YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.
I said several months ago that I would post my opinions on numerous things – even if it pisses people off a bit here and there.
Continue reading Video of the Week: O’Reilly on America’s Race Problem
The following letter is in reference to the article – “Building a Bucket Ham Repeater”
I’ve given it some thought and here’s a potential way to improve the antenna — and still meet the objective of storing it in a bucket.
To make a reasonably efficient ground plane, it doesn’t have to be “solid” — several 1/4 wave radials will make the antenna “think” is positioned above a “solid” ground plane (think of
Continue reading Re: Building a Bucket Ham Repeater
Just saw that American Idol is getting ready to come back on. Could care less.
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Went on Tuesday and received what hopefully will be my last round of Trigger Point Injections. Afterwards I celebrated by going to my Crossfit Box and rowing 5000 meters. Wasn’t doing it for time really. Just doing it – to see if I could. 5000 meters – never rowed that far. Wanted to keep going
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – January 8th, 2015
Looking for a great trigger for your AR that won’t break the bank? The new HIPERFIRE EDT trigger just might be the answer.
Designed for LE department approval, low cost high performance OEM trigger upgrades, NRA sponsored long range marksmanship shooters, home defense, etc. The single stage trigger is unique, sporting user-adjustable trigger weights of 4½+ and 5½+ lbs without compromising MIL-spec hammer fall energy. And, it locks up faster than stock triggers.
Continue reading HIPERFIRE releases new AR trigger – the EDT
Watching a documentary on North Korea. I have to be honest I should educate myself more on other countries and issues that effect world events. Pretty pathetic life many of the citizens of North Korea live.
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Well – Boehner won his third term as Speaker of the House. Pathetic. Even more so is those that voted against him were punished by Boehner for doing so. Maybe I would do the
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – January 7th, 2015
The importance of communication in preparedness cannot be overstated. If it all comes crashing down and normal methods of communication are thrown out the window Ham radio is one solution. Ham radio has been as mystifying to me over the past several years as trying to read hieroglyphics off an Egyptian pyramid wall. Talking to a lot people, reading a few articles, and watching a ton of video’s has helped a lot. It is all
Continue reading Review: Baofeng GT-3 Handheld Ham Radio
By Flying Harley
This article is directed to those that choose or for other reasons need to shelter in place. The water requirements for those bugging out vs. sheltering in place are vastly different. The biggest needs of water for sheltering in place are sanitation and food preparation. If you live in the city either large or small your problems are much larger and require a great deal of planning and preparation. Living in a
Continue reading Water Consumption is highly underestimated
I just got word that MSO sponsor Sun Oven has extended their Christmas promotion. With the 25% Christmas discount and ModernSurvivalOnline reader $80 Off that is a total of 40% OFF!
SunOven.com specializes in sun ovens which use solar energy to bake, boil, and steam. These solar ovens are awesome for off-grid cooking, power outages, or for fun!. They can reach temperatures upwards of 360-400 degrees. No electricity, no charcoal, no propane. The sun
Continue reading Sun Oven special Christmas promotion….EXTENDED!!!!
Had some “technical difficulties” yesterday as a couple of posts did not go live until 2:00pm EST. Whoops!
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So, Boehner has someone stepping up to challenge him as Speaker of the House. Interesting. If the other members had any gonads Boehner will be out. Likely will not happen due to the corrupt environment in Washington. Too many favors owed to those in power will keep votes heading in Boehner’s direction.
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – January 6th, 2015
Most people feel safe and secure in their own homes. In their neighborhood they live in. In fact 81% of all Americans live in cities or suburbs. Nothing wrong with that, I live in a suburb myself. That being said, what kind of dangers are lurking in your backyard? I’m glad you asked. Let me start with a few things. I am a 12 year veteran firefighter for a suburban/rural fire department. Full
Continue reading Dangers In Your Backyard
Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.
So – for this week……here is my
Continue reading Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations
The flu continues to spread across the US at an alarming rate. My youngest – Christopher – was diagnosed several days ago and has fully recovered. Tamiflu was prescribed. Not exactly sure what I had but it took quite a while to get over it. A lot of my co-workers came down with it as well.
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I put a Kel Tec PMR30 pistol on layaway at my local gun shop.
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – January 5th, 2015
There is a dearth of useful information out there on practical useful IFAKs(Individual First Aid Kit). Most of what is offered amount to a “Boo-Boo” kit. They do not remotely address the most common of life threatening wounds encountered in a combat situation.
Outside of EMS/EMT training there is minimal information on the use and application of the equipment and materials required to address these wounds. There are a few DVDs available
Continue reading ….On practical IFAKs
I just came in from playing with the skull gun. On my last string of 5 only 3 rounds got on the`6″X6″ cardboard. It was a good session. How can that be GOOD? When I test out equipment or ideas, failure is the biggest part of the learning and improvement cycle. If something doesn’t work right, or fails altogether, I now know that I need to re-evaluate my ideas, the way I use certain
Continue reading ….On testing yourself
How to Take Advantage of your Group’s Purchasing Power
By R Walker
If you are blessed to be part of a group of like-minded people that you meet with on a regular basis, count yourselves among some of the most fortunate few in the preparedness world. Our small, , group meets regularly to pray for each other and this country and to discuss what needs to be done, in order to survive
Continue reading Standardize and “Super-Size” in order to survive
I have not been all that active here in the past few months or so. I had three auto racing series that I was heavily involved in trying to win, and I started building custom AR rifles in between races, and got carried away. This past season has been strictly for me. My first rifle build was a .300 BLK. 16″ barrel, Magpul OD furniture and the receivers skinned with tiger stripe wrap.
Continue reading ….On AR platform builds
Here in the Pacific Northwest we know about volcanoes. Many people who live here remember the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in 1980. That is the last major eruption we’ve had in the continental United States. Then we get reports of that same volcano showing eruption activity in 2004 and geologists say it’s the most likely volcano to erupt again in our lifetime. Plus, most of us in the Puget Sound area have a
Continue reading Keeping Life Clean in Volcanic Ash
I am looking to make some serious strides in preparedness in 2015. Ryan does a great job of posting up his list and then following up on it. I am going to give a shot myself.
Note: Everything listed below is in addition to current supplies, skills levels, etc.
Shooting – This category relates to anything gun related.
Run & Gun Course (Trainer: http://www.wolf-fire.com)
.223/5.56 ammunition – 2000 rounds 9mm
Continue reading New Years Resolutions – January 2nd, 2015
As preppers, or survivalists if you will, most of us are prepared for grid down/shtf events of various durations, ranging from several days to a year or more. Some of us have even put our training and prepping into practice during what have been essentially short term events. We have bullets, beans and bandages, water and the means to purify more, and possibly a stock of first aid/medical supplies far beyond a first
Continue reading Prepping for the Future
This post was originally published HERE on MSO last April. This HIPERTOUCH 24 continues to work beautifully.
I have owned my Stag Model 2L for several years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Modification have consisted of some furniture upgrades, optics – and that is about it. I recently came across a review on the Hiperfire line of AR aftermarket triggers and became very intrigued. I contacted the company and they agreed to
Continue reading REVIEW: Hiperfire HIPERTOUCH 24 Drop-In AR-15 Trigger
By The Coach, Contributing Editor
In a previous article that I wrote for M.S.O. titled, “Unlimited Access to Communications of Every American”, I wrote about how the U. S. House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate voted and passed a bill that legalized the N. S. A. to listen to and capture ALL electronic communications foreign and domestic. The response to this article was so good; I thought I would
Continue reading Are you under Electronic Surveillance?
Bought a new camera for my wife. Hopefully this will lead to some better photography here on MSO. Expensive but the difference in picture quality is amazing.
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I am really looking forward to seeing the movie “American Sniper”. Looks awesome.
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Many of us will be celebrating the end of one year and beginning of another with a drink – or twelve. Use a designated driver
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 31st, 2014
RE: Questions in response to Prepping for Seniors article by Coach
The typical off grid system consists of a PhotoVoltaic (PV) array (solar cells); diode back charge protection that may be incorporated in the PV frame, wiring, or charge controller; a charge controller that monitors battery charge condition; battery bank; inverter and battery charger connected to battery bank, generator, AC load center; and DC load center.
EMP vulnerabilities in such a
Continue reading Some Thoughts on SOLAR and WIND POWER VULNERABILITIES
I just recieved several of the new Hexmag AR 30 round magazines. Haven’t shot them yet but the feel and appearance of them are impressive. The surface texture provides excellent gripability and they have a unique multi-color identification system built into each one.
Full review coming soon.
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I just got finished watching The Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington. Very good movie. I watched the first season of Homeland and thought
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 30th, 2014