Sunday, January 31, 2010

Feb 2010 Issue of Field and Stream Magazine

I was at my father in laws house this weekend and he had the newest issue of Field and Stream magazine.  The cover story was about an Alaskan trapper and surviving in the Alaskan bush.  It had been years since I had read Field and Stream at the hometown barber shop.  I forgot that they did an article on a true survival in the wilderness story every issue.

This prompted me to go to the Field and Stream website with the intention of posting the link to the article. I could not find the article online so you will have to go to the newsstand and purchase a copy of the magazine.  I did find a ton of great survival info on their site.  It is definitely worth checking out.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Midwest Gun Trader and Southwest Gun Trader is a sponsor at Midwest Gun Trader (Formerly KC Gun Trader).  Midwest Gun Trader offers free ads to buy, sell and trade guns. The listings are organized by state facilitating local sales between buyers and sellers.  It is a great resource and beats the heck out of the other sites out there because it is FREE!

The Crew over at Midwest Gun Trader has just launched a sister site called Southwest Gun Trader to serve the Southwest states.

Friday, January 22, 2010

New items in stock at!

We have added the following new items to our inventory this week:
- MSI Bear Mace with Holster
- Hornady 45ACP 200gr JHP/XTP
- Hornady .223 75gr TAP

As always, our ammo is in stock and ready to ship same day!

A little Friday Afternoon Humor

Disaster Prepardness and Recovery links

This is a great article from Popular Mechanics applying lessons learned in Haiti to potential disasters here in the US.  It discusses the New Madrid fault for those of us in the Midwest.

For all of our friends on the West Coast is a link to the LAFD emergency preparedness booklet.

The one thing that mainstream sources tend to forget are guns and ammo.  You should have a gun(s) for self defense and know how to use it.  You should also have plenty of ammo to include practice loads and self defense loads.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Fenix TK40 may just be the best flashlight made!

Fenix TK40 LED Expedition light - AA - 630 Lumens
Purchase at
Fenix TK40
-Cree MC-E LED with lifespan of 50,000 hours
-2 modes with 8 types of output
-4 types of primary output:Turbo (630 Lumens, 2Hrs) ->Low (13 Lumens, 150Hrs) ->Mid (93 Lumens, 20Hrs)->High (277 Lumens, 6.8Hrs)
-4 types of strobe mode: Strobe->Slow flash->SOS->Fast flash
-Digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness
-Uses eight 1.5V AA (Alkaline, Ni-MH) batteries(4 AA batteries is available in emergency)
-Made of T6 aircraft-grade aluminum
-Durable Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
-284-gram Weight (excluding batteries)
-Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard
-Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
-Push-button tailcap switch
-Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
-Included accessories: shoulder strap,two spare o-rings, and a rubber switch boot

Friday, January 15, 2010

Situation in Haiti is a reminder to keep extra ammo and supplies.

The situation in Haiti has deteriorated into gangs fighting each other with machetes for food.  You should be prepared to take care of yourself and family in a similar situation.  Here in the Midwest we sit on the New Madras Fault line that produced a 8.3 earthquake in 1812.  The Southwest is plagued by hurricanes.  The West coast has its own earthquakes and wild fires. We all should remember Katrina if you think the government can guarantee emergency aide during a disaster. has emergency lighting, water filtration, survival tools, emergency medical kits and more for you emergency supplies.

The following is a emergency supply primer supplied by FEMA to get you started.

Are You Ready?

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit
You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You probably will not have the opportunity to shop or search for the supplies you need.
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items that members of a household may need in the event of a disaster.

Kit Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.
Home Work Car
Your disaster supplies kit should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days.

Keep this kit in a desig­nated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.

Additionally, you may want to consider having supplies for sheltering for up to two weeks.
This kit should be in one container, and ready to "grab and go" in case you are evacuated from your workplace.

Make sure you have food and water in the kit. Also, be sure to have com­fortable walking shoes at your workplace in case an evacuation requires walking long distances.
In case you are strand­ed, keep a kit of emer­gency supplies in your car.

This kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies.


How Much Water do I Need?
You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking.
Additionally, in determining adequate quantities, take the following into account:
  • Individual needs vary, depending on age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate.
  • Children, nursing mothers, and ill people need more water.
  • Very hot temperatures can double the amount of water needed.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.
How Should I Store Water?
To prepare safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, it is recommended you purchase commercially bottled water. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open it until you need to use it.
Observe the expiration or “use by” date.
If you are preparing your own containers of water
It is recommended you purchase food-grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage. Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap. Follow directions below on filling the container with water.
If you choose to use your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles – not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they can break and are heavy.
If storing water in plastic soda bottles, follow these steps
Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.Sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.
Filling water containers
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. If the tap water has been commercially treated from a water utility with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean. If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to the water.Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your finger. Place a date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place.Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.


The following are things to consider when putting together your food supplies:
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content.
  • Stock canned foods, dry mixes, and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water, or special preparation. You may already have many of these on hand. (Note: Be sure to include a manual can opener.)
  • Include special dietary needs.
Image of family gathering food supplies for disaster supplies kit

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

The following items are recommended for inclusion in your basic disaster supplies kit:
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.
If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:
  • Jacket or coat.
  • Long pants.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person).
Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes. See Appendix B for a detailed checklist of disaster supplies. You may want to add some of the items listed to your basic disaster supplies kit depending on the specific needs of your family.

Maintaining Your Disaster Supplies Kit

Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:
  • Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is cool.
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
  • Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
  • Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies.
  • Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
  • Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack, or duffel bag.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Drawing for January

The January free drawing will be for a FREE Glo-toob FX-7 electric light stick. This is a $30 value.  Register at to be eligible.

Eli Dixon of Kansas City, MO is the lucky December winner of the paracord survival bracelet.