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Did you know you can carve arrowheads out of glass bottles, much like you'd make an arrowhead from stones?

Glass behaves a lot like obsidian which is what Native Americans used to craft their knives, spears, and arrowheads

How To Make An Arrowhead From Glass
Remove the bottom of a glass bottle

Use a drill bit or something heavy that you can put inside the bottle. 

With a good shake, you should be able to pop the bottom out.

The bottom of a glass bottle is the perfect thickness for arrowhead carving. 

Create Your Arrowhead Carving Tool

The native American's used antlers or bone to chisel their arrowhead but you can hammer a nail into a piece of wood and sharpen the point for an amazing glass or rock chiseling tool (pressure flakers).

Remove Sharp Edges

Now that you've got the bottom flat part of the glass bottle, you'll want to remove the sharp edges around the outside so you can begin to shape the arrowhead.

Sharping the Arrowhead

Continue chipping away at your piece of glass. If there are a lot of sharp edges in the beginning, you can use something dull, like a stone, to file down the edges.

Use the nail tool for more detailed work.

Adding Notches to your Arrowhead

Using your sharp nail tool, start to chip away small fragment on either side of the back end.  Once you have a groove on one side, try to match it on the other.

Clean Up and Sharpen

Once you have two nice notches grooves out, you can put the finishing touches on your arrowhead.

Remember that taking too big of a chunk out, can break the glass, so take your time.

Check out last week's survival hacks and watch the full instructional video for making glass arrowheads by The King of Random.

How to Make an Arrowhead from a Glass Bottle - YouTube
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One of the big perks of knowing "survival hacks" is the amount of space and weight you can save when you're planning a camping trip.

Survivalists and preppers pride themselves in getting more than one practical use out of something.

Here are 4 more Camping Survival Hacks Use Frozen Water Bottles Instead of Ice

Store bought ice will melt and your cooler will turn into a bathtub of nasty water with food floating in it. 

Use frozen water bottles to keep your food cold, and you'll have frosty, drinkable water when they melt.

Watermelon Juice Dispenser

Water coolers take up a lot of space, and they are heavy.

Consider using a watermelon after you've eaten the juicy goodness.

You'll save space, it's natural for disposal, and you don't have to lug an empty cooler home.

Plus, it adds a fun flavor.

Super Cold Ice Water

If someone in your camp sprains an ankle or gets an injury that requires a cold pack, you can use this tip to make super cold ice water.

Instead of just using ice in a bowl, add water and salt as well.

This will make your ice over 10 degrees cooler than just a bowl of ice by itself.

It's also great for cooling down beer in 2 minutes or less.

Speedy Charcoal

If your charcoal is taking too long to heat up, consider using an air pump to fan the flames. 

The pump will push and pull oxygen into the flames, allowing the charcoal to heat up much faster.

Here's a video showing you how these easy camping survival hacks work.

10 LIFE HACKS for SUMMER - YouTube
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When I'm buying food to go camping I don't look to see how flammable it is before I put it in my cart.

That being said, it's good to know which one of your snacks can double as a fire starter or kindling in a survival situation.

Here are 6 Flammable Survival Foods for SHTF Situations Doritos

Doritos are delicious.

They're also baked in oil and covered in fine flavor dust, which makes them both tasty and flammable.

Pasta Noodles

Dry pasta noodles work like long lasting matches.  

Hollow Out an Orange

You'll need to add vegetable oil if you want it to burn long.

Butter Candle

Using a paper towel and a stick of butter you can make a candle. The paper towel should be twisted and stuffed into the center of the butter.

Anchovy Tin Lantern

Anchovies sit in oil.

If you punch a hole in the top of the lid, you can use a paper towel wick to absorb the oil and have a long-lasting flame. 

Here is the full video by Sensible Prepper so you can see which foods are the most flammable. 

Flammable Food Survival Hacks - YouTube

Check out last week's survival hacks and check out our new fire starter flint.

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Survival Hax by Rick Canton - 2w ago

Stealth Camping is basically exactly what it means. Going camping undetected.  You may need to do this if you're on the run, don't want to be seen, or need to camp on land you don't have permission to be on.

Stealth camping is the term given to camping at an unestablished wilderness site. A lot of backpackers do it, but it’s also very popular with long-distance bicyclists. In the United Kingdom, it’s called Wild Camping and is the subject of an active political campaign to make it legal to camp on mountains, moors, and national parks without obtaining owner permission in advance.

Besides solitude, stealth camping is thought to reduce the chances of bear encounters at night. Bears tend to frequent established campsites where there are campers and food bags. Why forage, when you can just drive to McDonald’s? It, therefore, makes sense that you will be less likely to be found by a bear if he’s down at the pub with the regular crowd.

Stealth camping can be seen as trespassing. Getting permission is better than getting shot.

Can you see the shelter?

Stealth Camping Tips:

Location - Open areas are bad. A field is a terrible idea, find foliage.

Elevation - Make sure your area is slightly elevated for water runoff.

Enter and Exit points - You need to have a clear way to enter and exit your camp.

Shelter colors - Use dull colors that do not stand out.

Prep your paracord - Prepare your paracord and shelter so you can get your shelter up fast.

Tent Stakes - Use sharpened sticks over store-bought tent stakes in case you need to bug out.

Watch this video to see how to make your low profile stealth shelter.

Stealth Camping and Low Profile Shelters - YouTube

Once you've got your shelter up you are ready to camp, but making food is going to be tough if you want to remain hidden.

Don't panic you can make a stealth fire too.

Read how to make a stealth fire hole (Dakota fire hole).

Read 50 more stealth camping tips

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So you want to get your dad something for Father's Day that he's actually going to use?

You sound like a good kid, he should be proud that he made you.

Here are some father's day deals for less than $20 that your dad will put to good use. Click the share button to save 15%

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Survival Hax by Rick Canton - 1M ago
A week ago I let everyone know that we'd be giving away a Survival Fire Starter to a subscriber who told me a scary camping moment on Facebook. Keesha Turner was chosen to win with following camping experience from last year.

Last year I was camping with my spouse, two teenage children, and two family friends. It was a beautiful spot along a creek. We also befriended the couple camping nearby, who were both Deaf, but one of my kids and know American Sign Language so there were no communication barriers. Every day they told us where they were going and when to expect their return, and let us know of awesome sites they explored that they thought we would enjoy.

One evening we heard a noise nearby. We wanted to see if it was the coyote that had been in nearby trees a few days prior. When we checked the area with a light, it wasn't a coyote but a bear cub, looking right at us (and my German Shepherd service pup in training) from maybe 20 feet away. While not tremendously concerned with the cub, we were rather wary of the mama bear who was surely nearby. 

It became a priority to get the attention of our camp neighbors; we couldn't just about "Bear," and we didn't want to make any sudden moves like running to them, where they sat by their dinner cooking over a fire pit. 



We got their attention by sneaking over there ever-so-slowly and talking to them. They put their good in a safe place pretty quickly and went in their tents while we returned to ours. 

I'm not usually bothered by bears but this one did have me concerned. Thankfully all ended well, but it really reinforced how we as campers need to stick together. We can not only make new friends and learn from one another, but we can help keep each other safe.

Thanks for the story Keesha, it could have ended a lot worse if they had stumbled into the cub.

Enjoy your new fire starter flint!

6in Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder and Whistle - YouTube
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According to statista there were 1,604 murders by knife in 2016 and thousands more that ended in injury.

You don't know who has one...

Knives and blades are so easy to hide that even if you are concealed carrying, you probably won't have the time to pull out your gun and defend yourself.

There are some tricks you can do with your body that will prevent your attacker from doing any severe damage.

Knife Attack Defense Outside Block

The outside block is when you step using the foot that matches up with the attacker's knife hand. 

So if an attacker comes at me with a knife in his right hand, I will use my left leg to step outside and then swat away his attacking arm. 

If it's a low attack, push his forearm away. If the attack is high, aim for the tricep.

Inside Block

You may not have the time or angle to move to the outside arm.  

If this is the case, you will sidestep to the inside and then either block or grab the arm to do your own damage.

Doing Damage After The Block

If you just block the attack, there is a good chance that the scumbag will come at you again. You need to do as much damage as possible after the block.

Knife Defense: How to Defend Against a Knife Attack - YouTube

On an outside block, secure the arm and then punch and scratch at your attacker's face. You can also pull them straight back at this point and they will fall down.

On an inside block, secure the arm with your leg after you come down. Then target the face.

The main takeaway from FightTips was that you should always be trying to actively attack the knife holder. Going into a defense curled up position just makes you an easy target.

The one thing you should never do is become a stationary, curled up, target.

 

Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter by Survival Hax - YouTube

Do even more damage with a Tactical Pen.

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Nick Drossos has a channel on YouTube where he teaches personal self-defense.  In this video, he shows us what to do when someone comes at you with a gun at point-blank range.

The truth is most of these fancy techniques don’t work in reality. You cannot calculate and predict an entire sequence of defense (especially against an armed gunman). You can only calculate the first few seconds of your counter-attack.

To disarm a gun effectively, you will need to act preemptively by trapping the gun with a solid grip. You might be able to strike your attacker (along with the gun trap), with a headbutt or something else, but you also might not be able to strike right away. It will depend on the reaction of your attacker. This is why you need to train with different people (bigger guys and smaller ones) to experiment different reactions and learn how to react for each one of them.

If the gun is placed to your head, you can apologize to your attacker to make him stop his actions. You should also ask questions to pattern interrupt is thought process. While he is processing the information, he will not be thinking of pulling the trigger.

How to Effectively Disarm a Gunman - YouTube

Doing this can create an opportunity for you to make your move. Important note: When you are training for gun defense, always place yourself in the real situation mindset and react the exact way you would react if that was a real life-threatening situation.

Take your training seriously and react accordingly to your beliefs. Consider that it’s a very dangerous circumstance and it’s often not worth it to get in a struggle with someone holding a gun for a few dollars.

If it’s a mugging situation, we recommend giving your belongings rather than trying to fight back. However, if someone wants to take your life you will need to act upon it. Every situation is different and needs a different reaction on your part.

You may also want to consider carrying around a Tactical Pen or another melee defense weapon in your EDC kit that can incapacitate an attacker after one strike.
Tactical LED Pen with Glass Breaker and Fire Starter by Survival Hax - YouTube
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Have you ever heard something that made your skin crawl when you were camping?  

Check out his story below and join our scary camping story contest to win a free fire starter.

A few years ago I was camping in the Everglades in Florida with a few friends. We all had gone into our separate tents and were starting to fall asleep. The area was pretty noisy with bugs, crickets, birds, etc. I heard this very low vibration, sounding almost like a low roar.

It was powerful enough to vibrate in my chest. Suddenly everything in the forest shut up. no bugs, no birds, nothing. about thirty seconds later my phone vibrates and it's my friend in the other tent texting me asking if I heard the same thing. the four of us kept texting each other, wondering what it was. about ten minutes later all the animals slowly started making noise again.

I slept that night with my machete at arms reach.

Edit: A lot of people are saying it might have been a gator. We were in an elevated area that was far from any streams or ponds. Its possible there might have been a pond with a gator that we missed, but the very big ones tend to hang out in lakes.

Story Credit: Biggs180

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One of the best things about camping as kids was sitting around the campfire at night, with a s'more in one hand, a flashlight in the other, listening to someone recount a chilling tale in the woods.

The best stories were always the "true stories" and I can remember countless tales that range from paranormal to man-eating bears.

Starting today, we will be running a contest called:

What's your scariest camping moment?

Tell us what happened to you in this Facebook thread.

The best story gets a FREE Fire Starter Flint sent to them.

Click here to share your story on our Facebook Page.

Here's the Fire Starter you'll receive if your story wins.

6in Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder and Whistle - YouTube

Check out the fire starter here.

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