Lock Bypassing with Shims

Lock Bypassing with Shims

  When disaster strikes and you are searching for resources, locks are going to be obstacles between you and what you need.  But that doesn’t mean that you won’t want to make use of the locks yourself.  Learning how to bypass locks in ways that leave them intact for your future use is a skill you will want to develop.  Previously we dealt with bypassing door locks with bump keys, many of the areas you will want to access could be locked with padlocks.  A shim is a great way to bypass a padlock that will allow you to lock […]

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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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The Ultimate Hurricane Supply Kit (Infographic)

The Ultimate Hurricane Supply Kit (Infographic)

Residents of Florida are used to hurricanes, but it’s always big news when a major one is headed towards any part of the US. And for good reason, one advantage hurricanes have over other natural disasters is that there’s plenty of time to prepare. This doesn’t make them any less dangerous, of course, but the right preparedness can save your life. As we can see happening in the Caribbean currently, Hurricanes are definitely no joke. If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes, you want to be prepared at all times not just to weather the storm, but to be prepared for […]

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Understanding Distance in a Lethal Encounter

Understanding Distance in a Lethal Encounter

One of the less glamorous aspects of survival is being prepared for either short-term survival during some kind of attack, or the need to be prepared for lethal encounters after disaster strikes. When supplies are low and tension is high, violence is bound to be at least someone’s mode of survival, so you need to be prepared. Understanding how distance affects one’s ability to attack and defend will allow you to properly respond to an attack in a lethal encounter.  Whether the attacker is unarmed, holding a knife, swinging a club, or has a gun, distance is a factor.  Responding […]

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Disaster Water Treatment

Disaster Water Treatment

If you are a survivor of a natural disaster one of your first concerns will be clean drinking water.  Attempting to drink water that has not been treated could lead to serious illnesses.  Some of these illnesses are life-threatening even in good conditions, but when you are under stresses common to post-disaster scenarios such as malnourishment, sleep deprivation, and mental anxiety, your body’s ability to deal with these illness is going to be greatly diminished.  Likewise, medical treatment may not be available.  For all these reasons, making sure that the water you can access after a disaster is safe to drink […]

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Fitness for Survival

Fitness for Survival

  Your chances of living through an event such as being stranded in the wilderness or civil unrest will greatly increase if you have a healthy capable body and mental determination.  These are not the only factors by any means, but when all else is equal, someone who can cover 10 miles of rough terrain a day with a pack will have a great advantage over someone that has a hard time with 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. And while it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog, someone that has […]

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Situational Awareness in Transitional Spaces

Situational Awareness in Transitional Spaces

Most attacks occur in what is called transitional spaces.  These are places where you are transitioning from one environment to another and where the attacker can easily come and go.  Examples would be parking lots, convenient stores, gas stations, elevators, and bus or train stations.  When you are in these spaces, as many of us regularly are, you need to be aware of potential threats in order to respond properly and reduce your risk.  These are a few things to keep in mind when you are in a transitional space. Transportation station Having your face in your phone, especially with […]

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Three Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness Without Fire

Three Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness Without Fire

  In a wilderness survival situation, you can’t count on things going your way.  This time of year, cold will be a main concern if you find yourself stranded outdoors, since exposure too cold can kill within hours.  Fire is the obvious solution, but there are a number or reasons why you might not be able to have a fire when you need it.  Here are a few ways that you can stay warm even without a fire: Dry leaves Without external heat from a fire, the first priority should be to keep as much of the heat that your body […]

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Three Survival Fire Starters You Can Make With Trash

Three Survival Fire Starters You Can Make With Trash

You can never have enough fire starters, ammo, or bottled water.  This list contains just a few of the fire starters that can be made from items you probably have lying around the home, or potentially improvised even after disaster strikes from resources you could scavenge. Tuna can and cardboard Nearly everyone throws away cardboard and tin cans.  Short, fat tin cans work the best.  Cut the cardboard you have into a strip, or several strips that are about the height of the tin can you have, roll the cardboard into a tight roll and stick it in the tin […]

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Self-Defense From A Vehicle

Self-Defense From A Vehicle

People have a tendency to feel safe in their vehicles in a similar way to feeling safe in your home.  And while being in a vehicle has its safety advantages in a defensive scenario, it is no fortress on wheels.  When facing an attack in your vehicle, knowing its strengths and vulnerabilities will greatly impact our ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Speed is not always dangerous When in your vehicle you are always at a greater risk of being attacked when your vehicle is stopped.  If you are coming to a stop light, allow yourself enough room between […]

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Waste Management After Disaster Strikes

Waste Management After Disaster Strikes

After disaster strikes and we are cut off from a normal flow of resources our bodies are going to be under high levels of stress, the last thing we need is to expose ourselves and those around us to biological hazards when we are in a vulnerable state.  One commonly overlooked aspect of preparation disaster preparedness is waste management.  When the power is out and the faucets stop flowing, the toilet will also stop flushing.  This could lead to unnecessary exposure to human waste which can lead to a multitude of diseases such as giardia, E. coli, hepatitis, typhoid, or […]

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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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Firearm Maintenance Basics

Firearm Maintenance Basics

While a gun that is in poor maintenance is unlikely to pose an active threat to your life, it could very well be putting you in danger.  Whether you will need your gun to function effectively in a self-defense scenario or to hunt, a malfunction could cost you your life.  In a self-defense scenario fractions of a second can mean the difference between life and death, and a malfunction can, and has, cost the lives of those who did not properly maintain their firearms.  If you are relying on your hunt to provide you with food, you are unlikely to […]

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Lock Bypassing: Bump Keys

Lock Bypassing: Bump Keys

In this instalment of lock bypassing we will be talking about bump keys.  A bump key is basically a key that has been filed down to the lowest depth.  They are used to jolt the pins of the lock above the shear point by applying tension on the bump key, and then bumping it.  Bump keys will work on multiple locks, but they are not universal, for every make or model you might need a different bump key. Obtaining a Bump Key Bump keys can be purchased legally from a variety of vendors online.  When considering which set to purchase, […]

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Survival Lessons From Venezuela

Survival Lessons From Venezuela

In case you are not too up-to-date on the news, and this would be easy to miss, but Venezuela’s economy has completely crashed and its citizens are starving. They have to wait in line for hours for government rationed food, and they are even crossing the borders in droves to buy food from neighboring countries. The situation has slowly been deteriorating over recent months and they have begun taking to the decrepit streets. What we are witnessing in Venezuela is what many of us have been preparing for here in the US for years. It’s just another reminder that we […]

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What Survivalists Need to Know About This Election

What Survivalists Need to Know About This Election

I’m sure many of you have strong feelings about this upcoming election, which is unlike any election in US history. You may feel love, hate, reluctant support or some combination of the three towards either (or in the case of hate, both) candidate, but if you are a survivalist, regardless of political leanings there are some things that you need to know. 1. Something Is In The Air The months leading up to the election have so far been explosive. We have unprecedented violence, division and in-fighting on both sides of the political spectrum, massive international trade agreements being pushed and […]

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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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How to Stay Under the Radar in an Urban Environment

How to Stay Under the Radar in an Urban Environment

Survival in an urban environment is completely different than a small town or rural setting. Your carefully acquired survival skills and supplies might not be of the most use if you’re trapped in a chaotic urban jungle during a disaster. In this case, it might not be hunting or shooting that saves your live, but blending in unnoticed. Here are a few crucial tips for staying under the radar for survival in an urban environment: 1. Knowledge of Environment If you anticipate being in an urban environment during any kind of disaster or sudden institution of martial law, learn your surroundings now. If […]

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Firearm Skills You Need for Survival

Firearm Skills You Need for Survival

There’s no doubt that a firearm is one of the most important survival tools you can own. For home defense, self-defense, self-reliance and disaster preparedness, having a firearm has countless advantages to any prepper. But it’s not as simple as owning a gun, or even knowing how to load, unload, discharge and aim. There are important skills beyond the simple operation of your firearm that are really going to contribute to survival and self-reliance that you need to be mastering and working on now. Guns are not magic wands that ward off bad guys and bring in big game, they […]

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Benefits of the LifeStraw

Benefits of the LifeStraw

Have you ever stopped to think about what it would be like to not have water? We’re not talking about not having the bottled water that you like. We are not talking about not having water for a couple hours coming out of the tap. We’re talking about being in a survival situation where you have had no water for a day or two, and you are truly parched and dehydrated. The only water you find is from a lake, pond, or stream, and you know that drinking it could cause some serious health problems – maybe even death. In […]

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Food Storage Mistakes

Food Storage Mistakes

Most people prepping and gearing up for survival know just how important it is to have a good supply of food on hand. However, even though they know they need a lot of food, they may not truly understand exactly how to go about doing it the right way. Let’s look at a few of the most common storage mistakes so you don’t make them. One of the first big mistakes is buying and storing food that your family doesn’t actually like. Even though we might be getting a good deal on food, and even though you realize that in […]

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Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

I recently came across a very interesting article from the 90s about the skills and coping mechanisms of Holocaust survivors who escaped to America and made a life here following their harrowing ordeals. The article covers various studies that have been done among Holocaust survivors as to how they have learned to cope with their experiences as well as what qualities those who seemed the most stable may have had in common. It’s a very interesting article and I definitely recommend reading the whole thing, but here are a few key takeaways that I thought would be particularly interesting to the […]

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5 Safety Tips for Riots

5 Safety Tips for Riots

In light of current events, we thought it might be a good time to discuss some basic safety tips for riots. This is not necessarily for long-term survival during civil unrest, but you can read about that here.  This is basic advice for staying safe if you find yourself caught up in a violent protest or full-on riot. Even protests with the most noble intentions can snowball into something dangerous, and given this seems to be a growing trend in major American cities this year, it’s important to think about what you would do if you got caught in the […]

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Cold Weather Considerations for Young Children

Cold Weather Considerations for Young Children

As we head into winter our preparations should take into account the changing seasons and the weather that we will potentially see in our areas.  The winter season has its own unique risks that go along with it, and those of us that have children need to think about how to respond if we are put in a survival situation with our children in cold weather. Moisture Can Kill If you are stuck in the cold, especially outside in the wind and the cold, but even in a home without heat for prolonged amounts of time, moisture in contact with […]

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Bypassing Locks

Bypassing Locks

Locks keep honest people honest, but after disaster strikes, they may be what is separating honest people from food and secure shelter.  This is the first in a series of articles about lawfully bypassing locks to obtain necessary supplies or shelter for survival, not for theft.  You might be thinking that you don’t need to know any more about bypassing locks than a pair of bolt cutters or a pry bar.  But here are a few reasons why to not to damage the locks you are bypassing. Stealth and Ease of Carry Carrying around a pry bar and a pair […]

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DIY Survival Bars

DIY Survival Bars

Sometimes, a cellar full of food isn’t the most viable option for your individual or family survival food needs. You might not have a cellar, you might not have the funds to fill your non-existent cellar with canned and dehydrated food, and you also probably anticipate being any number of different places when disaster strikes. Whether you are an avid camper or hiker, live in an urban environment, would like some survival food to keep in your car or backpack or simply really like the idea of DIY survival bars for whatever reason, this simple, delicious recipe is a great, […]

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Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

Odd and Effective Items to Add to Your First Aid Kit

You know how important it is to have a good first aid kit in a survival scenario. However, you might not simply want to buy a prebuilt kit from the market and call it a day. Instead, think about adding some other items to the kit that will come in extremely handy, and that you might not have thought about adding before. Even though these might seem as though they are some rather strange items, they work very well for different purposes. Some medics in the military would stock their med kits with these types of items, and they can […]

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Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

Bow Hunting Tips for Deer

If you plan to use a bow and arrow to hunt deer as a means of getting meat in a survival scenario, you need to know what you’re doing. Instead of waiting until the SHTF, you want to have a bow and a deer hunting license now. Get out there and learn how to hunt before you actually have to do so in a survival scenario. The following are some of the tips you need to take to heart if you are going to be a good bow hunter. First of all, you need to be patient. Hunting deer is […]

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Safe and Effective Firearm Storage

Safe and Effective Firearm Storage

If you own firearms, or are planning on purchasing your first firearm, you are probably torn between listening to people who tell you that you need to keep your firearm unloaded, in a safe, within a larger safe, with ammo in a separate safe in another building, and people who tell you not to worry and to keep your firearm loaded with a round in the chamber and the safety off under your pillow at night and tucked in your waistband during the day. It’s safe to say you should listen to neither of these opinions, and you should make […]

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Makeshift Weapons That Are Allowed (Almost) Anywhere

Makeshift Weapons That Are Allowed (Almost) Anywhere

Most violent attacks do not occur at the pistol range or NRA meetings.  Whether it be muggers, jihadists, or simply crazy people, most attackers chose “soft targets”, or people when they are most vulnerable.  But even in this age of “gun free zones” there are ways to protect yourself that have not been legally limited (yet). Acetone Acetone, such as nail polish remover is a corrosive solvent that will do damage to your eyes.  So you should do what you can to avoid getting in your eyes.  That being said, filling an empty Visine eye drop bottle with acetone could […]

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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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Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

Best Food for the Bug Out Bag

You want to have a bug out bag that is full of all the items you need for survival until you reach your bug out destination. Naturally, you need to have food in this bag. The food needs to be calorie dense and nutritious, and you don’t want it to be too heavy, as it will add to the overall weight of your bag. Let’s look at some of the best foods to have ready to go in your bug back. Raisins and peanuts, or trail mix, could be a good option for you. However, it’s a good idea to […]

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Are You in Shape to Survive?

Are You in Shape to Survive?

You consider yourself a prepper and a survivalist. You have all the gear you need. You know the bug out location you’re going to head to when needed, and you have plenty of ammunition for all of your weapons. No matter what happens, you are ready. At least you think you are. You have to stop and ask yourself just how realistic your survival is. If you are out of shape, then your chance of surviving is far lower. Those who are severely out of shape, realize that they are at a disadvantage. However, those who are only a “little […]

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Fishing for Newbies – Tips You Need

Fishing for Newbies – Tips You Need

If you haven’t gone fishing before, or if you haven’t been in a long time, you can’t expect to be able to fish and feed yourself and your family in a survival situation. You need to take the time right now to learn how to do it and how to be successful at it. This post is going to go over the basic things that you have to in order to learn how to fish. Know the Fish in Your Area Different fish take different tactics to catch, so it is important that you take the time to research the […]

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Common Natural Disasters and What You Will Need for Each

Common Natural Disasters and What You Will Need for Each

There is a certain amount of prepping that can be done for any general disaster or survival situation, and it’s good to have a grasp of the basics. But it is also definitely wise to think about specific disasters, their likelihood of occurring in your area, and what you will need for each. It is certainly impossible to fully prepare for every imaginable natural disaster, but it is possible to expect the unexpected. You might not be ready for literally anything, but it defintely doesn’t hurt to examine the most likely scenario to happen to you based on your lifestyle, locale, and […]

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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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Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Searching for Water After An Urban Disaster

Whether it is a solar flare, earthquake, tornado, or terrorist attack, when disaster strikes, the things we rely on the most to survive could be cut off from us. Most importantly drinking water.  While some wilderness survival is applicable to urban environments, finding drinkable water in a concrete jungle is going to be quite different from finding it in a forest, or even a desert.  The good thing is that any urban area has water in it prior to disaster, and much of this water is still going to be available even after the tap stops flowing. You just have to […]

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Alternative fire starting methods

Alternative fire starting methods

If you don’t have a lighter in your pocket when you realize that you need a fire, then it’s even less likely that you remembered to bring your bow drill with you.  So what else is there that you can use as a fire starter? Steel wool and battery While this alternative might not always be the most practical, it does offer at least one advantage: it’s hard to match.  It will work in extremely wet conditions.  All that you need is steel wool (like all tinder, it will ignite quicker and burn better if you have a finer consistency) […]

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The Off-Grid Room

The Off-Grid Room

I was recently browsing some of my favorite survival blogs and saw an article that I thought was brilliant. It was on the site PreppersSurvive.com and it was about “the Off-Grid room“. I was thinking it was about a room that you kept all your preps in or something, but when I read the article it got me very excited. The blogger got the idea from Fernando Aguirre’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse, in which the author described how his whole family would sleep and live in one room of their house during the economic collapse in Argentina […]

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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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