Friday, May 14, 2010

Why Prepare? For What?

from dseelman:
I was talking to a friend last night and he asked me a few questions.  Let me go into a few thing here.
  1. Why am I preparing? Well first of all, I have a family.  It is my duty to feed and protect my family.  I refuse to rely on the government or any other organization to do so.  It has been proven time after time that people need to do things for themselves to prevail.
  2. What am I preparing for?  Just about anything.  Whether it is a natural disaster, economic breakdown, or pandemic I want my family to have a chance to survive.
  3. Are you obsessed? Maybe, but can you really store too much food?  Can you really have too much ammo?  Is having a safe place to escape from this $hithole such a bad thing?  You tell me.
That's all I have for now.  I would love to hear what you think.  Leave a comment.

Throw The Bums Out

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Self Defense

A basic rule of salesmanship is you market to the people who have the money. But, a raw truth is: When it comes to personal safety most people don't think about it until they have a need. This pressing need is usually combined with the lack of thousands of dollars to hire a bodyguard or a high-tech security service.

TSP: Episode-433- Setting Up A Bug Out Location

TSP: Episode-426- Developing Survival Knowledge While Camping

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Family Firearm Hobby

This article was published in the April issue of Bullet Trap magazine.
My husband and I are shockingly bad parents.  A year ago we made the choice to teach our children about the world of firearms, and, in the eyes of some, that qualifies us as candidates for a visit from Child Protective Services.  Of course, when we first took our kids to the range, we had no idea we were embarking on an activity that would be controversial and, at times, criticized.  We also had no idea it would become such an enriching experience.
My husband is highly trained in shooting skills, so he took both kids under his wing, and in no time at all, they became proficient in the sport and respectful of the gun.  As we’ve guided our children into the world of firearms, there have been a few surprises.
The NRA Eddie Eagle program teaches a few basic safety rules, but our kids have learned far more.  They have learned to respect the rules, procedures and authority found on a shooting range.  No kid wants to be on the receiving end of the range officer’s whistle more than once!  Actions always have consequences, safety isn’t an option, and they’re all the wiser for these experiences.
shooting guns The Surprising Lessons of a Family Firearm Hobbyimage by schmuck-by-nature
They’ve learned that it takes patience to line up an accurate shot.  If a skill is to be mastered, it must be practiced carefully over and over again, and they have both shot hundreds of rounds with their .22 rifles.  Once the fun of shooting is over, our kids have learned the importance of keeping their firearm clean and getting it ready for the next outing.  This requires responsibility, attention to detail, and planning ahead.
Real life, practical skills are rarely taught in public schools anymore, and it’s up to parents to fill the gap with lessons in fishing, cooking, carpentry and dozens of other important, lifelong skills.  Using a firearm for hunting or target shooting falls into this category, and we’ve seen our kids’ self-confidence blossom as they’ve mastered a skill they know is valuable and meaningful.  Achieving a high score on a video game may bring a momentary thrill but never that deep satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something that matters.
Our firearm family hobby is just one more reason for us to spend time together doing something we all enjoy.  We’ve had lots of laughs, a few tears of frustration, and brought home numerous targets to proudly display on bedroom walls.  At a time when too many families find themselves drifting apart, separated by the pursuit of individual interests, a family hobby is key to bringing everyone together.  Firearms can provide that shared focus as well as a way to develop important character traits and lifelong skills.
In retrospect, the only shocking result from our family’s venture into the world of firearms has been watching our children develop confidence, patience, responsibility and attention to detail.  They’re well on their way toward mastering a useful skill that will serve them well in the future.  Are we bad parents for leading them down this path?  Hardly!  There are few activities that yield such a rich assortment of life lessons as the world of firearms.

Monday, May 10, 2010

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The Game of Life


1. "Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who do not." - Thomas Jefferson

2. "Those who trade liberty for security have neither." - John Adams

3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

6. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

8. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.

9. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

11. 64,999,987 firearm owners killed no one yesterday.

12. The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.

13. The second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

14. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you NOT understand?

15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.

16. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

If you agree, Pass this "Refresher" on to Free Citizens.... And remember:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life." That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A letter to a son

Here's a letter a man wrote to his son about surviving a nuclear detonation.  Thanks J.W.R.

After Armageddon

The History Channel recently aired a program I would like everyone to see.  It was called After Armageddon.  I don't have much to say about it except good job.  Here are a few other people's thoughts:

Friday, May 7, 2010

First Aid

Here's a great post about first aid:

Haven't heard anything from this blog in a while, but what he has is good stuff.

How to make a fire in wet conditions

Making A Water Filter Housing

Far Out - Heimo's Arctic Refuge - Full Version

This man knows how to live.

Teach Your Children To Survive Exclusive Free Video

For those of us with children:

Mosin Nagant Disassembly

Right now, one of the last good ole surplus rifles available in the $100 range is the Mosin Nagant.
Here are instructional videos for disassembly and cleaning of them:

Man vs. Wild building a shelter

Thursday, May 6, 2010

ready for submissions

Ok, I think we have about everything covered except for a contact list/membership list. I haven't dabbled in the group yet, but I think our best line of communication would be gmail. So, send anything you want posted to Also, if you want to be in the loop send us an e-mail there too. Once we get a contact list, we can use gmail for chat as well.

Photos are up

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Just added a calendar. This one is a bit more complicated.
Goto and sign in.
Then on the lower left corner click on add under other calendars and click add a friend's calendar.
Then add our e-mail address:
Now you will be able to view our events!


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google group now activated

I just activated a google group found here:
Also, our network e-mail is


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