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The Importance of Close Range Handgun Skills

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Without question the single most glaring lack of development for civilian gun carriers, or if not the worst than easily number two, is a profound and complete lack of extreme close-quarters skill when on the defensive against an attacker who is trying to hurt or kill them. The idea that …

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Bear Attack – What to Do If You See a Bear

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Bears are among the largest and most plentiful mammalian predators on Earth, gifted with excellent senses and also quite a bit of curiosity. While bear attacks are rare, bears can be surprisingly common depending on your locale. The overwhelming majority of bear encounters end with the bear scooting off to …

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Carrying Shotgun Shells for Efficient Loading

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Shotguns are popular and effective weapons for solving close range conflicts with gory efficiency. It is this tremendous efficacy at close range that leads to plenty of shooters choosing them over handguns and carbines for their home defense or general readiness long gun. This is interesting because, as I and …

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How to Pick the Best Pressure Cooker

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Most of us have heard a horror story or two about grandma’s pressure canner or cooker exploding and turning the kitchen into a mangled mess of metal and food. In fact, many people may be hesitant to use a pressure cooker or canner because of these accidental explosions which were …

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The Top 12 Edible Bugs for Survival

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You may have heard that there are some bugs that are safe to eat and you may even be aware that cultures around the world include various insects as part of their regular diet. In truth, there are nearly 2,000 edible bugs on the Earth, which means when SHTF, it’s …

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Appendix Inside the Waistband AIWB Carry: Pros, Cons and How to Do It

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A popular and contentious topic of late you have probably seen discussed is appendix inside-the-waistband, or AIWB, carry. While somewhat trendy, this carry position has been used continually for a long time, though judging by some outspoken fans’ and haters’ reactions you’d think it was either the second coming of …

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Can You Bug Out in an RV?

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When it comes to preparing to bug out, one of the most important considerations is your actual transportation. Unless you and all of your family members are in extremely good physical condition and are used to regularly hiking or walking long distances, your last resort should be bugging out on …

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Holsters: Leather versus Kydex

A quality holster is critical piece of equipment for carrying and using a pistol safely and effectively. A good holster will securely hold the pistol and support it in such a way that its user can easily acquire their shooting grip for a fast, clean draw. Moreover, the holster itself, …

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Pioneer Cornmeal Pancakes Survival Recipe

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When the wagons rolled west they were supplied with basics that would last for months like cornmeal, flour, and baking soda from which various meals were concocted to go with whatever the pioneers could hunt. Sometimes it was deer, sometimes a rabbit or some squirrels, and they foraged for various …

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How to Survive a Thunderstorm While Hiking

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If you spend much time outdoors hiking and camping, it is inevitable that you will become trapped in a thunderstorm regardless of how well you keep track of the weather. Being outdoors during a storm can be dangerous, and there are certain things you need to do to stay safe. …

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The 10 Best Pistol Weapon Mounted Lights

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Light is an essential commodity in most defensive shootings. Regrettably, it is also one that is likely to be in short supply or absent when we need it; the majority of stateside shootings occur in times or areas of low light. That means the savvy defender will need to provide …

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15 Best Quality Camping Cots for the Whole Family

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I have camped a lot – often twice a month to out of the way places where there are no shops to buy something else if your mattress doesn’t provide a good sleep. And I have slept on/in everything from a blanket on the ground next to the fire (that …

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Face Off: Mossberg 590 vs. Remington 870

Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870

Two titans of American firearm manufacturing, Mossberg and Remington, producers of two of the prolific, rugged and reliable shotguns that the world has ever seen. They are of course Mossberg’s 500 and 590 families and Remington’s 870. Between them, these two shotguns have been cranked out in numbers totaling tens …

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The Top 8 Portable Stoves for Bugging Out

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During a SHTF situation you must have a heat source that functions on readily available fuel to boil water for purification, cook, stay warm, and perhaps even to cauterize a wound. Quality survival stoves must be three things: lightweight, portable, and quick lighting. You might think that all lightweight emergency …

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How Many Magazines are Enough?

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For preppers that rely on guns for defense and game-getting purposes, magazines are second only to ammo in importance when stocking must-have supplies to keep ‘em firing (at least for guns that use detachable magazines). It is not uncommon to see preppers have dozens, even hundreds of magazines stashed ready …

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Route Planning for Bugging Out

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One potential response to a crisis you might choose to employ is bugging out. Evacuating, fleeing, getting the hell out of Dodge, whatever you want to call it, your success or failure will be predicated on knowing where you are going and just as importantly how’ll get there. Travelling during …

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Best of the Best Red Dot Sights

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Red dot sights are one of the single biggest performance upgrades a shooter can install on a firearm. Their combination of acquisition speed and dead-simple sight picture make them virtually unbeatable by other sighting systems at close to medium range. Among modern models, their ruggedness and long battery life make …

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Full Review of the Smith and Wesson M&P9

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The striker-fired pistol category was not always so flush with choices, something that may be taken for granted by newer entrants into the gun world. From the late 1980s through the mid 1990s, polymer striker-fired guns as a category were still comparatively nascent. Glock was the out-in-front choice, but then …

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How to Stop Being Scared and Start Prepping

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Everyone started somewhere. No matter how seasoned an expert appears to be, or how masterful a practitioner of any skill, they were once a beginner, a novice, a greenhorn. Prepping is no different. But to many would-be preppers, prepping can seem unapproachable. Maybe because it is perceived as a highly …

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