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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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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 …

Books By M.D. Creekmore

Note: Earnings from the sale of these books help me to keep this site going and free for you to enjoy. Thank you for your support. The Prepper’s Guide to Surviving the End of the World, as We Know It: Gear, Skills, and Related Know-How An accessible step-by-step survival guide of DIY projects, safety tips, and emergency strategies to ready …

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P-38 or P-51 Can Opener Review

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson

Not everything made for the military is truly well made. In many cases what is made for the military, regardless of nation of origin, often is low-end and fits into a rather loose set of restrictions guiding its building. This is the case with the amazing folding can opener known as the P-38 and P-51.  The P-38 can opener was designed …

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PSA premium bolt carrier group: weekly product review

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson

For legal purposes, I did not receive any of the mentioned products for a reduced cost or in exchange for a review of any kind. I purchased all of the above with my own funds and review them for your benefit alone! Palmetto State Armory is definitely a well-known name, gun snobs hate them and gun users love them. For close …

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Review: Slime Self-Sealing Tube for Bicycles

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson

Here in Arizona, we enjoy bicycling, we also enjoy one of the densest populations of spiny flora on the planet. This combination is absolutely terrible for bicycle tubes. This is a review of one product I have found for my bicycle that works quite well and allows us to maintain pressure even when we encounter the inevitable patch of cacti …

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Darkest Days: How to Survive an EMP Attack to the Grid: weekly product review

In Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson

Personally, I tend to avoid conspiracies and doomsday predictions, because typically they are, fear-based attempts to drive an individual or groups agenda. At no point in history has any species lived longer than it should nor has any state or collection of states lasted forever. This said I was sent a copy of the book Darkest Days: how to survive …

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Mountain House Classic Assortment Bucket Review

In Prepping and Survivalism, Reviews and Smart Buys by Jesse Mathewson

Over the last few decades, I have been more invested in long-term supplies for survival and prepping. After all the evidence shows that it is not a matter of if an event will occur but rather when. By event I mean; flooding, wildfire, home fire, windstorms, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides and even the dreaded fabled collapse of our current society. ¹ …

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Where There is No Doctor a Village Health Care Book: Weekly product review

In Health and Fitness, Reviews and Smart Buys, This, That, and The Other by Jesse Mathewson

Some reviews are simple to write, some are difficult. This is one of the simple ones, firstly I need to tell you that I purchased this book with the intention of adding to my library of medical knowledge. I did not receive it for free or in exchange for anything. Some purchases can be seen through hindsight with eyes tinged …