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Recommended Products and Contest for October

Contest:  Survival Ebooks is having a contest for a collection of CDs packed full of all kinds of information. First Place Prize: 22,000 Military Manuals And Survival Books 5,000 Military Technical Manuals Second Place Prize: 2,100 Firearm Manuals and Books 2,100 Medical Military manuals and books The Military History Library Third Place Prize: The Interactive firearms Manuals Library The Interactive Survival & Military Manuals Library Go on over to the forums and get signed up for the Survival Ebooks contest. Recommended Products: Products that have been tested and Survivalist approved. Maxpedition Condor II – 17.5″(H) x 14″(W) x 6.5″(D) main compartment, approximate overall capacity of 1950 cubic inches, 2 quick release compression straps per side, 1000-denier cordura which is water and abrasion resistant, YKK zippers, Continue Reading….

Quick survival kit

Take an Altoids tin and put the following items in it. anti-biotic ointment paper clips zip ties birthday candles – the kind you can not blow out safety pins ibuprofen or naproxen sodium 500mg vitamin C tablets dietary multivitamin supplement and mineral usb drive 8GB – with important files on it stick of white chalk  – for writing on walls, floors and sidewalk compass super glue – for closing wounds list of contact phone numbers and email addresses Post your comments in the quick survival kit thread of the forums.

Recommended Products and Contest for September

Contest for September: Red Flare Kits is having a contest to win one of three kits. First prize: Fundamentals First aid kit Everything you would want in a grab’n’go Medical Kit now arrives in a sleek, light-weight, water-resistant package featuring E-Z Easy Care First Aid System. Second prize: SOL 3 First aid/survival kit This 3-in-1 kit covers all the basics of outdoor safety. Containing medical supplies, survival tools, and gear repair items, the S.O.L. 3 enables you to survive almost anything that Mother Nature throws at you. Third prize: Pocket Survival pack Keep this indispensible collection of survival tools with you at all times! Designed by Doug Ritter for Equipped to Survive Foundation. A portion of all proceeds is donated by manufacturer to worthy causes. Continue Reading….

Final review of the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack

maxpedition proteus versipack

This is the last part of a Maxpedition Proteus Versipack review series. For the other two parts, see these links – Versipack part 1, Versipack part 2.

From the very first moment I handled the versipack I was impressed. Its the attention to detail that makes this a quality product. Its as if no short cuts were taken and some real thought was put into the design of the pack.

Its the simple things such as YKK zippers, triple polyurethane coated for water resistance, internal seams taped and finished, paracord zipper pulls, double stitched Stress points – all of these add up to make a high quality product.

In the following video I have 2 – 1 quart military canteens attached to the pack. I found out later that the attachment points are designed for MOLLE equipment and not ALICE clips. But that is ok, the ALICE gear still attaches just fine, its just a little tight.

With the canteens on the pack, its gets a little heavy. This makes the waist belt a little difficult to adjust. So what I did, I had someone stand behind me, pick the pack up with the built in grab handle, then adjust the belt. To do this by yourself, just back up against a tree and let it hold the pack in place when you adjust the belt. Without the canteens it would not have been any big deal.

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Wilderness survival books

A new wilderness survival books section has been added to online store lineup. These are the kinds of books that every hiker, camping or even day hikers should include in their pack. Whether your trip is 1 day or a week long excursion – its always good to have a book on wilderness survival in your pack. Some people may say “why do I need one of those books for?” Besides covering topics such as first aid, navigation, wild foods, and shelter building, these books also discuss a wide range of other topics. I (Kevin) personally recommend the SAS Survival Guide and the US Army Survival Manual. Both of those survival books are an excellent source of information. Visit the wilderness survival forum

Maxpedition proteus versipack

Looking for a fannypack / buttpack that you can just grab and go with? Well, the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack might just fit the bill. Dimensions: * Main: 9″ x 6″ x 3″ * Frontal: 8″ x 5″ x 1.5″ * Side: 6″ x 3″ x 1.75″ * Belt: Integral Waist Belt at 49″ max. Product Materials: * 1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric * Teflon® fabric protector for grime resistance and easy maintenance * high strength zippers and zipper tracks * UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low sound closures * Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance * High tensile strength nylon webbing * High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread) * #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding Continue Reading….


tents Whether your just going camping, or bugging out to a friends house, its important to have some tents on hand. Keep in mind that if you and your family need to leave your home, tents offer portable shelter. During hurricane season, hundreds of thousands of people evacuate, and have nowhere to go. Having your own portable shelter provides more options on where to spend the night at.

Besides tents, every family member should have a sleeping bag, pillow, and maybe even a cot or air mattress. During an evacuation, having your own portable shelter provides more options then having to stay in a shelter supplied by city, church, or some other organization. Continue Reading….

Panic buying before a disaster

Panic BuyingWhen the public has and kind of advanced warning of a disaster – such as a hurricane or pandemic disease – people go into a panic buying mode. Keep this one thing in mind – if you do not have it before the panic buying kicks in, you will not be able to get it.

These images were taken as Hurricane Ike was approaching the Texas coast in September of 2008. The list of items that disappears off the shelf first is rather short, but still long. It includes canned foods, bottled water, camp stoves and camp stove fuel, bread, flashlights, and other odd and end items.

Related Articles:

  1. Prepping the Bug Out Location
  2. Stockpiling food, ammo and fishing supplies
  3. Hastily assembled and ill equipped survival plans
  4. Bug out location essentials
  5. Long term survival plans

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Hand tools for urban survival

In an urban survival situation, its important for units to be self supportive. This includes being able to do basic repairs to the home or structure the people are staying in and growing a home garden. This is where the hand tools come into the picture.

Hammer Hammers

Unlike an air powered nail gun, or an electric powered nail gun, this amazing device only works with the swing of an arm. You hold it in your hand, grasp firmly and swing.

Every urban survivalist should have several good quality hammers on hand. Do not try to get off cheap. Go ahead, spend the money and get a quality product.

It has been my (Kevin) personal experience that hammers made in the USA are of better quality then those made in China. Also, buying made in USA products helps keep the factories here in the states. That keeps the jobs local which means less people on government assistance. So, buy American and keep your neighbors with a job. Or pay higher taxes and buy your neighbors food stamps, its your choice.

Be sure to include framing hammers for fixing walls and roofs, 4 pound hammers and 8 pound hammers in your collection. Continue Reading….

Stihl Chainsaw Description

Stihl chainsaws are probably one of the best chainsaws on the market. This video was filmed in early 2008 while my son in law and I were cutting up a red oak tree. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or any other type of widespread natural disaster, chainsaws should be a must have item. After a hurricane has passed through, chainsaws are essential for clearing roads that are blocked by fallen trees.

Coleman 533 dual fuel stove

The Coleman 533 dual fuel stove may not be small enough to take on an extended hiking trip, but its just right for around a camp site such as a park or survivalist retreat. If you need a stove to take to the lake or local park, then take a look at the Coleman 533 dual fuel stove.


Dual Fuel engineering: operates on clean-burning Coleman Liquid Fuel OR unleaded gasoline
Fully-adjustable 10,500-BTU burner
2.1-pints fuel tank runs for up to 2 hours on High setting
WindBlock system shields burner for maximum heat and reliable operation in all weather conditions
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Part 2 of the Maxpedition Versipack Review

This is part 2 of a review on the Maxpedition Versipack. The first part of the review can be found at this link – Maxpedition Proteus Versipack Review Part 1.

As mentioned in part 1 of the review, this buttpack was picked because of its lightweight and heavy duty construction. The Versipack will be used to fill a specialty role. Which is going to be for 3 – 8 mile day hikes. But before the pack is taken on an all day hiking trip, it has to be put through a few test. In this review, the pack is taken on a short walk through the woods to see how well it carries.

In the first video a 2 quart military canteen was attached to the back of the pack. Well, that did not work out too well. The canteen pulled the pack downwards and back until it almost touched my legs. So the 2 quart was taken off and a 1 quart canteen was attached to one of the side pockets. I wanted to attached a second 2 quart canteen, but it was in the back of a closet that was full of boxes. So never mind on that.

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Maxpedition Proteus Versipack Review Part 1

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And from the first moment I handled the Maxpedition Proteus Versipack, I knew the pack is a solid piece of equipment.

One reasons why this buttpack was picked, I needed something to carry just enough gear for a day hike. My current fannypack is a little big, so I decided to downsize.

Not only is this a fannypack, but it has a grab handle on the top. So the pack can be carried by hand, or worn around the waist.

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