Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

Ever wonder why more people don’t open carry today? Some would say, “Why would you”. There are many different ways of looking at the issue. But it’s something to consider even after More »

You Might be a Survivalist if……..

You Might be a Survivalist if……..

You might be a Survivalist/Prepper IF… – you have more food than the local Mini-Mart. – you can spout the location of every mosque, nuclear target, and possible civilian targets in a More »

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 Must Have Items

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 Must Have Items

Source: Wikimedia Commons As of 9/18/17, it’s been over a week now since Irma hit Florida and we still have over 250,000 homes in the dark. Just to remind you, it’s still More »

 

How to Start a Fire without Matches

how to start a fire without matches

Knowing how to start a fire is so important for essential survival skills. If you have kids, they may have asked you a time or two, “how do you start a fire?” Knowing how to start a fire without matches is genuinely high-speed/low drag. Now if you have matches stashed all over, that’s great and even better if they are waterproof matches. But do you think they will work when you really need to make a fire? Just nod your head side to side. So let’s learn how to make a fire in the wild, true survival style!

We need three things to start a fire:

1) Tinder – materials which will readily ignite with a spark.
2) Kindling – Small pieces of grass, leaves and twigs
3) Wood – Sustaining fuel. (gradually increase the size of the wood)

 

Tinder

So before you start, get some good, dry tinder. What’s the best tinder? Cotton Balls! A little spark will get them burning so long as they are dry. Put some in a sealed plastic bag and put it in your firestarter pail with some Vaseline. Cotton balls with Vaseline will burn very nicely for a few minutes.  You can also use almost any dead vegetation such as dry grass, crumpled up leaves, pine needles, inner bark or wood shavings.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Dry Grass

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Pine Needles

Got any jute twine laying around? That’s pretty flammable, especially if you pull the strands apart. Whatever you use, make sure it’s dry and have kindling ready to go once you have the fire started.

Kindling

Kindling can be many things such as pine cones and small branches. Once again, they must be dry to catch fire and it’s best to be less than an inch in diameter.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Kindling

Wood

Now look around for larger burning material. Bigger sticks or even logs split for campfire size is just fine. This will keep the fire going for some time and you don’t have to keep a constant eye on the fire. Now let’s get to the fire starting methods.

Fire Plough Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Fire Plough Method

Cut a groove in a board or a good sized branch. The spindle or another branch will run in this groove. Rub the tip of the spindle in the groove and have your tinder close by so when you develop embers, you can place the tinder on top of the ember. Blow a little air into the ember to help catch the tinder and FIRE!

Bow Drill Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Primitive Fire Starter

This is probably the best way to make fire without matches as you can control the friction action on a small area relatively easy. The socket is important to keep the shaft from making a hole in your hand and it can be just about anything.

The bow is a branch that will be bent and tied together with a string such as shoelace or some of the jute twine. Make the bow roughly the length of your arm for plenty of power to start the fire.

Cut a notch in the fireboard and place some tinder beneath the notch to catch the ember when you are ‘sawing’. The spindle should rotate pretty fast and in not much time you will be able to generate enough friction/heat to start pieces of the fireboard embers to catch the tinder.

 

9V Battery and Steel Wool Fire Starter

Fire from steel wool and a battery

How to Make Fire with a Battery?

Now this method is kinda fun so I had to throw it in here for a possible way to start a fire. Unroll some steel wool and rub the contacts of the 9 Volt battery against the steel wool and it will start burning pretty quick. Get your tinder on the wool and again you have fire.

Note: A charged battery is necessary for this to work and the stronger the charge in the battery the quicker the wool will catch fire.

Everstryke – Waterproof Emergency Firestarter – Flint Fire Starter

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Flint Fire Starter

No this is not a match! It is a basic flint system. Pull the serrated handle out of the unit and strike across the edge of the unit to get a flame. No fuel required for this system and you get over 15,000 strikes. Lots of fires!!

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After you get the fire started, you put some kindling on the burning tinder. Once the kindling get going, put some wood on the burning kindling. You can place the wood on the fire in a teepee, pyramid or log cabin method, either way will keep the fire going and you will have succeeded in making a fire without matches.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

There you have it, a quick and dirty primitive fire starting primer with some newer ideas with steel wool, batteries and flint starter that is not so primitive.

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

open carry vs concealed carry

Ever wonder why more people don’t open carry today? Some would say, “Why would you”.

There are many different ways of looking at the issue. But it’s something to consider even after a terrible incident as we just saw in Las Vegas a few days ago (which would not have changed considering the issue we speak of today).

I do understand the notion of potentially becoming a target during the highly unlikely event of a violent encounter. However a potential violent situation may also be averted if the criminal sees someone else who is openly carrying. Would you agree or disagree? It must also be said that being in a crime prone area would increase the potential to be involved in a violent situation which shows the old adage of location is key, still holds true.

open carry vs concealed carry

I also understand the potential for a percentage of the common public to become uncomfortable seeing another who is openly carrying. This is specially true in population dense areas where many are ‘programmed’ anti-gun or certain cities/states that do not agree with the 2nd Amendment.

Would we feel compelled or more comfortable to open carry if we saw more doing it around us? What about concealed carry? How many of them are around us?

I think the most important aspect of carrying a firearm on your person is knowing how to use the weapon. 

Did you hear that? Yes, know the weapon before you carry it. Go to the range and practice with your carry weapon. Please don’t think you are going to get a concealed carry permit (if you need one), buy a new gun and strap it to your waist and be safe; it’s folly! You need training and practice to get prepared for an event you never want to have to deal with. Trust me! Protect yourself and your family!

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Looking for Curious what your state is?? Look below for your state and always check with local law enforcement to verify.

Open Carry States Without Permit

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)

 

Open Carry States With Permit

Connecticut
Georgia
Hawaii
Iowa
Indiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New Jersey
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)

 

No Open Carry States

California
Florida
Illinois
New York
South Carolina

 

Constitutional Carry States

Alaska
Arizona
Idaho (residents only)
Kansas
Maine
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming (residents only)

You Might be a Survivalist if……..

You Might be a Survivalist if

You might be a Survivalist/Prepper IF…

– you have more food than the local Mini-Mart.

– you can spout the location of every mosque, nuclear target, and possible civilian targets in a tri-state area.

– your wife has to remind you to leave the college fund money alone when puchasing “stuff”.

– you have more money tied up in your BOV than you do your BOL.

– the local police chief calls you when the have a question about firearms.

– the Fire Department has you on the list as a source of available water during a time of crisis.

– You have enough experience with shaking cans so that you can tell what is in it even when there is no label on it.

– You know 15 ways to preserve meat, but can’t answer the question “what’s for dinner honey?”.

– The aforementioned Fire Department has a map of your house indicating powder and silver storage (think falling safe) locations to be aware of if ever there is a fire.

– You know what a “fan Di-Pole” is and you actually have a six legged one on your property.

– Your three year old learned “the 10” of firearms safety before he even knew how to read.

– Your one year old practices OPSEC.

– You bought diamonds that had nothing to do with making a woman happy.

– You have 3 backups to every resource that enters your home.

– Your will is written so cryptically that the attorney calls it a “Scavenger Hunt”.

– You have parts guns that support your backup guns.

– you know that hail and solar panels = SHTF

– You own more rounds of ammo than you have dollars in the bank.
–  Walmart calls to let me know the 5 gal. buckets are in stock again.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

A survival pocket knife or credit card knife as they are often called can be a very useful item to have when you need a portable sharp little knife. This folding pocket knife is about the size of a credit card (about 2mm thick) and can be stored in your wallet or just about anywhere you may need a knife. There is even a way to get this for free, keep reading.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool ReviewBest Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

Operation

Opening the wallet pocket knife is very easy. Simply flip the blade out and fold the two sides in over the blade securing it from closing on your hand. Yes, it’s that easy!

Features

The blade is made of 440 stainless steel, very light and razor sharp. Also, it will never rust which can be very important depending on where you store your stainless steel survival knife. Do NOT try to get this through a metal detector, it is metal and will set off the alarms.

There is a built-in protective hand guard to keep the knife from cutting you if your hand slips.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

Honest Review

This is a cool little knife for small operations. It’s sharp as a son of a gun and very small making it easy to store. I haven’t tried sharpening it yet but I am guessing it may be a little tough as stainless steel is pretty hard so diamond stone is probably the best option.

It has smooth operation and feels pretty good in an average sized hand. I don’t think you want to use this knife all day as it will likely get uncomfortable but it’s designed for small emergency jobs; so use it that way!

Good Places to Have a Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool (in my opinion)

Car

Boat

Kitchen drawer (the misc. drawer everyone has)

Night Stand

Wallet

Go Bag

This pocket knife is not a toy! Do NOT put it in your kids backpacks unless you want to meet the Principal, School Resource Officer and possible a judge.

Interested???

You can get this great survival knife for free, you just have to pay the shipping and handling. Click on any picture in this article to get this knife sent to you and as I’m writing this, they are giving a second knife away for free too. Not sure how long it will last. This is the best pocket knife I know of that is available.

Best Survival Pocket Credit Card Knife Tool Review

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

Human beings can go about a week without food but no more than a few days without water. Which is why it is so important to be able to find safe drinking water and if you can’t find it, make it! Water is also important enough that scientists believe that in order to find life beyond Earth, water is essential. So it’s necessary for us and whoever else is out there.

If possible, try to drink safe clean water to avoid getting sick. Anything that does not belong in water such as microbial and organic contaminants can make you sick. We will discuss 3 main methods of purifying water. There is also a cheating method of making clean and safe water with filters down below, if you want to know more Click Here.

Before doing these methods, allow the water to sit in a bottle for about 10 minutes to allow the physical contaminants to settle to the bottom. Pour off the top 3/4 of the bottle and you are ready to move to the next step.

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

5 sec                      30 sec                  1 min                     5 min

TIP: You can also us a coffee filter to get rid of sediment in the water by running the water through the coffee filter.

  Boiling (Very Easy)

  1. Bring the clear water to a rolling boil for 1 minute (above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes).
  2. Let the boiled water cool.
  3. Store the boiled water in clean sanitized* containers with watertight covers.

*For clarification, a few drops of bleach in 1/2 cup of water will sanitize the container.

This is the easiest method to purify tap water at home.

 

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

Bleach, 1% typical

Disinfectant (unscented household liquid chlorine bleach)

If supplied, follow directions on bottle to make drinking water. If not, continue reading….

  1. Based on 1% concentration of sodium hypochlorite use the following amounts:

For 1 quart of water use 10 drops of bleach from a dropper OR 1/8 of a teaspoon of bleach

For 1 gallon of water use 40 drops of bleach from a dropper OR 1/2 of a teaspoon of bleach

2. Shake the mixture up well and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

3. Store the boiled water in clean sanitized* containers with watertight covers

 

Disillation

This process involves boiling water then collecting the vapor that condenses back to water.

  1. Fill a pot halfway with water.
  2. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so the cup dangles right side up while the lid is upside down to collect the water.

This is also a safe way to make salt or ocean water safe to drink as the salts will remain in the pot.

How to Make Water Safe to Drink

Distallation

Filters

How to make water safe to drink

Aquathin KT90 Kitchentop Water Purification System

There are too many filter to discuss here on the market. If you want to take a look at a few highly rated water filters,  Click Here. Read the packaging to see if it purifies water from unknown sources. This is a topic for another time but this is more of a prepared survivalist to have the proper drinking water filter to make water safe to drink before the filter is needed.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 Must Have Items

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 - 10 Must Have Items
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017

hurricane

Source: Wikimedia Commons

As of 9/18/17, it’s been over a week now since Irma hit Florida and we still have over 250,000 homes in the dark. Just to remind you, it’s still in the 90’s here during the day and as I write there is another storm ‘Maria’ in the Atlantic ready to strike the Eastern Antilles.

 

Hurricanes are amazingly powerful storms that do unbelievable amounts of damage in a very short time. The wind can easily take down trees which takes down power poles and lines leaving us in the dark. The rainfall can cause flooding during the storm and even a week or two later as we are seeing with the Withlacoochee River.

The sound of generators, people trudging through flooded homes and dogs taking cover on top of cars to keep from being swept away are still very fresh in our minds. Thorough planning and execution of a disaster plan is essential and necessary to deal with the occasional natural disaster. Here is Florida, we generally have lots of time to prepare which is good for us but begs the question. What do I need for a hurricane.

Here are the top 10 must have items that are required to have on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017:

  1. Bottled water – any size you can find (1 gallon/person/day)
  2. Non-perishable food (canned food is great but have a can opener too, especially if it can be eaten right from the can)
  3. Way of cooking your food (BBQ grill works great but keep it outside)
  4. Flashlights and batteries, including (especially) for your phone
  5. Battery operated radio (to hear weather reports and emergency updates)
  6. Basic first-aid kit (band-aids, gauze and ointment to fix minor scrapes as well as ibuprofen or aspirin)
  7. Toilet paper and paper towels or wet-naps
  8. Insect repellent preferably with DEET (the bugs grow fast after a water borne storm)
  9. A complete set of important documents (identification, birth certificates, insurance, marriage license, property deeds, vehicle titles and cash) in a waterproof container
  10. Rain gear (ponchos and boots; forget the umbrella they fly away in a storm)

Keep in mind that most of these items will go fast when the storm is getting close. Three days out of Irma and I couldn’t get bottled water. Water generally is good for a few years so don’t be shy about getting a few extra gallons, you’ll use them in more ways down the road.

Solution to this problem: Save a few milk or water jugs and fill them with water while the water is still flowing.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017

empty milk jugs

Store these item on high ground in your home. If they need to be on ground level, get some 5 gallon buckets to seal the items in if they will be destroyed by water exposure. If not, then just put them in a tote together so you can find everything.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017

5 gallon buckets

This is not an exhaustive hurricane supply list but the bare necessities to get you by when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready.

Feel free to print out the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 must have items for future reference.

 

Stay tuned for a more detailed list and more specific topics and kits to help you get ready for the “Big One”.