Category: Gear

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Portable Energy Storage Systems We recently wrote of batteries for electric devices, the value of rechargeable, assuming a reliable power source, as well as home generators, something to the benefit of every survival enthusiast. Along those lines why not consider portable energy storage systems as a part of your prepper planning? Useful for a bug-out scenario or in a hunker down situation, the sizes and versatility of the systems out there offer some reasonable options for the sho ...
Minimalist EDC in my grandmother’s garden. Nope, the CQC-10K is definitely not UK legal, but private property = I get to carry it anyway. Review coming soon, but spoiler alert – it’s freaking amazing.As a side note, I removed a lot of my “extra” mini-tools that were on my key chain. It just got too damn heavy!EVERYDAY CARRY ITEM BREAKDOWNEDC Folding KnifeKershaw Emerson CQC-10KMini FlashlightNiteCore TubeCapsuleWaterproof CapsuleCarrying Imodium – here’s why + Rare earth magn ...
I do a lot of backpacking, it is something I really enjoy, do quite often, and feel that it is something at which I have become quite efficient.That’s why when I see peoples’ advice on what a bug-out bag should look like I often end up shaking my head. Nobody would last an hour out deep into the woods with the bags I constantly see flaunted. More often than not, they’re poorly made tacticool bags that were created by somebody who’s spent the majority of their life in a cubicl ...
TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn’t helped with products like the first “Survivorman” knife I reviewed, which if you remember didn’t go down so well. When I heard Helle had teamed up with Les to create his ideal bushcraft knife, the Helle Temagami, I was tentatively hopeful. Helle is an old sch ...
I was first introduced to paracord (550 cord) as an active duty, United States Marine. Our gear was always “dummy-corded” using 550 cord. When we were out in the field, our go to cordage was always 550 cord. I immediately appreciated its durability but its multi purpose applicationsare what really impressed me about paracord.Paracord was first used by the U.S. military in parachute suspension lines; hence the name paracord. It is enclosed in a nylon sheath with various, individual strands, ...
In this day and age, making your own tools and weapons may seem an anachronism and also pretty inadequate. There are knives made from high-tech materials available everywhere, and plenty of models to choose from. Regardless of your need or your preference, there’s a knife ou there to suit your needs.What happens, though, if society collapses and there are no longer superstores from which to purchase any knives? This theory applies to absolutely everything, including tools, weapons, food, an ...
The Japanese used to say that the sword is the soul of the Samurai. Cold weapons are my preferred choice too when it comes to a survival situation and even for self defense. I always carry with me a Cold Steel Recon 1 folder, it comes handy in a variety of scenarios, ranging from opening hate-mail to making fires when trekking.The best thing about cold weapons is that they are easy to carry around and they don’t require too much effort to keep them running. Also they don’t need reloading, a ...
Completing any project requires tools. Survival is no different. In fact, it is a project that your life depends on. It only makes sense to have the proper tools. Although there are many important aspects to a successful survival strategy, the tools you rely on are crucial. Firearms, knives, and other weapons serve many purposes. Food procurement is imperative in a survival situation. Self-defense is another consideration. Knives can also be used for everything from preparing a meal to ...
I have been carrying a folding pocket knife for as long as I can remember. I once visited my family in Portugal, a place where having a good folding blade was commonplace. One of the first things that my grandfather would do when he saw me was to present me with a new pocket knife. It was always something that I looked forward to with each trip. I cannot say that my mom was thrilled about the idea but… She went along with the excitement and let me hold onto the knives; Well… At least while I was ...
Gun safety is an integral part of gun ownership never to be overlooked. Unfortunately, most gun safety courses are focused on drawing and holstering your weapon, marksmanship, and trigger control.While these are important aspects of owning and shooting a gun, they don’t teach you what its like to have to use your firearm for self-defense.  What is the best way to keep your survival gun so it’s always at the ready?  How do you do so without jeopardizing the safety of your family and sel ...
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