Carbon Steel Blades vs. Stainless Steel

Carbon Steel Blades vs. Stainless Steel

Knife blades are made from many different types of materials, including bone and even wrought iron. However, the most popular types of knives, and the most common, are made from steel. They will be stainless steel or high carbon steel blades. It can be confusing to know exactly which one you should choose, as there is no clear answer as to which one is better. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. More than just survivalists and hunters have their opinions on which is best. Chefs are just as particular about the blades they use. It is important to understand each […]

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Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

A lot of people who end up attacked and injured say they never saw the attack coming, or that they saw it at the last minute and didn’t know what to do. Many people simply don’t know how to recognize a bad situation even when they are in one, and it’s getting people hurt and sometimes killed. You need to learn how to improve your situational awareness. Constant awareness can be tiring, but it is possible. In fact, it is essential if you hope to last for long. Know your surroundings. Be aware of what’s happening in them. This means […]

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Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of the desert, or any other hot climate for that matter, you need to know a few basic tips to help you increase your chance of survival. The heat can take quite a toll on the body, and you need to be extremely careful if you hope to stay healthy. The following tips can help. Stay Out of the Sun as Much as Possible One of the first and most important things to do in these situations is to keep out of the sun. Try to find a […]

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Myths About Survivalists and Preppers

Myths About Survivalists and Preppers

Over the course of the last few years, more and more people have started to learn about survivalists and preppers thanks to increased media attention. The Internet makes it easy to find out about what preppers do, but many people who have no interested in survival simply look at the surface and assume they know everything there is to know about “those survival people”, and that has caused quite a few myths to pop up about those in this field. Now is the time to dispel some of those myths for those who are interested in the reality of survival. […]

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Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)   

Mojave Scissor Trap (Video)  

  The Mojave scissor trap is a highly effective small game trap that is known to us because of the natives of the American South West.  One great thing about the Mojave scissor trap is that it is possible to build using only material that can be gathered from the wild unlike snare traps that require wire.  The Mojave scissor trap can be placed on a trail that has been channelized and left without bait, or, if bait is available the trap can be used more effectively with bait.  This video not only demonstrates how to construct the trap, but […]

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Dangers on the Road   

Dangers on the Road  

  When most people think of the dangers involved in driving they think of excessive speed, blowouts, and bad weather.  These are all real threats, but they are threats that we can mitigate with or even eliminate with our actions.  If we drive carefully we can greatly reduce our risks, but there are factors that we do not have control over, like other drivers and their actions, including road rage.  In fact, over 65% of driving accidents involve “aggressive driving” and 37% of those incidents involve a firearm being pulled or even fired.  Here are some steps you can take […]

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Preparations for Solar Interference    

Preparations for Solar Interference   

  According to a recent study by the University of Cambridge solar storms pose a serious threat to the American economy, our way of life, and life itself for many.  The study suggests that depending on the severity of the incident 2/3 of the country could be without power for extended periods and the economic impact could cost anywhere from $6 billion to $40 billion a day. But commerce and industry won’t be all that is affected by massive prolonged power loss.  For most this will mean that their water supply will vanish, their heating or air-conditioning could be out, […]

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Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt   

Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt  

  This video contains the surveillance footage from multiple cameras at a convenience store that gets held up.  Luckily, despite the use of a firearm, nobody involved gets hurt, including the armed robber.  There are lessons that we can learn from this video, so that if we are placed in a similar situation, we too can come out unharmed.   As always, the first lesson is situational awareness. It is common knowledge that convenient stores are frequently robbed, if you are in or around one you need to be aware that you are at an elevated risk and keep your […]

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Chickweed   

Chickweed  

  Chickweed, or Stellaria Media, is a prolific wild edible green.  In most areas Chickweed is an early spring crop, that prefers to grow in partial shade, but in warm areas with enough moisture it is capable of growing year round.  Chickweed can be identified by its alternating pairs of egg shaped leaves, small white flowers, and its unique stems which have “hairs” on only one side.  Here are some of the characteristics that make Chickweed an important addition to your wilderness menu…   Though most common in Europe and North America, Chickweed can be found all over the world […]

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The Most Important Piece of Gear   

The Most Important Piece of Gear  

  Whether facing an inhospitable wilderness environment, natural disaster, or being forced to defend yourself from an attacker, your body is the most important piece of equipment you have, everything else is either meant to augment it, or protect it.  A healthy body can better deal with the physical stresses of any survival situation.  Inversely, an unhealthy body will require more supplementation compensate for its shortcomings.  This doesn’t mean that we need to all be professional athletes to be able to survive, but it does mean that we need to consider our individual body’s abilities, weaknesses, and potential when planning […]

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Tips for Survival Trapping   

Tips for Survival Trapping  

  Food stores run out, as does ammunition, and snares are quieter than gun shots.  Whether lost in the wilderness, struggling after an urban disaster, or if you have intentionally fled into the wild, trapping is a skill that you will need to be able to implement if you hope to have a sustainable supply of meat.   Here are a few tips on how to increase your effectiveness with traps for survival.   Know your intended prey. Traps are not universally effective on all animals so you will want to know, from direct observation or from track interpretation, what animals […]

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Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

I have repeatedly said that a distance weapon such as pepper spray, or even a high lumen flashlight, can be combined with a knife to multiply their effectiveness.  Anyone blinded by an irritant, or bright light, will be unable to effectively protect themselves from the knife.  Normally, if you are being sprayed with pepper spray (or any other irritant) the best defense would be to close the distance and tie your opponent up, but if they also have a blade, that strategy will be deadly. In this video, we see just how effective this sort of combo can be when […]

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Continued Threats of Riots   

Continued Threats of Riots  

  Maybe one day we will again have something resembling law-and-order here in America, but it certainly won’t come before Friday.  There have been online postings in dozens of cities that offer as much as $2,500 to anyone willing and able to disrupt the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump this Friday.  Though the inauguration itself will take place in Washington D.C., the “disruptions” are not likely to be so localized.  As we saw, following the election, there were riots and violent attacks on perceived Trump supporters across the nation.  If you are living in areas that were affected by this […]

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The Myth of Stranger Danger   

The Myth of Stranger Danger  

  When endeavoring to protect ourselves we need to make sure that we are taking into account what threats we are most likely to face, not that we shouldn’t be prepared for all reasonable threats, but it would be foolish and even dangerous to only prepare for a threat that is statistically unlikely to happen.  Yet this is what most defenders do.  Most people who train in self-defense, martial arts, or defensive shooting, train to defend themselves in scenarios where they are attacked by strangers, and certainly this sort of attack does occur, but it is not as common as […]

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Lessons from a FAILED Car-Jacking   

Lessons from a FAILED Car-Jacking  

  In this video, we see a failed car-jacking from a gas station in which, thankfully, and surprisingly, no one was hurt.  But the would-be thief was not the only one making mistakes in this video.  Let’s learn some lessons from what the intended victim did so that we are not faced with this potentially deadly situation for no reason.   The car-jackers in the video are working in a group of at least two and cover themselves well, even if you were to have looked around at your surroundings, their activities (or faked activities since it’s unlikely they were […]

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Wilderness Emergency Cast   

Wilderness Emergency Cast  

  Covering uneven ground, in varying weather, and while carrying a pack, can easily lead to a stumble or a slip.  And when falling on uneven ground while carrying a pack getting a sprang or even a fracture is not out of the question.  While a sprang or a fracture in and of itself is not a deadly injury, it can lead to a life threatening situation life-threatenings through diminishing your abilities to perform necessary tasks or remove yourself from the wilderness.  Stabilizing the site of the injury as much as possible will increase your ability to move, and therefore […]

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Purslane   

Purslane  

Purslane or Portulaca oleracea, is an annual succulent wild edible green that is usually considered a weed.  It can be identified by its thick, succulent leaves that alternate on its tender, reddish stems.  It has small yellow flowers that can be found year round depending on the weather conditions of the region. While the unappreciative may spray purslane with herbicide, the hungry wilderness survivor will be happy to see this nutritious food source.  Here are some of the characteristics and nutrition information of purslane that makes it so valuable to those in the wild.   Purslane can be found all […]

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Nature NOT the only Threat During Natural Disasters   

Nature NOT the only Threat During Natural Disasters  

  This video is surveillance footage that captured a violent mugging during “super storm” Sandy.  The incident is captured from multiple angles, allowing us to see just how coordinated the attack was, which demonstrates the lack of randomness behind the assault and robbery.  The footage is not great quality, but there are still several lessons that we can learn from the video.   Situational awareness is crucial. The victim doesn’t seem to notice 5 men loitering in a street during a severe storm. Arm yourself. Even if the victim did notice the 5 attackers, with the numbers stacks so unevenly […]

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War Preparations   

War Preparations  

  With less than a week before the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump, Obama has ordered US troops into Europe, accusations of Russian hacking continue, China is rapidly taking military control of disputed waters and islands, and Syria is still smoldering and continues to draw the West and East closer to world war.  With all of this going on, what can we do to prepare and increase our chances of surviving if war does break out and even makes its way to our location?  Here are a few steps that can be taken now to give yourself and your family […]

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Learn the Animal Dangers in Your Area

Learn the Animal Dangers in Your Area

If you are planning for bugging out and surviving, you need to know as much as possible about the environment where you will be traveling and where you will be settling in your bugout location. This includes knowing things about the terrain, the average temperatures through the year, rainfall, and the locations of lakes and streams. The more you know about the area, the easier it will be to train and to prepare to survive in that area when needed. One of the things you need to do is learn about the various animals in the area that could pose […]

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Tips for Hunting Quail

Tips for Hunting Quail

Quail is delicious no matter how you happen to cook it. If you are hunting for quail, and you’ve never hunted the bird before, it can seem rather daunting. However, it is not too hard, if you understand a few simple tips about the process. Even novice hunters can get quail. Just keep the following in mind. Use a Shotgun When you are hunting for a quail, as with other birds, such as ducks, you want to use a shotgun. Using a 12 gauge or a 410 with birdshot is ideal. Yes, you will be picking buckshot out of the […]

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Learn Real Survival, Not TV Survival

Learn Real Survival, Not TV Survival

Over the past decade or so, television shows about surviving in the wild, as well as prepping, have become quite popular. This is a double-edged sword, though. While it is good to draw peoples’ attention to the need to learn survival skills and the importance of prepping, the demands of the production – namely to make content as interesting as possible – has caused some shows to put out dubious information that could end up getting people hurt. Now, some of these shows are better than others are. Les Stroud knows his stuff and puts out good content. You rarely […]

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Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store   

Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store  

  If you have looked online or in stores for a first aid kit of any real worth you have probably noticed the price tag.  Kits of any kind tend to be over priced for the purpose of convenience, but over paying and not getting everything you need isn’t necessary.  If there is a dollar store in your area, and there probably is, then you can get everything you need for a basic first aid kit without over spending.  Here are a few items that you should look for.   Bandages General purpose bandages are going to much more useful […]

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Pharmacy Robbery goes BAD for Robber   

Pharmacy Robbery goes BAD for Robber  

  This video from West Virginia is a reminder that armed robberies don’t only occur at gas stations and liquor stores.  Everything turned out fine for the bystanders and for the armed defender in this case, though not for the robber.  Here are a few of the lessons that we can take away from this one to increase our preparedness and safety if we find ourselves in a similar situation.   Situational Awareness It seems like business as usual until 10:30:34 (by the camera’s time, only about 25 seconds into the video) when the robber comes in with has face […]

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Tuberculosis on the Rise

Tuberculosis on the Rise

  Living in a modern, relatively clean environment with access to medical treatment that is available in the West can lead to complacency about disease.  In the over vaccinated, hand sanitized, “health conscious” world we live in, many think of disease like Tuberculosis as a thing of the past.  But the reality is that even though it has been “under control” in the West for decades, in other parts of the world it has remained a public health threat and is a growing concern in some of areas that currently have high rates of emigrants and “refugees” heading into Western […]

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Gear for a Stealth Bug Out   

Gear for a Stealth Bug Out  

  One major principle in selecting survival gear is versatility, you want gear that can do more than one job and is suitable for more than one situation.  However; there are times when gear that would normally be on the top of anyone’s list is not going to suit your purposes.  One of these cases is when stealth is your primary concern.  Here are some pieces of gear that you should consider substituting in your bag if stealth is necessary to your survival.   Folding Saw There are few tools more quintessential to the woodsman than an ax, but if […]

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Weapons Safety Lessons from an Armed Robbery   

Weapons Safety Lessons from an Armed Robbery  

  This video shows how important weapons safety is, not only when storing firearms but when handling them.  In the video we see an armed robber accidentally shoot his partner in the back, killing him.  What is a little harder to notice, is that the armed defender also nearly shoots the intended victim on accident as well.  For those that don’t know, and I hope that no gun owners are included in this group, the 5 weapon safety rules are… Treat every weapon as if it were loaded Never point a weapon at anything that you are not willing to destroy […]

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Wild Mallow   

Wild Mallow  

  Mallow, or Malva, is the wild edible green that is the source for the original marshmallow.  Originally native to Europe this plant can now be found all over the world.  Cultivated in some areas commercially as a vegetable crop and even growing as an invasive weed in other regions.  Malva has adapted to a variety of soil conditions and climates, making it available in most areas and even during cold seasons.  Here are a few of the characteristics of this plant that make it beneficial for wilderness survival.   Malva or Mallow has a unique and easily identifiable even […]

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Sugar as Medicine   

Sugar as Medicine  

  If you are like me, you might be a little skeptical when you first hear that sugar can be used medicinally, but I’m not getting my medical advice from Mary Poppins, this is real.  My dog got in a fight not too long ago, and had a sizeable chunk of flesh torn from his shoulder area (he’s ok though), when I took him to the vet I tried to explain that I only wanted him to get what he really needed since I couldn’t afford to over treat him and he gets himself into trouble all too often (yes […]

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Making a Flip-Flop Winch (Video)

Making a Flip-Flop Winch (Video)

  I have written several articles lately about recent survival stories of everyday people.  Most of these stories share one commonality, they began with a vehicle getting stuck.  Of course, it’s a good idea to drive with caution, and keep some basic supplies in your vehicle at all times in case you do find yourself stuck, but you should also be prepared to free your vehicle if it does get stuck so that you can drive to safety and avoid a potentially life-threatening situation all together.  Here is an article with some tips on how to get your vehicle unstuck, […]

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Dressing for Survival   

Dressing for Survival  

  We’ve all probably heard the phrase “dressed for success”, and while it’s doubtful that the phrase originated from anything to do with survival, it certainly holds true for survival.  Your clothing will be your primary shelter in a survival scenario, and it might be your only shelter.  The wrong clothing could get you killed, and what works in one scenario might not work in another.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when about what you might need out of your clothing to increase your chances of survival.   Cotton kills. The hoodie that you wear to stay […]

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Trout Lily   

Trout Lily  

  Trout lilies are in the Erythronium genus along with 30 other species of flowers.  They grow in temperate forests and meadows throughout the Northern Hemisphere, typically flowering in the spring.  They can vary greatly in flower color, but they tend to have a six petal flower with a speckled center, two oblong leaves with brown speckles, a lower stem with reddish color, and a root bulb that looks similar to a dog’s canine tooth (which is why some species are known as dog’s-tooth violets).  These flowers can be a real sight for sore eyes to anyone surviving in the […]

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Stun Guns and Tasers   

Stun Guns and Tasers  

  Many people that are relatively unfamiliar with less than lethal self-defense tools think of stun guns and tasers and virtually the same thing.  But there are major differences between these two kinds of defensive tools that anyone interested in using them for personal defense needs to be aware of.  Here is a basic overview of stun guns and tasers highlighting their differences.   The biggest difference is that stun guns are “pain compliance devices”, while tasers are “incapacitation devices”. These basically means that stun guns are meant to protect you by hurting the person you use it on, and […]

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Kerosene Heaters for Emergency Heat   

Kerosene Heaters for Emergency Heat  

  As temperatures continue to drop this winter, everyone should have an alternate method of heating their home.  Those who only have their heat through electric sources are particularly vulnerable, something as simple as a snow-laden limb falling on a powerline could have you without heat all night.  A larger storm that affects your entire region could have utility providers so busy that it takes days or weeks to restore electricity to your home.  If you do not have an alternative heating method, you may want to consider getting a kerosene heater, here are a few things you should know […]

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Tips for Survival Fishing   

Tips for Survival Fishing  

  In some areas, fishing will be the most reliable means of obtaining meat in the wilderness.  It can be done with little, and even no specialized gear.  Here are some tips for success while survival fishing.   Set passive traps whenever possible. This way you can spend your time and energy on other essentials like gathering firewood, building shelter, or signaling for rescue.  Some traps to consider are pipe traps that you could improve using trash bottles that are often found in and around the water, the trigger snare fish trap, and the funnel trap or “Indian fish trap”. Paracord, […]

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Small Dogs for Security   

Small Dogs for Security  

  They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  These two short videos offer evidence that this adage is true. In the first video, you see a man that is bold enough to attempt a home invasion in broad daylight run for the hills when a 8 pound Yorkie confronts him.  Whether he has a phobia of small dogs, or whether he knew that the homeowners and neighbors were now altered to his presence from the dog’s barking, the result is the same, he ran and the […]

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Benefits and Drawbacks to Hammock Camping   

Benefits and Drawbacks to Hammock Camping  

  Hammocks aren’t just for relaxing on the beach or in the backyard.  Hammocks can be a useful piece of gear for camping or survival.  But they aren’t without their shortcomings, here is a short list of some of the benefits and drawbacks of hammocks for camping and survival.   Benefits You don’t need to have level ground to get a good night’s sleep. Hammocks are a great way camping on steep slopes. You don’t have any poles to break or bend like tent. When a hammock is packed away it is virtually indestructible unless your pack that it is […]

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DIY Copper Coil Alcohol Stove Video   

DIY Copper Coil Alcohol Stove Video  

  This video demonstrates in a detailed manner the materials and methods to make your own copper coil alcohol stove.  Having an alcohol stove is great for disaster preparedness whether you are sheltering in place, or bugging out.  With an alcohol stove you will have a reliable alternate fuel source for cooking indoors, and a smokeless and near flameless (flameless in the sense that it does not produce a large amount of light that can be seen from far away) method for cooking which will greatly add to your stealth in a bug-out scenario.  The stove here is small enough […]

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Fire Starting Skills Save Lives   

Fire Starting Skills Save Lives  

  Last month, 77-year-old Paul Meiling from Utah was driving on a snowy side road in an isolated area of Idaho when his truck became stuck.  Temperatures were well below freezing while he was stranded for days, but Meiling was able to survive by taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse nearby and starting a fire.  When he was able, he walked to an area that had cell service and called his son.  He was tired, hungry, and dehydrated, but Paul Meiling was alive at the end of his ordeal.  Here are some lessons that we can learn from this incident […]

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Legal Improvised Defensive Tools   

Legal Improvised Defensive Tools  

  I just wrote about the importance of being armed, even if you know how to defend yourself in a one on one unarmed attack.  But the unfortunate truth is that there are all sorts of places these days that limit, or completely restrict your right to protect yourself. While I will always take my money to a coffee shop that doesn’t make it their business to preach politics while creating a target rich environment, it’s not always that easy of an option.  Some people travel for work, or go to school, or actually live in an area that criminalizes […]

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