Bug Out / Wilderness Food / Water Gear Reviews

First Strike Rations, Better Than MREs?

Almost a year ago now, I purchased an MRE-style meal for our bug out bags called First Strike Rations. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of such a thing before, but apparently they’re intended for military special ops-type-folks who want a full meal plan but without unnecessary extras like MRE heaters. And, even though I tend not […]

Food / Water Gear Reviews

17 Survival and Backpack Water Filters Tested

Ever wonder what survival filter is the best? Maybe it’s a gravity filter or perhaps it’s a pump? Well, the folks at have gone overboard and tested 17 popular water filters for survivalists, including the Berkey filters we all know and love, Sawyer Mini (which I really like for survival purposes), and the Lifestraw, […]

Bug Out / Wilderness Equipment / Supplies Gear Reviews

Updated EDC for 2019

This is a long video and he tends to take tangents, but I do enjoy seeing all the neat little tools and whatnot that he includes in his EDC carry. Granted, I think it’s a bit too much for my taste, but perhaps you’ll find a few new items you haven’t seen before. Skip to […]

Defense / Security / Safety Equipment / Supplies Gear Reviews

Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter Review

I was sent this Survival Hax Tactical LED Pen for review and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality. For starters, it came well protected in a foam case: And here’s the pen outside the package for a better view: I can say that when I first grabbed the pen it […]

Equipment / Supplies Food / Water Gear Reviews

Cooking With The “Solar Death Ray”

If you’ve been following my blog for years now you may remember when I used to post about my sun oven cooking experiments… I miss those days. 🙂 Sadly, all of the large trees around my house tend to block out most of the sunshine and so my lack of willingness to work around that […]

Defense / Security / Safety Gear Reviews Interesting Stuff

(Giveaway) Failures of Imagination: “The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland” Book Review

I was recently sent this book to review written by Congressman Michael McCaul titled Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – And How to Thwart Them and I must, this was a good book! Congressman McCaul also happens to be the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and is, therefore, someone […]

Gear Reviews Lighting / Communications

BYB 300 Lumen Collapsible Lantern Review – What a Nice Light!

I was sent this BYB 300 Lumen Collapsible Lantern a while back for review and I can start by saying that, for the price, I was very impressed. In fact, this light *may* end up being my go-to battery-powered camping and emergency light from hereon out. Although I’ve long been a fan of the Rayovac […]

Gear Reviews

Lights Outs: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared by Ted Koppel Book Review

I was sent the book Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel to review. Seeing as though it’s a subject I recently researched myself, I jumped at the chance… and I wasn’t disappointed. I can say that I was pleasantly surprised to see a well-respected journalist tackling a “fringe” […]

Gear Reviews Interesting Stuff Lighting / Communications

OxyLED Q6 Smart Rechargeable LED Flashlight Review

I received this OxyLED® Q6 Led Lamp / Lantern for review and I can honestly say that I was surprised at how useful of a light it’s turning out to be. Thought I have many lights–in the form of flashlights, lanterns, and headlamps–I’ve never had a flashlight like this, in that, it’s sort of like a […]

Gear Reviews

Last Stand: Warlords – Fun Survival Book Review! + Giveaway!!

Thus far I’ve had a chance to read and review all three of William Weber’s exciting survival book series, Last Stand. It’s been a fun, interesting, and continuous read and, in fact, the Last Stand series has been the ONLY fiction books I’ve read in years. Weber’s newest addition to the Last Stand series is […]