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How to Protect Yourself During a Terrorist Attack

protect yourselfA friend sent me an excellent article and Youtube on how to protect yourself during a terrorist attack. It is prepared by Peter Burlingame who has studied how terrorists train, plan, and operate, since the very first Al Qaeda training tapes were recovered from the camps in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11… Now I don’t normally put up this type of post. but I made an exception because I think this contains some excellent information.  It first appeared in the Gun Writer,  Here is a link to the full article which I suggest you read in its entirety. 

Here are some suggestions on what to look for in the article and the attached youtubes.…

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My Take On The Terrorist Attack in Southern California.

terrorist attackSince I have been slowed down, I got to watch all the news of the terrorist attack that occurred in San Bernardino yesterday morning.  The information that comes from the mainstream media is a mishmash of truth and speculation.  They use speculation and rumors to keep the public from facing much of the truth.

It amazes me how scared they are to face the truth and simply call it a terrorist attack.  Instead, they keep trying to make it a workplace attack or some weird combination of both. They have downplayed the fact that the wife was an immigrant.  From watching the news, it appears she was from either Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. …

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Fight to Win, Not to Just Survive.

fightMost men and many women have been in some type of physical altercation.  In most cases this was just a schoolyard fight in which there was no danger of being seriously injured.  Now there is a big difference between this type of fight and one at which you are at serious risk of great bodily injury or death.  In the schoolyard fight, we often even followed some type of rules or sense of fair play.

When I went to school, kids did not use guns or other weapons, even though they were often available.  Today it is not unusual for kids to shoot and kill one another. …

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Things to Avoid When You Carry a Concealed Weapon

The following is a guest post from a contact that works for IDF Holsters.  I agree with everything he says about carrying a concealed weapon and want to add one more piece of advice.  The operative word is concealed.  Every now and then, I run across someone who doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of the word.  They like to impress others with the fact they are carrying.  This is stupid for several reasons, but the main one is you are giving away your biggest advantage, surprise.  Your weapon should be concealed but accessible.  Follow the advice in this article, get a good holster and dress right.…

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The European Refugee Problem and Firearms Ownership

Quite a few of you read the post we put up a few days ago Refugees Over Run Germany, From an Expat’s Prospective.  Since then we have received more information on what is happening in Europe and the increase in crime rates.  Violent crime is particular is on the rise and firearms are not available for self defense. Law abiding citizens find firearms hard to get, but the terrorist have no problem getting them.

For the law-abiding citizen, though, you must know the law. In many, many self-defense shootings, the trauma that occurs after the shooting is more intense than the event itself.…

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A Weapon You can Carry on a Plane, the Quarterstaff

quarterstaffI have always had an interest in history, military history in particular.  As such, I have read and studied a bit on medieval weaponry.  One thing I have found is that most countries had a martial arts fighting system and they were often similar to the oriental ones.  But due to the early advent of firearms in the west, many of them disappeared.  England for example had a form of wrestling and the use of the quarterstaff was well developed.

The quarterstaff was a simple hardwood pole about 6 to 8 feet in length and a couple of inches in diameter. …

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Self Defense Against Home Invaders

Something that every prepper should be concerned about is self-defense. Every day, it seems we read about home invasion robberies. In times of economic or other troubles, these could become even more common.  If you can legally own a firearm and are trained in their use, firearms are always your best choice for self defense. However, you absolutely must know how the law applies, and that is why this book about the law and self-defense should be in every gun-owner’s stash of books.

However, there are many people who for one reason or another cannot legally own firearms.  This always puts them at somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to self defense.  …

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Improvised Weapons and their Availability

Recently I was talking with a friend about improvised weapons and he went blank.  I asked him what he would grab that was close around him to defend himself.  He hesitated and by the time he came up with something, he would have been dead.

Now in most places there is something that you can grab that will be useful as a defense weapon.  One of my granddaughters was in someone else’s home recently when a very disreputable appearing person walked in unannounced.  My granddaughter did not know the person and it concerned her.  I asked her what her reaction was. …

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Ammunition Storage and it Problems

Many preppers have an small arms ammunition storage area in their preps.  This seems to give some people heartburn and they complain about its dangers.  I spent many years as a fireman and an arson and bomb investigator.  During this time I attended many schools on the hazards of explosives and chemicals.  I have seen the results of ammunition burning on many occasions.  But I have never seen it cause a problem.

When ammunition burns in a fire unless it is in the chamber of a weapon, since it is not contained, the case ruptures and it only travels a short distance. …

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Making Tallow Candles

tallow candlesHere is another good entry by Darlene in our writing contest highlighting a practical skill.

Howard

“Waste Not, Want Not” is one of my mama’s old sayings, and women from generations past were great at using things that they had to make the things they needed.  When animals were butchered, the fat was rendered and the resulting lard or tallow was used to cook with, make soap, or make candles.  Back in the day, women slowly simmered animal fats in large pots over an open fire until it liquified and strained through a cloth to remove small meat particles.  Without electricity, we would have to resort to a similar rendering method, but for now—-I’ll use my crock pot!…

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