Whenever I get an email that begins "Someday, I'm going to...." or "I read that you really should...", my eyes glaze over and I develop a twitch. Over the course of the last couple of years, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon in the survival/preparedness movement. More people are talking about it and fewer people are doing it. As preparedness has become mainstream, talking heads have popped up all over the internet, on TV, in magazines and any other medium willing to capitalize on the newest multi-million dollar industry.
Every wanna be survivalist has an opinion. They have read every book, looked at every product and developed their survival strategy. They all have their pet project and to disagree with them is close to a mortal sin. They wax eloquent about their plans for food storage, alternative energy, personal hygiene and practical medical protocols. But they have never done any of it.
|Changing connectors on a battery|
|Our homemade clothes horse|
Sir Knight and I speak from 15 years of active suvivalism. We KNOW what works and what doesn't work. We have had an Outback Flexmax 80 charge controller fail right out of the box. We have had lightening destroy a Trace inverter and have had generators go belly-up. We have had an M1A fail, destroyed radio headsets and almost caught our house on fire with a Petromax lantern. We have washed laundry on the top of our wood cookstove, used a Wonder Washer and made our own laundry soap. We have explored the simple pleasures of the James Washer, made our own clothes horse and sighted in more AR-15's than we can count. We have learned to make candles, milk a cow, can just about everything and make our own soap. Our children can garden, butcher a deer and make range cards. We are not your garden variety, mainstream "preppers". We are get your hands dirty, figure out how to do it, walk the talk kind of survivalists.
|AR with green furniture|
|Freshly cut soap|
|Using the James Washer|
|Finding a vein|
Use it, use it, use it. Survivalism is a way of life. It is not something you talk about, it is something you do.