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Flashlight Review & Test: UltraFire versus TrustFire

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This post was previously published HERE on MSO.

I love flashlights and have since I was a kid. With today’s technologies flashlights are brighter, lighter, and cheaper than ever before. LED technology has taken flashlight brightness to a level never seen before. I have flashlights I have paid over $60 for and I have some I have paid as little as $1.00. When it comes to preparedness supplies the flashlight is probably one of the

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Are you saving seeds?

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We spend tons of money on guns, ammunition, knives, backpacks and all kinds of things labeled “tactical” – but what about seeds? Many of us that prepare for “bad times” ahead consider gardening an integral part of our systems. Seeds are ultra-inexpensive and readily available most anywhere.

I am not going to get into the whole Heirloom versus Hybrid debate. Why? It’s pointless. Why again? Because most of the vegetables seeds that are available locally

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Gault on……Preserving The Harvest

This post was previously published HERE on MSO.

 

Home canning has been around since the mid 1800s. That’s when a tinsmith named John L. Mason invented the Mason Jar. For most of its existence canning was done by the “open kettle method”, but with the advent of the “pressure canner” canning became more useful and more broadly used. With the spread of supermarkets and the industrialization of food production, but for a few

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Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchini

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This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in

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GARDENING AND SURVIVAL

The following post was published a little over 2 years ago over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com and I thought it was deserving of another look here. Gardening is one of the most underrated skills as well as preps in most preppers/survivalists systems. If you do not garden – start now. I learn something every year and mistakes need to be made now – not when it really counts. – Rourke

 

By Pam

The ultimate in self-sufficiency

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VIDEO: Gardening and Survival

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Sootch does a great job explaining the necessity of gardening as a preparedness skill and activity.If you do not garden on a regular basis this is the perfect time to get started.

 

 

Grow your own food with the 4 Foot Gardening Blueprint!!

 

Gardening is a passion of mine and I have made plenty of mistakes and learned from them. No survival & preparedness system would be complete

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How the California Drought Will Affect our Food Prices and Availability

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This post was originally published in June of 2014. It still holds true today especially with Governor Brown issuing statewide mandatory water restrictions.

 

by Arlene

The drought in California is the WORST it’s been in 500 years. The Weather Channel will be offering a special program soon entitled Cracked : The Soil in California.

 

Stock up now on the items that are produced primarily in California. as soon they may be extremely

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Video of the Week: Anti-Terrorist Bag

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.

Enjoy the video and remember to follow your local laws when carrying firearm in your vehicles.

Would like to hear your opinions on the

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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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