CCW Gear & Tactical Flashlights: You NEVER Want To Say, “Oh No! I SHOT My Kid!”

This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight

“I no… I shot my kid!”

Every gun owner has worried about accidentally shooting the wrong person.

It has happened multiple times, too…

…A father hears a bump in the night…

…He gets his gun…

…He spots an intruder, and fires into the darkness…

…And it's his own child who has been shot!

The reason this has happened more than once is that most attacks happen in low light.

We're biologically programmed to fear threats that occur in the darkness… but we also can't see to identify the threat.

This is why tactical flashlights are so important to gun owners… but I'm seeing a potentially HUGE problem with some of the new lights gun owners are buying.

Read on and I'll explain…

Why This Tactical Light Feature Can CRIPPLE You In A Gunfight

This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight
This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight

Lots of gun owners understand that without a tactical light, they can't positively identify a target in low light.

Since that's when most gunfights are going to happen, carrying a “tactical torch” – and having one with your home defense gun – is super important.

But there's a new wave of super-bright LED lights on the market that are designed by people who love flashlights…

…but who don't understand “tactical” features.

And the single worst feature I'm seeing creep into more and more supposedly “tactical” lights?

It's the on/off switch on the barrel of the light.

Now, back in the day, if your Mom kept one of those awful aluminum flashlights in the kitchen drawer, it probably had a switch on the barrel.

That's how lights were designed until the first tactical lights, from companies like SureFire, came along.

Those lights had the switch on the tailcap, because in a fight, it's much easier to hit the switch with your thumb.

It call comes down to adrenaline.

Under adrenaline, and in the stress of a real use-of-force encounter, you're going to want to clench your fists.

Your dexterity will be a LOT worse, too, again because of the fight-or-flight reaction your body is having.

It's much easier to thumb a tailcap switch under conditions like that.

But if you have to adjust your grip on the light and hunt for the on/off switch, you're at a HUGE disadvantage.

Plus, if you hold your light in your fist, you can use it as a striking tool.

You CAN'T do that if you're holding your light to hit the switch on the barrel.

For these reasons, you should ALWAYS buy a tactical light with a tailcap switch.

But here's another problem: I guarantee the lights you own are almost obsolete unless you just bought them.

Light technology moves FAST, and the newest, brightest tactical torches are TONS BETTER than the ones of just a few years ago.

For example, the Light Saver tactical torch from Liberty Technologies has tons of great tactical features… is super compact… and will melt your face with how bright it is.

But it doesn't cost much, and it's even rechargeable so you don't go broke buying batteries.

You can see how a proper tactical light should be set up in the linked video below:

You can also check out the Light Saver on this page.

But, look, it doesn't matter to me which tactical light you buy…

…as long as you buy one that will serve you well during the stress and adrenaline of a real-life gunfight.

Your life depends on it… and so do the lives of your family members.

From being able to identify “friendlies” in low light, to being able to take down some methed-out rapist home invader when the cops are too far away to help…

…a tactical light is a MUST HAVE for any prepared citizen and home defender.

Be safe out there.

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Antifa, Political Protests, And Political Violence: What 70’s Cops Taught Us

Journalists beaten bloody and sent to the hospital simply for covering political protests.

Protesters savagely kicked and punched just for carrying an American flag.

Black-clad, masked thugs blocking traffic, threatening drivers and then chasing down and beating an old man who drove through their roadblock.

A man armed with a rifle and fire-bombs who tried to burn down an immigration detention facility.

What do all these attacks have in common?

The violence was all done by Antifa – the people who are taking over sections of American cities RIGHT NOW!

This “anti-fascist” group was something most people had never heard of before a couple years ago.

After the 2016 elections, they started showing up at political rallies and events more than ever, making it dangerous for anyone to express an opinion in public.

Left, Right, Center… it doesn't matter, because if you're not with them, they'll attack you.

But violence at political protests, and trying to silence opinions you don't agree with by beating people with pipes and crowbars, is nothing new.

In fact, the “old school” cops of the 1970's had to deal with civil unrest and political violence all the time.

That's why now, more than ever, we need to talk about. . .

What 70's Cops Can Teach Us About Civil Unrest & Political Violence

Antifa And Political Protests: Survive Riots And Civil Unrest

If you're my age or older, you remember how turbulent the 1960's and 1970's were.

Self-described anarchists and domestic terrorist groups like The Weather Underground, The Symbionese Liberation Army, and the United Freedom Front grabbed a LOT of headlines back then.

They bombed police stations, carried out kidnappings and armed robberies, conducted coordinated ambush attacks on cops, and were frequent players in the riots and political unrest of the day.

Against that violent backdrop, cops and first responders from the Seventies — a time decades before the term, “first responder,” was really used — had to learn how to deal with political violence and keep the peace.

Here are three lessons they taught us that we can apply to today's political violence:

1. Don't Assume The Other Side Is Stupid

We like to think of ourselves as the prepared, trained ones.

Often, we sneer at those we consider “sheeple,” people who don't train or prepare like we do.

That's a mistake.

Cops from the 1970's learned fast that guerrilla groups of domestic terrorists were highly organized and capable of carrying out sophisticated ambush attacks.

And they did it all without social media!

Today's street fighters and political activist groups use social media and technology to coordinate their assaults.

They also use the same technology to identify and target people who criticize them, often surrounding and beating down their targets at political events.

You HAVE to assume the “bad guys” are capable of working together to come at you (or anyone else).

Never underestimate how dangerous they are.

(I cover some of the other dangers of social chaos, and the gear you can use to protect yourself,  in my survival gear secrets report. More on that in a bit.)

2. Be Prepared For “Body Armor”

Cops in the 1970's quickly learned that they needed to wear their bulletproof vests.

The only way to protect themselves from snipers and ambush attacks — apart from being very aware and watching each other's backs — was to make sure they had some defense if they were hit when they didn't expect it.

They understood the defensive power of body armor.

Well, if you're at a political protest, don't be surprised when the political street fighters show up wearing improvised body armor, carrying shields, and wielding clubs and even spears (usually disguised as flags).

They've started wearing other improvised riot gear, too, which makes them a LOT harder to take down if you're forced to fight back.

If you find yourself facing down armored opponents, avoid that fight at all costs.

If you're not armed, your hands and feet are no match for steel-pot shields and motorcycle helmets.

3. Riots Can Develop FAST

Cops in the 70's knew that riots can happen when you least expect them.

A single incident can be the match that ignites a powder-keg.

Back in the 60's and 70's, riots like the civil unrest in Watts happened after a single interaction with police.

Much more recently, we saw days worth of violent riots in Ferguson after a single shooting by a suspect — Michael Brown — by a police officer.

Yet, these days, people seem inclined to stand around, watching and recording the action on their phones, never realizing just how vulnerable they are to mass violence.

If you see a violent incident go down, especially one involving the police (or anything with political or racial overtones), you need to get out of there right now.

Don't wait to see what happens.

Don't record “evidence” on your phone.

Don't try to intervene or stand up for the people involved.

You need to LEAVE and then decide whether what you saw is worth a call to 9-1-1.

Otherwise, you and your family could get caught up in something that spirals out of control and becomes a riot.

These lessons from the 1970's are just a few of the tips and tricks you can use to escape and evade civil unrest and political violence.

There are a lot more — and even sneakier — methods and carry items for social chaos in my survival gear secrets report, which you can see right here…

It's loaded with things you should be carrying to help you deal with ANY situation in which you're targeted for an attack by a group of people during collapse, riots, civil unrest, and martial law.

This type of political violence has become a fact of life for all of us, and it's only going to get worse as we get closer to the next presidential election.

Learn how to protect yourself and your family now so you don't get caught unaware.

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Shameless Looters! What They Did In This 89 Y.O. Woman’s Home Will P*ss You Off…

Home Looting Hurricane Harvey

89 y.o. Michelle Poche had trouble getting around so she insisted on ignoring the evacuation order to stay in her home when Hurricane Harvey hit her local area.

Her neighbors stayed behind as well.

Their goal was to protect their home and also be there for the elderly Michelle if she needed anything.

After the storm and flooding, one of the neighbors waded through the waters to go check on her.

What did they find?

The senior citizen had drowned… with her phone after just dialing 911.

But that wasn’t all they discovered, and…

Most People Aren't Prepared For What Neighbors Found Waiting In This 89 y.o. Woman's Home…

Home Looting Hurricane Harvey
What's The Best Way To Defeat Looters After A Disaster?

Of course, “death” is as bad an ending as you can get to this heart-wrenching story.

Especially given all the rioting and looting we're seeing now, I thought this story was worth recounting.

An elderly woman… all alone… watching the waters slowly rise in her home.. desperately dialing for help that will never come!

But there's a deeper, more disgusting element to this story that offers a valuable lesson in what to expect in the after-effects of any kind of disaster or crisis…

You see, her entire home had been ransacked by looters who took whatever valuables they could find while the dead body of the 89 y.o. woman floated right next to them in 4 ft. of water!

Having personally seen the direct results of disaster 2 years ago (where we lost 12 men, women, and children when a 50’ wall of water flooded our little town in the early morning hours), I can tell you there are 3 things you can count on

1. Neighbors will “try” to help neighbors.

Most people really DO have the best of intentions.

Sadly though, when it comes to life-or-death decisions, it’s “everyone for themselves”.

It’s best to pull together and face a crisis as a “team” – but you can’t count on it.

2. Looters!

They have no morals… no fear… and their only goal is to take advantage of the “sheep” of our society during hard times.

If you appear weak, they will target you.

Dead or alive.

With law enforcement taking part in rescue missions, there will be no rule of law to hold them accountable.

3. Everyone can FAIL you!

Your 911 call will go unanswered… or fall on deaf ears.

98% of your fellow citizens will be unprepared for even the smallest disaster.

During catastrophic scenarios, first-responders will be forced to do the best they can to rescue those who are trapped in cars… attics… on top of homes…

… and for many – like for 89 y.o. Michelle Poche – help will come too late.

Bottom line is this…

During ANY disaster or crisis, the only one who can look out for you… is YOU!

Not your neighbors… not the police… not the government.

When it’s life-and-death, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and it’s YOUR eyes your loved ones will be looking into for saving.

Unfortunately, most people (even experienced “preppers”) don't understand the right way to set up your survival plan based on real-world scenarios.

There's frankly too much “fantasy survival” crap littering the internet and steering people in the wrong direction.

Make sure you're not falling for all the “zombie survival b.s.” when putting together your plan, and just take it one step at a time.

You'll get there. 🙂

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Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For “Knife Fighting”

Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

One of the knives I keep coming back to during this time of “social distancing” is one specifically designed for extreme close-quarters combat.

When you absolutely need to get somebody the HELL off you, the kerambit is an extremely vicious tool.

I don't know if you remember back when this knife first hit the market…

…but I remember all the people who kept cutting open their own wrists spinning these things around!

It may have started as kind of a “knife fad,” but it's here to stay now…

…And you might be surprised just how strongly people feel about it!

Whether you love the knife or you hate the knife, it also might surprise you to learn WHY other people don't like it – and why the knife might STILL be a good choice for close-quarters combat…

Especially now, when somebody who gets close to you could be endangering your life just by being there.

Why People Hate The Kerambit (And Why You Might Still Choose It)

Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting
Kerambit? Karambit? 3 Reasons People Hate It For Knife Fighting

Now, if you don't know (and it's okay if you don't), a kerambit – sometimes spelled “karambit” – is a knife with a ring in the handle and a curved, talon-shaped blade.

It's meant to be held in a reverse grip, with your index finger through the ring and the claw coming out of the bottom of your hand.

If you've seen movies like “The Man From Nowhere” or the sequel to “The Raid,” You've seen this type of knife on screen.

Spend any time talking about knives (especially self-defense knives) online, and you'll read LOTS of strong opinions about them.

I can remember when the head of a major knife company wrote an entire article for his catalog about why the kerambit sucks, basically…

…and today, his company offers several versions of the design!

That kind of love-hate thing is really common with this wicked little Indonesian blade.

I've boiled down what I think are the top 3 reasons people hate it, though:

1. You Can't Stab With It (Except You Can)

One of the things about a curved blade is that, obviously, you can't stab in a straight line with it the way you can with a “normal” knife.

For a lot of people, this is a “no go.”

The thing is, you actually CAN stab with the kerambit.

You just kind of hook the blade into the target with an upward or side-to-side motion.

It will still go in nice and deep; you just have to practice the mechanics a little.

2. Reverse Grip Reduces Range (Except A “Knife Fight” Happens In Close Quarters

Another thing about reverse grip – the way the kerambit is intended to be held – is that it cuts down on your reach.

A lot of “knife people” believe this puts them at a disadvantage.

But, let me ask you:

If you were shooting at a target from across your living room, would you need a sniper rifle?

Fighting somebody while armed with a knife is a messy, brutal, close-quarters thing.

Range is pretty much non-existent when somebody is on top of you at knife distance.

This is where the kerambit works GREAT, in fact, because making reverse-grip slashes at extreme close quarters does a TON of damage!

3. They Can Be Expensive (But They Don't Have To Be)

Finally, it's a fact that kerambits can be pretty pricey.

Some of the nice ones out there will run you a couple of hundred bucks.

You don't HAVE to spend a fortune, though, to get a great kerambit you can use at close-quarters.

There are plenty of inexpensive ones on the market, in both fixed and folding formats.

(Shop around, and find one that you like — because it will be a great addition to your survival and self-defense gear.)

Once you find one that works for you, you'll find it's an excellent tool for defending yourself at extreme close range.

And that's what self-defense is all about, right?

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Bugout Tip (From Gov’t) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

“You can't eat bullets.”

“All those guns won't save you from a fire or an earthquake.”

“Why are you so paranoid?”

These are all things some people like to say to armed citizens when it comes to survival in a natural disaster or other emergency (like the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Now, look, I get the point these folks are trying to make.

No, weapons should not be your ONLY priority in an emergency.

But you also don't DARE ignore them, because now…

Even The Government Says To Arm Yourself In A Disaster!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!
Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Your government isn't exactly known for being on the “cutting edge” of preparing for a disaster:

They left a fleet of buses to be buried in flood water in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

They left thousands of bottles of water to sit, unused, during disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

And they complained that it simply didn't have the resources to help people (seriously – FEMA. bureaucrats said this after Hurricane Maria)!

But now, the same people who famously confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina have changed their tune.

Specifically, more and more state governments are recognizing the REAL danger in a natural disaster.

What is that danger?

It's other people.

Lawmakers in Texas, last year, approved a new bill that lets legal gun owners carry handguns in public for up to a week after a natural disaster.

It passed in a very close vote, and the lawmakers argued about it a LOT before passing it.

An article in the The New Republic said…

According to a summary, bill supporters don't want to be “forced to leave handguns behind in vehicles or homes, where they could be at risk from looters.” [emphasis added]

The bill is a step in the right direction, but what it DOESN'T include is just as important:

The bill doesn't require relief shelters to let in people who are armed.

In other words, if you're an armed citizen and you intend to stay armed in a natural disaster…

…You're on your own!

What Laws Like This Mean For Your Survival

If more and more states – the same people who haven't exactly been quick to look out for you in the past – are recognizing the danger of natural disasters…

…you're already behind the curve if you aren't getting ready for this.

(Especially given all the attacks on gun sales and your gun rights that have happened since the pandemic started.)

Whether it's a home-leveling hurricane, a raging forest fire, an earthquake, a flood… it ISN'T the disaster itself that your government is now worrying about.

It's what comes AFTER the disaster, when innocent victims are preyed on by looters and other “human threats.”

Understanding the danger of looters and an increase in crime (which is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a crime-ridden war zone) is the ONLY reason your state government would urge you to arm yourself in an emergency.

The problem has gotten so bad that state governments are flip-flopping from taking guns…

…to telling you you'd better make sure to have one, because “ain't nobody gonna help ya!”

I talk about this in-depth in in my best-selling bug out bag manual.

The time to prepare ISN'T when danger is forcing you out your front door…

…or when it's desperately trying to break in to get at your and your family.

Start arming… and preparing… now, while you can.

It could save your life.

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FEMA Camps: 5 Scary Facts You Must Know To Survive A Disaster

FEMA Camp Facts

Never underestimate the government's ability to screw things up, right?

I mean, we already know FEMA botched Hurricane Katrina.

But what you may not know is why

What made them so incompetent in that situation – and do you have any reason to think they'll be any better at handling a disaster that strikes near you?

Here are 5 things you absolutely NEED to know about what FEMA does in disasters – and, more importantly, what it doesn't do…

5 Scary Facts You MUST Know About FEMA Camps!

FEMA Camp Facts

1. FEMA's Funds Aren't Just For “Disasters” Anymore

FEMA used to be strictly for natural disaster relief and management – but like so much else, that all changed on September 11th.

FEMA now focuses primarily on terrorism, alongside Homeland Security.

Why? No one knows.

No one can explain why funds that should have been available for people in real danger during Hurricane Katrina were diverted to “fighting” terrorism.

FEMA has less money than ever before, because the government is covering how much it's spending on Homeland Security by taking money from an agency that has nothing to do with terrorism.

Which means that agency doesn't have the money to do its actual job.

2. FEMA Cuts Corners and Causes More Harm Than It Relieves

During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA put up trailers for people who had been displaced from their homes.

Sounds like a good thing, right?

That's what you want your natural disaster relief organization to do.

Except the trailers had exceptionally high formaldehyde levels.

The Sierra Club warned FEMA about the problem, but they were ignored and FEMA continued to place displaced citizens in the trailers – which inflicted those people, who had already lost everything, with breathing trouble, constant headaches, and nosebleeds.

3. FEMA Won't Help You Get Out of Harm's Way

You probably heard on the news that a lot of people didn't want to leave New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, even after they were told to evacuate.

That might have seemed downright stupid to you – why wouldn't you get out if your life was in danger?

The answer?

A lot of them COULDN'T get out.

FEMA didn't provide transportation or funds for those who didn't have their own vehicles to evacuate in.

The vast majority of people stayed not because of stubbornness or stupidity, but because FEMA gave them no way out.

4. FEMA Doesn't Have the People It Needs Ready to Go

Ever been on a volunteer fire department or rescue team?

You get trained and you show up regularly to stay trained, so that whenever your services are needed, you know exactly what to do and how to help.

It's how the National Guard works.

It's how a lot of very effective forces that aren't needed all the time work.

But it's not how FEMA works.

FEMA doesn't have people on standby.

They have to orchestrate a massive number of services, from search and rescue to waste disposal to food distribution to transport – and more – and the people they're working with HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED BEFOREHAND.

They're mostly cobbled together from local agencies, each of which knows how to do one small piece of the required disaster relief plan – and none of which know how to do it in concert with a large number of other organizations.

Any way you look at it, it's a logistics nightmare waiting to happen.

5. Even FEMA's Survival Kit Advice Is DEADLY

If you go to FEMA's website, they'll tell you what you should have in your survival kit in case of disaster.

It's ridiculously inadequate.

It will not help you survive a real disaster and in fact, it may even get you killed by giving you a sense of false confidence.

For example, they don't even mention having a means of evacuating your family or your supplies.

The items they do tell you to have are sufficient for a disaster that lasts a day or two at most – not a full-scale catastrophe like Katrina.

Look, I can't solve all the problems with FEMA.

But I CAN solve the problem of making sure you have your family's survival kit ready to go when they need you most.

Every survivalist needs to know what to pack – and surprise… not a one of them is on FEMA's worthless list of things to get.

Especially in today's trying times, you need this information now more than ever.

Tactical Flashlights: 3 Reasons They Stink (For Utility)

tactical lights / utility lights
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Don't get me wrong – I LOVE tactical flashlights.

Like a lot of our readers, I have enough to fill a shoe box, and probably then some.

But tactical lights don't always make the best utility lights.

If you're not clearing your house or beating a mugger with the sharp teeth of your light's bezel, you might find the super-tactical models aren't convenient for daily chores.

Don't believe me?

Here are…

3 Reasons Tactical Flashlights Aren't Great For Utility

tactical lights / utility lights
tactical lights / utility lights

1. Just A LITTLE Too Bright…

Let's be honest: the thought of using your tactical light to, say, check your watch in a dark movie theater, causes you to squint in pain.

That's because a lot of tactical lights are very bright, making them less suited for basic utility chores (like discreetly looking for something on your bedroom dresser while your partner is asleep).

That means that for your basic utility tasks, the latest 6-bazillion lumen tactical torch probably isn't the best choice.

You're much better off with a smaller utility light, or even a pen light, in situations like that.

2. Just A Little Too Expensive

The prices for tactical lights have really come down in recent years.

The problem is, too many of us are still in the habit of spending close to a hundred bucks (or more) for the latest whiz-bang tactical light.

The thing is, there are “non-tactical” flashlights on the market that are very bright, but cost a tiny fraction of that.

One of my employees owns several “Energizer” lights that offer 300 lumens, are ruggedized and water resistant, and last for several hours on standard AA batteries — all for less than 15 bucks.

In other words, for day to day utility, a much cheaper “normal” flashlight can offer you just as much power at a lower price, because the light isn't expected to be a weapon light (or to serve you in a “tactical” situation.

3. Not Hands Free

The most annoying thing about trying to use a tactical flashlight for utility, to me, is that you have to shove it in your mouth.

I don't know what you think about yours, but the butt of my tactical flashlight doesn't taste great.

If I want to go hands-free with it, though, that's really my only choice.

Now, headlamps are great for hands-free utility lighting, and you look wherever you need the light to go…

…but they're not very comfortable.

Another option is one of those clip-on cap lights that you can add to any baseball cap (or any hat with a brim).

That lets you light the way for utility purposes, put the light wherever you look, AND blend in when you're not using it.

In other words, it's the best of both worlds.

Now, I'm not saying you don't need a tactical light.

You should still be carrying one, especially if you carry a gun.

But you should also have a small, inexpensive utility light or cap light as part of your EDC.

It just makes good sense — and makes you more prepared.

That's what it's all about, right?

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Survival Gear / Bug Out Bag Mistake: Don’t Let Pride Make You “Burt Gummer!”

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

“The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride f-ing with you. F-k pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.”

Those were the words of the character Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.

He's basically telling Bruce Willis' character to throw a boxing match – and his argument is that the punishment for refusing is much, much worse than the pain of losing.

Well, Pulp Fiction is just a movie… but when I rewatched it not long ago, it reminded me of… survival conventions!

“Wait… what!?” you're probably thinking.

Well, I'll explain… because that quote about pride f-ing with you can teach us something really important about your “operational security”.

Operational Security For Preppers: Don't Let Pride Make You Burt Gummer

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake

I've been going to survival and prepper conventions for a long time, now.

They're a lot of fun… but I gotta say, it always amuses me to be surrounded by “Burt Gummers.”

Burt Gummer, if you don't know, is a character from the Tremors movie franchise.

(Man, I'm practically Blockbuster Video today… which is still a thing, right? Right??)

He's kind of a running gag because everything about him is impossibly tactical.

Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake
Prepping Operational Security: The Survivalist Burt Gummer Mistake

Everything he does, says, and wears is all about paramilitary jargon and gear.

He talks like he's on a military operation no matter what he's doing.

He dresses like a 5.11 catalog exploded in his bedroom.

And of course, he's armed all day long, and loves to talk about guns.

As much as I love to meet and talk with my fellow preppers and survivalists, a LOT of them are so proud of their dedication to prepping that they walk and talk just like this… completely blowing their “operational security”!

In other words, you can spot them coming from a mile away.

It's like they can't turn it off… and I guarantee that everybody they know is completely aware that they're all about being prepared.

“Why's that bad, Jeff?” you might be asking.

Well, like I've said before, the last thing you want to do is let the people around you know that you're prepared.

In an emergency – especially a collapse or survival situation that lasts for a long time – these people are going to show up at your door, begging for you to help them.

They'll ask at first.

Then they'll beg.

Finally, they'll demand… and they won't take “no” for an answer!

Now, if you're thinking that this isn't a problem for you, because you don't dress or act that way, that's good.

But I have to ask… is your Bug-out Bag (your BOB) going to give you away?

Even discreet folks will buy what they think is the best BOB for their survival kits – and often, that's a military-style bag covered in tactical accessories that is a dead giveaway to anyone looking.

In other words, the pride you have in that tactical bag could punish you much, much worse than sucking up your pride and going with a less “tactical” looking option!

In an emergency or collapse, if you're bugging out with one of those bags over your shoulder, people are going to spot you – and they'll know that you have things they desperately need.

As proud as we all are of who we are and what we do, the “you'll pry my gun out of my cold dead fingers” approach will end just like that.

“You'll pry my MREs out of my cold dead fingers” will have the same result!

Predators, your desperate neighbors, gangs looking to supply up… even the authorities will be happy to oblige you if the alternative to robbing YOU is watching their families starve.

See, your BOB, and the supplies in it, aren't just going to keep you and your family alive at home… they're also the ONLY thing that will keep you alive if you're forced to evacuate.

Understanding ideas like this – and preparing the smart, covert way (rather than the Burt Gummer way) is just the beginning of truly preparing to keep your family safe in an emergency.

This is a tip like the ones you'll find in my survival gear secrets report, which you can see right here…

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MCS 5 In 5 No. 5 – Buck Greene (Guns, Survival)

5 In 5 Q&A With Buck Greene On Guns, Survival

We get so many questions at MCS Magazine that it's hard to answer them all.

From survival to self-defense to guns and gear, and everything in between…

…we're doing our best to get to as many of them as we can.

Each one of our 5 in 5 series presents five of your questions to one of our subject matter experts.

But here's the thing:

They haven't seen the questions before.

This is your chance to get a “hot take” on five questions for the most honest answers possible.

It isn't just informative.

It's also fun!

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Buck Greene answers 5 firearms and survival questions, with 60 seconds to address each one.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • When are you “too old” to train with firearms?
  • Should you use a shotgun or a handgun for self-defense?
  • When it isn't safe to load all the chambers in your revolver's cylinder!
  • The BEST type of knife to carry when SHTF!
  • How to know what gear is “quality” and what is not.

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“Bug-Out Tips”… From A NURSING HOME?

Look, there's no polite way to say this, so I'm just going to put it out there…

If you're “older”… or have elderly parents or neighbors you look out for… (or even if you have young children)… then being forced to evacuate your home in a disaster could be the most dangerous task you'll ever face!

I mean, let's look at the stats…

  • Of the nearly 1,000 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina, fully HALF of the victims were 75 or older. Most of them died the day of the storm… and most of them drowned – alone and helpless – with no one to save to them.
  • During the “Paradise Wildfires,” most of the people who were killed were over the age of 65. In fact, 77% of the fatalities – people who were literally burned alive – were senior citizens.
  • Of the dozens of people killed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, many were senior citizens who died due to lack of power for medical equipment (like oxygen tanks).

The hard reality here is that survival planning for people with limited mobility, people who are older (and even young children!) is a LOT more challenging than it is for those strapping, healthy dudes in their prime.

But there are some super smart people out there who are learning from other peoples' mistakes and…

Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

Steal This Nursing Home's Bugout Tactics
Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

The staff of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in South Carolina have got evacuations down to a science –because they were forced to…

When Hurricane Hugo hit the coast of the state in 1989, they had to evacuate all of the residents…

It happened again during Hurricane Matthew in 2016…

And when Hurricane Florence threatened residents again in 2018, nursing home staff once again had to make sure all residents were safely evacuated inland.

In other words, the nursing home's staff and residents (unlike even most “survival gurus”) have real-world experience in how difficult it can be when you're forced from your home in an emergency.

Here are 3 lessons they discovered (the hard way) and how their plan can help YOU – especially if you're older and/or have medical issues:

1. “Survival Stress”… It's A Real Thing!

The stress of bugging out means you'll need more time and resources than you think you do.

For example, Bishop Gadsden residents used up TWICE as much oxygen during an evacuation that they used during normal day-to-day life.

They also faced far more upset stomachs… flared  tempers… emotional breakdowns… and even a HUGE uptick in bathroom trips.

In other words, the stress and physical strain put their bodies through the wringer, and that's something you'll have to plan for if you and your family are forced from your home due to a disaster or some other dangerous crisis.

2. Personalize Your “Go-Bag”!

While they didn't call their kits “bugout bags,” the residents of Bishop Gadsden were prepared for evacuation with personalized, labeled suitcases.

Just like a bug-out bag, each suitcase contained all the items each resident needed to survive.

That includes specific medicationsoxygen tanks, and other life-sustaining supplies and equipment that, if lost or misplaced (or left behind) could mean DEATH for the resident in question.

There's no room for “forgetting” something you depend on to survive!

A one-size-fits-all plan wouldn't help these residents.

They need customized, personalized evacuation kits… and so do you.

3. Have A Plan… But Not Just ANY Plan!

The #1 lesson the staff and residents of Bishop Gadsden learned from these repeated responses to natural disasters?

That their “evacuation planning” needed to be a 24/7… 365 days a year… personally customized process… if they wanted to live!

I think you already know that the WORST time to figure out all these details is when a disaster is already headed your way, right?

Well, staff members knew that if each and every nursing home resident wasn't packed up and ready-to-go at a moment's notice – with that individual's personal needs taken care of – then they would all be stuck in buses… trapped on a jammed highway… and residents could literally die during the evacuation without the proper supplies.

Same goes for you, my friend…

Whether you're older… have a mobility problem… have young kids… or you're a young stud who can run marathons, your survival planning has to be detailed. . .

. . .It has to cover everything you might face. . .

. . .And it HAS to be specific to your family's needs, desires, challenges, strengths, etc.

Unfortunately, most people are trying to to do a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Some of them just have some cheap gear socked away with maybe a couple of water bottles, and they think that's going to get them there.

In a real disaster, without a customized survival plan, that kind of “fantasy prepping” WON'T cut it.

I realize that customizing a plan is a lot to do. . . especially with all the misinformation on the internet from people who have never actually experienced how hard it can be to plan for – and execute – a life-or-death evacuation.

Worse yet, some of the “doomsday fantasy preppers” out there want you to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

That's just not practical… and unfortunately, what IS practical is more detailed than I can go into in just this one article.

However, if you're interested in the RIGHT way to set up your survival plan based on real-world scenarios, you can download a report about that right here.

This is something that ANYONE can follow to be prepared for ANY disaster, crisis, or attack — whether you're a complete beginner, an experience prepper, or even a senior citizen living on a fixed income.

Whether your personal threats are wildfires, hurricanes, or any other crisis, you MUST have a realistic survival gear and bugout plan. . . or you can find yourself stranded, alone, and at the mercy of Mother Nature – as well as the desperate citizens all around you.

Yeah, it's that serious my friend!

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2 Teens Learn Deadly “Survival Lesson” In Maine Wilderness!

Wilderness Survival Tip

I'm not trying to make you “paranoid”, but…

… we are at all times just moments away from death!

Sure, you could get hit by a car… attacked in a parking lot by a criminal… or picked up by a tornado and plopped down in Oz, forced to battle green witches and flying monkeys.

But sometimes, it's caused by simply not being ready for a scenario as simple as a “wrong turn that becomes a deadly battle against Mother Nature for survival.

Two teens from Maine learned this the hard way, and their near-death experience offers a valuable lesson on how to be prepared for the “unexpected”…

Two Teens Face A Deadly Night Lost In The Wilderness – But Luck Was On Their Side…

It was mid-afternoon when 15-year-olds Tyler Gotto and Jonah May took off on their snowmobile for a ride out into the Maine wilderness near Portland.

Gotto was pretty familiar with the area, having grown up near there, and perhaps got a little overconfident in his ability to navigate the trails.

When the landscape started looking more and more unfamiliar and the trails disappeared, the boys realized that they must have taken a wrong turn along the way.

Over 15 miles from where they began, they were in fresh snow, when suddenly their snowmobile sunk like a rock.
With sunset quickly approaching, hypothermia was a real threat.

Temperatures in the Maine wilderness reached -12° that night, and had the boys not gotten extremely lucky, they would have certainly perished.

Fortunately for them, they came upon an old storage shed with gasoline to build a fire and kept warm throughout the frigid night until they could make it back the next day to their worried families.

To their credit, the boys remained calm and survived the night, huddled up in the shed with a fire.

But let's face it…

Had they not randomly run across this shack, they most certainly would be dead.

Will YOU Count On “Luck” In A Survival Scenario? 

Or Would You Rather Be Truly “Prepared“…

You and I both know that – as “prepared citizens” – you must always be ready for the worst-case scenario.

Of course, you should always have a way to start a fire to stay warm (and I'm talking about having this gear on you at all times).

But sometimes (like in high-winds, a blizzard or freezing rain) you could die of hypothermia before you can ever get a fire blazing …if you even CAN get it started!

That's why I always suggest carrying a TACT Bivvy “survival sleeping bag” with you.

You never know when your peaceful afternoon hiking, hunting, camping, or doing any other outdoor activity can turn deadly from exposure to bad weather after making a simple wrong turn.

The TACT Bivvy is so small and lightweight that you can (and should) have one in every glove box of every vehicle you own… there should be one in every bugout bag you own… and you should pack one with you in a “day pack” whenever you go on an outdoor trip.

Look, sometimes you get lucky and there's a nice snuggly storage shed out there waiting for you.

But Mother Nature doesn't typically set out shacks and gasoline for your comfort.

You need to be able to provide your own shelter against the elements and something as simple as a TACT Bivvy survival sleeping bag is a must-have for any prepared person who doesn't want to rely on luck to come home safely to their family.

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3 Survival Tips For Senior Citizens And Those With Limited Mobility

Survival Planning For Senior Citizens

I hear it ALL the time…

“Bugging out may be the way to go for ‘young bucks' Jeff… but I'm older and I don't really have any choice but to ride out a disaster in my home.”

Sure, I get it.

I mean a lot of survivalists assume that everyone will just be able to throw half their house on their back and head off into the urban wasteland to escape the chaos, right?

But what if you really ARE “older”… can't stand or walk for long periods… use a walker or wheelchair… or just simply can't see yourself scaling walls, carrying a giant bug-out bag, and dodging armored vehicles like Jack Bauer?

Or what if YOU can… but you also have to plan for an elderly parent or neighbor you watch out for? Well, here are…

3 Survival Tips For “Older” People And Those With Limited Mobility…

Survival Planning For Senior Citizens 

1. Be Realistic With Your Survival Plan

Are you and your loved ones unable to move over long distances?

If so, shelter-in-place may be your only option if mobility is a real problem.

This forces you to really put a lot more focus into fortifying your home against not only storms… but also the aftermath of them.

Stock up heavily on food and water… have plywood, hammer and nails stashed in your garage to board up against high winds and rain… and jack up your home security (including keeping your guns and ammo dry and “at the ready” against possible looting).

But be warned… even with a solid “shelter in place” plan, you may be FORCED to pick up and go if you're in the path of a disaster – in this case…

2. Be The First To Go

When you have no other choice but to get out of Dodge, you absolutely MUST be in that first wave of evacuees.

Your best means of transportation will always be your vehicle.

However… when TSHTF, everyone around you will have the same idea.

In no time flat, highways, bridges, tunnels, and even train routes will bottleneck and become impassable.

Younger, more agile people can get out of their cars and find their way to safety easier… but if you – or someone you're with – has a harder time being mobile, this makes it all the more critical you're ahead of the pack.

Make no mistake… the first to move have the advantage when bugging out and you need to be able to evacuate your family in 5 minutes or less when it's “go-time”!

And there's one key secret to doing that…

3. Yes, You STILL Need A “Bug-Out Bag”!

I know a lot of older people who think they don't need a bug-out bag for their survival supplies.

Wrong, wrong, WRONG!

Here's what they just don't get…

While you may not see yourself strapping on a backpack and walking through the forest, that's not really what a bug-out bag is for anyway.

It's simply a way for you to pre-assemble all your essential supplies with you – in an easy-to-carry method – in order to remain self-reliant if you're forced to evacuate your home.

That's it.

If you're forced from your home, you're still going to need clothes, food, clean water, any prescription medications, etc. – and you can bet that you're not going to get those things right away (especially when emergency services are focused on rescues rather than “care-giving”).

And look…

If part of your plan is to have someone come and get you (like a responsible son or daughter or grandchild), then you simply MUST be ready to go when they pull up in the driveway.

Remember… every single second counts and if YOU are the one holding everyone up because you're trying to think about what to bring and throwing it all in a suitcase, you put EVERYONE'S life in danger by not being prepared.

 

Don't be one of the clueless “older” people who fail to plan for a forced evacuation.

Be sure to grab your free copy of our step-by-step “survival gear blueprint” here…​

 

I've seen what happens to the “unprepared” in real-world disasters and crisis… and it's not pretty.

My mission is to NOT let that happen to you – and I'm here to help.

Oh, One More Thing…

If you happen to be someone with an elderly parent or someone else you're responsible for, don't make the mistake of thinking they'll be ready and waiting for you when you arrive to grab them.

I can almost promise they won't be ready!

It will actually even help YOU survive a crisis if you can make sure they're “schooled” on how to prepare and their supplies are ready NOW instead of trying to pull it all together at the last second.

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