Six Things You Should Know Before Carrying a Gun


So you took a basic gun safety class, now what else do you need to know?

  1. Know Your Local Self-Defense Laws
  2. Know How to Spot Trouble Before it Happens
  3. Know How to Draw Your Gun Efficiently From Concealment While under Stress
    • This means not using a cheap nylon holster.
    • This means practicing your draw at home
  4. Know How to Deploy a Less Lethal Weapon Efficiently
    • Not every problem is a gun problem…
    • If you are carrying pepper gas, where is it right now?
  5. Know some Unarmed Combatives
    • Not every problem is a…

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What is your plan?

Create your plan, practice your plan, modify your plan, practice your plan and be “flexible” with your plan because like my buddy from across the pound wrote above “no plan survives contact with the enemy.”

If we got the knowledge (foundation) and skills (training) our chances of survivability will be greater than the lazy neighbor down the street with years worth of food and no plan.

See Thoughtfully Prepping article “What’s in a plan?” (click here) for a sample matrix of risk.

Before Most of You were born

Thermett Kettle

 I found this last summer on the top of a shelf in the garage.  It is from the previous owner of the house. The kettle does not looks like it has every been used so I am going to assume that the buyer forgot about it or hide it so well that she/he couldn’t find it.

The Thermette was invented in 1929 in New Zealand by John Ashley Hart. It was standard issue to the New Zealand army serving in the North Africa during WW2 when it was known as the ‘Benghasi Boiler’. For more about the history of this item click here Theremette.

This version was made during 1960 to 1970 period.  This kettle was designed for  boiling water while cooking your meal in a saucepan or frying pan sitting on the top outdoors using twigs and other small combustible materials; these devices consist of a water jacket surrounding a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather.  Low tech at it best but still I like my Jetboil because of the size.  Yet if I run out of fuel at least I got one in case of a disaster.

5 Life-Saving Survival Trees That Can Heal, Feed And Keep You Alive


trees for survival

By Pat B

When we think of trees in survival situations, we tend to gravitate to the obvious. Trees give us wood for our camp fires. They provide structure to our shelters, materials from which shelters can be built. These are all accurate perceptions, but trees, if you know them, can contribute much more to our chances of survival than just something to burn and something to build with.

Consider for a moment the varieties of nut trees that grow on the North American continent. There are hickories, walnuts, buckeyes, pecans, and hazel nuts to name just a few. Then consider the wild fruit trees, from plums to persimmons crab apples to mulberries. It becomes clear that at certain seasons, trees can provide a wide variety of food supplies.

1. Oak Tree

Even the oak tree produces acorns which can be turned into meal or flour; the trick is to…

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Naturally Preserving Food for Long Term Survival



By Joy Tochi

Natural preservatives can come in quite handy especially when it comes to long term survival. There are many advantages to preserving your food naturally as it prevents the deterioration of food, thereby making it last longer.

Below are good-to-use natural preservation methods that won’t stress your pockets. What’s more, they will come in useful in emergency situations.


onionThe term dehydration refers to the removal of water from food such that their nutrients are preserved and the food lasts for a longer period of time. Some foods may require simple methods such as the use of a fan to air-dry the food. Other foods require other methods of dehydration.

Whichever method you decide to use, the aim should be to remove as much water as possible from your food and still leave them edible for a long time to come. Most dehydration methods are accomplished through heating…

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Survival Defense: Crafting a Fire-Hardened Spear



By Josh

Although being prepared generally means having the best means of defense available, there may be situations where you need a more primitive means of defense. The spear was historically used from the earliest times and even into the modern era in some places, and it still has its place when you’re stuck in the wilderness and in need of a weapon. Of course you can just use a knife or some rocks to shape a stick into a spearpoint, but a little bit of hardening by a campfire can drastically improve the durability and performance of your spear, making it a highly recommended step.

How to create your spear

A spear is one of the simplest weapons possible, but for proper fire hardening you will want to use good, solid wood that is durable and hard. Oak or ash wood are both excellent candidates, and you should cut…

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What did you learn today?…Really


I am starting to think that some of you are overspending and under-training.

Stop watching television and get out there  and do it yourself so you don’t have to say, “It worked on __________.”

I am sorry but if you can’t

  1. build or even find a safe shelter
  2. start a fire (without a match or a lighter)
  3. collect and boil some water
  4. hold your ground in a fight (optional)

I am not mad at you but be honest you are useless.  A $200(USD)/€147(EUR) survivalist tool, expensive bag and equipment does not make a person a survivalist or a Bushman.  Until you develop your skills and learn how to use your equipment (see below) – all you have are tools that are dead weight on your back.   Okay, yeah you might look good but that is it but I might be wrong on that – has anyone out there seen a person catch a rabbit or deer with their “good-looking” and expensive bag?

Everyone that knows me personally without a doubt in their heads – knows that I hate snow and cold weather.  Yet on the coldest record-setting day with snow up to my knees and a strong wind blowing, I was outside for almost 10 hours clearing snow, setting up different types of shelters with a tarp and figuring out how to start a fire with wet wood (hint: lint and feathering).  The only reason why I was out there for 10-hours was because I was training and promise myself I wasn’t going in until I got that fire started. LOL – this is what happens when I get a day off from work.

What did you learn today?  I am not into the “Zombie” movement but this photo below sums it all up


10 Wild Edible Plants to Save Your Life

English: Medicinal Plants Collection in the Un...

English: Medicinal Plants Collection in the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Identifying edible plants
The first rule to follow is that if you can’t positively identify a plant, don’t eat it. A plant could be poisonous and if you identify it incorrectly, that could be  a bad end.

Read more 10 Wild Edible Plants to Save Your Life


How to Survive the Knockout Game


How to Survive the Knockout Game

Posted by P. Henry

The news is buzzing recently of the “knockout game”. This is the latest dangerous fad for stupid people to get their kicks at the expense of others. The goal of this “game” is to hit someone so hard you knock them out. Drudge Report has several headlines on his site; the latest is of three knockout cases in Philadelphia. The MO seems to be in most cases to sucker punch someone when they aren’t suspecting it. The victims do not appear to be robbed of anything in most cases, just injured physically although some have died.

I could get into a rant about society and the ills that we have brought upon ourselves but there is not much point. Society is what it is and each of us have to live in the society we have created. Like all other things in…

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