How to Use a Signal Mirror

Knowing how to use a signal mirror is a handy skill to have in your arsenal whether in a back woods hiking situation or a post grid down situation. It’s worth owning a couple of signal mirrors and practicing at least the basics of communication with friends and family. Watch this video and learn something new today


AR-15 Maintenance: Field-strip, Clean and Lubricate an AR-15

Gunsite Academy instructor and gunsmith Cory Trapp demonstrates the proper way to field-strip, clean and lubricate an AR-15 carbine. Trapp also offers several important technical tips and hints for maintaining your modern sporting rifle, including lube points.


Paracord Bracelet Survival Challenge

A 24-hour survival challenge using only a paracord bracelet. Goal: secure food, shelter, water, and fire. This is a challenge I put before my survival students. It’s not enough to just make it through the night — the idea is to find or make a workable shelter, to find enough food to fill your belly, to make fire, and to safely purify water for drinking. I teach these skills, as well as martial arts, primal fitness, and wilderness awareness (mindfulness) skills.


Hand Drill Firemaking Beginner’s Step by Step Guide

We all know how important the ability of making a fire if you are ever stuck off grid and away from civilization.Some of us carry lighters, safety matches or even the ever stryke matches. Creating fire using the old fashioned hand drill looks so easy on Tv and in films but its actually a really hard skill to master. Watch this video and as always leave a comment below!

Remember how important dry materials are for your kit. For your first time, it’s helpful to keep your board and spindle out of humidity, in the sun, and in a dry place for a couple of weeks. If you use this same board for hand conditioning practice, it will further dry it out from the heat you generate. As you build up your skills, you can try materials that are right from nature (for this video I used materials that I gathered that day and did not pre-dry in any way).


Micro personal location beacon (MPLB)

Me, personally I spend more time thinking how I am not going to be found when the SHTF – however if you are like me and spend a lot of time, camping, hiking or just practicing going off grid then you may want to invest in a MPLB. In many parts of America and especially in Alaska you are not going to get any cell phone service and if things go bad which can easily happen even for the most experienced of us a personal location beacon is going to save your ass. Check this unboxing video and let me know your thoughts!


Holdover and Offset – AR and Red Dot – Shooting Tips

Director of the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire, Adam Painchaud shares a rifle drill that can help improve your accuracy on precision shots at varying distances. Adam demonstrates this concept with an AR-15 but this concept is applicable to any modern sporting rifle (MSR) setup with red dot optics


Pistol Shooting Drill to Improve Accuracy – Shooting Tips from SIG SAUER Academy

Director of the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire, Adam Painchaud shares a pistol drill that can help improve your trigger-finger discipline and overall accuracy. If you know you’re flinching in anticipation of the shot then work on correcting it by trying this drill.