[su_dropcap style=”light”]S[/su_dropcap]ome people feel accomplished when five o’clock rolls around and they have not perished. For others, it may be the success of braving the elements for a week camping or hunting in the wild outdoors and not succumbing to the elements, bears or spiders. Some fight wars in far-off lands surrounded by 42 shades of tan, and rate their success on having lived through each meal amongst the barrage of rockets, while still others, after having answered 911 calls all day, feel they’ve survived by simply making it home.
I cannot seem to make it through the day without being barraged with hundreds of Nerf projectiles fired by my workmates, but manage to survive using my ninja skills. Whichever category you fall into, as humans, we all have some very basic survival needs. Which brings me to …
Welcome to the survival Guide! In this issue we have focused our sights (gun-magazine pun intended) on what it takes to be prepared, think ahead and survive whether you are camping, lost in the woods, a snowpacolypse has come, or worse, a tornado, hurricane or EMP blast from space has rendered every electronic device moot. Simply stated, this is all about how not to die! So, cozy up in your bunker and learn what it takes to make a difference for you and your family when you need it most.
Also in this issue, and how appropriate – as if it were on purpose – we are featuring the annual Kentucky Rifle Building Seminar, where people go to learn the master-craftsman trade of building a rifle from bare wood and steel, using handmade tools, fire, anvils, sweat and determination coupled with finesse and attention to detail. Meet the teachers, who should have been born 300 years ago, and Nathan Blauch, a Kentucky rifle builder, who is featured on our cover – and a descendant of Grizzly Adams, I’m certain.
Next month is our Veterans issue, in which we salute the men and women of the Armed Forces. No matter what branch of the military – yes, including the Coast Guard, Chris Costa – the American Shooting Journal salutes you everyday!