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9/2/14

Top 5 Primitive Traps from YouTube

Let's hope that your survival never depends on your ability to catch game with little more than a blade, cordage and natural materials. But if it does, here are five of the best primitive traps, as shown on YouTube.

And by best, I mean functional but easy to make. This kind of survival is a calories game - you want to take in more than you expend. Many trap designs require intricate whittling and a lot of time to build. Why spend 2 hours of whittling when you can get the same results with 10 minutes of work? Trapping, especially primitive trapping, is often a numbers game - the more traps you have, the better your odds of catching something. 2 hours for 1 trap or 2 hours for a dozen traps?

Also - primitive trapping isn't something that most of us practice a whole lot. Simpler designs that you can remember and execute independently are preferable to complex designs that you can't, or only partially can.

9/1/14

Labor Day '14 - Quick Updates

Had a good day with the family. Ate some good food, got some relaxing and playing with the kiddos in.

Hope you enjoyed some quality R&R today, or at least got paid well if you had to work.

I've been doing some poking around at Labor Day sales, but haven't bought anything...yet. No screamin' deals, but some solid discounts. PSA has/had $.30/round XM193, most of the dealers have 10%-ish discounts on their stuff. The kind of discounts that are tempting, but still resistible unless you had an imminent purchase anyways.

As a reminder, both leather patches and stickers are in-stock at the moment. And, the Survivalist Garage Sale still has a few items up for grabs...the status is current as of this posting. I need to do some digging and add a few things to the trade blanket.

Thanks go out to the tribe for your support, readership and commentary. It'd be a lonely place without you guys, so I'm glad you stop by!

I'm queuing up some good material for this coming week, so look forward to that coming down the pipeline.

- Alex

8/27/14

2 Liter Bottles - 2 More Unconventional Uses

For those that missed it, we've got the awesome Bomb Rider leather morale patches back in stock. Get 'em while they're available!

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As a follow up to the last installment of Outside the Box, a couple notable uses for the ubiquitous 2L pop/soda bottle that didn't get covered in the comments.

Fish Trap

Via Black Scout Survival

A scavenger's take on the basket fish trap. Easy to make, set and forget. Small fish aren't exactly a filling meal, but they work well for catching larger game.

MRE Heater Bomb

MRE heater(s) + water + a 2L bottle = loud boom. Don't try at home, kiddos. More of a distraction device than a weapon, though certainly not something you want to blow up in your face.

8/23/14

Survivalist Garage Sale - August '14

As mentioned, clearing out some excess, unused gear. Payment via PayPal; barter a possibility. All prices include US shipping via USPS - small things will go First Class, larger things will go priority. And I'll likely toss in some free swag/surprises, too. Sorry, no International shipping.

Happy to combine shipping if you buy multiple items to save some moola.

If you want an item, say so in the comments and shoot me an e-mail at teotwawki.blog@gmail.com with the item name in the subject line.

Edit: Status is current as for 9/1/2014

And now, welcome to Barter Town...

Updates & What preps have you been working on?


Shop & Survivalist Garage Sale
Leather patches are enroute - should be here within the next couple of days. Those who are waiting won't have to wait much longer. Edit: They're back in stock and glorious!

I'm also kicking around the idea of a 'survivalist's garage sale' of sorts. Made it happen!

I figure I might as well give the tribe a crack at the loot before flipping it over to fleabay. Comment if you'd be interested.

On the survivalism front...
As I blogged a few weeks back, our primary goal at the moment is rebuilding our emergency fund. A portion of that money is allocated towards food storage and Rawles-style tangibles (we have both - this is adding to the stores), a portion is allocated to cash and money in the savings account.

All of that depends on having the leftover money to do so, which in turn depends on having and sticking to a budget.

Budgeting is one of the secrets to preparedness...you won't have the funds to do a whole heck of a lot without it. Increasing your income is another one of those secrets, but that's another topic.

8/18/14

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world...


And while we're distracted by the antics in Ferguson...

In Iraq, ISIS has been massacring Christians

Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is the "first cradle of Christianity in Iraq," Habash said.

But after Islamic militants seized the city on June 10, Arabic letters with a chilling ultimatum were left at the homes of Iraqi Christians.

"The letter said that if you don't convert or if you don't pay, there is a sword between you and us, meaning execution." 
Source.
ISIS has been targeting Christians specifically and slaughtering them in horrific ways...crucifixion, be-headings, murdering whole families - done out of pure hatred and for shock value. We're only hearing bits and pieces reported back by the media.