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Heatsheets Survival Blanket

Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Heatsheets Survival BlanketHeatsheets Survival Blanket

It’s time to upgrade your basic, mylar survival blanket. The Heatsheets Survival Blanket from Adventure Medical Kits is an updated version of these old standbys. Heatsheets are sized for two people and made of a more robust, tear-proof material. And the orange color provides high visibility and signaling capability. Survival and first-aid instructions are printed directly on the blanket.

Available from Amazon for $6.50 with FREE Shipping

The Best AR-15 WTSHTF

If we bought a M4 / AR-15 it’d be a Daniel Defense M4. Watch this and you’ll agree!

MillDot Ballistic Software For iOS

MillDot Ballistic Software For iOSMillDot Ballistic Software For iOS

The Mil-Dot Ballistics software for iOS is a must-have for anyone interested in long-range, precision shooting. The app runs on your iPad or iPhone and provides complete range-finsging and ballistics calculator functions in an easy-to-use format. There are a LOT of features included such as Mil and MOA solutions, moving target solutions, GPS for local weather, ballistic coefficient information and way, way more. This is definitely the best general ballistics software available for smartphones. Also check out there Mil-Dot Rangefinder App for FREE.

Available for $14.99 only from the iTunes App Store for iPad and iPhone

BALS MK2 Sniper Bean Bag & Pack

BALS MK2 Sniper Bean Bag & PackBALS MK2 Bean Bag & Pack

This product proves there are still plenty of inventions yet made. The MK-2 “BALS” or Ballistic Adjustment Leveling System combines a highly functional stock pack with a built-in rifle rest. The bean bag stores directly on your stock and is easily deployed, is adjusted in seconds and provides a solid, manipulable rest for precision shooting. We recently ditched our “basic” pack / cheek rest and upgraded to these units with excellent results.

Available only direct from SKDTAC for $67.95 plus shipping

Exotac nanoSTRIKER Firestarter

Exotac nanoSTRIKER Firestarter  Exotac nanoSTRIKER Firestarter

The Exotac nanoSTRIKER is very small, very durable ferrocerium firestarter. In fact it is likely the smallest and most durable firestarter available anywhere. The collapsible device measures only 3.3″ closed but is easily unscrewed and assembled into a highly capable rod with striker. The Exotac website has some excellent diagrams and videos about the nanoSTRIKER. The nanoSTRIKER is an excellent choice for EDC or a Bug-Out-Bag / Evac-Pack but we’ve also found them perfect for a small survival kit in the buttstock of our M1As.

Available from for $25.95 with FREE shipping from Amazon Prime

Contico Storage Foot Locker

Contico Storage Foot LockerContico Storage Locker

OK, it’s plastic, made in China and from Wal-Mart, but we have been unable to find any better value for similar storage or foot lockers. These units are lockable, have wheels and a solid handle for transport. Each locker holds 23-gallons which is large enough for bulky items without the entire unit becoming impossible to move. While these lockers meet USPS, UPS and airline shipping regulations, we would be wary to ship for fear of breakage. But for storage at home this is an excellent solution. They would also make an excellent Bug-Out-Box for bulk and larger items, assuming vehicle travel.

Available for $34 from Wal-Mart with FREE shipping to your store

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Coffee

Starbucks Via Ready Brew CoffeeStarbucks Via Coffee

For all the coffee drinkers out there, consider adding Starbucks VIA Ready Brew to your pantry. Granted at $.60 each they are not cheap but they have a unique feature that makes them very useful…the “microground” coffee is so finely ground it will dissolve in cold water. This makes VIA perfect for camping and hunting or your B.O.B. / Evac-Pack. You can still make hot coffee too and the beans are ethically sourced and it’s still cheaper than a coffee just about anywhere.

Available from Amazon for $29.95 plus shipping

Sidewinder Compact Tactical Flashlight

Sidewinder Compact Tactical FlashlightSidewinder Compact

While more practical than tactical, the Streamlight Sidewinder Compact is definitely a useful flashlight for a specific set of parameters. The CR123A-powered light is perfect for mounting on a vest, pack, headstrap or MOLLE to have one of the found (4) LEDs available anytime, anywhere. You get a white LED, red LED, blue LED and IR LED each with four (4) levels of output intensity plus a strobe function. It takes a moment to get comfortable with the controls but it is easy to operate once you map it mentally.

Available for $45.67 with FREE shipping from Amazon Prime

4Sevens Maelstrom S18 Flashlight

4Sevens Maelstrom S18 Flashlight4Sevens Maelstrom S18 Flashlight

This flashlight will literally burn your eyes out – “The Maelstrom S18 is a veritable hand-held spotlight that features 4Sevens’ unique thermal regulation and a blistering high output of 1200 OTF lumens.” And that is a real-true 1200 OTF lumens our of the lens not just from the bulbs (as is the case with many other specs). The Maelstrom is powered by six (6) CR123A batteries with a runtime up to 17.5 hours at the 80 lumens setting and down to .6 hours at the full 1200 lumens settings. There are a bunch of other features and the unit is tank-built but the main feature is the blinding output of this handheld.

Available only direct from 4Sevens for $259 plus shipping

PRI-D Diesel Fuel Stabilizer

PRI-D Diesel Fuel StabilizerPRI-D Diesel Fuel Stabilizer

PRI-D is a super concentrated, complete fuel treatment that improves all diesel fuels and kerosene making them stable for multi-year storage. The “Sta-Bil” product is excellent for short-to-medium term storage of fuels for up to a year or maybe two. But PRI-D allows you to store fuel, especially diesel and kerosene, for up to five (5) years or more. Further, you can use PRI-D to “restore” tainted and aged fuels that were improperly stored. We recommend treating all long term stored fuels with PRI-D (or PRI-G specifically for gasoline).

Available at your local store or via Amazon for $25.49 plus shipping

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