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How To: Homemade Glowstick Perimeter Alarm

From Riverside | rside.org

“Every Ranger needs to know how to defend his territory and keep the camp safe.  To protect the perimeter one can go with the traditional cans on a trip wire but what if you don’t want to make a whole lot of noise and you are keeping guard for the night?  What if you want to get a look at an animal approaching or you are in the middle of an intense game of nighttime capture the flag, paintball or ghost in the grave yard? Here is the perfect solution…”

READ MORE: http://www.rside.org/glow-stick-perimeter-alarm/

MATERIALS: Rat traps, Glow sticks, Spray paint, Twine

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

‘Own The Night’ DVD Preview

Own the Night: Tactical Training for Citizens Vol I

From the back cover:

“People from all over the country are gathering together to combine their vast array of unique talents to prepare for civil unrest. Meet three of them.

First Lieutenant Harry Golden served his country for 12 years. First deployed for nine months in support of Operation Desert Storm. Later he enlisted Army National Guard and attended Officer Candidate School. He was deployed for 20 consecutive months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3-4 & 5-6. During a six month period while attached to the Second Marine Division, Golden’s 21 troopers of Blackjack Third Platoon 1/104 CAV, 28th ID, earned on Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with Valor, four Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for direct combat against al Queda in al Anbar Province, Ramadi, Iraq. Now retired, he lives in the South-West and tends to his flock of chickens.

Dave Womach is a world-class illusionist who has completed multiple world tours, and starred in shows in more than 20 countries.He has headlined on many major cruise lines, and won multiple national and international awards including the Pacific Rim Professional Stage Championship and the Masters of Magic Award. His illusions have been seen on television specials everywhere from the United States to Bangladesh & China. Most recently, he stared in his own show with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey on a two-year tour. Now he combines his knowledge of misdirection, with the dedication of an artist, all while training for the big fight.

Chet Womach dropped out of college and the highly competitive world of division-one baseball, to make his first million from behind a computer and avoid the corporate conundrum. He immediately founded several private LLCs, and hit the ground running to secure his fortune before the economic collapse. His athletic background set the tone for his work-ethic and drive, as he activated a plan to build a permaculture food forest which will soon feed his neighbors and family. Between running his businesses and tending to his farm and family, he still makes time to train in preparation to protect his neighborhood.”

This is an excellent video for those seeking information and visual demonstration of  the correct methods of employing night vision gear during low-light tactical operations. Useful night time training drills that the viewer can replicate are the core of this particular video. The “VOL I” descriptor suggests this is the first of a series of training videos, and more of the series are yet to come.

The DVD is available directly from ThePrepperProject.com for $49.95. Shipping within the US is free.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Concealed Carry for the Petite Woman

From ThePrepperJournal.com | By Falia Leigh | On Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2013

“Numerous factors must be just right in order for concealed carry to work well, and concealment can change daily depending on our clothes and activities. Gun size, on-body carry position, holster angle, and ride height are all things to consider, and just one problematic factor can be frustrating enough to discourage us from carrying. Since our bodies and gun preferences are all different, the CC method that works best for one person may not work for another; therefore, the more perspectives we can get from individuals similar to ourselves, the better…”

READ MORE: http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/11/02/concealed-carry-petite-woman/

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

A Few Tips on Buying Personal Body Armor

When you consider buying body armor, it’s not a luxury you are looking for, but rather a necessity. Think of the ancient times, when warriors that had to protect themselves from swords, spears, and arrows – they plainly found out that wearing some armor on them makes a huge difference. Buying body armor is quite a serious investment and you have to make your decision carefully, choosing the best body armor for your particular needs and situation. When thinking about purchasing body armor online you need to be aware of some key factors before purchase, SafeGuardClothing.com has a range of detailed information on body armor to better expand your knowledge before buying.

In case you still do not own a body armor set, there are a few things you should consider and reflect on, before you make up your mind.

Carriers

Carriers are normally made of either cloth of nylon. The materials of production vary in the way they absorb water from sweat, comfort levels, price, and the type of maintenance they demand. Also, it is a must to consider what you are going to be wearing under your body armor and for how long the armor is going to stay on you, because there are vests that may cause skin irritation and abrasion because of rubbing.

Stop Plates

Stop plates can be either soft or hard panels, which slide into the carrier’s front in order to provide the wearer with some additional protection. Make certain that the panels holding the plates are sealed with heat. This way, the panels and ballistic material – normally, Kevlar – are protected from moisture and sunlight.

Shoulder Straps

Most of the contemporary bullet proof vests have two sleeves that are either closed or connected.

Maintenance

As it was mentioned above, the purchase of body armor is a very serious investment and you might want to make the most out of your expense. Make certain that you always keep up with the regular schedule to clean your bullet proof vest. You may also ask the consultant about the care and cleaning requirements and guidelines.

You may also refer to the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ), where you can get any help you need. You may simply visit their website and learn more information concerning body armor, when you decide to buy a set.

Don’t Forget about Protection Levels

Speaking of the NIJ, this entity is the one that provides official ratings for bullet proof armor. People are often purchasing something without knowing the exact details about the product and other information that is meant to help making a good buy. The same is with body armor. Many people don’t know what type of body armor they should look for. They don’t even know that there are various types of body armor and other necessary information that can keep them from a useless purchase. Some of it is actually quite important.

Making your mind on the type of body armor you are going to buy is as significant as any buy you will make. Thus, some brief information will be quite helpful for you.

All bulletproof vests are classified under six protection levels. Level I is the very first level, offering the lowest amount of protection. Then the list goes up to Level IV, which is the highest protection level. You must know protection levels, because it’s the most essential factor in a body armor purchase. You don’t require a Level IV tactical bullet proof vest, if you’re simply protecting yourself from possible knife attacks, while walking through a dangerous neighborhood. Such vest would be appropriate, if you are a military person or your job demands proper protection, because of the involved risks.

One should wear body armor that has a ballistic protection level that stops at least the caliber of your service pistol. Nevertheless, there are supplementary advices associated to this. Ballistic protection levels have particular factors, including shape, composition, mass, caliber, and angle of collision along with velocity.

NIJ is the institute that researches, appraises, and develops body armor gear. Thus, make sure you learn all you need about protection levels to find the armor that will meet your everyday or special needs.

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About The Author: Safeguard Armor offers a full range of body armor, from bullet proof vests to ballistic helmets. Visit us at http://www.safeguardarmor.com to see what we have to offer.

The Prepper’s Look at Body Armor

Survival is the principal goal of every species – this is what Charles Darwin said. Obviously, he was right, especially speaking about humans. Human species has seen it all and still remains. But, what if a new global disaster occurs and you will have to take care of your own self and your family? Probably, evolution will be one of the very last things you’ll be thinking about.

Protection Is the Priority

Before you start making sorties, looking for provisions, weapons, clean water, and other essential things, you will have to prepare for one. You can’t go out in the middle of ruin and expect to be completely safe. You can get attacked by other people, who are trying to survive themselves, but have probably lost the understanding of life’s sanctity. You don’t want to fall a victim at hands of some bloodthirsty crazies. This is where proper protection comes in handy.

There’s no better protection for your body, than body armor. Depending on situation, you will benefit from various types of body armor. However, any kind of body protection is better, than nothing. If you have any kinds of athletic pads, they can work as body armor for quite some time. They won’t save from bullets or heavy cold weapons, but they can protect you from fractures, bruises, and a lot of other injuries you can get, when completely unprotected.

Look for the Best Body Armor You Can Get

While athletic pads are better, than nothing, real body armor is the best. Whether you can figure a stab proof body armor set or bullet proof vest, you will be much better protected, than using athletic pads. A helmet would be useful as well. Never stick to the armor you’ve got used to, because you can simply overlook a much better option. The better you are protected, the better are your chances for survival. You can never know who’s going to attack you and what weapon they will use.

Consider Preparing in Advance

The best way to get properly protected is to prepare in advance. There are tons of body armor products available on the market today. Unfortunately, no one has all time in the world, so don’t postpone it for tomorrow, and then for tomorrow, and then for tomorrow, and so on. There are regular retail stores selling body armor of all types and models and there are quite many online stores such as SafeGuardClothing.com with even larger assortments. In other words, only the lazy person thinking of getting prepared for survival won’t spend a day or two on finding the best body armor.

Ask your own self, if you will have a real opportunity to figure a tactical body armor set, when the world falls apart? Probably not, so why not do it today, when you have the funds, the time, and a lot of options? Preparing for survival in advance is a rather smart thing to do.

We’re hearing that the North Korea is about to launch a nuclear bomb to the USA day after day. Who knows – maybe it’s just a verbal threat and a desire to declare of the country’s might or it could be a real thing. And what if it turns out to be the real thing? Perhaps, this is a no-brainer.

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About The Author: Safeguard Armor offers a full range of body armor, from bullet proof vests to ballistic helmets. Visit us at http://www.safeguardarmor.com to see what we have to offer.

Homemade Mosquito Repellant

By Farmer Blue Coral | From Facebook.com

Here’s an easy & pleasant mosquito repellent recipe you can make at home:

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:

  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice
  • Fill bottle with water
  • Shake

Ready to use.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Gear Review: Stealth Body Armor By SafeGuard Armor

Stealth body armor made by SafeGuard Armor, LLC is manufactured from 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® armor panels enclosed in a CoolMAX® outer vest carrier. Stealth is the sleek design in their line of body armor products specifically intended to be worn concealed, under a shirt or jacket.

The amazing technology employed in creating Stealth body armor is evident in the final product weight. It is a much lighter when compared to any of the vintage military-style flak jackets, yet boasts truly amazing specifications with regard to stopping live rounds from penetrating the panels.

There are many configurations of Stealth armor to choose from, allowing the intended wearer to customize his or her vest based on the balance of available budget versus desired level of protection. Individual options available to choose from include Ballistic Level II, Level IIIa; Edged Blade Level 1, Level 2; and Spike Level 1 or Level 2.

The Ballistic Threat Level II option offers protection against any round fired into the vest up to a 9mm 124 grain FMJ traveling at 1175 ft/sec (358m/sec). Level IIIa armor protects the wearer from rounds up to .44 Magnum 240 grain moving at 1400 ft/sec. (427m/sec).

Upon viewing multiple online video demonstrations of the Ballistic Threat Level II vest absorbing 9mm handgun rounds, it became quite obvious it works as intended. After what I’ve seen, there’s no mistaking its ability to protect the wearer from traumatic gunshot wounds.

The Stealth vest is designed to be worn concealed, and as such, is designed to cover and protect only vital organs high in the torso, leaving the lower portion exposed. This is a trade-off to a vertically taller design which would shift upward and bulge awkwardly when the wearer tries sitting or squatting.

Stealth body armor boasts a 5 Year Warranty, and is certified and tested in full compliance with the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0101.03/04 standards, this according to SafeGuard Armor.

Also available in black.

Stealth body armor is available in white or black (pictured).

Stealth body armor is available in either a Black or White outer carrier, and comes in 7 sizes, allowing for a correct fit for virtually any frame size. Even though it is manufactured in such a wide range of sizes and is highly adjustable via the wide Velcro bands, the fit is not ideal for women with a high bust-to-waist ratio. But then again, no worn-to-be-concealed body armor is.

Stealth body armor is shipped in a black, heavy-weight, nylon zippered carry bag which includes convenient handles. This is a nice bonus!

To order yours online, or to inquire further, you can contact SafeGuard Armor at:

SafeGuard ARMOR™ LLC
1925 Timberline Road, N19
Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 626-6038
info@safeguardarmor.com

Review sample courtesy of SafeGuard Armor!

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

RADSticker: A Prepper Must Have

Today’s recommended prepper purchase: RADSticker

The RADSticker is a peel & stick, postage stamp sized, instant color developing dosimeter, is always ready and with you 24/7, attached to the back of your drivers license or anything you keep close, for any radiation emergency. RADSticker, a stockpile-able personal casualty dosimeter provides wearers (public, medical personnel and law enforcement personnel) timely personal radiation exposure information in an event of an accident at a nuclear power plant or a nuclear or dirty bomb explosion.

The objective of this low cost RADSticker is to quickly determine need for medical treatment and minimize the panic. RADSticker has a sensor (a rectangle strip between the color bars) with 25, 50 and 100 rad bars on its bottom and 200, 400 and 1,000 rad bars on its top for triaging information and medical treatment in emergencies. When exposed to radiation, the sensor of RADSticker develops color instantly. The color changes are permanent, cumulative and proportional to dose. RADSticker is made under U.S. Patents #7,227,158; 7,476,874 and others. The technology was developed with multimillion dollar funding from several U.S. agencies, such as DHS, DOD, DOJ, DOS, DHHS and TSWG and was field tested by the DHS with 800 first responders in the states of NJ, NY and IL.

Each order includes an instruction sheet showing how to use RADStickers.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

25 Survival Uses For Duct Tape

By Silent Prepper | From PrepperCentral.com | On Thursday, April 4th, 2013

If there ever was a miracle product better than spray-on-hair or the ShamWow, it is duct tape. Over the past 70 years of its existence, this staple product of fix-it-yourselfers has been used by virtually every walk of life, for jobs that I’m sure the duct tape developers never imagined. So how can we use it for survival?

Here are my top 25 survival uses for duct tape, in no order whatsoever.

1. Repairing a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder. A little strip of DT is the next best thing to a bandage for an ailing water vessel. Just dry the surface before you try to tape your patch in place, most forms of duct tape don’t stick to wet surfaces.

2. Survival arrow fletching. Tear off a few 5-inch pieces, and a long edge of one piece to the arrow shaft, fold the tape lengthwise, and stick the other long edge of that piece to the arrow. Repeat this process one or two more times; trim the vanes to shape with your knife; and you will have a serviceable arrow fletching.

3. Butterfly bandage strips. Cut two small strips of DT, and add a smaller strip across their centers (sticky side to sticky side) to create a makeshift butterfly suture.

4. Make cordage. Twist one or several lengths of duct tape into a cord or rope.

5. Patch a hole in canoe. I wouldn’t trust my life to this one, but it’s been done more than once.

6. Fashion a belt. When you are starving in the wild, and your pants start falling down, run a piece of DT through your belt loops and stick it to itself in the front. Overlap it about 4 or 5 inches and you’ll still be able to peel the belt apart when nature calls.

7. First aid sling. Fold a length of DT down the middle, so that it is half the original width and no longer exposing a sticky side. Use the strap to make a sling for a busted arm.

8. Leave a note. Write on it with a Sharpie, or use strips to form letters.

9. Handcuff alternative. If someone is acting up during a survival emergency, you can duct tape their hands together around a tree to prevent them from becoming a danger to themselves or others.

10. Mend shoes and clothing. You can skip the sewing class, if you have enough duct tape.

11. Repair your glasses. The tape on your glasses my look a little nerdy, but at least you’ll still be able to see.

12. Attach shelter elements.
Just a few trash bags and some duct tape, and you have a survival shelter roof, or a sleeping bag cover, or a wind break, or…

13. Attach survival gear. Tape a spark rod to the side of your knife sheath, and you’ll always have a back-up fire source.

14. Make a hat. If you believe what you see on TV, the “Mythbusters” guys made a pretty nice looking hat out of duct tape on a recent episode.

15. Afix bandages. Place a sterile dressing over your wound, and strap it in place with DT. Hopefully you’re not too hairy where you got injured.

16. Fix your rain gear. Keep the dry stuff dry, and keep the water out, by mending your ripped rain gear with a few strips.

17. Make a drinking cup. Some creative folding and sticking can result in a cup you can drink from.

18. Make a spear. Strap your knife to a pole and you have a trusty spear to fend off beasts, or make one into your dinner.

19. Blister care. Cover the blistered area with a bit of cotton gauze, and tape over the cotton. Make sure that the duct tape fully covers the cotton and doesn’t touch the blister at all.

20. Mark a Trail. Use it to blaze a trail or signal for rescue, especially if your DT is brightly colored or reflective.

21. Make emergency repairs on your Bug Out Vehicle.
Leaking hoses and windows that won’t stay up don’t stand a chance against the mending powers of duct tape.

22. Keep the feathers in your sleeping bag. If you have a hole in your down sleeping bag, the feathers will pour out faster than excuses from a politician. Patch the hole with DT.

23. Keep your tent closed. A damaged zipper could leave your tent door flapping in the wind. Stick the door shut, and keep the bugs and critters out.

24. Splint a leg. A broken ankle or leg can be stabilized with ample splint material, padding and duct tape. Pad the crotch of a forked branch with some cloth and duct tape to fashion a quick crutch to go with your splint.

25. Splint a broken tent pole or fishing pole. By taping a stick to the broken area of your tent pole or fishing rod, you might just get one last adventure out of it.

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Source: http://preppercentral.com/?p=3783

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Camouflage For The Patriot

Camouflage For The Patriot

This PowerPoint slideshow provides information and examples on proper camouflage techniques regarding clothing and other wearable accessories.

View the slideshow online at:

http://www.slideshare.net/IF109/camouflage-for-the-patriot

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.