Self-Reliance Illustrated Giveaway

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We have some good news and some bad new with this week’s giveaway.  A really good magazine that has been serving the self-reliance community for quite a while now has decided that they are going to close up shop. I was fortunate enough to write several articles for Self-Reliance Illustrated, as well as collaborate with my wife on a regular …

When to eat snow in a survival situation

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One of the most often repeated statements about survival is that you should never eat snow because it lowers your body temperature.  This is certainly true.  Many years ago under controlled conditions, I tested this out with myself and found that if I was already cold and in the early stages of hypothermia that by eating snow I lowered my …

Should you use gloves or mittens?

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You often see people that spend a great deal of time outside wearing mittens.  Despite the cool factor that gloves with five fingers give us these days.  There are very good reasons for choosing mittens over gloves. If you are doing a lot of work outside.  Farming, construction, utility work mittens are a poor choice.  I have done work like …

Tactical Gear Junkie, Review and Giveaway

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I am going to make this simple for you.  I like to support veterans when and where I can.  Fortunately we get to teach a few classes each year specifically for military service members and sometimes their families join us as well.  I also like to support veteran owned businesses when and where I can. We are doing that here …

How to avoid the wind and stay warm

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A post by friend on facebook prompted this blog piece and associated video.  I get the opportunity to work with a number of people who are brand new to spending time outdoors, particularly overnight.  I am very pleased when people push themselves to get out of their comfort zone to try and work on new things. This friend of mine …

Jockstrap for survival?…say what?

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One of the things all of us need to be aware of when it comes to survival and prepping is the idea of being “grey”.  This simply means being discreet and not bringing attention to yourselves at any time.  This is never more true than when you have a go-bag or survival kit that you carry with you every day. …

How to use hickory nuts for firebuilding

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It is not too often that I send you somewhere else for some good education here in this blog.  Quite simply there are not to many guys and gals out there I respect enough to do it.  One of those days is today though.  I was introduced to Eddie Starnater‘s work by my good friend Doug Meyer.  I watched a …

The most important concealed carry drawing practice

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Practice makes perfect right? Not really. Perfect practice makes perfect. I have two questions for you, please consider the following:  How many of you that carry concealed have drawn your weapon and put it on a target as if you were in a gunfight?  Most of us would probably answer, “Quite a bit.  I go to the range and do …

5 things to help you with winter hammock sleeping

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Make no mistake about it, my back (and therefore, my comfort level) during outdoor stays are in love with sleeping in a hammock.  There are many advantages to staying in a hammock that we have covered before. One of the perceived disadvantages is that they do not work so well in cold weather.  I have not had that type of …

Blind Horse Knives (BHK) Muk Review and Giveaway

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Everyone likes a good knife giveaway and certainly we want to be there for you my friend.  This knife today is a specialized knife from Blind Horse Knives.  Yeah, I said Blind Horse not Battle Horse.  I actually got this knife some time ago in a trade and have been using it since.  It was brand new when I received …