Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Last week we posted an introduction to reloading ammunition, and promised we’d follow up with more about how to actually do the reloading. As with many DIY instructions, we figured visual was probably better than describing it. This video again covers some of the basics of what you need to get started reloading as well, so if you enjoyed this post, you’ll like seeing the actual equipment at work in this video. As we mentioned last week, this is a really great set-up to consider investing in if you’re an avid shooter, and would also like to spend some money […]

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Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Loperamide, commonly sold under the names Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, is an essential survival medicine that you should probably pretty much always have with you. The thing is, when you are traveling, or even going about your daily life in any kind of community, urban, suburban, or even country, if a natural disaster were to strike, one of the first killers might be water contamination. For this is definitely something you should have in your survival first aid stash, and lots of it if you can. But it is also crucial for your everyday carry, because, as we said, […]

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The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

A lot of people think of a Mad Max-type survival when they imagine a world after mass destruction or nuclear holocaust. Cruising around a desolate world, every man or woman for themselves, in a tricked-out armored car, battling road warriors and fighting for survival. But the truth about survival is that most of the scenarios you need to prepare for aren’t so glamorous. It is in fact very important to be prepared to defend yourself against a fearful, violent populace in the midsts of, or after a disaster, especially if you live in an urban environment. Even if you live […]

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How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

You may have heard that, in a pinch, you can use super glue to seal up cuts if you do not have access to a doctor or the means to perform stitches. Of course, if you’re like me, you might be pretty hesitant to try it out. I wanted to look into whether or not this was actually recommended to do, so I’ve gathered up some info on how and why to do it. I will still say, however, if you’re hesitant, look into it yourself. This is simply a guide on how to do it, not an argument for […]

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Best High-Calorie Survival Foods

Best High-Calorie Survival Foods

When you’re storing food for short or long-term survival, it’s important to choose the most efficient, caloric foods. Calories are the currency of food’s ability to sustain you, and the more calories in a food, the longer it will give you crucial energy. Here is a list of some of the most caloric foods that can be stored for long periods of times: Nuts and seeds Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, are both highly caloric and nutritious. They will keep for long periods of time when stored properly, but take care […]

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How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

One of the biggest considerations when adding firearms and ammo to your survival stash is whether or not you can sustain your ability to rely on firearms. Reloading ammo is popular among many gun enthusiasts, not just preppers, because it can save you a whole lot of money, and of course, it makes you far more self-reliant and independent from gun manufacturers. What reloading is is refilling discarded bullet casings with gun powder so they can be used again. This is great for someone who shoots at a range frequently and can collect used casings. And again, it would be insanely valuable […]

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Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

When we think of urban survival, we mostly just think about blending in, personal safety, transportation, or places to sleep. Popular survival YouTuber Survival Russia shares a very valuable urban survival hack: how to start a fire. I think urban-dwellers are so used to living inside that we forget when you’re out in the streets in an urban environment, staying warm and being able to cook food will be a number one priority. This is why you often see the homeless starting fires in metal trash cans, after all. As discussed in the last video we shared on urban survival, […]

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How to Make Cowboy Coffee

How to Make Cowboy Coffee

Coffee has always been one of the staples of the cowboy diet, as well as trappers, hunters, and mountain men of yesteryear. You’ve probably seen the scene many times, in old Western movies or novels, of cowboys sitting around the campfire in the early light of the morning, brewing their coffee in tin pots right over the open flame. While we included a percolator or french press in our list of camp cooking essentials, there’s a simpler way to brew coffee out on the proverbial trail: cowboy coffee.  Whether you’re camping, backpacking, or actually driving cattle back to the ranch, knowing […]

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Bugging Out in the City (Video)

Bugging Out in the City (Video)

I thought this was a really insightful and important video to make, about bugging out in the city, and sleeping under a bridge at night. I think it’s really easy to imagine bugging out including simply heading for the hills and camping out there, but for a lot of people, being stuck in an urban environment is going to be a reality. Post-disaster urban survival is a very serious subject, especially if you live in an urban area, but even if you do not, you might find yourself needing to travel on foot into urban areas and will need skills […]

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4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

One of the primary reasons we rely on today’s energy grids, such as gas and electric, are to preserve, prepare, and store our foods. When you go off-grid, one of your top concerns will be on how to cook your food. Here are a few of the best ways to cook food entirely off-grid, whether that be for camping, homesteading, or when disaster strikes. What works best for you and what you plan to use for off-grid cooking might not work for someone else; only you can make the best choice for your purposes. Open fire This is literally the […]

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Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

When you commit to hunting for your dinner, a good recipe that can be cooked over the open fire really makes the experience. This simple, delicious recipe can be used with just about any game animal, but we’ve chosen rabbit. For convenience, prep your ingredients ahead of time and pack them in your cooler. If you’d rather not pack a large dutch oven, a skillet with a lid will work well.   Ingredients: 2 slices of bacon, chopped (optional, but tasty) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green onion sliced 1 celery stalk, chopped Your […]

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8 Camp Cooking Essentials

8 Camp Cooking Essentials

If you find yourself getting tired of energy bars and protein shakes every time you’re out on the trail, it’s time to liven up your camp cooking. The right tools keep the fun in preparing the fuel that keeps you going. No matter your culinary skills or preferences, these essentials deserve a spot in your camp kit for every trip.   Utensil Dopp Kit This is a simple utensil organizing kit. Your kit should include: a spatula, mini whisk, can opener/corkscrew/bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, a pocket knife, seasoning, oil, soap, and a sponge. Egg Holder Eggs are an ideal […]

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Every avid hiker or outdoorsman knows the value of a quality pair of hiking boots. A bad pair can ruin a camping trip or even cause an injury, so you need to be sure you get the right boots for your needs.   First, consider how they’ll be used. The most common hiking injuries are twisted ankles and stubbed toes. The rougher the terrain, the more ankle support you’ll need to keep yourself safe. Will you be walking well-kept, manicured pathways? A low/mid-cut leather boot will be comfortable. If you prefer more rugged trails for hiking and backpacking, ankle-high boots […]

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Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

There’s a lot about survival we can learn from the military. You never know when you might need to defend your homestead in a militant fashion, when government systems have failed in a post-disaster or war-like scenario. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a trained soldier in your household, you can still glean from their training by memorizing useful hand signals like the ones illustrated in this infographic fro UrbanSurvivalNetwork.com. You can use communication signals like this for clearing your living space when you suspect it someone might have entered when you were gone, entering into a formerly populated […]

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Crucial Tips for Flood Preparedness

Crucial Tips for Flood Preparedness

Yesterday, we updated you on the Oroville Dam situation, which could potentially result in severe flooding in the Sacramento River Valley. Today I wanted to discuss a bit about basic flood preparedness. Now, you might live in an area where floods are a reality and you’re already well-prepared for them. But if California is any example, extreme weather is causing flooding in areas that aren’t used to it, so if you’re near a river, dam, or in a valley, you never know when it might occur. If your house is directly threatened by potential floods, you will need to plan […]

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Survival News: Fukushima Update

Survival News: Fukushima Update

It’s always been hard to get an accurate picture of what’s really going on at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant in Japan since its cooling system was damaged and failed in the 2011 tsunami. The Japanese government is notoriously tight-lipped about the nuclear disaster, but time to time we hear updates on what we’ve all assumed was going on: a six years (and counting) nuclear disaster with no foreseeable positive outcome. The technology simply doesn’t exist to properly contain the radiation leaking from that plant, and to this day, 300 tons of radiated water is still being dumped into the […]

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How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

Potatoes are one of the best survival foods you can grow. They are caloric and starchy, and will keep for a long time if stored correctly. You can grow herbs and vegetables all day, but nothing will sustain you like potatoes, and they require little space and maintenance to grow. Fortunately, wherever you live, you can actually grow them relatively easily in a container, which makes them a great option for sustainable survival food that you can keep producing as time goes on. Here’s how: Choosing a container You will first need to acquire a container to grow your potatoes in. […]

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4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

There are many guns available on the market, both for sport, home defense, and concealment, and it might be a bit overwhelming when you’re new to concealment to know how to chose the best weapon for everyday carry. If you are not fortunate enough to buy several guns or holsters for sport and hobby and have to choose one weapon to carry with you daily, you’ll want to choose wisely. You’ll also need a holster system that works both with your weapon of choice and lifestyle. Keep in mind that what works for someone else for concealment might not work […]

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Survival News: Oroville Dam Evacuation

Survival News: Oroville Dam Evacuation

Thousands of Northern California residents of the town of Oroville have been evacuated in recent days due to an anticipated failure of an axuilary spillway in the Oroville Dam on the Feather River. After years of severe drought, California has been hammered with rain and snow this winter and the previously drained lake is now hundreds of feet above sea level. The auxiliary was opened to try to relieve some of the water, but a hole has appeared and has been widening and residents in the path of the spillway have now been evacuated. What is troubling is that it is […]

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How to Make Beef Jerky

How to Make Beef Jerky

Meat can be difficult to store, but provides important calories and nutrients for sustenance that can’t be ignored. While beef jerky will only last a few months on the shelf, it’s still worth knowing how to make. You can make in large batches, keep on hand, and simply freeze or eat before it spoils. If a disaster strikes, you’ll be glad you made some. It is of course great for hiking or camping, as you can bring it along with you and it will keep for weeks in your pack without refrigeration. It also offers optimum protein and iron, which […]

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Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Women have a unique challenge for preparedness in terms of safety. There are many ways to defend oneself and train for physical defense and endurance, but there might come a time in a post-disaster scenario when masking one’s gender just might be the most prudent thing to do. This certainly won’t replace regular self-defense preparedness,  but rather, potentially reduce or eliminate the need for it. In general, being able to play down your gender and not attract attention to yourself is always wise for a woman, especially in high-crime areas. This video offers some important “gray man” tips for women […]

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How to Can Water for Long Term Storage

How to Can Water for Long Term Storage

Water is one of the essentials of disaster preparedness, but if you don’t store it properly, bacteria can grow in your containers, the containers can deteriorate and leech plastic into the water, or it will mold. Now, canning water might sound kind of silly, but given it’s a natural substance that’s subject to a sort of spoilage, canning it is actually an awesome way to store it, because you can seal the water off in a sterile environment, and, if done correctly, it can keep indefinitely. You pretty much just need proper canning jars to do it. Half-gallon jars are […]

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Commonly Overlooked Medical Supplies

Commonly Overlooked Medical Supplies

When preparing for medical needs, oftentimes preppers will just make sure to have the standard first aid kit items on hand and assume that’s good. Short-term treatment of wounds, bruises, and scrapes is great, of course. But you have to keep in mind that if you’re preparing for a long-term post-disaster scenario, you’re not just dressing for superficial wounds, you’re preparing yourself for a world without functioning hospitals or clinics. Here are some overlooked medical supplies you might not have thought of stocking up on: 1. Plastic Plastic sheeting or even thick black plastic garbage bags are crucial, especially for […]

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An Intro to Gunsmithing (Video)

An Intro to Gunsmithing (Video)

We’ve mentioned a few time on this blog how crucial gunsmithing will be after a disaster hits, especially in the mass breakdown of civilization. But unlike many other survival skills, it’s not exactly something you can easily learn at home. It takes specialized tools, skills, knowledge, and time. That being said, it is still an incredibly important skill to learn, if you’ve got the time and resources. Guns are one of the greatest survival tools you can acquire, but if you can’t  maintain or repair them, they might end up being nothing more than a large, blunt object to you. […]

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What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

Preppers have recently assumed the nickname “doomsday” preppers, because, in a lot of cases, that’s what many people are preparing for, or at least that’s what non-preppers perceive it as. Eschatologically speaking, the ultimate doomsday/apocalypse from the Bible isn’t something you’ll necessarily survive, to get technical, so what is it we are prepping for? Well, to be honest, you don’t have to be an alarmist to prepare for extreme disaster of all kinds, in fact, with the current state of our world, it is actually highly prudent and realistic to expect any number of localized or global cataclysm events that would drastically affect […]

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Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Medicinal Garlic-Infused Honey Recipe

Garlic is touted as both a delicious ingredient good for almost all savory cooking and a potent natural medicine. Honey, too, is both a sweet treat and a powerful antibiotic. Here is an incredibly easy recipe in which their forces are combined to make a savory lightly fermented infusion. The syrup can be taken to maintain health or at the first sign of illness. This can be a vital asset in your survival medicine kit!   Directions: Fill a clean glass jar three-quarters full of peeled garlic cloves. They can be whole, chopped, or smashed. Whole cloves will give a […]

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Tips for Desert Survival

Tips for Desert Survival

  If you live in the Southwestern portion of the United States, you are never very far from a desert. Whether you enjoy hiking in the desert or you simply drive through it, you need to take the time to learn some important yet simple skills that will help you to survive just in case something were to go wrong. In fact, one of the first rules of desert travel is to always be prepared for something to go wrong. Here are some tips that you can use. Always let someone know your route and when you will be traveling […]

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Why Survival Skills Matter

Why Survival Skills Matter

How often have you had a friend or even a family member look at you as though you’ve lost your mind and asked you why you do what you do? Why do you need those survival skills? They tell you that you can just buy your food at the grocery store and that you can go to the doctor if you are sick. While that’s true, and that’s what you are probably already doing, you know that tomorrow is not promised. You have no idea what could be coming down the line, and you know just how important it is […]

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Best Guns for Women (Video)

Best Guns for Women (Video)

A lot of people are intimidated by long rifles, and for good reason. They’re big, loud, and often associated with war and carnage (thanks to the public perception of “assault rifles”, one might argue). But the truth is, for women, they can be great options for home defense. Surprisingly, they’re actually easier to handle than handguns. The AR-15 is the home defense weapon of choice for many for very good reason; it’s versatile, user-friendly, so to speak, easy to aim and handle and can do a lot of damage without requiring a whole lot of training. Not to mention the […]

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Your Top Five Priorities Before the Next Crisis

Your Top Five Priorities Before the Next Crisis

Throughout eight years of Obama, many people got deep into prepping, feeling that he was leading us to impending doom. Now that Trump is in office it might be tempting to those same people to relax and hope for growth and security, while those who felt hopeful during Obama’s presidency are turning into the preppers. Whether you love or hate Trump, there are always many possibilities for the next big crisis to hit the US or the world, and if you’re just getting into prepping or are a seasoned veteran, you can never be too vigilant or too prepared. These are […]

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Simple Steps to Take to Start Prepping the Right Way

Simple Steps to Take to Start Prepping the Right Way

When you want to get started prepping, you will probably find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of options out there for you. It’s common to not know where to start or to find yourself with an inflated sense of urgency to buy all the things. To demystify the process of getting started with prepping, we’ve created a simple guide to the basic steps one should take to get started right, so you don’t waste your money or time on things that aren’t worth your time or money. Remember, you’ll never get it done all at once so stop, breathe, collect yourself, […]

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Easy Homemade Antiseptic for Survival

Easy Homemade Antiseptic for Survival

In a survival situation, even small wounds can be deadly. If not kept clean, your body can go septic, which is difficult to treat without modern medicine. Fortunately, there is an easy DIY antiseptic you can use to quickly and easily clean wounds that is perfect for survivalists and preppers. It’s called Daikin’s solution, and it was developed during WWI to treat soldier’s wounds in the field. It is credited with saving hundreds of lives during that war, and is one of the safest and most effective antiseptics you can find. It is essentially just bleach and water, making it […]

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Top Survival Foods for the Bugout Bag

Top Survival Foods for the Bugout Bag

When you are putting together your bugout bag, you need to make sure you are packing smart and carrying everything you need. Naturally, this will include things such as water and food, vital elements for “getting out of Dodge” so to speak. However, you have to make sure you are choosing the right types of food for your go bag. You need to keep a few things in mind when you are packing your food. You need to think about the weight of the food. You want as many calories per ounce as possible. Something that has a good shelf […]

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What Happens When You Block Traffic (Video)

What Happens When You Block Traffic (Video)

While it’s always great to see anyone on the political spectrum taking advantage of their first amendment rights, an unfortunate tactic of many protestors over the last year or so has been to block traffic. This video of Portland protestors being swarmed by riot police is an important reminder of what can happen if an impassioned demonstration turns into blocked traffic. I think people are often just fueled by everyone’s enthusiasm and mob mentality kicks in, but it’s a dangerous reality of protesting that peaceful demonstrations can quickly turn into something that will land you with your face in the pavement […]

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The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

Tornados are no joke. They form quickly and can plow through whole communities in a matter of minutes, destroying everything in their path. It can be terrifying to hear that blaring siren, so it’s important to know ahead of time what to do when you hear it so you can make smart choices as to how to react. Know the weather Keep an eye on the weather in your area daily. Download a reliable weather app that will give you alerts for severe weather warning, but also check the weather regularly so you know when to anticipate a tornado. Know […]

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7 Useful Thrift Store Finds for Survival

7 Useful Thrift Store Finds for Survival

It can be overwhelming shopping for survival items, especially if you’re buying stuff brand new. We have dollar store survival product suggestions here, but there’s another goldmine for survival supplies you may not have thought of: secondhand stores. Here are some suggestions for stuff to look for at thrift stores that will be useful in your survival stash. There are a ton of great bargains to be found, and one really great thing about second hand store is that you can find really high-quality stuff for cheap. However, when you’re buying stuff second hand, it may be very cheap for […]

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Three Ways to Preserve Meat

Three Ways to Preserve Meat

A few days ago, we published a master guide to food preservation methods. Today I wanted to zero in on preserving one particular food product: meat. Meat is crucial to store, because besides rice and beans, it’s probably going to be your primary source of calories, protein, and iron, which are essential to actually stay alive and thrive. Vegetables will only provide you so much energy when you’re trying to keep your strength up. But of course, it can be tricky to preserve. We normally store meat in the refrigerator or freezer, as it can spoil very quickly otherwise. But […]

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The Necessities for Survival

The Necessities for Survival

When many people, including many of your friends and family, discuss the topic of survival, the conversation steers toward the latest gadgets and gear aimed at preppers and survivalists. You might have a closet or a garage full of this gear. While it is certainly true that some of this gear will help to make survival substantially easier and more comfortable, you need to learn that you cannot rely on it. You need to take steps to become more self-sufficient and not gadget reliant when it comes to survival. Sure, you can buy all the gear that you like, but […]

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Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Learning how to tie knots is crucial, and back in the day, many little boys would learn their share of scout knots that would be useful throughout life. These days, knot tying isn’t really taught anymore, but for survival, it can be a really great skill to have. There are a ton of suggestions for the most important survival skills to learn, but Lonnie from Far North Bushcraft and Survival on YouTube really knows his stuff. He shares his seven favorite camp knots, and they’re knots he actually uses. They’re really great to know for use in camping, fishing, hunting, […]

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The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

The Seven Major Methods of Preserving Food: A Guide

When faced with the task of storing and preserving survival food, if you’re just getting started you might find yourself overwhelmed and confused by all the methods of preserving food for the long-term. Today, we’ll look at the seven major methods of food preservation and how to choose which one is right for you. Canning This is a very popular and age-old method of preserving food. When you buy canned food at the grocery store or make it yourself at home, it’s essentially preserved in the same way. Using heat and pressure, the food is preserved in a vacuum created in […]

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