Fishing was tough Saturday morning, 8/11/18, when I headed out 24 miles west of New Pass with Darren Rachman, his brother, Mark, and a couple of their friends. I fished in spots that had been productive several times this week, but the bite was pretty slow everywhere we went. There were some rain storms around us, but we managed to stay mostly dry. The guys used cut-bait and squid to catch and red grouper shorts and a lane snapper.
The bite was a little more active on Tuesday, 8/14, when I fished 18 miles west of New Pass with Mark Lenhart, his son, and two of his sons friends. The group used squid to catch and box ten grunts, all measuring between 12 and 14 inches, and they released red grouper shorts.
After two weeks off the water, with this entire area suffering from red tide, I ventured out Monday, 8/27 to explore the waters and check conditions. Red tide was bad in close-in waters, with dead fish abundant out to five miles. The further I went out, the less dead fish were evident, but red tide was still visible as far out as 26 miles, and fishing was, well, not really fishing at all, since there was absolutely nothing biting. I had hoped for better conditions out that far. All we could do was wait it out, hoping our state and federal officials would do all that is possible to alleviate this problem, or hope for some early cold-fronts to rescue us.
Meanwhile, my wife and I planned a trip to Colorado to visit family, returned, and endured more red tide, until signs that it was starting to dissipate cheered us up and brought us some fishing trips. When Hurricane Michael roared through the panhandle, the winds we got here helped push the remaining red tide away from us. We also realize that our red tide issues were nothing compared with what the residents of Panama City and surrounding area had to deal with.
On Thursday, 10/4, I fished inshore in Estero Bays backwaters with Don Lubbehusen, his son, Ben, and friend, Justin Bayer. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release fifteen crevalle jacks to 13 inches, ten mangrove snapper to 11 inches, a 20-inch snook, and four sheepshead to 15 inches. It was good to see clear water and fish biting, at long last.
Saturday, 10/6, I fished in Estero Bays backwaters, from the lower bay to Wiggins Pass, with Derek Spradling and his friend, Kurt. The guys used live shrimp to catch two black drum at 14 inches and 17 inches, a dozen mangrove snapper including two keepers at 11 inches, and three keeper sheepshead to 13 inches. The best catch of the day was a 27 ½-inch redfish, which we photographed (see pic included) and released. We also released ten crevalle jacks to 18 inches, a 16-inch snook, and a two-pound stingray.
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Do you know that the slingshot is one of the primitive skills you must learn? Check out how to use one of the most viable survival tools you can carry here.
Primitive Skills: Using a Slingshot for Survival
Modern Slingshots have been in use for around 175 years. And while they might be notably associated with childhood vandalism (like “Dennis the Menace”), they are also incredible survival tools, provided you have the patience to practice! They’re ultralight, compact, have unlimited ammo, and powerful enough to take out a rabbit, squirrel, bird, and other small game.
When it comes to using a slingshot for survival (and honing any primitive skills really), practice makes perfect, and patience breeds perfection. After you choose your slingshot (either homemade or store bought) the next key point is choosing the right ammo and practicing your aim.
Testing out any new skill can be incredibly frustrating, but you’ve got to stick with it. Check out the step-by-step guide below to start using a slingshot properly:
1. Looking for Ammo
The type of ammo you’ll use has a big impact on your accuracy and exactly how lethal your shot will be. Ideally, you’ll want to use a uniform ammo (like ball bearings) to get an accurate shot every single time. However, in an SHTF scenario, access to ball bearings will be impossible, so I always recommend practicing with rocks. Remember, practice makes perfect!
2. Loading and Holding Your Ammo
Load your slingshot with your selected ammo. Using your dominant hand, hold the base of the slingshot. Your ammo should be placed exactly in the middle of the pouch without shifting. The positioning of your ammo is important as it will tell how it will be projected when fired.
3. Keeping Your Ammo in Place
With the use of your thumb and index finger, hold the ammo and stretch out the rubber of your slingshot. Make sure to have your thumb parallel with the strap. Avoid having the pocket or pouch get squeezed too tight as this can hinder the release of the ammo.
Aim for your target and have your dominant hand hold the slingshot handle. After the release, there may be a tendency for your slingshot to jerk forward, which can lead to inaccurate firing. Your strong arm is more adept to keep the slingshot steady, thus avoiding an inaccurate fire.
5. Slingshot Positioning
Have your arm raised on the side while holding the slingshot. You can choose to point the fork upward or angle to the side, both positions will work fine. In the end, it will all boil down to the type of shot you’re taking.
6. Clearing and Firing
Aim slightly above your target, make sure nothing will block the path, and then release of your ammo. Practice using both eyes when aiming; this improves your accuracy compared to using just your dominant eye. Pull the band and stretch it out until it forms a triangle.
7. Releasing the Band to Fire
Before releasing, make sure you have a clean shot, and there are no obstructions ahead aside from your target. Know that the length of your band determines the distance to your target. The shorter the band, the shorter its range is. When everything is clear, release your grip from the ammo.
Learn other useful primitive survival skills outdoors by watching this video from Wilderness Pioneers:
Learning how to use a slingshot is one of the most useful primitive skills you can acquire. But while it’s really fun to use, a slingshot can also be dangerous and cause unintended harm to others. For that reason, you should be careful and responsible in how you use it. If you’re a newbie on using slingshots, don’t worry because your accuracy and precision can improve through practice.
Aside from using a slingshot, what other primitive skills do you know? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Up Next: Primitive Survival Skills: Surviving Without Tools And Supplies
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 19, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
1. Cowboy Bed Roll Instructions For Comfortable Camping
Want to know how to make a cowboy bed roll with your own efforts? While sleeping bags are convenient and popular these days, the cowboy bed roll has an old world charm reminiscent of the romantic Wild West. After all, bed rolls are the precursor of today’s sleeping bags. Both have advantages and disadvantages where bedrolls come cheaper than sleeping bags. So in the debate of bedroll versus sleeping bag, it’s really a matter of personal choice. If you’re up for some adventure, this DIY cowboy bed roll is just perfect! Click to read more
2. Tips For Backpack Camping In The Rain
These tips for backpack camping in the rain will help make the adventure more comfortable, if not enjoyable. Check out KennethKramm’s video on tips for backpack camping in the rain. Share some tips of your own! Click to read more
3. Do You Know These 25 Native American Survival Skills?
Native American survival skills included crafting their own survival tools and building their own shelters. They foraged for their food and hunted their prey, all by hand. It is astounding to think how well they survived and thrived based on necessity alone. Would someone like you or me be able to do the same if we were put into such a hostile environment? Probably not, and that it is why it is good to be aware of old-school Native American survival techniques. How did the Native Americans survive? How were they so deftly able to sustain themselves in the unforgiving North American wilderness? Click to read more
4. Best AR15 Hacks To Unlock Your Gun’s True Potential
The best AR15 rifle is the one that suits the person using it perfectly. So, if you want to make the most out of yours, then you’ll need to set it up just right. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start because we’re here to help you out. We’ve compiled a list of no-nonsense tips to help you trick out your gun… Click to read more
5. 10 Survival Uses For A Contractor’s Trash Bag
Did you know that there are a lot of uses for a trash bag when SHTF? Read on to learn 10 ways to use a trash bag for survival situations… Click to read more
6. Send Raccoons Packing With These 8 Natural Deterrents
Raccoons may look cute and even pitiful at times, but they do pose a threat. By being potential rabies virus-carriers, they are a danger to you, your family, and your pets. We can never stress enough the dangers and troubles these critters pose, so check out these tried-and-tested natural raccoon deterrents we’ve collected for you… Click to read more
7. How To Build An Urban Survival Kit
Take time to build an urban survival kit before your vanity kit. An urban survival kit is a must for city survival, with all kinds of natural and man-made emergencies which could inevitably occur near you. These urban survival tips and tricks, along with a checklist of urban survival equipment and tools, will help! Click to read more
8. How to Build A Wickiup
A wickiup, also known as “tipi” or “teepee,” is a conical tent used by indigenous tribes a long time ago. Find out how to make a wickiup yourself! Click to read more
9. 10 Must-Have Items For Your Airport Go-Bag | For The Prepared Traveler
Airport security can deter you from bringing along adequate prepper supplies but having an airport go-bag can save you. Your wallet can take a sizeable hit, you can miss your flight, or you can have your trip categorically ruined if you get detained just because of a piece of gear you unwittingly packed inside your bag… Click to read more
10. During and After a Natural Disaster
When we think of preparing we think about preparing before something happens and for during. Often times the aftermath of a survival situation is overlooked. Here we have some first-hand accounts for what a survival situation was like both during and after a natural disaster. These are true first-hand accounts provided by our lovely members of the Family Protection Association Facebook Group. These individuals agreed to share their stories in hopes of helping others in their long-term preparations… Click to read more
What have you done this week? Let us know in the comments below.
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak
Mark Padgett, Chase Harris and Kyle Maese from the northeast chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. These guys were part of a convention taking place in Fort Lauderdale. After boarding the boat, the anglers said their objective was to have a good time and catch any type of fish.
Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling with two #8 plainers, one with a 3 ½ blue reflector drone spoon, and the other with a blue sea witch in front of a double hook Bonito strip. For surface baits we went with two Ballyhoos and two Bonito strips.
We trolled the reefs to the north of Fort Lauderdale and ran across a very heaving weed situation not fishable. So we headed south of Fort Lauderdale towards some of our 34 artificial wrecks (including one Texaco oil rig) located in Fort Lauderdale sitting in 80 ft. of water out to 520 ft. of water. The three anglers took turns bringing in their fish, taking pictures of their actions and enjoying their trip.
With a total of 9 Kingfish, 2 Barracudas and 1 Bonito, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.
For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.topshotfishing.com.
Knowing about a diversity of unusual weapons and understanding what kinds of objects might work as a tool of self-defense is vital. Read on to learn more.
In this article:
Unusual Weapons and How to Use Them
Weapons are my business – you name it and I’ve seen it, or used it, or seen it used. Much of my life has been spent familiarizing myself with such tools of destruction: bombs, guns, knives, projectiles and blades of all kinds, bashers, bangers, swatters, whips, clubs, and flames. If it serves to destroy, I probably know about it. It’s an evil specialty, but a decisive one that has saved my dastardly ass on multiple occasions. As such, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was approached and asked to write this article on unusual weapons. I should have seen it coming. At first, I refused – what if this deadly, dark information got into the wrong hands? What if this guide served to enable evil and enact terror?
Well, it still may. I’ve come to terms with that. The way I see it: if I didn’t write it, someone else would, and better the resident expert of deadly devices write an article on strange and obscure weapons than some chump who doesn’t know half about the subject. Right?
So I accepted, begrudgingly, and here I am: writing a guide for anonymous masses of the Internet, about odd, unusual weapons and how to use them. Perhaps I have too much faith in you people. Regardless, at this point, all I can do is implore you to use this knowledge for good instead of evil. Refrain from engaging in any tonfa whooping sprees, or katar massacres as best as you can. Such aggressive endeavors are severely frowned upon, and I don’t want any part in them.
With that in mind, let’s dive in.
These are the classic martial arts movie weapons, made famous by fighters like Bruce Lee, who was a true master of nunchucks. The weapon itself is relatively simple: two wooden handles connected by a string or chain. By whipping the nunchucks in half and full circle swings you can turn yourself into an unapproachable wielder of pain. And they are painful. Being struck with a real pair of hardwood nunchucks is enough to drop a full-grown man on his ass. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, colors and styles, but generally the simpler the design, the better.
Nunchucks are supposed to be gripped high up, close to the chain/string that links the two handles together. The first basic strike taught to most students is to hold one handle in your hand, and the other in your armpit, flick the nunchuck out of your armpit with a quick jerk of the wrist. The handle held beneath your arm should flip out and downwards in an arc that will whip the nunchuck back up and into your armpit – essentially reloading with every strike. I wouldn’t recommend getting too much fancier than that, lest the inexperienced nun chucker injure themselves. Here is a good video that covers more technical ways to use nunchucks.
You might recognize the shape of this club-like weapon because the modern police baton looks very similar. Police adopted the handle club because of its versatility and utility – it can be used as a restraint, a club, a prod, extended reach, a strong block or amplified striker.
There are a few basic strikes with tonfa, the first of which is to hold the handle loosely and swing the tonfa downwards in a big semi-circle so that the long end whips downwards like a club, striking your target and returning to your arm. Another is to simply hold the grip and straight punch. The extra inch or two of wood makes any strike hurt a lot more. Here is a guide to some more basic tonfa strikes. Tonfa is usually used in pairs (one in each hand) but if you prefer to keep one hand free, using one work just as effectively. They also are wonderful for reinforcing blocks, if you are defending yourself.
They aren’t the most common weapon you’ll find laying around, but Indiana Jones sure made his work wonders, so maybe there’s something to it. Use extreme caution though: whips strike with more than enough power to flay flesh wide open, so try a couple practice strikes before going full throttle 100%.
The crack made by a whip is actually a small explosion caused by the sound barrier breaking – like when jets exceed the speed of sound and cause blasts big enough to break windows. The basic concept behind using a bullwhip is to change the direction of the tip fast enough to break the speed of sound and create that small break in the sound barrier.
So most of the strikes involve swinging the whip in one direction and then very quickly snapping that movement in reverse to change the direction of the whip tip. It takes some practice to get good at this, but once you have the concept down, you can successfully apply that to many different whip striking techniques. This guy (Adam Winrich) is the Internet’s bullwhip-master, and in his videos, he demonstrates several different ways to use one.
Slings are one of the oldest weapons in human history, and in their simplicity is a great functionality. As the name implies, slings were designed to sling blunt projectiles with tremendous force. They basically consist of two lengths of rope or cord with a pouch tied between the two (the same thing can be accomplished with one length of cord and a pouch tied along it).
Load the projectile into the pouch so it sits snugly, and grip both ends of the sling in one hand. Twirl the sling with increasing speed above your head and when you are ready, release one end of the sling (while maintaining your grip on the other end) and the projectile will be released. It will likely take some practice to find the correct release timing for proper aim, but once you get the hang of this simple weapon it can be very deadly.
This bladed paddle was popular amongst the civilizations of the Americas (ie Mayans, Inca, Aztecs). It is essentially a long wooden paddle fixed with short obsidian blades at intervals along the edges of the paddle. The weapon was used much like a sword or an axe, and swung at enemies with the intention of ripping through flesh. Obsidian, for those who don’t know, is one of the sharpest substances on earth – so sharp, in fact, it slices through different materials on a molecular level – that’s why they are popular in the medical field.
Most of us have heard of boomerangs and even tested them. This ancient form of projectile technology was developed by the aboriginals of Australia as a means for hunting. While boomerangs are famous for their ability to “come back” to the thrower – typically when aboriginals hunted for animals with boomerangs, they would aim their shots so the boomerang flew outwards and upwards, and would come back to strike down upon the unsuspecting animal.
You can also just chuck them straight at your target and do some damage if you aren’t feeling really fancy. Boomerangs are surprisingly effective weapons for self-defense too – if thrown at an assailant they can strike with enough force to break the skin, and if used as a club they can be deadly.
The Chinese are famous for strange weapons. Kung fu is full of oddly shaped, strangely designed weapons that look like great ways to hurt yourself. Emeici are one of those. Basically, these pointed rods are attached to your hands via rings. The rods can then be spun and manipulated in wildly complex patterns and techniques. Here is a video of someone using them. I’m not even going to try and explain how to use these – just jab your attacker and try not to harm yourself.
This is a very old form of push dagger, characterized by its H-shaped handle. These were unique to South Asia (India especially) and were used for both combat and ceremonial worship. Just from looking at this age-old fighting knife, one can kind of tell how it is meant to be used. It’s pretty simple actually: hold the handle, stab your enemy. The bonus to using one of these is they are easily concealable.
I don’t ever want to run into someone wielding one of these awful, nightmarish weapons. If you’ve seen dog catchers use those long rods with a loop on the end, to snare dogs by the neck and keep them away at a safe distance, then you understand the concept behind the “man-catcher.” Except instead of a harmless loop at the end, this weapon has a ring of hooks, meant to tear and cut and stab into the neck of whoever might be unfortunate to get “caught.” Just imagining being stuck in one of these is enough to send shivers down my spine – but if you’re on the delivering end of a man-catcher, you will probably be just fine.
Imagine a frisbee that is ringed with a razor sharp edge. That is the idea behind a chakram. It was the weapon used by Xena the Warrior Princess, and Odd Job from James Bond (sort of – in hat form). Usually, these are circular disks that can be hurled across great distances to cleave into a target a long ways off. Just throw it like a Frisbee, stand back, and watch the carnage ensue.
A Note on Creative Weapon Uses
Here’s the thing when it comes to using weapons in an emergency situation, you might not always get to fight with your favorite weapon. Likely, you will be forced into combat unexpectedly and you’ll have to use whatever resources are laying around at your disposal. That might mean using a strange and unknown weapon you’ve never seen before. That might also mean improvising and using something weapon-like as a weapon.
And that is the real point of this article: knowing about a diversity of different types of weapons, and understanding what kinds of objects might work as a tool of self-defense. This is an extremely important skill – something any survivor should be keen to hone.
So keep that in mind moving forward. It’s not that you need to master every weapon ever devised, but understanding the concepts behind different weapons might enable you to think outside of the box when threatened – and that can make the difference between life and death.
Watch this video by Top 10 Trends and discover some interesting weapons used during the medieval times:
It doesn’t hurt to simply be familiar with a lot of different hand weapons. Even if you avidly practice your marksmanship or swordsmanship, if you neglect to understand how other weapons work you aren’t doing yourself any favors. The more you know the better, and the more you know about weapon use the better prepared you’ll be able to protect yourself in a dangerous situation.
Did you find this list of weapons useful? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 24, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
What will happen if we use sound as a defense weapon? This article explains the ways in which sound can be an excellent self-defense tool.
Sound as a Defense Weapon: Using Sound Frequency to Survive
What Is Sound?
Sound is all around us and much of it is comforting to humans – the pleasing sound of nice dinner music, a breeze wafting gently through the trees, gurgling water flowing in a brook, or the sounds of children playing – our world is alive with wonderful sound. For most, a sound is a welcome reality.
But when sound becomes noise, it increases stress and introduces emotional reactions in our lives and relationships. In fact, sound can distract, disorient, frighten, or injure. It is a pressure wave. As such it occurs at a certain frequency. These cycles have an amplitude (measured at the peaks) defining the power or intensity of the sound wave. Think of it like “loudness.”
As shown in Table 1, we can’t hear some frequencies, although some animals can.
Sounds between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz are considered within our normal threshold of hearing. Sounds below 20 Hz are called infrasonic or infrasound. Low-frequency infrasound at high dB can cause tremors inside our organs and it hurts! Sounds above 20 KHz—our upper range of hearing—are called ultrasonic. At 500 KHz and higher, we label sounds as megasonic.
Frequencies of Sound Sources
Table 2 shows some typical frequencies generated by sound sources:
Decibels (dB) is the measurement of the power or intensity of sound. The decibel provides a relative measure of sound intensity. The higher the dB rating, the more the volume sound has.
The intensity of a sound wave decreases with increasing distance from the source (inverse square law). The power (intensity) of sound is approximately equal to 1/d2 where d equals the distance from the sound source. Double the distance, d and sound pressure (dB) drops to half its intensity. A 40 dB sound at 1 meter drops to 20 dB at 2 meters and just 10 dB at 4 meters. At 0 dB – the softest sound – your ears and brain search for something to hear.
Decibel Ratings of Sounds
Table 3 shows typical dB ratings for various sounds.
How loud is sound? The ear’s response to the loudness of sound occurs as a power of 10. It takes about 10 times the power to sound twice as loud. Loudness varies with age and the physiology of the person. Still, more intense sounds will appear loudest.
Sounds That Alert or Warn
Table 4 lists sound that can stimulate action.
Sounds That Calm or Soothe
As shown in Table 5 certain sounds can calm and relax a person (or an animal).
You can buy sound devices that can produce calming sound to help you relax and fall asleep.
Sound as a Deterrent
Make a sound that’s irritating to a person, and you can deter that person from a certain action. Teenagers don’t like sounds around 20,000 Hz and will try to distance themselves from this sound. A 20 kHz hum has been used to move loitering teens off streets or away from school playgrounds at night. Likewise, a high-amplitude sound can be used as a burglar deterrent.
Some frequencies aren’t heard. Sounds below 20 Hz or above 20 kHz can prove effective in warfare.
Generate high-intensity sound below 20 Hz and people will feel the effect without hearing it. An ultra-high frequency blast at 19-20 kHz will disperse protesters and rioters – especially the younger ones.
Sound That Destroys Matter
By creating sound at the natural frequency of matter, we can cause various materials to vibrate. At enough energy, we can cause this material to break apart and disintegrate. There are devices that can do this today.
You need a strong sound pressure wave to make this happen, but the frequency of a sound generator equal to the natural vibration frequency of a material causes resonance. And the amplitude of vibration of the material increases many-fold until the atoms in the material actually break apart.
In a ‘Walls of Jericho’ scenario, sonic warfare is used to destructively shatter objects and material. It takes a directed concussive effect to vibrate structures to rubble and infrasonic energy to shatter bones and pulp organs from within. But, it is possible. You will need a 240 dB source to get a person’s head to resonate destructively.
These sound waves would have to come from very loud objects, sound waves so powerful they could knock down walls and shake machines to pieces. Several college students showed that low frequencies between 30 and 60 Hz can actually extinguish a small fire using high-intensity sound.
It’s possible to shatter glass with sound by producing a note that resonates sympathetically with the glass.
The natural frequency of the earth is 7.83 Hz. Gold can vibrate at 1.7 MHz—silver at between 4.047 and 4.652 MHz. Even copper can vibrate at just over 28 MHz. The magnetic field around the earth can reduce the resonant frequency of material. For silver, the resonant frequency in the earth’s magnetic field would be a low audio 80 Hz (not 4+ MHz).
Sound That Injures or Kills
Between 0 dB and 90 dB, sound intensity is normal and typically won’t damage hearing; however, prolonged exposure to sound exceeding 90 dB can cause hearing damage.
Your body can tolerate 85 dB of sound intensity for eight hours without hearing damage, but at 100 dB, you can only take this for 15 minutes before it affects your health. And at 115 dB you are safe for only 30 seconds. This is why ear protection is recommended for all noisy environments. At 140 dB physical pain can be felt. Go above this and life becomes threatened.
An extremely high-power sound (160 dB) can disrupt or destroy your eardrums and cause severe pain or disorientation. This is usually sufficient to incapacitate a person. Less powerful sound waves can cause you to experience nausea or discomfort.
We’ve all watched the effects of shrill sounds in sci-fi movies when an entire group of people is made helpless by a loud sound permeating the area. They hold their ears and fall to the ground, completely unconscious. And moviegoers wondered if this really can happen.
Yes, it can.
Focused Sound Technology
Several years back, a garage inventor created the ability to place sound energy at a specific location while canceling sound in other nearby areas. He could create the sound of rushing water within a narrow circle in a crowd. People in that circle could hear the water, but people a few feet away could not. This concept is used in shopping malls to lure shoppers.
The focused sound technology was successfully used at checkpoints in the Middle East to stop approaching vehicles far back from where guards were stationed. The device deterred suicide bombers and gave the checkpoint forewarning that a vehicle was not responding to orders to stop.
The garage inventor formed a company (LRAD) and designed sonic and ultrasonic weapons that can incapacitate, injure, or kill. Law enforcement and the military now use their new long-range acoustic device (LRAD) as a directed beam weapon to control crowds and deter pirates or insurgents from attacking ships at sea.
It emits a 2.5 kHz warning tone at 146 dB one meter from the emitter with a maximum range of 300 meters (where the tone is degraded to 90 dB). This can cause nausea, discomfort, disorientation, reduced sensory-motor functions, or severe pain. By transmitting at an ultra-high frequency, an LRAD blast can cause eyeballs to vibrate generating unease and visual apparitions.
The European Space Agency has a sonic weapon that can generate 154 dB sound energy using four giant acoustic orifices. This device can burst eardrums. Increase the loudness to 185 dB and it can cause an air embolism in the lungs or explode the heart.
The Effects of Sound Waves
Whales produce the loudest low frequency sounds on earth — at around 190 dB (17 to 30 Hz). Close up, the high-intensity calls by blue and fin whales can collapse the lungs and cause death to other living creatures.
A car stereo made a world record by pumping out 182 dB of sound that could instantly cause hearing loss. The energy didn’t last long. Acceptable exposure time was in seconds.
Sound waves can cause internal bleeding and stop a human heart with a frequency that resonates with the organ. Experts have used sonar in oceans to detect and kill hostile divers by destroying organs and bone. Exposure to high intensity (184 dB) ultrasound frequencies from 700 kHz to 3.6 MHz has caused lung and liver damage. Sound can be a killer.
Try this cool hearing test by Bright Side and find out if you are superhuman or worse than average:
As the mainstream media and liberals push for more stringent gun control measures including restricting gun magazine sizes and ammunition purchases, I’ve often wondered how we can make this behavior a “non-problem.” Then I got an idea, and I’ve been researching it ever since. What if we could develop a defensive weapon that wouldn’t require firearms, ammunition, or permits? What if we use a completely different technology – one that the government doesn’t control? What if we use sound for protection? Will you agree?
What are your thoughts about using sound as a defense weapon? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 29, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
All the emergency and disaster preparedness in the world means nothing if you don’t know the basics of survival skills like building an emergency shelter!
Emergency Shelter | A Step-By-Step Guide
Learn This Survival Skill and Never Be Without Shelter!
1. The first thing you will need is a ridge pole. Your pole should be very sturdy and as long as your height, plus your arm extended in the air.
2. Prop the ridge pole up on one end to give your feet extra room. You may also prop it on the ground, although not giving the pole the additional height creates a triangle with the ground that reduces your foot space.
3. Lay down on the ground and measure how long your ridge pole needs to be and mark out where your body is. It’s important to create a shelter that is the right size for you. You need to be able to fit in the shelter without having too much extra space. This is especially important when you’re stuck out in the cold. Your shelter needs to be small enough that your body temperature can heat the space and keep you nice and warm.
4. If the space inside is just enough, and there is not much room to move around, you did it right!
5. You will also need some Y-sticks to prop up the ridgepole at the other end. Make sure the Y-sticks are really solid and grounded – this is your framework. If you push your weight down on the Y-sticks and it falls over, you’ll need to find sturdier sticks.
6. The next thing you need to do is insulate yourself from the ground. Avoiding direct contact with the ground will help you maintain a more comfortable body temperature.
7. Leaves serve as a great insulator, but you will want to put them in before you build up the rest of the shelter.
8. Keep in mind that the leaves are going to compress. Make sure the compressed material beneath you is at least four fingers deep.
9. Now you need to add ribs to your debris shelter, which will provide structure on the sides and will give support to the leaves that will go on top.
10. Your ribs should be strong. Dead branches should work okay as long as they do not break or crumble. There will not be a ton of weight on the ribs, but the stronger the branches the smaller the chance that your shelter will fall apart.
11. You also want them to be fairly close together and not to extend very high above the ridge pole. If it rains and the ribs are too tall, water will penetrate the leaves and run inside the shelter. If the ribs are roughly the same height as the ridge pole, water will run down the sides.
12. The ribs do not necessarily have to be identical in size. As the triangular shape gets smaller towards the other end, shorter branches will fit in perfectly. If you come across a log with a large bend, make sure the curve stays on the outside. If the bend falls to the inside, it will take up a lot of space inside your shelter.
13. To prevent the leaves from falling off of your shelter, place smaller branches with the ends pointing up to help support the leaves.
14. Once you are finished with the ribs and lattice, you may add the leaves on top to insulate the shelter and help capture the body heat escaping from you.
15. Leaving the entrance open will allow heat to escape. A great option is to create a doorway and close it off as much as possible to reduce the amount of heat escaping. This will also allow you to build the leaves up and over the doorway.
16. To construct the door, gather four Y-sticks and create a framework on either side of the entrance. The purpose of the doorway is to reduce the size of the opening, so place them where there is just enough room for you to wiggle your way inside.
17. Once the Y-sticks are grounded, put sticks across the top and along the sides to finish off the frame.
18. Now you can add the last bit of leaves around the doorway. Be sure to start building from the bottom and work your way upward to prevent leaves from falling through.
19. When you have finished constructing the debris hut, crawl inside on your back, feet-first, and you’ll be all set in your shelter!
Watch this video by NorwegianBushcraft for another great idea on building an emergency shelter specifically during the winter time:
Our friend Dave Scott, who you may know from the Bushmaster Bible, is back again to teach you the best tips for your survival arsenal. Through his time as an instructor at the Earth Native Wilderness Survival School, Dave has become an expert on all things survival. We hope you enjoyed this post stuffed with his awesome tips to build an emergency preparedness survival shelter, which you can build with nothing more than what you can find in nature.
What do you think of this tutorial on building a DIY emergency shelter? Do you have other ideas on making temporary emergency shelters? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 9, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Make an awesome Polish Army Bread Bag kit out of a surplus item that can be purchased for around $10.
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The Polish Army Bread Bag
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit Contents (To Date)
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit | Make Your Own for Survival
The Polish Army Bread Bag
The Polish Army Bread Bag is a military surplus bread bag that can be purchased for around $10 for an unissued item. The bag is made totally from a lightweight cotton canvas measuring approximately 11 inches wide x 10 inches tall x 4 inches deep. The straps are heavier canvas webbing with metal tips and fasteners. The metal came a little “dull” but the quality is there.
The top flap folds up, giving access to a split compartment interior. The bag is divided into a smaller compartment at the left and a larger one to the right. The left side perfectly holds a wide mouth water container; the larger right accommodates other essential gear. There are four button-flapped smaller pockets sewn to the inside as well. These are perfect for stashing smaller items like spoons, pocket knives, and Ferro rods. The outside front of the pouch has two small pockets adequate for lighters and flashlights.
Polish Army Bread Bag Kit Contents (To Date)
Char Cloth Tin
Large Ferro Rod
Striker & Tin (for making Char)
Jute Twine Tinder
Stainless Steel Cup
5×7 All Weather Space Blanket
Small First Aid Kit
Fixed Blade Knife (Condor Kephart)
25 feet of Paracord
My kits change with the seasons, but you can see the bag will accommodate plenty of gear for a day hike or for a survival kit. The items above still allowed plenty of room for food and maybe a pair of gloves.
The front straps are really simple in design. The flap ring fits down over the first ring sewn to the bag, and then the strap slides through both the retaining rings. Surprisingly, these hold very well and are super easy to get into the bag for gear.
The bag came with a non-adjustable shoulder strap that is sewn to D rings on the back of the bag. As you can see in the photo, attachment straps are secured in multiple points and totally wrap under the bag. The back/bottom straps have some adjustment to attach gear like tarps, jackets or ponchos to the bag. Heavier tools like camp axes or survival shovels may be a little much for the straps, but I haven’t tried it yet!
I think the Polish Army Bread Bag has real potential as a haversack for bushcrafting or an inexpensive EDC bag. This kit set up is very light so the likely hood of leaving it behind is minimal. I forgot to mention the handle at the top of the bag for grabbing it when jumping in the car. I’m already thinking of a few modifications like waxing the material to make it waterproof and a square of Velcro to attach patches.
Here’s a quick review of the Polish Army Bread Bag by John Sherwood:
So, if you are looking to experiment using a haversack for bushcrafting or EDC, the Polish Army Bread Bag might be an inexpensive option. They are well made for the price point and have a very rustic look.
Do you have your own Polish Army Bread Bag? How was using the bag been going so far? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak
Bruce Allen with his friends from Georgia and Fort Lauderdale chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling using two deep lines with bait strips and 3 surface lines with Ballyhoos. We trolled from 80 feet of water out to 300 feet of water heading north of Fort Lauderdale. At 300 ft. of water we found a color change with debris in the water and birds picking away. As we trolled the color change, we caught two nice Black Fin Tunas.
As we kept heading north of Fort Lauderdale, a black shadow appeared Sailfish hooked up! The Sailfish came jumping out of the water showing his fantastic colors. Bruce was the angler, and he jumped into the fighting chair to do battle. After twenty minutes, Troy, our mate, wired the Sailfish pictures were taken and the Sailfish was released to fight again.
From there I headed to the south of Fort Lauderdale in 120 ft. of water all the anglers took turns bringing in their catches. With a total of 6 Kingfish, 2 Black Fin Tunas, 1 Barracuda and a Sailfish, it was now time to head back to the dock. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.
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It is definitely a fascinating challenge to apply urban survival skills you have mastered in your everyday life.
37 Useful Urban Survival Skills to Have
Why Do You Need Urban Survival Skills?
Visions of zombies flooding the streets might come to mind, but in the real world, there are still a lot of dangers that we have to face or prepare for. If you look at the current events in our country, you will always find plenty of good reasons to have or learn urban survival skills.
In the end, it’s your urban survival skills that can save your life. It doesn’t matter if the threat comes from your job, your neighborhood, the road, or right in your own home. You’re a prepper/survivalist and you will try everything you can to help yourself and your loved ones get through difficult scenarios. Here are some abilities that you need to learn and master.
1. Open a Can Barehanded
A can opener may not be around when you need to access your precious supplies. Learn this trick to stop depending on the device.
2. Cook the Old-Fashioned Way
Old recipes not only taste better, but they also help preserve our culture.
3. Survive a Fight
With all the violence going on, you need to be ready for any attack. Acquire skills that’ll help you survive a fight, or better yet, win. This will prevent anyone from planning to attack you in the future.
4. Tampon Hacks
Find out how to repurpose a sanitary item in ways you never imagined. This compact item can come in handy in a number of situations.
5. Unexpected Survival Tricks
Hacks like these make being a survivalist fun and interesting. Always keep an open mind and be ready for any situation.
6. Pointers from the Modern Age
There are more lessons that can be learned from today than ever before. Use them to your advantage.
7. Grow your Own Food
Because you can’t depend on the market or someone else to sell you food when the economy collapses. Growing your own food will give you reassurance that you’ll survive any shortage.
8. Use a Tin Can in Every Possible Way
There’s always a lot to learn when it comes to repurposing. Tin cans are an especially great item to turn into various tools.
9. Make Tea for Vitamin C
Tea with vitamin C is a great source when you need to boost your immune system in the winter.
10. Escape a Shooting
A safety expert shows you how to get out alive when your workplace is attacked. Learn how to escape a shooting from any intruder.
11. Get Rid of a Tail
Know when someone is following you and what to do. Stay alert on the road and think about how you can get rid of a tail. This can save your life or at least prevent anyone from following you.
12. Make a Long-Lasting Flashlight
A reliable light source may not always be available. Make sure you’re always prepared and ready if there’s a power outage.
13. Fix your Bugout Bag
Parts will break as you use your gear to the fullest. Learn how to fix them.
14. Prepare Survival Food
It is important and to have food that won’t go bad for a long time. One of the most important items in your urban survival kit list should be emergency food.
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15. Make Water Safe to Drink
Having a WAPI ensures that you won’t put dangerous microbes into your body. This is especially great for urban disaster survival.
16. Light up the Darkness with Tuna
When the grid is down and you have no light source, a can of tuna can save the day or night. You can turn your emergency food into an urban survival equipment fit for any blackout.
17. Turn a Battery into a Firestarter
Use electrical energy to light a fire. This is one of the best urban survival essentials you need to keep yourself warm and fed in any situation.
18. Defend your Home from Invaders
Learn to protect your house and family from invaders. One of the essentials of urban survival prepping is establishing a safe home.
19. Resurrect Dead Batteries
We live in an electronic world, so know how to get those gadgets to work. Your urban survival backpack should have a few extra batteries just in case
20. Repurpose Soda Cans
Turning your garbage into very useful items is one of the best urban survival tips to remember. Don’t just throw them away. Keep them and turn them into useful items for preppers.
21. Survive Anywhere in the World
Here’s what you need to do when things get awry and you’re in a strange place.
22. Get Out of a Dangerous Situation
Find ways to get safely out of a hostage or terror scenario. This may be one of the most useful skills in an urban survival guide.
23. Exit a Car Before it Sinks
It’s imperative to get out of the vehicle before it reaches the bottom. Break the window as soon as your car hits the surface of the water to give yourself enough time.
24. Escape Zip Ties
It’s not easy to break free from zip tie, or so you think. This isn’t something books will teach you but it’s an essential.
25. Practical Intelligence
Sometimes all you need is to think out of the box or adjust to the situation. Approaching any situation with flexibility will help you get through anything.
26. Live Through Winter
Even when you’re indoors, the coldest season can be unforgiving.
27. Make Waterproof Firestarters
It’s important to be able to start a fire whatever the weather throws at you.
28. Be Street-Smart
Learn all the skills necessary to get through a bad situation, starting with awareness. The best survival books will tell you being street-smart can be as good as book-smarts.
29. Hide in Plain Sight
To any survivalist, the benefits of using camouflage no longer need to be discussed.
30. Answering a Door Safely
If you’re not careful, bad guys can invade your home from your front door. Answer your door safely to prevent any intruders from entering your home.
31. Stay Fit
Being in top shape is important if you want to make it through any survival situation. This is an imperative in any urban survival books.
32. Be like Harry Houdini
No one wants to be held captive, especially people like us. An expert shows us how to escape bound hands.
33. Know What to Expect
If you have an idea of what could happen in a certain place or condition, you are better equipped to survive.
34. Keep your Cool on the Road
Don’t turn a simple trip into a life-and-death situation. Always try to stay calm on the road to approach any situation logically and in a safe manner.
35. Deal with Urban Terror
It has happened, and it’s still happening, so it’s best to learn how to deal with senseless violence.
36. Hunker Down in Your Car
Your personal transport does not have to be a tank or tricked-out zombie survival vehicle to help you get through the night.
37. Save Yourself from an Active Shooter
Hard as it is to accept, but we all need to learn how to handle this new kind of terror.
Watch this video from The Survival Outpost for urban survival tips in the concrete jungle:
Master these survival skills, and you might just be able to save your own or someone else’s life when society collapses. Take this as a list of things to add to your urban survival manual and make every day a lot safer for you and your family.
Do you have your own set of urban survival skills? Mention them in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 10, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.