An American Classic: The Marlin 336

The Marlin 336 retails for around $500 and is among the most ubiquitous rifles on the used market. In its most common configuration (pistol grip, 20” barrel, 30-30) it can usually be had for around $300.  Leveraction rifles are typically immune to the restrictions and/or prohibitions that some localities assign to semi-automatic rifles.  The 30-30 … Read more

My Journey into the World of Guns

Feb 23rd… On my 43rd birthday I asked for a unique gift. Not that I really wanted it but I felt like I really needed it. I asked my husband to hire someone to train me to shoot guns. I wanted the whole kit and caboodle about how different guns work, how to handle them … 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

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

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

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

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

A conversation with Paul R.

Hello all – I have a buddy – his name is Paul R. From here on I will refer to him as just “Paul”  or “JR“. Anyways – he has been a non-believer when it comes to prepping. The other day we had lunch at a local restaurant. The discussion led to current events and that … Read more

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

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

Review: Gerber Multi-Plier “Suspension”

I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic. The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6 … Read more