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.

When Minutemen Cabinets came to me a couple of months ago and told me about their “bookshelf” cabinet, I became excited. 

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Stay Connected with the Sunferno Portable Solar Panel and Battery Pack

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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.  Each month, it seems, I learn of a new device that can be used for this purpose. 

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LuguLake II Bluetooth Speaker and Charger Review

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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!

But hold on. 

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Free Food Friday: A Taste of Mountain House + Giveaway

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Long time hikers and backpackers have known for years that the gold standard in trail food has been food pouches from Mountain House.  Then Y2K rolled around and an entirely new crop of enthusiasts turned to Mountain House for “survival food”.

Here we are, many years later and guess what?  Mountain House is still, in my opinion, the gold standard.

Lucky for me and lucky for us, I have a fantastic relationship with the folks at Mountain House (technically, Oregon Freeze Dry), and am often on the receiving end of “hint hint wink winks” relative to new things happening within their company. 

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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.  The nice folks at Life-Pod wanted some feedback on their product so they sent me their Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit to test.  

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Review: Inflatable Solar Air Lantern for Emergencies + Giveaway (10 Winners!!)

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If there is one thing we all should be mindful of when it comes to our emergency kits it is weight.  Let me tell you this: strap more than 20 pounds on your back and unless you are an experienced backpacker or in the Army, you are not going to get very far.

For that very reason, I am always on the lookout for prepping items that are both light weight and useful.  If the usefulness extends beyond emergencies, and the item is value priced, all the better.

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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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Friday Review and Giveaway Blast! Win a 55 Gallon Water Barrel

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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.  Believe me, all of my stored water came in handy. 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.  These kits are brand new to the Mountain House product line with each providing enough food to provide one person with 2,100 calories per day.

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

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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

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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

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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 + Fantastic Diffuser Giveaway

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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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Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway

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As I have mentioned before, I am part of a small group of bloggers that have formed an alliance as “The Prepared Bloggers“.  I am proud to be a part of this group because they represent the best of the best.  No slackers or cut-and-paste bloggers here!

In honor of Preparedness Month, The Prepared Bloggers are proud to present a Preparedness Month Mega giveaway. And by mega, I mean huge.  In partnership with six great companies, we have rounded up seven great prizes for seven different winners.

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Free Food Friday: Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway

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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: WaterBrick Stackable Giveaway

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Here we go again with another awesome giveaway!  I have once again I got together with a group of my blogging colleagues to share this giveaway that is sponsored by Food For Health.  The “prize” is an 8-Pack of WaterBricks.

What the heck are WaterBricks?  A WaterBrick is a stackable water and food storage container that holds 3.5 Gallons of liquids or up to 27 pounds of dry food.  They are made of rugged, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and come with an with an easy grip comfort handle.

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Summer Survival Blast: Infidel Body Armor Review + Giveaway

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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!

The Food Fire Filter Bucket by Food Supply Depot 72 Hour Survival Kit

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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Summer Survival Blast Bonus: A HERCulean Giveaway

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At the risk of going “giveaway crazy” this summer, I have a special bonus giveaway for you today.

As you know, I am part of a very special group of Prepared Bloggers that shares information amongst ourselves.  Not only do we share information about the technical aspects of blogging, but we also share prepping and homesteading tips and draw upon each other for article inspiration.

So here is the deal.  In an effort to help our loyal readers be prepared for the unexpected, we have teamed up with Titan Ready USA for a giveaway so fabulous we have named it HERCulean!

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Summer Survival Blast: The SolarBag Water Purifier

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One of the first rules of preparedness is to ensure that you have an adequate supply of water to sustain your drinking, cooking and hygiene needs in the days and weeks following a disaster.  To that end, I am positive that we each do the best we can given space and budget constraints.

Now what if I were to tell you that with a 4 ounce BPA free plastic bag and some sunlight, you could take raw water and purify up to  2 gallons of water a day? 

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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.  Dare I say it is the best charcoal grill I have ever owned?

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Cox’s Idaho Honey Giveaway

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What is not to like about rich, golden honey?  Just the thought of sweet, fragrant honey and honey bees makes me think of happy times.  That, coupled with it’s long storage life  makes honey a perfect food for the survival pantry.

And now you have a chance to win 30 pounds of honey for free.  As I mentioned in the Sunday Survival Buzz, I have partnered with a group of other preparedness and homesteading bloggers to bring you a great giveaway featuring Cox’s Idaho Honey.

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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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These Boots Are Made for Hiking + Altai Tactical Boots

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It takes a lot to get me excited about clothing and other personal items.  It is not that I am particular but these days, I value my investment in survival gear and supplies far more than an investment in the clothes on my back and the shoes on my feet.

On the other hand, hiking boots are something I take quite seriously.  When push comes to shove (or the stuff hits the fan), a good pair of boots will be well-purposed during everything from a trip to the lake for fresh water, to an emergency evacuation on foot to higher ground. 

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