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How to Pick a Good Skinning Knife

Armchair commandos may believe anything sharp will make a good skinning knife, this is simply not true.  Certain types of knives are much better at skinning wild game than others.  Let’s take a few minutes and talk about types of knives to stay away from and types to consider. For most applications the smaller and […]

Mountain house extends life of pouches

Mountain House recently extended the life of their pouches to 30 years, instead of 7 years.   This is supposed to be retroactive to existing pouches produced before the date change. How I found about about the date change, I posted a video on youtube called Stockpiling mountain house #10 cans and pouches. Someone posted […]

Stoves for bugging out

In the prepping community, there is a lot of focus on stoves for a bug out bag, while stoves for events such as natural disasters are overlooked. A stove for an individual bug out bag is different than a family sized stove. Do you need a two burner store, one burner stove, propane fuel, liquid […]

Thrunite TN4A Flashlight Review

Up until a few months ago I had never heard of Thrunite. The leaders of the high quality flashlight pack are names like Surefire and Streamlight. Those guys better up their game because Thrunite is offering a quality product at a very affordable price. Full disclosure: I received the Thrunite TN4A at no cost to […]

Tips on buying an AK-47

Ak Operators Union, Local 47-74 published a video on youtube awhile back where they talk about things to look for before you purchase an AK-47. First thing that is mentioned is magazine fit. My WASR-10 can be rather picky when it comes to magazines. Some are loose while others are rather tight. When I bought […]

ThruNite TN12 review

Up until just a few days ago I had never heard of ThruNite, much less the ThruNite TN12.  Someone on youtube reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing the TN12.  After looking at the light I said sure, I would love to see it. Looking at the ThruNite TN12 on amazon, I […]

Building a predator hunting AR-15

Over the past couple of years coyotes have been stealing my chickens.  I thought losses have not been “that” bad, but the time has come to take action.  A few days ago I was looking through pictures of when I bought the chicks, that is when I realized just how many of my chickens are […]

Tacticool has no place in prepping

While visiting various AR-15 forums and other firearms forums, I see a common trend that only the best is good enough.  Only the best AR-15 is good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best magazines are good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best ammunition is good enough, everything else is […]

Best friend after SHTF

Awhile back someone posted a comment on one my youtube videos saying the hoe will be your best friend after SHTF. This got me to thinking about how important certain types of survival gear were over other types. Can you use an AR-15 or AK-47 to till a garden? Plow a field? Bushhog? Operate an […]

Thoughts on mass transportation after shtf

Transporting goods and services during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation has been on my mind for awhile. In big cities people use large SUVs and trucks as a status symbol. 300+ horsepower, 4 wheel drive, gas guzzler, but has never pulled a trailer or been off the pavement. In urban areas nearby rural […]

Is the AR-10 platform needed

There is an article on AllOutdoor.com talking about Heavy duty SHTF battle rifles.  The picture used for the article shows an AR-10 next to an FN/FAL.  Looking at the picture I have to ask myself, why do we need an AR-10 in a niche that is already full? The right arm of the free world, […]

Stockpiling survival knives for SHTF

One of the great topics in the survivalist / prepping community is about survival knives. Everyone has an opinion about what kind of knife would be ideal for surviving in a post-SHTF / post-TEOTWAWKI world.

Some of the discussions on knives revolve around real world situations, while a lot of the discussions revolves around unrealistic situations, such as bugging out to the wilderness.

After putting much thought into the SHTF survival knife topic, what if I told you just about everyone was right and just about everyone was wrong? There is no perfect knife for a post collapse society. That is why we should stockpile a variety of knives.

Rambo hollow handle survival knife – No article on survival knives is complete without discussing the grandfather of all survival knives. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way. The word “survival knife” brings to mind the 1982 movie Rambo when John Rambo used his knife to survive in the wilderness. Shortly after the movie Rambo was released a survival knife craze kicked in. Survival knives were made in all shapes, forms and fashions. Some were good quality but there was a lot of junk on the market. The hollow handled Rambo survival knife was probably the most popular.

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