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The Romance and Reality of Survival Fishing

Most of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.  Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant’s balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and you are the accountant.

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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?

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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.

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10 Non-Power Tools You Need for Survival

I knew we were in trouble the moment I saw the Black and Decker battery-powered adjustable wrench.  I’d encountered screwdrivers with dead batteries, saws without extension cords, and drills with easily over-heated motors, but an electric wrench?

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Survival Bicycling: Part 1

Imagine walking at 15 MPH. That’s right, walking a 4-minute mile! Well, that’s exactly what a bicycle can do for you on a good day. There is no more efficient form of transport than the bicycle. And when it comes to carrying the most weight with the least effort, the bicycle again wins hands-down.

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20 Things You Need in Your Get Home Bag

It may seem like Monday morning quarterbacking, but we want everyone to think about what happened recently in the SE United States to prepare.  When you prepare and plan ahead you limit the number of bad things that can happen to you and your family when a major storm or event hits your area.

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Managing SHTF Sleep Deprivation

Before I even got started on this report there was an initial title change from avoiding to managing. It quickly occurred to me that during any type of prolonged SHTF event that sleep was highly likely to suffer. Count on it. But can we learn to deal with it?

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Urban Survival

To survive in the urban environment you will need to learn and use and whole new set of skills and tools than you might ordinarily consider in other survival situations.  Urban survival techniques and objectives are completely different from the survival skills you would use in the wilderness.

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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.

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Going Off Grid – Part II

After we made the move to a more rural setting, my focus turned to our reliance on the grid and what that meant for our long term survival after some type of catastrophic event.  Just being away from people did not provide enough security, we needed to cut the cord.

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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.