Survival Skills

Gunshot Wound Treatment – Survivalist Style

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As a gunsmith and competitive shooter, I know a lot about firearms but I have never been in a firefight. Not knowing about Gunshot Wound Treatment in the event I am in one and someone I care about is hit scared the hell out of me and prompted me to write this article.

Water Storage: Storing the Most Important Emergency Item

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Water Storage: How To Store the Most Important Emergency Item. The average human can survive without food for a month or more depending on the circumstances, but cannot survive without water for more than three to seven days.  With water making up 65 percent of the body, it’s essential for life. How Disasters Affect Water [...]

Field Stripping and Cleaning a 1911 Pistol: In Depth Tutorial

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Cleaning Is the Most Crucial Part of Gun Maintenance  This article will explain step-by-step the most basic of gunsmithing skills, cleaning. Of the hundreds of guns I look at each year, 65% of them just need a good cleaning. I charge around $40 to do this simple procedure, but it can easily be done at [...]

DIY Prepping Projects: Soup Can Coffee Pot

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Quick and Cheap DIY Prepping Project At  Survivalist 101, we are always on the lookout for unique and practical handmade gear that can be made from simple items or recycled materials. One of our readers, Steve Lupton, shared this DIY prepping project for making a coffee pot using soup cans and wire. Whether you want [...]

Quick Tips for Surviving a Disaster When You’re Away from Home

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One of our contributors, Zac Ward, shares his take on surviving a disaster that occurs when you’re away from home. Whether you are at work or running errands, always be prepared for any emergency that may arise. “Natural disasters do not wait for you to get home before they happen.” I have met many folks [...]

How to Make a Survival Can Opener Using a Rock

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Left Your Survival Can Opener Behind Yet Again? Whether you’re a prepper or not, chances are that you have some canned goods stored in your pantry. And like most people, you probably open them with an electric can opener because: a) It’s fast and convenient. b) You don’t own a manual can opener or can’t find [...]

Raising Meat Rabbits – The Complete Beginner’s Guide

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The Benefits of Raising Meat Rabbits Raising meat rabbits is one of the most space efficient means of growing livestock for meat. Whether you live on a full blown many acre homestead, or on a town lot in the burbs, rabbits are a viable option in your self-sufficiency and survival planning. They are a great [...]

Blackout Preps: Short Term or Long Term, Don’t Forget the Basics

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Have You Reviewed Your Blackout Preps Lately? Over the past couple weeks, we here in the Ozarks have braced twice for possibly severe winter weather. The Weather Channel has even begun naming winter storms, for dramatic effect it seems. Anyway, many of us in the potentially affected area got ourselves ready to hunker down and [...]

Using a Shooting Chronograph to Test Reloaded 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington)

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Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) Part 3 Part three of our series Reloading the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) covers testing the completed rounds with a shooting chronograph, building a ballistics table, and testing terminal ballistics. Read Part One and Part Two if you want to start at the beginning. So, on the last occasion [...]

Using a Swedish Torch for Open Fire Cooking

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The Swedish Torch: Easy to Make, Effective, and Free Open fire cooking is an art that has been developed around the world for centuries and it is fascinating to see the different systems mankind has come up with. I like gadgets as much as the next guy, but the list of gadgets when it comes to [...]

Self Sufficiency: Planning Strategies to Save You Money and Time

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Self-Suf·fi·cient: Able to provide for oneself without the help of others; independent  Our contributor, Pat Bellew, shares his family’s journey on the road to self sufficiency, along with strategies for planning your projects and saving money, plus some advice on what mistakes to avoid. From 72 Hour Prepper to Self Sufficiency Enthusiast Our homesteading efforts can [...]

Reloading for the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) Tutorial Part Two

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This article is the second part of our Reloading for the 5.56 NATO (Remington .223) series and covers the aspects of powder charging, slug selection, bullet seating, and crimping. *Reloading ammunition is a skill and an art. We suggest anyone interested in reloading train with a professional first.* Is Your Brass Prepped and Reading for Reloading? [...]

Reloading for the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington) Tutorial Part One

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This article covers the basics of reloading for the 5.56 NATO (.223 Remington), including how to choose the right equipment, component explanations, and the prepping of brass for accepting a powder charge and slug. *Reloading ammunition is a skill and an art. We suggest anyone interested in reloading train with a professional first.* Scarcity of  [...]

Build a Self Sufficient Lifestyle in the Burbs, City, or Country

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Building a self-sufficient lifestyle is no easy task under the best of circumstances. If you are a city dweller, or even a suburbanite, it can be downright daunting. Don’t be too discouraged, though. Even if you live in a studio apartment in upper Manhattan there are things that you can incorporate into your life that will [...]

Skinning Deer By Hand Using the Paracord and Knife Technique

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Skinning Deer by Hand I’m sure that you’re all familiar with the old adage “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Well let me tell you, there are COUNTLESS ways of skinning a deer.  Some guys will hang a deer from the neck, make three incisions, and using a golf ball and winch, [...]

Converting Your Family to a Prepping Mindset for Life’s Emergencies

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Prepping Mindset Began with Dad I guess that I was a bit of a prepper by birth. My dad grew up in a cash challenged household and successfully hunting for squirrels and rabbits was often the difference between having a good dinner and going to bed hungry. I did not grow up that way, but [...]

Living the Prepper Life: Why We Became Preppers

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Introduction After 9/11 my husband and I moved from Florida to rural Tennessee and began a “prepper” life on just five acres of land. We haven’t always been successful at what we’ve tried as we are constantly learning through trial and error and old fashioned research, adjusting our plans as needed. Currently, we are raising [...]

Choosing a Survival Gun – Survivalist 101’s Top Three Survival Guns

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Survival Guns on a Budget  I was asked by the boss to write an article on which survival gun I’d have if I could only afford ONE. When I was given this assignment, the first thought in my head was, “Gee, that’s kind of tough, I’ve never been a one gun household!” So, I thought [...]

Squirrel Pole: Build a Squirrel Pole Snare in Three Easy Steps

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Feeding Your Family in SHTF Situation Imagine if you will S.H.T.F.  Be it from a complete socioeconomic fall out or a natural disaster, the grid is down, there is no power, no water, and whenever you try to make a phone call you get the “all circuits are currently busy” message.  The air is thick [...]

Pandemic: Risks, Preparation, and Prevention

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What is a Pandemic? What’s the difference between a nasty weekend flu that’s going around and a pandemic? Body count. That’s one way to look at a major catastrophe caused by a rapidly spreading disease. This is not a theoretical subject. In 1918 an influenza outbreak, variously called the Spanish Flu Pandemic, the 1918 Flu [...]

EMP Event – What You Need To Know to Be Prepared

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What is an EMP? In 1952, the classic science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still depicted a moment when all the cars stopped, lights went out, radios went silent and telephones no longer worked.  The filmmakers didn’t spell it out in the movie, but the cause was an EMP attack. An electromagnetic pulse [...]

Dirty Bomb Attack: Facts and Threat Assessment

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What is a Dirty Bomb? In simple terms, a “dirty bomb” is a conventional bomb (dynamite, C4) combined with radioactive components (powder, pellets) so that the explosion creates a cloud of radioactive material. That makes a dirty bomb in technical terms a radiological dispersion device, or RDD. It’s sometimes classified as a weapon of mass [...]

Preparing for Catastrophes and Disasters: Tips for Survival

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Potential Catastrophes and Natural Disasters There are many potential natural disasters – flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption, hurricane, meteor strike, to name a few. In the last fifty years or so, we human beings have added or increased the potential for quite a few more catastrophes – pandemic, nuclear holocaust, EMP (electromagnetic pulse), dirty bomb (nuclear [...]

Survival Myths That Can Put You in Danger of Dying

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I was recently watching a show where the character was lost in the woods and looked for moss growing on a tree so that he could figure out his direction. I had always heard this survival tip but I began to wonder if it was really sound advice or one of those myths that has [...]

Survival Mindset Secrets of the Navy SEALs – The Will to Survive

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Often when we think about survival, we think about tools and techniques that can save our lives in the face of imminent danger. These are definitely important skills to keep in mind – but there is one more thing that is often overlooked and arguably more important than any survival gadget you own. Your brain [...]

A Quick-Start Guide to Hurricane Kits and Preparedness

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Build a Hurricane Kit If you live in the Atlantic states or along the Gulf Coast and haven’t yet made preparations for hurricane season, now is the time to do so. Every year hurricanes cause massive amounts of damage, not just from the hurricane itself but from the violent thunder storms and tornadoes that often [...]

Hurricane Preparedness Plan – Don’t Hesitate

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Hurricane Begins Soon – Do You Have a Hurricane Preparedness Plan? If you live in any of the Atlantic states, hurricanes are a very real threat to you from June 1 to November 30, the official window that encompasses the Atlantic hurricane season. Over the past few years, we’ve seen that it’s not just the coastal states [...]

Misconceptions about “Doomsday Preppers”

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What Are Doomsday Preppers? Tell someone about your emergency/disaster preparedness plans or mention the words “prepper” or “survivalist” and you will likely get some of these responses: Who has time for that, and why would I need to do it? Oh, you mean from that show “Doomsday Preppers?” Why would anyone spend all their money preparing [...]

Stockpiling Food: Tips for Buying Survival Food

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Stockpiling Food: Buy the Calories, Not the Servings! Hi all, this is Samson B.K. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to get your best deal when buying survival food packages. The first thing I would like to do is to apologize for listing our food packages by time and by serving. [...]