SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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…

Ultralight Grayl Water Purifier Review

One of the perks of science and technology advancing is the ability to accomplish tasks easier than before. Take for example drinking water. It used to be that the only way to be sure the water you are drinking was free of any bacteria, cysts, protozoa, and or viruses was to boil it. This is still a tried and true technique, but it takes time and requires a fire. by Grimm, a contributor writer Along came the filters, and at first, they were big, slow, limited at what they filtered,…

Gear Review – Osprey Talon 11 Pack

I recently went on a day hike in the desert and brought my Camelbak M.U.L.E. I’ve had this pack for at least ten years, maybe more. It’s been a good companion, holding 100 oz in the bladder and a few other items. Before my hike I had wanted to pack a rain jacket but didn’t have the room. Climbing over rocks later on, I got hot but didn’t have the space to stow my fleece. Then it rained on me. It was evident I needed something with more storage space…