Urban/Suburban Survival

Handling an Active Shooter Situation

I have spent considerable time studying this issue and even more time thinking about what one should do in the event of an armed robbery or an “active shooter”. Although I have been blessed to never have been in either, I routinely think about what I would do should that unfortunate event occur. The more… Read More

Poison in the Water? Trace Pharmaceuticals and Your Faucet

The issue of pharmaceuticals showing up in public water systems is gaining more and more attention in the media, and for good reason—because it’s there! While it isn't entirely clear what these drugs are doing to your endocrine system, it isn't positive. Moreover, your exposure to trace pharmaceuticals is probably greater than you imagine. Consider… Read More

The Katrina Pistol: Part 2

Putting together a dedicated Katrina Pistol to complement my Katrina Rifle was an entertaining exercise in apocalyptical scenarios. But seriously, a deadly extension of the human hand with a semi-auto pistol and a few enhancements will ensure you'll be packing more firepower than most foes would expect. And it is for that very reason that… Read More

Fail to Prepare Fail to Live

Does it make sense to be a prepper?  Should you spend time and money on things that will help you survive a potential disaster that might never happen?  I've spent a lot of time thinking about these questions and always manage to circle back to the same answer:  prepping is your auto, life, and house… 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

Surviving Alone

What if SHTF?  You are the only one home at the time when it hits.  Your kids are grown and gone.  Your wife is gone at work.  It is dark outside.  You hear nothing; see nothing.  There are no cars on the streets. When you finally venture out of the house early the next day… 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

Three Lessons From Ruins

Archaeologists and Historians study the past to derive valuable inferences from past civilizations. This exercise is a noble and important one; after all, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. In the spirit of this thinking, I have written about a few examples of decay. If we aspire to be prepared for the… Read More

Vehicles Used As Defensive Barriers

Remember back in 1935 when the .357 Magnum round was introduced? It was selected for use by many law enforcement agencies across the country.  The new magnum was highly touted as being able to shoot through the block of a car and stop the engine dead.  Well, I'm not sure if that is true.  A… Read More

Our Growing Dependence On Electronics

If you’ve been to a shopping center or a mall lately you’ve probably noticed how many people these days are totally plugged into their phones or other electronic gadgets.  It is even worse today now that the Pokemon Go craze has hit the world like a tidal wave.  I was in the big city 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

TTP’s For SHTF

Prepping takes time and preparation.  This is essential whether you are doing a Bug In at home with family, a few extended family, neighborhood friends, or a Bug Out solo or with a partnership team.  Just know that the more numbers you add, the more complicated and difficult things suddenly seem to become.  It is… Read More

13 SHTF Tips For City Dwellers

Most of you reading this are urban or city dwellers.  Stay with me for a minute while I set the stage.  Roughly 80% of the U.S. population is urban.  What exactly does urban mean though?  According to Wikipedia:  "An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to the… Read More