Surviving Encounters With the Police

With all of the police shootings and attacks on police officers in the news lately, I felt that it was time that I cover how I was taught to survive encounters with the police. Yes, even as a white male this was a subject that my Father made sure that I understood completely. Not because […]

Persuasion Vs. Force and Personal Protection

I recently read an article by Mark Skousen Entitled “Persuasion vs Force” (you can read it here Article. Mr Skousen was inspired by an essay in the book “Adventures of Ideas” by Alfred North Whitehead. The subject struck a chord with me and I felt compelled to share my thoughts on the subject. What became […]

Emergency Kit Basics

I get asked, “what should I have in a (Insert Emergency Here) kit?” more than any other question. While every geographical location has its own unique threats (be it natural or man made disasters), the basic items that I’m going to list here today will apply to all Emergency Kits. First, I’d like to go […]

Cold Steel Trail Hawk Review

I’ve had the Cold Steel Trail Hawk for a little over a year now, so this won’t be a “First Impressions” review. I’ve had the Cold Steel Trail Hawk out in the field and tinkered with it around the homestead and feel that I am ready to give my thoughts on this piece of gear. […]

OPSEC and PERSEC for Women

OPSEC (Operational Security) can be broken down simply as “Protecting information that can be used by an adversary against you”. It’s best to think of these bits of information as “puzzle pieces”, that when put together can give a complete picture (or close to it) of your movements or situation, thus exposing vulnerabilities. PERSEC (Personal […]

Why Do I Carry A Gun?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, my sincere apologies! The Christmas and New Year’s season was pretty hectic (Storms with tornadoes and now flooding of the Mississippi River, plus the usual craziness of the holidays), but I promise there will be more regular and frequent posts this year. Why do I carry a […]

Simple Winter Vehicle Kit

It’s starting to get cooler outside and winter is on the way. My friends in New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Minnesota are already posting pictures of the snow they’re dealing with on Facebook. With all that going on, I decided to add a few items to my vehicle “just in case”. As always, I am […]

Review: On Sheep, Wolves & Sheepdogs

Most of the people I talk to that are familiar with “On Sheep, Wolves & Sheepdogs”, heard it in the movie “American Sniper” (Chris Kyle’s father explains it to his sons at the dinner table). The movie just gives a summary of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s “On Sheep, Wolves & Sheepdogs” from his book “On […]

What’s the “Right” Way to Survive?

This is a question I get all the time from people. Whether it’s in regards to a specific technique, scenario, piece of gear or mindset. I’m going to try to answer “the RIGHT way to survive” as simply as I possibly can, but please understand that survival (and some techniques) can be a very complex. […]

SHTF Water

This is a guest post from Dan F. Sullivan… No, the zombie apocalypse isn’t coming. But the odds of you and your family running into a disaster during your lifetime are not small. This is what Dan Sullivan is preaching: down-to-earth preparedness in an increasingly unsafe world….Stay Safe, Dan F. Sullivan Founder and Chief Editor […]

Situational Awareness: Maintaining Your Readiness

When it comes to maintaining a “State of Readiness”, one of the most important elements in your arsenal is “Situational Awareness”. You can’t buy it, borrow it or inherit it like other pieces of gear; you have to develope it and diligently use it. To put it simply, Situational Awareness (S.A.) is being aware of […]

Ugh… Politics and Political Correctness

I really hate to discuss politics here because I feel as it might alienate some people from visiting and learning about maintaining their personal “State of Readiness”. However, it seems that people make assumptions about my “political leanings” based on some kind of stereotype of people that believe in being prepared, maintaining readiness and/ or […]

Hunting and Fishing for Survival/ Self Sufficiency Part Five: Cost

When it comes to a survival situation, cost has no meaning whatsoever. This article will address the cost of Hunting and Fishing from a self-sufficiency standpoint… Higgy While researching this subject I found that a lot of people are of the opinion that Hunting and Fishing have become “Rich Man’s” sports. That saddened me at […]

Hunting and Fishing for Survival/ Self Sufficiency Part Four: Skills

There are several skills that can help you to be more successful at hunting and fishing. Most of them apply to both endeavors to different degrees, with the main exception being scent control which applies exclusively to hunting. These skills are: Patience, Mental Discipline, Cover/ Concealment, Situational Awareness (Power of Observation), Noise Discipline, Scent Control, […]

Hunting and Fishing for Survival/ Self Sufficiency Part Three: Methods

Now that we know what areas we are likely to find critters in, it is time to cover some of the methods for taking game/ fish. Just about everyone I’ve hunted with has different ideas about and techniques for hunting and fishing. My purpose here is to introduce you to some of them and share […]

Hunting and Fishing for Survival/ Self Sufficiency Part Two: How to Find Fish/Game

While this article can’t possibly cover every species in every area, these guidelines can increase the probability of you finding fish/ game to harvest for food… “Higgy” Let’s start off with locating “edge” habitat. Edge is where two or more different terrain features or types of habitat come together. It may be where woods meet […]

Hunting and Fishing for Survival/ Self Sufficiency Part One: Introduction

I will be adding articles covering different aspects of hunting and fishing for survival/ self sufficiency each day for the next several days. I hope this information will be useful in helping you to improve your personal State of Readiness… “Higgy“ I was inspired to write this in part while getting ready for deer season […]

My EDC… What I Carry and Some (Hopefully) Helpful Hints

EDC (Every Day Carry), what is that all about? It’s pretty self explanatory… It’s what you carry on your person every day to enhance your state of readiness. It is NOT your survival kit when heading out into the field. These are items you use on a regular basis and a few extras just in […]

Survival TV Shows Review

The popularity of survival themed TV shows is undeniable. Are these shows helpful and informative, or are they dangerous to the average viewer with no wilderness experience? Does it give viewers a false sense of security and a cavalier attitude towards survival? Honestly, the answer to all of the above questions is, “Yes”. Huh? It […]

Always Improve Your Position

“What exactly is it that you want people to be ‘Ready’ for? Doomsday? Zombies? The Apocalypse?” I get asked this question a lot since I started this site. Unfortunately, my answer is not quite as exciting as all the things you see on TV about “Preppers” and “Survival”. In short, “Reality”, that’s what I want […]

Schrade SCHF-1 Review

The SCHF-1 Sheathed Let’s start with the full disclosure of the fact that I came of age during the 80’s, so yes, I do have a small part of me that is partial to the “Rambo” style of knife. That being said, every one that I have ever owned or handled was promptly destroyed. Until […]

Review Of Campfire Piston

Fire piston from I recently purchased a fire piston from This is my first experience using a fire piston, so I wanted to do a review of the product and share my thoughts regarding the quality of the product, level of difficulty in using it and what role I think it should play […]

Mental Toughness

We have all heard people refer to “mental toughness” when describing how an individual persevered through a difficult struggle. What exactly is mental toughness and what does it mean? Can someone learn, or train to be mentally tough? Is mental toughness reserved only for Special Forces types or elite athletes? I’m going to do my […]

How Does a Good Guy Survive Jail???

This one may be a bit long, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. I’m not sure how I feel about writing this, it’s a bit personal and embarrassing to an extent. I think it may help someone else that finds themselves in this situation, so I’ve decided to go ahead with it. […]

Super Shelter Review and Thoughts…

Front View of Super Shelter I have some time away from the “day job” today, so I thought I would go ahead and get this review written. I am still editing the youtube video, but it should be along shortly… The Super Shelter concept was developed by Mors Kochanski, the Canadian Bushcraft and Wilderness Survival […]