Author Archives: Thoreau

Pros and Cons of 300BLK for Prepping

AAC (Advanced Armament Corp) developed the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge based on “Pioneering work by JD Jones with the 300 Whisper, and others with 300 Fireball and 300‐221.” See this very informative PDF from Robert S. Silvers, S.M. of Advanced … Continue reading

California’s Two-year Drought

The current drought in California began in the southern half of the State nearly two years ago, in early 2013. By May of that year, the entire State was engulfed in a moderate drought, categorized as level “D1″ by the … Continue reading

Gunfire and Hearing Protection

Two articles with important information on hearing protection for shooters: Sound Advice [PDF file] by Amin Musani, Au.D. “Sounds over 140dB can cause pain and prolonged exposure to noise over 85-90dB can result in permanent hearing loss. Gunfire may be … Continue reading

For Your Consideration: SurvivalForums.org

Why not wander over to SurvivalForums.org, and see if anything interests you. It’s a prepping forum with an emphasis on SHTF Survival. Discussion topics include: Bushcraft, fishing, hunting, first aid, self-defense, urban survival, bug-out bags and vehicles, communication, disaster scenarios, … Continue reading

In an Emergency, where can you find Clean Water?

Suppose that some type of disaster takes out the water supply. I’m not talking about a “boil water alert”, but a lack of water from your usual sources: tap water and bottled water. Maybe you have town water, and their … Continue reading

CDC reports Measles Outbreak in the U.S.

Here’s the news story: CDC urges measles vaccinations amid nationwide outbreak; 100 cases confirmed so far. Measles is highly contagious: it’s basic reproduction number is 12 to 18, meaning that one infected person infects on average 12 to 18 other … Continue reading

The .22LR is a Prepper’s Best Friend

Ammo in .22 long rifle is cheap and plentiful. Recently, prices for ammo have ticked up, and availability has been squeezed. But if you buy in advance of need, like any good prepper, you shouldn’t have too much trouble building … Continue reading

Is a Resurgence of Prepping on the Horizon?

I have the impression that prepping was more popular a few years ago than it is today. A number of reality shows were launched about that time, partly due to the success of “Doomsday Preppers” (2011-present) but also due to … Continue reading

SHOT Show 2015: highlights (part 2)

There is some good SHOT Show coverage over at: The Firearm Blog The Truth About Guns Guns Holsters and Gear – Shot Show summary I’m interested in new products at SHOT Show that are useful for prepping and survival purposes. … Continue reading

Beartooth Radio for Smart SHTF Communication

Your smart phone is a great prepping and survival tool — as long as the cellular network and/or internet are up and running, and you are not out of range of a cell tower. What do you do for communication … Continue reading

SHOT Show 2015: highlights (part 1)

There is some good SHOT Show coverage over at: The Firearm Blog The Truth About Guns Guns Holsters and Gear – Shot Show summary I’m interested in new products at SHOT Show that are useful for prepping and survival purposes. … Continue reading

Nuclear Proliferation and Islamic Extremists

An extremist Islamic mindset has been the root cause of many terrorist attacks over the last 13 plus years, from the 9/11 attacks in New York City (2001) to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris (2015) earlier this month. But … Continue reading