SHTF blog – Modern Survival

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,…

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…

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…

Burying Guns & Ammo with MonoVault Burial Tubes

Whenever the headlines carry news of a new law that limits our 2nd Amendment rights, conversations will often come around to the subject of burying guns or creating a survival cache of some sorts.  If not firearms, people talk about burying silver and gold, ammunition, cash, important documents, even caching food storage or fuel on the path to a bug out location.  I even know of people who bury gear at their bug out location in the event it is compromised before they reach it. by Joe Nobody, author of…

Converting .223 Rifle to .300 Blackout in a Few Steps

The .300 Blackout is an effective round that bridges some of the wide gap between a .223 and a .308 as well as allowing an AR15 platform rifle to encroach on the ballistics territory of the venerable AK 47. Plus the 300 BLK has the benefit of easily going subsonic making it about as quiet as possible given the mechanical noise of operating a rifle’s action. Adding to the quiet excitement is that the difference between a traditional AR15 in .223/5.56 and one in 300 BLK is little more than a…

SHTF Armorer: Magazine Maintenance – Part 1

The AR-15.  AK-47.  M1A.  Glock 17.  SIG Sauer P226.  Colt 1911.  S&W M&P.  CZ-75.  Beretta 92.  Ruger 10/22.  H&K MP5.  Walther P22.  All of these firearms each have an army of diehard pundits in the firearms world.  You probably have at least one of them incorporated in your SHTF plans.  It’s possible your very life and chances of survival will depend on one of these some day.  However, they all have a common weakness, a vulnerability that can reduce these fine pieces of weaponry to single-shot, barely useful clubs: the…

Prepper Uses For A Range Finder

Andy was pulling duty on bug out perimeter security.  We had heard shots coming from the woods at the far west end of our prep team property.  This was not an unusual occurrence out in the rural area where we have planned our long term bug out existence.  None-the-less it is always discomforting not knowing who might be unlawfully accessing your property lines.  He left out on his Honda ATV to scout the end of the road line which was roughly two miles west from our camp area and cabins.…

Jurisdictional Creep

Have the read the national newspapers today?  Did you watch Fox News, read Drudge, or get any of dozens of news flash emails?  Are you planning to attend the next city council meeting where you live?  How about the school board meeting?  How do you know what is going on where you reside?  Do you care?  Did you take notice that the Massachusetts Attorney General just changed the state’s gun laws?  How about Magpul’s departure from Colorado to Wyoming and Texas? By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to…