Prepper Axioms That I Find Puzzling- Part 1, by N.B.

(SurvivalBlog Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SurvivalBlog, its editors, or its advertisers.) My situation is not yours, and what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Only you can decide the best course of action for yourself. This article contains my opinions, which you may find useful. You may also find them bizarre or even shocking. Luckily, in accordance with natural law, you are under no obligation to accept my opinions. All that said, there are several prepper ideas that are held so dearly they are treated like fundamental laws of the universe. I find some of them to be very puzzling and would like to share why I think these ideas must be reconsidered. Prepper Axiom 1: Eat what you store, and store what you eat. I find this to be troubling. On the surface it sounds great. Store the foods you like to eat, and then when the SHTF you won’t have too much of a shock. I agree the idea is sound in theory, but in practice I think it is unrealistic. After a major … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Teriyaki Steak

Ingredients: 2 to 2½ lbs boneless chuck steak 1 tsp ginger 1 Tbsp sugar 2 Tbsp oil ½ cup soy sauce 1 clove garlic, crushed Directions: Cut steak into ¼-inch thick or smaller slices. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Place meat in a slow-cooking pot and pour the sauce over it. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with rice Makes 5 to 6 servings. o o o Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? Please send it via e-mail. Thanks!

Escape from New York- Part 2, by Ragnar

Evaluation In the after action review, I realized there were a lot of things I learned and will do differently in the future: The small almost empty bug out bag approach worked great, but there were a few items I had room for that would have been game changers in the event something happened. In the event I have to survive with just the bag and its contents, I have since added a few items. The first thing I added was a small water filter (like a Sawyer mini). Water is key, and this was a big thing to have missing. Sure, I may have been able to get some bottled water (there were two large bottles in my hotel room), but water is the cornerstone and should not have been overlooked. Second thing added was a small but complete first aid kit (including trauma supplies), which had been another no-brainer item I previously overlooked. Third was a steel cup or water bottle. There was snow everywhere, but absent a vessel to melt it in it was not immediately useful in the event of a walk out. The next item was a solar charging device that is small and holds … Continue reading

Letter Re: Monitor Your Preps!

HJL, When it came time for the 6 month change-out of my emergency water, what a surprise to find how light the jugs felt! Both of my Reliance Products Desert Patrol 6 Gallon Traditional Jeep Style Rigid Water Containers had sprung leaks. Slow leaks, so I didn’t notice in my dry cool basement, but both were half empty. Okay, out they go! Then checking my Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Containers, one of them was light too, having sprung a leak some time in the not-too-distant past. One had a leak near the top from having the other stored on top of it – as is encouraged by the interlocking design, if not by manufacturer’s instructions. Once again, monitor your preps! – W.R.

Escape from New York- Part 1, by Ragnar

There you are, in your off grid solar powered survival complex somewhere in the Redoubt, in a very carefully selected location, stocked to the rafters with every conceivable supply and armament. You are completely prepared for literally anything that might happen. ”Bring it” is your motto. Happy and confident that you have reached the pinnacle of prepping, you sit down at the keyboard to take care of some work e-mail. You open the first email and find, congratulations, you’re going to New York City! New York City? For those of us who have not moved to the middle of nowhere and set up a robust home-based business to take care of all our financial needs, the question we run into most often is will our prepping survive first contact with the real world. For the majority of us, prepping means prepping in the real world with all its limitations, variables, and complications. A very large percentage of us routinely travel in the course of our employment. Given this fact, you can either decide that traveling is a risk you have to assume and cannot be prepared for, or you can look at travel as another opportunity to hone your prepping … Continue reading

Letter Re: Moving to Alaska

Hugh, This is just another opinion, but it may help. I moved to Alaska when I was young. I lived there for 28 years. It was a glorious time. Alaska is a beautiful place. It is a great place for young people who have lots of energy and are unafraid of work, seasons, and learning new things. I learned to hunt, to fish, to reload ammunition, to cut my own meat, and I got married. We now live in the Redoubt. There are lots of former Alaskans here. Why did we move? First, Alaska becomes more difficult to deal with as one ages. The long, dark winters and the short summers don’t allow you to grow many garden crops without a heated greenhouse. The fact that we moved 13-14 degrees south has made life easier for our aging bones. Remember, you will not be young forever. – J.W.

Reloading Ammunition For WTSHF- Part 2, by S.B.

Having removed the spent primer, you now need to insert a new one. There are specialty tools available for this, as well as attachments to do this on your press. How your particular setup will work depends entirely on what equipment you buy, but all methods insert a new primer into the primer pocket in the base of the brass case. Exactly which primer you need depends on your cases. For example, some 45 ACP cases use small pistol primers, and some use large pistol primers. Your specific round formula ca be found in your reloading manual (e.g. standard or magnum primers). Once a new primer is inserted you are ready to charge with propellant. Charging is accomplished by pouring a measured amount of propellant into your prepared case. Your reloading manual will have charts showing a starting load and a max load for various propellants when used with particular bullet weights and types. Use the chart, and start with the starting load and work your way up until you find a load you are happy with. How you measure the charge depends on your equipment and the type of propellant. In general, most reloaders either weigh their charges or … Continue reading

Letter Re: Buying and Selling Rural Land

Hugh, If you have narrowed down your list to one or two properties, consider chartering an aircraft to do a visual inspection. It might cost you $300-$500 but it allows additional validation of a significant investment. Even at 1,000 feet above ground level (AGL in pilot speak) you can quickly take some pictures, makes some notes, and assess things such as the terrain, trees or vegetation, and even a potential risk if say a neighbor has something on their property that could ultimately contaminate your water supply. I know some readers will scream “my privacy!”. Here in the USA there is nothing illegal about what I’ve just suggested though – the FAA controls the airspace. – P.S. HJL Comments: You can also consider a drone to perform the validation.

Reloading Ammunition For WTSHF- Part 1, by S.B.

First off, let me say that I am very grateful to have SuvivalBlog. Over the years I have learned so much from the accumulated wisdom of the writers and the administrators. I felt that it was time to give back to this community, so I decided to share what I have learned over many years of reloading my own ammunition for rifle and pistol, while being conscious of both budget and space/OPSEC concerns. Please believe that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars or have a 1000-square-foot shop dedicated to reloading in order to produce your own high-quality reloads that will serve you as well or better than factory ammunition, which is especially valuable for times when factory ammo may not be available due to another buying frenzy or government action. Several years ago I purchased my first high powered rifle. One of my first considerations was that it was kind of expensive to feed this rifle, but feed it you must, if you want to become proficient with it. I went for a while buying ammunition and saving my brass until I ultimately decided that it made economic sense to get into reloading. If you look at the … Continue reading

Letter Re: Moving to Alaska

Hugh, When I saw the title “Moving to Alaska”, I thought to myself “WHY?” Although my wife and I have lived in Los Anchorage for over 40 years, yes, it’s getting very blue here. I must echo everything Bryan B. has said and more. About two years ago my wife and I saw the trend coming and worked and paid off our home, and our rental is almost paid off. If needed, it will be our BOL due to its size. We also partially closed our business. We get two ships a week to Anchorage; 85% of our groceries come here from “outside”. In January one of the ships was down for two weeks, and if you knew what to look for you could see the shelves were getting empty. Instead of three or four items “face” on a shelf, there were eight to ten of the same item “face” with nothing behind the cans or jars. Add this kind of thing to earthquakes. We had a big one in January that if it would have been in the lower states would have caused millions of dollars in damage. I keep telling my wife that we should make a trip … Continue reading