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Checklist of Things to Do When Disaster Strikes

house destroyed by earthquake

Prepping for disaster garners us the tools, supplies, and most vitally, the skill set needed to survive any man-made or natural disaster that strikes. Practice runs help ensure you and your tribe are ready for anything from a short-term regional natural disaster to a full scale nationwide apocalyptic event. In …

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The Top 5 Best Pocket Holsters

Pocket pistols are often the butt of jokes all around the gun world. It’s easy to see why that’s so: tiny, underpowered, low capacity and generally lacking in the attributes that you want in a proper fighting handgun. Even when you can excuse their lack of firepower, you’ll often see …

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Paraffin Fire Discs Firestarters: How to Make Them

Paraffin Fire Discs

Fire is life. This mantra is widely accepted as accurate, and even those who have a counterpoint will agree that fire is crucial to survival. So having a way to start a fire is a pretty high priority. Firestarters come in all shapes and sizes. I have used so many …

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Goldenrod – How To Identify And Use This Healing ‘Weed’


Goldenrod gets a bad rap, fellow preppers. It is far too often associated with hay fever nastiness – usually without just cause. The plants Latin name is Solidago – which means “to make whole or heal”. This hardy yellow “weed” grows amid ragweed, so it has been long associated with …

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Barrel Hitch Knot: Step by Step How to Tie It

barrel hitch knot

The Barrel Hitch is a knot for lifting a bucket, barrel or similar container straight up, as for moving equipment in. You are unlikely to need it often, but will be very glad of it when you do. This knot was often used by sailors for hoisting barrels or buckets …

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No Upgrades, No Problem: Making the Most of a Stock Gun

S&W M&P 9c

People have been upgrading and personalizing their weapons since, well, since weapons were. Better wrapping on the grip, a keener edge, stronger materials; anything that would help (or hopefully help) the wielder to win in whatever fight was worth pursuing. Today, stock guns seem to be little more than a …

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11 Ways to Avoid Prepper Burnout


Irregardless of why you start prepping, after several months or years, you may find your enthusiasm for prepping is waning. If you find yourself procrastinating about the things you know need to be done for you to be prepared, you may be starting to burn out. Just like with job …

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Using a Tactical Pen Effectively

tactical pens

Tactical pens are a niche but effective self-defense tool with one major advantage over all other weapons: they can go, quite literally, anywhere. This one attribute makes tactical pens a worthwhile addition to any prepper’s tactical options but using one requires its own skillset. Sure, you can grab hold of …

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The Best Concealed Carry Holsters

Desantis Softuck

Effective carry of a pistol is more than just stuffing it in your pocket or waistband, and requires more equipment. A good concealed carry rig is one where all components- belt, holster, ammunition pouches and clothing- all work together properly to allow you to carry your pistol and equipment comfortably, …

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24 Uses for Q-tips for Survival


Just about every doctor will tell you that Q-tips aka cotton swabs are NOT recommend for cleaning your ears but did you know they were invented for exactly that purpose? And, the idea was inspired by a mom. It’s true. In the early 1920’s, Leo Gerstenzang, an immigrant from Poland, …

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How To Make Plantain Salve

plantain salve

Plantain salve has a place of honor in all of our bugout bags and stockpiles. There is a growing shelf of this awesome natural healing salve in our survival medicine section of our prepping storage areas. You can buy organic plantain salve online and at funky little boutique stores – …

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Methods for EDC Ammo Carry

ammo carrier

If you carry a firearm for self-defense, chances are you carry extra ammo for it. While not always strictly necessary extra ammunition is good to have in case of malfunction or loss or if you just have an abundance of bad guys to deal with. Hopefully you don’t need it …

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The Ultimate Survival Mobile Chicken Coop

DIY survival chicken coop

Portable chicken coops are ideal for preppers who keep small livestock as part of their survival plan. With a mobile chicken coop you can save both space and money without sacrificing predator proofing materials – and use the meat and egg bird enclosure like a chicken tractor, as well. Preppers …

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How to Take a Punch to Minimize Damage

boxers throwing punches

I recently wrote an article about the best places on an assailant’s body to target with punches if you want to dish out pain and even serious damage. Knowing when and how to strike counts for much in self-defense; wild haymakers make for dramatic Hollywood fisticuffs, but they aren’t often …

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No Room for Error: The Importance of Accuracy Standards

shooting in the dark

In any kind of time-sensitive shooting, but especially when shooting to live in a lethal force encounter, accuracy and speed must both exist in measure enough to pass the bar. It is not good enough to be able to split hairs. It is not good enough to be blindingly fast …

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