Tools Women Carry That Every Prepper Should Have There are many common everyday items found in women’s purses. They are found there for a reason- they have a great everyday utility. Some women carry just the bare essentials, or no purse at all. But those that do carry larger purses are sure to have …

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22LR target shooting and rats

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Shooting 25 meters standard pistol 22LR can be as boring as it sounds. It is though, a good opportunity to improve our accuracy. Sometimes when focusing on defensive shooting at shorter distances and using human silhouettes we can get complacent with our accuracy. Besides, a 22LR is good for plinking and pest control, as long as you do your part in the accuracy department.
Talking about pests, guess who ate my fiber optic cable just a few days ago. It seems, rats love eating this stuff.


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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Everyday Carry: The 5 Dumbest, Craziest Mistakes People Make (Do No. 4 And You May Lose All Your Gear)

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Everyday Carry: The 5 Dumbest, Craziest Mistakes People Make (Do No. 4 And You’ll Lose All Your Gear)

In a way, our everyday carry kit is our bodyguard: It’s always with us to keep us safe. But even bodyguards make mistakes, and the EDC is one aspect of survival that needs to be fine-tuned.

One way of adjusting your EDC is to look at all the possible mistakes you can make — the topic of today’s article. So let’s see them!

Mistake No. 1: Carrying Too Much Stuff

Should you really be carrying a personal water filter with you all the time? Not unless you have a large purse or a belt pack and you’re in a rural or wilderness setting. The reason you’d want food and water in a get-home scenario is that it could take you hours or even more than a day to come home — if the roads are blocked, for instance. But your personal water filter can be stored just as well in a get-home bag, and there’s no need to have it on your person all the time.

Articles with EDC items lists have way too much stuff in them, and it’s not the authors’ fault: They’re giving you all the options so you can then make your picks. But it’s up to you to choose the items that apply to the emergencies for which you’re preparing.

Compact Water Filter Fits In Your POCKET And Removes 100 Percent Of Water-Borne Bacteria!

As I said, the starting point is you listing the emergencies you want to prep for and THEN figure out which items to purchase. Never buy something just because it’s on a list inside some survival article.

Mistake No. 2: Carrying Items That Are Too Big

Why carry a mini flashlight when you can carry a micro-flashlight and keep it on your keyring? Why carry a small multi-tool when you can have one that fits in your wallet?

Smaller items are easier to keep in your pockets; the issue is getting quality ones. It takes more work and higher quality materials to squeeze the same durability and functionality into something smaller, and that will reflect in the final price. But with proper research, you’ll be able to find the items that will not fail you in an emergency.

Mistake No. 3: Not Checking Gear Periodically

Everyday Carry: The 5 Dumbest, Craziest Mistakes People Make (Do No. 4 And You’ll Lose All Your Gear)

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Just like your get-home bag or bug-out bag or your stockpile, your EDC items also need to be verified to make sure they’re working. When was the last time you turned on the flashlight on your keyring? Since virtually all smartphones have flashlights, you probably use that instead of your actual flashlight.

In addition, you may want to check your lighters, emergency radio, space pen and even your multi-tool to see if they all still function properly.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough cash and change for emergencies and that you are familiar with the vending machines in your area. If they don’t take the types of bills and change you have, then you won’t be able to get that bottle of water or that energy bar.

Mistake No. 4: Talking About It

The more thought you put into your EDC, the more you’ll feel the need to brag with it. Even if it’s just you wanting to use your micro multi-tool to open up the drink bottles before the waitress gets a chance.

Portable Device Restores Your Old Blades To A Razor’s Edge In Just Seconds!

Don’t do it. You don’t want to be labeled a prepper and be ridiculed. In addition, the odds of people asking you to let them borrow some of your gear will increase and, if you ever loaned anything to anyone, then you know sometimes, they keep that item for so long you have to borrow it back!

Mistake No. 5: Not Seeing the Phone as Part of EDC

You’d be amazed at what your smartphone can do for you besides allowing you to call people in case of emergencies. Check the list below to see why your phone may be the most important item in your kit:

  • Some of them have AM/FM radio that will allow you to hear the news even when the phone lines are down.
  • You can download a number of free survival apps that you can use in offline mode (the SAS survival guide, a compass, offline maps, first-aid apps and so on).
  • You can download books, ebooks and save blog articles using the Pocket app.
  • You have a flashlight.
  • And you can even use them as signaling mirrors.

In addition, you can find on the market the so-called rugged phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, that are shock and water resistant.

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33 Survival Items You Can Fit In Your Pocket

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When most people think about disaster survival, they assume they’ll need a big bag of heavy gear. When the disaster strikes, they frantically throw things into a bag only to realize they don’t have nearly enough room and it already weighs over 50 pounds. It’s easy to get carried away. Most of us are so […]

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LEVELING UP TO A TRAUMA KIT

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This video is about Leveling Up To A Trauma Kit from a standard individual first aid kit (IFAK). Here’s a list of what is in this kit:

In the Boo Boo kit:

Band Aids
Knuckle bandages
Fingertip bandages
Antiseptic wipes
Alcohol wipes
Butterfly closures
Nitrile gloves
Triple antibiotic salve
Individual eye wash (x4)
Triangle bandage

Trauma kit:

Rolled gauze (x4)
Nitrile gloves
SOFT-W tourniquet
Shears
OLEAS modular pressure bandage
Bloodstopper Compress Dressing
SAM splint (1.5 ft)
3×3 gauze pads
Gerber foldimg knife
Sharpie (black)
C.A.T. tourniquet
Ranger bands
8-10 feet duct tape
Triangular bandage
Mylar blanket(s)
Ibuprofen tablets
6″ light stick
Self-adhering wrap (x2)
Celox z-fold hemostatic gauze (10 ft)

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The Zebralight H52W: The Best Survivalist flashlight?

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The Zebralight H52W has been around for a few years. The LED has been upgrading over time, currently it’s a Cree XM-L2, in either cool or neutral white, but the excellent concept, design and execution have remained. In spite of this I did not buy one until now. It seemed I always had something else that I liked well enough or was very happy with. Boy I wish I had bought one of these before.

The Best Survivalist flashlight?

Zebralight H52w AA Headlamp Neutral White $64.00

I use the question mark because I still believe that the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II is the ultimate survival flashlight, the one I would have if I could have only one to deal with SHTF for extended periods of time. Having said that, the Zebralight is an extremely strong contender for the #1 place in the list. Both of these are angle head lights, making them very versatile. What I like about the Sidewinder Compact II the most is the military grade toughness and the ability to indistinctively use AA, AAA and CR123 format batteries. This trait is crucial for such a survivalist flashlight. On the other hand the H52W is almost half the size, making it better for pocket EDC, and with the right battery can put almost five times as much lumens downrange with its 500 lumen high mode.

The Zebralight H52W makes very good use of its angle head and clip. Like the old Fulton MX991/U military flashlight, they can be clipped to webbing, straps or belts, keeping the reflector pointed forward. I used it recently attaching it to the neck of my t-shirt (the H52W is small and light enough to allow this) I can also clip it to my belt or front jeans pocket. The Zebralight H52W is actually intended to be headlamp so it includes a headstrap which is compact yet comfortable, turning it into a pretty good headlamp. The H52W uses a single AA battery. This is an important factor given that AA are one of the easiest batteries to come across. It can also run on lithium and li-ion batteries, considerably increasing its capabilities with the use of 3.7V14500 rechargable batteries. Many AA lights expressively forbid the use of 3.7V batteries and the few that do allow it often end up losing functions such as the lower lumen modes. Not the case here. The light includes yet another feature that is important for anyone carrying and using the light frequently as their EDC, a battery voltage indicator. Clicking it four times the LED blinks 1 to 4 times letting you know how much battery is left. Clicking three times you get the beacon and strobe mode, which you can select by double clicking. With 14500 it has a maximum output of 500 lumens. This runs for only one minute before dropping to 270 lumens to avoid overheating. The moonlight mode can be programed as low as 0,01 lumens which can supposedly run for 3 months.

The user interface of the H52W sounds tricky at first to say the least, but once you do get used to it, it becomes almost intuitive and fast to use. The light has low medium and high mode, and there’s a second sublevel mode for each which can be programed into two output modes or three in the case of the second low mode.

A short click turns the light on in high, either one of the high modes used last time. A double click turns the light on in medium mode (again, either one of the two used last) and one long click turns it on low. In any case pressing and holding cycles through low, medium and high and double clicking engages the sub level of each of those. After a few days, it was simple enough to double click so as to get an either brighter or dimmer light if either of the low medium or high mode wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. Again, sounds messy but you soon get the hang of it.

As much as I liked the H52W I couldn’t get over the fact that it simply wasn’t a multi battery flashlight like the Sidewinder Compact II… or was it? Out of pure curiosity I dropped a AAA in there and clicked the light. Surprisingly, it came to life. The light is clearly not intended to be used with AAA but the spring on the cap happens to be long enough to make contact. It is not very reliable. The small AAA moves out of contact easily but the point is it does work and using a bit of paper rolled around it to keep it centered in place would greatly improve the reliability.

The Zebralight H52W is now my EDC light. I know something better will eventually come along to replace it. Looking forward to that though, because if it does replace my Zebralight I know it will be one hell of an amazing flashlight.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

The Non-Preppers ‘Go Bag’

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The following article has been contributed by Matt, a preparedness expert currently residing down under in the beautiful country of Australia.

I want to start off this article by explaining my thought process behind it.
I want to explain why I think this is a good idea.
I want to explain why i think this is important.

I see bad people doing bad things in cities, cinemas, schools.
I see news reports of natural disasters.

I thought about all those people affected by terrible things that shouldn’t happen but are becoming increasingly common or possible.
I began thinking about someone sitting in an office building reviewing documents, typing on a computer at some desk in some cubicle or office.
I began thinking about the taxi driver driving the streets.

I thought about what would I do or need that might give me another chance to survive if I was in those situations.

The Scenario

I’m sitting at my desk on the fifth floor of some inner city office building.
BANG! Boom! The lights go out, the emergency lights come on, some alarm is going off, there’s dust and smoke everywhere. You realize your arm is bleeding quite profusely from some injury; the office floor looks intact from what you can see from the dust and smoke.
What do you do?

Most likely you will follow your company’s emergency procedures and evacuate?

But doing so from the fifth floor will be difficult as every other floor below you are smoke and dust filled with people everywhere coughing and rubbing their eyes.

In the end you make it outside to the awaiting emergency personnel. It took a while but you’re outside.

Is there anything I could’ve done to increase my chances of survival in this type of situation? What could possibly get me through the next minute or hour at its most relatively basic of levels if some sort of small, large or SHTF scenario takes place?

If this was me, my go to item would be a plain old little ‘bum bag’.

They’re referred to as fanny packs in the U.S. if I’m not mistaken. In Australia we call em’ bum bags!

In it would be the most basic of items that would be beneficial if the SHTF and I found myself clambering over rubble from an earthquake damaged building or bomb or some other SHTF scenario.

Take into consideration this is designed to be as simple as possible. Its deigned for those who might not know where to start in this thing we call prepping or who might find all the gear gizmos gadgets and articles confusing or too much.

Putting Together the Go Bag

Choosing your Bag

  • The point of this bum bag that I’m suggesting is that even if you wear a suit and have absolutely never thought about prepping before, something as unobtrusive and small as a bum bag won’t detract from your office décor or work clothes. It’s not a camouflaged 40lt hiking backpack sitting at the bottom of your mahogany bookshelf.
  • It sits in your desk drawer.
  • It sits in your locker.
  • It sits in the well of your car door or middle console or glove compartment.
  • If your employer is reasonably casual with your uniform and you can find use to wear it for your job you might as well get away with wearing it as part of your uniform.
  • A small waist pack, fanny pack or bum bag. It’s small. Its readily accessible being at the front and you do not have to swing it around like a backpack. Can’t get it around your waist? Try to find one that has the longest strap you can and sling it over your shoulder across the chest. We’re all different.
  • Space will be of an absolute premium so pack light, pack minimal, pack necessity. If you can fit more of one item then by all means go for it. I would try to include multiple first aid items.
  • If the SHTF and your typing away at your computer or driving a taxi, bang, SHTF!, you open your drawer or glove compartment and away you go with an increased chance of survival strapped to your waist hands free
  • One pocket two pocket, it doesn’t matter. So long as it has a big main compartment

First Aid

  • Either a secondary pouch in the main compartment or simply loose whatever works for you and the size of your bag
  • If the SHTF in an emergency I’m not going to worry about tweezering little splinters, in fact, with all the ruckus going on around me I’d probably realize I have something in my finger, hand or foot long after the incident so items like this will be left out. If you have room then include it.
  • My reasoning in having these specific items is based on quick, fast, go go go, I’m injured lets pad it stop the bleeding, dress it and keep moving, or doing the same for someone as I pass them, pad it stop the bleeding, dress it, pick them up and keep moving. Not let me remove the wood splinter from your finger while your arm has a hole in it.
  • 1 x bandages/pads for padding and pressure. Make the focus with this kit on stopping bleeding and perhaps burns, as more than likely splinters, mosquito bites, and grazed knuckles will be a distant second to open wounds, gunshot wounds, crush injuries and burns
  • 1 x bandages for dressing
  • 1 x triangle (sling) bandages, for putting arms in a sling amongst the numerous other uses they have or keep folded and use as a wound dressing as well
  • 1 x type of burn-aid or burn treatment gel or dressing
  • Several x Band-Aids
  • Several x steriswabs/Alco-swabs/antiseptic wipes
  • 1 x chap stick – these have a variety of uses
  • 1 x pair of rubbers gloves
  • backup personal medication
  • 2 x aspirin, anti-histamine or over the counter pain medications
  • 1 x shock blanket/emergency blanket/foil blanket

Safety

  • 1 x small roll of duct tape – you never know what this will save you from until you have it
  • 1 x dust mask: rubble, dust, allergens, burning materials giving off toxic smoke, a simple dust mask is better than no dust mask. Plain white masks usually sold in packs of 10 or more will do. Once again if space permits and you can fit something more quality perhaps with some sort of respirator then include it. If not fit as many dust masks in your pack as you can. Handing these out in emergency situations that may require this piece of equipment will be a benefit to peoples lungs
  • 1 x pair of clear safety goggles, preferably wrap around that will also prevent dust from getting into your eyes
  • 1 x torch – something small yet comfortable to hold, preferably a wrist strap
  • 1 x signal whistle, preferably with a lanyard
  • 1 x small roll of duct tape – you never know what this will save you from until you have it

Food

  • Food? You want to put food in your bum bag with everything else? Say I get trapped in an elevator or the stairwell. Or I’ve jumped out of my taxi to assist the people trapped by rubble and I’m slugging away for hours and have to sit down to recoup some energy. Or I find myself trapped by rubble.The point here is to keep it small and have at least one item.
  • 1 x muesli bar/energy bar/oat bar: something to give you just that little bit of sustenance to keep you going.
  • 1 x electrolyte pouches or tabs
  • some small candies, mints, jelly beans, something sugary
  • 1 x the smallest container of water you can find can be included. They make pouches of water, canned water, whatever is small enough to fit. If you cannot fit in your pouch then clip it to the pack. It might not be a bottle. It might be only a little tiny food grade container that is too small to actually quench your thirst.
    But you can wet your lips, moisten your throat, splash a little on your face, or face cloth. It’s there for you to survive that little bit longer

Assorted Contents: Room Permitting

(although bum bags are small you may be able to squeeze one or two extra items but in the end the size of the bag will dictate)

  • hi-vis vest or reflectors
  • tourniquets, if your first aid associations allow these
  • a bandana: you can wet it to put over your mouth for a fire, wipe your face down, clean an area, wipe away sweat, use as a wound dressing if you have nothing else
  • deck of cards
  • portable Powerbank: to recharge a phone if necessary
  • a couple of small glow sticks
  • small Multitool
  • seatbelt cutter
  • glass breaker/window punch
  • CPR face shield
  • 1-2 x Ziploc bags: great for carrying water, water/splash proofing items, storing severed fingers etc. (well that escalated quickly!)

Conclusion

Remember every quarter (three months) check the contents. So many people prep so hard yet fail to consistently check the contents until it’s too late. Oops the flashlight is flat and doesn’t work. The water tastes off. The energy bar has expired.
Check check check!

This article is for those who don’t know what paracord is, or what ‘prepping’ means.
This is for those who don’t own a single piece of camouflaged clothing or gear.
This is geared towards those people who want WIFI on holiday or those who simply say “whatever happens happens”.
I apologize if any of what I have written sounds a little insulting or degrading but in no way is that my intention.
For those that say “whatever will happen – will happen” that’s fine. You’re entitled to say that.

But are you the sort of person that when the SHTF and you’re driving past a collapsed building or working in an office and someone else needs help, are you the sort of person that stops what you’re doing, digs deep and rushes to help those in need? Do you pull over; get out of your taxi and rush to pull people out?
Do you manage to evacuate your building and are relatively unharmed but around you there are colleagues or others in need of help?
You may not need the contents of your ‘go bag’ in these sorts of situations but someone else might.

You may only have one wound dressing to pad and stop the bleeding of you or someone else.
You may only have one triangle bandage to sling the broken arm of you or someone else.
You may only have one shock thermal blanket for you or someone else.
You may only have one burn-aid or burn dressing for you or someone else.
You may only have a couple of antiseptic wipes or swabs for you or someone else, you’ve used the bandage on someone else, but a cleaned wound may be something so small a thing to do but you’ve decreased the risk of infection.

But you’ve made a difference. You’ve increased your chance of survival. You’ve given at least one other person a fighting chance.

I know there are people out there who don’t think about these things and yes, absolutely, we cannot go through our lives constantly thinking about all the possible bad things that could happen. We need to enjoy the life we are given either by ourselves or with loved ones.

But something so small, so unobtrusive, so easy to put in a desk drawer or car glove compartment, that you know is there, could actually save your life or someone else’s.

If you don’t need to help yourself, use it to help someone else.

Goodluck.

15 Different Key Chain Tools for Preppers

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I like having a couple key chain tools as part of my everyday carry gear because they’re very difficult to lose and impossible to forget if you want to go somewhere. In this video, Tim from Everyday Tactical Vids talks about 15 tools you should consider getting. For the full list of items and links […]

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Survival Footwear: Salomon Quest 4D Forces

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A bit disappointed with my Merrells (interior fabric broke in less than 6 months) but I have high hopes for my new Salomon Quest 4D Forces. Reviews are excellent, it’s often mentioned as one of the best choices in light hiking boots, usually along with Asolo Fugitive and Lowa Renegade II.The Quest are very comfortable, provide excellent support and although I haven’t used them nearly enough all reviews mention how durable they are.

What’s survival footwear by the way? Think of it this way: If your car breaks down and you have to walk a few miles back home. If there’s a disaster and there’s debris and broken glass to navigate through in your usually nice sidewalks, if you have no choice but to walk across uneven terrain or along paths and muddy trails to reach safety, if you have to stick with whatever’s on your feet right now for a few days or a few months. What would you rather have? If you think of it this way, you’ll be selecting what you wear with a different perspective and making the best of whatever dress code you have to work around.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

My Most Often Used EDC Items

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It seems like I’m constantly working on my every day carry (EDC) items lately, trying to come up with the optimum set of resources to carry on my person. One way I’ve done this is by  looking at my actual experiences with my EDC over the years. What items in my EDC have I used most often? Are there any items I haven’t used at all? Are there items I needed, but didn’t have on me?

Using those questions, I’ve come up with my list of actually useful EDC items, which I present here in no particular order:

Extra Cash.  Sometimes we need cash when we least expect it, and ATMs never seem to be nearby when we need one. I now carry some emergency cash on me, separate from my spending cash. Its not in my wallet, so I’m less tempted to spend it, thus saving it for a true emergency.

Quarters.  Lots of uses for quarters – drink & snack vending machines, pay phones (there are still a few around), change for the drive-thru, gas station air pumps, parking meters, car washes, car vacuums, coin laundries, stamp vending machines, and even the shopping carts at ALDI’s. I carry a couple of dollars in quarters in my pocket, and have another few dollars worth in the cup holder of my vehicle.

Swiss Army Knife.  I probably use my Swiss Army Knife (Hiker model) on a daily basis. Its a great high-quality pocket knife, and the screwdrivers come in handy quite often. I’ve even used the wood saw on occasion.

Leatherman Multi-Tool.  I don’t use it as often as my Swiss Army Knife, but it has come in useful on a number of occasions, especially the pliers. When I needed it, I was very glad to have it. The Leatherman Charge TTi is probably the ultimate multi-tool, but is a bit pricey. Either the Leatherman Rebar or SOG PowerAssist being my second, more affordable choice.

Aspirin.  I carry an individual first aid kit, but fortunately I haven’t really needed it. Except for the aspirin, which I use a few times a month.

Pocket Flashlight.  Another often-used EDC item is my pocket flashlight. I have several, but am still trying to find the “perfect” one, so I don’t have a recommendation yet. What I’m looking for is one small enough to carry comfortably in my pocket, yet bright enough to be really useful. I prefer two modes – low (8-10 lumens) and high (80+ lumens), with at least a 3 hour battery life on high. Any suggestions? Leave hem in the comments section below.

Cell Phone.  Nothing beats being able to communicate with others in an emergency.

Pen & Index Cards.  Useful for shopping lists, taking notes, leaving messages, and keeping up with appointments & contact information, I carry a small stack of index cards held together with a binder clip (a hipster PDA). Also a good pen.

Wet Ones Hand Wipes.  I use Wet Ones hand wipes almost daily.I keep two or three individually wrapped ones in the front pocket of my Maxpedition Micro Pocket organizer, which I mainly use as my individual first aid kit, and carry in my pants cargo pocket. I can easily slip one out when needed, then refill later that night.

Duct Tape.  Yes, I always carry a small roll of duct tape with me. And I have used it a number of times.

Gerber Shard Keychain tool – I use this nifty little pry-bar/bottle opener quite often. Well, at least the pry-bar part. I don’t think I;ve ever used it as a bottle-opener. Its small, but very useful for removing tacks and small nails, prying open paint cans, and even opening boxes – all those things you would be tempted to use your eys for, until you bend or break one!

Of course, everybody is different, with different circumstances, concerns, and needs. Your list of useful EDC items will probably be different then mine. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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My New EDC Knife: Review of the Benchmade 551BK-1 Folder

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Before I get into the actual review of the knife I really wanted to quickly provide some context and background about what knives I currently carry as an every-day carry knife and where this knife fits into that.

When it comes to daily carry there are two knives that I will choose on a regular basis, and depending on where I go that day determines which knife I ultimately carry with me.

The two knives are the Doug Ritter RSK MK1 (made by Benchmade) or the Hissatsu folder that I reviewed in a prior article that you can find here.

Why I switch off between these two knives is because of their differences in terms of utility. The Doug Ritter knife I used primarily for every-day carry in the rural town that I live in and if I visit the surrounding areas. It’s an excellent survival type knife and if you notice the blade profile pictured below (with it’s wide blade and drop point) it’s perfectly suited for survival types of activities like making bow drill sets, skinning animals, making primitive traps or simple carvings and even light splitting of smaller pieces of wood using the baton technique. All in all it’s very strong and is an excellent every-day carry survival knife.

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The downside to the Doug Ritter knife is that due to its wide profile, using it as a self-defense knife would be not ideal because it would be difficult to penetrate into someone — especially when encountering ribs or a threat who’s wearing heavy winter clothing or a leather jacket.

Compare that with the profile of the Hissatsu Folder whose primary purpose is for self defense and is clearly intended to for stabbing and penetration as seen by the blade profile in the following photo (As a side note, I was able to easily penetrate this knife into and through a wood board as you can see at the end of this video I put together):

hissatsu-folder

However, it functions poorly as a survival tool because of its steep blade angle, lack of drop point, and thick spine which prevents it from easily slicing into wood and overall, making bushcraft activities a difficult process.

Up until now, anytime I’m local or head into the bush, I have the Doug Ritter, and those times I’m heading into the city, or a strictly urban area, I will primarily carry the Hissatsu folder with me, which brings me to today’s review…

For the longest time now, I’ve been looking for a knife that could really serve both purposes — it would work great as a survival knife but at the same time you would have the proper blade profile to function as a self-defense tool.

Enter the Benchmade Griptilian 551BK-1 knife…

Review of the Benchmade Griptilian 551BK-1

Overview

Benchmade 551BK-1 Review

The Benchmade Griptilian 551BK-1 knife was designed by custom knife maker Mel Pardue.

Mel has been around the knife making seen for over 25 years now and is well known for his elegant style and his simplicity in design. He’s collaborated here with Benchmade to offer an excellent knife I’m happy to review for you guys.

Locking Mechanism

The locking mechanism of this folder leverages the proprietary Benchmade Axis Lock System.

You might be asking what the big deal about the Axis Lock System is and why you should care so let me just explain here for a little bit:

The fact is, locking mechanisms for folding knives have been and still are in many cases far from reliable.

Older designs like the lock back or the liner lock designs are some very common ones where the mechanisms don’t always keep the blade in the lock position. This can inadvertently lead the knife to fold back into one’s fingers as you’re gripping the knife’s handle

Bench made’s axis lock is a proprietary mechanism that is probably my favorite locking mechanism. It’s easy to use with one hand but also it’s completely ambidextrous if you happen to lose the functionality in one hand and are required to use the other.

Axis_Lock-System Benchmade

Here’s how it works: The lock is really a bar that’s under spring tension that slides back-and-forth along the track that is cut into the handles of the knife.

The butt end of the folding blade itself has a flat spot that allows the spring tension bar to lock into place when the knife is open.

To close the blade all you have to do is pull the bar backwards and then using one of the thumb studs (again these are on both sides allowing for ambidexterity) to fold the blade shut.

Opening the blade does not require any manipulation of the locking mechanism. All you need to do is manipulate the thumb studs like many other folders and open it that way.

See the following video for an example of closing and opening the 551BK-1 knife:

The Blade

551bk-1_blade

The blade is premier stainless steel that is been coated with a black non-reflective coating and a plain edge that lends itself to a large variety of every-day uses.

For you steel hounds out there who care about the details (like me), the steel has been upgraded from Benchmade’s current M390 steel to this CPM–20CV steel. The upgrade in steel offers better edge retention but it is not quite as tough to resharpen as the M390.

In all honesty I prefer the S30V steel that the Doug Ritter survival knife has over the 20CV steel because it has less carbon, is less prone to chipping and it’s all-around just a little bit tougher.

Still, with that being said, the blade profile ultimately what won me over to this knife.

If you compare the picture below between the Doug Ritter and the 551BK-1 you can see that it will perform a lot better as a self-defense tool due to it’s narrower profile but at the same time, still still work well as a survival tool.

Again now comparing it with the Hassatsu Folder, while it doesn’t have the extreme self-defense profile it is nonetheless a great midpoint between the two.

knife-comparison

The Handle

While the blade profile design is enough to sell me on this knife, the excellent handle was just icing on the cake which lead me to want this to be my every-day carry.

The handle features the well-known Griptilian diamond texturing for grip and comfort. Gray G10 forms the basis of the outer handle with blue G10 accidents inside. In addition there’s some partial stainless steel liner is to support and house the locking mechanism.

griptilian-grey

As with other Benchmade knives, the construction will provide for easy disassembly, cleaning, and overall maintenance.

As a side note, the combination of the handle size and locking mechanism lends itself well to working with gloves on during colder temperatures.

Price and Where to Buy

The retail price for this knife goes for $225 and can be found in most knife stores online. If you’d like to get a discounted price for this be sure to check out this knife at KnifeArt.com where you can purchase it currently for around $40 off the list price (these knives are popular and sell out quickly so be sure to get them while they’re still in stock).

Alphabet talk? Prepping Acronyms!

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Alphabet talk? Prepping Acronyms, what they mean. DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” Last week I am talking about in the event of TEOTWAWKI that we need to grab our BOB hop in the BOV and head to the BOL. We could be SOL if it is an EMP or GDE because our EDC will likely not … Continue reading Alphabet talk? Prepping Acronyms!

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7 Rules for carrying your EDC Firearm

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I regularly talk about EDC (Every Day Carry), and the importance of being armed. Being ready and prepared to defend yourself from the “wolves” of this world is something that everyone should be willing and able to do. Fortunately, I live in a state that allows its law abiding citizens to carry a weapon in […]

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Terror attack in Brussels: 5 things to learn from it

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Today we saw yet again another terror attack, this time in Brussels. A bomb in the airport, at the check in of American Airlines. Another bomb exploded in the subway, at rush hour.

These terror attack aren’t likely to stop any more than we are likely to stop the next mass shooting. As long our political leaders avoid making the harder choices, this will continue.

What can we do about it? Well, what we always do. Prepare.

A few things came to mind as I watched the images of today’s attack and it reminded me of other similar situations, other terror attacks or mass shootings.

1)Watching the footage of people walking out of those dark subway tunnels, I imagined how useful a good flashlight would have been. That’s why we carry an EDC light.

2)The smoke and debris after the explosion and people covering their faces, I was reminded of the importance of making your sun glasses also your safety glasses, capable of protecting your eyes like the Wiley X Revolvers I use all the time.

3)Particles in the air also make it difficult to breathe.  It also shows how useful a respirator would have been. Carry one in your EDC kit.

4)People with awful wounds and amputations due to the explosions, it was easy to see how people could have used a CAT tourniquet or Celox gauze.

5)While we shouldn’t live in fear because of terrorists, these attacks do occur in key cities such as nation capitals. Avoiding these greatly reduces your chances of becoming a terror attack victim.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

The Ancient Overlooked Survival Knife That’s Perfect For Everyday Carry

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Karambit

To me, one of the most intriguing intellectual exercises in preparedness is the question of every day carry (EDC) essentials. The question becomes, “If I suddenly found myself in a survival situation with nothing available beyond what is in my pockets, what should I have in them?”

We all know that we should have a couple of ways to start a fire (Bic lighter and a ferrocerium rod or Blast match are great choices), and that a hank of paracord in some form (mine is in a bracelet and braided into a key fob, made for me by my daughter) is useful. But in my estimation, a good knife is the backbone of a solid EDC kit. Here, the choices are limitless.

I have said before, and will undoubtedly say again, I am an aficionado of traditional forms. This holds true for me in the category of EDC knives, as in other areas. This having been said, I would like to offer up some thoughts on an often overlooked blade in the world of EDC, and that is the Karambit.

For the uninitiated, Karambits are the wickedly curved blades traditional to Indonesia. The curved design is based on the shape of a tiger’s claw, the tiger being revered in Indonesian culture. Thus, traditionally, the knife design had ceremonial significance as well as being an everyday tool and a last line of personal defense. In addition to this shape, a finger guard loop at the end of the handle is often a distinguishing feature of this type of knife.

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I have read different accounts of the Karambit’s evolution. One school of thought is that it is a progressively scaled-down version of larger fighting weapons, synonymous to the evolution of the dagger from the broad sword. The other school of thought is that it was designed as a tool rather than a weapon and that its martial uses were a natural outcropping of its form and functionality in conjunction with its wide availability at times when weapons became a necessity. As in many stories, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. In practical terms, suffice it to say that by whichever route, the Karambit has been the utilitarian knife of choice in Indonesia and surrounding areas, used by warriors for many hundreds of years. In effect, it has been EDC gear for a lot longer than the term has existed!

Image source: WikipediaThe Karambit today is probably best recognized for its adoption by many martial arts styles. It is well-suited as a weapon, but it is also very functional, too. I have found that the blade shape lends itself well to cutting rope and cord. The very fine point does a great job as an awl, and functions well for making holes in leather and other materials. I find it to be a very good whittling tool, for making stakes and skewers (anything of the “pointy stick” category), and for stripping smaller branches from larger ones or small tree trunks (useful in shelter building). The Karambit also excels at field dressing game.

The shape in general and the finger loop in particular make this a very safe knife to work with; your grip is always secure and it is easy to work the blade away from the body. Overall, it is an excellent all-around utility knife.

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As a personal defense weapon, it also has some very useful features.

The shape of the blade and the overall shape of the knife, in conjunction with the method of grip, make the weapon more difficult to see in the hand. In essence, you have a semi-concealed weapon even when it is drawn and ready for action. This can provide an advantage of surprise in a confrontation, and in some circumstances can permit you to anticipate an escalation of a situation without contributing to the escalation by actually presenting a weapon.

There are a wide range of Karambit on the market, from the economical to the very expensive. They come in folding and fixed blade models. My favorite general carry Karambit has become the M-Tech 8 inch with G10 scales. This blade falls on the very economical side of things and can be found for less than $20.

Everyday carry gear is a very personal matter, and is dictated to a high degree by lifestyle and profession. But if you are looking for a knife, consider a Karambit.

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Monday (Tuesday) Mania – 3.15.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Tuesday Mania: Every Day Carry: How Much is Too Much?, 40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms, Life on the Streets: 10 Lessons I Learned From the Homeless, How to Dress to Avoid Suspicion, Blend In During a Crisis: “Be a Grey Man”, Who Is a Threat To You? “Dangerous People to Avoid After … Continue reading Monday (Tuesday) Mania – 3.15.2016

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Survival Gear – Small tools for Big Tasks!

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Your bug out bag is the tool that keeps you alive during a crisis scenario and the survival gear you chose should have multiple uses, without adding extra weight. Bigger isn’t always better and all the tools you have shouldn’t break your back on the long haul. We are used to live by the “the … Read more…

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Two new EDC lights from SureFire

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SureFire is known as one of the most highly regarded brands in the tactical flashlight world. They are expensive but quality is outstanding. As good as their products are, many of Surefire products aren’t as exciting for flashlights fanatics, also known as flashaholics. There are several brands out there that are more affordable, offer good value and update their products more frequently to satisfy the demands of their lumen thirsty clients.
Surefire recently presented two new EDC lights that depart from their more classic line. Both are keychain lights, which is a category I’m always interested in. I firmly believe that what you have in your keychain is likely to be there when needed most, so I pay particular attention to that.

SureFire Titan Plus Ultra-Compact Dual-Output LED Keychain Light

SureFire Titan Plus $89.79

The Surefire Titan Plus is the one that really caught my attention. I droll all over a powerful AAA keychain light and this one is currently the brightest at 300 lumens for high (300 lumens / 1 hour), medium (75lumens / 2 hours) and low (15 lumens / 7 hours). Like the Sidekick, it has a proprietary faceted reflector (MaxVision Beam™) which creates a broad, smooth beam.

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Surefire Sidekick $78.99

 

 

The second one is a small keychain light called Surefire Sidekick. It has the form factor of a small square polymer remote control, multiple intensity outputs, Low (5 lumens / 45 hours), medium (60 lumens / 4 hours) and high (300 lumens / 1.25 hours). The nice thing about this light, besides its peculiar shape which departs from the traditional tubular form factors, is that that it uses a fixed battery rechargeable through a micro USB port. I favour replaceable batteries but I do like the micro USB recharging feature. Given how common these are I can see how someone would easily integrate this to their routine, recharging his EDC light just like they recharge their phone with no problem.
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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Best Multitool for Survivalists?

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For years I’ve adopted the same setup: My multitool on my right front pocket and a folder on the left front pocket. The folder is kept sharp, mostly intended for emergency use while the blade in my multitool is what gets used for most things for which a pocket knife is needed from opening wrappings, cutting cardboard, cutting food, cord and that long list of etceteras. For years this has worked for me extremely well. As years went by different items in my EDC have been upgraded. Flashlights seem to be the one thing that keeps improving the most and gets updated often. For years I carried a Cold Steel as my folder and still do on occasions, but mostly the folder in my left pocket has been updated to a Zero Tolerance 0630. It’s a rugged tactical folder that self deploys as it comes out of the pocket. That’s a speed advantage I like having.
Now, when it comes to the multitool, that has remained the same over time. I have tried others, but as years go by I still find the Leatherman Charge Tti to be the best multitool to have. I have tried others though, so here’s my top 3 list of best multitool:

Leatherman Sidekick & Wingman

Leatherman Sidekick Multitool $39.72

The Sidekick along with the Wingman have been Leatherman’s best-selling multitools. Truth be told it’s the Wingman the one that sells best. The Wingman has large scissors that can be accessed from the outside of the multitool just like the blade. A lot of people favour scissors, especially good solid ones. The Sidekick drops the scissors in favour of having a saw instead which I like better. Most things that can be cut with scissors can be cut with the knife. The saw on the other hand is harder to get by without when needed.
Are these top quality multitools? Not so much. They are great budget tools and for a 40USD limit they are the best you can find in the market, but the metal used is pretty thin. With moderate use, you can expect the tool to show signs of wear, more wiggling and play between its parts so don’t expect it to last as long as the more expensive tools offered by Leatherman. It’s a good thing that Leatherman offers such a good warranty because there’s a good chance that after some time of heavy use it may need some service.
Leatherman Wave

Leatherman Wave Multitool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath $84.80

Here’s were Leatherman shows what it’s capable of. The Leatherman Wave is a long time classic and often chosen by those that need a full size, hard use multitool. The choice of tools in it is very good. While made of folded metal, the steel used in the Wave is visibly thicker than the one used in the cheaper tools made by Leatherman. Even though it costs twice as much as the Leatherman Sidekick and Wingman, this is in my opinion the best bang per buck in multitools given the design, tools included, quality of construction and durability. Here’s a tool that will last you a lifetime and serve you well.
Leatherman Charge Tti

Leatherman Multi-Tool Charge TTi & Bit Kit $144.99

Best of the best. I haven’t found a MT that does so many things as well as the Leatherman Charge Tti. The charge is basically an upgraded Wave, which is already excellent. What the Charge improves on is on the steel used in the blade and the titanium handles. S30V is a premium steel, far superior to the 420C used in the Wave. While 420C is ok for a small folding knife, it is mediocre compared to the edge retention of premium steel like S30V. This may seem as a small detail since we all know that the importance of steel used in knives is often exaggerated. Having said that, the smaller the knife the greater the wear and the more important it is to have good steel, especially so in a small pocket knife that will see a lot of use and considerable wear. There’s where I’ll happily pay for good steel. A second trait I greatly appreciate of the Charge is the sculptured titanium handles. Having used both considerably, I can say the Charge is FAR more comfortable to use. For small jobs it’s not that big a deal, but when using pliers, the blade or screwdrivers for extended periods of time (say you’re putting together something from IKEA) the more comfortable handles does make a difference.
If you can afford it, this is the one you want for your EDC. It can take a lot of use, even a bit of abuse within a reasonable limit. Mine has served me well for many years of constant, daily use.
What about the Signal?


The Leatherman Signal could have been a great multitool but I find the design to be inferior to what Leatherman is generally capable of. Maybe it’s not Leatherman’s fault, but the consumers. It was the consumers that asked for a multitool… with a whistle… oh, and a firesteel! Gotta have a firesteel! Oh, and I need to sharpen my two inch blade pretty often when I’m out in the woods doing survival stuff. I can imagine the smart people over at Leatherman pulling this one together, very much like Homer Simpson’s brother’s company workers putting together “The Homer”, Homer’s dream car. So yes, that’s the Signal.
Problems with the Signal?
The blade. It sucks. Both regarding the lack of strong fine tip and that combo edge and the choice of steel. I wont have a 420C steel blade when I already have the far superior S30V in my Charge. Pliers are nice, but having replaceable steel inserts in my pliers won’t make my day. I’d rather have that 154CM steel in the blade thank you very much.
The plastic whistle, firesteel and sharpener look gimmicky. Any serious outdoorsman or survivalist will have a better whistle and better fire starter. Oh but its an emergency, your Signal is ALL you have. Well, then I also need clothes, boots, first aid kit, a flashlight and a long etc. Since you cant have it all, at least have good things of what you have. And if you’re going to integrate a whistle and firesteel, do it right, meaning a)without compromising the rest of the tools, which are why you carry a MT in the first place b)Give me quality items that are up to the standards of the rest of the tools in the MT. Don’t get me started on the sharpener. Useless waste of space which could have been used to improve the other tools. And by the way, if you can’t sharpen a knife with a smooth stone well enough then the multitool won’t help you anyway. I see why I would like to access the diamond file on my Wave or Charge to sharpen the knife, sure would be nice, but a simple cut on the existing file in the Wave and Charge with little else being changed would make that possible, all while leaving me a much useful tool. Very likely to get lost or disengage unintentionally? Sure, but not more likely than loosing the already useless sharpener in the Signal.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Occam’s Razor- Night Time Knock Load Out

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In reference to the problem I brought up yesterday. My simple solution is to just keep whatever pair of pants I am wearing by the bed with my G19 in a holster. Next to that, thanks to Meister’s advice is a pair of slip on shoes.

I will do some experimenting and maybe if I am happy with where this is going beef it up/ make a second set up just to have a dedicated kit by my bed. I would use a pair of 5.11 cargo type pants so I could put some trauma stuff in the big pockets and a light in the mag pouch. 

However for right now I have a solution and best of all it cost nothing.

8 Life-Saving Items Every Woman Should Have In Her Purse

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8 Life-Saving Items Every Woman Should Have In Her Purse

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Ladies, this is for you. When it comes to carrying survival items with you wherever you go, you’re extremely fortunate. You have an entire purse at your disposal to stash as many survival items as you want. In what follows I’m going to show you how to cleverly turn your purse into a solid everyday carry (EDC) kit which might even act as a get-home bag (GHB) due to the size.

Speaking of which, the first thing you need to have is…

A Bigger Purse

I won’t go into too much detail on what to get, but suffice to say that bigger is better, more are better and if you can get one with exterior pockets, you can keep a self-defense weapon there for quick access.

1. A mini first-aid kit

I’m sure you already have some sort of medicine inside your purse (for headaches, for instance). There are plenty of mini first-aid kits on the market but, if you want to save some money plus the joy of doing it yourself, even better. Band-Aids, ibuprofen, alcohol wipes, finger splints, antibiotic ointment, burn and trauma dressings – put all of these in a Ziploc bag to keep them waterproof and then inside an airtight plastic container to keep everything puncture-proof.

2. Keyring items

There’re quite a few mini-survival items you can have on your keychain and, as a lady, this is a lot easier because you can keep the whole thing inside your purse and not show. We men, the more items we add, the harder it is to conceal everything inside our pockets.

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Some of the items to consider for your EDC keychain: mini-flashlight, mini-multitool, a USB drive, a whistle, a lighter or even a striker.

The only downside is, you’re gonna have to pick all of these items up whenever you’re using your keys.

3. Self-defense weapons

Now I don’t know whether you like to conceal carry in your purse, so I’ll leave it up to you on what to add: a 9mm, a folding knife, pepper spray, a stun gun or a tactical pen. I would suggest you have at least a couple, just in case your attacker disarms you the first time.

4. Your cell phone

Everyone’s buying iPhones and Samsung Galaxies but have you ever heard about “rugged phones”? Some of the best such phones out there are the Galaxy Active, the Casio G’zOne Commando and the Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL Ultra Rugged IP-68.

And if you’d rather stick with your iPhone, that’s OK, too, provided you get a shock-absorbing case.

5. A multi-tool

8 Life-Saving Items Every Woman Should Have In Her Purse

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A good multi-tool can help you in numerous situations, including getting home or even bugging out if going home to get your bug-out bag isn’t an option.

You don’t need something as big as the Leatherman Wingman. The company famous for its multi-tools has smaller options such as the Micra Multi-tool or even the Squirt PS4 which you can attach to your keychain.

6. Shelter

Obviously, packing a tent or a tarp inside your purse is impossible but there are two good options out there. One is to get a smaller tarp, one that’s 5 feet x 7 feet, for instance. The other is to have a space blanket. Emergency blankets, though you can only use them once, are smaller and lighter.

7. Water purifier

Throw in a Paratroopers Water Purifier, a few water purification tablets and you’re good to go. Now, you could add a small bottle of water but then you’d have to carry it with you everywhere you go. Up to you.

8. Food

Energy bars, raisins, hard candy – those are all light and jam-packed with calories.

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You should also keep some cash on hand in case you need to get some food from vending machines.

Anything Else?

Sure. How about adding the following to your purse:

  • a few hair pins.
  • manicure scissors.
  • a pack of salt (use it as a self-defense weapon by throwing it into your attacker’s face).
  • chewing gum (can help relieve stress) when everything around you is falling apart.
  • a credit card knife (so you have a back-up self-defense weapon inside your wallet).
  • tinder (which needs to be kept inside a waterproof container)
  • an extra phone battery.
  • extra phone charger.
  • a whistle.
  • a bandana.
  • waterproof matches.
  • spare AA or AAA batteries (provided you have gadgets that use them).
  • Chapstick.
  • pen and paper.

So, can your purse make a good bug-out bag? I would say “no,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unable to bug out from your office directly to your bug-out location if needed. Maybe your home is in a restricted or inaccessible area or maybe it’s already down to the ground. Bugging out using only your EDC and get-home bag is a scenario I highly recommend you think about. Provided you won’t have to travel for days on foot, the items we talked about above are a good start.

And if you use your car every day to get to work, you can just keep adding stuff to your trunk instead of cramming them inside your purse. On the other hand, if you walk to work, reaching your bug-out location without going home first to get your bug-out bag is something you need to put some thought into.

What else would you put in a purse? Share your tips in the section below:

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