SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Pioneer Preps: Improve Your Magnesium Bar

Since 1973, magnesium bar fire starters have been around. A simple, waterproof, arguably unbreakable, fire starter that can get hot enough to light wet tinder. The bar can produce many shavings to make quite a few fires. Here though, is possibly the only downfall to the magnesium bar: making the shavings. It takes awhile and one has to be very careful not to allow all the shavings they have scraped off to scatter to the wind. Can it be done? Of course, I myself have done this many times on…

Will Climate Change Attract More People to Prepping?

Climate change is all over the news. Let’s take a look at what this might mean for preppers and the prepping market as a whole, but first… Is Climate Change Real? Climate change is a political subject, and in today’s political climate, that means it’s a polarizing subject. Those on the right say it isn’t happening. Those on the left say the sky is falling. There isn’t much common ground. Self-identifying as the political middle, I generally try to avoid political subjects these days. Those on the left call me…

Survival Gear Review: The BioLite Solar Apartment Kit

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve been horrifically slow to adapt to solar power for my home survival preps. There, I said it. Maybe “slow” is an inappropriate term – “reserved” might be better – but the point of fact is that while I use and rightfully adore other solar-powered illumination flashlights and lanterns, when it comes to ramping up the scale to provide basic solar power to my home for illumination and charging capabilities, I was – pun intended – shamefully in the dark. By Drew, contributing…

Bug Out Tip: The Devil is in the Details

When I buy clothing or gear I always give it a thorough look over. Usually this is to find any loose strings that may need to be cut or burnt off so as to not cause a bigger problem down the road. While I do this I also look at ways that I can improve these items or at least make them better for me. Perhaps to change out a key ring for a S biner or add something that would augment what you bought. You are personalizing your new…

Are Shotguns the Ultimate SHTF Firearm?

Are Shotguns the ultimate SHTF firearm? I’m gonna save you some time in case you don’t feel like reading the rest of this article: NO! by Drew, contributing writer I’m fully aware I may have just opened up a Pandora’s Box of Drew-hate, but I’m going to stand behind my statement. Are shotguns versatile? Yes. Are shotguns brutally effective within their envelope? Absolutely. Will I be heading out the door with a shotgun in hand as a primary firearm in a SHTF event? Nope. I’m not just postulating out of…

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 is an axe. However, the more I got to thinking about it the more unsure I was (maybe I am thinking too much on it and should go with my initial instincts) Either way I…

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. By Tinderwolf, a contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache For me, it goes beyond preparing for your average three-day power outage caused by a storm. I believe that we live in a world with…

5 Survival Reality Show Screw Ups

Reality TV shows generally tend to go two ways: Either they turn out to be partial or complete fakeries behind the scenes, or in some cases things veer a little too close to reality and people get hurt – in 2011, a contestant was involved in a massive crash on the set of Fear Factor, and that’s not the only case by far. By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog Here are some of the worst survivalist reality show screw ups yet… 1. Kid Nation Kid…