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So I recently picked up one of those Sar Arms B6P 9MM that I’ve been hearing about – and I have to tell you, it’s great. When I first saw it with my friends over at Citrus CCW in Florida, I wasn’t too sure about it. It looked weird – unlike any gun I’ve ever seen before.
When I picked up my new B6P, I was even more worried. Did I make a good purchase? But then I brought it to the range – and I cannot be happier.
While I wouldn’t carry this gun daily, I would absolutely recommend adding a Sar Arms B6P to your bug out bag. Here’s why:
This is the perfect gun for your bug out bag or to bury in a secret cache until the day comes when its needed.
Here’s a picture of the B6P 9MM:
The single action trigger on this gun has an excellent feel which makes it super accurate. The only weird part about the B6P is that the frame comes up higher on the slide than on most guns – but I’ve come to love that feature because it really helps keep the gun lighter.
The double action is a bit stiff at first, but then it breaks right in.
Sar Arms is a company out of Turkey, but its imported from a company called EAA from Rockledge, Florida. EAA imports quite a few guns.
The Sar B6P is very similar to a CZ75 gun – which is a great design. It has a polymer frame, which keeps it light, and like I said before, the slide rides right inside the frame which keeps it balanced and helps with recoil.
The particular B6P that I purchased does not have adjustable sights, and the manual safety does not have a manual de-cocker on it.
This gun does have the option to have the B6P hammer in a half-cocked position – and that’s the position I would carry this gun with.
The tear down on this gun is pretty simple as well!
Bottom line: Buy a B6P for your bug out bag or your buried cache – its a perfect gun for both of those uses.
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Your bug out bag will be your go-to emergency bag that is designed to allow you to grab-and-go so you can get out of emergency situations and survive with nothing else except for what is in your bag for at least 72 hours. You can plan your bug out bag to help you sustain for longer than that but there is always a limit to what you might be able to carry on your back.
A lot of the basic items in the bug out bag correspond to what psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed in the Maslow hierarchy of needs. These parallel items being food, water, clothing and safety. Although historians don’t know Maslow to be a survivalist or a frequent reader of our survivalist blog, we do know he was before his time in acknowledging basic human needs.
For your ideal bug out bag, our task will be to help you do the same. The following items are what you should consider packing into your bug out bag to help you get by with the most basic of human survival needs.
Water, like food, is one of the most basic survival commodities. If you are assuming that your bag will cover you for three days, you should have at least three liters of water in your bag. You have to think that you might be on the move during your bug out so hydration will be key.
A good water purification system will also be important beyond the first three days. You can boil water to purify it or you can pick up some iodine tablets as well as a water filter at your local outdoor store.
Surviving for a few days on the food you pack in your bag can be challenging. That is why it is recommended that you invest in some backpack meals and energy bars. Backpack meals just require some boiling water and provide an adequate amount of nutrients and carbs to help you get along. In addition, they are light weight and don’t take up a ton of space in your bag.
What you wear can also have an impact on the quality of your expedition. What you pack will depend on where you live. If you live in colder climates you should pack accordingly. If not, you do not really need long johns or gloves. A good pair of boots is always a plus, as are a few pairs of socks, a couple of shirts, underwear and a hat to protect you from the sun.
Safety items can be interpreted as injury prevention or reaction and protection. For injuries, a first aid kit is a must. The contents of a first aid kit are deserving of their own survival blog post, and it’s a good thing for you that we covered the Survivalist First-Aid Kit already.
What about self-protection? If you are in a true SHTF situation, you might be living in a time where there are no rules. Being armed with some type of protection will be your best defense against the unknown. For this aspect of your bag, a handgun is recommended (check out our online gun store), as is a survival knife.
Beyond the basics of food, water, and safety, there is also some basic gear that will make your bag good to go.
Fire- There are a lot of ways to make a fire and you just need to know one. Get yourself some good waterproof matches as well as a lighter as you may be spending some nights out on the town.
Cookware- As you may need something to purify your water in as well as to cook your backpack meals in, a small pot that you can place over the fire will be key to your ability to eat and drink.
Lights- Flashlights and batteries will prove useful at night.
Knife- We mentioned this already but a knife is not just for safety, you will most likely be using it for food, building shelter, or a dozen of other factors where a good survival knife is needed.
As you can see, the items in your bug out bag can go on and on. This is why we dubbed this a “basic” list. As you learn more about what your survival means to you and the challenges you may be faced with you will have a better idea of what items you really need.
The Basics of Your Ideal Bug Out Bag
The following items are what you should consider packing into your bug out bag to help you get by with the most basic of accessories.
Most survival blogs talk about bug out bags and all the potential items that you need to pack inside them. While there are always things that we need to pack, it is still astonishing to see that these survival blogs don’t ask the readers to consider what exactly they will be using their bug out bag for. This is a very important consideration and one that we will address here.
Is the phrase ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ too broad for you? It should be because that is what most survivalist blogs preach which ends up getting people into trouble. Your bag need not contain everything you need to cover every conceivable scenario or need. Plus you have to consider that all these “needs” might end up weighing more than you may be able to carry. If your bug out bag is designed to keep you alive for 72 or so hours its contents should really depend on where you think you are going. The bug out is not a vacation, and packing all of life’s little luxuries should not be part of the bag.
This is an often overlooked question and adheres to having a bug out plan. Do you fear a government takeover, a zombie apocalypse, natural disaster, WWIII? Where will you be going if the above situations happen? Will you be running into the woods on-foot and camping out there? Will you be running to some unknown destination and camping out in the streets? If you were preparing for a potential life-threating situation you might substitute your roll-up bedding for more ammo. Or, if you were just getting out of town because you feared disease in the city, you might be better to pack for the woods.
While yes, it is true that your bug out bag can be the ‘prepare for the unknown bag’ there are still some scenarios that may be more common than others and should be reflected in the gear that goes in your bag.
Just remember, the three basic necessities that you will need to address are food, water and shelter. You can very well wear the same shirt for days on the end so I disagree with those who say clothing is a major priority. Then again, if you live in Alaska clothing may be the most important thing to you should you decide to go into the bush.
Your bug out bag is designed to help you survive for an unforeseen amount of time. Think smart about the supplies that will go in there. The food and water should be addressed first, as should the consideration of where you will be sleeping and how you will need to prepare for that. Add the first aid kit and a good survival knife in there and you have most of your true basics covered. If you foresee that you might spend a great deal of time carrying your bag, you might think twice about making it 75-pounds.
Always remember that your bug out bag is first there to help you in a situation where you need to move, fast. After you have satisfied your need to eat and drink water, finding a place to rest your head will follow suit. The process of bugging out is not generally associated with comfort and joy, nor is it associated with having the luxury of going to a safer town in your car. In addition to food, water and shelter, mobilization should also be paramount.
When talk of guns comes up, there is always someone who mentions the AR15. For those who are heavily influenced by the media and are unfamiliar with the firearm, understanding why anyone could want or need an AR15 is beyond them. For people like you and me who are familiar with firearm safety, we understand that this gun is an awesome piece to have in our collection. On this survival blog, we often talk about the characteristics of a firearm as they relate to self-defense or protection (and we will get to that), but we will also consider some of the other reasons why having an AR15 is so cool.
The AR15 has been proven to be very reliable in addition to having straightforward controls. For a newbie, the low recoil and easy operation make it a good gun to learn about the fundamentals of safety and shooting. Once the safety fundamentals have been driven home, it’s as simple as having the shooter manipulate the safety, get the target in the sights, focus on the trigger and shoot.
If you do any rifle or carbine training, the AR15 is a great gun to have in your repertoire. It is versatile enough for short or long range shooting, can be configured and adapted to the needs of the shooter, and can be accessorized with sights, optics, forward grips, tactical flashlights or laser pointers.
For the same reasons mentioned above, the AR15 is also a great firearm to have for all levels of competition shooting. Even the most entry-level AR15 will provide a great firearm to get into the sport.
The standard chambering of an AR15 (5.56/.223) makes it an ideal gun for ridding your ranch or farmland of smaller varmints. If you need a great remedy for things like foxes, coyotes, ground hogs or other small game, the AR15 is a great firearm for that. If you want to use it to hunt bigger game, the ability to upgrade to varying caliber conversions is also available. The AR15 makes it easy to change out your 5.56/.223 chamber into a 6.5 Grendel (.264), .300 AAC, .300 Blackout or a 6.8sps (.277). Upgrading to these bigger calibers can allow you to hunt bigger game legally.
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The AR15 is used by the military and by proud home owners for a few reasons. For starters, the firearm is shorter and lighter than most shotguns and rifles. This makes it easier to maneuver and makes it easier to be mobile with the weapon than a larger, heavier shotgun or rifle. Also, the AR15’s with low recoiling 5.56/.223 rounds are easier to shoot, meaning the fairer sex or smaller shooters can handle one without having to worry about getting physically beat up by the gun.
With all the advantages of the AR15 it is easy to see why almost every gun owner in America, survival blog, and shooting enthusiast all preach the appeal of the gun. Beyond self-defense, you now have plenty of other reasons to go out and get one as you know understand what makes this such a great, versatile gun to own.
Back in 2004, Hurricane Charley became the strongest hurricane to hit Florida in 12 years. It caused massive damage, at least 4 deaths, and tons of people without power. Because Charley was expected to hit further north than it did, which caught many people off guard and unprepared.
This morning, I saw on NOAA weather center, http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/, that Tropical Storm Chantal was becoming a threat worth watching. As the owner of Survivalblog, I take special note on hurricanes and do my best to prepare the best I can, and have users of Survival Blog be as prepared as possible. Even if you don’t live in Florida, we need to be prepared with the same exact checklist in case of an emergency.
Its important to note that Hurricane Charley, pictured below, started near the same area, and around the same time as the current Tropical Storm threat, Tropical Storm Chantal.
That said, we here at SurvivalBlog suggest that its important to watch where the hurricane is FORMED. Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Chantal are forming in the same place!
We’ll start with the essentials to life:
Remember the rule of 3′s – 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without air, and you’re dead. Water is the most important priority, followed closely by shelter, and then finally food.
Water is the most important element of life.
Remember: water can be contaminated with chemicals, bacteria, or viruses. Most water can be consumed after boiling with very little risk of a person becoming sick from it. However, chemicals will not come out by boiling.
Here are some great survival water filtration products that we use here at SurvivalBlog, which are great for hurricanes.
The WaterBob allows you to fill your bathtub with safe, clean, drinkable water – perfect during the calm before the storm, and plenty of water for your entire family. You need one of these in each bathtub in your home!
We all know that water is super heavy. If you choose to bug out, make sure you choose a bug-out route near running water to ensure you always have access to life’s essentials.
The LifeStraw personal water filter is a great filter to get your water anywhere its accessible, and will filter out many 99.9999% of the water born bacteria you may come in contact with. Every bug out bag and bug out plan should contain one of these nifty little gadgets. It could save your life!
Food is absolutely essential to survival.
Consider purchasing a ready-made, 72 hour emergency food kit for each person in your family. Also stock up on plenty of canned foods.
When preparing for a hurricane, make sure you’re planning on storing your food and other essential items in a way that they won’t get lost or destroy during the storm.
The type of product you see below will be able to be buried or anything else and still be OK to eat.
Shelter is essential for survival. Not only can it protect you from the elements, but it also can serve as a place of rest to boost moral. Make sure you have some sort of emergency shelter planned.
When bugging out, your shelter needs to be small enough to carry with you – try one of these cheap and portable survival tents.
Remember that after a storm or other major incident, people go crazy. Don’t be caught off guard – make sure you are prepared to defend you and your family from looters and people who have not prepared for themselves.
Handguns and shotguns offer the best personal defense firearms in these types of situations, but an AR-15 is never a bad choice either.
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By JULIE WATSON
Original article here.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.
“This is a very real exercise, this is not some type of big costume party,” said Brad Barker, president of Halo Corp, a security firm hosting the Oct. 31 training demonstration during the summit at a 44-acre Paradise Point Resort island on a San Diego bay. “Everything that will be simulated at this event has already happened, it just hasn’t happened all at once on the same night. But the training is very real, it just happens to be the bad guys we’re having a little fun with.”
Hundreds of military, law enforcement and medical personnel will observe the Hollywood-style production of a zombie attack as part of their emergency response training.
In the scenario, a VIP and his personal detail are trapped in a village, surrounded by zombies when a bomb explodes. The VIP is wounded and his team must move through the town while dodging bullets and shooting back at the invading zombies. At one point, some members of the team are bit by zombies and must be taken to a field medical facility for decontamination and treatment.
“No one knows what the zombies will do in our scenario, but quite frankly no one knows what a terrorist will do,” Barker said. “If a law enforcement officer sees a zombie and says, `Freeze, get your hands in the air!’ What’s the zombie going to do? He’s going to moan at you. If someone on PCP or some other psychotic drug is told that, the truth is he’s not going to react to you.”
The keynote speaker beforehand will be a retired top spook _ former CIA Director Michael Hayden.
“No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it’s going to be a federal incident, so we’re making it happen,” Barker said. Since word got out about the exercise, they’ve had calls from “every whack job in the world” about whether the U.S. government is really preparing for a zombie event.
Called “Zombie Apocalypse,” the exercise follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s campaign launched last year that urged Americans to get ready for a zombie apocalypse, as part of a catchy, public health message about the importance of emergency preparedness.
The Homeland Security Department jumped on board last month, telling citizens if they’re prepared for a zombie attack, they’ll be ready for real-life disasters like a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack. A few suggestions were similar to a few of the 33 rules for dealing with zombies popularized in the 2009 movie “Zombieland,” which included “always carry a change of underwear” and “when in doubt, know your way out.”
San Diego-based Halo Corp. founded by former military special ops and intelligence personnel has been hosting the annual counterterrorism summit since 2006.
The five-day Halo counterterrorism summit is an approved training event by the Homeland Security Grant Program and the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which provide funds to pay for the coursework on everything from the battleground tactics to combat wounds to cybersecurity. The summit has a $1,000 registration fee and runs Oct. 29-Nov 2.
Conferences attended by government officials have come under heightened scrutiny following an inspector general’s report on waste and abuse at a lavish 2010 Las Vegas conference that led to the resignation of General Services Administrator Martha Johnson. The Las Vegas conference featured a clown, a mind-reader and a rap video by an employee who made fun of the spending.
Joe Newman, spokesman of the watchdog organization Project on Government Oversight, said he does not see the zombie exercise as frivolous.
“We obviously are concerned about any expenditure that might seem frivolous or a waste of money but if they tie things together, there is a lesson there,” Newman said. “Obviously we’re not expecting a zombie apocalypse in the near future, but the effects of what might happen in a zombie apocalypse are probably similar to the type of things that happen in natural disasters and manmade disasters. They’re just having fun with it. We don’t have any problems with it as a teaching point.”
Defense analyst Loren Thompson agreed.
“The defining characteristics of zombies are that they’re unpredictable and resilient. That may be a good way to prepare for what the Pentagon calls asymmetric warfare,” Thompson said.
Organizers can also avoid the pitfalls of using a mock enemy who could be identified by nationality, race or culture _ something that could potentially be seen as offensive.
“I can think of a couple of countries where the local leaders are somewhat zombie-like,” he joked. “But nobody is going to take this personally.”
Today I just spent about $60 on Amazon.com – but I got a ton of great things for my bug out bag!
I’m also an NRA Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, so these items will also come in handy during my courses – I hope I never need them!
Here’s what I ordered.
From what I understand, these battle dressings are included as standard issue in the US Military’s IFAK (individual first air kit). It is primarily used for the treatment of bullet wounds, deep lacerations, or other traumatic injuries. You never know when you might need one of these babies around.
Other uses for this bandage:
It doesn’t require any pins or clips, so its completely self contained. I hope I never need it, but if I do, I’m ready!
Here’s a video on how it works – but go to YouTube and look up “QuikClot.” There are some pretty graphic videos on how it works – too graphic to show here – but very informative videos none-the-less.
This wire saw is issued to the British Special Forces (SAS) and can cut wood, bone, or aluminum. It can also be used in a pinch to create a makeshift snare! This might come in handy for TEOTWAWKI.
I’m not a doctor, but I’ll take a look! Hehe, juuuuust kidding. These next two products were mostly for my animals. My wife and I live on a 28 acre farm here in Florida, and we never know if our dogs will be tangling with a wild boar or if our horses might get caught up in something sharp. I’ll be more than prepared!
Like I said, you never know when our dogs or horses are going to need medical attention – better to be prepared than unprepared!
In case you need to brush up on your suturing skills, here’s a great video on how to suture from Doom and Bloom!
Also, remember to be both clean and sterile! Read more here.