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Learn How to Use Your Own Built In Night Vision

Using your own two eyes.

I see articles all the time about how important night vision devices are and I agree.  The problem for most of us is the cost to get a really good set.  Plus there are always problems with breakage and batteries. So what happens when they break or are just not available?  You can increase your natural ability to see at night by applying the following four principals of night vision.

1. Dark adaptation: Before going outside at night, keep out of all light for at least one half hour.  This will let your eyes become accustomed to the dark. …

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Why You Should have a Military Entrenching Tool.

This morning I want to talk about entrenching tools.  They are extremely handy and everyone should have one in all their vehicles.  They don’t take up much space and can be used for many different things.

In my vehicles, I carry older entrenching tools not the new E tool.  The older ones are a bit heavier but are a lot stronger and easier to dig with.  I have several each of three different styles.

The first is the older U.S. issue.  They are a good sturdy tools with the longest handle of the three styles. The overall length of the U.S.…

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Pepper Spray- How to Choose it and How to Use it

The following article is written by Greg Ellifritz of  Active Response Training  http://www.activeresponsetraining.net.  It is posted with his permission.

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Many of the questions I receive from students involve the use of chemical sprays.  It seems that nearly everyone carries or is contemplating the carrying of some type of Mace or chemical irritant.  Accurate information about the selection and use of these chemicals exists, but it is often difficult to find truth in the sea of lies and misinformation promulgated by the chemical manufacturers.  This article will provide a simple step-by-step formula for selecting, carrying, and using a chemical spray deterrent.…

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Sharpening Stones

This last weekend in a garage sale, I picked up a few extra sharpening stones.  They were cheap and I added them to my collection.  Not all of them were the best quality but they all have uses.  There are many potential uses for sharpening stones in a long-term disaster.  Examples of items that may be sharpened with a stone include scissors, scythes, knives, razors and tools such as chisels, hand scrapers, plane blades and small items like sewing machine needles and fishhooks.

Sharpening stones come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and material compositions.  Even old stones that are badly worn can be used for small items like needles and fishhooks. …

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The Many Uses of Bamboo

Today I visited a bamboo farm and was quite impressed with variety and usefulness of this plant.  It is a very useful crop and can product income.  The website bamboofarmingusa.com says the following

“Bamboo is a versatile, income producing crop.  You can harvest and sell bamboo shoots in spring and early summer.  You can cut and sell poles in summer or fall.  When you cut the poles, you can feed the tops to livestock.  They will strip the poles of leaves.  You can run poultry under the bamboo canopy.  These birds will eat weeds and the small bamboo “grass” that comes up. …

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A Review of Holding Your Ground

I recently was sent a copy of the book Holding Your Ground by Joe Nobody and asked to review it.  The book is written to help people defend their property against mobs or gangs in a serious emergency that includes the absence of law enforcement.

I read the book and also had a friend who is an old First Sergeant with lots of combat experience review it.  We both agree that it is a good book that belongs in the library of any serious prepper. The methods described are practical and time tested.

The only thing that we did not like about the book was the Excel spreadsheet and formula for determining how defendable your property is.…

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Helping Others

In my past, I used to get to search homes quite often.  Being interested in preparedness, I would notice how well people were supplied.  Most homes had less than a week’s food and that was if you stretched it.  They often had only an electric blanket and electric can opener.  No decent sleeping bags or blankets.  However, they would have big TV’s and all the latest electronic gadgets.

Now a lot of these were low lives, but some were normal people.  We were going through their home after a fire to determine if it was arson.  Most of them had no level of preparedness. …

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Choosing a Knife

Knives are a subject I have wanted to write about for some time.  The reason I have hesitated is that the type of knives you select is a very personal thing.  I am a collector when it comes to knives; I have all types and sizes and never have less than two on me, often more.

A few simple guidelines will help you determine what type of knife is right for you.

  • Fixed blade or folder, a fixed blade is normally bigger and stronger.  A folder is lighter and easier to carry concealed in many situations.  In some states, a fixed blade may be illegal to carry concealed.
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A Good Pocketknife can Save Your Life

Pocketknives are something that has always fascinated me.  I always carry at least 2 and most of the time three.  The three that I carry are an old Spyderco G-2 stainless with a two and a half inch blade.  I have been carrying this knife for about twenty years, I use it everyday and it has never let me down.  My second knife is a Leatherman Micra .  It has been on my key chain since they first came out, probably about ten years or so.  The little scissors and the nail file are always handi and I keep the little knife blade razor sharp. …

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Canes,Walking Sticks and Umbrellas for Self Defense.

A lot of us live in areas that are gun unfriendly or for other reasons cannot or choose not to carry a gun.  One good alternative is canes, walking sticks or umbrellas.  They can be quite effective for self-defense and you can take them into places you would never get a gun or knife.canes

This is an especially good choice for older people; sometimes a young person will be questioned if they don’t look handicapped.  If you are reasonably well dressed and carry the right type of cane, walking stick or umbrella they go right through metal detectors.

What is a good choice for a cane or walking stick to carry?  …

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