Author Archives: Thoreau

Lessons from Oroville Dam Evacuation

Here is one of the more comprehensive news articles on the problem: Oroville Dam Spillway Failure: Nearly 190,000 Ordered to Evacuate. What can this evacuation and impending disaster teach us? “We both were kind of shocked. Nothing like this has … Continue reading

Severe Unemployment after the SHTF

I think many preppers do not realize how any major SHTF scenario will affect employment. Any event that disrupts society or the economy can cause unemployment to spike. Any event that disrupts a fundamental building block of society, such as … Continue reading

Hearing Protection for Preppers with Guns

The Hearing Protection Act of 2017 is making its way through the bureaucratic labyrinth we call Congress. This bill would make sound suppressors (“silencers”) for firearms no longer subject to the strict requirements of the National Firearms Act (NFA). Instead, … Continue reading

7 Unexpected Consequences of an Economic Collapse

Other than the obvious consequences, what might we expect from a partial economic collapse? A total collapse of the economy would throw the nation into utter chaos. But what if we endure an economic depression, or a severe and long-lasting … Continue reading

Magpul improves the Ruger 10/22 Takedown

Ruger’s 10/22 is a great prepping and survival rifle. Chambered in .22 long rifle, the ammo is (still) relatively cheap and plentiful. But stock up now, before the SHTF. The 10/22 is a semi-auto rifle with a detachable box magazine. … Continue reading

The Long-Term Long-Distance Bug-out

Many prepper websites discuss the bug-out. Some disaster scenario unfolds, and your home is no longer safe. You grab your bug-out bags, plural — one for each family member — and hit the road in your favorite bug-out vehicle. Then, … Continue reading

Gold Confiscation and Currency Demonetization

Never underestimate the cleverness of government in finding new ways to screw you out of your money. Gold In the United States, the Gold Reserve Act of 1934 outlawed the possession of gold bullion, gold certificates, and most gold coins. … Continue reading

Why Every Prepper Should Own A Revolver

The usefulness of shotguns, rifles, and semi-auto pistols is indisputable. But the humble revolver deserves a place in your gun safe, for several compelling reasons. 1. Reliability A well-made revolver is ultra-reliable. Load the firearm, throw it in a gun … Continue reading

Foods that Replenish Your Electrolytes

Only six electrolytes — minerals needed by the blood in fairly large amounts — are obtained from the diet. 1. Sodium 2. Chloride 3. Magnesium 4. Potassium 5. Calcium 6. Phosphorus The first two are provided by table salt: sodium … Continue reading

A Quick Primer On The New Ebola Vaccine

The news headlines have proclaimed that the new Ebola vaccine is “100% effective”. That’s not an accurate statement. This post will summarize the most important information about the vaccine, and correct some inaccuracies in news sources. Here is the medical … Continue reading

The 11 Most Important Foods To Store

Storing food is one of the bedrock tasks of any serious Prepper. When the SHTF, you can buy food at much higher prices — if any is still available. You can grow your own food, if you have the resources … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Shotguns for Self-Defense

One of the most commonly recommended firearms for home defense purposes is the humble shotgun. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this type of gun for self-defense. PROS 1. Accuracy Being a long gun fired from … Continue reading