Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Photo Contest Photo Contest

Customers at receive a sticker with ever purchase.  E-mail us a picture of what you did with your sticker.  Send your emails to  Contest will run thru the end of the year. The best picture will receive a prize package worth over $125 including:

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit
Gerber Option 50 Flashlight
Gerber Shard
Gerber Ceramic Pocket Sharpner
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter
Cold Steel Urban Pal

note - entry into the contest gives the right to publish your picture and add you to our newsletter.

Friday, September 30, 2011

127 Hours - The Movie and being Prepared

I recently watched the movie, 127 Hours.  It is based on the true story of a hiker in Moab, Utah.  He was hiking alone when a rock fell on his arm leaving him trapped.  After 127 hours, he cut of his own arm in a final attempt to free himself.  He survived and went on to write a book about his ordeal upon which the movie is based.

As I was watching the movie I was more concerned with what he did wrong right and before and during his ordeal than the movie itself.  My thoughts are as follows:

1) Heading solo into the wilderness.  I only call this a partial mistake because I know many people love the solitude and reflection available on a solo trip.  You just have to remember that a solo trip is deadly serious and prepare accordingly.
2) He set out on a trip without telling anyone where he was going or when to expect him back.  This is critical when venturing into the wild but can be just as critical in everyday life.  Did you let anyone know the last time you took a weekend road trip?  Do you provide your spouse with a copy of your travel plans when you take a business trip?
2) Gear Quality - He broke a cheap, Chinese made multi-tool and had trouble with gear not being accessible when he was trapped.  There are certain items that have to work when needed.  A few that come to mind are firearm, ammunition, knife, batteries, flashlight, watch, compass, backpack, rope, canteen, vehicle etc.  Most of us are tempted by inexpensive gear.  Just remember to determine if that inexpensive gear is cheap.
3) Gear availability -  Some of his gear was not available for use due to how he was trapped.  He had access to most of the gear on his person.  Do not keep all of your gear in your pack.  Two is one and One is none.  Spread your gear between your person and your pack.  This rule applies everyday so keep this in mind when selecting your EDC gear and if you carry it on your person or your computer bag/briefcase/vehicle.

1) He kept a positive attitude for the most part and visualized why he wanted to live.
2) He was very resourceful in utilizing what gear he had available.  The 127 hours was spent trying to free himself multiple ways before resorting to cutting off his arm.  At one point he set up a pulley system with his climbing gear in an attempt to move the rock.

While watching the movie I thought of the "I Survived" television series on the Biography channel.  I end up going thru the same negative/positive analysis when watching this series.  The two things that stand out in every story are the will the survive and resourcefulness.  Your are going to have to be resourceful in any survival situation but the better prepared your are with gear and knowledge the better your chances of survival. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Use the Coupon Code "freebracelet" to Receive a Free Paracord Bracelet

One of our vendors ran a special on generic paracord bracelets with a survival whistle in the clasp.  They are not the same quality as the Survival Strap Paracord bracelets we sell so we are giving them away!  The bracelets are 9.5" and will fit a 7.5" to 8" wrist.  Bracelets are brown, woodland camo and ACU camo. Color will be random.  Use the coupon code "freebracelet" on a $20 purchase and you will receive a free generic paracord bracelet.  The coupon code will work as long as we have free bracelets available.  No rain checks.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is National Preparedness Month!

"It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” — Howard Ruff
During the month of September we are offering the following offer on select Wise Food products:
Buy a 1080 Serving Package, get (2) 72 Hour Food Kits FREE (retail value of $69)
Buy a 1440 Serving Package, get (4) 72 Hour Food Kits FREE (retail value of $138)
Buy a 2160 Serving Package, get (6) 72 Hour Food Kits FREE (retail value of $207)
Buy a 2880 Serving Package, get (8) 72 Hour Food Kits FREE (retail value of $276)
Buy a 4320 Serving Package, get (10) 72 Hour Food Kits FREE (retail value of $345)

We are now also carrying Chef's banquet long term storage food in addition to Wise long term storage food.  The largest difference between the two brands is packet size.  Wise foods come packaged in 4 serving packets.  Chef's Banquet comes in 5-10 serving packets.  The Chef's Banquet line is less expensive primarily due to the economy afforded thru reduced packaging.

FREE Shipping on all long term storage food at

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Basic Emergency Supply List
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Invest in Tangibles NOW! Gold and Silver at Record Levels.

Gold and silver are trading at record levels.  What does this mean to the average person?  Gold and silver is in demand as a hedge against inflation and the falling value of the US Dollar.  Commodity inflation is at 20% and food inflation is at 30% over the last 12 months.  The value of the US Dollar is approaching an all time low.  The immediate impact on the average consumer is that every dollar you earn will buy less and less everyday.  Any dollars that you may be lucky enough to have saved are slowly shrinking day after day.

What can the average American do to safeguard their future?  It is too late to buy gold or silver.  Gold and silver average 20-30 years between record highs and lows.  Hedging with gold and silver is ineffective if you are buying at the highs.  If you hold gold and silver you should be selling off a percentage of your holdings, when the markets are at their highs, to effectively hedge your dollars.  You need to remember today's economic climate and purchase gold and silver when (hopefully not if) it cycles back towards a low.  What do you do in the meantime?

There is a popular saying that in order to be prepared an individual should have "Beans, Bullets and Band-aids".  I cannot argue with this logic.  If you look at the current inflation rate of 30% for food goods, you can achieve a 30%  rate of return on food items stocked in your pantry.  The same formula applies to "Bullets and Band-aids".  The advantage of investing in "Beans, Bullets and Band-aids" versus gold and silver is three fold.  First, gold and silver should be purchased at market lows as previously discussed.  Second, commodities such as ammunition, food, first aid supplies do not see the market downswings like gold and silver.  "Beans, Bullets and Band-aids" are in a constant inflationary state.  Third, "Beans, Bullets and Band-aids" can you used on a daily basis and are critical in an emergency situation.  It is difficult to feed your family, defend your home or mend a nasty cut with gold or silver. is a small, family owned business that exists to bring you the best products at the best prices.  We use what we sell.  Look at the following when deciding how to safeguard your family and dollars from inflation.

Wise 1080 serving package - 4 adults 3 Month food supply

Wise 1080 serving package - 4 adults 3 Month food supply 

Federal XM193 5.56x45mm 55 Grain FMJ 500rds

Federal XM193 5.56x45mm 55 Grain FMJ 500rds 

Elite First Aid Military IFAK

Elite First Aid Military IFAK - Black 



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Federal .45 Auto ammunition Recall

Federal and American Eagle product warning. has not sold any of this ammunition but want our customers to check their ammunition purchased from other vendors.  
Certain lots of recently manufactured 45 Auto ammunition may contain an incorrect propellant charge. Use of product from these lots may result in firearm damage and possible serious injury.  If you have in your possession any 45 Auto with the following brand names and part numbers, check to see if your ammunition package contains the lots numbers 38X628 through 38X765 and 38T401 through 38T414 : American Eagle® (AE45A, AE45N1, or AE45A250), Champion™ (WM5233), GoldMedal® (GM45B), Hi-Shok® (45C, 45D) and Federal® Personal Defense® (C45C, C45D). 

If you possess ammunition from any of these lots, or have questions concerning this warning, please contact us
at 1-800-831-0850 or 1-800-322-2342 and ask for Product Service. Federal will provide replacement product and will cover the cost of returning the affected product.