CategoriesDisaster Response

Aging Infrastructure and the Rising Digital Threat

As a prepper and survivalist, there is only so much you can do to protect your homestead and your family. You can ensure you have adequate water, food, and shelter for prolonged disaster crises and responses, but you cannot control the infrastructure of your country. 

There is a significant difference between personal vulnerability and national security. Unfortunately, recent works have revealed the potential weaknesses in the latter. For example, in early May, the Colonial Pipeline hack demonstrated the necessity for an overhaul in U.S. infrastructure.

The Colonial Pipeline is a major gas supplier for the east coast, and the hack presented the threat of gas shortages throughout. While the panic was the primary cause of recent shortages in the southeast, the hack was a dire warning of things to come, and the pipelines are not the only thing at risk. The current electrical grid also runs on outdated machinery, systems, and software.

The Rising Threat

Hacks on corporations are nothing new, and many terrorists and criminal organizations have created effective businesses built on ransomware. However, until recently, it seemed most of these attacks were on independent operators. Still, recently — within the last decade — hackers have been turning their sights on government infrastructure, health, transportation, energy, etc. 

The criminals see these heists or data-naps as good business. Companies cannot afford to leave systems offline, so they are quick to pay. For example, Colonial Pipeline was hacked on a Monday and decided to pay the ransom on the same day.

Unfortunately, while there is no denying Colonial Pipeline made the right decision for the company, the move is only motivation for further and more aggressive attacks on infrastructure. At the same time, independent hacker groups and criminal organizations are currently the aggressors, who are to say when digital warfare will become the newest military tactic.

Government Response

The government is currently debating President Biden’s infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan. Initially starting negotiations at $2 trillion, the administration just released the newest offer of $1 trillion. 

The plan is a decisive more forward, but many are concerned it does not do enough to improve digital security. For example, the plan calls for improvements in energy, education, and transportation, but it waivers its stance on enhanced digital security. In addition, the original proposal included a budget for making improvements to cybersecurity, but many experts argued it was not enough to support the implied changes to existing infrastructure.

Without a rigorous and financial commitment to the improvements of tech and security around basic infrastructure, the vulnerabilities will still be present, regardless of the progress. This administration and those that follow need to realize the imminent threat of cyber terrorism and digital warfare. In addition, Congress needs to enact policies to ensure change is financially viable.

Individual Concern

As a citizen, there is little you can do on a national scale other than vote. However, to ensure you are not a victim of the next national crisis, you can do whatever it takes to get off the grid and relieve your dependence on government infrastructure. For example, you can invest in solar power, install water filtration systems, stockpile food, clean water, and ensure you have a supply of gasoline should a shortage occur.

As a prepper and survivalist, you know you cannot 100% rely on the government to protect its citizens, especially when it fails to see the writing on the proverbial wall. Currently, infrastructure is at risk, and it will remain at risk until the Administration and Congress act.

CategoriesCamping Disaster Response Prepping Survivalism

A Brief Guide to Our Favorite Backup Generators

Loss of power is one of the most common scenarios in disaster situations. Whether you’re dealing with a severe storm, cyber-attack on the power grid or other foreign or domestic attack, you can almost guarantee the power will go out at some point. When that time comes, what will you do? How will you keep your refrigerated or frozen foods from spoiling within a few hours? How will you keep the lights on in your home? A good generator can help alleviate many of the discomforts and dangers associated with a prolonged power outage. Here’s a brief guide to some of our top picks.

Gas-Powered Generators

Gas-powered generators are only good if you have gas on hand to power them. But they’re very good at providing sufficient power to keep large appliances (such as critical medical gear and refrigerators) functioning when the power goes out. Portable gasoline or propane-powered generators are fairly inexpensive and some can crank out serious wattage. Some great options include:

  • Honda EU2200i Gasoline Powered Inverter Generator: This generator has 2200 Watts, which is enough to keep the essentials (such as a refrigerator and a few other devices) running in the average-sized home. It’s also pretty quiet and has a run time between 4-9 hours.
  • Westinghouse WGen9500DF Dual Fuel Portable Generator: If you’re looking for a little more power, this 9500-Watt generator will meet your needs. It has a 12-hour run time and can be powered by either gasoline or propane.
  • DuroMax XP12000EH Generator: For even more wattage, the DuroMax XP12000EH generator is a good choice. It is not the most affordable option, but you may find that the extra sticker price is worth the increased power of the 457cc OHV engine. This generator also takes gas or propane.

When it comes to storing fuel, propane tanks are generally safer to store than gasoline. Always store with the valve closed in approved containers. Keep in mind that a full propane tank is safer than an empty one, since empty propane tanks are more likely to contain explosive vapors.

Solar-Powered Generators

Solar-powered generators can be great life-saving devices in emergencies. They don’t require you to store fuel, and they operate cleanly and quietly. But they do have their drawbacks. Notably, you need to have sunlight to get power from a solar-powered generator.

They also have slow recharging times and higher up-front costs. They do make great backup power supplies though, in case you run out of fuel for your gas-powered generators. Here are some of our top solar-powered generator picks.

  • Goal Zero Yeti Lithium Portable Power Station: This generator comes in various models, including the 3024Wh model and the 428Wh model. The 3024Wh model is more expensive but it also has more power capacity than the 428Wh model. It provides more than 3000Wh of battery capacity. All models have two AC outlets, two 12V output ports, and three 2.4A USB ports.
  • Humless GO Mini Portable Solar Generator and Panel Kit: This kit comes with two 130-Watt solar panels (foldable), a plug-and-play connecting cable, and the Go Mini generator with 640 Watts of power. This silent system is great for powering small items but won’t power your refrigerator or other large appliances.
  • Suaoki 400Wh/120,000mAh Portable Solar Generator: This high-power unit can be charged from various sources, including AC outlets, solar panels and 12V/24V vehicle-based power sockets. It’s a great choice if you need a solar-powered generator to serve you on the road or at home.

These are some of our top picks, but we want to know which options are your favorite. Have you used a generator in an emergency? If so, what type was it and how did it perform? Let us know in the comments section below!

CategoriesHunting Nature Survivalism

The Deadliest Animal in Every U.S. Region

Every part of the United States has at least one deadly arachnid, mammal or reptile. Get the facts about these lethal animals so you know what to do if you come face-to-face with a dangerous creature in the wilds of any region.

New England

When you travel to New England, you don’t have to worry too much about wildlife hazards. Although you may run into black bears if you hike or camp in the Maine woods, these bears are smaller and calmer than their grizzly counterparts and rarely attack humans.

As for reptiles, New England has just two poisonous snakes. However, you won’t encounter the copperhead or timber rattlesnake unless you’re in an isolated part of the mountains. If you travel to New Hampshire or Massachusetts, be wary of the northern black widow spider. A bite from the female of this venomous arachnid species has dire effects on the nervous system.

Mid-Atlantic Region

Poisonous black widow and brown recluse spiders are found throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The black widow is known for its distinctive red hourglass marking. While bites can cause nausea, muscle aches and breathing difficulties, most healthy adults recover easily from this type of bite.

A brown recluse spider is about the size of a quarter and has a violin-shaped mark on its thorax. Bites can cause tissue damage to the affected area as well as vomiting, rash, fever, dizziness and chills. Most healthy individuals respond quickly to medical treatment for this type of bite.

The South

The American alligator ranks as one of the deadliest animals in the nation. Found throughout the Southeastern part of the U.S., alligators rarely attack humans out of aggression. However, they may strike when they see a person as prey. To avoid alligator attacks, do not provoke these animals and avoid swimming after dusk and before dawn in states like Florida.

The Midwest

While gray wolves have long been endangered, conservation efforts have given this species an impressive rebound in the Midwest. Like other wild animals on our list, these wolves have lethal power but rarely attack humans unless they are hungry. If you do run into a gray wolf, try to appear threatening. Never run from the wolf, as it may cause the predator to read you as prey.

The Southwest

Scorpions rank as the most dangerous animal in this part of the country, with more than 90 different species making their homes in the Southwest. The bark scorpion, found in Arizona, has the most powerful venom. This arachnid’s sting causes intense pain, immobility in the affected area, convulsions, trouble breathing, vomiting, nausea and numbness. While fatalities are rare, a person bitten by a scorpion should seek immediate medical attention.

The West

Cougars rarely attack humans but will do so if they are starving and have no other food source. This risk is greatest throughout the Western states. Attacks may also occur when a young cougar acts aggressively to mark or defend territory. If you encounter a cougar, do not play dead. Make direct eye contact and try to scare it away by throwing rocks or making loud noises. These big cats usually avoid humans, but solo travelers have the greatest risk of an attack.

Grizzly bears, which are significantly more dangerous than black bears, also live in the Western U.S. If you come across a grizzly, walk away slowly without turning your back on the bear or making direct eye contact. Do not attempt to outrun a grizzly bear.

If you frequently take the road less traveled during your U.S. explorations, you’re bound to meet a few wild animals along the way. By behaving cautiously and making appropriate safety preparations, you can avoid a life-threatening animal attack.

CategoriesHome Defense

Erasing Your Digital Footprint for Safety

Erasing your digital footprint is not a quick process, and it requires subdued expectations. While it is possible to eliminate a significant portion of your online presence, true elimination is likely impossible.

Expectations and Adverse Side Effects

There is no way to completely remove yourself from the internet, especially if you had an active social media presence or maintained any form of digital communication in the past. Your information has likely been spread out far and wide with no realistic expectation of privacy. 

Despite this proclamation, removing most of your digital presence is possible, making a data leak or identity theft less likely. Unfortunately, taking the following steps will also make it challenging to communicate with potential employers.

Are you still committed to deleting as much of your footprint as possible? The following four steps will take time, but they provide your best chance for removal.

1. Delete Active and Inactive Accounts

Are you currently or were you ever active on social media platforms, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram? If so, you will want to log in to each of these platforms and close or delete your profile. Each forum will probably have its own process.

It is also vital to deactivate shopping sites, like Amazon, Macy’s, Gap, etc. Remember, deleting these accounts will probably result in the loss of any benefits or discounts, so be sure you want to eliminate your profile.

2. Eliminate Data Broker Access

Data broker sites are often the bain of internet users’ existence. These sites, such as Spokeo and Whitepages.com, gather your personal information and hand it out. Many turn over your data to advertisers for a small fee, and others give it away.

Unfortunately, the process of removing yourself from a data broker can be a bit of a nuisance. Most companies require paperwork, faxing, or some other archaic and bureaucratic process. If you do not have the time or the patience for such a process, consider subscribing to a platform like DeleteMe. These services go through the process for you and continually check back to make sure your information doesn’t pop up again.

It is worth noting that deleting yourself from data brokers could also remove you from Google search results. Without search results, it can be challenging for people to find you, which might be your point.

3. Remove Personal Information From Sites

If you want to eliminate old blogs or posts on social media, you might have to work with the webmaster directly. The problem is that these sites’ owners are under no obligation to pull or delete your posts.

If you cannot remove the information directly, you can contact the webmaster. If they ignore your requests, you can try sending a legal request to the host or owner. Typically, one-on-one communication is best.

If your digital information is related to an inaccurate or outdated Google search result, you can try Google’s URL removal tool. Essentially, the tool red flags the URL and submits it to Google servers requesting an update. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee this process will work.

4. Delete or Close Email Accounts

Deleting your email accounts should be the last step you take when attempting to delete your digital footprint. The previous steps require an email address. Once you finish those processes, you can go to your email provider and find the tab for closing or deleting your account.

The above will help eliminate your digital footprint, but it will not erase your entire online presence. Have you ever used these steps, or do you have more suggestions? Leave a comment below.

CategoriesSurvivalism

The Necessity of the Survival Rule of Threes

As a survivalist, you know the importance of preparation. Still, many people underestimate nature and are often ill-equipped to handle the variables that present themselves during a routine outing or camping trip. It is for this reason, experts coined the Survival Rule of Threes for wilderness survival.

Understanding the Rule of Threes

The rule of threes is a four-point list designed to create a hierarchy of survival reactions. The list is made of four stated facts or assumptions about general survival. 

  1. A person cannot survive more than three minutes without air to breathe
  2. An individual can succumb to the elements without shelter after three hours
  3. A person cannot go more than three days without water
  4. A person cannot live more than three weeks without food

While each of these statements is stated as an absolute, it is necessary to discuss the unpredictable nature of the individual or the circumstance. Countless variables can result in these rules becoming inaccurate. However, it is also essential to point out the rules were never intended as hard facts but more as a guideline of survival steps.

The Importance of the Order

When people enter a survival situation, it is likely never voluntary — unless you produce a reality show. The surprise of the situation often induces panic, anxiety, and fear, leading to irrational thinking and reasoning, meaning a person is likely to worry about things in the wrong order.

The survival list places everything in a hierarchy, providing people an easy-to-remember order of necessities: air, shelter, water, food. While each might seem obvious, some can be easily overlooked in specific survival situations.

Consider this, you are in a parking garage when an earthquake occurs, collapsing the structure around you and your running car. A panicked person might become more concerned with finding a structurally sound location rather than the car exhaust slowly poisoning their oxygen.

Another example: you are hiking through Arizona canyons when you fall and break your ankle. The pain is excruciating, and you maintain focus on your breathing, ignoring everything else. If you adhere to the rules, you know you need to shelter yourself from the sun to reduce the risks of heatstroke and dehydration.

Preparation Is the Most Effective Preventative and Survival Skill

While the Survival Rule of Threes is not meant as a customized approach to survival, it is helpful in extreme situations, especially when panic and pain can alter your judgment. However, the best skill is and will always be preparation.

Before you go out on any trip, make sure you inform loved ones where you will be and when. Pack an emergency pack, including extra food, water, and an emergency tent. If you are going out on a boat or camping near water or anywhere oxygen deprivation is possible, pack oxygen. Finally, include a GPS tracker and satellite phone in your pack to ensure people can find you and you can call for help.

Before you head out on your next trip, memorize the Survival Rule of Threes. Also, if you are not an avid trekker, consult an expert to learn the appropriate skills and understand the essential supplies. Have you ever gotten lost or needed the rule of threes? Leave a comment and let readers know what you learned through your experience.

CategoriesWeapons

Gunmaker Troy Industries Moving To the Greener Pastures of Clarksville, Tennessee

Massachusetts is increasing pushes for gun control legislation, showing a continued trend towards tighter restrictions on gun manufacturers and sales. While these pushes seem in line with current population demands in the state, the changes are not beneficial to manufacturers in the state.

Troy Industries, a leading U.S. gun manufacturer, is transferring its headquarters from the left-leaning state to protect its operations and interests. The CEO and founder, Steve Troy, Jr., is moving the company to Clarksville, Tennesse. In a statement, the CEO announced the move was indeed motivated by the “changing climate for firearms manufacturers in the state.”

troy is not the first, and likely won't be the last

For decades, Massachusetts was home to some of the most notable firearm brands, including Smith & Wesson. While not entirely removed from the state, Smith & Wesson, a Massachusetts-born company, began moving out of the state when legislative changes started impacting operational and manufacturing. Today, most of their production and distribution stems from the Missouri-based facility.

States focusing on gun control legislation are quickly seeing a response within the industry, with many companies moving to other, more welcoming states. Kimber and Check-Mate are steadily transitioning from New York to Georgia and Alabama. In 2013, with the adoption of magazine capacity limits, Magpul left Colorada. Similarly, changes in California forced Weatherby, a rifle maker, to relocate to Wyoming.

While not all manufacturers are leaving states like Troy Industries, many are finding ways to get around manufacturing and production restrictions. Olin-Winchester, an ammunitions maker, shifted production from Illinois to Missippi to avoid increasing regulatory hurdles. Additionally, Lewis Machine & Tool, currently LMT, recently opened a new facility in Iowa, also navigating Illinois’s increasing gun control focus.

While states begin to focus on the gun control debate, it is also crucial to consider the industrial and economic consequences of such decisions. There is something to be said for going with the court of public opinion, but something can also be said for an industry that is equally a part of the American spirit.

how does moving affect troy industries future

From all appearances, Troy Industries is as strong and financially sound as ever. The move is not a result of an economic downturn. It is a personal and political choice, one made with a clear focus on its future growth. 

With the continuing changes and calls for change in Massachusetts, the company was operating on borrowed time. There was no saying how many more regulatory hurdles would be imposed on manufacturers remaining in the state. By leaving, Troy Industries is apparently giving the state what it wants.

Legislative pushes and political leanings evolved to the point of being unwelcoming to gun manufacturers and suppliers. While it might not have been the state’s initial intent to force an industry out, Massachusetts has succeeded in that endeavor. Whether you believe the gun control advocates to be misguided or just, the country needs to find a way to work together toward a collective goal. It doesn’t seem like alienating an entire industry, especially those most informed about the statistical and operational pitfalls, is how to resolve the gun control debate. 

What is your opinion on the future of gun control and Troy Industries’ move to Tennessee? Leave a comment below to start a conversation. 

CategoriesDisaster Response

Avoid the Threat of a Gas Shortage With a Few Simple Strategies

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack left many U.S. citizens scrambling for the pumps, despite the announcements that there was no need for concern. The cyberattack happened Monday, May 6, 2021, and by Tuesday, the company paid the ransom. Once the ransom was paid, Colonial Pipeline could begin checking systems and reestablishing production levels, which took several days to return to normal. Unfortunately, the statements from the company and the government were not enough to stop the rush on local stations, resulting in many running dry.

It is essential to reiterate there was never any real threat to gasoline production levels. The panic buying that occurred drove the shortages in the southeast. The country saw similar occurrences during the pandemic, when panic led to a lack of paper supplies, despite there being no threat to the supply chain.

As all preppers know, panic is the enemy. Therefore, while any gas shortages are currently temporary, if still ongoing, it is better to learn how to cope in such situations should they happen in the future.

limit driving

If possible, don’t drive. You want to save the remainder of your tank for emergencies or necessary trips. Unfortunately, a gasoline shortage does not end the need for commuting, especially to work. If possible, ask your boss if you can work from home to save gas. Many employers might be understanding. 

If you cannot work from home, it is crucial to make the most of your trip. Plan your route, allowing you to use your commute to run essential errands. You also want to try and avoid traffic to limit idling.

maximize your current tank

You want to maximize every tank during a gas shortage, meaning you find ways to ensure you get the most miles from your current fillup. There are a couple of ways to do this: limit excess weight and shut off the A/C. 

According to the AAA, while weight reduction won’t affect the fuel economy too much for larger vehicles, small cars experience significant advantages. To remove excess weight, you’ll want to take out any bags or belongings from the trunk and inside the cabin. You can also remove roof racks or special carriers. Getting your vehicle as close to its original weight is best to preserve fuel economy.

The A/C and other systems force the car to use more energy, requiring more gasoline. If you want to improve fuel economy, open the windows and park in the shade. While it might not be comfortable in the hot summer months, it can help get you a few extra miles.

use public transportation

If you live in the city, use public transportation instead of your vehicle. Transportation authorities often have a supply and reserve of fuel, meaning they are not as susceptible to fuel shortages. 

Trains and buses are usually available in most metropolitan areas, making stops at most major intersections. If you cannot find fuel, you can likely find a bus or train to get you close to where you need to be.

carpool

If you cannot stay home and public transportation is not an option, you can choose to carpool. By sharing a ride, both drivers essentially double their current fuel. The best part of carpooling is if you can travel with someone who has a more fuel-efficient vehicle, meaning fewer required trips to the pump, especially when they might be few and far between.

Are you worried about a gas shortage or the repercussions of the Colonial Pipeline attack? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

CategoriesSurvivalism

5 Tips for Surviving in Open Ocean

Whether you plan a dolphin sighting excursion for an upcoming vacation or you regularly go ocean fishing, you may eventually find yourself in a life-or-death situation. Unfortunately, even with the most careful planning, unexpected things can happen when you’re spending time on the ocean. To help you prepare for such a possibility, here are five tips for surviving on the open ocean.

1. stay calm

It’s much easier said than done, but staying calm is one of the most essential things you can do for your survival. Your first reaction will likely be to panic and thrash around, but flailing will only cause you to become fatigued faster. Get control of your thoughts, breathe deeply, and assess your situation with a practical, solution-finding mindset.

2. float as much as possible

Ideally, you’ll be wearing a life vest when you find yourself stranded in the water. But we all know things are rarely ideal in true survival situations. If you’re thrown into the water without a life jacket, try to float as much as possible. Do this by lying on your back, keeping your head above the waterline and allowing the water to keep your body afloat.

If the water is rough, you won’t be able to float on your back. However, you may be able to float on your stomach if you can remain calm enough to avoid hyperventilating. In rougher water, take a deep breath, lie face down in the water, and float until you need to lift your head to take a breath. This may seem scary, but keep in mind that floating will help you reserve the energy you would otherwise expend trying to tread water to keep yourself from sinking.

If you’re stranded in a lifeboat or on another floating device, you won’t need to worry so much about sinking, but you will need to worry about shielding yourself from the sun.

3. create shelter

Sun exposure can cause a variety of unwanted side effects, including blisters, dehydration and even hallucinations. If you’re stranded in open water with no boat or other flotation device, creating shelter is likely impossible (unless you can find some seaweed to drape across exposed parts of your body. But if you’re in a lifeboat, you can likely come up with some form of protection. Do whatever you can to create some sort of shelter from the sun’s rays. Even a t-shirt stretched across two sticks or poles can provide you with at least a little protection from the sun.

4. trap moisture

Everyone knows that drinking salty ocean water will only speed up the dehydration process and severely hamper your likelihood of surviving your ordeal. That’s why it’s important to try to trap fresh water whenever possible. Your most likely source of fresh water is rain. You can try to catch it in your mouth, but it’s much better to try to trap it somehow. If you have anything with you that can potentially trap water, put it to good use. Even a baseball cap lined with a small piece of plastic can become a life-saving water-trapping tool. You can also get moisture from fish eyes, spines and flesh.

5. eat what's available

There’s generally a lot of seaweed available in the open ocean. Though you may not love the taste, you’ll love the fact that seaweed is packed with beneficial nutrients that can help you keep your strength up until you’re rescued. You’ll also want to try to catch fish. You can do this by using a shoelace or any other form of string and tie something shiny to the end of it (such as a piece of garbage).

These are just a few of our top tips for ocean water survival. Do you have any others we haven’t mentioned? Comment below to let us know!

CategoriesCamping Disaster Response Hunting Prepping Survivalism

What To Consider When Picking a “Bug Out” Property To Buy

Times are changing, and it’s important to prepare for additional changes yet to come. Just as you probably never imagined you’d experience a toilet paper shortage in your lifetime, you may not have imagined you’d need to start looking for a “bug-out” property this year. But here we are. Wise preppers understand that when things get really bad, they may have to leave their homes and head out to the wilderness (at least for a while). The more prepared you are to handle such a situation, the more likely you will be to survive.

The good news is that your bug-out property can also double as a recreational property where you go to camp and practice your survival skills. But you don’t want to buy any remote property you see for sale. Here are a few things you should consider when deciding which bug-out property to buy.

water

This may seem obvious, but many people forget to even consider the availability of water when looking for a property where they can lay low for a while. However, if you’re serious about survival, you need to make sure the property has some sort of access to fresh water year-round. This may be in the form of a lake, river, well or natural spring. Stock up on water purifiers as well and keep them in your bug-out bag so you can make any available water safe for drinking purposes. If there is no water to be found within miles of a property, it’s probably not worth buying.

distance

You may be able to find the perfect survival property for sale, but if it’s going to take you days to get there in an emergency, it’s just not a practical solution. When it comes to location, here are a few things the ideal property should offer:

  • It should be close enough to where you live that you can get to it on a single tank of gas
  • It should be far enough from the city that you aren’t in danger of being overrun by others who are trying to escape the dangers of the city
  • It should be no more than 60 miles from your home so you can reach it on foot if necessary

It may not be possible to find a good survival property that meets all of these recommendations, but do your best. If you can’t find a good bug-out property close by and you know you’re going to have to travel many miles in a SHTF situation, make sure you pack extra fuel and supplies to bring with you.

self-suffiency

When looking for the right property for an emergency, consider how it will help you be self-sufficient. Ideally, you should look for a place that’s located near:

  • Game and/or fish
  • Firewood
  • Sufficient space and sunlight for gardening
  • A source of electricity (such as water, solar and/or wind)

Don’t count on the electrical grid to power your needs when SHTF. Alternative sources of power are essential for any bug-out location.

security

When buying a property for survival purposes, take some time to consider how secure it is. Is it concealed by trees, fences, gates, etc. or is it located in a wide-open space? How many paths and roads lead to your property? Is your property located right next to a main road?

Generally, the more secluded your property is, the easier it will be to defend it from anyone with ill intent. You may also want to invest in Sentry Alarm Mines when situations become dire. They’ll alert you if someone trips the wire and trespasses on your property so you have time to react.

These are a few of the top things to consider when looking for a property you can purchase for your bug-out needs. Do you have additional suggestions we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section!

CategoriesDisaster Response Home Defense Hunting Prepping Survivalism Weapons

How To Pick Your Very First Gun

You know you want a gun, but you have no idea what type of gun will best suit your purposes, right?  With so many different varieties out there, how can you possibly decide which gun should have the honor of being your “first”? While there is no single “right” gun for everyone, there are some things you can do to determine which gun is right for you. Here are some helpful tips to make the first-time gun selection process much easier.

Figure Out the Purpose for Your Gun

Before you purchase your first gun, you need to think about what its primary purpose will be. Are you buying a gun primarily for home defense or for target practicing at the gun range? Do you want a gun you can carry with you (concealed or open), or are you searching for a home-defense gun that will do the most damage to an intruder with murderous intent?

The intended purpose for your gun may not fall into a single category, and that’s OK. You may want to use it for both home defense and target shooting. But as long as you at least have an idea for how you’ll use it, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a firearm that doesn’t meet your most important needs or expectations.

Try a Few Types

Remember how your mom always encouraged you to date a lot of girls so you get an idea of what’s out there? The same holds true when you’re gun shopping. You don’t want to make a commitment to the very first gun you hold in your hands, because you don’t know if there’s something better out there for you. Try a variety of guns. If possible, go to a gun range and test shoot multiple guns so you can see how they feel in your hands, how much recoil they have, etc. When it comes to choosing your first firearm, “playing the field” is a good thing. It will help you make a wise investment when you’re ready to commit to your first gun.

Consider Ammo Availability

As a first-time gun buyer, you may not be aware of how difficult it’s been to find ammo lately. Hopefully, everything gets back to normal soon, but it is wise to at least consider ammo availability before purchasing a gun. Though every type of ammo is more difficult to find right now than usual, there are some types of ammo that are more popular and are generally easier to find when there isn’t a general ammunition shortage. They include: .22, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge and .308. In normal conditions, if you have a gun that takes any of these ammunition types, you should be able to find the ammo you need pretty easily.

Figure Out Your Budget

Firearms can be expensive, but you can also get decent models for a reasonable price. When you’re shopping for your first gun, set a realistic budget, then look for a gun that fits within that budget.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also need to consider gun weight and size when purchasing your first firearm. If you’re still not sure what type of gun is right for you, don’t be shy about talking to a salesperson at your local gun store. He or she knows a lot about different gun models and will be able to help you select the firearm you need.

Are you an experienced gun owner who has a favorite gun you consider ideal for first-time gun buyers? Or maybe you have a few models you’d advise inexperienced gun owners to stay away from. Either way, let us know in the comments section!

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