Security

Taurus’ New ‘First 24′ Kit

Sometimes preppers simply have to accept a product for what it is, and get past what it is not!  I know of very few items out there in the marketplace today that are truly “end all” items.  If I bought a cast iron skillet for Bug Out campfire cooking, somebody would criticize it for being… 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

Drones For Security

A couple of months ago while attending my daughter’s Saturday soccer game, I noticed a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone conducting a grid pattern over the field.  It was silent and I don’t think anybody else for the most part even noticed it.   They are that quiet and unobtrusive.  The drone’s altitude was probably… 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

Build a Grab ‘N’ Go Pistol Bag for less than $500

A long while ago (almost two years now!) I wrote an article on SHTFblog.com asking people for advice and thoughts on keeping weapons in your Bug Out Bag (BOB). At the time, I had kind of an entry-level setup, with a Home Depot Husky tool bag loaded up with ammo, pistol, magazines, and redundant gear… 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

Vicissitude: An Attitude of Accepting Change

Many things these days are inevitable.  Top on the list is change.  I guess Bob Dylan had it right after all.  If that does not ring a bell, check him on Google to learn about a true iconic folk singer.  Sorry, but I digress.  This term I use to open this retort is one I… Read More

True Preparedness

Everyone’s level of prepping is not the same.  Some people prepare for the occasional storm, power outage, short-term hardship or numerous other emergency situations.  However, at some level, the need for preparation will apply to everyone.  We all have to decide what “prepping” means to us and to what extent we want to pursue it. … Read More

GridCrash: Instant Chaos, Just Add Code

With all the recent attention about cyberterrorism flowing from the popular media’s kitchen sink approach to journalism, I thought it an appropriate time to address the very real possibility of an instantaneous GridCrash. And what makes a GridCrash so frightening is that it can happen without any warning, under a clear blue sky, in the… 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

Assimilate The Ideal SHTF Bug Out Team

You have two options when it comes to conducting a full-fledged Bug Out operation.  One is to go it alone or with the immediate family or facilitate the creation of a SHTF Team to share the mission.  There are pros and cons to either route you take.  However, for this treatise let’s explore some of… Read More

Bug Out Ammo for Foraging & Fending

Whenever I teach hunter safety education classes in the fall ahead of the upcoming deer season, I almost always get asked two questions.  One is “What is the best deer rifle and caliber to get for my son or daughter for them to start hunting deer”?   The second is “How do you know what the… Read More

The Katrina Rifle

Almost overnight Katrina turned from a woman’s elegant name, to a tragic hurricane, to an adjective for a tangible survival situation.  So when the word Katrina is used to qualify a rifle, it should be clear that the intended use of the rifle will not be for anything fun.  This particular Katrina Rifle (KR) project… Read More