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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

A Time of Rememberance

I’ve been moving, so I haven’t posted in awhile, my apologies. With Memorial Day coming up, I decided to post something a little off topic. I hope y’all don’t mind. Last week I went to visit my Great Grandmother’s grave for Mother’s Day. While there, I sat and had a chew with my cousin and […]

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 […]

Review Of Campfire Piston

Fire piston from www.campfirepiston.com I recently purchased a fire piston from campfirepiston.com. 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 […]