SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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…

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…

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.…

Gear Review: Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie Flashlight

Looking for a white weapon light to attach to my AR-15, I started researching my options. As with other AR-15 attachments, the quantity of options available to consumers is virtually limitless. I am no expert when it comes to AR-15 attachments, let alone ARs. So, if you’re like me, trying to sort through those available options becomes a little overwhelming. by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press The whole decision-making process went something like this… I finally got my Aimpoint PRO. Now I need a light. But…

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…

Big Berkey Water Filter Giveaway

SHTF blog and USA Berkey Filters are teaming up to give away a Big Berkey water filter to one lucky winner! This is our first giveaway, and what a first prize we have. Long-time preppers know the Big Berkey name. Their high-end are great for everything from emergency water purification to everyday use. This is a $278 value! Berkey Benefits Berkey water filters set the standards that all other household filters are measured by. They can purify even the smallest of water contaminants – including viruses! They are dependably simple…