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How To Use A Compass
Using the compass alone
This is a very easy lesson, and I would say, not sufficient for those who would like to travel safely in unfamiliar terrain.
The first thing you need to learn, are the directions. North, South, East and West. Look at the figure and learn how they are. North is the most important.
There are several kinds of compasses, one kind to attach to the map, one kind to attach to your thumb. The thumb-compass is used mostly by orienteers who just want to run fast, and this is the kind of compass I normally use. But not in this tutorial. I would recommend the third kind of compass. Lets take a look at it:
You see this red and black arrow? We call it the compass needle. Well, on some compasses it might be red and white for instance, but the point is, the red part of it is always pointing towards the earths magnetic north pole. Got that? That’s basically what you need to know. Its as simple as that.
5 Tips For Finding The Right Firearm For Your Situation
If you finally decide to own a personal firearm, there are several considerations that you must consider before purchase. It would be best if you had a clear intention for your gun use, as it could be for pleasure, personal defense, work, hunt, or any other purpose. It’s crucial to make the proper selection for your first firearm purchase to ensure that you’ll be happy and satisfied with it, as you would be using it for many years.
It could be overwhelming to go into a gun shop and find the best firearm from their wide range of choices. It’s imperative first to know what kind of gun you like to own. Perhaps you’re interested in a single stack 9mm handgun or some other pistol? Whatever brand you prefer, and whichever factors and features are essential for you, you must do your research and understand their differences.
Consider the following tips in finding the perfect firearm for your situation:
Know Its Purpose
Guns will have many different features depending on their purpose. This means that if you plan to purchase a firearm as a means for defense, you’ll end up having something completely different than when you find a gun for shooting competitions. You must determine your reason for wanting to purchase one first before looking for all the selections available.
If you’re looking for survival firearms, there is no one definite best firearm as scenarios are varied. Take advantage of learning about the different kinds of weapons instead.
Another thing is to decide is the frequency of use for your gun. Are you planning to use it regularly? If so, this factor should also influence your purchase decisions. You can ask for an expert’s advice as to which gun is best for regular use.
Choose Between New or Used Guns
If you have budget restrictions, it’s understandable to want to buy a used firearm instead. However, you must be careful of its condition, so make sure to find something that comes from a conscientious owner. As a second-hand buyer, you must inspect the pistol meticulously to avoid any problems and conflicts later.
On the other hand, if you have enough money to splurge for a brand-new gun, go for it because nothing will beat the quality and condition of being the first owner of a firearm. There are many perks for brand-new guns, like a factory-backed warranty, friendly support from authorized dealers, and you can inquire about many other accessories and firearm parts to give you practical gun knowledge.
Choose Between A Pistol or Revolver
Before coming up with the features and functions you want, you need to decide if you wish to have a revolver or a pistol.
Revolvers are no longer common for service use because they usually have limited bullet capacity on their cylinder. It also requires ample time for you to load up the bullets. If you want a semi-automatic function, then this type of gun is not for you.
Furthermore, revolvers are also larger and heavier, so it’s not convenient to bring them around, mainly because it’s challenging to conceal. On the brighter side, revolvers are exceptionally reliable as well as easy to control and maintain. These are some of its good sides, so think about their merits and demerits well before purchasing a revolver.
As for pistols, they have dominated the professional field of service and defense these days, primarily because of their semi-automatic function. The design is modern; they are highly reliable, functional, and safe to use for any circumstances. They also offer a wide range of use. With its high magazine capacity and fast reloading procedure, you won’t ever have to take time before you can start shooting again.
Enroll in A Firearms Training Course
Before purchase, it’s highly recommended for you to take up a training course first. There are many benefits to tactical training for civilians as you learn more about the weapon’s safety and proper handling. You will also be educated about the different types of guns and which ones would be comfortable for you to use. Other than that, you’ll also have an opportunity to test out different firearms and seek advice from your instructors, who are gun experts.
Try Before You Buy
Feel free to finally go to a gun store if you have already finished the tips mentioned above. You can inquire about the specific gun you want and ask for further information and recommendations. Being able to touch and see the weapon personally can somehow help you decide, but make sure to handle the gun in a safe manner, as it could be dangerous.
If possible, it would be better for you to try the gun you want first at a shooting range, with the guidance and support of an experienced shooting instructor. It’s different when you can test and try out how the gun works in your own hands.
Besides the required skills for using a firearm and a steady hand when shooting, educate yourself further about the firearm aspects, products, models, and accessories. Don’t forget to practice your shooting skills, too, if you want to be a better handler of your gun. Use these tips, and you’ll be able to find the perfect firearm eventually.
8 Useful Skills to Have to Barter During SHTF
Bartering is a great way to acquire goods and services because no money is needed to conduct the transaction. As we discussed in an earlier article, in times of economic collapse, hyperinflation can occur. This is a phenomenon where basic goods and groceries become unaffordable as money becomes almost useless.
This has happened multiple times throughout history, including recently in Venezuela. Having in-demand skills to barter can help you survive such a crisis
What Is Bartering?
Bartering is trading. Bartering can involve goods or services. For example, if you have extra ground flour but no vegetables, you can trade some of your flour for vegetables. Or you could trade lessons on how to use spreadsheets in return for vegetables.
Bartering has existed for millenia, and indeed was used before money was invented. In our modern world, when countries experience a serious economic crisis, citizens often return to bartering. In 2011, residents of Greece returned to bartering to get their needs met. For example, NPR reported that one woman who lost her job, asked her neighbor: “Could you please do the ironing for me, and I will teach English to your children?’”
Trading skills for food or other services is the best way to acquire what you need to get through a crisis. Having skills that many others need will make you a valuable member of any community.
There are numerous reasons that bartering could become necessary including hyperinflation, economic problems, natural disasters, power outages, political problems and disruption of the supply chain.
How to Barter
You don’t have to wait for a crisis to barter. You can start practicing your bartering skills today and they can be helpful in everyday situations. You’ve probably already bartered at some point in your life. For example, maybe you’ve fixed a neighbor’s car in exchange for some carpentry work in your home.
You can start by building good community relationships – it’s almost like starting a new business. Don’t wait until a crisis is upon you and get prepared. Learning how to negotiate can also be helpful when it comes time to trade your skills for products.
If you don’t have a skill that you think would be useful, start learning a skill today.
Home Repair and Carpentry Skills
Here are some examples of useful skills that will be in-demand during an economic collapse
Most homeowners struggle to fix problems in their home. Problems can quickly become urgent. For example, a storm can cause downed trees and flying branches that can damage roofs and windows leading to water leaks and damaged interiors.
Plumbing and electrical problems — such as backed-up toilets or smoking outlets — often require special skills and can be urgent too.
Basic carpentry skills can go far, such as building a new set of stairs, a deck, an add-on, or fencing. Remember that in times of crisis family members who lose jobs may consolidate and move in with relatives. That can lead to an increase in the demand for sectioned-off rooms, modifications to basements, garages, lofts, and so on.
In dire times, some families may need to barter to have an open-air shelter built (a simple one-roof structure) to quickly accommodate friends and relatives that are down on their luck. In these cases being able to build outhouses may also be in demand.
If you have skills in any of these areas, you will be somewhat self-sufficient and you’ll be able to trade this skill for the items you need.
Making sure vehicles are running properly during a crisis is important, and most people today don’t have the necessary skills or knowledge to repair a car. It really is a gift.
Having knowledge of vehicle repair will make you popular in any community. Mechanical skills go beyond changing tires, oil, or repairing cars. You will likely be able to repair other pieces of equipment like small generators, small tractors, chain saws, snowmobiles, electric or non-electric bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, and lawn mowers.
Knowledge of First-Aid and Emergency Response
Skills like cleaning and bandaging wounds, treating minor illnesses and splinting fractures could make you indispensable in any community.
Whenever treating someone medically, there could be legal liability issues associated with it, though. Therefore getting certified would be wise.
There are many community opportunities for learning emergency response, such as Red Cross courses or joining your local CERT or your state defense force (if your state has one). State defense forces, like the Texas State Guard, operate under the authority of the state’s governor and may be called on to support local National Guard units by providing traffic control, setting up communications centers, assisting in search and rescue, or providing other logistical support.
This is one skill you will need to be legally qualified for, of course. A crisis will not stop babies from being born. During a crisis, hospitals could be closed or overrun with patients. Having the skill to help women give birth would be a valuable bartering skill in the community.
Knowing how to grow your food will not only give you food to barter and peace of mind, but you can also teach others how to grow their own food.
A simple way to start is to begin buying seeds to store up. (These can also be bartered.) Try growing one single type of crop, like potatoes or strawberries. You’ll learn a lot about what works and what doesn’t that you can then share with others.
The carpentry skills we mentioned above also apply to gardening, as you’ll be able to create raised garden beds, chicken coops, fencing, and tool sheds.
Hunting and Fishing
Having the skill of knowing how to acquire food for yourself and others is excellent for bartering. Being skillful at hunting, fishing, and raising animals will not only get you the food you might need, but enough extra food to trade for other products and services.
Be sure to research what licenses and safety classes (for hunting) might be required in your area. If you choose hunting then you’ll also want to learn whether there are game meat butchers in your area and how they operate or if they will teach you how to prepare your own catch.
During a crisis, there is a good chance that telephones and cell phones may not work (or may not work consistently). Having a ham radio and the ability to build an antenna out of a piece of wire is a skill you can use. Getting a ham radio license is not difficult, and you can find used radios at affordable prices. With this skill, you and your community can keep in touch with family and authorities outside of your community.
Other Skills and Services To Consider
We’ve mentioned 8 skills that may be in-demand in a time of economic and social upheaval. Here are a few more we’d like you to consider:
Transportation: Those without transportation may need a way to get to the grocery store or appointments.
Lessons: teaching others how to do something is valuable. Lessons might include how to create a website, use a computer or certain software, how to fix a piece of equipment, or how to install fencing.
Mending clothes: in times of mass joblessness people will increasingly need to mend holds and tears in their current clothing.
Cooking, cleaning, and laundry: those who have in-demand skills and multiple family obligations will likely need help keeping their own household going.
Security: how to use common items or tools and weapons to protect oneself and others
Clearing land: knowing how to clear downed trees from roadways and how to clear brush on property
Firewood chopping and stacking: the skill to turn raw logs into firewood and stacking it in a stable formation
Snowplowing and sanding
Learning a new skill today will help you prepare for any type of crisis. And it will give you the confidence that comes from becoming more self-reliant.
Even if you already have a bartering skill, learning a new one will make you twice as valuable to those around you.
Tips for First-Time Homeowners when Prepping for Natural Disasters
Everyone should have a natural disaster game plan. As a first-time homeowner it’s even more important to make sure you and your home are ready for an emergency situation that might come down to evacuating your home or sheltering in place for an extended time period. When you are getting settled into a new home it’s an ideal time to think about getting these plans in place. Here are some disaster preparedness tips that can help everyone in your household feel more at ease about the unthinkable.
Prepare your disaster kit
One of the simplest steps to take, no matter where you live, is to gather what disaster preparedness experts like the American Red Cross call an emergency kit. This is a store of supplies that you can quickly take with you if a disaster strikes and you need to evacuate your home. It will provide you with basic necessities for at least three days. Kits will be personalized based on your specific needs and should include items like: essential medications, a flashlight, first aid kit, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, family emergency contact information and copies of important documents, blankets, water, cash, portable chargers for electronic devices, and nonperishable food. These items should be stored together somewhere in your home that is easily accessible in a moment’s notice. No matter if your city or town is at risk for a flood, tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or even has a low risk of natural disasters, this kit is essential.
Be aware of your surroundings
Knowing what to expect can help you stay on your toes in an emergency situation. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University has built a tool which allows you to enter your address to see the level of hazard risk for your area — for example, for an avalanche, earthquake, drought, landslide, or other disasters. The tool will also give you an overall hazard index which can help you better understand general natural disaster risk. As part of your research, knowing the radio stations in your area that cover breaking news can keep you in the loop about what’s happening if there is a widespread power outage and mobile phone reception is down for an extended period of time.
Enroll in disaster insurance
Depending on where you live and the hazard risks, your homeowners insurance policy may or may not cover your home, such as for natural disasters like an earthquake or flood. Once you understand the potential hazards for your area, talk with your insurance agent about understanding disaster coverage and add extra coverage if necessary to add to your peace of mind. For example, California residents will definitely want to consider earthquake insurance, while people living in Texas will want to think about flood coverage.
Make an inventory
When working with your insurance agent to determine your coverage you will be asked to give a basic inventory and value estimate of the items in your home. This list will be essential if you need to report damage as part of filing an insurance claim. Making an inventory might also include securing important documents like birth certificates, marriage licenses, and passports in a waterproof box or folder and adding this to your go kit.
Taking these preparedness steps can help put you at ease about natural disasters since there is no way to predict when they might strike. When you have a plan in place you can also help ensure the safety for everyone in your household if you do need to face a hazardous situation.
4 Useful Gadgets That Are Great For Family Camping
Many different useful gadgets are great for family camping, but we will list only four of them in this list. We think that these will be the most helpful for your family because they are timesavers and very convenient. It is essential to ensure that you are prepared for your camping trip long before you go, not to be stranded once you get there.
1. Instant Cabin / Tent
An instant cabin-style tent will be handy for you and your family. It is pre-fitted with attached poles, a room divider, zipper doors, windows for ventilation and privacy, and a hanging storage pocket located in different tent places. This fully taped water-resistant rain fly is already attached, and it is set up and only 60 seconds on its own. This will help you and your family when you are just getting to your campsite, and you have other things to remove from the car and set up before you can sit down and relax. Setting up your camping tent can take the most extended amount of time and be the most stressful out of everything you have to set up on your trip. This invention takes the hassle out of all of that.
2. A Flashlight
A first-aid flashlight is an incredible invention that will be very helpful on your camping trip. This is a flashlight that has first aid kit items inside of it. It comes complete with painkillers, anti-subject wipes, tweezers, nitrile gloves, a compass, and an emergency whistle. This first aid flashlight can be easily attached to your outdoor gear or your belt. There should be perfect items you have when you were out camping because it includes most things that you would need in an emergency. This first aid flashlight has many items included in it for an actual emergency; however, it is also essential to have a more extensive first aid kit at your campsite that you were staying at.
3. A Portable Generator
A portable generator would be a very significant resource to have with you when you were camping. This could be there to help you charge your cell phones, your car battery if it dies, anything that can be plugged in to charge can use this outdoor generator. An inverter generator is a lightweight package that delivers 2000 running lots. It is easy to transport in your bag as well as store in your campsite. This generator is very quiet so that it does not disturb your trip or your neighbors trip, and the fuel consumption is low, so your generator will run for a long time and charge your electronics for a long time, probably even longer than you need it to.
4. A Portable Wood-burning Stove
A little stove is always handy and a great idea to bring to the campsite; therefore it’s an excellent addition to your camping equipment. This can be used whether or not you have a fire pit at your campsite. It is sleek, handy, and eco-friendly. If you happen to be at a utah state park campground, you will find this one a total asset because it will allow you to enjoy the sky and nature without all the bells and whistles that electric items have. You can use it for cooking your food, boil water; you can use the fire heat to keep yourself warm; you can use the firelight to make your camping trip have more visibility. And there is also an option where you can use it as electricity to charge your phones and other equipment.
This portable wood-burning camp stove does not have enough energy to power your car battery if it dies. Still, it is an excellent addition to your camping equipment because it can charge other necessities.
As mentioned above, it is imperative to be prepared for your camping trip way before you even go on it. Do you want to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment before leaving, not to be stranded once you get on your trip. There are many more fancy gadgets that we did not mention on this list that will help you to get the best out of your camping experience. As you go camping, you will learn what items work best for you and what items you would like to purchase to make your trip more enjoyable.
Stephanie Caroline Snyder graduated from The University of Florida in 2018; she majored in Communications with a minor in Mass Media. Currently, she is an Author, a Freelance Internet Writer, and a Blogger.
The Rise of Girls and Guns – infographic
With the start of the world and political unrest domestically, more and more women are choosing to protect themselves. Learn, train and survive.
5 Tips to Purchasing Gun Safe Dehumidifiers
Every household that owns a series of firearms should have a gun safe installed within the premises. Gun safes help to secure your firearms and eliminate the risk of unauthorized access. However, excessive humidity can gradually percolate into the safe, causing metal components to rust. Too much moisture also leads to warping of wooden parts and development of unsightly molds.
To prevent the accumulation of moisture, it’s important to purchase a gun safe dehumidifier. Such units are frequently used to eliminate dampness, ensuring that your safe remains dry and mold-free.
Here are 5 tips to purchasing gun safe dehumidifiers:
Choose the right type
Dehumidifiers are essentially of two types: electric and desiccant dehumidifiers. The former type works by generating enough heat to evaporate all the moisture that exists within the gun safe. Most people prefer electric dehumidifiers because they’re highly effective in overly humid environments. Desiccant dehumidifiers, on the other hand, use absorbent elements to soak up all the moisture within the safe. They work just like a sponge. These dehumidifiers are perfect for those individuals who want to save up on electricity. Silica gels are often used to absorb humidity.
Consider your budget
It’s important to have a certain price range in mind before purchasing a gun safe dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers are generally more affordable than their electric counterparts. In addition, they will not spike your monthly electricity bill and you won’t keep worrying about purchasing replacement parts for them. Electric dehumidifiers are more luxurious and effective at eliminating excessive humidity compared to desiccant units, making them widely popular. Your financial situation will determine your ultimate choice.
Level of humidity
Some regions experience extremely humid conditions while other places are only mildly humid. The place you live will certainly influence your decision when buying a gun safe dehumidifier. Electric units use a heating element to vaporize any trace of moisture within your safe, making them perfect for highly humid environments. Desiccant dehumidifiers would best suit you if the level of atmospheric humidity is low where you live. When it gets too humid during the summer, consider getting an electric dehumidifier to offer added protection to your gun safe.
In case the gun safe dehumidifier you purchase is defective or gets damaged, the manufacturer should offer a free repair or replacement service as stipulated in the product warranty. Some companies offer full lifetime warranties for their dehumidifying units while others offer limited warranties. It’s wise to consider the terms of warranty of your preferred dehumidifier. This way, you can confidently return it when something unprecedented occurs.
Ease of installation
Some dehumidifiers come with a complicated set of instructions that make it extremely difficult to set up. A good gun safe dehumidifier should offer easy installation guidelines. If you find yourself scratching your scalp in utter confusion, seek help from an experienced professional. You can call customer support to help you out, or request for a technician to come over and install the dehumidifier on your behalf.
These few tips will help you purchase an exquisite gun safe dehumidifier that suits you.
5 Tips To Keeping Your Gun Safe At Home
With the continued debate revolving around gun control, it is quite clear that there is a significant portion of the society that is of anti-gun sentiment. Anti-gun people have a legitimate basis for their claims, especially on issues to do with mass shootings and violent crime. However, if you are a legal gun holder, and would like to keep your second amendment rights, then you need to do everything within your power to eliminate any incidences that might increase the anti-gun sentiment. That’s why you need to always store your gun safely. To help you out with this, here are 5 tips to keep your gun safe at home.
Make use of trigger locks
A trigger lock is one of the best ways to keep your gun safe at home. It prevents unauthorized individuals from making use of your gun. The whole mechanism is to stop the trigger from manipulation. To ensure that the trigger lock gives you maximum safety, ensure that it installed when your gun is unloaded. Most new guns come with their own safety locks, reducing the hustle of acquiring one. However, if you have an older gun, you easily purchase one from your local guns dealer.
Use a gun case
One of the risks you face as a gun holder is for your little kids to gain access to your gun and harm themselves with it. That can happen if you store your gun in drawers. To keep it safe, get a gun case. This allows you to not only lock the gun-in, but also conveniently walk around with it, away from the curious hands of minors. A gun case also allows you to leave the gun at home, with the guarantee that no one can access it. It’s one of the safest ways to handle your gun.
Purchase a storage box
A strong box is one of the best ways to keep your gun safe at home. That’s because it is not only portable, but also has sophisticated locks, that can’t be unlocked by anyone other than the gun holder. Some of the best gun storage boxes come with customizable codes as well as biometric sensors that only the owner can open. These technologically advanced features make the gun storage box one of the best ways to keep your gun safe at home.
Keep the gun unloaded
To ensure that chances of an accidental gun discharge are significantly reduced, always keep it unloaded. In fact, make sure that the only time you keep your gun loaded is when you intend to use it. By keeping it unloaded, you are sure that chances of an accident are close to zero.
Purchase a gun safe
A gun safe is probably the most effective way to keep your gun safe at home. Thebest gun safe comes with customized racks that not only keep the gun securely strapped, but also keeps them well maintained. On top of that, gun safes have steel exteriors, which makes it almost impossible for someone other than the owner to gain access to the gun.