An American Classic: The Marlin 336

 Photo courtesy of Marlinfirearms.com  The Marlin 336 retails for around $500 and is among the most ubiquitous rifles on the used market. In its most common configuration (pistol grip, 20” barrel, 30-30) it can usually be had for around $300.  Leveraction rifles are typically immune to the restrictions and/or prohibitions that some localities assign to … Read more

A dry run…

Well, I was given a dry run on survival preparation one Saturday last fall.  About 9:30 a.m. I was planning on which games to watch on DishTV. A heavy rain cloud came in and the signal blinked out for a while – no problem, I’ve got only 146 hours of movies recorded on the DVR.  … Read more

My Journey into the World of Guns

Feb 23rd… On my 43rd birthday I asked for a unique gift. Not that I really wanted it but I felt like I really needed it. I asked my husband to hire someone to train me to shoot guns. I wanted the whole kit and caboodle about how different guns work, how to handle them … Read more

The Dissolution of the United States

There are troubling financial signs coming out of Washington and the State Capitols. Deficits, mounting debt, and a poor economy are proving to be a direct threat to the future of our country. Poor economic policies, trillions of dollars in national debt, political bickering, and a fundamental lack of leadership will bring on the dissolution … Read more

Simple Growing: Zucchinis

For those that have never gardened – getting started can be a daunting task. Getting going in gardening can be accomplished many ways such as using raised beds, containers – and of course in-ground. I highly recommend to get into gardening ASAP if you are not already. It is a skill that is developed over time and much sweat and practice. If you … Read more

The Most Important Lesson Scouting Taught Me

I am part of the two percent. Out of the 83.5 million Scouts who have been through the Boy Scouts program, only two percent have ever attained the rank of Eagle Scout. I am one of the few who earned this honor. I learned a lot in Scouting… how to make a fire without matches, how … Read more

It is what it is, until it isn’t

by Junebug Actual A concern I have about the preparedness efforts of others is that there may be a disconnect between expectations and probable actuality in a grid down situation. Conversations with many others leads me to believe there is a fairly common misconception that TEOTWAWKI will be sort of like camping, admittedly for a … Read more

Creating a raised bed garden

 I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants. To get this project done – I assembled all needed components in one area … Read more

Question Medical Authority

Doctors wear white coats for the same reason that judges wear black robes, cops wear badges and uniforms, the Pope wears funny hats, kings and queens wear crowns, corporate zombies wear suits, and soldiers wear ribbons and medals. They all want you to see that they have authority, and you don’t. This means, among other … Read more

A Survivalist Mindset Amongst Apathy

Apathy is described as a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and passion. Over the course of these last couple of years I’ve found myself more inclined, empowered by a sense of urgency and righteousness in my beliefs, to speak with others, sometimes at great length, about my views … Read more

10 Things You Can Do Right Now…

In troubling times of uncertainty – many people are seeing signs of things coming to a head. With the massive violence and turmoil going on in the Middle East to the terrible and ever dangerous situation in Japan – along with the ripple of effects that are coming from both – it would be a good idea … Read more

Bugging Out On Foot – What to Expect

woman carrying backpack outdoors

Bugging out is something that you must consider as a prepper. When a situation becomes unsalvageable, or the danger of staying put or bugging in entails risks that you are not willing to take, it is time to get out of Dodge. Many preppers plan to bug-out using a personally-owned vehicle of some kind but … Read more