Mylar packing food for long term storage

Storing food continues to be my main priority in gathering survival supplies. Canned goods are the mainstay of much of my stockpile along with some freeze dried. Over the past few months I have added some additional food via storing them in mylar bags. Mylar packaging has been around for many years. Used for many … Read more

Rechargeable batteries

Rechargeable batteries are not only a great way to save money – but can be a valuable resource in a disaster. Most of my battery-powered components use a standard AA battery. I am trying to keep it this way as the AA alkaline battery is relatively inexpensive and many can stored taking up little space. Before I go … Read more

What does it mean to me to be an American?

I feel proud to be an American. I have an overwhelming sense of honor and pride when I see an American flag waving or say the Pledge of Allegiance. Why is this? Why do I have this connection to this country? I am sure for others that have similar feelings the reasons vary greatly. I believe that … Read more

A few random thoughts……..

A few things that have been on my mind……. Thank you to TL, MJ and AH for your recent donations – it is greatly appreciated. As always – please do not donate unless you can truly afford it. If you can afford it and would like to support MSOnline I am hoping to get my HAM radio by the … Read more

Economic concerns reflected in stock market

In just the past two days the stock market has had the worst drop since 2008. On Thursday the Dow plunged 391 points – with mid-day drops as much as 540 points. Unemployment remains a serious concern. The Federal Reserve’s negative outlook and ridiculous reaction to the economy is not helping matters. The overall Global … Read more

Thoughts on the Presidential Debate……..

I am not going to get into a lot of specific policy differences and platform issues of each candidate. I just want to give a few thoughts. I have not watched the past couple debates involving the Republican candidates. I know….shame on me. One of the reasons I haven’t watch the past couple debates is I felt … Read more

Charlotte NC area Prepper meeting?

There are a couple of local preppers that I meet for lunch every so often. It is great getting together with fellow preppers and having discussions that you just can’t have with most co-workers and friends. I have had a couple of requests to plan a get together in the Charlotte NC area. I certainly … Read more

New food storage product found

The majority of my food storage revolves around common foods found in grocery stores all over the country. Storing what I eat and eating what  store is what I practice for the most part. I have recently begun purchasing freeze dried and dehydrated foods to supplement. On a shopping trip to a local “Mart” recently, I came across … Read more

Guest Post: On September 8th………

by Thunder Bearer On September 8th, 2011, an outage rocked a large swath of Southern California, from Mission Viejo, to the Mexican border and beyond.  Somewhere close to a million people were affected by the actions of one person who made a seemingly small mistake in Arizona which took a portion of the power grid … Read more

Netflix Pick: On the Beach

This is a classic. Netflix summary: In this 1959 doomsday classic, a U.S. submarine led by Capt. Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) surfaces near Melbourne, where the passengers learn that nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. And it won’t be long before radiation kills the Australians as well. The tense drama features standout performances … Read more

Project: 10/22 Tactical Part 2

A small update on my latest Ruger 10/22 project. I have decided and acquired my selected stock – a Choate pistol grip polymer stock. I chose the Choate for a few reasons. I am familiar with it as I have a very similar stock on my M1 Carbine. It is extremely lightweight and very durable. The ergonomics are good. … Read more

On Preparation

Hello, My name is Michael. I am a graduate student at a University in the SW United States. In this article I discuss what preppers are doing wrong. My hope is that the people who read this will identify with some examples I provide, and change their behavior into something that is more beneficial for … Read more

A day not to forget……..ever

Let us not ever forget the heroics displayed and sacrifices made exactly 10 years ago today. We must always remember the innocent lives that were lost this day – and pray it never happens again. Take care all – Rourke

Just a Taste is Unsettling

by ET As I write this, Hurricane Irene is approaching the eastern seaboard near Florida and evacuation plans are already commencing.  As I read all the news concerning this recent storm with potential for disaster, I am also reminiscent of 2008 when some of the after-effects of the hurricanes of that year were felt further … Read more

Build Your Own AR-15

by Gilfner I recently completed a project AR-15, M-4 style.  I am really pleased with how it came out. There are some advantages to building one yourself.  First is cost, but not necessarily the overall cost.  It’s the ability to “pay as you go”.  What I mean by this is you can pay for the … Read more

Tune in Monday…..

Alright everyone…….. Make sure you tune-in Monday for a very special announcement. That’s it. No hints. Sorry – gotta wait. Rourke

Guest Post: Food

by Ken Let’s make a few assumptions, here, before we start:   1) You have at least a year’s supply of food and water, in a safe, transportable manner for your whole family/crew/group. 2) You have a secure location, and you are all safely-arrived there after “Something Bad” has happened. 3) You have the means … Read more

Survival Fitness…..Welcome to Crossfit

Fitness has always been something that I have thought about since being a teenager (now 41). Over the years, like many others, I have joined gyms and worked out for a few months – and then returned to a sedentary lifestyle. A little history – At the age of 16 I discovered bodybuilding. Reading Muscle & Fitness … Read more

Guest Post: Firearms in a TEOTWAWKI

By Gilfner Lately I’ve been thinking real hard about firearms in a TEOTWAWKI situation.  Maybe it’s just  me trying to find a way to justify to my wife the purchase of more guns.  I really love guns of all types, they just fascinate me and I can’t really explain why. Part of what I’ve been … Read more

Re: Prep Now! Carry Later

I received the following as a comment regarding the recent PrepNow! Carry Later guest post – – – Rourke:   I would like to add few more comments regarding pistol holsters.   I joke with my wife that if something happens to the cattle on our ranch we could live well on rabbit and rattlesnakes of which … Read more