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Tactical First Aid Kit Survival Molle Military Medical Bag Utility EMT Pouch

ASATechMed Emergency Survival Trauma Medical Kit w/ Molle Pouch First Aid Kit,/b> – $29.99

,b>Tactical MOLLE Rip Away EMT IFAK Medical Pouch First Aid Kit Utility Bag US Send – $12.79
Features:
*Features: Belt
*Type: Medical Pouch
*Style: Molle
*Model: Tactical Rip-Away First Aid Kit Molle Pouch
*Handing: Ambidextrous
*MPN: Does not apply
*Sub-Type: Individual first-aid kit

Tactical First Aid Kit Survival Molle Military Medical Bag Utility EMT Pouch – $10.44
Features:
*Model: Tactical First Aid Kit
*Occasions: Military
*Type: MOLLE Pouch
*Size: 15.5*9.5*20cm / 6.1″L x 3.7″W x 7.8”H
*Lining: Mercerized Cotton and Waterproof Coating
*Closure Type: Zipper
*Pattern: Plain/Camouflage

Homemade Waterproof Matches: Strike Anywhere vs. Strike on Box Matches

Pill bottle fire starter kit

Most people know if you dip a match head in either fingernail polish or candle wax the coating provides a certain degree of waterproofing for the match. This has been well known across the camping, hiking, backpacking, wilderness survival communities for decades. This article sets out to answer a basic question, should you use strike on box or strike anywhere matches? First observation says it should not really matter what type of match you use, but tests showed otherwise.

We started out with a handful of strike on box matches and a handful of strike anywhere matches. Both boxes had been opened for some time, and both boxes were several years old, maybe even a decade old. It would be safe to say both types of matches are “around” the same age. The strike anywhere and strike on box matches are both Diamond brand name.

The fingernail polish for this experiment was Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardener. The bottle was picked at random from a local retail outlet store. One of the reasons why this bottle was picked is because the fingernail polish is clear. I wanted to be able to see the type of match – strike on box or strike anywhere – so the polish I bought was clear.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Pouches for Camping or Emergencies

Mountain House 30166 Rice and Chicken Freeze-Dried – # 10 Can X 6 COUNT – $119.99
Description:
About this product Product Identifiers Brand Mountain House MPN 30166 UPC 0041133301664 Model 30166 eBay Product ID (ePID) 21039775318 Product Key Features Type Freeze-Dried

Mountain House Breakfast Skillet | Freeze Dried Gluten-Free #10 Can X 3 COUNT – $119.99
Features:
Model: Mountain House Ckn Noodle
Type: Freeze-Dried
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

Mountain House Classic Bucket Freeze Dried Backpacking Camping Food 24 Servings – $92.00
Description:
About this product Product Identifiers Brand Mountain House MPN 0081635A UPC 0041133816359 Model Just In Case eBay Product ID (ePID) 15037680808 Additional Product Features Type Food Bucket

First Aid Kit Emergency Bag Home Car Outdoor, All Purpose Kit, Portable 312 pcs

First Aid Kit Emergency Bag Home Car Outdoor, All Purpose Kit, Portable 312 pcs – $27.60

Family Outdoor Medical Travel Bag – Name Brand Supplies – 23.99

First Aid Kit Emergency Bag Home Car Outdoor, All Purpose, Portable Up to 312 Pc – $14.97

First Aid Trauma Kit Surgical Suture Kit Emergency Bug Out Bag Military Kit EMT – $64.99

131 Pieces First Aid Medical Emergency Kit Advanced Surgical Suture Kit – $23.45

Survival Medical Bag First Aid Kit 299-Piece Emergency Car Auto Outdoor Travel

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Mountain House Freeze Dried Emergency Food, – Variety Pack, 6 Pouches

New to Mountain House freeze dried pouches? One of the best ways to experience freeze dried foods for the first time is with a variety pack. This way you get an assortment of pouches to try out. These are an excellent choice for hiking, backpacking or prepping. When stored properly the pouches have an estimated lifespan of around 30 years, which make them ideal for long term storage.

I like to get an assortment of Mountain House meals then store them in 5 gallon buckets.  Each bucket holds a different type of meal.  One bucket is for breakfast with the others are for side dishes, lunch and dinner meals.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Emergency Food, – Variety Pack, 6 Pouches

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Pouches – Biscuits and Gravy
Features
MPN: 55453
Non-Domestic Product: No
Custom Bundle: No
Type: Freeze-Dried
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Model: 55453

Mountain House Just In Case 3-Day Breakfast Lunch Dinner Freeze Dried Meal Kit
Features
Model: 83608
Country/Region of Manufacture: USA
Type: Freeze-Dried
Features: 3-Day 18-Serving Kit
MPN: 83608
UPC: 041133836074

Mountain House Rice & Chicken #10 Can Freeze Dried Food – 6 Cans Per Case

Sometimes It Pays to Shoot and Oddball Caliber

remington model 700

As we all know just about all types of ammo is sold out. First the first time in my life I can not find 30-30 Winchester, or even 270 Winchester.

You want to know what I can find? 280 Remington / 7mm Express.

In the mid-1990s I asked for and received as a Christmas present a Remington model 700 mountain rifle chambered in 280 Remington. In the 1990s and into the mid-2000s 280 Remington was comparable to 270 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield. Over the past decade or so 280 Ammo went from around $18 a box to close to $30 a box for Remington core-lokt.

The writing was on the wall, either buy another deer rifle or spend a fortune on 280 Remington ammunition, so I opted for a 308 Winchester and a Marlin 336 chambered in 30-30 Winchester. This gave me three deer rifles in proven calibers.

Hatcheries Sold Out From July – December 2020

Buff Orpington chicken

Over the past couple of months I have visited 4 different local feed stores, and called several more. All of them have the same story – “They can not get chicks.”

So I decided to call Murray McMurray Hatchery to get first hand information. Why Murray McMurray Hatchery? Because they are the nearest commercial hatchery. The nice lady who answered the phone says they are shipping chicks out like they always do, but demand is outstripping supply. I asked about your typical dual purpose heritage breeds:

*Black Australorp
*Barred Rock
*Rhode Island Red
*Wyandotte
*Buff Orpington
*Production Reds… etc.

CDC Hindering Coronavirus Response

Black Death

Why has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention been hindering our response to Coronavirus?

Here are a couple of examples:

Patient in Washington State who displayed Coronavirus symptoms. Because she had not been in contact with a known case she was not tested. turns out she was one of the first person to person transmission cases in the United States. She was eventually tested and tested positive. Delaying testing allowed this person to possibly spread Coronavirus.

CDC was the only group that was allowed to do Coronavirus testing. Their narrow guidelines allowed Coronavirus to spread person to person. When testing did start the CDC was quickly overwhelmed.

What Does It Mean To Live a Prepper Lifestyle

Hiking in Southeast Texas

Rather than posting about living a prepper lifestyle, I want to ask what the members of this community define a prepper lifestyle as?

I am sitting here at home watching “Light of My Life” on Amazon Prime when the thought came across wondering how many “preppers” life a prepper lifestyle. The problem is, a “prepper lifestyle” will vary depending on who you ask.

We could use the old cliche “Prep for the worst and hope for the best.” Then again, we could spend tens of thousands of dollars on underground bombs shelters only to have them sit for decades unused. After all, how many people put in bomb shelters during the cold war that were never used.

Preppers live any everyday life just like everyone else. We go to work, pay bills, spend time with our family… etc. So what makes us any different than anyone else?

Cultivating Muscadine Grapes At The Bug Out Location

Southeast Texas Muscadine grapes

Looking for an easy to grow grape for the bug out location? Look not further than the Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia), aka possum grape. However, the Muscadine is not native to the northern portion of the United States, or the western states, such as California.

While there are a number of varieties available from big box outlets stores, we want native wild species at the bug out location. This means finding wild growing Muscadine grapes, harvesting the seeds, and then planting the seeds.

Typically, wild Muscadine grapes will grow along creeks, streams, or highlands with well drained sandy soil. Seeds are spread by wildlife eating the grapes, then pooping the seeds out.

Look for wild growing Muscadine grapes under the base of trees, along the edge of bodies of water, such as rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. In other words, anywhere birds may roost.

Life After SHTF: Moving Food From Farm To Market

Bowl of okra and peppers grown as part of a survival garden

For this article we are going to take an exert from the book “Life in a Medieval City” by Frances and Joseph Gies. We are looking at chapter 3, a Medieval Housewife, pages 47 and 48. Last paragraph of page 47 talks about how the housewife shops for food on a daily basis. She would go to the market, divided into different groups, then shop for a variety of food.

There are several lessons to learn from this example.

Since there was no way to preserve food for a period of time, gathering food was done on a daily basis, and was seasonal. Food was grown locally, harvested, then brought to the market almost daily. How else do we think the housewife shopped for food daily?

Someone had to organize transportation for the food to go from the farm to the market. Today we call those people “middlemen.” The middleman organizes and communicates between the merchants and the farmers.

After a SHTF event we could probably expect this same type of organization to become reestablished. Chances are people who have horses and wagons will divide up rural farms into routes, very much like what the United States Post Office does. Rather than numerous middlemen going to the same farm, middlemen would divide up the farms and have established routes. This would allow the middlemen to develop relationships with the farmers.

Viability of the 308 Winchester for SHTF

308 Winchester Survival Rifle for SHTF

How viable is the 308 Winchester for a SHTF survival rifle? In the grand scheme of things, the 308 Winchester is probably the best suited rifle cartridge for a SHTF situation.

Typically, the 30-06 Springfield is the largest rifle caliber most people can shoot accurately. The keyword there is “most” people. As recoil goes up, accuracy goes down as shooters flinch before pulling the trigger.

There are two ways to counter trigger flinch:

  • Training.
  • Use a smaller rifle caliber.

The 308 Winchester offers less recoil than the 30-06 Springfield, but is very effective on deer sized game. People who live near dangerous animals, such as grizzly bears, may want to use a larger caliber than the 308 Winchester.

What makes the 308 Winchester well suited for SHTF?

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