Master These Basic Survival Skills to Survive

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by Ryan If you want to become more prepared for a survival situation, the information available can be overwhelming. Some sites are trying to teach you how to start a fire with a block of ice, while celebrities on television are telling you to drink your own urine. What? Thankfully there are a few simple … Read more

How to Become a Gray Woman

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It’s no secret that in a post-SHTF situation, most women will be at a distinct disadvantage. Men are perceived as stronger, more prone to violence, and naturally more intimidating than women. The only thing women can do to combat this is to use this perception to their advantage when becoming a gray woman. We notice … Read more

How to Tie a Handcuff Knot

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by Karen Sometimes, when we are in a situation where our survival is at stake we have to deal with people we would rather not have to deal with.  We have food, water, and supplies to protect.  More importantly, we have people to protect and we want to be sure we have a way to … Read more

On Situational Awareness

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One of the things that is so chaotic about emergencies, including criminal acts like home invasions, riots, and other disasters like tornadoes, floods, power outages, or even a SHTF event, is that they are unpredictable. They often come out of nowhere and the situation is made worse by the fact that most people panic. Okay … Read more

….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

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

DON’T WAIT TO BARTER!

 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

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

FUNDAMENTALS OF SHOOTING

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