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  1. Hi everybody, Hope you won't mind me posting this here. Otherwise - huge apologies. Have you been thinking about building a new life off-grid? See the information attached below. I'm unfortunately unable to respond to any comments under this thread, but please do message me directly or email our team on offgrid@raw.co.uk if you'd like to find out more about this exciting opportunity.
  2. Since I have just started putting preps together, I have been planning my BoBs, and of course knives have been an essential part of my plan. I was looking at having a Benchmade Presidio Combo Edge as my EDC, having a Ontario Air Force Knife, a 8” Kukri and a Geber Gator Machete. I would love the perry blade or similar Damascus steel blade, but I need to be selective with funds. My wife asked:confused:, why not have the folding utility knives with the easily replaceable blades like http://www.lowes.com/pd_253834-16878-60655_0__?productId=1072421&Ntt=kobalt+utility+knife&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dkobalt%2Butility%2Bknife&facetInfo= Since you can get a normal blade, a hook blade for gutting and cleaning game, we even have a saw blade for it. I can't blame her for asking the question, in fact it is pretty smart and I didn't have a good response in favor or against. What are the drawbacks for having this as a small knife in the preps?
  3. If you get a chance, check out some of the SurvivalCache/Forge Survival Supply Team in "Apocalypse 101" this week on the National Geographic Channel. The first episode will be this showing Tuesday March 12th at 10 pm ET right after Doomsday Preppers. You can get a closer look at the faces on this side of the keyboard. Link below: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/apocalypse-101/ Thanks!
  4. Allow me to introduce myself. I am a 30-something average American living/working in Fantasyland USA, helping people come to Fantasyland and spend their hard earned money for some family memories. For the first 6 years of marriage, my wife and I tried living the American Dream, keeping up with the Joneses and to many around us we are the Joneses. Yet something didn’t feel right, we like the country were gaining a mountain of debt and our assets were dwindling. Our idea of a survival plan, was none. We didn’t need to be prepared for a hurricane, as long as we had rum we were Prepared/ready. About a year ago I saw the show Doomsday Preppers, at first I thought these people were kooks, and my wife thought I was even kookier for watching the show. Just like a train wreck you keep watching, and after a few episodes these kooks were making some sense. So I start having conversations with my wife about the “what-ifs,” and every conversation came to the point that we would retreat to the farm. (For some background the Farm is a tract of land near the TN/Kentucky boarder that her parents live at.) That was the end of the conversation, after some thinking how were we going to make it to the Farm, let’s see traversing 800+ miles of interstate through 4 states and 2 major metropolitan areas and 2 tanks of gas. Suddenly in case of a true emergency the farm was looking further and further away from a viable option in a SHTF event. So we started talking about a what if for home, we are still in the very beginning stages of the preparing for whatever may come. I’m not paranoid that a zombie apocalypse may take over, but the threat of Hurricanes is real, and the economy is very real. So we have started a small raised garden to flex our gardening thumbs, the basics like Tomatoes, cucumbers, Peppers and herbs. Would love to do more, but we live with a nice HOA that likes to govern EVERY thing we do in and around our house. For food storage, we have started to buy an extra can or two of vegetables every time we go to the grocery store. These stocks are building steadily, need to start looking at getting cansolidators. We like a lot of Americans have bought our first firearms since December. We have both gotten a few well researched pieces but most importantly going to the range 2-3 time a month and getting training for them. We are proficient in each other’s weapons, and have 4 very common calibers between the pieces. We haven’t started doing drills in the house yet, but we have at least planned out the logistics and code words for someone unwelcomed in the house. So we have been slowly putting together the Bug-in plan. Now for the inevitable Bug-Out plan. As a kid, I was never in scouts, never a camper, my parents idea of camping was at the Ritz where you could see the mountains. I luckily have a mind that is always planning and figuring things out. I do have the ability to MacGyver many things, heck I rebuilt my 1970 beetle from the ground up without ever using a manual, before I had my license. I know I need to learn basic survival techniques, watching YouTube is not learning, it is understanding a concept but not learning. I am looking at taking a survival course, anyone have experience with any in Florida? I was looking at a 2-3 day with Byron Kerns in the Ocala National Forest. As far as Bug-out bags I have been researching 150 hours plus on them. I have seen every prebuilt kit imaginable, most laughable, from either what is included or the ridiculous price expected to buy them. I have built many an Amazon shopping carts (did you know you can only have 55 items in the cart), and ended up getting 2 prebuilt packs as a starting point to my wife and I’s BOBs. We went with modified bags from Uncle Bobs Bug Out Bags, and lots of items to add in the next few months. My bag is currently about 10% of my body weight before water, and I expect with water and the rest of my items for it to be about 22%-25%. I will do a BoB dissection in the next month or two for the forum once I have most my items together. I constantly have to remind myself that Prepping is not a sprint but an ultra-marathon. I welcome any opinions or pointers, and will take all in to consideration, just may not follow it all. I do thank you in advance for welcoming me and accepting me in the forum, this place seems a lot nicer than other places around the webs.
  5. To give my disclaimer about this first off, I dont go for these kinds of knives for actual field usage but I went ahead and purchased a knife from the Les Stroud Series by Camillus out of pure curiosity. This is the Mountain Model. Keep in mind this is my overall first impressions. I will do a more extent review on this after I get out and use it in the field. Cost This knife is very affordable. They go for around $50 give or take. Appearance Bright green, grey, and black with a shiny signal mirror on the sheath. I dont think this is gimmicky because it does have its advantages. For one, it makes it easier to find when you drop your knife on the ground. Trust me, we've all done it! Blade The most important part is the knife blade itself. The blade is made of 440 stainless steel which is a very strong steel and easily sharpened. There is also a non stick coating on the blade. This is handy if youll be using it to prepare food. The blade is drop point with about 1/4 of it serrated. Im not a big fan of serrations but if you want them you don't want it taking up most of the knife blade so good job by Mr. Stroud on this one. Also, the blade is full tang so it won't just snap off the handle. Handle Bright and grippy. Most of it is rubberized making it extremely comfortable for extended use. It also has a steel pommel for hammering tasks. Sheath The sheath is made of a ballistic nylon and plastic compartments. The knife locks in securely and straps in nice so the danger of it falling out is minimal. On the outside, there is a signal mirror. Brilliant. Not only does it make the sheath easy to find, it can also aid in getting that piece of dirt out of your eye or pull that tooth. Not to mention the obvious task of signaling your rescuers. I will also add that with the signal mirror being on the outside of the sheath, your are signalling just walking around! Also, there is a good bit of cordage wrapped around the sheath. It doesnt look like true paracord, but it is some good cordage. So I wont fault it for that. Also inside the sheath, a firesteel. Obvious plus. Then on the other side, you have a whistle and a small LED flashlight. The whistle isnt that loud, but its there. Oh well. The flashlight isnt bad, but it does take smaller batteries. I would have rather seen it using just a single AAA. There is a small storage compartment behind the mirror that would probably hold something like matches, tinder, or medication. On the back of the sheath is a small, mesh compartment that has a little survival guide written by Stroud himself. The Verdict For the price and what you get in the package, I like it. Most are saying that this is Les Stroud's sell out to compete with the Bear Grylls Knife, however I see more thought put into the overall build of this knife. I will take this out and do some tests with it and give you my thoughts on that in a later post. MODS: First thing I did was I yanked that cordage this knife came with and added some true 550 cord. I also took the whistle and notched the hole a little wider and now its much louder. I recommend these modifications to anyone interested in this knife.
  6. Video Games & Survival, two very different subjects entirely. BUT, they do relate a little bit. I'll do my best to incorporate mindless videogaming with preparing to survive anything and everything. Videogames, like anything, are works of mans ideas put into actions. Videogames are a work of art. While surviving is a combination of decision making, budgeting, hard work, and mental challenges. Well actually I work hard in videogames, while making decisions, facing mental challenges, and budgeting all the numbers on my screen. In Videogames I enjoy, there are usually numbers, whether it be experience levels, health bars, special ability levels, leveling characters up, spending points on different upgrades, distance, measurements, and sometimes very complex problem solving skills are required to be very good at videogames. I noticed in many videogames I played that went online allowed me to interact with other players, sometimes the options are only to kill the other player while some videogames allow you to talk, fight, trade, and other things. While playing World of Warcraft I surveyed around and found out that 90% of people who had been playing the same time as me had nowhere near the amount of gold I had or level I had. Well that means I'm naturally good at gaming right? No, it means that i'm really good at problem solving, decision making, budgeting, and other features that are always in these games. Even though you are bound to the rules made by the gamemakers, its still very fun to figure out how to play the game right and completely kick-ass on it because your great at repeating the patterns of the game, and solving knew ones as they come along. This may now sound confusing so I'll do some examples. Fallout 3, a very famous Videogame, you run around in an apocalyptic wasteland following a storyline but interacting with so many things. Its all basically an interactive movie with consequences and causes & effects. Some things I got from playing this game for hours and hours, besides a lot of entertainment: I learned you'll always need 2 people in a gunfight. There are considerable pros and cons to having a dog. Post-teotwawki towns may have landmines (and basements full of food). There probably will be cannibals and you probably won't be able to tell when you first meet them. People will always have livestock and farms. Currency may change. With no government, factions, and slavery are likely, as well as increased illegal services. They may be simple examples but to someone who doesn't already know the subject of survival, some games teach them a lot. I would recommend playing Fallout 3, New Vegas, or 4 (when it comes out) if and when you have free time. Also there are a lot of mind-sharpening challenges in games which is why I play them, its entertaining. Some games do completely suck though, definitely. Some schools use videogames to teach kids, and I can say I've learned a lot from videogames, but definitely could have read more books as a kid. I think everyone should do both.
  7. Good Resource to Reference... http://www.google.org/publicalerts
  8. The URE Hide Out will open in 2013 for recreational uses like gold panning, horseback riding, geocaching and primitive camping. Great place to work on your survival skills. Offering 7 private lots for annual lease great for 'bug out location' and willing to barter for cost if you have a skill set I need. Need: Medic, Gunner, etc. Located on a spring fed creek and I have horses, chickens and hogs (transportation and food) This is the first year I'm getting into survival but if someone was local to me and wanted to offer a course using my property for the base camp that would be awesome!
  9. Thanks to sailorman2010 at Northwest Firearms forums for the following post I borrowed, I thought it would be a good starting place for this thread to get folks thoughts on this. The original link is here: "What would you stash in your survival cache?" "Hello. I hope everyone is recovering nicely from the long weekend and turkey day. I've been thinking about a buried survival cache for the last six months. I want to get feedback from people that have done it themselves-buried weapons, clothes, storage food, etc? I would also like to know what kind/type of containers people used-PVC pipe? Hard case? Barrels? Also, I know locating and environment is factor when burring a cache. A person would want to locate in a place where it wouldn't be easily found by others, but would be easy to find for them when returning to it. Nor, put it in a place where it would be sitting in the water table for six months of the year (unless you took pre-cautions for this) or about to be logged/developed. I've been working on a list as of late. It’s a work in progress and is in no way in its final stages of being complete. I would like to add this, most likely it would be made for two people (hence the two ALICE packs), but also I thought it could be nearby a camp/hide. Also, if just one person uses it (me), it could be a stash location where I come back as needed for supplies and exchange items. I thought of a few scenarios. One more thing, I know I didn’t add any weapons to the list. That is separate thing I am working on: to cache a rifle, pistol, ammo and supplies. Ideas for this would be nice too! Here’s my list: • One Hardig (hard-case/water proof) electronics box • Plastic storage bags/Mylar bags/food-saver bags-sealed • Oxygen absorbers/moisture absorbers? • Silicone for hard-case • First Aid kit • Two sets clothes (warm/cold) • 1 Large ALICE pack/1 medium • Coat or Rain gear • Boots (waterproof/thinsulate) • Socks/underwear • Gloves (leather & insulated pair) • Flash light/head lamp • Glow sticks • Small camp stove (one burner)/Swiss army volcano stove • Fuel/fuel tablets • FOOD o MRE’s o Freeze dried assortment o Canned meat? • Water Storage o Camel bak o Canteens o 2.5gal water bags o Purification tablets/filters • Sleeping bag w/all weather cover • Tarp (brown 6x8) • Para-cord • Gerber Hatchet/Saw/Shovel set (small) • Leatherman • Good knife (x2) • Hand & feet warmers • FIRE o Lighter o Matches o Flint o Steel wool o Tinder " end quote
  10. If you've read any good books, online articles or know of other resources that may be of interest to everyone else, post them here. Also if you have questions about good resources that may help point you in the right direction to get your bug-out-bag put together, learn about using a map and compass or any other subject matter related to survival, post it here. Also in the modern age there are a number of great videos and other multimedia that is very informative so let's not forget those resources as well. Thanks!
  11. Hi there.. I just want to share something about one of the survival bags. The Harsh Bag. The ‘Hazmat’ or ‘Harsh Bag’ is designed to allow you to survive in case of a NBC – nuclear, biological or chemical attack. Toxins or radioactive substances are present in the air either from a dirty bomb or other air/water agent deployed. A chemical reactor could have exploded. Whatever the reason, there are many dangers that can occur and you are at risk quite quickly. While not something people like to consider on a day to day basis, the threat of such an attack is always present.Your Hazmat/Harsh Bag will should include ● Rubber gloves ● Hazmat Suit ● N95 Mask ● Adult Diaper ● Gas Mask All of these objects come together to form a separate environment for your body and allow you to survive extremely hazardous regions. The rubber gloves protect your hands and ensure an effective seal over the hazmat suit where you may be lifting or moving objects that could damage your suit. The Hazmat suit will protect the entirety of your body from radioactive substances and biological weapons or threat. The N95 mask and gas mask will ensure the air you breathe is clean and safe. The Adult diaper will ensure that you can excrete safely without having to leave the safety of your suit
  12. Theres a huge differance between what I consider to be my Training Kit and Survival Kit. We all know a Survival Kit is meant to give you the resources and tools needed to keep your ass alive long enough to be rescued. A Training Kit is a kit used to practice the tecniques needed with these tools to better your skillset for when you really need it. Could I survive on my Training Kit alone? You bet your ass I can. But its not built like my Survival Kit. My Survival Kit is not built to get the job done at my best but rather to get the job done when Im at my worst. When your not at the top of your game and your cold, battered, beaten...possibly injured, you dont want to be fiddling with a fire trying to get it started. You want sure fire! Which is why I keep Mini Inferno and Wetfire in my Survival Kit at ALL times! Its a bag built on the "lets not mess around and get it done" philosophy. Everything I put in that kit is tried, tested and assured by me and me only and tailored to my personal needs and skillset to save my ass when I am at my absolute worst. Furthermore, the items in my PSK may not be whats best for you. Whats good for one guy will kill the guy sitting next to him. I prefer using an Aurora Fire Steel. That might not be the Fire Steel you are prone to using. I carry a Becker BK-2 with my PSK. You may not be skilled with that sort of knife and prefer a Wetterlings Axe or a Machete. But THAT is the whole purpose of the Training Kit! To take the gear out into the woods and get actual field time with it to determine whether you think it would serve you in a real life or death situation. In conclusion, my Survival Kit is a kit that when I go camping, hiking or whatever it is that Im doing that comes with me and is staged and forgotten until that time comes when I need it. And my Training Kit is there to determine how that kit evolves. So the question is...Is having a Training Kit good for everyone? I think so.
  13. Hey guys, had a few of you ask for a loadout on my Survival Training Kit so here it is! This is the Maxpedition Sabercat Versipack. Awesome bag, alot of space and great organization! I added suspenders from SKD Tactical for easier carry. On the first side pocket I carry 2 25' lengths of 550 Paracord, a small Coleman LED Flashlight and a Pocket Survival Guide. In the second side pocket I have a small FAK, Coleman Bio-Wipes, Hand Sanitizer and a small Hygene Kit. The front pocket holds an extra Mylar Blanket and Rain Poncho. Some hot chocolate, drink mix, a CLIF Bar and some extra Waterproof Matches.
  14. Here's an article that was posted on www.survivalhelpcenter.com..... http://www.survivalhelpcenter.com/?p=945
  15. I ran across this article on www.survivalhelpcenter.com. It's the nations top spots for living off the grid. Very interesting! http://www.survivalhelpcenter.com/?p=638
  16. Everything I have read so far about loading magazines for long term storage seems to indicate that it is not a problem and the springs wear out more from using the magazine (compression to decompression) than from sitting in a compressed state for long periods of time, however I wonder.... I've never had a problem so far but was thinking I'd stir the pot a little bit and see if anyone had any strong opinions/examples to support or debunk this hypothesis. Thanks!
  17. Does anyone have any recommendations on gun safes? They are an expensive investment but a good one. I'd rather not spend more than a grand or so if I can help it... and find good reason not to. I figure things like fire ratings can be boosted by building a "wall locker" around the safe using sheet-rock and framing + a deadbolt firedoor Weight can be boosted by drilling into concrete and bolting down.. Keeping the safe out of view and not immediately visible to folks will keep interest down in "what you have inside" I have a dog and an alarm system so that helps in the deterrent side as well. Ultimately if a thief has enough time and the right tools they can get into your $6K-$10K as well as your $1K safe which will be a deterrent to most folks anyways.. I don't have whole lot of guns and if I ever accumulate enough to "outgrow" the safe I will be able to afford another safe as well, probably have a bigger house to put it in etc. etc. plus the wife is not going to go for me spending more than I am already "approved" to spend. She should probably be working in Washington D.C. as well, I'm sure she could help whip our national budget into shape in no time. I'll probably go with a manual lock vice an electronic one due to EMP considerations and more importantly just a general suspicion of all things electronic (I've had them fail me more times than I can count during my life) but what would be nice is a lock that is Electronic with manual backup ICO electronic failure. Models I am considering are: Liberty Gun Safe Patriot Gun Safe But just started looking. If anyone has any good input on the best bang for the buck in the $1K range, I'm all ears. Thanks.
  18. Ok so I need some advice... I have a young family with small children one of whcih being a newborn. what are your suggestions for a bug out plan? How do you suggest to travel on foot with your kids if no vehicle is available? If would be very hard to carry all of them much less my BOB. The newborn alone would be difficult to travel with carrying. I feel very capable and I am well versed and tested in survival but throw a few kids to the mix along with my wife and now it is a very different situation. One idea... My wife can carry a small pack with an attached infant holder. I will have the "family sized BOB" approx. 50lbs. I have tested myself with that weight and I am good for 20 miles a day for a good week on 1000 cal a day diet and one liter of water a day. My wife would not be however, so i suspect we would have to travel very slow and trade the baby back and forth. I also will have our survival weapons which consist of a rifle, shotgun and pistol. I do have ways to attach them to my pack. Now what about the 3 and 5 year old? These two are my biggest questions. They are your typical kids with limited attention spans as well as limited strength. They do go on hikes with us but they are only about a few miles in length and not over difficult terrain. I do end up carrying the 3 year old for some of the hike. The five year old does good but is whipped by the end. I have thought about converting a military 2 wheeled stretcher and using it as a survival rickshaw. Please do understand that we do have bug in plans as well as vehicles gassed and ready but I need help solving the "what if" we had to walk out. Any and all ideas and conversations are welcomed. Thank you for reading!
  19. Is anyone going to the Reno gun show this weekend? If you've never been, it's a good one! Heads up though. There have been instances where the Fed's have set up booths and sold items not legal in Ca. then waited for the buyers to enter into Ca then arrest them. Be smart!! www.survivalhelpcenter.com
  20. What if you were faced with just a temporary situation? It seems that a lot of people are preparing for the the long haul, which is great. What if it were a temporary natural disaster that we were faced with? Can people afford to hunker for a month? What about the job they left for a month? Does sick leave play in to it? Do you have a contingency plan for coming back to your home, work? http://www.survivalhelpcenter.com/?p=433
  21. I just want to thank everyone who has gone to my new site! The response has been phenomenal and we appreciate it. At www.survivalhelpcenter.com , we have tried to make a "go to" place for anyone looking for survival goods and INFORMATION. Information is key. Survival Cache provides a great source of information, good information. At www.survivalhelpcenter.com ,our world news is updated everyday. Thank you to the 850+ people that visited this weekend!! Together we can help each other!
  22. The M1009 pictured is not mine, in fact, I do not own one, but I was thinking: Would an M1009 make a good BOV? It's sturdy, easily modifiable, runs on diesel, and is built like a tank, from what I have heard. But, I have also heard that it is slow and noisy. I think the benefits outweigh the cons. What do you guys think? I am thinking of buying one, they are pretty cheap. I want to raise the body and add larger wheels, add a winch, and some other survival equipment.
  23. i read the article on dog or no dog on the site and was wondering what others think about it? while it is another mouth to feed and hydrate, i feel that my dog will help me in many ways such as protection, hunting, and warning me when someone or something is coming, so i will definitely be bringing mine with me as long as i can. especially since she will be carrying her own BOB.what are your thoughts?
  24. What would be of interest to you? What would you like to see written about on the site? Let us know and give us some ammunition and hopefully someone will be able to help you address it and we can share what we find with everyone!
  25. I live in northeastern rural Pa. the winters here are ridiculous. we are constantly loosing electric or having water pipes freeze up despite precautions. i am a 27 year female with physical disabilities and live with my mother in law who is also handicapped. and my two children ages 5 and 9. my husband lives here but he is most often on the road as a truck driver. i need to know what to have on hand as a bug out bag, a shelter in place bag, and perhaps an auto emergency kit. i find the prefilled packs too heavy for me, and filled with a bunch of useless stuff i dont need. our area is prone to blizzards, flood, tornado, power outages. i know the basics, food water and shelter. but then what? i am considering pepper spray for protection, as i cannot shoot a gun. also wondering what kind of knife would be best for defense. our water is unsafe to drink so i must rely on bottled water. if we had to evacuate the bags cant be too heavy due to our disabilities. i realize that we would need our medications, i was considering water filtration straws. i just dont know what i need. i tend to over prep and pack a lot of useless things that i will never need, and i was wondering if someone could help me nail down the details of the ideal.