Hunting shotguns on haystack while halt during sunrise, soft focus on shutgun butt. Main focus is on breech block
18 May 2018

Ammunition for your Home Defense / Survival Shotgun

Many preppers who aren’t “gun people” have a gun or two for home protection or for the inevitable time when the SHTF.

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a small crescent moon in a starry night sky
11 May 2018

How to Navigate Without a Map, Compass or GPS

I’m not the greatest navigator. I learned a long time ago that I have a poor sense of direction. Put it this way…I can become turned around in a culdesac! I CAN read a map, but knowing north from south when walking or navigating is something I’m pretty miserable at.

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How do you cross a river in an emergency?
04 May 2018

How Do You Cross a River?

In my area of the Pacific Northwest there are a lot of bodies of water. Depending on which way I drive home, I cross either two or three rivers via bridge. I’m always worried about what will happen if one or more of the rivers are damaged due to an

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Reseason Your Cast Iron
27 Apr 2018

Reseason your Cast Iron Pans

I got lucky enough to acquire a full set of different size cast iron cookware from an ex-roommate nearly 25 years ago. He didn’t want to take them with him and I couldn’t bear to see anyone else get them. Even though I’ve moved multiple times since then, I’ve never

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Should You Shelter Inside Your Vehicle?
06 Apr 2018

Should You Shelter Inside Your Vehicle?

Let’s say you’re stuck somewhere for the night. Is it better to stay inside your vehicle or take your in-care gear bag and hustle out of there? Much of this choice depends on your own level of training, the gear you have, and the particular situation you’re in. Being in

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23 Mar 2018

Survival Bag Realities

Like many of you out there, I have a variety of survival gear. I have duplicates of some things. I have multiples of other things. I have it organized fairly well…it’s in a couple of bags and some boxes in a storage area. I feel well prepared for a basic

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Pelican-SabreLight
09 Mar 2018

5 Top High-Visibility Flashlights

What’s the point of having a flashlight that isn’t charged when you need it? Or the batteries are dead? Or worse yet, having a flashlight that works but is so dim it’s practically useless? With these 5 high-visibility flashlights we recommend, you’ll never be in any of these situations. Well…you’re

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Ron Hood's Survival Basics
26 Jan 2018

Ron Hood’s Survival Basics Video

Those of you who have been reading this site for a while now know that I have written about and enjoyed a couple other Ron Hood survival videos. Read our review of “Ultimate Survival Guide” and “Advanced Survival Guide.” His videos are not only funny but full of useful information

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4 Insects You Can Eat Year-Round
19 Jan 2018

4 Insects You Can Eat Year-Round

What? Eating that grub doesn’t sound appealing? Well it might keep you alive. I ate a hazelnut grub when I was learning how to prepare acorns (article link on using acorns as a survival food here) and it wasn’t bad! Of course it was small. I’d have a much harder

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Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?
12 Jan 2018

Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?

So many of you probably heard about President Trump’s boast on Twitter to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that Trump has a bigger, better nuclear war button. Well, maybe it’s just coincidence, but the CDC announced just a few days ago that they are moving to prepare health professionals and

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