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5 Ways to purify water in a pinch

Water is very easy to find almost anywhere on this planet, but the problem is that if the water isn’t pure enough, you just can’t drink it or use it for washing. So, what do you do when you get stranded somewhere where you just can’t get clean water? Well, you just need to know […]

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Success at Chantilly

This weekend Pat and I ventured out to the Dulles Expo center for our first gun show in this area. The show set attendance records for all three days and for us it was a huge success. When I say huge success I am not talking about dollars in sales or any other financial measure. […]

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Let’s talk about skillz, baby. Let’s talk about you and me…

By Olymar Gallagher, MPA, Emergency and Disaster Managment After meeting my Montana raised husband in New York, it became blatantly clear to me how few hard skills the average New Yorkers possesses. I always half-joked with him about teaching a class  on how to be a “Real Man” in New York.  Now before all you metropolitan […]

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Real Life Preparations: what’s the difference between preppers and survivalists?

A wide variety of people believe in being prepared for diaster and bolstering self-reliance.  However the range of strategies and opinions differ greatly providing a near-religious zeal from different camps. For instance, hardcore “survivalists” tend to believe in isolation within an armored bunker fondling 50 guns, a bunker of batteries, and a 10-year supply of winter wheat.  The opposite spectrum […]

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Hunt for Survival – guide to field dressing, transporting, and preparing game

Long term survival could depend on you hunting wild game for your food. Hunting isn’t the hard part of this endeavor, cleaning the animal and preparing it for cooking is. There are lots of good resources out there that can help. I found this article to be particularly well written and inclusive. Be Prepared for […]

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old school knots

7 Knots and Hitches you should’ve known yesterday

Are you that person who uses a whole bale of twine plus six or seven bungy cords to get your Christmas tree home from the grocery store parking lot? After all, if you can’t tie a KNOT, tie a LOT. This may be perfectly cool if it’s the extent of your knot-tying requirements, but once […]

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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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how to start a fire

9 ways to start a fire

Let’s face it, even those grunting knuckle draggers in Quest for Fire knew the power of the flame. After all, it provides cooked food, wards of insects and predators, and makes a nice comfy place to rendezvous with loved ones. Here’s a quick rundown of a few ways to start a fire. 1.  Friction. Bill […]

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