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Covert Carry versus Concealed Carry

What do you think of when you hear the term “concealed carry?” Your first thought might be the legal definition of carrying a concealed gun or knife, and the accompanying guidelines in your home state...

14 Rare Medical Preps Every Prepper Should Stock Up On NOW

For a true blue Prepper, prepping for the worst-case scenarios is a calling. Check out these rare medical preps every prepper should do to be ready for any situation. 14 Rare Medical Preps You Need in...

The SHTF Emergency Coffee and Tea Kit

Coffee and tea are both things that should be in your food stockpile. A short to long emergency can be hard enough without being forced to do without something you…

Layering Your EDC Survival Gear

There’s discussion ad nauseum in preparedness circles about redundancy and layering of gear and survival gear. Like many survival concepts, grand-scale guidance is distilled down to a catchphras...

How To Turn Your Bug Out Bag Into A Minimalist Backpack

The reality is that you can’t always take your bug out bag wherever you go, especially if you’re in a hurry. Instead, have a minimalist backpack you can carry in a jiffy. Here’s how ...

Garden Tools: From Raised Beds To Large Gardens

There are a lot of new gardeners out there. My husband and I choose to grow three different gardens this year so that we would have better access to fresh and safe foods during these uncertain times. ...

15 Hunting And Fishing Safety Tips

If you are anything like me, you spend a good amount of your free time hunting and fishing. It is an excellent way to enjoy nature, develop a skill, and put meat in the freezer. But how do you make su...

Vehicular Terror: The Easiest Blueprint To Create Mayhem

Note: This is an article first published by BDS in 2017 but it is worth revisiting.  In these days of smartphone distractions, you’re seeing more and more people oblivious to their surround...

What If You’re Assaulted in a Parking Structure?

Illustrations by Jordan Lance The university is predictably quiet tonight, being a Friday night. One by one, students pack up as the time draws nearer for the library to close. Staff make the rounds a...

“The Final Weapon” – The Importance of Survival Training

“The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplementary.” – John SteinbeckWhat’s the number-one problem within the preparedness community? This is a challenging question beca...

Outfitting A Camper For Bugging Out

A lot of people are buying campers to live in part of the year, full time, or have on hand in case they need to get out during an emergency. I know a few things about camper living because Matt &helli...

OFFGRID Knife Giveaway: VZ Diamante

In order to help kick-start your next preparedness project or refresh an old EDC, we’re continuing May the Knife Be With You! – a full month of knife giveaways. We featured a new brand wit...

Finding The Best Soil Test Kit

Soil is one of the most valued properties for a prepper. I never understood this until I was a certain age. My father grew up on a farm and worked a lot from an early age. He learned to value …...

Plate Carrier Setup: Upgrading the TYR Tactical PICO-DS

A few months ago, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of various types of load-bearing equipment in our article, Front Toward Enemy: Survival Plate Carriers & Chest Rigs. However, that article...

Planning a Safe Vacation During COVID-19

Sitting alone as the waves beat the shore before me, I had a line in the surf and a slice of sun just peaked up over the horizon. It looked like the top of a railroad spike just taken from … Continued

DIY Off-Road Vehicle Recovery with Rope & Pulleys

We’ve all been there — alone and unafraid, enjoying a weekend adventure or vacation in the backwoods and basking in the freedom American off-roading provides. Then BAM! You find yourself i...

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