Living off the Grid: Plan B: Cost-Effective Hideaways

I have previously written about living off the grid, looking at the high-end permanent home/cabin situation (OFF THE GRID FULL TIME: Self-Sufficiency Without Tears, May 2012 S.W.A.T.). That was the ideal situation, but beyond the reach or desires of many. Now we’ll take a look at what the average person can do with a limited

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Hidden Treasure: Survival Storage

Cache (Kash), noun 1. A hidden store of provisions, weapons, treasure, etc. 2. The place where such a store is hidden. In my 26 years of public service, I’ve noticed that most “victims” had little clue they were going to be involved in a life-changing event. Whether an automobile accident, natural disaster, or violent crime,

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Food on the Run: Making Use Of Nature’s Market

Teddy Roosevelt advised, “Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.” Excellent advice when foraging food in a survival situation, because the real life hunter-gatherer has always been more of a gatherer-hunter—it’s just that the hunting and fishing part is more fun. Some aboriginal Americans raised corn, squash and beans, but

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Off the Grid Full-Time: Self-Sufficiency Without Tears

“Occupy Movement To Turn Violent” “Mexican Cartels Crossing The Border” “Violent Weather Predicted” “Infrastructure Crumbling, More Brownouts Ahead” “Power Goes Out For Three Days County-Wide” Take your pick—there are lots of reasons to be prepared. You have your gear: guns, ammo, food, first aid, medications, and hard-wear clothing. Your bug-out bag is packed and ready.

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Offbeat: RAT Fire Kit

The milspec green anodized aluminum capsule measures one inch in diameter and is 4.25 inches long. The unit weighs 2.5 ounces, which is a little heavier than most fire starters, but has the added advantage of a waterproof tinder container.

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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: Constructing Natural Shelters

In the November issue, we covered simple shelters that can easily be located and utilized in various wilderness environments without tools or any actual building. In this article, I’ll cover shelters that can be constructed using common tools you may be carrying on your person during a hunt, fishing expedition, hike or while out shooting

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