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Layering Your EDC Survival Gear

There’s discussion ad nauseum in preparedness circles about redundancy and layering of gear and survival gear. Like many survival concepts, grand-scale guidance is distilled down to a catchphras...

“The Final Weapon” – The Importance of Survival Training

“The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplementary.” – John SteinbeckWhat’s the number-one problem within the preparedness community? This is a challenging question beca...

Experts’ Survival Lessons from the Protector Symposium

We’ve all done it. We see the news about the latest rape, robbery, or mass shooting and say to ourselves, “Yeah, I could have stopped it.” It’s easy to fantasize about saving t...

Iconic Survival Knives – Part One: Bowie Knife History

If there was ever a quintessential American knife design, it would have to be the Bowie knife. Its murky origins have a mysterious shroud, but once word of this knife got out, people had to have one. ...

Cybersecurity Lessons from COVID-19

Most of us are experiencing the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our personal lives and employment. For the fortunate employees that have been working from home the last few weeks, the transition from wo...

Eye in the Sky: The Basics of Home Security Cameras

In a day and age with such advanced technology at our fingertips, securing our most valuable assets, including our families, is critically important. If you don’t have some sort of home security...

Dead Drops: Cold War Spycraft for Secure Communications

Photos by Niccole Elizabeth In the post-Sept. 11 era of the U.S. PATRIOT Act, the level of scrutiny given to electronic communication, by both government and criminals alike, is so intense as to be th...

Book Review: “On Combat” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

The Premise: Lt. Col. David Grossman followed up his best-selling book, On Killing, with On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace. We consider this to be the sec...

Lockpicking 101: Learn the Basics of How to Pick a Lock

A basic understanding of lockpicking is one of the most valuable urban survival skills one can have in their arsenal. For many, the idea of lockpicking may be relegated to the realm of criminals and h...

Is COVID-19 Creating a Nationwide Ammunition Shortage?

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published by our sister publication RECOIL, and appears here in its entirety with permission. For more articles on guns, training, and ge...

Sharp Edges & Dirty Tricks: Ed Calderon Weaponology Class Recap

Photos by Niccole Elizabeth Knife fighting, or edged weapons defense, has always been a weak spot for me. Coming from a background where firearms were the default mode of combat, sharp and pointy impl...

Video: Comparing Six Knife Sharpeners

As the saying goes, a sharp knife is a safe knife. Struggling to cut with a dull blade leads to mistakes and injuries, while a razor-sharp edge slices effortlessly. This is why you should always take ...

I tried to buy survival food and couldn’t. . .

With people making their own hand sanitizer because the stores are sold out, it's just a matter of time before we have to rely on other Do It Yourself solutions, like for food.

Video: LifeStraw Tested Under a Microscope

Unless you’ve gone through life drinking nothing but Perrier delivered by your personal butler, you probably know better than to drink straight out of the first stream, pond, or gutter that you ...