Posts by Blitz

Ontario RAT-5: Field Test & Review

Choosing A Primary Knife There are few basic tools that we all need in our survival kit. A good blade is one of those. These days, the amount of options on the market are almost mind numbing. It's easy to get lost in the different models and types. There are serrated blades, drop point blades, tanto blades and the list goes on. In the end, you have to [...]

Field Gear: Fighting And Survival Load

Trial & Error When it comes to load bearing equipment, there are tons of options. You can go old school with the belt and suspenders setup or "upgrade" to a chest rig or maybe go all out and get a plate carrier with enough armor to stop an RPG round. Any of those options are a good choice depending on the mission at hand. If you were in a high threat [...]

Establishing A Urban OP

The Scenario - Hostile Force Occupation Like the majority of Americana, I live in the suburbs. Not directly in the city, but close enough to feel those bad vibes when I drive through certain areas. In order to be prepared for a potential collapse or military occupation, I felt it necessary to start locate a good site to establishing a urban op [...]

Primitive Bushcraft Shelter – Adding A Raised Bed

Primitive Bushcraft Shelter Early spring in the Smokies can get very wet. The fog hangs low on the mountain tops, making sure the Great Smoky Mountains live up to their name. It's a time for forest to start growing again and I figured it was a great time to make a hike back to my shelter and give it some upgrades. If you've spent any nights in the [...]

Long Term Survival Kit

Survival The human body needs a specific amount of calories and water to survive. We need shelter and warmth to protect against the elements. Roll all this into one kit and you get a long term survival load. The kit that I have put together is based what I've learned from my own training and my memories of long term camping trips with my family. Be [...]

Lone Mountain Round #1 – AAR

Background I've spent the last few months plotting a training exercise. When you have multiple jobs, two kids and a wife, it's hard to get out for more than a few hours of training. In the last year, I've done my fair share of training in the Smokies, so I wanted to check out a new location. After some time on Google Earth, I decided to recon the Lone [...]

Russian Camouflage – Partizan M Suit

I'm going to start this post with a honest confession, I'm a camouflage addict. I love researching camo patterns, love buying them and love using them in the field. This addiction has been with me for years now and I don't expect it to end anytime soon! In my search for the best camo patterns for my region, I'm starting to see that the Russians have [...]

Enhance Your Kit – Add Body Armor

  Humans have been using it since the beginning of time to protect themselves for attack on the battlefield. Body armor has come along way since the days of the knights and now is finally a sensible addition to your survival strategy. It doesn't matter if you consider yourself a prepper, survivalist, concerned citizen, etc. We all have the same end [...]

The 5 W’s Of Shelter Building Examined

Survival shelter, it's usually the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about survival. You have to protect yourself from the elements. My favorite survivalist Les les Stround breaks it down into 5 key points. Of course we always have to remember that every survival situation is fluid and dynamic. Depending on the conditions, time of day, [...]

Urban Survival, Camouflage & Shelter Basics

Over 80% off all the US live in or near urban areas. Escape to the woods for survival sounds exciting, but in reality, it's not feasible for the majority. But if you spend any time reading prepper or survivalist blogs and sites, you'll see the standard advice to flee the cities in the event of a major collapse. This makes perfect sense to many, why not [...]