Against All Odds: EDC Trauma Kit Basics

Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a firearm for defense, it’s irresponsible not to have the tools to render aid as well. A med kit should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It needs to be convenient to carry on your person. When life is

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Against All Odds: Improvised Survival Gear

In every corner of the world that I’ve explored, I’ve found garbage or junk of some sort. Even in places I was sure were considered “pristine wilderness,” there was trash. Finding junk worthy of survival is a practice all its own, but finding it is just the beginning. At the same time, common everyday items can often be turned into survival gear by using a little ingenuity.

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Against All Odds: Shomer-Tec Food Procurement Survival Kit

Shomer-Tec prides itself on offering a unique line of military and law enforcement products, along with spy and revenge products. Yes, revenge products. A quick look at their website and the picture becomes clear: they offer some useful stuff plus some possibly gimmicky items. One kit I had been curious about was the Food Procurement Survival Kit, which revolves around two unique dual-action fishhooks that are designed to catch prey and lock them in, preventing them from escaping.

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Against All Odds: Garmin Fenix 3 ABC/GPS Watch

For some time, I have either had to put up with a watch that ran slow, or use or make watch bands that separate the watch from my wrist. But with the invention of ABC watches (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass), I started taking a more serious look at digital watches. I didn’t like the watch function being digital any more than I ever had, but the other functionality definitely made up for it.

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Against All Odds: Weaponize Your World

Just a small sample of potential improvised weapons, from credit cards and combs to cell phones and keys. Ever since the Bourne movies, a lot of people who don’t understand aggressive conflict have been fascinated with the idea that Jason Bourne could use a pen to fight off an attacker. Although the fight scenes in

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Against All Odds: Cerebral Survival

“You all paid good money for this,” instructor Patrick Rollins said on a few occasions during the Randall’s Adventure & Training Field Survival Class in Alabama. For years I’ve heard owners Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall say they should advertise their jungle survival class as a sleep deprivation and weight loss program. They‘re finally offering

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Against All Odds: Community Emergency Response Team Training

After my first firearms training class in 2011, I promised myself I’d save up money to seek additional training every year. That plan almost went out the window when budget, work and personal stuff prevented me from getting in much meaningful trigger time. Fortunately, I found another opportunity to learn new skills. After participating in

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Against All Odds: Pocket D.A.R.K. “Mini”

You have your CCW and train with your firearm to prepare for the unexpected, but are you truly prepared? Knowing emergency medical skills and having a trauma kit with you are essential to increase your survivability and that of those around you in a grave situation. In a “time is life” situation, seconds count. You

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Against All Odds: Traps and Trapping

The argument, or should I say discussion, over traps vs. hunting has been going on since the dawn of time. Yes, there is a certain mythic allure about getting geared up, be it with the latest and greatest high-powered rifle and sophisticated scope or a spear and grass skirt. Hunting requires silent movement, concealment, predicting

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