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Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL: The best ferro-rod available

Exotac nanoSTRIKER XL: The best ferro-rod available

Being able to start a fire is one of the most important aspects of survival as it allows one to keep warm, purify water, and signal for help. Therefore, a fire-starter is arguably the most important tool in your survival kit. I personally carry a butane lighter, stormproof matches, and ferro-rod in mine (always have […]

Princeton Tec Quad Tactical Headlamp

Princeton Tec Quad Tactical Headlamp

I was shivering uncontrollably. My thin warm weather rip-stop Crye multicams did little to ward off the December chill in Northeastern Washington. It was 2030 hours, well past civil twilight this far north and it had been dark for four hours by this point. We’d been evading by moon and starlight and had settled into […]

Loadout Room Tips | Water Purification Tab Storage

Loadout Room Tips: Water Purification Tab Storage

One of the tips I picked up in the Marine Corps was how to carry 2 water purification tablets for an emergency. Typically we would just keep the small bottle or individual wrapped ones inside our first aid kits. During a training evolution at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, the instructors would occasionally share survival […]

Panthera Silva Eyewear Hardcase survival kit

Panthera Silva Eyewear Hardcase survival kit

The advantage of a small kit like this is that I can throw it into any bag really and turn that said bag into a go-bag if you want to call it that. Due to the compact size of the Panthera Eyewear Hardcase, this makes an ideal sized kit to keep in the glovebox of […]

Basic Navigational Tools: The Suunto M9 wrist compass

A compass matters. A good compass is not hard to come by, but often times they can be something of a pain to deal with. This is especially true during squad movements. As a backup navigator, I’m constantly checking my buddies heading to make sure he’s good to go and that we’re on course. Pulling […]

Exotac Matchcap XL review: An almost-perfect match case

Exotac Matchcap XL review: An almost-perfect match case

One of the most important pieces of a survival kit is your fire-starting gear. As with any essential piece of gear, it’s also important to have contingency options. For example, my fire-starting gear consists of a Bic lighter, ferro-rod, and UCO stormproof matches. If and when one of these options fail, I can rely on […]

Light My Fire Black Pearl CampKit: Give your campfire skills an edge

Light My Fire Black Pearl CampKit: Give your campfire skills an edge

Give your campfire skills an edge. With the new Black Pearl CampKit, there should be no reason at all for not being able to get a fire started. Light My Fire has created one of the best all-in-one kit available for getting a sustainable fire started, no matter the weather condition. We’re going into the cold weather season soon […]

Old school Marine Corps 782 gear and how it relates to modern day survival gear

Old school Marine Corps 782 gear and how it relates to modern day survival gear

I served in the Marine Corps back in the 1990s and was issued this exact gear for all training deployments and field exercises. We used the 782 gear loadout for desert warfare, jungle warfare and mountain warfare. We didn’t have different loadouts for different environments like they do now. We used the same gear and […]

Zippo Typhoon Match Kit: Light it up

Zippo Typhoon Match Kit: Light it up

On the list or survival priorities, fire is one of the big ones. Fire helps with the other three, those being food, water, and protection from the elements. You can cook, boil water, and stay warm with a fire. When it comes to lighting a fire you need to have rock-solid means of lighting that […]

Improved Pelican Case Special Forces Survival Kits

Improved Pelican Case Special Forces Survival Kit

During the course of my career as a Green Beret, I was issued many things, some I was made to turn back in to the Army and others I was allowed to keep. My Pelican 1020 Survival kit was one of the items I was allowed to keep: originally intended to keep a soldier alive […]