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


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


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!


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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The Chromecast and catching up on YouTube


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?

doh!!.......the SHTF.....where's my go to gun?!?!?!?!?

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?

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


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


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


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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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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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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Keeping Life Clean in Volcanic Ash

Mt. Saint Helens in 1980


Here in the Pacific Northwest we know about volcanoes. Many people who live here remember the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens in 1980. That is the last major eruption we’ve had in the continental United States. Then we get reports of that same volcano showing eruption activity in 2004 and geologists say it’s the most likely volcano to erupt again in our lifetime. Plus, most of us in the Puget Sound area have a

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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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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 –


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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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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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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