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Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

Gear Review: 5.11 Hard Time Gloves

            For the longest time I was not one to wear gloves. I hated the loss of touch, dexterity and the sizing of most gloves. Despite being educated, throughout college and law school I worked construction and landscaping jobs and spent a fair amount of time in the gym. As a result my hands are thicker than normal for their size and fit poorly in many gloves. However, the value of gloves became apparent after burning them several times on an run n’ gun last summer. In addition to barrel burns, sweat made

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Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large



18 MOA donut Illuminated reticle 1 MOA dot 1-4x magnification 24mm Objective diameter 30mm tube Waterproof to 3 ft. (tubes are completely waterproof, but not electronics) Fogproof -40F-140F 18 oz. ~$225


While it has been quite a while since I have had the privilege to contribute to MSO, rest assured I have been quite busy with rounding out my preps. Much has been going on with my life, including finishing up my last semester of law school and attempting to find a job in the “recovering” economy.

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Body Armor for Dummies……….

Body Armor for Dummies

 by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large


No doubt, the vast majority of you are aware of the fact that our federal government seems intent on violating our inalienable right to self-defense, among others. It is entirely possible that we will cross the line where “from my cold, dead hands” ceases to be a metaphor. Body armor is a necessity for those who wish to initiate or survive being a party to a two-way range. The discussion following is intended to be a simple primer on body armor for those less familiar with the actual product

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Jesse James bugs out……….

BOB Trip

For those waiting with bated breath, here it is. It’s not exactly Man v. Wild, but then again I didn’t have any support staff helping me out (last Grylls dig…I promise). I apologize for not getting more videos, as the batteries went out MUCH sooner than I anticipated. The backpack I used is a Lafuma Mont Blanc 60L. I did not do an exhaustive inventory of everything in my bag, but if enough interest is shown I will pull it apart and do a list. In the video I tried to just hit the high points. As an

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The Necessity of Developing your Own Familial Compact

by Jesse James



noun |ˈkämˌpakt|

a formal agreement or contract between two or more parties.

verb |kəmˈpakt; käm-; ˈkämˌpakt| [ trans. ]

make or enter into (a formal agreement) with another party or parties


            I’m sitting here writing this half-listening to the talking heads on TV shout over each other “debating” (I use the word loosely) the inane minutia of the presidential debates and the latest political attack ads. I’m 25, nearly 26. Old enough to remember Clinton’s 2nd term and watching him debate Bob Dole in ’96. Old enough to remember taking a

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A message from Jesse James……

MSO Readers,


I have exciting things to tell you! No, the US isn’t solvent again…c’mon I’m not a miracle worker here. However, in the coming weeks you will be the privileged few who will have the opportunity to view my woodland exploits. I anticipate a mixture between Mr. Magoo and Bear Grylls, with a little Steve McQueen (2nd coolest actor EVER) sprinkled in. I have a four day weekend and am going to spend three of them testing my 72 hour (BOB) bag. I’m taking my camera and will video parts of it. I’m hoping it will be an

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MSOnline Editor-at-Large Jesse James…….

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I would like to introduce Jesse James, Editor-at-Large for ModernSurvivalOnline. He has already published a couple of articles here and has some very interesting and exciting stuff planned. I am really looking forward to seeing more from him.

Also – please keep in mind the definition of a “classical liberal” - A political philosophy that places high value on individual freedom based on a belief in natural rights that exist independent of government.

Below is a bit of background info on Jesse.

 - Rourke



I began prepping in 2010 at the encouragement of my father, an ex-fighter pilot. I

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Hunt Now…For Later

by Jesse James

ModernSurvivalOnline Patriot and Editor-at-Large


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services estimates that about 5% of the population over 16 hunts during any given year. The study was done in 2006 and if the trend for the last 20 years is any indication, it is likely a few points lower this year. Hunting is a rather Sisyphean pursuit for me, in fact Wile E. outsmarted me again last night, so this is not me chest-beating. Rather, a few thoughts on why I think it’s a worthwhile skill to become proficient at it.


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