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Cold Steel SRK knife on Kydex sheath

Blades and Knives

Cold Steel SRK Survival Rescue Escape Knife

Cold steel has been one of the leaders in the knife industry producing all manner of cutlery ranging from affordable to extravagantly high-end. The all time favorite is the Cold Steel SRK—Survival Rescue Knife. Unfortunately, Cold Steel’s famed Carbon V steel has been discontinued. However, it was replaced with the new AUS8 SRK version which Major Pandemic puts to the test.

Shiny silver Zippo lighter on bed of rocks

Camping & Survival

Zippo Survival Lighter

The Zippo Survival Lighter is not a new product from Zippo. Instead, it is a notation that the Zippo is without a doubt the best, long-term survival lighter in world. Some would argue that point. However, there are some great points, which I believe make the Zippo your ultimate firemaking friend.

AR-15 bolt carriers


Adjustable AR Gas Blocks

This last weekend, I provided a buddy a side-by-side comparison of his standard AR and one of my AR15s with an adjustable gas block. His actual quote was, “Holy crap! When can you do that to mine?” Your first experience with an adjustable gas block will be an enlightening one.

Burris AR-332

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Burris AR-332 — AR-15 Accuracy to 600 Yards

Adding even a marginally magnified optic enables more precision, faster target acquisition, and will deliver all you need to place hits quickly—even way out there when yards adds up. More than a few serviceman and Designated Marksman know that the 4X Trijicon ACOG transformed hit ratios within all ranges of combat engagement out to the 600-yard line, however it also comes with a steep $1,400 price tag—as a result, Burris has come to the rescue with a great $350 option.

Lee Pistol reloading kit in red plastic kit


Survival Reloading: Lee Loader Review for Basic Survival Conditions

The Lee Loader is actually the lowest cost reloading option to start reloading on any tailgate, stump, rock, or worktable. At a paltry $30, everyone should have one in each caliber firearm they own. The Lee Loader does give you some great options in a package no other loader can match. Most importantly, with just the addition of a bullet mold and a Leatherman, the Lee Loader gives me the ability to scavenge nearly any pistol round to create ammunition for my gun, and that is what I call being prepared.

Three Coleman stoves

Camping & Survival

Review: Coleman Sportster Powerhouse Dual Fuel Stoves

The Coleman 502 Sportster made thousands of gallons of coffee and hundreds of meals effortlessly powered by all manner of fuels. That stove still remains in use by me today 30-ish years later serving as the heat source for casting bullets. What impressed me most about those stoves back then was the durability.