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Bug Out Tip: Layers To Live By

After visiting San Diego in my youth I thought how wonderful it would be to live in a climate that had roughly one season. True San Diego does experience four seasons but not like where I live. The thought of a perpetual summer was enticing.  More time to play in the warm weather and not having to wear a lot of different clothing or layers. Alas, I never moved and as I got older I am very happy that I didn’t. True four seasons keeps it interesting. There is a…

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…

Building a TSA-Compliant Bug-Out Bag/Get Home Bag

If you tried to get through an airport security checkpoint with your bugout bag as a carry on, what would set off the alarms? by Doc Montana, contributing writer The obvious offenders would be your gun, your knives, your water, your pepper spray, and many of your tools. But happily, the list of what you can take past security is actually quite long. The TSA lists the things on its no-fly list in this brochure. While I am quick to buy prohibited items after I land including a knife and…

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…

The Ultimate Compact Survival Kit

We have all read many posts on those Altoid Tin kits, at least I hope you have. They look like a fun project, affordable, and useful. Put your hands up if you liked the idea, but couldn’t convince yourself because it was too wimpy or small to be effective. What’s a tinkering survivalist to do? Make it better and a little more robust, at least in the eyes of the creator. by Pineslayer, contributing author So my mission that I chose to accept, was to build a survival kit based…

Build a Longterm Survival Supply Bag

Some preppers and survivalists might scoff at such an idea.  After all, beyond the initial 72 or so hours of a bug out scenario, most would think you’d be surviving out of more permanent supply sources than another bag or storage box.  Well, you might be, or in some cases, you might not be.  SHTF happens.  The idea of a secondary supply bag then may not seem like such a bad or farfetched idea. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Every bug out…

Conduct a Prep SWOT Analysis

American management practices use a lot of techniques to examine planning, program development, future goals, and modes of execution to achieve those goals.  One of the business school tactics used by many groups is called the SWOT.  This stands for (1) Strengths, (2) Weaknesses, (3) Opportunities, and (4) Threats.  Walking through this process applied to your prepping plan can assure confidence of achievements, point out items for improvement, expose future opportunities and recognize potential threats.  It is an assessment strategy to reveal all the functional aspects of your prepping plan…

Survival Gear Review: Walther G22 Bullpup

In the world of low-caliber rifles, the G22 Bullpup is a great choice. The rifle is accurate, sleek, and reliable. For survival applications, such a rifle may be lacking.  No matter how cool the rifle, how can you expect a .22 LR to be a workhorse? This gun will never be powerful enough to bring down big game or seriously deter assailants. Even with 11 round mags and quick reloads, the G22 Bullpup simply does not have enough utility to be a contender as a survival rifle. by Sam, a contributing author…