Hey everyone, if you haven’t guessed from the drop in daily updates I am back from El Salvador. Haven’t had time to queue up more articles, advice, and fun things for all of you since college classes started up right after my return but expect things to pick back up come this weekend. By then I should have my work, run, and school schedules synced in.
Also come this weekend I will be able to share some of my El Salvador trip with all of you. Especially to those who were kind enough to help support the service trip. It was a great experience, as is any trip to far off places.
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A few hours watching the Discovery Channel can prompt extreme survival fantasies involving frog licking and urine drinking, but what basic skills would you actually need to survive in the wilderness? Here’s a look at the basics you need to become an adult Boy Scout straight from a cadre of survival experts.
The key to surviving in the wilderness is preparation. But this post isn’t about stockpiling food or preparing for disasters at home (although both are a good idea). This is about the skills and tricks you can learn and remember now that will help save your life if your car breaks down in the woods, you’re lost while hiking, or a terrible disaster strands you in the wilderness. Before we get started on technique let’s make a list of priorities to keep you alive and we’ll go through them in more detail in a moment.
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Barbed wire baseball bats may be classic, and as someone commented, impractical, but here are 3 different styles one could go with. Practical? To some degree; you wouldn’t want to be hit by any of these, but they are more of a novelty. (GRH)
How to Choose a Defensive Handgun, Part II: Pistols
Pistols are far more popular than revolvers these days, because they usually hold more rounds, and can be reloaded much faster. However, as discussed in yesterday’s post, pistols are more complicated machines. Get a pistol only if you are willing to put in the time necessary to master it.
Above is one of the most under-appreciated pistols, the Grand Power K100, which has a mag capacity of 17 9mm rounds. It is marketed in the US by STI under the name GP6. The Grand Power has a smooth trigger, ergonomic lines, fits well in the hand and points very naturally. It’s one of my favorite handguns.
How to Choose A Defensive Handgun, Part I: Revolvers
The first consideration is whether to get a pistol or a revolver. Simplicity is the revolver’s key advantage.
Operating a pistol involves magazines, slide racking, safety switches and/or decockers. Those with arthritis or similar infirmities might find it difficult to pull the pistol’s slide or flick the safety levers. In case of malfunction, certain drills have to be learned to restore the pistol’s function.
Revolvers are very simple by comparison, requiring you only to pull the trigger. In case of malfunction, pull the trigger again! Thus, if you prioritize simplicity and ease of operation, get a revolver.
For example, I’ve recommended revolvers to persons who I suspect will simply not put in the time needed to master a pistol. Rather than have them completely defenseless I’ve steered them in the direction of a wheelgun.
Above is one of the finest handguns made, the Smith & Wesson 586, a .357 magnum revolver. The first time I ever fired a handgun was at 9 years old, and it was a big revolver like this one. We were using .38 special rounds (lower power rounds that can be used with a .357 mag revolver), so I easily handled the recoil.