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

5 Shoe Styles For Your SHTF Gear List

Survival shoes?  Really?  You bet.  I mean after all had you intended to run around the woods at your Bug Out locale in bare feet like a Hobbit?  I didn’t think so.  Even if you Bug In, you still need decent footwear for the durability and comfort of everyday task completions.  Anybody that works on… Read More

Cut Shotgun Shells For Survival

Bull Busters, Buck Busters, Poor Man’s Slug, Ringers.  No matter the nomenclature utilized, all these colloquialisms refer to a method of shotgun shell transformation we're going to call "cut shells", shotgun shells which have been cut around the circumference of the outer hull.  When these sliced shells are fired, they turn the shotgun shell itself… Read More

The Minimalist Tool Bag

I was lucky growing up as a kid in rural farmland country of Southeast Missouri.  I was raised in a two business family.  My father ran a flying crop dusting business, owned several planes and lots of mechanical equipment.  My mom ran her own auto parts store for 32 years.  I became a pretty darn… 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

Don’t Get Caught In The Dark

We all take for granted that the lights will come on when we flip the light switch. I don’t know if it has ever happened to you but I recall the sinking feeling when I have gone into a dark house and flipped the light switch and, voila, nothing happened.  You flip it several more… Read More

Project Squirrel Gun

If you step outside right now and go for a short walk, the most likely wildlife (aka: prey) you are likely to see will be small and furry, or small and feathery.  While big game may satisfy our survival dreams, the reality is that the billions of squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs, and even rats… 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