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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Top 10 Threats in 2023: How They'll Impact Us

Tips For Buying Used or Pre-Owned Firearms

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I’m always intrigued by new firearms that appear on the market, but a quick glance at their price tags often redirects my attention to the used-gun rack. Second-hand firearms frequently come with lower price tags, and many times they feature better quality and craftsmanship than their brand-new, higher-priced counterparts.

In fact, some of the finest guns I’ve ever owned were purchased second-hand or, in some instances, even third or fourth-hand. But buying used does involve risks. In order to avoid a bad case of buyer’s remorse, you must approach these purchases cautiously and knowledgeably.

Monday, February 27, 2023

5 Food Items That Will Skyrocket in Price in 2023 (That You'll Want)

Planning for SHTF: What to Expect When Things Go South

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First, let me tell you a bit about my experiences and explain my reasons for writing about SHTF planning. That way, you will know what I say is true.

First, my experiences. I served for 15 years in the British Army during the 1990s in Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. I saw firsthand what happens to human nature and society when everything goes to hell.

As for my reasons, I’m somewhat tired of people painting a rosy picture of what they expect might happen in a major terrorist attack, civil emergency, or severe natural disaster.

Don’t get me wrong.

People have been preparing for SHTF with impeccable plans for food, shelter, and similar. However, they seem to think everyone will remain reasonably well behaved and keep observing the rules of  “polite society.” So in a way, this is a thesis on human nature.

Will it offend?

I hope not.

Will it shock?

I hope so.

If what I write makes one person revise a plan and, as a result, saves a life or the lives of a family, then it will have been well worth the time it has taken to type this.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Solo Overnight in survival Bunker | Crafting stone table,wood fork & hau...

7 Chicken Mistakes You Should Never Make

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by ALLY B.

In an SHTF situation, no one knows what to expect. Yet, we have to be well prepared.

One of the main things we need to have secured is food, but stockpiling and prepping foods can add up to be a little bit expensive.

That’s where having sustainable food sources comes in. I always recommend growing/ raising your own food.

Having livestock, even a small one, can be a very smart decision and should be on any prepper’s survival plan. It is something that you can benefit from almost immediately, while also lasting you during difficult times.

Livestock can be useful in more than one way. We can mention producing foods and raw materials, a cash investment, transportation, and many more, depending on your need and the animal you chose to raise.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Building complete and warm survival shelter | Bushcraft earth hut, grass...

What Exactly is a Sling Bow?

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Adding some archery skills to your survival repertoire is always a good idea. However, the expense of a traditional or compound bow can make them prohibitive as a contingency prep and their length and shape does not lend them towards compact, easy storage.

DIY sling bow on metal rod structure
DIY sling bow on metal rod structure

But there is one option that can mitigate these shortcomings while providing much of the capability in the form of a sling bow. What exactly is a sling bow?

Friday, February 24, 2023

Weird Foods People Ate to Get Through the Great Depression

15 Must-Have Truck EDC Items

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One of the most important tools in a prepper’s arsenal is their vehicle.

truck drifting

Serving as a conveyance for evacuation or bugging out, a prime mover for mass amounts of cargo or a taxi to get you and your group where you are needed, when you are needed, it is difficult to overstate the flexibility and freedom afforded to people who have their own ride.

And out of all the many vehicles you can own, I would argue that there are none so capable and so versatile in so many domains as the common pickup truck.

When it comes to towing or just hauling massive, bulky or heavy cargo, nothing beats a pickup truck among typical consumer vehicles. Most even have some off-road capability in the bargain for maximum mobility over any terrain.

For those of us who drive pickups, it is possible to turn them into a mobile store room capable of fulfilling all of your prepping objectives with the inclusion of some smart supplies, gear, and tools.

In this article, we will cover a list of 15 must-have items for vehicle everyday carry specifically for trucks.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Here's What People Ate To Survive During WWII

The Medicinal Uses of Valerian Root

Disclaimer. I am not a licensed health practitioner. This is just another post on an item you might wish to have available if needed so that a physician can treat you and your family as best as possible. No medication, including those available over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical care. A qualified, licensed physician or other medical provider should be consulted before beginning any herbal or conventional treatment.

The vast majority of the herbs covered in the past 20 months have had antibacterial and/or antiviral effects--effects that may be crucial in a collapsed society.

But herbs have other actions to conditions that don't need antimicrobial substances. Like it or not, when life gets sporty, especially as it has this year with COVID-19 and the riots in May and June, mental health issues also come into play. And I'm not talking about schizophrenia and bipolar issues, but the everyday stuff like anxiety and stress and how they affect us and others. TEOTWAWKI-type situations can make it difficult for even the most reasoned and prepared people to sleep. Think of how it can affect those who haven't really mentally prepared.

So today's herb is neither antiviral nor antibacterial. Valerian root is just really good stuff for calming you down, lowering blood pressure and anxiety, and helping you sleep. Let's learn more.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Laundry Day as it was in 1820 |Exhausting| Historic Chores

Metronidazole--An Essential TEOTWAWKI Antibiotic

Disclaimer. I am not a licensed health practitioner. This is just another post on knowledge and understanding you might wish to acquire in advance of a disaster in case no higher care is available. As long as our society is functioning, you should leave anything more substantial than applying a Band-Aid to the professionals. No medication, including those available over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical care.

Metronidazole is another one of those antibiotic wonders. As the only member of the nitroimidazole family that is commonly available to non-medical personnel, it’s in a class by itself, often doing a job no other antibiotic can.

Sold by so-called “fish antibiotic” purveyors under the names Fish-Zole (250 mg), and Fish-Zole Forte (500 mg), it’s marketed for people under the brand name Flagyl. Metronidazole kills anaerobic bacteria and protozoa by interfering with DNA replication. It is used for a wide variety of diseases in just as wide a variety of dosages and protocols.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

A Regular Folks Supper 200 years Ago - March 1820

5 Steps To Know And Do To Start Making Knives

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During the majority of that time, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people seeking input during their journey into the knifemaking community.

This article is an effort to summarize advice I share with anyone wanting to explore what it takes to become a knifemaker.

5 Steps needed for making knives

Monday, February 20, 2023

Making a stone Dagger from start to finish

7 Quick Tips For Emergency Prepping

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By Linda Loosli

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re interested in learning about emergency prepping. And that’s a good thing! Being prepared for emergencies is key to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe when the unexpected happens. But where do you start? These quick tips for emergency prepping will help get you on your way to being a responsible prepper.

What is Emergency Prepping?

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Learn 10 Advanced Bushcraft & Survival Skills!

What To Do When Disaster Strikes On Vacation

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It’s the time of the year when a lot of Americans will go on vacation, looking forward to enjoying a few hassle-free days. However, as preppers, we must know that we need to always be ready to face the unexpected. So keep your eyes open during your vacation days and stay safe by following these suggestions.

Car accidents

Saturday, February 18, 2023

10 Military Winter Survival Skills!

Hepatitis--Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment in TEOTWAWKI

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Disclaimer. I am not a licensed health practitioner. This is just another post on an item you might wish to have available if needed so that a physician can treat you and your family as best as possible. No medication, including those available over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical care. A qualified, licensed physician or other medical provider should be consulted before beginning any herbal or conventional treatment.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The patient may be entirely asymptomatic, have only mild symptoms, or the outcome may be death. Accordingly, we need to learn more about it to avoid it if possible and treat it if someone falls victim to it.

There are numerous types of hepatitis. Most of us have heard of types A, B, and C, but there are others going through the alphabet all the way to at least X. These others are extremely rare and won't be able to be diagnosed or even guessed at without a functioning laboratory.

Friday, February 17, 2023

No Nonsense Guide to Chainsaw Sharpening. How To Sharpen A Chainsaw Properly.

8 Paramount Lessons Budgeting Has Taught Me

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By Linda Loosli 

We feel we’ve lost control of our daily finances when we see prices for so many things go up every day. Let’s work together to figure out how best to deal with these financial challenges.

8 Paramount Lessons Budgeting Has Taught Me

What is Budgeting?

Thursday, February 16, 2023

How To Chainsaw Like a Boss. This Could Save Your Life.

23 Clever Uses for Cornstarch

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23 Clever Uses for Cornstarch

Many of us have a box of cornstarch on our pantry shelves. However, if your supply remains tucked away until you need it for a holiday gravy, a pie recipe, or a special casserole, you are missing out.

Cornstarch is one of those staples with many other uses in the home other than its well-known role as a thickening agent in the kitchen. This article explores 23 clever uses for cornstarch.

What is Cornstarch?

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Don't Talk to the Police? Massad Ayoob's 5 Points after a Self-Defense Shooting.

How to Dress for The Collapse

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How to Dress for The Collapse

There is historical precedent for how disasters affect the clothing choices of any population. World War I and World War II changed the way people thought how they dressed, not only for practical reasons but for emotional reasons as well. For the first time, women started to wear pants on a regular basis as they filled the roles of men in the work force.

The Great Depression of the 1930’s forced a radical change in clothing as fashion was replaced by durability and functionality. People also had to think about wearing and living with a smaller wardrobe as the cost of clothing had to be balanced with essential needs like food. 

It’s hard to imagine the desperation of a depression or another world war, but economic collapse is an ever-present possibility, and a failure of the power gird for any number of reasons could lead to a radical and sudden shift in day-to-day life.

And then there’s the increasing threat of natural disasters, an on-going war in Eastern Europe, and the potential for new pandemics devastating the supply chain. That’s when everything changes, but the one thing we won’t be able to change all that often is clothing, so it’s time to take some lessons from the past as we ponder an uncertain future.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Lantern Types and Fuels

Storing Charcoal: A Simple Guide to Long-term Storage for Emergency Use

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It’s summer! Summer means barbecues, and barbecues mean grills. And grills need fuel. Of the potential fuels for grills, storing charcoal long-term is the easiest and safest for a prepper.

Add the fact that it’s cheap, lightweight, and regularly goes on sale in the summer, and we have a real prepper winner!

And the cherry on top? Unlike propane and many other fuels, you can make your own charcoal if a disaster lasts long enough.

image: charcoal briquets burning in a grill

How to Store Charcoal

Monday, February 13, 2023

Oil Lamps - Alternate Fuels For Emergencies

10 Kitchen Items You Need In Order to Cook Emergency Food

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To make your kitchen life more accessible and organized, you need to buy and arrange every important kitchen item in your cupboard. Kitchen items come with trendy, sleek, and exciting styles to make your cooking journey easy. Still, you are not supposed to buy every tool for your kitchen because a few basic tools are enough to cook delicious meals—just like a pro.

If you want to save the cost of home-cooked meals, you need to figure out advanced tiers of kitchen tools.

We have created a list of kitchen essentials to start with for your favor. This list explains the essential cooking utensils perfect for chefs and novice cooks.

Let’s the go-ahead and explore them!

List Of Ten Tools That Every Chef Needs To Buy

Sunday, February 12, 2023

5 Homemade Candles For Emergencies

How To Get Rid Of Red Bugs Quickly And Easily

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If you are a homesteader, then you know how pesky red bugs can be. They seem to appear out of nowhere and can be very difficult to get rid of.

chigger red bug

Although their bites aren’t necessarily dangerous, they can be quite itchy and irritating – definitely not something you want to deal with, especially if you have young kids.

In this blog post, I will share some tips on how to get rid of red bugs quickly and easily.

So read on, and learn how to take care of these annoying pests!

What Are Red Bugs?

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Poor People Food: Budget Cooking In Early America - Boiled Dumplings

Two is One and One is None | The Power of Redundancy

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By Rusty Collins

There are plenty of quotes that endure in the prepping and survival communities, but one of the most notable is Two is One and One is None. It’s not just a catchy phrase either- it is an excellent mantra to live by when the stakes are high. This makes sense when you understand what it means and where it came from. It is a quick phrase that embodies the importance of redundancy in planning, preparing, capability, and gear.

“Two is One and One is None” Meaning

Two is One and One is None means that you should expect and plan for at least one thing to go wrong. It refers to assets: weapons, equipment, survival gear, plans, and even people.

Friday, February 10, 2023

Food That Held Up A Nation

These 6 Improvised Spears are Easy to Make

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For most preppers, weapons will be among the many things you accumulate to get ready for a survival situation, be it a long-term or short-term one.

knife attached to a pole makeshift spear

Chances are that means firearms much of the time, perhaps with a smattering of bows or crossbows along with our personal knives.

You definitely won’t hear any complaining out of me, and you can hardly say you have a well-rounded arsenal if you don’t have firearms. But what if things really went against you?

What if you’re in a situation where you didn’t have access to your firearms, you lost them, had to leave them behind or simply just ran out of ammunition?

You’ll need to rely on something else, and bows and crossbows might be all right for a while, but chances are you’ll have a need for something more repeatable and reliable in close quarters.

That means you’ll be looking at melee weapons.

When it comes to melee weapons, you can hardly do better than the seemingly humble spear.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Ash Cakes Revisited 18th Century Cooking

Turn Your Cell Phone Into A Survival Toolbox

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Over the last 20 years, the cell phone has become a staple of everyday life. We use cellular technology for frivolous and serious reasons alike—everything from Angry Birds to dialing 911. Case in point: according to the FCC, about 70 percent of 911 calls originated from cell phones.

But given how dependent we are on cell phones, it’s prudent to ask how the technology would fare in a disaster. After all, cell phone service is among the first pieces of infrastructure to fail in an emergency, and cell phones can be maddeningly power-hungry—not the ideal characteristic for technology in a blackout.

Nonetheless, if you prepare in advance, a cell phone can still be an invaluable tool in a wide variety of emergency situations, from run-of-the-mill severe weather to more widespread disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. This is even true if your phone doesn’t have service.

After all, cell phones aren’t simply phones anymore. Even if cell service is knocked out, a cell phone can serve as a digital atlas, a survival library, a planting calendar, and an entertainment center. With a $5 app and some black tape, it can even serve as a makeshift radioactivity detector.

With the right planning and some creativity, your cell phone can prove just as useful in a widespread crisis as it does on everyday errands.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Cooking Ash Cakes - 18th Century Cooking

5 Apps That Know Everything About You. How Many Are You Using?

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By Eric Wolff

The classic novel 1984 could easily be renamed 2022: A Documentary. Invasive, high-tech tracking is no longer the stuff of science fiction, it is a daily reality.

Why are big companies so desperate to track, gather info, or even predict our every move? Their goal is to trick us into giving them our info in exchange for their “free” services.

History shows the most valuable commodities are always either given away by the unwary or taken from the unprepared. In 2022, information is that commodity.

Big companies want your data and will do nearly anything to get you to part with it. They want information about you so they can sell it or convince you to part with your money willingly.

We are doing all we can to prepare for an uncertain future, but we have to be aware and stop the techno-tracking taking place. When we know who is doing the tracking, as well as how and why they are tracking us, we can take action against them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Off grid shower house Project

How to Reduce Your Electric Bill (Small Changes Add Up)

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ByAugust Neverman

Energy costs are going up, and many areas of the country face increased rick of power outages this summer. We'll help you reduce your electric bill and save energy – without completely changing your lifestyle. There are tips for year round and seasonal suggestions.

Before you get started with changes that reduce energy consumption, read your electric bills from the last year or so. Figure out if you use more power during different seasons, or you load is similar year round.

If your load is always high, then it's not just the air conditioning or heating. Compare your energy bill before and after you make changes.

reduce electric bills

Ways to Reduce Electricity Use

Monday, February 6, 2023


All About Cocoa Powder

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As far as food goes, cocoa powder is pretty important to my family and me.  We need it for brownies, pudding, basically a whole lot of desserts.  Hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, fudge; it's a pretty big list.  For us and millions of others, chocolate is a serious morale booster and good comfort food.  
It makes me sad and uncomfortable that the cacao beans we get cocoa from are entirely imported, mostly from Africa.  We have no domestic production.  So we have to store what we'd like to have on hand before the political situation in the world gets any more interesting than it already is.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

How Real Olive Oil is Made - How To Spot Fake Ones

Slit Fire (Rakovalkea) - An Interesting Finnish Fire Lay

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A slit fire, sometimes referred to as a gap fire but also known as a ‘rakovalkea‘ gap fire in Finland, is a type of fire lay that is popular in Scandinavia. It is believed to have originated in Finland, and it gets its name from the way that the logs are arranged in a slit formation with a gap between them.

Slit fires are said to have many benefits over traditional fire lays. Once set and lit, they require very little maintenance and will burn a long time. They also produce less smoke. Additionally, slit fires are said to be easier to light and require less kindling than other types of fire lays.

If you are looking for an alternative to one of the more traditional fire lays, then the rakovalkea gap fire may be a good option for you.

It is a simple yet effective way to build a fire, and it has many benefits that make it worthy of consideration.

How to Build a Finnish Rakovalkea Gap Fire (Slit Fire)