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The importance of CASH

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We are on the verge of a cashless society and there are so many benefits to it – and some drawbacks. Just think about it: Finding $7.50 worth of change in the cushions of the couch is close to being a thing of the past. I hardly ever carry cash anymore. In today’s world where I can walk into a convenience store and grab a hot dog, chips, and a drink and pay for it

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OPSEC Before and After a Major Emergency

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This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

 

Sure, you’re ready for the “big day” when everything goes to hell, and you have to fight to survive. You’ve stocked up on food, water, weapons and ammo…and you’ve got one or more places to go to if you have to bug out.

But are you sure no one else is planning on using YOUR supplies? Has anyone taken notice to the location of your

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Review: Streamlight 88850 POLYTAC LED Flashlight

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This post was originally published here – http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-streamlight-88850-polytac-led-flashlight/

 

Streamlight POLYTAC LED Flashlight

I love flashlights. They are a basic and integral part of any preparedness plan. Ask anyone to make a list of the top 5 things that should be collected in case of any kind of a disaster and surely”flashlight” will be ranked up there. As I continue to build my preps I sought out a high quality, high performance

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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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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Last Entry – #15: SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

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Here is the last entry in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

Winner to be announced tomorrow…..

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By SB: The knife I choose is the Trail Master by Cold Steel. Rugged, simple (like me), reliable. Nothing fancy or high tech, no saw tooth or hollow handle. I like the clean lines and heft.

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Hold the Press!!! I missed one – SHTF Contest Entry #16

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Here is the last entry in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

Winner to be announced tomorrow…..

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From D.

Despite the fact that my nature is not a knife collector, over the years, quite a number of them have come into my hands. I firmly do not believe in

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Top Tips to Help the Budget-Conscious Acquire Prepper Supplies

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By Cherie

Prepping for a SHTF situation is a good idea, of course, but for people living from paycheck to paycheck, finding the money to stock up on food, water and other supplies is overwhelming. Fortunately, with some financial savvy and budget shopping as well as other techniques and tips, it’s possible to create a stockpile that will help you get through any natural or man-made disaster.

Cut back on what you spend

Traditionally, when

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Running out of ammo!

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

 

My wife and I are fans of the TV show “The Walking Dead” but not because it is a zombie show. We use the show as a teaching tool. As we watch the show, we discuss the situations that the characters encounter. My wife and I do a, what if we were in that situation. How would we handle that situation differently? Yes I know some of the situations

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ENTRY #11 & #12 SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

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Here are a few entries in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

I am not looking for a picture of a knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest. This could be something unique with the picture or maybe the description – or both.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Make sure

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Review: Esbitt Pocket Survival Stove

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This post was originally published here – http://modernsurvivalonline.com/review-esbitt-pocket-survival-stove/.

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I recently had the opportunity to try out a classic survival item – the pocket stove.

Being able to boil water for purification purposes as well as heat/cook food in the field is important. Many foods – such as MRE’s and freeze dried camp foods – can be eaten cold but just flat out taste

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The Chromecast and catching up on YouTube

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This past weekend I caught up on many Youtube video I have missed over the past couple months. One of the things I use to make the entire experience more enjoyable is a Chromecast. The Chomecast is a small device that plugs into the TV’s HDMI port and communicates with your computer to “broadcast” YouTube video’s directly on the TV.

Honestly – the Chromecast makes watching the video’s much better. I have a 52″ wall-mounted

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Question: What is your biggest preparedness need?

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Would appreciate as many people as possible answering this question:

What is your biggest preparedness need?

More specifically when you look at your preps – tangible, material items as well as skills – what are you most lacking? Again – another way of looking at this is what do you feel you need to improve the most between now and the “event”?

Looking forward to your response.

Question: What is your biggest preparedness need?

I never hear anything about the Ruger Mini-14 anymore…..

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I had an original Mini-14 back in the 90’s and thought it was great. The only magazine I used that worked well was the Ramline polymer magazine designed to function in the Mini-14, AR-15, and AR-180. Wish I had never sold that gun. The Mini-14 has since been redesigned and has been improved but yet still rarely do I see it referenced when defensive or SHTF-guns are discussed.

I would suppose changing marketing conditions are

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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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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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)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen

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From the Desk of John Rourke – February 4th, 2015

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Appreciate the donations from Frank and Kim this past week.

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I agree with standardizing in things. It keeps things simple and efficient. Batteries are certainly an example of this. 90% of all my flashlights use AA alkaline batteries. The others? CR123 Lithiums and a couple AAA tubes.

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I am constantly pulled between being an isolationist and believing we should secure our borders and just be

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

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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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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

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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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Prepper Press adds two new books…..

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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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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)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen

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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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The “Knaw”

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

I carry a small pocket survival kit that I put together, in a “Tobacco” tin, when I go into the woods for any reason. I always carry a quality sheath knife with me in addition to my pocket survival kit. However, knives have been known to become lost or misplaced while in the woods. I wanted to add some type of cutting edge that was very flat and

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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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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