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[Toolbox Tuesday] A “Do Nothing” Blackout / EMP Gadget (Review)

I don’t often get excited about a new product, but this gadget prepares you for blackouts (from EMP, storms, or our failing power grid) without requiring you to do ANYTHING other than put it in your house! That’s why it’s the subject of our Toolbox Tuesday review this week.

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Survival Skills For Children: 3 Things To Teach Kids About Bugging Out And Preparedness

You’ve got to take the time to teach your kids some fundamental survival skills. The more they know, the less scared they will be. But children are not little adults and you can’t look at them or teach them that way. We have to look at what we can expect from them, realistically, in the wilderness and when surviving.

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WL 351 – Should We NUKE The Aliens?

No, I’m not out getting fitted for a tinfoil hat. The reality is that the threat of “space invaders” is more realistic than you might think… and it can teach us a lot about more “down to Earth” threats. Hear it in this week’s super-quick podcast.

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An Urgent Message About “Survival Food”

“Preppers” have know this forever – but now nearly EVERYONE seems to be awake now, which is why people I know in our industry who supply things like “survival food” have been sold-out month after month…

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3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival scavenging can really help bolster your supplies in a long-term crisis… but you have to be careful to watch your back while you’re doing it. Here are several tips from survival expert Jake Sepulveda.

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Q: “Should I Build A SHTF Survival Team For A Collapse?”

In a SHTF event, are you safer as part of a “survival team” or facing the aftermath of a disaster or collapse by

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WL 350 – 8 Survival Lessons From The “Soldiers Of The Future”

The military is always engaged in research and development, and I should know, because I was part of that with the 10th Mountain Division. Here are 8 tips inspired by the “soldiers of the future” that you can implement in your own survival plans right now!

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A Fast, Simple Test For Your “Mental Toughness” & Discipline

I’ve been talking with a buddy of mine, Mike Gillette, about mental toughness and discipline — and he gave me this fast, simple test to measure my current “toughness levels” and progress as I work on things.

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3 DUMB Myths About “Survival Caching”

Over and over again, I’ve seen the same dumb myths about “survival caching.” Here are the top 3 (and why you need to stop believing them).

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Bugout Response Killer Solved: An Evacuation Survival Gear Tip From Rick

I LOVE getting tips from our subscribers and this one from Rick D. covers a must-have piece of “survival gear” for your bugout

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Survival Q&A: “Should I Build A Bugout Bag Or Buy One?”

QUESTION: “Is it better to buy an already made bug-out bag, or is it better to build my own?” – Patrick F. Let’s

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WL 347 – Mob Defense: A RANT

In this week’s podcast, we do something just a little different, and dive headfirst into a rant that is sure to ruffle some feathers.

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Riot Survival Tips: 3 Ways To Establish Your Own “13 Hours” Escape Plan!

It’s one of the most infamous terrorist attacks in modern history – and there’s a LOT we can learn from it.

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Is “war” coming to your streets? I say. . .

I made a LOT of people angry this week when I sent an email about the upcoming riots… and now, I’m going to let you know just what ELSE to expect as the Derek Chauvin trial goes to the jury!

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My “Top 5” Best Bugout Guns

If you were literally forced out of your home due to a major disaster… wide-scale grid-down blackout… or other catastrophic event… which gun would you bring with you? I think you’ll be REALLY surprised at my number 1 pick…

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5 Best Survival Guns For Prepping Your SHTF Bug Out Bag

Forget all the Doomsday Prepper fantasy B.S. when it comes to bug-out guns. Walking around like you’re in the apocalyptic wasteland, adorned in

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WL 346 – Survival Driving (Pt. 3 Of 3): Escape & Evasion Driving Tactics

In our third in a three-part podcast series on survival driving, we cover some escape and evasion driving tactics worthy of James Bond himself.

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[Toolbox Tuesday] Do NOT Carry This Escape & Evasion Tool

This common escape & evasion tool is also the preferred tool of thieves who target cars, so carrying it could get you arrested. There’s a better alternative!

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Post-Pandemic Survival: “Weird” 2021 Items To Add To Your Bugout Bag

Your bugout bag is not a “one and done” survival kit. What was best for last year may not be what’s best for this year. In this week’s YouTube video, we cover some items you may want to add to your BOB post-pandemic.

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WL 345 – Survival Driving (Pt. 2 Of 3): 10 Tips To “James Bond” Your Car

In the second in our series on survival driving, we give you 10 tips to “James Bond” your car (including a “Home Depot” trick that is more dangerous than you might think). A must-listen as we head into this violent summer of protests!

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Bugout Bag Essentials – Combat Veteran’s 16 lb Ultralight Go-Bag Survival Gear List

“Travel light, freeze at night” – That was our packing plan in the infantry. Same goes with your bugout bag for that SHTF

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WL 344 – Survival Driving (Pt. 1 of 3): 10 “Prep Steps” Vs. A Riot

I hate to say it, but my “spidey senses” are tingling as we head into summer and the trial for the police officer in the George Floyd case gets underway…

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Ammo Crisis 2021: 4 ways to stock up NOW

Well, here we go again. There’s yet ANOTHER ammo shortage to deal with… and I give you 4 tips you can act on RIGHT NOW to stock up without going broke.

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WL 343: 5 Stranger Than Fiction TEOTWAWKI Events

In this week’s podcast episode, I cover 5 “stranger than fiction” scenarios that really COULD end the human race. Don’t listen to this if you suffer from anxiety!

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WL 342 – Real-Life Stories For Why You Need Extra Ammo

Everybody says to carry extra ammo… except the people who don’t. In this week’s podcast, I have two very real stories that show why there’s more reason than ever to carry more, not less!

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Reader Feedback Request: “Should I Get The COVID Vaccine?”

Are YOU getting the COVID vaccine? Should I? I could use your help with this…

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WL 341 – Survival Caching – Myths & Mistakes

I know many of you have probably never considered this as part of your “survival plan” before. Either it was too “out there”

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A warning if you EVER give to “veteran charities”. . .

If you ever give to veterans’ charities, I have to warn you – this is about as low as it gets.

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WL 340 – 5 Survival Scenarios – 5 Survival Guns

Different survival firearms are better for different survival scenarios. In this week’s podcast, Jeff looks at 5 different situations and the best guns for each of them.

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TACT Bivvy Survival Gear Review: 3 Ways This "Body Bag" Can Save Your Life!

A sleeping bag is the biggest waste of space in your BOB. Here’s a better option…

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Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

Sniper Training For Survivalists: Every prepper needs it, both for bugging out and for bugging in. Learn why you need a “sniper rifle” and the training to use it.

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WL 339 – Military Secrets For Extreme Cold Weather Survival

In this week’s podcast episode, I’ll run down some of the biggest takeaways from this winter’s terrible “Polar Vortex” event… including how what I learned in the military can help us all through extreme weather events.

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Best Tactical Tomahawk Fighting Tips For Self-Defense!

It’s been going through a skyrocketing resurgence in both the military and law enforcement, as a tactical tool as well as a weapon.

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WL 338 – How To Survive A SHTF Ammo Crisis

Think it’s hard to buy ammo NOW? You ain’t seen nothing yet! In a “real” collapse, some trigger event could cause ammo to become even MORE scarce. Here’s what to do about it.

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WL 337 – 10 Commandments Of Concealed Carry

Everybody’s got strong opinions about concealed carry. In this week’s podcast episode, Jeff offers his ten must-follow rules for CCW holders.

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Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the term, “never bring a knife to a gunfight, right? I mean, who in their right mind would

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CCW Tactics For Concealed Carry Pistols: Are You Dirty Harry? Do You NEED To Be?

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to “stopping power” and what you carry for self-defense.

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The smallest, lightest survival and SD tool there is. . .

A survival tool doesn’t have to be large (or expensive) to be incredibly useful!

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WL 336 – “I Survived COVID-19” (How To Prep For It)

One of our long-time readers and listeners, David Webb, found himself in COVID isolation. Wishing he had been more prepared, he is now recovered and agreed to share his experience (and his suggested COVID prep tips) with us.

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Home Remedies For Survival: Lady Saves Her Life With Insane “Fake” Tip

You’ll never believe how this woman saved her life when she didn’t have access to an EpiPen.

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WL 335 – Sneaky CIA Tricks To Stay Armed In “No Gun Zones”

In this week’s podcast, we talk to former CIA operative Jason Hanson to get his input on how to stay armed where you’re not supposed to be.

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Survival Gear: Tiny Survival Gadget BEATS Much Larger Versions

We review a piece of gear that outperforms much larger, more expensive models in this article. Great for your bugout bag and all your survival kits!

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WL 334 – Capitol Riot Lessons

The Capitol Hill riot created some very concerning problems for all of us as we move forward in an increasingly divided country. Here’s what I’m doing to protect myself and my loved ones.

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WL 333 – How Warrior Life Made Me A Better Prepper, Protector, & Survivor

In this week’s podcast, Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to explain how Warrior Life and the “warrior lifestyle” can improve your own well-being and protect your family.

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WL 332 – Low Light Shooting: Tips, Tricks, & Tactics

In this week’s podcast, we interview shooting expert, trainer, and law enforcement officer Rich Nance to get his insights on fighting in low light conditions… and training for the same!

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Best Survival Gear Review: Your Fancy "Power Bank" Won’t Help You

In a long-term emergency, the battery pack you’re relying on for your critical communications devices will NOT be enough.

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WL 331 – Top Tactical Tips From 2020

Top Tactical Tips From 2020This is our last podcast of 2020, and it’s safe to say… Nobody will be sorry to see this

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The Weird “Pocket Discovery” Of A Lost And Alone Hiker That Saved His Life On The Side Of A Mountain

Yong Kim wondered if this might be “the end” – until he reached into his pocket just one last time…

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The smallest, lightest survival and SD tool there is. . .

This tiny little piece of plastic is the smallest, lightest survival and self-defense tool you can carry.

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WL 329 – 5 Steps To Prepping On A Budget

You know, you’ll never go broke betting on one thing: Just how MAD people get when they talk about self-defense online.

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Survival “Stocking Stuffers” For Before And After The Holidays

Our list of survival stocking stuffers has become a holiday tradition. Take a look and see the great gift ideas for your family, your friends, and even yourself, both before and after the holidays.

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WL 328 – 10 Commandments Of Self-Defense

You know, you’ll never go broke betting on one thing: Just how MAD people get when they talk about self-defense online.

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Masks For COVID-19 / “Coronavirus” – I tested 17 Of Them

I took a look at some of the masks on the market… and what I discovered may shock you (or it may not).

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CCW Gear And Tactical Flashlights: You NEVER Want To Say, “Oh No! I SHOT My Kid!”

You probably already know you need a tactical light… but a LOT of tactical lights on the market have something very wrong with them if you have to use them in a gunfight!

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WL 327 – Defeating Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

The pandemic has had a profound effect on all of us. As we head into the holiday season, we cover some tips for how to manage stress, anxiety, and depression in this week’s podcast.

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WL 326 – The Good News For Survival In 2020

Believe it or not, there really IS good news in 2020. Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson in this week’s podcast to go over 5 positive takeaways from the past year.

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The WORST Advice For Good Preppers & Survivalists

“Old School” survival can teach us a lot. It’s super important to helping you avoid this major mistake that even experienced preppers are still making…

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Riot Defense: A Sneaky DISGUISE If You Get Caught In A Mob!

There’s a cheap way to leverage gear you’re already carrying to disguise yourself – and escape – in a riot!

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Defeat A Padlock: Quick Survival Tip (Fastest”Lock-Picking” Method EVER!)

The fastest way to pick a lock isn’t a “pick” at all…

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MCS 324 – Early Warning Survival Habits

In this week’s podcast, we talk about some habits you can develop that will give you early warning when it comes to future survival challenges.

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MCS 323 – Combination Survival Tools

Do-it-all survival tools often don’t do many things well. Here’s how to evaluate them.

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TACT Bivvy Survival Gear Review: 3 Ways This “Body Bag” Can Save Your Life!

This may be the most underrated piece of survival gear EVER.

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MCS 322 – Step-By-Step Urban Survival Caching

  One of the reasons we’re so excited about our upcoming transition to Warrior Life is that we LOVE participation from our readers,

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Real Street Fight Training: 3 Tips To Punch Faster And Harder!

To defeat an attacker, especially one that’s bigger and stronger than you, you need to know not only the instant destruction points that

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MCS 321 – Permanent Pandemic Prepping

  Tired of all this pandemic BS? Wondering where it’s all going and what life is going to look like in the future?

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Carjacking Defense: 3 Counter Ambush Tricks From A CIA Agent

It was a well-planned attack… While driving through Baltimore City, MD, former CIA agent Jason Hanson, took a turn down a narrow street

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Gun Rights & Freedom: 3 Ways The Media FOOLED YOU

I’ve written before about how frustrating it is that no celebrities, no big politicians, and none of the people on Jeffrey Epstein’s flight

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MCS 320 – Tactical Prepper ABCs – Always Be Learning!

Tactical Prepper Training – Always Be Learning! (ABL, not ABC) People use the term “the ABCs” to refer to the basics, the building

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Prepper Survival Tips: Emergency Response Plan For Apartments And Small Homes

https://mcsmag.co/e/shelter-in-place – Need an emergency response plan to shelter in place but live in a small home? Are you a prepper who wants

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Bugging Out With A Bike For SHTF Urban Survival Preppers

https://mcsmag.co/e/bugout-survival-training – Prepping for bugging out with your bug out bag during a disaster, grid down collapse, or other SHTF crisis, doesn’t mean

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Improvised Survival Weapons For Your Bug Out Bag

http://mcs-mag.com/s/yt-improvised-weapons – Bugging out can be a dangerous survival mission. To protect yourself and those you love, you need to be armed –

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Doomsday Survival Board Game From Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy – Modern Combat and Survival

http://SurvivalBoardGame.com is the new role playing survival game for preppers from the renowned survivalists, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy from DoomAndBloom.net. One of

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5 Military Urban Survival Skills Every Tactical Prepper Must Know

https://mcsmag.co/e/survival-training – The best urban survival training comes from military tactical experience of how to survive a disaster, crisis, or attack – but

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Emergency Food Secrets For Survival Kit

http://SurvivalKitBugOutBag.com – Packing emergency food in your survival kit bugout bag requires a lot of thought. In a recent survey, over 75% of

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Survival Food- Emergency Storage: Food4Patriots Review – Modern Combat and Survival

http://PatriotSurvivalFood.com – Emergency survival food is an essential part of any survival plan. Storing canned goods and even MRE’s are good options, but

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(Story) Urban Survival And The Current Pandemic

Don’t end up at the mercy of “power warlords” in an emergency!

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MCS 317 – Survival For Seniors

As we get older, things that were easier get a lot harder. If you’re starting to feel your age, there are some things you can do to compensate while staying as prepared as ever for survival.

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Urban Escape And Evasion Mistakes Even Skilled Preppers Make

A lot of people are teaching escape and evasion these days, and for good reason. But you can’t afford to make these mistakes and get caught when you’re fleeing hostiles!

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Operation Save Our Soldiers Needs Your Help

Freedom isn’t free, as they say – and there’s something you can do to help those who are still alive, but struggling with what they’ve experienced.

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MCS 315 – Combat PTSD: Myths, Misconceptions & A "Cure"

With Patriot Day coming up this week, our podcast explores what YOU can do to help veterans with PTSD… and how we can STOP veteran suicide.

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MCS 312 – 5 “Aha!” Survival Tips From Our Readers

I’m always looking for new survival tips, and our readers never disappoint. Check out these 5 survival tips that changed my own preps… and which may change how YOU approach survival, too.

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MCS 310 – Looking To The Future (And We Need YOUR Help)

Some amazing changes are coming to this site and to our weekly broadcasts… so you absolutely CANNOT miss this week’s podcast. We’re saying good-bye to the MCS brand once and for all… and we want YOU to participate in what’s coming next!

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MCS 309 – Urban Riot Vehicle Defense Tips

In this week’s podcast, Jeff Anderson shares with you 5 sneaky tips to ALMOST “riot-proof” your vehicle. Don’t miss this one!

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Mob Defense: 3 Mistakes Mark & Patricia McCloskey Made

Mark and Patricia McCloskey are now famous. Here’s 1 thing they did right… and 3 things they did wrong when they faced down a mob.

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How To Make Your Own “Concealed Shoulder Sheath” For Your Self-Defense Survival Knife

Any big fixed blade, up to and including a MACHETE (the best weapon for urban survival), can be slung in a shoulder harness this way. Learn how in this post.

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Real Street Fights: Self-Defense Training Is A WASTE Of Time!

I’ve taken more than a dozen martial arts over my lifetime. From Kung Fu to Karate to Mixed Martial Arts, to Krav Maga

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Gatka: Combat-Proven Urban Survival Weapon “Sword Fighting” For Civil Unrest

If you run out of ammo – especially with the gun stores picked clean – you’ll need a weapon that can do serious damage if you’re going to defend against the riots and looting out there…

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Antifa, Political Protests, And Political Violence: What 70’s Cops Taught Us

Political protests are nothing new. Cops from the 1970’s learned how to deal with street fighting and domestic terrorists. Learn from them to deal with today’s political Antifa threat, among others.

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5 Steps To Prep For A N. Korea “Nuke Attack”

Like me, many of you can still remember it… …the monthly drills in school where we were instructed to hide under our desk

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MCS 303 – Weird (But Effective) Tactical Training Tips From A Navy SEAL

You might not even think of these as “tactical” tips at all… but they can make you a more prepared protector and patriot. We talk to retired Navy SEAL Chris Sajnog in this week’s podcast.

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MCS 302 – How To Stop Veteran Suicide

Learn what you can do to help save our soldiers from PTSD and suicide in this week’s podcast.

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Urban Escape & Evasion Driving Tips: Father Attacked By Gang In Car!

The disturbing incident with the FedEx driver dragging a protester makes defensive driving – and escape and evasion – even more relevant now.

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Shameless Looters! What They Did In This 89 Year Old Woman’s Home Will P*ss You Off…

Given all the rioting and looting we’re seeing these days, this old story about a poor, 89-y.o. looting victim is more relevant than ever.

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MCS 301 – 10 Riot Escape & Evasion Tips

The country is on FIRE… and a lot of riot defense advice out there is the OPPOSITE of what you should be doing. In this week’s podcast, Jeff Anderson runs down 10 tips for riot escape and evasion that you need to know.

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5 Weird Urban Survival “Knife/Machete Sharpening” Hacks!

Survival knives. Survival Machetes. In urban survival environments, a machete or survival knife isn’t much good if it’s not sharp. Here are 5 urban survival knife and machete sharpening tips for all your survival blades.

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MCS 300 – Buck’s Favorite Military Stories (And Operation SOS)

Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to tell some of his favorite stories from the MCS Blog this week… and we learn about Operation Save Our Soldiers, which is helping veterans with PTSD.

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3 Weird Wilderness Survival Fire-Starting Tips Under Extreme Conditions

One of the most basic survival skills everyone (whether you’re a “prepper” or not) absolutely MUST know is how to start a fire

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Home Invasion Defense: 11. Y.O. With Combat Machete Defeats Home Invader!

Braydon Smith was home alone when a gang of THUGS came calling. But they didn’t realize that Braydon was more than ready for them…

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Survival Food/Survival Stores Advice: Eating Pets & Bugs? Ugh!

There’s been a lot of talk about food shortages in the news recently. Well, what a lot of people have forgotten is that

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