With everything going on in this country, it seems the Anti-Gun crowed just keeps getting louder and louder.
What baffles me so much is, how many people are willing to give up personal freedoms and liberties for False Security and False Safety. Why do I call it False Security and False Safety? I call it this because, criminals and terrorists do not care what the Law is.
When I have debated people in the Anti gun crowd I have notice they bring up one of two things if not both. One is mass shooting and the other is child deaths. I will put these two arguments into perspective (using facts) to show blaming guns is just an easy and lazy copout.
When it comes to mass shootings in America. It can easily become overwhelming considering the hype and hysteria brought on by the media and political groups.
358 people in America have died in mass shootings. Putting this into perspective it is actually very low cause of unnatural deaths in the USA. With 38,846 Americans died from poisoning this year. You are 10800% (no that is not a typo. The number is really 10800%) more likely to die from poisoning in the USA than you are a mass shooting. Another example being 30,206 Americans this year have died from falling. Meaning you are 8,400% more likely to die from falling than a mass shooting.
What I find sad, Is how so many in the Anti Gun crowed exploit the death of children to push their agenda. Now don’t get me wrong I believe that every death of a child is tragic. The fact is, only 2% of fatal accidents involving children involve a fire arm. When taking into account of all the tragic deaths of children in the USA guns are involved in less then 8% of the causes.
When it comes to personal safety and security, it is the personal responsibility of a free people. Only slaves and subjects rely on some one else to do provide it for them.
America, stay safe, stay armed and God Bless.
Are you ready to travel out on the open ocean and enjoy a vacation unlike any other? Way to go, marine! Or shall we say, way to go, mariner. Anyways, marine survival gear is important. There’s a good reason all of these items are called survival gear. In theory, these are the items that could spell the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency. Let’s consider the top five most important marine survival categories.
Marine Survival Gear #1: Life Jackets or Vests
There are the floatation devices that could spell all the difference between an awkward moment (where you fall off the boat by accident) and the very un-cool end of your entire life. Did you know that according to statistics, boat travel is far more dangerous than one driving in a car? Most boating deaths occur because of drowning and 80% of the deceased were not wearing life jackets. Bring life jackets just to be safe, and bring a few others, just in case you need them. It’s much better to be safe and neighborly (as in, hey you, need to borrow a life jacket?) than sorry.
Marine Survival Gear #2: Adequate Sustenance
This means extra food, extra water, medical supplies, medications and even water makers. You can never have enough backup, and if you are staying out for a long while, it may be in your best interest to bring along a water maker, which converts seawater to drinkable water in just a few moments. Remember that you have to care for your crew as well too, so bring along medication for motion sickness, seasickness and any other condition you can think of that your passengers might suddenly be struck with.
Marine Survival Gear #3: Sharp Objects
You may have to use these items for cutting fish or perhaps even cutting wood. Make sure and bring along plenty of sharp objects for survival, including knives, knife sharpeners, razor blades, saws (for wood cutting) and other sharp tools like needle-nose grips.
Marine Survival Gear #4: Lights
In the event of an emergency you want to capture the attention of others from a long distance. At night time this means shining plenty of light. So make plans to bring flares and flashlights. Speaking of light, you might also want to bring along a back-lit GPS system so you can find your way around. The more light you have, the better, provided you buy waterproof materials. However, this will also mean packing extra batteries for back up.
Marine Survival Gear #5: A Survival Handbook
What good would any survival equipment be without a survival handbook? Along with this important book, which gives step by step instructions on what to do in a variety of scenarios, bring along a first aid kit in case of injury.
Other items might include a set of oars for manual moving, a hand pump and a sponge. There are plenty of marine survival gear items to choose from, but a few of these are indispensable.
Want to create a fish pond but don’t know what fish to use or how to stock your pond? Follow these useful tips to grow great tasting pond fish such as trout, yellow perch and walleye.
How To Build a Fish Pond
To build a fish pond, first decide what type of fish you would like. Some pond fish are cold water fish and require deep ponds around 10′ deep or so where water temperatures are cooler and more consistent.
There are a variety of ways to build a fish pond and what to line it with. Typically, a fish pond is at least 5 deep or deeper with the sides of the pond slanted about 45 degrees towards the middle with one end of the pond deeper than the other. An aerator is placed about mid way across the bottom of the pond to provide aeration. The deeper part of the pond is left undisturbed for the fish. The sides are excavated in such a way to reduce erosion, make it easier to seine the pond and to prevent predatory birds like blue herons from plucking the fish out of the water.
Fish ponds can be lined with fish-safe pond liners or bentonite clay to seal certain soils and form a barrier to hold the water.
Here’s a list of some favorite pond fish to raise, bringing a tasty delight to your dinner table.
Rainbow trout are the most popular trout for fish pond stocking. They grow rapidly and often gain an inch per month in size from spring through fall and less in the winter. They feed well on natural food and fish food pellets. They can withstand temperatures up to 70 – 72?F for brief periods but like colder water around 50 – 65?F instead. They like ponds that are usually around 10′ deep or deeper which provide more consistent, cooler water temperatures. They can be stocked with other trout or with cool and warm water pond fish. They are moderately cannibalistic. Pond-raised rainbow trout often get to be 24 to 30 inches in length and up to 10 pounds in weight. All trout require moving water and gravel bottom to spawn. They are considered cold water pond fish.
Brook Trout are usually associated with small streams but do quite well in ponds also. They usually grow somewhat slower than rainbow trout or brown trout but will reach 16 to 20 inches in length and often up to 3 to 5 pounds at maturity. They feed readily on fish pellets but are often moderately cannibalistic on small fish. They are usually considered to be great in taste. Brook trout can be stocked with other trout or warm water fish species. Their preferred water temperature range is 50 – 65?F. All trout require moving water and gravel bottom to spawn. They are considered cold water pond fish.
Brown Trout are often considered to be river trout but do well in ponds also. They grow rapidly on natural food or pellets but are considered the most cannibalistic of all trout. They can also be harder to hook because of their shy nature. Generally they can withstand somewhat warmer temperatures than other trout, even 70 to 75?F ranges providing the oxygen level is adequate. Brown trout often reach 24 to 28 inches in length and weigh 8 to 10 pounds in pond raised conditions. All trout require moving water and gravel bottom to spawn. They are considered cold water fish.
Walleye are a most sought after fish for their delicious taste. They are strictly cannibalistic in their feeding habits and do not feed on commercial fish pellets. When stocking with other cool or warm water pond fish, they can keep down the number of small fish which enhances their growth rate. They do well with yellow perch, hybrid bluegills and bass. Walleye seldom spawn in small ponds.
Yellow perch are sought after because of their delicious taste. They are school-running fish and are often fished near the bottom of lakes and ponds. They feed on small fish, insect life, and will feed readily on commercial diets, if trained. They can be very prolific and should not be stocked alone or in small ponds. Jumbos can reach 12 to 14 inches in length if food is sufficient. They can be stocked with most other species especially hybrid bluegills, large-mouth bass and catfish. They are considered cold water fish.
Fish Pond Stocking Suggestions:
Factors including size, pond depth, location, temperatures, weeds present or not present, structure and clarity of the fish pond all determine what kind and how many fish to stock. Below is an example of the maximum stocking rates for ponds that are 1 acre, 1/2 acre or 1/3 acre in size. You will need proper aeration. We recommend approximately a 3 to 1 ratio of non-predator to predator fish. Size of fish shown below can be changed, if desired.
1 acre pond, over 14 feet deep: 500 3 to 4 inch bluegills, 200 4 to 6 inch trout, 100 4 to 6 inch channel catfish, 100 4 to 5 inch perch, 100 3 to 5 inch bass, and 3 gallons of minnows.
1/2 acre pond, 10 to 12 feet deep: 300 3 to 4 inch bluegills, 75 4 to 6 inch trout, 75 4 to 6 inch channel catfish, 75 4 to 5 inch perch, 50 3 to 5 inch bass, 2 gallons of minnows.
1/3 acre pond, 8 to 10 feet deep: 250 3 to 4 inch bluegills, no trout recommended, 50 4 to 6 inch channel catfish, 50 4 to 5 inch perch, 25 3 to 5 inch bass, 2 gallons of minnows.
You don’t have to be a “Doomsday Prepper” to see that the country is headed for some desperate times ahead, including the possibility of an economic collapse. So if you don’t live on a farm and have your own food source, what do you do? Let’s examine some urban survival strategies for the common, everyday person who wants to be prepared.
Financial Strategy For Economic Collapse
There are two parts to your financial survival strategy. The first one deals with your money and investments and the second deals with barter and preparedness for day-to-day necessities.
If you truly believe that an economic collapse is coming, then you want to have all of your money out of “paper” investments like stocks, CDs and bank accounts, and move to physical assets.
When your money is in the form of real estate or precious metals that you store yourself, then you can be sure that no bank closure or Wall Street collapse can impoverish you overnight.
The other part of your financial strategy is having a good supply of possible “barter items” that become very valuable during an economic collapse. Batteries, matches, personal items and even so called “luxury items” like alcohol and tobacco become very expensive and in high demand. Those that have extra supplies can do quite well.
Defense Strategy For Economic Collapse
As opposed to some Doomsday Preppers and hotshots who love to wear camouflage and strut about, the best strategy to adopt is one called “gray man.” This philosophy is to keep an extremely low profile so nobody knows that you are prepared, and you don’t become a target for those who would help themselves to your supplies.
Food Storage Strategy For Economic Collapse
Instead of bankrupting yourself by buying expensive Army MRE’s and freeze-dried “survival foods” you should merely stock up on the food you already eat. Each week at the grocery store, just double up on non-perishable foods or, if there is a sale, then triple up!
This way, you will assure yourself that not only will you like the food in your pantry, but you will actually eat it someday!
The final strategy that you will need in place is to plan for the worst possible scenario during an economic collapse. That is, if something happens when you are away from your home and all your supplies, what will you do? That is when your emergency car kit comes into play.
When raising quail and keeping a flock during the winter months. Some preparations will have to be made. Obviously it is best to have some type of quail house that keeps out the cold winter drafts. As you know from brooding the quail chicks, cold drafts can be a major enemy to raising quail.
If a quail house is not available then you will have to shelter your quail from the elements in another manner. You could build a small boxed in enclosure, in the quail’s pen, with just a big enough opening for them to enter and exit. This would help in giving your quail a place to covey and avoid the winds somewhat.
You should have a minimum of 15 to 20 quail per pen to create a covey for warmth. Also if you are not raising your quail in some type of quail house and have them on wire off of the ground. You will definitely want to at least take a tarp and drop it completely around the coops from floor level to the ground. It will help prevent drafts from coming up through the bottom of the cage. This is very important. On real cold windy days, it would be a good idea to cover the entire cage. Just make sure to allow for some ventilation.
You can also put a small wattage light bulbs in the quails covey area. This can offer them some help with warmth. I prefer a colored bulb enclosed, so they can’t come in contact with it.
Another problem with raising quail in the winter months, is water icing up. You will have to keep an eye on this, to make sure your quail always have water available. Never add anything to the water just to keep it from freezing, the additive would probably kill your quail.
Hay is usually a great winter bedding for warmth but would have to be changed at least on a weekly basis. As you should know, the problem dropping build up can cause. Should not be much of a problem in the winter but why take chances with your quail.
In the wild they covey in very thick brush and grass to avoid the elements the closest you can come to creating that type of environment the better your quail will do.
You have probably raised your quail from eggs and have been observing them ever since. If you have, then you should have some type of idea from their actions, if there is a problem. The quail have a way of telling you when they are under stress and need some type of attention. Learning how to read them is all part of raising quail.
So when preparing your quail for the cold winter months, use a lot of common sense and observation.
Give the quail cover from drafts, rain and snow. Make sure they have drinkable water not ice and enough quail in the same pen to create a covey. Giving the quail a little help with a man made heat source would also help.
- Don’t Let Prepping Overwhelm You!
As a new or experienced prepper it’s still really easy to start thinking of all the things you might need and how much it’s going to cost. This can be debilitating. The reality is, no matter how much you prepare or how much you spend there will always be more things that you will need to make your prepping even better. It’s an endless goal, so take it in steps. Anything you do is better than nothing.
- Pay Attention to the Basics!
Sure you can get some really cool things to go in your bug out bag, but if you forget the basics you probably will regret not focusing on it. Think about the things you would need to have to survive 72 hours, then when that’s done look at 1 month, 3 months etc. Also consider you may have to lug all these things around. It would be great to have a water purification system that distills water, but it’d be much more efficient to have 72 hours worth and a simple filter that you can use anywhere? Leave the big items for a more long term bug out location.
- Keep Important Documents Safe
You should make sure to have copies of all of your important documents such as drivers license, passports, medical information, emergency contacts, marriage certificate etc. If you lose your actual items you are not at a complete loss. Keep these printed, having them on your phone as photo’s is good unless you don’t have power, think redundancy.
- Have a Plan
In my last preppers meeting the question came up as to where people would go and who would contact who and it was quickly apparent that we need a better worked out plan. We all need to know where to go, you and your family need the same thing. Consider a case where you cannot get back to your home, have a secondary location available. Also consider communication. If cell phones and land lines are down, what then? Is there somewhere to leave a message such as a note on a pole or something less technologically dependent?
- What Emergency Are You Prepared For?
Based on where you live there are a variety of threats that you may need to consider that is local to you. You need to think of these and build out your prepping plan to cover that. For instance if you live near a nuclear plant you’d need to be prepared with potassium iodide pills vs some place that may have more of a threat of say a biological or weather disaster.
- What Emergency Are You Prepared For?
What happens if the power goes out? Have you checked your flashlights to make sure that they are charged? Or better yet, do you have a hand cranked flashlight? If you have refrigerated medicine do you know what you’d do if you needed to keep that cold? Do you have means to cook should the power be out for an extended period of time? All of these things are items you need to consider if you are going to be prepared for any emergency.
The Ultimate Survival Knife Shootout
The debate on which are the best survival knives are both ongoing and extremely heated. When searching for the best survival knives there are just so many choices out there that it’s mind-boggling. I have searched long and hard, read hundreds of reviews and tested survival knives over and over and have come up with my elite list of the best 5 survival knives on the planet. Why five? The truth is just as each knife is different, each person is different and what survival knife is the best for you may not be the best for someone else. By the end of this review you should have an idea on which survival knives suit you best.
The 3 Most Important Things To Look For In A Survival Knife
Before we look at the top 5 it’s important to see why I selected what I did. Survival Knives are not your standard chefs knife and must be made to withstand whatever you can throw at them without even the inkling of breaking or failing, lets face it, survival knives are made for handling a potential life and death situation. Here are the top 3 things all survival knives MUST have.
1. Fixed Blade – With recent technological improvements, folding knives have come a long way, but in the end they will NEVER be as strong or durable as a tried and true fixed blade knives. Fixed blade survival knives have a full tang that extends all the way down to the butt of the handle, and every one of my top 5 pics is a full tang, full fixed blade survival knife.
2. Top Notch Steel – This could very well be the most important thing to look for in a survival knife and is certainly one of the most debated topics when it comes to survival knives. While there are literally hundreds of types of steel out there, my top 5 pics are either stainless steel, carbon steel or a mix of the two which is my personal preference.
3. Thick Blade and/or Heat Treatment – Lets face it, survival knives aren’t made to slice tomatoes for your next catering party, these knives are meant to hack, slash, chop, skin and save your life! We need a knife that will not fail you when failure means death. This is why we look for at least a 1/8″ blade thickness combined with a reputable company that will give the knife a proper heat treatment for maximum strength.
The Top 5 Survival Knives In the World For 2012
Whoa, pretty big claim there right? Well, first let me give you a little disclaimer. I know some of you will read this and say, “No way, X/Y/Z makes a $500 knife that is way better!” The truth is you might be right, but I don’t know about you but I don’t like spending $500 on a knife. This list is the top 5 survival knives FOR THE MONEY! Each of these knives will give you the ultimate bang for your buck, and each of them will typically blow away any $500 survival knife. I should also preface this by saying that these survival knives are in no particular order and I have not been paid by any of the manufactures listed here to favor any of these survival knives, this is just a list from my personal use and experience with these survival knives. Enough talk, lets get to it!
1. KA-BAR 7″ Fighting/Utility Knife– You can’t search anywhere for quality survival knives without coming across KA-BAR. These knives are tried and true and have so much history and field experience that many won’t even consider going with another brand. KA-BAR uses a 1095 Cro-Van Steel which is a stainless/carbon mix that is extremely tough and very durable, and yet just soft enough to hold a razor sharp edge. There are many types of KA-BAR survival knives but the one I like most is the 7″ blade with the Kraton G Handle, they do make a leather handle but I found Kraton G to be much better for grip and MUCH more weather-proof. Also, make sure to buy it with Kydex sheath, Kydex beats the crap out of leather hands down, don’t worry about the few extra dollars, just get it! This knife can literally do it all and has been used by the USMC for years as their standard issue knife, and for good reason, this knife is simply amazing.
2. Becker BK2 Campanion Survival Knife– Ethan Becker broke the mold when he created this bad boy, with a blade thickness of 1/4″ this thing could withstand a nuclear attack! With a true full tang design where the handle is literally 2 pieces of Givory stuck around raw steel this honestly has to be the most rugged knife out of all my top 5. The Becker BK2 is tough as nails, I have seen videos of people putting hundreds and hundreds of pounds of weight on the knife without it so much as flinching, combine that with a beautiful drop point design and one of the best designed sheaths in the business and you have yourself a knife that will out cut and out handle most $400 survival knives at a fraction of the price! My only issue with these survival knives are that the blade might be a tad short for batoning wood, that said when I tested this knife I actually found it the easiest to baton with due to its super thick blade. Its bigger brother the Becker BK7 has a 7″ blade opposed to the BK2′s 5″ blade but it is a bit thinner and comes with a nylon sheath instead of kydex, very disappointing. This is why I choose the BK2 over the BK7, but honestly you can’t go wrong with either.
3. Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife– I was never a big fan of Gerber blades as most are outsourced these days, however I’m not a big fan of Chevy cars…but Chevy does make the Corvette, which I adore, and this survival knife, my friends, is the Gerber’s Corvette of survival knives. In my opinion it’s Gerber’s last redeeming quality. Made in Portland, OR of super tough 12C27 stainless steel, this knife requires very little maintenance, if any. This super thick, razor sharp blade can make short work of any survival task. Survival knives come and go these days, but this one is a tried and true legend in the armed forces and sees heavy use in wartime. Theses survival knives have a tough steel butt-cap that can be used as a striking weapon or a hammer and its sheath is one of the best designs I have ever seen. These survival knives are simply amazing, and for a cheap price you are getting a bomb proof, essential survival tool.
4. Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife)– If you have ever seen Cold Steel’s marketing you have either been terrified or grossed out, personally while I feel its slightly gimmicky it proves a point, Cold Steel make some of the worlds BEST survival knives, if it can cut through a whole cow it will probably do the trick. All joking aside, Cold Steel makes many types of survival knives, some cheap, some insanely expensive. For the money the Cold Steel SRK is one of the best designed and best made survival knives in the world. It is made of AUS8 Steel, which happens to be my overall favorite type of steel for edge retention and durability, it has a super tough, super comfortable Kraton handle (think super tough rubber). While the blade length is on the small side, it is very thick (3/16″) and very durable. It has a great Kydex sheath which man survival knives don’t have these days. I love the drop point style blade design, I have always felt drop point blades make the best survival knives. Cold Steel make amazing knives and this is their best one for the money, hands down!
5. Buck 119 Special– What can you say about the Buck 119 special. This knife’s reputation is a strong as KA-BAR’s. Many outdoors-man swear by this knife and with good reason, its design has withstood the test of time. Buck’s philosophy is, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it” and who can argue that? This knife is super strong, razor sharp, easy to clean, no maintenance, no hassle and would you look how beautiful this bad boy is? 420HC stainless steel is used on the blade for super durability and if it ever breaks or fails, Buck has a 100% lifetime guarantee on it, a class act! My only complaint would be the sheath, which is leather, so make sure the blade is dry when storing it, or dont store it inside the case. The handle may get a tad slick if wet but I feel this knife has great ergonomics and fits tightly in the hand so it wont slip out, all in all a survival knife among survival knives!
Survival knives are so important in a survival situation, that if you were only able to bring one item with you, you would be foolish not to pick a good quality survival knife. While survival knives come in many shapes and sizes, this list of the top 5 survival knives in the world will narrow that list down for you quite a bit. Each one discussed above you could trust with your life and believe me many have. Survival knives can also be used for family camping and many other uses around the house making them invaluable tools for everyday use.
Keeping your body warm is the highest concern inside a cold-weather survival circumstance. Should you come to be hypothermic within severe cold or perhaps wind chill, survival can be a very difficult struggle. Listed here are common concepts to consider with regard to remaining warm outside.
- Breathe via your nose and also put on a scarf. Inhaling and exhaling via your nose reserves body moisture, and also covering a scarf or even some other fabric around your nose and also mouth area could minimize the cold so the coldest air does not strike your lung area specifically.
- Keep dry. Damp clothes cools your body more quickly than about whatever else, therefore if you get wet, acquire some refuge, create a fire, and also dry up your clothing. In the event you do not have the choice of creating a fire, attempt to exercise or do some push ups — this could assistance to dry wet clothing, however drenched clothing should always be appropriately dried up.
- Eat and drink. Maintaining your body fueled and also hydrated could avoid the majority of cold traumas! When you have food, consume this — ingesting retains the system’s fires stoked. Out of your food supply, select the food which has the highest number of calories from fat. Consuming a lot of fluid retains your body hydrated, that could prevent hypothermia.
- Escape the wind. Blowing wind quickly absorbs warmth from your body, therefore get refuge whenever there is blowing wind; in the event you cannot get refuge, attempt to improvise a windproof coating to your clothes.
- Loosen the footwear. Tight shoes or boots constrains the arteries that could usually carry warm blood to the feet, resulting in frostbite. Therefore whenever it gets cold, release your shoelaces. However make sure to maintain the top of your shoes or boots covered around your own calves to ensure that cold air, snow, as well as ice cannot enter. Duct tape or even any kind of strong cordage is effective.
- Shield your feet and hands. These are the very first to go whenever your body becomes cold, also, since you cannot actually travel together with frozen feet or even perform anything more with frozen hands, you need to safeguard them. Mittens are usually warmer as compared to gloves, a thing to bear in mind whenever you prepare to go outside to begin with. Gloves beneath windproof mittens are usually best.
- Remain energetic. In case your clothing are not supplying sufficient heat, you are able to briefly remain energetic in order to warm-up; however do not do so much which you perspire, that dampens your own clothing. Keep out of the blowing wind whilst increasing your heartrate.
There are several things to consider when preparing your survival gear and supplies. Generally it is a good idea to have both a short term and long term strategy in regard to survival preparedness.
Keep in mind that a preparedness strategy needs to be customized to meet you and your family’s individual needs, in terms of disaster planning, there is no such thing as a one size fits all plan. We will touch on some basic questions you may want to consider when planning and creating a survival kit.
In regards to a plan you will want to cover all the bases. This means you will want to think about both short term and long term strategies.
In regard to the topic of food/rations:
1.) How many people will you be responsible for feeding?
2.) What types of nutritional requirements do those people need?
3.) Does anyone have any special requirements i.e. vitamins, medication, diabetic?
One of the biggest mistakes in survival preparedness planning is not thinking far enough ahead. It is very important to develop a long term food survival strategy. Generally when people speak about a long term food supply strategy they are thinking in terms of weeks at bare minimum and more realistically months. The minimum food supply you will want to store for yourself and your family should last 3 weeks. The concept of a maximum food supply does not really exist, the more prepared you are, the better.
There is a significant advantage in obtaining food that is freeze dried; most people prefer freeze dried food vs. alternatives like MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat). The advantages to freeze dried food far outweigh alternatives and some of those advantages include more vitamins and minerals, excellent taste and very nutritional. Another advantage is the comfort factor that “real food” will provide in a situation that can cause severe panic.
Freeze dried food is best for these situations as it can be easily prepared but still have good taste close to the original food. It is important to not add stress to an already stressful situation with a poor tasting food supply. One of the most popular brands of freeze dried food is called Mountain House. The Mountain House brand freeze dried food has a 25 year shelf life. The product comes in #10 cans which store roughly 8 to 10 servings each. It’s important to keep in mind that once opened they will only stay good for a maximum of three weeks.
In the next article I will elaborate on appropriate quantities, storage options and other factors to consider in planning a long term survival gear and food strategy. In the meantime please do some follow up research on the information presented and become more familiar with the Mountain House brand. Please feel free to leave questions, comments and concerns as well.