Jarhead Survivor

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More

Selecting a Campground as a Bug Out Destination

Every summer my family and I pack up and move our camper down to a campground for the season here in Maine.  We spend a few months there then head back home in the off season.  We live close enough that we can go home if we want and my wife and daughter will spend nights… Read More

Bug Out Gun Lights Part 1

Mounting a light on a weapon, whether long gun or handgun, is a necessary option for every bug in and bug out scenario.  The light is not just for discriminating among potential targets, but also to light the escape route, to light the impromptu medical theater, and to signal others as needed.  I can easily… Read More

Two Things You Must Have To Survive In The Wilderness

How many blog posts have you read where the author talks about their bug-out bags and you think, "Holy cow, just the pack alone costs more than I make in a week!"  I'm here to tell you that you don't need to be rich in order to put together a good outdoor survival kit. Let… Read More

Making Fire With a Bow Drill

Imagine you're hiking with some friends on a day hike on a trail you've never been on.  The trail is well marked in places, not so much in others.  At one point you stop to make a quick bathroom break and tell the others to keep going, you'll catch up in a little while.  After… Read More

Maine Primitive Skills School

I was recently able to attend the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta, Maine.  Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in the forests here in Maine and I’m very comfortable in that environment; however, I know what I don’t know.  Any woodsman will tell you they are always ready to learn more… Read More

Networking After TSHTF

Many people think their most important asset after TSHTF is their weapons and ammo, or their food stores, or their ability to acquire clean drinking water, but I would argue that the most important asset will be the relationships you form or have formed.  I’m currently working on forming a BIBO (Bug In Bug Out)… Read More

Why I Prefer a Map and Compass over a GPS

Call me old fashioned.  Call me a Luddite.  But don't call me lost, because I know how to read a map and compass.  When I served my country years ago they decided that a fine young Marine like myself should know how to read a map and compass, so that if I went behind enemy… Read More

Civil Asset Forfeiture – Policing for Profit

On the way home one night you get pulled over by the police.  As far as you know you haven’t done anything wrong and the cop seems civil enough.  He pulled you over because he saw your car swerve and wanted to make sure you weren’t driving drunk.  You prove you haven’t been drinking and… Read More

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