Prioritizing Your Defensive Dollar – By ADC Instructor Michael Lake
We all know that time and money are finite resources and most of us normal folks have to make careful decisions about how to spend them, after all, most of us hand more than 1/3 of it to Uncle Sam so he can piss it away. That doesn’t always leave much for keeping a roof over our heads, meat on the table and the wolf from the door. Most of us know what our rent or mortgage payment is, and we budget for that. Most of us have some idea how much money we spend to feed ourselves and families, and we budget for that. We keep track of our time and plan for our day jobs, domestic chores, and recreation time. When it comes to keeping the wolf from the … Read More »
By: Instructor Michael Lake
There are a number of different names for them: “bug out” bags, “72-hour” bags, “get home” bags, etc… They all refer to a duffle-bag full of stuff that may mean the difference between life and death, or at least between marginal comfort and severe discomfort during an emergency situation.
There is also no shortage of opinionated articles written about what these kits should contain, and for the most part, the advice out there is OK. Face it, survival is what we do, it doesn’t take a PhD to figure out what things might provide a survival advantage during a societal breakdown.
Fortunately for us, total societal collapse is probably the least likely scenario we need to prepare for. Oh, I’m not saying that it can’t happen or that it eventually won’t happen, but my bet is that it won’t happen the way most people … Read More »
It’s been over 50 years since Bill Ruger introduced his semi-automatic, rotary box magazine-fed rimfire: the 10/22. For those of you new to the 10/22, I suppose a little introduction is necessary. The 10/22 was basically a semi-auto .22 rimfire about as popular as any other until Ram-Line company introduced their polymer high-capacity (20, 30 and 50 rounds) magazines for it. Suddenly, the 10/22 was a lot more exciting than its tubular magazine-fed competitors. Enabled by this increase in capacity, a number of companies introduced polymer folding stocks, ventilated handguards and other “dress-up” accessories. Things were going along fine until September 13, 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” into law. This act, which included an “assault weapons ban,” essentially ended the party for sexed-up 10/22’s by effectively put an end to the … Read More »
In early March, 2014, I attended the 5-day “basic standard” survival class put on my Sigma 3 Survival School near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Sigma 3 seems to be a relatively new player in this industry, yet they have apparently managed to attract a very strong talent base, including former military elites and participants on survival-related reality shows.
I arrived at the facility on a Sunday evening to spend the night at the camp. It was an overcast, gloomy evening and to be honest, when I arrived at the school I was taken with the depressing, almost post-apocalyptic atmosphere. If you go to this school, follow Dorothy Allen Way all the way back, don’t be creeped out by some of the dilapidated houses in the vicinity. When you see the concrete lions and “Hidden Valley” sign, you know you are in the right place, just keep going, You … Read More »