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Can You Reload A Pistol With One Hand? Here’s How It’s Done June 28, 2017

There’s a big difference between going to the range to shoot a few paper targets, and having to use a firearm to protect yourself. A gap exists between those two situations that can be measured in miles. So even if you’re a really good shot, you’re not necessarily proficient with a firearm. You have to be prepared to use a firearm in real world situations, and those situations can be unbelievably messy and chaotic.

One thing you should prepare yourself for is the possibility that in an actual gunfight, you may only be able to aim and shoot with one hand. For instance, what if you were shot in the hand? That’s a very intricate appendage, and even a small caliber round could disable it.

That’s why you should learn how to fire and reload a pistol with only one hand. It’s very easy to learn, and could easily save your life one day. Here’s how it’s done.

And, it’s not just pistols that can be reloaded with one hand. The same can be done with AK-47 type rifles.

To prepare for a firefight in the real world, you have to consider the worst case scenario, and train yourself to overcome it. You have to abandon any immature fantasies you have and accept reality. No matter how good you think you are, you can still get shot in places that can significantly hinder your ability to shoot back. So don’t settle for just shooting at paper targets. Become genuinely proficient with your weapons, and learn how to stay alive in even those direst situations.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

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Originally published June 28th, 2017
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In a Disaster, Your Sense of Smell Is One of Your First Lines of Defense June 27, 2017

Just as the title suggests, you should follow your nose!  The nose is a highly-sophisticated “sensor” that we take for granted.  How?  We don’t put it to use!  Or, we allow enough time to pass in our lives where we do not use it as it was intended.  “What does this have to do with survival and happy prepping?” you may well ask.  A lot.  It has a lot to do with your survival and your betterment.  If you had a million dollars in cash, would you put it to use?  Either buy a few things you needed and save the rest or use some (or maybe even most of it) to make more?

Your nose is a “gift” that you have used but not learned how to maximize.  There’s a great book on the subject by a guy named Avery Gilbert, a PhD-holding scientist, and author who has conducted a lot of research on the nose.  The book is entitled, What the Nose Knows,” will give you some amazing facts and statistics based on studies conducted over a long period of time.

Basically, humans do have smell/scenting capabilities almost as good as a dog!  Is that not revelatory?  See, regarding tracking, it is “inconvenient” or “undesirable” for a man to crawl around on all fours and track prey using his nose.  But it can be done!  Studies in the book show that the key to man improving his use of already existing tracking capabilities via aroma is to develop those capabilities through constant practice.

There are some obstacles that get in the way throughout our existence.  Society is conditioned to not utilize the nose (except when it suits marketing purposes in the name of the almighty sales dollar).  Freud’s studies categorized the use of the sense of smell “primitive” and “undesirable,” as he viewed it as an obstacle to becoming a civilized member of society.

Yeah.  We’re “civilized” enough as a society to bomb whole populations out of existence, and to release toxins and chemicals into our environment under the guises of “progress” and “manufacturing,” that how dare we try to reconnect with a skill or sense given to us at birth?  How dare we utilize such a sense!  The outrage!  The nonconformity of it all!

It is a very necessary sense, the sense of smell.  In the survival reality TV show, “The Colony” (I highly recommend picking this up), an episode of the second season finds the principals involved in trying to take rotten meat and make it into fuel.  The people gagged and were sickened by the stench of the rotting meat when they first came upon it.  The show went into detail and explained that the very choking/vomiting/gagging reflex was the result of the olfactory processes causing the body to react to a smell that could be (and in this case, was) dangerously toxic to eat.

That sense of smell was crucial to keep someone from ingesting something that may cause death or serious illness.  Now the book’s author wrote that women have a better ability to differentiate smells than men…perhaps stemming back from the time that mankind was comprised of hunter-gatherers.  Women were primarily concerned with gathering roots, vegetables, and fruits, and their senses of smell had to be able to differentiate between what may or may not have been safe to eat.

Other obstacles include disease and illness over the course of a lifetime, as well as things such as smoking tobacco, exposure to fumes and vapors of chemicals, and generally polluted environments.  All of these factors have negative effects on the ability to smell and perceive odors and aromas.  How does this relate to you, as a prepper, survivalist, and “bearer of the torch of civilization” after the collapse?  Simple.  Why limit yourself by discounting or disparaging such an effective sense?  Develop it.  Practice going out into the forest, and identifying as many of the smells and aromas that you can.  Study your pets at home, and even the clothing of family members.  Each person has an aroma.  See if you can test yourself by telling what shirt belongs to what family member with your eyes closed.

How about this for you.  When I was in the service (and I did not smoke cigarettes), I could smell someone smoking from a distance of more than 100 meters from my position.  That’s about 300 feet.  You pick that kind of thing up.  You can also pick up the smells of human beings moving in a group…everything from smells of sweat and food to when they halt and relieve themselves.  Throw the abilities of doing this in with a grid-down, SHTF situation, or an invasion from a foreign power.  Do you get the drift?  You have the sense.  All you need to do is take some time to practice and develop it further.  Fight that good fight, and follow your nose as well as your instincts!  JJ out!

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published June 27th, 2017
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If You’re Bugging Out, Avoid Fatigue and Have These in Your Supplies June 12, 2017

ReadyNutrition fans, we’re going to talk about something that may seem simple, but it can make a big difference for you when the SHTF and the situation arise that you must bug out and be “on the move” without respite.  By “respite,” I don’t mean a half an hour break, or an hour to nap.  I’m speaking about when there is continuous activity for many hours (8-12) that may run up to a day or even longer.  If such a thing occurs, you’re going to need all the help that you can get.

Your Body Will Be Under a Tremendous Amount of Stress

There are several things that happen under stressful conditions from a physiological perspective.  As explained in earlier articles, your body burns off stores of glycogen (stored in the muscles) until it runs out.  Without replenishment, the body cannibalizes its muscle tissue and “manufactures” its glucose and glycogen requirements.  After “hitting the wall” (your body’s limit, usually reached within an hour or so), you burn off muscle tissue during this cannibalistic phase at a rate of 5 grams of muscle protein for every thirty minutes of prolonged effort.

With epinephrine and norepinephrine going haywire during your “fight or flight” metabolic reactions and with adrenaline pumping levels to the moon, your body will consume a tremendous amount of energy.  When there is any kind of a lag, the body kind of “sags” as it attempts to relax.  Notice how I wrote “attempts” here?  So, how do we solve this one?

Some kind of snack would be beneficial, and keeping in mind what we wrote earlier, you may not have the time for it.  Remember what I wrote for you a few articles back:

You need to ingest protein and carbohydrates within 20-30 minutes of a strenuous workout, and more if the workout is protracted.

That being mentioned, many people turn to things such as power bars to make up for the protein and carbs.  Those are OK, but make sure you have plenty of water when you eat them, or else they’ll pull water right out of your cells in order for your body to digest them…leading to dehydration.

If You’re Bugging Out, Make Sure You Have These Energy Enhancers

Even then, you may still be “lagging” for a while waiting for your body to extract what it needs.  In the meantime, try the caffeine.  Instant coffee can be consumed in an instant, just as the name implies.

While in the service, our MRE’s came with packets of coffee (Taster’s Choice, to be exact).  We “stocked” up on them and kept those packets handy for when we might need them besides just (if we could do it) the proverbial “morning cup of Joe.”  Be careful not to take in too much…but if you’re in a bind and don’t have a lot of time to restore your mental alertness, the caffeine in a helping of instant coffee (either in a happy manufactured packet or one you make up yourself) can do you some good.  I’m going to cite the PDR for Herbal Medicines, page 215, for Coffee for you:

“Quantities corresponding to as much as 500 mg of caffeine daily (5 cups of coffee) spread out over the day are toxicologically harmless for healthy adults accustomed to drinking coffee.”

The PDR goes on to state that dosages of 1,500 mg per day can lead to problems, but unless there are underlying health concerns such as arrhythmias, there is normally no real concern.  Consult with your friendly and happy family physician before using the coffee.

Many people extol the virtues of guarana, and if it works for you, that’s great.  Understand that guarana seeds (from which the energy drinks are made) main constituent to provide that energy is none other than caffeine, as well as theobromine and theophylline, two purines that are also stimulants.  Guarana is listed as a tonic for fatigue in the PDR.  Caffeine overall is also an appetite suppressant.

Keep this in mind: caffeine is also a diuretic, meaning that it works against ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) and increases the frequency of your urinations.  Care must be taken when using it so as to prevent dehydration.  Ensure you take in enough water to prevent it from occurring.

Please let me clarify one final time with all of this: I’m referring to a situation that you’re not going to get any real rest for a long period of time.  All of these items in the form of premade beverages, dried product, or tablets can be purchased in advance and stocked aside for the time you may need to rely on them.  Let’s hope that need never arises and still plan for it nonetheless.  Keep in that good fight, drink some coffee (just because it’s good!) and take care of one another!  JJ out!

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Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Originally published June 12th, 2017
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