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Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 28, 2014, 4:35 am

Not available for public consumption, but footage of the new, long awaited Mad Max movie debuted at Comic-Con and has folks raving. Crazy, intense, channeling the aesthetics of the original trilogy...here's a snippet from one viewer's description:

At one point, muzzled Max, chained to the back of Hoult’s car, watches in awe as trucks and cars get swirled up into a flaming dust storm, exploding and sending bodies flying every which way. The shot is unflinching, the violence unforgiving; the scene seems to be on the edge of ending at every turn, but it just keeps going, getting more and more brutal and loud, until Hoult finally cuts the tension:

“What a lovely day,” he shouts. “What a lovely day!”

Write-ups with some spoilers are out there (see: MTV, iO9) if you're interested. Folks are going nuts about the footage, which is pretty frickin' great news.

They also released some promo posters, which I'm not in love with.

Only the mad survive!

BTW, Max looks to have added some new weapons to his arsenal (AK mags, pistol mags added to the outfit), but still has the old, iconic sawed off double.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:52 am

Trailer for the new season of TWD dropped at Comic-Con. Looks like Team Rick is teaming up with the scam artist cannies from Terminus.

I'm going to guess that's a match that doesn't last...

Share your speculation about what we're seeing in the trailer in the comments.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 26, 2014, 11:59 pm

Doug Marcaida demonstrating possibilities with the karambit - impact striking to dynamic deployment of the blade. We're big fans of the k-bit in various forms and Marcaida is one of the best edged weapons dudes in the world...good stuff.

Maintaining situational awareness and elevator tactics from Tony Blauer. Good one to watch - elevators are a common site for criminal attacks.

NRA's Media Lab with Dom Raso has been some fun viewing. Dom takes scenes from action movies and does the whole Mythbusters - 'would this work' deal. For the record on this specific episode - plausible. Jerry Miculek could do it.

Speaking of Jerry, this is one I've been wanting to share for a while. Jerry quick scopes a friggin' grape faster than most people can clear their holster.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 26, 2014, 1:14 am

Via Edpoint. If you're not following Ed, you should be.

BTW, more swag restock is incoming. Stickers will be here in about a week, leather patches a couple weeks after that.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 25, 2014, 1:57 am
A question came in from a British ex-pat living in Taiwan:

Everyone, every blog and every site I read (especially in English) always talks about self defense and using arms but what if you had none?

Everyone talks about bug out locations and protection through the use of arms but what if on route they were confiscated by the authorities and you found yourself unprepared with none?

I myself have a little place away from populated areas here in Taiwan and am fully conscious of the fact that if the laws break down and you are on your own, it’s gonna be hard.

Now I am about as removed as I can be BUT on an island like Taiwan which is heavily populated it’s impossible to be that far away from anyone looking for food or a place to hide.

So with that in mind and NOT having the availability of any arms, maybe as a question to your clearly wise audience “How would you defend yourself? Hide? Stand? Fight?”

This is also tough as there would be some weapons but not for all the masses and as a British Guy living in an Asian country blending in is not an option.

When faced with a violent aggressor or pissed off mob, there are two time-tested strategies - fight or avoid the trouble altogether.

On fighting:
In terms of fighting, there's an old saying - "God made men, but Sam Colt made men equal." Firearms are the great equalizer - a dude can outweigh you by a hundred pounds of muscle...doesn't much matter when put a couple rounds into his chest.

If guns are removed from the equation, you've got to do everything you can to stack the deck in your favor. Physical training, combatives and martial arts - that sort of thing.

Even still - when faced with multiple aggressors, even a skilled, fit combatant is at a disadvantage...especially if those multiple aggressors are armed and you're not.

And attackers almost always come armed, and they almost always travel in packs.

Never fight fair. Minimize any advantage an attacker might have. You'll want to be armed, and you'll want to have friends who are armed. The more the merrier.

If you don't have allies at your back, all the more reason to have something more than your fists and feet, even just to hit and run from trouble.

Even in a state that fears private ownership of modern firearms, there are usually still lots of options for weapons.

Black powder or air powered firearms are sometimes option.

Bows, crossbows and sling shots are all rarely banned and simple to make with basic tools or a trip to the hardware shop. They give you some range and can be deadly as hell.

The spear has been man's go-to melee weapon for a long time, and if you can't buy one, they are simple enough to make from natural or man made materials.

Machetes, bolos, parangs and similar blades are ubiquitous outdoor tools and can make nasty weapons, especially with some training added to the mix.

Blunt instruments - hammers, sticks, bats and so on are also an option. Outlawed exactly nowhere.

Knives of all shapes and sizes are everywhere and conceal easily.

And so on...lots of options out there. Training is key to effectively using them.

On Avoidance:
The survival blog-sphere honestly doesn't hit on avoidance enough. It's the true bread-n-butter of surviving in hostile territory.
If you can bug out before trouble comes to your door, do it. You've got to be ready to move and move quickly. Especially for an expat living abroad, evac'ing from trouble is usually the best bet.

Get out of the country and on a plane/boat to Europe, Singapore, Australia, etc. Yep, it might suck to leave property and possessions behind...but, it's just stuff.

If you can't but out of the trouble zone and you feel you're in danger of attack, then hide. 
If you remain in your home, make it look abandoned, already ransacked and not worth anyone's time. Build a hidden room, dig a spider hole, develop a concealed exit. If trouble comes knocking, you hide or bug out.
Outside of your home, take a page from the book of military snipers. Camouflage, ghillie suits and constructing hide sites. With some basic materials and a lot of skill, one can virtually disappear.

Build early warning systems - alarms and traps - and keep a watchful eye for trouble.

If the bad guys can't find you, they can't hurt you. If they do find you, you attack, break contact and run/hide again.

As an alternative, if you can't hide, then make yourself look like you're not worth the trouble involved. That could be looking like you have absolutely nothing of value - just another impoverished survivor (or worse - a sick/dying survivor). Or, you could grab the baddest looking airsoft machine gun and tactical gear available and hope the bad guys figure you're Rambo and would kill them all if they looked at you sideways.

Anyways, those are some of the basics - hope it helps. 

Tribe - feel free to jump in with your thoughts and suggestions as well.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 23, 2014, 3:27 am

Reworked the overnight bag to a light, grab-n-go sub-load to toss into a bag if/when needed. Contained in an Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube:

T-shirt and skivvies, ranger rolled for compactness
Merino wool hiking socks
Gym shorts
Toiletry kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

Simple, practical and inexpensive to throw together...clothes you've got lying around. Just pick 'em out and set 'em aside.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 21, 2014, 11:05 pm
Well, our inventory of apocalyptic swag got cleared out faster than expected. Good work!

We're in the process of getting stuff restocked and maybe get some more variety to add to the mix.

Ultimately, I'd love to be able to expand this side of what we do and offer a bunker full o' fun stuff and hard-to-find gear. Certainly baby steps for us along that path here--Thanks for your support!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 19, 2014, 2:26 pm
Two Kickstarters by good dudes that I wanted to put out on the airwaves.

The Hoss' American Militia
We're Hoss fans over here, and he's getting fairly close to funding the project with 9 days left.


And hey, if you have $10k lying around to throw Hoss' way, he'll come visit you and let you buy him dinner! I'd figure Hoss-a-Bossa could pick up the tab for some Denny's Grand Slams, but hey. He may even let you lend him your couch to sleep on!

Capricorn Pocket Tool
Next up is a project by a reader who has been following T-blog since the pocket survival kit contest way back when. Pretty cool little pocket bling, the Capricorn Pocket Tool:

The Capricorn Pocket Hook is a titanium design that weighs less than three quarters. Its main purpose is as a keychain dangler. The three hooks (main hook, pocket clip, and shallow hook) allow keys to be suspended in a variety of ways. Furthermore, the hooks also lend themselves to other uses, such as carrying bags, lifting hot dutch ovens, attaching items to backpacks, and more. The Capricorn is equipped with a bottle opener and a slot to drive 1/4" hex bits. At only $17 for the standard early bird option, we feel it's an economical way to augment one's EDC.

They're just over halfway to their goal with 12 days left. Check it out here:
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 16, 2014, 9:20 pm
As promised, my current EDC bag dump.

The bag is a Camelbak Urban Assault, going on 4 years old. Still lookin' good, no rips tears or busted zippers. Excellent bag, with a dedicated laptop pocket and lots of useful internal pockets. The gear pictured goes into admin pockets, leaving the main compartment wide open for whatever I might need.

The bag's contents are a mix of daily-use items, snivel gear and lightweight contingency kit. Doesn't weigh much, provides some good capability and keeps oft used items at hand.

Contents after the jump:
Not pictured: a laptop and wireless mouse (either work or personal) is almost always added to the load when leaving

Some additional commentary:

Pretty simple, but it works for me.

If you look back over some of my older dumps, you'll note that I've trimmed out quite a bit. I used to carry a toiletry kit, more food, etc. - it didn't get used and it wasn't worth carrying around. There are certainly still some non-essential pieces of gear, but I keep them on hand 'cuz they're convenient for daily use and/or weigh little.

Example - I could drop all the snivel gear and only suffer some inconvenience as a result...but, it'd gain me a few ounces that aren't really needed for my purposes.

I've misplaced my little notebook that I keep in the bag - need to replace that. Somtimes have a glow stick or two in the bag, used those for kiddo entertainment and need to replace them. Other contents added based on needs.

My personal laptop is beefier than I'd like or need it to be for travel - it's something like seven or eight pounds with the cable/adapter and makes up the heaviest component by far. I need to get a tablet of some variety for trips, reducing that down to 1 whole pound.

That's about it! Happy to answer any questions, open to suggestions.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 14, 2014, 4:00 pm
The Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II is about as versatile as you can get. The four color modes (white light, blue, red, IR), each with five brightness levels (low, med 1, med 2, high, beacon) is cool but not particularly impressive. What is impressive is the Sidwinder's ability to run off three different types of batteries - CR123A, AA or AAA.

Yep, you read that right. It can run off of any of those battery types. Streamlight doesn't advertise AAAs working, but they most certainly do. The single cell battery compartment is smartly designed to expand/contract to fit the cell size - it's spring loaded, so it adjusts automatically when you slip a different cell in. And it actually works, too.

Keeping on that theme of versatility, while the Sidewinder is primarily likely an upgrade to your headlamp, it can do more than that. It has a very useful and bomb proof metal clip for attaching to webbing, belts, shoulder straps, etc. Or use it as a pocket clip. There's even a hole for adding a dummy cord or lanyard.

The light has negligible weight - only a few ounces - and fits well in the palm for hands-on lighting.

The UI is very good, and one of the few that easily can be used by touch alone. The various modes come on at their lowest setting and step up in brightness from there, which is exactly what you'd want in a tactical situation and to preserve battery life.

The switch operates silently, without the tell-tale clicking of many switches. Similarly, rotating the light is also silent - no ratcheting noises.

The light is constructed from a very durable polymer, with an unbreakable lens and rated for full submersion for at least 30 minutes. It feels solid, rugged and tough in hand.

Battery life is pretty good. With a CR123A, the Sidewinder is advertised to get 70 hours on low (10%), 6 hours on high (100%).  With an AA, you'll see about 40 hours on low, 4 hours on high. Streamlight doesn't provide data for the AAA, but it would be obviously shorter. Since it's a single-cell light, those numbers are all with one battery.

For its awesomeness and versatility, the Sidewinder ain't perfect.

The light provides plenty of usable brightness for navigating around (around 45-55 lumens with white light, depending on the kind of battery), but it isn't capable of the eyeball blasting lumens that other lights are (see: the 500-lumen Surefire Maximus). In most situations, that level of output is overkill for a headlamp or task light, though. The low/med is what you'll be using most of the time.

It'd be great if Streamlight actually slowed down the flashing for the beacon mode and/or lowered the brightness a notch or two and doubled or tripled the run time. As-is, the red/IR bulbs are rated at 24 hours in beacon mode, plus whatever else it can squeeze out of the battery - ok but not great.

Anyways, if you're in the market for a headlamp or looking to upgrade, the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II is worth a serious look. The ability to run on CR123As/AAs and AAAs is huge and can mean the difference between having a topped up light or not. The different modes give you lots of options, the UI is great and the build is rock solid.

It ain't perfect, but it's pretty darn good.

Buy the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II on Amazon >
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 11, 2014, 3:01 am

Leather morale patches and hard-use bomb rider stickers are up on our shop for buyin'. Limited quantities of both, especially the patches. US orders only at this time.

Get Some! >

7/10 Update: Only a couple patches left in stock!

7/12 Update: Patches are sold out, stickers remain. How many folks are still chompin' for some of our patches?
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 9, 2014, 5:33 pm
TSLRF posted up a quick entry about getting into reloading - I was going to make a quick comment, and it turned into a long one, so figured I'd just post it up here.

I've been reloading for a few months now, on both single stage (Lee Hand Press) and progressive (Hornady LnL - I was going to get Dillon, but scored a great deal on the LnL). I'll be posting up some thoughts, pros and cons once I get some more loading time and experience under my belt. Stay tuned for that.

As Ryan mentions, in terms of pure apocalyptic 'survival' purposes, reloading has limitations and does not guarantee an unlimited supply of ammo. He mentions being limited to components on hand, which is indeed the big 'un.

Of course, that assumes that more components are impossible to come by - that may not be the case. People reload ammunition in the depths of the 3rd world, there are lots of half used containers of powders sitting on shelves around many parts of the country, components are more compact and easier to transport/smuggle than loaded ammo, and so on. Components might not be impossible to come by.

Black powder cartridges and cast bullets can help get around cartridge limitations, too.

Equipment breakage is another limitation, especially with progressives. Spare parts mitigate that, along with machining skill. My reloading mentor machined replacement parts for his Dillon 550 for the fun of it.

On the some of the 'survival' merits.

As Ryan mentions, the economics are appealing. The big 'un is shooting more today. Stockpiling more cheaply today, too. Stretch that ammo dollar as far as it can go. Even with ammo prices normalizing, you can save a lot of money reloading - half the price is pretty easy to do. So shoot twice as much, stack twice as deep.

Less often mentioned - you can reload premium stuff for much cheaper than buying off the shelf. When survival types stockpile ammo, it's usually FMJ stuff, 'cuz jacketed hollow points and other are just too expensive to do so in bulk. If you're a reloader, you can feasibly stockpile higher quality stuff.

For example: I'm working on loading up some Federal 147 grain HST jacketed hollow points. From the factory, these run $25-$30 for a box of 20 - over a buck a round, easy. My reloads will run me the grand total of about $0.20 each.

Similar story for rifle ammo.

Now, I'm not an advocate for carrying reloads in a defensive weapon today. There are a lot of reasons for using factory stuff for that. It is a good idea to practice with your carry ammo regularly. And, for a crap hit the fan stockpile, would you rather have Wal-Mart FMJs or premium JHPs to draw from?

Last for now - stockpiling components can give you more versatility versus loaded factory ammo. Does that pile of powder n' primers become 9s, 45s...223s or 308s, etc. What do you need? What do your buddies need? You have more ability to fill that need when starting from scratch...loaded ammo is what it is.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 6, 2014, 1:50 am
Since we've gotten onto the topic of blacksmithing, a couple videos I thought you might find interesting.

First up, video from a blacksmith shop in Nepal where they mass produce Khurki knives. A practical, proven design for a big ol' chopper, made with the most basic of hand tools.

And, Man at Arms, a look inside a 'modern' weaponsmith's shop. Lots of powertools - the power hammer is especially cool.

These are movie and video game designs, but the tools and techniques would work for more practical designs. There's a couple dozen of these videos and other every week or two - some of the weapons are more practical, some are not, the process is interesting to watch for all.

Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 4, 2014, 3:15 pm
Happy 4th to all - have fun celebrating 'Merica and freedom today, at least what we have left of them. There are also some killer deals out there this weekend if you're in the market for gear...and who isn't?

Be safe!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 4, 2014, 12:34 pm

How Sherlock Holmes would carry his entry tools. Low profile, heirloom quality...good ol' fashioned cow skin.

From Vigilant Gear >
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 4, 2014, 2:19 am

Beautifully mean looking Native American-style war clubs, hand made by T-Blog friend and black smithin' hippie, Randy Church.

Channel your inner Mohican war chieftain. A steal at $300 each.

Available from the Redbud Forge >
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 4, 2014, 2:14 am
Huge thanks to all for sending in their entries! Interesting to see what folks are carrying around and swipe a few ideas for my own.

The sharing of experiences/ideas amongst the Tribe is an asset to all - diversity of thought helps to produce the best end results! Hopefully the thoughts/commentary from me was helpful as well.

The winner of the contest will receive a prize pack containing a Bomb Rider t-shirt and some new T-blog swag that will be up on the store shortly:

 Bomb Rider stickers...

and a limited edition leather (yup, real leather!) Bomb Rider morale patch...

as well as a grab bag of odds-n-ends from the T-Blog ark of gear.

Anyways, enough jibber jabber - onto the announcement!
Contest Winner is...
KK's Discrete Messenger bag!

Clean photography, artful knolling of components, good organization of gear and a nice balance of practical and contingency made this one stand out for me.

I complete stole the mini-tape measurer idea, too. It's come in useful a dozen or so times now!

Great job and congrats!

Special Mention...

A special shout out to Ed, for submitting the most badass EDC load out. He'd probably win every one of these if we let him! We'll be sending some T-Blog swag and gear his way, too. If you haven't already, check out Ed's new blog, EdPoint for more gear, knowledge and photography from Ed!

Since everyone dumped their bags for all to see, I'll do a dump of my current bag within the next few days, as well as post up some general thoughts and observations from the contest entries.

Thanks again, amigos!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 3, 2014, 12:42 am
I figured I would throw my hat in before the month ends just by the skin of my teeth hopefully. This is my current EDC bag I carry it pretty much every where I go. I am on active duty status with the National Guard as an instructor. This bag goes to work with me 6 days a week and in the car or with me almost every where else I go. It also goes over seas with me when I travel for work with slight "flight safe" changes. 

The Bag is a Hill People Gear Tarahumara Pack

It has a tarainsert with a Medium general purpose pouch, which contains:
A religious book
About $150 in cash
An SD and micro SD holder with multiple SD cards containing encrypted personal documents and other randomness
Two ITS field notes. Notebooks
A tourniquet 
An ITS tactical urban E&E kit
A GoTube with:
a sere pick lock pick set 
Mini chem lights
A mini handcuff key
And a 8 gb USB with Tails installed for safe anonymous computer usage anywhere 

On the tarainsert:
I have a Sparrow Quick Jim
An eese knife with para cord handle and a flint and magnesium fire starter
An ITS tactical survival tin with original contents some additions i.e. can opener and bic lighter

There are some food bars I prefer pro bar products and some electro light nuun tabs

ITS tactical EDC blowout kit with some extra band aides 
CPR protective mask
Ibuprofen/ Tylenol
A bandana
A spare M&P mag (23 rounds of 9mm gold saber)
A SureFire flashlight
Raven concealment mag/light holder
A solar battery pack (Brunton) with iPhone cord
Spare batteries and led bulb for flashlight 
Ontario D2 knife (in bladder pouch in bag)

A compass
A Vapur water bottle (rolled up)

In the zipper bag:
2 chem lights
Spare set of contacts
ITS tactical signal panel 
6 feet of para cord
Kevlar string
Sparrow mini pry bar
180 min international phone card
Space pen
Spare AAA batteries
Cough drops 
Breath freshening tooth brushes
Mini chem lights and a red bright strike apals light

On me:
iPhone in a magpul case
Douglass Field lighter (better than a zippo in every way)
CRKT knife
Wallet with sere pick set and multi tool card
M&P9 in raven concealment holster (mostly on me but some times in the bladder pouch of the bag)
Keys with photon red light and fire striker

I have a lot of redundancy probably too much but I try and keep it spread out an that way as the contents get tweaked if I travel I still have back ups I also am ordering a pair of glasses to keep in here to back up the contacts.
From Alex:
Some nice gear! Thanks for the entry and thanks for your service. BTW, do you like ITS Tactical much :P?
Hat tip for being the first to have a Tails USB. I think the highest blade AND lock pick count, too.
Now, I don't know exactly what you train in the National Guard, and being active duty likely gets you some leeway I'm sure, but see the commentary provided to Godfather Js about checking legality and consider the LEO/jury reaction to the small arsenal you've got there.

In terms of redundancy, I would lose one of the fixed blades. The Izula is handy because of its small size and ruggedness, but it's got nothing on the bigger knife for serious work. And if you're going to have both the big knife and the Izula in your bag. For sheeple friendly use, the folder and multitool should have you covered.

Along similar lines of redundancy, a more potent light for backup may be handy. For outdoor, general purpose - hard to beat a headlamp. Also - I'm not seeing redundancy in terms of writing utensils. Two notebooks, but I'm counting one space pen?

I'm curious about the Vapur bottle - I've messed with the various little roll-up water bottles like the Platypus, but it looks more robust and functional. It'd probably be relegated to a backup - I like having something stainless steel and robust to rely on. Given the outdoor focus of some of your kit (bivvy, WetFire, survival tin, fixed blades), I'd want a metal container for heating/boiling water, too.

You've got some subloading going on, but looks like there are still some loose odds-n-ends. Some bags/organizers/pouches will help clean that up and help you avoid digging through the bag to find that one little bit. Especially important for stuff like the tourniquet.

And, last but not least - my war against the EDC printed books would not be complete if I didn't suggest the Gospel Library app versus the micro Book of Mormon. You can highlight and bookmark verses, and have the whole slew o' scriptures and talks at your fingertips. Your eyesight will thank you, the book won't get thrashed bouncing around your bag, and you'll cut out a few ounces. That said, I know some people prefer their scriptures in paper form. 
That's it from me - we'll see if the tribe has any commentary. Thanks again for the entry!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 2, 2014, 12:17 am
Looks like I jumped the shark thinking we were done. Two entries came in at the very last minute. Here's one of 'em, from GodfatherJs.

I have been carrying this bag for a few years and is an upgrade from a messenger bag I used to carry. The bag so far meets my needs for work/light camping/hunting/bushcraft/etc. While I have little room for expansion (aside room for a few loose items in the main pouch - two water bottles or so and the dump pouch on the strap of the bag for collecting fire tender, wild edibles or magazines/brass when at the range).

My background aside from running the 7P's Blog is in Emergency Response and Oil and Gas Field so most of my items are tailored to one of those three functions. First and foremost this is not a bug-out-bag or a get home bag it is merely an EDC bag with all the tools I need to get through any issue in my day. While I wouldn't have a major issue getting through a week or so in the woods with this kit (I have a couple times) it was not set up for this purpose.

More Pictures and information about the bag and its contents can be found here: http://priorproperplanningpppp.blogspot.com/2014/06/edc-bag-overview.html

The Bag (Center Black Bag): It is the perfect size to fit between the seats of a vehicle or in the front of a car while still having room for all of my essential gear.The back has plenty of room for expansion via MOLLE and has countless interior pockets for additional organization.

On the exterior of the pack I keep the following Items: Large Fire Kit (http://priorproperplanningpppp.blogspot.com/2014/06/large-fire-kit.html), Dark Angel Medical IFAK (http://priorproperplanningpppp.blogspot.com/2014/06/individual-first-aid-kit-ifak.html), EDC Cook Set (http://priorproperplanningpppp.blogspot.com/2014/06/edcbushcraft-cook-set.html), Mora Bushcraft Black Survival, Magazine pouch, and a 250 lumen right angle light.

The rear zipper compartment contains a water bladder and when in the woods it also includes a grill, large gauge copper wire and thinner gauge wire for trapping.

Exterior top pocket of the bag includes Sunglasses case (Oakley's, 2 lense cloth and 1 fleece lense wiper), six AAA batteries, six AA batteries, one AC/DC charger, one usb charging cord (spare battery and spare stylist at work and not in picture).

Contents of my dual magazine pocket: three magazines loaded with critical defense ammo, three magazines with FMJ ammo and twenty rounds of FMJ ammo in small plastic bags which act as a spacer for the magazines to sit on.

Contents of the front zipper pocket: Check book, Cash (needed for filing legal documents), bottle of pain reliever and a small first aid kit.

Front pocket behind the zipper pocket contents: EDC Tool Kit (http://priorproperplanningpppp.blogspot.com/2014/06/edc-tool-kit.html), Bacho Laplander, Mora Bushcraft Black Survival (is also by the fire kit at times).

Top right interior pocket contents: trail mix (one used this weekend), boil in bag rice (one used this weekend), two cliff bars, Salmon, Italian sandwich, Breakfast Sandwich, Shrimp Ramen x2 (used this weekend).

Bottom right interior pocket contents: Grabber survival tarp, SOL Survival Blanket, SOL Bivi Bag, Two clear plastic bags, two black contractor bags, 50' paracord, two beiners, six short sections of paracord (for trapping or securing a shelter.

Main Bag Contents: HexArmor Rescue gloves, rain coat, hat, 220 lumen head lamp with night vision mode, bandana, and paratec padded dew rag (great for use with a hard hat).

Bottom left interior pocket contents: cologne, mouth wash, deodorant/antiperspirant, three shout wipes, packable towel, comb, tooth brush, four toothpaste, four sun screen, wet wipes, N95 mask.

As always feel free to ask any questions you may have or make any suggestions you may have. Thank you for reading and as always I look forward to your feedback.

From Alex:
Thanks for the entry!

First thing that comes to mind...this is a lot more wilderness-focused than a typical EDC...but - I don't know what your emergency response/oil and gas field job looks like. If your job brings you into the deep wilderness often, where a night (or several) in the bush is a fairly decent probability and a hot lunch is one you cook over coals, then carry on.

Assuming that is the case and you're not carrying a bushcraft saw and cooking grill around suburbia, and viewing this as a woods/wilderness based EDC...

In terms of warming up lunch off the grid, you might want to look into a alcohol stove, sterno can or a Jet Boil. Lets you get things cooking faster and cleaner.

For shelter, a fleece or other lightweight layer item would be helpful if forced to sleep in the boonies. Good choices on the combo of SOL gear and contractor bags - functional for not a lot of weight.

Am I missing a compass and/or GPS? I'd also want a water filter of some kind if a wilderness walkout or unplanned stay in the woods was potential.

The SD gear carried in the tool bag may be very tough to access...you'd likely have to remember to remove and pocket it on your way to deal with a potentially hostile person. Not ideal.

Six pistol mags is a lot to haul around on a daily basis. Not sure what scenario you're envisioning, or the mix from JHP to FMJ. Clicking through, looks like your sidearm is a low cap single stack...maybe a .380? If you're worried about needing that much ammo, you'd be better served by upgrading to something double stack and higher cap and/or more potent.

Finally, ensure you're 'legal' well on all the gear you're carrying, and think through the perception of an LEO or even a jury if you did have to say use your pistol in self defense. A fixed blade knife, baton, pepper spray, handcuffs, zip ties, pistol and six magazines...the prosecution tried to use the fact that Zimmerman topped off his mag against him. They could have a small field day here. If your emergency response gig = LEO or some kind of security work, then that's a different story. But for an average citizen, certainly something to think about.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 1, 2014, 10:38 pm

Brutal stick and blade work from the movie the Raid...some of the most intense hand to hand fighting put to film. Not for the squeamish.
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
My EDC bag of the last couple of years is a Maxpedition Sitka. It goes with me to the office every day.

I have changed up some of the contents in the past but I have settled for now on this to meet likely needs. My commute is about 12 miles so I don’t have to plan for a 3 day ‘get home’ situation.

I like the sling bag over a standard backpack as it is easy to put it on with one hand and stays put. I am also a fan of ‘nesting pouches’ for organizing smaller items. I can remove the pouch separately and not have to fish around for what I need. There is plenty of room for my iPad, charging cables, etc.

I do not carry a handgun off body even though the Sitka has a built in holster. My place of work does not allow firearms so it would be a pain to have this in the bag. I have another bag in my car that contains a bigger FAK, food and seasonal clothing/shoes if I have to hike.

Bag contents are as follows:

Spare reading glasses
Rite n Rain tactical notebook w/Maxpedition Notebook cover
AA batteries
Dental floss
Pocket Knife
Combo screw driver/level/flashlight
Flash drive
Tongue depressors
Mag lite
Small FAK
Exercise Band
Bug wipes
Gerber Multi-Tool
Hand Warmer
Black shoe strings with metal clip
Hand Wipes
3 x 5 cards
Sun screen wipes
Combo whistle/compass/thermometer
Antiseptic wipes
Rain Poncho
Blood stopper pads
Small sewing kit
Expired Passport for ID
Roadmaps of surrounding counties
Maxpedition 4 x 6 pouch

Tactical Notebook Cover.com (iPad, maps, pens, pencils highlighters) this a min-EDC in itself

Naglene bottle or I use a Berkey Sport portable water filter.

Lots of ‘smalls’ but the bag and the contents are comfortable to wear. Having the pouches and Notebook covers make this easy to get to what I want. I appreciate any feedback provided.

From Alex:
No really specific comments aside from things covered in a bunch of entries so far (sling bags, spare cash, food, emergency cell charger, work gloves/personal protective gear, duct tape/repair kit, etc.). I would do hand sanitizer versus the soap.

One question about some of the contents, though - why include the tongue depressors, exercise band or shoe laces?
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: July 1, 2014, 6:59 am

I'm Danielle, a newbie to prepping, and I'm submitting another cubicle friendly EDC bag. I'm a process engineer: most days I'm chained to my desk so my bag is generally within two feet of me, and the contents are mostly for convenience.   
From top left, going left to right in each row:

Row 1:
Timbuk2 Swig
Work laptop

Row 2:
parking pass for work
Makeup bag, with makeup (no fun surprises, sorry)
Laptop charger 

Row 3:
Scissors (for coupons, it's a horrible/hoarder's hobby)
Keys for car and house, plus discount cards for grocery stores and library keychain card
Gray lump/tissue holder - crocheted this so I don't have to buy those stupid expensive individual packs from the grocery store 
Tiny Guidesman multitool

Row 4: 
AA battery flashlight
Lip balm/salve for super dry or cracked skin
Nail clippers
Plain Bic clicky pen
3" Guidesman folding knife
Keys for work desk 
iPod nano

Bottom left section:
Charging cables for personal android phone, work iPhone, iPod - the white cube on the iPhone cable is compatible with any USB cable

Center section: 
White box - bandages, wound wipes, antiseptic ointment, some gauze pads for larger cuts, Q tips (unsurprisingly useful)
Feminine hygiene products 
Socks (backups for when I need to change out for my work boots)

Right section - usually on person carry, items are relegated to bag when I'm not in the plant:
2" folding knife, clipped inside waistband of my jeans
16 GB flash drive
Tiny flashlight (runs on watch batteries/AAA guts)
VPN card for working away from the office
Personal phone
Work phone (used to take the picture)

My workplace is very casual so the bag is a nonissue. Work attire consists of jeans and any top that would typically be considered school appropriate - avoid logos or obscene graphics on tees, nothing overly sheer, little to no cleavage, etc. Wearing denim every day is actually inconvenient because lady jeans have little to no pocket space, so I have very little room for on person carry.
My needs are mostly comforts in the office - hangnail elimination, fixing small cuts, charging my electronics, transferring presentations. I always forget to bring water and snacks in my EDC, partly because I bring a separate lunch bag that I stuff in the break room fridge and partly because I suck.

I find that I use about 80% of the items regularly. The remaining items aren't needed everyday (umbrella, lady stuff) or are backups (extra knife, flashlight). That Guidesman knife is actually pretty good for its price; it was on sale for $0.99 and I think it's a decent knife for a newbie (like me), not wobbly or unstable and the lock is secure without being too stubborn. Only complaint is that it opens a little stiffly for me to do it one handed, but I have small hands.

There's a notable lack of survival items because I use separate storage for that in my vehicle; if there's an emergency event the only escape route is toward our parking lot, so if I can't get to my car I'm probably dead or a hostage :)
From Alex:
I like the crocheted tissue holder. If you wove those out of paracord or knitted them into the shape of skulls, grenades, etc. they'd be a hit on Estsy.
r.e. water/food in the EDC bag - even just chucking a 16 oz water bottle and a couple granola bars and forgetting about 'em is better than nothing.
On "I can't get to my car I'm probably dead or a hostage." the point would be trying to keep that from happening and facilitate your evac from the building. Not sure what kind of plant you work in, but I hear 'plant' think potential for industrial accidents, disgruntled employee going active shooters and the like. Lots that could keep you from getting to your vehicle  and safety.
The "Oh well, if that happens I guess I'll just die," attitude is what we try to avoid. A few small tools or items could make a difference in those situations. An IFAK in case of traumatic injury, N95 mask/smoke hood in case of fire, protective gloves, etc.

Spare cash and some coinage is good idea. Two sets of batteries for your lights, too. 

I'll pass it over to the tribe for any other advice!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: June 30, 2014, 11:26 pm
T-Blog friend and sometime guest contributor EdWood has Tumblr blog up, with lots of his typically wicked gear, photos and creativity on display. About time! Should be lots of good stuff to come.

Check it out and bookmark it up:

Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: June 30, 2014, 1:38 am

I am a psychiatric social worker and travel the Greater Columbus (Ohio) area visiting people in their homes and in community. I often alternate between my car and motorcycle, depending on weather and job needs. So, I need a bag I can wear comfortably when I ride. Most standard backpacks are to chunky and not comfortable for riding, while a laptop bag offers a more streamlined design with usually more storage pockets inside. Also, my bag looks like all the others out there.
My EDC is based on the possibility of something terrible happening and all I have is this bag, either out in the community or stuck in my office. I could be on the side of town farthest away from my home and I would need items to assist me in returning home to meet my wife and then further assess what to do next. I am figuring on a possible 20-mile trip home on foot through varied urban and/or rural terrain as the worst scenario.

I do have a well stocked GHB in my car’s trunk, so the following gear would be all I have if I’m riding or stuck in my office, or as extra gear for the car GHB when driving.

I don’t have extra clothes in my bag as I am normally wearing weather appropriate and comfortable clothing and shoes (no real work dress-code), and/or motorcycle jacket, pants, gloves and helmet.

  • Belkin “Core” 15.6” Laptop Backpack (comfortable, good storage, aerodynamic for riding)
Inside Bag:
  • Zippered Portfolio (work stuff, fits in the laptop section of bag)
  • Leatherman Style PS
  • Photon Micro (white LED)
  • USB flashdrive (work and personal stuff, encrypted)
  • Pens (blue only)
  • Qwik Clot Trauma Kit
  • Collapsible Rolled bottle w/carabiner
  • Advil in travel bottle
  • Hand cleaner spray
  • Small hotel lotion
  • Lite My Fire Spork w/ziploc baggie of salt and pepper packs (lunch seasonings)
  • Clif, Power Bars, etc. (rotated in and out as eaten or age)
Maxpedition Pocket Organizer:
Maxpedition Micro Organizer:
  • USB cig lighter adapter
  • Retractable USB charging cable
  • USB quick charger w/extra AA
EDC on person:
  • Ruger LCP w/spare mag (if riding)
  • Beretta Nano w/spare mag (if driving)
  • Wenger “Highlander” knife w/ Olight I3 EOS AAA on TEC pocket clip
  • Small Bic lighter
  • Chapstick
  • Sog Flash I
  • Cell phones (work and personal)
  • Wallet (usual stuff: drivers license, CHL, cards, cash, AMA Card…)
  • Car or Motorcycle and House Keys
  • Work ID in retractable lanyard 
From Alex:
Nice, well rounded bag! Good organization with the subloads - helps keep things from becoming too chaotic.

One omission looks to be spare batteries. Add a small handful of AAAs for those lights.

A full-size Leatherman like the Wave is one of my most-used items - hard to beat for all around use.

Given the nature of the bag, I don't see the fishing kit coming in handy during a 20 mile walk home. It likely takes up little to no weight or space, so no biggie.

The spare pistol mags would be better riding in some kind of mag pouch like the Galco Pocket Magazine Carrier.

That's it from me!
Author: TEOTWAWKI Blog / Alexander Wolf
Posted: June 29, 2014, 9:56 pm

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