Urban Survival Tips: How To Establish An Observation Post

Establishing An Observation Post It's a New Year and time to discuss neighborhood defense strategies. When the shit hits the proverbial fan, nefarious elements come out to play. The unprepared become the prey in an unstable, dynamic environment.  Take the time now to evaluate and analyze the neighborhood from a tactical perspective. The first step [...]

Cleaning Guns Like A Pro

Let's face it, cleaning guns isn't exactly fun, but it's a necessary evil. My "cleaning kit" has been a mix of greasy rags, brushes and solvents. Sure it's not the best setup but it works. Invariably, brushes would be missing, my work bench would get dirty and I'd have to do another cleanup. Not the end of the world but annoying as hell. Finally my [...]

INCH Bag Survival Kit: Red Dawn Edition

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the term INCH translates to "I'm Never Coming Home". The focus of the INCH bag is long term survival, without short term resupply. The situation and your skill sets dictate how the bag is packed.  Extended survival in an urban environment is much different than a wilderness setting. The gear you would [...]

Bug Out Vehicle: Survival Food Kit

Survival is always contingent on a plan, unless you prefer to huddle up with the sheep, waiting for Big Brother to save the day. I prefer to have a plan, one for each situation when feasible. It might be hard to imagine, but the possibility of having to leave your home due to an imminent threat is entirely possible. When I first started thinking about [...]

Survival Fitness: Gym Bag by 3V Gear

I'm a firm believer in multi purpose equipment, gear that serves in a variety of roles. The Smuggler duffle bag fits that requirement perfectly, so when I had a chance to pick one up, I jumped on it. Once it arrived, it took all of two seconds to see it would be a great replacement for my aging Nike gym bag. The water-resistant PVC Tarpaulin shell [...]

Urban Survival: The Bug Out Bag

King Solomon is the origin of the proverb stating that "There’s nothing new under the sun". The tried and true Bug Out Bag is no different. Before the term was coined by the media, the Bug Out Bag was the Bail Out Bag, designed for survival in the event of a plane crash. The term "bug out" appeared during the Korean War, when a soldier might need to [...]

Tactical Gear For The Partisan Fighter

Partisan warfare is the long standing tradition of civilian resistance against the de factor powers. In many cases, resistance fighters are out numbered, which creates a policy of diversion, evasion and deception. The guerrilla force is broken into small units, designed for sudden and harassing attacks against personnel, infrastructure and key [...]

Urban Survival: The Get Home Bag

When disaster strikes, there's no guarantee you will be home or at a safe location. If you're employed, odds are good you will be at work. This was true for me on a few occasions and I was faced with the serious suck factor of walking home with no supporting gear or even a basic plan of action. Let's just say I was young, dumb and "invincible". I got [...]

Every Day Carry: The Sound Grenade

Personal security is a critical component in any serious survival strategy. Firearms and knives are the obvious options, but how about wearable personal protection? There are many environments where your favorite handgun or folding blade are not allowed. Airports, government buildings to name a few. The solution to this problem is the Sound Grenade. [...]

INCH Bag: Building The Food Supply

The process of building a reality based food supply takes time, thought and a bit of patience. It's easy to toss some MRE's and beef jerky in your pack and call it a day. That works fine for a bugout kit when you don't expect to be cut off for longer than three days. But when it comes to preparing your INCH bag, one must create an actual menu, [...]