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Stop The Bleeding: A Guide to Hemostatic Agent Choices

One of the most important skills for the family medic to master is the ability to rapidly stop bleeding (also known as “achieving hemostasis”). In survival scenarios, bleeding can occur from various sources, from a fall on uneven terrain to a hostile encounter with another group. Failure to properly treat bleeding wounds can lead...


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Bucky Pratt: A Combat Veteran’s Journey and His Mission to Share Lessons Learned

Few people ever experience actual combat in a war. And of those who do, fewer still turn that experience into something positive. Bucky Pratt is one of these rare individuals who has faced and grappled with his inner demons instead of avoiding them or letting them consume his life. After much introspection, he has...


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What If You’re Stuck in a Country Consumed by Political Turmoil

It’s 2021 and many travel restrictions have lifted, offering people the opportunity to finally vacation internationally or visit other countries for business. Although it may have seemed like COVID was the only big concern when considering foreign travel, political turmoil can be just as contagious, unpredictable, and deadly as a conventional disease. Whether it’s...


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The Art of Exploitation: Urban Movement and Urban Camo

Exploitation is a word that carries a negative connotation — to take unfair advantage of circumstances, using every available resource for selfish gain. But when it comes to survival, there’s no denying the effectiveness of this ruthless approach. Those who lie, cheat, and steal sometimes come out on top, at least in the short...


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Russian Laser Light Show: Zenitco Perst 4 and Perst 3

You would be forgiven if Zenitco wasn’t the first company that comes to mind when discussing weapon-mounted infrared (IR) lasers for night vision use. L3Harris, Steiner, and B.E. Meyers tend to be the first three manufacturers that enter the conversation with the Peq 15/ATPIAL C, Dbal, and MAWL respectively. However, in the last few...


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Urban Survival Challenge: C-Note Shopping Spree

Is survival cost-prohibitive? We asked ourselves that very same thing and decided to challenge a few of our regular contributors to see how far they could stretch 100 bucks. We asked them to envision what they’d need in an unfamiliar urban setting with mild weather (60 to 80 degrees F) with the following parameters: 72-hour...


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What is Normal Anyway? A Letter from the Editor

As you read this, we’re closing in quickly on the tail end of 2021 — what we all hoped would be “the year we go back to normal.” While there was much discussion about the chaos of 2020 being an anomaly of American life, the truth has proven to be a little more disheartening....


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OTTE Gear LVZ OVT Plate Carrier

In a world of ever-growing uncertainty, both civilians and armed professionals alike are seeking low-cost, high-value options for both armor and load carriage. We recently had a chance to review the OTTE Gear LVZ OVT (Low Viz/Overt) plate carrier. This kit was designed from the outset for the needs of both consumer types, effectively...


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New Survival Gear in OFFGRID #45

DECKED Tool Box Compatibility: Select truck model years, including the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra MSRP: Starting at $700 URL: decked.com DECKED made a name for itself thanks to its innovative drawer systems, allowing drivers to securely stow tools, firearms, and valuables in their truck beds. Now the company’s revolutionizing vehicle storage once again with a fresh toolbox...


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Spy Week with Jason Hanson: Survival Lessons from a Former CIA Officer

You’re standing in line at a crowded consulate in a foreign country when you get a sinking sensation that you’ve been flagged to be detained. As you begin to slink away toward the lobby, an agent calls out to you. You calmly and deliberately take stock of your situation, noting several Marines posting security...


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