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From the Desk of John Rourke – February 3rd, 2015


Many relatives of the missing flight MH370 believe the passengers are still alive. Wishful thinking and if I was in their shoes I would try to have hope. Unfortunately they are sitting at the bottom of the ocean.

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Shelving is expensive. Wanting to add some in my garage for some food storage and needing heavy duty due to the weight. I have several of the wire shelves that work great

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Part 1: AR Budget Build – Complete and functional for under $500


My first of several AR build articles focuses building a complete, functioning AR-15 for less than $500. Yes, it is possible and I am going to show you how.

Let me start off by saying this is not difficult. It’s not rocket science and you do not need an engineering degree or have to have worked at NASA for a couple decades. In fact, no tools are necessary for this project. You will also NOT

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From the Desk of John Rourke – February 2nd, 2015


Question: Anyone have any experience with ATI firearms(American Tactical Imports)?

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I just discovered that I love peanut butter fudge. I wonder if I can get some for long term storage?

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Ryan over at continues to talk about the Operational Cache. I am overdue in creating my own. One of the areas of controversy is whether or not you should place your top tier

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Fire Starters

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

This article is written for the person that is new to the outdoors. It is a beginner article. I know the seasoned outdoorsman will probably know these skills but it is a good refresher.

There are few skills that I consider more important as knowing how to build and successfully light a camp fire. A camp fire can literally save your life.

A camp fire can be

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Knife Review: Cold Steel GI Tanto


This post was previously published HERE on MSO. I have now owned this knife for over a year and it continues to perform well.

A couple months ago I bought the Cold Steel GI Tanto knife. I had been looking at this knife for quite some time as other Cold Steel offerings I have owned were quality items. Due to the low cost of the GI Tanto I kept my distance….until recently. I ordered one

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 30th, 2015


A couple things on the “SHTF” knife contest. Try to make your photo as high quality as possible. Be creative not only with the picture but also with the description(if you choose). Although the contest says “knife” any edged item can be entered – machete, axe, sword, etc. Contest runs from Feb 1st through March 1st. I will be reminding everyone about once per week.

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HAM.Ham.ham.HAm.HaM. haM. Whatever. I have

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Quote from “American Sniper”



As heard in the movie “American Sniper”. Chris Kyle’s father is talking to Chris and his younger brother when they were children…….

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.”

“Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.”

“Then you’ve

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Like Westerns? Like true stories? Check this out…..

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True Story Of Kill Or Be Killed In The Real Old West

Long time ModernSurvivalOnline advertiser Jim Huebner discovered this one-of-a-kind memoir hidden way in an abandoned barn near of all places – -Disney World in modern day Florida.

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to strap on a six-gun in the real Old West and have a face-off-in-the-street gunfight where only the fastest gunslinger walks away – – then this recently discovered

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 29th, 2015


One out of every 5 children in the US receive nutrition via food stamps. Wonderful.

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I think now would be a great time to start buying silver.

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Review: Gunshack G2 flashlight


I recently had an opportunity to purchase two(2) Helotex G2 flashlights through at a really good price. I love flashlights in my preparedness system I can’t have too many (along with batteries of course). Over the last decade technology has lead to flashlights getting brighter, smaller, and less expensive. Most of my lights run off of either AA alkaline or CR123 batteries. Unique to the Helotex G2

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Prepper Press adds two new books…..


ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor Prepper Press is a leading publisher of preparedness books and Dystopian fiction. They have recently released two new offerings:


The first is The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades, Options and Accessories. Author Jeff W Zimba brings the reader on a twenty-year journey through the testing and evaluation phase of America’s longest serving battle rifle, no known by many names, such as the AR-15, M16, M4, 416, and many

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 28th, 2015


Get a load of this: A new law was just passed making it illegal to throw food away in the trash in the City of Seattle. These Progressives just never cease to amaze me.

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I can’t get that damn Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off” out of my head.

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Last couple weeks have been hitting the gym pretty hard. I continue to go to Crossfit,

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Fixed Blade Or Folding Survival Knives: Which Is Better?

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For a skilled outdoorsman or an expert prepper, nothing can be as important as having a good survival knife. It’s a basic item that should always be included in any survival gear and not one of these guys would ever go out without having this gear on their side. Survival knives come in many forms and are molded from different materials. And most common types of survival knives are the fixed blade type

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 27th, 2015


Reader “CH” recently suggested a good hiding place for money and ammunition is the inside of a vacuum cleaner. Good idea especially if it is a model with a bag. Would hate to forget about the funds and throw away a few hundred dollars by mistake changing a bag. Possibly a vacuum cleaner stuck in a closet that doesn’t even work but is meant just as a cache or hiding place? Maybe even out back

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Equipment Review: Gerber Multi-Plier “Suspension”


Rourke: This review was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.


I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. They are one of the most essential preparedness supplies. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic.

The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 26th, 2015


Good luck and stay safe to all those in New England about to get hammered by this massive winter storm. Be smart: Stay in place, don’t travel, stay warm – and ask others for help if you need it. More information can be found HERE.

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I have a new AR arriving today. Review in a few weeks after I get a chance to test is out. Time to have some

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Food Storage for 30 Days


Rourke: The following was originally published HERE on

by Harry

I’m an Engineer and really like solving problems. Especially, when there are lots of variables leading to a number of potential solutions. That allows me to put some of my personal preferences into the mix and develop what I believe is the best solution.

One of my sons asked me to put together a food plan for him out

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MSOnline Contest: Your SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

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Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” knife and the best one will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

I am not looking for a picture of your knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at) Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen

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And the winners are…….


As usual judging for this most recent writing contest was extremely difficult. I wish I could offer something to all those that participated as so many quality posts were sent in. Well – it had to be done. I placed a premium on the level of “How To” information as well as overall knowledge derived from each post. Honestly there were several articles that could have placed in the top 3 positions. It’s all perspective.

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Thank you contest sponsors…..

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Just wanted to give a big “shout out” to all of the sponsors to my last Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest. I appreciate there willing to participate. If any of you are looking for survival & preparedness products/training – please consider these fine folks.


Here they are along with a list of what they donated:

1st Place – – OnPoint Tactical has donated one of their Urban Escape &

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In Food Storage, Attention To The Details May Literally Save Your Life



Long term food storage requires great attention to details in order to ensure that your food will have its true intended shelf life, and that it will taste good while being nutritionally satisfying when you do eat it. Don’t always believe the marketing when you see “25 year shelf life,” make sure you actually understand what is in your food and what it takes to make it shelf stable for a long term period.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 23rd, 2015


I am thinking that the most important thing going on in the world right now has nothing to do with Tom Brady’s balls.

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Just found out that President Obama will not be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits the United States to address Congress in March. Wonderful.

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Why is it that no other company can make crayons as good as Crayola?

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Pistol carry for dangerous 4 legged animals


What pistol would you want to carry when hunting/hiking/backpacking in areas where dangerous animals roam?

My experience hunting/hiking in areas where big, dangerous animals prowled has been limited to the State of New Hampshire. New Hampshire has a few animals which could be considered dangerous including bear, moose, coyote and rumoured wolves. Of course wild dogs exist and other animals such a fisher cats could be dangerous however these are not common.


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