SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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…

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…

How to be a Modern-Day Minute Man

Minutemen were motivated fighters who formed a well-organized militia during the American Revolutionary War. As the name implies, they were ready for action at a moment’s notice. Their history is a fascinating one. They served a vital role in winning our independence, and their legacy lives on in American culture. When I think of American history, I think of men and women brave enough to fight a larger and better equipped army in the name of freedom. Let’s look at some ways to keep you ready at a moment’s notice:…

Knife Review: GiantMouse GMF1-F

I was in the market for a light, well made, low profile fixed blade. I wanted something I could EDC, take on hikes, and that was tough enough to perform tasks larger knifes might, like making fires and dressing animals if I ever needed it to. I was about to pull the trigger on a Spartan Enyo when I received the email saying the GiantMouse GMF1-F was back in stock. I’ve been wanting this knife for months, and I couldn’t stop myself. I bought one as soon as I could.…

How to Avoid Burning Food Cooking Over Open Fires

There is nothing like the taste of food that has been cooked over an open fire. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first hot dog you cooked at a backyard fire pit as a kid or the steak you grilled last night. Cooking over an open flame is special. I feel at times it’s a way to connect to our ancestors that didn’t have microwaves or even stoves. Just some meat, a fire, and a stick to cook the meat on. This is where I bring up the title of my…

Are National Parks Good Bug Out Locations?

The idea of bugging out to the wilderness is not new. It’s an idea shared by many, and with so much untouched national park land, national forests, and other public lands, these places are destinations imagined by many. by Logan Misseldine, national park wanderer and contributing writer National Park Bug Out Imagined The leather on your boots squeaks as you creep through the grove. Your eyes scan between the gnarled oaks, the snarling hunger reminds you of what you’re looking for. Glittering sunlight washes over the woods, giving everything a…

Gear Review – Tiny Thumb Tac Compass

I have kept a “last-ditch” survival kit for years. It’s small enough if I needed to dump everything else, I can slip this in my pocket and still have a fighting chance. Despite all the time I spend thinking about such things, I was still missing a compass. There are several methods of rudimentary direction finding, but if I can back up my Suunto with something the size of a dime, that’s a no brainer. The search began. by J. Bridger, contributing writer Thumb Tac Compass is Small When looking…