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Zanflare 28W Solar Charger $58.99

I was sent this product for reviewing and I must say, it does work very well.

The four large panels convert sunlight effectively and I was easily getting more than 1% battery per minutes in my 3.000 mha phone.  With good sunlight I topped up my phone, from 85% to 100% in about ten minutes. This is the kind of charging speed I get from the original charger plugged to the grid.

Zanflare 28W Solar Panel: Charges you devices very fast! - YouTube

Check the video below but yes, very neat item and I do recommend it. In fact I wish I had it many times before when the power went out.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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Grand Teton National Park officials in Wyoming have closed certain areas to tourists due to a 100-foot crack.

Superintendent David Vela said, “Human safety is our number one priority, and with an abundance of caution we are temporarily closing this area until we can properly assess the situation.”

It’s a “complicated” area to say the least, one we should all keep an eye on.

There’s been some activity close to the Yellowstone Caldera, also known as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. A volcano eruption is serious business. A Supervolcano erupting even more so for obvious reasons.

The fissure is located 60 miles (100km) from the Yellowstone volcano. Although chances of and eruption are low of course the consequences would be pretty terrible.

Keep it in mind if you live in the area, especially downwind.

Sure, everyone thinks the guy with the gas mask is a lunatic until they cant breathe because of the volcanic ash. Remember the rule of the, you cant live 3 minutes without air, rembmer?

Invest in some quality respirators for each family member and some disposable valved N95 folding respirators to keep in kits.

Israeli Military Spec Gas Mask NBC 40mm Full Face Emergency Preparedness Respirator – Made in 2017  

Check out these images from the Saddleworth Moor fire in UK just days ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5888863/Amazing-timelapse-photography-shows-extent-forest-fire-raging-hills-Manchester.html

Check some of our older posts on the topic of volcano eruptions. You may be surprised by how often we have covered such events actually taking place in recent times across the globe.

Stay safe!

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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I shot another match this last Saturday and all I can say is do it. It just reminded me how important it is so as to stay sharp, fast and accurate. Just go and sign up to your nearest IPSC/USPSA and start shooting. 99% of the time it’s a friendly community willing to help a new shooter. Sure you can nitpick about it not being tactical enough or what not but it sure beats NOT shooting. And the speed and accuracy you need to do well there is very real.

1) Spend your time and money wisely, invested in actual training that develops speed and accuracy. Dont waste a box on ammo just “plinking” or some random paper punching. Ammo isnt exactly cheap. Last Saturday I shot a bit over 50 rounds maybe 60 or so. The practice and fun I got out of that doesnt compare to shooting outside competition. If you don’t have money to burn then use the little ammo you can spare in training or competition. Nothing wrong with an afternoon of fun plinking with a 22 with the kids, but just know to tell what’s fun shooting and what actually develops your skills.

2) You don’t need any fancy gear. Your Glock 17 or Glock 19 will do well enough to get started. You dont need a fancy “race” gun an Production is the most fun and most popular division anyway.  For starts and intermediate level your stock Glock is more than enough. Sure, the top guys maybe run CZ or Tanfoglios but a Glock is more than enough until you reach some serious competition level.

3)No one expects you to be John Wick. Take your time, shoot slow and have fun. Safety above all.  Its stupid to hurry if you’re going to have misses and hit “no shoots”, slow down, aim. Slowly improve your speed when you start getting small enough groups that allow you to step it up a notch. Competitive shooting will drastically improve your speed and accuracy.

4)Competition adds a level of stress to your shooting you typically do not have when training. This means you learn to shoot under pressure. Train as you expect to fight. Keep everything as similar as possible. Gun, carry position, clothes. If you do this to practice for real self defense scenarios then maybe you wont be as competitive as you would if you made certain changes. You have to make up your mind if you care more about winning (and using a gun you don’t actually carry) or you care about realistic training.

5)Great opportunity to meet like-minded people.  It’s not a waste of time, even if you shoot less than 2 minutes the entire morning. You will be hard pressed finding a place with better chances of meeting people with common interests. It’s been true for me in four different countries where I’ve shot so far.

Go, sign up and start shooting!

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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No, that wasn’t a typo. That’s exactly what I said.

In Venezuela, a can of tuna is worth 1.000.000 liters of gasoline.

1 tuna can = 6.400.000 bolivares =  1,87 USD = 1.066.667 liters of 95 octane gas.

Yet the minimum monthly wage is 5.196.000 bolivares, … not enough for a can of tuna.

The insanity of Maduro means that in Venezuela,  gasoline is pretty much free, certainly far more expensive than water. But on the other hand everything else costs a fortune.

And its not just food. As I posted before, people in Venezuela called Garimpeiros dive into the sewers looking for the smallest bit of precious metal lost down the drain, maybe a bit of silver or even gold. The smallest piece of precious metal is worth a fortune to them.

Think about that next time you stock up an extra case of tuna, box of ammo or a few bucks worth of silver.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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Two stories made headlines these last couple days, illustrating perfectly why we prepare and the importance of being armed and aware, both home and when out and about.

In the first incident a Texas mom shot a carjacker that took off in her car with her children age 2 and 4 still inside. As she was paying for gas in a Shell station Ricky Wright, 36, attempted to steal her vehicle. She jumped into the backseat and when he refused to get off she reached over the armrest to the glove compartment, grabbed her gun and shot him in the face. Wright crashed the vehicle and was later arrest.

Lessons Learned: Brave mom and it worked out ok all things considered… but what if?

What if she was shot when reaching for the gun? Better to carry concealed instead. What if she had carried with an empty chamber? Did she have enough time to reach for the gun, chamber a round and THEN shoot the bad guy? What about awareness? What about leaving your car with the keys in while your kids are still inside in a gas station?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/05/texas-mom-shoots-man-trying-to-take-car-with-her-kids-inside-at-gas-station-hope-that-woke-him-up.html

Property owner in Chilton County, AL shoots two burglars as they attempting to remove a vehicle believed to contain items taken during the burglary. The men where brothers identified as Darryl Lee Price, 54, and William Arlond Price, 56. Both men were shot by the property owner and were dead when deputies arrived.

http://www.live5news.com/story/38595775/update-burglary-suspects-shot-and-killed-in-chilton-co-identified

This is why we prepare guys. These two happen in the last 3 or 4 days. The truth is it may not happen to you, but stuff like this happens everyday.

Take care.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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I hope everyone is having a great day!

With the nice warm weather EDC changes a bit. Here’s some stuff I find myself using a lot these days.

5.11 Taclite shorts

I have some of the old lot of 5.11, canvas 100% cotton. They are falling apart so it was time to get new ones. These are a cotton/nylon blend which is far more durable.

They are comfortable, don’t look half bad with good shoes and a neat tshirt or polo and they have the exact same configuration as your standard 5.11 taclite pants. Pockets for all your EDC and then some. Spare magazine pouch upfront and you can through a couple rifle mags or 20 12ga shells in each back pocket if needed.

Glock Hat

Much needed to keep the sun from your face and head.

I’ve used this Glock hat for a few years now. At this point I feel that although it does contradict my main philosophy of “gray man” wardrobe, I did notice a couple things. First, I LIKE wearing it. That’s always important. Second, and this you only notice after wearing it for some time, is that while I got zero negative comments or even weird looks, I did get a few “cool hat bro” approving nods and thumbs up from people in the know. Not everyone knows what Glock Perfection means and those that do will most likely be gun people.

Seiko Orange Monster

I love the Seiko Monster series. They are true diver watches. Big, built like a tank and just look solid, like a piece of stainless machinery. Although my standard go to watch is still the Protrek PRG 250T, I do wear this one a good bit during the summer. The orange dial looks amazing and the pics don’t do it justice.

Leatherman Charge Tti

This one is with me year round but just a reminder. The Leatherman Charge Tti is such a fantastic tool and has served me so well over the years. My most used EDC tool, hands down. Its been with me many summers, many beaches and it has been a trusted companion. A minimum amount of care, a couple drops of oil and it handles a trip to the beach perfectly well.

WileyX Valor

I somewhat recently updated my shades to these polarized Valor, retiring my much loved WileyX Revlovr. Let me tell you, if you haven’t tried polarized eyewear yet, do it. The difference is very much noticeable and worth every penny.

LG G6

People sometimes ask about a good phone that doesn’t cost a fortune and fits the requirements for people with a survival and preparedness mentality. To me that means toughness and waterproofing, without sacrificing what a smartphone is supposed to be.

Sure, there are specific “rugged” phones, but you give up having the performance of flagship models in terms of camera, display and other features. Not with the LG G6.

My previous phone was a Note 2 which I kept in an Otterbox defender case. Tough as nails but not waterproof and dorky as hell with the large case carried in the belt.

I keep my LG G6 in a Spigen Tough Armor case, added a Spigen screen protector and that was it. Its resistant enough, IP68-rated for water and dust-resistance (the Iphone X is only IP67)

IP67 means the unit can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour, while IP68 guarantees protection in water up to 30 meters deep for the same period of time. Both are resistant to dust.

Its still a big 5.7” display but thanks to having no front button (centered in the back, like they all should be) and 18:9 ratio, it slips perfectly into my jeans pocket.

Salomon Ultra shoes

I have a couple of Salomon Quest 4D boots which I use all the time but they are a bit bulky for summer.
The Salomon X Ultra are comfortable, light trekking shoes. Surprisingly durable too, unlike my last pair of Merrells that fell apart in a couple months.

So, do you have anything in your EDC that changes depending on the season or weather?

Let me know in the comments below.

Take care!

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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The TV Series “The Walking Dead” has introduced an entire new generation of people to the legendary Colt Python 357 magnum revolver. While many of the old timers blame the TV show for yet another peak in price, the truth is these guns have always been expensive and wont get any cheaper any time soon… and maybe that’s one of the best reasons to own one.

Personally, I’ve been into firearms since I was a kid, heck, not even a teen yet. I would see those ads in gun magazines and sure enough there was the Colt Python.  The finest revolver ever made. The best looking one in my eyes. Years went by, guns came and went and the Python eluded me. At first way out of my price range, then money going to other things, others guns that I felt I had more of a need for, but eventually I got myself the beautiful 6” stainless steel snake you see here.

The Walking Dead Gun: Rick's Colt Python and holster - YouTube

Still with “The Walking Dead” in mind I set out looking for a rig for my new snake. I got a nice belt on ebay but turns out the holster used in the Tv series is actually for a 4” gun. It seems the props guys just cut the bottom and they felt having the barrel stick out wasn’t that big a deal, maybe added to the zombie theme or maybe displayed the gun more. I’ll be damn if I have 2” of my gun sticking out, no way!

Fortunately enough, at about the same time I got an email from Luke over at craftholsters.com offering to try out one of their holsters. Sure enough I found exactly what I needed at their website. Nice Italian made, black genuine leather holster covering the entire muzzle as its supposed to.  The holster is well made and the website is comprehensive yet easy to navigate to find just what you’re looking for. Shout out to them and keep them in mind if you’re in need of a holster.

So why get one, or not?

I wont bore you with a history lesson here. The Colt Python was introduced in 1955, the same year Smith and Wesson was taking up the limelight with its Model 29, “the most powerful handgun in the world”. The Python was intended to be Colt’s “top-of-the-line” revolver, with considerable hand fitting going into each gun. It succeeded at that. The Python trigger an accuracy are in its own league, with more hours going into master gunsmiths tuning and fitting each gun than any other gun at that time.

Why wouldn’t you want to own one then? Well, price obviously is an issue. They aren’t making them anymore and over at gunbroker prices start at well over one grand, even more for nickel plated and stainless steel guns.

While very well made and accurate, a Python isnt exactly a workhorse gun. Its more of a sports car than a truck. Even if it is a premium firearm, it needs to be cared for with certain regularity by a knowledgeable smith that knows how to work with Colts and there aren’t many of those around.

A defensive use gun? A Glock is far superior at a fraction of the price. If you need a revolver, a good S&W is just as good for defensive duty, tougher and again, way cheaper.

Ok, got that out of the way so why buy one then?

As expensive as it is, its still a 6 shot 357 magnum revolver, one of the finest ever made at that. For years they were proudly carried by police officers and it did serve them well. While not my first choice, you can do a lot worse than having a Colt Python in your night table!

At a time there was a Colt Python Hunter, targeting the outdoors market. If you have sharp eyes this is one of the most accurate revolvers ever made and more than up to the task of hunting. With good loads ranging from hot magnums to light 38 specials you have a broad spectrum from small to deer-sized game. The Python is also a favourite among target shooters.

The Colt Python is capable in all of these roles but so are other guns and a fraction of the price, what can it do that other guns cant?

How about be an all-time classic, the “The Cadillac Of Revolvers”?  Whatever you pay for one, chances are you’ll be able to sell it for as much and then some in the next few years. Few firearms will do that for you. There’s guns you buy new and a decade down the road you sell for less and theres other like the Python that retain if not increase in value.

When I left Argentina I had to sell some of my guns. Kept a fair share but parted with a few too. The money came in handy and let me tell you, it was better to make money than to lose money when selling guns when it came down to it. Not that different from a precious metal stash kept for a rainy day. If that rainy day ever comes you want the most cash for whatever it is you’re selling.

Even if you are not into “investment” guns, there’s also the heirloom quality of the thing to consider. I often read people commenting on guns they inherited or some fine firearm they will inherit some day. Its nice to know your children will have something of superior quality to remember you by and maybe pass it down the family to future generations.

Finally, maybe the most important reason to own a gun like this: Because you can.

Owning one of your “grail guns” is a darn nice. The Colt Python has the sweetest trigger. You can appreciate the legendary craftsmanship all over. It’s a pleasure to shoot the gun, even to just hold and stare at it for a while.

From a survival perspective it would seem that the strongest case for a gun like this is a financial one, but personally, I believe that the simple pleasure in ownership is its strongest point.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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I’ve posted before about the terrible situation white farmers and white people in general are going through in South Africa.

Its simple genocide folks, people being killed because of the color of their skin, systematically murdered by those in power.

Make the time and do watch this video, you owe it to yourself. Tons of valuable information regarding how a tyrannical government goes about slaughtering part of its population.

FARMLANDS (2018) Official Documentary - YouTube

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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People, just a reminder. A post to put things back into perspective.

So you have your little subcompact gun, tiny enough to carry it concealed behind your ear, because that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days.

And then this happens.

‘Cowards’ placed boy, 7, underwater in bathtub as parents watch during home invasion, sheriff says

You need to be reminded of this, believe this can happen to you tomorrow. Can happen to you today. Your wife tortured, your kids tortured. Only then will you change the mentality from what little gun goes best with your skinny jeans or digs in less into your super thin, ultra-sensitive skin into wanting the most ammo and most powerful gun you can shoot fast and accurately and above all, into having the instinct to kill people with a fork if necessary.

They are animals. Worse than animals they are monsters and need to be destroyed whatever it takes.

Once this reality sinks in and is fully assimilated then believe you me, you will no longer care for what’s comfortable or what’s cool. You will want effective killing tools. Several of them. You will want to master them and above all and most important, you will have the determination to use them.

Things like these, it’s a daily occurrence in places like Buenos Aires. I’ve been living in that reality for more years than I care for. You know what we didn’t talk about with like-minded people? How can I carry a smaller gun with less ammo. That’s the kind of thing discussed by first worlders, people that down deep don’t think they will ever need a gun.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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Message:

I just wanted to get your take on whether 9mm subguns are obsolete

these days? They seem like they would be easier to suppress than an

AR15 or AK, so that is one advantage. They also have a much lesser

chance of over-penetration through walls when compared to a carbine

rifle.

Some people are saying that subguns are obsolete because they can’t be

concealed like a pistol and lack the power of a carbine rifle. What is

your take on this Mr. Aguirre?

.

Hello,

Many will say a pistol caliber carbine or sub gun is just a big gun firing an underpowered cartridge.

That may be true, then again, no one ever accused a 22LR carbine, (long arm, underpowered) of not being useful.

While some will see it as a waste and say that rifles should fire rifle rounds, I believe that a pistol caliber carbine or subgun is particularly useful from a survival and preparedness perspective.

Ammo logistics is the most obvious advantage.

In the wild west days carbines and revolvers shooting the same cartridge was a a particularly popular combo. Just one round to stock and carry, feeding both guns.

The same holds true today. My Winchester trapper 94 in 357 magnum is a handy little carbine. Its accurate and packs a punch, digesting hot 357 magnums and 38 special LRN alike. The revolver runs on the same ammo and gives you a handy tool for close up work.

The same logic applies to a 9mm carbine or sub gun.  The possibility of using a sound suppressor sure is a plus if you have one. If you can have both guns running on the same mags its even better. I’m fond of the KPOS –Ronin conversion kits that use Glock pistols. You can basically put one Glock in it and get the advantages of a stock and easy optics installed, and have the exact same weapon as your sidearm with 100% compatibility in ammo, magazines and even the gun itself.  Just a big bulky Glock? Sure, but that stock and foregrip means those 25 to 50 meter shots are MUCH easier and faster to make.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

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