What Is a Crossbow And How Are Crossbows a Great Hunting Weapon

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Every hunter out there who hunts regularly must have heard of or is familiar with Crossbows.  Crossbows date back to medieval times, about two thousand years and still thrive well in today’s market, among hunters, artifact, relic and weapon collectors alike. A crossbow is a type of bow that consists of horizontal bow-like assembly mounted […]

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Choosing The Best Rifle Scope For Survival

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When you’re in a sudden SHTF situation, a lot of things will probably go through your mind. Have you prepared enough? Do you have enough food? Does your family have enough protection? Do you have a plan? Will you survive? One of the most important things to consider if ever caught in a survival situation […]

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Nine Tips To Becoming A Better Bow Hunter

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Bow hunting is a difficult form of hunting and many turn to it because of that. They want to push themselves, learn their limits, and be successful. There are many things that can go wrong in every scenario, but hopefully these 9 tips to becoming a better bow hunter will help prevent some common mistakes […]

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Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake

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Compared to other natural disasters like hurricanes and fires, earthquakes strike without warning anywhere in the world. There’s no telling when they’ll happen and most of the time, they bring extensive damage. Being prepared is always the smart move once you feel the earth shaking. Your own home itself can become a danger to you […]

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9 Tools the Practical Prepper Should Carry Every Day

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

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10 Reasons Children Should Learn Archery

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Many studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurricular activities are far less likely to develop dangerous habits like smoking and drug abuse. Despite the heavy evidence supporting these facts, only 2.6 million of students from the ages 12-17 are actively enrolled in such activities. If you are looking for a good after-school […]

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6 Ways to Avoid Being Herded into a FEMA Camp

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6 Ways to Avoid Being Herded into a FEMA Camp Having everything you own reduced to a numbered cot in a FEMA camp is not how you want to find yourself in an emergency. It is not only a terrible position to find yourself in, but it could also be a dangerous one. The camps are meant …

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Your Ultimate Weapon Guide: What are Great Survival Guns?

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When you set out on any hunting adventure, the only thing that occupies your thoughts is to get the most out of this trip. But hunting is not just about killing the prey. Your own survival, from any possible threat (of an animal or straying in the woods) also matters. Straying in the wood or […]

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Tips For Non-Carpenters on How To Build Your Own

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I am not a carpenter by profession. However, I have a strong desire for the carpentry work. I have a passion for the woodwork. You cannot deny the fact that carpentry is a significant job and almost all the home needs it for some or other reason. Actually, it beautifies your home interior and brings […]

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17 Natural Antibiotics Our Grandparents Used Instead Of Pills

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17 Natural Antibiotics Our Grandparents Used Instead Of Pills Our ancestors had a solution for treating infections, burns and other different illness, using what mother nature has offered to us. It would be good to remind ourselves what these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of a SHTF scenario where pills are …

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12 Cheap Ways to Become a Better Prepper

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12 Cheap Ways to Become a Better Prepper Prepping seems to ask more from your wallet every day. If you don’t have money to convert your grid to solar, it doesn’t mean you have to just sit on your hands. If you don’t have the resources to get started with rain barrel water collection, you don’t …

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7 Things Dog Owners Can Do to Prepare for Disaster

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Natural disasters can strike anytime especially if you are living in areas prone to hurricanes, flash flood, blizzards, tornados, and earthquakes. With havoc potentially a moment’s notice away, having an exit plan is the best way of keeping both you and your pet safe. However, little thought is put in place on things dog owners […]

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Prepper Zen: The Importance of Mindfulness in Prepping

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Prepper Zen: The Importance of Mindfulness in Prepping Any disaster, emergency, or SHTF scenario is filled with all sorts of extra stress. How you manage the stress can be the difference between life and death. Simple tactics that are over a thousand years old can be used to help center your mind back on the …

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US

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Prepping for Climate Change: The Effects on the US One of our new writers believes the climate change threat is real, and on our doorstep. What do you think? Does it hurt for a prepper to be prepared for the worst case situation, regardless if climate change is happening now? Let’s do a quick poll: …

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Ask a Prepper Series: What is Your Bug Out Shoe of Choice?

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Ask a Prepper Series: What is Your Bug Out Shoe of Choice? What shoes or boots do you plan on wearing when you have to bug out, and why? This is the simple question we posed to the team over at TruePrepper. Everyone responded pretty quickly and didn’t have to mull it over that long. …

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The Cheapest Bug Out Bag: 11 Steps and Less Than $100

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The Cheapest Bug Out Bag: 11 Steps and Less Than $100 Yes, you could throw together a cheap bug out bag for practically free. But will it help you survive when SHTF? You could also spend all your money on a bug out bag and let it sit in a closet and never look at …

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Home Defense Bow – Could It Be the Most Effective Self-Defense Weapon?

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This is a guest post, I don’t agree that a bow is anywhere close to being the most effective self defense weapon, but in the spirit that people who don’t/can’t own firearms still need self defense tools I am posting it.  Besides I still get comments on my video discussing why I don’t like the […]

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Best Bugout Flashlight

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I was updating my bug out bag this weekend. I like to do this in winter every year since there are times we can be iced in. I had the toughest time picking which flashlight I wanted to put into my bug out bag this year though! There are so many great flashlights to pick […]

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm

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6 Generator Tips to Prepare You for the Next Storm “Snowpocalypse” has come and gone in the Southeast, and while the stores may have run out of milk and bread, the accumulation was not nearly as bad as predicted. Don’t get complacent about disasters yet, as it has not been too long since winter weather, …

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Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs

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Tactical Life, Part 1: Boots, Gloves, and Packs What you wear and the gear you use can be much more than just a preference on how you look. Using quality gear has been a hallmark of the military and law enforcement for a long time. It is easy to see why, since gear reliability can be …

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20 Lost Recipes From The Pioneers: What They Cooked On Their Journey Westward

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20 Lost Recipes From The Pioneers: What They Cooked On Their Journey Westward Our ancestors lived more simply than most people today are willing to live. Pioneers were the perfect example of survivalists. They were able to survive in the rough environment for up to six months on the Oregon Trail. Living without power or …

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6 Reason to Add a Coat Hanger to Your Bug Out Bag

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6 Reasons to Add a Coat Hanger to Your Bug Out Bag What kind of non-conventional gear have you acquired for your bug out bag? From pennies and razor scooters, to chopstick and pantyhose, I have seen a lot of things suggested for get-out-of-dodge kits. While I am a big believer that a cluttered bug out …

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How Will You Communicate in an Emergency?

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How Will You Communicate in an Emergency? Are you planning on using your cell phone to send texts? While that may be more reliable than making calls, the communication grid is not especially reliable. You have certainly experienced small outages not just on landlines and internet connection, but cell phone connection as well. History will …

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17 Free Kindle Books for Preppers

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17 Free Kindle Books for Preppers While it may be hard to pass over freebies, sometimes they are free for a reason. Free books, in particular, have a reputation for being pretty bad. So we combed through the free books available for the Kindle and found a few good resources. Whether you are looking for …

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The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts of 2016

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The Best Prepper Christmas Gifts of 2016 As Christmas gets closer, you may find yourself needing a few more gifts under your tree to complete your list. Whether you are dropping hints for friends and relatives, or need to get the perfect present for the prepper in your life- we got you covered. Check out …

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How To Bug-in and Survive

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How To Bug-in and Survive During a bugging in or hunkering down scenario a person will stay at home and will do everything necessary to survive a crisis. If you have everything you need in your home in order to ride out the storm, there is no need to go outside and test your chances …

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10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move

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10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move Are you currently or going to be moving in the near future? Take a look at this article to learn some ways to stay prepared while you’re making your move. Whether you’re moving to another neighbourhood, town, city, or state, there are ways to stay as prepared …

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Eight Survival Myths That Will Get You Killed

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Eight Survival Myths That Will Get You Killed Survival TV shows are gaining more and more popularity with each airing episode. We see people wear survival gear and we often hear our coworkers debating the things they see on TV. Although there is a huge amount of information transmitted by the media, a real survival …

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How Being a New Father Shaped Me as a Prepper

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How Being a New Father Shaped Me as a Prepper Becoming a new parent is a powerful experience and drastically changes your life. When we sit down to reflect on these experiences it can provide a little clarity on how they affected our priorities. Keeping your family safe, healthy, and fed is a noble cause …

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How To Live Off the Grid

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How To Live Off the Grid Living off the grid basically means living without the supply of gas, electricity and even water provided by local authorities. Living off the grid is becoming one of the popular long-term lifestyles that people embrace. In the survival community, most are more concern with short-term ways to live off …

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How to Hunt with a Slingshot for Survival

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Getting lost or stranded in the middle of the wilderness is a real case scenario for which every outdoor enthusiast should be prepared. Such an event could happen to you when you’re hiking through a new path, mountain biking over a trail, or out camping with your family. And no matter the amount of food you take with you, eventually it is bound to run out. When that happens, living off the land can make the difference between surviving or starving in the woods.


Hunting is one of your best options if you are lost in the wilderness, which is why you should always carry a Slingshot when you go outdoors. Slingshots are small and easy to carry, but they are also powerful hunting weapons that you can use to kill small game like squirrel, rabbits, pheasants, geese, ducks, or even fish (provided that they are near the surface). Carrying a slingshot in your pocket or backpack will give you a reliable hunting weapon that you can use to feed yourself, provided that you know how to use it.

Old Slingshot

 SLINGSHOTS, THE PERFECT SURVIVALIST HUNTING WEAPON

To most civilians, and casual survivalists, a Slingshot is nothing more than a kids’ toy. It takes a real survivalist to recognize the qualities that make Slingshots such a formidable hunting tool. Sure, firearms are superior in range and accuracy, but when it comes to convenience it is much easier for you to take a Slingshot in your pocket, while you’re hiking, rather than carrying a heavy rifle on your shoulder.

Slingshots are also stealthier than even the quietest airgun, which means that you can shoot at an animal without scaring away other potential preys lying nearby. Slingshot hunting rabbit is particularly easy because rabbits tend to have bigger heads than other small game, are easier to spot, and are an easy target everytime they sit quietly and raise their ears to scout the area. Always go for headshots, but even if you miss rabbits are easier to track than smaller animals and being wounded they are unlikely to go too far.

Survival Slingshot

Getting ammunition for your slingshot is really easy and cheap, so much that you can buy it in almost any convenience or hardware store. A lot of people like to use marbles because they are cheap and do the job. Even a cheap slingshot can throw a projectile faster than 150 feet per second, which is enough to fracture a small animal’s skull and kill it instantly. You could even use regular stones, though their highly unpredictable trajectory makes them almost useless as a hunting ammunition. Steel balls make the best ammo and are the most efficient in killing small animals.

A Slingshot’s effective range is small, but this is unlikely to be a problem for you since many small game animals that live on trees, like birds or squirrels, are unlikely to feel threatened by a human standing below their tree. But even at short distances it takes skill to hit a target, so if you don’t want to starve to death in the forest you might want to start practicing now.

HOW TO SHOOT A SLINGSHOT FOR SURVIVAL

The average slingshot that you can find at Walmart can throw a projectile at a speed that is anywhere between 150-300 feet per second. Speed varies widely from one slingshot to other, and even with the ammo you use, but at this speed even small aiming mistakes can throw off your projectile by several meters and with it your chance to get a meal. As with everything else, practice makes perfect.

The targets you’ll be hitting won’t be moving, but they are so small that you should take your time to practice your skills. You should always hold the slingshot’s pouch lightly and hold it lower in the grip. Many beginners hold it too high, or too tightly and end up shooting their ammo everywhere but unto the target.

Accuracy is key when using a slingshot to hunt in a survival situation. Getting a headshot isn’t only a humanitarian concern, if your ammunition actually hits your prey’s body you will cause internal bleeding, and the meat will most probably be ruined. Some animals, like rabbits or squirrels, will even be able to get away, even though the body shot you scored was a deadly one. Stranded in the wilderness without a dog is not the best scenario to be tracking animals

Slingshot Hunting

HOW TO HUNT WITH A SLINGSHOT

Small animals are fast and agile, so getting them while they’re on the run is highly unlikely. So don’t waste your ammo. Wait until they stopped to rest or scout the area and have your slingshot at hand. Opportunities can disappear just as quickly as they present themselves. Your best chance to get some food is if you manage to find the hole or nest where your prey lives. Underground burrows, like those used by rabbits, can be hard to find, but birds and squirrels are easier to spot on the trees. Most bird species use some type of call to communicate with each other which makes it easier to know where they’re at.

Slingbow Hunting

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Rabbits are some of the biggest animals you can kill with a slingshot. If you can catch them while they’re lying still and scouting the noises in the area, then you have a good chance to hit one. Make sure to use steel ammo because this will increase your chances of successfully hitting and killing a rabbit. A well placed headshot will kill the animal instantly and give you plenty of much needed protein and energy for several days.

Squirrels are easy to find in many forests, and sometimes you might catch them descending from a tree, which is the perfect opportunity to kill one. Even if you miss its head you might be able to hit it in the spine, and if not kill it at least stop it from running. But beware of hitting the body. Squirrels have tough skin so even if your ammo wont tear it, it will waste the meat inside.

Birds are also a great target, and if you are near a lake or a quiet river you can probably find ducks. A single one of these animals can easily feed you for 5 days, so if you are lucky enough to find a flock of ducks don’t waste the opportunity. Take your slingshot, aim and fire away.

Author Bio:


KevinKevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com

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6 Ways Burglars Can Break Into Your Home

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6 Ways Burglars Can Break Into Your Home As it approaches Holiday season, ‘opportunists’ will be on the prowl. Mainly they will be pickpocketing, grabbing Amazon shipments off of porches, and other easy ‘grab and go’ tactics. A select few take this invasive behavior up a notch. Burglary and home invasion frequency goes up as …

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FEMA PODs: What They Are and Why They Matter

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FEMA PODs: What They Are and Why They Matter Federal Emergency Management Agency Points of Distribution could be the difference between life and death for a number of scenarios. Pandemics, terrorist attacks, and large scale natural disasters are all emergencies where FEMA PODs could be activated. The number of PODs and their scope is based on …

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6 Gadgets to Generate Electricity

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6 Gadgets to Generate Electricity As we grow more and more reliant on our electronics for information and communication, electricity is necessary for emergencies. Electricity generating gadgets come in many forms and the way they generate electricity varies between them. Having multiple options to generate electricity and charge your electronics can help keep you prepared. Having …

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Compound Vs Recurve Bow: Which is The Best For SHTF Scenario?

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“So I don’t know much about archery, but I’m planning on taking some lessons soon… I believe it’s a great skill to have in any SHTF situation. However, I’m not sure which bow to use between the compound and recurve bow since I’m planning to use only one for now. What would you advise me to use?”

This question – and many others of the same nature – have been flooding our inboxes over the past month. Many folks who have just realized the benefits that come with using archery for SHTF are confused on the right bow to invest in for SHTF use.

If you too are unable to make a decision on the best bow to use for different survival situations, don’t worry. We’ve got your back. We did some extensive research and put up this post to teach you which is the appropriate bow – between a compound and recurve – to use in any SHTF situation.

Let’s dive into the details right away:

Compound Bow vs. Recurve (Traditional) Bow

Compund Bow vs Recurve Bow

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Both bows share some similarities since they both have strings and arrows – but that’s the end of their similarities.

The compound bow is quite a new, exciting evolution in the bow technology field that has been there for the last few decades. Its modern design allows you to shoot more accurately and for longer.

But that does not mean that the recurve is not any better. Featuring the traditional style, the recurve bow offers you a simplistic as well as a historic advantage. That is, it has an overall lightweight design and does not get bogged down by technology and loads of accessories.

Archers are embroiled in an unending debate on whether a recurve or compound bow is the better for SHTF. The fact is: both bow models present you entirely different pros/cons in all SHTF scenarios.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out which one to buy, here are the real differences between these bows that will help you make an informed decision:

Compound Bow Explained

Compound Bow Explained

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Compound bows come with longer strings that allow you to pull back as far as you can to produce more power. This helps loosen your hold on your bow given that you won’t need much energy/effort to keep the arrow in the firing position. Overall, this enhances stability, making the bow more powerful and accurate.

And given that this bow features draw spots in the pulley system, you’ll need to apply a consistent amount of force for every shot you make – further enhancing your accuracy. That being said, a compound bow has been proved to be an excellent companion to archers (especially in hunting) given its deadly precision. In fact, it can knock down even the large preys such as bears!

The cams and pulley system that accompany this bow aids in direct control the acceleration of the arrow. Soft cams tend to generate the arrow more gently than the harder ones. If you’re a beginner archer, I’d highly advise you to go for the soft cam.

How does a compound bow behave when it’s drawn? Well, its limbs pull towards each other in a horizontal manner, unlike in the recurve bow where the limbs tend to flex in bow string direction. The slight difference goes a long way in minimizing the recoil and vibration you feel when you release the arrow – making it an excellent choice for beginners.

Recurve Bow Explained

Recurve Bow Explained

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Because of its greater mass, this bow offers you a greater stability which ultimately leads to greater accuracy.

It’s important to note that the accuracy of your bow is directly related to its draw weight and you handle it. For this reason, it’s critical that you avoid overestimating your capabilities (especially if you’re beginner archer) and choose a draw weight that matches up to your body build as well as your level of experience.

When put side by side with a compound, this traditional style bow is not as much powerful and accurate. This stems from the fact that it requires the same amount of force to hold the draw which leads to momentary shakiness and affects accuracy. As such, these bows are best used in the shooting competitions as well as hunting the smaller game.

This bow may lack in power and accuracy, but it compensates you with its interchangeability and ease of use. It’s incredibly easy for you to detach the limbs of this bow from the riser, hence the name takedown bow.

Final Thoughts: Compound vs. Recurve Bow

After learning the essential characteristics and the walking of both bows above, it’s now time to decide which bow works best for you. Let’s make a quick comparison of both arrows below on the following important aspects:

1. Power and accuracy

The compound bow ranks best regarding power and precision. The longer string lest you draw back farther and generate as much power as possible, boosting your accuracy.

As for the recurve, they don’t deliver as much power. They require you to use a lot of energy to hold your draw, which can lead to shakiness and decreased accuracy.

2. Use in SHTF Scenarios

Compound bows work best when used for SHTF scenario such as survival hunting. Given their power, accuracy, and long range, they’ll efficiently take down even the largest of the games.

Recurve are best suited for hunting the smaller game. Though they can also take down the bigger games, the shot placement is quite important. They enjoy a wider usage in shooting competitions.

3. Accessories

There are more accessories available for the compound bows as opposed to the recurve bows. The most common accessories for compound bows include a single pin bow sight (helps you aim more accurately) and the trigger release (makes it easier for you to release your bowstring consistently for a greater deal of accuracy).

You can as well use the above sight with recurve bows, but they tend to be uncommon because archers who use this bow are mainly pursuits who prefer the skill-based experience.

4. Price

Compound bows come with longer strings, larger bodies, and even pulley systems which make their pricing a bit higher than that of the recurve bows which don’t come with complicated mechanisms.

However, it’s possible to come across a compound bow with a similar price to a recurve bow if you’re willing to shop around.

In summary, neither of these arrows is better suited for SHTF situations than the other. Which bow is the best for you boils down to your personal preference, experience, skills, and budget.

Author Bio:

BuckwithBowJennifer is the founder of BuckWithBow, a great blog that focuses on helping you learn how to hunt deer with a bow. As an experienced bow hunter, she will guide you through the Do’s and Don’ts of the bowhunting world and transform you into a better hunter. Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or an absolute beginner, you will find BuckWithBow a gem!

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7 Essentials in Your Emergency Survival Kit

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7 Essentials in Your Emergency Survival Kit All ready for a disaster? Nobody wants to experience a disaster, but there’s no guarantee that it will not happen. You need to prepare for the worst even if you hope it doesn’t happen. This means packing a survival kit that contains some of the essential items needed …

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Reasons Why Every Household Must Have a Backup Generator

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In the recent past, we’ve witnessed extreme weather-related calamities that have caused immense destruction regarding property damage and loss of human lives. Scientists are warning that massive disasters are not only currently occurring at an Read More …

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The Skivvy Roll – How to Pack Like a Pro

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The Skivvy Roll – How to Pack Like a Pro Having spares of the bare essentials is always a good idea. A good shirt, a clean pair of undergarments, and some dry socks can always be clutch whether you are contending with a simple mishap or an extreme survival situation. The skivvy roll is a …

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10 Great Tech Tools for Preppers

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10 Great Tech Tools for Preppers Keeping it simple is always a good plan, especially for prepping gear. Simpler tools have worked for thousands of years, and it is smart to have the essentials and know how to use them. Fire starters, water filters, and military can openers are known for their reliability from being …

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10 Preps You Literally Can’t Afford

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10 Preps You Literally Can’t Afford Does a rich prepper stay rich after a world changing event, or does their life change drastically? With this list of absurdly priced gear, a rich prepper could easily continue living in the lap of luxury. While most of us just hope to be fortunate enough to stumble upon these …

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Crowd Crush: The Lurking Danger of Crowds

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Crowd Crush: The Lurking Danger of Crowds It is not news that large crowds can be dangerous, but did you know that the density of the crowd could be more dangerous than the size? While other threats exist in crowds, crowd crush has the potential to kill the largest number of people in gatherings. Black …

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Sugardine: How to Make an Emergency Antiseptic

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Sugardine: How to Make an Emergency Antiseptic Sugardine is commonly used as a veterinary antiseptic, but it has potential for survival situations as well. It is extremely easy to make, simple to apply, and it is great at killing bacteria. Sure, there are plenty of antibiotics you can apply to wounds, but what if you …

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How To Identify Chemical Attacks by Symptom

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How To Identify Chemical Attacks by Symptom A chemical attack could cause mass terror and devastation. Large scale attacks leave many casualties and have countless people exhibiting symptoms. These chemical attack symptoms are easy to identify and can point to which type of attack was conducted. The attack could come in many different forms ranging …

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10 Reasons Why a Dog is a Perfect Companion for Bugging Out

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When you are in danger, it is natural to get stressed. However, the way you handle your stress and respond to the danger make a huge difference to whether you will come out a winner. And, your odds improve if you have a well-trained dog at your side. So if there is a bug out situation, you definitely want a dog at your side. It will give you peace of mind and also ensure you come out unscathed from the SHTF situation.

If you are skeptical about taking a dog as your companion for bugging out, here are 10 reasons to allay your fears and change your opinion.

1. Early Warning System

Remember, when you are bugging out, resources will be scarce. There will be other survivalists who may not be as prepared as you are. So you will need to protect your resources and stake claim to them. Under such circumstances, your dog can function as an early warning system to make you aware of possible threats, be it humans or animals.

Dogs have an uncanny ability to sense threats, and as a pack animal, their instincts are to protect the pack – meaning you and the rest of the family. So your dog will sound out the alarm let you know that a threat is close at hand. This will buy you time to get prepared or reach out for your gun to protect yourself and your loved ones.

2. Protection

In a bug out situation, your personal protection becomes paramount. A well-trained dog can protect you from all kinds of threats. If you are attacked by a bear or mountain lion, you can command your dog to deter the animal. Similarly, if you are attacked by a person, a single command from you will be sufficient for your dog to attack the person and protect you – well if your dog is trained to do so of course.

It goes without saying that you would have to train your dog for situations like these as just stated. This training should be ongoing so that your dog understands. You can use a combination of words and signs to train your dog to protect you if the need arises. But most dogs will naturally do so anyway.

3. Livestock Gathering and Protection

Many preppers prepare for the long haul. When a situation arises, such as natural disaster or terrorist attack, you never know how long you will have to bug out. So it is best to be prepared. Under such circumstances, you may want to raise livestock to supply you food regularly. Having a dog as a companion for bugging out can help you with the livestock.

Your dog, if trained to follow commands, will prove to be extremely useful in not just gathering livestock, but also protecting them. In the wilderness and in a survival situation, livestock will become extremely rare. So you need to go guns blazing to protect your cattle not just from other survivalists, but also from wild animals. Your dog will be able to do all this and some more to ensure your livestock is safe and secure.

4.  Help in Tracking

Dogs are inherently fantastic trackers. You may be put in a situation where you have to go scouting for water or food. If you get lost, you will be extremely happy to have your dog with you. He will be able to help you retrace your steps.

Also, dogs can prove to be extremely useful if you want to find something or someone. In fact, your pooch could be your only hope during a bug out.

5. Good Hunters

If you are ill-prepared for a bug out situation or your rations are running low, your dog can truly be your best friend! He can help identify small game in the forest and also help you corner it. You can also rely on your dog to fetch the shot small game to you. Of course, once again, it all boils down to the right training.

If you have a dog at your side during a bug out, you can increase your chances that you will not run low on protein sources!

6. Excellent Foragers

Having access to fresh water is the key to your survival in a bug out situation. Your trusted, four-legged companion will be able to find natural sources of water that you may not be able to find. Also, dogs are prolific foragers. So you can use them to find natural sources of food, including edible plants.

This quality of a dog could mean the difference between surviving and dying in an emergency situation where you don’t have access to food and water.

7. Warmth in Cold Weather

In a survival situation, you will not have the benefit of having central heating. Depending on the type of bug out shelter you have built, you may be exposed to the elements. Having your four-legged friend with you will allow you to cuddle up with the animal and stay warm through the night when you cannot light a campfire.

This warmth from your dog can prove to be a lifesaver in situations where you are injured or you are lost while trying to make your way back to your shelter.

8. Emotional Support

Many people, when forced into a bug out situation, tend to give up emotionally rather than physically. It is this that causes their downfall. However, dogs are wonderful and soothing companions. When you have nothing else to do, you can play with your dog and even talk to him to keep you sane and emotionally strong.

If you have children, your dog can keep them entertained so that they don’t get cranky and whiny without their PlayStation, toys, playing cards, cable TV, and so on.

9. Detect Changes in the Weather Pattern

Dogs have an uncanny ability to detect changes in the weather. Dogs are extremely sensitive to any drop in barometric pressure, and this drop is an indication of an impending storm. Also, it has been suggested that dogs have the ability to sense changes in the static electrical field. Coupled with their excellent hearing, your dog will be able to warn you about an approaching storm long before you will realize that it is coming.

If your dog starts pacing and acting anxious while you are out hunting or foraging, take it seriously. It is an indication that a storm is approaching, and you should make your way back to the camp before it hits you.

10. Good Judge of Character

Dog seem to have the ability to discern friend from foe. You will find that your dog sometimes wags his tail at complete strangers and other times, he is snarling and baring his teeth. In a survival situation, this ability of your dog could save your life.

If your dog is unfriendly to people who approach your camp, trust your dog and get rid of them as quickly as possible. There could be a threat to your life or these individuals may have plans to raid your stock.

Once you understand the benefits of having a dog as your companion while bugging out, you may be tempted to get a big dog, who has the ability to carry his own bug out bag, offer better personal protection, and also be better equipped to withstand the rigors of the elements. However, don’t forget a big dog means he will need a lot of food, and you can never predict how long a disaster situation will last.

Hence, you will have to stockpile large amounts of food not just for yourself, but also for your dog. In comparison, smaller breeds tend to require less fuel, but the drawback is they may not be intimidating enough or at all and may also be overly sensitive to cold.

However, it is critical to remember that both large and small breeds can be trained for a bug out situation. While some breeds are bred usually for disaster situations, remember the skills your dog acquires will reflect your ability and skills as a trainer. Your dog will be of no use if you don’t train it properly. Hence, make sure you put in time and effort to train your dog so that he can turn into the perfect companion for bugging out.

Qualities of an Ideal SHTF Dog

When you are scouting for the perfect dog for a disaster situation, you should be looking for certain qualities. Usually, these qualities are breed specific, and include:

  • Naturally alert
  • Courageous
  • Intelligent
  • Athletic
  • Strong sense of duty to protect you and yours
  • Good genetics (this means a healthy dog that requires low maintenance)
  • Not too big, but large enough to stop a man and small enough to get into small spaces

The best breeds for survival situations are a German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, and a Belgian Malinois. Even crosses of these breeds are judicious and ideal dogs for bugging out. In fact, crosses of these breeds are used by the military and police.

There are other breeds and crosses that make wonderful protection dogs that can prove to be useful during a bug out. However, you should consult a dog trainer to help you identify these breeds so that you find the perfect fit for your personality. Also, request the trainer to customize a dog training program that is suited for you and your dog.

Refrain from using poodles, huskies, Labradors, and great Danes. They are not the best dogs for preppers. Instead, these breeds are more suitable as house pets and companions. They are too playful and loving to act as protection dogs. But if you have seen the movie Old Yeller you will know a Labrador can be a fine dog for protective purposes. Some people have different opinions one what one dog is appropriate for and so on.

The Key is Training

If you want the perfect companion for bugging out, you need to invest time, money, and effort in training your dog. Your dog should be trained to follow your commands and be aware of when to attack or sit by you quietly. The dog should also know when to stay quiet and when to make a noise to raise an alarm. He will learn this only when he receives this type of training, and there is no time better than now to begin this process.

Train your pooch to sit, lie down, and heel. Also, teach him to stay quiet, as you will need complete silence during a tactical operation. The last thing you need is a rambunctious dog in a stressful survival situation. The Internet is a treasure trove of dog training articles, books, and videos. Use these resources to start training your dog right away.

You can reach Alexandra Horowitz’s Inside of a Dog which a fantastic dog book.

While it is best to start training your dog the moment you adopt him, it is never too late to train an old dog. However, you will first have to break their old habits by rewarding them for good behavior. Remember, dogs have this instinct where they want to please their masters. So with a little bit of love and patience, you should be able to get your dog responding to your commands.

Keep each training session short, about 15 minutes, and make sure the commands are short, if possible of a single syllable. You can use code words to train your dog so that no one else has the power to control him. Remember, you can choose how to train your dog, but focus on being consistent so that he remembers what you are doing and saying.

You may also want to focus on teaching your dog certain commands that you can use in a survival situation. These includes:

  • Find – To find an object or person
  • Growl on command to act as a deterrent
  • Attack on command

It is critical when training your dog you take measures not to hurt yourself, your pooch or anyone else. While it is not possible to list down all the commands you will need in a bug out situation, it is best to focus on some of the basic commands. Keep training your dog until he masters these commands, and thereafter continue practicing them so that he does not forget them and responds to them when the need arises.

The Bottom Line

Dogs are wonderful friends and when trained properly, they can become excellent partners in a tactical or bug out situation. Start training your dog now and you will be glad you spent the time and effort on it. Your dog can turn into an asset when you are pushed into an off-grid survival situation, whether it is to alert you about intruders, predict the weather, keep dangerous animals at bay, or offer you warmth and companionship when you feel low and when you need it.

About the author:

Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006). He grew up camping and loving the outdoors. He loved to fish and shoot guns as a child. He joined the navy and survived two tours to the Persian Gulf and one to Central America. He now writes about survival and reads a lot about surviving and thriving in the wilderness. He has gone on white water rafting trips, hikes, camped all over the place, operated fishing boats, and so on. If you want to read more of his work, check him out on Survivor’s Fortress. Make sure to follow us on Twitter.

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11 Common Bad Habits Every Prepper Needs to Break

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11 Common Bad Habits Every Prepper Needs to Break Everyone has a habits both good and bad. Habits can be beneficial, creating routine and a stable foundation in your life. Habits can also be damaging to you and the people around you. Some basic bad habits are especially dangerous in emergencies, disasters, and when SHTF. …

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7 Tips to be a Great Panhandler

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7 Tips to be a Great Panhandler You never know when you will cause you to need a little money to survive. Whether you need money due to a personal financial crisis, or widespread financial collapse, panhandling could help you scrape together enough money to get by. It is an underrated skill that is often …

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Upgrade the Food in Your Bug Out Bag

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Urban Search and Rescue Markings, and Why You Need to Know Them

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Urban Search and Rescue Markings and Why You Need to Know Them In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, did you notice pictures of the cryptic markings that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) spray-painted on all the homes? These rescue marking convey a large amount of information, and knowing what they mean can help you in a …

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16 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

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16 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches Let’s face it, fire is important. If for some reason the physical laws of our world quit providing fire, we would be in trouble. That is what it would feel like if you had to create a fire in a survival situation and did’t have the tools or …

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8 Tools Women Carry That Every Prepper Should Have

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

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12 Prepper Gifts for Father’s Day

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The Best Mosquito Spray According to Science

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The Best Mosquito Spray According to Science Mosquitos are a problem. Besides being incredibly annoying, they are also deadly disease vectors. Just a few of the things mosquitoes can carry include:  Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, elephantiasis, encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever, and parasites. You can wear mosquito nets to completely avoid them, but those are …

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Surviving Long-term After the SHTF

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Surviving Long Term SHTF

As preppers and survivalists we’ve trained ourselves hard. We’re continually working on acquiring the knowledge and skills that can help us beat the odds and survive a catastrophic event. We prepare for the worst, while planning for long term survival. We know that there may be a few harrowing months, or even years, that will require extra attention, grit, and endurance. However, we also have to consider that in the case of a SHTF event there may be some rebuilding and restructuring that needs to come after. Planning for long-term survival (think years and decades) needs to be a part of our preparations as well.

Food.Shelter.Water. These are the basics, but consider what you’ll do when the provisions run out, everywhere, and there are no more pre-portioned, canned, and packaged convenient survival foods for us to eat? What then?

There are a few options in this case and it’s important to plan ahead and prepare to work towards them if the need arises.

Foraging and gleaning

Foraging is a process of scouting your local area for foods you can eat. It usually involves heading into wild areas to see what’s edible, ripe, and available for collection. Gleaning is another technique that involves going into fields or orchards after they’ve been harvested to collect the leftovers.

Both are viable techniques to gather food, but in the case of gleaning after a SHTF event, and for some types of foods, will only be good for a single season. Foraging, however, is a skill that will be essential to long-term survival as natural ecosystems are self-seeding and symbiotic, providing sustenance season after season and year after year.

Foraging for local wild foods requires an advanced understanding of your local ecosystem – and you need to see yourself as part of it, not apart from it if you want to survive long-term in this way. This means leaving food for the other animals, and allowing the plants to self-seed as well. Harvesting from the local plants, trees, and animals will be essential to long-term survival. It also has the added benefit of actually being healthier for you as well – since most wild uncultivated plants are more nutrient dense as made apparent by their comparatively bitter taste – and have not been over-bred to enhance sweetness.

Foraging is not without its dangers though. To the untrained eye, and even with field guides (which you should invest in), there can be look-alike plants and fungi that you think are safe, consume, and get poisoned by – but they are easily avoided with some training by experts.

If you’re currently unfamiliar with your area, or the area you plan to bug out to, make sure you get in touch with local foragers and wilderness guides who can teach you what they know about the local flora and fauna. You will be surprised how much your perspective and perception changes once you start looking at the wild plants around you as sources of sustenance and survival. Once you have your new knowledge, be sure to actively forage in all seasons. Practice the techniques you will eventually use to survive, and teach them to others as well.

Grow your own

If you are planning to stay in your bug out area long term (and not planning to become nomadic) you will need to be capable of growing your own food from season to season, and storing out of season foods as well. This means having the facilities, tools, skills, seeds, cultivatable land, and access to water that is required to grow your own crops to harvest.

Consider investing in an heirloom seed saving kit, or (if you haven’t already) start your own garden now. Consult with more experienced gardeners and farmers and learn how to seed save yourself and start swapping varieties with others. It’s vital to have the seeds of life ready for planting, because without them you certainly will not be able to materialize any real food at all.

Branch out and experiment

Start now with experimental cooking and recipes to expand not only your skill-set, but your taste buds so that natural foods won’t be a complete shock to your system when SHTF. Even if you theoretically know how to cook over an open fire, do so more frequently so that you can hone your skills.

Plate of Rice

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Mix up new dishes using unusual greens (like dandelion), local pine nuts, fruits, and berries. If you don’t yet hunt certain types of small game animals for food (because you don’t have to) be sure to brush up on your skills and practice trapping and catching smaller animals. Purchase or build the tools and traps, and practice the techniques you’ll need to harvest them. Once you start catching them, cook them up and get your family used to the flavor. In a SHTF situation the last thing you want is a bunch of picky eaters.

Experiment by cooking with not only fresh and seasonal wild fruits, nuts, berries, and greens, but fungi as well. Take an introduction to fungi class – you’d be surprised how many are actually edible and it can get you through in wet weather. Fungi hunting (and eating) is not without its dangers as well so make sure your skill-set is in top form, and never eat a fungi you are uncertain about.

Edible Fungi

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If you train with experienced foragers and fungi hunters and volunteer with local gardening groups you’ll gain the essential skills you’ve need to survive long-term. If you dedicate time to learning these things you will be light-years ahead of others and well on your way to enduring survival should the SHTF.

Also, change your mindset from merely surviving, to healing, and becoming healthier and stronger in the process of rebuilding your life and home. Learn all you can about the nutrients you’ll need to survive, and then gain the knowledge and skills to make those nutrient containing foods easily and readily available to you and your family.

In a truly horrific SHTF situation paradigms are going to change and it’s important to possess the skills you’ll need to not only survive, but thrive in that kind of situation. Be prepared.

The following article was contributed by James Smith, an avid prepper with a passion for self-protection at all levels

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Why Preppers Should Learn Lock Picking?

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Lock Picking

We as humans all have this innate desire to preserve our lives, to survive. But what begs the question is how can we ensure this preservation that we seek? What action can we take? The fact is there is only one path to self preservation and that is to invest, to provide for our future. But where specifically should our focus be in terms of this investment? Most attempt to fulfill this by means of financial success and financial security. The problem with this method is it’s dependent upon a societal framework based on rules and structure. But what happens when one day this structure dissipates and money can no longer be used as a means of securing food, shelter, and protection.

There is another form of investment that’s not so reliant upon externalities, such as society, to be applicable and it comes not in the form of money, but that of skill sets. Skills that one may never once need to use in their entire life, but if the day ever comes that they do, they can face that adversity with grace and certitude. They can ensure their survival. While there are a vast array of skills that you could one day rely on, there is one that doesn’t quite get the attention that it so deserves. This is the skill of lock picking.

Lock picking has a massive negative reputation associated with it and it’s perfectly understandable why. The very point and purpose of lock picking is to compromise locks and you might ask why one would ever desire to learn such a skill if not to use it maliciously. But the reality is the high majority of lock pickers learn this skill for one of two reasons. The majority fall under the category of the hobbyist that enjoys the puzzle and challenge that lock picking provides. There is even a recreational sport for such hobbyists called locksport which increases in popularity every day. There are also those who want to better define what security is and learn what they can do to better protect themselves and their interests. But regardless of why other individuals choose to learn this craft, you might be wonder why you should. What value does this skill hold for you? Here are a few to start.

Enlightened Security

A very concerning realization strikes those who understand the basic concepts of locks and lock picking. This realization is that locks are an illusion. They are a fantasy that promise us safety and security, but in truth they offer very little protection against anyone with the slightest knowledge of how they work. By learning ourselves how these devices work and how they can be compromised, we will gain an invaluable perspective on what security is and what steps we can take to better that security.

There is a famous Chinese saying, “Know thy enemy.” You never know what potential enemies you may have, whether it be a SHTF situation or even just in general. Furthermore, you never know what skills and knowledge these enemies may have. To be ignorant of these rivaling skills, especially in terms of security, could be detrimental to you. However if you know what your enemy knows, or even more, the tides can be turned and you can rest well at night knowing that you and your interests are at the pinnacle of security.

Be elusive

There is a certain desire one may have to be subtle in a SHTF environment and this is one of the great perks of lock picking. It is the definition of stealth. The theory behind lock picking is to essentially mimic the key and because of this you will never leave behind any evidence that a lock was picked. This could be extremely useful in an array of scenarios such as needing to get into places without alerting others that you are doing so. Additionally, because lock picking is a non-destructive way of compromising locks, you can always reuse whatever lock you pick. You can be sure that if you need to take shelter, the lock on the door that you just picked can once again be used to protect you.

Another perk of this non-destructive quality of lock picking is that you can remove a lock without damaging what it is protecting. An excellent example of this would be trigger lock on a firearm. There are few other means of removing a trigger lock without potentially harming the weapon. The difference  that acquiring addition weapons can make in a SHTF situation could easily be the difference between life and death.

Dependability

Not every door can be kicked in and not every lock breached by means of force. In any urban based survival situation you will likely find yourself needing access to places that you do not have a key to. Places that could provide food, medicine, shelter, or even weapons. To exclude these resources because you don’t have the means to access them could be damaging. There is a certain reliability that comes with lock picking. Additionally, carrying around a set of lock picks is much easier than hauling around massive bolt cutters. With lock picking in your arsenal you can enjoy a certain peace of mind knowing that locks aren’t an enemy to be feared.

Learning the Craft of Lock Picking

So as we can see, lock picking is a very practical skill set to acquire. But exactly how hard is it to learn? There is a common misconception that lock picking is a skill that requires years and years of practice to pick up, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality you can expect to learn how to pick a lock and how to apply its core concepts in a very short amount of time. After first understanding how the locking mechanisms themselves work, which are exceedingly simple in their design, you can realistically expect to start picking locks within hours, and some within minutes. But like any skill, proficiency is gain and maintained through practice.

So whether it be to take shelter in a locked building, escaping handcuffs, or to simply gain access to your home after locking yourself out, lock picking is a skill that you can always rely on. You will gain certain feeling of confidence knowing that to you the world is an open door. So open up your world and learn the art of lock picking.

Post by Guest Writer: Ryan Brown, editor of the Art-of-LockPicking.com 

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Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker

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Cooking with solar energy doesn’t have to be expensive or even difficult. Check out this simple DIY solar cooker project using a fresnel lens.

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Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level III Assault Pack

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The Voodoo Level III Tactical Backpack has a few drawbacks but it’s still a great bag for the right uses. I break it all down for you here and explain how I use it in my patrol vehicle.

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