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Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Reloading Shotgun Shells in the Field (video)

Shotguns are some of the most versatile weapons, but eventually, you will run out of ammunition.  This video demonstrates an easy method of using a spent shell, primer, black powder, and bb’s to reload in the field.  The technique does not require much to be carried with you in the way of specified tools or equipment.  The shot, and even the powder can be manufactured at home, but the primers will have to be purchased and stored if this is a strategy you are considering.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… What Are the Signs of the End […]

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Stung By A Bullet Ant

Stung By A Bullet Ant

This guy’s videos have been making the rounds on the internet lately. For some reason, he has chosen to spend his time seeking out the most painful insect stings the world has to offer, for the purpose of youtube notoriety. That said, this video does illustrate why insects and pests should always be respected. He obviously goes through an incredible amount of pain. But, ultimately he comes out unscathed. [Warning: This video is not for the squimish]   If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Home Defense Course and More… Natural Healing Solutions… Why Everyone is Switching to the […]

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Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

Benefits to Bugging Out by Water

When most people think of bugging out they think of making their way out of a heavily populated area by foot, or even by vehicle.  But these are not the only methods of bugging out one should consider, for many there is the possibility of bugging out on the water.  Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of this strategy.   Avoid Roads Chances are you are not the only one in your area thinking about getting out after a disaster.  Roads will be crowded, possibly covered with debris or otherwise impossible to pass, they might even be intentionally […]

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

  Japanese Knotweed, or Fallopia japonica, is now an invasive weed that grows all over the earth.  It’s stems and new shoots look similar to bamboo, though it is not related, while its leaves are much larger than bamboo leaves and are oval with truncated base.  The new shoots can be harvested as a spring vegetable while there is not much else available yet for wilderness survival, and the roots can also be eaten or used to make tea that is said to have medicinal benefits.   Japanese knotweed can be found all over the world now, and usually grows near […]

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Tips for Navigation in Bad Weather

Tips for Navigation in Bad Weather

  There are aspects of survival that seem to work in your favor, for instance, if there is a poisonous plant, insect, or snake in the area, there tends to be a treatment available from a plant that also grows in that area.  But there are other times when it seems that nature is conspiring against you, when you need a fire the most is when it is going be the most difficult to find dry material.  Another example is navigation, if the weather is nice and you can take your time getting to safety, it will be easy to […]

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Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Human rights organizations inevitably report higher instances of sexual assault and attacks on women after disasters.  With the interruption of law and order, predators will be emboldened.  If you are a woman, or if you have women with you, especially younger women, steps will need to be taken to protect them from the elevated threat level.  The best ways to protect yourself from a potentially stronger opponent are to go unseen, unnoticed, or to present a hard target.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.   Unseen If you are sheltering in place it would be a […]

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Your Bug Out Vehicle

Your Bug Out Vehicle

One of the biggest mistakes that some of the survivalists out there make is with their bug out vehicle. They go overboard and buy something ostentatious like a Hummer decked out with “survival accessories”. Some even advertise that they are preppers right on the vehicle. These tend to be the same preppers who go overboard and buy the biggest and best gadgets that they can find, and the ones who think having more accessories, gadgets, and red dot sights on their rifles will help them to become the biggest and toughest survivors on the planet. Mostly, it just shows that […]

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Tips for New Survivalists and Preppers

Tips for New Survivalists and Preppers

When you are new to prepping, it is quite easy to be overwhelmed by all the things you need to do. It can be difficult to know where to begin and what you should be doing to increase your readiness for whatever comes your way. The following are some simple tips you can use to get a better handle on the situation. Learn something new every day. Knowledge is your friend and you want to add to that knowledge as often as possible. However, you can’t rely only on skills gleaned from the web or from books. You need to […]

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Survival Water Collection Tips

Survival Water Collection Tips

When you are trying to survive in the wild, one of the most important skills you need to have is the ability to collect water. Just because you might find a stream or a lake doesn’t mean you can just drink the water, as it could be contaminated and need to be boiled first. In a good situation, you will have a fire and containers so you can get it boiled and into a drinkable state. However, that’s not always the case. The following are some simple things you can do to start collecting water in the wild. First, you […]

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Common Mistakes that Armed Defenders Make

Common Mistakes that Armed Defenders Make

  Learning from your mistakes is a good thing, but learning from the mistakes of others so that you never make that mistake in the first place is much better.  This is especially true for life and death situations that you might not get a second chance to learn from.  The internet is full of CCTV footage of armed defenders, successful, and not so successful.  Here is a list of common mistakes that armed defenders make that some of them have not gotten a second chance to correct.   Failure to Retain One of the best examples of this is […]

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Preventing Snow Blindness

Preventing Snow Blindness

  If you are in a snow covered landscape survival will be difficult enough while you are operating at your best, it will be nearly impossible if you lose your sight.  Snow blindness is a preventable injury that happens in snow covered terrain or during a daytime blizzard, the sun’s light is reflected off of every white surface which causes damage to your eyes until you finally can’t see anything.  If this happens to you, you will be unable to navigate, and in extreme cases, you won’t even be able to gather wood for a fire which could quickly lead […]

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Cooking Eggs Without Equipment or Water

Cooking Eggs Without Equipment or Water

If you are in a wilderness survival scenario and you come across a nest full of eggs your moral is bound to improve, but if you don’t have a pan to fry them in or a pot and water to boil them in your moral might start to slip back down with the prospect of having to eat them raw.  But if you have a little patience, there is a way that you can cook eggs without anything but a fire.  Here’s how.   The main problem with trying to just set them in the coals or next to them […]

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Rope Throw Knot (Video)

Rope Throw Knot (Video)

  Most knots, for survival purposes or otherwise are about securing, but here is a knot with the unique purpose of making the rope easy to throw.  This knot is useful when you need to get your rope over a branch, as when securing your gear from bears, or even when throwing a rope to someone in a rescue situation.  It provides weight to the line that without any need to look for an object that can be tied to the line, which might fall out, or get hung up, or even cause injury if the line is being thrown […]

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Wilderness Insulation Materials

Wilderness Insulation Materials

  This time of year protection from the cold is your utmost concern in a wilderness survival scenario.  Even if you are dressed for the elements it is not likely to be enough to keep you warm all night long when temperatures drop.  These are a few materials that are widely available in the wilderness during the cold season that can be used to protect you from the cold.   Evergreen Boughs Evergreen boughs can be used both as roofing material for your shelter and as bedding material.  Don’t underestimate the need for a thick bed on a cold night, […]

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Less Popular Survival Scavenge Sites

Less Popular Survival Scavenge Sites

If you are in an area that has been hit by any sort of disaster that cut off the resupply or resources then it won’t be long before scavenging takes place, or even looting.  People who are ill prepared will be frantic to acquire the resources that they should have been storing and didn’t like bottled water, non-perishable food, camping gear, ammo, and medicine.  Locations like Wal-Marts and sporting goods stores or gun shops will be hit first, they will be completely cleaned out of anything worth taking in a few days, and during that time they will dangerous locations.  […]

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Survival Tips for Hikers

Survival Tips for Hikers

If you have an affinity for the great outdoors, chances are you get out and go camping and hiking at every opportunity. Whether you are new to hiking or you’ve been doing it since you could barely walk, it’s important to keep a few basic tips in mind that can help keep you safer out on the trails. Learn the Area If you are going to be hiking in an area, you should learn as much as you possibly can about that location. Know where the major trails are and learn some of the landmarks, which can help you orient […]

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Gifts for the Survivalists in Your Life

Gifts for the Survivalists in Your Life

Do you have people in your life who you want to be safe in the event of a disaster? Maybe you have some survivalist family members or friends you are going to be buying for this holiday season or perhaps for their birthday. Of course, you might simply be looking for something interesting that you can give to yourself. Fortunately, you can find plenty of good options out there today, and we will be looking at some of the best types of gifts to consider. Books Of course, this is one of the top types of gifts when people are […]

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Practicing the Bug Out

Practicing the Bug Out

Even though you might have everything you need as a prepper and survivalist, that doesn’t mean you are prepared to survive. That’s why it is so important to practice bugging out and moving from one place to another with a full pack. It needs to be as realistic as possible, so this means no stopping at fast food joints on the way to your bug out location. Everyone involved needs to treat it as a drill. The practice will allow you to have a better idea of how quickly you are able to get from Point A to Point B. […]

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Wilderness Cold Medicine

Wilderness Cold Medicine

If you think that you need a sick day from an 8-hour job, then how do you think you are going to feel when you are struggling to survive in the wilderness and you begin to get sick? As you know, a simple cold can make everyday simple activities into agonizing tasks. And it will only get worse when the tasks are more physically demanding and when you are exposed to the elements all day and night. If your illness is left untreated in the wilderness, a simple cold could make you too weak to gather firewood, haul water, and […]

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Survival Cooking   

Survival Cooking  

  If you are surviving in the wilderness protein from small game is going to be invaluable to you.  The last thing you need after trapping or hunting an animal successfully, which won’t be easy, is to waste your kill and end up with less food than you could have had.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your meat with primitive cooking skills.   Spit Cooking Cooking on a spit is one of the oldest and simplest methods of preparing meat over fire.  Other than the obvious fire, you will need to get two strong green […]

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Why Combat Ranges are Not Just for Gun Nuts

Why Combat Ranges are Not Just for Gun Nuts

Many people who have chosen to carry a firearm for self-defense only go to a standard pistol range.  They stand in their lane and they fire one round at a time, one magazine at a time, and then bring their target back for inspection.  This is not without its benefits, but it is one-dimensional training.  If you have a combat range near you I would urge you to go there at least a few times to get a feel for a more realistic course of fire that resembles what you will need to do in a defensive shooting.  Here are […]

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Counter Tracking

Counter Tracking

If you have “bugged out” into the wilderness, then one of your major motivations for this strategy was undoubtedly to avoid potentially hostile people.  But you might not have been the only one with this in mind, and some of those that took the same course of action might themselves be hostile.  So, what do you do if you believe that you are being perused by a potentially hostile person or group in the wilderness?  Here are some tips and strategies used by the military for escape and evasion that could be put to good use in this scenario.   […]

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Throwing Stick

Throwing Stick

  The name is pretty self-explanatory.  A throwing stick is a stick that you throw at things you want to eat.  There’s a little more to using it successfully, but basically, you throw the stick at what you want dead.  One of the animals that a throwing stick can be successfully used to hunt is a rabbit.  Here are some tips on how to successfully use this primitive method to obtain food in a survival situation.   First, you need to select the right stick. Not just any stick will do.  You want a stick that is about the length […]

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Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks

Sometimes the heat from your fire won’t be enough, or it might be too much.  Whether you have a low amount of fuel, or you are trying to dry your clothes and not burn them, a great option for long lasting slowly released heat is to heat rocks in your fire.  The rocks can then be placed in your shelter or sleeping bag at night to provide heat while you sleep, or in your wet clothes or boots to help dry them.  Here are some tips on how to do it.   Most important is rock selection. You do not […]

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Chicken of the Woods   

Chicken of the Woods  

  It would always be nice to come across a live chicken in a wilderness survival situation, but the next best thing is “chicken of the woods”.  Not a chicken at all, it’s a mushroom, several species of mushrooms really, from the genus Laetiporus.  They are commonly sought after edible mushrooms not only for their taste, but because they are not easily confused with poisonous mushrooms as some edible verities are.   Chicken of the woods mushrooms are brightly colored when they are young and at their most nutritious. They are so bright that they can be spotted against the […]

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Tips for Desert Survival

Tips for Desert Survival

With approximately 1/5 of the world’s land area being classified as a desert, it’s worth considering when learning about survival even if you don’t live in the desert.  As with all survival scenarios, you will first need to take care of shelter, then water, and last of all food.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself stranded in the desert fighting for survival.   Shelter Shelter in the desert, like everywhere else is mainly to regulate body temperature.  In the desert, this will usually be to keep from over-heating.  Find any possible shade during […]

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Defense from a Stick or Bat Attack (Video)   

Defense from a Stick or Bat Attack (Video)  

  Blunt objects are one of the most common weapons of opportunity, but that means that not only should you familiarize yourself with using them offensively, but that you are likely to need to defend against an attacker using a stick or a bat as a weapon while you are unarmed.  In this video, a practical and effective method of defense is demonstrated against an attacker with a stick.  The instructor walks through the technique explaining the importance of distance, maintaining defense while counter attacking, and how to finish the fight when the technique is done properly.  Even if you […]

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Tips for Spear Fishing   

Tips for Spear Fishing  

  If you are stranded in the wilderness near a body of water, fish are a potential source of nutritious food.  But if you don’t have any line or anything to manufacture a hook from, you are going to have to come up with an alternative method to acquire your meal.  One possible method that is possible in most circumstances with only the material available in the wild and a knife is spearfishing.  Here are some tips for raising your probability of success. Split the end of your spear, or carve barbs into the tip. This is to prevent the […]

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Safety Considerations While Answering the Door

Safety Considerations While Answering the Door

I recently watched a news broadcast that featured a story where a woman came to a man’s door asking to use the phone because she claimed to have car problems.  He ended up sending her away, only to have to shoot at her and her accomplice when they came back to rob him.  The man and those in his house were uninjured, the woman was arrested, and her accomplice died.  Things went well for this man, but after watching the story (I watched it online) I was targeted with numerous other videos in which people did not fare so well.  […]

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Hide Tanning (Video)

Hide Tanning (Video)

  Long term survival is going to require the ability to manufacture clothing and other products from the natural materials available.  Brain tanning hides to make soft leather is one method that will make this possible.  This video demonstrates each step necessary for the process and gives insights into why they are required and what the goal of each step is.  If you want to be able to survive long term, then this is an essential skill.   If you liked this, you might also enjoy… The Ultimate Woodworking Course.. Holistic Medicine Basics… Ever Considered Taking Yoga? Read this… Related […]

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Making Survival Medicine

Making Survival Medicine

In a post-disaster scenario, medical supplies will be limited to what you have on hand, or what you can make.   The risk of infections will be much greater than normal circumstances, the disaster itself could cause injuries, debris will make necessary movement dangerous, and clean water will be hard to come by.  For this reason, it is important to store antibiotics, and to be able to make them in case your supply runs out or is destroyed by the disaster.  The original antibiotic is penicillin, it is a mold that grows on bread and fruit.  Here are directions on how you […]

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Taking Care of Blisters

Taking Care of Blisters

If you’ve spent any time running, jogging, or hiking, then you understand blisters can be a real pain. In today’s modern world, if you get a blister, you simply go home, put your feet up and rest. Of course, when you are in a survival situation, things are far different. You need to make sure you take proper care of the blister so it doesn’t become infected and cause you many more problems. If you find that you’ve developed a blister, you should resist the urge to pop it, if it is not painful. This will provide you with a […]

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Great Fire Tinder Options

Great Fire Tinder Options

When you need to make fire, one of the most important elements is some good tinder. We feel it’s important to always have some tinder material available. Put it in some airtight containers, such as an old Altoids tin and put it your bug out bag, your tackle box, your hiking pants pockets, your car and anywhere else you can think. Now, here are some simple ways to get your tinder. First, you can use the tried and true trick of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. The Vaseline is flammable. When you light it, the cotton will burn for quite […]

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Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Create a Fast and Easy Emergency Shelter

Even if you have all the food and items you need to bug out in a hurry, are you ready to survive in a wilderness survival scenario right now? How would you create a shelter if you don’t have a tent with you? It’s very important that you take the time to learn how to make a variety of different shelters based on different locales. Today, you can learn how to make a very basic and simple shelter in the woods. This type of shelter shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to construct, and it requires minimal effort […]

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Heal All

Heal All

While it might come just short of fulfilling the expectations one might have given it’s common name, Prunella Vulgaris, or “heal all”, is a great source of both wilderness survival food, and medicine.  It is widely distributed throughout the world, being found in North American, Europe, and Asia.  It can be found in grasslands, or on the edge of forested areas, especially in moist areas.   Food The leaves can be eaten raw, or cooked.  Younger leaves are tastier but the plant remains edible throughout its life.  The leaves can be used to brew tea, or soaked in water and […]

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Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Urban Post-Disaster Camouflage

Clean, flat ground and sharp right angles all around can make camouflage difficult in an urban setting.  But after a catastrophic disaster things will look a little different.  Garbage and debris are likely to be scattered all over.  You can use this to your advantage to camouflage yourself when you out scavenging after a disaster.  Here are some tips on how you can use trash as camouflage in a post-disaster urban environment.   Observe what trash and debris items you see in your environment that would be light enough to attack to your gear or clothing for camouflage. You don’t […]

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Cigarettes and Booze for Survival   

Cigarettes and Booze for Survival  

  Most people would not think of things as unhealthy as cigarettes and liquor as items that should be stored for survival, but they are not without their uses for post-disaster survival.  Here are just a few ways in which you can make use of these items usually associated with unhealthiness so that you can increase your survivability after a catastrophe.   Stings Insect stings and bites can be treated with tobacco.  Remove the fine tobacco from a from a cigarette and mix it with spit.  Given the taste of cigarette tobacco and the additives in it you might not […]

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Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

Why You Should Always Have a Needle and Thread in Your Survival Kit

  Generally when one thinks about items to include in a survival kit a knife, fire rod, iodine tablets, and things like that come to mind.  But not all items that are valuable for survival are the ones that first come to mind or usually make the list for camping.  One such item is a needle and thread or a pocket sewing kit.  Here are a few reasons why you should make what little room is required to add this to your survival kit.   Gear Repair It may seem like a minor thing to you now, when you have […]

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Zip Tie Escape from the Rear

Zip Tie Escape from the Rear

  Needing to escape from having your hands zip tied behind your back might seem like an unlikely scenario if you are not prone to engaging in riots.  But the unfortunate reality is that people in their own homes have been zip tied and beaten by intruders, others have been restrained for kidnapping using zip ties.  There are crazy people in this world, and ignoring them and their potential methods is not going to protect you from them.  Here is a video less than a minute long that shows how you can get out of zip ties even when your […]

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Ant Harvest

Ant Harvest

  Insects are the most abundant forms of animal life on the planet, and should not be passed up as a source of food in the wilderness.  Ants are a great insect for survival food because they make colonies with massive populations.  But with their small size, it can be difficult to gather up enough of them to satisfy your hunger.  Here’s a technique for making that a lot easier, all you need is a tarp or even a large trash bag.   Most importantly you need to find an ant colony first. The technique will work better if you […]

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