Miscellaneous

SHTF Armorer: Magazine Maintenance – Part 1

The AR-15.  AK-47.  M1A.  Glock 17.  SIG Sauer P226.  Colt 1911.  S&W M&P.  CZ-75.  Beretta 92.  Ruger 10/22.  H&K MP5.  Walther P22.  All of these firearms each have an army of diehard pundits in the firearms world.  You probably have at least one of them incorporated in your SHTF plans.  It's possible your very life… Read More

How to Start A Fire With Your EDC Knife And A Shoelace

"If I was lost in the wilderness  I'd just take my shoelaces and make a bow drill and start a fire."  I've heard people say it time and again and I roll my eyes every time I hear it.  I can count on one hand the number of times I've heard someone say it who could… Read More

What Is Your Thin Red Line?

“The closer you are to Caesar the greater the fear” is a famous line from the timeless movie “The Thin Red Line.”  The movie depicted the horrific battle for Guadalcanal in WWII against the Japanese Army.  The fighting conditions shown were beyond inhumane requiring the American soldiers to fight for hours or even days without… 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

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

Nothing About a SHTF is Routine

Routines can be dangerous when lulled into indifference.  You know your daily routines like the back of your hand.  Most likely you do 90% of the same things the same exact way every day you get out of bed.  I bet you are headed to Starbucks right now for another $5 cup of Jo-Jo with… 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

How To Control A Population

This is certainly not a simple question;  it is complex with multiple facets and it takes decades to make it work.  The first two facets are easy and don’t warrant much discussion: You control the schools and the media.  Squeeze people financially and overburden them.  In the 1960’s the men had the fulltime job with… Read More

Bugout Bullet Bottles

Having a stockpile of ammo might provide comfort when bugging in, but what about when you have to bugout?  As you plan your survival options, make sure to include portable but long-term ammo storage solutions. There are about as many ways to store and carry ammo as there are survival calibers, but in the end… 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

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