Articles from GPS1504

  1. Consumable Items to Safely Stockpile for the Long Haul

    If you've ever worried about the true shelf life of food items in your survival stockpile, you are not alone. Although many products available today come with expiration dates printed directly on the packaging, how much can you really trust those dates? At some point you may have experienced some type of food item that went bad before it's prime or, on the other hand, risked it with something that had been on the shelf a little too long and lived to tell the tale. With these things in mind,...
  2. Establishing Tactical Firearms Skills

    There has been a lot of talk recently in our society about guns. Some argue that guns are bad and should be banned while others hold tightly to their second amendment rights. No matter which camp you belong to, one thing we can hopefully all agree on is that a gun in the right hands is a valuable self-defense tool. When faced with a threat to yourself or others, being able to quickly and efficiently neutralize it can save lives, and a gun is often the best way to handle such threats. The key...
  3. Salvaging Wild Game After a Motor Vehicle Collision

    Fresh meat from a wild game animal is for many of us something that is tough to pass up. It is because of its appetizing nature that wild game is sought year after year by hunters who spend time pursuing such a feast. When hunting season rolls around, we outfit ourselves in camo and set out with our weapon of choice in order to secure some meat for the freezer. Although actually hunting wild game is a deliberate process, sometimes mere happenstance brings it into our lives in a much hastier...
  4. 15 Survival Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

    Even if you aren't on a regularly on bunch of prescribed medicines, odds are you still have at least a couple of pill bottles somewhere in your house. Whether it was an antibiotic you were prescribed last year or pain medicines from that sprain or strain six months ago, pill bottles have a way of hanging around. Being that they are small, it is easy to set them off to the side and forget about them. At some point, your collection may grow to epic proportions, but that does not mean it is...
  5. Basic Survival Bunker Needs

    An item a lot of survivalists long for is an underground bunker. Having your own hole in the ground provides a lot of safety and security that the average above ground structure does not. For instance, underground bunkers can be concealed far more easily without the average passerby ever knowing they are there. It is also possible to better fortify and secure an underground bunker. Since there are no windows to break or garage doors to pop off the track to gain entry, it is that much safer...
  6. DIY Waterproof Matches

    It's no secret that fire is important to any survival plan. Whether it is sterilizing drinking water, preparing food, or staying warm, the ability to light a fire is essential. Luckily there are many different ways to get a fire going in a pinch, depending on the supplies you have on hand. Since we all have our own preferences, there are many things you may choose to incorporate in your fire starting plan. One decent option for creating fire is waterproof matches. Possibly the best thing...
  7. Re-purposing an Ammo Can for Cooking

    When planning for TEOTWAWKI, a pressing issue is always food. It is important to have enough of it and be able to properly store it, ideally without wasting anything. In order to achieve this, we focus largely on non-perishable food items such as canned goods and anything else with an extended shelf life. As we are stockpiling such items, however, we are still putting things in the refrigerator at the same time. If the SHTF tomorrow, how much refrigerator and freezer food would you end up...
  8. Enjoy a Concealed Fire with a Dakota Fire Hole

    By now it's no secret that fires are a significant part of any survival plan for purposes such as keeping warm and cooking certain foods. Something else that is important when it comes to survival is the ability to go about your business and remain undetected. By nature, fires are vibrantly colored and produce a glow that can be seen from afar. Also highly visible is the smoke a fire creates. Since these two things can give away your position and therefore put you in jeopardy, why not...
  9. 3 Survival Guns Every Prepper Should Consider

    A significant part of your survival planning should be firepower. How are you going to defend yourself, your possessions, and your turf? What are you going to use to take down large game animals? What if it is small game you are confronted with instead? Can you rely on long range accuracy and successful close up action as well? Is the firearm you put faith in on a regular basis going to be enough to get the job done when called upon in a variety of situations which may present themselves...
  10. Save Your Survival Dollars with DIY MRE's

    Energy is everything, be it in our current world or the one we will be faced with once the SHTF. In order to have energy and therefore an ability to keep going, your body needs food for fuel. It may be easy now to stop and grab a sandwich when pangs of hunger hit, but after TEOTWAWKI you will be forced to rely on yourself and the food plan you set up in advance. An option for emergency meals on the go are MRE's, or Meals Ready to Eat. Photo: MRE Info MRE's are a popular choice as a food...
  11. Got Tarp? Get Tarp!

    Tarps are big, noisy, and should be a part of everyone's survival plan due to the many things for which they can be used. The versatility of a tarp should not be underestimated as they can rise to many occasions and fill a lot of the different voids we many experience in our life and travels. Above all else, tarps are cheap, so why not add a couple to your stash for when the time comes that you just might need them? The word tarp comes from tarpaulin, which is defined as a large sheet of...
  12. The End of the Toilet Paper as We Know It

    There are many basic comforts what we may take for granted once the SHTF. Simple pleasures like walking into the house and flipping on the lights or grabbing an ice cold drink from the refrigerator will all be things of the past, leaving us longing for the days when they existed at our fingertips. Losing these things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creature comforts that will no longer exist after TEOTWAWKI, and though foraging on without them will be unpleasant, it is...
  13. 30 Jobs Vinegar Can Tackle

    One of the often forgotten things to stock in a prepper larder is that oh so common jug (or ten) of Vinegar. This item came in handy more times than I can remember following Hurricanes in the South and winter storms in the north. Vinegar is widely becoming a popular choice for use in households due to the many purposes it is able to serve. In addition to its cleaning potential, vinegar can be purchased cheaply and is frequently available in large amounts at most any grocery store. It is...
  14. Applying Geocaching Techniques to Hidden Survival Supplies

    As a child, you likely participated in a great many treasure hunts. While this was a captivating activity for children, it fell by the wayside as we matured and grew into adults. For some, however, the excitement of a treasure hunt was too much to put down. They simply could not go through their adult life without the joy of stumbling upon a hidden treasure. As a result, geocaching was born. Photo: Friends of CCSP Geocaching is described as a 'real-world outdoor treasure hunt.' Worldwide...
  15. Mud Ovens: The Original Crock Pot

    When many of us think of survival cooking, it is likely cooking over a camp fire that comes to mind. While cooking over an open flame is effective, sometimes an oven is the best method of getting the dinner job done. Without the modern convenience of electricity in your home, how are you supposed to cook in an oven? By making one, of course! Photo: Weeding for Godot Through the use of mud, clay, sand, etc. along with a few other components it is actually possible to create your own oven for...
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