Survival Skills

Toughen Up and Take the Pain!

The United States has become a nation where  the pursuit of happiness and the absence of discipline has turned us into a land of politically correct, overweight, sissies intent on pointing the finger at someone else as the source of the problem rather than looking in the mirror like we should.  All the kids get trophies… Read More

The Age of the AR-15

When Eugene Stoner invented the AR-15 in the 1950s, I doubt he ever imagined the rifle’s success of today. In the age where hardwood stocks and full power cartridges reigned supreme, the little “Mattel toy” rifle with plastic stock and aluminum parts looked like something from a science fiction film. First adopted by the Air… Read More

Your GPS Is Awesome – Until It Gets You Lost

The other day my wife sent me on a mission to China to recover an important tactical item.  That would be China, Maine and the item was a coffee table she found on Craigslist.  Anyway, I jumped in my trusty pickup truck, fired up the GPS, and headed inland from the coast to grab the… Read More

Snow Shoes: A Survival Necessity In Deep Snow

It's almost time for winter here in the Northeast.  That means lots of fun outdoor activities, but one of the easiest is snow shoeing. If you ever get the opportunity, I would highly recommend that you at least try it. It's a great way to learn how difficult snow can be to navigate. When I… Read More

Ten Ways To Survive the Winter Cold

It's getting to be that time of year again and winter is nearly upon us. You know what that means,  snow. If you live in the northeast, you've seen your fair share of it.  I've spent a lot of time in the cold and snow and thought I'd pass on a few things I've learned… Read More

The Mission Drives The Gear

Preppers are notorious for caching stuff. Gear is our life. We can’t seem to get enough of it and at the same time we could probably all have a huge garage sale and never miss half of it. Have you ever really thought what you are going to do with all that stuff?  If you… Read More

How To Field Dress A Pheasant In Under Two Minutes

When calamity strikes and grocery stores become barren, it will be imperative for people to produce their own food. Many individuals who have never hunted will be forced to learn quickly. In my own experience, I've found field dressing, not shooting, to be the most challenging part of the hunt. Among those who have never… Read More

Top 5 Worst Incidences of Martial Law In the United States

I believe, wholeheartedly, that the United States is the best country in the world. Need proof? Check out our long history of success and prosperity. Now that I've got my flag-waving out of the way, let's get into the juicy stuff. America's prosperous history is marked with some truly hideous blemishes. These ugly periods largely coincide… Read More

How To Make A Swedish Torch

Ever wanted to know how to take one piece of firewood and turn it into a stove/torch?  Wonder no more.  This is an introduction to the Swedish torch.  As with anything there's a dozen ways you can use this concept; from taking your chainsaw and cutting a pile of notches in a log for a long… Read More

Survival Afterwards: Living in the Aftermath

August 29 is my wedding anniversary.  It was the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf South Coast.  I try not to attach any connection between the two.  Though I lived 150 miles north of the landfall, our community was greatly impacted by the storm.  High winds and driving rain took down scores of… Read More

11.5 Bug Out Bag Mistakes That Are Not Mistakes

About the only tangible aspect we have for a real bug out is the bug out bag.  Sure you might have a BOVehicle or BOLocation, but BOBag is often the beginning and the end for most lightweight survivalists and preppers.  The problem is that unlike taking a cruise to Alaska, or a family trip to… Read More

10 Tips For When You Get Lost In the Woods

In July of 2013 Geraldine Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine by herself after her partner had to leave because of a family emergency.  She was 66 years old and had a poor sense of direction and when she went off trail to use the bathroom she got lost and couldn't find her… Read More

Summer Prep For Kids

I have listened to a lot of people lately complain about their kids and how all they want to do is sit in front of screens.  Ironically while these people are telling me about their “lazy” kids, they are checking their phones and physically, appear to be the indoor/ couch type of person.  I am… Read More