The Deadwood Rocket Stove for Cooking Indoors

This post originally appeared over at 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 … Read more

Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven

smoker, survival stove, oven, SHTF, TSHTF, TEOTWAWKI, economic collapse, food storage

One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food. The most abundant fuel available is wood.  There are many ways to use wood to cook food…the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”.  However, these methods are not the most fuel efficient, and a lot of … Read more

The Paladin Go Bag Toolkit

the Paladin go bag

I was the lucky winner of the Paladin Go Bag during the last guest post contest.  Rourke asked me if I could do a review of the bag after receiving it.  Upon receiving the bag, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  I made my Paladin Go Bag a portable toolkit for emergency … Read more

Firearm Review: Henry Arms US Survival Rifle……..

This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.   Introduction: The Henry US Survival AR-7 Rifle is the latest rendition of the USAF AR-7 that many Air Force pilots carried “just in case” for the last 40+ years. Even today it can be found stored away by many backpackers, bush pilots, and ATV riders. The AR-7 is … Read more

Gear Review: Millet Designated Marksman Scope

by Jesse James, Editor-at-Large Features: 18 MOA donut Illuminated reticle 1 MOA dot 1-4x magnification 24mm Objective diameter 30mm tube Waterproof to 3 ft. (tubes are completely waterproof, but not electronics) Fogproof -40F-140F 18 oz. ~$225   While it has been quite a while since I have had the privilege to contribute to MSO, rest … Read more

The Surefire 60-round AR Magazine

Although it appears that AR-type firearms as well as magazines seem to be in much better supply than just a couple months ago, magazine such as the Surefire 60 60-rd capacity remain in very high demand. I managed to acquire two samples for testing. With the higher prices on .223 and 5.56 ammunition – testing was limited … Read more

Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock

I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was … Read more

Shooting the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm carbine

So many guns, not enough money. Well – this is true unless you know someone and can borrow theirs. A couple weeks ago I had the chance to borrow a friends Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm Carbine. I have been interested in owning one of these for the past coupe years but it just never happened. Over … Read more

Equipment Review – Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag

The folks at PX Supply offered to send me a Venturer Travel Portfolio Bag to check out. I accepted and have actually had it for the past few weeks. This bag is meant to be carried while traveling. Basically a one-stop shop to keep identification, credit cards, money, travelers checks, etc. all in one place. My initial … Read more

The Survival Template Book Review

Browsing through different products on Amazon I came across The Survival Template and after reading the description I decided to order it.  Written by John Heatherly, the book takes a very methodical and organized look at preparedness as well as life in general. The author takes the reader through a systematic approach of writing down goals along … Read more

MTM Survivor Dry Box Survival Kit Review

Sometimes a little can go a long way… I remember as a teenager reading an article in SURVIVE Magazine where the author was going on an overnight trip on a houseboat with some friends. He wanted to bring a few supplies “just in case”. He managed to put a small kit in his suitcase – … Read more

Book Review: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

Several weeks ago I found out that my fellow blogger Bernie Carr (The Apartment Prepper) was having a book published – and I thought that was really cool. I mean – maybe someday that could be me! Well – Bernie was nice enough to send me a copy and I have just got finished reading … Read more

Review of the The G24i Power Curve

by Jim Jones – KC5DOV I found a neat little SOLAR CHGARGER for charging all my personal electronics such as my cell phone, MP3 player, and my GPS.  It is the G24 INNOVATIONS Power Curve.  I have used both of mine for over one year without any problems. They are lightweight and easy to use.  The … Read more

New Generator Bought: Briggs & Stratton 5500 Watt

Briggs & Stratton generator

I have been wanting to pick up a new generator for quite some time – but wifey wouldn’t cooperate. With the recent storms here in the Southeast and damage to our property – she is finally seeing the light. She actually called me up Thursday and said “Honey – the biggest and strongest man around … Read more

Gear Review: Paladin Mission Pack Expedition

Paladin Mission Pack Expedition MOLLE attachments

I recently received a new bag called the Paladin Mission Pack Expedition. This is a larger capacity bag which could serve many purposes – from backpacking, camping, to a full-fledged “bug out” kit. Let’s get straight to the bag’s dimensions. The Paladin Mission Pack, Expedition is comprised of: (1) large capacity main compartment 6 in. … Read more

Review: Esbit Pocket Survival Stove

esbit pocket stove

I recently had the opportunity to try out a classic survival item – the pocket stove. Being able to boil water for purification purposes as well as heat/cook food in the field is important. Many foods – such as MREs and freeze dried camp foods – can be eaten cold but just flat out taste … Read more