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


My nephew just picked up an AR. Even better is he is asking about training – which I am very happy about. Far too often a checkmark is placed in the box next to “defense” just because a firearm is bought. I have made a lot of strides in my ability to put rounds down range, moving, reloading, etc – but have a long ways to go.

Hopefully my nephew and I will get a

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Watch this…….something to consider


This video shows what the first 12 hours of a US Dollar collapse might look like.

Let’s hope not!!


From the Desk of John Rourke – June 25th, 2015


A new video has been added to the Patriots membership area. I have several more planned as well as additional articles and downloads. I am also negotiating with a few more online vendors for more discounts.

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Just ordered a 2-meter J-pole antenna for ham radio use. Thing gets great reviews on YouTube and I am looking forward to setting it up.

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The town I live

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7 Essentials During a Power Outage


by Lee Flynn

The grid disruption database from Inside Energy compiled their data and found an average of 200 reported grid outages per year from 2010 to 2013. This numbers continues to increase. There is not always an impending storm or a sudden natural disaster to warn that a power outage may be in the future. Therefore, it is essential that everyone be, at least minimally, prepared for the loss of power before

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 24th, 2015


This past weekend “The Group” went camping. The Group is the MAG survival group I belong to. Great group of guys and truly feel that we are turning into a Band of Brothers that can be there for each other whenever needed. Camping was good although the heat was. Some of us brought our kids and I brought Christopher – my 12 year old. Did a little fishing and canoeing.

Saturday night

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I Was Born Into The Cold War……


In case you missed it – this post was originally published HERE on


by Guy Spotts


I was born into the cold war between the United States and the old Soviet Union, my parents had grown up in the great depression. I don’t remember if it was the Cuban Missile Crisis or if it was before then when my father started to prep but with a weekly pay check of

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


There has been an onslaught of rimfire pistols and rifles coming online over the past couple years. With .22LR becoming more widely available these firearms are looking more attractive. The .22LR is my favorite caliber. Why? It represents so much fun for very little money.

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Looks like the Progressives have totally taken over Tylenol from what I have seen of their recent marketing efforts.

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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – June 23rd, 2015

Vehicle Maintenance Advice

Car maintenance oil change

By: Tony D


As an auto technician and PREPPER, I would like to share some of my expertise in the automotive field. I have been “turning wrenches” for over 25 years, and have amassed quite a bit of knowledge. I often see vehicles in my shop that are in such poor shape, I can just imagine them clogging the roadways in a SHTF situation. I think that some folks just don’t care. But

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 22nd, 2015


It was recently suggested to me that I periodically change the format of my “From the Desk of….” posts to video. Maybe a video a week. Interesting idea and not overly difficult to do.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Keeping an Emergency Cash Fund accessible is important. This fund should NOT be at a bank or credit union. If something should happen and access to ATM’s and banks are not available

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – June 22nd, 2015

Left-handed or Right?


I am left handed for most things that I do. Just recently I began doing common everyday tasks using my right hand – and was amazed at how difficult some things were.

Tonight when I made myself a bowl of Cheerios I carried the bowl into the living room with my right hand. Of course – I usually use my left. This is really not a huge feat but felt very weird. Why am I

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Your SHTF “Go To” Gun Contest


Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” gun and the best one will win a case of MRE’s from

The collapse has happened. There is no rule of law. There are roving bands of brigands and gangs. What will you use to defend your family and supplies? I am not looking for a picture of your AR-15 leaning up against your refrigerator. Somehow make it unique and interesting.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 19th, 2015


Couldn’t decide if I was going to write this or not. Its late and I am supposed to get up and work out in the morning.


It’s everywhere. The tragedy of 9 innocent people being murdered in a church. It’s terrible. Let me tell you what else is a tragedy…….the main stream media.

Everywhere the fact that the killer is white and the victims are black are being broadcasted. Gun control is being mentioned

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Friday’s Steals and Deals


Friday’s Steals and Deals contains great deals offered by many of our advertisers and official affiliates.

Click on the following website links to be directed to the offers from the featured companies. Deals and prices were accurate at publishing time.

Here we go…..

Alocs Alcohol Stove – very nice – only $22.05 Free Shipping

NEW Drop Leg 1911 Pistol Holster – SALE: $27.12 Free Shipping

3 Hole Rope Guideline Buckle – Cool! Just

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Getting Your Kids Involved By Making It Fun


by The Proud Father


I would not put myself in the class of a “Doomsday Prepper” in any way not that there is anything wrong with that, but I do prepare for unseen events that could happen. I do lean more towards survival however, which does link with preparedness. My family and I love the outdoors whether it be; fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, or any number of other outdoor activities. I believe

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 18th, 2015


Week of July 5th will be “Medical Week” here on MSO. Medical info might not be as exciting as guns and ammo but essential nonetheless. Stay tuned!

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The news coming out of California with this drought is incredible. Areas have had their water rights revoked in an effort to conserve as much water as possible. Within days they will run out of water unless alternate suppliers can be found.


Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – June 18th, 2015

What Makes Stab and Spike Vests Resistant?



By Chris Taylor

Stab proof vests provide the wearer some protection that bullet proof vests don’t– protection from knife attacks. Knives and needles have sharper points than bullets and require a different kind of material construction. Stab proof vests protect from slashes and jabs, preventing sharp-edged weapons from penetrating more than a few millimeters.

Most stab proof vests are made from a material called Kevlar. Kevlar is very resistant

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Emergency Essentials sale……


For the month of June Emergency Essentials has several items on sale at deep discounts that you may find attractive. Emergency Essentials has been an industry leader and long time supporter of this website. Great company! Here are a few examples: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Peppers Reg. $35.99 SALE: $21.49 Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Reg. $36.99 SALE: $19.99 ​ Emergency Essentials Diced Freeze Dried Chicken Reg. $54.99 SALE: $29.99 Emergency Essentials Freeze

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 17th, 2015


Appreciate all the concern about my blood pressure. It will be fine. I am on my meds and only need to tweak it down a bit. Follow up appointment end of July.

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Capt. Michaels left a link to this video yesterday in a comment. I have seen it several times and it brings tears to my eyes every time. Yup – tears. My man card remains intact regardless.

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16 Surprising Places to Find Water When Everyone’s Dying of Thirst

water, water storage, purification, TSHTF, SHTF


There’s no need to remind you that you can’t survive for more than 3 days without water; the rule of threes is something every prepper learns early on. In fact, some of you are probably smiling right now thinking: Well, I’m covered for a lot more than 72 hours!

In theory, yes…. provided you bug in when disaster strikes. But what if you need to bug out, how long will the water

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 16th, 2015


Spent Monday morning at an urgent care center. Over the weekend just felt…..”off”. Sunday night went to a grocery store and checked my blood pressure and it was higher than I have ever seen it. Not crazy but high for me – 167/94. I had blurry vision as well.

Monday morning went to the urgent care and my BP was high but not as bad as Sunday night. Doctor wrote me a script and just

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This country is doomed?


Last week I published a video from YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 regarding the current condition of the United States. To summarize SP1 expressed frustration with the direction the country is heading and the lack of true Constitutional representation. If you missed the video I am republishing it below.

Lot’s of comments were made and many were very insightful. This is an important topic and wanted to pass on these insightful words……



From Badger:

I sub

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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 – June 15th, 2015


Looking forward to taking another course from Wolf-Fire Firearms in July. This next one is titled “Tactical Response Course” and promises to be both educational and fun. If you are in the Mooresville, NC area check ’em out.

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Went and saw Jurassic World this past weekend. Impressive. Great entertainment.

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Major heatwave through the South this past week as well as upcoming. Unusually hot in the

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Chuck Norris: Did ISIS give a clue about Jade Helm 15?


This post was originally published HERE at

By Chuck Norris

I’ve echoed in a recent column that I don’t think Jade Helm 15, the largest domestic military exercises involving every branch of service in seven states this summer, is a security risk to Texas. Even the Pentagon isn’t that stupid to mess with the Lone Star State. However, I have also said that I believe Jade Helm 15 is more than “just a training

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