Water Purification Is The Key To Your Survival

Water Purification Is The Key To Your Survival
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Water PurificationWater Purification Matters, Here’s Why

The CDC claims; 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases, and 88% of these diarrheal deaths are due to unsanitary water conditions.

That’s 1,936 children deaths PER DAY related to lack of water purification.

Now most of these deaths are outside the US but these statistics are still staggering. [Read more…]

14 Improvised Survival Uses For Your FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight

14 Improvised Survival Uses For Your FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight
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14 Improvised FireHawk Uses

A real tactical flashlight should be able to survive the harshest of conditions. Heat, moisture, and high impacts should be a non-issue if it’s truly tactical.

And I’d also argue that it should have more uses than just illumination. If it’s going to truly live up to its tactical nameplate; it needs to be designed to help keep you alive. To help you survive.

So what could be more tactical than a flashlight that has 14 survival uses? So in this article, we’ll cover 14 improvised uses for the FireHawk LED Tactical Flashlight. [Read more…]

10 Best Survival Guns To Own When Civilization Collapses

10 Best Survival Guns To Own When Civilization Collapses
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Best Survival Guns - 44 Magnum Barrel Pointing Back At You

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Top Ten Best Survival Guns (Handguns)

So what are the best survival guns to own? Before we can even attempt to answer that question we need first to understand what the answer to that question is not:

It’s not a random laundry list of various makes and models.

Because not all survival situations are the same. For instance:

In my accompanying firearm article, Top Ten Survival Rifles, I defined five different roles a good survival rifle must fill. But to be brutally honest, there is only one role for a survival handgun: self-defense. [Read more…]

How To Buy A Survival Gas Mask For SHTF

How To Buy A Survival Gas Mask For SHTF
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Gas Mask in A Broken WindowThe iconic gas mask.

It’s that one piece of survival gear we always associate with chaos, war, terror, and mass destruction.

Just its image alone conjures up thoughts and feelings of spine-chilling events that most of us prefer not to think about.

Events where the air we breathe is not safe. Where air is toxic. Where air is deadly and the world as we know it is officially over. [Read more…]

How To Reload Ammo: A Skill Every Survivalist Should Master

How To Reload Ammo: A Skill Every Survivalist Should Master
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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

10 Best Survival Rifles To Protect and Defend Your Family
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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 out 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.

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How To Build, Plan and Bury A Survival Cache

How To Build, Plan and Bury A Survival Cache
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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…]

Pandemic Preparedness: The World Is Not Ready, Are You?

Pandemic Preparedness: The World Is Not Ready, Are You?
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Pandemic Preparedness - Man In A White Suit and Gas MaskPandemic Preparedness Guide For Communities and Individuals

The stench of death hung heavy in the air as bodies were routinely piled onto carts and hauled away for incineration. Doctors in long spooky masks and flowing black robes visited homes, but could do little to prevent infection.

Friends, family and neighbors all died horrible deaths at the hands of this disease, and it was only a matter of time before the Black Death got you too.

It was the same with everyone: painful bumps and tumors would spread quickly from groins and armpits, black and purple splotches then appeared on limbs as they got sicker and sicker until finally blood started gushing uncontrollably from their noses – Black Death’s final symptom.

And as if all of this was not bad enough, the social order of the world collapsed violently in the wake of the pandemic.

Looters ran rampant, and lawlessness spread as families and human decency abandoned each other in terrible panic.

Death was on the streets and in the air.

The Black Death took hundreds of millions of lives when it spread across Europe in the years between 1346 and 1353. Thankfully, the world has yet to experience anything quite like it since. But that could change in an instant. [Read more…]

Slingshot Hunting Secrets For Survival Success

Slingshot Hunting Secrets For Survival Success
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SlingShot Hunting

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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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Survival Retreat – How To Plan And Build Your Own

Survival Retreat – How To Plan And Build Your Own
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Survival Retreat - remote cabin in woods

There are lots of reasons you should build a survival retreat: Maybe you want to prepare for the threat of a doomsday or a “sh*t-hits-the-fan” scenario. Maybe you just want to have a backup shelter in case you someday lose your primary place of residence. Or maybe you’re just desperate to get off the gridfor criminal, personal, or recreational reasons.

Whatever your motive, having your very own survival retreat is one of the best ways to ensure your safety should you ever have a real reason to get-out-of-Dodge. Such a retreat can act as a large personal survival cache for necessary survival supplies, or as a sustainable place to hunker down and defend yourself.

A survival retreat also acts as a permanent “bug-out-location” – a place where you and your family/friends meet up if things get real bad.

Even if you never actually use this refuge retreat for survival, it can still be an incredibly rewarding DIY project. Working with your hands to create your very own shelter is a primal experience that most human beings never get to experience.

What project could be more satisfying than building your every own roof over your head?

And besides, in times of peace this little sanctuary can function as a great place to get away from the monotony of social life. A place to bask in the glory of the natural world, hike, fish, hunt, ski, mountain bike, meditate, and breathe the cleanest freshest air available.

This article serves to guide you through the process of creating your very own survival retreat. It will cover the following:

  • Budget considerations
  • Legal Considerations
  • Where is the best place to build a survival retreat
  • Several kinds of structures available and how to create them
  • Storage and supplies
  • How to fend off unwanted guests (both human and otherwise)

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