Equipment

Bug Out Flashlight Wisdom: Part 2

Part 1 of Bug Out Flashlight Wisdom addressed modern LED lighting and the single CR123-cell flashlights in particular. In Part 2, flashlight features and operational wisdom will be discussed.  I can tell that the dust has not yet settled on flashlight interfaces in the same way it has not yet to settle on computer operating… Read More

Our Growing Dependence On Electronics

If you’ve been to a shopping center or a mall lately you’ve probably noticed how many people these days are totally plugged into their phones or other electronic gadgets.  It is even worse today now that the Pokemon Go craze has hit the world like a tidal wave.  I was in the big city of… Read More

2 Types Of Military Sleeping Bags To Use On Your Bug Out

I love military gear.  Some people hate it for various reasons, but to me this gear has proven itself on the battlefield.  It's constantly evolving and being updated as technology changes, but it's always being put to the test.  Another good reason is that you can usually get it relatively cheap after it's been used… Read More

Building a Post-Apocalyptic Survival ATV

Fresh off watching Mad Max Fury Road for the second time, I am almost ready to drop some cash on airfare and tickets to attend the increasingly popular Wasteland Weekend.  For someone like me, a publisher of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival nonfiction, it’s like a dream event right up there with attending the annual SHOT… Read More

Bug Out Gun Lights: Part 2

As noted in part one of Bug Out Gun Lights, 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… Read More

Tops BOB Knife Review

As hard as it is for me to say this, I think I've finally found a knife that I like better than the Ka-Bar Becker BK-2.  The BK-2 is an awesome knife.  It's a workhorse and of the few smaller knives out there it's one that you can actually chop and pry with that has… Read More

Technology and Survivalists

One thing I’ve noticed in the past is that every time I’ve really needed technology the most is when it let me down.  I was thinking about this the other night after my cell phone shut itself down never to start again.  I happened to be on call that night for work and in order… Read More

Good Stuff Cheap (er)

My dad always used to say “It only costs a little more to go first class.”  He drove Cadillac’s, flew Beechcraft Bonanzas, wore Hart, Schaffner, and Marx suits, drank Gordon’s Gin, and hunted with Weatherby rifles, because he thought those brands were the best of the best, and worth every penny regardless of what they… Read More

Why the Tomahawk?

If ever there was a tool today in search of a purpose, the tomahawk is it. With its primal shape and apparent infinite number of uses, the tomahawk, you would think, should be part of all kits from barbecue to bug out.  Alas, the tomahawk and its tactical siblings are the bane of our survival… 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 Flashlight Wisdom: Part 1

Most of us have that sinking feeling that the end will arrive somewhere between a bang and a whimper.  It likely won’t be a mushroom cloud on the horizon, nor will it be a slow steady predictable slide over the edge.  Regardless when or where it arrives, other than a knife, the flashlight just might… 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