Book Review – Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire is a training and readiness manual focusing on people in rural areas.  It’s written by USMC and US Army Special Forces Veteran Clay Martin.  This is a companion book to his earlier “Concrete Jungle”, which focused on Urban Preparedness. Let me start off, once again, by saying that I bought these books myself,Continue reading “Book Review – Prairie Fire”

Observing Your Surroundings

In our digital, social media age, it’s easy to quickly get all your information from social media.  It’s also incredibly easy to believe things that aren’t true by getting all your information from social media. Normalcy bias also comes into play.  We tend to look online for stories that confirm our worldview and ignore thoseContinue reading “Observing Your Surroundings”

Observing Indicators

In our current situation, you have to gather your own information and learn to evaluate it.  As we’ve seen, media sources are not reliable, no matter which side they favor. Frequently getting out and checking indicators is great way to stay situationally aware, as well as just paying attention and gathering information in your dailyContinue reading “Observing Indicators”

Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent

There is a lot of preparedness and tactical knowledge in the Bible, and that’s where the motivation for this blog comes from.  Hidden inside the Bible are a lot of great adventure stories that rival the Lord of the Rings, but you have you to know where to find them. The story of Elijah isContinue reading “Elijah – Prepper and Secret Agent”

Book Review – Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle – A Green Beret’s Guide to Urban Survival is written by former Green Beret Clay Martin.  I usually give things written by Green Berets the proper respect by tossing them on the bookcase without ever reading them, but since Clay was a Marine Scout Sniper before he lost his mind, I decided toContinue reading “Book Review – Concrete Jungle”

2 Week Warning

As we approach the 2 week line, it’s vital that you take a few minutes to ensure that you are prepared for the chaos that this election is going to bring. No, I’m not saying “may bring” or “might bring”.  If you are of the belief that the election is going to resolve the stateContinue reading “2 Week Warning”

Being A Warrior

In the tactical community, many people talk about being a warrior, or having a warrior mindset, but do they really understand what that means? A lot of people in the preparedness community calls themselves warriors as well, but it’s not really required to be a warrior and that’s OK. Here, we’re going to give aContinue reading “Being A Warrior”

How Not To End Up On The News

I’m not going to defend these geniuses (because you can’t) and their crazy, I’ve-seen-one-too-many-action-films plan to attempt to kidnap the Michigan Governor, but there are some pieces of tactical wisdom that this tale brings out, along with some truths from the Ultimate Tactical Handbook. First, let me say that I don’t advocate or condone anyContinue reading “How Not To End Up On The News”

Communications Preparedness

Recently, there was a social media discussion about radios and being prepared.  I frequently talk about this topic, and while most people talk about what gear your need, you all know I’m more about the practical skills aspect. Let me say it again: SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN GEAR. Just as it does me noContinue reading “Communications Preparedness”

Survival Tool Reviews

I want to start by saying that I haven’t gotten paid for these reviews, and I bought these items myself.  Having said that, these three are fantastic tools that each person should have. I keep all three in my vehicle emergency kit at all times. The first one I bought was the emergency shovel.  IContinue reading “Survival Tool Reviews”

The NFAC….Again

The illustrious NFAC made an appearance in Lafayette Parrish, Louisiana this weekend, and there were the usual hilarious photos of the knuckleheads with ridiculous magazines, WalMart optics, and airsoft vests. Several people came out on the internet right away, dismissing them once again as clowns and dismissing GrandMaster Jay as a fraud trying to glorifyContinue reading “The NFAC….Again”

Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph

Modern tactics are really nothing more than the same tactics used for thousands of years, just re-written to sound more high tech.  It was once said that it was the longbow, and not the infantryman that became obsolete, and the horse, not the cavalryman.  That is very true. However, the same combat engineer and securityContinue reading “Tactics – David in the Desert of Ziph”