1st Line Kit Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Organize Your Bugout Gear

Managing Your Bugout Kit Gear is an essential part of any bugout strategy. The typical discussion of bugout gear revolves around the pack and related contents. Everyone has an opinion on what goes in the pack, but invariably everyone wants to bring the same items - weapons, food, water, clothes, etc. The only problem is keeping all this gear organized [...]

The Art Of Camouflage And Concealment

Effective use of camouflage can be the game changer in a hostile situation. In the simplest terms, camouflage is deception. It is the attempt to create a false reality in the mind of the enemy. Sun Tzu wrote that "the history of warfare is the history of deception". There are many ways to deceive the enemy, one of the most famous being the use of the [...]

Rocky S2V Substratum Hiker Review

A good pair of boots is truly worth its weight in gold. Whether you're a grunt in Afghanistan or hiking in your local forest, the comfort of your feet is top priority. I've owned more than a few boots throughout the years, New Balance, Merrell, 5.11 and others. All of which were good, but not quite what I was looking for in regards to quality. Then the [...]

Knife Review – Condor Bushlore

Condor Bushlore - Introduction It's a rare occasion when I find a knife that handles any task I throw at it. The Condor Bushlore is one of those rarities. I have a fairly large collection of blades and each one has their pros and cons. The LMF II is limited by it's hard plastic handle which I managed to break, the Ontario RAT-5 had issues with the finish [...]

LifeStraw – Review & Reality Check

Background It's been a few years since the LifeStraw hit the market. At the time, there was no product like it, the concept of a filter straw was new and to be honest, pretty cool.  I saw the same ads you probably did, pictures of kids in Africa drinking out of mud puddles and I figured that if it worked out there, it would work for me. So long story [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]