SHTF blog – Modern Survival

How Likely is a SHTF Scenario or Situation?

What is an SHTF Scenario? The acronym SHTF stands for “sh*t hits the fan.” It’s often used in expressions that refer to a situation that goes from bad to worse. It can refer to catastrophic scenarios, like when the storm surge during Hurricane Katrina caused the dams to burst, or it can allude to a personal disaster, such as job loss after an extensive and costly illness. by Jolina Flower, an Expat Prepper living in Mexico Individual responses to an SHTF scenario are as varied as the type of SHTF…

What is the Best SHTF Rifle?

I’ll cut right to the chase: What is the best SHTF rifle? There it is, the $64,000 dollar question. Well, if you’ve been a long-time reader of SHTFblog, you’ll remember my article on the SHTF Shotgun and how, in my opinion, it’s not so SHTF-ey. So, whether you agreed with that article or not, I’m going to give you my own personal spin on the best SHTF rifle – one gun to rule them all! by Drew Forge So, to get a handle on this entirely massive question, we need…

Book Review: US Military’s Dog Training Handbook

Dogs are commonly discussed as being a part of various preppers’ preparedness plans, but those discussions are typically centered on whether you’re better to have a dog or not; and if you have a dog, which dog is the best for survival. Less commonly discussed is how to actually use that dog in a survival situation; and ultimately, how to train it. Dogs in Survival Situations It should be no surprise to anyone that dogs have many uses, particularly in survival situations. Soldiers have known their value since ancient times. Egyptians,…

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…

Gear Review: Dynamis Alliance LoPro Belt Review

Finally, A low-profile belt I can hide stuff in! If there’s one thing I love, it’s good beer. If there’s a second thing I love, it’s hiding stuff. I saw this belt online months ago and couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog I’ve been on the search for the perfect belt for a long time. I have a 5.11 riggers belt that holds up my pants, but the buckle is so obtrusive, I hate the way it looks when I wear…

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…

Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Recycling cans is good. But recycling faulty intel is bad. Yet so much of the general prepping information floating around includes recycled information based more on wishful thinking and post-apocalyptic fiction books than on science and historical lessons. By Doc Montana, contributing author to SHTFblog Common sense has its limits. Sitting in a comfy chair designing your post-apocalyptic survival strategy can be entertaining, but play your scenario out further with all the grit of a real SHTF and you will quickly see that many prepper plans might be little more…

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…