Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Do you own guns?

If you do, chances are you own a LOT of guns.

And like a lot of gun owners, you’ve probably got a big gun safe, or you’re considering getting one.

It’s like that old Mark Twain saying: “Put all your eggs in one basket… and WATCH THAT BASKET.”

Well, putting all your guns into the “basket” of one big gun safe might make you feel secure…

…but according to my friend Ox, it’s a mistake from a prepping standpoint!

Especially now, with “medical martial law” a reality of daily life, we need to be more protective than ever of our firearms.

Here is a summary of what Ox told me about that subject.

Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation

Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation
Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation

The massive gun safe is sort of the end goal for a lot of gun owners out there.

They dream of the day they can plunk down the cash for one of those huge, nearly indestructible gun safes for their home.

There are three big reasons, however, why your gun safe might actually be a liability, at least if you are a prepper.

Let’s run them down one by one.

Mistake Number 1: It’s All Your Eggs In One Basket

A great big heavy gun safe screams, “Cache of valuables.”

It’s impossible to miss and it’s difficult to hide.

Having a giant safe is like waving a huge red flag that says, “Hey, come steal this stuff.”

That’s why many people who keep safes for valuables also hide them behind pictures and whatnot.

Authorities and thieves will assume there is a lot of value inside if they find see that safe.

They’ll figure that anything worth keeping in that giant Fort Knox will be something worth taking…

….and they will do what is necessary to get in there.

A far better strategy is to have things in multiple locations that are not visible, like in the walls, in an attic, under cupboards, and in dead spaces inside cupboards.

Mistake Number 2: Too Close, Too Close!

Next, if you’re trying to hide stuff, space and distance are friends.

They will serve you very well.

This is why you want to spread your valuable items and weapons around in different hiding spots.

If one of those caches is found, you don’t lose ALL your stuff.

What this means, though, is that if you decide you want to hide stuff in the walls of your house, make sure the individual caches are very far apart.

If somebody finds one cache, they won’t just keep looking nearby and find everything else.

You’re counting on being able to outlast the searchers’ willingness to hunt for your stuff.

Mistake Number 3: Failing To Layer Up

Finally, consider layering your caches.

Let’s say you’ve got your real cache and it’s a 55-gallon drum, and you dig a hole and you bury it.

Then as you’re burying it you put a foot or two of dirt on top of it, and then you put an ammo box with some other good cache stuff in it, but not near as valuable as was in the 55-gallon drum.

Then you finish covering the hole.

That way, if somebody finds the ammo box, they may stop digging on the theory that they’ve found what they were looking for.

They’ve found the first layer only, but they won’t keep looking for the next layer.

All these strategies hinge on deceiving the people who want to take your gear.

When it comes to hiding your weapons, don’t make yourself look like a good target.

Don’t make yourself look like a good target.

Don’t make yourself look like you’re worth extra effort.

Be one of the good guys in advance.

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3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If a society-wide emergency plunges us into chaos, you and your family will be on your own,  with only the supplies that you have stockpiled and the preparations you’ve managed to make before everything went to hell.

One way you can extend your stores, though, is to get what you can find from the world around.

That isn’t always easy… and it’s often very dangerous.

I spoke with survival expert Jake Sepulveda about how to stay safe when scavening for survival, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jake Sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

Why do you need to scavenge?

To put it simply, you just can’t have everything.

It’s impossible to have a place to put it all.

So thinking that you’re prepared for every eventuality, and thinking that you’ve got all the supplies you need, and not having the ability and the foresight to plan for what happens when you don’t — because there will be a time when you don’t — could end up getting you killed.

But scavenging itself could ALSO get you hurt or killed.

It’s a dangerous world out there, and in an emergency or survival scenario, it’s only going to get worse.

I like to use what I call the “3 Ps” to stay safe.

These are partners, pause, and precaution.

Tip #1: Have Partners

Partners are difficult in survival situations if it’s not somebody you know, because you don’t know how much you can trust them.

Even then, if you do know them, there are certain breaking points people have.

But the benefit of a second set of eyes is almost immeasurable, especially if you’re occupied doing something.

Having that person who can watch over your shoulder and watch your back and listen while you focus on a task is fantastic.

I think it’s a must for pretty much anybody, because they’ll at least sense or see a danger coming, and at least warn you about it.

Tip #2: Pause While Scavenging

Pausing, even if you’re with another partner, is taking a moment every now and then to stand and look around you.

It’s taking time to take in your surroundings and really identify what’s happening in your immediate area that is really important.

You can’t afford to focus too hard on scavenging itself.

If you get too caught up in your focus on what you’re doing, you’re going to lose sight of everything else that’s happening around you.

Then anything from a human enemy to just a dangerous environmental condition, like a collapsing ceiling in a damaged building, could end up taking you out.

Tip #3: Use Precaution

Precaution is just being careful.

When you’re scavenging you don’t necessarily want to go to a huge department store for your supplies.

Yes, they’ll probably have lots of stuff that you could use in there, but a lot of other people are probably going to be there as well.

If you’re grabbing something that somebody else wants, there isn’t a whole lot that they would hold back to get that thing from you.

So being cautious and being aware of the places that you plan on scavenging, or that you see as an opportunity in the moment, and just taking in the scenery and having that second pair of eyes… these are all-important factors.

The other thing is that if a family member of mine or one of my team didn’t come back, the natural reaction, especially if you’re in a close-knit survival team, is we’ve got to go out and find out what happened, we’ve got to find them.

That’s not a good prospect because then everybody’s kind of roaming around trying to find one another.

So it seems that having a partner with you has a lot of different benefits to it as well.

You also have to watch out for natural hazards, not just people.

When you’re out there you’ve got to be cautious because if it’s a true collapse type of situation, an injury that you would normally go to urgent care to or go to the hospital for could easily kill you.

Risks you would think nothing of taking in a world where you can just call 911 become impossible when you don’t have that option.

You’ve definitely got to keep in mind that if something goes wrong, whether it’s a bee sting that you’re allergic to, a snake bite, or a twisted ankle… these are things that can put you out of action or give you an infection.

Even minor injuries can become life-or-death scenarios when there is no medical care to be had.

It can come back to your pride.

If you are doing something just because you think, “Well, I’ll just brute force through it,” that’s not always a good choice.

If you can drop that machismo and realize that sometimes it’s good to step back and start on a smaller project, you can avoid a lot of serious injury and downtime.

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Survival Scavenging For WROL/SHTF: 2 Rules

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If you’re a prepper, you’ve got a lot of stuff stocked away for an emergency – some of which you’ve probably had to rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But your stockpiles could get looted, confiscated, or just run out when you need things most.

Even if you’re socked away in some bunker somewhere, at some point after a wide-scale collapse, you’re going to need to go do some scavenging.

So what critical things should you keep in mind when you’re hunting and gathering for survival?

I spoke with survival expert Jake Sepulveda about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

The 2 Most Important Things To Consider When Survival Scavenging

Survival Scavenging For WROL/SHTF
Jake Sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

Scavenging is all about identifying those things that are worth taking home and keeping.

But you can’t carry everything you find.

So how do you evaluate what you should and should not take?

How do you decide what’s worth carrying with you or hauling back to your survival retreat?

There are two things to consider:

Rule #1: Is It Usable?

Is the item usable at all right now?

If it’s broken, is it repairable?

If it’s repairable or you can reuse it for another purpose right away, then it’s worth keeping or taking.

If you can use it for something once repaired, it’s worth the effort to fix it.

Just look at it for a second and think, “These are all the components of it.”

Do you have a use for any of the component parts?

Have that active mindset all the time when you’re out in the world of, “Oh, here’s this thing and the parts from it could be for this.”

It’s a good mindset to have for locations too of, “Oh, here’s this tattoo parlor.”

“This is a place I could go if I needed some bandages in an emergency.”

So just having that active mindset can help you scavenge.

Be mentally prepared, and practice that awareness.

Rule #2: In What FORM Is It Still Usable?

Putting together a tool kit right now would be a great idea.

Even if it’s just setting aside a two foot hex crowbar with a pair of really sturdy gloves, even if that’s all you have, just so you know that’s the purpose for it and you know exactly where it’s at.

Having tools to take something apart, reshape or repurpose something, makes a huge difference.

You can also make a game of scavenging.

Think of it in terms of assignments.

Say to yourself,

  • “Saturdays, I look for things I can use or repurpose to fortify the home.”
  • “Mondays, I look for things I can use for medical care.”
  • “Tuesdays, I look for food sources.”

That kind of thing.

Then you can go, maybe, to a junkyard.

You can go garage saling, flea markets, things like that, where people are throwing stuff away.

See what you can come up with, creatively, to repurpose for your needs, rather than just looking for specific items.

Base your search on actual needs that you have.

Think of three random things, and what you can make out of them.

It becomes a game, a challenge for you to think, “Okay, somebody gives me a ukulele, a ceramic mug, and a roll of duct tape because they’re nice… so what can I do with that?”

Think of what you have, what you can get, and how you can address your needs from these.

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Prepping, Storage, & Stockpiling In Limited Spaces, Apartments, & Small Homes

“Most preppers are NUCKING FUTZ!”

If you ask me, that’s the message that television shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and others tried to send to the public, don’t you agree?

But hey… that’s the kind of sensational crap that sells advertising for the television networks, right?

In fact, I remember one episode of one of those shows that was particularly bad…

This woman lived in an apartment and was SCARED TO DEATH of what would happen to her if the excrement hit the oscillating atmosphere agitator.

Her apartment was FILLED from top to bottom with soda bottles of every size – all of them filled with tap water.

I think a lot of would-be preppers and even experienced survivalists think that this type of hoarding is their only option if they’re prepping in limited space, like an apartment.

But that’s absolutely FALSE!

At least, it’s false if you understand. . .

3 Tips For Prepping With Limited Storage Space

Prepping, Stockpiling, and Survival For Small Homes, Apartments, And Other Limited Spaces
Prepping With No Storage Space

One of the most common complaints I hear from preppers is about where to store all of their emergency food, water, medicine, and ammo.

I mean, who the hell has an endless chain of buried school buses in the back yard, or a warehouse worth of storage space in the attic?

No one. That’s who.

A LOT of people live in smaller homes, apartments, or even trailers and RVs and don’t have the space or moolah to build their own bat-cave of survival gear.

Hell… even those with what they think is PLENTY of storage might have trouble with long-term storage of supplies, because the bare necessities themselves take up a LOT of valuable space.

Your plan will change depending on your situation, of course.

For example, if you live near a reliable fresh water source, you may be stockpiling less water but investing more money in filtration systems.

No matter WHAT your situation, though, almost every prepared citizen asks him- or herself this question sooner or later:

“Where do I find more storage space?”

Well, HERE’S where…

1. In “Negative” Space

One way to fit more stuff into the same amount of space is to take advantage of “negative” space — the areas in between where things are now.

For example…

  • The space between the wall and a bookshelf or desk might be wide enough for you to fit a lockable file cabinet that instead holds cans of food stacked neatly on top of each other.
  • The space under a bed or even under a sofa could be used to store anything that will lay flat enough to go unnoticed.
  • Stackable totes and storage containers can be stacked up to take up less overall space.

These stackable plastic storage containers are a good example of eliminating negative space because they also allow you to force irregularly shaped items to fit in more neat “pockets.”

These storage containers can then be stacked on top of each other much more neatly, eliminating wasted area.

2. In The SAME Space You Have Now

The secret to fitting “20 pounds of sh*t in a 10 pound bag” has always been organization.

Some of you are old enough to remember the game “Tetris.”

In that game, you stack bricks of different shapes together, like puzzle pieces, to make full rows to score points (and make room for more rows).

Well, storing your survival gear is like a big ol’ game of Tetris.

You’ve got to find a way to fit everything together – like a puzzle – eliminating wasted space and fitting what you have in the smallest, most efficient “envelope” possible.

I guarantee, if you look at how your supplies are stored, you can find ways to make them…

  • Neater
  • More organized
  • Easier to find
  • More tightly stacked and grouped

Again… large plastic storage boxes are GREAT for making your gear more organized, modular, and helping you fit more into less space.

That brings me to. . .

3. In “Secret Hiding Spots” In Your Vehicle

OK, this is probably the biggest opportunity that people just don’t think about…

First of all, there are so many hidden open spaces in your vehicle, it will make your head spin. (Just ask any cop who’s had to search for drugs at a traffic stop!)

The most obvious places are in the trunk… glove box… and under the seats.

But there are even some “secret” places like inside the bottom of the seats… in the spare tire compartment… or even disguised storage boxes (one of my sneakiest tricks)!

The fact is, my vehicle is my PRIMARY storage location for my most critical survival gear… and right now I’m driving a tiny Mini Cooper!

(Um… you don’t have to snicker!)

You see, these supplies are the ones that will not only keep you and your family alive at home… but also if you’re ever forced to evacuate your home.

In fact, this is one of the “5 phases of survival” I talk about in-depth in my online “survival masterclass” that frankly, most people are doing all wrong!

Look, the bottom line is this…

Making a plan now, and organizing your supplies to support that plan, is a critical part of survival stockpiling and prepping – no matter how much space you do or don’t have!

Hopefully these tips will help you re-think your storage options and take the next step in better protecting yourself and your loved ones.

There are a lot more tips that can help you that, unfortunately, are 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 and your supplies 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 live in a mansion, a small apartment, or even a camper or house boat.

There’s no reason not to get started — and get prepared — right now.

What Is Your Survival Plan? How Are You Storing Your Supplies?

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