Roughly 2 million years ago, a particularly bright specimen of Homo habilis needed to cut something and decided to invent the knife. Thank you for you early ingenuity! So now days there are 50 and a half million different versions of survival knives to choose from on the market. Everything from shivs, monster bolo knives and everything in between. But have you ever thought about what old school outdoors-men used before the mass production of the ever so popular “Survival Knife”?
Here is where airsoft comes in as good training for Preppers. When you’re wearing your full kit including water, loaded magazines, armor panel’s, your conditioning yourself and becoming accustomed to your gear and its weight. After two hours of high impact, fast paced play. You have just moved one step closer to becoming more physically fit and becoming familiar with your kit and how its going to serve you if you ever need it for when the SHTF. I have been doing this since October of 2015 on a regular weekly or sometimes biweekly basis depending on my schedule. I can already tell a huge difference in my ability to carry it comfortably compared to six months ago. I have had to adjust equipment, move pouches, eliminate gear that just wasn’t feasible. And I weeded out what was crap and what is good quality gear. If you tryout airsoft I highly suggest it, It is extremely fun and help’s you hone some skills and help’s as well with getting you in shape.
But continue assembling gear with its intended purpose of Prepping in mind. When you buy your armor plate carrier keep quality high. I have tested some airsoft REPLICA gear because it was less expensive only to be highly disappointed in the lack of quality and durability.
Also use caution if you plan on using your real equipment for airsoft play, you may attract unwanted attention from local law enforcement. I have consulted several of the local police and they are aware that we play airsoft. I also leave printed signs on my vehicle showing that there is a airsoft game in progress along with my phone number. In case a concerned citizen reports a highly equipped and armed individual or several entering the woods.
A ounce of prevention right! Please use common sense! With the recent spree of mentally unstable individuals who have decided to shoot up schools, theaters in the last few years people can tend to jump the gun. So be safe and if possible use a a gun case to get to your intended location. Be safe and train, train, train.
In survival circumstances, when you are distant from everyone else and defenseless, your survival knife is your accomplice which goes with you wherever you go and whatever you do. It is the most critical survival device you need to finish whatever survival task there is. You require a decent survival knife to cut wood and cordage, to baton wood to make a way in the wild, to hunt and to make traps, to avoid dangers, and more. Continue reading Getting A Good Survival Knife – By James Smith→
Coming soon to OTS Preparedness – United Shield ACH/MICH Level IIIA Helmet $269.00
Recently bought one to inspect and check out quality before I started reselling them. 100% pleased! They are without NVG holes and Velcro I added that myself/ Excellent quality level IIIA helmet for a excellent price.
The Brand New ACH/MICH helmet is low profile and provides excellent compatibility with communications equipment, gas masks and especially helmet mounted night vision goggles. Available in black ,tan and OD green.
The helmet is constructed from para aramid material and provides lightweight, robust protection from ballistic and fragmentation projectiles and other low energy threats. A four point harness is anchored to the shell with ballistic resistant bolts. The harness can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement. Continue reading COMING SOON! MICH 2000 IIIA $269.00→
GIVEAWAY!!!!! We will soon be giving away a Cold Steel GI Tanto knife and the only way to be eligible to win is to share and like our FACEBOOK page! I personally carry this knife in my own bug out gear. One hell of a knife don’t miss out!!!!!! Congrats to Jim McGraff of Mena, Arkansas! https://www.facebook.com/OTS-Preparedness-2-1658259374459370/
I recently purchased Baofeng UV-5R hand held transceiver. With intent of using this as my go to radio instead of the regular Uniden GMRS radios. This give me the capability to communicate using the FRS, GMRS and HAM frequencies. I am currently working on the Technician license to operate it legally on HAM frequencies. The wattage is higher than FRS radios. Low power is 1 watt compared to 1/2 watt for FRS radios so you are transmitting at a high power. With a available 4 watts for HAM use. I am really pleased with the quality of the radio. I did get to put my hands on one at a recent 85th Lightfoot Battalion meeting that a team member brought and shifted me towards a purchase. Our unit has decided upon using them for our radio communications. You will definitely want to use the programming cable and CHIRP software. It can be programmed manually, but there are functions that will not be available unless you have the cable and software. For prepper communications I believe it has way more potential as a emergency radio than using regular FRS -GMRS radios. And a lot less expensive than going with purchased or leased radios for a larger group..
The Baofeng UV-5R is a hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. Includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. 128 programmable channel memories. Selectable wide/narrow, VOX, DCS/CTCSS encode, key lock and built in flashlight. Selectable frequency steps include: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5 and 25 kHz. RF power may be selected at 4 or 1 watts. This radio comes with ANT5 SMA-J flexible antenna, BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1800 mAh), belt clip, wrist strap, AC adapter (8.4V 600ma) and drop-in charging tray. Earbud with microphone, I highly advise purchase of the USB programming cable and downloading of CHIRP software prior to use to save yourself a lot of time. It is usable with a broad range of different type home, vehicle and portable antennas.
Upgrades and Accessories:
Upgrades and accessories are available like you wouldn’t believe. I recently ordered a larger battery pack, Throat microphone and a Nagoya 701 DUAL BAND 144/430Mhz SMA-F UV Ham Radio Antenna. Once they arrive I will review those parts on an update to this article. And for the price of the radios being less than $40.00 you cant go wrong. They are even cheap enough to buy several for your group.
In just a couple of weeks a lot of you are going to be making New Year’s resolutions and according to our good old government (not sure why they have to have a webpage to tell us this) the most common resolution is to lose weight. This is a great goal for a lot of people but as preppers we can look at this another way too. Maybe it’s time to trim some pounds off your Bug Out Bag and save your back in the process. For a lot of us, the mythical – perfect bug out bag is one part Swiss army knife, one part hardware store and one part supermarket with a dash of your favorite clothing outfitter thrown in for good measure. Over time in our efforts to be prepared for anything, we have lost sight of what this bag…
I was recently gifted a copy of The Prepper Pages – Survival Medicine – A Surgeon’s Guide to Scavenging The Necessary Items for a Medical Kit, and Putting Them to Use While Bugging Out.. From Dr. Ryan Chamberlin recently.
Once my copy arrived I sat down and began reading. The book was so interesting I read it in one sitting. It really explains alot of common emergencies that will be widespread when SHTF or TEOTWAWKI hits the planet.