Big Blades and Surviving in the Southern Woodlands

One of the biggest unwritten rules I’ve realized when it comes to wilderness survival is that the rules themselves are region-specific. And by that, I mean literally everything- from your equipment preparations to knowledge of the flora and fauna all change depending on the environment. And that very much applies to edged tools as much …

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When the Fight Comes To You: Why the Pump Is Primed For a Rural Conflict, by NC Scout

I originally wrote this back in October. How are you using your time? There’s a common misconception in the Survivalist community. “I’ll retreat…get away from the major population centers…work to live off the grid…and let the urban hellholes rot.” Well…about that. Rural living is, for all intents and purposes, a better way to live. We’re …

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One Hundred and Fifty Questions to a Guerrilla

General Alberto Bayo’s classic should be considered a must-read by anyone interested in small unit warfare and is the first post in a series on perspectives covering the last century into the present. A basic read on guerrilla warfare, “One Hundred and Fifty Questions To A Guerrilla” is a well thought out and realistic plan …

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Practical, Tactical: Training Questions from a Reader

I got these questions from a reader based on the last couple of posts and its questions many have but don't quite understand. There's a lot of different reasons people begin to focus on communications, but when you boil it down, its one of two real necessities: either networking your group over an area, or, …

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Tasks for the ‘Designated Commo’ Guy

The reality for a lot of groups out there is that they have the one designate guy for everything. The medical guy, the mechanic guy, the construction guy, the gunsmith guy, the computer/tech guy, the jack-of-all-trades kinda guy, etc. Its no different when it comes to communications for the bulk of the people I've worked …

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First Line Course: Primitive Tools and Weapons

On the second day of class we cover improvised weapons and tools, including hands on with flint knapping, primitive archery from bows we make from locally grown Osage and deer sinew, Atlatls, fishing kit made from sinew and bone,  while getting hands on with it in ways you might not otherwise.   One Mind, Any …

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First Line Course: Improvised Shelters And Primitive Weapons

Here's a few snapshots from last weekend's First Line Course. In the first day's afternoon, students were instructed on the basics of temporary survival shelters, protecting against thermal loss and constructed their own to live in for the duration of the course: A short primer on off grid cooking and a stew for the class: …

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The First Line Course: An Introduction

Survival means different things to different people. To some, it's a series of preparations for some future cataclysmic event; others, a realization of the unsustainability of many of today's practices or a return to the simpler, more natural ways of life. In that vein, survival includes primitive living skills and bushcrafting. All of these view …

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The Prepper’s Signal Kit: Line of Sight Equipment Suggestions Based on Requests

I get a lot of questions regarding equipment- its a common theme, as a lot of the preppersphere focuses on what to buy. As anyone who's taken the RTO Course knows, the actual equipment itself doesn't matter that much with some solid foundational training. One VHF analog radio, functionality-wise, does the same thing as any …

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