Author Archives: Thoreau

Fish Antibiotics for Human Use: Pros and Cons

Many preppers buy and store “fish antibiotics” for possible human use when the SHTF. The idea is that a disaster may make the usual means of health care unavailable for an extended period of time. A person who is sick … Continue reading

Off-road Motorcycles for when the SHTF

The best vehicle when the SHTF does not necessarily have 4 wheels. A motorcycle has certain advantages over a jeep or pick-up truck or sedan. When there is a severe traffic jam, due to an evacuation, a motorcycle, with its … Continue reading

A Primer on MOA and MRAD ranging

You look through your riflescope at a target in the distance. The target can be “measured” by means of a scope reticle with gradations in MOA (minutes of angle) or in MRAD (milliradians). The distance between two “mil-dots” is one … Continue reading

Survival Lessons from Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 was an enclosed three-plus acre living space for 8 persons along with enough land to grow all their food. The idea was to isolate a group of researchers in their own self-contained environment. From a prepping and survival … Continue reading

Survival Gardening: the best survival crops

Let’s say you have a backyard garden, and you want to maximize its effectiveness for prepping and survival. What should you grow? You need crops that provide the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You also want these crops to … Continue reading

An Air Gun with AR style: the FX Impact

The IWA Outdoor Classics trade show wraps up today in Germany. But while SHOT Show in the U.S. is the major venue for new firearms, the IWA Show is the main yearly venue for new air guns. Firearms are more … Continue reading

Low recoil low noise options for home defense

There’s an unavoidable trade-off when choosing a firearm and ammo caliber for self-defense in and around your home. The more powerful options are also louder and have greater recoil. Indoors, the noise is greater from any firearm due to the … Continue reading

How Much Protein, Fat, and Carbs should you store?

The three macronutrients are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You can survive for quite a while with too little vitamins and minerals in your diet. Or you can store and use a multivitamin and mineral supplement. But protein, fat, and carbs … Continue reading

What color is your gun?

I have no idea why the “what color is this dress?” story has gone viral. Here’s the story in Wired magazine and in the less discerning but more amusing Gawker blog. My response is, who cares? Now guns are another … Continue reading

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans goes off the rails

Edited to add: Photos of school lunches from around the world The USDA is preparing to release a new version of its “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” this year. The last set of guidelines is the “2010″ edition (released in Jan. … Continue reading

Is It Time to Stock up on M855 ammo?

The NRA’s legal website is warning gun owners that the ATF may ban a common type of 5.56 ammunition. BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo. “The decision continues Obama‚Äôs use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and … Continue reading

Survival Gardening: the 8 best protein crops

Unless your backyard garden is the size of a small farm, you can’t survive solely from food from the garden. I expect that in many survival situations, people will still buy some of their food from the supermarket. Then if … Continue reading