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The Ubiquitous 30-30 Lever Gun

Dear survivalists and preppers, have we gone AR and AK nuts? Hey, you know what, there are viable alternatives to the multi-round, mag latch, muzzle flash black guns so often associated with the bug out movement. For one, this author contends a good ole reliable, lever action 30-30 has a role to play in our… Read More

Quick Buyer’s Guide to Imported AK Market

The Presidential Election, mass shootings and terror attacks on our soil have touched off a “mini-panic”, not quite the size or scale we saw in 2013 after Sandy Hook.  This mini-panic has again focused the attention of would-be gun owners, and current owners of two type of firearms: handguns and semi-auto rifles.  The two most… Read More

MSR Whisperlite vs Esbit Pocket Stove

One recent fall weekend my wife and I went to hike Maine’s Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. It was a gorgeous hike, as you can see in the image. The hike wasn’t for sissies, however; that or we’re just old, but we hiked for about 8 miles and 8 hours before we were back… Read More

The Fallkniven Professional Hunting Knife: When Quality Really Matters

As knife designs evolve they have to overcome the traditions and stereotypes of the past. In an effort to drive knife sales, manufacturers have produced more versatile, creatively inspired blades. While this has yielded a multitude of blades, some manufacturers have missed the mark entirely with poorly designed, gimmicky knives. Others, like Fällkniven, produce modern… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Epic Ultimate Travel Bottle

While everybody else is storing gold and silver, I am finding the best ways to invest in what I believe is going to be the currency of the future: clean water.  I highly recommend assessing your own situation and finding ways to store and purify as much water as you can. For home situations, purifying… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kelly Kettle Ultimate Camp Kit

The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland and has been in use for over one hundred years. The kettle has a simple yet very effective design for boiling water.  The body of the kettle is a doubled wall construction with a hollow core.  When the kettle is placed over the hobo… Read More

Survival Gear Review: The Mora Camp Axe

Mora knives are the paracord of survival blades. Their utility is unquestioned, but not so much is their reliability as a true survival instrument. Having a partial tang, thin blade, plastic sheath, and average steel, the Mora Knife is more of an inexpensive convenience, but by no means the last word in survival blades.  However… Read More

Book Review: Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide

I’ll say from the outset that I’m less familiar with air guns than “traditional” guns. Air rifles, to me, have always fallen into the category of a BB gun, the “Red Rider” type that Ralphie wished for in the classic movie, A Christmas Story. A “rifle” that kids use as a precursor to getting a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Backpacker’s Pantry Persian Peach Stew With Chicken

I recently got a few samples of Backpacker’s Pantry freeze-dried meals to review, and I was very excited to try them out, because Backpacker’s Pantry is one of the few large-scale freeze-dried meal producers to not just feature, but promote and develop a large variety of gluten-free and/or organic ingredient options.  Backpacker’s Pantry, based out… Read More

Good, Cheap Knives

The prepper survivalist can never really have too many knives. And of course, there are more knives to be had than the Clinton Foundation has mysterious dollars in their bank account. By the way, just curious, but where exactly is that bank account? But, then again, your everyday bug in or out blades do not… Read More

Daltech Force Bullbelt & IndestructiBelt Gun Belt Review

Let me start by saying that my primary objective in buying a new belt was not to get a belt for carrying a gun. No, I needed a new belt because the leather belt I’ve been wearing the past few years gets that inevitable sag where it doesn’t look right any more. I mean look… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Vargo Titanium Wood Stove

Most quality bug out kits give a hefty nod to a petroleum powered stove. Whether white gas, compressed gas or fuel tablets, the common thread is the need for man-made fuel. Even the multi-fuel stoves are at risk when there is nothing to eat. Enter the mini-wood stove.  Vargo makes an impressive line of titanium products… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SIG SAUER MPX-C 9mm REVIEW

I was fortunate enough to be able to have some trigger time recently with a Sig Sauer MPX-C 9mm carbine.  It wasn’t nearly enough time - probably 200 rounds over a couple of days - but it was enough to form an opinion on Sig Sauer’s next-generation pistol caliber carbine.  It was also enough to… Read More

Survival Gear Review: The Tactical Timahawk

Few things turn on a survivalist like a new piece of kit that has tremendous potential. And two of them just landed in my bug out loadout. Cutting to the chase, they are Timahawks. ‘Timahawk’, you ask? Yes Tim-a-Hawk. The designer Tim Ralston got to choose the name so it only makes sense. Had I… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Food

The blockbuster movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released in 1991. That was 25 years ago.   Why that’s important is that even though T2 is like ancient history to many folks these days, there was a scene in the movie (at 1:25:20 to be exact) where the young John Connor and the T2 (Arnold… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Stihl Pro Splitting Hatchet

In addition to building some of the world’s best chainsaws, the Stihl company also makes...or at least brands some wonderful axes and in particular a tremendous splitting hatchet. At less than 20” long but with a 2.75 pound head, the Stihl Pro Splitting Hatchet and it’s monstrous Ash handle with thick neck make short work… Read More

Survival Gear Review: DMT Diamond Sharpener

A person is only as good as the tools they use and the tools they use are only good if you take care of them.  My dad said this a lot to me when I was growing, especially if he caught me not properly taking care of a tool. The circle has come around as… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Zero Tolerance 0770CF Knife

Most who consider themselves prepared would rank the humble pocket knife as a survival essential of the highest degree.  In fact, the sharp blade often exceeds even fire and water in immediate importance.  So having a sharp edge ready to go no matter the situation means carrying a quality blade with you 24/7 or at… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Barricade Fire Blocking Gel

Looked at the news lately?  Hot, dry and windy.  Fire season is upon us again.  It is starting to really dry out up here in the high country of Rocky Mountains where wildfires are our biggest nemesis.  My paranoia level is around a 5 on a scale of 10.  Statistically the chances of your house… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fällkniven A1 Pro

Being a restless survivalist, I find the endless pursuit of the best single knife to be both a noble one and and endless one.  Or so I thought.  The Fällkniven A1 Pro may have brought an end to my quest for the perfect survival knife, and become the life-long quest of other like minds.  Could… Read More

Food Storage With Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

One of the biggest obstacles we have to conquer as preppers is that of long term food storage and preservation.  While MREs and other long term food options that are purchased can be great, they can be expensive per serving and limiting in the options available.  A few years back I decided to research my… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Glock 42

Does your carry pistol limit what you do? Do you worry about exposing your gun to the elements? Is your carry preference too much of a burden for many activities? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should consider the Glock 42.  For me, I wanted a familiar handgun but in… Read More

Survival Gear Review: GunfightersINC Ronin Concealment Holster

There are, according to a completely-made-up-by-me-but-probably-not-too-far-off-number, approximately six billion custom kydex holster makers in the world.  Don’t believe me?  If you belong to Facebook, find a large Facebook group (or internet forum) for a handgun you have, join it, and then post the following query to the board: “I just got [insert make/model of handgun… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Streamlight Stylus Pro Pen Flashlight

Everyone has their thing that they geek out about, firearms, accessories, knives, etc. I geek out when it comes to flashlights.  I can never have enough flashlights and find it very hard not to buy one when I come across a “new” one at the store.  Due to my job, I carry a flashlight on… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Escape & Evasion Gun Belt

Since the Bronze Age belts have been worn by all ages and all genders.  A belt round the waist is a fashion statement (1), holds utility essentials (2), and is safety equipment in all manner of work-related and recreational applications (3). And it is those very same three aspects of a special purpose belt that… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Talon Grips

So I'd just like to come right out at the outset of this review and state that Talon Grips have probably provided the most satisfaction-per-dollar of any of the firearms modifications I've tried in recent memory. They are quite inexpensive, easy to install, non-permanent, and 100% effective at the specific improvement they offer. They're just… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Ruger Charger Takedown

Some serious firearms are merely taken as fun guns.  Why not allow them to play the role of both?  Lucky for me, at a recent NRA Friends banquet, a friend bought be a raffle ticket to which it produced a winning selection of a firearm.  My choice?  It was a no-brainer for me when I… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Sig Sauer P320

So I got a Sig Sauer P320.  I saw it in a local pawn shop, sitting there in the glass case, perched on green velvet, looking all blocky and businesslike and badass.  I handled it, fondled it, wiped the drool away, and made a trade for it. It went home with me where I glared… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kershaw OSO Sweet Pocket Knife

I have never owned an assisted opening pocket knife before but have always wanted one. From the outside they seemed like they would be flimsy and their action was all for show.  Most of the people I had met that brandished an assisted opening blade, were of the “mall ninja” type. I had no real… Read More

Survival Gear Review: C.A. Myers Sewing Awl

This is sewing for the caveman in you, or cavewoman.  If you have a well thought out Bug Out Bag, then repair gear is included in it.  A small sewing kit, duct tape, multi-tool, IFAK, and maybe some cable ties.  I have been putting a heavy sail needle and thick thread in my kits forever. … Read More

Neck Knives For The Masses

The definition of a neck knife pretty much begins and ends with it being a blade worn on a lanyard around one’s neck.  Rather than in a belt sheath, pocket, pack clipped anywhere else, the neck knife offers a deployment option and carry strategy that opens some doors especially during specific activities and positions.  Neck… Read More

Survival Gear Review: 3M Safety & Security Window Film

Everybody loves lots of windows in their house.  Windows provide you with a view to the world.  They provide natural light, warmth when the sun is shining, fresh air when the weather permits and the ability to cool your home on those hot summer nights.  Everyone loves lots of windows except for a survivalist or… Read More

12 Preps For Under $30 Bucks

I'm willing to bet that at least 90% of the people reading this article have to function under a budget of sorts.  Bills need to be paid, houses need to be heated, cars need to be maintained, stomachs need to be fed.  It's a fact of life and how we have to operate on a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: goTenna Off-Grid Device

Well, I guess Facebook is good for something.  I was having one of those mindless moments where scrolling through the feed seemed like a better thing to do than, you know, reading a book, or working out, or bettering myself in some way.  It was the same stuff over and over, but then a promotion… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A2

Peter, the head of Fällkniven knives told me that a big blade can do everything a small blade can do, but a small blade cannot do everything a big blade can do.  Or thereabouts.  In theory, I agree with him. But in practice...well, that would take field testing.  Big is not a measurement, it is… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul Armorer’s Wrench

Once Upon A Time....You know, I’ll be honest here.  If you have never used an armorer's tool to work on an AR variant rifle, I almost hate to endorse the Magpul Armorer's Wrench as your first tool because you will never know just how bad most other armorer's tools really are.  You won’t know what… Read More

Professional Level Key Fob Lights

A growing space in the world of personal lighting (flashlights) is the USB rechargable key fob light. These are not your grandma’s key ring lights of yesteryear, but powerful photon blasters that in some cases outreach even your dual-celled flashlights.  Like any new tangent in lighting, there are tradeoffs. Being rechargeable, you cannot simply replace… Read More

Survival Gear Review: ESEE-6 Knife

ESSE knives are the real deal.  In fact, they are so darn good and in such high demand by users on the front lines that people have started trying to counterfeit them.  Let’s say up front, if you intend to shop for an ESEE knife on line in particular, buy it from a reputable dealer… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gränsfors Bruks Hand Hatchet

I find interesting that knife reviews often and immediately take on cutting chores at the upper limit of a blade’s pay grade.  Many of the tasks assigned to the knives are really better served by another survival tool; the Hand Hatchet.  And in particular, the Gränsfors Bruks Hand Hatchet.  Of the rides in my growing… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven PC Folding Knife

Let’s cut to the chase. The point of an everyday carry (EDC) knife is to always have a sharp blade just a pocket away (sorry for the triple pun).  And with apologies to restrictive jurisdictions, the choice of an EDC knife is wide open and up the the carrier.  For me, I am an unabashed… Read More

Survival Gear Review: DayOne Waterbag

Those in survival circles tend to hang out around the smaller end of the water purification spectrum.  Tools like the Lifestraw and Sawyer filter are must-haves in your kit whether to get home or bug out. But what is on the other end of the drinkable water rainbow?  Turns out there is a 10-liter water… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Rothco Concealed Carry Jacket

With the onset of fall up here in northern climes, my fellow concealed firearms carriers and I perform a collective sigh of relief. With colder weather comes warmer, bulkier clothing that allows more comfortable methods of carry, with larger, more effective sidearms.  Gone, for a while anyway, is the season of constantly wondering if my… Read More

Survival Gear Review: CRKT Redemption Knife

The CRKT Redemption knife designed by Ken Onion is one, big, knife!  The Redemption is not for carving little wooden characters out of balsa wood, or cutting up hot dogs for the kiddie table at the neighborhood barbeque.  It has one clear mission, to clear trees from the Redwood and Sequoia National Forrest and to… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven Jarl Knife

It wasn’t until I wore the Fallkniven Jarl on my belt for a while that I realized that the majority of the art we will have with us during a bug out will be the art of our equipment.  Now while I find the Glock as sexy as any other gun, I do have a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: CRKT Chogan T-Hawk

Having a remote SHTF Bug-Out camp equipped without an axe would be about as silly as trying to drive a car with only three wheels mounted on it.  Something in the accomplishment of the tasks at hand would come up short.  Now of course there are endless types, styles, weights, and models of axes.  In… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe

One of the amazing things about the world these days is that small artisan companies like Gransfors Bruks will put considerable effort into a unique handmade axe with an excruciatingly limited user base and an extraordinary high price.  But in the big picture the Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe is an excellent compliment to the traditional… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Skinner “HTF” Tactical Garment Bag

The cliché saying is “hiding in plain sight.”  Preppers need to be sensitive to being able to hide critical gear, supplies, and SHTF stuffs away from prying eyes, thieves, or anybody else that might be snooping around your house or storage areas.  This is why we advise keeping quiet and discreet about your prepping efforts… Read More

Survival Gear Review: ShotLock Handgun Solo-Vault 200M

If you want fast access to your handguns in your home or automobile but also need to keep them secured from prying eyes or hands, then you should consider owning an individual gun vault.  Securing your guns is obviously important for safety reasons, but have you considered securing your firearms might protect you from criminal… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SIG Sauer P227 Nitron

It's no secret to anyone who's read any of my articles on Survival Cache or SHTFblog that I'm a SIG Sauer fanboy.  I've owned several – all of them in .45 ACP: a standard P220, a P245 compact, and my favorite, a P220ST stainless. Every single one has been just hideously accurate, and extremely reliable. … Read More

Survival Gear Review: Eberlestock H3 Sawed Off

It’s not that I’m unhappy with my current crop of daypacks, but rather I’m restless. The more I study pack designs and the more I carry them fully loaded across various adventures, the more I refine my taste for certain features as well as open my mind further to innovation. It seems more often than… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Benchmade Bushcrafter

Up until recently, the quiet corner of outdoor activity known as bushcraft was a niche market for those who make knives and other wilderness survival equipment targeting extreme survivalists.  But when Benchmade and Spyderco launched their own bushcraft knife contributions into the very small circle of blade makers who target a specific product to those… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter

In any survival situation, from urban to wilderness, there are few resources as valuable as potable water.  As a survivalist, I put big emphasis on the value of knowing every possible method of obtaining and purifying water should one be caught without equipment.  All the same, a good filter is an essential addition to any… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Crovel Elite

It’s quite likely that everyone reading this has firsthand experience with the old-school military-issue entrenching tools.  In fact military digging tools have been with us since the Romans were in diapers.  The dedicated trenching tool formally entered the soldier's loadout in WW1 as trench warfare ran the battlefield.  And that is where the entrenching tool… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven KK Knife

Although the folding knife has been with us since pre-Roman times, and popular since the late 1600s, it has always been a compromise of size and strength. Anything that moves is a potential weakness. In the modern world, most cutting tasks don’t require more than a basic blade of even mild sharpness and strength. It’s… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Glock 43

The official news finally broke at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting in Nashville in April.  The rumors have been flying for several years that Glock was working on a single stack, 9mm handgun for the concealed carry market.  Well, I can let you know that the wait is over.  I finally got my hands… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT)

Before we dive in, let’s take some reality pills.  First, this tourniquet is for you, not for your good samaritan fantasy where you save the beautiful princess/prince with the severed artery (although I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for that as well).  Second, the mere fact of not carrying a tourniquet does not decrease your… Read More

Survival Gear Review: GizzMoVest GPS Cases

As our bug out and EDC kits gain electronics including GPS receivers, cell phones, and radios, there is an ever growing need for better protective cases that will give our battery-powered friends the best chance of survival when things get rough.  And GizzMoVest is here to help.  GizzMoVest is an American company that specializes in… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Bob’s Butt Wipes

Ok, ok, I hear the chuckles now from across the room at the Bug Out Bag (BOB) planning meetings, but this is a serious product for survivalists and preppers and generally all outdoors people whether actually outdoors or in the cabin, RV, or home, doing a Bug In or a Bug Out.  Although there are… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Leatherman Raptor Shears

Between three and four thousand years ago, somebody somewhere thought up the idea of having two opposing bronze knife blades slice towards each other and thus the spring shears were born.  But it wasn’t until about AD 100 that the recognizable X-shaped pivot shears were invented by the Romans.  By placing the pivot point in… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R18FSFSM-308

In the big business of survival and firearms, our time is a great time. Product demand is up; political pressure and societal issues are making people more aware of their surroundings and possible predicaments.  Never before has the survival and firearms industries been so driven to meet increased demands and increased call for sturdy, no-nonsense… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool

The  Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool is a 6+ tool pocket machine designed to service the AR15/M16/M4 rifle. Unlike other multitools, the Gerber eFECT is missing the usual suspects of 1) knife blade, 2) pliers, 3) saw, 4) file...bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver, scissors, bit kit, pocket clip, wire cutter, etc.  In a nutshell, the Gerber… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Olight S15 Baton

I think that it is safe to assume that a lot people reading this have that one item that not only becomes another item among your supplies, but an obsession to collect. For me, that item is flashlights. I love flashlights. I have had an assortment of flashlights over the years, ranging from cheap to… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Helio Pressure Shower

If you are like me, the biggest luxury you will miss when the SHTF is a nice hot shower, that and a toilet that flushes.  I do a fair amount of backwoods camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains, so going without a shower is something that I do often without complaint.  But when I… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Benchmade Adamas Knife

It is a long held belief that a folding knife can never possess the strength to solo as a survival knife. The fears of a folding blade includes that they are too short, have a weak pivot point, and any locking mechanism simply cannot be strong enough. A significant challenge to the sub-standard folder belief… Read More

Survival Gear Review: UDAP Bear Spray

My first thought was does this stuff stop a bear, of course. Then questions start to flow, like legality and effectiveness. Is it legal to blast someone with a spray designed for animals?  Can you carry it open or concealed?  Does it really stop a bear or 2 legged predator from doing you harm?  Personally… Read More

Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun

Not every firearm we review on Survival Cache is the ultimate survival gun.  Sometimes we see something and say "That is badass, I gotta get my hands on one of those."  Which is the case with the T-Model Lever Action Shotgun.  Last year at Shot Show, we were bleeding out of our eyes from seeing… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag

I've only met one survivalist who said he didn't like paracord gear and I'm pretty sure he was lying.  Paracord is one of the staple items that have come to be accepted as a “must have” in your kit, and you'll have to travel far and wide to find a Get-Home bag or Bug Out… Read More

Survival Gear Review: PureFire Tactical Survival Fire Starter

The ability to start a fire is arguably the most important skill to have when camping, hiking or in a survival situation. Fire gives you the ability to boil water, cook food, provide warmth, signal for rescue, make tools, keep insects and predators at bay, and it also gives you a psychological boost. The cheapest… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Leatherman MUT

The day after Independence Day in 1983, Tim Leatherman and his buddy Steve Berliner formally launched the Leatherman Tool Group Inc. and started selling its first product, the Leatherman PST or Pocket Survival Tool.  From that point on, Tim and Steve’s creation and its offspring can be found in almost every survival kit, bugout bag… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry Flip-Up Sight

There is a positive glut of aftermarket supplies for the AR-15/AR-10 platform.  I feel like perhaps there may even be too many, especially if you’re just getting introduced to the AR system. Uppers, lowers, rails, grips, lights, sights, flash suppressors, aftermarket triggers, stocks…it goes on and on.  While this situation is a positive boon for… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Black Diamond Mini Lanterns

For decades I used a candle lantern for evening camp light and to hang in the tent before quitting for the night.  But doing the numbers, a candle lantern is only about 20 lumens, lasts a maximum of nine hours (a few more with more expensive beeswax candles), and weighs about three-fourths of a pound. … Read More

Survival Gear Review: Yeti Coolers

Owning a Yeti cooler is a rite of passage in the South.  Am I kidding or what?  Nope.  Kids down here ask for Yeti coolers for Christmas for heaven’s sake.  The Robinson power family of Duck Commander fame is the poster children of this campaign.  Countless celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon, too, so how… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven F1 Survival Knife

Tenacious would be a good word to describe the Fallkniven F1.  In fact, it would be the perfect word.  When survival is on the line, you want a blade that has tenacity in its job description.  And the folks at Fallkniven know how to build tenacity into a knife.  Since its introduction in 1995, the… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Sphinx Arms SDP Compact

Never heard of Sphinx Arms?  You are not the only one.  Despite the fact that they can trace their engineering roots back to 1876, they are relatively unknown in the firearms world to most. Located in Interlaken, Switzerland, they came out with a pistol in the early 2000’s called the Sphinx 3000 which was based… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SunJack Solar Charger

I have a treat for y'all today.  I was given a SunJack last month to test out and review.  If you've been looking to add one of these to your preps, read on.  This solar charger rocks!   Now, first, some caveats.  My family is NOT heavy on battery powered devices.  Hubby and I share a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Ontario Falcon Knife

One particular blade that has been flying under the radar for several years now is the Falcon from Ontario Knife Company (OKC), and its full of many welcome contradictions.  In lots of ways the Falcon, introduced in 2011, is a whole collection of opposing features in knife terms which might be responsible for the Falcon’s… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Primal Gear Unlimited Bow

When I was a kid my dad bought me a youth compound bow.  I loved shooting it but I never shot at anything other than the practice target in our yard. I spent all my hunting years using firearms even though the desire to bow hunt was always just below the surface.  I didn’t have a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Kel-Tec RFB

Wow, what a fun rifle.  Although its design is strictly business, the Kel-Tec RFB is just plain cool.  Kel-Tec is a company that thinks outside the box and is not afraid to be different, which is evident from their KSG Shotgun design.  When you first put the Kel-Tec RFB up to your shoulder it just… Read More

Survival Gear Review: V-Line Brute Gun Safe

If you own a gun, you should own a safe.  There, I said it.  These days, you don’t exactly have to strain the ol’ gray matter to come up with a good reason to keep your firearms secure.  Your domicile or automobile could be broken into and your valuables and firearms could be stolen and… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-3

As I sit here typing this out, I have a neat little self-defense package nestled on my hip, residing there quite comfortably:  A Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in .40S&W, with a Streamlight TLR-3 light clamped happily on the accessory rail. The light looks like it grew there, the balance is great, the weight light… Read More

Survival Gear Review: M1951 Fishtail Parka

I apologize now for the madness you are about to enter into if you read this review.  My madness started about 30 years ago when I first received a fishtail parka from a fellow Army Reservist in trade for some boots.  The parka looked like a warm coat and I had some extra boots, why… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gerber GDC Money Clip

I have always admired money clips for their sleek simplicity. However, time and time again I end up going back to a wallet as I stock my pockets with more junk.  I have a small collection of money clips and recently wanted to go back to using one.  The old ones in the top dresser… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard Backup

Frankly to me just the idea of a having a “backup gun” smells of trouble.  But then on the positive side of things a backup gun can be a comforting thing.  The concept of a backup gun of course naturally implies that you have a primus firearm at the ready, and that the secondary gun… Read More

Survival Gear Review: MSR Whisperlite Stove

The MSR Whisperlite stove is one of my favorite stoves – especially in cold weather.  It's light weight and uses white gas stove fuel which you can get at any outdoor store or from Amazon.  The best part is that it is made in America.  The bottle you store the fuel in is pressurized by… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack

A few years ago for work, I switched from the over the shoulder computer bag to a backpack.  The old style computer bag just wasn’t cutting it for both work and the urban bug out situation.  After I saw the Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack, I upgraded from there. By Mark P, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Magpul MBUS Pro Iron Sights

Iron sights have been with us ever since muskets were rifled.  Sharpshooters demanded more and thus began the revolution and evolution of iron sights.  Backup iron sights, on the other hand, grew from the need for redundancy as optics sprouted up on the barrels and rails of military and hunting rifles. by Doc Montana, a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife

In 2002, in response to a question about the Iraq war, the US Secretary of Defense replied, and I paraphrase, “There are known knowns; there are known unknowns, but there are also unknown unknowns.” Those words are the best way to describe the the expectations of a survival knife.  Especially the part about unknown unknowns. … Read More

Survival Gear Review: Trucker’s Friend

It’s curious a specialty tool like this would be called the Trucker’s Friend.   For certain it is a tool a trucker would want to have in their tool box, but its usefulness goes way beyond that limited functional area.  I would say this tool is by all regards a prepper’s friend as well. By Dr… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOCOM 16

If you grew up shooting rifles, then you might have an itch that a carbine just can’t scratch.  Like many, I have always been a fan of the M-14 rifle, also known as the M1A, but I am a little too young to appreciate its predecessor, the M1 Garand. By Mark P, a contributing author… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Spyderco Bushcraft Knife

A dog is a man’s best friend, and his knife is a close second.  With that said, I am often surprised when price is used as the limiting criteria of a new blade. What would you think if someone called a breeder and said what’s the best dog I can get for under $30? by… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Ruger 10/22 Takedown

The Ruger 10/22 is the Piper Cub of the .22 rifle world.  It is a standard of expectation and operation upon which all others, good or bad, are measured.  In a world filled with evolving products, the 10/22 is easily recognizable whether the gun is an infant, a teenager, or in its 50s. By Doc… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Grid-It by Cocoon

Don’t you think it’s about time you get organized?  As survivalists we pride ourselves in having our “You Know What” together, but most of us lag way behind in having certain elements of our prep ducks lined up in a row.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com Some may have… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fire Starters

All commercially available fire starters designed for survival will start fires provided that you have enough time and the conditions are right.  So with that premise in mind, we wanted to take a look at which one performed the best and would be the easiest to use in a pinch with different fuels. By Murphy… Read More

Survival Gear Review: MAGPUL Furniture

When it comes to customization of an AR platform, it is fair to say that the options are now limitless.  Without all of the hype of being an “Mall Ninja” with every accessory you can think of added to your weapon, the essential components of tactical shooting can all be found from one company, Magpul… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Crimson Trace MVF-515 Foregrip

Over the years the "Frankenstein" AR-15 has gotten out of control.  A few years back, I was accessorizing my stock "Bushmaster AR" with all of the latest gadgets and widgets.  In my mind I came up with all sorts of wild apocalyptic scenarios where I would need such things for my rifle. By Mark P… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Hennessy Hammock Expedition

Staying off the ground is not just an important part of back country camping, it can also be a matter of life or death if you are outside the sphere of assistance or in a survival situation.  The ground can literally suck the heat from your body.  Enter, the hammock. By Murphy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com… Read More

The Ultimate Survival Pistol – Glock

Time and time again the Glock pistol has been used by military personnel, law enforcement, survivalists, hunters, and the Average Joe for home and personal defense.  They provide value relative to their cost, they are reliable, accurate and consistently perform when put to the test.  When you factor all of the major considerations for an… Read More

Survival Gear Review: KodaBow Bravo Zulu

Kodabow says that their name comes from the Native American word Koda or “friend” but I have to tell you that if you see this thing in my hands, I am anything but your friend.  When the SHTF, you don't want to be on the receiving end of this hammer.  By Jimmy C, a contributing… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Petzl Tactikka Headlamps

The folks at Survival Cache recently asked my opinion and a review of headlight gear they carry online at the Forge Survival Supply store.   I was honored to give my humble opinion on a product that I personally use and would freely endorse. By Bama Bull, a reader of SurvivalCache.com During my time in the… Read More

Survival Gear Review: BirkSun Levels Solar Backpack

A get home bag (GHB) should be reliable, useful and comfortable.  You should be able to carry enough critical items to enable you to make it back home, where you can get to your longer term survival cache.  If it blends into the environment you operate in, even better. By Jim S, a reader of… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Monovault

Survival caching supplies is not a new concept in the survivalist and prepper's world, but people have long wondered about the durability of their containers and the safety of its contents.  Potential caching containers come in all shapes and sizes but they are not created equal.   By Jimmy C & Murphy from the SurvivalCache.com… Read More

D.I.Y. Zombie Survival Rifle Build

Zombies are everywhere.  It seems like they are at every turn these days.  I saw one in Wal-Mart just this morning.  They can often be seen in the fresh meat section for the obvious reasons of attraction.  If you look close enough as you go about your business, you will see them too. By Dr… Read More

Survival Gear Review: PWS MK214 Battle Rifle

In the never ending argument among internet experts on pro's and con's of the AK-47 vs the AR-15, we give you an alternative to that argument.  The Battle Rifle, when you care enough to send the very best down range. By Scott, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com The Battle Rifle The MK214 Battle Rifle was… Read More

Survival Gear Review: MSR Backyard Barn

In the event that you and your family have to leave your primary domicile on short notice, we continue to look for the ideal bug out shelter.  The issue that we keep finding is that there are a limited amount of high quality/light weight large tents.  We recently found one that by Mountain Safety Research… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Guide 10 Adventure Kit

With known electrical grid issues and the possibility of being in a remote area without electricity, the sun seems to be logical solution when the outlet is no longer available.  Although we never like to rely on survival gear that requires electricity, it often times can prove to be very useful. By Josh, a contributing… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Emmrod Fishing Pole

I do a lot of hiking in the back-country of Colorado and come across a lot of small streams and lakes.  I always thought it would be great to have a small, lightweight rod and reel to fish for trout while I'm exploring.  My wait is over. By Murphy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Forge Survival… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Oakley Ballistic M-Frame 2.0

Eye protection. It‘s essential. There is no getting around it, if you find yourself working with firearms, power tools, heavy machinery, ATVs, etc. You know how important it is to have good eye pro.   By Josh, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Today, we take a good hard look at the grandfather of ballistic eye… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Lula Magazine Loader

Every once in a while I come across a product that down right surprises me.  It has been a while since that has happened but the wait is over.  I was recently introduced to a Lula Magazine Loader much to my delight.    By Mark & Jimmy C from the SurvivalCache.com Team A few months… Read More

Survival Gear Review: KEL-TEC KSG

There is nothing else like it on the market today.  The look, design, feel, and features make the Kel-Tec KSG one unique firearm.  One can maybe debate its principal utility, but not the functional alternatives it offers.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com The KSG is a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun… Read More

Essential Bug Out Gear

Admittedly I watch a lot of outdoor television programming.  For Christmas this past year my wife got me the upgraded programming on cable so I could receive outdoors television basically 24/7/365.   By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com I enjoy watching the different location venues, and the behaviors of the big… Read More

Survival Gear Review: RockD Auto Lock Carabiner

During my time in the Army, I served in both the infantry and Special Forces and had to hump (carry) all of my gear over some hellacious long distances and across various rugged environments with extremes in temperatures.    By Bama Bull, a reader of SurvivalCache.com One of the things I learned is that your… Read More

Survival Gear Review: FLIR Scout PS series

Admittedly seeing thermal images in the stark of night is cool.  Even in a limited product test mode, my mind was going wild conjuring up the multiple uses for such a tool.  I was given the opportunity for a month to check out the FLIR Scout PS series handheld thermal imaging unit.  By Dr. John… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Opmod Optics

In the world of survival prepping there is no substitute for having quality optics on hand.  I have found that out the hard way a number of times, but never again.  So many quality optics are on the shelves these days that no self-respecting prepper should be without a good set.  By Dr. John J… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Todd Grey Role Knife

I am not by nature a “knife” guy.  I often have several on me but they are tools that I use as needed.  My likes and dislikes are simple and rarely do I go outside of my comfort zone.   By Captain Bart, contributing author SurvivalCache.com My survival knife fixed blade of choice is my… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gerber Parang Machete

By definition the parang knife or more aptly described machete is by origin of Malay design.  Malaysia of course is dense with thick jungle terrain which by necessity demanded the creation of a handheld cutting implement for indigents to literally slice their way through the maze of tropical growth. By Dr. John J. Woods, a… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Richmoor Hash Browns O’Brien

On a cold spring day in Zion National Park, we woke during our practice bug out exercise with the need for some ‘hot’ food.  As the water was being boiled over the open fire and the hot chocolate found; Richmoor’s Hash Brown O’Brien was also grabbed. By the SurvivalCache.com team Instructions were easy, boil water. … Read More

Survival Gear Review: Aquamira Frontier Pro

How long have you been looking for a portable water filtration system, but have not been able to justify the expense and weight of a full size filter for your Go-Bag?   We found a solution, the Aquamira Frontier Pro Water Filter.   By Josh (The Survival Kid), a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Compact Size: Fits… Read More

Survival Gear Review: RRA LAR-8 Elite Operator

For as long as I can remember reading survivalist dogma well over fifty years for this author, one the central themes has always been how best to arm the fort for the onslaught of bad guys and the unprepared looking to steal your food and loot.  Today they are called Zombies. Whatever! By Dr. John… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Tuf-Cloth and Tuf-Glide

As a daily knife user and avid shooter, I’ve been looking for a product that would clean, lubricate, and protect my tools, with a special interest in my EDC knives.  My EDC knife faces a lot of dirt, grime, dust, and lint. By Mr. Smashy, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com Both my wife’s and my… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gum Creek Vehicle Handgun Mount

Many preppers will be seriously considering an evacuation to a secondary home, Bug Out Location, or other hideout in the event of a SHTF scenario.  One assumes then some kind of transportation vehicle along with weapons has to be in the mix. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SurvivalCache.com One of the… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Spyderco Sage 2

The Spyderco Sage 2 is the second knife in Spyderco’s Sage series of knives, which pay tribute to different knife makers who have brought a revolutionary features to knife locking design.  The design of each Sage knife centers around a knife maker and the design feature they are known for. By Mr. Smashy, a SurvivalCache.com… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Mainstay 3600 Food Ration

When we started researching emergency food more than two years ago we found that most foods out there fit into 4 categories.  Freeze Dried, MREs, Long Term Staples (rice, beans, flour, etc) and Food Bars.  In the Food Bar category we found one that stood out. By the SurvivalCache.com Team The Mainstay line of emergency… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

How long have you been trying to find that “perfect” catch all EDC (Everyday Carry) bag?  Your search is over.  We take an in depth look at what may be the ultimate Tier Two bag from Maxpedition, the Fatboy Versipak. By Josh, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com From the Manufacturer: The Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Everyday… Read More

Survival Gear Review: M6 Scout Survival Rifle

One of the purpose built survival weapons that I always found interesting was the M6 Scout made by Springfield Armory.  Based on the design for the pilots of the USAF, the Springfield Armory M6 Scout has only a few changes from the original M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon.  By the SurvivalCache.com Team The commercially available model… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Rayovac Roughneck

I think I like flashlights almost as much as knives (almost is the key word).  I am very particular about flashlights that I purchase and have always wanted a very bright light, like a Surefire or any other tactical light.    By B. Lynch, a reader of SurvivalCache.com However, I have never purchased any of… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOL Emergency Bivvy

The Original SOL Heatsheets Emergency Bivvy from Adventure Medical Kits was something we had to try for ourselves.  We liked the weight and the cost but could it replace the emergency space blanket that people keep in their cars?  The answer, Yes. By the SurvivalCache.com Team SOL from Adventure Medical Kits stands for "Survive Outdoors… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SureFire G2X Pro

The Surefire G2X Pro is a polymer-bodied (Nitrolon) version of the 6PX Pro.  It is the replacement for the G2 LED, now discontinued, and heir apparent to the standard G2.  We put it through the paces at SurvivalCache to see if it lived up to the SureFire name. By Mr. Smashy, a contributing author to… Read More

Survival Gear Review: MSR HyperFlow Microfilter

When I first saw this water filter by MSR it really caught my eye.  At just 7.4 oz and a filtration rate of 3 liters per minute, this filter was perfect for ultra-lite backpacking or an emergency bug out situation.  Made in the USA and coming from a reputable company like Mountain Safety Research, this… Read More

Survival Gear Review: River Rock Nightfire Lantern

Whether you bug in or bug out, lighting resources are an essential gear item.  If I ever go to the poor house it will be because I have spent too much on knives, guns, and lights.  I have a bunch of these items, some good, some bad, and some outright worthless. By Dr. John J… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Rooftop Cargo Box

In any type of disaster situation, there is a chance that you will be forced to bug out.  If you end up bugging out, you will want to take as much food and supplies as your car or truck will carry.  An option for improving your carrying capacity is the Rooftop Cargo Box.  These boxes… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife

In this review I compared two knives made by the same company.  I recently bought the new Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife which is made by Gerber and compared it to the Gerber ASEK LMF II Survival Knife, which I have had for a couple of years now. By B. Lynch, a reader of SurvivalCache.com For… Read More

Shemaghs, A Survival “Must Have”

From time to time we get an update to an original article here at SurvivalCache that we want to share with our readers.  "30 Uses for a Bandanna" has been a very popular post and one of our readers has written a great update. When I deployed to the Middle East, I found that all… Read More

Survival Gear Review: G-Code Modular Holsters

Very few things get me as excited when it comes to survival gear, as a piece of good quality kit that allows me to easily use something for multiple applications.  I’ve been looking for a good modular holster system for quite awhile, now my search is over. By Scott of SurvivalCache.com When I work, I… Read More

Survival Gear Review: The Parry Blade

In the Mid 1990's, Mel Parry, a Warrant Officer QGM, and a veteran of the well known 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (British SAS) saw the requirement for a new generation of of professional blades that could replace the legacy of survival tools that had been standard equipment for decades. Mel Parry knew that these… Read More

Pellet Guns, Not Just For Kids Anymore

The survivalists’ old standby for hunting small game has always been a small .22 rifle or pistol. While definitely no replacement for a good rifle, the pellet gun offers several advantages in a survival situation, here are a few to think about. By Josh (The Survival Kid) and Captain Bart 1. Open Carry. Open carrying… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SureFire LX2

At SurvivalCache we are always looking for the latest Survival Gear to review and possibly add to our Bug Out Bag, EDC, Emergency Home Kit, or Emergency Car Kit.  We recently came across the SureFire LX2 Flashlight and let's just say that we were impressed.   Article by SurvivalCache contributing author:  Josh From the SureFire… Read More