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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — October 23, 2019
    On October 23rd, 2002, around 50 Chechen rebels stormed a Moscow theater, taking 700 hostages during a popular musical. After 57 hours, during which two hostages were killed, Soviet Special Forces pumped a powerful narcotic gas into the theater knock…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Oct 19, 7:04am -
  • newMy Continued Handgun Search – Part 2, by The Novice
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Anti-Flinch Measures A search of the internet revealed a number of suggestions for combating flinch. There were three that I decided to try first. The first of these measures was more frequent and…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Oct 19, 7:03am -
  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, an…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Oct 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “A mouse in the paws is worth two in the pantry.” – Renowned cat illustrator Louis WainThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 11 hours ago 23 Oct 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — October 22, 2019
    This is the birthday of painter and book illustrator N.C. Wyeth (1882–1945) It is also the birthday of actor Jeff Goldblum (born 1952), who had unforgettable roles in Buckaroo Banzai and in the Jurassic Park and Independence Day film series. — Su…
    - 1 day ago 22 Oct 19, 7:05am -
  • My Continued Handgun Search – Part 1, by The Novice
    I have been on a quest. It is the search for my ideal handgun. The ideal handgun for me may not be the same as the ideal handgun for you. If you have not yet found your ideal handgun, then perhaps the story of my search will give you some ideas and i…
    - 1 day ago 22 Oct 19, 7:04am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We al…
    - 1 day ago 22 Oct 19, 7:03am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 1 day ago 22 Oct 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Just remember: never, ever give up your guns… …you are going to need them.” –  Matt Bracken, from his essay titled: Tet, Take Two: Islam’s European OffensiveThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 1 day ago 22 Oct 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 21, 2019
    On this day in 1950, Chinese forces invaded Tibet, beginning a brutal occupation that still continues. For some insight on Tibet in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I highly recommend the book Seven Years in Tibet. — A Special Note From JWR:  We ju…
    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 7:05am -
  • Zero Tolerance ZT 0452CF, by Pat Cascio
    “Proudly Overbuilt In The USA!” That’s what is written on every Zero Tolerance product box that leaves their factory. A longtime friend, and fellow gun writer, once told me that, you have to catch the reader’s attention in your first couple o…
    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Avalanche Lily’s Fried Potato Apple ‘n Onion

    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow…
    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 20, 2019
    Today is the birthday of shootist Ed McGivern (born 1874, died December 12, 1957.) He was born in Nebraska, but was a long-time resident of Butte, Montana. His book Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting is fascinating reading. October 20th is also the bir…
    - 3 days ago 20 Oct 19, 7:04am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
    - 24 May 19, 12:30pm -
  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
    - 11 Oct 18, 11:08am -
  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newStay With the Car
    Every year in my part of the country, we hear tragic tales of tourists getting stranded and dying (or coming close) before they're found. If you're in the backcountry and your vehicle becomes disabled, what do you do?The instinctive reaction from mos…
    - 16 hours ago 23 Oct 19, 2:20am -
  • Minimalist EDC Pts 3 and 4: Dry and Warm
    The final installment of a series of minimalist planning, for those who have to carry everything with them everywhere they go.This week: Keep dry and warm.Godspeed to you all.
    - 2 days ago 21 Oct 19, 5:02pm -
  • The Importance of Faith
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Don't worry, this isn't going to be a lecture on religion. I'm the last person to tell you what you should believe. I just want to make two points about faith. First, I feel it's i…
    - 3 days ago 20 Oct 19, 11:46pm -
  • Drinking Container Safety: Common Materials
    Erin mentioned some potential hazards from drinking out of plastic containers (BPA) and aluminum, and asked me to add to the list of do's and don'ts for choosing what to drink from. During my research I gathered more information than most people ca…
    - 6 days ago 17 Oct 19, 5:47pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Earthquake! Part the Latest
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Well, the post I wanted to make last week has been pushed back again. I wonder if the idea behind it should be shelved, since thi…
    - 7 days ago 16 Oct 19, 8:52pm -
  • Diagnostic Procedures
    Diagnostic procedures are the methods involved in finding the root of a problem. You drill through a list of tests and potential issues, eliminating them until you find the problem. In my case, the problem is that my truck won't start. Lets get into…
    - 8 days ago 15 Oct 19, 11:59pm -
  • Minimalist EDC Pt 2: True Everyday Carry
    The second installment of a series of minimalist planning, for those who have to carry everything with them everywhere they go.This week: a true Everyday Carry for Everyone.Godspeed to you all.
    - 9 days ago 14 Oct 19, 8:34pm -
  • Water Pasteurization
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.The standard method of making water safe is to boil it. However, bringing a substantial quantity of water can be time and fuel-consuming, one or both of which may be in short supply…
    - 12 days ago 11 Oct 19, 4:22pm -
  • Prepping for Winter
    It's once again that time of year to switch from shorts and T-shirts to wool socks and flannel shirts. Fall is here, and that means winter is not far behind.Here in fly-over country, the temperatures went from 90 to 55 like they saw a state trooper.…
    - 13 days ago 10 Oct 19, 8:39pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Grid Down?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  I've had to change my blog post topic this week, due to the Northern California fire danger and our local Power company's respo…
    - 14 days ago 9 Oct 19, 6:55pm -
  • Guest Post: Why Every Bug Out Bag Needs a Woobie
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.What is a “Woobie”?In the military, a woobie is a standard issue poncho liner, designed to work with a standard poncho to make something like a survival sle…
    - 15 days ago 8 Oct 19, 8:07pm -
  • Minimalist EDC: Reduce,Reuse,Recycle
    The first of a series of minimalist planning, for those who have to carry everything with them everywhere they go.Today we're talking about the scourge of the earth's oceans: plastic bags.Godspeed to you all.
    - 16 days ago 7 Oct 19, 8:19pm -
  • Water Bottles: Material, Construction, Purpose
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.A few days ago, David talked about getting a new water bottle for his Every Day Carry gear. What he said, and the comments that arose from it, have spurred me to talk about what to…
    - 19 days ago 4 Oct 19, 10:52pm -
  • A Potential Man-Made Disaster (part 3)
    Having brought up the potential man-made disaster of a second American Civil War (ACW2), I've been doing a lot of thinking about how preppers could work to minimize the impact on their lives. Some people reason that we've already entered ACW2, it jus…
    - 20 days ago 3 Oct 19, 6:20pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A New Water Bottle
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. The recently departed water bottle in last week's post has been replaced with something that will degrade slowly in sunlight and…
    - 21 days ago 3 Oct 19, 3:59am -
  • Muzzleloader Blues, Part 2
    Last week I fixed the rust damage on my poor muzzleloader. Today, I'm  going to clean and protect the bore, since I'm sure it's rusty as well.For most muzzleloaders, your ramrod will also serve as a cleaning rod. If not, locate an appropriate cleani…
    - 22 days ago 2 Oct 19, 2:13am -
  • Just Over Here, Sifting My Ash (Part 3)
    Winter is coming, and our eggs need ash to preserve them. Shipping pallets burn great, but they're full of nails and staples. What's a prepper to do? Why, make a sifting bucket of course!Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been cooperating, and trying…
    - 23 days ago 30 Sep 19, 8:32pm -
  • A Potential Man-Made Disaster (part 2)
    Last week I laid out the groundwork for a potential disaster called “gun control”. Lest you be mistaken, there are people in power who want to take away our right to keep and bear arms. One of my online friends has kept a running list of influent…
    - 27 days ago 27 Sep 19, 12:47am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Breaking Good (Things)
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I seem to have a strange super power, one that no one wants or appreciates: I have the ability to break things that to most peopl…
    - 28 days ago 26 Sep 19, 12:21am -
  • Muzzleloader Blues, Part 1
    My cousin drew a muzzleloader elk tag and this weekend he, my uncle, and I were discussing our setups, our preferred loads, and other associated things. I ended up pulling mine out of the locker for the first time in a while, and was greeted by a dis…
    - 29 days ago 25 Sep 19, 1:31am -
  • DIY Ash Sifting Bucket Part 2
    Winter is coming, and our eggs need ash to preserve them. Shipping pallets burn great, but they're full of nails and staples. What's a prepper to do?Why, make a sifting bucket of course! I had a change of mind so I modified the original plan, which I…
    - 30 days ago 23 Sep 19, 10:13pm -
  • A Potential Man-Made Disaster (part 1)
    We live in interesting times. While most of those reading (and writing) this blog are trying to prepare for disasters and emergencies, there is a part of our audience who don't get much attention: they're preparing for a man-made disaster that is loo…
    - 34 days ago 19 Sep 19, 4:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: First Aid Kit Update
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In a post on the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page, Garry Hamilton (along with others) mentioned what many of first aid kits lack…
    - 35 days ago 18 Sep 19, 4:34pm -
  • Chip Burn Conclusions
    - 36 days ago 18 Sep 19, 12:41am -
  • DIY Ash Sifting Bucket: Part 1
    Winter is coming and our eggs need ash to  preserve them. Shipping pallets burn great, but they're full of nails and staples. What's a prepper to do?Why, make a sifting bucket of course!Godspeed to you all.
    - 37 days ago 16 Sep 19, 9:48pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour #370: Amebiasis, Nail Bed Injuries, Altitude Sickness

    - 4 days ago 19 Oct 19, 9:24pm -
  • Injuries To The Nail Bed
    Injuries To The Nail BedA fractured femur or a gunshot wound to the chest are major injuries that affect your chances of survival in disaster settings, but not all injuries are so extreme. “Minor” injuries can also impact the efficiency of a grou…
    - 5 days ago 18 Oct 19, 3:28pm -
  • #369 Survival Medicine Hour: Blisters, Bacteria, Baking Soda, More
    #369 Survival Medicine Hour: Blisters, Bacteria, Baking Soda, More#369 SURVIVAL MEDICINE PODCAST The world is on the brink of destruction and you have all your preps together; You’ve got water, food, you can start a campfire, you’ve got your knif…
    - 11 days ago 12 Oct 19, 5:39pm -
  • Bacteria: A Short (3 Billion Year) History
    Bacteria: A Short (3 Billion Year) HistoryBACTERIA: A SHORT 3 BILLION YEAR HISTORY When it comes to current events, it’s useful to know the history behind them.  The same can be said of the developments through time that led to the advent of bacte…
    - 13 days ago 10 Oct 19, 3:54pm -
  • Medical Uses For Baking Soda
    Medical Uses For Baking SodaSome folks in the preparedness community consider themselves ready for any disaster if they have some food, water, and a means of personal defense. Being prepared, however, is more than that. You have to be able to treat m…
    - 17 days ago 6 Oct 19, 11:20pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Heart Issues, Hypertension, Kidney Disease, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Heart Issues, Hypertension, Kidney Disease, More#367 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Amy Alton ARNP takes over the show! She’s got a lot to say about some important medical probl…
    - 18 days ago 5 Oct 19, 7:32pm -
  • Wound Debridement
    Wound DebridementMedical professionals like doctors, nurses, and paramedics and the high-tech equipment they work with are the heart of advanced medical care. When highly-trained personnel are unavailable, it becomes the responsibility of the average…
    - 22 days ago 1 Oct 19, 4:51pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Debridement, Ebola 2019, Type II Diabetes, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Debridement, Ebola 2019, Type II Diabetes, More#366 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST You may have heard the phrase “Gone But Not Forgotten” but how about “Forgotten But Not Gone”? For some time, The Democratic Republic o…
    - 25 days ago 28 Sep 19, 6:15pm -
  • Ebola in Central Africa: Forgotten But Not Gone
    Ebola in Central Africa: Forgotten But Not GoneEBOLA IN CENTRAL AFRICA For some time, The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in the throes of a deadly epidemic: Ebola. I wrote a lot about the Ebola virus during the 2014 epidemic in West Africa and…
    - 26 days ago 28 Sep 19, 12:02am -
  • Video: Tampons As Bandages
    Video: Tampons As BandagesTACTICAL TAMPONS? In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton MD gives his thoughts on a notion that persists on the internet and in the minds of many. There is a widespread belief that tampons are an important ad…
    - 30 days ago 23 Sep 19, 2:43pm -