Archive for June, 2012

Just a quick post this morning, reminding you to check out your survival gear before a disaster strikes, not afterwards.  Make sure your Bug Out Bag is well built, properly packed and will withstand harsh environments.  Make sure your weapons are properly zeroed for defensive purposes.  An improperly zeroed weapon will basically mean your point of aim will not equal your point of impact.

Make sure you have a sufficient quantity of food, water, ammo, first aid gear, fuel, clothes, etc.  Is your survival location secure, are your primary and secondary vehicles fully fueled and in prime working order?  Can you build an emergency shelter or start an emergency fire to keep warm?  Check now, don’t wait for an impending disaster. 

Know your abilities; learn all the survival related things that you can.  Know your strengths and weaknesses and make sure you have a good survival plan and a good alternate survival plan.  You must be adaptable to ever changing situations.  Now get out there and test that field gear.

Will the world come to an end anytime soon?  A discussion that many have had around the fireplace or the dinner table or when sitting out on the backyard deck.  As for me I believe it’s important to be prepared in case it does but my feeling is that the world will not end anytime soon.

Sure there will be unemployment, recession, political and social upheaval, wars, decaying of societies but such is the normal ebb and flow of the world and the events which shape it.  So what do you think.  Will the world come to an end anytime soon.  Lets hear your opinions on the matter.

When the SHTF, weapons for defensive applications will be an absolute necessity.  Disaster scenarios can bring out the worst in some folks and if people start resorting to a criminal mentality you have to be able to protect yourself and those that you love.  So in order to choose the proper weapons, it is best to have a general understanding of what each weapons type is used for.

  • Rifle – The purpose of the rifle, depending on caliber, is to engage targets from 0 to 1000 yards using either single or rapid rates of fire.  The rifles ability to cover extended ranges makes it an excellent and effective distance weapon.  For distances 0 – 200 yards I prefer to use the .223 remington cartridge in my semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and for distances 200 to 1000 yards I prefer to use the .308 cartridge in my L1A1  rifle.
  • Shotgun – The purpose of the pump action shotgun is to engage targets from 0 to 25 yards using 00 buckshot when overpenetration is not an issue and using 6 or 7.5 birdshot at closer ranges when overpenetration is an issue.  The pump action shotgun is the most devestating of the close range weapons and is both easy to operate and highly effective.  I prefer to use my Mossberg 590A1 12 gauge pump action shotgun using 2 3/4″ 00 buck, 2 3/4″ #6 bird or 2 3/4″ #7.5 bird.
  • Pistol – The purpose of the pistol is to engage targets from 0 – 50 yards.  The pistol’s concealability makes it the best choice for concealed carry applications.  I prefer to use the .45ACP cartridge in my Smith & Wesson M&P 45 for everyday concealed carry. 
  • Knife – The purpose of the knife, either fixed blade or folding is to engage targets at close range where silence is a necessity.  Your knife is an important piece of survival gear and must be kept sharp and ready for use at all times.  My choice of fixed blade knife is the Elite Forces knife.
  • Compound Bow – The purpose of the compound bow is to engage targets outside the range of the knife where maintaining silence is a necessity.  The flat trajectory which the compound bow shoots arrows results in accurate shots out to about 50 yards.  I prefer the Browning Arrowhunter compound bow.

Writers…..what are you working on these days?  Here is an opportunity for those of you who are working on a book or have already had one published to mention it here.  Think of it as an opportunity to promote what you have accomplished.  I’ll start.  Currently working on my first survival fiction novel and as of 6/6/12 I’ve written 83 pages.  Only a few hundred more to go until it’s complete.  Okay everyone else, what are you working on?

While there are many good fictional survival television shows, one in my opinion stands out above all the rest.

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The winner, in my humble opinion, of the best survival fictional television show is………..

Falling Skies.

This show deals with the after effects of a global invasion by an alien race and a group of resistance fighters who battle the aliens to try and reclaim their section of the planet.

For me there is simply no other choice for my favorite battle rifle.  L1A1 chambered in .308 with a 20 round detachable magazine.  When it comes to covering long distances the .308 cartridge from a properly maintained L1A1 is the way to go.

What if the world came to an end and you were faced with the ultimate survival scenario.  If you could only choose 1 rifle, 1 shotgun and 1 pistol what would you choose?  I will give you my answers later in the comments section of this post.  Looking forward to your responses.

Everyone has an opinion on bug out bags and I won’t get into the merits of which is better, Molle or Alice Attachment methods, or which is better, Olive Drab, Woodland Camo, Multi Cam, SWAT Black or a non military/law enforcement color for your pack.  What I will say is there are three common bug out bag mistakes that many people make and once you are aware of them you can properly avoid them.

  1. Essential equipment must be easily accessible.  Things you need to access frequently should not be buried in the bottom of your pack or in hard to access areas.  If it’s essential and frequently used pack it so it is readily accessible.
  2. Adjust your packs shoulder straps and waist belt beforehand.  Don’t wait until an actual emergency occurs to find out your pack doesn’t fit.  Get it properly adjusted and ready to wear before you need to actually use it.
  3. Carry your pack as a test.  If you can’t make it to the end of the driveway without having to drop the pack then the pack and items inside are too heavy.  Don’t make your pack so heavy that it cannot be carried for a significant distance.  Determine what is really essential to your survival and carry only those items.