Practical Lessons from the Las Vegas Shooting

Monday, October 2, 2017

As almost everyone now knows, the tragic details following the Las Vegas, NV shooting are starting to come out.  Who is the shooter?  Was he Muslim?  Was he a veteran?  What kind of gun(s)?  While these details may make for sensational headlines, what practical learnings can be gathered from this tragedy?

Below is a cell phone video from when the event unfolded in real time.  Viewers beware, that this footage may be disturbing.

CNN Footage – Click HERE to view

First, like many shootings that happen, people are unaware that a shooting was taking place.  Many people at this event thought that the gunshots were fireworks.  During the Paris shooting at The Bataclan Theater, many testimonies said that most people initially thought the gunfire was part of the stage props.  Indeed, to the untrained ear, it is difficult to discern between a “firework” sound and gunshot regardless of the weapon used and at what distance. Read More

How to Fix a Canted AK 47 Front Sight

Monday, July 13, 2015

I’m VERY surprised that there are not more DIY tutorials or videos on how to fix a canted front sight for AK 47 variants.  From what I understand, many manufacturers ship AKs that have the front sight canted too much to one side and is not plumb.  The result is that you have a severely skewed front post, or a front post that cannot be zeroed at all (which is what mine was).

Sure you can spend $75+ for a gun smith to do the work for you, but you can do it yourself for free (minus tools).  Watch this super easy tutorial. Read More

The Most Unsuspecting Rifle you NEED in your Survival Preps

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bigger doesn’t always mean better in survival and this rifle is a perfect demonstration of that concept.  No, I’m not talking about owning a 22 caliber rifle – although those are excellent as well.  What I’m talking about is something even simpler, cheaper and more effective! Read More

Night Vision Considerations for Prepping

Monday, June 1, 2015

Night vision…it’s the equipment that preppers drool over.  Even outside of the prepper-realm, I do not think there is a single person I have met that has not had a fascination with it.  Whether it’s adolescent boys who see the night vision goggles on video games and GI-joes, to your every day mom or pop…people love to turn night into day!  Aside from the “cool factor”, night vision plays a very important “force multiplier” role in the military and for preppers.

However, do you really know what you’re getting in to?

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VID: Knife / Blade Combative Cross Draw for Self Defense

Monday, May 18, 2015

Do you carry a knife on you as a tool or for self defense?  Have you given any consideration into how and where you carry that knife?  Whether you have or not, you should watch this video as knife positioning can mean the world in a self-defense situation. Read More

Firearm Sighting & Tunnel Vision – Try this Unconventional Training

Saturday, May 9, 2015

[img cred – Monderno]

In the world of firearm training, maintaining peripheral vision is of utmost importance.  When you are in a fire fight, your brain’s stress response is in overdrive!  As you look down the irons of your weapon, your body focuses all its resources directly on the target, and your peripheral vision fades.  While this concentration of resources on the target helps you a great deal to neutralize the threat, it is a disservice to you when there are multiple targets.

Firearm trainers always teach you to physically turn your head left and right after a fire session in order to train your mind/eyes to observe peripheral threats.  While this is great training, there is another way to train against tunnel vision!  Try this!

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Ammunition Getting Too Expensive to Train? Try THIS!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

If you’re a prepper, you are likely spending money on all sorts of hard asset preparations – food, tactical gear, firearms, etc.  When it comes to shelling out more money to train routinely with your firearm, some of us cringe at the expense.  What results is firearms and ammunition sitting idle in our basements while our skills deteriorate.

Although there is no replacement to actual “real” live-fire dynamic training, you can certainly supplement with other training means to control the cost.  You could add dry fire, laser or airsoft training, but I have a better solution… Read More

FORTIFY your home security for under $5

Friday, March 27, 2015

Did you know that you can dramatically increase the security of your home with pocket change?  No, this is not some As Seen On TV made in China product!  Actually, all you need to do is go to a local hardware store to get what you need!  In this video, I’ll show you how to fortify your doors against would be criminals that want to break them down. Read More

Home Defense – Your Firearm is Useless if You’re Sleeping!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

How many of you own a firearm for home protection?  I’d imagine quite a few of my readers do….good!

How many of you have a home alarm system?  Hmmmm, I think this question might get a 50/50 response at best.

How many of you are heavy sleepers?  Starting to get the point here?

Your home defense plan is useless if you wake up at the last minute right before your attacker is in your bedroom.  Whether you are or are not a heavy sleeper, you need to have passive perimeter security that will alarm and wake you up.  Time is of the essence!!!  Here are a couple practical tips that range from the super cheap to middle class family income: Read More

Practical Every Day Carry (EDC) Kit

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Updated for 2015 with new & improved gadgets!

There are Bug Out Bags (BOBs), Get Home Bags, I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) bags, and then there is EDC – Every Day Carry kits.  When you look up EDC kits on google, you’ll see a vast array of kits.  Some of them are practical, whereas others are far from it!!  EDC should be a kit that is always on your person regardless of where/how you travel.  Some kits that people have online are one stop short of going back into the 80’s and carrying a fanny-pack with you everywhere you go.  While that may be practical for a couple of folks, the vast majority of us will not be wearing a fanny pack everywhere we go.

I wanted to share with you the contents of my EDC kit.  Remember, the EDC by itself does not give you all the tools to “survive”, but it increases your odds dramatically.
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Doctor Knows Best! “Tell me about your firearms”

Friday, December 12, 2014

It’s one thing to read about all the tragedies occurring across the nation (and world) on the internet or TV.  It’s a completely different sensation when that which you have been reading is suddenly experienced first hand.  Allow me to share one of my first hand experiences with the Orwellian State – an intrusiveness into privacy that you may very well experience yourself.

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Human Errors – Standardize Your Team (SOPs)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Whether you’re in big business, small business or the military, a common theme found throughout all is the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  SOPs are step by step procedures to ensure consistency when executing a specific task/purpose.  Just the same, SOPs are critical for the preparedness community if you want your people to be razor sharp when it comes to executing critical tasks. Read More

Escape & Evade Thermal Imaging

Friday, October 31, 2014

In a SHTF scenario, organizations or individuals might have force multiplier technology like thermal imaging.  A key component which should be part of any survival kit can easily conceal your body heat and allow you to escape detection.

Emergency Blankets

Emergency blankets work to keep you warm by reflecting body heat back towards the individual.  It would make sense that this life saving technology can also be used to prevent body heat from being detected via thermal imaging.  Take a look at the below video to see how effective it can be:

A key note about this video is that some of the emergency blanket configurations are pressed up against the individual’s body.  You will get much better results if you have the blanket propped up as a tent/tarp rather than wearing it.  Also, emergency blankets come in all different materials and thicknesses.  While the cheap/thin blankets might provide some thermal imaging prevention, the thicker/sturdier versions (mentioned below) will offer much better concealment.

Ultimate Survival Base Hex Blanket / Tarp (More Concealment)

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SOL Heavy Duty Survival Blanket (More Concealment)

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SOL Emergency Blanket (regular moderate concealment)

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Situational Awareness

Friday, October 10, 2014

The featured video shows an increasing epidemic of how phones are one tool that diminishes our situational awareness.  As our culture evolves, our younger millennial generation is ever more impacted.  Let me help you understand some examples of situational awareness and how you can train your mind:

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The Government Wants You to Prepare…minimally

Monday, October 6, 2014

Various branches of the government have been coming up with cutesy ways of encouraging people to prepare.  The CDC wants you to prepare for a zombie apocalypse, an animated Read.gov website has sprouted up, Canada has a similar Get Prepared site, and the list goes on. However, are they truly looking out for your safety?  Perhaps, but my belief is that personal safety is a side effect.  What they really want is something different… Read More