Grow Potatoes In Buckets

I love potatoes.  They are the Starch Of The Gods in my eyes! In an effort to continue on my journey towards self-sufficiency, I’m going to try growing my own this year.  In addition to the personal independence aspect, I’m very concerned about the pesticides and other crap the commercial growers put on their crops.  […]

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Get Out Of Your Safety Comfort Zone

Back in the early 1970’s, I spent some time on my uncle’s land up in Redding, California.  One of the most memorable things I did was to learn how to drive a car with a clutch. He gave me a 5-minute explanation and demonstration, then tossed me the keys to an old, beat up VW […]

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Survival Groups: Disadvantages

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on forming or joining Survival Groups in the event of, or in anticipation of an emergency event. You can find the first part here. In a survival situation there are many decisions that need to be made. Probably one of the most important decisions is […]

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Survival Groups: Advantages

Editor’s Note: Being prepared is about considering – and planning for – different scenarios. All may not come to fruition, some may. It’s a bit of a crap shoot. In this two-part series, Rob looks at the two options available should a major event occur. Scenarios we witness even to this day: A collapse of […]

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Save A Choking Victim

It honestly surprises me how close people come to death every time they eat something. According to the National Safety Council, 2500 people died from choking in the USA in 2009! The most common cause of an obstruction? Hot dogs. But really, any type of food or object in the mouth can cause a partial […]

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Choosing A Bag To Build Your BOB

Editor’s Note:  Those of you from the SF Bay Area may remember the Oakland Hills Fire in 1991.  It hit fast and hard.  Many people – if not most- got out with little more than the clothes they were wearing.  The same thing happens every year with hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.  Then there are intentional, […]

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Active Shooters: Bring It To The Bad Guys

I’ve been working on another project that involves educating folks about various dangerous scenarios.  I currently have seven of them – things like date rape, home invasions and stalkers.  I’ve been working on adding an eighth scenario for this project:  Active Shooters. A remorseless, instant gratification mass murderer.  This is important to remember. A part […]

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Bladed Tools For Survival

Bladed tools are helpful in survival situations. There are so many different types that it can get confusing which ones to have and maintain in your kit. A knife of some description is a pretty standard item to be found in any prepper’s BOB (bug out bag). However, once you reach your bug out location, […]

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Skype and Emergency Communications

I recently had some family members travel to Peru for a medical mission.  They would be gone for a couple of weeks. Before leaving for the trip, I wanted to figure out how we were going to communicate. They’re several thousand miles away and my Papa Bear instincts were on full alert. Great time to […]

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Negotiate EVERY Purchase

Negotiating. Most Americans hate it. As the owner of a retail precious metals (PM) store, I can tell you that 9 times out of 10, if I quote a price for either buying or selling PMs, that’s the price that’s paid.  Ask someone to negotiate, and they get all clammy. But, that one person in […]

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Thermos Cooking

There are not many feelings I enjoy more than the one I get when I’m cooking a meal over a camp fire. However, sometimes it is not always practical or indeed possible to keep a fire burning. For example, let’s say you are in a Shelter In Place situation after an emergency has occurred in […]

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How To: Emergency Tourniquet

In a survival situation you are going to have to make decisions quickly. This is particularly true when it comes to first aid treatment. A major cut to an artery or other major blood vessel can cause a life threatening bleed. You will need to react quickly and effectively to this situation in order to […]

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Top 6 Pistol Shooter Errors

In my years as a pistol instructor, patterns have emerged.  These following six items are the most common pistol shooter errors I see – in new and experienced shooters. In my classes, I stress these 6 items, so when my students get into the range, they have a greater probability of success – and with […]

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Using Stun Guns and Tasers

Recently, I have been doing a fair bit of research into personal protection/safety options when guns are not a legal form of self-defense. As I mentioned in my article about pepper spray – nothing is as important as being aware of your environment and avoiding trouble and dangerous situations as much as possible. However sometimes, […]

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