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Not All Advice is Good Advice.

I’m up late watching some random wilderness survival show that I found on Netflix, and the host is offering some pretty crappy advice for heading into the mountains in the winter. He keeps harping that you need to bring matches with you. I hate to break it to him, but matches suck. Especially in the winter. Especially in a wet environment. Should you have a way to start a fire when heading into the woods? …

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Coghlan’s Fire Starter

After posting about my Firesteel.com fire starter, a couple of you asked about these Coghlan’s fire starters that can be found at just about any sporting goods store. I came across mine this morning, and figured I’d show you guys how it works. The idea with this firestarter is very similar to other firesteels, except this one keeps everything in one unit. Basically it’s just a firesteel glued into a piece of magnesium. This allows …

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Fire Week – Day 1 – Spark

As part of National Preparedness Month, I am going to spend this week discussing the components of fire. How to make it, and how to sustain it.  Some of you may not think that building a fire is that big of a deal, and many times it is not, however trying to build a fire when you need one, during sub-optimal conditions can be a challenge at best, and life or death at worst. Fire …

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Do you have the skill-set?

One thing that I see over and over in the firearms community, and other areas as well, is that people like to buy all kinds of gear, but they never take the time to learn how to properly use it. After the mass shooting in Colorado I discussed this with Chris Clifton from Defensive Concepts NC, and he told me that a lot of people who buy firearms for protection do not know enough to …

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