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  • October 28, 2011

    Zombie Survival Gear: Gerber’s Gator Machete Pro -- For When The “Double Tap” Just Isn’t Enough-7


    Anyone familiar with Gerber knows that the company offers a wide array of field-ready chopping tools. And if, somehow, the Zombiepocalypse comes to pass, I want a Hummer with a plow on the front, a quarter ton of ammo and a half-dozen Gerber Gator Machete Pros for me and the boys, for those times when a double tap just isn’t enough. The aggressive, multi-purpose blade can be used as an axe, a machete or a knife to cleave your way through any non-breather conflict, and keep you among the living.

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  • October 26, 2011

    Survival Skills: Utilizing The Water In Your Home When The Faucets Stop-2


    Let us suppose for just a moment, that the faucets in your home which magically spew out safe clean drinking water, someday cease to function.

    Now, we’ll compound this problem by saying that it’s a disaster that has stopped the water flow to your home. You and those in your care will need to have some basic things to live through the emergency-–and that list includes water.

    Now if you have been paying attention to this website, it’s hard to miss our encouragement for preparedness. In the realm of water, being prepared for emergencies means keeping some water on hand, and also being ready to disinfect water as needed (see our blog on disinfecting water with household chemicals). I would recommend those 5 gallon water cooler jugs. You can buy them brand new from the store filled with spring water, and they are packaged to stay good for several years. You can also fill up empty water cooler jugs yourself. Another good choice would be the water jugs that have a small spigot for dispensing the water. If you knew that trouble was headed your way soon, you could also fill up your bath tub, or other household containers. But what if you don’t have that water storage at your disposal, or you run out?

    How could you get safe drinking water in your home, after a disaster?

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  • October 21, 2011

    Survival Gear Test: Gerber’s Bear Grylls Basic Survival Kit-8


    I love a good survival kit.  Whether it’s home-made or store bought, a good survival kit is like an insurance policy against bad luck on the trail and Murphy’s Law on the hunt.

    Gerber’s Survival Series of equipment now includes the Bear Grylls Basic Kit, which is an 8-piece survival kit, designed to provide the user with some of the foundational requirements for wilderness survival.  Let the testing begin…

    The Kits Features and Components
    The kit’s blaze orange, rip-stop nylon pouch, which contains a zip top waterproof bag for the gear.  The overall weight of the full kit is 4.2 oz, which makes it small enough to fit just about any pocket, so there’s no excuse to leave it at home.

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  • October 20, 2011

    Navigate by the Stars and Moon-2


    Even the least savvy outdoorsman, and most couch potatoes for that matter, is dimly aware that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

    But what about using celestial bodies to navigate at night time?

    Using the moon and stars to find your way is a lost art to most modern people. The ancient Polynesians hopped from tiny island to tiny island, with no maps or navigation devices, using the sun, moon, stars, wind and ocean current to guide them.  Our recent ancestors used sextants and other navigational aids to maintain a bearing and even to determine longitude and latitude from the moon and stars. 

    Obviously, you should always have a compass and/or GPS for navigating in the wild.  But what happens if you get caught after dark without those modern conveniences?

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  • October 19, 2011

    Survival Skills: Cooking On A Rock Frying Pan-4


    Did you know that a rock full of moisture, when placed in or over a fire, can explode like a grenade?

    It’s true, and with that disclaimer out of the way, we can now talk about the right way to use a low-tech, backwoods rock frying pan.

    To get started on your culinary adventure of “rock frying,” you’ll need a flat or concave stone that is about an inch thick, and is not too gritty or rough. Gritty sandstones and other rough-surfaced stones will make frying very difficult. Quartz, obsidian and other “glassy” looking stones are prone to exploding. Slate and shale will have the right thickness, but they also trap water inside and are very likely to pop or explode.

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  • October 17, 2011

    10 Tips To Build Wet-Weather Fires-4


    The irony should not be lost on us, that when we need a fire the most—in cold, wet weather—that building a fire is at its most difficult. But what if you had some aces up your sleeve that could help you get a fire going in the wettest weather?

    Here are ten tips for starting a fire in less-than-optimal conditions: 

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  • October 13, 2011

    Hornady Announces Zombie Max, First-Ever Ammo for the Undead-3


    As with the Zombie Apocalypse itself, the question has always been more “when” than “if” a major ammunition company would introduce a line of zombie-specific ammo. Today that question was answered with the announcement of Hornady’s new Zombie Max ammunition and Proven Z-Max bullets. The announcement didn’t come in the form of some boring old press release, though. Check out the video sent by Hornady’s marketing department at lunchtime today (GRAPHIC IMAGE WARNING):

    So, yeah, lots to discuss there. Here are a few talking points that rush to mind:

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  • October 13, 2011

    Man, Woman, Wild: Finding Edible Plants in the Backcountry -0


    This week we’re serving up three exclusive clips from Discovery Channel’s hit show, Man, Woman and Wild. In this survival scenario Mykel and Ruth are lost in Big Sky Country. Food is scarce and the duo looks to local plant life:

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  • October 13, 2011

    Survival Foods: Make Your Own Jerky-4


    I fully understand that the following information violates everything you have ever heard about food handling safety, but if you want to make your own jerky like our ancestors did (read: outdoors), this is how you do it.

    Step 1: Get some fresh meat. It has to be raw! Meat that is cooked and then dried out will go bad in a few days, depending on the temperature, and lead to food poisoning. Red meat and most fish do very well for jerky making; although any mammal, bird, fish or larger reptile meat will work with this technique. Salt, sugar and spices are optional, but are very helpful if you have them.

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  • October 10, 2011

    Survival Tips: How to Store Food in Your Home-6


    Whether you are looking to save a few bucks by purchasing food in bulk, or you are stocking up in case of disaster, creating a storage system for food in your home can be a rewarding endeavor.

    I’m not suggesting that everyone start hoarding food and supplies, nor am I saying that you need to break the bank to finance your storehouse. I am merely suggesting that a well-stocked pantry can lend peace of mind, save you some money and be a very valuable resource in case of emergency or financial troubles.

    What Should You Buy

    Focus on foods that are easy to prepare and that you know your family will eat. Look for items high in calories and with long shelf lives. Select dry foods like rice, dried beans, pasta and other easy-cook staples that can last a long time.

    Also grab some peanut butter, canned meats and fish, jelly, honey, salt, sugar, high-calorie canned soups and stews, cooking oil, flour, baking mixes, oatmeal, molasses and lots of crackers. You can smear just about anything on a cracker and make a meal out of it. Store surplus food for your pets as well.

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