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Monday (Tuesday) Mania – 3.15.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Tuesday Mania: Every Day Carry: How Much is Too Much?, 40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms, Life on the Streets: 10 Lessons I Learned From the Homeless, How to Dress to Avoid Suspicion, Blend In During a Crisis: “Be a Grey Man”, Who Is a Threat To You? “Dangerous People to Avoid After the Collapse”, & 12 More

Monday Tuesday Mania – 3.15.2016

Well…I am sure it’s probably obvious by now but I missed my mark by not getting this post out yesterday. I wish I had a great story behind the reasoning for it but there were no zombies, no Sasquatch, and certainly not any aliens. I just plain got tied up with things and didn’t make it.

That said, this week is pretty brief.

I would really like to say thank you to all who have donated toward my goal of raising $500 to help prevent veteran suicide. It really means more to me than I could ever convey here.

Most of my week will be absorbed by work and medical appointments, as was last week. In my spare time this week my biggest goal is to spend as much time with my son’s as I can while they are on Spring Break.

I hope y’all have a great week!

-Tom

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

Every Day Carry: How Much is Too Much? – This is a very individual question simply because what is too much for one, may not be nearly enough for another. That’s one reason you see Soldiers in combat dressed like modern day American police officers.

40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms – I have heard several of these before but I see a few new ones too. My favorite is probably either #9 or #13.

Life on the Streets: 10 Lessons I Learned From the Homeless – There is some great knowledge to gain from this short article. More importantly, take the time to consider those who are successful at living homeless and how they are able to do so.

How to Dress to Avoid Suspicion, Blend In During a Crisis: “Be a Grey Man” – Urban camouflage is always a good idea. If all you have in your SHTF inventory is military camo, what are you going to look like to everyone else? It will probably be either the enemy or the enemy, depending on which side you are on of course.

Who Is a Threat To You? “Dangerous People to Avoid After the Collapse”If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. – Sun Tzu

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Shelter Your Children From Guns

My Prepper Evolution – From The Prepper Journal

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

“She’s a…liar”: Caitlyn Jenner Destroys Hillary Clinton on TV, Causes Heads to Explode – Finally something that I can agree on regarding the whole “Caitlyn” Jenner situation.

Twitter Goes off on Terrorist Bill Ayers After He Tweets a Picture of His Dining Room “Altar” – Spells It Wrong – A lifelong string of bad decisions. Good thing he is not in a position to spread his thinking to young minds! Oh, wait…

FDA wants new manure regulations for organic farms – Really? Most of the “organic” produce that is sold at grocery stores seems to be a scam anymore. I guess it makes sense that our government would take the last remaining produce that is untainted and try to regulate it out of existence.

Massachusetts gun grabber wants to start a national ‘revolution’ to eradicate semi-autos – The scary thing is that there are actually communities where they think this is a good idea.

U.S. Cyber Command: No question an attack will bring the grid down – It will happen, especially if the government keeps spreading the word about how vulnerable we are.

Ron Paul says coming collapse of U.S. empire will set the stage for a freedom revolution – And it might not be a bad thing!

NYC Mayor: Alarming Rise in Stabbings Due to Gun Control — UK-Style Knife Ban Next?

TIN FOIL HAT TIME?:

Why Were Hellfire Missiles Found On a Portland Bound Passenger Flight?

INTERESTING READING: (FROM JWR’s Survival Blog)

Why I Started Prepping, by KB

Off-Paper: The Importance of Making Private Arms Purchases

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Monday Mania.

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Selecting a Great EDC Bag

Selecting a Great Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag

All of us have things that we carry with us every day and usually everywhere we go. These items are referred to as every day carry (EDC) items by most everyone in the preparedness community. Some are items that get used many times a day while others are there “just in case.” Regardless of why they are there, we carry them with us on a daily basis because they are important to us. These could be items that ensure security, have sentimental value, or feed a habit; either way they are valuable items to have and it is ideal to have a place to keep them. This is especially true if they are handily kept in an EDC bag that can be grabbed on the run.

EDC Bag

Things To Look For

Not all bags are created equal. When deciding on an EDC bag, look for one that will fit your appearance and lifestyle. Your EDC bag should be a reflection of you which will help prevent you from standing out. You don’t want someone looking at you as if you don’t belong. Other considerations should include the color and materials and how they match up with your needs. While all of these qualities are important, perhaps the most important factor is the type of bag and what is comfortable and practical.

Types of EDC Bags

There are many styles of bags. Below are listed some of the most common styles of bags to be used as EDC bags along with some examples of those specific styles.

Over The Shoulder Bags/MURSE (Man Purse)

Just to be clear from the beginning, I can call them Murse’s because I have a couple so I can get away with calling them that. They are very useful to have. In fact, I have found that this is often the best way for me to carry a pistol on long trips. I don’t want to ride for hours across three states with a pistol on my hip so I just put it in my “man bag,” as my wife calls it, and then it is still accessible and if I need to get out of the car, I just take my EDC bag (including my pistol) with me.

Evac Plan-B Sling Pack by Hazard 4

S.O. Tech Mission Go Bag

S.O. Tech Sling Go Bag

5.11 PUSH Pack

5.11 RUSH MOAB 6

5.11 2-Banger Bag

5.11 4-Banger Bag

5.11 Tactical COVRT Zone Assault Pack

Maxpedition Mongo Versipack

Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack

Maxpedition Neatfreak Organizer

Voodoo Tactical 3-Way Deployment Bag

Backpacks

A backpack is the universal container to use when traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are camping, going to school, work, or the gym, taking a trip, or just getting from one point to another; a backpack can do it all. One of the best qualities about a standard backpack is that it will not draw any additional attention to it because we are so used to seeing them. This makes it ideal as an EDC bag.

Kelty Watts Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Kelty Redtail 27 Backpack

Eberlestock X4 HiSpeed Pack

5.11 Rush 12 Back Pack

ARCTERYX Military MARPAT Assault Pack

Eagle Industries 3 Day Assault Pack

Purses

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that based on my observations, women usually carry a purse with them. This is a huge bonus when it comes to EDC items because it does not draw any attention like a man carrying a purse would. Without any extra attention you can carry what you want, where you want (for the most part). There are always exceptions aren’t there?

Concealed Carry Purse – Black Leather

Brown Leather Concealed Carry Purse w/ Slash Resistant Handle

Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Flat Sac

GTM Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Carry Raven Shoulder Pouch

Don’t like the style of concealed handgun purses? You can also turn your favorite purse into a purse capable of carrying a concealed handgun using a Concealed Carry Purse Holster.

Briefcase

Not everyone carries a briefcase but for those that do, it can be very convenient if that briefcase can serve more than one purpose. One of the most popular features in an EDC bag is an area to keep a concealed handgun. All of these briefcases offer the ability to carry the usual briefcase fodder as well as a concealed handgun and other EDC items:

Smith & Wesson Off-Duty Satchel

5.11 Side Trip Briefcase

Uncle Mike’s Tactical Briefcase

Maxpedition Operator Tactical Attache

Messenger Bags

Like a briefcase, a messenger bag can provide a way for EDC items to be carried in addition to items like books or paperwork that are needed for work or school. One advantage to a messenger bag is the fact that they typically ride a little more comfortable across the body. It worked for Jack Bauer didn’t it?

5.11 Rush Delivery Messenger Bag

Hazard 4 Defense Messenger Bag

Maxpedition Gleneagle Messenger Bag

BLACKHAWK! Covert Carry Messenger Bag

Bail Out Bags/Range Bags

I lumped these two bags together because in many cases they have similar qualities and features while also being capable of performing most of the same functions. I like that most of them feature several pockets for organization. What can I say? I’m a bag man (of the non-criminal persuasion I might add).

5.11 Bail Out Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Edge Bail Out Bag

CONDOR Tactical Response Bag

Smith and Wesson M&P Pro Series Tactical Range Bag

Lumbar Packs

Super versatile and comfortable to walk long distances with, a lumbar pack is a good option for someone who does not want a bag with a shoulder strap. If you are planning on doing a lot of walking with your EDC bag, a lumbar pack might be a great choice for you.

Mountainsmith Lumbar-Recycled Series Tour TLS R

Kelty Oriole Lumbar Pack

The North Face Mountain Lumbar Pack

ALPS OutdoorZ Pathfinder Pack

Mountainsmith Daylight Lumbar Pack

Tenzing TZ 720 Lumbar Pack

Of course, if money is not a limiting factor for you, you can always look into some of the more expensive options out there. If I could buy any bag in the world without having to worry about the cost, I think I would choose the X-Ray Tactical Pack from Kifaru. At this stage in my life, I can’t justify spending over $400 on a bag though so I will just have to do without. But if I ever have more money than I know what to do with, I am going to make the X-Ray my newest EDC bag.

I hope that you got some ideas for potential EDC bags. I’d love to hear what you use for your EDC items. If you feel like sharing, leave a comment or send me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

The Perfect Basic Survival Kit?

My friends (and Prepared Ninja supporter) at Black River Outpost just let me know about a great new kit that they have put together as a minimal survival kit. This is a great start for the newbie, person looking for a bare bones kit, supplemental kit, or as a kit to put in a vehicle or desk drawer.

Here is what is in the Black River ESP (Essential Survival Pack):

  • Condor EMT Pouch (Black or Tan)
  • Aquamira Frontier Water Filter
  • Coghlan’s Magnesium Fire Starter
  • Adventure Medical First Aid Kit .5
  • Datrex 4 oz. Emergency Water Pouch (2)
  • Mayday 400 Calorie Emergency Food Bar
  • Swiss Army Style Knife
  • Emergency Blanket
  • 25 ft . Atwood 550 Paracord – Black

Total Weight = 1 lb. 15 oz. (Less than two pounds for all the essentials!)

This kit is currently on sale for only $34.95, over $22 off of normal retail!

Whether you are looking for a stand alone survival kit or an addition to an existing kit, the ESP has all of the necessities covered. Make sure to check out the ESP and other great survival and preparedness products at Black River Outpost.

Finding a First Gun for the Lady in Your Life

The following is a guest post submission from Milton Zane about some of the areas that should be considered when looking for a first gun for the lady in your life. While the points are geared towards helping a spouse, girlfriend, family member, or loved one find a firearm that is a good fit for them, the same points could be considered when finding a gun for yourself, or anyone for that matter.

How to Find the Perfect First Gun for the Lady in Your Life

Americans are carrying handguns in record numbers, partly because of concern for personal safety and partly as a display of a constitutional right that is being threatened. In 2011, Gallup found that 23% of women owned guns, up from just 13% in 2005. As many as 43% of women report having access to a firearm and many more have expressed interest in learning more.

While protection is one reason for owning a firearm, it is hardly the only reason. Though gun sports have traditionally been dominated by men, more and more women are beginning to take part in recreation that involves firearms. If you are looking to purchase a firearm, for a woman in your life, then consider the following tips while shopping to ensure that you get one she will like.

Picture Credit: En.Bloguru.com
Price

Like any item you purchase, quality can make a huge difference in levels of enjoyment and satisfaction. A good handgun will cost around $500, while a shotgun or rifle may cost substantially more. Purchasing a cheap firearm ensures that it will never be used and that the person you give it to will be put off of guns for a long time to come. Buy a high quality, well-designed firearm to ensure hours of pleasant, engaging use.

Ammunition and Caliber

In a similar vein to the above point regarding the price of the firearm, consider the price of ammunition. In this case, you want ammunition to be affordable so that the gun can actually be used. So, consider things like the 9 mm over the .45 because of the difference in the price of ammunition. The equation is simple; buy an expensive, quality gun that uses affordable ammunition. In general, the smaller the caliber, the cheaper the ammunition. As an added benefit, smaller caliber firearms tend to have less recoil (kick), which makes for more appealing to use.

Try It

You may want the firearm to be a surprise, but the person who is going to use the gun really needs to hold it to make sure that it fits her hand, is easy to manipulate, and is comfortable in terms of weight. If you have to be creative, tell her that you are shopping for yourself, but get her involved by asking for her opinion. Listen carefully to the things she tells you and then buy the gun that she likes best. Once you have found the firearm, you can always purchase it online from a site like Guns America to save a little money.

Size

If this is a firearm that is going to be carried to more than just the shooting range, then you need to consider how she will tote it around. Will it be in a holster or will it be in a handbag? Where the gun is carried will help you decide how large and how heavy it can be. In general, purses can only handle smaller guns while you can get away with a larger gun if it is to be carried in a holster.

Believe

No matter how you wrangle with the tips above, don’t forget the most important point of all, which is to buy a brand you believe in. If you know that a certain manufacturer makes a top notch firearm, then don’t be afraid to violate one or two of the guidelines above to get what you know will work. This gun is something that is likely to last a long time, so make the effort to get one that is worth keeping.

Milton Zane is passionate about firearms. He enjoys writing about different types of guns, safety, and proper care.

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

When it comes to survival, there’s no such thing as “too much rope.” Need a shelter built? You’d better have a rope handy. Want to secure your food against scrounging wildlife? A little bit of rope might mean the difference between having supplies to eat, and having something eat all of your supplies. Need to bind up a broken limb or build a makeshift litter in which to drag an injured companion? You guessed it; without rope, you’re going to have a pretty difficult time (trust me, duct tape doesn’t work nearly as well as some people would have you believe).

Rope is a key ingredient in a hundred different emergency survival solutions, and as such, it’s always a good idea to keep plenty of strong rope on hand as part of any emergency kit. Of course, there’s a downside as well: rope, even when it’s bunched up into coils, can still take up valuable space, and unless you want to be carrying around an entire extra pack full of rope the next time you head out into the wilderness, you’re going to want to find a better way to pack and carry it. Well, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Or rather, paracord has got you covered, and by that of course we mean that you should cover yourself in paracord.

Paracord is a light, thin nylon kernmantle rope that can generally hold up to 550 lbs without fraying or breaking. As you may have gathered from the name, It was originally designed to be used in parachuting during World War II. However, soldiers quickly learned that the rope itself was good for more than just allowing them to hang safely from canvas tarps as they descended gracefully from the sky. Once they were back on solid ground, they found that it actually came in handy in other situations as well. When a bootlace would break, paracord could easily fill in as makeshift replacement. When cargo needed to be secured on the go, paracord proved to be as durable as anything this side of steel cable. So, it’s no wonder that well over half a century after it’s initial introduction, paracord is still being used by hikers, campers, and survival enthusiasts around the world. Of course, most of them aren’t taking the paracord off of parachutes; instead, they’re finding other ways to keep paracord on their persons, in the form of belts and bracelets.

In addition to its strength, paracord is so thin that it can easily be weaved into a variety of intricate shapes and patterns, such as braids. Doing so allows the paracord to take up less space. This means that by turning a length of paracord into a belt, a necklace, or even a bracelet, a survivalist (or anyone else for that matter) could easily carry as much rope as they could ever need, without having to worry about how to pack it all. When properly woven, 50-100 feet of rope can be turned into a fashion accessory that could potentially save your life. A paracord survival bracelet can be easily unwound at a moment’s notice, and the rope itself can be be cut to varying lengths, or unraveled to produce even thinner strands that can be used for everything from floss, to fishing line, to suture thread.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t even need to be particularly crafty to create your own paracord bracelet; just buy a length of paracord and follow the instructions in the video linked to above.

Easy right? Once you’ve got your paracord bracelet, you’ll feel as though you’ve got the dangers of nature wrapped around your little finger (or around your wrist, or whatever). If only other emergency supplies were this easy to carry around. Of course, wearing a belt made from road flares would probably present its own unique issues, so maybe we should just stick with the paracord for now.

About The Author – Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.