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  • newNotes for Friday – March 24, 2017
    March 24th is the birthday of Dr. Art Robinson, who was born in 1942. Robinson is an American biochemist, conservative activist and politician and currently runs a laboratory known as the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine along with publishing…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:59am -
  • newEquestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 4, by R.M.
    You can buy a lance head and boot at Cotswoldsport to make your lance. Bamboo is a good staff to use, but other woods work. Your ability to control the lance can be influenced; it’s the weight. I don’t really know western gear. I was trained in t…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:58am -
  • newSurvivalBlog Resources: Liquid Fuels Storage and Transfer
    Introductory Note: The following is the first of a series of articles by JWR that will profile some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically. Storing and transferring liquid fuels is topic that often comes up in conversat…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:56am -
  • newLetter Re: Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out
    Howdy, I enjoyed reading Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 1, by R.M. and am looking forward to the remaining part(s). If you’re serious about such you might want to find, download, print, rea…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:40am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The Worst Retail Cataclysm Ever: Sears Warns It Is On The Verge Of Collapse As Payless Prepares To File For Bankruptcy – RBS HJL’s Comment: This is not the first time the Sears has been in trouble, but by all accounts, this may be the worst. With…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:38am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    I just noticed that there have been at least a dozen new retreat property listings added in the past week at my #1 Son’s spin-off web site, SurvivalRealty.com. They are in: Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Nevada, Montana, Kentucky, and Idaho. Be sure…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:37am -
  • newJim’s Quote of the Day:
    “I will not knowingly initiate force. I am a self owner. Let the record show that I did not consent to be governed. I did not consent to any constitution. I did not consent to any president. I did not consent to any law. I did not consent to the po…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 5:36am -
  • Notes for Thursday – March 23, 2017
    This is the birthday of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He directed 30 films. His samurai films, (many starring Toshiro Mifune) such as Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Hidden Fortress, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, and Ran, are considered legendar…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:51am -
  • Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 3, by R.M.
    It also pays to have practiced riding bare back. If you have to run, you may not have time to saddle up and will be fortunate enough to grab your rig. It’s like riding at a trot without posting. You will sit full on the back where the saddle would…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:50am -
  • Letter Re: Surviving Custer
    Hugh,I always keep a hide-a-key attached to my car for situations just like your reader at the Custer Monument. It has saved my bacon more than once when far from home. If you have an older car, it is relatively simple to get spare keys made and tuck…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:49am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Tech Miracle In U.S. Shale Is A Media Myth. Contrary to popular belief, the technological advances in drilling technology have only brought break-even costs down by 10%; the industry bust has done the rest. o o o Bitcoin in your IRA? Excerpt: “The…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:48am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog reader J.D. wanted to let us know that the newest Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Operations Handbook was just published and is a rewrite from the iconic 1985 publication: Air Force Regulation 64-4. This is often referre…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:47am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “In a free society, crimes would be limited to aggression against persons and property, including fraud. So-called “victimless crime” laws are incompatible with liberty.” Ron Paul Add Your Link Here Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 5:46am -
  • Notes for Wednesday – March 22, 2017
    This is the birthday of Louis L’Amour (One of Hugh Latimer’s favorite childhood authors). Some of his novels have survival themes. One of the most notable ones was Last of the Breed. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the Survi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 5:22am -
  • Equestrian Survival For Bugging Out, Recon, Rescue, Projection of Force, or Hunting- Part 2, by R.M.
    Figure Out How Much Weight Your Horse Can Handle If things head south, and you think you might have to use your horse under stress at some point in the near future, keep his weight right and work his chest. A firm horse is one you can rely upon. Usin…
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 5:21am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newTimes Got Tough? Get Tougher: Using Bad Situations to Fuel Change
    There are always going to be difficult points in your life. No matter how well prepared you are, how hard you try to make sure you’ve covered every base, learned as much as you could, saved every dollar that you could to hedge against hard ti…
    - 10 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review
    Schrade has had a rocky history with a lot of us, from its traditional American beginnings to the rebadged “New Schrade” owned by Taylor Brands LLC (of reformed mall ninja fame). I have always had a slightly kneejerk negative reaction to th…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 17, 9:58am -
  • March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Bit of a mess this week. My keychain is getting really out of hand. Any thoughts on how to trim down? Downside of living in an apartment building with multiple entry points – way too many keys. Added the keychain light back into rotation, and…
    - 7 days ago 18 Mar 17, 11:35am -
  • Couch Potato Bushcrafting: Wilderness Survival Skills From Your Sofa
    I’ve already done an article on couch potato prepping, so you should already know how much a fan I am of doing and learning what you can from the comfort of your own home. While it may sound completely preposterous, you actually can get quite…
    - 8 days ago 16 Mar 17, 2:30pm -
  • Let’s Talk Kershaw: Top EDCs, Flippers, & Fixed Blades by Kershaw Knives
    I was asked if we’ve got a top Kershaw knives round up by a reader the other day, and since we haven’t yet gotten one up, here we are. Kershaw is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knives, and frankly, if you are reading this, I…
    - 11 days ago 13 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Wilderness Survival: Starting Fire After Rain, Drinking Seawater, & More
    We’re a blog about more than just wilderness survival – but that doesn’t mean we don’t cover wilderness survival and bushcraft techniques at all. There are a good number of articles we’ve published on this blog that have to do specifi…
    - 15 days ago 9 Mar 17, 1:57pm -
  • Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review
    The Benchmade 940  (also referred to as the Benchmade Osborne) is one of the few knives that has truly achieved iconic status. I don’t often review Benchmade products due to the relatively high entry costs, but this has been on my list for…
    - 18 days ago 7 Mar 17, 11:07am -
  • My Home Invasion Story: Break In & Robbery Attempt – While I Was Home
    When I was 16 or 17,  I was home whilst someone attempted to break in. The experience ended well for me (not so much for the perp), but I figured it would be interesting to discuss, since enough years have passed and I can look back on the…
    - 22 days ago 2 Mar 17, 3:30pm -
  • February 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Things that never leave my purse (though some probably should – never use that lip gloss anymore!). Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Tactical Pen CRKT James Williams > Read our review of the James Williams Tactical Pen Folding Knife Opinel No.…
    - 26 days ago 26 Feb 17, 6:02pm -
  • How to Properly Clean a Cut, Scrape, or Wound to Prevent Infection
    I have discussed how to seal a wound in the past, and whether to use stitches, bandages, or super glue. I’ve even done a comprehensive guide about sealing cuts with super glue, but as of yet, haven’t fully covered the process of preparing y…
    - 28 days ago 24 Feb 17, 6:05pm -
  • Started a Meal Plan to Eat Healthier; Ended Up Helping Us Prep Too
    Like pretty much everyone I know, I always figured I could loose a little bit of weight and be all the healthier and all the happier for it. Unlike pretty much everyone I know, I never bothered to convince myself that starting a new diet and ha…
    - 31 days ago 21 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • February 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Couldn’t resist and snapped up a Benchmade 940 Osborne. Can’t wait to review it. After only two Benchmade reviews, I reckon it’s about time I did another one. Also I have been indulging my nicotine habit using snuff as of late. Cigar taxe…
    - 33 days ago 19 Feb 17, 3:23pm -
  • Affordable, Accessible, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC
    Carrying your knife around your neck is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a fad. It’s a concept that’s been around forever. Whilst the practice of wearing a neck knife has garnered traction for situations, sad to say, neck knives have never e…
    - 36 days ago 16 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Slacking on Prepping Lately? Here’s How to Use That To Your Advantage
    You aren’t going to be a diligent prepper 100% of the time. Perseverance ebbs and flows, and even if you don’t ever stop prepping completely, chances are there will be moments in your life where you dwindle down the attention you give to p…
    - 39 days ago 13 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Hypothermia: Life Threatening, Yet Simple to Treat – Do You Know How?
    Hypothermia is one of those conditions that is often discussed and yet rarely described as anything more than simply being out in the cold for too long. The reality is quite a bit more complex and the consequences of ignoring the symptoms often…
    - 42 days ago 10 Feb 17, 4:30pm -
  • Who Still Buys Dumb Phones Anymore? Preppers Should & Here’s Why
    If you haven’t thought about dumb phones in a long while, I can’t blame you, but chances are you’re missing out on a really great emergency tool that’s been right at the back of your memory this entire time. Smart phones are amazing. Th…
    - 46 days ago 6 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry
    UK knife laws are a minefield of conjecture and hearsay. It seems everyone has an idea of what they can and can’t carry, but in reality, the situation here is both very simple and extremely nuanced depending on the application of the law as p…
    - 50 days ago 2 Feb 17, 7:45pm -
  • That Exists? Coolest Survival, Outdoor, & Camp Gear We’ve Seen
    There’s not always a heck of a lot new going on in the survival, outdoor, & camping world when it comes to interesting gadgets, new products, and overall innovation. This makes sense, since when it comes to camping, survival, & the general o…
    - 52 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Drooling Over 2017’s New Knife Releases at SHOT Show (No Photos, Sorry!)
    SHOT Show just came around so figured I would chime in and reassure you all that I haven’t forgotten about the knife reviews. As a matter of fact, I have 20-ish odd knives lying around that I still have to review. As an early disclaimer (tho…
    - 55 days ago 29 Jan 17, 11:30am -
  • January 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Thomas hates the Pingo, but I love it, and so have officially stolen it from him ;). Bought a backup phone this past month – a dumbphone with insane standby time that should be great if I leave it charged and off in case of an emergency. Ever…
    - 55 days ago 28 Jan 17, 4:45pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newUsing the Fire Brick Forge
    A while back, I showed you how to stack some fire brick to make a simple forge, using a propane torch.  I was finally was able to actually set it up for use this week.There are two types of heads for propane torches:The one on top gives a 'pencil' f…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 9:04pm -
  • newDoom and Gloom Round-Up
    I try to avoid news broadcasts, but I have to stay informed on the current events that may impact me and mine. We don't write about politics on this blog (there are plenty of others that cover that field from whichever side you want to choose from) b…
    - 21 hours ago 24 Mar 17, 3:05am -
  • Prudent Prepping: One Tool To Do It All...
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.... well, not exactly all of it, but having tools that will do multiple jobs and do them without compromise is rare. All of my too…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 17, 8:45pm -
  • Improvised Tourniquets
    Purpose built tourniquets like the C-A-T and SOFTT are great, but they're not always available. Here's how to improvise one.Lokidude
    - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 2:13am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #135 - The Spotlight Effect
    I love the thrillI love this sceneCan you feel me move?Dance with meIn the white lightWhat's it like to be a woman in the firearms industry? Beth tells us about how she has to prove herself every day. A fire, a fire extinguisher, and a knife are the…
    - 5 days ago 20 Mar 17, 2:18am -
  • Guest Post: Creating .50 Caliber Ammo Can Shelves
    by Jonathan S. Regardless of whether you shoot or not, .50 caliber cans are a great way of storing materials. However, they have a tendency to get a little unstable if you stack them too tall, so I built myself a set of shelves to hold mine.I am goi…
    - 7 days ago 17 Mar 17, 8:57pm -
  • Concern Contraction
    Concern contraction is what I call the focusing effect that a crisis can have on your mind. (I don't know what else to call the phenomenon; I couldn't find an existing phrase, so I made one up.) I bring this topic up as a warning to our readers, in t…
    - 8 days ago 17 Mar 17, 1:03am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Smoke Detectors and Time Changes
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.With the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, it can be a time to check many things in your preps (assuming you don't keep to another…
    - 9 days ago 15 Mar 17, 9:52pm -
  • Slinging Bullets
    It's the time of year when the weather gets better, and a young redneck's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of the outdoors and practicing riflery. Today's video covers a simple skill that will dramatically improve your shooting.Lokidude
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 17, 5:41pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #134 - Condiments and Cutlery
    In Mordor on the Potomac, only criminals can carry guns. People are so fixated on being "Nice" that Beth thinks they've lost sight of the real goal: being Good.When a suspect ends an hour-long standoff by shooting himself, is that a good resolution?…
    - 12 days ago 13 Mar 17, 2:41am -
  • Light Updates
    About two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about a solar-powered sidewalk light. To recap, I found some small one-lumen sidewalk marker lights at Wal-Mart in the clearance aisle for less than a buck apiece and I picked up a few.After my post, I…
    - 15 days ago 9 Mar 17, 6:13pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Choosing Wisely
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It's a little early for a March Round-Up of topics too short to make into full posts, but I have two things that I really need to m…
    - 16 days ago 8 Mar 17, 7:12pm -
  • Dielectric Grease
    In discussions about last week's article and lights in general, the topic of dielectric grease was mentioned. Before I researched it for this article, I was familiar with the existence of dielectric grease but had no real knowledge of its uses. I'm g…
    - 17 days ago 7 Mar 17, 7:27pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #133 - Erin Won't Say the Word “Negro”
    I'm sorry, I'm just too Caucasian to feel comfortable saying the word "negro" unless I'm actually speaking Spanish.Beth is on assignment and will return next week.Sean answers the age-old question, "What path does a man take along the route to stabbi…
    - 18 days ago 6 Mar 17, 5:43pm -
  • Long-Term Book Storage
    We have mentioned books a few times over the past three years. Having information written down means that you don't have to remember everything that you might possibly need to know in the future, and also makes it easier to teach future generations t…
    - 22 days ago 2 Mar 17, 3:24pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A Little Light
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The need for every bit of extra light and ways to keep track of people in the dark is important to me in an emergency.In my daily t…
    - 23 days ago 1 Mar 17, 6:42pm -
  • Making Better Paracord Boot Laces
    My boots eat laces, and I know I'm not the only one. Paracord is a great replacement, but it has a big weakness. This video shows you how to correct that weakness, as well as teaching a handy repair technique.The heat gun I use can be found here, and…
    - 24 days ago 28 Feb 17, 8:55pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #132 - Weer'd Science
    With Erin at MAG40, Weer'd brings the Sciency-ness.Just when you thought it was safe for gun rights in Alabama, up pops some "Reasonable Gun Safety Measures™." Beth tells us about the Outcast Voters League.What kind of people ram their car into, an…
    - 25 days ago 27 Feb 17, 10:43pm -
  • News and information after TSHTF
    After TSHTF, be it local or national, there will be a need for staying up to date on some news stories. Weather reports and forecasts will help you decide what to wear and whether or not travel is a good idea. Reports on road conditions and traffic c…
    - 29 days ago 23 Feb 17, 7:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Monthly Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.What's OldI had hoped to show the new hold-down brackets for my storage bin, but the project turned into more work than I expected.…
    - 30 days ago 22 Feb 17, 6:00pm -
  • Shedding Light: Lanterns vs Flashlights
    Working in the dark is tough. The desire and even need for light is hard coded into the human psyche. We've talked some about flashlights, and even a little bit about lanterns, but we haven't touched on when each is appropriate. With lighting, as wit…
    - 31 days ago 22 Feb 17, 1:42am -
  • Editor on Vacation
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This is just a quick post to let you know that the Editor (me) will be leaving tomorrow to attend a MAG40 class and that I won't be back until the weekend.This is partly a heads-up regarding "Hey, if…
    - 32 days ago 21 Feb 17, 12:48am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #131 - Loaded Conversations with Sanford Man
    For once, Florida Man had the day off.Beth is on assignment -- at Gunsite Academy! But she stops shooting long enough to send us a report.Happily for Florida, the Sanford Man who shot someone to death is from Sanford, NC and not Sanford, FL. Sean tel…
    - 33 days ago 20 Feb 17, 1:30am -
  • Cheap Char Rope
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I received February's Apocabox yesterday, and while I don't have time for a full review or an unboxing video (that will come later), I wanted to point out something from the box tha…
    - 35 days ago 17 Feb 17, 9:32pm -
  • Egg Storage
    The other day, one of my friends asked me if eggs needed to be refrigerated or not.One of the many odd or weird jobs that I have done over the years was working on a small poultry farm -- and by "small" I mean "We only had 5,000 hens laying eggs." …
    - 36 days ago 17 Feb 17, 2:00am -

Survival Medicine

  • The Vehicle as Terror Weapon
      In these days of Pokemon Go and other smartphone distractions, you’re seeing more and more people oblivious of their surroundings. In the past, this might get you a bump on the head by walking into a lamp post. In today’s world, however, it co…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 17, 2:10pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Blood Clotters, Wound Closure, More
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss improvised tourniquets and some TCCC guidelines regarding hemorrhage under fire or in normal times. Blood clotting agents are introduced and Quikclo…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 17, 2:50pm -
  • Video: Understanding Allergies
    In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the issue of allergies, their history, and how an allergy develops in the body. If you told a physician in 1900 that you had an allergy, he/she wouldn’t recognize the word; the reaction was fir…
    - 9 days ago 15 Mar 17, 10:40pm -
  • Blizzard Safety Tips
        I find myself a little surprised to be writing about blizzard survival with Spring just around the corner, but weather forecasts are predicting a particularly nasty blizzard for the East Coast. Strong winds and a foot of snow are possible from…
    - 11 days ago 13 Mar 17, 7:46pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Dental Exams, Bleeding Control, Tourniquets
    The Survival Medicine Hour, on March 11, 2017, is hosted by Joseph Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy of https://www.doomandbloom.net/. In today’s show, Dr. Alton reviews the steps of a dental exam for those who find themsel…
    - 12 days ago 12 Mar 17, 2:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Dental Supplies, Tornadoes
      The Survival Medicine Hour is hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, of https://www.doomandbloom.net/, where you can find over 900 posts, videos and podcasts on disaster and survival strategies.   In this episo…
    - 16 days ago 8 Mar 17, 5:48pm -
  • Dysentery in Survival Settings
      In survival scenarios, many believe that trauma from gunfights at the OK corral will cause the most deaths. The truth, however, is that many avoidable losses will occur due to more basic issues, such as dehydration from infectious diarrheal diseas…
    - 16 days ago 8 Mar 17, 5:19pm -
  • Tornado Preparedness
      There are many natural disasters that might befall a community, but a tornado is one of the most unpredictable. Several people were killed in the last few days as a rash of storms wreaked havoc in the South and Midwest. Indeed, hundreds of people…
    - 22 days ago 2 Mar 17, 3:41pm -
  • How to Control Rodents as Disease Vectors
      in survival settings, it’s been said that rats will do a better job of surviving than humans. Rats, mice, and other rodents are well-known causes of “zoonotic” infections.  A zoonotic disease is one that can be transmitted from animals to h…
    - 24 days ago 1 Mar 17, 3:11am -
  • Anaphylaxis: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    In a disaster or any other situation that takes us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Allergic reactions may ensue in susceptible individuals. When we…
    - 27 days ago 25 Feb 17, 1:13pm -