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Home Made Fire Making Kit -By Grumpy G

After I submitted my article “How To Make Water Proof Matches,” Andrew asked me if I’d be willing to post some pics and descriptions of my home made fire making kit.  I said sure.  So, for your viewing pleasure and critique, here is my Home Made Fire Making Kit – Contents  Here is the kit itself.  The plastic container was purchased at Hobby Lobby for $1 USD.  It measures 5.5in x 5.5in x 1.5in, and has a hinged lid.  It is not waterproof; more on that later.  The next photo shows the kit opened up.  There are 5 compartments, 1 larger center compartment and 4 smaller ones.  I’ve numbered them for ease of identification in this article.# 1 A portion of the strike strip from a box of wooden matches.  I used spray on contact glue to affix it to the inside of the lid.  #2 60 home made water proof matches.  Click here to read the Prepography pictorial article on how to make them yourself.   They are wrapped in a bit of aluminum foil to keep them from rattling around in the compartment,  #3 2 tea light candles and the instructions for the magnesium fire started that is in the kit.  The candles came from a bag full of misc candles purchased at a local thrift store.  I needed something to keep them from rattling around in their compartment, so I used the fire starter instructions.  These instructions are made from card stock and folded to take up the extra space and keep the candles quiet.  There’s also an added benefit to including them, not only do they provide instructions for the person who does not know how to use the fire starter…but in a pinch the card board can be used as tinder. #4 Magnesium fire starter and a length of braided hemp rope.  The fire starter came from...

Top 10 Fire Starters Infographic

ScoutMasterCG.com has developed a neat infographic on the Top 10 Fire Starters…really ten fire starting techniques and tools that should be combined to cook that food, purify that water or warm up that shelter. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Backpack Selection Infographic

Scoutmastercg.com developed a great backpack selection infographic that would be equally helpful to those of you developing or wanting to improve the fit of your backpack based bug out bag. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

SHTF Gun: The Under-appreciated Rossi Trifecta

The Rossi Trifecta: Introduction Looking for a SHTF gun?  Recently, I read a very good article that was been re-posted around the web entitled “Building A Survival Arsenal On A Budget“. It gave some very practical advice on which SHTF gun, pistols, rifles and shotguns, would fit in to a survival plan on a budget. Common features on many a low priced SHTF gun is a break action and single shot capability.  To fill the niche for a rim fire SHTF gun they featured the Chiappa Little Badger; a neat little break action .22LR rim fire which comes in around the $170 price range. I couldn’t help but think that for $100 more I could fill the niche of a rim fire .22 in my SHTF gun arsenal, as well as a shotgun and a center-fire hunting rifle with one package. That package is the Rossi Trifecta Youth Combo. The Rossi Trifecta: Description The Rossi Trifecta is an extremely versatile shooting system that lends itself for use as a SHTF gun.  It combines a black synthetic stock with three calibers of interchangeable barrels.  They are a .22LR rim fire, with adjustable fiber optic sights.  A shotgun, with bead front sight.  Lastly, a center fire rifle, with adjustable fiber optic sights.   The barrels change with one screw and no tools.  You can get the Rossi Trifecta in several different flavors: 22LR/ 243 Winchester/410 shotgun (available with a green stock) 22LR/ 44 Mag/ 20-gauge 22LR/ 7mm-08 Remington/ 20-gauge 22LR/ 243 Winchester/ 20-gauge (this is the one my family has) The set also includes a scope mount base, hammer extension and removable cheek piece allowing adjustments for proper fit with each barrel. The Rossi Trifecta sets also include a custom carry case to hold the gun and barrels in take-down condition. The Rossi Trifecta: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly The good: The Rossi Trifecta can...

DIY Bug Out Stove – Infographic

There are lots of great little stoves for backpacking or putting in your bug out bag but there aren’t many that will be less expensive than this DIY Bug Out Stove that you can learn how to make with this infographic.  The only potential drawback to these stoves after you add a pot holder (they used nails but I like using coat hanger wire) is the liquid fuel but this is still a great, almost free alternative to the Esbit Pocket Stove. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

SurvivAMINO Product Review

(Grumpy G’s disclaimer: I am not a doctor; just a cautious consumer. This article is not intended to impart any medical advice. The only recommendation I have that you should listen to 100% is this; before taking this product, or any other nutritional product for that matter, talk to a medical professional. If you do take it, and don’t feel right, chances are something isn’t. Stop taking it and, again, talk to a medical professional. Enjoy my SurvivAMINO Product Review.) Andrew’s Note: After reading our SurvivAMINO Product Review, use Coupon Code “Prepography” for a 20% discount on Step 2 of Checkout. What is SurvivAMINO? SurvivAMINO is described as a “Tactical Protein Replacement for Survival”. VitalitySciences promotes it as being a substitute for heavier, bulkier protein items in your bug out bag, kit, or pack. SurvivAMINO provides this protein in the form of 8 essential amino acids in a small package. Instead of packing along heavier, bulkier food items you can replace each meal’s protein with just five little tablets of SurvivAMINO. What you get when SurvivAMINO: Each bottle of SurvivAMINO costs $45 ($39.99 with the Coupon Code Prepography) and contains 100 tablets of dietary supplements that contain essential amino acids as a protein replacement. You can also purchase by the 12 bottle case for $495 ($396 with Coupon Code), which is a little over a 9% discount before using the coupon code. Shipping is free in the continental US. Per the usage instructions, the 100 tablets represent 20 servings, or basically a weeks’ worth of protein replacement. VitalitySciences is very clear on their website that this product is meant to replace protein only, and not whole foods. In other words, you cannot replace all food with SurvivAMINO and expect to stay healthy. Instead, you can carry your protein in a compact, lightweight form. In fact, the supplement comes in...

Bug Out Buggy

I’ve received several e-mails since I started Prepography from mature preppers and preppers with limited mobility asking about bug out options in the case of an Electromagnetic Pulse or Coronal Mass Ejection.  I’ve recommended several different solutions over the years to that offer the ability for even those with limited strength to carry a heavy load over miles of rough terrain but I think I’ve found a better solution…the Bug Out Buggy. While originally designed for sportsmen and women to carry long guns and equipment to and from the field and called the Gun Buggy by its manufacturer…it would be easily adapted into your own personal 21st century pack mule if necessary to bug out or get home while on foot. The original specs and product video describe the But Out Buggy as: 2 Gun Capacity (rifle or shotgun) 3 Big, all-terrain bike wheels for stability Folds up for easy transport Light Weight Aluminum Frame Padded Handle Foot break to stop rollaways while parked Plenty of room with pockets and a water bottle holder Set up it’s approximately 45 x 24 x 40 1/2“ Folded up it’s approximately 38 1/2 x 24 x 23″ Weighs 21 lbs., 9 ozs Subdued colors and non-reflective materials If I was setting this baby up for bugging out or getting home in a situation with little or no rule of law I’d: Add a couple of heavy duty weather resistant rifle or shotgun scabbards that would obscure the rifle’s silhouettes but let the weapons slide easily out into my hands.  Make sure to select sleeves that can easily be tied down at multiple locations like the molle versions I’ve linked to (get the olive drab because it’ll blend in better than the black shown in the main picture). Add a grab and go backpack (because I’m still pretty strong and mobile) or a...

Heavy Bug Out Bags Kill – Today’s Quote

The tendency with bug out bags is to throw everything but the kitchen sink… Not only could this seriously slow you down at the precise time you need to be light on your feet, but having a bag that is overloaded with a lot of stuff you could live without… could get you killed. P Henry via Is your Bug Out Bag Going to Get You Killed? – The Prepper Journal FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Garbage Bags

Today Prepography is pleased to present garbage… garbage bags that is…as in the top 10 preparedness uses of garbage bags.  Garbage bags can be used by preppers for dozens of purposes besides rubbish disposal.  I like the heavy duty, Contractor Grade Garbage Bags because they’re larger and more durable than the typical kitchen variety.  In the Jackson household often buy our heavy duty garbage bags through school fundraisers but they’re also available from the big box and local hardware stores as well as online. Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Trash Bags: Poncho:  It’s not very stylish but there have been a few of times when I’ve used my knife to make a poncho out of a garbage bag in order to stay dry.  Simply cut holes for your head and your arms and you’re ready to go.  Be careful not to cut the holes too large and if the poncho seems too baggy tie a belt or piece of 550 cord around your waist.  This isn’t something you’d want to use in a warm environment because you’d get wet anyway from perspiration but if a garbage bag can get between you and a cold rain it might be worth making such an awful fashion statement. Shelter:  Cutting your garbage bag open (to give you more surface area) and adding it to the top and sides of an improvised shelter like a brush shelter, lean to or fallen tree shelter will make it more weatherproof and offer better insulation.  If you are small enough or your garbage bag is big enough you can also use it to build improvised shelters using the poncho hooch designs I’ve previously presented also using 550 cord.  If you have 100 Mile An Hour Tape (also known as Duct Tape) you could also join two or more garbage bags together to weatherproof your shelter.  Another option is...

The Prepper Compact

Where would you go if you had to leave your home on short notice due to a local, regional or larger disaster?  You probably have family and friends who would be happy to put you up for a few days or a week…but where could you go if you needed refuge for weeks, months, or longer?  Maybe you’ve even taken the steps necessary to build a Bug Out Bag, but where would you bug out too?  That’s where a Prepper Compact can help you. A Prepper Compact is an agreement where one party agrees to take in the other party in the event of disaster or a bug out situation.  Compacts can be one way, reciprocal (between two parties) or mutual aid agreements among multiple parties.  The Prepper Compact clearly states the expectations and responsibilities of each party in advance so that adequate planning and preparation can take place. At a minimum a Prepper Compact should specify: What types of disasters will initiate the co-living situation?  For example, will you take in the other party after a job loss, local natural disaster like a wildfire or will it only be initiated by a long term ‘banking holiday,’ civil unrest or a breakdown in the rule of law. Who or how many will be taken in?  What happens if the bug out party shows up with Jimmy’s girlfriend and her 5 cousins unexpectedly? How long will the bugging out party be taken in for? What will the living arrangements be?  Will they be staying in Junior’s room, living in the family’s RV out back or in the loft of the barn? Will the party bugging out be required to preposition supplies at the bug out location?  If so, what type, how much and will they be commingled or stored separately. What happens to the bugging out family’s supplies if they...

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