Leather Belt

6 Survival Uses for Your Belt

Do You Wear a Belt Every Day: Maybe You Should?

Belts have been in use since the Bronze Age according to historians, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that belts became a common item used mainly to hold one’s trousers up. Belts, before pants had belt loops were mainly decorative in the civilian world and utilitarian in the military.

Soldiers had gear to carry and so a wide heavy belt was usually buckled around the waist so things could be attached to it such as sabers, daggers, money, water, and tobacco pouches along with rations in small leather sacks. In some militaries, a belt cinched tight around the waist gave a soldier a trimmer looking physique. A tightly cinched belt produced a puffed out chest and a trimmer looking waist, the perfect looking soldier.

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Caching Firearms

Caching Firearms Ammunition Food and Gear

We have delved into this subject a number of times in previous articles, but like anything else attitudes change or a situation arises that makes one stop and contemplate their actions thus far.

Common sense tells us that a cache should be such that if you arrive with nothing but the clothes on your back you would have what is needed in the cache to survive going forward. Survive and defend yourself, so this means firearms in each cache along with sufficient ammunition.

A cache for an individual or even a family is a personal stash if you will, a collection of items that the family or that the individual needs for survival.

When working with a team or group, however, you have to consider the needs of the team, mission requirements and consider unforeseen and somewhat predictable situations that may arise, and not just the needs of an individual. This particular article, though, is only going to focus on caches for individuals or families.

The Question Is Not Always, What Goes in the Cache

The question is, rather, do you put the best you have in the cache. Imagine that you just purchased a new AR-15, and then modified it to suit your needs. It’s a good weapon, solid and dependable. Is it then, one that would go in the cache or stay by your side while some less worthy, considerably less expensive firearm gets buried.

Some may wonder what difference it makes. There are a number of things to consider when choosing what to leave out and what to put in your cache, however. If you have all of your best weapons in your home, close by your side and you get robbed, overrun, your house burns down or a natural disaster blows or floats it away, then all of your best is gone. On the other hand, if something happens, you want your best with you, right by your side.

If something happens and you have to leave most of your supplies behind and you make it to your cache, then you want the best available in your cache so you can survive. A conundrum for sure and there may not be any easy answers unless money is no object.

The dilemma is that most people cannot afford to put thousands of dollars worth of firearms in a cache. Besides firearms and Ammo, you need food, water, medical supplies, clothing, tools, and other necessities, which in and of themselves could cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Typically, people have one or two good weapons and then several that get the job done but would not be considered top of the line firearms. Any firearm you have is a good firearm, but when you have choices, you have to choose wisely.

A firearm is a tool that has to be ready for use at all times under any conditions. You need a reliable firearm on you, and you need a reliable firearm in a cache so if you have to resupply you can maintain the same security status as before. Make your cache as equal to or better than what you have close to hand and this includes, food, gear, medical supplies and so on.

Forget about the first tier second tier firearms mumble jumble on the Internet. Leave all those flow charts to military units. You are a family trying to survive, and to do so, you have to overcompensate by having the best available at all times, less training means more equipment, gear, and firearms.

You have to be able to assess your own capabilities realistically. You cannot pad your Resume when it comes to training, knowledge, and experience. Understand you will need every tool and piece of gear available to survive. You don’t carry a cheap, get by handgun for home defense, so what makes you think it would okay to bury one in the ground, your need for personal defense will only increase during a crisis.

If you have to find your way to your cache then that means the SHTF and you will need everything you can get your hands on to survive, and those things that you get your hands on better be reliable and ready to go once your hands touch them.

No, the question has not been answered, and it cannot be answered by anyone but you.

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Two Is One and One Is None: Do You Believe In Redundancy

Redundancy is often times called the best backup plan. Nevertheless, there are limits to just how many items you can carry, because you fear one may become lost, broken or in some cases, is not the exact tool or material for the job.

Where Redundancy Is Important

Survival packs for each member of the group or family is important. If a member becomes separated from the group or family that person needs the supplies, tools, and materials to survive independently of the group. It would be easy to imagine a family or group dividing supplies in various packs based on how much a person can carry. The older or bigger members may be tasked with carrying the water or food supply because it is heavier. The younger children would of course carry the lighter supplies. This method only works if everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.

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Hiking Boots

Does the Weight of Your Hiking Boots Make a Difference

There is no question that weight slows you down when hiking, and where you carry the weight while hiking, makes a bigger difference than you may have realized.

In 1983, the United States Army conducted a study titled “The energy cost and heart-rate response of trained and untrained subjects walking and running in shoes and boots” (Army Research Inst Of Environmental Medicine, 1983).

The study found that a very small increase in the weight of your shoes added up to a significantly higher expenditure of energy when walking. The adage “one pound of added weight to your feet equals five pounds of weight on your back” may be credible. The weight of your hiking shoes or boots can make a difference.

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camouflage netting

Camouflage Netting: Do You Need It

There are two schools of thought when it comes to camouflage. In one camp, you have those that believe that camouflage netting is a red flag, you are hiding something obviously, so further investigation is warranted, which no one wants. No netting means that no one is the wiser, nothing to see here, so move along is the thinking of some.

The second camp scratches their head, however, at this statement, because, you do have something to hide, and the whole concept of netting is to make things appear as if nothing is there.

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Hiking Skills

Hiking Skills: Back To the Basics

Yes, there are some skills required when it comes to trekking around in the backwoods. Well marked hiking trails are one thing, while hiking through thick brush, over loose shale and crossing waterways is something else entirely.

Hiking through an urban environment to escape the chaos, also has its own set of challenges, as well, that you would not encounter on a well defined and well used hiking trail.

Some people, when they hear the term bugging-out, naturally assume they will be hiking out of their predicament, because roads will be shut down and/or gridlocked. This may very well be the case, and if you are not ready to be on your feet in the same clothes for hours or even days at a time with weight in your pack, you will not fare well at all.

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Relocating Before the SHTF

Relocating Before the SHTF

The So-Called Safe Places Are Safe Now But What About When The SHTF

What about when the SHTF, will those so-called safe places the online experts are telling you to head for now be safe once a disaster strikes.

Survival books and articles online are telling everyone who will listen that they need to get out of the cities, get out of dodge, and head for the wilderness now. Find a small community as quickly as possible, and move there quickly is another recommendation you will find. There are lists scattered about the Internet proclaiming the safest places to be once the SHTF, how do they know though. How do you know?

We as humans can somewhat predict what may happen in the future based on events in the past, but this is by no means a guarantee because none of us have ever experienced a 12.0 magnitude earthquake, or lived through a comet strike, or survived an asteroid the size of Rhode Island striking earth.

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Paraffin Wax

4 Survival Uses for Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft solid derivable from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. The wax is solid at room temperature and begins to melt at around 99 °F (37° C). Its boiling point is plus or minus 698 °F.

The wax was first created in the 1850’s and it wasn’t long after that it began to replace tallow candles and whale oil as lighting for homes. People found that paraffin candles burned much more cleanly than tallow ones, and the wax was readily available and easy to work with.

The most common applications for paraffin wax include lubrication, electrical insulation, and candle making.

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Operational Security

OPSEC: It Is More Important Today Than Ever

If you talk about it, then everyone knows about it. They know about your preps, your habits, your ideas, and your identity. All can be stolen, compromised, or used against you, and it doesn’t take a disaster for it to happen either. People are always looking to cash in on other people’s hard work. It is pervasive in today’s society, stealing what others have accomplished, by simply exploiting your own words. Words better off not spoken when it comes to plans, preparations, firearms, and your family.

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Survival Uses for Bed Sheets

5 Survival Uses for Bed Sheets

A Bed Sheet Scissors and a Sewing Kit

Cotton bed sheets can be used for more than just sleeping on. A big sheet of cotton has survival material written all over it. A tightly folded sheet can fit in any pack, any vehicle or be rolled up and carried like a bedroll, attached to your pack or body.

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