Archive for June, 2012

Are you looking to safeguard your important items and your bags when traveling?  If so then these tips should be followed.

  • Dress down when you travel and don’t flaunt money or jewellery.
  • Avoid carrying your camera or laptop in an obvious looking camera or laptop bag.
  • Carry extra money and identification concealed in a hidden money belt.
  • Make yourself appear to be a difficult target.
  • Stay at safe, well known locations, in safe parts of the cities and towns you travel to.
  • Always lock your luggage and also zip tie them shut to avoid strangers tampering with your bags.
  • Use identification labels that cannot be casually read by bystanders to avoid strangers knowing your identity.
  • Never leave your bags unattended.
  • Never carry gifts, letters or parcels from strangers in your baggage.
  • If you are in an area where baggage slashing by thieves is common, use wire mesh which is resistant to cutting, over your bags for added security.

So The SHTF and an ultimate survival scenario is thrust upon you.  When all is said and done you need to make sure that whatever rifle you consider your primary survival rifle is up to the task.  So ask yourself the following questions to see if your survival rifle is the best choice for your needs.

  • Is the rifle accurate enough?
  • Is ammo plentiful and do you have a method to carry the ammo?
  • Are spare parts available?
  • Do you have enough reliable mags and a method to carry the mags?
  • Is the rifle durable enough?
  • Do any of the modifications make it too fragile for heavy duty use?
  • Is the rifle easily transportable?
  • Can you use a carry strap with the rifle?  They can get heavy when carrying for extended periods of time without one.
  • Is the rifle useable at night and in extreme weather conditions?


There are two bags you always need to have at the ready.  1- Your Bug Out Bag and 2 – Your Armed Response Bag.  Your Bug Out Bag should contain your survival gear, extra food, water, clothing, first aid kit, etc., while your armed response bag, which can be used seperately or in conjunction with your Bug Out Bag, should contain your ammo including fully loaded rifle and pistol magazines, shotgun shells, fixed blade knife, etc.

My armed response bag is the Voodoo Tactical extended deployment bag in woodland camo which is a shoulder, sling carried bag with 4 seperate compartments and is molle compatible.  In the front compartment I keep 4 AR-15 magazines. in the rear compartment I keep my shotgun shells. In 1 side compartment I keep a set of binoculars and spare batteries and in the other side compartment I keep 2, 10 round 45ACP pistol magazines.  There is also a front loop for a small flashlight which I keep there for quick access and I also have an elite forces fixed blade knife and sheath weaved through the molle attachment straps for rapid deployment.

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?