NRA – Safety First… or maybe second?

I’m almost fearful to write this post, mainly because I don’t want a letter in the mail stating the NRA has revoked my instructor license for disagreeing with them. As many of you know, I am the owner and head-trainer for a S.A.F.T. Academy, where we teach a full mantle of NRA firearms courses. I am also a longtime member of the NRA, but as a member and an instructor I often find myself at peace with their mission, but at odds with the way they go about achieving it. What we instructors do: As instructors we have spent THOUSANDS of dollars educating ourselves on how to educate students. To put it in perspective, a student typically pays $50-$75 for a class, plus maybe 1 box of ammunition. At our instructor courses, we usually have to pay $300-450 per course, take up two full very long days, and sometimes shoot … Read the rest…

Chapter 03

“Everyone inside! Now!” My voice was hoarse but the volume and tone made up for it. “Wh-” Jess started to say, but I cut her off, turning and pushing her towards the door. “Now!” I yelled again. Her transformation was instant. Her mother instincts kicked in; spurred by the concern in my voice. She turned and moved for the right patio door she had emerged from just seconds earlier, grabbing every child between her and the door and herding them through it regardless who they belonged to.  Reaching out to grab Matthew’s arm from the side, she dragged him with her as she moved. He stumbled but caught his footing and helped usher his sister and the other kids indoors. “We need to get inside, man,” I said to Michael. “We don’t know what those things are going to do and we don’t need to be out here. There’s nothing … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Chapter 5: Books

Ok, so if you’re going to get serious about having a survival mindset, it helps if you’re an avid reader. Wait.. come back… don’t go! Whew.. ok.. hang on just a sec! I didn’t mean how-to manuals. I meant good-ol’ action packed fiction, based on some real world events, or based on plausible scenarios. I’m going to point you in the direction of a few of my favorites, in descending order of greatness. (That means the best are first.) The “Going Home” Series – by Angery American First off,  yes, he can spell. He meant it that way. Secondly, he writes an amazing series of books, based on a character named Morgan – who I can identify with personally. The character is literally “me” in a book… same gear I already carry, same kind of personality, just written by a guy that’s never met me. The series, all five books thus far, … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Food Options In General

I cover a lot of general food considerations in this video. Watch the video for yourself, and then read on at the bottom. I’ve added a few details and thoughts to expand on the video. If I did it all on YouTube it would be half an hour long! Salt Salt is a healthy part of our diet, whether you know it or not. Sure, there are several risks of sodium intake if you aren’t of average health, but your average healthy human being is recommended a minimum of 500mg a day. That equates to 3/4 of a teaspoon per day. Your average human consumes around 3,500 mg per day between what is in their food already, in their drinks, and of course put on food to season for individual taste. If your kidneys are healthy, even excess sodium derived from salt isn’t an issue. Some people range between 250 mg … Read the rest…

Review – Ontario SP8 Machete

I made a post awhile back that generated a lot interest – about creating your own Bug Out Bag, or “Go-To-Hell Bag” as we called it when I first got interested in wilderness survival years ago. Anyway, I get a lot of requests for “What type of this do you recommend?” or “What’s the better version of this particular item?” Well, I can’t answer or pretend to be an expert on things I’ve never used, but I CAN put my word behind the stuff I DO use. So, this is my first in a series of product reviews related to survival tools and materials.  If you’d like to back track a little, check out the post on building your own bug-out-bag. Selecting a Machete A machete is a great tool to have, and it is very multipurpose, but not as multipurpose as novices think they are. People think of a … Read the rest…