Equipment

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

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