Outdoor Survival Tactics Necessary To Survive In The Wilderness

Have you gone to camping or hunting many times or perhaps gotten some badges in the Boy Scouts? Sorry to break you, but these don’t mean you are ready to survive in the wilderness. This article offers outdoor survival tactics that you need to master now if you want to come out alive.

How To Find Water

It is just normal to carry water with you when you go camping, but what would you do if you ran out of water?

The first thing you need to know is how to find water. A map packed into your wilderness survival bag is ideal to find a water source. However, if you are in a worst case scenario, you better know some tricks, such as dragging a cloth on the ground behind you to absorb dew and water that can be squeezed out.

Once you have successfully found a water source, you need to be sure if it is safe to drink. Streams and rivers, even the cleanest-looking ones, usually have parasites, viruses, and bacteria in them. In this case, you need to practice survival tactic of purifying water, which can be accomplished in multiple ways.

  • Put purification tablets in your survival pack
  • Make sure you put a camping water filter in your survival pack
  • Boil the water for 10 minutes to kill most bacteria and viruses
  • Learn to create a water filter out of sand and charcoal

Making A Shelter

A prepared person would have a Bug Out Bag with a tent and sleeping bag. But if you are in the wilderness and don’t have a tent, you should make a survival shelter. Learning how to do it is by far one of an essential outdoor survival tactic. There are several types of shelters you can learn, including tarp shelters, debris shelters, frame shelters, teepees, and 90-degree shelters.

Starting A Fire

Learning how to make a fire is one of the most important survival skills you should possess. It may be easy to make a fire by creating a teepee out of dry sticks and lighting a bit of paper underneath, but what if it just rained? Or what if you are in a desert where finding even a single stick isn’t possible? If you still don’t know how you go these things, then you must master the fire making skill now.

Vegetation Recognition

If you are out of a toilet paper in your survival kit and you need to take a dump, you can grab a handful of leaves as a toilet paper replacement. However, you need to be aware that many leaves can cause a painful, itchy rash on your rear. You should be able to recognize local plants and besides, many plants are edible, which are also helpful to include in your endeavor to mastering the art of hunting.

Acquiring Food

As what is mentioned above, a lot of plants in nature are edible. Since it may be time-consuming for you to memorize every single plant in the wild, it is recommended to learn the Universal Edibility Test. Put a small piece of the unknown plant on your lips and then your mouth. Finally, eat a small bit. It may take time but will allow you to forage food.

First Aid

Wilderness survival situations may bring you to medical problems, such as sprained ankles, fractures, burns, dislocated limbs, blisters, and diarrhea. It is a good idea to take a first aid class, so you know to handle such problems correctly.

Animal Attack Response

If you plan on going somewhere where there are bears, you should learn first the difference between a brown bear and a black bear. You should make some loud noises and stand your ground if you encounter a black bear and walk away slowly if it is a brown bear. It will also be a big help if you carry a can of bear pepper spray. Aside from bears, you need also to be careful of other wild animals, including wolves, snakes, wild boars, mountain lions, poisonous spiders, scorpions, and ticks.

Self Defense

In a worst-case scenario, you may encounter dangerous people than animals. Better prepare to defend yourself from human attacks by having a gun or other self-defense devices that are legal to bring and use in your area. You should know how to use them and master self-defense tactics if you expect to survive human attacks.

The CMP 1911s – How, When and Where Will They Be Available?

The looming mandate to transfer the stockpile of old M1911 pistols from the Army to the Civilian Marksmanship Program excites handgun enthusiasts who are interested in picking one. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act approved by Congress last week involves hundreds of sections, and one of them outlines a two-year pilot program for moving the surplus .45ACP GI longslides from the Army to the federally chartered non-profit corporation assigned with promoting rifle practice and firearms safety training. Here is what those interested in picking one up should expect.

What’s up for grabs?

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, disclosed in 2015 that the military spends around $2 per year to store a hundred thousands of Model 1911s that are surplus to the needs of the Army. While 8,300 have been loaned or sold in recent years – mainly through the 1033 Program of the Department of Defense, which offers eligible law enforcement up to one pistol per full-time officer – the guns still on hand have been stored since the 1980s in many cases when they were withdrawn from service in favor of the then new-Beretta 92F (M9). The production of Model 1911’s for military contracts largely ended by 1945. It means that the guns on hand date to the World War II-era or before.

How do you get them?

The CMP, by law, can only sell surplus military firearms given to the organization by the Army to affiliated clubs’ adult members who meet specific guidelines. These guidelines include being a U.S. citizen, not prohibited from possessing a firearm, a member of a CMP-affiliated organization, and proof of marksmanship-related activity for those under 60.

On the positive note, there are literally thousands of shooting and collecting clubs and Veterans organizations, such as the VFW, that are CMP affiliated. Furthermore, showing a marksmanship or firearms knowledge is as comfortable as sending a copy of a concealed carry permit, proof of participation in a shooting competition or military service records.

When will they be available?

First off, the White House must still approve the NDAA and sign it into law. Under its guidelines, the military will send no less than 8,000 M1911s and no more than 10,000 to the CMP each year for the next two years. To implement, it will require the Secretary of the Army. The process of transporting the guns from the Anniston Army Depot across town to the warehouses of the CMP is the easy part. The lengthy process that could take months will start when CMP starts going through the mystery crates and inspecting, grading, test-firing and cataloging what is inside. Some of the guns could be incomplete, others could need repairs, the reason those weapons will have to be checked and certified.

What will they cost?

For sought-after models, extremely rare variants and those with limited runs will likely be sold on individual auctions through the site of the CMP. Several commercial vendors made the military contract 1911s. These include Singer, Remington Rand, North American, Ithaca, Colt, UMC and Union Switch & Signal. Some were made in government arsenals at Springfield Armory and usually reworked by unit armorers in the field and at depots during their lifespan. Rare variants of the 1911s include the 1916-marked examples, “big stamp” guns with oversized property marks. Those with limited runs include the Singers and US&S.

 

 

 

10 Century Old Survival Hacks

In the old days, life was harder since people had to do a lot more to survive. Today, our lives are relatively easy but for most people, a lot of the useful knowledge from back then has been lost. Fortunately, some of these old-school survival hacks are still here.

# 1 The Easy Way To Cut Down A Tree

After choosing which tree you want to chop down, start chopping like the usual way, but stop halfway through. Then, begin chopping on the other side a few inches higher. Finally, pull the tree down with a rope.

# 2 Extracting a Splinter Painlessly and Fast

Pulling out a splinter can be painful and even make it worse if you do it in the usual way. Instead, look for a bottle and fill it with hot water almost to the top. Then, press it firmly against the splintered area. The steam will loosen up the splinter, and the suction will pull it out.

# 3 Surviving a Thunderstorm Without Shelter

Most people will seek shelter under a tree when faced with a thunderstorm. However, it can only increase the level of danger. The best option is to lay low in a ditch underneath some low growing bushes.

# 4 Stopping Your Glasses From Getting Foggy

The easy way to prevent your glasses from getting foggy is to rub your glasses with soap and then polish them afterward. The tactic works because even after polishing the soap off, a thin film will remain, which prevents condensation from forming on the glass.

# 5 Creating a Water Filter With A Simple Bucket

Find a zinc bucket and cut a hole through the bottom. Then fit a small pipe through the hole. Finally, add the following materials in order: large stones, small stones, coarse sand, and fine sand. You’ll find out that the water flowing through to the bottom is clear.

Making life easier

# 6 Cleaning the Inside of a Glass Bottle

It is usually difficult to clean the inside of a bottle with a narrow mouth. However, you can make it easy by adding some sand and water to the inside of the bottle. Then shake the bottle, wash it out afterward, and let it dry.

# 7 Make a Water Fountain For Your Chickens

You may not need to get your chickens fresh water every day as you can provide them a continuous supply of clean water very efficiently. Find a bottle and fill it with water. Then secure it against a plank, tip it upside down and place the bottle’s mouth in a bowl filled with water. When the water gets low, the bottle will release water until the mouth is covered again.

# 8 Water Your Plants Automatically

Look for a bucket and fill it with water. Then place it over your plants and put some strands of wool in it. Finally, place one end of the wool at the base of each plant. The wool will automatically transfer water from the bucket to the soil without you having to do anything. This cool hack will free up a lot of your time.

  1. Preserving Eggs Without the Help Of A Refrigerator

You’ll need freshly laid eggs for this hack or only applicable if you raise your chickens. Bury the eggs in a box of dry salt and put them in a cool place. For this to work, the eggs can’t be exposed to air.

  1. Defending Against A Dog Attack

Dogs method of attack is very predictable. They will always try to get rid of your way of defense before biting. If you hold a piece of clothing out on a long stick, the dog will attack that first. You may want to give the dog a powerful kick while it is distracted.

 

 

Creating Mayhem – Vehicular Terror Blueprint

The smartphone can make people oblivious to their surroundings. In the past, smartphone distractions might get you a bump on the head by walking into a lamp post. In these days, however, it could cost you your life.

Deranged, disgruntled, and politically motivated incidents have taken place all over the world, and one of them was the NYC vehicular attack that cost eight lives and injured a number of others. On the positive note, being situationally aware could prevent you from becoming a victim of a future vehicular terror.

Vehicular terrorism is not new as many of such attacks occurred in Israel in past years. However, it is also becoming more common in the West with attacks in NYC, London, Nice, France, Berlin, and elsewhere. A Somali student ran over several people using his car at Ohio State University and then perpetrated a knife attack on those people who ran over to see if he was injured. Many similar events have taken place but rarely make the news, including the 2017 Sandy attack, car-ramming and shooting in Sandy, Utah; July 2017 Helsinki attack, Finland, ramming people; and 2017 Charlottesville attack, during the Unite the Right rally in Virginia, United States, ramming people.

Terror attacks are usually associated with bombs, but making it requires some expertise to assemble safely. Guns are one of the most popular weapons used in terrorism, but they are difficult to obtain and carry other than the U.S. However, it is easy to own and rent a vehicle. If wielded as a weapon, cars and trucks can cause mass casualties.

The English-language ISIS magazine Rumiyah published an article titled Just Terror Tactics. It describes which vehicles will cause the most deaths when used for attacks on Western crowds. The article suggests picking the location and timing carefully, such as going to the most crowded areas and narrower spots to give less chance for the people to run away. It further said that it is ideal to avoid places where other vehicles may intercept.

The writer suggests to pick up as much speed to create maximum carnage while retaining proper control of the vehicle to maximize inertia and be able to strike as many people as possible in the first run.

The article further urges the attackers to weld steel blades onto the front of an SUV as high as the headlights, which would make the blades strike the targets at the torso level or higher.

With these vehicular terror tactics, it is vital to have a constant state of Yellow Alert when in public spaces. You need to be calm but vigilant of what is happening around you. Nefarious intentions usually involve anomalies in behavior, so be aware of them. For example, hopping up and down and screaming are normal when you are at a rock concert, but they aren’t when you are at Starbucks.

When a vehicle leaves the typical pattern or moves erratically, it is an anomaly that needs quick action. To give yourself the best chance of escaping, you need to note the escape whenever you are in public. If you are in a mall or theatre, know the location of exits.

To give yourself a higher chance to survive from vehicular terrorism, consider walking on the fringe of a crowd away from the road. By doing it, you will have the most options. You need to understand that vehicular terrorists like to target groups of people near the street. Those pedestrians nearest the curb will suffer the most injuries.