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Exactly How Strong is Paracord?

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Paracord is one item that all preppers love, being rightly renowned for its great flexibility, resistance to rot, versatility and of course its great strength-to-diameter ratio. You can use paracord for all kinds of rigging, construction and repairs, and used very carefully in a pinch you can even use it …

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Michigan Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly Any Knife Illegal to Carry Concealed, including in vehicle Fixed blade knivesDaggersDirksStilettosOut-the-Front (OTF) double-edged automatics/switchblades Michigan Knife Law Overview Michigan is a fairly permissible state for knife owners, hampered only by a few odd discretionary laws restricting the concealed carry of the entire category …

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The Best Ear Protection for Shooting

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If you are a shooter, even one who practices infrequently, you must have ear protection. It’s that simple! You may think you are some kind of hardcore type who can deal with the noise, or that your ears will “harden up” but that just isn’t the case; what is the …

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Figure of Eight Knot on a Bight – Rethreaded

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The Figure of Eight on a bight is a very strong mid loop, where the two ends come out of the knot parallel, so it is best used when the direction of the load from the knot towards the ends is similar for both ends, and the knot is loaded …

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11 Easy Mindset Exercises for Survival

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We all travel through life with a certain swagger. For some this is limited to a narrow set of circumstances. While for others it is all encompassing to the point where the mind exceeds the body’s ability to back it up. Webster defines mindset as “A fixed mental attitude or …

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Maine Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Illegal to Carry Concealed Bowie knifeDirkStiletto Legal to Carry Openly Potentially any knife, some concern over statutory language, see below. Maine Knife Law Overview Despite some recent advances in cleaning up their legislation of spurious and outdated knife laws, as well as legalizing switchblade knives wholesale, Maine is …

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10 Critical Survival Lessons From the Homeless

The homeless people around the world may be a poor and pitiable lot, but they have a lot to teach us about survival. At first glance you might not think the people surviving in the middle of urban and suburban centers are in “real” survival situations, but you’d be wrong. …

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How Many Doomsday Preppers are There?

As a prepper, I have often wondered to myself and aloud to my associates and friends just how many of “us” are out there. How many citizens are taking the task of preparing for the inevitable Big Boom and resulting hard times, or the slow slide into the post-empire phase …

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Here’s Why Jerusalem Artichoke Is a Fantastic Survival Crop

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Growing Jerusalem artichokes can keep both your and your survival livestock well fed during a long-term disaster – with barely any manual labor from you required in the process. A single Jerusalem artichoke plant is capable of producing 200 pounds of nutrient-rich tubers that is safe for both humans and …

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Vermont Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly or Concealed Any knife except a switchblade with a blade of 3” or long, or a knife with knuckleduster handle Vermont Knife Law Overview Vermont is a reasonably permissive state for knife owners, one that is more concerned with punishing those who carry knives …

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The Top 10 Neck Knives for Survival

The neck knife is an often neglected option for preppers who want to carry an extremely low profile and lightweight secondary or even tertiary blade, or who want a barely-there primary blade. While users today might think the often concealed nature of these small knives lends itself best to blades …

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Tinder vs Kindling – What Exactly Is the Difference?

Tinder and kindling are not the same thing, but you do need both to start a roaring fire – and sustain it. Being able to understand exactly what each element of fire-making is and does, you will be better equipped to get a campfire going no matter what weather elements …

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How To Cook A Squirrel: 25 Recipes

When it comes to eating game meat, one of the all-time favorites is squirrel. These little “tree-ninjas” can be cooked up in so many different ways and varieties there is sure to be one that you will fall in love with. Squirrel meat, is lean and resembles a mix between …

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Fighting Knife Vs. Survival Knife: What’s the Difference?

You’ll never see preppers fuss more than they will over gear and its definitions. Some folks are just pedantic slaves to nomenclature, like your author here. Why is that? ‘Cause words mean things. Case in point: knives for prepping. Is a fighting knife a knife you happen to have for …

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How Much Ammo Should You Have in Your Bug Out Bag?

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What should you keep in your BOB, and how much of it? More ink has been spilled, more conversations started and more arguments ignited over this topic than anything else in prepperdom. A close second is the topic of guns and ammunition so it is only natural that the two …

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7 Plants You Can Grow Into Your Own Toilet Paper

Stockpiling toilet paper as part of your long-term disaster survival plan can be a bit tricky. Toilet paper takes up a whole lot of room to store, and will absorb destructive moisture if there is even a tiny rip in the package. If you put paper to pencil and do …

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Is Prepping in Isolation for You?

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What could be a more elegant and poetic ending to a world laid low by cataclysm than a lone survivor- rugged, experienced, skilled- surviving on their own against the odds in stark defiance of the apocalypse that has blasted the rest of civilized society into cinders and echoes? The idea …

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20 Uses for Crisco in and Around Your Home

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Crisco should be stockpiled in anyone’s pantry alongside buckets of wheat and dehydrated protein. Sure, you can cook, bake, and fry with Crisco, but the plethora of other uses this old-fashioned kitchen standard boasts is what makes it a prepping and homesteading all-star. In 1911, crystallized cottonseed oil, or as …

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