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A New Gunslinger Comes to Town

I enjoy going to gun shows! Pat and I set up at as many local shows as we have time for. Last week we ventured a little ways from our respective homes and participated in a very interesting show. Business was ok, but the traffic of people coming through was very light. One thing that […]

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Selecting a Generator for Short-term Emergencies

 Is it just me or does everyone get a little bit excited when the power goes off? During a severe winter storm last winter we lost power late one evening, andmMy initial reaction was “Cool!” I got out our candles and all of our flashlights and began planning our evening of family fun. After playing […]

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The Burning Questions: should I build a bunker?

  Okay.  Now we’re really treading in the big kids’ pool. But, why not build a bunker?  After all, if you’re thinking about it you’ve probably admitted that there are many things simultaneously going wrong in the world that are way out of your control.  Maybe you’ve got a gun, a few months worth of […]

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5 Guns Everyone Should Own (even your Grandmother)

For any self reliant individual there are a few guns that are a “must have”. I will avoid going into specific makes and models and instead talk about the basic firearms by type and their value in a survival situation.   .22 caliber rifle This firearm is invaluable for several reasons. They are economical in terms […]

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Review: Survivors

Two things you should know about Jim Rawles (creator of is this: Jim Rawles loves him some Jesus. Jim Rawles loves to imagine whacking folks with weapons of exotic caliber. Let’s get it out of the way… his latest work, Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse, about the ultimate TEOTOEWWKKIO (or whatever) scenario […]

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The Burning Questions: should I buy a gas mask?

A nice, solid litmus test for how paranoid you truly are is whether or not you have a gas mask, train with a gas mask, or walk around town with a gas mask 24/7.  Let’s face it.  A hardcore gas mask is the quintessential symbol of the apocalypse, but respitory protection is a serious hazard even in […]

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Building a Bug out Bag: 15 things to consider

As with all things related to personal preservation a lot of thought needs to be given when building your Bug out Bag (BOB). Bug out Bags, or 72 hour bags should be used like a reserve parachute on a pilot. You only pull the cord of the reserve chute when the plane and primary chute […]

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The Art of the Bug out Bag – What’s inside?

Ask ten people what they would put in their bug out bag and you will likely get ten different answers.  True, there will be some common elements that are reflected across the board. Items such as water, food, a knife and some sort of shelter probably (read better be!!) in all emergency kits. After the […]

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Gear Review: Zombie Tools “Rough and Ready”

If you’re ready for zombies, you’re ready for anything. The boys from Zombie Tools live in my hometown of Missoula, MT, which explains an awful lot.  I saw these guys after making my first machete and poking around the Interwebs for custom machetes, and needless to say, it was love at first site. This is […]

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