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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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Knife Sharpening 101

Knives could be considered the ultimate survival tool. They have so many uses and can certainly play a big part in keeping you alive in a survival situation. Keeping your knife in top condition is important to ensure it is working effectively when you need it to. A blunt knife is not only less effective […]

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15 Alternate Uses For Everyday Items

Part of being a prepper means you have the ability to see alternate uses for everyday objects, many that you already have at home.  It’s the whole, “When given lemons, make lemonade” philosophy.  You want to be flexible and imaginative. As is noted at the top of the page under our logo, we are Independent, […]

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Two Techniques For Making Butter

I’m planning on making a dent in the California wild pig population in a couple of months.  I’ve got a buddy that reloads his ammo.  He got tired of hearing me bitch and moan about how I was having a difficult time securing enough .308 for one of my rifles, and offered to teach me […]

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On The Road Again

Many Boomers look to travel as one of the perks of life. Some enjoy international travel – seeing far-off lands and other cultures. Others are more “home bodies”.  They want to see the USA – up close and personal.  Take their time, drink in the scenery and local folks, and enjoy this country. If you […]

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Potable Water: In The Wild

The city sewage treatment plant goes off line due to a terrorist attack. A natural disaster – such as Katrina – devastates and floods large geographic areas, making all water unsafe to consume. An earthquake strikes or wildfire races through your area, knocking out power for your entire region. A train derails and dumps thousands […]

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Home Canned French Onion Soup

I LOVES me some French onion soup. One of my all-time favorites. That deep, rich onion soup topped with a big crouton, all covered with a tangy cheese. Nothing better! I recently found myself with a bunch of onions ready to go bad, and some very pricey meat that had gotten freezer burned. I decided […]

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The Right Self-Defense Tool For You

Every person is different.  Some of us are strong.  Some of us… not so much.  Some have “hawk-eye vision”  while some of us suffer from various eye and sight ailments.  As we Boomers age, our dexterity, strength and agility can begin to wane.  Our physical “assets” must be taken into account when selecting a self-defense […]

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Sanitation With A Twist

My wife and I have been looking for some rural property, and most of them are on private wells and septic.  Having been a “city boy” my whole life, I’m trying to get a grip on life without all of the normal city amenities, and the “rules” you’ve got to follow. No fat in the septic, […]

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Defensive Weapons Training

Personal protections skills, like almost all skills, are perishable. If you don’t keep them sharp, they degrade quickly – “Use ’em or lose ’em” as the saying goes! Whenever possible, you want to train as realistically as the situations in which you may find yourself. Let’s look at some of the different defensive tools, and […]

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Dehydrating Beans

Beans are obviously one of the main staples people store in their preps. They are very nutritious and very inexpensive, and they store forever. Their main drawback  is the amount of time and resources they take to prepare. While this isn’t generally an issue if you have access to water from the tap, and gas or […]

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First Aid and Personal Safety

We tend to focus on personal safety as simply recognizing, acting upon and reacting to threatening situations. And those ARE the primary forces involved. But we have to recognize that the “big picture” is about saving lives and reducing the damage when emergencies occur. Learning first aid and other forms of emergency assistance are well […]

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