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The Top 10 Best Food Dehydrators of 2019

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A food dehydrator is typically a device that is used to draw out moisture from fruits, meats, vegetables, and other foods to create jerky, chips, fruit leathers, and powders that can be stored for a long period of time. If you’re looking to extend the shelf life of your food …

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10 Crucial Urban Preps for City Dwellers

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While a majority of the most basic material preps will cover you no matter what kind of disaster you are facing and where, certain situations and locales will require additional or completely different approaches. There are few places where this will become more readily apparent than the concrete jungles of …

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Should You Carry Extra Ammo for Your EDC Handgun?

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Carry of additional ammunition with a daily carry handgun is a common practice, so common it seems to border on doctrine. Additional ammo is never a bad thing, but I fear that some folks may not be giving this subject the thought it deserves. The question is often framed “how …

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Top 10 Weapons You Can Improvise

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Most of us will spend a lot of time dissecting the minutiae of what weapons we should carry for self-defense and SHTF prep. We’ll research for hours and hours what calibers are best and what gun are most reliable. We’ll pour over knife grinds, designs and blade steels. We will …

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How to Keep an RV Warm in Winter, Cool in Summer

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More and more people are hitting the open road in an RV, whether part-time for a short ski trip or Disney vacation or as a full time lifestyle change with the bonus of traveling wherever the mood strikes. Some are even considering bugging out in one. The increase in extended …

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The Best of the Best Spyderco Knives

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Spyderco is not the oldest, but they are definitely on the most respected of the major American knife makers. From the humblest of beginnings with their founder and chief salesman motoring to conventions and trades shows to the multi-million dollar high-tech manufacturer we love today, Spyderco has been on the …

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7 Long-Term Milk Options For Preppers

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Long-term and sustainable milk options are far more than many preppers realize. Keeping livestock or spending a lot of money (and using a ton of space) to stockpile commercially manufactured powdered milk are only two of many ways to ensure there will be milk to drink, cook, and bake with …

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First 12 Things You Should Get as a Newbie Prepper

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Starting out as a novice prepper or making the lifestyle change to one of self-reliance can be stressful, even overwhelming. Seasoned preppers can all too easily forget that for all the info out here on the internet it takes a certain amount of experience to sift the good and relevant …

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Can You Eat Pine Cones or Not?

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If you’ve been lost in the woods for hours or even overnight, you know how quickly hunger can set in. According to all the experts, the average human can survive up to 3 weeks or longer without food. I guarantee most of us will be trying to convince our stomachs …

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Beef Stroganoff (Freezer Bag)

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Here is a Freezer Bag Cooking (FBC) recipe that is tried and true, and that I have personally made numerous times both on the trail and at home. This beef stroganoff recipe is very filling and makes use of some different flavors and ingredients than the more common FBC recipes. …

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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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How to Survive a Bear Attack

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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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