Author Archives: Thoreau

Which Optics are best for Home Defense?

Suppose that you’ve chosen to use a rifle for home defense. What is the best type of rifle scope to use for that purpose? I won’t argue, in this article, the merits of a long gun over a pistol. But … Continue reading

Retail Store Closings and the Impending Shopping Disaster

Many retail stores have closed due to competition from online stores. People are buying an ever larger percentage of their goods from the internet. So brick-and-mortar stores, from Mom and Pops to large chains, are shutting down. And this development … Continue reading

Perfect for Home Defense: a Bullpup Hi-point Carbine

As I’ve opined in a past post, the Hi-Point Carbine in 9mm is a great option for home defense. The gun is affordable and reliable, and the 9mm round is sufficient for almost any home defense situation. The gun does … Continue reading

Use a Grow-out to Increase Seeds for Your Crops

Let’s say you have a single pound of wheat — whole berries which can be planted as seed or eaten. Well, there is not much nutrition in only one pound of wheat. You could eat for a day or so. … Continue reading

Subsistence Farming for Survival

To my mind, survivalism goes beyond prepping, so as to add complete or near-complete self-sufficiency. And that is beyond the preparedness level of most serious preppers. So while a prepper might have an extensive backyard garden, as a supplemental food … Continue reading

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