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When it comes to knives, there are a lot of different options out there. Whether you need a big, small, fixed blade, folding blade, light, or heavy knife can depend on lots of things. If you are unsure about what knife you should carry, it would be wise to start with a quality, inexpensive, ‘middle-of-the-road’ knife to ‘cut your teeth on’.

Schrade SCHF36 Review for 2020: Good Survival Knife? Lets Find Out!

Schrade SCHF36 Review for 2020: Good Survival Knife? Lets Find Out!When it comes to knives, there are a lot of different options out there. Whether you need a big, small, fixed blade, folding blade, light, or heavy knife can depend on lots of things. If you are unsure about what knife you should carry, it would be wise to start with a quality, inexpensive, ‘middle-of-the-road’ knife to ‘cut your teeth on’. (Please do not cut your teeth). We do an in-depth Schrade SCHF36 review. Schrade is a quality brand. Does this SCHF36 knife live up to expectations? Let’s see. Schrade SCHF36 Frontier 10.4in High Carbon Steel Full Tang Fixed Blade... DIMENSIONS: 10.4 inch (26.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 5 inches (12.8 cm) and a... DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable 1095 Powder Coated "High Carbon Steel" with a black, ring textured... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 00:19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Quick Navigation Schrade SCHF36 Review Size and Dimensions: Construction: Grip: Fixed Blade: Full-Tang Construction: Color: Sheath: Fire Starter: Sharpening Stone: Schrade SCHF36 Pros and Cons Pros Cons What People are Saying About the Schrade SCHF36 FAQs about the Schrade SCHF36 Q: Is the fact that the coating flakes off a problem? Q: Why is ‘full-tang’ construction important? Q: What is a ferro rod? Verdict Schrade SCHF36 Review There is no knowing what you might require from your knife. You might need to trim cloth or strings, cut an apple, or dress a wound. Whatever the need, you will want to be sure that your knife will stand up to the task and perform well time after time. While looking online for a knife that does not ‘over-commit’ to any defining features but remains a quality knife that is made by a reputable company, I came across this little jewel. Let’s take a look at the Schrade SCHF36 and find out if it is the right knife for you. We will start with some of the features of the knife. Note : The Schrade SCHF36 was ranked as a top bushcraft knife by our team member, military veteran and prepper, Michael Major. You can read that article here . Size and Dimensions: The Schrade SCHF36 has a total length of 10.4 inches and a blade length of 5 inches. The knife weighs 12.3 ounces in entirety. Construction: The blade is made of 1095 powder coated and high carbon steel for durability. The handle is made of a durable, thermoplastic elastomer handle. Grip: The handle is textured with a signature ‘ring-textured’ design. This is an effective and necessary feature that helps to keep the knife from slipping during use. Fixed Blade: The blade of the Schrade SCHF36 is fixed. This means that the blade does not fold. Full-Tang Construction: The knife has a ‘full-tang’, which means that the metal that makes up the blade continues through the handle and to the butt of the knife. This makes for a more durable blade and handle while also providing great balance in the weight of the piece altogether. Color: This knife is black from tip to base. This is, in my opinion, very aesthetically pleasing and gives the knife a sturdy appearance. Sheath: The polyester sheath is complete with a lanyard and a loop of Velcro to ensure that the knife stays put in the sheath and securely on your belt or pack. Fire Starter: Included with the knife is also a ferro rod for starting fires. The ferro rod also has a specialized pocket on the sheath for safe and compact carrying. Sharpening Stone: A sharpening stone is also included with the knife. Schrade SCHF36 Pros and Cons Pros Not too big or too small Fixed blade and full-tang construction for durability. Blade is 1095 stainless steel with a powder coating for durability. (This sucker is strong!) Great grip and handle construction Sheath is included Fire starter is included Sharpening stone is included. Lanyard is included. Cons Coating does not last long. Edge dulls easily. Sheath is bulky. What People are Saying About the Schrade SCHF36 Overall, the only real complaint that people seem to have about the Schrade SCHF36 is that the coating flakes off fairly quickly. This is mostly an aesthetic problem, however. People who prefer knives with fixed blades love the fact that this knife is not so large that it is cumbersome. The weight and durability are excellent in this knife, and the grip is a crowd-pleaser. The ferro rod is nice, but most people say that if a sharpening stone is important to you, it might be a good idea to buy a better one separately. I agree. It will work in a pinch, but there are better sharpeners out there. The sheath is nothing special, but people seem to think that it gets the job done adequately. There is not a whole lot to complain about with the Schrade SCHF36, and it is a great little knife for the price. FAQs about the Schrade SCHF36 Q: Is the fact that the coating flakes off a problem? A: Not necessarily. The coating, in theory, adds strength to the blade. The removal or flaking of this coating, however, does not prove to hurt the integrity of the blade. If the appearance is bothersome, the coating can be purposefully removed for a more uniform look. Q: Why is ‘full-tang’ construction important? A: A knife with a fixed blade should be well balanced, heavy, and durable. A full-tang provides all of this. The blade being a solid piece that is sinuously connected to the handle and through the butt of the knife will ensure that you do not have any place on the knife that is weaker than another. Q: What is a ferro rod? A: A ferro rod is a ferrous material in the shape of a small cylinder (like a pencil). The material will spark when friction from a steel blade is applied. Be sure to use the BACK of the blade to keep from dulling your knife! Verdict The Schrade SCHF36 is a super knife for the price. Even though the coating might not be the greatest, the weight, construction, and quality of the knife will not disappoint. I personally love that this knife has a fixed blade and full-tang. The fact that the blade is fixed is awesome because the size and style of this knife are usually found in folding knives . This is a great ‘crossover’ style knife that will be sure to please, especially if you are not sure of the best style to fit your needs. This knife can take moderate abuse and works well as an everyday knife as well. As long as you are familiar with the sharpening and care of your knife, this little guy can withstand years of use and will be a great addition to your camping, hiking, or survival kit. Schrade SCHF36 Frontier 10.4in High Carbon Steel Full "Tang Fixed Blade" ... DIMENSIONS: 10.4 inch (26.4 cm) overall length with a blade length of 5 inches (12.8 cm) and a... DURABLE: Blade is made of reliable "1095 Powder Coated" High Carbon Steel with a black, ring textured... See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 00:19 / Affiliate links / Images from "Amazon Product Advertising" API Other interesting articles: Schrade SCHF9 Survival Knife Review for 2020: Worth It? SOG Field Knife Review for 2020: An Excellent Cheap Survival Knife SOG Pillar "Survival Knife Review" – A USA Made Knife in 2020 Benchmade Bugout Knife: Survival Knife Review for 2020

Primal Gear Unlimited Survival Bow Review for 2020

Primal Gear Unlimited Survival Bow Review for 2020

When I was a kid my dad bought me a youth compound bow .  I loved shooting it but I never shot at anything other than the practice target in our yard. I spent all my hunting years using firearms even though the desire to bow hunt was always just below the surface.  I didn’t have a person in my life who was an experienced archer, so I never took the leap to go bow hunting.  Recently the desire to become an archer became too great and I decided to take the plunge into the bow world.  To my dismay, I quickly realized how expensive this new endeavor was going to become.  Sadly, I just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money to start out, until I talked to a friend of mine who has shot bows for years.  He recommended that I check out Primal Gear Unlimited and their folding bow.  Their folding bow sells for $149.00, which was more in my price range. Quick Navigation "Primal Gear Unlimited" Survival Bow Review A Tip From A Friend Specs A Bow For Your Bug Out Bag? Conclusion Primal Gear Unlimited Survival Bow Review A Tip From A Friend I talked to my friend extensively about the bow, since he has one for every member of his family.  After our two hour discussion I went to the Primal Gear Unlimited website ( goprimalnow.com ) and placed an order.  Primal Gear Unlimited currently offers three bows, at 40lb, 50lb and 55lb draws.  I ordered the 55lb. draw and a set of three take down arrows. Here are the specifications of the bow from the manufacturer’s website: Specs Can easily be converted for right-handed or left-handed shooters. Average arrow speed is 181 feet per second. The riser is milled from T-6 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. Limbs are made from fiberglass. The folding bow is 23” x 1.5” x 1.5” when folded and 59” long when extended. Weight is 2.25lbs. The bow comes with an Endless Loop Dacron string and an owner’s manual. I was very excited waiting for this package to arrive, and when it did, my excitement soared as I opened the box.  The black compact bow was roughly the length of my arm.  I took it out of the packaging and admired how light and compact it was.  I quickly undid the Velcro strap that held the string and the limbs in place.  The limbs fold out and after a few turns of the locking bolts (Do Not over tighten, just snug tight with your hand) the limbs were set.  I have never strung a bow in my life, but was able to string this bow in a matter of seconds.  It only took about a minute to set the bow up from folded to ready to shoot and the best part is that it requires no tools to do this.  The only time you will need tools for this bow is when converting the limbs from a right-handed to a left-handed shooter.  For that purpose, all you need is a simple Phillips screwdriver . The other feature of this bow that many people might not like is that it does not have a sight, as it is more of a long bow design. I’m sure if a person was experienced they could fit a sight onto it but in my opinion, that would take away from its intended simplistic design.  Personally, I like that it does not have a sight, as this makes the experience more traditional and challenging. A Bow For Your Bug Out Bag? The take down arrows are extremely cool.  There are two inserts in the middle of the shaft where the arrow screws together.  I put all three shafts together and began shooting at ten yards.  I know this seems ridiculously close, but as I stated earlier, I haven’t shot a bow in years and I did not feel like spending my time looking for missed arrows.  I also started at this range until I got the hang of the bow and felt comfortable with my shooting position.  Once I felt comfortable, I moved back to twenty yards.  At first my shots were not very consistent but I was not missing the target. Surprisingly, I was shooting high, from my view point I would have thought I was shooting quite low. After adjusting my finger placement and smoothing out my release I was beginning to shoot consistent groups.  I would say my best group was three shots that were no more than five inches apart.  Finally I moved back to thirty yards and my groups began to get a bit worse and I even missed a few times.  However at this point I was starting to get fatigued since I had shot around thirty times in a row and I did not have arm protection so that was beginning to hurt. Also Read: KodaBow Review – Bravo Zulu Where the concept of this bow really shines is for backpackers.  This bow and the take down arrows easily fit inside a pack making it much easier to transport over a traditional longbow or modern compound bow.  Also considering that the set up time for this bow is about one minute without needing tools, just adds to the appeal. What makes this bow ideal for a survival situation?  Its size can’t be beat.  It can easily fit, along with the take down arrows, into a standard bug out bag and even under a vehicle seat.  I’m positive that it can even be strapped to the frame of a bicycle if one were so inclined.  So the size of the bow and arrows is a huge plus for transportation purposes. Also this bow can shoot any kind of arrow. It can shoot carbon, fiberglass, or wood arrows.  This increases the availability of arrows drastically, especially if you happen upon some arrows or even need to make your own.  Being able to easily switch the limbs for someone who shoots right handed or left handed makes it much more versatile and user friendly, especially if you are in a group. Conclusion The best feature has got to be the price.  Even though I have not had this bow for a long time I feel I don’t need to look any further for any other kind of bow.  In fact I have already order another one for my wife.  For the quality, ease of use, simplicity, and compact size for the price that Primal Gear Unlimited offers, I give this a five out of five star rating. Barnett Vortex 45-Pounds Youth Archery Bow (Camo) For right handed use Draw weight: 19-45lbs See Price on Amazon Last update on 2020-08-14 at 10:18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Photos By: One Eleven Photo , Primal Gear Unlimited , The author – Tinderwolf Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: Sphinx Arms SDP Compact "Survival Gear Review" : Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Knife Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun Monovault Survival Gear Review for 2020

NRA TVs Colion Noir Interviews Eric Hung of Pew Pew Tactical

NRA TVs Colion Noir Interviews Eric Hung of Pew Pew Tactical

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Woo! Had my first interview regarding Pew Pew Tactical…and it was on NRA-TV …with COLION NOIR !!! PPT on NRA-TV We first cover how/why I started the site, first guns, and the most difficult things when I first started out. And the second segment where we cover CA laws, moving out of state, and my personal choice for home defense gun. Props if you can make me LOL by leaving a comment that’s funnier than this: So check out NRA-TV , they are live streaming all the time with a bunch of cool shows.  And check out Colion’s YouTube channel as well.  I’m so honored to have been interviewed by him.

California (CA) Ammo Laws [2020]: Online Ordering & COE

California (CA) Ammo Laws [2020]: Online Ordering & COE

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Before you head out to your next range day, don’t forget to stock up on ammo! Oh, and by the way, if you live in California, there are a few laws regarding ammo purchases now, and more laws that go into effect in the coming months. No big deal . Just some small infringements on your 2nd Amendment rights is all. ** UPDATE ** 4/25/2020 Well, the good times didn’t last long. The 9th circuit court of appeals has issued an emergency stay on the injunction. For those of us that didn’t go to law school, this is NOT a full stay on the injection. This is only a stay while the 9th circuit hears the case, but it does mean that for now at least the injunction is moot and the anti-importation and CA background check laws are in full effect for now. We will be updating this article when there is a new development! **UPDATE** As of 4/23/2020 there has been an injunction issued against the CA background check and anti-importation law ! This means ALL Californians can once again order ammo ONLINE and have it shipped to their door WITHOUT background checks, fees, etc . Find the Best Places To "Buy Ammo Online" and go nuts! Wait, is this not the California state flag? Because of Proposition 63, also known as “ Gunmaggedon ”, which passed back in 2016, those of us unfortunate enough to still be living in California are now subject to a brand new set of gun laws, including registration of self-assembled firearms (“ghost guns”), registration of the newly redefined “assault weapons”, and of course, ammo purchase regulations. Disclaimer that this is not legal advice and you should double-check everything, especially since the laws surrounding this always seem to be in flux. What’s the Big Deal? Since the voters decided to pass Prop 63, stocking up on ammo is no longer a simple process of logging on to your favorite online retailer, placing an order, and waiting for the box of ammo to show up at your door, all from the comfort of your home, wearing nothing but your underwear (that’s not just me, right?). There were essentially no restrictions on the purchase of ammunition before Prop 63, and it was treated like any other item you can purchase, online or in person.  Of course, once Prop 63 did pass, the California Legislature was able to enact new laws to continue chipping away at our firearms-related freedoms. For our own protection, of course. The biggest change in the law is that all ammunition purchases now have to be completed at an authorized ammunition vendor, or an FFL .  If you just can’t break the habit of ordering ammo online, you’re still allowed to do that.  The downside is you’ll have to have the ammo shipped to an authorized vendor or an FFL, to complete the ammo purchase. Completing the purchase basically means you can only take possession of the ammo through face-to-face interaction.  And before you ask, the UPS guy handing you the box of ammo does NOT count. The good old days, when ammo was still placed on shelves For those of you who normally just stop by your local gun store or Wally World on the way to the range, you’ll notice ammo is no longer available on the shelf.  Instead, it will most likely be behind the counter, or locked in a cage. Access to the actual ammo is no longer permitted until the sales transaction. On the bright side, think of all the ammunition-purchasing related deaths that will be avoided! No more being crushed by 1000 round boxes of ammo! Thanks, California! Why Not Order Online Anyway? There are probably some ammo websites that will sell to you anyway, right?  Wrong. In addition to being super illegal (like, super illegal), some of you may have noticed, you are no longer able to order ammo online at some websites, even if you wanted to. In the months leading up to 2019, when the ammo laws were about to go into effect, many online retailers stopped selling to California residents, regardless of whether the ammo would be sent to an FFL.  For many of them, it just wasn’t worth the hassle. Of the retailers that do still sell to California, most of the savings you get from their lower ammo prices will probably be eaten up by the fees the FFL will charge to accept the ammo.   Basically, you’re SOL. That’s rough. There’s Gotta Be a Loophole, Right? There’s always a loophole! If you cannot stand the idea of having to buy ammo in person or paying retail prices, you can always become a licensed ammo vendor or FFL!  Otherwise, you’ll have to be a police officer or some other type of peace officer to be exempt from the ammo regulations. Essentially, unless you are willing to go through the process of getting an ammo vendor license or FFL, or becoming a police officer, you’ll have to go buy your ammo at a store and pay the marked up retail prices like the rest of us.  On the bright side, if you decide to become a police officer and it’s anything like the Police Academy movies, you’re in for a wild ride! Okay, there might be a loophole. But to be clear, it isn’t a loophole . The law is designed this way. So really it’s just an exemption. Right now, if you possess an 03FFL and California Certificate of Eligibility you are allowed you to buy ammo online and have it shipped to your door as long as the vendor you’re buying from will do it. Since they (the seller) have to go through some extra steps Vs. a normal order, many vendors are just refusing to do so. And yes, as of this writing, this will work past July 1, 2019 when the new ammo restrictions come into effect – depending on your vender. Some vendors are throwing in the towel, while others are forging ahead. Check with your seller to know for sure. Once you get your 03FFL and CA CoE, you normally just have to email or fax a copy to the ammo vendor and they’ll link the documents with your account. After that, you can order ammo and check-out as normal! Just be sure to send in your documents before a major sale since the approval process normally takes a day or two depending on how busy the vendor is since a real human has to look over the paperwork and approve it. Who sells to 03FFL + CA CoE licensees? Thankfully, there are some great companies out there that are willing to go through the extra trouble to help out Californians with their ammo orders. And even better, our three favorites are on the list! Lucky Gunner Palmetto State Armory Brownells TargetSportsUSA **UPDATE: 7/3/2019** TargetSportsUSA is back on the menu! They reviewed their position and agree that 03FFL/COE holders are good to go! You might need to re-upload your documents but after that, you can order like before. Yay! **UPDATE: 6/20/2019** TargetSportsUSA is no longer selling direct to 03FFLs, for now. There are some confusion and debate on if this is permanent, but as of now, they aren’t. They will still send it to an FFL of your choosing though. We’ll update again if this changes. **UPDATE: 6/10/2019** Lucky Gunner no longer ships to CA – period. A complete ban on shipments to CA. There are other vendors that will ship to CA, but these are the ones that we use the most. But Wait, That’s Not All! For those of you waiting for the other shoe to drop, not to worry, there is more bad news!  Starting in July 2019, in addition to the requirement of making ammo purchases in person, each time you buy ammo, you will have to go through an “eligibility check”. The “eligibility check” is essentially a mini-DROS (background check) that the ammo vendor or FFL has to do each time you buy ammo.  The check will compare your information with the information on file when you registered to purchase a firearm, run your background, and confirm that you are not prohibited from purchasing ammo. If you are wondering whether you are prohibited from buying ammo, you probably are.  Just to be sure though, you can always check our California Gun Laws article. If you fall into any of the categories that prohibit you from owning a firearm, you’ll be prohibited from buying ammo too. Because the check is like a mini-DROS, your information is checked against the California DOJ database.  Usually, the check should only take a minute or two, but you might occasionally hit the jackpot and get the added bonus of waiting up to 10 days for the check to finish. Boating Accident Survivors Since the “eligibility check” confirms your information with the information on your firearms registrations, those of you who do not have any firearms registered with the State, or lost all your firearms in a “boating accident”, will have to go through a special one-time eligibility check.  This type of check will cost a little more, and will definitely take up to 10 days to clear. I really should stop taking all my firearms with me on boating trips Look on the bright side though!  You only need to go through the “eligibility check” for each transaction, not for each box of ammo.  If you buy in bulk, you can save on the number of checks you have to go through. For now, the standard “eligibility check” will only cost $1.  The price can technically be raised at any time by the State, but they wouldn’t do that, I’m sure.  Only a state with crippling debt would even consider raising fees on newly imposed regulations. Wait… Big Brother is Watching While there is technically no “ammunition registration” list being kept by the State, every time you purchase ammo starting in July, you will have to go through the “eligibility check”.  The check itself is a list of people buying ammo, so everyone who purchases ammo as of July will be on that list. If it makes you feel any better, all firearms purchased in California (and even those transported from out of state) are already registered with the State, so this is just an additional list that firearms owners will be put on.  In for a penny, in for a pound. I’m not saying, I’m just saying. So What Now? Why are you still here?  Go out and buy a buttload of ammo while you can!  Even though you can no longer have ammo delivered to your door, you can at least avoid the “eligibility check” hassle for the time being.  And besides, who knows how long it’ll be before the California Legislature comes up with even more firearms regulations! Get out there and pew pew! (while you still can)

Leatherwood USMC Sniper Scope Popular with Vintage Sharpshooters

/* custom css */.td_uid_2_5f379d3248969_rand.td-a-rec-img { text-align: left; } .td_uid_2_5f379d3248969_rand.td-a-rec-img img { margin: 0 auto 0 0; } Leatherwood Hi-Lux Optics “Wm. Malcom” USMC Sniper Scope Debuts at 2012 CMP Vintage Sniper Match The Leatherwood-Hi-Lux “Wm. Malcolm” 8x USMC SNIPER scope – a faithful copy of the scope used by U.S. Marine Corps snipers during WWII – walked away with the 2nd, 3rd and 11th place awards, plus placed in several other top spots at this year's Camp Perry Vintage Sniper matches. That's an impressive showing for the scope, given the fact that it's relatively new. If you're not familiar with optics of this type, the long-tube scope features 8X magnification and external micrometer-click adjustments. The scope tube slides to buffer for recoil, and comes with a recoil spring (which can be removed for competition). Related GunDigest Articles Just Released: Leatherwood M1200 ART-XLR Scope Leatherwood ART Scope Review: Best Budget Long Range Scope? (2020) Video: Two-Bullet Scope Sighting System For historical accuracy sake, the scope will ideally be mounted on the 1903 A1 Springfield, which was the variant commonly used with Unertl scopes from World War II through the Vietnam War. Those original optics can still be found at gun shows and online auctions, but prices have skyrocketed — some as high as $5,000-6,000. It would also be very much at home atop a pre-'64 Winchester Model 70 Target.

The Survival Edibility Test (Before You Swallow)

Foraging on plants or wild fruits and berries in a survival situation is something that a lot of us have thought about but very few have researched and practiced.  Here is a guide for your survival salad bar. First a few warnings: 1. Avoid any mushrooms or fungi, unless you are extremely confident and have eaten them before. While there are many mushrooms that are edible, there are many that will put you in a pine box as well.  If you don’t have training, they can be very difficult to tell apart even after you have completed the survival edibility test. 2. Don’t eat a plant just because you see an animal eating it.  There are plants that are poisonous to humans that may have no effect on animals. 3. Avoid plants with shiny leaves and milky sap (an example of this is dandelion stems, you should not eat the stems of a dandelion but all other parts of the dandelion are edible) 4. Avoid Holly berries which are red and juicy and might look tasty but these little guys are highly toxic except to birds. 5.  Do not eat plants that have been eaten or infested by worms, insects, or parasites. 6.  Never eat any plant or berry that smells of peach or almond because these plants may contain cyanide.  Ingesting large of amounts of these plants will kill you. 7.  Try not to get into this situation with careful planning and preparation . 8.  Some plants and berries can be deadly or make you seriously ill even if you follow the survival edibility test perfectly, so be warned. 9.  Buy a good edible foraging guide for the area you live in. Click here for Judy’s North America Guide (or you can get Judy’s Europe guide as well, this lady knows what she is talking about) The Survival Edibility Test (For a wilderness survival situation) The first thing you need to know is that this test will take you a lot time and effort to do correctly. With that said, you do not want to wait until your 16th day without food to start this test.  Also, and this might seem obvious, you do not want to do this test unless there is an abundance of the type of plant you intend to eat. 1. Test only one plant at a time and try not to eat anything else during this period. 2. First separate the plant into three parts (Root, Leaves, Stem).  Only test one part of the plant at a time. 3. Find a sensitive part of your body such as your wrist, inside your elbow or inner thigh.  Rub the plant on this sensitive part of the body.  Wait 45 minutes, look for signs of an adverse effect such as a rash, hives, dizziness, vomiting, or shortness of breath.  If you have any adverse effects to that plant in the first 45 minutes, there is a good chance that if you ate this plant, you will be taking a dirt nap.  Better move on to a new plant. 4. If no ill effect is detected on the tested area of your skin, take a small portion of the section of the plant and prepare it the way you plan to eat it.  Some plants are poisonous only when they are raw, so it is a good idea to cook the part of the plant that you are testing (if it is possible), if not – go for it raw!!) 5. Before you take a big bite, touch a small part of the plant that you intend to eat to your outer lips to test for itching or burning, try to hold it on your outer lips for a few minutes. 6. If you don’t have a reaction for 10 minutes, place the plant on your tongue and hold it there for another 10 minutes.  Do not swallow! 7. If there is no reaction after holding the piece of plant on your tongue for 10 minutes, begin to chew the plant for 15 minutes and try to be alert for any negative effect in your mouth or to your body.  Again, make sure not to swallow. 8. If you are still alive and doing well after 15 minutes of chewing on the plant, go ahead and swallow it. 9. Wait 8 hours.  If you start to feel sick, immediately induce vomiting and drink as much water as you can.  If there are no adverse effects and you feel fine after 8 hours, go ahead and eat a hand full of the plant. 10. Wait another 8 hours after eating the small hand full of the plant.  If there are still no negative effects of the plant, you are more than likely ok. Bon Appétit !! Remember – this test should take you a little over 17 hours.  ( 1. 45 min rub test 2. 10 minute lip test 3. 10 minute tongue test 4. 15 minute chew test 5. 8 hour small amount swallow test 6. 8 hour hand full swallow test) Photos by: Earthtracks Ariesandrea Pbouchard Other interesting articles: Survival Gear Review: Survival Guides to Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains Survival for Omnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans Wilderness Survival: Part 1 Wilderness Survival: Part 2 – Desert

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When it comes to knives, there are a lot of different options out there. Whether you need a big, small, fixed blade, folding blade, light, or heavy knife can depend on lots of things. If you are unsure about what knife you should carry, it would be wise to start with a quality, inexpensive, ‘middle-of-the-road’ knife to ‘cut your teeth on’.