Paracord – NEVER leave home Without it!

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Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

NEVER! If there is one “miracle” survival product it is paracord. It can handle so many jobs, it can be packed efficiently, it can be used, reused, re-purposed, reconfigured, and depended upon in almost any situation, it is the friend-zone of materials – always there, always ready, expects (and gets) nothing in return.

No matter how many ways one lists to use paracord they will be as far short of all its uses as a politician is of getting something, anything done.

If you see a bug-out bag without paracord in it walk away, disown or unfriend the bags owner, and put some distance between you and them. At some point, they will be the comic-relief in the horror movie who surly gets eaten and you do not want to be in their “collateral damage” zone. You could try and correct their ways but this might take hundreds of years and cost millions of dollars, though, seeing that light bulb light up in their brain, realizing you may have, perhaps for the first time, made two of their contiguous brain cells work together, could be rewarding. Your call.

Cinching together lean-to or shelter materials, securing a Mylar blanket to a shelter to reflect back campfire heat and light and not depending on dumb luck and no wind to not bring things crashing down. And don’t get me started on “making stuff” – a belt, a bullwhip, a lanyard, a rifle sling, a monkey fist (ouch!), snowshoes, hammock, trap ring/snare (varmints roasting on an open fire), bow sling, bottle harness, knife handle, dog collar, survival donut (we LOVE efficiency), grab handles (for a vehicle, for bags, for water jugs, for panicking people), the list is endless.

Learn how to cut and cap it off properly with a lighter. As a sailor I like to also duct tape (aka combat tape, safety tape, field-medical tape, keep-grandma-in camp tape, and all its other names) the end but it really isn’t necessary for paracord, while it is for larger nylon ropes. If you do “duct tape” go for dull as opposed to shiny, though with the variety of colors available in both paracord and duct tape, one could get creative.

Is color important? Bright orange can easily be seen. A plus when taking down a camp, a negative if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. Black, or any of its variant, great for camouflage, not so great for taking down tree branches and such lashed together and used for a shelter, in the rain, in the dark, at midnight.

For the purist, I always recommend the Mil-Spec (C-5040H) for the tough jobs as you usually don’t need a lot, the price difference isn’t that big, and you know what you are getting, if you read the spec. Also, the 4 simple visual tests to verify Mil-Spec are easy to perform. Cut off an end, and push back the sheath and count 7, 8, or 9 inner strands. Good. Less than 7, not Mil-Spec. On the inner strands unravel one, if it is NOT 3 strands wound together it is not Mil-Spec. If the inner strand is NOT even twisted strands then again, not Mil-Spec. Finally, if one of the inner strands is not colored, it is not Mil-Spec. These colored ID strands, called “Manufacturer’s ID Strand” are required and a registered marker of compliance.

Just one more point, I said I was a purist, but I am also rational to a fault, so, to be clear, 550 Type III Commercial Nylon Paracord, not Mil-Spec, is an excellent product. It is excellent for building all the things mentioned above, and readily available from multiple sources and it will meet all your needs. This is rated with a tensile strength of 550 pounds, so unless you are trying to air-lift Michael Moore out of Krispy Kreme, you are good!

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Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter Review

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I was sent this Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen for review and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. For starters, it came well protected in a foam case: And here’s the pen outside the package for a better view: I can say that when I first grabbed the pen it … Continue reading “Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter Review”

Liberty I – Stealth Survival Weapon

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

When it comes to being prepared for disasters great or small, readers of this blog know I like to have different options. That isn’t to say that I roll out of my house with 3 different kinds of each piece of gear on me and 5 others in the pack in the trunk, but I do have more than one way to skin a cat so to speak. For food, I have different types of food stored and methods of producing my own food. For water, I have stored water plus many different filtration options and methods to obtain more. When it comes to security, I have plenty of options there as well.

Most of the articles I have written on the Prepper Journal look at security from the perspective of defense as in when you have bad things happening, bad people usually try to take advantage of the situation. My recommendation for most scenarios like this is to have firearms to defend yourself. They also have the added advantage of being able to be used to acquire food if you are lucky enough, but they aren’t without their disadvantages too.

Weapons need ammo, they need regular maintenance and cleaning and they aren’t quiet. Yes, you can mitigate these points to varying degrees by stockpiling supplies but even if you have a warehouse full of weapons and supplies that doesn’t guaranty this approach will work for you. Another huge issue is that for a lot of people, owning a firearm just isn’t realistic or possible due to where they live or personal issues. What is the option for security in that type of situation?

Alternative Survival Weapon

“My intent was to create a very small, lightweight hunting package,” says Howard Winther, the bow’s designer and manufacturer. “I wanted a bow that I could hook onto my backpack and not even feel it as I hiked along. I was looking for a bow that would fit into the corner of my car truck and carry anywhere.”

“My intent was to create a very small, lightweight hunting package,” says Howard Winther, the bow’s designer and manufacturer. “I wanted a bow that I could hook onto my backpack and not even feel it as I hiked along. I was looking for a bow that would fit into the corner of my car truck and carry anywhere.”

You can always go caveman and build your own homemade weapon in a pinch or you could embrace your inner Katniss Everdeen and look toward archery. I haven’t shot a bow since I was a little kid but when Howard Winther of Liberty Archery reached out to me to try out his Liberty I bow I was very intrigued.

I have long admired the skill archers have of taking down large game with accuracy and stealth, but I never had the time to take up the hobby. I sure would have appreciated getting out to the woods during deer season much sooner, but I was content to wait for black powder or rifle season. Bows are very common in hunting circles, but would they also make a good prepper option for a survival weapon?

The Liberty I Bow is unique in a few ways that make it worth a second look.

  • Compact – The bow itself is only 20.5″ axle to-axle* which makes it almost half the height of many traditional compound bows. Also makes this easier to hide.
  • Light – 2.3 pounds will reduce fatigue and makes this friendlier to smaller framed people.
  • Fast – 338 feet per second with Liberty Arrows.
  • Powerful – The Liberty 1 is a proven winner at taking down larger game than you will ever see running around North America, unless the zoos empty out.

Joerg from the Slingshot channel gave this bow a nice review below with some velocity measuring equipment I don’t have.

How does the Liberty I apply to Preppers?

“My intent was to create a very small, lightweight hunting package,” says Howard Winther, the bow’s designer and manufacturer. “I wanted a bow that I could hook onto my backpack and not even feel it as I hiked along. I was looking for a bow that would fit into the corner of my car truck and carry anywhere.”

There are likely some of you out there saying, of course! Who wouldn’t think of a bow as a survival weapon, I mean people for eons have been using them. I do get that, but I wonder if they aren’t second down on the list behind a firearm in the eyes of most preppers. Getting back to my first point about having options – a bow can be a tremendous prepper weapon in a few different ways:

Stealth – There isn’t a market for archery silencers is there? Well, technically there are string silencers but even the noisiest bow isn’t going to be heard more than 25 feet away. Say you decide that you are bugging out to the woods if disaster strikes. I maintain that you won’t be alone and this fact will mean that hunting for the food you need to protect your family is going to be more difficult. Wouldn’t you rather take down a deer with a quiet bow as opposed to any rifle you have?

Peep Site on the Liberty I

Peep Site on the Liberty I

Reloading/Reusability – Yes, you can make your own arrows too just like you can make your own bullets. Granted, there are different supplies and skill sets needed but it is just as viable a method as any. If that approach doesn’t work for you, there is always the possibility of making your own arrows from scratch. Additionally, if you don’t break an arrow, they can be reused again and again.

Legal Issues – Do you need a background check to purchase a bow? Nope! Do they register you in a database when you do purchase a bow? Nope!

Concealabilty – This one might be a stretch but with the Liberty 1’s compact size you will have more options with where to conceal this weapon should you need to keep it away from anyone’s attention. It’s so light you can throw it up in a drop ceiling tile and diminutive enough to hide behind your back if you don’t have the quiver attached. Additionally, it’s smaller size will make it easier to shoot from the ground. You can easily shoot this while sitting down because the bow’s short overall height won’t get in the way.

Shooting the Liberty 1

People seem to think you can pick up any weapon and become proficient in its accurate use in minutes. I know I have a lot of practice yet before I will head out into the woods and try to bring home dinner but the bow feels great in my hands. The pull is steady but when you reach the end, the pressure releases almost completely and maintaining a steady hold is simple and effortless.

No. A bag of pine shavings is not a suitable backstop for an arrow. Fortunately, I had a big tree behind it.

No. A bag of pine shavings is not a suitable backstop for an arrow. Fortunately, I had a big tree behind it.

I tried to save a buck by not getting a proper target but quickly learned that a bag of chicken bedding does not stop an arrow traveling over 300 feet per second. Lesson learned and I still need much more practice, practice, practice.

When I received my Liberty I, Howard insisted we talk on the phone so he could go over a few things with me and answer any questions I had. He was incredibly patient and helpful and I understand he does this for each customer he has. If you are looking for options, I suggest looking at the Liberty I from Liberty Archery.

 

 

 

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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!

 

Cold Steel Broken Skull Review

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Cold Steel Broken Skull Review: Old School Cool The Cold Steel Broken Skull has a few old school touches that hearken back to simpler time in the knife industry. It’s classic clip point blade and easy to use Triad Lock are things that I appreciate. It seems to me like a modern iteration of the […]

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The Honcho Poncho: Prepper Gear Review

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Matt “Papa Bear” Wooddell. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.


The words “poncho liner” resonate deeply with anyone who has ever been a Soldier or Marine. This light, warm, compressible, somewhat water repellant, and quick drying piece of gear has been indispensable equipment for Soldiers and Marines both at home and while deployed. When I was on active duty, it seemed that no one ever went anywhere without the poncho and poncho liner, even if it was just across the street. Anyone who has ever been caught in the field overnight, wet, and cold can tell you the poncho liner has quite literally saved their life. But is it really a poncho liner? I mean can a person actually line their poncho with it? Or is it just a great blanket?

A great man named Ranger Rick Tscherne, some years ago, suggested taking a 100 inch sleeping bag zipper and sewing it along the bottom and side of the poncho liner. This man was a genius! I did this to my poncho liner while I was in the Army. I had to buy another poncho liner from clothing and sales for TA-50 inspections but I always took my poncho liner with the zipper to the field and on every deployment. This new sleeping bag poncho liner was so wonderful but I still thought about why it was called a poncho liner. It didn’t fit under the poncho or attach to it readily and it couldn’t be easily worn under the poncho.

Finally, someone has made my dream a reality! A company called Cascade Designs carries a piece of equipment by Thermarest called the Honcho Poncho and it is amazing. This thing is what I have needed in my kit for years. It has helped reduce the space in my bug out bag and has a ton of applications. It is wearable like the poncho, over the head, insulated and very warm. It is waterproof by itself, without needing to wear another poncho over it. It is compressible and packable like the original poncho liner. It has snap buttons on the sides to snap it up to make it into a light sleeping bag. It comes in yellow or blue. I have the blue. It is dull enough to be acceptable in the woods and it doesn’t make me look like I’m wearing a piece of tactical equipment either.

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The Honcho Poncho is waterproof by itself, without needing to wear another poncho over it. It is compressible and packable like the original poncho liner.

I always dress for the weather. You will never catch me leaving the house in December wearing only a sport coat. If you ever did see me dressed like that, I would be carrying my real coat to the car with my free hand. Where I live, there can be a 40 degree difference in the daily high and low temps in the spring and fall and -20 for days on end during the winter. So, much of my kit revolves around staying warm and dry. Just like when I was in the service, I always have my poncho and poncho liner in my bag, although now I keep the Honcho Poncho in my kit instead of the regular poncho liner.  I’m all about layering to keep warm and dry. If already wearing a coat, the Honcho Poncho is plenty to layer over it when the temp drops, the wind picks up, and it starts sleeting. For sleeping, it works great snapped together inside of a Sea to Summit reactor sleeping bag liner inside of a SOL OD green escape bivvy off of the cold ground. I’m all about the layers. The Honcho Poncho helps to keep my bag  and versatile.hp1

The price seemed steep at $130 but I hadn’t seen anything even close to this quality anywhere else. Because of the price, I wrestled with the idea of purchasing it for about two days. I was able to get a 15% off first purchase coupon by signing up for the retailers email list. I was fine with that. After all, I could always ignore, delete, or unsubscribe later. That extra savings coupon convinced me to make the buy. I am glad I did! I am frugal. I compare the cost, quality, and value of everything I buy.  That being said, I am glad I shelled out the money for this purchase. I have encouraged other people I know to buy one too.

This idea for the Honcho Poncho is not exactly new. Persons having traveled south of the border may see a resemblance to clothing like the cobija blanket or Mexican hooded wool poncho. The idea is the same. The wearer can bundle up in it when it is cold or for a siesta, leave it open or throw it over one shoulder in the heat of the day. One thing noticeable about the Honcho Poncho is that it is light weight. The shell material is similar to a light nylon in appearance. So, it will snag and could tear on stuff like barbed wire, thorns, and etc. The weakness of the exterior shell can be mitigated effectively by wearing a regular poncho over top of it and using it as (you guessed it) a poncho liner. A person would not want to wear a Honcho Poncho while doing something like breaching a mined wire obstacle or entering and clearing a trench. It is likely to be torn on concertina wire ruining your poncho and snagging you in the process. For a hike after putting your car in a snow bank, for campfires, and regular prepper uses, it will work just fine. If traversing stretches of thick woods, I would suggest putting a regular poncho over top of it to protect it from snagging on thorns, briars, and branch tips.

Even though I recommend against wearing it to breach mined wire obstacles doesn’t mean there are no good tacticool or SHTF uses for the Honcho Poncho. One of the great advantages of using it is the wearer’s ability to easily access weapons in the belt line without impedance. One catch about carrying a concealed weapon in the winter time is that the coat or jacket is another layer of clothing between accessing and presenting your weapon. No matter how fast or trained you are, more layers of clothing means that it takes longer to get a concealed weapon into action. During a surprise attack, speed in response is vital to defense. The unsnapped Honcho Poncho is much less of an obstacle than a zipped coat when retrieving a weapon from the waist line, whether the weapon is concealed inside the waist band or carried outside the pants on the belt. Another consideration if you are carrying a weapon or some type of load bearing or duty belt outside of your coat is that it can earn you extra attention you may not want. In the event of TEOTWAWKI and SHTF and total WROL you may not care about open carrying a weapon but how often does TEOTWAWKI and SHTF and total WROL happen? It’s easier to be unnoticed when carrying a weapon, even outside the pants with your poncho covering it, as long as you are a legal and licensed concealed weapon carrier of course. Another great application for the Honcho Poncho is for the prepper who keeps a ready to go shooters belt or duty belt with their kit. Instead of buckling it over your coat, put on the gear belt, wear your Honcho Poncho over it and your armed and incognito.

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To sum it all up: it’s a great piece of kit with many uses. It can be used as a sleeping bag, a poncho, an over coat, and to conceal weapons. It is lightweight, warm and compressible so you can put it in a stuff sack and squash it down. It is water proof all by itself without need for an additional poncho. It is wonderful as a warm layer over another lighter jacket. It’s perfect for sitting around a campfire also. It comes in yellow, and a nice blue color with OD green to be coming soon.  Now that I have this, I do not carry my old poncho liner in my get home bag anymore. I still keep my poncho liner in my camping gear, as it is an excellent camping and hunting companion.

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Winter Clothing Guide: How to Dress Warm – For Cold Weather

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Well, I don’t know about you, but I hate freezing my butt off when it’s cold outside! Now add a worst-case scenario, and you could DIE out there, so it’s important to know how to dress for extended exposure to the frigid cold. Fortunately, it isn’t as hard as it might seem… especially with the addition of new clothing technology and a common sense approach.

Here’s How It Works..

Your body is a furnace that continuously generates surplus heat (when it is working properly), so all we need to do is use scaleable layers of the right clothing to PRESERVE the heat your body creates and maintain a comfortable micro-climate between your skin and outer layers of clothing- adding layers when you get cold and removing layers when you get too warm.

Layer #1: Sub Base Layer

Winter Clothing Kit

Sub-Base Layer Moves Moisture Away from Your Body

I’ve found that a snug pair of briefs and a long sleeve or sleeveless top made of nylon or polyester that is breathable, dries quick and pulls sweat away from your body works great. Short sleeve shirts tend to bunch up and be uncomfortable under thermals.

Under Armour and Exofficio brands are durable and have worked well for me and are great for year-round use, travel and bug-out bags because they wash out easily and dry quickly and can be reused without laundering.

Both brands make great sub-base layer products for the ladies,too.
Under Armour – Boxer Brief:
http://tinyurl.com/Boxer-Brief-WCK

Under Armour – Sleeveless Shirt:
http://tinyurl.com/UA-Shirt-WCK

Exofficio Briefs:
http://tinyurl.com/Exofficio-Brief-WCK

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Cotton Retains Moisture that Can Dangerously Lower Your Core Temperature

Cotton Clothing Warning

Cotton clothing is terrible for active extended exposure to the cold. Why? Because when you sweat or get wet from snow or rain, cotton absorbs moisture, loses its insulating properties and draws heat from your body instead of retaining it.

That’s bad news…
AND a sure fire recipe for hypothermia!

 Merino Wool is Best - It's NOT Scratchy and Keeps You Warm - Even When Wet

Merino Wool is Best – It’s NOT Scratchy and Keeps You Warm – Even When Wet

NEXT Up… We Need Socks… Wool Socks

AND not just any wool socks… I prefer Merino Wool Socks.

Merino wool is warm and softer than other wools so it’s NOT scratchy…. I hate scratchy wool!

Plus Merino wool is tough, wicks moisture, is breathable and naturally elastic, so my socks stay up in my boots.

 

Layer #2: Base Layer

We used to call these Long Johns or Thermals… NOT anymore.

Long sleeve top and bottoms made out of breathable yet insulating polyester like my PolarMax Base Layer are lightweight, roomy, warm and comfortable down to almost zero degrees Fahrenheit. But for extreme cold, I pull out my military issue polypropylene thermal top and bottoms.

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Your Base Layer is Essential to the Whole Equation of Staying Warm on the Coldest Days

Extreme Cold Base – Top:
http://tinyurl.com/Extreme-Base-Top-WCK

Extreme Cold Base – Bottom:
http://tinyurl.com/E-Base-Bottom-WCK

PolarMax – Double Base – Top:
http://tinyurl.com/PolarMax-Top-WCK

PolarMax – Double Base – Bottom:
http://tinyurl.com/PolarMax-Bottom-WCK

Heavyweight Merino Wool Base Layer:
http://tinyurl.com/Extreme-Base-CWC

Now We Need Some Pants…

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Wool or a 60%+ Polyester Blend Works Great – But I Prefer Wool

Durable, water and wind repelling pants made of wool or at least 60% polyester work great.

5.11 or Proper Tactical pants work really well over your base layer… but for extreme cold it’s hard to beat my military surplus winter wool trousers. Oh yeah!!!

And don’t forget your belt and multi-tool.

60% + Poly – Tactical Pants:
http://tinyurl.com/Tactical-Pants-WCK

Surplus Wool Pants:
http://tinyurl.com/Wool-Pants-WCV

Fleece Lined Pants:
http://tinyurl.com/Fleece-Lined-Pants

Paracord Belt:
http://tinyurl.com/Paracord-Belt-WCK

Multi-Tool:
http://tinyurl.com/Multi-Tool-WCK

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Layer #3: Core Layer

For tops, I layer two 100% poly fleece pullover shirts… a thinner one closer to my body and then a thicker one on top. And tops with 1/4 zippers on the front are helpful for regulating heat.

Fleece Pullover – Light:
http://tinyurl.com/Fleece-Shirt-WCK

Fleece Pullover – Heavy:
http://tinyurl.com/Fleece-Pullover-WCK

Keep ‘Em Loose
Make sure your core layers are NOT too tight because what really keeps you warm is having pockets of warm air between each clothing layer.

Layer #4: The Outer Shell

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A tough, insulated, water and wind repelling jacket is what you need.

For moderately cold temperatures, my tactical softshell jacket with hood works great and is very durable.

BUT when the temperature goes south of freezing I’m wearing a jacket with an outer shell that is highly water resistant and totally blocks the wind. Your coat must be well insulated to keep your core heat in and I think a hood is essential.

For extreme cold… nothing beats a down parka.

Tactical Jacket:
http://tinyurl.com/Tactical-Jacket-WCK

Free Country Insulated Jacket:
http://tinyurl.com/WP-Jacket-WCK

Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System – Coat
http://tinyurl.com/Mil-Tec-ECWCS-Jacket

Down Parka:
http://tinyurl.com/Parka-WCK

How About Ski Pants?
Although ski or 100% polyester pants may seem like a good idea, they can be pricey and also run the risk of melting when they come in contact with a spark or flame.

Winter Clothing KitBONUS Tip – How to Become Waterproof
To add a tough, scaleable, wind and waterproof outer shell for extreme weather protection… I recommend the Helly Hansen Impertech Jacket and Pants… just make sure you size them large enough to fit over all your winter clothing.

Helly Hansen Impertech – Rain Jacket:
http://tinyurl.com/HH-Jacket-WCK

Helly Hansen Impertech – Rain Pants:
http://tinyurl.com/HH-Pants-WCK

Boots
To keep your feet happy, I recommend comfortable, rugged, insulated, waterproof boots, that are not super bulky.

Winter Clothing KitThey need to keep your feet warm and dry and be able to stand up to hard extended wear if needed.

My current favorite all purpose winter boots are my Rocky Men’s Core Hunting Boots with 800 grams of Thinsulate… They are tough, warm, waterproof and SUPER comfortable to wear all day… but there’s a lot of choices out there… so you’ll have to try some boots on and find what works best for you.

NOW for your Feet Neck, Head and Hands…

Neckwear
Now around my neck I usually wear a polyester BUFF headwear scarf as a base layer to wick moisture and add a layer of cold resistance… Winter Clothing KitAnd then as an outer layer I add either a polyester neck warmer – like my vintage turtle fur… or a Shemagh Scarf Wrap.

Both are good options… but the Shemagh is my favorite due to the many ways it can be wrapped and used for neck, face and head protection… the downside is that the Shemagh is made of cotton… so it will be useless if it gets soaked.

BUFF Neck Wool Base Layer:
http://tinyurl.com/Buff-Neck-Base

Shemagh Scarf:
http://tinyurl.com/Shemagh-WCK

Neck Fleece:
http://tinyurl.com/Neck-Fleece

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Goofy Looking and Ridiculously Warm, this Natural Sheep Skin “Bomber” Hat is What Rides on My Head on the Coldest of Days. Nothing Else Even Comes Close

Headwear
Next… You gotta… Cover your head…

As a base layer for keeping the old NOGGIN’ warm, I recommend a simple fleece watch cap in addition to your insulated coat hood. Together they will offer scaleable protection from the cold and wind.

But for extreme cold… nothing beats my sheepskin bomber style hat.

Fleece – Cap:
http://tinyurl.com/Watch-Cap-WCK

Bomber / Trapper Hat
http://tinyurl.com/Bomber-Trapper-Hat

Winter Clothing KitGloves
Last, but not least, we need some tough and warm, water-resistant gloves. For maximum warmth, I can’t find anything better than a durable pair of insulated mittens, but for a versatile, glove made to work AND keep your hands warm, the Carharts Insulated Work Gloves are worth a look. I’ve been really pleased with them so far.

Carhartt Cold Snap Gloves:
http://tinyurl.com/Carhartt-Gloves

Leather Mittens:
http://tinyurl.com/Mittens-WCK

Winter Clothing Kit

Sun Glasses


One last final touch are sunglasses to protect your eyes from light reflecting off the snow and from bitter winds. I prefer tactical shooting glasses that provide maximum coverage.

So, there you have it… a simple, scaleable system that can keep you warm if you ever have to survival in the cold. Be Prepared and Stay Safe! ~David

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HERE’s a Bonus List of Arctic and EXTREME Cold Clothing Upgrades to ADD to Your Standard Cold Weather Clothing Kit:
http://tinyurl.com/Extreme-Base-Top-WCK

Extreme Cold Base – Bottom:
http://tinyurl.com/E-Base-Bottom-WCK

Bomber / Trapper Hat
http://tinyurl.com/Bomber-Trapper-Hat

Heavyweight Merino Wool Base Layer:
http://tinyurl.com/Extreme-Base-CWC

Muckluck Boots – Military Surplus (Don’t forget the liners):
http://tinyurl.com/Muckluck-Boots-WSC

Baffin Arctic Boots:
http://tinyurl.com/Baffin-Arctic-Boots

Balaclava – Extreme Face and Head Protection:
http://tinyurl.com/Extreme-Face-Prote…

Arctic Mittens:
http://tinyurl.com/Arctic-Mittens

Arctic Expedition Parka:
http://tinyurl.com/Expedition-Parka

Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System – Coat
http://tinyurl.com/Mil-Tec-ECWCS-Jacket

Arctic Expedition Pants
http://tinyurl.com/Expedition-Pants

Anti-Fog Snow Goggles:
http://tinyurl.com/Anti-Fog-Goggles

DIY – 14 lb – Bug Out Bag – Survival Kit – Get Home Bag

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Everyone needs a versatile, portable Bug Out Bag to throw in a vehicle, everyday carry or grab to “get out of Dodge” on a moments notice.

So after months of testing and research, I came up with this base Bug Out Bag kit that you can assemble and customize to meet your needs.

It’s only 14 lbs (or 6.3kg) and contains the core gear that can form the essential foundation of any bug out bag you build… and should help you get through a 72 hour crisis with ease.

Here’s What’s in this Kit (click each item for more info):

UTG Tactical Messenger Sling Bag

Tactical Sunglasses

Kleen Kanteen 40 oz. Single Walled Water Container

Coast HX5 130 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

Sabre Pepper Gel

Leather Work Gloves

Shemagh Tactical Scarf

GSI Stainless Steel Cup

Scouring Pad

SOL Escape Breathable Bivy

MSR Dromedary Hydration Bag – 4 liter

SOL 2 – Man Emergency Bivy

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

55 Gallon 3mil Trash Bags

42 Gallon 3 mil Trash Bags

Mora Companion Knife

Best Glide Ultimate Adventurer Survival Kit

Duct Tape

Schrade Compact Pocket Carry Diamond Sharpener

MRE – Meals Ready to Eat

Kind Bars

Earl Grey Tea

Titan Type III Paracord

Monocular 10x Tasco

Regular Bandana

Survival Bandana

Coleman Biowipes – 30 Count

Bear Grylls Headlamp

Silky Pocket Boy Folding Saw

Silva Compass

Sharpie Fine Marker

Esse Navigation Cards

Compass Holder Neck Lanyard

Neck Lanyard ID and Money Holder

Pistol Sock

Pocket Preditor Slingshot

.38 Caliber Slingshot Ammo

UPGRADES:

Condor Urban Go Bag – Backpack

Snugpak Stratosphere One Person Breathable Bivy

Snugpak Jungle Bag

David’s Personal Outdoor Gear (from this video):

Cool Guide Hat

Tactical Jacket

Rough / Tough Pants

Gore-Tex 9″ ICS Waterproof Boots

Benchmade 940 Review : Gentleman’s Tactical

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Benchmade 940 Review The Benchmade 940 has been a Grail knife of mine for a few years now. Something about the knife just speaks to me and when I finally got one in my hands I wasn’t disappointed. The Benchmade 940 was the brain child of late knife designer Warren Osbourne and since it’s release […]

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Interview with Prepper Children’s Author Benjamin Ellefson

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Benjamin Ellefson is a prepper who writes children’s books with themes of preparedness and survivalism. He is the author of the award-winning book The Land without Color and its upcoming sequel The Great Sugar War. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Benjamin and ask him a few questions.

How did you get involved in prepping?

I always loved the outdoors as a child. Some of my favorite memories were running through the woods at summer camp and canoeing down the Brule river in north Minnesota.

Fiction for younger readers with a Prepping message.

Fiction for younger readers with a Prepping message.

When I grew up, I got distracted with the corporate world of making money to provide for my wife and four young daughters. But when I experienced my first disaster in life when I got divorced, I returned to my love of the outdoors to cope.

That is when I discovered the prepping and survival community online. Still in the midst of my personal disaster, I instantly identified and understood the need for disaster preparedness. I started my food storage, every day carry, and research into learning new survival skills.

What motivates you as a prepper?

The economy. In my research learning about preparedness, I discovered the horror that is The Federal Reserve. And how the economy is a house of cards waiting to fall over with the slightest tremor. Ever since then, I keep a keen eye on the economy and politics trying to anticipate impending disasters. And everything I see this election cycle does not make me optimistic.

The other thing that motivates me are my daughters. As a father, I have the awesome responsibility to care for and raise four beautiful girls. Making sure they stay safe and healthy through any disaster is my top priority. While I am ensuring I have plenty of preps for them, I love to teach them how to be self-reliant and self-sufficient.

What do you think the most important aspect of prepping is?

I think the most important aspect of prepping is being mentally prepared. Most people in society are sheeple caught up in normalcy bias. They are asleep thinking nothing bad can ever happen. Or if something bad does happen, that government will just come and fix it.

These are the people who will be frozen in shock when a true disaster hits. Not only have they not gathered any preps ahead of time, but they not act in the beginning of any disaster because of their confidence for everything to just be OK.

Being aware of potential disasters and mentally prepared give you a leg up whenever anything goes wrong. Not only will this naturally lead to storing preps and learning skills ahead of time, but it will prevent the deer in the headlights reaction when it truly counts.

What is your favorite prepper novel?

Lights Out by HalfFast. It is an amazing novel the follows a family and neighborhood during a nationwide EMP strike and the aftermath. I loved the character and the evolution of events and non-preppers wake up to the disaster and fight to survive. The story is realistic and has plenty of page-turning excitement.

When did you begin writing stories with prepping themes?

I started writing back in 2012 after watching the documentary The Secret of Oz. It is an amazing movie about the symbolism behind the classic book The Wizard of Oz. I had seen the movie so many times, but never realized the deeper messages behind it.

This inspired me and my head started filling with fantasy ideas incorporating all of the prepping ideas that I was learning at the time. Soon I had an outline and a rough draft. Ever since then, I’ve been a writing maniac.

Why do you write children’s stories?

I love fantasy adventures. As a father of four daughters, I was disappointed to find that most survival or prepping themed books were geared towards adults.

benjaminellefsonSo I decided to write novels that could be consumed by and loved by young children. But at the same time be universal in their appeal with greater ideas and subtle messages that would be enjoyed by adults. The Wizard of Oz and the Phantom Tollbooth were my templates and greatest influences in writing my first novel The Land without Color. It worked so well that I used the template I created in that book for its two sequels.

What are some of the prepping themes in your novel?

The Land without Color is filled with many prepping themes. The story followed Alvin as he gets a pocketknife for his birthday. As he sets out on an adventure in a fantastic, colorless world, he uses his every day carry pocketknife to escape from many situations.

His sidekick is a squirrel named Permy who has a vast array of preps buried around the kingdom in little acorn pails. This reinforces the importance and idea of storing food and items.

There any many other themes and ideas that any prepper will love, but I won’t spoil them all now.

Do you have any additional novels in the works?

I do. The Land without Color is the first in a trilogy. The second book The Great Sugar War is finished and almost ready for print. I’ve got a Kickstarter campaign that is live now where people can pre-order the book for less than the retail price with free shipping.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ellefsonbooks/the-great-sugar-war

The Great Sugar War will be out in early December. The third book in the series is written and currently being illustrated. It should be available in December 2017.

I have also started writing a new seven-book series filled with preparedness themes. I am very excited about it and think it will be well received.

Where can prepper readers find you?

The best place to find me is on my author website http://www.benjaminellefson.com. I frequently post updates and news about signings and appearances. To stay I touch, you can sign up for my mailing list to keep in the loop on the latest news.

I am also active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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DIY – Survival / Bug Out – Hunting Fishing Cooking Kit

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DIY Survival Food Kit

In a survival or emergency situation you’re going to be burning calories fast – so food will become a critical need to maintain your morale, stamina and most importantly, your core body temperature.

But you can only carry so much food, and it runs out quickly if you don’t have the right tools to catch dinner on your own.

So let’s build a modular, everyday-carry, survival FOOD kit – that will allow you to cook, hunt, trap and fish and is designed to clip onto a bug-out bag, slip into a pack, throw in a vehicle or keep close by… just in case.
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Here Are the Core Item’s You’ll Need for Your Survival Food Kit:
!.  A MOLLE Compatible 4-inch by 10-inch pouch
2. A GSI Outdoors Stainless Steel Cup / Pot
3. A Stanley Camp Cook Kit
4. A 4-ounce Stove Gas Canister
5. A Compact / Lightweight Burner
6. Some Emergency Food and Spices
7. A Fishing Kit
8. A Mini Sling Shot…
9. And a Few Other Items that We’ll Talk about in a Minute
Our Pouch…

DIY Survival Food Kit
First… to store, transport and protect this kit I’m using the Condor Water Pouch (just like the one I used in my recent survival water kit video).

It has a large main compartment that will hold our cooking gear and emergency food, and a smaller front pocket that will hold our fishing, hunting, trapping and survival gear.

Let’s start by assembling our cooking supplies…

Our Cup…

DIY Survival Food Kit
First, I’m using the GSI stainless steel 20-ounce cup (which holds over half a liter). It’s durable, has flip-out handles, is designed for using over an open fire or on a camp stove.

Our Cooker…

DIY Survival Food Kit
Next we have the Stanley Stainless Steel Adventure Camp Cook Set that holds nearly a liter when filled to the top (although it’s rated for 24 ounces)… AND because it’s single- walled, it can be used for boiling water, making stew and cooking whatever you like in the back country.

It has volume marks on the side, a flip-out locking handle and a vented lid that can also be used as a strainer.

DIY Survival Food Kit

This set comes with 2 nested 10-ounce (or 296 ml) cups that we’re NOT going to use in this kit… so we’ll set them aside.

Now, inside our cooker we can fit a 4-ounce gas canister, which is fuel for our mini-cook stove as well as 3 individual packs of peanut butter, that contain about 190 calories in each pack. Peanut butter also makes a great bait for trapping squirrels.

DIY Survival Food Kit

We also have…
6 Water Purification Tablets
2 – 18 by 18 inch pieces of heavy duty foil for cooking
A salt and pepper shaker
A container of sugar
Soap for clean up
And 2 ounces (or 60 ml) of oil for cooking

DIY Survival Food Kit

With all of this stuff inside, place the cooker lid on top and snap the handle in place to hold the lid tight.

Next, we have a small scrubbing pad to put in the GSI cup.

And check this out… this cooker nests perfectly in our GSI cup…

and our cup and cooker combination all fits right in our Condor pouch! Voila!

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To Further Complete This Kit

DIY Survival Food Kit

I found an affordable and compact burner that easily attaches to our stove gas canister and has fired up every time without a hitch. It comes with a protective nylon pouch and is sized to fit snugly inside the pouch, on top of the Stanley cooker pot.

Then add a few tea bags and some coffee beans wrapped in small zip lock bags… the coffee beans can be chewed for a quick caffeine boost… but you might like to add chocolate or something like that.

In the pouch lid I was able to fit about 2 servings of high protein instant oatmeal
AND below this… about 7.3 ounces (or 208 grams) of Trail Mix, both in heavy-duty quart sized freezer bags.

DIY Survival Food Kit

You can add whatever nutritious and packable food you like.

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Now let’s take a look at the Hunting, Fishing Trapping and Survival Items that go into the front pouch.

Eating Tools

DIY Survival Food Kit
First, we have a stainless steel, 3-in-1, knife, fork and spoon kit – similar to the one I used in Boy Scouts. It’s durable and fit this kit better than any of the other spork type utensil sets that I own.

Fire Starters

DIY Survival Food Kit
Next we have a lighter which I taped up so it doesn’t accidentally discharge all the gas.

And for a fire-starting back-up, I’m including the Exotac Ferrocerium FireROD with a waterproof tinder compartment and a cottonball that I’ve loaded in there.

Now We Need a Knife

DIY Survival Food Kit
I chose my Old Timer 44OT pocket knife because it’s small, has 4 blades and is great for food preparation, processing game and small bushcraft chores. I can also use one of the extra blades to strike the ferro rod to start a fire.

A Light is Always a Handy Tool

DIY Survival Food Kit
And I don’t have much room… So I chose the super small LED Maglite Solitaire. It takes only 1 AAA battery so I was able to fit a spare.

Fishing Kit

DIY Survival Food Kit
For a fishing kit… I decided to use the Uncle Flint’s Survival Fishing Kit II which includes a nice variety of gear for catching just about any freshwater fish. They even include a list of all the components in this kit so you can replenish the kit after use AND it’s all packed into a durable tin that fits just right in the front pouch of our food kit.

Snare Kit

DIY Survival Food Kit
Also from Uncle Flint’s Survival Gear, I picked up 2 Small and 1 Large Cable Snare, with salt for bait and a useful instruction sheet. Then I added enough 24-gauge wire for 2 or 3 squirrel pole snare sets.

Hunting Kit
And last, but not least, I wanted a sling shot for hunting small game to be in this kit. So I came up with a Good, Better and Best sling shot solution for you to choose from.

First… for a Good Solution…

DIY Survival Food Kit
You can grab a ready to go, tubular sling shot band with pouch (for a few bucks) and improvise a sling shot in the back country.

For a Better Solution…

DIY Survival Food Kit
I found the accurate, affordable and small Top SHOT slingshot from Pocket Predator – I’ve added an extra band with pouch and sealed it all in a heavy duty freezer bag for storage in this kit.

And for the BEST solution…

DIY Survival Food Kit
I picked up the Pocket Predator SERE takedown sling bow / sling shot. Mine is made of Black G10.

The SERE assembles quickly, using a pin, and is easy to shoot.

Converting the SERE to a sling bow is a snap. Simply insert the arrow rest pin (that stores in the handle butt) into the top hole.

DIY Survival Food Kit

Now I can accurately shoot the three-piece takedown arrows (with expanding broad heads) that I’m taking along.

The SERE all packs up small in a freezer bag (with an extra band) and fits nicely in this kit.

To carry Slingshot ammo, I’ve repurposed 3 Chap Stick containers – filling two with .38 caliber and one with .44 caliber ammo.

DIY Survival Food Kit

Bonus Tip
If you want to pack more slingshot ammo, and feel more confident with your slingshot shooting than your trapping skills, you could eliminate the snare kit and substitute 150 rounds of .38 caliber steel or lead shot.

Regardless of what sling shot option you choose… all the survival, snare, fishing and hunting gear fits into the front pocket of this pouch.

DIY Survival Food Kit

NOW… If you choose to take arrows along… one, 3-piece takedown arrow should fit nicely through the MOLLE webbing… on either side of the pouch, leaving some extra room for paracord.

 

We’ve just taken a look at a modular, add-on, hunting, fishing, trapping, survival food kit that you can build for bug-out bags, vehicles and home emergency kits that can help you keep calories flowing into your body when you need them most.

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Cold Steel Broken Skull First Impression

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Cold Steel Broken Skull First Impression The Cold Steel Broken Skull is a relatively new folding knife. It was designed with input from wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Mr. Austin is a life long outdoors man and ranch owner. Like it’s designed the broken Skull is big, brash, and tough as nails. I haven’t […]

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MSK-1: The Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life

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When I launched the MSK-1 (Multi-Scenario Knife) on Kickstarter – May 16th, 2016 – All I knew was that Jeff Freeman and I had poured everything we had (for TWO years) into designing, building and testing – what ended up being a very special, all-purpose, survival knife. Now it was time to release MSK-1 to the world… but I had no idea if anyone else would feel the same. So, if I am honest, I was a bit nervous as I clicked, “Post Campaign.”

Support Began Immediately

I posted the MSK-1 Campaign on Kickstarter at around 2:00 AM EST to make sure everything was working properly. To my surprise (as I was still working on the campaign content), people were starting to mysteriously find the MSK-1 and pledge. This was all before I had even told anyone it was live. That was the “ahh haa” moment when started to understand the power of crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter.

Since the Kickstarter launch on May 16, the outpouring of support and encouragement for this project had been humbling, sweet and more than just a little overwhelming.

Ultimate Survival Tips Knife – Crushes Kickstarter Goal

Our original goal was to raise $15,000 – which was met in less than two days. With the help and support of many, MSK-1 has now raised over $100,000 being over 600% funded with 16 days to go in the Kickstarter Campaign (as I write this). That’s nuts! It’s been crazy ride for sure. See “live” stats for the MSK-1 Kickstarter campaign below…

Having exceeded our goal, MSK-1 (and the MSK-1 Mini Neck Knife) are going into production, so MSK-1 is available for Pre-Order now!

DISCOVER the “Rest of the Story” and Pre-Order MSK-1 Now – on Kickstarter…

See What Knife News Has to Say About MSK-1

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If you would like to be part of the team that is bringing MSK-1 to the world – you can pledge to this campaign starting as low as $2.

Thank you for your help and support!

Warmest Regards,

David Sig-150px small

Founder / Owner

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Klarus XT12 Review Game Changing Light

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Klarus XT12 Review I think the Klarus XT12 is a game changing flashlight. The combination of a 18650 lithium-ion battery with a revolutionary built in charger, makes for an amazing flashlight. I’m a big fan of lithium-ion powered flashlights, the power and run times that they bring to small packages has to be seen to […]

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Bring An Old Maglite Into The 21st Century

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Maglite Upgrades For The 21st Century For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with flashlights. The flashlights that I dragged around on my boyhood adventures were cheap incandescents that sucked down C and D batteries like they were alkaline junkies. When I became a teenager and started to drive I graduated […]

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Charge Your Devices With the Choetech Portable Solar Panel

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Charge Your Devices With the Cheotech Portable Solar Panel | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

As more of our lives become digital, having a simple way to keep our devices charged poses a dilemma when out in the field, hiking, or during a power outage.  Luckily, there are many solar options available and with each passing year, they get lighter in weight and lower in cost.  Plus, as technology advances, the panels are producing more sun-juice then the portable systems that were available a mere three years ago.

Why should preppers care about charging our digital gizmos?  After all, if the grid is down, cell service will be INOP as well.  The simple answer for me, at least, is that my devices are a virtual library of knowledge, crammed with eBooks, PDFs, photos, and a bit of entertainment to keep me occupied during dire times.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: Charge Your Devices With the Choetech Portable Solar Panel

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

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14 Ways to Find the BEST Gear and Save Money

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We’ve all done it… bought crappy gear because it was cheap, marketed well, or we got emotional and made an impulse buy due to fear. To help out, here are 14 ways get the perfect gear, every time.

victorinox-swiss-card-lite-2Start Small – Getting started in emergency preparedness and survival stuff can be overwhelming and can leave you stone cold broke. So start small.  A great survival book or two, a knife, and a well thought out general survival and first aid kit are all good first steps. And writing out a simple survival plan will cost you nothing… except a bit of time.

10024811Focus – Focus on the most likely situation you may face. For instance: Most of us should prepare for a power outage, vehicle break down, or loss of income. Survival provisions can help you get through lean personal financial times.

35317211Learn to Improvise Developing the skills to turn something of no value (or that is designed for a different purpose) into something of value – especially in a survival situation – is a vital skill. [Creek Stewart’s New Book “SURVIVAL HACKS” is a good place to start].

yard-saleLearn to Bargain Hunt Surplus food stores, Second-hand shops, Yard sales, Ebay, Craig’s list. This is always, a time vs. money trade. It will take some time to find a deal, but you might save some big money.

SOL-survival-kit-2Versatility – Can each item be used for multiple tasks? Or is its primary task vital enough to justify it’s singular purpose? A quality poncho is a good example, since I can be used for a shelter, rain gear, ground tarp, water collector and a host of other uses. Killing two, three, or four “birds” with one stone will save weight, money, and increase your survivability.

IMG_0640Necessity / Priority – Ask yourself, “Does this item help satisfy a key priority of survival?” Meaning: is it really necessary? Or is it a luxury or optional item? Build your survival stash focusing on the disciplined acquisition of essential items first.

waitResist Impulse Buys –  It’s hard, but try to limit impulse buys. Here’s a simple tip… Give yourself 10 days before you make a big purchase. It’s also not a bad idea to talk over significant purchases with your spouse, parent or significant “other” to make the best decision, foster peace, and keep everyone on the same page.

19138328Durability – Ask, “Will this item last long and survive rough use?” As for me, I’ve learned my lessons. I’ll almost always pay more for proven reliability, quality and relevant craftsmanship that results in a better product… especially when I’m investing in key items such as a knife, water filter, or rucksack.

19825760Cost / Affordability – Cost is VITAL but is relative to every person and their budget. Weigh all factors against cost to make the best decision for you. Honestly, sometimes I just have to slow down and save my pennies to get the piece of gear I really need.

39175000Weight – Weight is important for anything you have to carry or transport. Not AS important if you don’t plan to mobilize. But keeping weight down gives you options and more versatility in the event that you do need to be mobile or carry stuff on your back.

Mini-CookStove2-520-girlVolume / Size – Volume can be as important as weight if you have to hit the road. We each only have so much room in a backpack, vehicle or home.

Cover SHot copyReviews / Recommendations – Select tried and true gear with good reviews and helpful user comments. The more reviews the better. Talk to people you trust and ask what they recommend. This reduces overall risk and the potential of you wasting your money.

85641102INVEST the Best Gear You Can Afford – In my perspective, good gear is an investment NOT an expense. Plus it may have the added value of being an essential barter item in tough times.

We all have a choice to make, purchase great gear and have it last for a long time… or cut corners and purchase cheaper stuff and risk having it break, fail or wear out when it’s needed most.

39059816Get Trained – In our way too busy lives, it seems like we are all looking for short cuts. And gear can be a short cut that’s gives a false sense of security, especially when it’s purchased devoid of knowledge, training and skill. 

Since knowledge weights nothing (to carry) costs a minimal amount to acquire (in dollars and time), and never wears out or breaks, I recommend that EVERYONE invest in a quality, yearly training that interests you.

For instance wife, she loves wild plants, and how to use them medicinally. So we invest in books, online and “live” training for her. Last year she also attended our Ultimate Survival Tips – LEVEL 1 Training to gain basic survival skills.

There are many basic survival, tactical, preparedness, books, and course available. Find one that suits your interests, needs, budget.

I you would like a comprehensive, condensed training in a wide diversity wilderness and urban survival skills, our Ultimate Survival Challenge – LEVEL 1 is the only affordable, family-friendly training in the USA that covers everything from primitive and urban survival skills to basic navigation, first aid, personal hand-to-hand self defense and a ton more – all in a condensed, 3-day format.

5 Knives EVERY Man Should Have – EDC Blades 101

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I hear it all the time, “What’s the BEST Survival Knife David?” So today, I’m coming clean and going to share with you THE best survival knife in the world for any situation that you find yourself in. Ready!?

Okay… So What Makes a  Great Survival Knife?

Well there’s a lot of discussion and debate about this, probably because the term, “survival knife” means many different things to many different people.

Here’s the Problem…

A bushcrafter, hunter, doomsday prepper, tactical or military professional… or just regular folks – LIKE YOU and Me… are all likely to come up different conclusions about what constitutes the best survival knife, because of our experiences, expectations and how we see the world.

So let me ask YOU this… “What is THE Best Survival Knife?” 

Okay, Got your answer?

Yeah, I had mine to, until a good friend blew my mind one day – when he said to me, “David, the best survival knife is the one you have on you, when you need it most.”

Think about that for a moment…

This really makes a lot of sense. Because, if you are like me, you’re probably not always going to have your preferred, primary survival blade with you… or on you all the times.

So when a disaster, crisis or emergency strikes – and your primary survival knife is not available – the knife that you Everyday Carry ON Your Person becomes your primary survival knife. Make sense?

So I can’t stress enough that you need to have at least one or two everyday carry knives on you at all times.

For me, I have a 5 tier approach to everyday carry, survival cutting tools that I think you might find helpful…  HERE it is…

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The NEW Ultimate Survival Tips MSK-Mini Neck / Backup Blade and My CRKT Folts Minimalist Neck Knife

5 Tiers of EDC Survival Knives:

TIER 1 – Neck Knife – A good neck knife is my primary EDC blade because it travels unnoticed and invisible around my neck at all times. My personal choice in neck knives is the super light weight and capable CRKT Folts Minimalist or my new favorite (and soon to be released on Kick Starter) Ultimate Survival Tips: MSK-1 Mini neck knife.

 

 

5 Knives - 3 Pocket KnivesTIER 2 Pocket Knife – When I need a blade quick, I’m reaching for me pocket knife. Now for me, my pocket knife changes depending on the situation. If I just want a general general utility blade… either my Schrade First Response or Gerber Propel are coming along. But if I’m traveling or for some reason want more of a self defense blade, my Gerber Covert – OR – Mini Covert usually get the nod.

 

5 Knives - Leatherman WaveTIER 3 – Belt Sheath Knife – Next, because many folks wear belts, I recommend a small to medium sized belt sheath knife or multi-tool as your TIER 3 EDC.

For me, I carry my trusted, Leatherman Wave multi-tool on my belt. Now, beside having a great fine and serrated edged blade, my Leatherman wave has a pile of other tools that come in handy almost every day.

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TIER 4 – Wallet Knife – When I leave the house I ALWAYS have my wallet in my pocket… and a wallet always seemed like like a great place to keep a back up blade. So… in my wallet I carry an Ian Sinclar CardSharp 2 as my last ditch knife. It’s lightweight and thin, wicked sharp, and only takes up a credit card slot in my wallet… but easily folds into a very capable light duty knife. See my full review of this knife for more.

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Gerber LMF II, Ka-Bar Becker Bk-2 and OKC Blackbird SK5

TIER 5 – PRIMARY Survival Knife – My 5th and final tier for an everyday carry survival knife is my primary (or preferred) survival knife. This is the ONE knife I want with me if things go bad real bad.

My past favorites range from my Mora Light My Fire, OKC Blackbird SK5, Gerber LMF II… the newer Gerber StrongArm or my Becker BK-2

MY Favorite PRIMARY Survival Knife

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Check Back Often for the Release of the Ultimate Survival Tips MSK-1 (Multi Scenario Knife)

I’m a bit biased, but now my preferred Worst Case Scenario knife is the blade I have been working on for over 2 years with my design partner Jeff Freeman – the Ultimate Survival Tips: MSK-1 Multi-Scenario Knife. When I can’t carry it on my belt it’s usually not far away, waiting quietly in my EDC backpack.

Bonus Tip:

Now here’s a bonus tip… For a super cheap – last ditch blade, take some heavy duty – duct tape to secure a standard – old school razor blade (with cardboard blade protector) to the inside of your wallet – or even – the inside your shoe under the insole…

But whatever you do, don’t forget about your EDC blades when entering weapon-free buildings or going through TSA check points… like I did one day with my Leatherman Wave – that almost cost me my tool and missing my flight.

Well, there you have it… a 5 Tier Approach to Everyday carry to ensure that you have a survival cutting tool on you at all times.

Thanks for hanging out… like, comment and share this post with others you think it will help… and remember… Be Prepared… Because You Never Know!

How To Harness Emergency Power From The Sun – On A Budget!

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So what’s your back up plan if the grid goes down?  Do you have one??  HOW will you power your tech during a bug-out, or what if you go camping for a week away from electricity?  What will you do?

A_5-Anker-Solar-Power copyWell, at less than $60 US… the 15 ounce Anker PowerPort, 2-Port, Solar Panel System provides serious power to keep your USB charged devices going.

Use the PowerPort Solar Panel to charge phones, tablets, and other USB tech directly from the sun… or store energy for later use or cloudy days by adding the 20,000 mAh Anker PowerCore Ultra High Capacity power bank (which you can also charge via USB).

Then PowerBank stores enough Power to keep my iPhone6 running for a week.  But Best of all, the Anker PowerBank only runs about $40 US.  Add the PowerPort Solar Panel for around $60 and you have a nice, lightweight and powerful solar power system for about $100.

Anker Solar Panels: http://amzn.to/1M0yTQU

Anker PowerCore: http://amzn.to/1M0yZIj

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For serious off grid, emergency, adventure and bug out power you’ll likely need something that will charge USB devices, AS WELL AS 12 volt and AC powered stuff or rechargeable devices like cameras, radios, or laptop computers.

Meet the KING of packable, portable solar power – the Goal Zero Sherpa 100 with Nomad 20 Solar Panel. Charge the SHERPA from the SUN, Wall or Car. Deliver power through USB, Laptop Port, AC Inverter or 12 volt port. And it’s cool that you can daisy Chain Any Goal Zero Solar Panels together for faster charging.

I’ve used this system for almost 2 years and it’s fantastic. The only down side is that this puppy will cost you $350 to $600 US depending on the options you choose. But if you want to power more than just USB devices when power is scare… I have NOT found any more reliable or efficient gear for the price than Goal Zero. http://amzn.to/1MT8bnT

A_5-Anker-Solar-PoweBUnlimited USB Power for Less than $100

As mentioned above, for charging ONLY USB devices from the sun – check out the ANKER PowerPort Solar Panel and the ANKER PowerCore 20,000 mAh power bank – both can be had for around $100 US.

Dangerous Book for Men + 9 Gizmos and Gadgets – Volume 3

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If you’re looking for the best survival gizmos and gear on the planet, you’ve come to the right place. INSIDE Volume #3 you’ll discover the King of Knife Sharpeners, Crazy Good Machetes made by people who use them to survival everyday, the Boss of Bug Out Beds, a Zombie that can help you stay alive and a lot more.

dangerous-book-for-menThe Dangerous Book for Men

Learn how to fight off an alligator, escape an ambush, land a small airplane and triumph over a myriad of (otherwise) disastrous pitfalls and perils using the Dangerous Book for Men. It’s a fun, entertaining and easy-to-read book that makes a great gift men and older boys. Cost is around $12 US.

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A perfect edition to any altoids survival tin or pocket survival kit – the Colt SPEAR Tactical Arrowheads are made from about 1.7 millimeter thick, black coated and sharpened, 8cr13moV stainless steel… include dual lashing holes and pack up small. Cost is around $20 US for the set.

DSC02590Survival Zombie

Finally a Zombie that Can Help You… Meet the WaZombie from Wazoo Survival Gear. This cute little keychain-ready guy is posable, has magnetic hands and feet to hold weapons (like nails) and conceals 6 survival items inside his paracord body.  Cost is around $50 US.

Now… if Zombies aren’t your thing but you’d like some everyday carry survival gear swinging from your keychain – check out the  Wazoo Companion or Woodchuck – each runs around $25 US.

Survival Zombie: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/zombie/

Wazoo Companion: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/companion-survival-keychain/

Wazoo Woodchuck: http://www.wazoosurvivalgear.com/woodchuck/

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If you’re tired of low quality sleep on cold, hard, uneven ground when you camp or travel… you’re gonna love the German Made Exped Insulated Pads… When resting on one of my Exped pads I sleep as well on the ground as I do in my bed at home.

Designed to make even side sleepers like me happy, Exped pads provide insulation between you and the chilly ground, have breath saving, low profile pumps built in, and pack down smaller than any other pads I’ve used. Cost is between $100 and $200 US depending on the option you choose.

SynMat 7 (3 1/2 Season, Comfortable Ground Sleeping): http://amzn.to/1RriO6T

DownMat 9 (Best for Cold Weather Ground Sleeping): http://amzn.to/1ZLT7Qu

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The Survival Metrics Head for Survival oversized triangular bandana has basic shelter, water, fire, food, navigation and signaling survival information printed right on it … making one of the most versatile survival items in your kit, even more valuable. Cost is around $20 US.

http://amzn.to/1RriRj6

IMG_5590editThe Boss of Survival MacheteLand

Ready to step up your game with a great machete made by people who actually use them everyday to survive?  Made in El Salvador, the Condor Golok Machete screams through clearing and chopping tasks like a boss… is made of tough 1075 high carbon steel, has a sweet wood handle and comes with a great leather sheath. It’s my favorite machete for clearing brush… and the cost is really reasonable at around $70 US. http://amzn.to/1RriVzg

But if you are looking for more of a heavy duty chopper – check out the Condor Bushcraft Parang at around $55 US or the village parang at around $65.

Bushcraft Parang: http://amzn.to/1ZLTbzP

Village Parang: http://amzn.to/1RriYv2

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Popular with international business travelers and tourists who want discrete – low volume water purification, the Steripen Ultra – USB Rechargeable Handheld water purifier uses ultra violet light to destroy water borne pathogens – including virus’ (that water filters alone don’t eliminate). To Use… Simply turn it on… follow the screen directions until you see the smiley face. Who said purifying water can’t be fun? One USB charge lasts about 50 treatments. Street Price is around $80 US.

http://amzn.to/1Rrj1Hh

DSC02606Pocket Knot Cards

I’ve heard it said that if you don’t know your knots, tie a lot… but this strategy can fail you in the back country… Fortunately the Pro-Knot Outdoor Knot cards have you covered until you get up to speed on essential knots. I’ve found the Pro-Knot cards helpful because they contain, 20 of the most useful utility knots, on six, credit-card sized, waterproof cards that fit in a pocket, pack, pouch or survival kit – AND make it easy for me to practice my knots anywhere. Cost is only around $5 US.

http://amzn.to/1ZLTkD8

IMG_5619editSurvival Multi-Tool – Leatherman Signal

It’s no secret that my favorite multi-tool of all time is my vintage – 13 year old leatherman wave… But another Multi-Tool has caught my eye recently… The Leatherman Signal. It’s more of a survival multi-tool that includes pliers, a saw, can and bottle opener, an awl, screw drivers, a mini-diamond sharpener, a replaceable ferro rod with emergency whistle, a mini carabiner, and a pocket clip. Cost is right around $100 US.

http://amzn.to/1UDvDOe

Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool:

http://amzn.to/1Rrj4To

IMG_5649editThe King of Knife Sharpeners

If you have a boatload of dull survival, kitchen or utility knives around your house… and want to get them sharp fast… the Work Sharp Knife and Tool Sharpener is your ticket to razor sharp blade bliss. Just follow the step by step directions to bring you dull blades back to life. Just be careful… it’s addicting. Cost is around $70 US.

http://amzn.to/1RrjaKQ

 

 

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How to Become a Pro in Bartering – The Ultimate Guide

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Of course, the success of bartering depends on the value and demand of the item that you want to barter. However, the main responsibility lies in the individual who is handling the process. You need to be fully aware about the system of bartering in order to have the upper-hand in the trade. You need … Continue reading How to Become a Pro in Bartering – The Ultimate Guide

AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

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Coming soon! New merchandise on the way!  We will ship items worldwide as soon as we get our web site and stock in. And will have merchandise available locally in Gillette, Wyoming soon as well! With everything from rifles, tactical gear, pistols, helmets, plate carriers and accessories. Also prices will range from inexpensive toy versions, … Continue reading AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack Review

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

In Prepper circles there are a myriad of opinions on gear selection. From the best survival knife to the best caliber of handgun to purchase all the way down to paracord differences. The good thing for preppers is that there are so many suppliers of quality gear out there and we get the benefit of […]

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Station Eleven: Pandemic Vision of Future Events

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Huples. One thing I love at Christmas is getting that one small present I was not expecting that delights me. Getting a mainstream literary book that has a pandemic as its theme definitely fulfilled that this Christmas. While “One Second After” by […]

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P3Solar Dynamo Plus Review – Backup Power

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

I am always refining my prepping plans and the associated tools and gear I think will help improve my situation if the worst should happen. Some people go through life believing that nothing bad will ever happen but that isn’t the audience of this site. You are here because you want to proactively take steps […]

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10+ Crazy Survival Gifts, Gadgets and Gear – Volume #2

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IF you’re looking for MORE crazy, cool and downright useful NEW gear for everyday carry, survival, prepping, bushcraft, bug out or as a gift for someone on your list, who likes to be prepared… you’ve come to the right place.  Here are 10+ survival gadgets, gizmos, gifts and gear…

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Swiss Card Lite – Includes 13 EDC Tools

     13 Emergency Tools – In a Credit Card Sized Pocket Tool
A credit card slot in your wallet, pack or purse is a great place to everyday carry the Victorniox Swiss Card Lite Pocket Tool. Made in Switzerland… the 13-Tool Swisscard Lite includes a small knife, scissors, rulers, tweezers, a straight pin, micro pen, a magnifying glass, 4-function screw driver, and an emergency LED light. Cost is around $30 US.

Swiss Card Lite: http://amzn.to/1PFQtdk

For a Survival Credit Card Tool… check out the Tool Logic Survival Card 2 with a cool knife, firesteel, emergency whistle, light and more… Cost is around $19 US.

Survival Card II: http://amzn.to/1O8jBE5

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Small and Lightweight

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Take a 7 Minute Shower Anywhere…

Ultra Light 4 Oz. Emergency / Camping / Bug Out Bag Shower
If you or your better half hate the idea of getting dirty, stinky and otherwise totally disgusting during an emergency, bug out or camping trip… consider the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower. This little beauty is super small, weights just 4 ounces (or 114 grams), holds 10 liters of water, and gives you about a 7 minute shower. In full sun, the black bag will heat up the water it contains – so you don’t freeze your butt off. AND the 10 liter bag doubles as a water container in a pinch. Cost is around $35 US.

Pocket Shower: http://amzn.to/1O8jJmW

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26 Survival Items for $13

Best $13 UltraLight Survival Kit
If $13 dollars US sounds about what your budget can handle for a basic, ready-made survival kit… You’re pretty cheap… but all hope is NOT lost. The LifeLine 26-Piece Ultralight Survival Kit comes to your rescue with some shelter, fire, water, food, navigation and first aid basics… It’s not perfect, but then again you don’t have a lot of money for a survival kit… But if you want a bit more in a on a pre-made kit – and have a few more bucks to invest… I recommend the Best Glide Be Prepared Pocket Tin, the Best Glide Adventurer Survival Kit or the Gear Pods Wilderness Kit – I’ve done full reviews (on YouTube) of all 3.

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3 Other Awesome Pre-Made Survival Kits…

LifeLine Pocket Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8kTz0

Best Glide – Be Prepared Pocket Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8kZXg

Best Glide Adventurer:
http://amzn.to/1O8l3X8

Gear Pods Wilderness Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8lgcL

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ETON Scorpion II – Charges by Hand Crank, Sun or Outlet…

Bug Out Bag / Emergency Radio
If you’re looking for a durable, compact Bug Out Bag or emergency radio that is NOT dependent on batteries or the grid? Look no further. The ETON Scorpion II has a footprint about the size of my iPhone 6 (although it’s quite a bit fatter) and charges using USB, solar or it’s built-in hand crank. It sports a digital clock, AM, FM and Weather Band Radio, built in speaker, headphone jack, LED flashlight, carabiner (for hanging it on stuff) and a bottle opener (Hey, why not). AND it can even charge your smart phone – Cost is around $50 US.

Emergency Solar Radio: http://amzn.to/1O8lkJD

And for a rugged bear bones, hand crank and solar radio with AM/FM and weather band… I’m pretty attached to my Ambient Weather Solar radio. Cost is around $15 US.

Mini-Solar Radio: http://amzn.to/1O8loZZ

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Ultimate Zombie Survival Kit

VSSL Ultimate Zombie Weapon Kit
Meet the Ultimate Zombie Weapon Kit by VSSL Gear. On the cap ends of the daunting black aluminum case there is a 3 mode LED light on one side and large compass on the other… that when replaced with the high tensile aluminum spike (found inside)…  transforms the otherwise harmless VSSL into a worthy Zombie eliminating tool. There’s also a medical mask to help protect you from whatever Zombified the Zombie in the first place. Cost is around $60 US.

Zombie Weapon Kit: http://amzn.to/1O8mzIG

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VSSL First Aid and Supplies Survival Kits…

Although the Zombie Weapon Kit is a novelty item… VSSL also makes an innovative and legit first aid kit and a survival kit called VSSL Supplies – Check out my full review on YouTube.

VSSL First Aid Kit:
http://amzn.to/1THTkBk

VSSL Supplies Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8mO6L

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Sweet $39 Bushcraft Blade by Condor Knife and Tool

Best $39 Bushcraft Knife?
The Condor Knife and Tool Bushlore is about the best sub $50, full tang, traditional bushcraft knife that I’ve found to date. It’s made in El Salvador from 1075 high carbon steel, has a wicked sharp, and tough, full fine edge drop point, blade, a beautiful hardwood handle and comes with a sweet leather sheath. Cost is… around $39 US.

Bushlore Knife:http://amzn.to/1THTzfH

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Mora Light My Fire

Another Great Choice in Bushcraft Blades is the Mora Light My Fire. Although not full tang, Swedish-made Mora blades are tough for the price and the Light My Fire blade is made from nearly legendary Sandvik Stainless Steel and has a very useful ferro rod built into the handle that can be struck using the spine side of the blade to start a fire. Cost is around $29 US.

Mora Light My Fire: http://amzn.to/1O8mYLc

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The Fre’ Power Protects and Powers My iPhone

How to Waterproof and DOUBLE the Battery Power of Your iPhone
If you’re looking for tough waterproof protection for your iPhone AND would like double your phone’s battery life – check out the LifeProof Fre’ POWER. The LifeProof Fre’ POWER solves some earlier issues that I experienced with the LifeProof FRE case… and has done a great job protecting my iPhone 6… AND doubling it’s run time when shooting videos in the field, or when I’m away from power for a couple of days. Costis around $90 US.

LifeProof Fre’ Power: http://amzn.to/1THU21e

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My Rattlerstrap Belt is Almost 3 Years Old…

BEST Survival Paracord Belt
If you want your belt to be more than a pants holding, gear hanger, and think having over 100 feet of everyday carry 550 Paracord available in an emergency is a pretty keen idea… check out the RattlerStrap Survival Paracord belt.  I’ve been wearing my rattlerstrap belt nearly everyday for about 3 years now. The weave is still tight while it looks and functions like the day I got it. But save up your pennies kids. The cost is around $100 US.

Rattlerstrap Belt: http://amzn.to/1O8njh6

If $100 for a paracord belt is beyond your budget… the next best choice is the Bison designs double cobra, paracord survival belt at around $60 US
Bison Designs Belt: http://amzn.to/1O8noRG

See my full review on YouTube.

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3-Mode – Bear Grylls Micro Torch Can Save the Day

Emergency Light Anywhere, Anytime
For emergency light anywhere, anytime, pack the Bear Grylls Micro Torch in survival kits, hang from zipper pulls or put on your key chain for reliable emergency light in a super small package. I’ve got several of these little gems kicking around and they’ve saved my butt more than once. Cost is around $7 US for this great stocking stuffer. See my full review on YouTube. (63)

BG Micro Torch: http://amzn.to/1O8nGrP

17+ Crazy Survival Gifts, Gadgets and Gear – Volume #2

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IF you’re looking for MORE crazy, cool and downright useful NEW gear for everyday carry, survival, prepping, bushcraft, bug out or as a gift for someone on your list, who likes to be prepared… you’ve come to the right place.  Here are 10+ survival gadgets, gizmos, gifts and gear…

Gizmos-2-1

Swiss Card Lite – Includes 13 EDC Tools

     13 Emergency Tools – In a Credit Card Sized Pocket Tool
A credit card slot in your wallet, pack or purse is a great place to everyday carry the Victorniox Swiss Card Lite Pocket Tool. Made in Switzerland… the 13-Tool Swisscard Lite includes a small knife, scissors, rulers, tweezers, a straight pin, micro pen, a magnifying glass, 4-function screw driver, and an emergency LED light. Cost is around $30 US.

Swiss Card Lite: http://amzn.to/1PFQtdk

For a Survival Credit Card Tool… check out the Tool Logic Survival Card 2 with a cool knife, firesteel, emergency whistle, light and more… Cost is around $19 US.

Survival Card II: http://amzn.to/1O8jBE5

Shower-hand

Small and Lightweight

Sea Shower-2

Take a 7 Minute Shower Anywhere…

Ultra Light 4 Oz. Emergency / Camping / Bug Out Bag Shower
If you or your better half hate the idea of getting dirty, stinky and otherwise totally disgusting during an emergency, bug out or camping trip… consider the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower. This little beauty is super small, weights just 4 ounces (or 114 grams), holds 10 liters of water, and gives you about a 7 minute shower. In full sun, the black bag will heat up the water it contains – so you don’t freeze your butt off. AND the 10 liter bag doubles as a water container in a pinch. Cost is around $35 US.

Pocket Shower: http://amzn.to/1O8jJmW

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26 Survival Items for $13

Best $13 UltraLight Survival Kit
If $13 dollars US sounds about what your budget can handle for a basic, ready-made survival kit… You’re pretty cheap… but all hope is NOT lost. The LifeLine 26-Piece Ultralight Survival Kit comes to your rescue with some shelter, fire, water, food, navigation and first aid basics… It’s not perfect, but then again you don’t have a lot of money for a survival kit… But if you want a bit more in a on a pre-made kit – and have a few more bucks to invest… I recommend the Best Glide Be Prepared Pocket Tin, the Best Glide Adventurer Survival Kit or the Gear Pods Wilderness Kit – I’ve done full reviews (on YouTube) of all 3.

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3 Other Awesome Pre-Made Survival Kits…

LifeLine Pocket Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8kTz0

Best Glide – Be Prepared Pocket Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8kZXg

Best Glide Adventurer:
http://amzn.to/1O8l3X8

Gear Pods Wilderness Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8lgcL

Gizmos-2-3

ETON Scorpion II – Charges by Hand Crank, Sun or Outlet…

Bug Out Bag / Emergency Radio
If you’re looking for a durable, compact Bug Out Bag or emergency radio that is NOT dependent on batteries or the grid? Look no further. The ETON Scorpion II has a footprint about the size of my iPhone 6 (although it’s quite a bit fatter) and charges using USB, solar or it’s built-in hand crank. It sports a digital clock, AM, FM and Weather Band Radio, built in speaker, headphone jack, LED flashlight, carabiner (for hanging it on stuff) and a bottle opener (Hey, why not). AND it can even charge your smart phone – Cost is around $50 US.

Emergency Solar Radio: http://amzn.to/1O8lkJD

And for a rugged bear bones, hand crank and solar radio with AM/FM and weather band… I’m pretty attached to my Ambient Weather Solar radio. Cost is around $15 US.

Mini-Solar Radio: http://amzn.to/1O8loZZ

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Ultimate Zombie Survival Kit

VSSL Ultimate Zombie Weapon Kit
Meet the Ultimate Zombie Weapon Kit by VSSL Gear. On the cap ends of the daunting black aluminum case there is a 3 mode LED light on one side and large compass on the other… that when replaced with the high tensile aluminum spike (found inside)…  transforms the otherwise harmless VSSL into a worthy Zombie eliminating tool. There’s also a medical mask to help protect you from whatever Zombified the Zombie in the first place. Cost is around $60 US.

Zombie Weapon Kit: http://amzn.to/1O8mzIG

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VSSL First Aid and Supplies Survival Kits…

Although the Zombie Weapon Kit is a novelty item… VSSL also makes an innovative and legit first aid kit and a survival kit called VSSL Supplies – Check out my full review on YouTube.

VSSL First Aid Kit:
http://amzn.to/1THTkBk

VSSL Supplies Survival Kit:
http://amzn.to/1O8mO6L

Gizmos-2-5

Sweet $39 Bushcraft Blade by Condor Knife and Tool

Best $39 Bushcraft Knife?
The Condor Knife and Tool Bushlore is about the best sub $50, full tang, traditional bushcraft knife that I’ve found to date. It’s made in El Salvador from 1075 high carbon steel, has a wicked sharp, and tough, full fine edge drop point, blade, a beautiful hardwood handle and comes with a sweet leather sheath. Cost is… around $39 US.

Bushlore Knife:http://amzn.to/1THTzfH

Mora

Mora Light My Fire

Another Great Choice in Bushcraft Blades is the Mora Light My Fire. Although not full tang, Swedish-made Mora blades are tough for the price and the Light My Fire blade is made from nearly legendary Sandvik Stainless Steel and has a very useful ferro rod built into the handle that can be struck using the spine side of the blade to start a fire. Cost is around $29 US.

Mora Light My Fire: http://amzn.to/1O8mYLc

Phone

The Fre’ Power Protects and Powers My iPhone

How to Waterproof and DOUBLE the Battery Power of Your iPhone
If you’re looking for tough waterproof protection for your iPhone AND would like double your phone’s battery life – check out the LifeProof Fre’ POWER. The LifeProof Fre’ POWER solves some earlier issues that I experienced with the LifeProof FRE case… and has done a great job protecting my iPhone 6… AND doubling it’s run time when shooting videos in the field, or when I’m away from power for a couple of days. Costis around $90 US.

LifeProof Fre’ Power: http://amzn.to/1THU21e

Belt

My Rattlerstrap Belt is Almost 3 Years Old…

BEST Survival Paracord Belt
If you want your belt to be more than a pants holding, gear hanger, and think having over 100 feet of everyday carry 550 Paracord available in an emergency is a pretty keen idea… check out the RattlerStrap Survival Paracord belt.  I’ve been wearing my rattlerstrap belt nearly everyday for about 3 years now. The weave is still tight while it looks and functions like the day I got it. But save up your pennies kids. The cost is around $100 US.

Rattlerstrap Belt: http://amzn.to/1O8njh6

If $100 for a paracord belt is beyond your budget… the next best choice is the Bison designs double cobra, paracord survival belt at around $60 US
Bison Designs Belt: http://amzn.to/1O8noRG

See my full review on YouTube.

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3-Mode – Bear Grylls Micro Torch Can Save the Day

Emergency Light Anywhere, Anytime
For emergency light anywhere, anytime, pack the Bear Grylls Micro Torch in survival kits, hang from zipper pulls or put on your key chain for reliable emergency light in a super small package. I’ve got several of these little gems kicking around and they’ve saved my butt more than once. Cost is around $7 US for this great stocking stuffer. See my full review on YouTube. (63)

BG Micro Torch: http://amzn.to/1O8nGrP

Best Tactical Survival Rifle for Civilians – AR15 or AK47?

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When we start talking about these types of weapons for survival, we are talking about a time when things have gotten really bad. Oftentimes referred to as the world without the rule of law (WROL). We want to be clear with you, the reader, that we are not advocates of violence for the sake of violence. However we do think there are certain tools that can increase your ability to defend yourself in an event where utilizing a rifle is warranted. Let us assume for a moment that has happened. Let’s look at the merits of the rifles themselves. Perhaps in another blog post we can discuss the tactics of employing these rifles.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Effectiveness
Both of these rifles are effective at doing their job inside of 400 yards. However, the AR15 has the ability to effectively go out to 600 yards incredibly well. In the hands of someone who invests a fair amount of time into training and shooting, it is effective even further.

  • Thumbs up to the AR15 on this aspect.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Caliber
The AK47 cartridge is 7.62X39mm. The AR15 is 5.56X45. If you are unfamiliar with those measurements they are millimeters. This allows the AK47 round to carry slightly more powder which in effect gives it more muzzle energy. Muzzle energy is the power of the projectile as it leaves the muzzle (business end) of the gun. The muzzle energy of the typical AK47 round is about 1500 ft. lbf, whereas the AR15 is around 1300 ft. lbf

  • Thumbs up to the AK47 on this aspect.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Functionality
This consideration is certainly subjective to the individual user. The AK47 is more widely used worldwide than any other weapon. The AR15 is more widely used here in the United States. It is this author’s opinion that the AK47 is harder to manipulate the safety, the bolt carrier, the trigger and (by design) it has much more “kicking” power. The AR15 is much easier to manipulate the safety, bolt carrier, trigger, and by design has very little kick at all. For a beginner seeking these weapons out, you will certainly find the AR15 much easier to manipulate. You can also add other parts to increase the function of it much easier than the AK47. There are an incredible amount of other parts to personalize your AR15 over and above the AK47. Items such as grips, lights, stocks, sights, optics are incredibly diverse and numerous for the AR. The AK does have some options. Just simply not as many.

  • Thumbs up to the AR15 on this aspect.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Maintenance

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This a very easy one to determine. Without a doubt the AK47 is much easier to maintain. It has been said that you can open the action of the AK47, dump a handful of mud in it, put it together and it will still run. It is true, I have done it. Both weapons are easy to field strip (basic breakdown) and clean. However, you mostly do not have to do it with the AK. I know of many fellows who have NEVER cleaned their AK47. The abuse they take and keep on running is phenomenal. The AR15 bolt carrier group has several small pins and gas rings that break after long and hard use and must be replaced. While this is easy to do with a small amount of maintenance, I am still leaning towards the AK here.

  • Thumbs up to the AK47 on this aspect.

Weight
This is again subjective to the individual user. While some people that may carry a weapon are the human form of a mule and can carry insane amount of loads. I can easily make a guess that there is no one that wants to carry any more weight than you have to. An AK47 with a fully loaded magazine (30 rounds) is 10.9 lbs. The AR15 with a fully loaded (30 rounds) magazine is 8.8 lbs. Those 2.1 lbs do not sound like much until you start carrying it for several days. They then start feeling like 210 lbs.

  • Thumbs up to the AR15 on this aspect.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Price
The almighty dollar places a part in this doesn’t it? It certainly does, we all come from different backgrounds and budgets. Much like the weight consideration, less is better here. Considering you can buy both used and new weapons that will function very well for you, the range on pricing is significant. The range on AK47s in my area of the world is currently $400 up to $600, with the difference being determined because of wear and tear and add-ons that are on the weapon at the time of purchase. The AR15 range starts around $600 and goes up to around $1500, with such a wide variety of manufacturers making these weapons, add-ons, wear and tear. The price of ammunition is also much cheaper for the AK47. The price of ammunition varies greatly depending upon current political, social and world events. Check with your favorite ammo supplier to see what is currently running.

  • Thumbs up to the AK47 on this aspect.

An AK47 or an AR15?

Conclusion
You were probably guessing this would come to be a tie. For good reason, both of these weapons will do what you want them to do. If you only look at these six basic reasons of choice then they are pretty even. I think it boils down to price really. What fits your budget? If you can afford an AR15 I would go with it, simply because it is easier to function and it weighs less. If you cannot afford the AR15, then do not worry yourself. The AK47 is a workhorse of a gun, can take a beating, and keeps on running and doing its job.

 

~ About Craig Caudill ~

Craig-Toon-BustCraig Caudill is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Nature Reliance School. He specializes in wilderness and urban survival, land navigation, scout/tracking and defensive tactics training for private, public and government agencies. Craig is a frequent survival and preparedness contributor to TV outlets, blog sites, magazines and is a popular online outdoor educator on YouTube via Nature Reliance and Dan’s Depot channels. Craig also has a regular show on CarbonTV.

Craig also has advanced rank in both Judo and Aikido and continues to teach and train after 20+ years of training in each and is also an avid student of all things gun. Forever a student, Craig always attempts to find ways to help others to develop their mindset and critical thinking skills so they can think on their own, for themselves.

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Fenix PD22UE Review

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    Fenix PD22UE (Ultimate Edition) Review The Fenix PD22UE (Ultimate Edition) is an absolute beast of an EDC flashlight! Combining the new Cree XP-L LED emitter, with the raw power of Lithium-Ion battery technology, Fenix has created a winner. For those of you not familiar with Li-ion batteries they are now all the rage […]

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Gunslinger Quick-Draw Hand Well Pump – Grid down Backup

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5/5 (2) As part of my preps, water is high on the list of items I strive to ensure I have options and redundancy for so when Tony from Gunslinger Well Pumps contacted me to review his Quick Draw hand well pump I was very interested. We have water stored in our home and rain […]

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UST Para Knife 4.0 Glow Review by Razor

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The Ultimate Survival Technologies Para Knife 4.0 Glow is another blade off UST’s line of budget cutting tools. So far I’m 50/50 on them. Let’s see what this one has to offer: -8.5 inches overall length. -3-3/4 inch partially serrated blade. -Full tang 440 stainless steel. -Black titanium coating. -Nylon …

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Laminated Folding Field Guides

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Laminated Folding Field Guides

For those people that have or do not have outdoor skills of the land, there are cheat-sheets available. These may help you cheat death out of another victim some day. While I have great skills in the outdoors, along with solid creativity and force of will, I can’t remember everything. Therefore, I keep some of these identifiers in my pack. They are small, light, and slide into the tightest spaces of any loaded pack. There are plant identifiers for medicinal uses and food, medical information, shelter building, knot tying, and more.

View and Purchase Many Here: Laminated Folding Field Guides

UST Firestarters Review

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UST  (Ultimate Survival Technologies)  has been around for around 80 years in one form or another.  A lot of their products can be found in large box stores like Wal-Mart and most outdoor sporting goods store, online eBay and Amazon.   I personally have been using some of their fire starting …

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PSE Fang Crossbow Review

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Crossbows seem to be all the rage now thanks to a certain TV show. The problem however is that they are exceedingly expensive with most compound styles exceeding $400 and more than a few breaking the $1000 mark. That’s fairly cost prohibitive for your average zombie hunter. Fortunately, PSE has …

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Skeletarget by Extended Gun

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At a single glance you can see that these are not standard B-27 targets.  First off, they are brilliantly printed in vivid colors with all internal organs, muscle and bone structures shown anatomically correct. The color scheme shows the heart, upper spine and brain (one shot drops) in red. Next are …

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VSSL Gear – Supplies Survival Kit – Rugged and Made in Canada

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VSSL Supplies Survival Kit

It’s VERY rare that I get excited about a survival kit anymore – but when I saw the NEW VSSL Gear – Supplies Survival Kit online I said, “Yes! Finally an NEW Innovative and Original Approach to Survival Kits… AND rushed to get one in here.

When I knew that my VSSL Kits (yes, I got the supplies, first aid and zombie) arrived, I was so jazzed that I let the cameras roll to get my first impressions.

Birthed Via Kickstarter

VSSL Flashlight

3-Mode Flashlight

Birthed via Kickstarter the VSSL kits come in a 9″ long by 2″ diameter anodized aluminum case that is rugged and just plain looks cool. At the top of the cylinder there’s a nice 3-Mode LED flashlight that is the top cap and includes a high low and SOS beacon mode.

The bottom cap a ridiculously nice oil-filled compass that flips over to reveal a 4 hour beeswax candle.

Inside we have several marked round tins that contain essential survival gear and the kit even comes with round instructions that are coded to each tin that provide concise instructions how to use the contents of the kit.

VSSL Everything

Modular Tins

Here’s  a List of All the Gear Contained in this Kit:

• Dual mode (static and SOS) LED ‘flood’ beam lantern light, illuminates a large area (batteries included)

• Compass (oil filled)

• 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle

• Razor blade

VSSL Survival Guide

VSSL Survival Guide

• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets

• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)

• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle

• Waterproof matches

• Tinder Quik® fire starters

• Fishing Gear

• Signalling Mirror

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

• Marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)

• Reflective trail markers

• P38 military GI Type can opener

• First aid supplies

• VSSL priorities of survival and instructions

Pros and Cons of VSSL Supplies Kit:

First Let’s Look at the Downside…

The flashlight switch is waterproof, super high quality and easy to use… but it’s also VERY easy to accidentally turn on. So you’ll want to flip the center battery around until you need the flashlight to make sure you don’t exhaust the batteries by accident.

VSSL Compass Cap

VSSL Compass Cap

Next – Although the compass is one of the best I’ve ever seen in a stock survival kit, it’s comes as the bottom of the VSSL… And because I don’t know how it’s going to hold up over time as the bottom… I’d switch it around with the flashlight top which has less glass exposed and use caution when placing the compass side down on hard, uneven surfaces – like rocks.

Next, the flashlight batteries are E90s – NOT standard AA or AAAs – but the smaller length of E90s ARE necessary to keep the flashlight size down… So I’d recommend carrying a spare set.

So I was able to fit an extra set of 3 batteries – one each in the Fishing, Water Purification and First Aid PODS… You may want to do the same.

Although the Tin PODs keeps everything neat and organized – they are not the most efficient way to fit the maximum amount of gear in the Aluminum VSSL container. But those with “Type A” / OCD personalities will love this kit – “as is” while those that tend toward the messy side will surely like to stuff more gear inside.

NOW on the Upside…

VSSL Supplies Kit Contents

VSSL Supplies Kit Contents

The VSSL is a Cool Looking, Rugged Aluminum and Water Resistant Main Container – with a high quality, bright – 3 Mode Flashlight (including an SOS beacon) and has one of the best pre-made survival kit – compasses I’ve ever seen built into the other cap.

VSSL is easily customizable – since you can buy empty or pre-loaded tins OR just shove your own gear inside.

VSSL is VERY well Organized with Individual Tins that include Basic Survival Gear AND has some basic but cool instructions that actually tell you how to use what’s in the kit.

AND as a BONUS – You could use any one of the tins to make char in the field (See my video on how to make char cloth).

VSSL Holds 11 -12 Ounces of Water

VSSL Holds 11 -12 Ounces of Water

Now I was just thinking… if this container keeps water out… could we remove the stuff inside and use it to keep water in… as a cup or even a canteen in a pinch…

So I just tried this… using the empty Supplies VSSL… with over 11 ounces of water. Now you can seal it inside… But I want to let you know that doing this could risk your flashlight… especially if you don’t put the black plastic battery cap on tight.

But it makes a pretty darn good cup and that’s a bonus for sure.

So who’s the VSSL for?

VSSL Supplies Survival Kit

VSSL Supplies Survival Kit

At just under $100 U.S. (at the writing of this article) VSSL’s cost may be resisted by the budget conscious, but for those who appreciate form and function the VSSL Supplies Survival Kit is a nice, basic kit for those that wants a practical, portable, and tough, preloaded kit for hunting, camping, backpacking, outdoor adventures, bug out bags, vehicles or general emergency preparedness or for those who what a good basic kit that they can tweak to meet their needs.

VSSL Gear also sells Empty VSSLs with flashlight and compass top and bottom that you can load with whatever you want. And in the future we’ll take a look at the first aid and Zombie VSSls. For another modular Survival Kit check out my review of the Gear Pods Wilderness Survival Kit.

Okay… so you can check out more, here are links to this VSSL kit and a few other VSSLs as well:

VSSL Gear – Supplies Survival Kit

VSSL Gear – First Aid Survival Kit

VSSL Gear – Emergency Shelter Kit

VSSL Gear – Zombie Kit

VSSL Empty – Fill it with YOUR Stuff Container

VSSL Polished Aluminum Flask Light

30 Second Emergency – Bug Out Bag – Poncho Shelter

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Best Bug Out Bag Poncho

Well we all know that shelter is one of the “CORE FOUR priorities of survival… and that a good quality poncho (with grommet holes) is a “must have” everyday carry survival item for protection from the elements…. and a host of other useful purposes.

Survival Solutions-OPSEC-Poncho

Most Ponchos Are Too Small
But unfortunately, are often just too small to keep you shielded from the weather AND require some sort of twine or rope to set up. So today we’re going to take a look at the Survival Solutions – Oversized Emergency Poncho Shelter and show you how to set it up in about 30 seconds WITHOUT any twine.

Meet the O.P.S.E.C. Poncho
About a year ago I found the Survival Solutions – OPSEC poncho and have been using it as my standard bug out bag poncho ever since… because it preforms all the core tasks of a standard poncho AND can be transformed into a LARGE, camouflage, emergency shelter in less than a minute WITHOUT any cordage.

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Poncho Even Fits in Cargo Pockets

OPSEC Poncho Longer Than Other Ponchos…
Made in the USA – the Survival Solutions poncho is crafted out of 70 denier, coated, ripstop nylon that is about 18” (or 46 centimeters) longer than a standard military style poncho yet it weighs only about 1.4 pounds (or 639 grams) … compared to a military surplus poncho that weighs around 2.2 pounds (or 1 kilogram). And it even fits in the cargo on my NON-military outdoor pants.

When not using the extra size of this poncho, it folds underneath and snaps securely out of the way.

Now the Extra Poncho Length Serves 3 Primary Functions…
First, it keeps you and your gear covered well even when you are carrying a big pack…

Second, it gives you up to an extra 7 square feet of ground or roof tarp…

OPSEC-Survival Solutions Poncho Shelter

Snap Extra Length Around Tree

And best of all… it allows you to set up an emergency shelter or camouflage hide in 30 seconds without any cord. Here’s how:

  • Find a downed tree or solid branch that’s 2 – 3 feet off the ground.
  • Wrap the extra poncho length around the fallen tree.
  • Fasten the poncho end to the tree using the 3 snaps.
  • Now, push a stick through each of 2 grommet holes to tightly secure the other end to the ground.

Incredibly Versatile Poncho…
A camouflage, emergency, poncho shelter that you can construct in about 30 seconds without any twine.

More Great Emergency Rain Gear
If you’re looking for a rugged, affordable,  standard-sized, rip-stop poncho with grommet tie downs and snaps – I can’t find a better deal than the Germany-Made Mil-Tec rain poncho.

And for the most rugged rain gear I’ve found to date, check out the Helly Hansen Impertec II Jacket and pants.

We’ve just taken a look at how to set up an emergency shelter in 30 seconds with the Survival Solutions – OPSEC poncho.

Links to Gear Mentioned in this Article:

BEST Survival Sling Bow – REVEALED – Lethal Hunting Tool

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The Votes are in… Joe, Ahin and Todd have Spoken and ALL agree on the THE Best Survival Slingshot / Sling Bow in the WORLD… See if YOU Agree as they REVEAL the BEST (Most Lethal) Survival SlingShot / Sling Bow in the World for Hunting / Fishing / Bug Out and Everyday Carry…

In Ep. 5 of 5 – Sling Bow Wars – SPECIAL BONUS – See Who is Selected as the BEST “Shooter of the Day” and Gets to Blow Up the Pumpkin with Exploding Target Inside…  Kaboom!!!

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Here are LINKS to ALL 5 Episodes:
Ep. 1 – Pathfinder Pocket Hunter: http://youtu.be/BeOI3pTrsvM
Ep. 2 – Pocket Preditor SERE: http://youtu.be/t4hkGbuWabA
Ep. 3 – THE Survival Slingshot: http://youtu.be/UkV0irHGxJc
Ep. 4 – Chief AJ’s HFX Slingbow: http://youtu.be/HYeSUiy7Brc

Spoiler Alert!!!!

You’ll miss most of the cool shooting and skip to the voting if you watch Episode 5 before the others…

Ep. 5 – THE King of Sling REVEALED : http://youtu.be/Az2Bps0AQ1E

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Here’s a LIST of ALL the GEAR Shown in this Series:

David’s Arrow Release / Trigger:
http://tinyurl.com/Arrow-Trigger

Chief AJ’s HFX Hunting Fishing Sling Bow:
http://tinyurl.com/Chief-AJ-Sling-Bow-SB1
http://www.chiefaj.com/hfx_models.htm

The Survival Slingshot:
http://tinyurl.com/Survival-SlingShot-SB1

Pathfinder / Marksman Pocket Hunter:
http://tinyurl.com/Pocket-Hunter-SB1
http://tinyurl.com/Pocket-Hunter-Deluxe

Pocket Predator SERE Slingshot:
http://www.pocketpredator.com/two.html

Chief AJ’s HFX Hunting Fishing Sling Bow:
http://tinyurl.com/Chief-AJ-Sling-Bow-SB1

BIG Archery Targets (Field Points Only):
http://tinyurl.com/BIG-Target-SB1

BIG Black 20″ Block Target (Field Points, Broadheads & Expendables):
http://tinyurl.com/Block-Target-1

.38 Caliber Steel Shot (BULK / 500 qty.):
http://tinyurl.com/Shot-Ammo-SB1

Steel Animal Knock Down Targets:
http://tinyurl.com/Targets-SB1

Shooting Glasses:
http://tinyurl.com/Shooting-Glasses-SB1

Ammo Pouch:
http://tinyurl.com/Ammo-Pouch-SB1

The Combat Ready 2 Bug Out Bag

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Packed to the brim full of food, first aid, water, shelter, and tons of other gear, the Combat Ready 2 Bug Out Bag is one killer set up for emergency management and on-the-go survival… Zombie apocalypse or otherwise. This full-fledged survival pack has just about everything you need to cover …

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Review: Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Handheld HAM Radio Transceiver.

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I recently purchased Baofeng UV-5R  hand held transceiver. With intent of using this as my go to radio instead of the regular Uniden GMRS radios. This give me the capability to communicate using the FRS, GMRS and HAM frequencies. I am currently working on the Technician license to operate it legally on HAM frequencies. The wattage is … Continue reading Review: Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band Handheld HAM Radio Transceiver.