….On testing yourself

  I just came in from playing with the skull gun. On my last string of 5 only 3 rounds got on the`6″X6″ cardboard. It was a good session. How can that be GOOD? When I test out equipment or ideas, failure is the biggest part of the learning and improvement cycle. If something doesn’t … Read more


****This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE.   BY GREG RENTCHLER, Editor at Large thesouthwesttactical.com I’ve been spending a lot of time at my BOL  thinking about a one-gun solution for defending the family in time of SHTF. After much discussion with my survival family and … Read more

TEOTWAWKI Bartering (A different look!)

  By “The Coach”             There have been many articles written on “Survival Bartering”. Most are very well written. However, in this article I plan on taking a different look at “Survival Bartering” post TEOTWAWKI.             Post Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans metro area, no merchant would accept credit cards, debit cards or checks of … Read more

How to Tie a Two Half Hitch Knot

I have continued my quest to learn how to tie a variety of knots. Last week I covered the Bowline knot which looks to be a very useful one to know. This week I have been practicing the Half Hitch – or really the Two Half Hitch. I am not a knot-guru by any means and … Read more

Tying a Bowline knot

One skill I have never had has been tying different types of knots. Over the years I have wasted a lot of rope using the wrong knot in different applications. Recently I have been working on that and learned how to tie a useful and very easy knot called the Bowline. The Bowline is useful … Read more


Skillsets by M.K.   My father was one of those guys that no matter what was needed done he could either do it or figure out how it was done, and I have tried to follow in his footsteps. As I get more into preparedness and self sufficiency I realize how much these skill sets … Read more


 DON’T WAIT TO BARTER! By F. J.   Everywhere you look there are references to bartering, and how it will be an asset when shtf. But why not use bartering now before the shtf to help enable you to get prepared? Bartering is, by definition a system of exchanging goods and services without the use … Read more

The Essence of Money or Tools for Trade

  The Essence of Money or Tools for Trade   I know. I know. What does this have to do with prepping?   After the survival phase of any catastrophe comes the rebuilding. What I mean is in the prepping world lots of time and energy is devoted to BOB’s, food storage, defense, shelter, water … Read more

COMMUNITY FILE #5 Training day!

This is another of my “Community files” that I send out to my retreat group. It and the others I have posted here may be of use to you in planning training for your group. D. COMMUNITY FILE #5 Training day! Although all of the construction that needs done is very important, this is more … Read more


BY:  Concerned Marksman I have seen numerous posts and websites about prepping and survival and even more posts about shooting and some great pictures of firearms.  However one thing I have yet to see is a post that will help the new prepper with the fundamentals of shooting or a refresher for the experienced marksman.  … 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

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