Living off the grid is becoming more commonplace these days, with more than 18,000 families choosing to live off-grid in the U.S. alone. Toughing it out in the wilderness without modern comforts is no easy task, however, especially for those who want to live the nomadic lifestyle. If you’re living off the grid in an RV, taking proper precautions may save you from having to spend any nights without food, water, or shelter. There are several simple modifications that you can make to your camper to create a safer, more comfortable home. Install a Water Filtration System The most critical resource in any off-grid scenario is water. We can only survive about a week without water. Even after a couple of days, the effects of dehydration can set in, including: A decrease in energy levels Headaches or migraines Confusion and dizziness Drastic fluctuations in blood pressure Stiff joints Seizures When you’re living off-road out of your RV, you never know when an emergency might strike. If you find yourself stranded and your water supply dwindling, it’s a good idea to [Read more…]
Let’s talk about tactical comms setups. What’s the essentials that you need? You’ll need a radio, an electronic headset (ideally with noise cancellation), and a push to talk (PTT) switch of some sort. Best Comms Headset The is an “operator” quality tactical headset. The 3M Peltor ComTac III Electronic Headset has it all, and a boom mic for use with a radio. First of all – this is a noise canceling electronic headset. Thanks to the dual mics it picks up all ambient sounds and quickly shuts off to protect you from gun shots (or loud industrial noises). These meet DA PAM 40-501 Army Hearing Conservation Program requirements. They are popular with the military and LEOs. Two AAA batteries will give you approx. 500 hours of use. It includes a radio jack (and a boom mic) – which is what makes this a comms headset vs just an electronic ear muff. This headset will work with various bump and ballistic helmets with a high cut shell. Want a streamlined in-ear headset options? This would work with an ACH (Advanced Combat [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best tactical headlamp. Why a tactical headlamp? Because it gives you bright light, when you need it, in a hands free fashion. It is a lot more convenient than a flashlight – because you don’t have to hold it. What’s more, today’s models with LED bulbs are incredibly bright, lightweight, and have great battery life. Here’s the models we’ll review. Whether you are working on a car, night trail running, road side repairs, camping, GORUCK challenge events, or on a mission – a head lamp can help make you more efficient. A headlamp with long battery life should be considered a bug out bag essential. What should you look for in a headlamp? We’ll talk about that next. Features of the Best Tactical Headlamp The best tactical headlamp will have an LED bulb, not an old school xenon or incandescent bulb. Why? LED is just better – in just about every way. For one, they can be very, very bright. Light intensity (or brightness) is measured in Lumens. You’ll see some of these models have 150 [Read more…]
Ranger Panties – what are they? These are minimalist running shorts, with roots in the military. They are short (after all these aren’t “longs”). They are comfortable. They can be very revealing. But, it’s all about the comfort. By the way, these products contain some of the most entertaining questions and comments on all of Amazon. You are doing yourself a huge disservice if you don’t click through and check them out. Seriously. Here’s the products we are going to review. Let’s take a closer look at the best ranger panties. What can you do with these? Anything. Rucking, running, hiking, marching, squatting, PT – ranger panties do it all. As long as you aren’t too modest… We recommend OD Green. This gives you a legit look and military feel. Black is a versatile color – and it flies under the radar. Of course your brilliant white thighs will probably counter that… Hi viz options are available as well. You will inevitably see a pair of these at any 5K or distance run. So, you might as well grab a [Read more…]
Let’s talk about the best ear protection for shooting. We’re going to look at all the technical features you would want in a pair of passive earmuffs or active noise reduction headsets. Passive ear muffs require no batteries and protect your ears against most loud and intense sounds. But, Active Noise Reduction headsets are available that are more pleasant to use – especially for long durations. These are great for wear all day on the job site – or on a mission. Those Active Noise Reduction headsets protect your ears just as well as passive devices too. Here’s the products we’ll be reviewing: Let’s dive right in. Tips for Ear Protection for Shooting Before we start, let’s make sure you understand the basic terminology related to hearing protection. Here’s some things to look for in the best ear protection for shooting. In the year 2019, there’s really no reason to use old-fashioned ear plugs and passive earmuffs. Active Noise Reduction is cheap and plentiful – and it works great.
Let’s look at the best shooting targets for 2019. These durable targets make shooting practice fun. How so? Because these tough steel targets make a sound when you hit them. They add some challenge and variety to any outdoor shooting range. They also sound good. Just remember: Never shoot steel core, steel jacket, solid copper ammo, or magnum rounds at these shooting target. Do not shoot metal shooting target with BB’s, pellets, or air soft. They don’t have enough force to splatter and will ricochet! Do not shoot closer than 100 yards with a rifle and 10 yards with a handgun. Do not shoot a caliber larger than .308 at these shooting target. Always wear eye and ear protection while shooting at targets. Here’s the products we’ll be looking at.
Let’s look at Plate Carrier Placards. First of all, what is a PC Placard? It’s a modular front panel meant to be quick attached (or detached) to the front of a plate carrier (or “PC”). Why modular? This let’s you quickly and easily swap load-outs. First of all, you’ve got to find one that is compatible with your Plate Carrier. There are a variety of attachment options include: “G hooks”, side release buckles, and other attachment methods – some of which are proprietary. Here’s what a G hook looks like, in case you don’t know. Most of these placards are roughly three M4 mags in width – or about 6 MOLLE columns. Placard for London Bridge Trading Plate Carriers As one example, here’s the . You can see this has room for 3 M4 mags, plus 3 pistol mags – or other gear – like a flashlight. This is meant to work with LBT (London Bridge Trading) or LBX (London Bridge’s budget line) gear. What you can’t see is how this attaches – Condor Vanquish Armor System Accessories Kangaroo Mag [Read more…]
Let’s look at tactical notebooks. What’s a tactical notebook? It’s a tough notebook made for field use – like in the mud, rain, or desert heat. And to use a tactical or field notebook – you’d better have a tough pen too. Here’s the products we are going to cover today. Features of the Best Tactical Notebook First of all, most of these will have a “window” or protective polycarbonate sleeve for displaying maps and checklists through the cover of the notebook. And because it is a notebook – you will be writing with a pen, pencil, dry erase marker, or grease pencil – so look for elastic pen loops – to secure all those writing instruments. Also handy is having a mesh pocket – so you can keep track of loose items. Convenient sizing – most will fit in a cargo pocket. These will also fit in the admin pouch, sleeve, or pocket on a Plate Carrier, such as the Crye JPC. Tough tactical or field notebooks are great for hikers, search and rescue personnel, hunters, squad leaders, and [Read more…]
Team Wendy makes tough milspec gear – and their ballistic helmets are some of the best. The Team Wendy EXFIL Ballistic Helmet is a popular choice for a protective helmet. First off, let’s be clear – this is a ballistic helmet, not a bump helmet. What’s the difference? About $700. In all seriousness ballistic helmets are meant to protect you from high speed projectiles and fragments – something a bump helmet doesn’t claim to do. The helmet discussed here provides ballistic protection to meet the NIJ Level III-A standard (according to NIJ STD 0106.01/0108.01). It also provides blunt impact protection (ACH Blunt Impact Protection requirements per AR/PD 10-02). Let’s take a closer look at this outstanding piece of tactical gear. First off, the EXFIL Ballistic Helmet is made with a hybrid composite shell, and features a unique CAM fit retention system – that you can adjust with one hand. The high cut shell is made from polyethylene and other fibers in a proprietary composite matrix. By the way, these are NOT ACH style helmets (Advanced Combat Helmet). Those models have [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best bump helmet that you can pick up in 2019. What is a bump helmet? A bump helmet is protective gear worn to protect your head and skull. A bump helmet in particular protects you against bumps, falls, and similar impacts. A bump helmet is NOT a ballistic helmet. A ballistic helmet may protect you from a range of high speed projectiles. That’s not what a bump helmet is for. Why would you need a bump helmet? First off, for tactical operations and law enforcement there is obviously a need for a bump helmet. But, bump helmets can be useful for recreational activities too – like whitewater rafting, skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Or, how about: caving, ziplining, and rock scrambling? All those things require a good bump helmet. Bump helmets are also used in Search And Rescue (SAR) operations, particularly in mountaineering situations. They are also a popular accessory for airsoft, LARPing, and MilSim. We’ll look at the best bump helmets from Team Wendy. Ops-Core and ESSTAC also have good models. Team Wendy EXFIL [Read more…]
The Casio G-Shock line of watches enjoy great popularity among people in military service. We believe that it’s important to understand exactly why military-style gear and accessories are better choices for durability, performance and expanded uses. We also believe that the Casio G-Shock is the best military watch available for the price. Shown here is the . Looks simple doesn’t it? Simple, reliable, and works when you need it. No bells and whistles. And battery life of weeks or months. That’s the whole point. What Is a Military Watch? The definition of military watches varies, but one of the most common interpretations is that military watches are highly functional timepieces without a bling factor. Jewels, gold and other eye-catching features are worthless to soldiers deployed in the field. Watches with dazzling features can be a danger because the flash can attract unwanted attention and even compromise your attention and performance if the watch is damaged. You might fail to take the safest course if it puts your fancy and expensive watch in danger. The same applies to many civilian tasks. [Read more…]
Need hook and loop (velcro) pouches or accessories? Check out these items. Chemlight Holders The lets you keep chemlights within easy reach. It has velcro on both sides, so you can place it on your shoulder hook and loop, and then place any necessary patch over top of it. For chemlight carrying, here’s a minimalist option. The has velcro on the back. It is perfect for chemlights, or for spare CR123 batteries.
Let’s talk about the best MOLLE pouch. What is the best pouch? That’s a trick question. It depends on what you need it for. We’ll go through a variety of cool gear that fills a variety of roles. Consider this a “best of the best” list. Best General Purpose MOLLE Pouches The is a great general purpose MOLLE pouch. If you need to carry a 200 round magazine for a SAW it is of course perfect. But I’m going to assume that is not what you are here for. What is so great about this? For one, this is genuine US military surplus – so that means made in the USA. And it’s made to milspec requirements – so it’s not a cheap piece of junk. And, these are brand new. It is size 9″ height x 7″ width x 3″ deep. There also two 6″ MOLLE straps on the back. Here’s the MOLLE on the backside. Carry mags or anything else in this high quality and cheap pouch. These are also great to organize items inside your rucksack. Best [Read more…]
Hydration Bladders: The Ultimate Tool for Adventure Have you ever had a water bottle leak into your hiking rucksack, making the entire contents of the bag wet? Have you ever wished that you could have a water source available while running without having to tote around a heavy, sloshing water bottle? Wouldn’t it be simple to sip out of a straw while exploring rather than having to stop and mess with water bottle caps? If you are tired of these scenarios, then you are in luck. A device called a hydration bladder can eliminate all of these pesky situations while freeing up your hands for outdoor activities and providing you with ultimate hydration. What is a Hydration Bladder? Hydration bladders are simplified water reservoirs with a spout-like attachment that allows individuals to wear their source of water on their back while having easy access to hydration. As a system that functions like a backpack, the CamelBak was the original hydration pack and was often used by soldiers and avid outdoorsmen. Popular by demand, hydration bladders began to evolve and became [Read more…]
Let’s look at the best tactical pen for 2019. What’s a tactical pen? It’s a pen for writing – but so much more. A tactical pen is an ink pen that has other uses too – such as self defense and survival. Every man should include a good writing instrument in his bug out bag, get home bag, or similar. And you might as well make it a multi-purpose item. It’s a covert way to have within easy reach a tool – or weapon. Let’s get started. For those that don’t want to read the whole article – here’s our recommendations: Tactical Pens – Cheesy or Legit Tactical Gear? To say tactical pens are a controversial piece of gear is an understatement. Most people will grab anything cheap that will write – after all how often do you lose your pen? Secondly, you might be better off with a legit tactical flashlight or mulittool rather than trying to make a pen that does those things. Having said all that, we’ll present the options here – and you decide what is [Read more…]