Survival Skills

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

Bug Out Long Term (B.O.L.T) Pistol: Part 1

To B.O.L.T. is to Bug Out Long Term.  As a complement to the Katrina Rifle, I decided to assemble a B.O.L.T. Pistol.  The requirements, as they say, are similar but different from the Katrina Rifle in that the B.O.L.T. Pistol must be a reliable lightweight small-caliber semiautomatic with optic and suppressor.  B.O.L.T. is my nickname… Read More

The Fear Factor

Fear….. It is the number one item that everyone forgets to prepare for in cases of survival, emergency situations and personal protection.  Yes, you may have your Get Home Bag, your Bug out Bag, your SHTF location and your weapon. But did you prepare to deal with FEAR? Most likely NOT.   Unless you can manage… Read More

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More

Choosing The Best Survival Food For Your Bug Out Bag

I have been giving this a lot of thought lately, been reading others opinions, and have been using many different items.  I know what I like and will eat, that goes a long way to stocking ones backpack.  Much has been said about stocking your pantry for the future, whatever it may bring.  Stock what… Read More

Situational Awareness: A Skill You Need

Situational Awareness is one the most important skills you can learn to master that will contribute significantly to reducing the likelihood you will be become a victim and give you the advantage when something bad happens.  Situational Awareness is the process of making conscious observations of your surroundings and making tentative plans of action if… Read More

Sew What

What will you do if your gear, clothes or shelter has a blowout?  A lot of guys I know wouldn’t know how to repair their equipment if need be.  I was fortunate that I grew up around a grandmother who was a professional seamstress.  I was able to watch, learn and help her as she… 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

Get Survival Fit

In a recent article I brought up the importance of preparing your mind for the effects of living in a survival situation. I addressed that issue first because the mind controls all else that our body does.  There are many things that my body would like to do but I find that as I get… 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

The Psychology of Survival

There are countless articles dealing with the how to of survival and tons of equipment for survival success but I wanted to bring up what it takes mentally to survive.  I believe that a person who has all of the best equipment and plans can still fail miserably if not mentally prepared.  The mind is… 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