Jarhead Survivor

Setting Up A Back Up Generator

In a recent article on SHTFBlog called "10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage", I fielded several questions about how my generator was set up for a power outage, so I thought I'd walk you through what I've done with my back up generator.  You'll need a few things and they aren't cheap; however, if… Read More

Who Will Be Held Accountable?

Here is a brief summary of what happened to an American, Chad Chadwick, on US soil.  Imagine being home one night by yourself.  You're feeling depressed, so you have a few drinks and then decide to take a bath.  While you're in the bath tub the combination of warm water and alcohol causes you to… Read More

3 Bug Out Lessons From A SWAT Officer

Let me admit something right up front.  Being a SWAT (law enforcement special operations) Officer is a blast.  But here’s something nobody will tell you.  Compared to bugging out, a SWAT deployment is a walk in the park. Ok that’s just my opinion, but having done more of both than the average bear, I speak… Read More

10 Lessons From A Multi-Day Power Outage

Electricity is the Achilles heel of most people's lives and preparedness plans.  You don't realize how much you need or use electricity until it is no longer available.  During Hurricane Katrina, an estimated 1.7 million people lost power anywhere from several days to several weeks.  Want to test your preparedness plans?  Go without electricity for… Read More

Gear Review: Survival Slingshot Archer

The Survival Slingshot Archer is one of those pieces of equipment that I both like and dislike.  Allow me to explain.  First, let me admit up front that I’m no expert with a slingshot.  I used to make my own when I was a kid and I even owned a wrist rocket for a brief… Read More

With Expediency

You know the old saying, “There is no time like the present.” I guess few other things could be further from the truth than initiating a SHTF survival plan as soon as possible.  Sure it can be postponed, forever if you like.  Maybe you can predict the next SHTF event, what it will be and… Read More

Gear Review: Henry AR7 Survival Rifle

It's important not to overlook the .22 rifle's importance in a survival situation.   You can take lots of small game with a .22 and if you're really desperate and a good shot you can take down bigger game as well.  I wouldn't try it on a bear, but I did read that Chris McCandless… Read More

Breaking The Law When The SHTF

 Why is it when there's a disaster of some kind people rush down to the store and steal a T.V. set?  I can understand a father or mother breaking into a store to get food or formula for their kids, but breaking in and stealing a DVD player after the hurricane hits or while the… Read More

Best Boots For Bugging Out

Some guys in my prep team say I have a boot fetish.  I say I am on a lifelong pilgrimage or conquest to find for once and for all the best boots for a variety of SHTF outdoors jobs.  And I think I may have finally just stepped into the right pair after all.  But… Read More

SHTF Armorer: DIY Cold Bluing

Like anything else in this world that gets used, guns wear over time. Stick a gun with even the toughest coating on it in a holster and drawing it back out will slowly erode coatings and finishes.  Salt in sweat, salt and humidity in the air, repeated use, metal dragging/bearing against metal as it moves… Read More

Gear Review – The Crovel Extreme II

If you've never seen the Crovel before it's an amazing piece of gear that is made in the USA. Basically it's a military e-tool on steroids with some cool additions. First, it's heavier than an e-tool. This can be both good and bad and I'll come back to this in a moment. Second, it has some… Read More

6 Ways To Prepare for Ebola

Ebola.  Even the name is a bit creepy.  The disease itself, is horrifying.   First you get flu like symptoms, then vomiting and diarrhea, then your organs start shutting down and you bleed from all your orifices before dying. The death rate from this virulent disease is anywhere from 55-90%. Those are not good odds.  Basically, there… Read More

Summer Camp Mentality

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache A Bug Out is not going to be the equivalent of a vaca to summer camp.  Forget the white sands, the water slides, the picnic BBQs, golf, snow skiing, bonfire marshmallow roasts, shopping antiques in the quaint downtown area with a quiche… Read More