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  • newPreparedness Notes for Thursday — August 13, 2020
    Today is the birthday of screenwriter, director, and producer, Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980) His many films spanned five decades. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 90 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing co…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 7:04am -
  • newWhy I Chose a .308 Winchester AR – Part 2, by Dusty
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Handguard and Barrel Nut The final parts of the upper include the barrel nut and handguard. The barrel nut is used to secure your barrel to the upper and is generally included as part of your handg…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 7:03am -
  • newThe 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…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The people who live in any generation do much, he realized, either to create or to solve the problems for the people who come in the generations later.” – George R. Stewart, Earth AbidesThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — August 12, 2020
    This the birthday of country singer/songwriter Buck Owens (1929–2006). His songs typified what has been called “The Bakersfield Sound.” — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 90 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction…
    - 2 days ago 12 Aug 20, 7:04am -
  • Why I Chose a .308 Winchester AR – Part 1, by Dusty
    The arguments for .308 Winchester over 5.56 NATO are well known and far spread through many internet forums. Undoubtedly many of you realize the advantages in firepower of the .308. We know of the incredible amount of reloading data, DOPE, and other…
    - 2 days ago 12 Aug 20, 7:03am -
  • JWR’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…
    - 2 days ago 12 Aug 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” – George OrwellThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: a…
    - 2 days ago 12 Aug 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — August 11, 2020
    On August 11, 1857, N. H. Wolfe and Company, the oldest flour and grain company in New York City, failed. This failure shook investor confidence and began a slow selloff in the market which continued into late August. Several other failures followed,…
    - 3 days ago 11 Aug 20, 7:04am -
  • Abandoning Home, by Francis
    This essay is not about survival skills in their basic form. Rather, this is a gedankenexperiment about abandoning suburbia and getting us somewhere safely in the event of TEOTWAWKI. This is often called “Bugging Out” in the current parlance. Thu…
    - 3 days ago 11 Aug 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…
    - 3 days ago 11 Aug 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Once a citizen receives a direct payment from the state, the state has purchased their complicity.” – Charles Hugh SmithThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 3 days ago 11 Aug 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — August 10, 2020
    On August 10th, 1984, Red Dawn, the first PG-13 rated movie, starring Patrick Swayze was released. The movie (the 1984 original, not the 2012 remake) is a favorite of both JWR and HJL. The movie embodies the independent, indomitable spirit that creat…
    - 4 days ago 10 Aug 20, 7:05am -
  • FNS-9 Compact, by Pat Cascio
    If you’re old enough to remember back 50-years or longer, you’ll recall that guns we called “compact” back then, were quite a bit different than what we call “compact” today. Back in the day, a compact handgun was still quite large, compa…
    - 4 days ago 10 Aug 20, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Eggs A La Caracas
    The following recipe for Eggs A La Caracas is from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book will be…
    - 4 days ago 10 Aug 20, 7:03am -


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…
    - 25 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…
    - 80 days ago 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

  • newMore Reasons to Have a Tribe
    Most prepper sites emphasize the TEOTWAWKI side of being or getting prepared, but we like to leaven our posts with a healthy dose of common sense and “every day” preps. Yes, it would be nice to have a fully stocked bunker in a remote location tha…
    - 5 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 8:48pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Etekcity CLK30 Camping Lantern
     The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.My long-awaited package finally arrived! I ordered it with Prime shipping, but since it was non-essential it took a bit longer to…
    - 1 day ago 12 Aug 20, 9:35pm -
  • Snappy Gear Repair
    Repairing your own gear can be an intimidating task. It seems like it would require specialized tools, skills, and knowledge, but most times that fear is greatly exaggerated. With some basic tools and supplies, and a realization that you can't break…
    - 2 days ago 12 Aug 20, 1:28am -
  • Pittsburgh 12V Emergency Impact Wrench Review
    Emergency Impact Wrench Review.Not this one!!Look at that hand:Godspeed to you all.
    - 3 days ago 10 Aug 20, 5:40pm -
  • Guest Post: UHDPE Ballistic Plates
    by Seth Schuehartt Seth is an Armed Security Professional and Consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. Editor's Note: It was pointed out to me that in my article about ballistic armor materials, I completely neglected to mention UHDPE plates. Since I have…
    - 4 days ago 10 Aug 20, 3:42am -
  • Too Much
    Once in a while I hear people say, “You can never have too much (whatever they're selling)”. This may be a good way to sell things, but it's a terrible way to prep. A wise prepper knows their limits and has plans for “events”, and knowing how…
    - 7 days ago 7 Aug 20, 1:00am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Dry Time
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I have no product reviews this week because none of them have made it here before my deadline or my bedtime.What's Happening NowWe…
    - 8 days ago 5 Aug 20, 11:46pm -
  • Vehicle Leak Identification
    My truck developed a slight leak recently. It wasn't catastrophic, but it was a bit hard to locate the source. Over this weekend, though, the truck it developed a very noticeable whine on startup and particularly while steering.A whining/groaning sou…
    - 9 days ago 4 Aug 20, 11:02pm -
  • Inventory Control, Paperwork, and the Kids
    Keep track if your most important paper and get the whole family involved in prepping!Godspeed to you all.
    - 10 days ago 3 Aug 20, 5:39pm -
  • Ballistic Armor: Materials
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Two weeks ago I talked about levels of protection. This week I will expand on that by talking about the materials involved in making ballistic armor.Ballistic FiberYou know this bes…
    - 13 days ago 1 Aug 20, 12:53am -
  • Isolation
    One of the major mental health problems preppers need to consider is the effects of prolonged isolation on their team and tribe. Humans are generally social animals, and so we do best when we have contact with other people and can work together towar…
    - 14 days ago 30 Jul 20, 7:17pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: July Take-Out Post
    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 what used to be called a Buffet Post, but all of the buffets around here are closed and several of my favorites are unlikel…
    - 15 days ago 30 Jul 20, 1:45am -
  • Homemade Raspberry Jam
    Homemade organic raspberry jam!! Traded eggs for them!!The recipe:Godspeed to you all.
    - 17 days ago 27 Jul 20, 10:00pm -
  • Ballistic Armor: Helmets
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.My apologies for this article being late and not on the subject of materials as promised last week. I've been rather busy and the subject is quite complex, so in the spirit of givin…
    - 21 days ago 24 Jul 20, 5:42am -
  • Head Gear
    Since a couple of us seem to be on a PPE theme, I thought I'd cover a oft-forgotten piece: helmets. Protecting your noggin is important in a lot of scenarios, from daily activities like riding a bike or working in construction or in a busy factory to…
    - 21 days ago 23 Jul 20, 10:04pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Vacation? Summer Interruption!
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Things don't always go as planned, so there had better be a Backup Plan, and a backup to the backup too, just to be safe. Ask me…
    - 22 days ago 22 Jul 20, 5:45pm -
  • Pistol Caliber Carbines
    After last week's post about rifles for preppers, a reader asked if I could talk about pistol caliber carbines. I'm more than happy to oblige! Lokidude
    - 23 days ago 21 Jul 20, 11:04pm -
  • Ballistic Armor: Levels of Protection
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week, I covered the legalities of owning and wearing ballistic armor. This week I will talk about levels of protection, but first I need to address a semantic point:Erin, why d…
    - 27 days ago 17 Jul 20, 10:08pm -
  • Car Keys
    I've written about locks before, but I've run into a few issues with keys in particular and want to share what I've learned so someone else might avoid the hassles.I recently bought a used Range Rover SUV that only came with one key. This is a proble…
    - 28 days ago 16 Jul 20, 10:14pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: State Shutdowns
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. California, or at least the urban portion I live in, is being shut down midnight tonight after many businesses were open a week,…
    - 29 days ago 15 Jul 20, 9:09pm -
  • Rifle Selection Basics
    It's time to wrap up the weapon selection series by talking about rifles. As before, all firearms were cleared and verified by myself and my wife/camera operator. Lokidude
    - 30 days ago 15 Jul 20, 1:52am -
  • Kitchen Cleaning Hacks
    Kitchen cleaning hacks to save you some time and money.Godspeed to you all.
    - 31 days ago 13 Jul 20, 7:04pm -
  • Ballistic Armor: Legality
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you didn't own ballistic armor before the COVID-19 lockdown (with its commensurate reduction in police time) or the later urban unrest and rioting, I'm certain you've at least gi…
    - 33 days ago 12 Jul 20, 1:00am -
  • Tactical vs Tacticool
    With all of the antics in the news lately, we're seeing several groups of armed and “armored” people showing up at various protests, demonstrations, town hall meetings, and plain old riots. The noisy ones with bullhorns and signs are there for at…
    - 35 days ago 9 Jul 20, 11:18pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Recharge
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. It's time for me to check all the smaller things in my car house and gear, starting with my Get Home Bag.What's Next?Previously I…
    - 36 days ago 8 Jul 20, 11:12pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Alzheimer’s, Trials, Russian Vaccine
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Alzheimer’s, Trials, Russian VaccineThe podcast is not going to talk just about COVID today, but  it’s a good idea to keep a running update and how Dr. and Ms. Alton’s views are evolving based on what seems to be ha…
    - 2 days ago 11 Aug 20, 4:37pm -
  • The Problem With “Following The Science”
    The Problem With “Following The Science”State, local, and federal governments often make the claim that they are “following the science” when it comes to COVID-19. What few people realize is the extent to which the “science” may be manipu…
    - 5 days ago 8 Aug 20, 10:05pm -
  • Video: Wound Closure, Part 3: Placing Sutures
    Video: Wound Closure, Part 3: Placing SuturesIn part 3 of this video series, Joe Alton MD, FACOG, FACS teaches the placement of sutures to close a skin laceration in a pig’s foot. He discusses what type of skin suture closure is best suited for the…
    - 6 days ago 7 Aug 20, 2:32pm -
  • Video: Suture Closure, Part 2
    Video: Suture Closure, Part 2In this video, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss wound closure and demonstrate how to prep and drape the skin for a suture closure off-the-grid. To watch, click below: For Part 1:…
    - 12 days ago 1 Aug 20, 3:33pm -
  • Video: Suture Closure, Pt. 1
    Video: Suture Closure, Pt. 1In this video, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss wound closure and demonstrate the basics of setting up a sterile field off-the-grid prior to the procedure. To watch, click below: For Part 2: https://www.doomandbloom…
    - 12 days ago 1 Aug 20, 3:21pm -
  • Vitamin D Deficiency and COVID-19
    Vitamin D Deficiency and COVID-19Lately, we’ve been reviewing the potential for vitamin deficiencies to play a significant role in disease in people who, you’d think, would be otherwise healthy. This article is about vitamin D. WHAT IS VITAMIN D?…
    - 15 days ago 29 Jul 20, 8:38pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast COVID Q & A
    Survival Medicine Podcast COVID Q & AYou know, we get dozens of questions from folks every week, and we do our darndest to answer as many as we can. You’re always welcome to send your questions to, we answer as many of them…
    - 15 days ago 29 Jul 20, 2:52pm -
  • Video: Pandemic Waves
    Video: Pandemic WavesIn this companion video to a recent article, Dr. Joe Alton explains pandemic waves in the current COVID-19 outbreak, how things went 100 years ago with the Spanish Flu pandemic, and what to expect both from the natural course of…
    - 26 days ago 18 Jul 20, 5:17pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Visits During COVID, Heat Waves, Kazakhstan Virus?
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Visits During COVID, Heat Waves, Kazakhstan Virus?Man, it’s hot. Summer is here with a vengeance and parts of the Midwest and Southern U.S. are experiencing record high temperatures in major heat waves. Officials predict…
    - 30 days ago 14 Jul 20, 9:30pm -
  • Visiting Family During A Pandemic
    Visiting Family During A PandemicI recently saw an article on CNN where a number of medical experts were asked questions about how and when to visit friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m just an old country doctor, but I decided to t…
    - 32 days ago 12 Jul 20, 10:15pm -