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Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Amazon’s tactical apparel selection can get… downright bizarre . While balaclavas obviously have applications outside of the world of cool-guy kit, it should be noted that these were all found in the tactical gear category. This confirms our suspicion that if you spend any amount of time clicking through generic and off-brand gear, you’re bound to find some eyebrow-raising items that look more like they were designed by a malfunctioning Metal Gear AI than a human.

10 Weirdest Balaclavas on Amazon [That Some of You Maniacs Might Want]

10 Weirdest Balaclavas on Amazon [That Some of You Maniacs Might Want]Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Amazon’s tactical apparel selection can get… downright bizarre . While balaclavas obviously have applications outside of the world of cool-guy kit, it should be noted that these were all found in the tactical gear category. This confirms our suspicion that if you spend any amount of time clicking through generic and off-brand gear, you’re bound to find some eyebrow-raising items that look more like they were designed by a malfunctioning Metal Gear AI than a human. But you know what? We love that. Let’s get on with some weird balaclavas… The Evolution of Kitesurfing I mean… I guess? Of all of the sports or hobbies to represent on a balaclava, you’d think whatever algorithm designed this would at least pick one that you wear a balaclava to participate in. To our knowledge, one doesn’t require any kind of PERSEC to shred the gnar, but admittedly we don’t know anything about kite surfing. We do however appreciate the bold statement of slapping completely unrelated hobby facts on equipment for a separate hobby, and would like to see more of this in the future. Like so. The Awful World of Animal Masks This sucks. Animal balaclavas are maybe the largest subcategory of ‘weird balaclava’ we’ve uncovered on this cursed voyage through niche face coverings. “But Pew Pew Tactical!” you protest, “Clearly these are just for raves / parties / fetish events! Why are you lumping them into tactical gear?” Look – if the Chinese computer that made these didn’t want to get made fun of, it wouldn’t have slapped Kryptek shapes on a spandex chimpanzee tube, okay? Chymp-Tek: Guaranteed Protection Against Locust Swarms and Clcd™ It’s like the product’s own product photos lament that they exist. The palpable sense of despair here is overwhelming. Release me from this cat-shaped prison at once. Balaclavas have long been part of the iconic and fearsome black-clad visage of special forces and counter terror groups, but in terms of sheer intimidation factor? We think the AI might be onto something here: Horrifying. What am I looking at? If I had a dollar for every pixel in this photo… I’d have $2. We live in an age where neural networks of increasing sophistication are able to generate a product, produce artwork, and list the item without human input (probably). And yet, we’re still subject to product photos that look like they were taken on a flip phone. Why? How is this impressive level of .jpg compression even achieved? There are no answers to be found here, however. Only low-resolution disappointment. Your Kooky Wine Drinking Aunt Knocks Over a Bank Guest Appearance by the Almighty Papyrus Font. Who is any of this garbage for? What sort of parameters is this terrible machine being given that wind up producing ski masks plastered with generic catchphrases you’d find on tacky Kohl’s home decor? The Hypebeast Trapped in the Machine Anti-Louis Louis Club One of our favorite types of bootleg products are those that appear at least marginally aware large brand names but insist on slamming all of them together on an item rather than knocking them off individually. Iconic Louis Vuitton pattern? Throw it on this knit ski mask. Looks great. Ok, now add the Supreme logo, but make sure it’s in the worst place possible. Aaaaaaaaaand done. This is Literally Just a Mossy Oak Pillow Case Maximum Concealment, Minimum Visibility Though the other product photos seem to indicate that this actually isn’t a hunting patterned executioner’s hood, we really like the mental image of someone trudging around the swamps blasting waterfowl with the ghoulish visage of Batman’s Scarecrow. Our sincerest apologies to the man whose image we stole to make this joke. VINEGAR BANDIT Me too, balaclava. Me too. If any of you mention Pickle Rick in the comments section I’m permabanning your IP. Definitely NOT a Chewbacca Mask AIRHOLE If you’ve ever wanted to look like a Best-Valu Wookiee while you do… whatever, noted purveyor of high-quality balaclavas AIRHOLE has got your back! If you hadn’t noticed, all of AIRHOLE’S products contain patented AIRHOLE technology, allowing you total mouth functionality unrivaled in the balaclava industry. You see, the secret is AIRHOLE’S – We regret to inform you that AIRHOLE has been cancelled. Conclusion What’s the weirdest junk you’ve stumbled upon while perusing tactical wares? Let us know in the comments section below! Now if you want real vetted soft goods…check out our Best Tactical Pants and Best Tactical Jackets . These shorts are NOT suitable for hiking, mountain climbing, or a shooting range.

Gun Review: Shootrite Katana Tactical Rifle

Gun Review: Shootrite Katana Tactical Rifle

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379ce33d8fb_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379ce33d8fb_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } The author tests the Shootrite Katana A review of the Shootrite Katana, a simplified AR-15-style carbine developed by Tiger McKee of Shootrite Academy. The Katana is designed to be lightweight and easily maneuverable. In JKD, one does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. The height of cultivation is really nothing special. It is merely simplicity; the ability to express the utmost with the minimum. It is the halfway cultivation that leads to ornamentation. Jeet Kune-Do is basically a sophisticated fighting style stripped to its essentials. – Bruce Lee Those words, from Bruce Lee’s iconic text The Tao of Jeet Kune Do , could just as easily describe the new Shootrite Katana tactical rifle, designed by veteran firearms instructor Tiger McKee. The Katana rifle, like its namesake, the iconic sword of the Japanese Samurai, is meant to be a weapon of lethal simplicity, a kind of path that leads beyond gadgetry and clutter and back to the essence of the fighting rifle. “I saw the trend that all the manufacturers were following,” McKee says, “Building heavier and more complicated rifles. I wanted just the opposite, a fighting rifle that was true to Eugene Stoner’s original vision for the AR platform – a simple-to-operate, lightweight rifle – but updated with bomb-proof modern components for reliability.” Click the image for a close-up view of the Shootrite Katana. But the market trend toward complex rifles meant that such a rifle was unavailable, McKee said. “So I decided to build it myself.” Gone from consideration were the heavy barrels, thick-railed handguards, vertical foregrips and tactical slings of the new-wave ARs. Folding sights and complicated lighting systems were out. In was a thin 16-inch barrel, a standard 1-in-9 twist, and no change to the round; it’s good old 5.56. “The lightweight barrel is short enough to maneuver in tight quarters, quick and easy to handle during conflict, and it is plenty accurate. More accurate than you are going to be able to shoot it under actual field conditions,” McKee explains. He added a carbon fiber handguard, a simple one-piece unit with the barrel nut permanently attached. A rail section at eleven o’clock (for the right handed shooter) allows for the attachment of a light. “That eleven o’clock position is the best for rolling out from behind cover and for clearing both left- and right-hand corners,” McKee said. Related GunDigest Articles AR-15 Review: Get Tactical in 2015 Gun Review: The Fine .475 Turnbull Rifle The New FN 15 Tactical .300 BLK Rifle One of the first things you notice looking at the rifle is the flat-top upper receiver, ready for mounting the optics of your choice, and the absence of any external forward assist. McKee quotes Stoner, the genius behind the original AR-15, “When you get a cartridge that won’t seat in a rifle, and you deliberately drive it in, usually you are buying yourself more trouble.” The simple concave cutout behind the exposed part of the bolt carrier provides the same assist function, but without the leverage of an external assist. That is leverage that will force a bad cartridge into your rifle and put you out of business. Simply put: if the bolt won’t seat a cartridge with the pressure of a finger in the cutout, that cartridge needs to be cycled out of the rifle, not jammed into it. In the same vein of pragmatism, the rifle comes with a fixed front sight and removable, A1 drum style rear – although the drum can be adjusted for windage, there is no elevation adjustment, because almost no one will adjust elevation in a firefight. The sights can be left on as back-up for a red-dot system, (supplied by the buyer) or used as the primary sighting system. Among the “bombproof” modern components installed on the Katana tactical rifle is a mil-spec bolt assembly with an MPI bolt – the firing pin is held in with a solid retaining pin rather than the flimsier split cotter found in other AR bolts. Extractor and ejector springs are chrome silicon alloy for durability, trueness, and corrosion resistance. In his years of almost daily experience as a firearms instructor, McKee says he has witnessed innumerable instances of bent and twisted charging handles on ARs, and he vowed to find one for the Katana that would stand up to whatever the operator could dish out. “A bent charging handle is one malfunction that will really put you out of commission,” he explains. “When a charging handle twists, it locks up the bolt carrier, and you are done.” To solve that problem, the Katana is equipped with Bravo Company’s new Gunfighter charging handle. “It’s a top-quality part, in a crucial function.” Simple is better because it's what works. That's the philosophy behind the Shootrite Katana tactical rifle. The lower receiver on the Katana sticks tightly to the basics, mil-spec components and trigger, with nothing fancied up to go wrong in the heat and dust of reality. “I see these 3-pound triggers, these aftermarket adjustable triggers assemblies, and they are just inappropriate for a fighting rifle,” McKee says, “You see them sold as “match triggers,” or “competition triggers” and they are fine for that function. But you are introducing variables that can lock up or break, and what might be just a hassle on the range will mean something entirely different in the field.” The standard trigger assemblies have proven reliability, an acceptable and crisp pull, and most important, a positive trigger reset that the operator can feel in his trigger finger, an attribute that McKee calls “essential” in a fighting rifle.

5 Best Online Gun Auctions and Classifieds

5 Best Online Gun Auctions and Classifieds

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s We’re all for supporting local gun shops, but the fact is that they don’t always have what you’re looking for or, if they do, it’s not always at a price that we can justify. We <3 our LGS When that happens, auctions and classified sites can be a great way to track down a more unusual item or get a great deal. But like with buying anything online, you want to make sure that you’re purchasing through a safe , trustworthy platform. If anything, that’s even more true with guns since they are a higher-price item and there are so many laws surrounding their sale. Best Beginner Handguns The sites we’re going to talk about here are all great platforms. They all facilitate private sales, so you don’t necessarily get the same assurances that you do when buying from a store, but they also take steps to ensure that both buyers and sellers are protected. They also all offer plenty of less common items and are great places to get good deals. Hell. Yeah. Best Gun Auctions and Classifieds We’re going to kick things off with sites that primarily sell via auction, though our first site, GunBroker, offers some listings that you can just buy directly. Best Gun Auctions You’ll find both online-only auctions and more traditional auctions described here. 1. GunBroker GunBroker is basically eBay for guns. It’s the largest online auction platform for firearms and, like eBay, you can get really good deals and find rare or otherwise difficult to track down items. Also like eBay, GunBroker is primarily an auction site, but there are some listings that you can just straight up buy as well as others that offer a “Buy Now” option in addition to the auction option. The “Buy Now” price is generally a higher price than the starting bid but not by much and it’s not uncommon to see prices that are the same as the starting bid. There are also some items that allow potential buyers to “Take a Shot,” which means you can offer a price which they can then choose to take or not. GunBroker’s Take a Shot Feature lets you make an offer. Another thing that GunBroker has in common with eBay is that they merely host sales, they aren’t selling the items themselves and they don’t verify all items, sellers, or buyers. That means that there is inevitably a risk of scams . Heads up, yo. Fortunately, you can see reviews, the length of time registered, and various badges for top sellers, verified members, FFL holders, and Premium Members to help you get an idea of who’s trustworthy. You can find out more about GunBroker from our complete review . What’s your take on GunBroker? Readers' Ratings 3.35/5 (17) Your Rating? 2. Morphy Auctions If you’re looking for a more traditional auction house, Morphy Auctions is a great option. Morphy sells antiques of all kinds, not just firearms, but they typically host four firearm-specific auctions per year. Their Extraordinary Firearms Auctions typically take place in the spring and fall and feature rarer or higher end weapons valued at $2,500 or more. 8mm BREN Machine Gun sold by Morphy Auctions in 2019 Their Field and Range Auctions typically take place in the winter and fall and have lower priced weapons, usually valued between $500 and $3,000. The big advantage of Morphy over sites like GunBroker is that it’s easier to find rare or unusual firearms in good condition. On the other hand, you can only auction on their schedule: you have to be available to bid while the auction is going on. They don’t take any kind of advanced bidding. Local? Bid in person and get in on all the excitement. Fortunately, while you can bid in person at Morphy’s auction house in Denver, Pennsylvania, most of us are probably best off using the options to bid online or by phone. In addition, you can view the catalog for upcoming options well ahead of time, so you’ll know what’s available and can plan accordingly before the auction starts. Morphy Catalog If you have an antique firearm (or another type of antique, for that matter) of your own that you’re looking to sell, an auction house can be a great way to get the best possible price, since the audience is going to include a greater proportion of people that are knowledgeable about antiques and their value. Morphy Auctions show room And once your items are reviewed and accepted, they’ll handle most of the work for you, so it’s really easy, too, especially if you have several pieces that you’d like to part with. 3. Rock Island Auction "Rock Island Auction" is another more traditional style auction house, but they specialize in firearms and related items, including bladed weapons and military paraphernalia, rather than general antiques. Rock Island Auctions Rock Island is very well established in the industry and has a great reputation. In fact, Rock Island has handled some of the highest priced gun sales ever. They sell some really cool stuff and in my opinion, their auction catalogs are worth perusing just to see what interesting things they’re selling, even if you can’t or don’t want to buy. Not everything is super expensive, though. While RIA really specializes in rare and collectible items, you can also find great deals on more common, affordable used guns that are in excellent condition—no sorting through beat to death used guns required. Rock Island Auction hosts up to seven Online Only Auctions per year, which is where you’ll find those lower cost items. On top of that, they host up to three Premier Auctions per year, which is where those rarer items can be found. RIA Premier Auction As the name suggests, "Online Only Auctions" only allow online bidding, but for Premier Auctions you have more options. They allow in person, online, and by phone live bidding, as well as absentee (aka sealed) bidding. To take part in absentee bidding, you give RIA a maximum amount you’re willing to bid and they will bid on your behalf up to that amount. In other words, they’ll match bids made by others as they’re made up to your maximum amount, so you don’t have to pay that whole amount if bidding stops at a lower amount. Absentee bids can be submitted online or by email, fax, phone, or mail. Some of the most expensive rifles sold by RIA in 2018 Rock Island also allows conditional bidding for absentee bidding, which has to be set up by phone. Conditional bidding is what it sounds like: you can ask that your amounts be changed based on the events of the auction. For example, if you have two lots that you’re interested in bidding on, you might have Rock Island raise your bid on the second lot if you don’t win the first one. The RIA Warehouse And similar to Murphy Auctions, if you’re looking to sell, rather than buy, consigning with RIA can help you get great prices with very little work on your part. Best Gun Classifieds Maybe you want to just buy a gun instead of dealing with the involved process of an auction. You know what we mean. In that case, a classified site is a great option. A few of the above sites have classifieds in addition to auctions, but the ones below are strictly or mostly classifieds. 4. GunsAmerica GunsAmerica is a pretty straightforward site with both auction and regular classified listings, but most of their listings are classifieds, which is why I placed them in this section. They have items across virtually all price points and host both local and national level sales. A huge advantage of GunsAmerica is the ability to save searches, so if you’re looking for something in particular, it’s easy to keep checking back to see what’s become available. You can also set up daily or hourly emails for each saved search to make it even easier to keep up with new listings. Who even signs up for hourly emails?! You savages. Many sellers are gun shops and other licensed dealers rather than individuals looking to clear out an item or two from their collection, though those kinds of sellers are also allowed. You can filter your search results to show only dealer sales, though, if that’s what you prefer. Like with GunBroker, these are private sales, so there’s a risk of scams, especially from non-dealer sellers. GunsAmerica Home Page GunsAmerica allows for feedback on sellers, but sellers can choose to hide the feedback given to them, so don’t assume that a lack of feedback means that no one’s been upset enough with the seller to give feedback. GunsAmerica doesn’t allow feedback for buyers, so be careful when selling. With that said, the site can still be a great platform for selling guns. There’s never a posting fee, usually just a fee after the item is sold. For local sales (sales within 50 miles) there’s no after-sale fee either. Browsing gun classifieds like… However, GunsAmerica does allow you to add what they call “enhancements” that help your listing get more attention or can help incentivize people to spend more for a fee upon listing. The exact amount of the various fees depends on what membership level you go with. GunsAmerica Fee Chart There are three membership levels: Basic Seller, Trusted Seller, and Platinum Access. The higher the level, the lower the fees, and the more other benefits you get, but there’s a monthly cost for the two higher-level options. If you’re just looking to offload a gun here or there, the Basic option will do you just fine, while the Trusted Seller option is for people selling five or more guns a month. John Wick probably would have loved the Trusted Seller option. Platinum Access is for gun shops looking to set up an online portal for their sales. 5. Calguns & Other Forums Dedicated classified websites aren’t the only places you can find classified listings, but don’t bother looking at places like Craigslist, Facebook, or Reddit. Most generalized platforms don’t allow firearm sales. Thumbs down, Facebook. Thumbs. Down. Look for firearm specific forums instead. Almost all states have a gun forum and most of those forums have a section for classifieds. Calguns is one of the largest state firearms forums and is often looked to as an example, but again, pretty much every state has an online gun forum and many states have multiple. Just search your state’s name and “gun forum” and at least one option should come up. Some states even actually have entire forums or websites specifically devoted to firearms classifieds for that state. If you live in one of those small states or near the border in a large one, you may also want to look for forums for nearby states so you can take advantage of those listings too. Wakko here will help you get started. There are also regional equivalents that cover multiple states. They can be useful anyway, but especially if your state doesn’t have an active forum of it’s own. There are tons of reasons to be involved in these types of online gun communities beyond just the classified ads so if you haven’t really used them before, this is definitely a good excuse to start. Please be gentle in the comments. Parting Shots These sites are all great places to start when looking to buy or sell firearms, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list. There are definitely other great auction and classified sites out there. So many options, so little time! If you haven’t bought guns online before, you’ll also want to check out How to Buy a Gun Online to help you navigate the process and know what to expect. Make sure you know what your state’s laws governing gun sales are as well. I also recommend checking out Buying Used Guns Safely to make sure you’re doing everything you can both to avoid scams and for personal protection. We’re sorry we showed you where to spend all your money but… not our fault! And remember that buying through an auction or classified site doesn’t mean you can’t support your local gun shop at the same time! Unless you’re picking your gun up in person, you’ll have to have it shipped to an FFL. Most gun shops will accept shipments for a fee, so you can still show them some support that way. Going to an FFL at any point in 2020 seems to look like this… Have you used any of these sites? Do you have another favorite auction or classified site? Check out our list of the 10 Best Online Gun Stores for some more options.

Best 1911 Holster: Top 5 Picks Reviewed

Best 1911 Holster: Top 5 Picks Reviewed

Investing in additional firearms combat training was an incredible experience and also exposed a few holes in my game and understanding of firearms. Specifically speaking, today I’m referring to experiences with different holsters for the 1911 and how much of a difference they can make when drawing your gun. It’s one thing when you’re in a survival or prepper shop and trying out a holster and the gun seems to fit and it’s a whole other experience when you are out on a range, sweating, sun beating down, and you have to practice smoothly drawing your firearm and hitting a target over and over again. Working with a group of individuals that were willing to share gear allowed me to get a feel for different accessories and holsters. Small details became evident in my experience such as some holsters having a smoother draw than others, while some had superior grip to secure the firearm in place better. If you find yourself in a hostile or survival situation every second can count and having your 1911 get caught when drawing it can have disastrous consequences. Quick Navigation Do You Have Concealed Carry Weapon Insurance? Self-defense can land you into major legal battles, or even jail . USCCA provides top-class CCW insurance plus training for you and your family at $22/mo with $2,000,000 in coverage. Join USCCA Best 1911 Holster: My Top Picks 1. Best IWB 1911 Holster – Milt Sparks Holsters Review 2. Best Shoulder Holster for 1911 – Galco Miami Classic Shoulder Holster Review 3. Best Belly Band Holster for 1911 – ComfortTac "Belly Band Holster" for CCW Review 4. Best Minimalist 1911 Holster – Blade Tech Inside the Waistband Review 5. Best Kydex 1911 Holsters – Outlaw Holsters OWB Holster Review What Makes a 1911 Holster Good and Which Types are Ideal? Location on Your Body Proper Fit Holster Material Open Questions about 1911 Holsters What does “positive retention” or “gun retention” mean and why does it matter? Will the holster accommodate different variants of the 1911? What materials make for the best 1911 holsters? Verdict "Best 1911 Holster" : My Top Picks Here are my top picks at a quick glance: HOLSTERS DETAILS #1 Holster #1 Holster "Galco Miami Classic" Shoulder System Very solid grip on the 1911 Takes up minimal space Durable construction Check Price on Amazon.com ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster Can be worn with pretty much any outfit or clothing item. Soft and comfortable to wear against your skin due to neoprene used in construction. Variety of draw positions ranging from left, right, cross draw, etc Check Price on Amazon.com "Blade Tech Inside" the Waistband High concealability factor allows for a 1911 to remain hidden while carrying Minimalistic design means less weight and irritation with this product. The Pull the Dot system and dual IWB loops allow for securing your weapon properly Check Price on Amazon.com 1. Best IWB 1911 Holster – "Milt Sparks Holsters" Review It’s a fine thing in life when utility anesthetics are both present in a product. The Milt Sparks holsters are my top choice for IWB leather 1911 holsters due to the solid construction, sharp appearance, and clean draw. The texture inside the holster on this one allows for a solid grip on your 1911 but also contributes to a smooth draw from The holster when needed in a potential survival situation. Pros: Very solid grip on the 1911. Any good prepper knows that properly securing gear is vital. Effective and efficient design means that this holster takes up minimal space while performing its Duty excellently. Durable Construction means that this 1911 holster should last a long time. Cons: Many comparable products in terms of size are far cheaper. Some people say that these are overpriced. There are no compartments or additional storage for extra ammunition. Not everyone will like the leather aesthetic of this 1911 holster. Customer Sentiment: Users have reported that this poster is ideal for those who might have to keep their 1911 on them for extended periods at a time. The Comfort level and durability make a slightly higher price tag very much worth it. I’ve never had to keep a gun on me for more than a few hours at a time so I can imagine how important it must feel to have a holster that allows you to comfortably remain armed for longer periods of time. 2. "Best Shoulder Holster" for 1911 – Galco Miami Classic Shoulder Holster Review

Leupold Twilight Max Technology Enhances Scope Line

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379cf99ae61_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379cf99ae61_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } New Leupold Twilight Max technology in the VX-3i line of scopes enhances brightness and clarity in low-light conditions, making them ideal for hunters. At SHOT Show 2016 there were plenty of new optics offerings for shooters to eyeball, but one refinement at Leupold may give the long-time optics leader an edge, particularly in the hunting scope market. Leupold Twilight Max Designed, machined and assembled in the United States, the new Leupold VX-3i is designed to enhance optical performance and keep hunters in the field longer. More than just light transmission, the new system balances light across the visible spectrum, leading to a brighter, crisper image. It also eliminates the washed-out image than can come from direct sunlight. “Hunters know that those first and last few minutes of legal light are when the monster bucks are moving,” said Tim Lesser, vice president of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The VX-3i makes sure hunters can make use of those last few minutes of legal light, which can be the difference between success and an unfilled tag.” Related GunDigest Articles New Optics: Bushnell Tac Optics Line Introducing the Leupold LTO Tracker Thermal Sight Video: Two-Bullet Scope Sighting System Related Video: The innovation enhances brightness, color and clarity, especially in low-light conditions. The VX-3i allows for enhanced target acquisition, identification and shot placement in diminished light. From the end of the day, to heavy overcast to deep canyons, the Twilight Max light management system will let hunters see, identify and deliver a precise shot on game animals in low-light conditions.

Teenage Survival Part 1: Before Their Time

If you are an old dinosaur like some of us then you have been acquiring the tools needed for survival for decades.  If you are not quite so long in the tooth, you may have just started preparing for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event but you still have the legal right to make all of the decisions needed. In addition, you have control over your revenue stream as large or small as it might be.  Some of our readers are not so lucky. Captain Bart: The problems for those among our readers who are under 21 are much different. For those under 18 the problems are even greater. This article (or series of articles) will address some of the problems of our under 18 readers. For the sake of brevity I will refer to anyone under 21 as a teenager.  I intend nothing derogatory, it is simply easier to write that way. Josh: I agree that it is often times very difficult to try to be prepared when you are considered to be a minor.  I am somewhat younger than an old dinosaur such as my co-author Captain Bart, and I am going to try to cover the other angle of what Captain Bart covers throughout this article. Captain Bart: The first thing to keep in mind is that the mission at hand is survival, not combat. We often talk about firearms and the role of weapons in defense and providing provisions for surviving. The survival mindset is what must be kept in mind as we discuss what teenagers can do to prepare for SHTF .  Your first and most important survival preparation is an informed mind that is prepared to face reality no matter how unpleasant the reality is. Josh: We often get emails from inquiring teens wanting to know what they can do to be ready for end of the world combat, and the more realistic danger of personal self defense when society still functions as it does today.  My best advice is to practice something called situational awareness, Captain Bart has a wonderful article on this topic ( click here ).  In brief, situational awareness is just being aware of your surroundings, and trying to defuse a situation before it even starts.  Your goal should not be to be looking for trouble, or making yourself stand out. You don’t need to be listening to your iPod while you are going to the store, or walking around your neighborhood, doing so both draws your attention away from your surroundings, but also advertises that you have an expensive electronic device that can be pawned as fast as it is stolen from you.  Be the gray man. Captain Bart: So let us begin with the environment.  Teenagers usually live at home and depend on an adult/parent to provide the majority of their income.  Even if you have a job and contribute 100% of your support, your parents control how that money is spent unless you are over 18.  Even if you are over 18 or even 21, the homeowner (parent) sets the rules for the house.  I always told my kids, “My house, My rules” and I meant it.  As a side note, my son told me the same thing about a year ago when I was messing with his kids.  He was right, I was very proud of him, and surprised the heck out of him by agreeing.  So, we’ve set the stage; you cannot control your environment or the rules of the house. Josh: This being my personal problem with “prepping”, finance is the weak spot of any operation. Without money, an army can not fight a campaign, without money an athlete can not travel and train, and without money a young person can not prepare, right?  Wrong! There are so many resources available to the young person that cost little to nothing.  Sure you can’t get a top of the line water filter, or the latest and greatest survival knife , but you can do so much to help you be more prepared than the average Joe.  For instance, don’t go and spend twenty bucks on a 5 gallon bucket and gamma lids for keeping your beans and rice in, instead go to the bakery at your local grocery store and ask for their empty buckets that they got flour and icing in.  Sometimes they will even clean them out for you. Another thing that you can do that costs nothing is to read.  I know what you’re thinking, “Come on, I do enough reading at school, are you gonna make me read big, thick books at home too?”  Yes, I want you to read, learning to read is the best thing that has ever happened to me, but I am not saying that you have to go and read every medical journal in the library to learn about first aid, what I am saying is that you should go find some good survival literature. ‘ Alas Babylon ’ by Pat Frank is in almost every library in the nation, check out books by Gary Paulsen, such as his ‘ Hatchet ’ series, ‘ My Side Of The Mountain ’ by Gean Craighead George, or even ‘ Swiss Family Robinson ’ by Johann D Wyss.  The options are endless, go out and read a book. Captain Bart: For the sake of this article we will assume a worse case environment; one in which even the discussion of preparing is not tolerated.  In a case like this you have to start with the first and most basic rule of survival preparation; you must become the gray man . The gray man is the one who walks through a room full of people and no one can tell you what he looks like. If everyone is in a suit, he is in a suit. If they are in jeans, he is in jeans. He wares nothing unusual, says nothing contentious and does nothing unusual to draw attention.  In this case, that must also apply to your parents at the beginning of your preparations.  Never be disrespectful or disobedient, but within the rules of the house you can still start preparing. Josh: I mentioned situational awareness earlier. I really can not stress enough that you do not want to draw attention to yourself.  I completely agree with Capt. Bart’s take on this topic, NEVER get on the wrong side of your parents or those who are in authority over you. How are you supposed to survive an economic collapse , or total end of the world warfare if you can’t survive life at home under your parent’s roof?  Believe it or not your parents do know what is good for you, and want what is best for you. Be respectful, and you will gain other peoples respect, this works everyday of the year before and after trying times. Coming Soon: Teenage Survival Part 2 Photos by: Annie Atkins Hans’s Aleksandra Michael Baltic Other interesting articles: Reading The Signs: Survival Situational Awareness Survival Psychology: Why Me? "Teenage Survival Part" 2: Tools Teenage Survival Part 3: Food

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