1. Heart Attack Signs You Should Know To Survive When You Are Alone
Knowing heart attack signs is crucial, especially if an attack strikes you when you’re alone or unable to call 911. To increase your chance of survival, make sure you know some heart attack treatment and recognize warning signs, so you know what to do in case of emergency. Treatment within the first onset of heart attack signs and symptoms can decrease the damage to your heart and even save your life. Here are the heart attack signs to keep in mind plus the things you need to do for each sign… Click to read more
2. 71 Survival Items Under $5.00
Survival items come in different forms and monetary value, and this list comes dirt-cheap! At only $5, you can complete an emergency survival kit. From food, tools, and OTC drugs, there are a lot of survival items you can get at this small amount and even less. Complete your survival kit with low-cost survival items in this list! Click to read more
3. [Video Quick Tip] How To Make A “Hobo Stove “From Scrap
A “hobo stove”(or rocket heater) is an incredibly versatile outdoor cooking tool that you can build quickly and easily from scraps you most likely already have around the house. It’s small, lightweight, and because it’s made from scraps it’s easily disposable! If done right, a Hobo stove can be an amazingly efficient outdoor cooking equipment that cooks at insanely high temperatures (you can fry an egg in seconds using only a handful of twigs)… Click to read more
4. The 7 Deadly Sins Of Survival To Avoid At All Costs
Have you left yourself open to the 7 deadly sins of survival? Do you have what it takes to conquer your inner demons and come out on top? You’re stocked up and prepared for any sort of crisis. Your house is full of canned goods and ammunition. You’ve got backup plans and you’re ready to bug out at the first sign of trouble. But, are you aware of the 7 sins of survival and how to overcome them? Click to read more
5. 10 Smart Ideas My Redneck Neighbor Taught Me
I found this great story from a Redneck “non-prepper” and thought you guys and gals might get a kick out of this! Enjoy and let me know what you think! Click to read more
6. The 6 “Unbreakable Laws Of Survival” You Need To Know
There are 6 survival laws that all preppers need to know. Each and every person has their own needs and wants. There is no “single solution” that will solve all your survival supplies preparedness problems. That being said, the 6 “Unbreakable Laws of Survival” are key if you want to survive any crisis… Click to read more
7. 20 Survival Gardening Plants For Spring
Survival gardening is something to look forward to during the spring season. We recently posted tips on preparing your garden for the winter and now it’s time to get back to your backyard and make the most out of spring. Self-sufficiency is just one of the wonderful benefits you get from maintaining a garden, especially one that includes vegetables and herbs… Click to read more
8. 11 Must Haves For Your EDC Kit
There are so many must-haves when it comes to your EDC kit (Every Day Carry) items. Similar to your everyday carry bag, for example, the contents of a much smaller pack can change—and will change due to new items that become available over time. There is always something brand new that catches our attention. For a smaller pack (one I carry everywhere I go), I try to keep the contents to a minimum… Click to read more
9. EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout Product Review
If you’ve decided to read this post, chances are you own at least one gasoline container with a broken fuel spout. I, too, have a couple of old fuel containers with broken nozzles. About a year ago, I came across a product that looked promising, the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout. I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it for my old gas cans. What were my thoughts? Click to read more
10. Why The Kettlebell Is The Ultimate Tool For Physical Preparedness
Use the kettlebell for optimal preparedness training for a change! You see, when it comes to preparedness, there is a long list of gear and skills you need to learn and implement. The more skills we become proficient in, the less gear we need. Getting prepared can be overwhelming at times so a few things tend to slip by the wayside… Click to read more
What have you done this week? Let us know in the comments below.
There is something nostalgic about Dutch oven cooking over an open flame. The smell, the feel, and the taste of this experience cannot be replicated by any other method of cooking.
Sure, I’m a bit biased about the almost magical effect that the Dutch oven has on the ingredients that are placed inside of it. But as you read a bit further, you will get a better grasp on my infatuation with cast-iron Dutch ovens.
Dutch ovens bring out that warm feeling of being “home” regardless of where I may be in the world. As I huddle around the fire ring with my group, preparing our meal, the Dutch oven becomes part of my extended family.
Dutch Oven Cooking as a Part of Your Emergency Plan
Coach Helder’s Dutch Oven Cooking Video Tutorial:
A lot goes into preparing a meal using a Dutch oven. We need to gather firewood, build a sustainable fire, prepare our ingredients and then actually cook the meal. Most of the time, this requires a group effort. So… not only does the Dutch oven provide a tasty and nutritious meal for us, but it also brings our group together, as one team, working towards a common goal.
There are various Dutch oven choices available to us. We have options ranging from ceramic to aluminum construction. But for my purposes, there is only one real type of dutch oven… One made of 100% cast iron.
I also require certain features from my Dutch oven. Besides the obvious cast-iron construction, I also require my Dutch oven to have:
3 legs on the bottom to hold it above the coals
A lid flange or ridge to contain coals for baking purposes
A lid handle to remove and replace the lid
Made in the U.S.A. with U.S. materials
So now that you know the specs that I require for my Dutch oven, let’s get into why I feel that the best Dutch oven is the ideal cookware for emergency situations when weight is not an issue.
Cooking in a Dutch Oven is Safest
A lot of the cookware options that are catered to the survival minded are made from aluminum. This keeps the mess gear lightweight, and aluminum is also a great conductor of heat. However, when food is cooked at high temperatures in aluminum, some leaching can occur, and the extra aluminum ends up in our food–and bodies.
There is plenty of talk about aluminum toxicity contributing to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Even though there are arguments on both sides of the fence, I chose to avoid cooking in aluminum cookware. There may not be any proven detrimental effects from cooking in aluminum but there certainly aren’t any health benefits either.
When we cook in our cast iron Dutch ovens, any leaching that occurs from the cooking process is actually beneficial to us. Our bodies require iron and during stressful times, we need all the benefits that we can get in order to accomplish our mission. The stronger that our immune system is, the better our chances of not only surviving but also thriving as we ride out the calamity are.
Cooking in a Dutch Oven is Convenient
Whether I am making a stew or baking a cake, the Dutch oven is the only cooking container I need. I can gather up all of my ingredients, toss them into the Dutch oven and begin my cooking process. This not only makes cooking a lot easier, but it also allows me to utilize less gear. In an SHTF scenario, I want to conserve as much energy as possible. Deploying, stowing, and cleaning only one main piece of cookware certainly lightens the workload.
The lid on a Dutch oven fits snugly when placed over the pot. Due to its heavy cast-iron construction, a sealed Dutch oven keeps the critters out. This helps to preserve any leftover food while we work on other elements needed in an emergency situation.
Dutch Oven is Ideal for Various Cooking Methods
You can deep fry, bake, sauté, boil and do pretty much any other preferred cooking method in the outdoors. The Dutch oven can even be buried for a slow cooker method. Another great feature of the Dutch oven is the fact that the lid can be inverted, placed over a flame & used as a skillet. This adds diversity to your cooking options and you can divvy up the food preparation tasks with the multiple members of your group.
The only real limitation with the Dutch oven is your imagination and skill set. You may not have all the ingredients that a certain recipe calls for but it’s the perfect opportunity to overcome and adapt! One of the benefits that I get from my Dutch oven is that it seems to add its own bit of seasoning to the meal being prepared. This more than compensates for any missing ingredients that the recipe calls for, especially in an emergency situation.
The more that you use your Dutch oven, the more that it adds to the flavoring of your meal. You can understand why the Dutch oven is so much part of the history, prompting George Washington’s significant other to include the cooking wares in her will. Take care of your Dutch oven and it will remain part of your gear for life.
Dutch Oven Cooking is Ideal for Both Bugging-In or Bugging-Out
The Dutch oven might not be the most viable choice for bugging out on foot due to its weight & dimensions. But for bugging-in at home or bugging-out in your vehicle, the Dutch oven is ideal.
In an emergency, we may not have full access to the grid. Electricity and gas utilities will not be in operation. Knowing that I can prepare a family meal, utilizing a fire and a Dutch oven, adds a bit of comfort to the current mayhem and the uncertainties that lie ahead.
Comfort Food When Comfort is Difficult to Come By
In an SHTF situation, you may not want to give away your location with a big, boisterous fire at night. This holds true whether you are bugging in or out. Security is key and a fire can be spotted from miles away. An added benefit of the Dutch oven is that it can be buried while cooking your meal.
Turning a Dutch oven into a slow cooker is a method that has been used for years. It was a preferred means of cooking used by our Western pioneers. They would bury their Dutch ovens in a hole with a bunch of hot coals, and head off to hunt or perform whatever work was needed. Hours later, they would return to a warm nutritious meal waiting for them. All that they had to do was to retrieve it from the hole that it was buried in.
If you choose to practice this method, remember to abide by the Leave No Trace rule. Always leave your working environment better than you found it.
The Dutch Oven Produces Better Tasting Food than Other Cookware:
OK, I realize that this is just my opinion… But I can guarantee you that I am not the only one that feels this way.
Because of the pores in the Dutch oven, the more that you cook with it, the greater the flavor of future meals become. Now, it’s not an overwhelming addition to the flavor… It is more of a special ingredient that you cannot seem to put your finger on. Think of it as your special secret spice that will keep your family and friends guessing as to what it may be.
I can use relatively plain ingredients with my Dutch oven cooking and once the meal is done, the food is infused with a richer flavor that the ingredients alone couldn’t produce. When we couple that with the fact that we are also getting some additional iron leaching… You can easily see why Dutch oven cooking is the preferred method for many who are focused on preparedness.
A Dutch Oven is Easy to Clean
Let’s be honest… Neither of us finds the aspect of cleaning mess gear enjoyable. Sponges, soaps and scouring pads are messy and add a plethora of unwanted chemicals. These same chemicals can end up in our bodies and cause adverse effects to the environment.
When it comes to the Dutch oven, soap is a NEGATIVE! The soap can become lodged in the pores of the cast iron. If that happens, you will need to re-season your Dutch oven and basically start from scratch. Well… there goes all that wonderful added flavoring that I mentioned earlier. I will get into seasoning your Dutch oven in a future article.
I clean my Dutch oven by scraping out the excess food, filling it with water and bringing it to a boil over an open flame. After emptying the water out, I repeat the scraping process for any stubborn food residue and apply a thin coat of oil to the interior of the oven. I also put a thin layer of oil on the underside of the Dutch oven lid.
Once the Dutch oven is fully cooled, I stow it away in a custom-built wooden box so that I do not get my other gear dirty while transporting it.
That’s it… Cleanup is nice and simple, comparatively.
The Dutch Oven is Durable Enough to Last a Lifetime
Due to the Dutch oven being constructed with cast-iron, it is extremely durable and holds up well when used in the field. No need to worry about dents or dings that would make the pot unserviceable. I have lost various mess gear in the past due to dings that caused the lid to no longer fit snugly on the pot. Even though this gear was made of quality stainless steel, it was still malleable enough to get destroyed by unforeseen mishaps.
However, when the Dutch oven becomes hot, it also becomes brittle. Always handle your Dutch oven with care, especially when it’s hot. If you drop it over a stone while it is hot, it will crack. Like every other piece of gear that we own… Take care of it and it will take care of you for a lifetime!
I have several pieces of cast-iron cookware that are over 100 years old. They were passed down to my parents and then handed down to me. If you invest in a quality Dutch oven, it won’t be cheap, but with the proper care its lifespan is virtually endless. Eventually, you can hand it down to a loved one to carry on the tradition.
During an emergency scenario, there are so many unknowns that we will encounter. Being able to provide not only a nutritious meal, but also a tasty one, is imperative to keep energy and morale levels up. One of the best ways that I’ve found to accomplish this is via Dutch oven cooking.
As always, you need to get out there and practice. The more that the Dutch oven becomes a part of your method… The faster you can reap the benefits.
Once you get it right and share that first Dutch oven cooking chocolate cake, made entirely in the field, you will be the HERO of your next outing or camping trip.
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Live Bait Shoreline Casting! How To Rig & Catch Bait!
Today i’ll show how to rig & cast LIVE reef fish to hopefully catch hungry predators. Days earlier in the same spot an entourage of freshly pupped Hammerhead Sharks were dominating the area. The normal residents like Trevally & Bonefish were probably chased out by these predators. I was hoping the freshly birthed pups would be gone & they were, but it seems today’s targeted normal inhabitants failed to return.
My fishing buddy Wayne Choy will demonstrate how to catch live reef fish to be used as live bait for hopefully larger predatory species since using cut bait wasn’t producing any hits today. Unfortunately it did produce 2 unwanted bait stealers but the process used for today is sound.
The variations on this theme of dead sticking live bait is using a heavy weighted cord instead of all light monofilament line. Why? 1) Easier for the angler to see the line’s placement considering the glaring sun & the resulting glare reflecting off the water. 2) An all light line has a tendency to be blown in different directions from the slightest wind gust. A nylon cord eliminates that nuisance & steadies the bait presentation to the fish. 3) The light mono leader (2-4lb test) at the end of the cord will do the job nicely. The appearance of the visible cord won’t distract the fish. a 2ft leader is sufficient though today a 1ft leader sufficed. You’ll need to “bite” or use a pliers to pinch on a lead shot on that line. A simple small J-shaped hook works well, i like the Limerick hook. Small baits work well. If you have no bait use what’s around you from bits of starfish to sea urchin roe. My favorite is picking up Nerite seashells that are commonly found on the high tide mark & crush the shells using rocks. The meat is a delicacy for reef fish. Use what’s available. Sand Turtles (Sand Fleas, Mole Crabs, etc) works as well.
The 2 Burrfish i caught today are part of the Porcupine Fish family. Not edible or desirable so i threw them back. Some anglers will leave them on the shore to die because they’re regarded as “rubbish fish” but please release them or any sea life back into the water.
A dash cam is not merely a recording gadget but a useful device capable of other practical purposes. Read on and find out why every car owner should install a dash cam! The number of car owners installing a dash cam has been increasing over the past few years. Why? It’s simply because of the safety benefits which have come to light from having one. Dash cams not only record your trips and events but have also proved essential for legal protection against lawsuits and insurance fraud. Learn why having a dash cam is handy when you need it most, in this article!
【Dual 1080P Dash Camera For Uber Lyft Taxi】Best dash cam to record car interior picked by Wirecutter. Based on powerful Novatek NT96660 CPU, advanced Sony Exmor IMX323 sensor (inside car camera) and OV4689 (front car camera) image sensor, the dual 1080P dash cam simultaneously captures road front (170°) and inside cabin (140°) in crystal details at dual 1920x1080P 30fps. Or utilize the front cam only to record road front at 2560x1440P@30fps or 1920x1080P@60fps, capturing license plates clear.
【Infrared Night Vision w/Sony Sensor】The interior facing camera utilizes a Sony IMX323 sensor, 4 IR LED lights and f/2.0 aperture, which can handle low light conditions and ensures flawless video footage even when the passenger cabin is dark. F/1.8 6-glass lens front facing cam and unique HDR video system automatically balance the light and dark areas of the video.
【Parking Mode & Microphone & Auto LCD OFF】24 Hours Motion activated parking mode makes the dual car camera to automatically record once detects motion in front. Auto start and record when the ignition sparks up. Auto LCD OFF timer ensure you won’t be disturbed by another glowing rectangle on your windshield. Ideal for most climates: -4° to 158°F (-20° to 70°C). Excellent audio recording with built in microphone. Time lapse function automatically takes photos at specified intervals.
1. You’ll Have Evidence of a Car Accident
One of the worst things that could happen to anyone is getting into a car accident. The primary reason why a number of car owners install a dash cam is to find out who is responsible for the collision.
Your dash cam will provide investigators or insurance companies real-time and efficient proof in the event of an accident. Should there be any trial, the liable party will have to pay for the damages the car or the driver incurred.
2. It is Your Way Out of a Ticket
If you were stopped by a law enforcer and accused of a violation you knew you didn’t commit, have them check your dash cam footage. This will help you to avoid or contest a potential ticket. More often than not, a moving traffic violation will give you points on your driving record and strike you with higher car insurance charges. However, beating a ticket will prevent you from paying a huge insurance surcharge.
In a related scenario, a dashboard camera for a car can also be instrumental in shedding some light in social issues of today confronting both sides of the alley. Both authorities and civilians are able to defend themselves against accusations from either side with a dash cam.
3. You Can Deter Insurance Fraud
Insurance fraud is continuously becoming a problem for honest drivers. On one hand, there are drivers who intentionally cause car accidents and put the blame on others to extort them. They also fake injuries so they can collect a large amount from their insurance companies.
There are also those people who will purposely run into oncoming traffic. They don’t care even if they break an arm as long as they can get a nice fat insurance settlement.
Having a dash cam can record these scenarios and will help you and authorities catch the one who staged the “crash for cash” scheme. This will deter scammers from taking money from you for things you did not do.
4. You Can Watch Your Unattended Vehicle
When you leave your car in the parking lot or in the driveway, you don’t really know what might happen to it. Your ride could be vandalized or get scraped by the car next to you. A dash cam can record the incident and help you find out who the culprit is. There are dash cams you can set throughout the entire time you’re away without leaving the engine on.
The ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) – the most advanced and optimized visual recognition algorithms ensure safe driving by providing real time Lane Departure
Emergency recording feature – Enabled by G-sensor technology, the camera automatically saves footage in the events leading up to a collision and immediately after
High Definition Image and First-class Night vision – 1920x1080p 60fps high speed video recording captures fast moving scenes and creates high resolution images in high speed. Note: Requires 8 – 64GB Class10 or above microSD card, sold separately
5. It is a Solution for Road Bullies
When you’re out on the road, there will be instances where you encounter bad drivers. These drivers are reckless, irresponsible, and can put your life and your passengers in danger. However, having a dash cam can help you report these drivers to authorities and have them pay for their wrongdoings. Report drunk drivers and incidents of road rage to make roads a safer place for everybody.
6. It Has Useful Features
Nowadays, the best dash cam for a car comes with more than just recording capabilities. There’s a plethora of features and functions to help you while you’re out on the road. There are cams with a GPS Logger feature, which records the precise position, time, and speed of your car throughout your journey.
You can also register your destinations onto a log file so you can manage your trip without any trouble. Others have motion sensors which detect any movement going on around your vehicle. They also come with a night vision functionality so you can still record footage even under low light conditions.
The best dash camera features will prove very useful for you and your family’s safety. Besides road accidents, auto thefts and other criminal activities can be recorded or avoided with these dash cam features.
7. You Can Capture the Unexpected
There are a lot of things that can happen when you’re out on the road. Although the main reason for installing a dash cam is for your safety and legal protection, you can also capture countless surprising things. You may catch accidents involving other cars due to a whitetail darting out on the road or because of a sudden landslide.
There was one extraordinary incident where a Russian driver’s dash cam caught a meteor entering Earth’s atmosphere. The video went viral and ended up having millions of views on Youtube.
Watch this video from Top15s and check out these nerve-racking events caught on dash cam!
We can’t stress enough the importance of having dash cam with you wherever you drive. It is a tool to help defend you against false insurance claims and other legal disputes. You can also catch road bullies, vandals, and be the key to their apprehension. Inadvertently, your dash camera can also be instrumental in bringing justice to random people involved in accidents or criminal incidents. With a dash camera, ‘your word against mine’ is no match, the evidence is on record! With these practical reasons, we believe a dash cam for your car is in order!
Do you already own a dash cam? How is it working for you? Share your experiences or even your videos in the comments below!
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How important is drone defense? In today’s ever-accelerating technological world, it’s no surprise that drones and drone defense have been evolving to every imaginable end. Recent FAA reports state that there are over 770,000 registered drones in the United States. This number is expected to be “more than triple in size from 1.1 million UAVs [currently, including unregistered and commercial drones] to 3.55 million, and the number of commercial vehicles to grow tenfold to 442,000 by 2021. Pilot licenses, meanwhile, will jump from 37,000 to 281,300 in five years.” -Engadget.com
While the vast majority of drones exist in an ethical and legal fashion, the door is wide open for opportunistic exploitation. It can be hacking attempts on your personal Wi-Fi or the creep down the road. Drones pose a considerable threat to our personal safety and security. In this article, we will be discussing personal and home drone defense and why it’s so important.
Drone Defense: Protecting Yourself From Possible Threats
In This Article:
Why Drones Were Developed
First, we will review the two main purposes for developing drones. They are used for data collection and interacting with the environment. Drones also have an incredibly wide range of capabilities. Both capabilities have their own unique challenges that we will explore.
Secondly, we will explore what’s headway in the drone defense systems in the market. The more popular solutions like AR-15 attachments have been limited to government use only. Although there are some simple steps you can take against drone surveillance.
Drones for Data Collection
This drone has a hacking computer used by researchers for breaching Wi-Fi networks.
Drone development always begins with the best intentions. Unfortunately, opportunistic criminals can use this technology for their own devious ends. Data collection is a way for hackers to cast a massive dragnet to capture as much information as possible. This means people will definitely want drone defense technology.
So, what kind of data are drones currently capable of collecting? From the beginning, drones have a live video feed when it flies out of direct line of sight. Since then, drone enthusiasts couldn’t help imagining countless video configurations. This capability of remote flight came with its gaps though. Primarily, this revolves around our unspecified air rights. The small claims court law that has preceded usunofficially defines the end of your private airspace at somewhere between 80 and 500 feet.
The current justice system allows drones to spy on a private property while homeowners conduct private affairs. If you follow that link you’ll read a story about a dad who shot down a drone over his property. It was spying on his teenage daughter but was later charged with two property crimes for doing so. While the Kentucky solution may not be legally appropriate in every situation, we will address that method later on.
Even bird watchers use drones by using directional microphones to better track songbirds. Again, the possibility for illegal surveillance surfaces here with little room for recourse.
What do all these have in common? Electronic signals. Therein lies our biggest vulnerability to malicious drone operators. Self-contained networks’ main strength require hackers to be on-site to break into the network. The physical location has been a deterrent to most criminals. However, the ability to remotely operate a drone from miles away allows the user to get a hacking computer close enough to the facility. This means there’s a breach in the network. The hacking drone can then connect to every device directly or indirectly. This also means all of your sensitive financial information is up for grabs.
Drones for Physical Tasks
Again, the capability and versatility that drones bring seem to be growing every day. Automation continues to take over the manufacturing industry. This prompts manufacturers and operators to push the limits of how a drone can affect the environment. From package deliveries to dropping grenades, drone delivery systems are vulnerable to exploitation.
Aside from dropping payloads, some additional tinkering makes drones perform simple robotic tasks. This varies from collecting organic samples for agriculture to rigging an actuator to squeeze a trigger. The teenage owner of this drone definitely deserves questioning. Again, this demonstrates how simple it can be for a someone to modify drones.
How To Prepare For These New Threats
Knowledge is the best way to prepare. The number of registered drones and drone operators is increasing. The sheer volume of these airborne assistants will prove the need for addressing property owner’s concerns. It is then important to think critically about the possibility of you being a target. If anything, the biggest risk homeowners face is hacking of their Wi-Fi networks. This can compromise all devices connected to that network. For that reason, we will focus on what you can do to best mitigate and prepare for that threat. The best part is, these are all tips you can install today, on your own network.
Here are a few network security tips from PC Magazine that you can implement today. This can better protect your Wi-Fi network and connected devices.
Activate network encryption
Update your router’s admin username and password
Change your network name
Turn off guest networks
Turn down broadcast power if you find that your wifi signal is reaching out to areas you don’t use.
Active drone defense systems are still in development. The market needs a system which produces some innovative solutions. Dedrone has devised a jamming system that creates enough disruption to cause a drone to lose communication with the pilot. At that point, autopilot takes over and the drone either lands on the spot or returns to the point it took off from. This system is still new and best for large commercial or infrastructural facilitates. It is also likely to scale down for the public soon.
Finally, remember the Kentucky solution? That got me thinking, is that a contingency worth preparing for? Since there still has not been a clear definition of air rights, the best we can do is prepare for the threat now and wait for legislation to catch up.
While shooting clay pigeons have been the best aerial replication of flight for target shooting thus far, Gnat Warfare has been developing drone targets that better replicate today’s drone flight patterns and behavior. Again, while it is very unlikely that you personally will be targeted by a handgun-toting drone, gun owners already know the value of preparing for the worst. Gnat Warfare operates and sells ground-based and flying drone targets. This is a great way to get some hands-on, real-world experience in shooting down drones with human operators.
Here is some footage provided by one of the founders, George Ford. In it, Gnat Warfare demonstrates some of their aerial drone drills along with the ground-based scenarios. While they focus on meeting current demand, Ford has been researching and developing aerial threat training programs. Even now, you can hire Gnat Warfare to run a drone shoot just for the fun of it!
Watch this video by George Ford about a Gnat Warfare shot show:
Simply learning about drone developments is the best way to prepare for these devices becoming more integrated into our lives. Lack of knowledge or half-truths spread by alarmists can end up hindering or even halting the progress we’ve made. That is exactly why this information is in the format you saw today. The best advice I can give is to follow those network security tips and stay abreast the industry developments. Stay safe, and share your drone experience with us in the comments!
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A lot of preppers daydream about having the ultimate bug out vehicle. It becomes a hobby for some. For those with plenty of money, it becomes a “Toys for the Big Boys” kind of thing. For those on a budget, you can still prep your vehicle for when SHTF. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of bug out vehicles out there rolling the streets right now, they just don’t look like one. The end goal of the bug out vehicle is to quickly and safely get you and your family where you need to go in an emergency situation. Almost any vehicle can become a survivalist vehicle with the right preparation. Still, it’s nice to dream about having the ultimate badass bug out vehicle. Here are a few of our favorites for inspiration.
The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle Come Doomsday
1. The Tactical Armored Beast
This 4×4 fully armored vehicle weighing at a whopping 20,000 lbs with a 6.7 L V8 Diesel engine that roars 300HP and 600 lbs-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed auto tranny and a 40-gallon tank.
2. The Hyundai Zombie Survival Car
Features a zombie plow with massive spikes, spiked all-terrain tires, and armored windows just to name a few. It’s amazing how Hyundai was able to come up with an anti-zombie ride by transforming an Elantra Coupe.
3. Paramount Group Marauder
Fully armored and can withstand TNT explosions. It has long range fuel tanks and can even run on a flat tire. It can reach up to 120 KPH despite its heavy weight. With a fording depth of half the vehicle, it can practically swim.
4. M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicle
This eight-wheeled armored vehicle weighs about 19 tons. It has a central tire inflation system and has room for 9 people, plus a crew of two. It can mount either an MK-19 or a .50 caliber machine gun and has a 40mm grenade launcher.
5. Mike Penhall’s 1986 4Runner
If budget is an issue for you and you would still want to make your own bug out vehicle, this is the one for you! Start from the basic vehicle and work your way up with upgrades as you go.
6. The Survivor Truck Bug Out Vehicle
It’s a Chevrolet C70 upgraded into a bug out vehicle and weighs about 13 tons. Its storage capacity for food, water, clothing, and gear can last weeks (even months!) when need be.
7. Gurkha Armored Tactical Vehicle
This badass vehicle can be made available for civilians. It uses the Ford F-550 chassis, 6.7L Powerstroke diesel which can give up to 300ho and 660 pounds-feet of torque. It’s a 4×4 which uses automatic transmission and is installed with disc brakes.
8. The Silverado Black Ops
This vehicle is like a survival kit on wheels. Made by Chevrolet, this badass bug out vehicle setup can be fitted with any ready-made accessories to fit the need of every Prepper.
9. The Mobile Assault Bunker Level 1
This badass truck is called MAB1 for short. Has ¼” bulletproof AR500 steel to armor plating, bulletproof windows, a fuel mileage of 8 to 10 MPG, 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 25 feet long and weighs 24,000 lbs. It even has a bulletproof 220-gallon diesel fuel tank.
10. The M117 Armored Security Vehicle
This is just one of the many used military vehicles for sale. Purchasing a used military vehicle will require very little upgrades since it may already be armored plated and have bulletproof windows. Not to mention a lot of other weapons that you can mount on these things.
11. Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 Custom
Originally made for the military, this truck features a 7.2-liter turbo diesel engine boasting of 326 hp. It is a six-wheel drive with three locking differentials. This custom bug out vehicle even has a satellite dish and a flatscreen.
12. EarthRoamer XV-LT
This is a totally badass bug out vehicle with lots of comforts. It took the 2008 Silver Ford F550 and modified it with the latest technological features to date. It can carry 90 gallons of fuel, 85 gallons of fresh water and has 510 watts solar panels.
13. Buffalo MPCV
This badass truck has a 440 HP CAT C13 12.5L engine and can go up to 55MPH. With a fuel tank that can store up to 85 gallons, it can travel up to 300 miles.
Check out this video of the Mercedes Benz Zetros by auto imagen:
Just look at these state of the art bug out rides. Zombies won’t have a chance to get their hands on you once you’re inside. With these Badass Bug Out Vehicles, the post-apocalyptic world doesn’t stand a chance against you! So make a choice right now in case of SHTF the next day.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Survival gardening is something to look forward to during the spring season. We recently posted tips on preparing your garden for the winter and now it’s time to get back to your backyard and make the most out of spring. Self-sufficiency is just one of the wonderful benefits you get from maintaining a garden, especially one that includes vegetables and herbs. Aside from enjoying the natural and nutritious food you harvest, you’re also saving money in the process. Here are some of best foods to grow for survival that can supply your essential needs and hopefully sustain your family in times of disaster, crisis, or when SHTF.
Survival Gardening | Plants to Grow This Spring
Potatoes have been a staple of many people’s diets for thousands of years. They are fairly easy to grow, although they do have certain pests and diseases to contend with. Potatoes are also great for storing and cooking delicious and hearty meals any time of the day. Here are homemade potato dishes you can try with your harvest.
Beets offer a great deal of nutritional value in the form of beet tops or greens, while the storage-friendly beetroots offer calories and nutrients.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato is a perennial vine that will expand over a large area if not guarded properly. This vine plant grows fully under the heat of the sun but can also remain in shady areas. Sweet potato is a sub-tropical/tropical crop but is worth trying in cooler areas after all chance of frost has passed.
Beans are great rotation crops to help maintain soil quality by restoring nitrogen to the soil when depleted by other crops. Beans are rich in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and are low in fat. They are also very good food for the human diet and can be a healthy substitute for meat.
Eggplants are warm weather plants and should be planted after frost. This nightshade vegetable is high in fiber, antioxidants, and a good source of vitamins B1 and B6.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to grow. There are lots of varieties to choose from. Nothing compares to picking a fresh ripe tomato straight from the vine. Tomatoes are also versatile. They can be preserved for later using different methods such as canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Grow tomatoes with this survival garden guide.
This is a hot season plant and should be planted in April until early June. Peanuts are a good source of healthy fats, Vitamin E, protein, and antioxidants.
Carrots are essential root vegetables in our kitchen. They are rich in fiber, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, K, and B8. Read this guide to grow carrots and you’ll soon enjoy a fresh produce to add to your healthy and delicious recipes like stew, bread, and more!
Snap peas are an excellent addition to your survival garden. As nitrogen-fixing legumes, they can enhance the fertility of the soil they’re grown in. They are moderately nutrient dense and doesn’t require much attention to grow.
Cabbages keep their nutritional elements regardless of the length of cooking. Whether you eat cabbages raw or shred and cook it, a cup full will give you a total of 33 calories. Doing this once every week may keep you healthy.
Berries, a great source of potassium, are said to be perfect for losing weight. These beauties are also an excellent source of the fiber and vitamin C our body needs. You can put berries in your smoothie, salad, pastries, or snack on them alone.
12. Grain Corn
Contrary to popular belief, corn is actually not a vegetable. It’s a type of grain that’s a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Since it’s rich in vitamins and minerals, it can be a good addition to your wholesome survival garden.
Barley is rich in fiber which can be planted during spring and winter. It has several benefits and is consumed by both humans and animals. And yes, barley is used for making beer, so you can make that your next project.
Cooked broccoli in a cup only has a total of 44 calories. It has tons of fiber and no fat–an ideal vegetable for those on a strict diet.
Squash was one of the original “three sisters” in American Indian agriculture along with beans and corn. Squash are vining crops that store well. This plant is also an excellent source of nutrients and calories which makes it a perfect addition to your recipes.
Did you know that plantain is an edible and almost magical “weed” which grows freely in backyards, meadows, and roadsides? The use of plantain goes as far back as the ancient Persians, so it’s definitely something you want to have in your backyard.
People may not expect this herb to have any healing effect, but it wasn’t labeled the “king of herbs” for nothing. This is also great in pesto and any other pasta dish! With a life cycle of one year only, you will have to plant basil every year to keep your supply going.
Peppermint contains menthol properties which make it an effective natural remedy, food flavoring, and even as an ingredient for cosmetics. This herb is adaptive and grows well in almost all locations. It also spreads easily and is best contained in a pot.
Every herb garden needs lavender! This amazing plant can be infused into your drinks like tea and lemonade. Plant lavender in a sunny location with average to dry soil. Do not overwater.
Chamomile contains volatile oils such as bisabolol oxides A and B, matricin, flavonoids, and other therapeutic substances. The flowers of chamomile are famous for their medicinal purposes. It can be consumed as a tea, can be dried, extracted, and even turned to creams and serums.
Watch this video posted by Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens and learn some survival gardening tips on planting an edible food garden at home:
There are a lot of other plants that have been known to have medicinal benefits and practical uses for humans since the old times. There are actually other new discoveries made each year. You can even plant during the late summer with a few of these helpful gardening tips. If you have the time to grow these plants then you have a greater chance of surviving if the SHTF.
Do you have more survival garden plants you want to add? Let us know in the comments section below!
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I rotate several Contour Action Video Cameras when i’m out in the field fishing day or night if it’s for above or below water usage. My Roam#3 from 2015 has a near frozen switch & is getting impossible to use. So after i contacted Contour Cameras Mr Daniel T authorized a replace unit for me to use & a new R3 switch to try to repair my original unit.
The new unit works extremely well & today i replaced the old switch so i thought filming the repair might help others. I use my Contours for everything from bowling to fishing day & night. Also underwater for Catch & Release segments. Currently the Roam#3 is their latest unit. Latter this year the new Contour#4 will be available.
All my posted videos & many of the images that i use are from the Contours. I like the light weight & ease of operation when using these units. It’s all personal preference.
If you’ve decided to read this post, chances are you own at least one gasoline container with a broken fuel spout. I, too, have a couple of old fuel containers with broken nozzles. About a year ago, I came across a product that looked promising, the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout. I decided to give it a try, thinking I could use it for my old gas cans. What were my thoughts? Read on to find out!
EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout | To Spout or Not to Spout?
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Over the past few decades, fuel containers have evolved significantly. The biggest change is in the materials. Most gas cans these days are made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is a rugged plastic material. The containers made from this material are lightweight and last for a long time under normal use. Their weak point, though, is their spout. These are made from more lightweight and flexible plastic, which have a tendency to crack and break after a few years.
This is exactly the problem I have experienced myself. I had two smaller gasoline containers that I used in my vehicle emergency kits. Since I live in Arizona, the heat and the dry air caused the fuel spouts to crack, defeating the purpose of the containers. But, I didn’t want to throw them away. They were still in perfectly good condition. That’s when I started looking around for replacement spouts. Eventually, I found the EZ-Pour online and purchased a couple for my containers.
Combined Manufacturing, Inc. makes different versions of the EZ-Pour Spout. There is a Water Jug Spout, a Hi-Flow Fuel Spout, and a Hi-Flow Water Spout. The most popular one is the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout which I will review here. They also make various adapters for Jerry Cans, Chilton Gas Cans, and Racing Jugs. In other words, if you have a plastic fuel container, they probably have an EZ pour spout kit for it.
Only pre-2009 gas cans fit spouts currently out in the market. The reason is the EPA, in their bureaucratic wisdom, decided that fuel can spout needed “improvements” to meet new standards. The result was spouts that are almost impossible to use. One perfect solution is the EZ-Pour Spout. For residents of most US states, you can purchase it and replace the existing one in your older gas can.
The EZ-Pour Spout is priced at $10.95 on the manufacturer’s website, plus shipping fee. Retail and online prices will vary by a buck or two.
I purchased two of the regular EZ-Pour spouts because they fit my fuel containers (a Blitz and a Wedco). The first thing I noticed is how long they are. This is apparent because both of my containers are small ones—on larger containers they will seem normal.
The spouts don’t fold-up or collapse into the container. Instead, they’re both detachable and extendable. This does take up less space and would normally increase the risk of spillage, but the quality of the top cap and the base cap will prevent this from happening. The tube is strong yet has some flexibility, which is what you want in a spout. The caps are very sturdy and fit well with both the spout and the container. The kit also contains a second cap for the spout or can vent, a replacement push-in vent, a second base cap, and a flame arrester.
When I put mine together and installed them on my gas containers, I was pleased with how everything fit together. The materials are high-quality and solid. I wasn’t afraid of breaking anything while I put it all together. In addition, it only took me a couple minutes to assemble and install.
Putting EZ Pour Hi Flo to the test
A few weeks ago, I decided to put these to the test with real fuel and a real vehicle. I went to my local gas station with my old containers and their new spouts. It takes an effort to unscrew the fuel spout from the can, which is a good thing. That means its threading is good and is unlikely to either unscrew or spill. After I filled the can, I screwed the spout back on and put it in the trunk of my car. When I got home, there was no fuel in my trunk and the cap was still on the spout.
After, I went to my other car to fuel it up from the can. I took the cap off, put the spout in the tank, and tilted the container up. Everything flowed easily and in a few seconds, the can was empty. Plus, no fuel was spilled. The only catch is the flap on the fuel filler tube wanted to hang on to the fuel spout. After a little wiggling, it came out, and I replaced the car’s fuel cap. In other words, the EZ-Pour spout worked like a charm.
Solid construction from good materials
Threads prevent fuel from leaking
Somewhat long spout for small containers takes up extra space
West Texas Prepper shows a video on replacing his old jug spout with the EZ pour replacement spout:
If you have any pre-2009 fuel containers laying around, you should consider getting an EZ-Pour fuel jug spout for them. They will allow you to continue to use your old style gas can with a spout that actually works well. The EZ-pour fuel jug spout could easily be the best gas can spout solution out there. I highly recommend them, and they won’t disappoint! Overall Rating 8/10.
What are your thoughts about the EZ-Pour Fuel Jug Spout? Let us know in the comments section below!
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With my truck down i haven’t fished for awhile. Today i had the chance to go Spin-Casting & Chunking Baits using Bait Bags. I first tried a new prototype grub from Completely Hooked Lures today, the “Hīnālea” on my Okuma T40X rod & Shimano Stradic 3K spinner. This grub mimics the color of the Saddle Wrasse. On my 5th cast spin-casting i had a Barracuda tear into the grub almost destroying it all the while avoiding the hook. I only had 1 more proto-grub but decided not to use it because i only had the 2 prototypes, and with a hungry cuda around i wasn’t going to waste it.
So i broke out my Daiwa 13’3″ Ballistic with a Shimano Ultegra 10K for chunking whole frozen shrimp using Big Vic’s Bait Netting to form bait bags. After a hour passed the rig took off for 5 fast seconds. A powerful hit that looked like someone was hanging on the rod’s tip! Then it seemingly let go. I reeled it in to discover a mutilated bait bag that was shredded. I deduced it must’ve been s large shark as this area is famous for large females giving birth to their pups there. For years i’ve used these bait bags but never seen a bag shredded this badly, it was falling apart in my fingers.
This day ended badly with no more strikes. I just felt blessed to be out on such a beautiful day. When i walked out on the flats to reel my line in i felt something soft on my toes. I looked down to see a large Greenhead Moray Eel just swimming over my toes. At least he came back to get his picture taken & i never moved since it appeared non-aggressive in nature.
Some days you catch, other days you just enjoy the view. Just wanted to share my day. Thanks.