How To Reload Ammo: A Skill Every Survivalist Should Master

How To Reload Ammo Setup

Why You Should Learn How To Reload Ammo

All fellow gun enthusiasts must plan for one major recurring expense. Like vehicles need fuel or survival bows need arrows, guns need ammo.

It’s a cold hard fact, for enthusiasts the initial purchase of your firearm will pale in comparison to your ammunition costs over its lifetime. Assuming, of course, that you actually fire the weapon.

Obviously, you could reduce this cost by just stashing and neglecting your firearms. But since I know you’re serious about your guns, your survival firearms should be fired; early and often.

The main reasons for owning a firearm are simple and few:

  1. Collect them as a hobby
  2. Use them for a utilitarian task (such as hunting)
  3. Use them for self-defense

Two of these three require continual, recurring practice to maintain your skills. And admiring an antique in your gun safe doesn’t require practice, but let’s face it, if you’re a firearm hobbyist you likely enjoy firing them.

This means ammunition purchases are a regular part of your shopping and budget.

Aside from proficiency training, personal recreation, and the hunting, there is one more reason for buying ammo; Preparing. [Read more…]

10 Best Survival Rifles To Protect and Defend Your Family

Best Survival Rifles - Double Barrel Shot Gun Pointed Straight Back At YouI decided to write an article identifying and singing the praises of the ten best survival rifles to own. And that’s what the title says at the top of this article.

That being said, listing the 10 “best survival rifles” requires real compromises. It’s a cold hard fact that a single perfect survival rifle doesn’t exist. There are too many unique survival scenarios to consider.

Plus, owning ten survival rifles won’t do you much good, unless you have a very large family or a caddy to carry all your guns. So I decided to fight conventional wisdom and focus primarily on the top five (or what I consider the best of each survival category) and then give you five runner-ups.

But again, let me be crystal clear. One weapon can’t do it all and ten options leave a lot of room for less than stellar performance in various roles. It’s sort of like expecting a dump truck to accelerate from zero to 60 MPH in 4 seconds. In the right application, a dump truck is extremely useful, just not when acceleration is the goal.

The bottom line is survival situations vary, as well as the tasks required of your survival firearms. So what are the roles we expect our survival rifles to play?

I like to break down the main survival tasks into 5 broad categories:

  1. Hunting Small game
  2. Hunting Large game
  3. Perimeter-defense beyond 200 yards
  4. Self-defense inside 200 yards
  5. Self-defense in close quarters

So let’s take a look at each task and the best survival rifles to accomplish them. [Read more…]

How To Build, Plan and Bury A Survival Cache

Survival Cache - Shovel and Bear BinYour Survival Cache Guide

Real quick, for those new to preparing and survival, a Survival Cache is a well-hidden stockpile of survival supplies. It’s a collection of extra supplies you want to keep hidden and in reserve just in case.

There are many reasons why survival caches useful. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • To prevent all your survival supplies being in one single location. By spreading our your supplies in unique hidden locations, if one site becomes compromised, you don’t lose everything.
  • To support a bug out. A strategically located survival cache can provide extra supplies along your bug out route. This helps keep your pack weight down but allows you to restock on critical bug out gear and supplies (food, water, ammo, etc.)
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  • For those who plan to bug in, you want to avoid the Feds from confiscating all their guns (should that day ever come to pass).
  • Maybe you have a remote survival retreat in the woods somewhere and want to hide some extra supplies when your not there. Stocking your retreat without hiding those supplies properly puts them at risk. Without caches, you will probably lose your entire survival stash if someone stumbles on that location while you’re away.

So as you can see, there are lots of reasons to develop survival caches. However, behind all these reasons, there nearly as many survival cache options.

Options such as:

  • The best and worst type of containers to protect your survival supplies from the elements
  • The best and worst supplies to add to your survival caches
  • The best and worst locations to keep your survival cache hidden for the long term
  • The best and worst methods on how to hide or bury your survival cache
  • The amount of survival supplies you should add to your survival caches

One of the major factors in making the right decisions for your survival cache is adapting to your geographic location. Different environments have unique survival cache best practices.

Swamp Caches vs. Desert Caches vs. Mountain Caches, etc.

Each environment has its own unique survival cache challenges you must be aware of and overcome to achieve long-term success.

In this article, I will provide you with my favorite survival cache ideas and also give you the most common survival cache mistakes. That way, you’ll get to learn from others mistakes and get it right the first time.

So let’s get started. [Read more…]

Slingshot Hunting Secrets For Survival Success

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The good ol’ reliable slingshot has gone by many names in its day: “bean shooter”, “flip”, “kattie”, “ging” “wrist rocket” and “hand-catapult” to name a few.

In modern times, the handheld slingshot has become associated with mischief and youth vandalism. But this stealthy projectile-flinger has an extremely wide variety of useful survival applications.

This weapon depends upon strong elastic materials to operate and so it was invented around the same time as vulcanized rubber – which puts the sling in slingshot – and patented in 1844. That makes this tool about 172 years old, but the basic concepts behind the slingshot are actually thousands of years old.

The “Sling” was one of the most widely used projectile weapons used for both hunting and combat since the Stone Age. Slings were mentioned by homer in The Illiad and Troy, used by the Romans, and of course, was the weapon David used to defeat Goliath in the Valley of Elah.

A slingshot is virtually the same thing – just more accurate and simpler to use.

A slingshot makes for a perfect do-it-yourself survival tool, but there are also many advanced modern models available for purchase today.

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How To Make A Longbow – Tricks Of The Trade

How To Make A LongBowHow To Make A Longbow – Introduction

The hunting longbow was the most advanced and innovative invention of its day. Equally silent, stealthy, simple and utterly lethal. Whoever created the bow and arrow, surely had no idea how they were carving out the future of humanity.

This clever tool became the standard for long-range hunting and combat for thousands of years. And it is still to this day and is still widely used. So whether you plan to learn how to make longbow for survival purposes or just because it’s badass, it’s worth the time and effort to learn.

Just follow this detailed guide on how to make a longbow and soon you’ll be notching and drawing one made with your own hands. [Read more…]

17 Best Home Fortification Tactics To Keep Criminals At Bay

Home Fortification - Glass On Top Of A Wall - Home Defense

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Few human initiatives are as ancient and respectable as home fortification.

We separated ourselves from the animal kingdom by the strength of our wits, and our knack for self-defense. So in order to defend our family from others, we need to become home fortification experts.

Especially if the world we know collapses and desperate people want to take what’s ours.

Now good home fortification doesn’t require a full castle moat and a mangled barbed wire fence ringing your lawn. Creating a secure home can be done by adding up a lot of simple tactics. It all depends on how far you want to take it.

So first you must ask yourself:

  • Do you want a secure house that looks as normal as possible?
  • Or are you trying to remodel the structure you live in to resemble a bunker with maximum defense capabilities?

The bottom line is this: The more difficult your home is to penetrate the more likely a criminal will choose an easier target.

That’s the ultimate goal. Make it an absolute pain-in-the-ass for the enemy, and he’ll move on to easier targets. (a.k.a your neighbors). [Read more…]

Paracord Uses: How To Actually Use Your Survival Paracord

Paracord Uses

The Ultimate Guide to Paracord Uses For Survival

Name one survival item with more uses than some high-quality survival paracord.

Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Done? Well, I bet the first items that came to mind were a good survival knife, a survival hatchet, multi-tool or duct tape; and you’d be right. However, today I’m going to argue that paracord belongs in this “many uses” category as well.

When left intact, paracord has lots of important survival uses and if you unweave the threads of the cord, the number paracord uses grow. Honestly, the real number of paracord uses is only limited by our lack of imagination.

In this article, we are going to cover the 35 best survival paracord uses. [Read more…]

Sleep Deprivation: Don’t Fail Because You Forgot To Sleep

Sleep Deprivation (c)You’ve Thought Of Everything Except A SHTF Sleep Plan

Civilization has collapsed. Your stores are in place. You have enough food, water, weapons and ammo to get you through until the ship is righted.

You even have a plan to carry on if the ship sinks.

But while you stand guard over your lifeblood, you fall asleep at the wheel. The game is over.

Your family’s well-being is in the hands of the bandits you’ve prepared to fight. Your well-being is a thing of the past.

FAIL because you didn’t have a plan for SHTF sleep deprivation. [Read more…]

Kel Tec P3AT 380 – The Best Concealed Carry Gun?

Kel Tec Review (c)The Kel Tec P3AT is for personal protection outside of your home. A growing trend in today’s American society is the nagging feeling that one must protect oneself.

From millennials literally “killing for attention” to house break-ins to homegrown or foreign lone-wolf terrorist attacks, the American people understand the police cannot protect them from violence.

At best the police can chalk a nice white outline around your motionless form and maybe shoot down or capture the bad guys after the fact. Doesn’t really help you or your family much. [Read more…]