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Beef Prices Predicted to Rise—Stock up Now

The Wall Street Journal predicts beef prices will get higher because of “a rapidly shrinking supply of cattle.” It blames drought and the pandemic...
People on a crowded city sidewalk at night

Do you have to be Independent to be a Prepper?

If you love the city, I think your odds of survival are lower than people who live outside the city, but I wish you luck.
the aftermath of a police shooting.

Important Lessons from Police Badge Cam Videos

What can you learn from watching police badge cam videos of shootouts? Plenty! Pete breaks it down with examples.
The Fifth circuit Court of Appeals just granted an injunction in the pistol brace rule, but only for some people.

Big Last Minute Wins in the Pistol Brace Lawsuits

It's been a bad week in court for government agencies and a good week for those of us opposed to the ATF's pistol brace rule.
Did you spot the ammo can?

Making the Most of May Weather on the Homestead

Despite rain and sudden cold snaps, May weather is some of the best we will see on the homestead for working outside.
My latest project, an AR-15 style pistol

One Week Left for Pistol Brace Deadline

The grace period for compliance with the ATF's pistol brace rule goes into effect in a week, ready or no. Here are Pete's plans.
The border wall

Border Problems and Unpalatable Solutions

We could stop illegal immigration over the Southern Border pretty easily, but no one has the balls to do what it takes.
San Francisco Bridge

We are Beating San Francisco

Quality of life is where my little Podunk village and our economically depressed county outshine San Francisco and all the other big cities.
This is a DoD photo of a patriot missiles system based in Turkey ten years ago. While we don't have photos of the Patriot battery in Ukraine, it shook look similar.

Patriot System in Ukraine Shoots Down Russian Hypersonic Missiles

The U.S. Patriot missile system in Ukraine not only survived its first trial by fire, it passed with flying colors and made the Russians look bad.
A rare breed trigger

WARNING: The ATF is Testing Confiscation

ATF going door-to-door to confiscate gun parts. Is this a test case or a preview of what gun confiscation will look like in the future?
9mm ammunition

Now’s the Time to Stock up on Ammo

Even in the Wild West, I doubt we saw so many people armed and willing to brazenly shoot it out in the middle of the streets.
Hardy, waterproof work boots are a prepper's friend.

Building out a Cache in a 5-gallon Pail

I am planning to bury a couple of 5-gallon pails stuffed with supplies as an emergency cache. Check out the five categories of gear included inside.
An explosion in Ukraine during Russian attack.

A New Offensive in Ukraine Panics Preppers

Are we being told the truth about the war in Ukraine or are we being lied to? Is the banking crisis real or is it under control? All you can do is prep.
Chicks, fresh from the egg

Baby Chicks and Cold Weather

Our chicks are devouring their food, gulping their water, and doubling in size after the first week. In another 19 weeks, they'll be laying eggs.
Washington Crossing the Delaware during the Revolutionary War, as painted by Emanuel Leutze.

What Happened to our Liberty and Freedom?

We fought the British to obtain our freedom and liberty. Our Founding Fathers must be astounded at how we have squandered it.
A Coyote Tan AR with a red dot optic.

14 Useful Gun Lessons for Preppers, Part 2

More lessons for preppers and gun owners, including how to build your armory, what to stockpile, why, and how.
A handgun and range gear

14 Useful Gun Lessons that have Little or Nothing to do...

Fourteen lessons for gun owners to enhance your privacy, safety and security while you prep for the end of the world as we know it.
Ruger 10/22 Takedown model with a Magpul backpacker stock.

The Takedown Ruger 10/22 for Survival

Pete reviews the Ruger Takedown 10/22 as a survival rifle and finds it fills a niche in his vehicle's Get Home Kit.
A bunch of old nuts and bolts

Why there are More Supply Chain Problem in our Future

Whether we see economic warfare or a shooting war with China, you should prepare for it to generate supply chain problems.
recession, depression or collapse

Are we Heading to a Recession, Depression or Collapse?

The Fed is like a kid playing "Whack-a-Mole," always a beat too late and unable to anticipate where the next problem will pop up.
Shooter in ghilliesuit with a suppressed rifle.

Revisiting the Suppressed .300 Blackout for Survival

Pete reconsiders the use of suppressed subsonic rounds for survival and discusses several potential use cases.
Staining beehives to protect them from the weather.

Weird Weather Brings Beekeeping Challenges

The bees are keeping my buzzing as I real with queenless hives, new splits, a lack of nectar and strange weather patterns.
a pickup basketball game

Lining up and Picking Sides – A WW3 Story

As war looms every closer and the threat expands beyond Europe and into the Pacific, countries are picking sides.
A carpenter at work

How to Minimize your Taxes, Part 2

There are many ways to reduce your taxes, but starting a side gig and deducting your business expenses is one of the best.
Its tax time

Prepare for your Taxes to go Up – Part 1

Social Security is running out of money. The deficit is rising. Like it or not, taxes are going to have to go up.
Buckets and #10 cans from Rainy Day Foods

Being a Prepper is Getting More Expensive

Thanks to inflation, is getting increasing expensive to prep, but as recession looms, having food in your prepper pantry is more important than ever.
The pursuit of green energy at the expense of fossil fuels is destroying the country.

Two Surprising Things that will Destroy the Country

Two things popular with liberals and the Biden Administration are putting the country at an economic and military disadvantage,.
There's such a thing as too much safety.

Safety is Just an Excuse

The government is constantly looking for new ways to tell you what you can and cannot do. Safety regulations are being used to control you. Fight back.
This frame pulled from my beehive shows brood in multiple stages. If you look carefully, you can see the eggs.

Working on my Farmer Tan and Splitting Bees

A long day spent int he bee yard getting stung and splitting hives, but we're nor done yet as we expand to seven hives.
A concealed carry fanny pack

When Carrying in a Fanny Pack is OK

With so many concealed carry options on the market, is concealing a pistol in a fanny pack every the right thing to do?
A line of people starting at their phones instead of talking to each other.

Stop the Brainwashing and Zombification of your Mind

Change your life for the better by making a clean break from the additional of social media. Slow down, go outdoors and live again. It will do you good.