Urban Survival Tips: “Crocodile Dundee” Was Right!

Ok, I know it’s just a movie, but that scene from Crocodile Dundee is always going to be one of my favorites.

Dundee, a tough guy from the Australian wilderness, is visiting New York City when a mugger pulls a switchblade on him.

“He’s got a knife!” says his smoking hot lady friend.

“That’s not a knoif,” Dundee says.THAT’S a knoif.”

Then he pulls out a HUGE knife that he’s carrying across his back, under his jacket.

The knife is so big that the switchblade-wielding punk fills his pants and takes off running… but not before dropping his puny weapon first!

Well, “Crocodile” had the right idea about surviving in the urban jungle of Manhattan – and the reasons why all have to do with…

7+ Urban Survival Uses For The Machete

Best Urban Survival Machete: The Guardian

Now, I’m not saying you should carry a giant knife or machete around with you as an “everyday carry” blade.

But for survival purposes – especially in urban areas – you may want to consider something much bigger than your pocket knife.

And I realize that when most people think of “urban” tools and weapons, they don’t really think of the machete.

That’s because the machete has always been more of a wilderness survival tool – or at least, most people think of it that way.

That’s a mistake!

If you treat it like it’s only for when you’re out in the woods, you’re missing out on a great tool for survival and self-defense in ANY environment, including urban and suburban places.

Even if you’re miles away from the nearest blade of grass, the machete can do TONS of things for you:

You can use the blade for leverage, making the machete a crowbar and even a breaching tool (to bust open locks that might be between you and safety).

You can use it as an emergency extraction tool, for cutting your way through seat belts, smashing your way through glass, and even cutting holes in sheet metal to rescue somebody in a car accident.

In a short-term collapse or “WROL/SHTF” sort of situation, you can use it as an urban and suburban foraging tool – to do everything from chop wood from suburban trees, to digging latrines when the plumbing stops working (too bad about that public park, but you gotta do what you gotta do).

It also makes a great general purpose utility, escape, and evasion tool, which you can use to smash open doors while searching for supplies in abandoned buildings, cut sections of tarp, or lengths of rope, and much more.

And yes, just like “Crocodile Dundee” did, you can use the machete as a kind of “urban sword,” as a powerful and intimidating self-defense weapon!

There’s just one problem…

Not all machetes are created equal.

That doesn’t stop some manufacturers from trying, of course.

Recently, for example, Wal-Mart upgraded their cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete…

…to a slightly better cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete.

That’s not the kind of “weapon” you want to trust your life to!

My guardian machete, though, is one badass piece of hardware.

It’s heavier than all the other machetes on the market (on purpose) because of the special steel we use that’s so much stronger than what other companies – even the ‘”big boys” – try to pass off for field use.

It’s a knife that even Crocodile Dundee would look at and say, “Now that’s a knoif,” and you can check it out for yourself here.

Frankly, there is no better machete on the market.

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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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Fighting A Dog: The Deadly Urban Survival Threat of Feral Animals

Fighting A Wild Dog: The Deadly Urban Survival Threat of Feral Canines

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Most of the time, when we think about the dangers of a post-collapse scenario, we think of the dangers of “men”, right?

The men who didn’t prepare and want to break into your food supply…

The mob of people trying desperately to get resources that don’t exist any more…

The men in SWAT stormtrooper suits who refuse to do anything to help….

The gunman. The looter. The violent madman.

And in focusing on these threats, we forget that one of the most serious dangers doesn’t come from man at all.

It comes from man’s “best friend”, and you must beware of…

The Deadly Urban Survival Threat of Vicious Feral Dogs

Fighting A Wild Dog: The Deadly Urban Survival Threat of Feral Canines
Fighting A Wild Dog: The Deadly Urban Survival Threat of Feral Canines

Look, I like dogs. When they’re under the control of an owner who cares for them, they’re some of the sweetest and most loyal friends on Earth, right?

But we’ve seen what happens when huge numbers of dogs get left behind during a disaster.

We saw it in the Russian Olympics, where entire neighborhoods were emptied out for the games and people were forced to leave their dogs behind.

We saw it during Hurricane Katrina, as people fled for their lives and their dogs were left to survive on their own.

Left alone, dogs aren’t sweet and loyal.

They become just as determined to survive as any of us.

And they form packs.

Here are four urban survival tactics to survive a vicious dog attack!

1. Never Turn Your Back Or Run

Turning your back, or running away, is a HUGE mistake when facing feral dogs.

It triggers the instinct to attack you as “prey.”

Your dog may have done this playfully many times – but it’s no joke when you’re dealing with a pack of hungry animals who see you as walking dinner.

Fight your instincts and remember this incredibly important fact.

2. Never Look A Feral Dog In The Eye

It’s natural to want to make eye contact.

Don’t do it!

In the “dog world,” this is considered a challenge.

So is standing in front of the dog; this makes it look to the dog as if you are preparing to attack.

Turn to the side and avert your eyes to avoid escalating the dog’s aggression.

3. Don’t Scream Or Yell In A High-Pitched Voice

We naturally raise the pitch of our voices when we’re scared.

Consciously use a low, punishing, authoritative voice command that they may remember from a previous owner:

“NO.” “BAD DOG.” “LAY DOWN.”

This can remind them that you are the alpha, and avoid potential attacks.

4. When All Else Fails, Take A Stand And Fight!

Don’t underestimate how dangerous a pack of dogs can be.

They CAN kill you, even if you take one or two down.

A distance weapon you can use to keep the pack at bay is ideal.

A stick can work, but a long, sharp “spear” of some kind is best.

Skewer one snarling dog, and the others will get the picture very quickly.

Here’s How To Make An Improvised Survival Weapon Against Dog Packs…

Again, when it comes to keeping a pack of dogs from ripping you apart, distance is your friend.

You can improvise a spear with a stick or pipe of some kind.

Metal works best because of it’s strength and if it’s hollow, it can act like a “hypodermic needle” that will inflict massive damage and cause lots of bleeding that will likely trigger the instincts of the other (starving!) dogs to take advantage of the easier meal.

But of course you’re not going to find the perfect sharpened pipe right there on the ground when you’re caught off-guard by a pack of vicious animals.

Better to have your own ready-made weapon with you or in your bug-out bag, like I do.

It’s one of the tips I like most in my survival gear secrets report, which you can see right here…

Get your “urban survival weapon” ready now so you can just “grab and go” along with your bugout bag.

You never know when you’re going to need one.

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3 Urban Survival Myths (And The Truth About How To Survive In A Collapse!)

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

For years, the groupthink on urban survival was that, in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive was to flee the city.

You were supposed to run, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal.

The truth is, this is really dated thinking that ignores history.

To get to the bottom of this, we’ve got to dispel some of the myths about urban survival in a collapse.

I talked to my friend Ox to get his thoughts on this topic.

Here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.

Urban Survival Myths (And The TRUTH About How To Survive In A Collapse)

Urban Survival Myths Busted
Urban Survival Myths Busted

Ox

Besides the logistics of whether or not you’ve got a fully stocked rural retreat to flee to, or the fact that there’s a good chance that it will be difficult to travel with gridlock and roadblocks, there are several reasons why cities — or urban areas — make good places to STAY after a disaster.

There are three big urban survival lies that have convinced people this isn’t so.

Let’s talk about each one of them.

Urban Survival Lie #1: “With all those people, everything’s going to run out right away.”

While this is true, it’s just the first chapter of the story.

In the event of a medium- to long-term breakdown in order after a disaster, many people will abandon cities and others will die of shock, medical reasons or violence, leaving a remnant of people who were prepared and can continue/rebuild the economy.

Also, at some point, products like fuel, food and other supplies will start being distributed again.

If refiners, farmers and other distributors have the option to deliver to one city or 10 towns, they’ll pick the one city.

Their cost to deliver goods to only one location will be less AND they’ll probably be able to sell the goods at a premium because of higher demand.

The key here is to have enough supplies on hand to make it through the worst part of a civil breakdown situation until resupply begins.

Urban Survival Lie #2: “I’ll be a sitting duck in my house!”

After a disaster, if violence is particularly bad, you can rotate a watch without it being too much of a burden on any one family.

This concept has been around for generations.

Just to be clear, it doesn’t stop crime, it only changes the location where it happens.

If a crackhead needs to steal a TV to support his habit, it’ll just get them to go a block or two away to break into a house and steal someone else’s stuff.

Of course, in a disaster situation, many have scaled this up and have multiple roving people covering an entire neighborhood.

In the country, there’s just too much space between houses to make this practical.

Why?

Because in an urban area, one person can watch several houses at one time.

Urban Survival Lie #3: “Everyone in the city will turn on each other.”

Actually, this is partially true.

I hear people talk about their organized plans to kill, loot and steal from their neighbors way too often.

Just yesterday a friend told me how he overheard a group of otherwise rational people talking about how they have their neighborhood mapped out and the houses prioritized according to which ones they’re going to attack first.

This is no joke — the TRUTH about surviving in a collapse is that you have to be able to defend yourself against predators like these.

It’s why we talk about “survival weapons” so much here.

I think these people should and will be “taken care of” quickly if they ever start acting on their sick plans.

They go against everything that America stands for, and they disgust me.

There is another side to this story… one which has a lot more historical evidence.

Think of barn raisings and the ability of a rural community to band together to get a big project done.

Now think about how many more people there are in a city than in a rural area and how much easier it would be for any one person to get a group of people together to get a big project done when there are so many more people to ask.

Stop laughing at the thought of city people helping each other: As we saw after September 11th, there are people who WILL come together to help in a crisis.

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Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

It’s easy to frame a wilderness survival situation as “you vs. the world”.

Many people think of “survival” in those terms – living off the land… avoiding everyone… and generally staking out your territory while waiting for the collapse to blow over.

But thinking this way will drastically change your “threat matrix” in how you plan to survive depending on whether you’re in a wilderness vs. urban survival scenario.

Let’s talk about a couple of examples, okay?

Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

MCS On Wildneress Versus Urban Survival
Modern Combat And Survival Offers Tips On Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

Here’s one:

Alone in the wilderness, a bright fire will keep you warm, keep bugs away, and deter 4-legged predators… in urban areas, it will attract “2-legged” predators to your location.

Shooting your firearm in the woods for food won’t likely attract attention… in urban areas, it can draw authorities and/or looters to confiscate or steal your weapons.

In remote areas, you can more easily be self-reliant, while in urban settings, you will be forced to deal with other people – both friend and foe.

In fact, one of the biggest factors that will determine your long-term survival in an urban survival scenario is how well you’re able to interact with other people.

  • Do you know how to make “strategic friends” easily?
  • Are you skilled at exchanging your goods and services with others?
  • Can you do it so that you’ll get as good of a deal as possible and still be able to trade with that person again in the future?
  • Have you acted in a way that will cause people to WANT to help you when you need help?

It’s trickier to pull these off than you may think – especially during times when the people around you are stressed, unprepared, and not always trustworthy.

You don’t want to be one of them… and you don’t have to be if you understand how survival gear SHOULD work.

Consider your “people plan” now.

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