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Knife Review: Cold Steel GI Tanto


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…..


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) 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”



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


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 20th, 2015


I am a big believer in a national, Federal flat tax. Everyone pays the same percentage. 10% seems like a fair number. Get a paycheck for $1,000 – pay $100 in taxes. Get a paycheck for $1 million – pay $100,000. There is no reason why someone should pay more just because they make more.

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Hope everyone will join me tonight while watching the State of the Union. See HERE

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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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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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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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When “The Fan” has a date…..


by GrammaMary


December 5, 2014, at age 63, I received a layoff notice from my long term employer. It was not a surprise. At several points over the last 8 years outsourcing of our entire department was considered (at a great cost savings to our employer) but graciously and miraculously 27 of us were kept on till the final implementation of a medical record system called EPIC on December 4. These years for me

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Have You Thought Of?


By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)


How well have you thought out what to bring/pack with your gear should you have to evacuate or bug out of your residence in an emergency or imminent major disaster?

Sure you have a well thought out Bug Out bag or similar named bag that you can grab and go in an emergency/disaster. You may even keep a well-stocked bag in your vehicle at all times. These bags should

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35 Manual Kitchen Tools and Gifts for Peppers

066 living without the powerline 5 manual kitchen tools

By K.I.

I ran across a post on one of the blogs I get digests for titled ‘35 Manual Kitchen Tools and Gifts for Peppers’. Now, being as I collect kitchen gadgets and other tools, of course, this caught my eye. ’35 manual tools and gifts’ ought to have some good ideas, yes? Um….well….no, not really. I already have all of those items, or things that I can use in place of them that work

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A couple nights ago I began thinking about what catastrophes might occur that would affect my loved ones and me. Some on my list might happen because of where we live, while others could happen anywhere. BTW, I live in the Midwest.

The List:

Earthquake – relatively close to New Madrid Fault

Tornado – not far from tornado alley

Snow & Ice –


The Right Way to Treat a Wound


By Dave from

We’ve all put on a band-aid sometime or other; but that’s not really wound treatment. In a survival situation, you’re probably going to be faced with much more serious wounds than that, requiring much more thorough wound treatment. Whether due to gunshot wounds or working with tools that most of us aren’t accustomed to using, the likelihood of serious wounds is much higher.

The other problem is that medical services will

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Terrible Tuesday……

April 27 2011 Tuscaloosa Tornado

My interest in survival began on September 10, 1979. On that day a massive tornado, actually 4 tornadoes coming together to form a monster, hit Wichita Falls, Texas. My wife had asked me over and over that day to take her to Sykes Center Mall in Wichita Falls and I told her there were storm warnings and that it was silly to make the 10+ mile trip. Sykes Center Mall took a direct hit –

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Our Grandchildren, Our Future!



By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)


Our grandchildren and children are our future. If we do not teach them what they need to know, other people will, but it may not be what you want them to learn!

I remember my grandpa very fondly. I still love him very much and miss him greatly to this day. He taught me about knives, firearms, camping, hiking and many, many other practical things. As grandparents and

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Training Day: 3 Tips to Gain Tactical Advantage during Martial Law


By Cherie

Chinese General Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War” that battles with your opponent are predetermined long before the action begins. Intelligent war tacticians only fight winnable battles, whereas the fool just shows up hoping to win based on naive confidence and arrogance. Victory is only attained by conquering the enemy before the battle begins.

Ad nauseum news coverage of Ebola and ISIS, along with recent currency deals between Russia and China

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FIREARMS WEEK: Three years, thousands of rounds, and lots of fun – the S&W M&P15-22 Carbine


REPOST: Three years ago I bought my Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact -I am planning to buy another. This semi-automatic, magazine fed, AR-clone has served me well. I have found it to be accurate and extremely reliable.

When thinking back to the many times I have shot the M&P15-22 the first thing that comes to mind is accuracy. I have never mounted an optic so the

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FIREARMS WEEK: Ammunition availability and prices


Ammunition availability and prices are as close to “back to normal” as I have seen in a long while – at least here in South Carolina. Local gun shop up the road from me this past weekend had ton’s of inventory of .22LR and no limit. Academy Sports also had quite a bit of off brand 22’s but still on the expensive side(10 cents a round). Even online ammunition retailer has a substantial selection

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A Burial during a Crisis


By Mike

A couple weeks ago I had the unfortunate task of burying my sister cat (little man). Not because she was physically unable to do but mentally unable. It was about 11pm and very dark where I live. Knowing that we had to put the animal in the ground soon I went outside and proceeded to look for a good resting place for little man. I finally decided to on a spot and began

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Building a Security Plan for Your Community



Over the years there has been several articles on numerous blogs that talk about one of our oldest dilemmas of the prepper world…to bug in or to bug out. Well, over the last year I have been thinking that staying put is what we need to do as a family. Every individual and family is different, but this is my attempt of a self-analyst of our decision to bug in and a look

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations




Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle

The Prepper’s Blueprint

The Boxcar Children – ages 7 and up. Wonderful book series for kids.

Day by Day Armageddon

31 Days to Survival



Guardians of the Galaxy – awesome movie

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – incredible special effects

The Bourne Trilogy – great action movies


Water Filtration

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filter System

Katadyn Hiker Water Filter

Lifestraw Water Filter

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A bird in the hand……..


By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)

I remember when I was growing up being told the old cliché;

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

(This picture was drawn by Erika Aoyama on November 16, 2002)


This simply means it is better to have something in your possession than to plan on getting that item at a later date.

I have

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