Dave’s Tips: Some Survival Jobs Call for a Hatchet

There a great deal of emphasis put on survival knives these days, and they are featured prominently on survival-related TV shows, often as the primary tool given to a survivalist abandoned somewhere off the beaten track.

 

We like a good survival knife, and we sell plenty of blades that fit into that category. But we also like the simple hatchet, which has many outdoor and survival uses and is often a better choice than a knife. For example, you may be able to chop down a small tree to make a ridge pole using your knife, but the job will go faster with a hatchet. You may be able to use the butt of your knife as a hammer, but that’s another job for which your hatchet is better suited.

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Fresh Perpetual Stew: An Introduction to Your First Survival Garden

Captain Dave is pleased to welcome columnist NCPrepper.  She plans to report in regularly on her first urban survival garden and share other cooking and food prep tips for preppers in the column Fresh Perpetual Stew. To learn more about perpetual stew and other prepping tips, check out our Captain Dave’s Survival Guide

Growing up in rural Louisiana, I was always helping my mom with her garden. In the spring we’d sit on the couch at night and map out plans on a bright yellow notepad. Basil and rosemary in the front beds, tomatoes and cucumbers in the side yard, and of course new flowers along all four sides of the house. By the time summer rolled around there would be cosmos and zinnias popping up along the raised beds and our kitchen counter would be covered in more ripe, juicy cherry tomatoes and meaty Romas than we’d know what to do with. We’d water in the morning, checking the plants and picking a few veggies, then water again at night and pick a few more. Mom would even go through and pull these large green caterpillars off our tomatoes and squish them between her bare fingers—one of the many pests that loved our tomatoes. As the summer would wind down we’d give a hefty portion of our harvest to our neighbors and friends at church, mom would make basil pesto and freeze tomatoes for sauces in the fall and winter months.

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Back To School Sale: All Cargo Shorts are 10% Off

According to Dierdre Clement, author of the book Dress Casual: How College Kids Redefined American Style, “In wearing cargo shorts, polo shirts, New Balance sneakers, and baseball hats, we are ‘living out’ our personal identifications as a middle-class Americans.”

And to think, we like cargo shorts simply because it’s hot out and they have lots of pockets so we can carry our stuff.

Whether you need new shorts because you want to express your sense of freedom, make a person style statement, or simply head back to school with the newest camouflage patterns, you can save 10% and get free shipping when you shop our limited-time sale at shop.captaindaves.com.

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Dave’s Tips: Redundancy and Variety are Critical for Preppers

Redundancy and Variety are Critical for Preppers || Captain Dave's News & Views

“One is none and two is one” is an old saw for most serious preppers. It addresses the fact that if you have only one of something, you may soon have none since it is likely to break or wear out. Redundancy is important, but don’t forget to add some variety to your redundancy.

 

For example, imagine that you decided to count on a water filter to filter all your water. You go out and by a Katadyn Ceradyn filter or a Big Berkey. Knowing that “one is none and two is one” you buy the spare parts kit and some extra filters. Knowing that you can always boil water if necessary, you figure you are covered.

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Product Spotlight: Combat Knives by Spartan Blades

There’s very little that makes us happier than days when new knives are delivered. Okay, so maybe we’re happiest when there are doughnuts on delivery day (hint, hint, Dave), but there’s nothing like cracking open the packaging on a brand new knife, especially if it’s from Spartan Blades. We were especially happy to recieve three brilliantly designed modern interpretations of classic combat knives: the Spartan-George V-14 Dagger, the Difensa, and the Spartan-Harsey Hunter.

 

A Spartan Blade is a worthy investment for serious serivce members, hunters, outdoorsmen, and knife afficianados because it will thrive for years in harsh settings. Spartan designs are used by elite military units and martial agencies of the U.S. Government and now Canada, and are used in hand to hand combat in Iraq and Afghanistan which means that the knife you buy is held up to the highest of standards. After wiping the drool from our chins we passed the blades over to our knife guy to help us explain our excitement.

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Ranger Up: Unapologetically American

Wearing a Ranger Up shirt can be a bold statement for the discerning customer, including veterans, law enforcement officers and patriotic Americans.  And what better time to proclaim your support for the American way of life than right now?

 

We are proud to offer and recommend Ranger Up shirts and are pleased to put them on sale for a limited time.  Right now, they are as low as $20.95 and every shirt comes with free shipping to the Continental U.S.

 

Some of our favorite designs are tailored to law enforcement officers. Collections like the popular Sheepdog designs that state “There are wolves. There are sheep. I am the sheepdog.” or “Evil Exists When People Ignore It” pay tribute to often under-appreciated officers. Another favorite is the Thin Blue Line collection that honors officers as the dividing line between “Order” and “Chaos.”

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8 Common Gun Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How to Avoid 8 Common Gun Buying MistakesEvery time there is talk of gun control legislation, gun sales soar because people who have thought about owning a gun rush out to buy a gun before it is too late. This article is intended for those who are relatively new to firearms purchasing, to help you successfully navigate the gun-buying process, be a safe and legal gun owner, and eventually get your concealed carry permit.

 

Here are the eight most common mistakes new gun buyers make:

 

Mistake #1: You Don’t Know the Applicable Laws

 

To hear gun control advocates tell it, you’d think anyone can walk into a store and waltz out a few minutes later loaded for bear. The truth is far different.

To buy a firearm you must present a valid state ID or driver’s license, fill out some federally required paperwork (Form 4473), and undergo a background check. The latter is usually done with a call to a special FBI office while you wait but sometimes there may be a wait of several days. Some states or municipalities may also have waiting periods.

 

Our advice: Before you go shopping, check out Form 4473 to be sure you can legally buy a gun. (Felons, illegal aliens, drug users, wife beaters, the mentally ill, and those dishonorably discharged from the military, among others, need not apply.) Assuming you legally obtain a gun, take your state’s hunter safety course and/or the concealed carry class. Become familiar with local laws so you know where you can carry it and where you can use it. It may be unlawful to discharge a weapon in many municipalities.

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Product Spotlight: ArmorLite and Isobrite Tactical Watches

 

Someone is counting on you to be there at exactly 0300 hours. Whether you’re scouting the north face of the mountain in the pouring rain, kicking in a door in a tactical search for a narcotics raid, or meeting with Japanese business men across time zones, you need a watch you can read at all times, no matter what.

 

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The black Professional Series tactical watch.

You’ll be happy to know that Captain Dave’s now stocks ArmourLite and Iso-Brite tactical watches that can withstand the abuse that normal, every-day watches just can’t handle. ArmourLite and IsoBrite watches are designed with military personnel, law enforcement officers, first repsonders, and outdoorsmen in mind, meaning that each model is strong, durable, accurate, easy to use, and most importantly, tough. After testing the watches ourselves, here’s what we found out:

 

You can read it in complete, pitch-black darkness. Once your flashlight battery runs down, the lantern is out, and the campfire is cold, you can still read the markers on an ArmourLite watch without needing to expose it to light first. This is because all ArmourLite and IsoBrite watches are marked tritium illumination like the night sites for your pistol. The tritium has a half-life of 13.5 years which means that your watch will remain lit for over 20 years straight.

 

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We Sell Stuff Amazon and eBay Won’t

Sell Stuff

We love marketplaces and are proud to partner with many of the leading online marketplaces. They often push the envelope in terms of fast shipping and ease of use, and are responsible for many improvements in eCommerce over the years.

 

But they don’t sell everything.

 

Even in this day and age, there are brands that do not want their products sold via online marketplaces, so authorized dealers like us can’t sell them there. This is often because the manufacturer does not want online sellers to undercut their stocking dealers, but sometimes it is because brands think it undercuts the premium image they are pursuing.

 

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