I must really be into conversion kits lately but this one has to take the cake, it’s the Chiappa M6 Combination Folding Shotgun With X-Caliber 12-Gauge Adapter Set which can be found for between $600-700 online. About the only problem I see with it is that it’s a single shot, but apparently this guy’s review found a few more problems after testing. Regardless, it’s still a nice idea…
Not a bad plan if you want to save money for practicing or as a backup ammunition plan. Seems you can get these kits on eBay for about $200, just search for “cmmg 22 bravo” and you’ll find plenty of options…
Know the difference between bear spray and pepper spray and whether bear spray is actually better than self defense pepper spray (or not) as well as one potentially good reason to consider bear spray that I hadn’t thought about before: crowd dispersal.
Also, here’s a good FAQ from Sabre on the topic of pepper spray, if interested.
Now, the video…
Solar powered lights are all the rage these days, aren’t they? I know I have a few myself and even one made by the folks who created this new inflatable solar lantern that charges your cell phone too.
I know the post talks about this being a prototype and that you can back it as a kickstarter here, but it sure looks to me like you can purchase one on Amazon (link removed because I was wrong) and for a reasonable price too…
“A few deep breaths inflate LuminAID‘s latest lantern. Hang it up and illuminate your entire tent. When the sun rises, the lantern packs down small and recharges with solar energy.
LuminAID has been making portable inflatable lanterns since 2011. The company’s Kickstarter campaign launched February 7 for its PackLite Max Phone Charger. This lantern boasts the same power output as the PackLite Max but now has the ability to also charge your phone…”
He discusses a few ways to use sand bags around the house in a SHTF situation and even during a bug out, which is a use I hadn’t considered before. You can purchase them from Amazon here in bulk if you like…
Considering we spend a significant amount of time in our bedrooms it behooves you to ensure you’re ready for whatever while you sleep. With that in mind, the following article offers quite a few items to include in your bedroom survival kit, everything from clothing, gear, and bug out bags to self-defense options, communications, and more…
“We spend about a third of our lives sleeping, so there is a good chance that you will awake to some sort of emergency at some point, if you haven’t already.
There you are, sound asleep until you are jolted awake by a bump in the night, a deafening siren, the rumbling of an earthquake or the shouts of a loved one. How prepared are you?
The purpose of the gear you have bedside should be to get you oriented and situationally aware and then get you to a safe room (often the master bedroom closet). This will delay attackers and provides hard cover as well as structural support against disaster to keep you safe and give you time to communicate and ready an appropriate response whatever emergency you are facing…”
I’d say if anybody knows how to dress for cold winter weather it’s the Russians, lol. You can skip to about the 2:15 mark to get to the discussion on clothes…
I know many people include aluminum foil for similar reasons, but a cake pan such as this may prove more useful and probably more durable too. The only major problem I see is that the creases (to fold it up for storage) will eventually wear thin which could make this idea less desirable than at first glance, that is, if this cake pan is anything like the aluminum foil I keep in my wallet, lol…
While candles aren’t the best option for power outages due to the potential fire hazard (look for inexpensive LED lanterns and LED flashlights instead) if you must stock candles consider these prayer candles since they’re self-contained and relatively inexpensive. Of course, there are a wide variety of survival candles available which may burn just as long or longer and be better suited for your needs; I keep a variety of survival candles as well but these prayer candles should work great for most situations…
I have received this Survival Hax Tactical Credit Card Tool in exchange for an honest review.
It arrived on time and was well protected from damage during shipping, encased in a box and foam insert which was appreciated.
Upon unpacking one of the first things I noticed was its size. Yes, it’s length and width are about the same size as a credit card but it’s thickness is considerably larger as compared to one of those folding credit card knives you may have seen:
This, of course, is to be expected considering all of the tools included, but being a “credit card tool” I was half expecting it to be able to fit in my wallet. If I didn’t already have a ton of stuff packed in my wallet then maybe, just maybe, it would fit… but this tool really shouldn’t be expected to fit in a wallet unless you really carry nothing but a bit of cash and a few credit cards.
So, let’s talk about the various tools included (in no particular order) and here’s a photo of the tool with its various components removed:
The knife blade is about 1 1/2″ of usable surface area (maybe a little more) with a large portion of that being serrated. Personally, I would have preferred the knife be straight the entire length as I find that design more useful; again, that’s just a personal preference.
The knife does include a finger indent for better handling which is nice. I did, however, notice that even the straight edge of the knife wasn’t very sharp out of the box but a little touch-up should fix that. There’s also a small cutout in the knife to include a Hex Tool which I really wished they hadn’t done as this may compromise blade integrity.
I like that it includes a fire starter and after some work I was able to remove some shavings and a few sparks, though I would have preferred it to be about twice as long to make using it a bit easier on me. It’s still usable, just not VERY usable.
There’s also a button compass inset into the tool that, when comparing to my phone’s compass is relatively accurate, at least enough to point you in the general direction you want to go.
There is also a small magnifying lens inset into the tool next to the button compass. The magnifying lens is usable when you get it at the exact right distance which may be helpful in removing splinters, for example, but the bigger interest on my part would be whether or not I could use it start a fire. My inclination is “probably not” but that’s just a guess as I haven’t tried doing so. If someone has been able to do so I would certainly like to hear about it.
Tweezers and Toothpick
The tool also includes a small set of plastic tweezers which, to be honest, aren’t very usable whatsoever. I really would have preferred they were metal as I don’t see these plastic ones being able to properly grasp a tick, let alone a splinter. The toothpick, however, isn’t half bad even though it’s plastic.
I was excited to see a blade sharpener included in the tool but, regrettably, it’s inset just enough into the tool that actually contacting the knife edge is rather difficult. Move the sharpener out a bit and it’s a nice addition.
While neat to include one I don’t see much of a survival use for this unless you happen to have a six pack you desperately need opened, lol. It looks like the tool also includes a flat head bit on the end which could prove useful in some situations.
Each side of the credit card has a built in ruler, one in metric and the other in English, measuring about three inches.
This is a part of the tool I really liked, that being the mini whistle. It is rather small as you can see here (that’s my current keychain whistle and a mini Bic lighter for size comparison purposes):
The whistle is also rather shrill which I consider a good thing. The only drawback is that the whistle was included separately from the tool rather than being contained within like everything else. I would think that if they changed the design of the whistle a bit and made it fit in the credit card tool that would be a good thing.
Regardless, the whistle is good enough to be useful and quite small and, so, I’ve chosen to swap out my wife’s keychain whistle with this one which I’m sure she will appreciate.
There’s also a two or three foot lanyard included as well as a built-in anchoring point in the corner of the tool if you wish to use it. They say it’s 550 paracord but it sure doesn’t look like it to me; of course, I could be mistaken as I didn’t attempt to take any inner strands out.
Ultimately, I really want to like this Survival Hax Credit Card Tool. It has some nice features and potentially useful ideas that other credit card sized tools simply do not.
That said, I cannot recommend it as a truly useful survival tool until some changes have been made.
Regardless, at a price of $12.99 this could be just the thing to get a child (maybe even a grandchild) into survival and preparedness. After all, I still remember some of the nifty gadgets I got to play with as a kid, how about you?