Lesson Three:  Drinkable Water

Lesson Three: Drinkable Water

You take your family out camping for the weekend in the Sierra Mountains and you packed everything you need for a weekend getaway.  You made a checklist and went over it several times.  Shelter- check; fire- check; food- check; and water- check and double check.  The vehicle is packed and you’re ready to head out for your family adventure.   Feeling adventurous, you decide to go on a back country hiking trip instead.  You wonder if you have enough supplies and equipment to do this, and you decide that you’ll be okay for the trip.  You arrive at the ranger station and get a permit and a map and ask the ranger for a good trail with a lot of things to see.   You’re ready to head out.  Throughout the hike, you periodically check the map, and that’s when you realize that things don’t look right.  You should be at the campsite by now, and wonder if you took the wrong trail and if you’re lost. we only brought enough supplies for a couple of days, what are we going to do!   You decide to set up camp and take an inventory of your supplies, knowing that you only packed enough for a couple of days. You realized that you aren’t going to have enough water if you are, indeed lost, and you start to panic.  This is a real life scenario that can and has happened. It’s important to learn new skills that better prepare us for the worst case scenario.   This week’s lesson is water purification and collection.  Finding and purifying water is not...
Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

Lesson Two: How Make A Shelter

In part one I discussed different ways to build a fire.  In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to make a shelter in an emergency. Imagine the following scenario:  You take your family out for a day hike at Mount Rushmore.  You’re having a great time. As you’re hiking along, you look up at the sky and notice it looking little dark.  You tell yourself that you will be okay, as you stop for a quick family picnic. Time gets away from you, and your attention is quickly broken from your family and up towards the sky.  You start to clean up and as you stuff everything back into your bag, a big crash of lightning hits in the area and your children start to panic. You tell your family it will be okay, and to just grab what they can and double time it back to the car.  Since you only planned a day trip, you don’t have a shelter in your bag. The storm is starting to intensify, and you realize you need to take cover and find shelter. This is what I call the worst case scenario that can happen and lucky for you, I am here to help by showing you how to build that life-saving shelter.  Shelter is one of the most important things for survival during an off grid situation.  The rule of three 3’s is a good place to start. You can only survive without shelter for three hours, water for three days, and food for three weeks.   Shelter is very important for survival, and depending on the weather conditions it...
Lesson One: Building a Fire

Lesson One: Building a Fire

Could you start a fire without a lighter or matches?  A firestarter kit is a must have for your bug out bag.  Heck, if Survivorman can start a fire in under 30 seconds, surely, we can do it too!  Only, it’s much harder than you might think. If you start striking the flint rod, you may get a lot of bright sparks everywhere but no fire. In the face of an emergency, or off-grid situation, it will be easy to panic, and you may become easily frustrated. I am going to teach you so that with a little practice you’ll be able to start a fire without any help from “man-made” objects, such as a lighter. Fire not only gives you warmth, but it can be used to cook food and boil water for drinking, light to see in the dark, security from animals, and it can give you comfort during a hard time. Three things are needed to start a fire: fuel, heat, and oxygen.   The fuel is what your fire is going to burn. Wood is a great source of fuel and can be collected with ease. Next is heat. An ignition source is needed like flint and steel. Last is oxygen, and that is everywhere, no need to supply that, just make sure your fire can get plenty of airflow to get the flames going. In the video below, I’ll show you three different ways to build a fire. The first is what I call the prepare method. This is where you have made fire starters before there’s an emergency or an off-grid situation. You will need...
Handgun Open Carry Do’s and Don’ts

Handgun Open Carry Do’s and Don’ts

I don’t know about you, but lately, I have seen an increase of people who open carry.  Let me say that  I am not against open carry.  I do practice open carry, but only in a few places.  I prefer concealed carry for two reasons- one, there are too many hoplophobes- a person who has an irrational fear of firearms.  Second, the shock and awe effect it has on a perpetrator. There are some serious safety issues that need to be addressed regarding open carry.  The biggest concern is the open visual of the firearm for everyone to see.  First, there is a possibility of a firearm grab.  This could be innocent-  someone who’s trying to be funny or who wants to play a joke, or it could be something more nefarious- a person who wants to steal your gun.  I would say do like what cops do when they are in public.  Keep your arm down at your side and have it up against the gun, this way you can always feel your gun.   Next, keep your eyes open and scan for anyone who might be staring at you or your gun.  If a cop notices someone looking at his gun, he will give them the meanest look in the world, just in case a person is thinking about going for his gun, and that is how you should be if you choose to open carry.   Here are some do’s and don’ts so you can safely open carry.   It is important to purchase high-quality equipment if you are going to open carry. I would invest in a...
Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

We have been there before: we’re packing for a trip or a vacation, checking everything off our list-  clothing, toiletries, medications, and your handgun.  These days it’s like a visa card “don’t leave home without it.”    However,  before you slap that smoke wagon on, or check that roscoe at the airport, it’s important that you check the laws where you are going to see where you can and cannot carry, or if the state will even recognize your state’s permit.  The days of just claiming ignorance of the law are well over and can be a big mistake.  In today’s world, telling the police officer “I didn’t know I couldn’t carry here, and I promise not to do it again,” can get you arrested and put in jail for a very long time.  I don’t know about you, but I am not going to take the chance of losing my freedoms and gun rights by playing the ignorance card.   What can you do to know the laws in the other states and municipalities?  First, you can pay for it by going to a lawyer and asking them to look into it for you.  If you are a frequent traveler, this is well worth the money.   It may cost you around $200, but $200 is cheaper than bail, attorney fees, court costs, and the time spent trying to stay out of prison.   Another option is reading books and other publications.  If you go this route, make sure the author is a person who has researched the topic, is well respected in the firearms community, and that the information is...
COMING SOON– OFF GRID SURVIVAL SCHOOL

COMING SOON– OFF GRID SURVIVAL SCHOOL

While people have prepared by stocking up on valuable resources like food, water, and other essential resources, many have never taken the time out to learn how to build a fire without matches or filter water for drinking.  These skill sets are important to learn.  You don’t want to find yourself at a disadvantage because you’ve overlooked learning these essential skills.   There are four skills that everyone who is thinking of how to prepare for an off grid or SHTF event needs to be able to perform.  They are food, water, fire, and security.   These make up every survival situation that can be thrown at you and your family.   First, while you may have food stored up, it is important to learn how to get more whether it’s scavenging or hunting/trapping, or even growing your own food.  It’s important to have a plan B to take care of yourself and your family if your plan A fails.   It’s important to prepare for any scenario.  For example, what happens if your home is broken into and a good amount of your food is taken by intruders during an SHTF event?  Hunting and gardening are harder than most people think. Growing a garden in an off grid situation is harder than you think.  For starters, how are you going to water your garden when it needs it during the dry season of the year.  You just can’t turn on the hose and water it.  Or how are you going to deal with pest without the use of pesticides, and don’t forget about fertilizer either.   The next is...