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Review: Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 .22LR Semi-Auto

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This post originally appeared back in May of 2011. I will be posting an UPDATE tomorrow on how my M&P15-22 has performed over the past three years. The original review can be seen HERE. – Rourke

I love the .22LR .

Over the years I have had a variety of .22LR pistols and rifles. From the Ruger Mk II pistol to a Squire Bingham M16R – I have shot thousands of rounds of .22LR and had a ball doing it. Ever since seeing pictures of the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 – I have wanted

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Guest Post: Why You Need To Garden Now

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This post was originally posted back in 211 and its contents still hold true. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

by J.Burk

It’s easy to find excuses not to garden: I’m too busy, I don’t want to ruin the lawn, I don’t have enough space, I’ll start when I move to the country. There might even be a few who bought a container of heirloom seeds, tossed it into the freezer and checked gardening off their to-do list.

 

The main fallacy in all these excuses is that you need all the experience

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks…..Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please

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Essentials of Prepping:   Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please

 

That great social democrat FDR once proclaimed, “All we have to fear is fear itself,” and that sentence galvanized the nation into action. Nowadays many of us have come to fear our blighted but powerful rich Uncle.

 

I have walked boldly through life sure in the knowledge that one day I shall die and after that, the judgment. God does not look at death the way man does. I repeat, God does not look at death the way man does. Recognition and acceptance of one’s own

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TEOTWAWKI Bartering (A different look!)

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By “The Coach”

            There have been many articles written on “Survival Bartering”. Most are very well written. However, in this article I plan on taking a different look at “Survival Bartering” post TEOTWAWKI.

            Post Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans metro area, no merchant would accept credit cards, debit cards or checks of any type. The electricity and telephones were not working and merchants did not have a way to verify if credit cards, debit cards or checks were valid. Merchants also did not have a way to find out what gold or silver was

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks……Re: Essentials of Prepping

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Re: Essentials of Prepping

Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please.

I strongly suspect prepper burnout is a direct result of new found awareness of how vulnerable we are both as individuals and as a nation. It is this very awareness that drives many to prepare for exceedingly remote happenstances. In a way, this is like asking how many cartridges are enough, 100, 1000, 10,000? If a hundred rounds will get you through the week and 10,000 a lifetime, then what about your children’s lifetime? Why not then stock a million rounds?  Insidious? You bet it is and

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Through The Eyes Of A Young Prepper

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By TP

As a teenage prepper, who has scoured the immense depths of the internet to view many of the available prepping forums and how-to’s, read every survival book that I could get my hands on, and also has spoken to quite a few outdoor enthusiasts…I would like to discuss a couple of topics that have caught my attention about that the prepper community as a whole, which I have observed within the community that these topics have either been overlooked or in some cases have not had an agreed consensus amongst the prepper community on

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Wilderness Treatments for Burns

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By Rose Cceberio, RN, BSN 

Today, if one is out and about camping, hiking, or on a dry run or for real “Bug Out” route, one can encounter a few things alone the wilderness path that can cause bodily harm. Unless you thought of everything and you’re hiking with a 100 lb backpack, even then, anything can happen and you may be fresh out of supplies other than Old Mother Nature can provide.  If so, never fear, for if you get hurt, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself and others, if you are calm, confident

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Guest Post: Essentials of Prepping – Reiterating the Essentials for Survival

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It’s easy to go overboard when it comes to prepping. But with all the movies and other entertainment out there, why wouldn’t it be? Movies such as Mad Max and The Book of Eli come to mind, in addition to shows Falling Skies or video games like Fallout 3. How far is too far, though? Should you start planning on how you’ll loot supply lines or defend your home against invaders? Probably not but it is easy (and enjoyable) to ponder similar topics. Prepping is a slippery slope and sometimes it’s easy to forget the fundamentals.

Three Central

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Things you may not think of…

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By TekkieFae

I do things differently than most. I spread my perspective in hopes to assist and inspire others. I only list the things I do here that aren’t often or aren’t mentioned at all in most ‘prepper’ or ‘survival’ circles.

 

Off-grid supplies:

* My favorite prep item is my library. I have been collecting books ever since I had access to bookstores, not only for fun and survival, but almost as a cultural ‘ark’ of sorts. My private library consists of over 1000 books. I have books on homesteading, natural medicine, midwifery and childbirth, survival, ho-to’s, nature and wildlife

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NOOB Guide to Getting Started Being Prepared

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By TekkieFae Firstly and most important, DON’T PANIC!! Pay more attention to preps vs. threats to not get stressed and overwhelmed. 

Start small, and grow bigger as you go. Start with prepping for the most common and likely things that could go wrong, and worry about the bigger possibilities once the basics are mastered.

Common scenarios to prep for first:

Being stranded in your car. This has happened to myself, my family, and many others from floods, snowstorms, traffic or impassible roads, etc. One thing I do that’s different is to have toilet paper, a small plastic urinal,

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The Psychology of Survival

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For many in dire circumstances, just living day-to-day is very difficult.  Working in a low-income area with many who are homeless, I routinely see examples.  Others I know are unemployed, or if they work, they do so part time and/or below their skill or education level – just to survive.  Although these people have roofs over their heads, they also face day-to-day financial challenges.  Fortunately for now, most of us in this country still have jobs/income, homes, and food on the table.    Psychologists tell us there is a natural tendency for us to compare ourselves to others.  Studies

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Surviving a week in the Murder Capital of the World

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San Pedro Sula- Central America

Honduras, a country of some 8.5 million people, suffered an average of 19 murders each day in 2013, down from 20 the year before.

December 24, 2013- The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high.  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/honduras-travel-warning.html

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region.  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ho.html

While

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A few items every prepper should own now

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I was thinking over this past weekend about a few things that some preppers often overlook but are really good things to have. Of course every persons environment, geography, and situation is different.

Anyways, feel free to comment on the list or add to it. If you would recommend any brands, makes or models – please share as well.

Waterproof Boots – Whether they are designed for hiking or for hunting having a good pair of waterproof boots can make a lot easier in the rain or snow. You know what I hate? Walking into my kitchen and stepping in

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Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest

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Warm up those keyboards folks! The current ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest started March 15th and continues through May 15th. Have a guest post you want to enter? Send in to emergencycd(at)gmail.com.

Some great prizes are lined up –  this is looking to be the biggest ever!! 

 

Prize List

First Place will receive:

Inergy has donated their “Lion” Ultralight, Portable Lithium Power System including a 20 watt semi-flexible solar panel and two 5 Watt LED Lights. Total Value: $560+ Forge Survival Supply is providing an awesome Parry Blade “Hunter” Knife. Value: $249.00 A $200 Gift Certificate from PatriotAmmoSupply.com

Total Prize Value in excess of

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK #2: Modern Minute Man – Part 2 – The Gear List

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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. 

 

 

From the Supply House: Here are a few popular survival & preparedness items available at deep discounts on Amazon. Many items are available with Free Shipping on orders over $35. 

 

Nebo ProTec HP 190 Lumen Weapons Mounted Tactical Light: I have two of these – one for my S&W M&P9 and one

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Don’t Wait to Build Your Survival Kit

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The predominant culture often views those who value disaster preparedness as fanatical and irrational. Their predictions may sometimes sound apocalyptic; their preparations, drastic. The idea of an implosion of the national infrastructure and financial system simply strikes some as the stuff of fantasy. An honest look at the numbers, however, reveals that survival planning is actually a wise and prudent endeavor. In fact, academic research, practical business experience and good old common sense corroborate the very real possibility that such national and global dysfunction is real, and growing more likely every day. Taking steps to ensure the safety of

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A little off-grid cooking……

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A buddy of mine and I recently got together for a little “off grid” cooking. Several methods of cooking were represented including a using a Deadwood Stove, a small backpacking stove, and an “expedient” stove made from a cinder block.

On the menu was an assortment of Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods. The Deadwood Stove worked well as usual. I used some cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly to get the fire going. Like all stoves operating on the “rocket stove” theory the sticks/wood had to be pushed into the lower burn chamber quite often. Worked great and I downed

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Dr. Allen shares his thoughts…………

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The following comes from a comment posted by Dr. Allen in response to a recent post – Survivalist First Aid Kits: What Do I Need? I appreciate Dr. Allen’s willingness to share his thoughts and expertise. – Rourke

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The postings for a “first aid kit” have been of interest with some of them of concern.

 

Only FYI and substantiation: my training/experience has been rather extensive both in years (13 in training and (37) “on site application” years in in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, on site in Mexico missions to the “shack” and “garbage dump” patients; Haitians just after

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Review: Waka Waka Power – light and solar charger

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Right off I have to mention that this post has nothing to do with Fozzie from The Muppets. Those old enough to remember might recollect the fuzzy bear saying “Waka Waka” whenever he really liked something. No – the Waka Waka Power is a really unique product that combines the following – a solar charger, a built-in battery, and a light source.

In any emergency situation having light when the power is out not only is helpful for safety reasons but is a huge morale booster in what is likely a very stressful time. The Waka Waka

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FEMA – Emergency Food and Water in an Emergency

For those new to preparedness the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website might be a first stop in their quest to get information. There are actually some good materials there.

One downloadable file provided is the PDF called “Food and Water in an Emergency“. In this 15 page document the basics of disaster preparedness are covered fairly well. Of course subjects such as firearms and personal defense are not covered but the foundations of survival are – food and water. The creation of a disaster survival kit is also discussed with a decent content list.

If every citizen read and

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Could a SHTF event create a race war?

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The stock market has crashed. Grocery stores have closed. Gas stations have run out of fuel. People are growing more and more desperate by the day. Being in such a critical state groups begin to form. There are safety in numbers and people begin to hear of increasing violence. People no longer walk the streets by themselves as they are more likely to fall victim to violent crime.

What role will race play when things go bad?

Look at Hurricane Katrina. There were many accounts of white on black and black on white crimes after the hurricane hit. Of these

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest coming March 15th.

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Warm up those keyboards folks! The next ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest will start March 15th and continue through May 15th. Have a guest post you want to enter? Send in to emergencycd(at)gmail.com.

Some great prizes are lined up –  this is looking to be the biggest ever!! 

 

Prize List

First Place will receive:

Inergy has donated their “Lion” Ultralight, Portable Lithium Power System including a 20 watt semi-flexible solar panel and two 5 Watt LED Lights. Total Value: $560+ Forge Survival Supply is providing an awesome Parry Blade “Hunter” Knife. Value: $249.00 A $200 Gift Certificate from PatriotAmmoSupply.com

Total Prize Value in

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The Deadwood Rocket Stove for Cooking Indoors

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This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke

 

By Beverly Sandlin

You all  know I am a fan of the Deadwood Stove for camping and by my grill, because I wrote about it in 2012. I even have two Deadwood Stoves! These are, to my mind, mini-wood stoves that are so well built they will be passed down for generations.

With the bitter cold winter we have had this year and the electric going on and off, I got to thinking about the Deadwood for interior cooking as well.

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Blast from the Past: Interview – The Retreat’s BadVooDooDaddy……

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The following interview was originally published back in 2012.  The Retreat is a survival and preparedness website run by BadVooDooDaddy and he posts a few times a month. Check it out. – Rourke

 

  Those who have hung around the halls here at ModernSurvivalOnline Institute for Preparedness Studies(M.I.P.S.) are likely familiar with the name….BadVooDooDaddy. This fine gentleman often comments on posts and engages in discussions providing his expert analysis and dazzles us with his vast knowledge.

 

OK – I am laying it on pretty thick.

 

BadVooDooDaddy is the owner of the website –  The Retreat – Preparedness, Survival, and

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