When the Weather is Warm, Your Winter Sleeping Bag Just Won’t Do!

Sleeping Bag Rectangular 35d TandemI finally talked my wife into a tent and we added a cot/air mattress to make it easy to get in and out of bed. We’re going high banking and dredging for gold in July and August and I came to the realization my nice, warm sleeping bag (rated to -50ºF) wouldn’t work at all; where we gold pan in July and August can be 100º+!

Coleman makes the perfect warm weather sleeping bag for us; it’s the Coleman Sleeping Bag Rectangular 35d Tandem, rated 30º to 50ºF. Another plus for this one is it will hold both of us! Perfect for our queen-sized Coleman air mattress!

We can fall asleep surrounded by the luxury of a double-sized Coleman Tandem Sleeping Bag. Showcasing ComfortCuff technology, this oversized sleep solution provides some of the best features you could ask for. Designed for warm weather sleeping for two people, the brushed polyester lining keeps you both comfortable while you sleep. A no-snag ZipPlow zipper prevents snagged fabric as you zip or unzip. Packing up is easy with Coleman’s Roll Control system. With a bag this comfortable, you might never want to pack up at all. There is a wide selection of sleeping bags to fit your every need here.

Building An AR-15 Can Be Rewarding

16" M4 Rifle Kit M-Lok FurnitureThey call them a “ghost gun” because the owner/builder must finish the 80% lower receiver and that means there is no serial number. Yes, they’re perfectly legal in the BATF “world” but might not be in certain states – California comes to mind. To finish the lower receiver, you’ll need a drill press or a milling machine. You will need also to purchase a jig and bits to finish the receiver (instructions come with the jig on milling and drilling sequence). If you want a standard AR-15, we carry the Del-Ton 16″ M4 Rifle Kit (pictured here). If you’re looking to build one to scope or want different sights, we sell upper receivers without sights.

You don’t save a great deal of money building your own AR-15 or 300 Black, but it’s rewarding just to say: “I built this one for me!” There are lots of videos on You Tube explaining how to build one; I selected this one produced by Brownell’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uag39L5Nds

I built a 9mm carbine on an AR platform and love shooting it at the range!

Finding the Best Cutlery for Your Hunt

http://survivalwaterfiltersplus.com/the-outfitter-hunting-setI have hunted since I was 12, starting out with my dad and still hunt today. A good portion of being prepared for emergencies is the ability to hunt for protein – Meat! We try to fill the freezer every year with venison, elk, and/or upland birds. Once you’ve harvested your deer, you have to take care of the meat. Outdoor Edge has the tools to help you get your game from field to freezer.

The Outdoor Edge Outfitter Kit for Hunters OF-1 is a complete hunting set with all of the tools that a a professional outfitter will use to get the job done. The Outdoor Edge Cutlery Outfitter Set includes a gut-hook skinner, caping knife, folding boning/ fillet knife, Wood-Devil hatchet, T-handle wood/bone saw, Steel Stick ribcage spreader, game cleaning gloves, and Sharp-X knife sharpener in nylon roll pack/ organizer. The Outdoor Edge Outfitter weighs in at 3.5 lbs, and each item may be carried individually so you only have to carry what you need for the day’s hunt. Enjoy this video on Outdoor Edge cutlery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n292uJuaG4

Finding a Comfortable Mattress for Camping

https://www.dealerease.net/catalog/product.asp?pid=102548&msg=doneAs I mentioned before, we’re getting a tent for emergencies but that means we’ll be sleeping on the hard ground and that’s not something either one of us want to do – What do we do about that? Pads, air mattresses, cots? All would work but we opted for the Coleman Cot Queen Framed Airbed to give us the most comfort. There’s a review video that compares Coleman’s air mattress system to the Ozark Trail air mattress system that sold us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8O1rRl3YOQ  The fact it comes with a cot made it perfect!

Take the comfort of an indoor bed with you when you sleep outside on the Coleman Airbed Cot. Just connect the included 4D pump to the Double Lock valve for easy, leak-free inflation. Once you find the perfect firmness, the AirTight system will help keep it there, since it’s factory-tested to be leak-free. The ComfortStrong coil system provides all-night support. It is more than a place to sleep with two side tables with cup holders to easily place your drink, a snack, a magazine or personal items on both sides of the bed. A sewn-in cover keeps the airbed in place on the strong steel frame. When you’re ready to pack up, the Double Lock valve lets you deflate the bed just as easily, and it folds up into a carry bag for easy transport and storage.

If You Must Leave, You Need A “Bug-Out” Bag

alpspic9465300As we began preparing for disasters (man-made or natural), we realized some of the scenarios would require us to leave home or “bug-out”. In our family, my wife has a 2-person Guardian Survival Bag but my “bug-out” has to carry more than we can get in that, so I carry a larger backpack, here is the latest pack on the market, and it is the cream of the crop… especially when you consider the price you can get it for. There are a lot of features crammed into the Traverse. For starters, let’s talk about its modular design. It can hold your bow or gun in the expandable pocket. It can haul out meat, decoys, or extra gear in the “hauling mode.” It has a pocket designed specifically for carrying and protecting your spotting scope. In addition to all these great features, it has 2 easy access pockets on the waist belt, a large main compartment, a side pocket, internal pocket, and 2 front wing pockets. If you still need room, there are side compression straps to attach even more gear.

The Traverse has a top-of-the-line “H” frame design and multi-layer foam waist belt with a PE outer layer that will make the perfect combination to carrying heavy loads comfortably. Add in the adjustable torso range and this pack has the suspension system every hunter seeks when hauling out an animal or other heavy loads. The unique “H” frame design is made of strong, but lightweight, tubular aluminum. For a pack, the key to carrying weight comfortably is to have a strong frame and a rock-solid, adjustable suspension, and that’s exactly what the Traverse has, making it one of the most advanced internal-frame packs in the industry.

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Stored Food Must Have Long Shelf Life

As we b56 Serving Grab n Go Bucketegan our on-line store, we knew we needed a good source of canned or dried foods that would take less room to store and wouldn’t be dependent of refrigerators and freezers. Yes, you can get products like that at your local grocery store but there are 2 distinct disadvantages to stocking up on canned goods and jerky: (1) Canned goods are heavy and if the disaster requires you to move out, they don’t move easy; (2) Both canned goods and jerky take up a lot of storage room which most do not have.

We found a good source of Wise Freeze Dried Foods, which gives you a wide variety of meats, fruits and vegetables that just require water to prepare. It’s definitely better to have Apple-Cinnamon Cereal for breakfast, Cheesy Macaroni for lunch, Stroganoff for dinner, and a Tropical Fruit Bar for snacks than to have Beef Jerky and canned beans, corn, or peas for EVERY meal – Wouldn’t you agree?


Is a Travel Trailer “the Answer”?

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If you have prepared for any major disaster with food and water, there are still items you will need to be self-sufficient; one area you need to prepare yourself for is: Where will you sleep and what will you need to keep warm? A travel trailer, pickup camper, or a motor home are all viable sleeping quarters – as long as you have a way to make fire for cooking and boiling water. IF your vehicle is able to survive a solar flare or an EMP (Electro-Magnetic-Pulse), you only have so much fuel for the vehicle and limited propane in the vehicle. One answer to supplement your camping vehicle would be a tent.

We have a travel trailer and, knowing it’s limitations, we are purchasing a Coleman TenayaLake 6p FastPitch Cabin w/Cabinets tent and upgrading our sleeping bags – My wife is trying to convince me we need to purchase a cot or air mattress to sleep on in the tent and I will probably relent because, as a hunter who has slept on the ground, you get up with aches and pains, especially as I get older (mid 70’s). We have a wide variety of Alps Mountaineering and Coleman tents to choose from to fit your needs.

A Good Camp Stove is Essential When Camping

Zippo Windproof StoveWe have four (4) full 5 gallon propane tanks and four (4) full fuel tanks we keep at the ready if the situation requires us to leave our home and we selected the Zippo Windproof 2-Burner Stove because it is built very rugged and Zippo has built wind proof lighters for as long as I can remember! It uses the 1# propane tanks but you can use the larger tanks with a little modification.

Runny eggs, uneven picnic tables and wind. These are some of the most frustrating challenges while cooking on a stove outdoors. Not anymore. Zippo’s stove features simple improvements like independent adjustable feet and a bubble level to ensure your cook surface is flat and easy to manage. An optional leg accessory is also available to free up valuable picnic table space. The dual burners feature a burner and chimney combination to protect against wind and direct more heat up towards the pot or pan.

But we carry a variety of camp stoves by Coleman, Tex Sports, and Zippo to fit every pocket book because our goal is the best products for the least cost to our customers.

Protecting Your Family, Friends, and Neighbors

NcStar 42" Double Carbine Case, Digital CamoAs we began preparing for disasters (man-made or natural), protecting ourselves, family, friends, and neighbors became a real talking point. We knew the most reliable tool for self-protection would be handguns and rifles. Every member of my family is trained in firearms safety and accurate shooting, so the question became: “What kind of firearms?” That is a choice to make carefully; it is a personal choice but should start with firearms safety training! Safety and proper care of firearms is as important as being able to hit what you’re shooting at! Cleaning kits and gun bags were the first items we acquired, plus we standardized the firearms we would use.

I like the NcStar Double Carbine Case 36 because it has a separating pad to keep 2 carbines from banging against each other and the 3 exterior pouches allow me to carry several magazines and cleaning gear with it.