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Low Profile Carry of Long Guns: Good or Bad Idea?

Ruger 10-22 Tasco

The surging popularity of brace-equipped AR pistols and short, handy “firearms” like the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 and Tac-13 has seen more and more shooters getting interested in the idea of carrying a “long” gun around as part of their EDC, either on their person or in their vehicle. …

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Are Sleeping Bags Machine Washable?

Technically yes they are, BUT the more you wash your sleeping bag the more likely it is that the filling may shift and compress and then you lose the loft of the sleeping bag that makes it so comfy. If however it has got so grimy, and the loft isn’t …

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Milk Thistle Identification and Uses

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Milk thistle is one of the easiest to identify fall foraging offerings. The plant is used in natural medicinal remedies, to brew as a tea, and as a recipe ingredient. Like stinging nettles, you MUST wear gloves when harvesting any part of this plant – or suffer the consequences of …

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How to Prep if You’re Renting

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Serious prepping seems on its surface to be the province of the well-heeled land owners upon first inspection. The “ideal” is a remote hideaway, deep in the forest, on a mountainside or deep in the desert or tundra stocked to the rafters and beyond with every imaginable provision, piece of …

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How to Shoot a Pistol Accurately

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Shooting is not rocket science, but is not as easy as falling off a bike, either. Among all the various firearms that one could endeavor to master, most will find that the humble pistol is the most difficult. This presents a problem since it is the pistol, not the rifle …

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The Best Battery Backups and External Batteries

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The modern world is full of wonderfully portable and amazingly capable rechargeable electronic devices. The now ubiquitous smartphone is a miracle do-all gadget that handles everything from email and voice comms to record keeping and even star charting. The latest GPS systems are more accurate and small enough to ride …

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Can You Dry Clean a Sleeping Bag?

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A lot of people are wondering whether or not dry cleaning their sleeping bag is a safe and effective means of getting it ready for the next camping trick. But is it really a good idea? The short answer is No! Avoid dry cleaning because the chemicals are quite harsh …

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So, Why Are Glocks So Popular?

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To say the arrival of the Glock pistol coincided with a paradigm shift for American handguns is no understatement, not at all. And even though the Glock’s much vaunted features at the time- striker ignition system, lack of manual safety, polymer frame- had all been seen on production guns elsewhere …

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National Preparedness Month – Time To Get Organized

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September is National Preparedness Month in America. As preppers, we work towards increasing our survival odds on a daily – or at least a weekly basis. But most of our fellow citizens have not yet begun to grasp how important it is to be ready to fully deal with even …

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Top 16 Herbs to Grow for an Endless Survival Supply

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Preppers consider growing their own groceries and stockpiling long-term storage food one of the cornerstones of a living a self-reliant lifestyle. And… they are right. But these survival tactics alone will not be enough to sustain the family during a long-term survival situation. Growing and preserving edible and medicinal herbs …

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10 Best Spots to Find Fish in Rivers and Streams

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Whether you are in waders, fishing from the bank, on a boat or kayak, there are certain secret places to look for the fish to ensure a good catch. And it is the person who has watercraft skills, as opposed to bushcraft skills, who will always (or nearly always) come …

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An Overview of the Smith & Wesson Model 63

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Smith & Wesson revolvers are revered as some of the very finest in the world, and no other manufacturer’s wheelgun offerings come close to the sheer number of theirs that have served military and police units around the world, and defended the lives of citizens against attack. Smith & Wesson’s …

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Yarrow Identification and Survival Uses

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If you have dismissed wild yarrow as simply an annoying weed, you are missing out on a free source of healing power that should be a vital part of your survival medicine plan. Yarrow is on of the most powerful natural astringents on the planet. For centuries it has been …

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Kalmyk Loop Knot (Standard Method)

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Named for a nomadic ethnic group living in the Russian steppes, this knot is similar to the bowline, but is ‘quick release’, meaning a bight (instead of the working end) is put through the final step, and the working end can be pulled to immediately open the knot. This knot …

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How to Make Ironweed Tea

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Ironweed leaves and the root of the plant have both been used to make medicinal teas for centuries. While many homesteaders, farmers, and ranchers have long viewed ironweed as a pesky plant that pops up in pastures, its natural healing benefits could far outweigh the negative aspects long associated with …

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How to Make Cattail Stir Fry

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Cattails have often been called the “supermarket of the swamp” to pay homage to all the amazing dishes you can make from this wild plant. These water loving hardy plants are a rich source of potassium, manganese, starch, phosphorus, as well as vitamins A, B, and C. During different parts …

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How to Tie the Standard Bowline Knot

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“The Bowline is the king of knots, or if you like it, bends A Bowline on a bollard is the best of journey’s ends” –A. P. Herbert, Brithsi novelist The Bowline (pronounced ‘BO-lin’) is probably the most useful you could ever learn, hence the quoted poem. The Bowline is best …

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Top 10 Antiviral Herbs You Should Stockpile

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Are you prepared to survive an epidemic, pandemic, or potentially virus during a SHTF scenario? When you can’t call 911, the medical preps and skills you have acquired will be all that stands between your family and horrific tragedy. Stockpiling antiviral herbs and learning how to use them can substantially …

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