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An Interesting Little Knife that Fits in an Altoid Can.

Being retired gives me the time to research and play with a lot of different products.  As a result I am always on the lookout for different and uncommon items.  The other day I ran across the most unusual knife, the Cardsharp by Iain Sinclair.  They call it a Credit Card Folding Knife.  It is the size of a credit card when folded.  It has a shard steel blade with a plastic handle when unfolded and is a approximately 5 ½ inches in length.

I have played with the knife and unfolded and folded it numerous times with no sign of ware. …

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More on If You Can’t Own a Firearm, What do You Keep by Your Bed for Protection at Night?

A while back, I wrote an article discussing the best choices of weaponry for people who cannot for any one of various reasons possess firearms (http://bit.ly/13Rip4e/).  At that time, I recommended the use of a short sword or cutlass and a can of pepper spray.  Since then I have had discussions on the subject with several experienced police officers.

They all agree that the cutlass is legal in California. Wearing it on the street may even be legal but would cause you a problem.  Somebody would panic.  The suggestion of a riot baton was made.  In California the possession of a baton/ billy, even in your home can be charged as a felony. …

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Signal Mirrors and Why You Need Them

Signal mirrors have been used by the Worlds Militaries for many years.  Some armies used them as recently as in the 1960’s.  They were used by the resistance against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and probably have been used against us by the Mujahideen.  The US military still issues them for rescue purposes in survival kits.

The system used by militaries in the past was a heliograph.  This was a mirror in varying sizes that had a cover over the mirror so that it could flash a coded signal.  The distance that heliograph signals could be used depended on the clarity of the sky and the size of the mirrors used.  …

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If You Can’t Own a Firearm, What do You Keep by Your Bed for Protection at Night?

Imagine you live in a state that ignores the second amendment, or for some other reason you can’t own a firearm, what do you keep by your bed at night for protection.  A firearm would always be my first choice, if it is legal.  If not, there are many things that will serve as weapons.  Examples would be a baseball bat, golf clubs, knifes, axes, hammers, the list is almost endless.

However, a friend of mine has come up with a defensive idea that I feel is an excellent choice for people who can’t own or possess firearms.  He keeps a US Model 1917 Naval Cutlass and a can of pepper spray beside his bed. …

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The Family Radio Service Can be Used as Tactical Radios.

The Family Radio Service (FRS) is an improved walkie talkie radio system that was first authorized for use in the United States in 1996. This system uses channelized frequencies around 462 and 467 MHz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band.  FRS radios are limited to 500 milliwatts by FCC regulations.

FRS radios frequently have provisions for using sub-audible tone squelch codes, these filters out unwanted chatter from other users on the same frequency.  Although these codes are sometimes called “privacy codes” or “private line codes” (PL codes), they offer no protection from eavesdropping and are only intended to help share busy channels. …

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Lock Your Doors and Load your Guns

Yesterday, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California made the statement in a public meeting that because of the large reduction in the police force and the increased crime rate that citizens should go home, lock their doors and load their guns.

I think this is only the beginning; the same conditions are appearing in other towns in California and in the certain parts of the northeastern states as a result of the financial collapse.  The town I live in is smaller and has a good police force, but the numbers of car and home burglaries are up.  This is the result of people driving 50 or 100 miles or more to commit them.…

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A Good Knife for Field Work and Self Defense

I know that some of you will disagree with me on this one.  For a good knife for field use that is adequate for self-defense, I like the USMC Mark 2 Combat Knife, commonly called the KaBar.  This was first adopted by the United States Marine Corps in November 1942.

Since the early 1960’s I have had several of these and they have all held up well.  They have a seven-inch blade which I have found adequate for chopping up wood for kindling, making snares and other uses around camp.  Just the other day I used one for cleaning and filleting salmon.…

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Improvised Self Defense Weapons

In every society, there is always a portion of the public that for one reason or another doesn’t own firearms.  This may be because of laws prohibiting them, finances or simple a lack of a desire or a pacifistic nature.

When push finally comes to shove as it has in parts of the East Coast and a weapon is needed the lack of a firearm doesn’t prevent you from getting a weapon, it merely means that you do not have the best choice.

Many things we normally have around the house can be readily adapted.  A weapon is a tool and many items you have in your home can serve.  …

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The Take Down Survival Bow & Arrow: 6 Reasons You Should Consider Owning One

This is an article that is posted with the permission of Creek Stevens from Willow Haven Outdoors http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/.

Howard

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Survival Bow: A Versatile ToolSurvival Bow: A Versatile Tool

I am a big fan of the Bow & Arrow for many reasons. I personally think that anyone who has an interest in primitive survival skills or modern urban survival should seriously consider purchasing a good Bow & Arrow and become proficient in using it. There are 100s of bows to choose from. My Bow of choice is an October Mountain Blue Ridge Hunter Take Down Recurve Bow. Below are 6 Reasons why I think you should consider owning a Survival Take Down Bow.

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Why You don’t Want to Use Wasp Spray for Self-Defense

Learn the hidden dangers in using wasp spray for self defense

I don’t normally write on self-defense, but I have seen a number of internet posts in circulation that suggest using wasp spray for self-defense.  This is something I would be very careful of doing for several reasons.

Wasp spray is an insecticide, and U.S. Federal Laws prohibit the use of any pesticide or insecticide “in a manner that is inconsistent with its labeling”.  You could face federal criminal charges.  Many states prohibit the use of substances for self-protection that are not specifically authorized for that purpose.  Now I know the first reaction of many people will be so what, if I am attacked I will use anything I need too, to defend myself. …

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