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It’s That Time of Year

Ticks. Mosquitoes and those damned Buffalo gnats. It might take some experimentation but it behooves everyone to figure out a concoction that will repel all three. Most of us use a combination of deet or deet substituted repellant for ticks and mosquitoes and a good spray or two of lemon eucalyptus stuff to keep the… Continue Reading

Emergency Food

This is an M.R.E., Meal Ready to Eat or as we like to call it “Three lies in one”. It’s a prepackaged food that’s easy to carry, has a fairly long shelf life and comes in a wide variety of “flavors”. If you don’t have an emergency food source stashed away already, these will keep… Continue Reading

People Are People Until They’re Not

Anyone who has been in an intense crisis situation with other Humans can tell you that people, while for the most part are or want to be inherently good, can become a critical liability when things go “squirrely”. Fear, Confusion, Mob Mentality and Despair can all combine and make normally decent folk behave in despicable… Continue Reading

Don’t Go Rigid

Survival situations are by nature asymmetrical. They can be static, meaning you stay in one place. They can be dynamic, meaning it involves a whole lot of rapid movements. They can be a combination of both. Get training and learn the tools of the trade but don’t get rigid with one way of doing anything.… Continue Reading

The Psychology of Survival

This will probably be the shortest explanation of a psychological structure that you will ever read. The psychology of Survival is….Do Not Give Up. That’s it. You can strengthen your knowledge base by picking survival scenarios that you might find yourself in and then training for them; but ultimately, if something puts you outside of… Continue Reading

The Three Reactions or The Three “F”s

Fight or Flight. We’ve all heard it. It is the catch all phrase that is used to describe the human reaction to dangerous situations. However broadly used and imbedded in our conscious minds that it might be, it isn’t exactly right. You see, those of us who have both been in life or death situation… Continue Reading

Plan On It Going Wrong

If your idea of “planning” for an emergency consists of a series of best case scenario events occurring in an unbroken chain, you have obviously never tried to execute a detailed plan in an asymmetric environment replete with unknown variables. If you think there is a “chance” that something might go wrong with a plan,… Continue Reading

Practice Strengths, Train Weaknesses

When we’re good at a skill, we should practice to keep it honed and to improve it. When we’re terrible at a skill, we should train ourselves in techniques and methods to make that weakness stronger. It’s more often than not, fun to practice with the skills we’ve already mastered and again, more often than… Continue Reading

Train It Like You’ll Use it

Standing in your prefered shooter stance, firing your weapon down a lane at a target = target/shooting practice. Curled up in the mud in an uncomfortable position, firing your weapon througb a “mouse hole” at a target surrounded by “nags” (NonAGgressorS), that when shot, will instantly disqualify you from your “run” = Real world tactical… Continue Reading