Minutemen Cabinets: How to Hide a Firearm in Plain Sight

Minutemen Cabinets How to Hide a Firearm in Plain Sight | Backdoor Survival

A dilemma for many of us is how to keep a personal weapon accessible if we need it, yet safely hidden from prying eyes. Here in my own household we have a safe but keeping our weapon of choice locked up is not going to help us if there is a middle of the night intruder and we can not get to it.  The compromise, and not a very good one, has been to keep our accessible firearm a drawer in the nightstand.

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Stay Connected with the Sunferno Portable Solar Panel and Battery Pack

Sunferno Portable Solar Panel and Battery Pack - Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that prepper and survival types are in love with solar.  What is not to like?  With solar devices, we can use the power of the sun to give us light and to energize our devices, large or small.

Whereas using the sun to power a refrigerator or laptop takes some doing, providing power to a phone, tablet, Kindle or other eBook reader is not only easy, but downright inexpensive. 

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LuguLake II Bluetooth Speaker and Charger Review

LuguLake II Review and Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

Sometimes we all need to break away from the seriousness of prepping and treat ourselves to something just for the fun of it.  And if that something also serves a useful function?  Then I say “bring it on”!

Today I am breaking form and sharing with you a fantastic Bluetooth speaker that not only delivers terrific sound, but can be used to charge your tablet or smartphone.  The device is called the LuguLake II Charger Speaker Stand and in a word, it is simply terrific!

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How to Make Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix

How to Make 100% Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix - Backdoor Survival

For years I have coveted a real dough mixer.  You know the kind; a mixer with a huge dough hook so I could bake 4, 5, or even 6 loaves a bread at once.  On a day last month, my dream came true.  The folks at WonderMill offered to send me their new WonderMix for testing.

Other than learning how to make bread using the WonderMix, the rules were simple.  I had to use it and I had to give one away to a lucky Backdoor Survival reader! 

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Review: Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit

Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit Review & Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

I do not know a single Prepper or Survivalist type that is not in love with paracord. Suffice it to say that paracord is to an emergency kit what lavender is to essential oils – a multi-purpose tool for getting you through all types of emergency rough spots.

The only issue with paracord, and really, it is a teensy issue, is that it is bulky and unwieldy to carry around.  Up until now, I simply dealt with it but now I don’t have to. 

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Gear Review: SunJack Waterproof Lightstick

Review of the Sunjack Waterproof Lightstick - Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing that we all share in common, it is our interest in having adequate light to brighten our way when the grid is down.  Perhaps that is why some of us, no names mentioned, have over two dozen flashlights of all sizes and types.  And that is in addition to chemical light sticks.

With all of these portable light sources, what if you had a powerful source of light that was not only bright enough to light up a room, but was waterproof and rechargeable using any USB source? 

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Win a 55 Gallon Water Barrel

Ultimate 55 Gallon Water Barrel - Backdoor Survival

Here we go again with another Friday Giveaway Blast!  This week the prize is a fantastic 55 Gallon Ultimate Water Barrel Kit from Emergency Essentials.  I know for a fact that this is something that many of you covet and now you have an opportunity to win one for free!

You can never have enough extra water on hand.  I discovered that when I personally experienced 12 days without running water due to a water leak near the main coming into my house. 

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Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports

RavPower 15W Solar Charger - Backdoor Survival

I am enamored with all things solar.  What is not to like about getting free energy from the sun?

Perhaps that is why I am always anxious to test every new solar gizmo that comes along.  In doing so, I have come across some great items, but of all of those items, portable solar panels rank right up there at the top of list.  With that said, I have a fantastic new solar charging system to share with you today: the RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with dual USB Ports.

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Another Free Food Friday: Win a Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket

Win a Legacy Breakfast Food Bucket - Backdoor Survival

Friday has rolled around again; where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I was writing the Survival Buzz.  Anyway, today I am thrilled to let you know that Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods, is back again with another “Free Food Friday” giveaway.

This time around, the prize will be a 120 serving Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket valued at $230.  This fantastic food bucket includes a Multi Grain Cereal Mix, Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Strawberry Creamy Wheat, and Old Fashioned Pancake Mix. 

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The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review

Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Emergency Kit - Backdoor Survival

Let’s face it.  No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice.  Alternately, when a disruptive event occurs while we are away from home, we want to be prepared with whatever we need to get back home safely.

These days, everyone on the planet is telling us that we need a well stocked bug-out-bag, or go-bag, with enough gear to get you by for at least 72 hours. 

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Emergency Food Kit

Mountain House 48 Hour Meal Kit - Backdoor Survival

There is something abut Friday’s and Giveaways!  As I announced at the beginning of the year, Backdoor Survival has recovered from what I like to call “giveaway burnout” and is working diligently to bring you fantastic new giveaway items that will fill your survival and prepping cupboard for free.

This week is a reader favorite, free food.  More specifically, two 48 Hour Emergency Meal Kits  from Mountain House have been reserved for one lucky Backdoor Survival reader. 

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Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based

Win a free emergency food supply kit - Backdoor Survival

It has been a little over a year since I confessed that the ongoing joke among my family and friends is that I talk about food all of the time but never eat.  That is not quite true since I really do eat, just not that often and not that much.  Quite honestly, my motto when it comes to eating is “give me simple food, that is prepared well, and is tasty”.  Sounds simple enough, right?

To that end, I am always on the lookout to sample different types of emergency foods so I can determine whether it meets my standards. 

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Conflicted: The Survival Card Game

Conflicted: The Survival Card Game |Backdoor Survival|

When you read dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction do you give some consideration to how you would react in a similar situation?  I’ll tell you what. The more I read, the more I assimilate various survival strategies and begin to formulate my own survival game plan.  This is all good and forces me to continue to read serious survival fiction as opposed to the latest John Grisham thriller.

The problem, as I see it, is that reading a book and thinking about strategies is a singular pastime. 

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall

Mountain House Giveaway | Backdoor Survival

Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches in a Mountain House Fall Giveaway!

What’s included?  Three good ones:  Chili Mac, Lasagna and Biscuits and Gravy!

So how good are Mountain House meal entrees?  You have heard me mention Mountain House Chili Mac on many occasions as my favorite with Lasagna right behind it. 

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Shields Up with Spark Naturals

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A few weeks ago a reader and fan over on Facebook asked “has any one used the Shield Blend from Sparks?”  Naturally, I piped in and said “ME!”.  You might be thinking, Shield Blend, that sure sounds familiar and you would be correct.

Back in April I mentioned using Shield Protective Blend combined with Oregano Oil to combat colds, flu, and the exposure to infectious diseases.  (Here is a link to my Pandemic Buster.)

Then, last month, I wrote about a DIY “Shield Protective Spray” that I keep with me at all times and use as hand sanitizer, room freshener, and all around disinfectant and protectant. 

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Free Food Friday: Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway

Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway

It has been a while since I have had a “Free Food Friday” so what better way to kickoff the Fall food storage season with another fabulous giveaway from sponsor Buy Emergency Foods!

In the event you are not familiar with Buy Emergency Foods, they sell the Legacy brand of freeze dried emergency food including individual items as well as meal pouches and a premium dog food.  That being said, up for grabs this week is the Legacy Foods 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit.

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Gear Review: SunJack Portable Solar Charger

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With our reliance on portable electronics, a huge concern is what will we do when the power is out and our batteries are dead?

This is true not only for our phones which provide a vital link to the outside world, but for our tablets, and electronic readers, too.  Think about it.  We all have hundreds if not thousands of documents that will help us muddle through if the grid goes down.  Barring printing them out and setting up a massive library system, we will be stuck unless we have some way to power up our gizmos.

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Summer Survival Blast: Infidel Body Armor Review

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When I was first approached about reviewing a body armor product on Backdoor Survival, I turned the company down flat.  I had taken a look at their product and after noting the complicated fitting instructions, measurements, and a whole bunch of other things I could not figure out, I felt best to take a pass.

Two years passed and when another company, Infidel Body Armor, contacted me, I decided to take another look to see if they offered a product more suitable to my readers. 

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Summer Survival Blast: Win a 72 Hour Survival Bucket

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WOHOO! This week Backdoor Survival sponsor SurvivalBased is back with another chance for you to win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket.  This time around, the giveaway was put together specifically for the Summer Survival Blast plus, at my request, I was able to invite a handful of my best blogging friends to join in.

Naturally, you want to learn about the prize, right?  The winner will receive the following kit full of all kinds of useful items as well as some great food!

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Summer Survival Blast: Win an Ultimate Volcano Cooking Combo

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Happy 4th of July everyone!  What better way to celebrate than to kick off the next terrific giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Blast.

Up next is something you will covet for sure.  The Ultimate Volcano Cooking Combo is up for grabs thanks to one of my favorite preparedness vendors, Emergency Essentials!  For those of you that are not familiar with the Volcano Stove, I purchased an earlier model, the Volcano II, way back at the beginning of my prepping career. 

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Win a 72-hour Survival Kit from Survival Based

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This week I join Backdoor Survival sponsor SURVIVAL BASED with another great giveaway. Enter to win one of three 72-hour survival kits that includes all of the basics:  food, fire, and filter!

Here is what each of the three winners will get:

1 – Artisan Oatmeal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Harvest 6 Grain Cereal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Texan Sunrise Skillet 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Low Fat Milk 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Orange juice 8 Serving Pouch
1 – Rotini A La Marinara 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Nantucket Potato 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Rio Grande Beans 3 Serving Pouches
6 – InstaFire Paper Pouches
1 – Folding BBQ Grill
1 – Cooking Pot w/ Detachable Handle
1 – 8 oz.

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

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I almost started out by saying “today I share a very special entry in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival”.  The problem with that is they are all special – or so it seems.  So let me skip that part and get right to it with this week’s author interview and book giveaway.

This week’s book is “The Prepper’s Pocket Guide” by Bernie Carr. Believe it or not, this is one of the very first purely prepping books I read and reviewed (Prepper’s Pocket Guide: The Survival Guide for the Rest of Us) way back when Backdoor Survival was the new kid on the block.

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Flash Giveaway: Ron Brown’s Olive Oil Lamps &c.

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Are you ready for something new?  How about a Flash Giveaway?  I know what you are saying:
“What the heck is that?”

A flash giveaway is a quick opportunity to win something cool by just clicking a few links.   This makes it easy for you and easy for me.  Although I have shied away from sweepstakes types of giveaways in the past, I have so much stuff ready to go that I needed an efficient way to get it out to you. 

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: Fury of the Fifth Angel

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Chris Hoffman, half of the father and son author team of the disaster thriller, Fury of the Fifth Angel, is joining us for an interview plus a book giveaway.

Between the two of them, Chris and Pat have sixty-five combined years working for electric and gas utility organizations. Their book is a natural disaster story about what else? 

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Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Pantry Primer

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The next book in the Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival is The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months.  Daisy Luther, the author, is a prolific writer and blogger.  She is also a member of  my “Prepared Bloggers” group – a very special community of abut 100 bloggers with prepping, homesteading and self-reliance websites.

Naturally, I have a print copy of Daisy’s book to giveaway, but first, enjoy the interview!

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