April 12th, 2017 by jhines

Some preppers talk about the versatility of Glock 17 magazines being able to fit with the Glock 19. This feature is highly desirable for most prepper with survival and limited resources in mind.

The standardization Glock put into place is what makes it a perfect prepper handgun. When it comes to handguns, very few companies have adopted magazine standardization. Glock on the other hand has embraced standardization. This makes Glock ideal for groups.

Take Beretta for example. Beretta is a great handgun, I can not say they follow the same level of standardization as Glock. For example, the Beretta APX will not use 92F magazines. This creates an issue of stockpiling magazines for the same brand name, but different models.

A while back some of my prepper buddies and I were trying to agree on a standardized riffle. We talked about the Ruger mini-14 and mini-30, AR-15, AK-47… and a few other rifles. We agreed to purchase an SKS as a handout and “if all else fails” rifle.

Some of us tried out the Ruger mini-30 and put a folding stock on it. It was a great rifle but after market magazines were unreliable. Keep in mind this was more than 20 years ago.

Today, AR-15 and Glocks lead the way for preppers with their standardized firearms.

What do you think?, What’s your prepper handgun and why?, tell us below in the comment section.

Sources: Glocks, Berettas, Kevin Felts

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February 16th, 2017 by asjstaff

zZz Custom Works is proud to introduce our latest conception, The Czech Pack.

The Czech Pack is a unique design innovation that resulted from collaboration with Lucky Dragon Industries and zZz Custom works.


Inspired by a vintage travel tote from the former Czechoslovakia, we approached Lucky Dragon Industries to redesign this timeless classic with a modern edgy flare.

Utilizing the most contemporaneous materials The Czech Pack easily transforms from a shoulder slung travel bag to a frameless backpack in seconds.


The Czech pack in the shoulder slung configuration has two outer pockets that are secured by industrial quality zippers and has external hardware for adding various accessories such as water bottles and key chains. As a backpack, the Czech Pack has a protective weather flap for the top enclosure, two shoulder straps, and access to the two outer pockets.


The Czech Pack is made with the highest quality materials available including nylon webbing, packcloth, ripstop, and various top quality fasteners. Assembled in the United States by experienced craftsmen utilizing contemporary techniques.



Originally intended for military applications as a sensitive site exploitation and data collection bag we have adopted a civilian version that has audacious fabrics and colorful accents.



The Czech Pack is ready for order and we are offering a limited time introductory price. Please check out our website for more details.



Subtle in appearance: The Czech Pack does not look overly tactical; however, it will serve you well in a wooded or urban environment without attracting too much unwanted attention.


MOLLE webbing is provided on one of the storage compartments. You can attach the bag to your gear or belt with the two zZz Clips, which are provided.

As a sling bag:
Height: 7″
Width: 6″
Depth: 4.5″

As a backpack:
Height: 17″
Width: 17″
Depth: 4″


Handmade in the USA

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November 4th, 2016 by jhines

[su_heading size=”30″]What if you’re in an emergency situation?[/su_heading]

And you’re out of shotgun slugs the only shells available are cheap birdshot shells. Here’s a quick survival hack that allows you to turn that bird shot shell into a slug capable of taking down bigger game.

The hack is quite simple all you need to do is use a pocket knife and cut around the wadding area, but don’t cut all the way through. What happens is when the shell is fired, the full frontal portion of the shotgun shell hull, shot and the wad becomes a fearsome projectile.

Last thing is, this can be very dangerous due to the pressure spikes from forcing the whole chunk of shot shell down your barrel. So only use this hack in only survival situation.

By Eric Nestor

Source: EatalltheBirds Youtube

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September 3rd, 2016 by Danielle Breteau

The Sun-power Technology We Have Been Waiting For

Review by Danielle Breteau

[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]S[/su_dropcap]olar chargers and gadgets that run on solar can be found all over the place, and like many I have tried almost all of them disappoint. Some never fully charge, lose their charge too quickly, fall apart, short out if they get wet or any number of things that render it useless after just a couple tries. These are all the reasons I fell in love with Sunjack.

First: The basic specs for the 14-watt version (also comes in 20-watt)

– Four solar panels that come in an easy-to-carry and pack case

– Fast-charge battery pack

– Fast charge cable

– Carabiners

– One-year warranty

Second: The dimensions

– Folded 9″ x 6.5″ x 1.75″ (23cm x 16.5cm x 4.5cm)

– Fully unfolded 9″ x 31″ x 1″ (23cm x 79cm x 2.5cm)

– Weight 1.75 lbs (0.8 kg)

The good stuff

My first impression of the Sunjack after taking it out of the package was wow! The quality of the case, stitching and construction was exceptional – good sign. Then I expanded the case and was impressed to find four full solar panels. Surprising for such a thin case, but the test was yet to come, and test it I would.

Sunjack 1

Sunjack 2

Sunjack 3

Sunjack 4


The Sunjack was clearly designed by those who need and use these devices. It comes with a carabiner and multiple attachment points around the case, so that you can hang, attach, suspend and clip onto almost anything and any angle. Nice touch.

On the back of the case – non solar-panel side – there is a mesh compartment which neatly stores the Sunjack portable battery (more on that in a minute) and cable as well as the solar plug-in with dual USB ports. This is actually attached to the case, so you cannot lose it. I would lose it.

Some solar chargers only offer the ability to either charge a portable battery or charge directly to a device – not both. Sunjack offers both.

Let the testing begin – Mwahahhahaa!

I can be pretty tough on things, so I expect my gear to take a beating. I put the Sunjack through some pretty impressive paces to include purposely leaving it out in the rain, dropping it and the battery pack numerous times and basically using it as it was intended – to provide power for the earth-wandering explorer/survivor. Almost to my dismay, it continued to work flawlessly.

Charging directly

Using my iPhone 6 Plus, I ran down my battery to just five percent and plugged it directly into the solar charger. It took about three hours to fully charge my phone. It also charged my Ipad in about 3.2 hours from a 10 percent starting point.

Charging the battery pack

Charging the battery pack that was included with the kit took about two full hours. Not a bad rate of charge considering the time it took to charge a phone and tablet.

Charging the iPhone from the battery pack

This is where this little device excels. Charging directly from the already charged battery pack, I was able to charge my iPhone from eight percent to fully charged in 32 minutes … twice! On a single battery pack. This means that if I left my house with a fully charged Iphone and battery pack, I could get three full iPhone-battery cycles without plugging into a wall – SOLD!

No other solar charger or solar battery pack has ever provided this kind of speed, and the battery pack is tiny – about the size of a standard iPhone.

Another great feature is the battery-pack charging port. Because the port is not one of the two USBs on the pack, you can charge the battery pack and an iPhone simultaneously.

I love this little device, and am happy someone in the solar world finally got it right. Thanks, Sunjack

This article originally appeared on SailingwithJODA

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August 26th, 2016 by jhines

How to make a mini flamethrower with household supplies! Yes, you too can make one to build a fire at your next camp outing or just to bring it up at a cocktail party. Here are the items that you will need to get started watch the video to see instructions on setup and assembling:

  • BBQ starter
  • Bic lighter
  • Syringe
  • Glue Gun

Video Transcript:
Mini Flamethrower

Inventor719: Hello everyone, Inventor 719 here, and today I have a VERY cool how-to video, where I’m going to be showing you guys how to make your very own simple flamethrower. Let’s get started.

[Intro sequence]

All you’re gonna need for this project is four simple household items: You’re gonna need a barbecue lighter that you can take apart, it will have to have gas in it. A little lighter like this cigarette lighter, mine’s basically capped but it doesn’t matter. You’re gonna need a little syringe or needle, size is kind of irrelevant, I have one this size, it works perfectly. And you’re gonna need a hot-glue gun.


First grab your barbecue lighter, and what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna remove the gas tank part right here. So you may have seen in my other videos, but all you’re gonna do is remove the screws, take off the little cap part right here, break the lighter open, and simply take the clear square part out, and what you’ll be left with is this right here, and by pulling up on the valve here you can get gas to come out, so this is what we’re going to use for the fuel for our flame thrower.


To make the actual flame thrower, grab your needle and take off the safety cap, and CAREFULLY –depends on the model, but on mine you can just– unscrew the top and the actual pointy part will come off. So you’re gonna SAFELY dispose of this in a Sharps container or something, and of course use an unused needle, because if not that would be very unsanitary and quite gross. So, now what we have to do is mount it just like so on the top of your lighter, plunger at the back, and so the opening to the flame of your cigarette lighter is close to the nozzle as you see there. And we’re gonna use the hot-glue gun for that.

There is the completed flamethrower, and a bit of tape for extra support, aside from the hot glue. There you have it, now let’s do some shooting tests. So I’ve turned the lights down, and we’re gonna pull the plunger all the way back. We’re gonna fill this part here with gas right here, tip it upside-down since the butane is heavier than air, for about five seconds (three, four, five), now before it all runs out, light the lighter and press the plunger. [thwip]


I’ll go it again for you, a side view in the dark. [Thwip]

That might’ve been a bit too close, here’s a bit farther away. [Thwip]

[instant replay]

Here’s another the Point of View

Pretty cool.

Alright everyone, thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed this simple but very cool project, I hope you like it, let me know what you think in the comments below. As always, help me reach the fifty-thousand subscriber mark, I’m getting up there, and I’m going to be doing a givaway, so look forward to that, and if you’re not subscribed, please subscribe, I promise you’ll like my channel. So thanks for watching, and as always, like, comment, and subscribe.

Source: Inventor719 Youtube

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August 11th, 2016 by asjstaff

[su_heading size=”30″]Kit From Echo-Sigma Provides Wealth Of Emergency Options In Midsized Nylon Bag[/su_heading]


[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]A[/su_dropcap]lthough I don’t consider myself a prepper, I do like to be prepared, so it may simply be an issue of semantics. Many of us, perhaps you included, have spent a boatload of time and money on building our own disaster bags, but there are also many premade bags on the market. Some are very cheap and wouldn’t last 10 minutes in the real world, but Echo-Sigma bags are at the other end of the spectrum. Their GHB, or Get Home Bag (reviewed here), is a medium-sized bug-out bag. This well-crafted kit seems perfect for one to three days’ duration, or simply to get you out of a sticky situation and safely home, hence the name.

As I unpacked the bag, I was immediately impressed and wished I had found it years ago. It is stored in a nice nylon sack, which should work great to keep it out of sight. No one needs to know that you have something hidden away for an emergency. The pack is midsized, but has plenty of room to add personal items and additional supplies if you wish. Pockets and compartments abound on this bag, all with heavy-duty zippers or elastic tops to help keep things organized.

Another great thing about this bag is that it comes loaded and ready to go. All the items – and they are plentiful– are neatly stowed and organized. No bulky packaging here.


Dozens of useful items are neatly stowed and organized in a medium nylon bag, available in red, black and coyote brown.


1 compact backpack

1 2.5-liter hydration system by Condor Outdoor

1 Echo-Sigma 1-3 Day Provision Pack (arid, with a five-year storage life in a warmer environment)

1 Echo-Sigma Compact Survival Kit that includes:

1 compass

1 emergency whistle

1 emergency blanket by Coghlan’s

1 BIC-brand butane disposable lighter

1 magnesium fire starter with flint striker

40 waterproof matches by Coghlan’s

1 Live Fire Sport Emergency Fire Starter

50 inches of duct tape

1 bottle of water purification tablets by Coghlan’s

2 chemical light sticks by Coghlan’s

2 BIC-brand ballpoint pens

1 pad of paper

1 set of earplugs

1 Echo-Sigma Compact First Aid Kit with:

1 4-inch scissor

1 3-inch tweezer

1 first aid card

20 plastic bandages

12 alcohol swabs

10 wet wipes

10 antiseptic swabs

3 sting relief swabs

4 pain relief tablets

2 3-inch by 3-inch sterile gauze pads

1 2-inch by 5-yard gauze roll

1 5-inch by 9-inch sterile abdominal dressing

1 0.5-inch by 2.5-yard roll of tape

Access to 14 exclusive online training videos

1 SOG Reactor multitool

1 waterproof LED flashlight by Fenix (187 lumen)

50 feet of military-grade 550 paracord

10 extra large zip ties

1 Coghlan’s Emergency Tube Tent

1 emergency poncho

1 plexiglass mirror for signaling help

1 Cocoon thermal sleeping bag by Survival Industries

6 premium AA alkaline batteries (guaranteed fresh for seven years)

1 pair leather work gloves

2 N95-rated respirator masks

1 pair of protective goggles

2 hand warmers by Coghlan’s

In addition to the great stuff, inside, the Get Home Bag features a 2.5-liter hydration system by Condor Outdoor.

But this bag is not simply a “one size fits all” solution. You’ll find a wealth of customizable options based on your personal needs and preferences on the company website.

First among these are three bag color choices: red, black and coyote brown. Want a more powerful flashlight? No problem, as even a headlamp is an option. Would you like more food? Add an MRE to boost calorie count and time in flight.

How about a different multi-tool? Four are offered at different price points.

Further website research reveals the availability of knives, axes, a folding shovel (entrenching tool) and more goodies, including a multi-powered radio.

LifeStraw and other water-purification items are available as well, and did I mention the Geigerrig Pressurized Hydration System with inline filter? There, I did. The instructions for each item in the bag are also included in a small waterproof pouch. After all, depending on the scenario, you might just need something to read.

But wait, there is still more! Want to step it up another notch? Echo-Sigma offers a SOG special edition Get Home Bag loaded with lots of gear.

Feel as if you don’t need all the items listed above? Opt for the Runner bag, a slimmed-down bag geared for lighter weight and faster travel, although it is also available with plenty of options and upgrades.

Desire something even larger? They have many fullsized bug-out bags with plenty of options and upgrades, plus a monstrous Emergency Roll Away for Two (ER2) kit that is packed with two bug-out bags and more gear. (Quick pause to drool – I do want one of these.)

What if you are already working on your own bag and just need a few more elements? No sweat. EchoSigma can provide a wide variety of pieces and parts to top off your kit, including food and water, trauma kits, compact survival kit, knives, tools – you name it. I ordered an Echo-Sigma Provision Pack to supplement my own ever-changing pack, an addition that will provide three to 10 days of food and water, depending on my activity.

The Get Home Bag from Echo-Sigma will help you do exactly what the name says.

The Get Home Bag from Echo-Sigma will help you do exactly what the name says.

This great company offers several other products, and among those are three I would consider “special” bags. First, a Range bag that includes magazine pouches, a first aid kit and a trauma kit (which I review elsewhere in this issue), and two Active Shooter Response System bags of different sizes. These are designed in conjunction with federal law enforcement officers to help keep them supplied in that type of situation.

All Echo-Sigma offerings are very well thought out, packed in heavy-duty packs and bags, correctly stowed and ready to use, so kudos to this fine company for doing much of the hard work for us.

To start your research, or to continue planning and building a personalized kit for yourself or a loved one, visit echo-sigma.com. ASJ

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June 14th, 2016 by jhines

Originating in the late 50’s, the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 rifle was designed by Eugene Stoner who was known as the father of the AR-16. Eventually, the design was sold to other manufactures. Today’s AR-7 .22 is manufactured solely in the U.S.and has evolved in many ways. Its design changes and updated manufacturing controls have provided advancement in this unique rimfire. Some of the improvements include a new barrel bushing which has increased the feeding reliability. In addition, the magazines have been upgraded which also improves feeding. The magazines are now manufactured from steel and have an eight-round capacity with a feed ramp that guides each round into the chamber.

Acquired by Henry Repeating Arms in 1997, the U.S. Survival AR-7 has a long list of benefits that make it one of the first choices in survival rifles. The president of the company states that the new version is the most reliable of the AR-7’s. As far as strict versatility, besides carrying the most popular cartridge in the world, it has many other outstanding qualities.

.22 Cal
While there is no single best weapon for every situation, the .22 rifle is the perfect survival weapon for the majority of circumstances. First of all, you probably can’t find a more accessible gun in the U.S. or Canada. Most shooters learn on a .22 and are familiar with how it works. Since it is so common, it doesn’t have as many restrictions as other caliber weapons. Any place that sells ammunition, you are going to be able to find .22 rimfire ammo.


Some of the other features that make it an ideal survival weapon are that it requires less cleaning and maintenance than a centerfire. How many of us have left a .22 sitting in a closet and pulled it out years later. It still works! In addition, the low weight of both the rifle and its ammo are a definite advantage. You can carry 500 .22 rounds for the same weight of 25 12 gauge shells. It does its job on any small game as well as animals the size of large deer. There are reported accuracy shots of 300 plus yards and it has enough retained energy to neutralize prey.

Let’s talk about convenience in dismantling and stowing. The .22 AR-7 can be dismantled quickly and without tools. The main components are the barrel, magazine and receiver. These can be stowed in the ABS plastic stock which is both waterproof and dust-resistant. The receiver is made of aluminum while the 16-inch barrel is made of a steel liner cased in a composite housing. The rifle can be stowed in a backpack or in the trunk of a car, all wrapped up neatly in its polymer stock.

As far as ease of shooting goes, the sights on the AR-7 are easy to see due to their bright orange color. The rear sight has a tube built into the receiver. If it was alone, it would work like a ghost ring, but it has a cap which is similar in size to a Popsicle stick, that screws into the back of the receiver. It can be flipped so the two holes, one set wider and one set narrower, can be used. It can also be adjusted for personal preference either up or down.

Stacking against Other
Ease of handling, reliability, easy break down and good shooting, how does the .22 AR-7 stack up to other survival rifles? On the higher end, there are several rifles that will cost you 2 to 5 times as much as the AR-7. Starting in the $700 range is the Armalite AR7. The Armalite Explorer runs in the $800 range. Your Windham Weaponry runs in the high $800’s and the POF Upper DPMS Sniper Stock will set you back $1,500, just to list a few. The disadvantages of these weapons is that there are many restrictions buying not only the guns but the ammo as well. They are difficult to break down and store and they require lots of maintenance. They do not store easily, are not compact, and the weapons and the ammo are heavy. One more advantage of the .22 AR-7 over the other guns is that there is no recoil. It can be handled by someone with health issues or by novices.

When it comes to pest control, a good air rifle is good enough to scare off rodents. However, you can fire your .22 and scare off even medium sized animals with a few well-placed shots. Sending a safe warning shot off in the correct direction will discourage poachers or thieves without spending money on high-cost ammo. Remember to respect the gun laws and don’t fire in any situation that goes against gun regulations. However, in the case of having to put down a wounded animal, butchering, or a mercy killing of a sick animal, the AR-7 fits the bill for all those scenarios.

The AR-7 survival rifle has been the first choice of the U.S.Air Force pilots since 1959. They knew this small-caliber rifle could be counted on for survival in remote areas. It has built its reputation on ease of operation, portability and reliability. It is a favorite for backpackers, adventurers and even bush pilots. It is an all-purpose, affordable, easy to use and effective survival rifle.

Story by J Hines
Photos by Wiki

Source: Hickok45 Youtube and Wiki

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