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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 vehicles: 4 reasons to buy from the government

I was recently on a trip through a local state park with my wife when we saw little signs on garden stakes that said “Willy’s” with a directional arrow pointed neatly below.

Perplexed by what of “Willy’s” we were being directed to, (his funeral, wedding, what?), I followed the arrows obediently and came to this ancient, WWII era Willys truck. It was accompanied by several dozen other Willys vehicles and was in fact, part of a show of these old and restored vehicles that were so prevalent in helping the Allied forces win the last great war. I was excited to see that there was even a demonstration of various Willys vehicles planned; however, I soon lost that excitement somewhat as my wife made it clear that she had no intention of attending such a show, (interest in military surplus equipment doesn’t necessarily run in the family, you see)?

And so, here are four great reasons to invest in a military surplus vehicle and equipment:


  1. It is rugged and well built. Understand that these vehicles were designed to drive through the mud and brambles of unsettled Europe and Asia in order to sneak up on German and Japanese soldiers and subsequently bust their ass “good n proper”. They were designed of hard rubber and tempered steel that can last a long time and take a lot of abuse.
  2. It is simply made. Many modifications were made in the field with nothing more than a good, hot fire, some tongs formed from old crescent wrenches, and parts hammered out on a piece of rusty railroad track. They were made simply so that they could be repaired simply. No computer chips, metric bolts, or JIS screws will be found in these things.
  3. They are well designed. Every nook and cranny on a military surplus vehicle is there for a reason. They were made strictly for utility and not for aesthetics, though many of us warmonger types do find them to be aesthetically pleasing.
  4.  They hold their value. As I mentioned earlier, these vehicles seem to maintain a following for some reason, and as long as they are available, there will always be a group of aficionados who are going to want to purchase and own them.
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All Terrain Vehicles: 3 things you must consider about maintaining your ATV

If you use an ATV, then you realize that one of the big aspects of owning and using an all terrain vehicle is the fact that they require a lot of maintenance. That being said, there are several important questions that you must ask yourself regarding whether you want to try to use an older model ATV or whether you should invest the resources into buying a new one.

Unquestionably an ATV comes in handy for everything from treasure-hunting to deer hunting. They are great methods of transportation for military surplus tent adventures as well. These things can carry a lot of weight and if you can balance it on your ATV, then you can usually transport it wherever it needs to go. However, here are three things you need to think about when deciding what type of ATV to get and use.

  1. Parts availability. One of the biggest problems you’ll run into when keeping an older ATV is the fact that the parts for it are going to be hard to come, and it is certain to go down at some time or another. Your best bet if you are going to use an older model ATV is to buy some spare parts whenever you can and keep them. This means extra fuel pump and several filters, spare cables and custom fittings, and any fuses or spare switches you can pick up, as well as several oil filters.
  2. Ease of maintenance. One of the advantages of an older ATV is the ease with which they can be worked on. ANY incorporation of electronics into the power train is going to result in complications in the mechanical function of the ATV in the event of a SHTF type scenario.
  3. Ease of transport. The lighter your ATV, the better off you’re going to be if you have to push, pull, or carry it. I once had a Honda 4trax that was light enough I could load it myself into a pickup truck without a ramp. It was on 250CCs, but it worked great for everything I needed it for.
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Fathers Day 2018: 5 must have gifts for dad!

5 Reasons to get super excited for June 16th!!!

June 16th of this year is Father’s Day, and I’m super excited to see what my children have gathered for me this year. They almost always get me something “outdoorsie” and I have asked specifically for military surplus items for the last few years.

As a matter of fact, military surplus equipment never gets old, and here is a list of five items, (5), that will never get old for Father’s Day, and which you can never have too many of.

  1. A military surplus cold weather parka.

    Some of you might errantly think that if you have a field jacket then you don’t really need a parka. Well, that’s wrong! It’s like saying that if you have a quilt you’ll never need a sleeping bag, and while it’s possible to survive without one, life sure is easier in the cold weather if you have a parka. They are warmer, longer, and better equipped to keep your head and neck from freezing.

  2. A military surplus M-65 Field Jacket.

    This is better for all weather that isn’t the most bitter cold. As a matter of practicality, you can pull your liner from it and use it for more of a “windbreaker” effect on those milder days. I love wearing an M-65 field jacket almost more than any other jacket… especially the VietNam era “Woodland Camo” design.

  3. Military surplus BDU pants.

    Again, “VietNam” era, woodland camo. I prefer the cold weather pants all year long due to the durability, though they are great for wicking away moisture. However, I have found that they have a tendency to gall your thighs on the hottest of days.

  4. A military surplus duffle bag

    . These things are great for any type of clothing, gathering, or collecting.

  5. A military surplus backpack.

    I have these set up for different uses. I have one that I take muzzleloading, another that I take hiking, one that I take when doing photography, etc….

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Survival 101: 3 predator attacks you can defend with just a knife,(if you must)

Ok, it doesn’t take me to tell you that it is foolish to fight a bear, cougar, wolf, or boar with a knife. But the fact of the matter is that you might very well find yourself in a situation where you are being mercilessly mauled in the wilderness by some beast that is bigger, stronger, and better armed than you.

At the least, you should always have a blade with you of six inches or more. I prefer to make my own Bowie knives and keep them at about twelve inches or so. Although I’m not looking forward to ver being in a knife fight with a super-predator, I would not give myself up for dead if I were. I can almost guarantee you will be forever changed, but wether you die or not depends on how much of, and what kind of, a fight you put up. Here are three of the most likely attacks you could experience, and some tactics you can deploy to try to survive them.

  1. Bear. I’m assuming that before you ever decide to fight a bear, you’ve already exhausted the bear spray, and have tried the “playing dead” tactic to no avail. In this instance your best bet is to feed him your off hand, (yes, right in his/her mouth), while simultaneously stabbing deeply from below, up into the brainpan. Once deeply into the skull you should pull with all your might to slice brain, tongue, and throat as much as possible. Bear in mind that this animal will shake the shit out of you as soon as it clamps down on your arm so cut quick and deep.
  2. Cougar. If you’ve never been close to a cougar, then you have no idea how scary these things are. They are most dangerous in their crushing bite and dis-embowling rear claws. Believe it or not a bear hug is a better defense than anything else, and an MMA “mount” position, (if you can get it), will keep those rear claws off of your belly and out of your testicles. I would try to drag this shivering, snarling thing to the nearest body of water and hold it under, raccoon style, until it quits bubbling.
  3. Wolf. These are the easiest to fight one on one but usually attack in packs. Sacrificing the offhand into the mouth leaves the sides, neck, and underside of the skull open for a good, deep stab wound.
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Stabbed!:3 reasons to keep your kids at home

By: Mr. X, Survivalist

 

I just read an article concerning a 14 year old girl, a child, who was stabbed to death by her 13 year old girl friend during a childhood sleepover! This happened just recently in Houston Texas.

I personally have a thirteen year old daughter, and I can’t imagine the horror and hate that would be sitting in my gut right now if she had been brutally murdered by one of her schoolmates during a sleepover. The news story said the girl was slashed in the throat and stabbed repeatedly in the chest and, though flown out by helicopter, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“What has this to do with survival?”,  you might ask.  Well, the answer is that it has EVERYTHING to do with survival, because it takes a LOT of trust to allow your children to be in the care of others, outside of your familial sphere, and it is something that we, here at the X household, don’t practice. As a matter of fact, if you’re reading this then it doesn’t take me to tell you that trust is way down on the survivalists list of things to do.

I have actually caught a lot of grief over the years, from friends and family members, for not letting my children go “spend the night” with their friends, or allowing them to have their friends over to our house. I can proudly say however, that none of my kids have ever been hurt or molested by “old Uncle Joe”, or some overly hormonal older brother of a friend. And I, in turn, have been able to stay out of prison for killing some SOB that hurt one of my kids. In my opinion it’s a win – win.

In any event, here are three reasons to keep your kids at home and not let them out of your sphere of protection at night.

  1. Old Uncle Joe. You don’t have any control of who others let into their homes, and even if the family you are entrusting your loved ones to have wonderful reputations, you haven’t got any idea what kind of secrets they have hidden in their closet… why risk it?
  2. Your kids are spontaneous. I wish I could forget all of the junkies that I have encountered in my LE career who came from good homes and only fell into drug use by buddying around with an unsavory character that found an opportunity to corrupt them with drugs while their parents weren’t looking.
  3. Your kids are susceptible. I can’t imagine how I would react if my child were accused of something heinous. Theft, molestation, drug use, etc… All of these allegations can be directed towards your children if you allow them to be somewhere that is outside your scope of control.
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Cajon Pass Tragedy: 3 things you should keep in your car at all times

 

I just woke up to the news that the Cajon Pass has been affected by a white out that left 17 people injured and involved in a multiple vehicle accident on I-15.

 

Though these things can’t always be avoided, they can always be prepared for.  As a emergency services worker I have been involved in the treatment and care of multiple traffic crash accident victims, and I can tell you that the injuries that are usually involved in these types of instances can be horrific. As a pure matter of survival, there are three things you should always have with you in a motor vehicle that will give you the best chances for survival if you are suddenly involved in a crash. The number one cause of death in a traffic crash is internal bleeding. This usually comes from the huge changes in velocity that internal organs are subjected to, the “Delta V’s”. Second is shock, and third is bleeding out from arterial bleeds.

 

There’s not much you can do to treat the Delta V injuries, but there is plenty you can do to treat yourself or others for bleeding or shock. Here are three things you should keep in your car at all times.

 

  1. Tourniquets. Not just one, several. You could technically need four to save yourself, depending on how badly injured you are. I know combat medics who take a bagful of tourniquets with them on patrols just because they are so valuable for serious bleeds.
  2. Hemostatic Gauze. This stuff is great but it’s expensive, and while you can’t put a price on your life, there are cheaper alternatives to the combat gauze that is sold exclusively for human traumatic injuries. In any event, hemostatic gauze can be a lifesaver for plugging those holes that can’t be controlled with direct pressure or tourniquets.
  3. Cold Water. There is no greater capillary restrictor than cold, and water is the easiest best conductor of cold you can have.
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Old school survival: 3 items you should not be without

By Mr. X, Survivalist

So, we have discussed the use of muzzleloading, black powder firearms, and we have touched on, in previous articles, how to make your own knives. Now I want to talk about the fact that there are three things you should always have with you in any situation, survival or not, because any situation can become a survival situation.

It is these three things that make up my survival kit and believe it or not, having a gun is not one of them. The three things that I absolutely can’t live without, (no pun intended), are these:

  1. A fire kit. By this I mean a good piece of flint, a hardened steel striker, and some charred cloth, or at least some strips of cotton fabric to make charred cloth with. We will go over exactly how to make charred cloth in a later blog but for now you should understand that charred cloth is a luxury but not a necessity.
  2. A good blade. There is nothing more important than a blade in the bush. The blade can actually take the role of the other two if needed, to an extent. If it is heavy enough it can chop limbs and trees, if it is hardened enough, (a trick you can learn if you forge your own blades), you can use it to strike your flint for fire-starting, and if your point is fine and sharp enough, you can use it for the intricate necessities of survival.
  3. A tomahawk.  There is nothing quite as luxurious as having a blade and a tomahawk together in the event of an emergency you have a weapon in each hand. Beyond that the tomahawk does great for breaking bones during butchering, cutting poles for shelters, and it even works great for striking flint for fire starting.
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Happy Memorial Day; 3 places you must go if you’re a vet this weekend

As hard as it is to believe, it’s that time of the year again and Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. That means many things to many people. If you were part of the greatest generation then you will reminisce about the great struggle of WWII and ponder upon some of the miraculous outcomes from it.  The restoration of Israel as a nation for instance, or the rise of The United States  to be the greatest world power.

Perhaps though you are too young to be affected emotionally by such things. If that is the case then you are still most likely influenced by a loved one or friend for whom this day holds honor. And if you are a veteran then this day holds special meaning for you, as well it should. Because you are one of the heros for whom this day holds meaning for the rest of us. Here then are thre places you can go this weekend just because of who you are and what you have done… Enjoy!

  1. Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. See the map below or select from the list of states for museums that are participating in the Blue Star Museums 2018 summer season.
  2. Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is the name of two amusement parks in the United States, owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. The original park is in Tampa, Florida, and the second park is in Williamsburg, Virginia.

      3. California’s Great America. Roller coasters, live shows, amusement park food favorites and a water            park. Satisfy your craving for thrilling rides on coasters such as Demon, Flight Deck or Gold                        Striker,  the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern Cali, with high speed turns, twists           and drops at speeds of up to 54 miles per hour. Coming in 2018, blaze a new path on RailBlazer, the           west coast’s only single-rail steel roller coaster with a 90 degree initial descent and three inversions.           For those with families with younger children, Planet Snoopy offers pint sized thrills that the kids               will love. everyone has used up most of their energy, time to head over to Boomerang Bay for a cool           down by the lagoon or hop on a tube and lounge on down the long and lazy river. In the end, this               amusement and water park has everything needed for a great day of fun right here in beautiful                     California!

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