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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — October 21, 2020
    Today is the birthday of the late R.J. Rummel. October 21, 1932 – March 2, 2014. He was was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He spent his career assembling data on collective violence and war with a view toward h…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Oct 20, 7:04am -
  • newRange Estimation and Windage with Mil Reticles – Part 2, by N.E.
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Windage Ranging distance is pretty straightforward with practice. It also becomes fairly easy to calculate your elevation adjustment in relation your data-card or ballistics app. How long-range sho…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Oct 20, 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, a…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The 1994 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bans worked. And if I am elected president, we’re going to pass them again — and this time, we’ll make them even stronger. We’re going to stop gun manufacturers from circumventing the la…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Oct 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — October 20, 2020
    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 classic book Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting is fascinating reading. Today is the birthda…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 20, 7:05am -
  • Book Bomb Day For The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide!
    [IUPDATED] Hooray! Today is the much-awaited Book Bomb Day for my latest nonfiction book, The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide. My sincere thanks for waiting until today to place your order. Hopefully, with this big one-day surge of orders, it wil…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 20, 7:04am -
  • Range Estimation and Windage with Mil Reticles – Part 1, by N.E.
    “Tossing a bit of dry grass in the air as he had done at countless high-power matches, T.K. judged the wind. He complained, ‘Darn, I wish I had a windage table for .50 Browning. I’ll just have to guesstimate.’ Getting ready for his first shot…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 20, 7:03am -
  • 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 20 Oct 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Business is easy until people get involved.” – Commander Zero, Editor of the long-running Notes From The Bunker blogThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 19, 2020
    We’re counting down the hours!  Book Bomb Day for my latest book (The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide) will be tomorrow Tuesday: October 20, 2020. Please wait to place your order until after midnight tonight, eastern time, to maximize the rank…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 20, 7:05am -
  • Star BM 9mm Pistol, by Pat Cascio
    I’m a fan of military surplus firearms, of all kinds – unfortunately, there aren’t too many in my meager gun collection. Once again, everyone believes that because I’m a writer – mostly about firearms and knives, that I have a huge collecti…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 20, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables)
    The following recipe for Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables) was kindly sent by SurvivalBlog reader “Animal House.” Chef’s Notes: I developed a love for giardiniera when I lived in Europe; and now it is a family favorite. In the summer we…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 20, 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 19 Oct 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 18, 2020
    October 18th, 1662 was the birthday of Matthew Henry. (He died 22 June 1714). Henry was a Presbyterian minister who lived primarily in Chester, England. Matthew Henry’s six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called Matthew He…
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More Than Just Surviving

  • Emergency Experience: Forest Fire on My Doorstep
    The interesting thing about forest fires is the powerlessness one feels when placed kissing distance from an inferno. I never really understood the underlying threat of forest fires until 3 days ago, but folks, I learnt that lesson pronto. Firs…
    - 94 days ago 19 Jul 20, 2:29pm -
  • Coronavirus: A (Realist) Prepper’s Perspective on the World Opening Up
    As the world unwinds our collective enforced isolation protocols, it’s good to take stock of the situation at hand and see where this will lead us. The reality is that the economy shutting down until a vaccine is discovered & mass inoculation…
    - 25 May 20, 2:51pm -
  • The Coronavirus Crisis Is Going to Upend Our World in a Way We Can’t Really Fathom
    Figured I was long overdue for an update. With lockdown still in effect, I have no longer have much of an excuse. Isolation is an odd word in our new reality. As a society we have never been so connected. The world is just a click away and it s…
    - 15 Apr 20, 7:15pm -
  • Will the Coronavirus Make Regular People More Prepper Minded?
    If there’s one thing that’s bothering me the absolute most about this pandemic, it’s the uncertainty. The fact that we don’t and can’t know when this will all blow over leaves me a little on edge. And yes, I know that Thomas & I will…
    - 8 Apr 20, 9:29am -
  • Come on Governments, of Course FOMO = Panic Buying; Can’t Stop Human Nature
    As this crisis continues unabated throughout our little blue planet, I find myself growing more and more irritated with the powers that be. Since I have been on lock down for what feels forever (you will understand soon enough America!), I want…
    - 23 Mar 20, 11:43am -
  • Coronavirus Stockpile Tips for Beginners & Why It’s Sensible to Worry
    As this shit show shows no respite, I figured this was a good time to discuss what the girl and I are doing in terms of preparing and what my thoughts are on this developing situation. Stockpiling 101 for Beginners Seems to me that as of a few…
    - 13 Mar 20, 8:24pm -
  • Debunking Coronavirus Myths – Yes, Some Are Completely Idiotic
    On the heels of my no-bullshit Coronavirus explanation article which I recommend you take a quick look at, I feel the need to clarify and debunk some of the nonsense I have seen over the past few weeks. Drinking X Will Kill the Coronavirus Drin…
    - 8 Mar 20, 12:52pm -
  • Coronavirus: A No-Bullshit Explanation of Where We Are Now
    This could get dicey folks. As of 26 minutes ago, we hit over 80,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus including a disturbing rise in a country adjacent to my own. The spread of this virus has shone a light on the darker impulses of our species fr…
    - 26 Feb 20, 11:19am -
  • Conversation time
    After so many years of blogging (admittedly, not so much recently), its interesting to sit back and muse about what MTJS represents and how the girl and I have evolved along the way, both as people and as content creators. MTJS was created as a…
    - 2 Feb 20, 1:22am -
  • 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newEar Protection
    This week I'm taking an in-depth look at the types of ear protection available, the pros and cons of each, and what to look for when choosing your protection.The three kinds of ear protection shown can be purchased below.Foam Plugs"Dumb" muffsPowered…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Oct 20, 12:50am -
  • Secondhand Stress
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.We've all heard of secondhand smoke, which is where someone who isn't a smoker can suffer the ill effects of cigarettes by being around one or more people who do smoke. I put it to…
    - 3 days ago 18 Oct 20, 6:00pm -
  • Mouse-Away
    It's that time of year again when the weather is cooling off and the mice are moving back to where it's warmer, which means your house and other buildings will be seeing more furry traffic unless you've taken steps to keep them out. The main reason…
    - 6 days ago 15 Oct 20, 7:20pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Get Home Bag, 2020 Style
     The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.What can I say about a GHB? Plenty as it turns out, thank you very much! While the basics are there (a bag!), this year offers up…
    - 7 days ago 14 Oct 20, 10:25pm -
  • Passing It On
    A friend of mine recently was telling me about going camping with his girlfriend and her children. They mentioned that since he knew "all about compasses and stuff," maybe he could teach them a bit about navigation. He couldn't pass up such an opport…
    - 8 days ago 13 Oct 20, 9:35pm -
  • Renogy 5W Solar Panel Charger Review
    This week I’m reviewing the Renogy 5W Solar Panel Charger. I like it, but there are some things to know. 
    - 9 days ago 12 Oct 20, 9:05pm -
  • The Many Uses of the Humble Aluminum Bottle
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Much has been said about Nalgene bottles, and rightly so: they are lightweight, nearly industructible, come in many different styles and colors and have tons of options for how to c…
    - 12 days ago 10 Oct 20, 3:01am -
  • Clotting Agents
     A reader asked my opinion on one of the clotting agents on the market and I had to answer that I had no experience with them but would look into it. We do take requests here, so if you have a topic that you'd like us to cover feel free to drop us a…
    - 13 days ago 8 Oct 20, 5:00pm -
  • Product Review: Maglite ML25LT
    I've loved Maglites for decades, and recently stumbled across the Maglite L25LT. Here are my thoughts. Lokidude
    - 14 days ago 7 Oct 20, 9:59pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A Little This, a Little That...
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping....and before long you have a whole bunch of stuff!This a teaser to my newest Work In Progress, a Get Home Bag. Yes, I'm doing wha…
    - 15 days ago 7 Oct 20, 1:33am -
  • Old Medical Kits and Their Uses
    The safety people came through work the other day and dug around for things to complain about. (I figure that's their job, so I just listen and don't offer any information; that's the best way to stay out of trouble.) One of the things they glommed o…
    - 20 days ago 1 Oct 20, 11:52pm -
  • BCP Unwelcome on Facebook
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Yesterday, Facebook decided that this blog "violates community standards" and removed all links to it from both personal pages and our dedicated FB group.I appealed this decision a…
    - 20 days ago 1 Oct 20, 9:53pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: the Bat Belt Returns!
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.This is a work-in-progress post as I see how I make all the things I may want to carry actually line up with the things I need to…
    - 21 days ago 1 Oct 20, 4:11am -
  • Electrical Definitions
    - 22 days ago 29 Sep 20, 10:02pm -
  • New Neighbors Neighborly?
    This week we’re wrapping up room in the new ladies in. I discuss a strategy that I used, and show the fruits of that labor.
    - 23 days ago 28 Sep 20, 8:49pm -
  • Product Review: Fuzion Digital Pocket Scale
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I recently had a mix-up with my ammunition supplies where I could not tell the difference between several magazines' worth of 55 grain .223 ammo and several others magazines' worth…
    - 26 days ago 25 Sep 20, 7:27pm -
  • Feral Food?
    For the last several decades, feral hogs have been spreading in the USA. Originally farm animals, they have gone feral and started breeding with the wild boars imported years ago as game animals. This interbreeding has created a potentially dangerous…
    - 27 days ago 24 Sep 20, 5:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Fighting the Bat Belt
    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 long fought the temptation to overload myself with gear, both carried on me and collected for various uses. Seriously, I tru…
    - 28 days ago 23 Sep 20, 9:06pm -
  • Series, Parallel, and Combo Battery Wiring
    For those who aren't clear on the difference between volts and amps, there is a handy guide to electrical terminology here..Lokidude
    - 29 days ago 22 Sep 20, 11:18pm -
  • New Ladies Moving In
    OK. No minimalist/redo prepping this week. Opportunity knocks, I answer. But can’t we all just get along?
    - 30 days ago 21 Sep 20, 9:26pm -
  • Waterproofing Cotton
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission."Cotton kills" is an aphorism that all campers, hikers and preppers ought to know. Cotton is often called "death cloth" because wearing it in a cold, wet environment can lead to hyp…
    - 33 days ago 19 Sep 20, 3:33am -
  • Maintenance as a Way of Thinking
    If you use the search box in the upper left corner, you'll find a batch of articles over the years that cover specific maintenance of cars, bicycles, and a few other things. Today, I want to look into the various philosophies of maintenance.Having wo…
    - 34 days ago 17 Sep 20, 9:51pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Gear Cleanup
    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 missed the calendar alert I set for myself to go through my gear. Work has been very strenuous the last two months, and when I…
    - 36 days ago 16 Sep 20, 5:07am -
  • Portable Power
    Recent events have gotten me thinking again about emergency and portable power solutions. Storms here and elsewhere have left friends without power for extended periods of time; in addition, medical developments in my life in the past few months have…
    - 36 days ago 15 Sep 20, 6:29pm -
  • Fall 2020-Reflection and Resupply
    Join me over the next few weeks as I explore upgrades and new directions for my daily commuters and commutes. 
    - 37 days ago 14 Sep 20, 9:16pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Nurse Amy’s OB Tips and Kit
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Nurse Amy’s OB Tips and KitIn any long term survival setting, somebody’s  going to get pregnant at one point or another. Even if you daughter is 7 years old right now, a decade or so into an EMP strike that knocks us o…
    - 3 days ago 18 Oct 20, 7:41pm -
  • Video: Microplastics In Ocean Waters
    Video: Microplastics In Ocean WatersIn this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton laments the accumulation of plastic trash in our oceans, vividly shown in The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This isn’t a new continent, but an area wher…
    - 7 days ago 15 Oct 20, 4:34am -
  • Tonsillitis In Austere Settings
    Tonsillitis In Austere SettingsYour tonsils are glands on each side of the back of the throat. Their job is to help trap bacteria and other germs that cause infections. Sometimes, however, they can become infected themselves, a condition known as “…
    - 14 days ago 7 Oct 20, 3:59pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Cyclospora, Food Contamination/Safety
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Cyclospora, Food Contamination/SafetyThe person that’s responsible for the health of their family isn’t just there to stop a bleeding wound or set a broken leg. Poorly cooked or contaminated food will kill more people i…
    - 18 days ago 3 Oct 20, 8:29pm -
  • What You Might Not Know About Hand Washing
    What You Might Not Know About Hand WashingOne of the simplest ways to maintain good health is washing your hands. You may feel that hand washing doesn’t merit mention in a survival medicine article, but an austere medic’s encouragement of frequen…
    - 23 days ago 28 Sep 20, 8:00pm -
  • Video: “Safe Six”?
    Video: “Safe Six”?In this video companion to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses social distancing guidelines for COVID-19 and give some thoughts from his perspective. How did experts get to six feet as a rule? Are restrictions and mask r…
    - 26 days ago 25 Sep 20, 2:59pm -
  • Cyclospora Infection
    Cyclospora InfectionFood contamination is a constant concern in the United States, especially from imported produce. In normal times, U.S. citizens take for granted the ability to buy bananas in Montana in February. As long as we import food, we must…
    - 28 days ago 23 Sep 20, 12:09pm -
  • Video: Lightning Safety
    Video: Lightning SafetyIn this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses lightning (and thunder), and the effect of a strike on the human body. Several different types of lightning strikes cause various injuries, and it’s a mir…
    - 32 days ago 19 Sep 20, 9:16pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Burn Injuries, Author Leon Pantenburg
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Burn Injuries, Author Leon PantenburgHey, today we’ve invited our old friend Leon Pantenburg of Survival Common Sense to the show. Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast and journalist, and also the author of “Bus…
    - 32 days ago 19 Sep 20, 8:51pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Microplastics, Safe “Six”
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Microplastics, Safe “Six”The CDC has recommended that Americans wear masks “in public”, but are vague on what to do in many situations. From the CDC website:  “CDC recommends that people wear masks in public sett…
    - 40 days ago 11 Sep 20, 5:48pm -