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Steel Will Argonaut 800 Reviewed

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

New to the knife scene in 2015, Steel Will has amassed an attractive collection of fixed and folding -blades and neck knives. One of their newest fixed-blade knives, the Argonaut 800 is due to be released as part of their Outdoor Series in a few short weeks. I recently had the opportunity to have an up-close look at the Argonaut 800 prior to its release and put it through its paces. Read on to learn more about Steel Will’s Argonaut 800…

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Schrade SCHF45 Leroy Fixed Blade Bowie Knife Revie...

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

I just received Schrade’s latest chopper, the SCHF45 Leroy the other day… Last year it was the release of their massive recurved blade, the SCHF28 Little Ricky that had everyone talking. Now with the release of the enormous 16-1/2-inch SCHF45 Leroy Fixed Blade Bowie Knife, it takes Schrade’s big-blade designs to a whole new level. Is it a knife, or is it a beast? Read on for the answer to that question…

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What’s in your EDC?

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

An EDC, Every Day Carry or Go Bag is really just a backpack, sling pack, messenger pouch, purse or even a wallet that you carry everyday with the gear and other stuff that you need throughout the day. No matter where you go, it comes with you. Some like to take it a step further and carry additional gear that might help get you home or to a safe location in the event of an emergency. Read on for more on EDCs…

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Caldwell DeadShot FieldPod Reviewed

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Since the invention of the firearm, people have been looking for new and innovative ways to effectively increase its range and accuracy by stabilizing the weapon with sticks, bipods and even benchrests. However, there are not many portable, hands-free rest options available to hunters and firearm enthusiasts stable enough for use in the field. Caldwell has engineered a lightweight, portable rest that is easy-to-use, with near benchrest accuracy called the DeadShot FieldPod. Read on for more information…

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Ball Fresh Preserving Kit Reviewed

Posted on Jun 28, 2015

As I’ve grown as a prepper, so have my survival skills. Early on I decided that I should learn as many skills as I could in order to keep my family safe in the event of a catastrophe. Along with gardening and the bounty that comes with it, attempting to master the art food preservation is a natural progression. As a result, I thought a waterbath canner would be a great place to start. In this article, I will be taking the Ball 21-qt Fresh Preserving Kit for a test drive and can some fresh salsa. Read on to see how well comes out…

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Kelty Redwing 50-Liter Backpack Reviewed

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Selecting the right backpack is almost as important as selecting the right boots. It has to properly fit your frame and be large enough to carry what you need without being too heavy or falling apart. There is a delicate balance between size, weight, quality, functionality and price. In this review I will focus solely on the Kelty Redwing 50-Liter backpack and its usefulness as a 72-hour bug-out bag. Read on to see how well it fares…

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Sticky Holster Reviewed

Posted on Jun 22, 2015

There are nearly as many different holsters and holster options out there as as there are opinions about them. Especially when it comes to concealed carry. Clips, no clips, fitted, unfitted, IWB (inside waistband), OWB (outside waistband), and the list goes on. The Sticky Holster is an ambidextrous IWB and pocket holster that utilizes compression to secure the holster in place. Read on for more…

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Old Timer Copperhead Series 2143OT Fixed Blade Gut...

Posted on Jun 10, 2015

I have been reviewing so many bushcraft, survival and tactical knives lately, I thought it would be nice change of pace to review a hunting knife. In particular, I opted for one that was geared toward field-dressing. That is when I ran across the Old Timer Copperhead Series 2143OT, a stainless steel fixed-blade knife with a gut hook. Read on for more about it…

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Schrade SCHSH1 Telescoping Folding Shovel Reviewed

Posted on Jun 6, 2015

One piece of equipment typically considered invaluable by military personnel, but is often overlooked by preppers and survivalists is a collapsible folding shovel. Schrade has engineered a rugged alternative called the SCHSH1 Telescoping Folding Shovel for their 2015 lineup. It is compact, lightweight and worthy of a closer look. Read on to find out just how good it really is…

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Schrade S.W.A.T. SCBAT21H 21″ Collapsible Ba...

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Schrade manufactures four rugged professional quality collapsible batons, each available in four sizes ranging from from 16″ to 26″. The Professional Series, S.W.A.T. Heat Treated Series, S.W.A.T. Lite Series and a line of heat-treated batons for Smith & Wesson. The model we’ll be focussing on in this article is Schrade’s S.W.A.T. 21″ SCBAT21H heat-treated collapsible baton. Read on for more about it…

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Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Scout Reviewed

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Recently, I found an interesting kettle kit and cooking system known as the Kelly Kettle. Pioneered by the Kelly family back in Ireland for more than 100 years, the Kelly Kettle offers a very unique spin on a natural fuel cooking system. No tablets, liquid fuels or fuel cells required with this one. Read on to see how well it stood up to the challenge…

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Schrade SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on May 24, 2015

Schrade’s SCHF42 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife is one of the latest additions to their 2015 Frontier Series lineup. Designed by Brian Griffin, this full-tang 1095 high carbon steel blade with grivory handle slabs and a premium leather sheath is certainly on track to be one of their most popular models of the year. Read on to see how well is stands up to the challenge…

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Schrade SCAXE2G Extreme Survival Hatchet Reviewed

Posted on Mar 23, 2015

After reviewing Schrade’s SCAXE2L last year, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put the smaller SCAXE2G through its paces. As my quest for quality packable gear continues, the delicate balance between affordability, durability, functionality, weight, and volume has become much more important. Now lets take the SCAXE2G for a spin…

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Reviewed

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

Last month I reviewed a Halulite Pressure Cooker from GSI Outdoors and liked it a lot so today I thought I would review another one of their products, the compact Pinnacle Soloist. The Soloist is a complete ultralight cookware solution sized perfectly for one individual. The set consists of an attractive 1.1 liter hard-anodized aluminum pot, a 14 fluid-ounce insulated bowl with a lid, a telescoping Foon and a welded rubberized stuff sack to protect the kit when it’s not in use. Read on for more details…

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eno SingleNest Hammock Reviewed

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

There has been a lot of buzz lately about the benefits and practicality of hammock camping. As with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages. But the hammock following is growing fast. As long as there are sizable trees capable of supporting the weight of a hammock, you’ve got a campsite. Today, we’ll be putting Eagles Nest Outfitters’ SingleNest Hammock to the test. Read on to see how well it fares…

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Schrade SCHF34 Tanto Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on Mar 8, 2015

Part of Schrade’s 2015 lineup and nearly a mirror image of one of my favorite Schrade blades, the SCHF35 Fixed Blade Knife, the SCHF34 Tanto Fixed Blade Knife shares its similarities in all the right places… It’s compact, it’s lightweight, and it’s an attractive workhorse. Read on to see how well it performed…

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