How to Cultivate a Survival Mindset

How to Cultivate a Survival Mindset

There has always been a lot of discussion surrounding why some people are able to survive harrowing situations that the rest of us could never imagine being able to physically, much less psychologically endure. What is it that mentally sets some apart in the face of grave danger or terrifying situations? Today I want to discuss cultivating a survival mindset. While you probably can’t do much practicing for unexpected, harrowing survival situations, you can mentally prepare. Here are some tips. Build endurance Mental endurance can be developed through physical endurance. Push yourself to do things you might otherwise think you […]

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Are We on the Brink of Civil War?

Are We on the Brink of Civil War?

We discussed a bit last week about whether or not our country will see peace and stability with Donald Trump is in office. A lot of people feel really confident and emboldened with him in the White House, but you’d have to live under a rock to not notice how many people feel completely panicked, violent, and angry. There’s actual violence being committed in the streets as the anarchist “#Antifa” coalition does their best to disrupt as much public expression of support for Trump or conservative values as they can. I won’t sit here and pontificate about whether or not […]

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How to Add a Patina to Your Carbon Knife Blades

How to Add a Patina to Your Carbon Knife Blades

Carbon steel knives can be great. They are sharp and they hold their edge. However, if you are outdoors often, you will find that these knives have more of a tendency to gather rust. This looks bad for the knife, and you do not want to have rust rubbing off onto the things you cut, including the animals you skin. It might not be a big deal, really, but if you are like many people, you can’t stand the idea of a rusty knife. It makes it appear as if you didn’t take care of it, even though you did. […]

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Concealed Carry Newbie Tips

Concealed Carry Newbie Tips

When you first get your CCL, it is very exciting. But carrying a concealed weapon is not a force field that protects you from any and all aggressors, it is something you need to think about, get used to, and have a good plan. Here are some tips for making you gain the right experience with carrying a concealed weapon and are prepared for the moment when it could save your life. 1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions There’s a sort of bravado in the gun world of being able to talk with an informed tone about different kinds […]

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Free Ways to Prep

Free Ways to Prep

When you’re just getting started, disaster preparedness can be very overwhelming…and expensive. There are a ton of products on the market out there, some that are real quality investments, some that are pretty much just designed to make money. But if you are a low-budget or fully broke prepper, it can seem like there’s not much you can do. If you’re thinking this, don’t worry! There’s still plenty you can do to prepare entirely for free while you’re saving up to build that bunker. 1. Learn Skills The #1 free way to prep is to learn survival skills. Read this blog, watch […]

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Trump Presidency: Peace At Last or The Beginning of the End?

Trump Presidency: Peace At Last or The Beginning of the End?

Donald Trump was sworn in yesterday as the 45th President of the United States. The country is greatly divided between two drastically different emotions, and almost everyone lies somewhere between extreme excitement and relief and great despair and loathing. But what does a Trump presidency mean for preppers? Whether or not you support Trump and his policies, it’s important to put everything into the context of preparedness. It seems a lot of folks who four years ago were building their bunkers and stocking up on guns and ammo are now breathing a collective sigh of relief and settling in for […]

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Stinging Nettle   

Stinging Nettle  

  Chances are, when thinking about stinging nettle, images of painful rashes come to mind.  Most people’s experience with nettle doesn’t go much further than this.  But if you come across a patch of stinging nettle while surviving in the wilderness, it may be just what you need, though you might not know it.  Stinging nettle has a variety surprising survival uses, here are a few.   Cordage The stalks of stinging nettle, when harvested carefully, make a strong, durable bushcraft cordage.  Nettle cordage is strong enough that it can be used for lashing in shelter construction. Medicine The medicinal […]

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Armed Woman Handles 3 Armed Intruders   

Armed Woman Handles 3 Armed Intruders  

This video is from home security cameras and captures an armed home invasion in the Atlanta area in which three armed men force their way in a home with guns drawn.  Luckily the homeowner was armed and responded accordingly, shooting at the intruders and hitting one, with no one in the home injured.  The scene is captured on more than one camera which gives us more to look at.  Here are some of lessons that can be learned from this lady’s ordeal.   We only have footage from “CAM 4” and “CAM 5”. It is reasonable to believe that there […]

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Top 5 Wilderness Survival Skills   

Top 5 Wilderness Survival Skills  

  Wilderness survival is a near endless skillset, it can be hard to know where to focus your attention and what skills you should hone before moving on to less essential skills that fall more under the broad term of “bushcraft” rather than survival.  The main difference between bushcraft and survival is that bushcraft is more intentional, whereas survival is more responsive.  Here is a list of the 5 most important survival skills that you should “master” before moving on to other skills.   Fire Starting While building a shelter should be higher on your priority list in most situations, […]

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Using a Mil Dot Scope to Find Range (VIDEO)

Using a Mil Dot Scope to Find Range (VIDEO)

  Being able to determine the range of a target is crucial when firing at long distances.  The greater the distance between you and your target the greater the effect both gravity and wind will have on your round.  For most defensive scenarios this won’t be an issue since you would be defending an area that you know, and could even place visual markers at to assist you.  But if you are moving while hunting you will not have that option.  Understanding the basic function of a mil dot scope and how it can help you determine range, and even […]

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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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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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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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Cattails, the Survival Supermarket

Cattails, the Survival Supermarket

It’s not unusual to find plants that offer more than one benefit for survival, but few come close to the versatility of the cattail.  Cattails can be used to start fire, build shelter, manufacture tools, and for nutritious food.  They are widely distributed, growing in almost any environment that water can be found.  Coming across a clump of cattails while struggling for survival is like finding a supermarket in the wilderness.   Fire Starting When the heads of cat tail have turned brown they will be filled with a light fluffy material that is a perfect tinder.  If the head […]

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What to Barter in a Disaster

What to Barter in a Disaster

Recently I mentioned in an article that I don’t recommend keeping sizable amounts of cash stored for disaster, and why I don’t think it would to you any good to do so.  One of those reasons is that after a disaster there will be extreme inflation on the items that people will need most.  One strategy for preparedness is to store items that you will be able to barter with after a disaster to get what you need.  Here are a few of the items that I would recommend storing more of than you think you will need, so that […]

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3 Ways to Remove a Splinter

3 Ways to Remove a Splinter

Whether just in the back yard, or worse yet, in a wilderness survival situation, getting a tiny splinter under your skin can cause you big problems.  The pain can be distracting and make necessary tasks difficult or impossible.  If left unaddressed the splinter can lead to infection which could, if you are unable to access medical help, lead to death.  In order to prevent something so small from causing you big problems get rid of any splinter as soon as you can.  Here are 3 ways to get a splinter out easily in different situations.   Fingernail Clippers If you […]

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Practical Situational Awareness

Practical Situational Awareness

When talking about self-defense and safety, situational awareness is always going to come into the conversation.  Having good situational awareness will allow you to avoid danger entirely or at least respond to it quickly so as to increase your odds.  But what exactly are you supposed to be aware of?   When The easiest thing to be aware of that has a direct effect upon your safety is the time.  If it’s dark out, there is an increased chance of violent crime, but there’s more to it than that.  Is it a holiday weekend?  If so it’s likely that there […]

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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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Starting a Fire in Wet Conditions

Starting a Fire in Wet Conditions

Ironically, as your need for a fire increases the difficulty in starting that fire will also increase.  One reason is that many of the common sources of wilderness tinder are absorbent, and in damp conditions they will be full of water, making them nearly impossible to use as tinder.  Of course, it’s always a good idea to carry some all-weather fire starters with you, but because things happen, we’ll cover a couple tinders to avoid in wet conditions and some to search out.   Old Man’s Beard Old man’s beard is one name for the gray wispy lichen that hangs […]

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Surviving Yet More “Civil” Unrest

Surviving Yet More “Civil” Unrest

  Violent protests and even riots are not as rare as they should be these days.  Donald Trump’s victory has a lot of people upset, some of which care little for the rule of law.  Protests are already occurring in several major cities around the country, and despite how the media portrays them, they are violent and dangerous to those in the area, especially those the rioters disagree with.  If you are living or working in a large urban area, whether or not you are a Trump supporter (since we have seen a mob mistakenly attack and beat a Sanders supporter […]

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Making a Water Bowl from Bark

Making a Water Bowl from Bark

You don’t need to have table manners when you are struggling for survival in the wilderness.  But you may need to have some utensils.  If you have gotten lost, stranded because of weather or an accident, then you might not have your gear with you.  This might leave you without a container for water.  It that is the case you will be at a great disadvantage since you will not be able to transport water to consume later, and if you are getting your water from a vine like we talked about yesterday then you be lying on your back […]

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Tips for Tarp Shelters

Tips for Tarp Shelters

One of the easiest to store and most useful survival items is a tarp.  It’s primary purpose being to provide waterproof shelter that can be adapted to varying needs and available resources.  Like all tools, you will get the most out of your tarp if you know how to properly use it.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when constructing your tarp shelter for camping or survival that will keep your tarp safe and help it keep you safe.   Fire Safety Whether you are using an oilskin tarp or a synthetic tarp, you will have to […]

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Benefits of Blowguns

Benefits of Blowguns

A blowgun is probably not the first weapon that comes to mind when you think about prepping for survival.  And while there are weapons that might be higher on the list, a blowgun is not without its advantages.  This is a list of some of the reasons that you should consider adding a blowgun to your survival supplies.   Cost Blowguns are not expensive.  You can pick one up online for less than $40 with enough darts to get you started.  There is no need to pay to go to a range, as you would with a firearm, and even purchasing […]

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Basic Land Navigation

Basic Land Navigation

  Whether you are stranded in the wilderness or fleeing an urban area due to disaster of any sort, you need to figure out your destination and how you are going to get there.  Having a map and compass, and knowing how to read them, will give you the knowledge you need to find water, populated areas, and how to choose your route to navigate to where you need to be.  Here are a few basics tips to get you started. Orientate Your Map. Using your compass, find north.  Then align your map so that north on the map is in […]

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Building a Survival Bow

Building a Survival Bow

Whether for hunting or defense, a bow is a great tool to have with you in any survival situation.  But a bow is a little big to put in your pocket as part of your everyday carry.  Being able to make one from materials available to you in the wilderness will insure that you always have a means of hunting and defending yourself.   Material The first and most important set in crafting a survival bow in the wilderness is selecting the proper material for your bow.  Search for a young, green, hardwood sapling.  You will need a piece at […]

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Preventing Infection After a Disaster

Preventing Infection After a Disaster

Making it through a disaster can be just the beginning.  Cut off from power, water, and medical resources, your life can still be in danger for some time.  During this period the risk of contracting and infection increase, as do the potential complications of an infection.  Without access to medicine, and perhaps with the need to push yourself physically, either to evacuate the area or look for supplies, you do not want to find yourself weakened from a preventable infection that could cost you your life.  These are a few things to keep in mind after a disaster to reduce […]

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DIY Rocket Stove

If you have never used a rocket stove it is difficult to believe how little fuel can be used to effectively cook your food. A rocket stove will not be a replacement for your indoor cast iron stove, but it is a great supplement for when your fuel is getting low, days are getting warmer and you don’t want your house 100 degrees to cook some food, or you just need an extra burner. One of the best things about a rocket stove is how easy and cheap it is to make one yourself. Here is a video that shows […]

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Basic Pistol Marksmanship

Basic Pistol Marksmanship

With violent crime back on the rise, terrorism, and an increasing trend of lawlessness, it’s no wonder that first-time gun ownership is on the rise in America.  Many people who had previously never considered owning a firearm are now looking to be caring a handgun for personal protection.  But carrying it is not going to be enough if you are put in the position where your life is threatened.  You need to know how to use your weapon, and use it safely and effectively.  This is a list of basic pistol marksmanship concepts and techniques, but it is not a […]

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Tips for Choosing the Right Bug Out Bag

Tips for Choosing the Right Bug Out Bag

You have a lot of things to consider when you are choosing the best bug out bag, and you can’t simply buy what friends or family members are buying and believe that it’s going to work for you. You have to stop and think about what you need, your size and frame, and what you will be carrying. Let’s look at some of the most important things you have to consider when you are preparing to choose your bug out bag. What Will You Be Carrying? The first thing you need to do is consider just how much you are […]

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Snake Eaters – Survival Food

Snake Eaters – Survival Food

Snakes are a big benefit to the world. They help to control the population of vermin, for example. However, when you are in a survival situation and you are limited on the types of food available to you, snake just might be something you have to put on the menu. It’s not as bad as it sounds, and preparing the snake is very simple. In fact, it might be one of the simplest types of meat to dress in the wild. Naturally, the first thing you have to do is dispatch the snake. Depending on the type of snake, you […]

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Trapping Animals After Disaster

If your area is hit by a natural disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake, it is possible that the supplies you have stored would be damaged or destroyed by the disaster, in part or in whole.  This may mean that you are required to search out food sources quicker than you had planned on.  Not all of us are experienced hunters living within walking distance of hunting grounds, and game animals may also have been affected by the disaster.  But, scavengers and domestic animals are likely to still be in the area.  These are a few ways of […]

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Identifying Poison Ivy (Infograph)

Identifying Poison Ivy (Infograph)

Being able to identify poison ivy is probably one of the best survival skills you can have. Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, given poison ivy doesn’t necessarily threaten your life, but being able to protect yourself from it is protecting yourself against a very uncomfortable experience that could seriously interfere with your survival efforts. Can you imagine trekking through treacherous wilderness, trying to hunt, fish or gather food, haul water, or set up and break camp with a horrible burning, itching rash all over your body? Also, if you are in some kind of survival situation, you will probably […]

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Useful Trades to Know for Life After Disaster

Useful Trades to Know for Life After Disaster

Many of us prepare for the immediate after-effects of survival, but what if civilization completely collapsed and we had to survive long-term, or try to rebuild some semblance of what once was? Supplies aren’t the only thing that will be needed, but rather, possibly more important will be skills. When you study anthropology, what defines civilization is when artisan crafts begin to be distinguished from everyone doing the same thing. Metal workers, carpenters, weavers, etc. Different people with different skills contributing to society as a whole. There are of course many trades that would set you apart from the post-apocalyptic crowd, […]

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7 Vehicles to Survive the End of the World (Infograph)

When you think of survival in a post-apocalyptic world, you probably think about what kind of vehicle you will need. I mean, we’ve all seen Mad Max. Being able to travel safely and quickly can make all the difference in survival, so it’s definitely worth thinking about how you will do so. This awesome infographic from WhoCanFixMyCar.com (smart marketing on their part, huh?) shows some badass survival vehicles and why they’re the best choices for the apocalypse. Most of us probably can’t run out and buy one of these vehicles and trick them out enough to survive an Austrailian outback […]

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Learn How ISIS Could Take Out North America

Learn How ISIS Could Take Out North America

The threat of ISIS seems to get more real every day. As they sweep across Europe, laying waste to villages and towns and collecting more and more radicalized fighters, it’s becoming clear that the US is their target. It may seem impossible that a group of guerrilla rebels in Toyotas could take on the greatest military might the world has ever known, and they definitely won’t be able to go up against our armed forces. But ISIS has a secret weapon that could bring our entire nation to its knees. A way of crippling our infrastructure and causing chaos and […]

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Best Herbs for First Aid

Best Herbs for First Aid

For preppers, it’s definitely very important to consider keeping some less-than-natural first aid items in your stash or bug-out bag like common antibiotics or over-the-counter drugs that might be scarce or life-saving after disaster strikes. These types of medicine definitely have their place, but in everyday life and even in a survival situation, they’re better suited as a last-resort as oftentimes, natural cures can be more effective and certainly healthier. Here are some common medicinal herbs that are great additions to your first aid kit, either dried, in tinctures, balms, supplements, essential oils or infused oils. Calendula Extract Commonly sold […]

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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Bug Out?

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Bug Out?

Survivalists and preppers everywhere have put a lot of time and effort into creating bugout bags that will provide them with the tools and gear they need to survive when they need to leave in a hurry. Whether you keep your bugout bag at home, in your car, or on you at all times, it’s just as important to know when to bug out as it is to have the right gear with you when you need it. Basically, when considering whether to bug out or dig in where you are, you’ll need to assess the situation based on a […]

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How to Properly Cauterize Wounds

How to Properly Cauterize Wounds

If, or when, you find yourself cut off from our modern daily comforts and safety, injuries are not only more likely to happen, but when they do you may have to treat them yourself, with no hope of making to an emergency room.  What should you do if you or someone you are with is bleeding heavily and pressure is not helping?  One option that has been working for thousands of years is cauterization. What Is Cauterization? According to Wikipedia.org “the medical practice or technique of cauterization (or cauterisation, or cautery) is the burning of part of a body to […]

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DIY Survival Weapons When You Don’t Have a Gun

DIY Survival Weapons When You Don’t Have a Gun

Firearms are great for survival, as we’ve covered on this site many times before. But as we’ve also covered, there are many reasons why you might not have one when disaster strikes. You might not currently be a gun owner, you might end up in a survival scenario somewhere other than your home, you might run out of ammunition or you may simply want to have alternatives to firearms, which is very prudent. Here are a few simple options for improvised or DIY weapons when you don’t have a gun. Club  The age-old blunt object is a very reliable weapon. […]

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Common Edible Plants in the Wild

Common Edible Plants in the Wild

It can be overwhelming trying to memorize the name and appearance of the dozens of edible plants that can be found in North America. Here’s a short list of a few that you probably already know of that are incredibly common Blackberries What else needs to be said? Almost everyone knows what a black berry is and can recognize their thorny vines and dark, juicy berries. When they’re fruiting they’re hard to miss. Kudzu Growing rampant in the American South, nearly all the kudzu plant is edible. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and the root is edible […]

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