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The Ultimate Compact Survival Kit

Got your attention? We have all read many posts on those Altoid Tin kits, at least I hope you have. They look like a fun project, affordable, and useful. Put your hands up if you liked the idea, but couldn’t convince yourself because it was too wimpy or small to be effective. What’s a tinkering […]

Gear Review: Craft Leather Pancake Holster and Magazine Carrier

As a man who grew up among outdoorsmen and gun snobs, I have long held that there are few finer pleasures in the gun world than a truly well made leather holster encapsulating my sidearm du jour. Many have been the days that I have wandered through the New England outdoors with a Smith & […]

Survival Gear Review: The SOG Field Knife – An Excellent Cheap Blade

SOG has produced many fine knives including several now made in the USA again. I have several and enjoy the heck out of them, but my favorite SOG ride retails for over $200. But for one-eighth that amount, SOG has an excellent basic knife that has a fine handle, an excellent blade, and a pretty […]

“Assembled in USA”, The New AK-47 Trend

For years there were three roads to go about procuring an AKM, AK-47, or AK-74 in the US.  The first being that you could buy an import.  For years that meant a Chinese Norinco or Polytech imported by a half dozen different firms.  Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Romanian, and Russian rifles started to pour in after […]

How To Sling A Remington Tac-14 Shotgun

An inquiry came in recently about a past review posting on the Remington Tac-14 shotgun.  In the photos that accompanied the article, the Tac-14 was shown with a sling installed and readers wanted to know the part combinations used to complete this accessory fine tuning.  It’s really pretty simple. This is the really easy part.  Since […]

Gear Review: Streamlight Sidewinder Flashlight Military Version

Starting off with my first review I decided to go with a flashlight. Not just any flashlight but the flashlight that I carry with me on all of my bug out trips. Many hours were spent looking over lumen outputs, battery life, type of battery, and features. Finally a decision was made and I decided […]

The Care and Feeding of Socks

The oft quoted proverb “Don’t sweat the small stuff, but it’s all small stuff”, often ignores the common sense point that sometimes forgetting to take care of some of the small stuff items and concerns could end up being a big deal.  And more often than not it turns out some small stuff thing is […]

Review & Install How-To: Epic Smart Shield Water Filter

After the continued and quite satisfying success of my Epic Pure pitcher-type filter (read my review of the Epic Pure here), I decided to look to Epic again when it came time to upgrade my home water filtration. I wanted an under-sink water filtration system to hook into my home plumbing to free up some […]

Bug Out Pants

Preppers most often tend to concentrate on the more exotic aspects of prep and survival gearing up.  We get all the bases covered with water stocks, food supplies, defense weaponry, ammunition, first aid kits, tools, gear, bags and everything else that goes with getting ready to Bug Out.  But, what are you going to wear?  […]

Survival Tools

Survival tools is a very large and varied subject to tackle.  One man’s wrench is another man’s pair of pliers.  It’s also hard to focus on just one classification of tools.  For this treatise we are talking about tools to build things, fix things, and maintain things.  For purposes of survival discussions solely this go […]

Why Shooting Practice is Essential

As the old adage goes, there really is no substitute for experience.  This counts double time for shooting experience only gained by “popping lots of caps” as the Mil-Gens like to say.  Of course, they borrowed that ole saying from us baby boomer boomers.  The point is though that to gain valuable shooting experience, competency, […]

The Quintessential Survival Knife

Let’s get real here.  Is there really an ideal or “best bet” survival knife?  Well, no for the purposes of a general description, but then, yes, for the individual that selects a knife that does all of the tasks they need done.  For them, that knife or likely knives is ideal.  So, what makes an […]