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How to Shoot a Pistol Accurately


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


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


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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Timber Hitch Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

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The Timber Hitch is for hauling large logs (or anything that shape), often many times the diameter of the line used. It will not jam, will not slip and will always come apart easily once unloaded. The Timber Hitch is effectively a much improved, much stronger version of the same …

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The Top 5 Guns for Concealed Carry

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: get the best gun you can afford, and if you can’t afford a good one save your money. There is no saying I hate more upon hearing it casually rolled out than, “Yeah, but it is just as good as…” …

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How to Identify, Grow and Preserve Ironweed

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Ironweed has been the bane of existence for ranchers for years, but this misunderstood wildflower should be cherished and not whacked down with reckless abandon. There are more than 500 varieties of ironweed or Vernonia species of plant. It has been harvested for its medicinal properties for centuries, especially by …

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Top 10 Best Backpacking Chairs

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Amidst all the gear and survival supplies you might carry with you when camping or bugging out, you could be forgiven for forgetting all about a place to sit. Even in the midst of a long trek into the wilderness or real-life SHTF problem, you should not underestimate the value …

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Reef Knot – Step by Step How to Tie It

The Reef knot (also called the Square Knot or Double Knot) is easy to remember and probably the widest taught and widest used knot as a bend. It is also not a bend, and should never be used as such. Clifford Ashley (author of the Ashley Book of Knots) wrote: …

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