Against All Odds: A.R.S. Dog Tag Survival Knife

Escape and Evasion (E&E) is probably one of the oldest survival skills known to man. In fact, it would be safe to say that as long as man has inhabited the Earth, there have been other men trying to shackle and hold him prisoner for some reason. Due to this, E&E tools were improvised and

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Against All Odds: USMC Survival Kit

During a tactical training class I attended several years ago, the question of survival/E&E (escape & evasion) kits came up. After a quick round-table discussion, it became clear that the students’ definition of survival gear was extra food.

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Against All Odds: Designing the Perfect Survival Rifle

The current feeding frenzy on ammunition brought to mind a column I wrote stressing the value of rimfire weapons in a survival situation. Not only are they lightweight and easy to carry, but extra .22 ammunition is still readily available in my neck of the woods, whereas the larger calibers are all but extinct. If

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Against All Odds: Kestrel Pocket Weather Tracker

Having evaluated all types of survival tools in our jungle training school, it’s rare that I run across an electronic instrument that I like. If you’re a regular reader of this column, you already know I’ve given some pretty low scores to big names in the GPS market. The bottom line for me is: if

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Against All Odds: Remote First Aid

Small bleeders are typically easy to control by direct pressure and by using dressings such as sterile gauze pads, Band-Aids, steri-strips, or by taping the wound closed with simple duct tape. Rarely should you attempt to sew a wound closed. Serious bleeding should be controlled by direct pressure and pressure dressings.

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Against All Odds: S.O.L.? AMK’s New Survival Kit to the Rescue

One thing that has always impressed me about S.W.A.T. Magazine is that just everything you see being reviewed here is actually reviewed. While contemplating what to work on for this month’s Against All Odds, I got an email from Simon Ashdown, PR Director for Adventure Medical Kits (AMK), detailing the new single-person survival kit that AMK had just released. Naturally I wanted to review it.

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Against All Odds: Etón FR-300 Emergency Radio

About 15 years ago, we were without power for ten days when a 220-inch snowfall snapped pine trees and took down power lines throughout Northern Alabama. I realize that a major snowfall doesn’t seem like much to all of you who live up North, but down South we don’t have the equipment to deal with it, since snowstorms in these parts are a rare event.

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Against All Odds: Staying Fed in the Wilds

I’ve gone for several days without eating in the bush and when you finally get the chance to eat, your stomach has changed. Just about anything you put in it, especially raw meat, causes it to react in strange ways, and you may end up spending a few uncomfortable hours until the digestive process catches up.

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