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4 military surplus items you can use every day

I am a connoisseur of all things military. I absolutely love to go to the military surplus store and buy any and everything I can get my grubs on; however, most of these things end up getting pushed into my shed or garage, and forgotten about.

Now I’m not talking about the bug things, like my military surplus tent, or the humvee that was sold because it didn’t meet military standards anymore. Those of course have their uses, but today I want to talk specifically about those pieces of military surplus that you can and should use every single day.

Here are four specific items, (and where to get them), that I use every single day.

  1. A military surplus web belt. The good news is that khaki goes with everything. And if you are at all like me, then you need to wear a belt everywhere you go regardless of whether you are in BDUs or not. (If for no other reason than to anchor your inside the pants holster appropriately).
  2. A military surplus backpack with frame. I love MOLLE gear. You can do anything you want with that stuff, and I use my pack in place of luggage and a purse. Not that I ever carried a purse, but the concept is sound.
  3. A camelbak hydration pack. In case you haven’t noticed, you have a tendency to drink water everyday. And the beauty of one of these packs is that you can mix your tea, or add a squirt of MIO to your water in this pack and have it with you wherever you go. No need to use the cupholder in your car, etc…
  4. GI combat harness. I’m a photographer and a survivalist. I always have the need to have a piece of equipment handy in order to perform whatever function is at hand.
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Pandemic Flu: 3 things you should always think about

Pandemic flu is the next apocalypse

If you are a survivalist, prepper, concerned parent, or just a crusty old veteran of this human race, then you have probably been indoctrinated into the concept of human tragedy and world destruction. It is a common theme from many different sources of history, primarily because it has been a problem in the past.

As survivalists, we all realize on some level that we are terminal in our existence. What that means is that we are all going to die at some point. Bad thoughts, I know, but true. The difference between us and others is that as survivalists we will do everything we can to fight and scratch our way into an extension of our existence. This is the same mentality that others before us had and which we all hope to convey to our offspring. So here are three things you need to keep in mind in relation to surviving the coming apocalypse wether it comes in the form of the flu or something else.

Stay away from people. As the Ol Tracker has said in the video that I linked here for you to peruse, people are going to be the conveying device of any pandemic which accosts the population. Just as in the days of old, the “sheeple” who make up the herd are the ones who will bring down the herd, some of them with their very breath… it is those of us who stand outside the herd, the strays, that will escape this calamity.

Watch the news. In other words, PAY ATTENTION! You shouldn’t be such a hermit that destruction creeps upon you while you are completely unaware. Watch the news, read the paper, get on YouTube on your phone, but don’t let the pandemic catch you at unawares.

Get prepared. What I mean of course is get supplied right now. Shelter, water, fire, and food are what you HAVE to have to survive according to the Old Tracker, TBJ himself. Get supplied with those elements right now so that you don’t have to scramble WTSHTF.

 

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Bees Please! 3 reasons you should keep bees if you’re a survivalist

If you are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit series then you are probably especially fond of the scene where the Party gets to stay with Beorn. Beorn was likely a Norseman; a shifter, (Gandalf had seen him sitting alone on the top of a mountain – in bear form – reminiscing of times past), a vegetarian, a friend of the animals, a keeper of bees.  And it was here that the party was permitted to eat of the finest honey and cream that any loaf of bread had ever been slathered with.

Just the description of that fare when I was a child, reading this series in the hay mow of my dad’s old cow barn, sent my mind to spinning and my stomach to churning for the creamy sweetness that such a delicacy would construe. Alas I never found the exact combination of Tolkien’s imagination, at least not to the level that my own pondering dictated; however, I did get mighty close on occasion. Those occasions always included the obtaining the honey from a local bee farm and my grandma churning up a batch of what she called “cow salve butter”… at least that’s what I think it was called.

But, as usual, I digress…

We are here to discuss the implements of survival, and most importantly SHTF survival. Here then are three reasons to be a beekeeper if the economy falls.

  1. Honey is a great source of nutrients and energy. Calories and energy are supremely important in a survival situation, and this substance is perfect for giving you that burst of energy that you might need to rise to almost any occasion.
  2.  Honey farming is done by one of the most key elements of survival… letting someone else do all the work. This is a prime example of getting something for nothing, kind of. You still have to tend and care for your bees, protect them, provide for them etc.
  3. Honey is a great barter item. Remember, if TSHTF, there will not be the possibility of being able to buy goods with money. You will want to have ample amounts of much needed items in order to trade.
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Survival 101: 3 things you must consider when hunting with a throwing stick

By: Mr. X, survivalist

As we stood facing the long line of upended pieces of firewood – all set neatly in a row on top of the railroad tie which was itself suspended between two short fence posts buried deeply in the ground – I remember thinking again that this is stupid.

We were learning throwing stick from the Old Tracker himself, Tom Brown Jr. An avowed hunter and outdoorsman, I can remember thinking at the time that this was a ridiculous endeavor, because no animal was ever going to just sit still and let you hit it with a stick… ridiculous! Except, here I am decades later and I can assure you that hunting with a stick is completely do-able.  The trick lies in two areas; 1. slow down, and 2. move fast.

I know, a contradictory in terms right? Well, not really, because to be a successful throwing stick hunter you have to master both concepts. The nuances to hunting with a throwing stick are in-depth, and I will not be able to cover a lifetime of learning in such a short article, but I can give you the three main concepts right here, right now!

  1. Slow Down. You have to stalk to be able to hunt with a throwing stick. The real trick is to create an environment that triggers the instinct to freeze and blend in to the surroundings. It is this freezing in place that gives you the opportunity to throw your stick, otherwise you have to really hone those skills to be able to hit the animal once the flight instinct has set in.
  2. Move fast. When you are within striking distance, you must be able to throw the stick faster than the creature can flee for it’s life.  This takes being able to go from a non-threatening pose to a deadly one in much less than a second. To  really do this effectively you must learn to “cock” your throwing arm while still stalking because any threatening gesture will trigger the flight response, and animals, it appears, do have at least a minimal understanding of the basic concepts of physics.
  3. Throw True. The trick to effectively using a throwing stick lies in the same skillset necessary to effectively throw a tomahawk, but on a horizontal plane as opposed to a vertical one. (The exception would be if you are throwing at a squirrel on the side of a tree or something similar).

 

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Military surplus equipment: 3 reasons you must be an outdoorsman

In these days and times, it has become more and more important to get off of the couch or out of the easychair. This is for many reasons. As in the days of Hemingway, the world has become a scary place and disorder and war is the commonplace. We had a time of peace and prosperity that has lasted a little more than fifty years, and now it is starting to heat up again.

Prior to and immediately after WWII, nearly everyone knew how to grow a garden, dress game, clean fish. This isn’t so much the case anymore and this generation would much rather scan Google on their iphone than they would scan the horizon for signs of wild game.

The problem with this is the fact that if TSHTF, you can’t eat that iphone. The good news is that we are not so far removed just yet from our roots that we can’t get back there fairly easily. So, here are three reasons you need to get back to nature and become an outdoorsman, three reasons that is if you want to be prepared to survive any form of apocalypse.

  1. It will keep you fit. One of the truest aspects of survival is the concept of survival of the fittest. Basically the fastest, strongest, most adept will get the resources over the one who is slower, slovenly, or weak. Plus, keeping fit is conducive with better health as well.
  2. It will help you learn to find food in the wilderness. Good hunting and fishing skills are akin to survival as well. It is a very small adjustment mentally to go from hunting mode to survival mode.
  3. It will give you confidence in times of trouble. Most people die of panic in survival situations. People have been found dead from exposure and starvation lost in the woods with lighters in their pockets while carrying rifles fully loaded. That only happens when you are not in the right frame of mind for survival.
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The Military Surplus Store, several reasons you need to shop there

The government warehouses are full of treasure and buying surplus military clothing and equipment is the way to mine it. Though the days of the battle ridden surplus of World War Two and Korea are gone, many can still recall the joy of sifting for hours through piles of olive drab. Treasures back then were different than they are today.  A long bayonet, canvas .45 holster, or a metal canteen – often replete with a bullet hole or two – could set both man and boy aglimmer with excitement at the prospect of a world at war. The bullet riddled items scarcely cost much more than the ones that could actually be used but they were always the first to be snatched up.  Old Colt .45’s and Tommy Guns with thirty round magazines could be found next to Springfield 1903’s and M1 Garand’s, all silent after having barked their destruction into the mass of an invading army. There was so much equipment left after WWII that the government had a rough time getting rid of it.

The world moved on and the rules have changed. You can’t buy old flamethrowers and weaponry as surplus anymore but that does not mean that there aren’t treasures galore to be had in the new piles of military surplus gear and equipment. Today’s market isn’t restricted to USA surplus either. European military surplus has been made available to the masses, as has Russian, German, and Israeli.  A trip to your local surplus store can reveal almost anything. Of course you buy camo pants and shirts, but did you know that you could possibly find a BPS, (military jargon for a big plastic shoppingcart)? Was your father or other family member in the armed forces during a conflict? Quite often you can find unit insignia and period surplus uniforms which match those that he, she, or they wore during their service.

There are many practical civilian uses for military surplus items. Old document cases and shoulder packs make excellent ipad cases. Modern day hunters who like to shoot primitive weapons such as black powder rifles will be well pleased with a military bread bag to use as a “possibles bag” for quick at hand shooting supplies. Two bread bags would be an ultimate for dove hunters, one to hold shells and the other to hold birds. Military surplus makes a great medium for artist and upcyclers as well. Consider upcycler Jake Wright who makes beautiful furniture from decommissioned, upcycled military surplus; while others find surplus gear and accessories useful as an artistic  medium for a memorial day war display.

No matter what your needs are you won’t find equipment and gear more rugged or well crafted

Than that used by the military.    You won’t find a better value for your money either, as some statistics show that military surplus usually sells at 1 – 2% of its commercial value.1 So if you are a hunter, outdoorsman, picker, artist, upcycler, war buff, or collector, make sure you check your local surplus store. You just might be surprised by what you find.

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BIG CITY PREPPING: 3 THINGS YOU SHOULD PREPARE FOR

If you are at all like me, then the worst thing that you can ever find yourself doing is going to a big city. I am not joking when I say that I’d rather be poked in the eye with a stick… not a sharp stick, than to go to the big city. The reason is that it is just so full of people. I, as a survivalist, see other people as competition for resources. Unfortunately there are many times that I have to go to the city for business, taking the wife to a broadway show, etc… However, whenever I do, it doesn’t leave the back of my mind that we are just one act of terror away from a full blown survival situation, and because of this I try to prepare accordingly. There are three main concerns that I have whenever I’m in the city and they are fairly common sense. I call them the sacred city three in contrast to the “sacred four” of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food. Here are the three things I worry about and how I try to prepare for them.

  1. Water. This is a pretty easy one. After my wife and I get our baths/showers for the night, we fill the tub up. That’s it; fill it up in case you need it to fill bottles, wet towels, wet blankets, wet yourselves, etc…You can drain it if you need to use the tub again. As a matter of fact we often leave it full when we vacate just in case.
  2. Fire. I don’t mean the making of it, in this instance I mean the escape from it. The water from number one can come into play here as well, and one of the reasons we leave the tub full is so that we can wrap wet blankets and towels around us to protect us from heat if we have to make a hasty retreat in the midst of flames.
  3. Weapons. When I fly I don’t take guns with me. Therefore, I make a mental list of non-typical weaponry that is available to me for the event of an emergency. don’t limit yourself, there are lots of non-traditional options available which are the equivalent to the “lock in a sock” of prison fame.
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SURVIVAL PREPPING: 7 PLACES TO GET GEAR CHEAP

Photo By: Do it Yourself World

One of the things that I hate the most about prepping and disaster preparation is the fact that this ideology, which is really just one of basic survival, has been capitalized on as a money hoarding endeavor. Anyone who makes a trip to any outdoor store will be bombarded by a plethora of survival themed items that are being sold for top dollar. The good news is though that it is not necessary to buy top of the line overly expensive items to survive effectively or to prepare several bug-out kits for yourselves and your families. You need look no further than your own local neighborhood outlets to find many deals available for your needs. Here are seven options for cheap, (or free), gear and essentials.

  1. The local military surplus store. This goes without saying. The best made equipment is usually that which is used by the military to win wars. As a result of bureaucratic inefficiency, this equipment is regularly offered for sale as surplus at a fraction of the cost that it was purchased for… many times when it is still brand new.
  2. Thrift stores. This is like a civilian surplus store. Again, thanks to government bureaucracy, Americans can get a tax credit for giving their unwanted but valuable items to thrift shops… the savings go to you.
  3. Dollar stores. These things are incredible, and you can find anything in dollar stores that you need, from knives to bags of dried beans. You could literally fill every need for survival in a dollar store from shelter to food.
  4. Antique shops. Again, another example of civilian surplus. These shops are crammed full of formerly necessary items which have become unneeded as technology has advanced… things which will be needed again if the power grid were to fail.
  5. Gun and Knife shows. This form of collective bartering will get you all sorts of deals as you gather with like-minded people who are in need of resources, cash, or a change of scenery.
  6. Garage sales. It goes without saying that you can find all sorts of deals in your own neighborhood particularly if someone has recently been deceased.
  7. Dumpsters. Not just at apartment complexes near major universities, dumpsters hold lots of treasures especially near retail outlets.
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SURVIVAL WEAPONRY; 4 REASONS TO USE A SHEPHERD’S SLING FOR SURVIVAL

One of my favorite stories from the Bible is that of David and Goliath. It’s not so much that it is a story of great heritage and tradition, it is that of course, rather it is the concept of a man using what he had to get what he wants. It is, in fact, one of the ultimate stories of survival. And it warrants discussion, I think, because the weapon of choice for David was one of the most basic of all survival weapons, a simple stone sling. Now, a stone sling is not the most simple survival tool, that honor goes to the throwing stick, a solid bow of wood about the circumference and shape of your bent arm which you can hurl at enemies or prey with fairly amazing accuracy. But a sling is a very close second. A sling involves nothing more than two pieces of cordage, (rawhide or shoelaces will work), that holds a pouch for a stone in between them. (I have use the insides of pants pockets and shoe tongues before). The premise is to use centrifugal force to generate velocity and to direct the generated velocity at your target in an accurate manner, or, in layman’s terms: to get a good spin on it and give it a fling! These things are highly accurate and are used the world over to bring down some pretty hellacious foes. In survival, you will use what you have on hand. In any event, I have compiled four good reasons that a stone sling is a good choice for survival… enjoy!

  1. It is easily made. Whether you find yourself in a survival situation, are with your family on a camping trip or a military surplus tent adventure, or are embroiled in the most desperate of apocalyptic measures, you can always find what you need to make a sling. Even the half rotten carcass of a deer can yield enough rawhide to fashion one as will the inner bark of a willow tree.
  2. The ammunition is cheap. It shoots rocks, arguably the most common resource on the planet.
  3. It is quiet. Except for the spin of the sling through the air, and the whack of the stone on target, this thing is whisper quiet, unlike a bow that produces a “thwack” when the arrow is released, or even an atl atl which makes a bit of a snip when thrown.
  4. It is ultra portable. This thing folds right up into a pocket or will hang around your neck quite nicely. Also works in a pinch for other uses.
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BOILING WATER; 3 REASONS TO KNOW HOW TO DO IT IN THE BUSH

Photo By: Alderleaf Wilderness College

I can remember going through old Tracker’s wilderness survival school back in the eighties and having him lecture me and the others quite soundly on the need to be able to boil water in the bush. Now at the time I fancied myself to be a survivalist of dynamic proportions and a hard hitting, white knuckled purveyor of the finest degree of manhood one could ever expect to encounter, either here or there for that matter. And I thought that it was much more likely that I would sip the filthy pooling from the bottom of a coyote track than to ever have to boil water for any reason… needless to say I hadn’t spent much time in the bush up to that point. I have to say that I have matured in my old age, and considerable excursions into the wilderness has definitely changed my opinion of myself in many ways. One of the things I have changed my mind about is the need to boil water. The truth of the matter is that there are several reasons to know how to boil water in the wilderness, here are three:

  1. To purify it for drinking. I know this is pretty parochial, but the basics are sometimes best reviewed before advanced knowledge is explored. Water should be boiled well for about twenty minutes to ensure that all of the bacteria ave been properly killed and it is safe for drinking then.
  2. To make stews, soups, etc. It never occurred to me until I lived it how much easier it is to gather food items in small quantities and then consume them in the form of stew than it is to say, spit them and eat them from the bone. So much nutritional value is wasted when we don’t boil them up into a soup that it is disgraceful.
  3. To make hot drinks. I love to make myself a hot dup of chicory coffee or pine needle tea when I am out in the bush on a military surplus tent adventure or a family camping trip. In the next installment we will discuss ways to boil water without the use of a tin cup or bowl.
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