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Perimeter Security: Stumble Wire (Part III)

Saturday, 20 July 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Shelter
In an earlier article, we discussed setting up multi-purpose fencing in various sized yards. In that fencing, whether a typical fence or an edible hedgerow, whether you make one exterior fence or two, you’re going to leave breaks and gaps where they can be observed. These breaks are where the…

Fire Building

Friday, 05 July 2013 00:52 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
As you build up your survival kit, you will probably want to add a firesteel ferrocerium rod. These are usually referred to as ferro rods and are incredibly useful for starting fires. Before you can use your new ferro rod, you need to take special note of the coating placed…

Making & Using Bow Drills

Friday, 21 June 2013 00:20
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
In today’s modern world, it is extremely rare to see or hear of anybody doing such primitive things like flintknapping, hide tanning or even old fashioned ways of starting a fire. We are a modern society and we certainly like our gadgets. However, using our hands like our ancestors used…

Perimeter Security: Multi-Layered Fencing and Alerts (Part II)

Thursday, 23 May 2013 03:00 Written by
Published in Shelter
There are a lot of things that can be done to improve existing security around a home. Some of it can be done now without garnering the wrath of neighbors and the Home Owners Association (HOA). However, further hardening the perimeter will probably have to wait. Ideally, we would all…
If you are in an unfamiliar area, can you determine direction without using a compass? Okay, let me add to that. Can you do it without the use of the sun or stars because of heavy cloud cover? If you answered no, you need to keep reading. I am going…

The Top Ten Herbal Remedies

Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:03 Written by
Published in Medical
Herbal medicines or Traditional medicines have been around for as long as man has and are the basis of modern medicines. David Hoffman, a clinical phytotherapist (herbal medicine) for 20 years, says that medicinal plants have been used for several millennia and as recently as 60 years ago, our pharmacopeias…

Primitive Outdoor Skills: Dead Trees

Sunday, 05 May 2013 01:23 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
One of the most exciting things about primitive outdoor survival skills is the fact that nothing is viewed as garbage. Everything in the environment can be put to use if a person is willing to think out of the box. The idea of reuse and recycle has never been more…

Tracking: An Essential Skill

Monday, 29 April 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
Somewhere down the road, a good tracker became about as hard to come by as Bigfoot. They have been seen on television, in the movies and a few claim to have met one in real life, but they are so rare (according to the movies) one must question whether or…

Perimeter Security: Berry Brambles (Part 1)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Shelter
There are a lot of options when it comes to securing your home in a grid-down situation. However, all of these options are not feasible now; due to homeowners associations and potential law suits if neighborhood children accidently infiltrate your perimeter. However, there are some things even suburbanites and city…

The Extremely Utilitarian Defensive Enabled Shotgun

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 21:46 Written by
Published in Firearms
Let’s imagine you are new to firearms and you have decided to run down to your local Gander Mountain or Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy a shotgun. The primary intended purpose for your new shotgun is home defense, but you are considering the idea it might come in handy for…

The Law of 3's

Saturday, 06 April 2013 01:07 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
Survival enthusiasts often resort to the Law of Threes during training and practice runs to keep the idea top of mind. The Law of Threes is one way to remember exactly what needs to be done when things get a little crazy.

Wilderness First Aid: Broken Bones

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 05:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
Attending and applying first aid on broken bones in the wilderness where there are no immediately available healthcare practitioners is a vital skill that an outdoorsman or outdoors woman should master. Although, most fractures are not immediately life threatening, learning how to apply first aid on broken bones will help…

Scrounging, Smelting, and Casting Lead for Ammunition

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 03:40 Written by
Published in Firearms
Let’s try to imagine a very near and foreseeable future where store bought ammunition is far less easy to come by, than ten cent a pound 24 karat gold bullion. For the sake of argument, and the steam to help keep this discussion going beyond a couple of paragraphs, let’s…

Understanding Firearms Optics

Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Firearms
There are a lot of firearm optics on the market designed to help shooters get a bullet from point A to point B with the maximum amount of accuracy. Some are great, some are good, and some are just plain junk with no other purpose than to separate folks from…

Testing Edible Plants

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 16:37 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
Food is a pretty popular subject in the world of survival. Surprisingly, food is really not at the top of your list of needs. Despite its relatively low rank on the list of needs, it is typically at the top of most want lists. Now, just because it isn’t physically…
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