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Gun Control?


By The Coach, Contributing Editor

I know I am probably going to stir up a hornets nest with this article. However, as I have said before, I am tired of trying to be politically correct and please everyone.

The liberal news media loves to point out all of the gun crimes in the United States as a reason to enact stricter gun control laws. While I agree that persons who

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New Russian Military Doctrine Names the U.S. and NATO as Main Foreign Threats



12/26 – Vladimir Putin signs new mil doctrine naming NATO, US as main foreign threats, retains strategy to use nukes if country or allies are under conventional attack.


What You Need To Know

Readers will recall that last week, AlertsUSA and Threat Journal reported on the announcement made by the White House that President Obama would be signing a bill from Congress which adds new sanctions on Russia and would codify

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Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove


This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.

I was recently contacted by the folks at about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.

Upon initial inspection the fit in finish

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 9th, 2015


Just picked up a Magpul MBUS Rear Site for my new AR. Hoping to do some testing this weekend. Going to mount an optic but of course need open sites just in case. Something interesting about this build? Less than $500 total. Full report coming soon and that’s all the info your going to get!

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The terrorist attack in Paris is another example of radical Islam allowed to grow

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Video of the Week: O’Reilly on America’s Race Problem


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.

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Re: Building a Bucket Ham Repeater


The following letter is in reference to the article – “Building a Bucket Ham Repeater”

Mr Rourke–

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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 8th, 2015


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

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HIPERFIRE releases new AR trigger – the EDT


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.

It’s still

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 7th, 2015


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

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Review: Baofeng GT-3 Handheld Ham Radio


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

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Water Consumption is highly underestimated


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

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Sun Oven special Christmas promotion….EXTENDED!!!!

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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! 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

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 6th, 2015


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.

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Dangers In Your Backyard


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

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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 5th, 2015


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.

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….On practical IFAKs



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

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….On testing yourself



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

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Standardize and “Super-Size” in order to survive

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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

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….On AR platform builds



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.

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Keeping Life Clean in Volcanic Ash

Mt. Saint Helens in 1980


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

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New Years Resolutions – January 2nd, 2015


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:

Additional Ammunition

.223/5.56 ammunition – 2000 rounds 9mm

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Prepping for the Future


By B.W.

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

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REVIEW: Hiperfire HIPERTOUCH 24 Drop-In AR-15 Trigger


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

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