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Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven PC Folding Knife

Mon, 12/28/2015 - 13:56

Let’s cut to the chase. The point of an everyday carry (EDC) knife is to always have a sharp blade just a pocket away (sorry for the triple pun).  And with apologies to restrictive jurisdictions, the choice of an EDC knife is wide open and up the the carrier.  For me, I am an unabashed Benchmade user.  I have a dozen different Benchmade folding blades, and every morning I savor the choice of what blade will ride with me matching my edge to my calendar.  But I’ll be the first to admit that I need to get out more.


More Tips For Your Bug Out Bag

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 16:20

If you read my post on 7 Tips For Your Bug Out Bag, considered this part II.  Many posts on Bug Out Bags out there in the blogosphere talk about specific items being better than others.  I prefer comparing ideas instead of whether a Mora is better than a Bushman for low budget survival, boy would that be a fun debate   Survival Gear is great, it makes life in the backcountry easier, but mindset and skills keep you alive.  So we try and find a happy balance like...

Survival Gear Review: DayOne Waterbag

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 17:15

Those in survival circles tend to hang out around the smaller end of the water purification spectrum.  Tools like the Lifestraw and Sawyer filter are must-haves in your kit whether to get home or bug out. But what is on the other end of the drinkable water rainbow?  Turns out there is a

Survival Gear Review: Rothco Concealed Carry Jacket

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 06:38

With the onset of fall up here in northern climes, my fellow concealed firearms carriers and I perform a collective sigh of relief. With colder weather comes warmer, bulkier clothing that allows more comfortable methods of carry, with larger, more effective sidearms.  Gone, for a while anyway, is the season of constantly wondering if my mildly uncomfortable IWB holster and its passenger

Best Handgun Calibers For Survival

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 08:04

Is there really a “best” of anything?  Well, yeah, I think A-1 steak sauce is the absolute best.  I love St. Pete’s Signature blue cheeseDiamond D Leather in Alaska...

Survival Book Review: Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 06:00

Spoiler Alert! Bad things are closer than they appear.  By day three, all gasoline is gone, water is rare, and all FEMA food has been distributed. Now the fun begins.  By day seven, the backup food supply is zeroed out, the vulnerable are dead, and the refugee migration has begun causing states to take border patrol into their own hands. It’s game on!  Or so writes Ted Koppel

Survival Gear Review: CRKT Redemption Knife

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 18:07

The CRKT Redemption knife designed by Ken Onion is one, big, knife!  The Redemption is not for carving little wooden characters out of balsa wood, or cutting up hot dogs for the kiddie table at the neighborhood barbeque.  It has one clear mission, to clear trees from the Redwood and Sequoia National Forrest and to...

Survival Book Review: Oathkeeper

Sat, 10/24/2015 - 04:56

Oathkeeper is not a prepper or post-apocalyptic survival story.  There are no EMPs, no asteroid strikes, no plagues, no collapsing governments, and no societal disorder.  No, it’s a story of the long-reaching arm of the federal Department of Justice, or maybe you could say “over-reaching” arm of the federal government. 

Survival Gear Review: Milwaukee Work Lights

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 05:11

As if LED flashlights weren’t powerful enough, there is another level of mobile lighting that should have it’s place in your SHTF kit. Battery-powered tools, whether 12, 14, 18. or 28 volts are indispensable these days, and the top makers have now set their sights on innovative LED lighting.  Milwaukee Tools has several unique high powered lights that run off the same batteries as their tools. No surprise there. But what is astounding is the massive number of...

Survival Debate: Pocket Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:52

Several years back I got into a discussion with my brother who lives back in the Midwest about concealed carry options.  At the time, I was living in Seattle and had obtained my concealed carry permit from the state of Washington and was carrying a subcompact .40 cal S&W.  My brother liked my choice of carry pistol but also stated that when he went out for the night or took his dog for a walk, he liked to just pop his KelTec .380 pistol into his pocket and walk out the door.  He liked the little .380 so much that it became his primary carry pistol in his front pocket.


Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven Jarl Knife

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 05:38

It wasn’t until I wore the Fallkniven Jarl on my belt for a while that I realized that the majority of the art we will have with us during a bug out will be the art of our equipment.  Now while I find the Glock as sexy as any other gun, I do have a personal affinity for fixed blade knives since they represent thousands if not tens of thousands of years of human...

Survival Gear Review: CRKT Chogan T-Hawk

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 16:42

Having a remote SHTF Bug-Out camp equipped without an axe would be about as silly as trying to drive a car with only three wheels mounted on it.  Something in the accomplishment of the tasks at hand would come up short.  Now of course there are endless types, styles, weights, and models of axes.  In reality a well-stocked camp might have several different types on hand for different jobs.  I have found a lighter weight tomahawk style axe to be very handy around the alternate hideout camp as well as the home place for a variety of...