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  • newNotes for Saturday – July 30, 2016
    Today we remember the birthday of author Reginald Bretnor. He was born Alfred Reginald Kahn on July 30, 1911, in Vladivostok. He died on July 22, 1992 in Medford, Oregon. In addition to penning many witty science fiction novels and short stories in h…
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  • newSurvivalBlog’s Orwell Awards – 2016
    As promised (but after a delay) we are announcing our first set of Orwell Awards. These are awarded to individuals and organizations who have abused the English language with Newspeak distortions in ways that degrade our liberty, our dignity, our her…
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  • newLetter Re: Keeping Children Safe
    Hugh, The author did not explain that during emergencies, public schools will sometime remove children from the school and relocate all the children to a safe location. The local school should have the predetermined safe location address. (Obviously,…
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  • newEconomics and Investing:

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  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    A bit technical in reading, but ShepherdFarmerGeek sent in this link to a study analyzing fatal wounding patterns of civilian active shooter events vs military fatal wounding patterns. The conclusion: “We found that the overall wounding pattern and…
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  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, `arise, eat.’ Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and ……
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  • newNotes for Friday – July 29, 2016
    29 July 1805, The birthday of Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville. He died on 16 April, 1859.
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  • July in Precious Metals by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins
    Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, by Steven Cochran of Gainseville Coins where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold and examine the “what” and “w…
    - 1 day ago 29 Jul 16, 6:46am -
  • Letter Re: Getting to Your Children
    Hugh, This is very good information, but if I, as a police officer or a designated reporter (nurses, doctors, teachers, and the like), found someone with lots of observations and detailed notes and maps about the movement of children, I would be cons…
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  • Economics and Investing:
    Restaurant Recession Could Signal Tough Times for U.S. Economy – RBS o o o New legislation proposes to “bail in” Social Security o o o I found this Reuter’s article linked over at Zero Hedge: ‘Helicopter money’ might weaken currencies mor…
    - 1 day ago 29 Jul 16, 6:42am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    It will take awhile, but this could be areas of America within a few years! Another reason to treasure our 2nd Amendment. Germany Admits “Islamist Terror Has Arrived” As It Prepares To Deploy Army In “Crisis” Situations – H.L. o o o Paris a…
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  • Jim’s Quote of the Day:
    “Seeing the stock plastic sights on a Glock in use is like seeing picture frames with the sample picture still inside them, or someone trying to pay for their purchases with the cardboard “credit cards” that came in their wallet. It’s a littl…
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  • Notes for Thursday – July 28, 2016
    28 July 1914 – The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I –the War that irreparably changed geopolitics. Officially, the war lasted until November 11, 1918, but American troops were still running around shooting Russians until well into…
    - 2 days ago 28 Jul 16, 6:05am -
  • Getting To Your Children and Keeping Them Safe: Help For An Absentee Parent- Part 2, by J.C.
    For older children, there are a variety of ways you can help them. The first is exposing them to the outdoors and teaching them the skills and knowledge you have learned. Do not rely on teachers, schools, or other adults to make sure they are prepare…
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  • A Timely Book Review from TM in Arkansas
    Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, by Stephen P. Halbrook. ©2013 Stephen P. Halbrook Published by The Independent Institute, Oakland CA ISBN: 978-1-59813-161-1 Hardback; also available in Paperback and…
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SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Preppers: Do You Fear Not Having Enough?
    Restarting my preps leaves me with a distinctive worry – namely, the fear that’s mentioned in the title: of not having enough. No matter how much we stock up, no matter how much we have on hand, how much we learn, or how much we are able to…
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  • July 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    Around-the-house EDC since we moved into our new flat a couple days ago. Been doing a lot of measuring for potential furniture, a lot of herb gardening (finally have herbs growing in my kitchen!), and constantly have open Pokémon Go on my pho…
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  • Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack EDC Shoulder Bag Review
    Maxpedition has been a mainstay of the EDC community for a long, long time. I own a lot of their pouches and a few of their bags, but found myself hesitant to do full fledged review on them due to my mixed feelings on the “tactical” pouch…
    - 12 days ago 18 Jul 16, 3:00pm -
  • Amazon Prime Day 2016 Knife & Outdoor Gear Discounts
    I wasn’t going to do a post about Prime Day because I wasn’t so sure the deals would be any good. In my opinion, Amazon seems to essentially have made up a shopping holiday out of a random day in July, and I wasn’t sure how well it would…
    - 18 days ago 12 Jul 16, 10:00am -
  • Spyderco Squarehead EDC Folding Dog Tag Knife Review
    It’s no secret to those who have stumbled even for a moment on this blog before that I have long been a Spyderco fanboy. Regardless of the sometimes undeserved high price or sporadic quality issues that Spydercos at times have, I maintain th…
    - 26 days ago 4 Jul 16, 3:00pm -
  • July 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1.  Joyetech Cubis Atomizer + Wismec Reuleaux RX200 Mod Vaporizer 2. LiQuid Ry4 (18 mg) E-Juice 3. A1 Inch Measuring Tape 4. Shadow Daburu Japanese Style Folding Knife in Ancient Bone – Surprisingly decent. Great steel (from initial i…
    - 28 days ago 2 Jul 16, 5:45pm -
  • So Brexit’s Really Happening – What Should UK Preppers Do?
    Thomas asked me if he should be writing up a post about Brexit on this blog the morning after we found out the votes for the referendum had come out in favour of a UK Brexit. He stayed up late that night and woke me up to tell me when the point…
    - 34 days ago 26 Jun 16, 3:00pm -
  • June 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Club Monaco Red Tavel/Passport Purse 2. Douk-Douk UK Legal Pocket Knife 3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 4. Miscellaneous Keys 5. Wilko Ultra Soft Pocket Tissues 6. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen – Blue.…
    - 35 days ago 25 Jun 16, 2:30pm -
  • Restarting a Stockpile: Why I’m Starting with Household Supplies
    For those of you new to the scene, a little catch-up: Thomas and I moved to the U.K. from Canada a little under a month ago. This cross-continental move put us in a bit of an odd position from a prepping point of view. Quite obviously – it le…
    - 40 days ago 20 Jun 16, 5:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Restarting a Knife Collection
    As you already know, Thomas and I moved to the UK just last month. Thomas lived in the UK before he moved up to the Great North (Canada!) for me a number of years back (for those wondering, yes he does have a British accent), and so with a lit…
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  • June 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    Grey day here in the UK. Spending time cleaning my tech with the Hurricane (amazing tool & a great money saver in the long run). 1. Focal Spirit One S Closed Headphones 2. O2 Hurricane Can-less Compressed Air 3. Kanger Subox Mini + Kanger Ge…
    - 49 days ago 11 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • Couch Potato Prepping: Prep Without Leaving Your Sofa
    While we all know just how important it is to be active and actually get around to doing all the physically laborious preps we have in our head to do, not every moment of the time you spend in front of the computer or sitting on a couch has to…
    - 51 days ago 9 Jun 16, 5:45pm -
  • 44 Home Remedies for Toothache Relief – Which Work for You?
    Toothaches are a harsh reality to have to deal with. Whether you’re stuck out camping or waiting at home or work for your dentist appointment to finally come ’round, it can really be a true benefit to be able to do away with the pain of a t…
    - 58 days ago 2 Jun 16, 5:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review
    The Cold Steel Hold Out II is what happens when the sick minds over at Cold Steel HQ look at a classic Scottish Sgian Dubh dirk knife and think to themselves, “What happens if we drenched it in tactical sauce and made it folding?” – we…
    - 60 days ago 31 May 16, 3:30pm -
  • May 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 2. Douk-Douk UK Legal Pocket Knife 3. Sony Alpha a5000 Camera with 16-50mm Lens 4. Sony Blue MDRE9L EarphonesThis is just the start of the post May 2016 EDC Purse Dump. Conti…
    - 63 days ago 28 May 16, 3:30pm -
  • For Outdoorsmen Dads: Outdoor Father’s Day Gift Ideas
    You may think that buying the perfect present for an outdoorsman is a hard cookie to crack, but whether or not you’re wired in the same way, it’s actually a lot easier to buy great gifts for the more outdoorsy types than it is to buy a pres…
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  • TEOTWAWKI? 10 Things You’ll Really Miss
    It can get tricky trying to figure out what you’ll be missing most when the shit really hits the fan. Quite a while back, I brought up 10 Things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF, and when I asked what kinds of things you gu…
    - 72 days ago 19 May 16, 8:30pm -
  • May 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    Sorry about being MIA on this blog. We’ve officially moved to the U.K., and so have been more than little busy with that. Back to regular updates soon, though! 1. U.K. Passport 2. Kanger Evod Vape E-Cig 3. Orient Defender Multi-Eye Function W…
    - 77 days ago 14 May 16, 5:30pm -
  • Gerber Gator Machete Saw Back Outdoor Knife Review
    The Gerber Gator Machete has been on my radar for quite a few years now. Not in a “I want to test it” kind of way, but rather, the reviews I’ve read of this tool have been so piss poor that with any sort of common sense, I should really a…
    - 87 days ago 4 May 16, 6:35pm -
  • April 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Club Monaco Red Tavel/Passport Purse 2. Inova XP LED Flashlight 3. Spyderco Des Horn Slim Folding EDC Knife – Review. 4. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 5. Pilot Vanishing Point Retractable Fountain PenT…
    - 91 days ago 30 Apr 16, 4:45pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Tools and Rust
    Many preppers have tools and supplies cached or stored for use after TSHTF. Personally, I have a large selection of hand tools at my primary BOL, with a smaller collection at the secondary BOL, and an even smaller collection that ride in the pickup w…
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  • Prudent Prepping: Back to the Basics
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Our wonderful, talented, and all-around amazing Editrix Erin recently sent me a link to the San Fran…
    - 3 days ago 27 Jul 16, 5:54pm -
  • Cammer Hammer Review
    Through some wonderful Editor-in-Chiefing, Erin was able to obtain a T&E hammer from a company called Cammer Technologies. Designed specifically for the 1911 model pistol, the Cammer Hammer addresses one of the major complaints of the 1911: that it c…
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  • Archangel OPFOR Stock for the Mosin-Nagant
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Today I'm doing something I really should have done sooner, but I felt I needed to test it thoroughly before I reviewed it. That feeling of "needing to test it a bit more" lasted fo…
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  • I promised Sean I'd do this
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Folks who know me know that I don't like asking for help.But my co-host Sean Sorrentino wants me to have better audio gear, so he's trying to raise money for me to get it and he ask…
    - 5 days ago 25 Jul 16, 5:23am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #101 - the TIE Fighter episode
    Join our ragtag group of pro-gun freedom fighters as they struggle against the evil Empire of malice, stupidity, ignorance and lack of due process or legislative oversight!Beth is tired of "Smart" anti-gun answers to pro-gun statements so, she answe…
    - 5 days ago 25 Jul 16, 1:01am -
  • The Firehand First Aid Kit
    Or at least the current version thereof.I found this bag at a gun show:It cost $20, $5 less than the others because it wasn't a proper tactical color. I didn't tell the lady I'd have paid the higher price for either white or International Orange, as…
    - 7 days ago 23 Jul 16, 3:48am -
  • Everyday Preps
    I was sitting down to eat dinner tonight and the power goes out. This wasn't completely unexpected, since the temperature has been well over 90° F for days and the humidity doesn't drop below 50%. We had a storm roll through early Monday morning tha…
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  • Prudent Prepping: Camping & Gear
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.My first camping trip of the year is in two weeks and my gear is being sorted and organized right no…
    - 9 days ago 20 Jul 16, 9:59pm -
  • The Weakness of the Mora Knife
    It is a commonly known fact that the entire BCP staff are fans of the Mora knife, and its low price and common availability make it quite appealing. However, none of us has yet written it up after putting it through its paces.Testing the MoraI'm not…
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  • A Few Thoughts on Sewing
    Several people over the years have asked me why I'm so intent on basic skills like sewing and weaving and baking as potentially useful survival / preparedness skills.It's often difficult for me to formulate an answer that doesn't consist of grimacing…
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  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #100 - The Scary, Evil Features of an Orange Flare Gun
    It's a full century of GunBlog VarietyCasts! Come join us as we shake our moneymakers to these trendy tunes:Last week Beth brought us the ladies of The DC Project as they started their week on Capitol Hill; this week, she tells us how the project wen…
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  • Apocabox Unboxing #12 (June 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.A while back on the BCP Facebook Page, I said that I was done making these videos. And I meant it. But people kept subscribing to my channel (not a lot, mind you, but I got a notice…
    - 14 days ago 16 Jul 16, 3:13am -
  • Another Way to Beat the Heat
    If it seems that I am writing a lot about surviving summer weather, it's because I started a new job about a year ago that has me working outside a lot more than I'm used to. Between the sun, humidity, and working in areas with no airflow, this year…
    - 15 days ago 15 Jul 16, 12:02am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Buffet Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.I'm using this opportunity to write about several topics that I can't make into stand alone blog pos…
    - 16 days ago 13 Jul 16, 10:55pm -
  • Prepper Footwear
    Recently, a question about footwear was posed in the BCP Facebook group. While I cannot address the specific portion of the question that references Florida and South Texas, I spend most hours of the day active and on my feet in rough environments. M…
    - 18 days ago 12 Jul 16, 9:00pm -
  • Happy Prime Day!
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Good morning and Happy Prime Day, fellow preppers!Since being a Blue Collar Prepper is all about not spending any more than you have to, I know that you'll be taking advantage of al…
    - 18 days ago 12 Jul 16, 2:40pm -
  • Bullets for Handloading: Which Ones?
    One of the nice things about handloading is that you can put together a load for a specific purpose:Those very light loads for centerfire rifle cartridges? No problem.General practice ammo with less-expensive bullets? Easy.Something for an old pisto…
    - 19 days ago 11 Jul 16, 9:00pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #99 - Savage BotNet Cameras Give Bad Advice at the Post Office
    The internet is full of derp and malice, wrapped in porn and cat videos. Come join our intrepid cast of Derponauts as they plumb the outer limits of human stupidity!Beth Alcazar was in Washington DC this week with the ladies of The DC Project. She an…
    - 19 days ago 11 Jul 16, 12:00am -
  • Dallas, TX 7/7/2016
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.In light of what happened in Dallas last night (and might happen again tonight if we're unlucky), I refer all of you to our articles tagged Don't Get Killed.In terms of general advi…
    - 22 days ago 8 Jul 16, 8:29pm -
  • Vacation Time
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hey preppers, this is Erin in her Editor-in-Chief mode.I just wanted to let you know that Blue Collar Prepping is taking the week off because:It's summertime, and vacation time; I…
    - 24 days ago 6 Jul 16, 1:01am -
  • 4th of July Preparedness
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. This is a repost of an article from 2014.Ah, Independence Day: that quintessentially American holiday where, on a hot and humid summer night, we drink too much alcohol and then pl…
    - 26 days ago 4 Jul 16, 6:16pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #98 - The Queen of All Media
    It's Erin's first episode as regular co-host, and wouldn't you know it, she's started reorganizing and redecorating. Just be grateful she didn't insist upon more ponies in the show...Beth Alcazar talks with Carla Corrigan about being a new mom with a…
    - 26 days ago 4 Jul 16, 2:01am -
  • Sleeping Bag Care
    Sleeping bags have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Mom used to change our diapers in a tent, so I've been camping longer than I can remember.I was digging through the basement at my dad's place recently and ran across the sleeping…
    - 29 days ago 1 Jul 16, 2:46am -
  • Midweek Update
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hi everyone!  I've been told that folks (who clearly don't follow my personal blog -- tsk tsk!) want to know what's going on with Blazing Sword, the effort to connect LGBTQ people…
    - 30 days ago 30 Jun 16, 3:13am -

Survival Medicine

  • newAmerican Survival Radio #18
    American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as the…
    - 9 hours ago 30 Jul 16, 12:15am -
  • Prepping With Prescription Dependencies, Guest Post by Cory Thomas
    (Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones says: We support the efforts of aspiring writers in survival medicine, and you’ll occasionally see a guest post on our website. This time, our guest author is Cory Thomas, editor at survivethewild.net. His article relat…
    - 1 day ago 29 Jul 16, 12:46am -
  • CDC Expands Zika Guidelines
    In a recent update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now state that Zika virus is transmissible through any type of sexual activity that involves exposure to genital secretions. Previously thought to be sexually transmitted by males to…
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  • Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebite, Bee Sting, Heat Waves, Zika in the US?
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD (Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (Nurse Amy) tackles a bunch of topics. First, new cases of Zika in Florida may not be related to travel outside the country. Until now, all cases were fr…
    - 4 days ago 25 Jul 16, 9:37pm -
  • Video: Situational Awareness in Terror Attacks
        In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD tell you how being “situationally aware” could save your life in a terror event. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without some heinous action by terrorist cells, and this video d…
    - 7 days ago 23 Jul 16, 8:18pm -
  • American Survival Radio #17
    American Survival Radio is Joe and Amy Alton’s second and latest podcast, focused on current events, health, and politics. It is separate and distinct from The Survival Medicine Hour, which continues as before focused mostly on health issues as the…
    - 10 days ago 20 Jul 16, 4:26pm -
  • Zika Virus: What We Don’t Know (A Lot)
    Despite the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downplaying any effect on the coming Summer Olympics in Brazil, Zika virus continues to mystify many researchers. The viral disease, mild or asymptomatic in most…
    - 10 days ago 19 Jul 16, 10:09pm -
  • Under The Heat Dome
    This summer is turning out to be a real scorcher, with the formation of a “heat dome” bringing some of the hottest weather so far this year to large swaths of U.S. territory this week. Many consider a heat wave to be just a time to put an extra i…
    - 12 days ago 17 Jul 16, 10:33pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Bites, Bears, Economic Forecaster Gerald Celente
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP (aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy), we discuss animal bites, how to avoid them and what to do if someone gets bitten. Plus, what to do if you encounter a bear on that hik…
    - 13 days ago 17 Jul 16, 1:18am -
  • Situational Awareness Could Save Your Life
    On France’s equivalent of Independence Day, a large truck plowed through a large crowd in the southern city of Nice and engaged in a gunfight with police. Bystanders noted that the truck appeared to accelerate into the festive throng, killing dozen…
    - 15 days ago 15 Jul 16, 12:03am -