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Fortifying Your Home

If a burglar, kidnapper, or home invasion robbing crew targeted your home, it would be good if your home were a hard target, like a castle for fortress of the ancient days, but the reasonableness of your security measures must take into account the likelihood and severity of the risks you might face. Let’s go… Read More

Five Emergency Toothache Remedies From Wild Plants

The crippling pain of a toothache can occur at inconvenient times - perhaps when far from your dentist or even your emergency first aid kit.  Because of the potentially intense pain and potentially critical health concerns associated with a tooth infection, wild herbs to treat toothache is an important category of medicinals to become familiar… Read More

Deadly Poisons, Wild Edibles, and Magic Medicinals of The Carrot Family

Apiaceae, is known as the Carrot Family, the Hemlock Family, and the Umbel Family (after the old name “Umbelliferae”).  It is one of the most important botanical families for the survivalist to become familiar with.  Its diversity and importance are implied with common names for the family ranging from one of the world’s most important… Read More

Survival Gear Review: LaCrosse NOAA Weather Radio

There are pieces of emergency gear that preppers and survivalists simply have to have.  A multi-functional, multi-powered weather radio is one of them.  One of these radios should be extremely high on your “to buy” list if you do not have one now.  It needs to be kept easy to access and ready to go… Read More

Bushcraft Mushrooms: 5 Uses of Polypores and Other Mushrooms

Mushrooms were among the earliest survival essentials of man.  Otzi, the Ice Man, had two mushrooms with him.  One, the Tinder Polypore (Fomes fomentarius), used for firestarting and the other, the Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus), was quite possibly being carried for medicinal reasons.  The fire-starting and fire-carrying properties of Tinder Polypore and others like Chaga… Read More

Wild Edibles & Poisonous Plants of the Poison Ivy Family

The Poison Ivy plant family, Anacardiaceae, is well known to those who spend time outdoors. Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of the most notorious weeds of the wild, feared by campers and other outdoorsy folk because of the nasty rash it can produce with contact. While poison ivy is largely reviled, Anacardiaceae yields enormous… 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

Confronting Post-War Realities

“Gary,” my Grandfather admitted with tears in his eyes, “I’m going to hell.” 52 years earlier, in the Battle of New Britain, my Grandfather killed multiple Japanese combatants. The admission stunned my Dad. Growing up, he believed my Grandfather was prematurely relieved of duty due to malaria. That and little else was said of the… 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: 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