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Survival Around The Web

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The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

SR’s [Steve Reichert] Handgun Caliber Choice and Why – For those of you who are not familiar with Steve, he is a medically retired Marine who after taking an IED blast in Iraq has moved on to be a big part of the firearms training world. In this article Steve uses his knowledge and expertise to outline his handgun caliber of choice and why that is a good choice.

Prepping on the Sly – This is a great article for those of us who have a spouse or significant other who think we are crazy for being concerned with preparedness. It is also a valuable resource for those who might be looking for a good place to get started with the survival and self-reliance lifestyle but are overwhelmed with how to get there.

The 25 Points of Hitler’s Nazi Party – This link was sent to me by a good friend and reveals what was essentially the outline of the core beliefs of the Hitler’s Nazi party. What resonates with me is how similar some of the Nazi party’s beliefs are to those of America’s current politicians and government officials. See if this sounds familiar:

10. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.

We can’t have anyone being offended now, can we? Of course, we would never do anything like force a sports team to change their name because of the perception of offense. Not in the United States anyway….right?

Self-Igniting Fire Starter – This is a great DIY on how to make your own fire starters that are not only self-starting, but if made properly will be waterproof as well. I like the concept and further appreciate the fact that they are simple to make. On a side note, one of the key elements to making these fire starters are strike anywhere matches which are becoming very close to impossible to find. If you are out and about and happen to notice these matches for sale anywhere, I would encourage you to stock up for you and your loved ones.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Prepping Gems From The Web

One of the great things about the internet is that it is always being updated. It is a constant and never ending process. While this is great, it also means that it is impossible to keep up with everything. With that in mind, here are a few items that I found over the last week or so that I though were worth passing on to you. Hopefully, there will be at least one thing of value to you.

Super Easy Survival Bread

This last  week I stumbled across a REALLY simple recipe for a bread that could easily be made in a survival situation or even just a time of personal economic difficulty. There are only four ingredients and an oven is not required. Check out the recipe from BeSurvival.com.

12 Gauge is Enough Gun

In the last release of All Outdoor’s newsletter, they included an article on shotguns and why the 12 gauge caliber of shotgun is the universal do-it-all smoothbore gauge. It is a well versed take on why there should be no substitute for the 12 gauge when it comes to smoothbore firearms. Read the whole article here.

How To Hide Your House From Google Maps

This article originally appeared on Off The Grid News in October of last year and has the step by step instructions on how to block the street view of your house on Google maps. What is significant about this process is that it can also be used to block license plates, cars, or even people if you feel that you would rather not have you or your property on display to the world. Read the article as well as the necessary steps to complete the process here.

Yard Sale Prepping

The Backyard Pioneer shared a piece on prepping and the use of garage or yard sales to obtain items at a fraction of the price for which they could usually be acquired. While it is not a comprehensive list, there are some good pointers and the article highlights a solid strategy for preparing on a budget. Check it out here.

How To Plan A Bug Out Route For Emergency Evacuation

Graywolf Survival has a great article on how to plan a bug out route. Not only does the article cover how to plan a bug out route but also how to assess a route and the follow up steps that should be taken once you have selected your route(s). Plan your bug out route here.

Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies

If you have not had the chance to review it yet, James Wesley Rawles over at Survival Blog has compiled a wealth of pertinent survival information for the new prepper. While this info is geared toward newbies, it is a valuable reference for any level of survival minded individual. My recommendation would be printing a copy to keep as a guide to prioritize and keep track of your progress. View the guide here.

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How Would You Deal?

It is without fail that difficult times will bring about changes in people. Some changes will be for the better as some rise to the occasion and do the best they can to care for themselves and others while some changes will be for the worst as some choose to use the situation to victimize and cause chaos. I recently stumbled across a list that was put together by user P-14 on the NortheastShooters forum that is essentially a collection of bullet points that summarize FerFal’s experience with the Argentinian collapse in 2001. This experience has been outlined in FerFal’s book, The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse
, as well as several published articles which is where P-14 formed their list. One of the most captivating things about FerFal and his experiences is the fact that it was not all that long ago that these events happened.

While the entire list highlights important information to know and prepare for, I was particularly intrigued by the Crime and Insecurity section which shares FerFal’s perspective on things in Argentina but also seemed strangely familiar to me on many points. I was taken back to my combat experience in Iraq when dealing with armed conflict and insurgency. If anything, this reinforces to me the fact that many preparations can be made that have wide ranging applications. It also seems that it is better to think about these things now as opposed to later when we may be experiencing things first hand. Here is the summary:

  • Allow no one inside your house.
  • “Letting a criminal inside your house almost guaranties that he will rape/beat/torture and abuse whoever they find inside.”
  • Always make sure you have a weapon on you.
  • Most dangerous time of the day – Leaving or entering your house…“Criminals wait until you are standing on front of the door with the keys on your hand to jump on you.”
  • Be extra alert when approaching your house. Look all around and if you see anything strange, keep walking around the block or keep on driving.
  • “No door is ever opened when there is a strange person around.”
  • “Whenever someone knocks on our door (and we don’t know him/her), they are answered from a second story window.”
  • “Criminals sometimes disguised as electric company guys or something like that, saying that they have to fix something. Say NO!”
  • “Better to be rude than dead.”
  • “No one leaves a door or window opened or unlocked. Nor do they hang out in front of the house talking to friends. A bad guy might just see you there, like a sitting duck, pull a gun on you and take you inside your house.”
  • “Criminals are not stupid, and they will spend days checking the place and especially YOUR ROUTINE.”
  • “Sometimes they just drive up to where you are working, if you are far away from the home, but most of the time they sneak up on you.”
  • “The most frequent kind of attack is attacking by surprise when you enter/leave your home.”
  • There is no “safe” hour of the day.
  • “Eyes and ears wide open when you enter/leave your home. If possible, keep a gun in your hand when doing either one.”
  • “If you approach the house with a large number of people they will leave.”
  • Types of crime will range from highly organized gangs/cartels/mafia to simple street crime.
  • Police will handle most organized crime.
  • Kidnappings: Expect 2 or 3 a day in your [suburban/urban] neighborhood.
  • Perps may be wearing police/federal body armor.

Car & Driving:

  1. Windows and doors have to be closed at all times.
  2. A weapon must be within arms reach.
  3. You never stop at a red light or stop sign unless there is traffic, especially at night.
  4. Traffic lights were turned yellow at night.
  5. Accidents at nights were frequent and brutal.
  6. Be prepared to use the car as a weapon – do not stop for anyone standing in front of your car.
  7. “Every now and then someone tries to force me to stop my car by standing in front of it, in the middle of the street. I just aim at them and accelerate at full speed. They always jump out of the way before I hit them.”
  8. “I would have bought a 4×4, even though I live in the city.
  • A 4×4 allows you to drive over the sidewalk or through wasteland, away from roadblocks or riots.
  • I’ve see those that have 4x4s simply go off road, climb over a boulevard and leave while the rest of us poor car owners have to stay.”
  • “A 4×4 truck also has more mass and power in case that someone tries to cut you off or rams you with the car. It’s less likely to stop running if you hit someone or several people (in a riot situation) since it’s prepared for cross country use and the engine is much more protected.”

Children At Play:

  1. “There are absolutely NO kids playing on the sidewalks at all, at any time of the day. Maybe a kid rides his bike a few meters on the sidewalk, but always under the supervision of an adult. A kid riding a bike on his own will get that bike stolen in no time, probably get hurt in the process, therefore no responsible parent leaves a kid alone on the street.
  2. “No parent worth a buck leaves his son or daughter in hands of a stranger.”
  • “Old people and women are especially vulnerable. After old people and women and children, come small framed people, the smaller you are, the weaker you look, the more likely you are to be chosen as a victim by a bad guy.”

This information is thought provoking at a minimum and could very well offer the insight necessary to survive a tough time or dangerous encounter.

Camo Nets At Ready Made Resources

Prepared Ninja supporter Ready Made Resources has a rare opportunity for those who might be looking to add a difficult to locate military specification, radar scattering camouflage net system to their inventory of preps. There have been 9 new sets of camo nets that have been added to the inventory at Ready Made Resources that are available for purchase. These are priced very fairly at $349 and include free shipping. I have not seen this same quality and condition of camo netting at such a great price, with free shipping to top it off.

Here is what you get for your money:

  • 30′ by 30′ Octagonal Piece
  • 15′ by 15′ Square Piece
  • Repair Kit
  • User Manual
  • Carry Bag
  • These nets can be spray painted to vary the color pattern.

If you are interested in checking out these camouflage nets, follow this link to Ready Made Resources online store.

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