Miscellaneous

Axe or Saw For Survival – Which is Better?

Over the last several years I have seen a discussion kicked around the survival and outdoor forums surrounding two pieces of gear. The discussion has to do with whether it is better to carry an axe or a saw. When I first came across this question the answer seemed rather straightforward. For me, the answer… Read More

Mushrooms as Survival Foods

A common and basic question regarding wild mushrooms is: how do you know if it is edible?  This is especially important in survival situations. It is best if you already know something edible.  But what if you don’t? Is there a safe way to figure out if something unknown is edible? By Nathaniel Whitmore, contributing… Read More

Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster

When deciding to carry a sidearm, the choice of what holster to use can be just as important as what sidearm to use. Every holster draws differently depending on the sidearm being used and the person using the holster. This becomes even more important when deciding on a concealed carry holster because if you are… Read More

Getting Started With Reloading for SHTF

If there is one thing that the past 25 years have shown us, the firearms and ammunition market can be unpredictable. From so called “Assault Weapons” bans, to ammunition import bans and sanctions. Market panics can cause a run on firearms and ammunition and leave store shelves and internet suppliers empty. Wars or an overseas… Read More

What does Prepping Mean To You?

Everyone’s level of prepping is not the same. Some people prepare for the occasional storm, power outage, short-term hardship or numerous other emergency situations. However, at some level, the need for preparation will apply to everyone. We all have to decide what “prepping” means to us and to what extent we want to pursue it… Read More

You Have No Excuse Not To Carry These 5 Items Every Day

As the currently-popular Steven Crowder meme goes, “change my mind”. In the interests of upping everyone’s basic preparedness, I hereby proffer the following five items that practically no human has any reason to not have with them or within arm’s reach every day – day in, day out. When the balloon goes up, these five… Read More

Gear Review: Craft Leather Pancake Holster and Magazine Carrier

As a man who grew up among outdoorsmen and gun snobs, I have long held that there are few finer pleasures in the gun world than a truly well made leather holster encapsulating my sidearm du jour. Many have been the days that I have wandered through the New England outdoors with a Smith &… Read More

Understanding EMP and Why You Should Prepare For It

You’ve probably read books about EMP like One Second After and have likely heard of the Carrington Event, but what is an EMP and what does it have to with a CME? An Electromagnetic Pulse can be caused by different things like a lightning strike, or a meteor breaking up in the atmosphere, or your car engine… Read More

How-To: Winter Hiking and Camping

Not many people enjoy camping out in the cold.  The first time I took my wife cold-weather camping it got down to -4 Fahrenheit that evening and it was all I could do to get her out of her sleeping bag the next morning.  The secret to enjoying cold weather is dressing warm and having the… Read More

Investigating Drone Laws

Drones have many uses beyond their military potential. They can be used to deliver packages (as proposed by Amazon Prime Air), cover sports from fresh, exciting angles (FOX Sports being one), even performing tasks through terrains too rough for humans to navigate – like planting trees in Myanmar or aiding a search for missing people… Read More

How To Make a Lamp From Natural Materials

Years ago I was camping next to a lake and as darkness began to fall I discovered that I’d forgotten my flashlight.  I had some firewood cut and ready to go, but knew that it was going to be a long dark night with just the campfire to shed light. I remembered something I’d read… Read More

Managing Complicated Inventories

As prep counselors and advisors, we get endless questions and inquiries about how much “stuff” to buy.  But even more importantly and often a question of inquiry is how to organize it all, then keep it all in order and up-to-date.  For many that is the hard part.  Just this week, I got a call… Read More

15 Ways to Repel Bugs Naturally

Having a healthy insect population in your garden is a good thing, but when you’re camping you can run into all sorts of things like mosquitoes, flies, spiders, ticks, fleas, ants and mites. If you’re an avid gardener, you might also want to keep the insect population on your lovelies in check. Pesticides and insect… Read More