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

Do Preppers Want the World to End?

nuclear blast

I have seen that many non-preppers make comments such as “You must be hoping that TSHTF so you can justify spending all this money on all this stuff you have.” Another comment I have seen is “You must be pretty paranoid.” Those are some of the nicer ones that can be published here. A significant remainder revolves around … Read more

Keeping Your Vehicle Running When SHTF

Personal vehicles are an integral part of most prepper’s plans. A personal vehicle, be they a car, truck, van or something else, factor heavily in most prepper’s survival plans. The mobility, speed and carrying capacity of an automobile are undeniable advantages, not to mention the additional work capacity they convey. The ability to push, pull, … Read more

Why Do People Prepare? 15 Very Good Reasons Revealed

I recently was supposed to attend and talk at a Survival & Preparedness Seminar here in South Carolina organized by YouTube’s EastCoastPatriot. Unfortunately something came up last minute, and I was not able to make it. My plan was to talk about “Why people prepare” – along with my own spin on “Why people should prepare“. Well … Read more

Lessons From My First Survival Garden

cucumbers and squash in survival garden

If you are a frequent reader then you know I love gardening. My interest in preparedness motivated me 8 years ago to start my first garden. That first garden did well. At about half the size of my current one and not really having a clue what I was doing – I was swimming in … Read more

Thinking about Bug-out Vehicles

I am in the process of looking for another vehicle after selling my previous “bug out” vehicle – a Chevy Blazer ZR2. My thoughts on what to get and what might be the best bug-out vehicle is beginning to change. Previously – I had based my needs something that could haul my family of 4 … 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

My Visit to The Palmetto State Armory

gun store

I recently visited an awesome “gun shop” that is within driving distance of my home. I put gun shop in quotes because although they carry many firearms – they also carry a huge selection of accessories as well. They are not your ordinary gun shop. The place I am talking about is Palmetto State Armory … 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

Creating a 4×8 feet raised bed

 I recently made a second raised bed garden to add to my fruit and vegetable growing capabilities. Living in a typical suburban neighborhood my space is limited. In this particular case I built this raised bed for blueberry and blackberry plants. To get this project done – I assembled all needed components in one area … Read more

10 Things You Can Do Right Now…

In troubling times of uncertainty – many people are seeing signs of things coming to a head. With the massive violence and turmoil going on in the Middle East to the terrible and ever dangerous situation in Japan – along with the ripple of effects that are coming from both – it would be a good idea … Read more

Bugging Out On Foot – What to Expect

woman carrying backpack outdoors

Bugging out is something that you must consider as a prepper. When a situation becomes unsalvageable, or the danger of staying put or bugging in entails risks that you are not willing to take, it is time to get out of Dodge. Many preppers plan to bug-out using a personally-owned vehicle of some kind but … Read more

Magpul AR magazines

You can have the best battle rifle but it is little more than an expensive ill-designed club without ammunition and a magazine to feed it. I have had my AR for well over a year now and have tried several magazines from different manufactures. I have been impressed overall with all as I have had … Read more

Two Good Multi Use Chemicals for Your Bug out Bag

two bottles of vegetable glycerin

There have been many good articles on items that are needed for an emergency kit.  In this article I will discuss two easy to purchase chemicals that have multiple practical uses. These two chemicals are glycerin and potassium permanganate. Many of you have probably seen the videos on how to use these chemicals to start a … Read more

A stroll in the woods…

This past Saturday morning, a buddy of mine picked me up and we went scouting for turkeys on public Game Management Land. When he picked me up he said that he suggested I bring one of my pistols – which I responded by simply lifting my sweatshirt and showed him my holstered XD. I asked … Read more

The Best Time to Start Prepping Is Right Now

man with backpack

All one has to do is turn on the TV or open a tab on your internet browser to get a glimpse of all the disasters that can occur on this tiny, blue marble hurtling through space. Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, meteor strikes, tsunamis, war, famine, pestilence and societal unrest. These are just a few of … 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

Review: Grover Rocket Stove

I received my Grover Rocket Stove from StockStorage.com a few weeks ago. It showed up quickly after shipment. I have used it several times and so far – very impressed. This is a great tool – and like most tools there are limitations. So…..on with the review. Purpose: The Rocket Stove is a cooking stove … Read more

Remington F.A.S.T. Knife Durability Test

knife attached to a pole makeshift spear

A while back I reviewed a Remington Sportsman Series F.A.S.T. knife and….well….received some criticism for it. What was this criticism? Primarily its manufacturing origin of China as well as the belief that you get what you pay for. This knife is less than $20.00 and some readers posted their opinion that it will not hold up in … Read more