What I’ve Learned As A Prepper In The Past 5 Years

Click here to view the original post.

Let me start by sharing with you a fact that is the foundation of being a smart prepper: Preparedness is inevitable but it does not come overnight. Yes! This is the biggest lesson I learned in my last five years! This realization is now my motivation to become a smarter prepper. This habit or lifestyle …

Continue reading

The post What I’ve Learned As A Prepper In The Past 5 Years appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

How Can Paintball Tactics Improve Your Survival Skills

Click here to view the original post.

Paintball passionates can always learn more tactics to ace the game. Furthermore, besides getting better at the game, the new techniques can also improve one’s survival skills. The first time you enter the game or a paintball field, you might not know what to expect. You are surely curious about the right outfit, equipment, and … Read more…

The post How Can Paintball Tactics Improve Your Survival Skills was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Top 5 Crank Flashlights For Emergency Survival

Click here to view the original post.
crank flashlight

No survival kit is complete without a crank flashlight. There are a few elements you should consider before purchasing your own. Take a look at your rankings to find the best crank flashlight in your price range. Planning for the unexpected is the only way to make sure you and your family are prepared for every […]

The post Top 5 Crank Flashlights For Emergency Survival appeared first on PreparednessMama.

8 Things You Should Consider About Survival Knives

Click here to view the original post.

A lot of men and women are getting to be more and more worried about the danger of anarchy and the collapse of society. Even if your concerns are not that intense, having an excellent survival knife may provide you with the reassurance that you want to protect yourself and your loved ones from dangers. … Read more…

The post 8 Things You Should Consider About Survival Knives was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Establishing How Much Food And Water To Store

Click here to view the original post.

Considering the way that our civilization is progressing and at the pace at which our lives can easily go from one state to another, downhill or uphill, it is about time that we start storing water and food for the future. Natural disasters do occur and they cause a huge amount of destruction, leaving people …

Continue reading

The post Establishing How Much Food And Water To Store appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle (Part 2)

Click here to view the original post.

Claude’s note: This is the second part of article written by one of our most respected readers and opinion leader, Left Coast Chuck. If you want to read the first

The post The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle (Part 2) appeared first on Ask a Prepper.

EMP Commission Warns Of Year-Long Blackout And A Massive Death Toll

Click here to view the original post.

A federal EMP commission report warns that even the smallest EMP attack on our grid system would down it for about a year, if not longer.  A year-long blackout would certainly be coupled with a massive death toll that would devastate entire populations.

The so-called EMP Commission report said that this threat is very real, jeopardizes “modern civilization,” and would set back living conditions to those last seen in the 1800s. As a result of the chaos, millions would likely die, according to the report titled “Assessing the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP),” from the recently re-established Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.

“The United States — and modern civilization more generally — faces a present and continuing existential threat from naturally occurring and man-made electromagnetic pulse assault and related attacks on military and critical national infrastructures. A nationwide blackout of the electric power grid and grid-dependent critical infrastructures — communications, transportation, sanitation, food and water supply — could plausibly last a year or longer. Many of the systems designed to provide renewable, stand-alone power in case of an emergency, such as generators, uninterruptible power supplies, and renewable energy grid components, are also vulnerable to EMP attack,” said the 27-page report.

“A long-term outage owing to EMP could disable most critical supply chains, leaving the U.S. population living in conditions similar to centuries past, prior to the advent of electric power,” said the July 2017 report provided Secrets.

In the 1800s, the U.S. population was less than 60 million, and those people had many skills and assets necessary for survival without today’s infrastructure. An extended blackout today could result in the death of a large fraction of the American people through the effects of societal collapse, disease, and starvation,” added the executive summary.

Three reports on the issue of an EMP attack have been declassified by the Pentagon and seven more are awaiting clearance. Among those declassified documents, was a report from Peter Vincent Pry, who served on a prior EMP Commission and is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, spelling out the human toll of an EMP attack on the electric grid. He also advises the current commission.

In “Life Without Electricity,” he said the results would be horrific for most, as the vast majority of Americans have virtually no survival skills. He believes the whole year would look something like this:

  • Social Disorder: Looting requires a dusk to dawn curfew for those not wanting to risk their lives. People become refugees as they flee powerless homes. The workforce becomes differently employed at scavenging for the basics, including water, food, and shelter.
  • Communications: No TV, radio, or phone service.
  • Transportation: Gas pumps will be inoperable. Failure of signal lights and street lights would impede traffic and all traffic would cease after dark, but not many would even have a functioning vehicle anyway. No mass transit metro service and all airlines will be stopped.
  • Water and Food: There will be no running water. Stoves and refrigerators will be inoperable. People will have to melt snow, boil water, and cook over open fires. Local food supplies will be exhausted. Most stores will close due to the blackout.
  • Energy: Oil and natural gas flows will stop.
  • Emergency Medical: Hospitals will have to operate in the dark. Patients on dialysis and other life support will be threatened. Medications administered and babies will be born by flashlight.
  • Death and Injury: Casualties from exposure, carbon dioxide poisoning, and house fires increase.

All of these should be kept in mind when prepping for the worst.

Since it’s hard to take that first step and prepare, especially for a year-long power grid failure, a handy guide we’ve often suggested is called The Prepper’s Blueprint.  Written by Tess Pennington, it’ll walk the reader through a prepping regimen with a guide and easy to follow instructions.  It’ll give beginning preppers a foundation to build on.

 

Read the entire EMP Commission report by following the link below:

https://www.scribd.com/document/378714199/EMP-Report

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Can I Depend On The Government During Disasters?

Click here to view the original post.

Society nowadays believes that no matter how hard things will get, there will always be a beacon of help in the distance. We rely on technology and others to provide us with everything we need to have a good life. In fact, many people are convinced that there will always be someone to look over … Read more…

The post Can I Depend On The Government During Disasters? was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Establish a position and improve upon it daily!

Click here to view the original post.

Establish a position and improve upon it daily!

David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!

This show covers all the things Dave has by way of Perps and why he has them. He will cover every step of his plan and share the thought process he went through to get to this point in his preparedness. As Dave always says, “Perpping is a process not a destination” and he will explain this as he talks about where he would like to be in the future.

Continue reading Establish a position and improve upon it daily! at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Learn Your Country’s History!

Click here to view the original post.

Learn Your Country’s History
Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below!

History reports that George Santayana once famously quoted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” A very famous line that we are seeing applies more and more these days. Mark Twain also famously commented on this same quote when he said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” This week we will be talking about learning history, more specifically learning the history of your country.

Continue reading Learn Your Country’s History! at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Book Review: Survival Mom

Click here to view the original post.

I am a follower of Lisa Bedford’s blog, and was very excited to hear she had come out with a book. This excitement was well founded because Survival Mom is a great book. As I mentioned in the video, I got this book for my lovely wife, who is very understanding, but who does not truly understand what prepping is, or why I spend so much time and energy doing it. This book connects the dots between good parenting and prepping. It is accessible, entertaining, knowledgeable, and shows that preppers are not some paranoid group of gun nuts stroking their guns

The post Book Review: Survival Mom appeared first on Dave’s Homestead.

Teton Sports Scout 3400 – A Prepper’s First Choice – Review

Click here to view the original post.
teton sports scout 3400

You have your bug-out bag, right? Is it fully loaded? Ok, take it out of the closet and call in your kids. Can they carry it? Are they able to even pick it up? Can you? The Teton Sports Scout 3400 might be a good solution for your bug-out bag size issue. Let’s look a little […]

The post Teton Sports Scout 3400 – A Prepper’s First Choice – Review appeared first on PreparednessMama.

Is It Safe To Store Food In Plastic Bags?

Click here to view the original post.

Storing food is pivotal in a bid to reduce waste and to optimize on resources. In many kitchens, the main method of storage is through the use of plastics. They range from plastic containers to wraps and boxes. In fact, most people will have food stored in plastic bags in their fridge or freezer. Are … Read more…

The post Is It Safe To Store Food In Plastic Bags? was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

SHTF Team Training: 10 Principles of Guerrilla Warfare: Linear Ambush

Click here to view the original post.

If the country collapses or is invaded, you’ll need to learn about guerrilla warfare and tactical maneuvers to protect yourself. Movies are a good way to learn about how organized tactical teams move and react to enemies. If you want as close to “textbook” as possible, the movie “Red Dawn” (the first one) has the American freedom-fighters ambushing an armored column.

The way the kids are prepositioned on the heights, they are spread in a line (a linear formation).  As it is an armored column, when the first explosion goes off, the kids (Leah Thompson) opens up with the machine gun…the highest casualty-producing weapon of the unit.  She “closes the front door,” that is, takes down the lead vehicle and halts the progress of the column.  Then the “back door” is closed as the (pseudo)APC/BRDM is engaged, bottling up the main element between the two KO’d vehicles.

Then the group opens up on everything in the middle…this is the “Kill Zone” of the ambush.  The Soviets try to take the lower ground, but the kids have set claymores on the slopes and in the trees, and give them the “dam-dam,” as they mop up on the kill zone.

They don’t do it perfectly, but the film is a very realistic training tool.  Nothing ever goes perfectly, as von Clausewitz noted: “No battle plan ever survives the first five minutes of contact intact.”

Two principles were covered with the deployment of the claymores on the slopes of the ambush site.  First, always recon the objective precisely.  Secondly, if there’s time, physically prepare the objective, as with positioning the mines.

Clear and Simple Steps to a Linear Ambush

The linear ambush is simple, with simple elements, and we’ll list the principles here:

  1. Whatever you’re ambushing, be it vehicles or dismounted men, turn it into a formation you can work with…this is called shaping your target. This is going to be dependent on your weapons and capabilities. Shaping can be done by the following method: 1) know the planned route of the enemy, 2) know his strength, composition, and numbers, 3) in accordance with the terrain, find an area he will travel over that will lend to your operation…a narrow defile (as with a canyon or valley), a narrow road on the side of a hill or mountain…. or passing through a “choke” point, such as a tunnel.  Shape him this way.  If you can keep him in a large, clustered group?  Frogs in a puddle.  Stretch him out far and thin?  If you can close the front and back doors and put fire along his length on a line, then go for it.
  2. Restrict his mobility. Use water features, cliffs, or thick, uneven terrain to trap him.  If he’s immobilized, he’s staked out and ready to destroy.
  3. Ensure you (as the ambushing element) have at least 10 meters in between each individual position with adequate concealment and good cover.
  4. Be advised: the textbook response for them (the enemy) is to turn the entire element in your direction, face you, and charge at you. Give them something to think about: punji stakes, pits, deadfalls, and (if you can do it) mines and explosive charges.  Please note: when you must assault the objective, and traverse the ambush site…ensure you know where your own traps are…mines work both ways, you know.  While they charge and find your “surprises” put them under fire.  Make them pay for every inch of advance.  This is why the ambush of the kids was so effective in the film: they had the heights and struck effectively, preventing a charge to counter them.
  5. Close that front and back door, and each individual in your ambushing element (lead man, trail man) must remain in place…with primary fires kept right upon those lead and trail vehicles/initial engagement points, respectively. They have a critical secondary function: they prevent anyone inside from escaping “out of the doors,” and also keep any relieving forces from entering the kill zone or flanking the rest of your teammates on the line.  They must be vigilant, diligent, and ready to rock and roll to protect the rest of your group
  6. Prisoners: it’s up to you. Geneva Convention places you in a different status if you don’t treat prisoners accordingly.  Conversely, the invading force will label you as terrorists and criminals and will execute you.  I will mention this: when conducting guerrilla warfare against a conventional force, you will need to interrogate at least one prisoner if possible.  The laws of land warfare are as applicable to a besieged populace fighting a guerrilla war as the Marquis of Queensbury rules are to you in a street fight.  Use your own judgement.
  7. Weapons and equipment: After you’ve mopped up and secured the area, you want to cross-load the members of the assault team with as much weapons and equipment as they can carry, and move them out. Do not spend more than a few minutes on the objective.  You’d be surprised how quickly a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) to relieve them can arrive by chopper (helicopters, not Harleys)
  8. Intel Team: should consist (initially) of everyone on the ambush. Then when the “scavenging” group is moving out with weapons, explosives, food (prioritize according to pre-determined needs and stick to them), the intel team (never less than two, and optimally with four people) can conduct searches of the bodies of killed enemy soldiers…maps, orders, paperwork, radios, and anything sensitive or useful to the overall war effort of the United States of America.  IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S INSIGNIFICANT!
  9. Sweep up the objective: Clean it up.  Nothing to give you or your group away. Nothing. Do not return to your base camp by the same route you arrived.  Sweep tracks, bust up the direction of travel, and take your time…. not necessarily traveling as a unit.  Small groups of two or three taking different routes, and maybe laying low to evade anyone on your tail.
  10. AAR: (After Action Review). This needs to be conducted as soon as you’re safe in your own territory.  Critical function: go over anything you did.  Any of you get killed?  Touch on all the bases…. everything from mission prep and LD (Line of Departure) to the actions on the objective, and the withdrawal and return.  Discuss everything: this is how you learn and perfect yourselves as a unit.

 This is reality, and in warfare, it is life or death.

So, you home-can foods and stockpile things?  Is it just for your family?  If an invasion occurs, you may not be one of the ones fighting…but you may be the “hidden factor” that enables the ones who are fighting to make it.  Use your skills as you can, and remember: we can all serve in some capacity.  Citizen-soldiers, right?  For every combat soldier, you need three in the rear and secured areas to supply that soldier.  If you can’t be the ones on the front lines, you can still help them: with food, shelter, medicine…anything they need.

One way or another, keeping our freedom will mean giving of ourselves and sacrificing something toward concepts higher than ourselves.

I’m an American, and when it comes I’m going to fight…as a Junkyard Dog.   They’ll know they were in a fight.  Consider this “series” on Guerrilla warfare and remember: you wouldn’t be enjoying them and neither would I…but for those who lived before us…and gave all…for us to keep them.  Stay in that good fight, and train for when it becomes real.  “When” it becomes real, not “if.”  As you train in peace, so shall you fight in war.  More to follow.  JJ out!

 

(Sign up for our FREE newsletter to get the latest prepping advice, gardening secrets, homesteading tips and more delivered straight to your inbox!

 

Additional Reading:

A Green Beret’s Guide to Improvised Home Defense Strategies

ManTracker: How to Be One and How to Avoid One

Improve Your Natural Night Vision

Prepper Sustainability: How to Observe and Monitor Local Game

 Six Laws of Survival

 

 

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

8 Genius Uses for Buckets on the Homestead

Click here to view the original post.

Life on the homestead requires a lot of creativity and frugality. The “five R’s” seem to be constantly in play: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repurpose, and Repair. Nothing ever goes to waste—today’s trash simply becomes tomorrow’s resources.

When buying something new is necessary, I usually try to make sure the item fits at least one of the following criteria:

  1. First, does the item have more than one alternative use or purpose?
  2. Second, does the item take up minimal space?
  3. Third, is the item inexpensive?

My Favorite Homesteading Tool

My absolute favorite “tool” on the homestead actually fits all three criteria: none other than the five-gallon plastic bucket. Not only do these wonder tools nest neatly into a tidy stack, they also have a seemingly unlimited number of uses.

Whether you are into homesteading, preparedness, or permaculture, five-gallon buckets are essential tools of the trade!

Getting Buckets for Free

A note about price: If purchased from a hardware store, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $five-dollars per bucket. But you can acquire them for FREE from your grocery store’s bakery department. All you have to do is ask nicely for the buckets that their icing came in. Other free sources include pickle buckets from hamburger joints, soap buckets from car washes, and lard buckets from Mexican restaurants.

Of course, be prepared to clean them!

Uses for Buckets

The Bucket List

So, what exactly can you do with a five-gallon bucket once you procure it? I thought you’d never ask! Below, I showcase some general ideas that I use quite frequently. (If you’re keen on any given idea, more detailed tutorials can be found all over the Internet.)

1. Container Gardening

First and foremost, five-gallon buckets make for outstanding container gardens when you drill drainage holes in the bottom of the buckets. While some permaculturists might frown on the idea of container gardens, they are quite useful if you want to keep invasive (opportunistic) plants such as mint from taking over your garden. Additionally, in a grid-down situation, you can easily secure your food indoors overnight to protect from potential looters. That brings a whole new meaning to the words “food security!”

2. Growing Mushrooms

Another clever use for buckets is growing edible and medicinal mushrooms in them. Just drill staggering holes in the sides of the bucket, fill the bucket with free coffee grounds from the local corner coffee shop, and inoculate with the spawn of your favorite mushroom.

3. Organizing Your Tools

A five-gallon bucket also makes for a great tool bag. Either online or at your local hardware store, you can buy organizers that are specifically made for buckets and have all kinds of compartments. The outside sleeve compartments of the bucket are ideal for your smaller tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. On the inside of the bucket, you can store your heavy-duty tools like your hammers, axes, and saws.

Read More: “No More Disappearing Tools With This Simple Trick!”

4. Making Wine

You can even make wine with a five-gallon bucket. Simply pour in some apple cider (sans preservatives), sugar, and yeast. Drill a hole into the lid, insert a rubber grommet, and then insert an airlock bubbler (available for a dollar at most home-brew stores). The Big Bird/Cookie Monster–style explanation is that the “yeasties” eat the sugar and essentially poop out carbon dioxide and alcohol. The airlock bubbler allows the carbon dioxide to escape, but prevents oxygen or other contaminants from entering your wine. There are a few more specific steps and ingredients that go into producing quality wine, but this is basically how wine is made! People drink alcohol in both good times and bad. Wine making can prove to be a very valuable and profitable skill in a grid-down scenario.

Uses for Buckets

5. Feed the Worms

One of my favorite uses of a five-gallon bucket is as part of a vermicompost system (a.k.a. a worm bin). Red wiggler worms are voracious eaters. I feed them my shredded junk mail and food scraps. In return, they give me “black gold.”

If mushroom compost is the Cadillac of compost, worm castings are the Rolls Royce!

6. Make Compost Tea

In addition to vermicompost, compost tea happens to be the secret of success for many master gardeners. And with a five-gallon bucket, you can brew your own compost tea right at home. All you need is an air pump for aeration, some worm castings (compost), non-chlorinated water, and a few other ingredients. After two days of brewing, it is ready to spray on your crops using a pump sprayer. Your plants will grow twice as big, twice as fast!

Read More: “Compost Tea: An Easy Way to Stretch Your Compost”

7. Make a Mousetrap

Have a mouse problem, but don’t have the heart to set out a traditional mousetrap? Well, you can make a catch-and-release mousetrap out of a bucket and a few pieces of wood, plus peanut butter for bait. The contraption reminds me of the board game Mouse Trap that I used to play as a child!

8. Filter Water

Lastly, you can make a heavy-duty water filter from two five-gallon buckets stacked on top of each other. The top bucket has a ceramic water filter that filters out the dirty water dumped into it. The bottom bucket has a water spigot that allows you to extract the newly filtered water.

I hope you enjoyed some of the examples I’ve provided of why five-gallon buckets are the absolute best and most versatile tool for homesteading, preparedness, and permaculture. Five-gallon buckets not only serve as a container to grow your food in, they can be used in creating the fertilizer that enriches your garden. To top it off, you can use buckets to collect and ultimately store your bountiful harvests!

What about you? What’s your favorite way to use a five-gallon bucket? Leave me a note in the comments!

Subscribe to TGN's bi-weekly newsletter

________________________

The Grow Network is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for our team to earn fees for recommending our favorite products! We may earn a small commission, at no additional cost to you, should you purchase an item after clicking one of our links. Thanks for supporting TGN!

 

The post 8 Genius Uses for Buckets on the Homestead appeared first on The Grow Network.

PrepperCon and Training Opportunities!

Click here to view the original post.

PrepperCon and Training Opportunities
James Walton “I Am Liberty ” Audio player below!

How does a prepper get better? Some would say it happens through rigorous practice and for those who are very dedicated, maybe that’s an option. For the rest of us, we really don’t have a ton of time to devote to constantly working on skills and procedures. So what is the answer for the 9-5er and the person who is struggling to stay on the highest level of emergency preparedness?

Continue reading PrepperCon and Training Opportunities! at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

How To Build A Dirty AR-15 Rifle

Click here to view the original post.

Preppers and survivalists alike need one go-to rifle they can trust through thick and thin.  This would be a rifle for everyday use and/or carry either hidden as an EDC gun in the back of a vehicle, in the rack of an ATV/UTV at the Bug Out hide away, and one that will be reliable though not always treated kindly or cleaned regularly.  We all need a dirty rifle. A “dirty rifle” then defined here for rather universal service would be (could be) an AR-15 in a very base model.  This is a rifle designated to be available to “bang around” though not overly or by any means the focus of intended abused.  After all, you want a rifle that will function every time it is loaded, charged, and triggered.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

At the same time this would not be a rifle that was babied because it was the top-of-the-line model or decked out with all the bells and whistled as showcase illustrated on the cover of Recoil or Ballistic magazines, the Playboy of weaponry publications if you will.  This is a rifle that might make the issue of Mechanics Illustrated or Guns, Guts, and Cigars (I wish).

One Weapon of Choice

For this project then we picked a sweet, ripe rifle.  It is the more or less common man’s Smith and Wesson Sport II Optics Ready AR.  It is a flat-top model sans any supplied open sights, attachment points, or gadgets. It comes with a Picatinny rail atop the upper ready to accept your fav choice of scope, red dot, or holographic.  This is as basic an AR as one can get, but still have some options to customize. The forearm is a standard AR round model, and the buttstock is a 6-position CAR variety.  One 30-round PMAG is supplied.  It is chambered for the 5.56 Nato/.223.  It sells at Academy for $599.99.  A “Best Buy” in my book.

Basic AR Rifle Specifications

The essential specifications on this rifle include an overall length of 35 inches, though remember its CAR stock adjusts to a shorter length.  The rifle’s finish is a black matte Armornite coating for resistance to elements and rusting.  This rifle has a gas operated system which is a standard AR build.

The barrel is made of tough 4140 steel and is 16 inches long with a standard M-16 type birdcage muzzle flash suppressor.  The trigger guard is integrally forged.  The firing pin is chromed to resist corrosion and to provide smooth, reliable operation.  The upper unit does come with a forward assist should the bolt/carrier group not want to close on the chamber.  The chamber/bolt area is covered by a hinged dust cover.

The top of the receiver upper unit is affixed with a Picatinny rail suitable for mounting any selection of optics including a conventional riflescope.  More popular these days are some type of red dot, electronic or holographic sight.  Even green dot scopes are growing popularity since shooters have discovered the green illuminated reticle is easier to see in dim or dark light. There is also a short section of Picatinny rail forward over the gas block to mount a front open sight should the shooter also choose to add an open sight at the rear as well.  This rifle offers two sling mount attachment points, one loop at the bottom of the buttstock shoulder rest, and a push button QD swivel attachment point under the front gas block.

Options a Base Rifle is Missing

You might look at the specs above and wince a bit at what this AR rifle does not have from the factory.  Let’s review those items to see what is really critical in a “dirty” rifle, or what could be added as an accessory or just run it as is. At first glance you are surely going to notice the lack of open sights on the Picatinny rail.  That could be a correct-O, no open sights. However, with ease you could add a set of Magpul or GG&G pop up open sights to serve as a backup (BUIS).  There is some argument for this, but again, we’re trying to build a bare knuckles rifle here.

While a few factory ARs do add an optical sight, honestly the majority of them are low grade, less than stellar product, so not much is really missed.  Anyway, you are going to want to add a top notch optics on this rifle as it primary sighting instrument. The CAR buttstock on this Smith and Wesson is bare bones.  It is even missing a plug to attach a push button sling connector.  The conventional sling loop works, but there may be other options to consider adding to the attachment point up front under the gas block.

There is no massive (heavy) quad rail on this AR specimen.  Remember we’re not going to add all that “stuff” anyway regardless of how cool it is, or functional.  If your knees go weak, you can add a multi-sided rail system later.  Make sure you need it.

Mini-Modifications

For this rifle, only two changes were made.  First, I swapped the Std-slick AR pistol grip for a grabbable Hogue handle.  Next I replaced the round polymer forend with a Magpul best ar-15 gripCarbine length version with M-Lok ports so I could add something else if I desired later. For optics, I am narrowing the choices between a Trijicon MRO or an Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic).  What we want is a point-n-shoot set up for a fast aimed response.  One is small, lightweight, the other more “combat” hardy.  What would you choose?

Again, a dirty AR is a trench gun.  It is intended for readiness and quick deployment, a rifle that every prepper and survivalist should consider as an EDC long gun.  Build one for yourself.

Please Visit Sponsors of SHTFBlog.com

 

Best Water Filter Pitcher

Keeping Clean When SHTF – A Short on Sanitation and Hygiene

Click here to view the original post.

Survival preparedness is not always all about being Mr. Macho and being entirely informed in the ways of shooting, evading capture, or surviving on the absolute bare minimums (though, it’d be more than wise for one to have knowledge in all of those fields). No, sometimes you have to buckle down and learn about some … Read more…

The post Keeping Clean When SHTF – A Short on Sanitation and Hygiene was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide

Click here to view the original post.

There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …

Continue reading

The post How to Build A Spider Shelter | A Survival Life Guide appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

72 Hour Emergency Kit: The Essentials To Pack

Click here to view the original post.
Can, Kitchen, Product, Wooden, Canned, Container, Metal

Pixabay.com

By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

All homes need to be equipped with an emergency bag. We never know when we might
need one or when we might need to leave our homes quickly, so it is important to be
prepared and ready for anything. Getting an emergency kit together can be pretty
straightforward, you just need to know what to pack and the best places to get the items. The
good news is that they are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. So there really are no
excuses for not getting your kit together.

Three days, or 72 hours is usually the best time-frame to aim for. So here are a few of items
that you might need, if you’re not sure where to start.

Water

It makes complete sense to have water in the kit. It is what you will need to survive, so as
much as you can fit in. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it to clean yourselves with,
as well as cleaning things like food or cuts. The goal is to aim to pack a gallon of water per
day, per person.

number sign red color metal box street sign signage brand sheet font emergency tin can traffic sign first aid vehicle registration plate metal cans medicine chest

pxhere.com

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is really important when it comes to an emergency kit. You might not know
where you’ll end up, especially if there is something like a natural disaster. So it makes
sense to have some supplies to help you care for yourself and for others, until you can get
medical attention, if needed.
Flashlight and Batteries
Being able to see in the dark is important for an emergency kit. Candles and matches can be
a good idea, but generally, for safety, a flashlight is going to be a better option. If you can’t
find a flashlight that is powered by winding it up, then make sure that you have plenty of
batteries spare in your emergency kit too.

Clothing

Often you’ll only have time to leave in the clothes that you are in. So having a few pieces
stored away in the emergency kit will help, especially if you’re wet and have only left your
house because of a flood, for example. Having some practical and sturdy clothing, much like
the things that froutlet.com sells, can be a good idea. You don’t know how long you’ll be
away from home, so you’ll want clothing that is practical, warm, and comfortable.

Food

While you can go longer without food than you can do without water, to be as comfortable as
you can, some food packed away is a must. Think about some foods that are
non-perishable, and will actually be something that you and your family will eat. Plan for a
few days, and try to get things that won’t need too much preparation or could be eaten cold
(things like tins of beans could work well, for example. Plenty of protein and fiber in them).
This is just a start of the list that you would need. But having a few items packed and ready
to grab is going to be better than nothing.

Original content from: The Survival Place Blog

The post 72 Hour Emergency Kit: The Essentials To Pack appeared first on The Survival Place Blog.

What To Do With $1000 Right Now

Click here to view the original post.

By Rourke – Modern Survival Online

A little while back I read a post over at IfItHitstheFan.com concerning a recommendation on where to spend $900 on survival & preparedness preps.

I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?”

Back to reality.

There are many people across this great country that are just now seeing the light and beginning there preps. For many of these newcomers the question of where to begin is ever present. Some people are taking things serious and are willing to sink some serious change into their preparations – so I figured I would throw my 2 cents in.

For someone relatively new to the prepping scene and having no purposely stocked supplies – a $1000 can go a long way.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Food ($350) – this has to be the priority.
    • Purchase in quantity what you normally eat. A good idea would be to sit down with a notepad and pen and meal plan for 2 weeks.
    • Remember that there may be no electricity so all food items in the meal plan have to come from the pantry.
    • Next – take that 2 week meal plan and make a list of all items and use that as your shopping list. If you are able to buy 2 of everything listed – that would be a one month supply.
    • Take into consideration any supplies such as cooking oil that you may need to complete the meal. Don’t forget about spices and other condiments.
    • Lastly – do consider shelf life (often on the package) as well as buying store brands and buying on sale to maximize your available funds.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Online: What To Do With $1000 Right Now

The post What To Do With $1000 Right Now appeared first on The Survival Place Blog.

Top 3 Volcano Grills

Click here to view the original post.
volcano grill

Volcano grills have been around for a while, and their products are only getting better. One You Tuber who posted a how-to video using her original Volcano grill said it was 20 years old and had seen a lot of use. Guess what, it still works. With a legacy like that, the newer models of Volcano […]

The post Top 3 Volcano Grills appeared first on PreparednessMama.

Urban, Small Space and Container Gardening

Click here to view the original post.

Tilling the ground up for a garden, especially in the early, cold months of the year, can be an arduous, burdensome task; but believe it or not, this isn’t even the top reason for the absence of home gardeners in the neighborhoods that surround us. This day in age, the more appropriate excuse for not … Read more…

The post Urban, Small Space and Container Gardening was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Hurricane Expert Warns: “Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario”… U.S. Could See Up to 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

Click here to view the original post.

Before 2017, there was a relatively quiet period for hurricanes. In fact, a decade went by without a major hurricane. But all of that changed in 2017, when monster hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit. Due to their unprecedented damage, the 2017 hurricane season became one of the most expensive on record. With nearly 200 billion dollars worth of damage, many were hoping for another quiet lull for this year, but forecasters say otherwise.

Two primary factors are critical for determining how active the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season will be. One is whether El Niño develops and the other is the configuration of North Atlantic sea surface temperatures. When El Niño conditions are present and ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific are warm, the Atlantic hurricane season tends to be less active.

Increased sea levels could also be indicative of more severe storm damage. “Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.”

The U.S. Could See as Many as 5 Major Hurricanes in 2018

When combined together, these indications could create a conditions perfect for hurricane formations. AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski is predicting the United States will see 12-15 tropical storms, 6 to 8 are forecasted to become hurricanes and 3 to 5 are forecast to become major hurricanes.

2018 atlantic hurricane season forecast 

“According to Kottlowski, conditions are ripe for early season development in the Gulf of Mexico due the warm water already in place in that part of the Atlantic basin.

As for the rest of the season, historical records and the projected pattern suggest the area from Houston to Florida and up through the Outer Banks of North Carolina will be more favorable for direct impacts from tropical storms and hurricanes.

‘Anywhere else along the coast, everybody should still be vigilant and prepare for a possible direct impact,’ Kottlowski said.

‘You should have a hurricane plan in action. In other words: If you had to evacuate, what would you take with you? And if you were staying home, how would you deal with a storm that may knock your power out, may knock your water service out,’ he said.

‘You want to prepare for the worst case scenario – that’s called having a hurricane plan. And the government and local officials do have guidelines on how to create such a plan depending on where you live.’”

Hurricanes are Unpredictable and Preparation is Key

In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-dense coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding and hazards from storms. With so many living near hurricane-prone areas, it is important for everyone to be prepared.

It is emphasized in The Prepper’s Blueprint how unpredictable hurricanes can be and how this type of natural disaster is truly one of the most difficult emergencies to prepare for simply because there are so many variables to account for. These storms can range from mild to severe, cause wind damage, flooding, and tornadoes. You can be fully stocked with provisions and then your home is flooded in a matter of minutes. For example, before Hurricane Harvey made landfall it was predicted as merely a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane. In fact, many living in the area did not think much of it in terms of severity and only stocked up on supplies for a few days. Within those few days, it had developed into a Category 4 with 132 mph winds.

Related: 20 Hurricane Survival Tips From Real-Life Scenarios

5 Ways to Get Prepped

Having an emergency plan and some simple supplies on hand can help you get through a disaster unscathed. If you can start gathering supplies now, you won’t have to deal with panic buying or going home empty-handed. This hurricane primer has essential articles with supply lists that may be essential in your preparedness planning.

Here’s how to start!

Have a plan. Making a plan ahead of time will keep you organized and ensure that all of your needs and supplies are accounted for. This short-term emergency checklist is good for getting necessary supplies in place. At a minimum, keep an emergency bag filled with supplies to last for 72-hours. This is good for peace of mind, as well as, in the case of having to evacuate on a moment’s notice. If you want to go “full prepper” you should really have multiple 72-hour bags packed for places where you spend most of your time: the home, vehicle and workplace. This ensures all of your bases are covered. That said, it is also imperative to research and learn about the aftermath of hurricanes.

Get some supplies. You want to create a short-term emergency supply of not just food and water, but critical items that will disappear after a hurricane. Many of the items that often disappear as a result of a disaster are items that protect your basic needs. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, six items disappeared almost immediately due to the shortage of supplies: gasoline, water, food staples, bleach, toilet paper, and home repair items. To ensure you have all that you need, read the 52-Weeks to Preparedness to get prepared for short-term to longer-term emergencies.

Prepare for all family members and don’t forget your petsOne of the reasons planning for emergencies before they occur is so important is that when panic sets in, you tend to forget needs of others like prescription medicines or food for pets.  Consider having all members of the household knowing some simple first aid and CPR.

Get supplies to protect your home. Having pre-cut boards and supplies prepped and on hand can save valuable time when you are under a hurricane threat. This checklist for preparing the exterior of the home should be printed out and put in an emergency binder for essential protocols to follow.

Plan for the worst-case – There are consequences to those who fail to prepare for disasters. They are listed in detail in this article and should be read.  There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Water contamination, infectious diseases, sanitation emergencies, and looting could all pose a problem for victims of hurricanes. While prepping for hurricanes at the last-minute can be a gamble, it is possible. Here are some tips for last-minute preparations for sheltering in place.

Hurricanes are unpredictable in nature and the 2017 hurricane season was a brutal reminder of how quickly your world can change and have the capacity to level homes, flood neighborhoods and cause massive amounts of damage to communities. Experts are warning communities to prepare accordingly for this season.

 

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

5-Gallon Water Jug – Best Places to Buy & Refill for Emergency

Click here to view the original post.
5 gallon water jug

One of the most important pieces in your emergency kit is a 5 gallon water jug.  Here are our top picks so that you’re never without clean water. Whether you’re putting together an emergency kit to help you brace for summer storms, severe weather situations, power outages, or other unplanned events, clean drinking water is the […]

The post 5-Gallon Water Jug – Best Places to Buy & Refill for Emergency appeared first on PreparednessMama.

“BLACK SKY” EVENT WOULD “BRING SOCIETY TO ITS KNEES”

Click here to view the original post.
facebooktwittergoogle_plus

The term “Black Sky” or “Black Sky Hazard” refers to an event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures. A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations. Think electromagnetic pulse (EMP) or space weather in the form of a massive solar flare, for starters.

In the modern world, our lives are empowered, enriched and sustained by unprecedented access to clean water, electricity, food, health care and pharmaceuticals, and a wide range of other vital products and services. In most modern nations, when disasters strike and the interconnected infrastructure networks that supply these goods and services fail, utilities, corporations, government agencies and mass care NGOs have always been able to depend on the continued availability of these networks in most of the country, setting aside other priorities to come to the aid of the affected region.

In Black Sky hazards, long duration, potentially nationwide power outages and associated cascading failures of all lifeline utilities will drastically limit availability of such “external” support, precisely at the time when it is desperately needed by the population. Thus “scaling up” disaster plans that depend on such external support will be insufficient to meet the unique needs of these severe scenarios.

In addition, to sustain or restore its services, each utility sector typically depends on products and services it receives from other, interdependent sectors. In a Black Sky outage, advance preparations of any one sector, without common, well-coordinated preparations across many sectors, will be unsuccessful due to the lack of these sector-external products and services.

If you’re uncertain what the impacts of a “Black Sky” event might look like, watch this:

 

 

 

Everyone should be aware of this threat to our civilized society and be working towards hardening our electric grid against such threats while we still have time.  Check out the 2018 EIS Council EARTH EX event scheduled for this summer to learn more about the threats we face and what you can do to prepare.

If you want to better understand my thoughts on personal preparedness, please check out my books HERE and HERE, or wander deeper into this blog.  I hope this website will help you along your way, especially if you’re just getting started.  Keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms as well.

www.practicaltactical4you.com

Practical Tactical

How To Insulate A Tent For Winter Camping

Click here to view the original post.

Who said that you have to stay indoors in winter? There is no doubt that the weather can be a little bit challenging. Nevertheless, winter is a great chance to enjoy the wilderness in a way that only a few will understand. Understanding how to insulate a tent for winter camping is crucial if you … Read more…

The post How To Insulate A Tent For Winter Camping was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Choosing A Bug Out Location – Small Town Versus Isolated Retreats

Click here to view the original post.

At some point in our lives we have or might have to face certain harmful or dangerous situations that we might feel the need to escape from. If not that, sometimes life can just get so tiring and exhausting that you need to bug out for a while and spend some time on your own, …

Continue reading

The post Choosing A Bug Out Location – Small Town Versus Isolated Retreats appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

How to Supplement Your Potable Water Supplies by Cheaply Harvesting Rainwater

Click here to view the original post.

Rainwater:  It’s free, falls from the sky nearly everywhere, and is relatively pure. Without rainwater, lakes and streams and aquifers would dry up and humans and animals would die or

The post How to Supplement Your Potable Water Supplies by Cheaply Harvesting Rainwater appeared first on Ask a Prepper.

Seven Acres and Independence

Click here to view the original post.

By: Tom Chatham Any size homestead that fulfills your needs is a good size but here are some things to look at when designing one. Different people desire different things and that will determine how much land you need. I have determined that 7 acres is a good size small homestead that can provide all […]

Shelter, Fire, Water and the Survival Gear that Makes the Difference

Click here to view the original post.

If you find yourself in a survival scenario there are three things that you need to concern yourself with immediately. This scenario could be the realization that you are lost in the woods, it could be an urban survival situation or even recovery from a serious natural disaster. The beauty of survival is that these […]

The post Shelter, Fire, Water and the Survival Gear that Makes the Difference appeared first on American Preppers Network.

How to Build a 25-Year Emergency Food Supply

Click here to view the original post.
How to build a 25-year emergency food supply. Photo of canned goods in mason jars.

You never know when an emergency can strike or how long you’ll need to live off your food supply. In this article, we’ll show you how to build the perfect 25-year emergency food supply. This way you can rest easy knowing you’ve prepared for the worst. There are a wide variety of instances that cause […]

The post How to Build a 25-Year Emergency Food Supply appeared first on PreparednessMama.

Reading The Weather Signs And Preparing Accordingly

Click here to view the original post.

Here we go again! Us preppers, always talking about the great and heavy importance of staying prepared. And with the issue at hand, today is no different. Weather forecasting is a dying skill and people nowadays rely too much on the weather channel to plan their trips. As we all know and can fairly easily … Read more…

The post Reading The Weather Signs And Preparing Accordingly was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Prep of the Month: The Survival Kit That Fits Anywhere! (GIVEAWAY)

Click here to view the original post.

Over the years, I’ve purchased different survival kits and most of them were made with cheap items that wouldn’t last through the duration of an emergency. In fact, one kit I purchased had a “survival knife” that was so dull it wouldn’t cut through a sheet of paper. What am I supposed to do with this is an emergency?

I know that many of you have made this prepper mistake.

In an emergency, when you are only left with your tools to survive, you want them to be dependable.

With that in mind, the folks over at Global Tactical Gear created a survival kit only using “high-quality, reliable gear for emergency preparedness and survival situations,” and I have to say I’m impressed.

Everything you need in an emergency

When I opened the package I was immediately pleased with the water-resistant case the kit came in and the attention to detail in every item. All items in the kit are good quality and can serve multiple purposes in an emergency. For example, the survival pen not only writes, but can also be used to break glass if you need to escape from a car, and the saber card has a can opener, bottle opener, 4 and 2-position wrench, butterfly, and direction ancillary wrench, screwdriver, knife edge, saw blade, and ruler. And that’s just one item!

As well, I love the size of this kit. It is small enough to fit in a glove compartment of a vehicle, a bug out bag or even in a medium to large size purse.

Here’s what is inside:

  • 3.5″ Survival Knife with Seat Belt Cutter
  • Large Ferro Flint & Steel Fire Starter
  • Tactical Pen
  • Emergency Thermal Blanket
  • 350 Lumen Flashlight (all metal)
  • Compass
  • Multi-Function Saber Card
  • Aluminum Alloy Whistle with 120db
  • Shockproof and Water-Resistant Case
  • How-To User Guide eBook
  • “10 Tips for Wilderness Survival” eBook

If this kit isn’t enough, they also include a FREE survival eBook that you can download. Hands down, this is the best survival kit I have seen and will be purchasing another for my vehicle. Another plus is the regular price is $27.99 – which is very affordable!

The only suggestion I would make to this kit would be to add some iodine tablets for water purification and some paracord but this could easily be added to the kit after purchasing.

Do you want one of these amazing survival kits?

Global Tactical Gear are giving 2 of these multipurpose survival kits away to a couple of lucky Ready Nutrition readers.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go to your Twitter page, and like and follow @TessPennington
  2. RT & Send
  3. Tag a Friend

It’s that simple! We’re going to let this giveaway run for the month of May to give you all plenty of time to enter and will choose two winners on May 31st!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Find out more about Global Tactical Gear and be sure to like and follow them!

Website

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Whether you are looking for a lightweight preparedness kit for the car, your family preparedness supplies, or your bug out bag that will have multipurpose tools to use in an emergency, this would be the kit I would recommend. As well, it would make a great gift for your favorite prepper.

 

Full Disclosure: I received the Global Tactical Gear Survival Kit with Knife as a product to review, but liked it so much that I will be purchasing one for each of my family’s bug out bags. 

 

 

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

How to Be Prepared for Anything

Click here to view the original post.

How to Be Prepared for Anything

How to Be Prepared for Anything
(or, What I Wish I Knew When I Started Prepping)
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

When a person becomes a prepper, they often go through a “waking up” phase to all the potential risks one could face. It can be an overwhelming amount of information to take in. There is a desire to get prepared for anything and everything.

Continue reading How to Be Prepared for Anything at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Outdoor Survival Gear for Emergencies: 10 Must Have Pieces

Click here to view the original post.
outdoor survival gear

Do you have what you need to survive? We’re sharing our 10 must have pieces of outdoor survival gear to get you through any emergency. For non-survivalists, emergency gear is only for serious adventurers or those anticipating end-of-days both for the earth or just in terms of capitalism. But survival gear isn’t limited to this […]

The post Outdoor Survival Gear for Emergencies: 10 Must Have Pieces appeared first on PreparednessMama.

Things You Need To Survive In Hostile Regions

Click here to view the original post.

When traveling to foreign countries, there’s always the risk of things taking a turn for the worst.  With the ever-increasing surge of terrorism and international drug cartels, you never know how you may end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Personal protection is a necessity for westerners who work or vacation abroad, … Read more…

The post Things You Need To Survive In Hostile Regions was written by David Andrew Brown and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Emergency Procedures during travel

Click here to view the original post.

Emergency Procedures during travel
David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!

This show we talk about what to do in in different types of emergencies when you are travelling. Let’s face it, most Prepper are ready if they are at home with all their gear but what should you do when your away? What to do in extreme situations if you only have moments to save yourself or a loved one.

Continue reading Emergency Procedures during travel at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

AR15 Shooting – Top 5 Fundamentals

Click here to view the original post.

As you should know by now, the AR15 rifle is one of the most popular rifles in the United States. Some love it while others hate it and try to demonize it. No matter the debate behind this rifle, we all have to agree that it is practical, extremely ergonomic and it can be one … Read more…

The post AR15 Shooting – Top 5 Fundamentals was written by David Andrew Brown and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Caches & Ban Stockpiling Part 2

Click here to view the original post.

Caches & Ban Stockpiling Part 2
“The Gunmetal Armory” Audio player provided!

Last week we talked about what items to stock up on when getting ready for a ban, but we didn’t cover everything we wanted to. So this week we are going to go a bit deeper and talk about a few more items to stock up on before any kind of ban, and maybe some items you haven’t though of yet.

Continue reading Caches & Ban Stockpiling Part 2 at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

A 25-Point Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Click here to view the original post.
list emergency preparedness checklist

Are you prepared for a worst-case scenario? Disaster can strike without a moment’s notice, making it crucial to have a contingency plan in place so that you and your loved ones can evacuate safely and survive until help arrives. This 25-point emergency preparedness checklist is the ultimate guide to fast action in an unexpected circumstance. […]

The post A 25-Point Emergency Preparedness Checklist appeared first on PreparednessMama.

The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle (Part 1)

Click here to view the original post.

Editor’s note: This article was written by one of our most beloved readers and opinion leader, Left Coast Chuck. I want to start off by saying that I have no

The post The Incredible and Efficient Use of a Bicycle as a Bug Out Vehicle (Part 1) appeared first on Ask a Prepper.

Lessons from the Roman Army for Post-SHTF Combat Operations

Click here to view the original post.

Alright, we have done a couple of articles on “Knowing Yourself,” and “Knowing Your Enemy.”  Now that everyone knows one another, let’s take it to another level.  As a single individual, as a family member, or operating in a group, after it hits the fan, you will have to fight eventually.  You will not be able to avoid it and hunker down until the cavalry comes, because it will be in your neighborhood and the cavalry isn’t coming to your rescue.

We’ve discussed Fabian Tactics in previous articles.  These were based on the exploits of Quintus Fabius Maximus in the First Punic War between Carthage and Rome. “Hit and Run” tactics exemplify their description: strike a numerically superior larger force at a time and place of your choosing, and then break contact.  Fade back into the forest, hide, and avoid further combat until the next engagement of your choice.

Lessons from the Roman Army for Post-SHTF Combat Operations

Let’s “fix” ‘em: set the enemy up and zap ‘em!  Let’s do a few things that the Romans were famous for…using these techniques here and now.

  1. Choose the Ground: Yes, you choose the place you will engage them.  Along with this, you pick the time of day, the formation of the attack, the objective, and the criteria for withdrawal.  You choose it.  As an individual, you would be sniping.  As a group (depending on your numbers and composition), you can engage in operations limited by your size.  Choosing the ground means also to actively recon the enemy and not allow him to choose it and catch you unawares.
  2. Prep the Ground: The Roman Army were masters of this task. They scouted the area and with thorough intel, they knew where their enemies were, actions these people planned on taking, and avenues of approach.  They cut timber and created obstacles of logs interlaced with natural “barbed wire” in the form of thorns and thistles…along with spikes and stakes, to limit enemy cavalry.  Long before William Wallace of “Braveheart” was ever a thought, the Roman legions spread out hay soaked with pitch and oil in areas where enemy foot soldiers would move, and applied flaming arrows when the time was right.  They always took the high ground when possible, and used the natural terrain features (cliffs, rivers, etc.) to form boundaries to help them channel the enemy.
  3. Always Fight with the Sun at your Back: The Romans positioned themselves and attacked to place the sun in the eyes of their enemies. I know, I know: the enemy has “Ray-Bans,” right?  No, it worked for the Viet Cong as well.  When they’re looking into the sun, they’re at a severe disadvantage.  Use the sun.  Use the terrain.  Live with the land and live.
  4. “SPECVLATORES”- the Speculatores…the deep-cover operatives…the Special Forces and Reconnaissance warriors of the Roman Empire. You need operatives in your “unit” with the ability to do “deep penetration” of an enemy’s defenses…whether in their midst unsuspectingly or observing them from a nearby locale…operating on their own ground unbeknownst to them.  You need one or two people who can get the job done…and provide you with the deep-cover intel you’ll need to make decisions.
  5. Alliances – “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Not always so, but you can use such rifts to your advantage…with other groups who your enemy is at odds with.  Here is where diplomacy, teamwork, and political acumen/savvy comes into play.  These “non-combat” skills are just as important to “fixing” your enemy as any of the actual missions you will undertake to defeat him.  Be skilled at making alliances, and do not make them just for the sake of socializing.  It is an art that we will cover more in-depth in future pieces.
  6. Feed Them Disinformation: Yes, the Romans were very adept at sending messages or planting information that was false. This regarded their strengths, their movements, supplies, and reinforcements.  Sun Tzu was not the only one with a knowledge of how to monopolize disinformation, and he wasn’t the first to employ it.
  7. Lure Them and “Stake” ‘Em – the Roman Army would plant different things out in front of an approaching enemy force in order to delay and distract them…making them ripe for an attack or ambush. You can do the same, and make it fall “in line” with the enemy you’ll be facing.  Quick question: How many of you have Russian or Chinese canned delicacies, such as Borscht or caviar for the former, or imported Chinese canned foods and fineries for the latter?  Because you may be able to use it to lure such if they ever come to this country…and set a trap on or in it, or place shooters in an overwatch position overlooking it.  Because you may need prisoners, and what better way to lure them in than with a carton of their own cigarettes, their own liquor that they would think to be safe?      Be advised: SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS FROM THE STORE YOU BOUGHT IT!  This is because in the times to come if anyone ever suspects you of collaborating with them…you can show the receipts that you bought it all long before the conflict began, and give them an explanation of why you bought it all.  This may keep you from being shot by your own countrymen.
  8. The Violence of Action in a Controlled Manner – the Romans did not win their mastery over all of Europe and most of the Middle East by conducting drill and ceremony. They were trained, skilled killers and understood that the thing that made the Empire possible was the discipline and aggression of the individual legionnaire.
  9. A Perfect Chain of Command – Modern militaries all have a chain of command and an order of succession for someone to fill the “vacancy” at all levels when a commander “buys the farm,” so to speak. You need to enable each member of your team to be able to step into the shoes and position of the leader and take charge to continue with the mission.
  10. Discipline: this encompasses all areas. A “guerrilla fighter,” whether fighting off marauders from a neighboring town post SHTF, or a tyrannical, oppressive government, or a foreign invader…the guerrilla needs to be disciplined.  Physical toughness, adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP’s), a cool head and iron nerves, and endurance…the ability to keep this up for years…to go the distance.  These are the things that the Romans kept focused upon and central to their legions for many centuries.

In conclusion, small unit tactics are more than just a matter of either superior arms or numerical advantages.  They are based on common sense and knowing how to plan out your objectives, as well as a plan of attack.  You will have to be the “David” going against the Goliath, and although not shirking from battle, picking the time and place of your engagement, and the conditions and standards you will set to achieve those objectives.  It is no guarantee of success, but you are guaranteed to perform better with the proper planning, training, and clarity of purpose prior to a battle.  It can mean the difference between success and failure, life or death.  In this vein, I highly encourage you to study more about the Roman Army and the warfare in ancient times.  Take the time to clean the tarnished pitcher and you may just find a silver piece made by Revere.  The knowledge is there: seek after it and make your future rather than just allowing it to happen to you.  That’s what it’s all about.  JJ out!

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Composting For A Healthy Garden – How to Compost

Click here to view the original post.

Tired of the same ole ‘reruns’, endless tv series, media, commercials, and couch crashing? Me too… Getting back in tune with ourselves and our place in nature is now dire. Starting your own compost pile is but one of a million ways to get back to our ‘roots’ and spend a little more time outside … Read more…

The post Composting For A Healthy Garden – How to Compost was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Survival Uses for Pine Tree Resin You Haven’t Thought Of

Click here to view the original post.

There are many uses for the resin that can be collected from pine trees.  Just what is the resin and how does the pine tree use it?  Well, it’s a substance that helps protect the tree from funguses and disease, as it is antimicrobial in nature.  Resin (commonly referred to as “sap”) also enables the tree to hold in water and protect it in times of drought.  It is used by the tree as a sort of natural “self-patching” kit to help it close a wound within it, such as a deep gouge in the bark.

People have been using resin for a long time.  It can be used to make wood stain and varnish.  Yeah, I know, that’s really exciting.  So, let’s cut to the chase and list what it can do.

  1. First Aid: The sap is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.  A hardened piece can be softened with heat and applied to a wound to help stop bleeding.  If you chew it (softer pieces), it can treat sore throats and help with a cold.
  2. For fire and light: the resin burns, and can be used to make torches, fire starters, and makeshift candles. Read more on how to acquire a supply of fat wood for lighting fires in a snap.
  3. Glue: for patching holes and tears…also in skin, akin to super-glue on a cut (double use as first-aid there). You can mount heads on blowgun-darts, spears, and arrows with it.

There’s plenty to go around.  You can gather it in the woods both hardened and soft.  Be sure and use a container, preferably glass and not plastic to carry your resin.  People harvest it by cutting v-shaped notches into the bark in rows parallel to one another.  The resin then collects in the lowest one…a bucket or vessel is needed to catch it.  Don’t go out and destroy or hurt live trees unless it’s a genuine survival situation.  If it kills you to think about it, know that those who harvest it do so for 20 years or more with no overall ill effects on the tree.

Fossilized resin is known as amber and has been fashioned into jewelry.  Many times, the amber trapped animals in it when it was still soft resin, such as bees, ants, and spiders…and they ended up being perfectly preserved…of great historical and scientific value.  Pine tar, pitch, rosin, and turpentine can be made from pine tree resin, and although they are beyond the scope of this article, they are worth mentioning for your further research.

I’ve written articles on pine pollen and pine needle tea in the past.  As you can see, the pine trees have many uses besides just building cabins and as fuel for fires that don’t immediately jump out at you.  Learn to find and gather the resin and try to practice using it in the ways we covered here.  This is good for your ongoing survival training and further sustaining yourself when the going gets tough and the only resources you have are what information you carry in your head and the skills to make it happen.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

Top 13 Uses for Pine Trees in Woodcraft and Self-Reliance

Did you know pine trees can be used as food, medicine and survival equipment?

16 Uses of Sticky Pine Sap for Wilderness Survival and Self-Reliance

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Step By Step Guide To Make A First Aid Kit

Click here to view the original post.

No adventure is without the risk of injury, which means no adventure seeker in this world is 100% safe. The adventurous outdoors can be fully exciting but completely unsafe at the same time if proper measures are not taken to prevent or cure unexpected injuries. Some of the most common harms are fractures, abrasions, lacerations, …

Continue reading

The post Step By Step Guide To Make A First Aid Kit appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

Could The U.S. Rebuild After Major EMP Event?

Click here to view the original post.

Surviving an EMP event will present incredible challenges

Of all the potential nightmare scenarios for disaster, an attack by high-altitude EMP (electromagnetic pulse) seems to be the worst in many people’s minds. The potential for destructionof our electric grid is said to have the potential for setting us back, technologically speaking, by over a century; landing us right in the midst of the 1800s. Since we don’t have the knowledge and tools to survive in the 1800s, many of us would die of starvation, if diseasedidn’t get us first.

I won’t argue this position since it originated with the EMP Commission’s report. A report, I might add, which was generated by the country’s top experts in EMP and its effects. These aren’t conspiracy theorists or fear mongers. They are scientists who believe that such an attack could cause the death of between 60 and 90 percent of our population.

The loss of all of our electronics would be a significantloss to society. But that’s nothing compared to the loss of the electric grid that powers all those devices. Electronic devices can be replaced, but losing the electrical generating capability of our nation, as well as the ability to transmit that power to the millions of homes, businesses and other end-use pointsis a much greaterproblem. Even if the power generating stations themselves canbe salvaged, it willtake decades to restore the entire grid.

Of course, this would be a race against time, as the massive numbers of deaths projected by the EMP commission arefor the first year after the EMP. Considering that the lead time to have a substation transformer built is one year, and there are over 55,000 substations in the country, chances are that death would win the race over the restorationof our power.

But I have faith in our country and even more in our countrymen. The people of the United States are known for their innovation, tenacity, “can do” attitude and pioneering spirit. I believe that these are still there, just waiting for the right circumstances to bring them out.

But What About the Grid?

In reality, I don’t believe that the electric grid would be able to be restored in the aftermath of an EMP. Oh, it might be restored 20 or 30 years down the road, but there just isn’t the manufacturing capability available to build all those transformers and everything else that is necessary. At least, not for the whole grid.

On the other hand, I think we’ll see a lot of activity going into restoring electrical service on a local level, for those who are close to power plants that survive. Unsurprisingly, those will be the older plants, which probablyhave control systems that can survive the EMP. There’s also a chance that nuclear power plants will escapemostlyunscathed, as they are built to withstand the effects of an EMP.

The big problem probably won’t be so much producing the power, as it will be delivering it to where it is needed. That’s why I say that restoration of the grid will start out only on a local basis; local power companies areproducing electrical power and providing it to those who are close enough to their operations, that they can use surviving technology to deliver it.

Even this will require some heroic engineering, bypassing existing controls and modifying equipment. But I believe it will be possible. The big question will then be how much fuel those power plants have available to them. Gas-fired plants won’t be able to run, because they won’t have any natural gas. The ones that will be most likely to be made functional will be hydroelectric and coal-fired plants.

So What?

Will that electrical power do any good? That depends once again on the ingenuity of the American people. The consensusis that an EMP will take out all of our electronics, exceptwhat is in Faraday Cages. But what most people forget, is that there are massive Faraday Cages all across the country, filled with electronic equipment.

The Faraday Cages I’m referring to arewarehouses. Most warehouses, except for the really oldones, are metal buildings with metal roofs. As long as the electronics inside them are not in contact with the building itself, which the packaging does an excellentjob of ensuring, they will be protected from the EMP by the building itself.

What won’t be protectedis the inventory control systems, which are all computerized. Since one of the ways that EMP attacks electronics is by passing through electrical wires, we can count on the inventory control computers being fried, along with their electronic records. So people who know what is in those warehouses will have to physically inventory it, and then probably bring the critical equipment down off of warehouse shelving with block and tackle. But it can be done.

With those resources available, engineers and technicians will be able to start restoring technology, opening factories and hospitals and putting people back to work. Again, this won’t be on a nationwide level, but rather on a local level. How much will be able to be restored in any particular area will depend a lot on the resources that are in that area.

From there, the next step will be tobegin trading between neighboring cities. People will have goods to barter and will have things they will need. If the nearbytownshave those things, business will happen.

Of course, the most significantneed will be food. Rural farming communities will be at an advantage, sitting on the most criticalcommodities in the country. The big problem will be in distribution, which will be extremely difficult, without gasoline and diesel to run vehicles.

In Conclusion

While the things I’m saying here don’t diminish the danger of an EMP attack, they do show that there is a possibility of surviving it. Many people will probably still die, especially in the larger cities. Those cities will run out of resources first, causing people to die of dehydration, starvation, anddisease. But smaller communities will have a chance; how much of an opportunitywill depend on the resources they have available to them, and thetechnical knowledge to make use of those resources.

Ultimately, the United States will survive an attack by EMP. Sadly, many of our citizens will die, andthe country that emerges will probably look much different than it does today. If I were to guess, I would say that it would more closely resemble the nationwe were during the westward expansion, with some variation of modern-day technology thrown in. But chaos would become normal, at least for a decade.

In the end, it will be up to those left torebuild this country. You and I, as preppers, are prayerfully planning on being some of those survivors. That said, it might be a good idea for us to plan on being ready to rebuild the country we inherit, when and if that time comes.

Bring your Bible though… we’re going need some rules. A biblical worldview built this country in the Colonial period and gave guidance during the movement West in the 1800s. It will work again. It’s that kind of book.

 

Nature’s Top 10 Healing Vegetables and Fruits You Can Easily Grow

Click here to view the original post.

If you are looking to supercharge your immune system against today’s ever-evasive diseases, melt away that excess weight, or stimulate the brain while actively building barriers against stroke and heart attack risk, then look no further than…your own backyard or patio or garden plot (as you can grow thse healing vegetables literally anywhere). Ancient remedies, … Read more…

The post Nature’s Top 10 Healing Vegetables and Fruits You Can Easily Grow was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

How To Kickstart Your Training When You’ve Gone Off Track

Click here to view the original post.

Photo by Wesley Quinnon on Unsplash

By Staff writer – The Survival Place Blog

Training your body is hard work and it takes a lot of dedication, patience, blood, sweat and tears
to be successful. It’s all too easy to turn down the idea of working out or to pick up that packet of
biscuits, because the body will always favour the most comfortable option that you have in mind.
However, it’s important to keep yourself fit and healthy so that you can continue with your
training. It’s true when they say that only the fittest survive, so if you’ve gone off track a little with
your training, here’s a few tips on how to kickstart yourself again and get back where you want
to be!

Pack with protein

The whole idea of training is to bulk out and become the fittest, and in this case protein is your
best friend. Make meal plans and premake your food so that when it comes to meal time you
can cook it without being tempted to go for an easier option. Food that’s packed with protein will
help you build up the muscles that you want and also help your endurance levels too. Here are
some great ideas for meal plans that are packed with protein. Take a look and see if there’s
anything you could be doing differently.

Work out military style

It’s no secret that people in the military are among the fittest people in the world. The training
that they have to go through is intense and regular too. There is an exercise plan called Goruck
that can give you the secrets into training like the military, so why not take a look and take
advantage of these Goruck military discount codes that SGPT have to offer for their readers. It
will give you the chance to train like the professionals and also achieve your target so much
faster.

Challenge yourself to push even further

Normally in an exercise plan you give yourself a target to reach and have set days in which you
do this. Instead of making certain days where you’re training, why not force yourself to do it
more often so that you can reap the results even faster? Getting into the right mindset about
training is important too, so why not take advantage of social media groups that are made to
give people tips and tricks about how to stay on plan. You never know, you might make a friend
that will stay with you!

Do it with a buddy

Talking of friends, training is so much easier to endure if you’re doing it with someone face to
face. This works well because you can spur each other on and also pick eachother up when
either of you feels like quitting. Plus, it’s a great way to fit in time with friends at the same time
as training!

Try these four ideas to help kick start your training. Remember that results take hard work and
dedication, and that you can do this!

Originally published at The Survival Place Blog: How To Kickstart Your Training When You’ve Gone Off Track

The post How To Kickstart Your Training When You’ve Gone Off Track appeared first on The Survival Place Blog.

The Old Technique Of Planting By The Signs

Click here to view the original post.

It’s about damn time that we begin to realize all that we’ve put out of whack in this great system we are part of. Using old hacks like planting by the signs in this modern world seems a little odd, but is it really? Our ancestors did it with great success and they left us … Read more…

The post The Old Technique Of Planting By The Signs was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Grid Down: How to Get Water From Your Well When There is No Power

Click here to view the original post.

One of the problems faced with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) is that your well will not be pumping water into your home.  For those living in urban areas and are relying on municipal water, your water could also be short-lived and it’s important to have a backup plan.

Well water is a different matter entirely because it is your well and you are responsible for getting the water. There are several solutions to this problem, and we’re going to close the article with a “quick fix” to enable you to get to the water.  First, let’s cover Operational Security (or OPSEC) regarding your well.

Protect and Conceal Your Water

For starters, you’re not going to be the only one who is hungry or thirsty when it strikes.  You need to camouflage, hide, or protect your well.  A structure such as a small shed could come in handy in that regard, as well as providing a little bit of relief from the elements when you need to obtain the water.  Cut a hole in the floor of the shed, and then drop it down on top of the well.  Then it’s a simple matter to insulate the edges of where the ground and the hole meet with blow-in foam or such.

There are plenty of kits out on the market for you to be able to pump your own water out of the well by hand.  Most of them have a special pneumatic part that will enable the suction to occur through PVC pipes that you join up.  There are plenty of companies to offer such.  Another way is to pick up a small generator (especially a quiet one, such as a Honda that features maintaining silence).  Have a good electrician wire you up a connection on your electrical panel, so that you can just plug in the generator and run the pump.

If you pursue this option, ensure that the intake and the exhaust for your generator are sufficient to keep carbon monoxide and exhaust from going into the home.  This is why the good electrician is worth his weight in gold.  It will vary from state to state.  In Montana, you can get away with just about everything, whereas in other states, you need to deal with permits, inspections, and even certifications to accomplish a simple task.

An Affordable Option For Getting Well Water

Here is the last suggestion, the “affordable” one.  Measure the inside diameter of your well, and take a reading to find how deep it runs.  Next, you’ll need to cut a section of heavy PVC pipe and make it so there’s an inch on all sides when you place it into the well.  Drill two holes in the top of it and attach a line to it running across on both sides and then connecting as a triangle to provide support…I prefer aluminum cable-wire on this one if you can get it.  Next, run another stretch of aluminum wire through the center of your pipe-section.

The pipe should be cut to about 2 feet in length.  A rubber ball that does not float is necessary for this one.  The ball needs to completely cover one end of the pipe.  Thread the second cable through the top part of the ball and secure it so that if you pull up on it, the ball will rest.  You want the line to parallel the lifting line that you affixed to the top of the pipe.

You’ll lower the whole apparatus, and when the pipe fills with water, pull up the ball, “seating” it at the bottom, and then lift up the whole apparatus.  The ball will hold the water in at the bottom of the pipe, and then you just drain off the water you pull up.  I’m sure there are plenty of readers out there with good engineering experience, so your comments on improved design will be most welcome.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

These articles are worth the time to read and will catch you up on pertinent information and essential preps.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Exiling Fear in Survival Mode

Click here to view the original post.

In most cases, the first thing to strike in a crisis-like circumstance, be it lone-surviving a plane crash in the ocean or finding yourself stuck as a hostage to violent terrorists, is fear. As we preppers should be fully aware, it is fear that inevitably leads to panic. This is precisely what happens to many … Read more…

The post Exiling Fear in Survival Mode was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

The Best Bushcraft Knife: Finding the Optimal Tools for SHTF

Click here to view the original post.

What is your favorite knife for bushcraft? It is surprising how many people have different tastes when it comes to a tool as simple as a knife. We strode out to determine the best bushcraft knife using our own experience and the input from those that do it daily. Trimming the list down to just …

Continue reading

The post The Best Bushcraft Knife: Finding the Optimal Tools for SHTF appeared first on SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central.

SHTF Combat Operations and Fabian Tactics

Click here to view the original post.

In one of my previous articles, I referenced several resources for you to use, and I will repeat them here.  The Field Manual for the Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad, FM 7-8 is the manual I used when I was in the service.  (The “modern” version is FM 3-21).  Another reference is SH 21-76, the Army Ranger HandbookThese three little books war a “gold mine” of information that you will need to organize yourselves (family, extended family-friends, and allies) into a cohesive force.  Notice how I did not say “effective,” and that adjective can only be obtained by practice and repetition.  It costs to become an effective fighting force.

The cost is paid through study, time, effort, and the allocation of resources; the cost is paid through practice and repetition.

That being mentioned, why am I writing about this?  Why write about such “military matters” as combat operations?

Because after the SHTF, the Army isn’t going to be sent in to do the “dirty work” for you while you dehydrate organic tomatoes: you’re going to have to do it yourself.

“Citizen-soldier” is a unique concept that perhaps is brought to the forefront of the imagination with the citizen-soldiers of the Revolutionary War…but its roots are much older than our transposed, Northern European form of society, culture, and government.  It has its roots in much older nations, such as the ancient city-states of Greece, and the Republic (then Empire) of Rome.

Citizens were not “encouraged” to serve: they were expected to be soldiers.

Fast-forward to now.  You can do the same: for your family, for your neighborhood, and for your community.  After it hits the fan, you may have to fight any number of enemies: marauding gangs, outlaws, foreign troops, and perhaps even those of your own government gone bad.

7 Tactical Topics You Must Master Before it Hits the Fan

You have a lot of studying to do that is beyond the scope of this article to cover, but we’re going to list some topics for you, and I will cover some of them later.  These topics are not merely subjects.  They are tasks, to learn how to do and execute as an individual and as a group.  Let’s list some:

  1. Traveling formations: File, Wedge, Diamond.
  2. React to near ambush.
  3. React to far ambush (sniper fire)
  4. Setting up an ambush (L, V, and so on)
  5. Fixing and Flanking (with an “A” team/squad as base and the “B” team as flanking element) This calls for a “lift and shift” of fires on an enemy.
  6. Strategic withdrawal/Orderly retreat
  7. Setting up a cigar-shaped perimeter at night, with security

My best advice for you to train your group: LINK UP WITH A VETERAN – AN EXPERIENCED ONE. A veteran will be your best bet for being able to bring all these tasks to bear and train to standards.

A War of Attritions

You also need to follow a doctrine, and that is one of Fabian Tactics.  What are they?  Well, Fabian Tactics are also referred to as “hit and run” tactics, and are usually thought of as “guerilla,” or unconventional warfare tactics.  They can be employed as such, and usually are; however, they are also used by conventional forces when arrayed against a much larger force.

The effects of these “hit and run” tactics are not to achieve an out-and-out victory, but to delay, to harass, and to dissuade a superior force from entering into an area and conducting regular combat operations that eventually lead to taking the ground and pacifying the resistance.

The term originated with the former Consul of Rome, Quintus Fabius Maximus, who utilized such “hit and run” tactics with the Roman legions when they fought the great Carthaginian General, Hannibal.  The measure was used successfully, in which the Romans wearied the men and forces of Hannibal and dragged out the conflict for so long that the battle in Italy was unsustainable.  It forced the Carthaginian withdrawal, and then later the Romans defeated them in North Africa.

Learn from experience.  Learn from those who did it before.  Read and study about the Viet Cong…how a third-world nation held out against the United States Military.  Do you want a good read?  Invest in The Tunnels of Cu-Chi,” for an in-depth view of how the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong were so successful.  Watch films on resistance…by the fighters in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II.  Do you want to know how to do it from the ground up?  Pick up the book and the film, both entitled Defiance,” about the Bielski brothers in Belorussia during WWII…how they formed and trained an effective resistance force.

Start studying these things.  One by James Michener (and not a novel, but a documentary) is entitled The Bridge at Andau,” where you can read about teenage girls that had the guts to blow up Soviet tanks during the Hungarian resistance.  Study, task organize, and train.  Above all, find yourself a vet and learn from them.

And treat the vet as a hero: as the vet should have been treated by the nation.  It may just be that the vet will end up being a hero again…in your service when the “S” hits the fan. 

 

Fight that good fight, fight it well, and fight it smart.  Fight it to win.  JJ out!

 

 

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

What To Do When A Group Member Goes Missing

Click here to view the original post.

It is definitely important to understand how to survive if you ever find yourself lost or stranded and all alone; but have you put much thought in what you’d do if your buddy or a group member goes missing and doesn’t return to the car or camp when expected? Being the preppers that we are, … Read more…

The post What To Do When A Group Member Goes Missing was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.

Top 5 Survival Items for Air Travel

Click here to view the original post.
1- Decent footwear. It doesn’t have to be some kind of military or hiking boots but wear something you can run/ jump and walk a few miles in.
2- Cash. A wad of cash can solve a whole lot of travel related problems. Even in a grid down type disaster cash is how you buy the things you need. Depending on the trip, obviously Syria is more dangerous than Saratoga, and your financial situation the right amount varies. Several hundred dollars  buys some options and several thousand buys a lot of them.
3- First Aid gear. You can carry a very complete first aid kit onto a plane. The only items I would otherwise include would be a needle for chest decompression and a pair of scissors.
4- A credit card with a high limit. One could argue this is an extension of number two. I look at it differently because it has different pros and cons. Credit cards are a bit harder it use with say a random guy you want to give you a ride (though 4 square, Venmo, etc are changing that) but the risk of loss via theft is less. Also you don’t have to have the money. For a fairly normal middle class person having a credit card that would buy a used car to drive out of an area is very realistic.
5- Passport. We take this for granted in America but a passport gives you options. Maybe it is difficult to get out of an airport in Seattle or San Diego but if you hop across the border there is an airport you can easily travel out of. Maybe for whatever reason you have to make a change in plans.

I have traveled commercially for work. Often we can travel on orders or with an official passport. It is  not inconceivable that something could happpen where I needed to make alternate arraignments and using my blue civilian passport is a good idea.

Anyway there 5 items will solve the vast majority of your preparedness problems while traveling. 

FEMA: “Each Family Needs To Have a Central Rally Point”

Click here to view the original post.

ReadyNutrition Readers, this is going to take some planning on your part, as each person and family’s geographic location and other demographics (number of family members, etc.) are going to determine courses of action.

One of the problems that may be faced is that nobody will be home when the SHTF, and there may be a considerable distance for everyone to travel to reach home when that happens.

One way to lower your risks in traveling is to plan out and create rally points and hide sites.

FEMA also emphasizes the importance of having a family rally point.

“During many emergencies family members may be easily separated, and the confusion or chaos during any disaster often makes it more difficult for families members to find each other. Each family needs to have a central rally point that is reasonably secure and relatively easy for each family member to reach, adjusted for individual means of transportation. Such a rally point starts with a safe location near a family’s home or apartment … a location outside the residence where everyone agrees to meet in the event of fire or other threats. Think about other types of emergencies you might expect, and select the rally point providing the greatest safety during any one expected emergency. Families who have agreed, in advance, to help each other in time of major emergencies, also need to select secure rally points. I’m sure you may have heard all of this advise before, but too many of us forget survival essentials.”

When Comms are Down, Each Family Should Have a Rally Point

A rally point is nothing more than a predetermined location that you and all your family members agree to meet up or link up.  We will also address hasty rally points that can be used when you’re all together.  Hypothetically, let’s say that the Anderson family consists of Working Dad, Working Mom, 15-year-old Johnny and 19-year-old Susie.  Johnny is in high school, and Susie is a student with a part-time job in a drugstore right next to the school.  Here are the distances for all of them from home:

Dad – 10 miles       Mom – 8 miles       Johnny – 10 miles       Susie – 7 miles

Everyone is our hypothetical family is working and studying on the West Side of town, and home is to the East of town, for convenience’s sake.  Let us also say that the SHTF event is an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack.  The optimal location would be for the rally point to be established nearest to Susie, as she is the closest to home.  The others could make their way to this rally point…. let’s say it is a large oak tree in the park…where they would link up with one another and then attempt to reach home together.

Family’s Who Have a Hide Site Can Regroup More Efficiently

In addition to this, just in case things become too “hairy” you should establish a hide site.  A hide site is nothing more than a place to rest and regroup (possibly with some supplies that are hidden or cached) before continuing your movement home.

With everyone firmly rooted in the mentality of English property law, this may require you to establish a hide site that may be located on someone else’s property, such as a business or an abandoned/dilapidated structure.  You make the call and be the judge: when the SHTF, you can write a check to the property owner if you feel the need for sleeping in the abandoned barn with only three walls and half a roof.

The point being, if you’re going to use such things to facilitate your travel home, this means you will have to plan on them beforehand and perhaps conduct a rehearsal.  The more you practice, the better you will be.  You can then formulate a plan that will remove the uncertainties out of what all of you do.  What uncertainties can you avoid?  How about these, for starters:

“Oh, my word, where’s Johnny?” or “What about Susie?  My cell phone’s down…I can’t reach her!”

Mr. and Mrs. Anderson and family can take all the guesswork out of worrying for one another by having a premade plan that has been practiced.  A good deal of security and sense of confidence will come just from having a basic plan that each family member knows, and each family member knows that all of the other family members have the plan memorized and are going to carry out their parts.

You can aid each other in these plans with Motorola’s in the vehicles, shielded by a Faraday cage.  Turn on your agreed-upon preplanned family frequency when it’s safe to do so…and make communication when you’re able.  Now, back to a hasty rally point.  When you’re traveling toward the house?  A hasty rally point is a point that is identified by the group leader of your family as a fallback location while in the middle of movement/ traveling.

The hand-and-arm signal for “Rally” in the United States Army is to extend your right hand straight up, palm flattened, and make a circular motion above your head, fingers extended and joined.  Make sure all of your family members see it.  Then point to the exact location you have in mind: a small hollow at the base of a hill, a large boulder next to a creek, or whatever is decided upon.  Make sure each family member sees both the sign for “Rally” and you pointing to exactly where it is.

If trouble arises and everyone has to run, you will meet up at this rally point and then determine if you will proceed as you were going, or what alternate route you’ll take.  Planning is everything in this, and rehearsals will make it as perfect as it can be.  Help one another and take time to consider the best locations you can use, and give yourself a better chance.  Anything that will tip the scale in your favor even a few percentage points is worth your consideration.  Fight that good fight, every day.  JJ out!

 

(Sign up for our FREE newsletter to get the latest prepping advice, gardening secrets, homesteading tips and more delivered straight to your inbox!)

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition