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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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5 Areas to Hit with Your Tactical Pen

tactical pens

You might laugh at the idea of a pen being anything more than a weapon of utter desperation, but if you were on the receiving end of several inches of hardened metal being driven into your sternum you’d probably change your tune. Tactical pens have been popular products for years …

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Jewelweed Salve Recipe against Skin Conditions

jewelweed salve

Jewelweed salve is an all-natural home remedy you can make on your own, that you’ll be able to use to treat skin problems on your own, either after a long-term disaster, when doctors may not be available, or even pre-SHTF, to learn and practice treating various skin conditions. Please note …

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The Best of the Best Kydex Holsters

kydex holster and carrier

If one relies on a handgun for self-defense, a good holster is an essential element for safe and effective employment of it. A holster allows one to carry and stow the handgun when it is not immediately needed, and keep it help securely in a consistent position that will help …

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How to Make a Burn Barrel

burn barrel

Growing up country, burn barrels area part of our way of life. Not all preppers spent their childhoods running up and down dirt roads in their bare feet and playing in the woods. But when SHTF, literally all preppers will need to figure out ways to safely dispose of trash, …

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Native American Fry Bread Recipe

Fry breads ready

This bread is an easy and delicious one that pioneers learned from contact with Native Americans. It did not require yeast – simply the flour, salt and baking powder from their staple supplies and some oil in which to fry it. The secret is in not over-kneading the dough otherwise …

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10 Barriers to Stop Intruders Post-Collapse

barbed wire

In times of peace or in times of war, it is often a good idea to keep people out of your space and out of your business. If your home is your castle or in our case our off-grid, secret, fortified BOL, that means you’ll need proper barriers to prevent …

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Wild Berries Foraging for Survival

black raspberries foraging

Foraging for wild berries is definitely a prickly adventure, but the payoff is definitely worth all of the bother. Growing, raising, and hunting for your own groceries are the primary parts of a survival food plan, but foraging may also be essential to staving off starvation during a long-term disaster. …

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Edible Seaweed – The Secret Superfood for Preppers

edible seaweed wakame

If you’ve been looking into more natural foods, you already know that nature provides a wealth of things needed by the human body. It’s up to us to know where to find it and how to harvest it to make those edible foods work for us. Edible seaweed, also known …

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10 Early Warning Signs of Disasters and Emergencies

storm approaching

You won’t always have ample warning when a disaster or emergency strikes. Some arrive with all the subtlety and suddenness of a bomb. Heck, the emergency may be a bomb. But for every don’t-blink disaster that may happen there is one that will furnish some kind of warning if you …

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How to make Traditional Corn Dodgers

Corn dodgers

Well, there really is no one-and-only traditional recipe to share. The pioneers were out on the trail so they made do with what they had, and families developed their own methods. Corn dodgers basically included the staples that were carted along in the wagon – cornmeal, salt and some bacon …

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How to Throw Basic Punches

old man throwing a punch

Real self-defense is often a crapshoot. Even with excellent awareness, refined skills and sharpened reflexes, the bad guy will always get to choose the time, location and duration of the attack. Just because you are armed, ready and willing does not mean you’ll always get to employ weapons and gadgets …

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The Best of the Best Knife Sharpeners

knife and sharpener

Knives are essential tools for preppers. As part of your EDC or packed away in a BOB, there is hardly a tool that offers more capability, ounce for ounce than a knife does. Knives can help you create shelter, prepare a fire, catch dinner, cook dinner, cut yourself free of …

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Top 4 Ways to Get Rid of Trash During a Disaster

burn barrel

Do you have a SHTF plan for dealing trash? If not, you should. On any given day, the average American can generate about four pounds of trash. Your trash, or more importantly the bacteria it grows and rodents it attracts, can kill you. Concerns about another coming of the plague …

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The Best Pistols You’ve Never Tried

There is a reason that you see so many armed professionals and in-the-know civilian shooters choose their handguns from what seems to be two or three major makes. Call it herd mentality, group-think, or whatever you want, but pistols that just plain work while offering a high degree of worry-free …

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The Difference Between Preppers and Survivalists

bobby shooting a gun defending his location

Preppers and survivalists are not the same thing. Sure, folks involved in either type of self-reliant lifestyle have a whole lot in common, but one is based in stockpiling and the other a finely honed skill set. Now, do not get me wrong, I know a plethora of preppers who …

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The Best Portable Camping Toilets

One thing most people take for granted until they experience a temporary outage is indoor plumbing. We recently had a plumbing situation where every single drain in the house began backing up, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, etc. We tried everything, plunging, liquid drano, baking soda and vinegar, boiling …

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