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What Is The Best Home Defense Weapon That Isn’t A Gun?

In Home Security and Self-Defense by Jesse Mathewson6 Comments

  Open-ended questions like these are often answered using personal experience or second-hand chatter. What is often ignored are the actual studies and verified results coming from these studies. For instance in the United States did you know that while Bear Spray (somewhat more elevated approach to pepper spray) works very well on animal encounters while similar products are less …

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Best Solar Powered / Hand Crank Flashlights

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson3 Comments

January 2016, a purchase was made of over 20 solar powered, crank powered and alternative powered handheld lights. These flashlights all underwent extensive testing. This testing included the following steps for my personal use. 1. Drop testing (from 4 feet and 6 feet using different angles and surfaces) – I live in the high desert, if they can’t handle being …

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Inexpensive Bows for Hunting, Bushcraft, and Survival

In Archery and Bow Hunting by Jesse Mathewson3 Comments

“Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” Fred Bear “Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.” Fred Bear For thousands of years, archery has been utilized as a tool for hunting, defense and waging war. It is the one tool that has seen the littlest real advancements …

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What’s The Best Multi-Tool to Buy For EDC

In Knives and Related Topics by Jesse Mathewson7 Comments

When it comes to multi-tools there are dozens, hundreds of available choices. The best part is, they can all be very useful for a variety of reasons and in a variety of situations. However, for survival, prepping and or simply having, is there one that can work as the go-to, all around best approach? Rome had pocket multi-tools, however, modern …

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Holosun Optic Sight [An Honest Review]

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson5 Comments

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.” Sun Tzu Budget prepping is a difficult thing to do. After all, there is a difference between budget and cheap, inexpensive and cheap. Cheap by definition does not mean something is necessarily …

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Ferro Rod Review and Usage Guide

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson1 Comment

Fire is an essential element of survival, living, and warfare. It has been used for many millennia for heating, cooking, controlling growth, reducing wildfire damage, to promote grazing and conduct defensive and offensive campaigns against enemies. Ferro Rod usage is popular with many people within the prepper community, and yet, from what I have seen personally, there are many who …

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Can I Use an Emergency Space Blanket for Camping?

In Bushcraft and Outdoors by Jesse Mathewson3 Comments

Invented in 1964 for the space program, and used to keep Skylab from overheating these are an amazing invention. Consisting of thin sheets of plastic coated with vaporized aluminum, this was done to ensure extremely low weight with a high net benefit/ reflective nature. They are basically the same width as a human hair. Average weight between 0.5 and 5 …

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Best Survival Knife of for Under $100

In Knives and Related Topics by Jesse Mathewson10 Comments

Best, this word always brings to mind the 80’s ninjitsu and various karate/TKD/dance kick-boxing martial arts superstars. Best is at subjective and a useless measurement of anything. This said, I and many others, have done enough recorded testing to be able to give you a short list of good survival knives. In fact, I believe quite strongly that as long …

CRKT Folding Knives – Kommer Free Range Folding Knife Review

In Knives and Related Topics by Jesse Mathewson

From the many manuals I have collected over the years, a truly solid hunting knife/ skinning knife is many things. Here are a few quotes from some of my favorites. “Use a knife with a blade at least four inches long, a guard, and a large handle. A small knife can turn sideways in your hand when it hits bone. …