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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 to prevent the aggravation of the injury as well as contribute to better healing. Take note that learning how to apply any form of first aid goes beyond reading so we also suggest taking up a formal course to help you actually practice and also so that you can ask questions if you have any. Anyway, here are some important tips you should know when applying first aid to broken bones.

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 further imagine that commercially made bullets (the actual projectiles) for ammunition loading / reloading become equally as hard to come by.

 

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 their hard earned cash. Open any firearms accessory related catalog to the optics section, and your senses can be quickly overwhelmed by the number of optic devices, the shapes, sizes, technical descriptions, and of course, prices. It can get a little intimidating, especially for the novice optics buyer. So, let’s take a look at optics, and their accessories, to remove some of that intimidation.

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 necessary, doesn’t mean food should just be ignored. It can go a long way to making a person feel better, which is just as important in a survival situation. With that said, the following tips and clues will help you procure food, without expending a great deal of precious energy. It is less taxing on one’s energy stores to dine on edible plants rather than trying to find some meat source. In fact, in some situations, it is more beneficial to stick with plants rather than waste the time and energy trying to find a meat source and then going through the task of making it edible.

Ammunition Reloading – For Shotguns

Thursday, 07 March 2013 03:00 Written by
Published in Firearms

When viewed in a self defense / survival role, few can dispute the effectiveness of a shotgun as a short distance “equalizer” or a mid-range hunting arm. A shotgun is capable of firing a single “slug,” projectile, a cluster of small projectiles called “shot,” or a variety of special purpose projectiles such as “breaching” rounds and pyrotechnics.  But, it’s the shotgun shell that gives the shotgun the versatility to take down small game, large game, and the occasional misguided reprobate or assorted urban zombies. Just like the pistol and the rifle, a shotgun is a “must have” in the prepper’s weapons arsenal.

Making Knots

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

You cannot use much rope without fastening it somewhere or somehow. That is why knots are always tied in (pun intended!) articles about rope. As I am sure you are aware, there are several types of knots. Each type of knot has its own particular benefit. Increasing your knot repertoire will help you to better utilize your paracord or other type of rope for your unique need.

Prepping Matrix

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:15 Written by
Published in Getting Started

When you are new to prepping, everything becomes a little too overwhelming. I wish I could tell you the “lost” feeling changes over time, but it doesn’t.  The truth is; while you expand your “prepper” knowledge, your interests in new subjects can spiral out of control. And, when you think you have figured something out, you may realize that you have solved only a small piece of the puzzle. Therefore, after much debate, sketching on the chalkboard, and revision after revision, we are pleased to offer our initial Prepper Matrix. 

 

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Large Mobile Solar Power System

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Alternative Energy

After the success of our $150 Small Solar Power Solution, we wanted to take it to the next level. The small solar power solution was intended for emergencies; running small LED lights, power small 12 volt appliances, and for charging batteries and devices. Our main goals were to educate our users by identifying the required solar components, and demonstrate how assemble a budget, yet practical, solar power system. Going into the first project we understood the small solar power system’s limitations, and also understood our user base would like to see a larger system. Our next project, The Large Mobile Solar Power System, will demonstrate how to build a more capable system, which can meet moderate daily power requirements during extended power outages. While, our example system is not capable of running every power-hungry device in your home, it is great for running the “necessary” equipment during a grid down situation. Please download our handout: LMSPS (05-003-13)

Survival Preparedness - Your Family

Monday, 25 February 2013 05:36 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

Men, listen up. You have a pretty basic decision in front of you. Do you keep your survival knowledge to yourself or do you involve your family? Look at it this way, if you don’t educate them now, you will either have to walk away and leave them to fend for themselves in an emergency (which is clearly not an ideal option) or you are going to be forced to waste precious time and resources to give them a crash course during a survival situation. Neither option sounds real appealing, does it?

Lacerations & Avulsions

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

Skin injuries are frequent and commonly occurring injuries, particularly for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. There are different types of these injuries and varying degrees of severity, as well as treatment. Skin injuries can be minor and superficial, with a linear direction such as your paper cuts, or deeper and more prone to infection such as lacerations. Basically, your skin injuries can be classified into several categories, these would be lacerations, abrasions, puncture wounds, and avulsions.

Ammunition Reloading 101

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Firearms

If you are just now weighing the pros and cons of ammunition reloading as a prepper skill, you could not have picked a more inopportune time. Between the actions of the far left leaning loonies in government, and the many sellers of firearms and related equipment / supplies who are intoxicated by the visions of huge dollar signs dancing in their heads, the initial investment for reloading equipment can put a serious dent in the bank account of the average prepper.

Alternative Energy Systems and Power Consumption

Thursday, 14 February 2013 23:49 Written by
Published in Alternative Energy

Most of us understand the importance of alternative energy, and how it relates to preparedness. Even with this understanding, there are three reasons why alternative energy systems get pushed to the back burner; they are expensive, they are confusing, and people do not know how big of a system they need. Before you take a leap into purchasing an alternative energy system, take a breath, and first analyze your power requirements. I separate alternative energy systems into three different categories: small portable, large mobile, and residential. Each category comes with its own pros and cons, and should be matched with your survival plan and budget. Additionally, the things you would like to power, your devices and appliances, should be scaled to match your alternative energy system. Please join us as we cover our concepts of alternative energy systems, their realistic capabilities, and a few power consumption rates. 

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