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  • Get Home Bag
    Assembling a get home bag Something is wrong. You don't know what it is. Your car won't start. No planes over head. No sounds of cars on the highway. Do you have a Get Home Bag? Do you have water? Can you make fire? Having a get home bag is important when you are away […]
  • Make Fire With Vaseline Cotton Ball and Jute Twine
    Vaseline Cotton Ball and Jute Twine Starting a fire is easy with Vaseline soaked cotton balls and some jute twine. In this You Tube video I explain how to use a Vaseline cotton ball as tinder to start a campfire for cooking and keeping warm in survival situations and for camping. Share on Facebook The […]
  • Garden Preparation For Spring
    Garden Preparation Getting a Garden Spot Ready for Spring Prepare a garden spot for spring planting by using some high mil black plastic. The black plastic will screen out the sun light killing any grass under it. Prepping a garden spot can also be done by placing cardboard over the area to be used [Read […]
  • How To Make Char Cloth and Charcoal
    Char Cloth Today I will show you how to make char cloth and charcoal. Some cotton cloth. Some pieces of wood. A small metal tin with one small hole punched in it. Add some fire and you can make char cloth to start a campfire and charcoal for writing on hard surfaces when you [Read […]

Get Home Bag

Assembling a get home bag

Something is wrong. You don't know what it is. Your car won't start. No planes over head. No sounds of cars on the highway.
Do you have a Get Home Bag? Do you have water? Can you make fire?

Having a get home bag is important when you are away from home.

A short 30 minute trip to the next town can turn into a two day journey for those physically fit. For those no so fit, a week long fight for survival.

Even those who are in great physical condition, a simple 10 minute trip to town could easily turn into several days depending on how many rivers you have crossed and the amount of destruction done to bridges and other infrastructure. This is the very reason why a get home bag could be essential to your survival.

In this You Tube video I show you the type of bag and content's I carry. This assembly is not EMP proof but none of the electronics are essential to my survival. The electronics in my get home bag are only for obtaining information during a disaster.

 

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Make Fire With Vaseline Cotton Ball and Jute Twine

Vaseline Cotton Ball and Jute Twine

Starting a fire is easy with Vaseline soaked cotton balls and some jute twine.

In this You Tube video I explain how to use a Vaseline cotton ball as tinder to start a campfire for cooking and keeping warm in survival situations and for camping.

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Garden Preparation For Spring

Garden Preparation

Getting a Garden Spot Ready for Spring

Prepare a garden spot for spring planting by using some high mil black plastic.
The black plastic will screen out the sun light killing any grass under it.
Prepping a garden spot can also be done by placing cardboard over the area to be used and covering it with compost.

The time to prepare a spring garden spot is now.

After spring arrives, move the plastic over to a new spot and prepare a winter garden spot.

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How To Make Char Cloth and Charcoal

Char Cloth

Today I will show you how to make char cloth and charcoal.
Some cotton cloth. Some pieces of wood. A small metal tin with one small hole punched in it. Add some fire and you can make char cloth to start a campfire and charcoal for writing on hard surfaces when you need, but don't have a pencil.
I remember as a small boy, making charcoal to use as an art instrument for drawing charcoal pictures.
The charcoal you make can be used for art, as an emergency pencil, or as fire tender.

Char cloth is useful for lighting the tinder when making a campfire or otherwise traveling through the woods and need a fire to warm up or to cook dinner.

In the following You Tube video, I show you how to make your own char cloth and charcoal.

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Emergency Communications

Emergency communications is an important prep. Knowing how to contact other people in your community and group of preppers when the world around you goes silent can make the difference between life and death in some circumstances.

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The Baofeng UV-5R is a low price emergency communications device. This radio can receive AND transmit on ham, police, ambulance, fire, GMRS, MURS among others for the low price of $25.99

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If you decide to use this radio for emergency com's, go ahead and order an antenna for it. The one that comes on the UV5R is poor at best. This radio, with an adapter, can also use a low priced dual band magnet mount antenna for your car or truck or a base, pole or tower mounted antenna to expand your range.

This radio does not have the receiver sensitivity nor the clean transmit signal that a HAM, commercial or public service radios have but it also doesn't have the high price of them either!

•Check the FCC website for the rules and regulations concerning different radio services frequencies and power restrictions and license requirements. FCC License Requirements.

Some radio services require a license. Some do not. Check the FCC website to find out if you need a license or not. Follow these regulations pre SHTF. Post SHTF, do what you have to do to survive!

Are you ready to stay in contact when the world around you goes silent?
Staying in contact with the world around you when disaster strikes is very important. The information gained from contact with the outside world can dramatically affect your ability to survive.
Having radio contact with near by friends and family will be essential to your survival.

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Gun Rust Removal-A How To Guide

Gun rust removal takes no more than 0000 steel wool, gun oil and a little elbow grease. YOU can remove rust from your firearm.

Gun Rust Removal

Gun rust removal, the bain of blued guns, can be removed with a little effort and a small amount of sweat equity.

Watch our You Tube video on How to: Gun Rust Removal

Causes of Gun Rust

Before we talk about how to remove rust from your gun, let's discuss what causes rust to begin with. Rust is simply oxidation appearing on a metallic surface. This rusting is caused by oxygen interacting with metal. Moisture can appear on any metallic surface easily.

In the case of guns being exposed to rain and snow during hunting season, or for whatever reason, that is simple to understand. You were out in the rain and got the gun wet.

The next reason is condensation. Much like the windows on your car in the winter, a firearm will collect moisture from the warm, damp air in your home when you have had the gun outside in the cold and bring it in.

Another reason for gun rust is you handling a firearm with out wiping it down with an oily cloth after usage or even when picking it up to look at it. A combination of moisture and skin oil from your hands will also rust metal. The acidic nature of skin oil will rust gun metal.

The last and perhaps a more complicated reason for gun rust is storing some solvents or acids in a confined area or room with your guns. This includes a gun safe or cabinet! Vapors escaping from containers holding solvents or acids can and will cause guns to rust. Be careful what you store in the same area with guns.

Gun Rust Removal

How to remove rust from your gun first remove the fore end, butt stock and any other accoutrements that you may have attached to your fire stick.

Using 0000 steel wool (USE ONLY 0000 steel wool. 0, 00 and 000 will remove too much bluing) dab a quality gun oil liberally on to the steel wool. Start rubbing the wool up and down the lingth of the receiver and barrel. Check your work often to make sure you are not removing too much bluing. Once the rust is removed, wipe the gun down with a dry cloth. When you have wiped the old oil and dislodged rust from the gun, apply a clean coat of new oil to the firearm and re-attach the fore end, butt stock and any other equipment you have removed. Store as you would normally.

This isn't brain surgery so don't over complicate it.

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Bobby

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Grid Down Cooking Using A Propane Stove

Grid down cooking, when the electricity goes off, can be as easy as lighting a propane camp stove.

When power to your home has been knocked out due to a summer thunderstorm or a winter ice storm, cooking becomes an issue. Even a simple cup of coffee isn't easy anymore without driving down to your local McDonald's or other restaurant to retrieve a cup.

Coleman single burner propane stove Grid Down Cooking

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The easiest method I have been able to devise for being prepared to cook during power outages is a simple propane camp stove. For a short-term power loss, it is very quick, very clean and will boil 8 cups of water in less than seven minutes. Whether you are cooking breakfast, lunch, supper or making a pot of coffee, a camp stove fills the bill.

stovetop coffee percolator Grid Down Cooking

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In the following YouTube video I make 8 cups of coffee in an older type stovetop percolator. The percolator I am using, I've had for many years. It is an aluminum percolator. The flame from the propane stove does wear on the bottom of the aluminum coffee pot. It would be better to purchase a stainless steel percolator for use on a propane stove.

Grid Down Cooking

For those of you who use electricity to cook with, using natural or propane gas is a little bit different. The learning curve isn't terribly sharp, but there is a learning curve. The flame from a gas stove actually, in my opinion, cook's far better than electricity. When using gas to cook with, use a small flame. Most people who are not used to cooking with gas, inevitably turn the flame up too high.

I cook with electricity myself only because of the danger of an earthquake fracturing a gas line under my home. Due to this possible danger, I do not use gas inside my home although my central heat and air unit does heat with natural gas. I can tap that gas line and use it to cook with in an emergency but under most circumstances I would certainly choose to not do that.

Be sure to place the propane bottle, stand and burner on a stable surface. At the height the burner and stand is, there is a danger of tipping so keep children away from the area when cooking.

 

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Glock Lower Receiver Disassembly

Glock lower receiver disassembly can be done easily if you pay close attention to where the springs attach. The tools you will need are pair of needle-nose pliers, a one sixteenth inch punch and an eighth inch punch, in addition to a small screwdriver or, as I'm using, a solder cleaning tool.

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First make sure that the magazine is removed and there is not a round in the chamber. Next we will remove the three pins. Two above the trigger guard and one at the top back of the hand grip. Always push or remove pins from a firearm from left, out the right side. When you reinsert pins in a firearm, reinsert from right to left. The reason this is done is as to not enlarge the hole on the left side of the firearm. This is the accepted procedure gunsmith came up with long ago. The block pin will be the first one we will remove.

Usually the pins in a Glock can be removed by holding the receiver in your hand and pushing the pin out with a punch making Glock lower receiver disassembly easy. Remember to push them out the right side of the receiver. Next we will remove the PIN at the top of the hand grip, then remove the larger pin right above the trigger.

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Glock Lower Receiver Disassembly

This larger pin is sometimes difficult to remove. If you have trouble removing this pin, do not use a hammer! Simply move the slide release up and down, forward and backward, as you're working the pin out. This pen is retained by the slide release spring.

After you remove these pens, you can lift out the slide release, block and the trigger mechanism.

After you have removed these items, you will remove the magazine release.

Using a small light in the bottom of the magazine well, you'll see a long wire spring going from the bottom of the V inside of the front of the hand grip, to the magazine release lever. Using a small screwdriver, or in my case, a solder cleaning tool, work the pen over and out of the slot in the mag release.

While holding the magazine release in place, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the wire spring straight up and out of the magazine well. Once you have removed the spring you can push the magazine release out of the hand grip.

The next item to disassemble is the trigger mechanism. This mechanism is disassembled by turning the trigger bar diagonally and then lifting it from it's slot. Pay close attention to how the spring is attached at the back of the trigger bar linkage. The spring comes in from the bottom and back then goes in through the hole. On the other end, the spring comes over the top and back out the back. Notice the S configuration the spring is attached in. Reassemble in the same fashion.

We will remove the take-down lever from the lower next. It's retained by flat spring.

Pressing the flat spring down with a small punch, you can slide the take down lever out from the left to the right just like you did the pins. Push it partially out through one side with your small screwdriver and then pull it all the way out. There is a notch in the bottom of the take down lever where the spring fits in, holding it in place. Notice how the take down lever is positioned with the tall, grooved section turned up and towards the back.

The flat spring should then be removed. Be careful removing the spring and do not bend it. Pay close attention to which part of the spring goes down into the frame and which end holds the take down leaver in place. You can work it out with a small screwdriver or needle nosed pliers, being careful to not bend it.

This accomplishes Glock lower receiver disassembly.

Reassembly Is The Reverse of Disassembly

Reinsert the flat spring back into his hole, paying attention to which end goes down. Once returned to it's proper location, use a small screwdriver to send it all the way home. Next we will return the take-down lever to it's place, paying attention to which end goes up. While holding the spring down with a small punch or screw driver, push it partially over the spring. Release the spring and push the take down leaver the rest of the way in. You will hear and feel the flat spring lock in.

Next, return the trigger mechanism back into the receiver. First insert the trigger down into the trigger guard and then set the rear part of the trigger mechanism into the hand grip. Take the lock block and return it to its location. Then return the slide release to its position.

The first pin replaced will be the larger pin. Remember to insert pins in a firearm from the right side towards the left side.

Look through the larger hole and move the slide release around until it's centered. Notice on the larger pen there are two machined areas around it's circumference at each end. It makes no difference which end you put in first. Once you press the pin in, you will feel it click into place on the spring from the slide release.

The next pen is the block pin. Start it in and press it all the way through.

The last pin is the one at the top of the hand grip.

Once all three pins are in place, center them up with your punch.

After you have returned and centered the pens, return the magazine release to it's location. Generation 4 Glocks have an ambidextrous magazine release feature. The magazine release can be changed for either a left-handed or right-handed shooter.

Return the wire spring for the magazine release back into its proper position. Using a small flashlight in the bottom of the magazine well and a pair of needle-nose pliers, return this wire spring into its proper hole. There is a "V" in the magazine well of which at the bottom is a hole for the spring. Return the spring to that whole, ensuring that it goes all the way to the bottom. Using a small screwdriver or some other small tool, return the spring to its slot in the magazine release. Make sure that is in the proper position.

Once all of this has been done, you can return the slide back to the lower polymer of the Glock handgun.

Check the handgun for proper operation of the trigger mechanism and slide.

Now you know how to preform Glock lower receiver disassembly and reassembly.

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Bobby

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Glock Striker Disassembly

Glock Striker disassembly or firing pin disassembly is easy. You simply use the slide as a support for the striker to remove the cups and the spring from the striker. I made a You Tube video to aid you in disassembling and assembling the striker.

Glock Striker Disassembly

Turn the slide up on the muzzle end and insert your Striker in Reverse of what it normally is inserted into the rear of the slide. The strikers lug will set on the ledge of the slide, allowing you to exert downward pressure on the spring and remove the two half cups from the striker. Once these two half cups have been removed, you can allow the spring to extend his full length and remove it and the Striker from the slide. Once the striker is free, remove the plastic sleeve from the striker and clean the striker and the inside of the sleeve.

Glock Striker Disassembly

Reassembly Is Opposite of Disassembly

Setting the slide up on its muzzle end once again, slide the sleeve back onto the striker. Pay close attention that the cut out in the sleeve slides around the striker lug. Insert the striker and sleeve again backwards into the slide. Replace the spring and pull it down.

Pay attention to where the end of the spring coil appears. You do not want the split cup to line up with the end of the spring coil. You want one half of the cup completely covering this area. Reinsert the cups with the lip side up and the smaller ends inside the spring. Once these cups are inserted, you can slowly release the tension on the spring and it will stay together and stay in position.

At this point you simply reassemble the firearm. Make sure and check it for function.

Glock Striker disassembly made easy.

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Glock Magazine Disassembly

Hi there. Welcome to survival existence. Today we are going to talk about Glock magazine disassembly.

Glock Magazine Disassembly

You can buy a Glock magazine tool for about $25, after shipping. Or you can spend the same $25 buying something else you need or something for your preps.

I'm going to show you how to disassemble a Glock magazine without a special tool. A tool that is only useful for one thing. It's simply not necessary to buy a specialized tool to disassemble a Glock magazine.

In my You Tube video, I'm going to use a punch to remove the floor plate from the magazine and release the magazine insert, spring and follower. In short, a Glock magazine disassembly.

Glock Magazine Disassembly

First I will insert the punch straight down into the hole in the base plate, depressing the pin from the magazine insert. Do not rock the punch back. Keep it straight or you may break the floor plate.

Using your thumb for leverage, pull the floor plate back toward you. You will feel it un-snap from the sides of the magazine. Setting the punch down and using your thumb, push the floor plate from the magazine while keeping your thumb over the insert and spring. Remove the insert, spring and follower. Now you can clean the well in the magazine and the parts you have removed.

Glock Magazine Reassembly

Reassembly is the reverse of assembly. Insert the spring and follower. Make sure to orient the follower properly.

Look at the top of the magazine. The followers should come all the way to the top. If it doesn't, turn the  follower and spring around. Once the follower and the spring are installed properly, put the insert on the top of the spring with the pin towards the outside and the front of the magazine. Press the insert and spring down with your finger, holding them down while you slide the base plate back on to the body of the magazine. You will hear and feel the base plate click back into place.

Look at the base plate to make sure the insert pin has returned to its home. If it hasn't, remove the base plate and reorient the insert properly.

That's all it takes to disassemble and reassemble a Glock magazine.

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