Compact kit that fits in a duffle bag or backpack should be carried by all who venture into wilderness areas or on long trips. Most everyday household items can be used and turned into useful gear in a survival situation, including trash bags, CD (to use as a signaling mirror), zip ties, and flashlights.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: Stranded With a Vehicle

If you drive through a remote area, whether the terrain is wooded, desert, mountainous, or flat, think ahead about what could happen if you had a vehicle malfunction such as a flat tire or overheating. Are you prepared if you have to stay out an entire night in your car or truck? The truth is,

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Violent crimes happen to tourists daily on the mean streets of Guerrero, Mexico.

AGAINST ALL ODDS: Survival Travel: Fighting Back!

Fighting back against an attacker may be as simple as grabbing something close by and utilizing it—fast! Most big cities worldwide have crime. Situations with locals preying upon obvious tourists often end in some sort of physical conflict. This could be an encounter with a casual pickpocket or overaggressive local where you have to fight.

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STREET SMARTS: Signing Off

My law enforcement career lasted 30 years in total, I’ve only owned three houses in my life, my last vehicle had almost 200,000 miles at trade-in, and my local newspaper outdoor column has run continually since 1989. My history here at S.W.A.T. shows similar longevity. According to my records, the first Street Smarts column was

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Even in the middle of the night in your own home, positive identification of the target is necessary to prevent tragedy.

GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Counselling Resistance It was about 10pm on a Wednesday in November when the proprietor of a counselling service in north Sacramento, California had a routine evening interrupted by an unexpected intruder. A masked man brandishing a gun and demanding money entered the business, which is located in an office park. But the tables were quickly

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: If My Department Won’t Pay …

Police are well known for being economical. This is an established, scientifically based fact that I have observed on many fronts. Classic example: Officer “A” in a bar will drop vast sums during the course of one evening’s festivities to increase the chances of having his way with a femme fatale. Same Officer “A” would

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ENEMY AT THE GATE: Justice Kavanaugh and Gun Rights

When the bruising fight over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court finally ended with Kavanaugh’s confirmation, there was much celebration in gun rights advocacy circles. Indeed, the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the forcible citizen disarmament lobby was by itself something to please any

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BRIEFING ROOM: Election Woes

When Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States in 2016, social media was filled with posts to the effect of, “We’re safe for the next four years.” I cautioned then that historically, control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives—or both—often flips in the midterm elections. And that was

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BRIEFING ROOM: Mentoring Young Shooters

Whether your politics are conservative, liberal or centrist, one thing that almost everyone can agree on is the importance of the young people in our lives—children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. With the left-leaning propaganda bombarding the public from the mainstream media and even in our schools, it is incumbent upon us to pass on to

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ENEMY AT THE GATE: Weapons in “Common Use”

During the United States Senate confirmation proceedings on President Donald Trump’s second nomination to the Supreme Court, an exchange between that nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was very instructive. Feinstein, who by virtue of her rank and power on the Senate and her longstanding

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: Hostage Resolution

A hostage situation recently developed in a large metropolitan city. The suspect held the hostage in the typical configuration of a controlling arm around the victim’s neck while positioning himself behind the victim with a large knife pressed against her neck. Field officers responded and positioned themselves about the suspect and victim. While other events

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