military surplus fuel can
01 Jun 2018

5 Surplus Store Items You Should Always Buy

If you’ve never gone into a military surplus store stop what you’re doing and find the nearest one to you. Seriously. They are so fun to spend time wandering around in. I could wander in the aisles of the one near me for hours, days even. There’s a nice one

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Bindle Bottle video review
25 May 2018

Review: Bindle Bottle

Just about everyone has one (or several!) or has at least seen the stainless steel, double-walled vacuum-insulated water bottle. There is no shortage of them on the market nowadays. But despite the numerous companies making them, there is very little variety in the function of the bottle. You almost always

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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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How To Choose Your Off-Grid Cookware?
20 Apr 2018

How To Choose Your Off-Grid Cookware?

We all love to cook on the grill when it’s nice out. But what if you had no electricity for your stove and you had to find some other way to cook? There are numerous different stove types and they have advantages and disadvantages. Open fire – This assumes that

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Kukri knife from the author's collection. Nóż kukri z kolekcji autora.
13 Apr 2018

What’s the Benefit of a Kukri Knife?

The kukri (pronounced koo-kree) is an intimidating curved blade knife/weapon that originates in Nepal. Shown below is a photo of a a traditional kukri, along with a secondary knife commonly carried along with the kukri, and a sharpening tool. The kukri’s main feature is the curved blade that resembles a

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