Cooking OPSEC During a Disaster

can heated on a stove

Most preppers already know that OPSEC, or operational security, is an important concept when surviving in the aftermath of any major disaster or other long-term crisis. A loan word taken from the military, applying the concept to prepping and general survival means taking pains to keep your business your business, and not giving away to … Read more

Smart Ways to Carry Your EDC

edc bag

The EDC “movement” or philosophy or whatever you want to call it is nothing new, never mind the fact that some folks have found a way to buttress the idea as a cool “mindset” or shared belief to make money off of people who enjoy that sort of in-group lifestyle. Carry of small tools, weapons … Read more

How to Remove Rust from a Firearm


by Charles All guns have metal parts, or are made entirely from metal, and metal can corrode. Sad fact of nature when considering what it can do to our firearms slowly over time. Whether you use your guns the way they were intended or keep them safely ensconced in a cabinet or gun safe, rust … Read more

Stocking up on Precious Metals? Might Be a Bad Idea


by Charles Talk to enough preppers about their long-term preps and you are bound to run into a decent number who plan on stockpiling at least a small quantity of precious metals for various purposes. Gold, silver, even rhodium and platinum, you’ll get a fair education form some of them regarding the importance of precious … Read more

How Redundancy can Save Your Life

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by Charles How many times have you heard this maxim in military and preparedness circles, “Two is one, and one is none”? That is the very distillation of the idea of redundancy as a virtue, and an acknowledgment that sometimes shit just happens; things break, get lost, get used up, wear out or rust away. … Read more

The Best EDC Knives

edc knives

by Charles Long before history was recorded, even as scribbling on rock, man has relied on blades to help him conquer his environment. First as sharp rock and later as metal, the sophistication of knives has steadily increased through the ages while their function has remained the same: to cut, and to pierce. Both remain … Read more

The Best 12 Gauge Shotguns Under $700

It seems like every year is a good year for shotguns. No doubt; since their inception, shotguns have been prized by civilians, hunters, police, guards and soldiers who have need of a ferociously effective close-quarters long gun. The shotgun’s bone-crunching power makes it the obvious choice when fighting is going to be up close and … Read more

The 10 Best Concealed Carry Belts Today

Gun belt

If you carry a handgun for self-defense you’ll need something to carry it in unless you are an inveterate slob or stereotypical gangbanger. That means a holster is required equipment. For the majority of holsters, you’ll need to carry them on a belt. If you are smart, you’ll choose a proper gun belt. A gun … Read more

Entertainment After SHTF

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Survival situations are definitely not fun and games. Well, for a certain kind of misanthrope they are, but they definitely aren’t fun for 99% of us. The stresses of surviving, enduring and under the circumstances thriving a major event will be hair-raising, no doubt about it. But that does not mean you should completely shun … Read more

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

fire tube

I am big on preaching the benefits of readiness against the most probable threats, as my long time readers will no doubt attest. One of the single most common everyday crises a prepper may have to deal with is a fire. Fires are serious threats, and can happen anywhere, and virtually anytime, from a variety … Read more

AR-10 vs AR-15 Which Should You Choose

by Charles Most preppers know the AR-15 is America’s most popular rifle, and even more call on one or several of these excellent guns to serve as defensive or SHTF weapons. The AR-15 brings so many advantages to the table that the reductive method is often an easier conversation to have when selecting a rifle … Read more

Scavenging for Supplies Post-SHTF

abandoned factory

by Charles The image of a rugged and ragged survivor picking their way through the charred, ashen corpse of society after some pivotal and epoch changing catastrophe is an enduring one in apocalyptic fiction of all kinds. In search of food, a few rounds of ammo, a part or screw to repair a gadget, or … Read more

The Best of the Best .22 Pistols

Ruger Mark I 22 LR 1

There is no such thing as a gun suitable for one and all, for every shooter. But if there was, if there was one gun that damn near everyone in the world could make use of, if would be a .22 LR pistol; the one, true, jack-of-all-trades, Swiss Army knife firearm. From small game hunting … Read more

The Top 10 Handguns under 500 Bucks

Smith and Wesson SD9VE

Handgunners today enjoy a market crowded with excellent options. Some writers and experts have dubbed the current era of firearms a second golden age at least so far as refinement, if not innovation is concerned. You cannot walk into a gun shop anywhere without tripping over stacks of handguns that are so good in so … Read more

Top 7 EDC Mistakes to Avoid

EDC is more than just an acronym for a collection of stuff you choose to carry around; EDC is now shorthand for a lifestyle choice, one in which a selection of carefully chosen equipment is called on to solve anticipated problems in your day-to-day reality. EDC loadouts can range from bare-bones minimalist tools, to a … Read more