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  • newPreparedness Notes for Monday – May 29, 2017
    Today, Memorial Day, is a day of solemn remembrance in the U.S. of the many who have given their all for our freedoms. We always thank those who are serving in our military and their families who have also made sacrifices, but today most of all we w…
    - 17 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:48am -
  • newKahr Arms CW9 Black Carbon Fiber, by Pat Cascio
    Today, we are taking a look at the Kahr Arms CW9 Black Carbon Fiber handgun. I’ve reported on several Kahr Arms handguns over the years. Most are pretty much the same as the one before it, or the one after it. Still, Kahr manages to come out with d…
    - 17 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:38am -
  • newThe Editors’ Preps for the Week of May 29th, 2017
    To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors will share their planned prep activities for the coming…
    - 18 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:23am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Deep Fried Buffalo Venison Backstrap, by Jason in Tennessee
    This is one of my favorite recipes post-deer season. The Franks Buffalo hot sauce is just my favorite, but you can substitute your favorite hot sauce.I am not good with measurements, and they’re all approximate. Sorry. So, you will need to adjust…
    - 18 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:16am -
  • newEconomics & Investing for Preppers (for Monday May 29, 2017)
    Don’t miss the important wheat market news, down in the Commodities section. Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges,…
    - 18 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:13am -
  • newThe Editor’s Quote of the Day
    “Gianforte is a westerner about my age. Growing up I learned that if someone got in your face they were asking for a quick shot in the face or to be picked up by the collar and shoved against the wall or the floor. We learned to be polite or else w…
    - 18 hours ago 29 May 17, 5:10am -
  • Notes for Sunday – May 28, 2017
    George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, led an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen on this day in 1754. This battle was later credited with being the opening salvo in the Fre…
    - 2 days ago 28 May 17, 6:37am -
  • Debunking the Myth of Canned Food Expiration Dates, by T.L.
    Canned GoodsEven if you’re not yet a prepper, you likely have at least some canned food goods on your shelf with an expiration date on them. Perhaps you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common staple. That…
    - 2 days ago 28 May 17, 6:35am -
  • Letter: Venezuela Update
    Hugh,I own a shipping store and just received this today from DHL, a primary international carrier. I found the content interesting as providing some insight as to what a failing government considers to be threats in the hand of its citizens! – R.…
    - 2 days ago 28 May 17, 6:28am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    Middle EastSyria has effectively ceased to exist. You now have a situation in which the local regime has very little control or even influence in how even domestic matters are resolved in the country. The foreign powers (Russia, Iran, United States,…
    - 2 days ago 28 May 17, 6:20am -
  • Editors’ Quote of the Day
    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and…
    - 2 days ago 28 May 17, 6:12am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 27, 2017
    Traditionally, many of SurvivalBlog’s advertisers have Memorial Day sales and this year is no exception.KeepShooting has some great deals on surplus military equipment like the Military Style Wool Blankets in OD, black and gray. This are excellent…
    - 3 days ago 27 May 17, 6:27am -
  • Ten Tips for Going Off-Grid, by A.U.
    My husband and I recently bought a piece of property with some family members in the hope of transitioning to off-grid living. For those who might not be familiar with the concept, going off-grid means creating a lifestyle that does not rely on publi…
    - 3 days ago 27 May 17, 6:19am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress
    As preppers work to make progress to achieve prepping goals, we took some actions this week too. The SurvivalBlog editors made some plans earlier in the week and now reflect upon these. Below, the editors share what we each accomplished. Please write…
    - 3 days ago 27 May 17, 6:11am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    NBCFrom reader G.P. we learn of this article describing why you should never get in a car if dealing with a nearby nuclear explosion. It’s not something that we want to think about, but if you have survived a surprise nuclear explosion, sheltering…
    - 3 days ago 27 May 17, 6:00am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Fear Matters to Security: Control & Use It to Your Advantage
    If aliens exist and by happenstance were to glance down on our tiny planet, I think they would be shocked by the order of things. We humans are the dominant species on this little blue planet. Not lions, tigers, or bears, but us. Relatively sma…
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 8:08pm -
  • Reader Recommendations: Preppers List Their Favourite Gear
    This article is a follow up of a post I made just a couple weeks ago asking you guys to recommend the prepper gear you use and love. The question came about because I’d made an article listing the best prepper gear I could think of without…
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 11:51am -
  • 5 Things You Should Never Do During a Home Invasion
    Home security is serious business. Every day we see new articles circulated, tips, tricks, and the latest security hardware that can give you an edge against would-be home invaders. Seldom, however, do I see the mindset – ways you should be…
    - 11 days ago 19 May 17, 10:53am -
  • Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review
    The Boker Plus Exskelibur line of knives has been a mainstay of the Boker catalogue, and for good reason. This Burger/Skellern custom design features unique quirks that no other production knife has (more on this later) with solid ergonomics a…
    - 14 days ago 15 May 17, 7:40pm -
  • May 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Mega minimal ’round-the-house EDC today. Gotta say I love that Boker. Didn’t think I would get used to the deployment mechanism, but after one day of EDC, it became second nature. Review of it coming soon! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Foun…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 3:57pm -
  • What Are Your Prepper Gear Recommendations?
    Last week I wrote up an article on the best prepper gear I could think to buy for myself – items that have been on my wishlist for absolute ages and were above average in terms of cost, but were worthy (in my mind) purchases considering my pe…
    - 19 days ago 11 May 17, 8:34am -
  • Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review
    Over the past few years, the amount of Spydercos I’ve reviewed has dwindled. A lot of this is due to the relative high cost of the new stuff (Mamba anyone?) or what I would define as thoroughly uninspired designs (Polestar… what where you…
    - 21 days ago 8 May 17, 6:09pm -
  • Best Prepper Gear: 19 Big Ticket Items Preppers Will Want to Save Up For
    There’s plenty of excellent, cheap survival gear around for those just starting to prep, or for those trying to buff up their already-in-place prepper stockpile. But while cheap, affordable products can take you quite far, there are some a…
    - 26 days ago 4 May 17, 10:49am -
  • How to Use a Japanese Water Stone (Whetstone) to Sharpen a Knife
    Considering all the knife reviews published on this blog, it’ll be no surprise to anyone that I get asked a lot of questions about knife sharpening. Whilst I have reviewed a couple of systems in the past (the Hapstone Pro & Smith’s PP1 sha…
    - 27 days ago 2 May 17, 11:35am -
  • April 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Basically arranged my EDC in a way that would make it as easy as possible for me to switch purses on the fly. Not that I really care to switch purses often, just that I hate doing it when my EDC is messy. Select cards, coupons, and a bit of cha…
    - 30 days ago 30 Apr 17, 9:19am -
  • SouthOrd PXS-14 USA-Made 14 Piece Lock Pick Set Review
    When I think of lock picking, SouthOrd is the brand that immediately springs to mind. A few days ago I scribbled about a lock pick adventure on Survival Threads and decided to test out the waters and do a review of my favourite (thus so far) lo…
    - 32 days ago 27 Apr 17, 7:31pm -
  • 14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money
    Prepping can be incredibly expensive depending on how you go about it. Buying a plot of land to build a bug out location on, building an underground bunker, even having a quality prepper stockpile – none of these things are free to do, let al…
    - 34 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:08pm -
  • April 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Back to multi-tool + small knife combo. Technically I also have a Swiss Army Knife, but that’s more of a back up, don’t actually use it. Same with the True Utility Key Tool. Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Multi-Tool True Utility MultiPlier M…
    - 37 days ago 22 Apr 17, 4:01pm -
  • Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review
    When the Leatherman Signal was announced, it was billed the ideal preparedness tool to have if you ever find yourself stranded. The literature even uses the example of being stuck at base camp and thus having to rely on this badboy alone – a…
    - 38 days ago 21 Apr 17, 1:15pm -
  • Home Security 101: Last Ditch Plans Are Not Enough – What to Do Instead
    Last month I wrote about my own experiences with home invasion and how the whole deal played out (spoiler alert: Good Guy 1 – Bad Guy 0), but I wanted to write some more on the topic with a focus on home security and the reality of intrude…
    - 42 days ago 17 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • 17 Common Sense Ways to Prevent Hypothermia While Outdoors
    If you were hoping to learn about some groundbreaking new techniques or read some phenomenally ingenious ways of preventing yourself from getting hypothermia while outdoors, sorry to say, that’s not what this article is for. When I say the fo…
    - 46 days ago 14 Apr 17, 10:55am -
  • Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review
    When I heard that Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes were the designers behind the Spyderco Pingo, I was ecstatic. I always loved the unique minimalism that Anso and Vox brought to the table and this guaranteed that I would end up snapping this fell…
    - 49 days ago 10 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • 14 Financial Emergencies That Would Be Devastating With Low Savings
    There’s no short of reasons why you should have emergency savings. I’ve got a number of pretty common personal crises listed here, but there are plenty more; and likely I’ve left out some that are even more devastating than the ones I’…
    - 53 days ago 6 Apr 17, 1:00pm -
  • Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gadsden Flag
    We’ve all seen it before – the sharp yellow flag featuring a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” Chances are if you’re here, it’s because you got curious enough to Google the meaning of the flag, and want to know at lea…
    - 56 days ago 3 Apr 17, 2:00pm -
  • Top American Knives: Best Folders & Fixed Blades Made in the USA
    The USA will always have a legendary status in the knife world. As a relatively new country (speaking as a European), the bulk of modern designs stem from the States due to a positive legislative and cultural environment. Other countries manufa…
    - 60 days ago 30 Mar 17, 2:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newMemorial Day 2017
    I'm not celebrating Memorial Day with a cook-out and beer. I haven't in a long time. To me, this day is reserved for remembering those who died fighting for their country, whichever country that may have been. I will be visiting a few cemeteries and…
    - 19 hours ago 29 May 17, 4:00am -
  • newGun Blog Variety Podcast #145 - Crossing State Lines
    Despite the great time they had in Atlanta, neither Beth nor Erin violated the Mann Act in the creation of this podcast.(Fun fact: there is a Mann Act, there is an Elkins Act, and there is a Mann-Elkins Act. They all have to do with interstate shipp…
    - 20 hours ago 29 May 17, 3:24am -
  • Fixing Dinnerware Forgetfulness
    Being forgetful (and poor) has lead me to create some unique solutions sometimes. Now I can't verify how crafty this solution made me, and I will it's success at a later date, but it seemed worth sharing.Speaking of sharing, I picked up a great littl…
    - 3 days ago 26 May 17, 10:38pm -
  • Emergency Rations Test #2: ER Bars
    Test #2 is done! I tested these the same way I am testing all of the various emergency rations, by using them to replace a meal or two during my spring hectic period at work. I'm out in a field or driving a truck for 12-14 hours a day (when it'…
    - 4 days ago 26 May 17, 1:12am -
  • Prudent Prepping: the 80% Arms AR-15 Lower and Easy Jig
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.My son's birthday was a couple months ago, and since I have never been to his home, I took off right after work last Friday for a v…
    - 5 days ago 25 May 17, 1:00am -
  • Avoiding Avocado Hand
    Lately there has been an epidemic of Avocado Hand. You don't want to contract it, so today I'll show you how to avoid this potentially crippling condition. Lokidude
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 10:58pm -
  • The Disneyland and Hermit Crab States of Mind
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This article was brought to my attention courtesy of Firehand. I meant to post it Monday, but I had a crippling headache all afternoon and I forgot, so I'm posting it now and back-dating it.I've spok…
    - 7 days ago 22 May 17, 8:04pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #144 - The Gross
    "A dozen, a gross, and a score,Plus three times the square root of fourDivided by sevenPlus five times elevenIs nine squared and not a bit more."-- Leigh Mercer, wordplay master and recreational mathematician (1948)Do you get Holster Funk? Beth tells…
    - 8 days ago 22 May 17, 12:33am -
  • Lazy Afternoon Schmooze Your Community Pt 4: Yard Work
    Happy Forgetful Frugal Friday!Today I'm kind of phoning it in (if you will) with this week's vlog.However, do NOT miss the message of time being limited! We are all slaves to time, so get help where you can, and relax when you can.Be good, be safe, a…
    - 10 days ago 20 May 17, 3:59am -
  • Emergency Rations Test #1: The Survival Tabs
    The first test is done! This week I will be discussing The Survival Tabs (TST). I tested these the same way I am testing all of the various emergency rations, by using them to replace a meal or two during my spring hectic period at work. I'm out in a…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 11:31pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Semi-Monthly Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Prototype Minimalist Laser HolsterI spoke to an acquaintance who makes Kydex holsters about another friend who has a problem with b…
    - 12 days ago 17 May 17, 9:35pm -
  • When the Freezer Doesn't Freeze
    A friend of mine inspired this post with some musings about how to tell if his refrigerator had stopped and if its contents remained good. Luckily for him, it was just his garage fridge and he only had to suffer warm beer. It reminded me of a handy t…
    - 13 days ago 16 May 17, 8:22pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #143 - Fungi Aren't Fun, Guys
    Soothe that itching and burning for knowledge with the cool, creamy salve of GunBlog VarietyCast Radio.Following up on last week's "Career Day" segment, Beth brings her son on the show to talk about the unfairness of the school letting a police offic…
    - 15 days ago 15 May 17, 12:39am -
  • Schmoozing the Community part 3
    On this edition of Forgetful Frugal Friday I discuss some of the opportunities available to us "common folk" where we can make our little communities safer while getting training and gear for free from the Federal Government.
    - 17 days ago 13 May 17, 2:05am -
  • Nutrition? or Just Nuts?
    In the next few weeks I will be reviewing/testing/comparing various “emergency food bars”. I reviewed a cheap one a while back that is available at Wal-Mart and doesn't taste too bad. This time, I bought six different brands of survival food bars…
    - 18 days ago 11 May 17, 5:22pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Group Buy Product Unboxing
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.On the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page ,Darryl Hadfield offered us an opportunity to save serious money on a Gerber Center Dri…
    - 19 days ago 10 May 17, 5:59pm -
  • AR-15 Basics: the Deer Hunting AR
    "Nobody hunts with an AR-15!"This statement is uttered on nearly a daily basis, but it's not true. I hunt with an AR-15, one built specifically for the purpose. The firearm in this video demonstrates one of the neatest parts of an AR pattern rifle:…
    - 20 days ago 10 May 17, 2:04am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #142 - Cameron Diaz Meets Chocolate Godzilla at NRAAM 2017
    That's a movie I'd go see!Join Sean, Erin, Beth, Tiffany, Weer'd,  and Co-host Emeritus Adam as we record LIVE in the Media Room at the NRA Annual Meeting 2017. Subjects of discussion include:SIG pistolsGraygunsAirforce AirgunsBribery Vodka from Cov…
    - 22 days ago 8 May 17, 12:13am -
  • Forgetful Frugal Friday 5/5/2017
    Happy Cinco de Mayo!!I know that last week I said that I would be discussing "cheap and easy" yard work, but that will have to wait for next week.Today's vlog is an expansion on the idea of schmoozing your community/ local social media with a great $…
    - 24 days ago 5 May 17, 7:01pm -
  • The Everywhere Sharpener
    You're out somewhere, your knife is a bit dull from use, and you need to bring the edge back.  But for some reason you don't have any of your usual equipment for this.  What to do, what to do...Find a coffee cup or mug, and flip it over.The ring on…
    - 25 days ago 5 May 17, 2:12am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Last Minute Preps
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The topic of Last Minute Prepping came up while talking to a friend who recently moved from Oregon to Tennessee and who is renting…
    - 26 days ago 3 May 17, 7:17pm -
  • AR-15 Basics: Precision Rifles
    Last week we covered setting up an AR in a light, handy configuration. This week we're going in the opposite direction, trading weight and short length for range and high precision.Lokidude
    - 27 days ago 2 May 17, 7:17pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #141 - Be Yourself... No, Not Like That!
    I look forward to the day when being a gun owner no longer carries a social stigma.Beth received a letter asking for speakers for Career Day at her son's school, but when she told them she was a firearms instructor, they said "Thanks, but No Thanks."…
    - 28 days ago 2 May 17, 3:33am -
  • The Everyday Prepper Basic Vehicle Kit
    Welcome back to Forgetful Frugal Fridays here at Blue Collar Prepping!This week I quickly touch upon the emergency equipment I carry in my Reasonably Priced Automobile 2.0Next week I'll be showcasing the cheap and easy way to do yard work!
    - 31 days ago 28 Apr 17, 11:42pm -
  • Play as Prepping
    I know we cover a lot of serious issues on this blog, staying alive tends to be a serious thing to most people. Having done my share of doom and gloom posts, it's time to change things up a bit. I do like to have fun once in a while. Here are my thou…
    - 32 days ago 28 Apr 17, 4:09am -

Survival Medicine

  • newTo Close or Not to Close a Wound
    To Close or Not to Close a Wound? When a laceration occurs, our body’s natural armor is breached and bacteria, even species that are normal inhabitants of our skin, get a free ticket into the rest of our body.  Microbes that are harmless outside t…
    - 8 hours ago 29 May 17, 3:08pm -
  • Mass Casualty Triage Basics
    Given the horrific events surrounding the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, we have come to realize that we may never be safe in today’s world. The bombing is new evidence, however, that no target is off limits to the terrorists in our midst…
    - 6 days ago 23 May 17, 3:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Eye Issues, Fractures, TENS units
    THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR: EYE ISSUES, FRACTURES, TENS UNITS In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss how to deal with various eye issues that can confront a medic in an o…
    - 9 days ago 20 May 17, 1:59pm -
  • Video: Azithromycin as Survival Antibiotic
    AZITHROMYCIN AS SURVIVAL ANTIBIOTIC One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics is Azithromycin, known in the U.S. as Z-Pak, is now in a new veterinary version known as Bird-Zithro. In survival situations where you’re off grid and there no mode…
    - 11 days ago 18 May 17, 11:53am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Expired EpiPens, Hepatitis C, Rodent Control 2
    This week’s Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discusses a new study from the California Poison Control System that indicates that EpiPens may be therapeutically effective even years after thei…
    - 15 days ago 14 May 17, 1:38pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Expired EpiPens, Hepatitis C, Rodent Control 2
    This week’s Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discusses a new study from the California Poison Control System that indicates that EpiPens may be therapeutically effective even years after thei…
    - 16 days ago 13 May 17, 12:40pm -
  • Study: Expired EpiPens Still Effective
    Study: Expired EpiPens Still Effective An expiration date is defined as the last day that a medicine is warranted to be safe and effective when stored properly. I’ve written for years that this date is often arbitrarily determined, and that the ide…
    - 18 days ago 11 May 17, 4:10pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks and Lyme Disease, Foot Fungus, Rodent Proofing
    THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST #231 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton,MD and Amy Alton,ARNP discuss what’s behind the increasing population of ticks and the record number of Lyme Disease cases being reported in the United…
    - 20 days ago 9 May 17, 1:18pm -
  • An “UpTick” in Lyme Disease
    Deer Tick Bites and Lyme Disease Whether you’re a hiker, camper, or survivalist, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the Great Outdoors.  During your off-grid adventures, you’ll be exposed to all sorts of critters that want a piece of you (wat…
    - 26 days ago 3 May 17, 1:58pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: John Steinbaugh of Xstat, Wound Packing, Obesity
    In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, we welcome John Steinbaugh of RevmedX to discuss his XStat product (which we previously mentioned was not an ideal product for the prep…
    - 29 days ago 1 May 17, 12:46am -