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Survival weekly: COVID-19 & Prep thoughts

By: JimCobb of Survival weekly

In the last few weeks, I’ve been contacted by numerous media types and entirely too many of them are looking for the “doomsday prepper” angle, which is frustrating. Very, very few preppers fall into that category and focusing attention on that sort of lifestyle isn’t helpful to the vast majority of people who are looking for information on how to prepare for emergencies. Even if a reader or viewer were wanting to explore that sort of extreme preparedness, it isn’t like they can do much about it right now. Let’s get through the current crisis first, y’know?
How are you folks holding up so far? What’s the world look like in your neck of the woods? Here in Wisconsin, our governor just issued our “lockdown” order, effective tomorrow (March 25) and running for four weeks. It is what I’d call a soft lockdown, at best. When you get right down to it, most white-collar jobs are shut down and most blue-collar jobs are still up and running. People are told to stay home unless they have a good reason to be out and about.
I would encourage all of you to follow the guidelines that have been communicated to us over the last several days. Maintain social distancing whenever possible, stay home unless absolutely necessary, and do everything you can to remain healthy. A few suggestions with that last bit:

  • Make sure you’re eating at least some healthy food every day. It is okay to indulge in junk food here and there, just balance it with the good stuff.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Be active every day. Do some exercise, go for a walk (which is perfectly fine, provided you maintain that social distancing aspect), do something that gets your pulse up for ab it.
  • Avoid sick people as best you can. I realize that isn’t always feasible or practical.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t truly wash them.

Our hike this past weekend was a visit to a park we’ve been to several times in the past. It is smallish and we will sometimes swing in there when we need to get a hike in but don’t have a lot of time to spend. They’ve been doing some work on it in spots and we’re eager to see the final result…whenever they get a chance to finish it off.

Survival Tip Tuesday – Is This Our “I Told You So” Moment?

For years, preppers and survivalists have been beating the readiness drum, telling folks to get prepared for emergencies and disasters. For much of that time, we were ridiculed, told we were overreacting, and that we were wasting our time and money on something that would never happen.
Then, it did happen. Whether you feel the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious, life-threatening issue or something that is being blown entirely out of proportion and is perhaps a smokescreen for something else, the fact is we all have to deal with what is happening. We’re all facing potential supply shortages, cuts in income due to jobs being shut down, and the risk of getting sick ourselves or having a family member fall ill.
So, does this mean it is time for the “told you so” dance? Well, sort of like cashing out your life savings to buy scratch-off lottery tickets, just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
Look, there are a lot of people who have suddenly jumped on the prepper bandwagon in the last few weeks. Lots of them have made and are still making bonehead mistakes. Guess what? That’s part of the learning process. Not one of you reading this were born with all of the knowledge, skills, and experience you possess today. Somebody, somewhere along the way, taught you, guided you, and helped you.
You have an opportunity to be that person for the next group of aspiring preppers and survivalists

If you decide you don’t want to take on that role, that’s fine, no worries. But, don’t muck up the works for the rest of us by denigrating, deriding, and generally making an ass of yourself by picking apart what you feel the new folks are screwing up.
We know going in that many, if not most, of the people who have recently joined us under the prepping umbrella aren’t going to stick around for the long run. Human nature is what it is. But, we have an opportunity here to make a genuinely positive impact on a large number of people. Take advantage of that and do what you can to help.
Leadership isn’t about being the best. It is about making everyone on the team better.

Knife & Gear Society

One of my favorite writers and instructors is Michael Janich. He is a recognized authority when it comes to self-defense, especially the use of knives. His Martial Blade Concepts school is a valuable resource. Michael has started doing a monthly column for the Knife & Gear Society webzine. This month’s installment is about Blood Loss and Stopping Power, two concepts that are woefully misunderstood. 

Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide

For those new to my little corner of the Internet, I am the Editor in Chief for both Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide magazines. These are quarterly print publications that are published by Centennial Media. Here are the covers for the current issues that are available in stores right now. 

You can find them just about anywhere magazines are sold, including:

  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Publix
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid
  • CVS
  • Tractor Supply
  • Fleet Farm
  • Barnes & Noble

At this time, the staff at the publisher is working remotely, so we’re unable to order copies direct from them. 

Library at the End of the World Podcast

Do you enjoy end of the world books and movies?  Stuff like The Survivalist, The Road Warrior, Red Dawn, and Night of the Comet?  If so, you just might want to check out the Library at the End of the World podcast.  Hosted by yours truly, each week I interview an author, filmmaker, or someone else connected to the genre as well as chat about.  These aren’t live shows.  You can download any or all of them and listen to them at your leisure.  You can find all of the episodes of the podcast here.
 Questions, Comments, Complaints, Concerns?

I am always just an email away –  

-Thanks Jim for your continued expertise and tips!

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Jeep essentials, the MAC-Gyver survival kit

Hey all! just sharing a cool and Quick video of our ACW MAC-Gyver kit inside a jeep bug out vehicle

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MAC-Gyver “possibilities kit” review

ACW Tactical: MAC-Gyver Kit review by the Liberty report’s Nick Torres

  • In depth review of a unique survival, utility/preparedness pack.

Recently, I have got the chance to review a company known as ACW Tactical. The product that I have received from them is known as their “Mac-Gyver” kit. Now when you hear the name MAc-Gyver if you have ever watched the original show or the remake of the show, you will know that Mac-Gyver is someone that is known for coming up with fancy gadgets and quick fixes for whatever situation that he is in. With this kit, we see that we now have the capabilities of doing such things as Mac-Gyver now.

Going over the pack

The pack is something else, I would say. The first thing that I would like to go over with is the ways I can attach this pack. On the back of the pack, we see that there is a separate backing that velcros on. On the velcro portion of the pack, we see that there are two Molle Straps. I will be the first to tell you that I love to use Molle straps. I have a lot of different items that I can Molle this kit down too, so with the capability to use Mollee straps the combinations are endless. With the velcro on the back, I would like to say as well that we are looking at something that can be beneficial as well. With the ability to velcro this down to a surface we cut down on the risk of the pack moving while a vehicle is moving.

When it comes to the inside of the pack, I would like to go over this as well. When the pack is fully open there are seven different compartments that open up, holding different items that are pre-selected from ACW Tactical.

Notable features: 

  1. Carrying handle
  2. A strap that runs over the front to buckles over the top to keep kit inside secure
  3. Ability to Strap small pouches on front (Molle)
  4. Velcro on front for patches

What’s in the kit?

(* Due to the number of items included in the pack, I will be going over a few different ones that have piqued my interest)

“What’s not in the kit?”, is what I would say when it comes to ACW Tactical’s Mac-Gyver Kit. Opening the pack we see in the even different compartments, ACW has picked out items that I believe are extremely beneficial to the user of the pack. The first thing that I would like to go over is the fact that there is a multi-tool in the pack. I believe that the multi-tool is something everyone should keep on them at all times. It is something that has a multitude of uses, and I never leave home without one. The fact that there is also one in the kit, shows that I am not the only one that thinks the way that I do. 

The next item on the list that has sparked an interest in my review is the fact that there is a small medical kit in the bottom pouch. I believe that having a medical kit is something that should be in any type of pack. No matter how big it is or what is in it; being able to have this is extremely beneficial to the user for a medical situation that can arise anywhere. 

The kit does provide the user with multiple different gauges of wires as well. When it comes to this I find that this could be extremely beneficial for the individual who is utilizing the kit. These different wires can have many different uses and one being that of a snare trap for when you find yourself in a situation that you need to find food out in the wild.

I have found there are some other different items that I believe have a proper place in this kit. There are clear, large plastic bags that have multiple uses, such as saving up water, ponchos, keeping clothes dry and used to carry different items that you need to collect in situations. In the pack as well, I found that we are given something that I find extremely beneficial and that is a chem light. When it comes to a chem light, this is something that I believe is extremely useful just as much as the first aid items. When it comes to the chem light, we are able to use it for the direst situations such as keeping track of someone when there is no power and also to signal individuals that may be looking for you in a time of crisis. 

Do you think this pack is practical?

Absolutely, when it comes to the kit, I think that this is 110% practical for anyone that finds the need for themselves to want to prepare for anything that may happen in the future. There are 1000 different ways that you can use these items that are allotted to you from the company. The term, “ you get what you pay for,” is something that I find extremely applicable to this kit. The Mac-Gyver kit from ACW is definitely not cheap, but when it comes to being able to survive in situations that I find myself in, the price definitely doesn’t matter to me.

Final Thoughts and Would You Chance Anything?
I would have to say that when it comes to this pack, the only thing that I would wish to see is the pack to come in more than just 2 colors. I find myself using different forms of patterns when it comes to my gear, mainly being Multicam at this time. This really is the only thing that I can find myself saying anything negative about when it comes to the kit. I find that the multiple ways that I am able to apply the gear involved in this kit is something to be applauded. Being ready for anything and the fact that you are able to have the tools to address situations is something to give praise too.

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