Should You Become an EMT for Prepper Medical Training?

I have been very fortunate in my short life to be able to some things not everyone gets the opportunity to do. I have studied engineering, geology, and medicine. I earned my pilot’s license. I spent four of the best years of my life on a fire department. I worked as a personal trainer, framer, lifeguard, and at a shooting range. That said, hands down one of the most rewarding and influential things I have done was become an Advanced EMT. by J. Bridger, contributing writer Being an EMT taught…

Basic Needle and Thread Skills for Emergency Repairs

I don’t know about you, but I always get a laugh out of those dystopian stories where survivors are dirty and ragged just a month after whatever cataclysmic event occurred. I can understand being a bit worse for wear if water for bathing and clothing washing is scarce but ragged? Really, does no one know how to use a needle and thread anymore? by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper And that’s what we are going to discuss in this post, how to use a needle and thread to do basic…

Ensuring Safety: When is it Time to Change Personal Body Armor?

Since body armor is life-saving gear, if you are going to wear it, you cannot neglect its quality and performance. This doesn’t just apply to law enforcement officers who use it as a part of their duty. Anyone using it even occasionally need to be equally watchful about the integrity of this essential piece of survival gear. While you need to be very sure about buying a product that has a manufacturer warranty for its ballistic performance, going the extra mile to assess its condition from time to time makes…

8 Problems with Single Point Slings on AR-15s

Tactical firearm accessories have been popular for a while, and slings are no exception. Slings, of course, are far from new. Military long arms have featured sling systems for centuries, and many of today’s sporting slings still follow the earliest designs that employed two connection points and a basic strap. by Steve Markwith, author of Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide Not to be confused with some loop designs intended to increase stability during rifle competitions, traditional slings just relieve the carry burden of a firearm by draping it…

Expats and Guns – Defending Yourself in Another Country

Part of being a prepper is being able to defend yourself and your family from threats. Many preppers feel more secure with a supply of firearms and wouldn’t dream of having to give them up. However, if you are planning on becoming an expat prepper, the gun laws of the country you are moving to might be prohibitive. by Jolina Flowers, SHTFblog’s Expat Prepper There are many challenges with being an expat, let alone challenges with being an expat prepper. If you are from a country that cherishes its gun…

My Experience Wearing Leather IWB from Craft Holsters

A couple months ago I was asked to write an article on the best holster for conceal carry. As part of that article, I reviewed the pros and cons of Kydex and leather holsters. Even though I had worn leather holsters in the past, my more recent experience had been Kydex. by Dan C., contributing writer A while back I was contacted by Craft Holsters out of Salt Lake City to give them some feedback on their leather holsters. So it was time to put it through the paces. My…

Half Face Blades HFB Crow Scout Knife Review

I have long been on the prowl for the perfect knife. If a knife is made from cheap steel or isn’t full tang, it’s not on my radar. I’ve tried cleaning enough game with dull knives to make two men crazy. In my search, Bark River knives have come close. With a convex grind, hard tool steel, and excellent balance, they’re hard to beat. by J. Bridger, contributing writer Looking at Half Face Blades Still, I wasn’t completely satisfied. I knew what I wanted, and found the perfect design and…

Are MREs Healthy to Eat? How Long do They Last?

MREs – yum! Soldiers carry them and preppers stock them. The long shelf life, the salty taste, the plastic packaging. Nothing quite says “Git in my belly” like an MRE! But are they healthy to eat? What’s in an MRE? How long do they last? Are they worth the money? by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press Let’s explore those questions and more, but first… A Brief History of the MRE You know the saying, an army marches on its stomach. Hauling battle gear, marching for days…