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Edible Pine Bark

Eastern White Pine Logs – Freshly cut logs oozing pitch. This tree was over 3-feet thick at the base and eighty feet high.Ever eat a tree? Survival …

Native Americans

Survival Skills: How To Desalinate Water in the Field

Last week, I received a call from some friends who provide survival training for a branch of the Department of Justice. They were mid-experiment, …

Home Defense: Is a Shotgun or Pistol Better?

Updated on July 1, 2013<p>I say: Why not use both?<p>Let’s look at what each does well and doesn’t do well.<p>Pistols are handy to have. They are good for …

Military tech in 2014: Lasers, drones, and cyberops

The Pentagon has plenty of high-tech advances on tap for the coming year. Think drones, of course, but also laser weapons, cyberwarfare, and the ageless B-52.<p>Sometime in 2014, the US Navy expects to have a laser weapon aboard a ship in the Persian Gulf.<p>It won't at all, however, tip the balance of …

Military

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

Drones

10 Drills To Make You A Skilled Concealed Carrier

You’ve chosen to carry a weapon concealed for your personal protection and that of your family. But you’ve eschewed specialized training and chosen …

10 Need-to-Know Gun Control Myths- Guns & Ammo

Those who favor a society without gun rights seem to be prone to spreading false information. At best, anti-gun leaders unknowingly spread baseless …

Survival

Our tips, tricks, tactics and tales will help you get out of whatever it is you've gotten yourself into.

The Survival Go Bag

While we use the term "go bag" loosely, it traditionally refers to a pack filled with survival tools. Reader Oscar Lara decided to go the classic …

How to Start a Fire with a Fire Plough

The sh*# has hit the fan and the power is out. Despite all warnings, you didn’t stock up on matches, lighters, or a flint. It’s getting cold outside, …

How to start a fire in the rain

The Best Iron Sights for Concealed Carry Pistols - Handguns

As more Americans take advantage of their right to carry concealed firearms, a new crop of aftermarket iron sights has emerged that make carry guns …

The 3 Best Every Day Carry Items For a Crisis

In prepping, we tend to put a lot of thought into big picture planning. We gather food supplies, medical supplies, fuel and water. We carefully rat …

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Inch Survival Gear

When people think of disaster, they think of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and so on. But disasters are never confined into one category. …

Sen. Graham Holds Up Confirmations Over Benghazi Attack

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is often criticized by Tea Party oriented Republicans on issues like immigration. There is, however, one topic that is endearing him to conservatives: Benghazi. Graham has vowed to block administration nominations in the Senate until Congress is allowed to …

Health Care Cancellation Cure Could Lead To Higher Premiums

The health care fix announced by President Obama on Thursday may be good news for some consumers, but it creates a big headache for insurance companies and regulators. An insurance industry trade group warns the last-minute change could destabilize the market and lead to higher …

Polls Reveal Season Of Record-Breaking Voter Anger

The American public is clearly ticked off. Between the government shutdown, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of the economic recovery, poll after poll reports signs of deep frustration and unrest.<p>Anger toward politicians and government isn't exactly a new phenomenon. …

Consumer Guide To Obama's Plan For Canceled Health Policies

President Obama's pledge to Americans that they could keep their health plans if they liked them began to backfire last month.<p>Insurers sent cancellation letters to hundreds of thousands of customers holding individual and family policies. Their plans wouldn't comply with the law come Jan. 1.<p>Bill …

Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

HealthCare.gov could barely function on the day the health insurance marketplace debuted, and internal emails show at least some top health officials could see the failure coming.<p>In emails from July, released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Obama administration officials write of …

Brunton Hydrogen Reactor

If you're serious about backpacking, camping, or disaster preparedness, and you just can't imagine going on without a functional smartphone or …

Survival Skills: How to Scout a Good Campsite

There are always dangers and benefits to look for when selecting a base camp or survival camp location. I always encourage everyone to look up, look …

Bombshell Admission: Special Forces Were Near Benghazi when Ambassador was Murdered | Restoring Liberty

Photo Credit: WND<p>In a bombshell admission that has until now gone unreported, Martin Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, conceded that highly …

Finding North Without a Compass

Directions. They are important. They are how we find our way around. Whether it we're using maps, a list of landmarks our friend gave us, or GPS, …

Your city is spying on you: From iPhones to cameras, you are being watched right now

Cities used to be anonymous. No longer — smart phones and ever-present surveillance have eyes on you right now<p>When sensors are used without our knowledge or against our will, they become instruments of surveillance. Most of the sensors to create a seamless snooping system are already in place, but …

How to Identify Venomous Snakes

May 9, 2013 by Melanie Swick | 8 Comments<p>Spend a little time outdoors on nearly any continent, and you will eventually encounter a snake—likely …

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Cutaway Silencers

Kevin Brittingham has quite the selection of silencers in his collection. Every silencer company in the world looks at their competitors’ products to …

10 Essential Items for Every Bug Out Bag

A durable bag is your first and most important item. All the gear in the world won’t save your ass if you can’t carry it because your bag fell apart. …

Survivalism

Obama's Curious Purge Of The Military Continues

<b>Defense:</b> The firing of two nuclear commanders in a week adds to a body count that suggests we have either the most corrupt and incompetent general …