How to Use a Flashlight in a Tactical Situation
It’s late Friday night and you’re walking to your car after a fun evening with your friends downtown. As you turn the corner down an unlit side street, you see a shadow dart across the wall and hear footsteps. The hairs on your neck stand straight up. You quicken your pace, but the other footsteps speed up as well. You look around trying to make out shapes in the dark, when out of nowhere a fist connects with your cheekbone. The sucker punch takes you to the ground and you can feel your wallet being taken from your back pocket.
With the way that banks and the global stock markets have been behaving, many people fear that what will eventually take us down is an economic collapse. Governments are living WAY above their means and countries are printing money irresponsibly. It seems almost inevitable.
In the case of such an event, the world as we know it will change drastically for all but the most wealthy and politically connected. Their lives will change, too, but perhaps not as much as the average Joe’s will. Money will most likely lose value and other, more functional skills and wares will come into play.
Whether you camp in an improved campground with all the amenities or on a patch of open ground in the backcountry wilderness, there are ways to make your outdoor living experience easier, safer and more ecologically responsible. Make good use of those tips that lend themselves to your style of camping.
SETTING UP CAMP
1 Arrive early. Give yourself plenty of time to set up camp before dark.
2 Choose a level spot and sweep it free of debris. If you must sleep on an incline, sleep with your head uphill.
By Bob Robb
When I first started shooting modern crossbows several years ago, I had no idea what to expect. Like many who had never played with them, these tools confused me. I had seen them on TV, but without ever handling one, I wasn’t sure about a lot of things. How do you load one? How do you pull the string back? What’s the trigger like? Do they kick, like a rifle? Are they noisy? Are they accurate? How far away can you accurately shoot one? Do they have enough power to kill a deer?
As a student of wilderness survival, I have spent my life practicing, teaching and preserving the primitive survival skills of our ancestors. In our culture, primitive skills such as starting fire, hunting, navigation, making cordage, and using stone tools have been replaced with wind-proof lighters, flashlights, microwaves, grocery stores, GPSs, hardware stores and knives. We take modern conveniences for granted and the thought rarely (if ever) crosses most people’s minds about what they would do if ever faced with a true survival situation.
Based on what happened at the Boston Marathon and Texas Fertilizer Plant, you never know when you may be called upon to administer first aid. Both are rare occurrences but illustrate the need to know urgent emergency care and how it saves lives.
This article intends to educate you on the value to taking first aid classes. To do that I will be reviewing the fundamentals of first aid, review a couple first aid treatment modalities you will learn, and direct you toward resources to take first classes and review the levels of training available to you.
For someone new to being a Survivalist building your first Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task. Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people.
It’s 45 degrees and raining. Your last backpacking trip of the season has run into a snag – the weather was supposed to be fine and mild, but instead is dripping and cold.
The boots you wore for the weather you expected have sprung a leak and your right foot is shriveled and contributing to an overall feeling of soggy malaise. You make camp and start a smokey, barely-there fire, but you quickly realize that you did not pack the rain fly for your tent. And it’s already leaking.