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Top 5 Budget Bolt Action Hunting Rifles

Back in the day, you would have to spend a lot of money to purchase a quality bolt action hunting rifle. Rifles such as the Remington Model 700 or the Winchester Model 70 were excellent firearms that served many hunters and shooting enthusiasts well, but were also not available to …

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Washington Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly Any knife is nominally allowed, see below Legal to Carry Concealed Statutes unclear; potentially no knife allowed for concealed carry Illegal to Possess Switchblades and gravity knives; assisted opening okay Washington Knife Law Overview Washington State is an exemplar of restrictive laws on the …

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Choosing Your Ideal Survival Retreat

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Choosing a survival retreat or prepper homestead is a major decision. It may mean relocating, making a loan commitment, and even altering your career choice. But taking this self-reliance leap can pay off with huge dividends… like saving your life. One of the first things a person ponders when becoming …

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How to Easily Make a Raccoon Trap

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Raccoons are one of the worst pests that bother homesteads. Whether it’s raiding a garden for corn and melons, or eating poultry and rabbits, or just digging in trash and making a mess, raccoons are often a problem. Traps are the easiest way to deal with problem raccoons, but traps …

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Kalmyk Loop Free in Hand With the Anchor Behind You

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The Kalmyk loop is a great all-purpose quick-release loop knot. It will hold securely until the working end is pulled (when it will open up) and can be used more conveniently where one might otherwise use a bowline or other fixed loop. The Kalmyk Loop is technically a slipped Eskimo …

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Foraging Hickory Nuts: How to Identify, Harvest, and Preserve

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Foraging is not only an essential survival skill to have honed if you ever find yourself in a survival situation, it should also a vital part of your prepping and food security plan. Free resources abound, thanks to nature, and all preppers should be taking advantage of them – especially …

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Dry Fire: The Ultimate Guide

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To say you’ll never become anyone resembling a good and capable, confident shooter without practice is no exaggeration and there are few who would dispute such a claim. After all, practice makes perfect. Yes, indeed it does, but a common stumbling block to said practice is the costs associated with …

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Texas Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly Any knife, some length restrictions by location Legal to Carry Concealed Any knife, some length restrictions by location Texas Knife Law Overview Texas is an extremely friendly state for knife owners, especially in light of some legislation that passed with the purpose of streamlining …

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The Emotional Aspect of Survival


You may have stockpiled all of the preps your family will need to last five years, have mastered a copious amount of survival skills, and live off the grid in a remote area – but are you prepped for the emotional part of survival retreat life? When prepping to survive …

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Louisiana Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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Legal to Carry Openly Any Knife Legal to Carry Concealed Any Knife Except Automatic Knife “Switchblades”Does not apply to assisted opening, gravity and other one-hand operation knives. Louisiana Knife Law Overview Louisiana is a highly knife-friendly state with only a single class restriction on the type of blade you can …

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Knife Defense Exercises You Need to Practice

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Among the criminal element that preys on the innocent, knives are king. No matter where you are in the world, even smack in the middle of a triple-max secure prison, a cutting edge or piercing point is only a little sweat and elbow grease away. The prevalence of ready-made knives …

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Tennessee Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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Legal to Carry Concealed with no Permit: Any knife of any kind Tennessee Knife Law Overview Tennessee is now the gold standard for ownership and carry of knives, with every kind of knife imaginable legal to carry openly or concealed with no permit required. The law is actually written in …

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Trigger Discipline: Not Just for the Range

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One of the foundational and inviolable tenets of safe gunhandling that gets drilled into the head of every neophyte who takes to the gun for the first time is keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. The full and proper phrasing is rather to keep …

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Red Winter Wheat: How to Grow It and Why


Preppers are prone to stockpiling wheat as part of the family’s food security plan. While doing so is an excellent idea, one day those 5-gallon buckets of wheat might run out. Buying long-term wheat buckets can not only get rather expensive, they take up a lot of storage space. Growing …

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How to Easily Mount a Scope

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Shooter’s today enjoy a wealth of choices in optics. Everything from telescopes to red dot sights and holographics to night vision and thermal scopes. More than any other time in history there is a scope for every need and almost any budget. From the simple crosshair 10x scope to the …

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Florida Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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The Essentials Legal to Carry Openly with No Permit: All knives, except ballistic knives. Legal to Carry Concealed with Permit: All knives, except ballistic knives. Legal to Carry Concealed with No Permit: Common folding pocketknife (recommend 4” blade or less) Florida Knife Law Overview Overall, Florida is a solidly pro-citizen …

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Versatackle Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Versatackle is a self-locking mechanical advantage system with line. It can be used wherever a very tight line, or system with variable tension might be useful: tying out tarps, setting up hammocks, building rope bridges, lashing down equipment etc. That it is self-locking is enough to recommend it, but …

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5 Places to Keep Your Bug Out Bag

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A BOB is a prepper’s best friend, and no matter what, you should have a plan to make use of it in order to reach a safe BOL or rendezvous point. While you might have spent countless dozens of hours fine tuning your BOB loadout and pouring over maps and …

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Georgia (GA) Knife Laws: What You Need to Know

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In a Nutshell: Legal to Carry Concealed or Openly without Permit: Knife with Blade Length of 12” or less Legal to Carry Concealed or Openly With Permit: Knife with blade longer than 12” GA Knife Laws Overview Georgia has always been a more or less friendly state to the carry …

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Tactical Vehicle: 11 Ways to Make Your Bug Out Vehicle Tactical

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You’ve planned the routes, have triple redundant bug-out locations, and primary, alternate, contingency and emergency travel itineraries for every conceivable set of circumstances. Your BOBs are packed, your family is drilled on the fastest possible way to grab their stuff and pile in the SUV. You, my prepper friend, are …

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