Friday, July 12, 2019

Understanding Antifa and what they Stand For


Monday, July 8, 2019

See? This is why you need a fenced perimeter!


This weekened in Merlo, Buenos Aires. A 19 Year old burglar tried to jump the fence and got caught. He cried for help and woke up the home owners.

This kind of thing happens fairly often. Back in the day, in my old neigborhood a couple came back home one night to find a dead burglar hanging from their fence, bled out.

Some time  before that, a tragic story was somewhat similar, but this time the couple came back home to find their own son dead. He forgot his keys, tried to jump into the house and got caught.
Anyway, fences just work. Keep in mind though that they are no joke.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Friday, July 5, 2019

Living on a 6 US Dollars Salary.... a Month

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July.

Just a reminder of how lucky we are, those of us that dont live under the thumb of a madman like Maduro.

Can you imagine living on 6 bucks a month?.... in a place where thats the price of a burger?
Very interesting video, both to learn a bit of what life is like in these places and to appreciate what we have.


Monday, July 1, 2019

The problem with the “When SHTF” Mentality


Did SHTF for the guy that owns this car, caught in a flash flood? I'd say it did.

This is something I keep seeing all over the community or even during conversations with other like-minded people.

“When SHTF” I’ll do this or that.
“What gun are you planning on carrying … when SHTF?”
“When SHTF, I’ll go to my ranch/homestead/bunker/friend’s house”
These are precisely the people that end up not being ready when it counts because they keep waiting for some kind of invitation, email or notification so as to official know that as of right now, shit has indeed hit the fan:
  Dear Sir, we are contacting you in regards to recent events and would like to inform you that as of right now shit has officially hit the fan. Start wearing full camo throughout the day, board your windows, booby trap your back yard (its ok, kids no longer jump around the back yard playing any more once SHTF) and start carrying your battle rifle everywhere you go. Feel free to shoot that guy down the street you never liked. Its ok, authorities won’t respond again, ever. Go around scavenging stores and houses as you see fit. That’s perfectly acceptable after the world ends. Oh! One more thing. Expect sports illustrated swimsuit models to join your brave group of survivors and idolize you like a god for the preparations you made… for when SHTF.
Good luck and enjoy the end of the world!
It just doesn’t work that way. In places where shit has very much hit the fan there’s people with this mentality. I still see if from people living in true hell holes, places like Venezuela, still talking about what they will do when it gets worse.

Prepare now. Act now. I live in a very safe part of the world, one of the safest countries in Europe where going around for a walk at 3 AM is still perfectly safe. That doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen. Purses get snatched, pockets picked and stuff still gets stolen. A girl getting drunk in a beach party can still end up getting raped. At the end of the day you can get into a violent altercation with someone (especially now during the holyday season). So arm yourself as well as you can now and learn how to defend yourself if you don’t already know how.

Not looking after your health will get you killed SHTF or not, so get that blood test you’ve been postponing NOW, not after SHTF. Put that fire extinguisher in your car now, keep one in your kitchen now. Have a kit in your vehicle now because you can still get stranded on the road.

As rare as home invasions are around here, a while back someone broke into a neighbor’s house. His teen daughter was home alone when it happened. She locked herself in the bathroom. She called her father who was abroad at the time. Whomever broke in tried to force the door open, failed, so they took a few things quickly and left. Teach you family how to defend themselves now.

Believe me that when there’s not a drop of water coming out of the faucet, that’s not the time to go fill up that empty “water bob” you were supposed to fill … when SHTF. Have enough water for a week now. Learn to cook with your food stash now. Store what you eat, eat what you store so if there’s ever riots, lootings, food shortages or if for whatever reason you need to dig into your food supplies there will be no hard learned lesson or adaptation period.

Whatever important change in your life or idea you have on what you would do, do it now. Trust me on this, if you cant pull it off today, you wont when things get worse.

Stop thinking in terms of “when SHTF” and thing of how you will act if things make a serious turn for the worse tomorrow, or right this moment. That’s just life and that’s how real SHTF, the kind that change your life in an instant, hit you when you least expect it.
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Reply: This is why you should always keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.

Hello, Fernando. Would you please tell us what type of fire extinguisher you find the most useful for vehicle? Powder, foam or CO2?
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Man, I had no idea so I went and checked.

Seems like powder, 1kg. I got it from the auto store so I guess it suited for vehicles. Notice the gauge, its on the green part so pressure is fine. That needs to be checked once in a while.

Seems to be rated ABC, so it works for gasoline, oil and electric fires. Seems to be similar to this one, First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher.

My car is a diesel Honda CR-V so its not as likely to have a fire like a gasoline car. Still, electronics, seats, theres a number of things that can burn or maybe even the fuel of another car in a collision.
Having one is mandatory in Argentina and I just thought the same rule applied elsewhere.
I always just thought it makes perfect sense to keep a fire extinguisher in the car.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Why Dont Americans Just Ban Guns?


Friday, June 21, 2019

This is why you should always keep a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.



I came across this situation driving back home yesterday. There was an ambulance and someone helping out with the traffic. The man seemed to have picked the fire extinguisher from the ambulance. I could see the emergency response people near but the car seems totaled to me.

I was surprised because back in Argentina, it is mandatory to have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit in your car. Police actually ask to see them when stopped. I know of a few instances in which they were used, either on the car or nearby fire.

Turns out that its not mandatory in many countries. Still, I keep one in mine and it makes a LOT of sense to have on in your vehicle if you don’t have one already.

 

The Bracketeer Car Fire Extinguisher Bracket | Universal Design Fits Most Vehicles
FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

This is what REAL SHTF looks like in a Farm or Homestead

The genocide of white farmers in South Africa continues and it seems that the main stream media cant be bothered to cover it. What those people have gone through and still go through today is unbelievable. Still, it is a lesson on what happens when a government is no longer providing security for the population or in the case of South Africa, when the government officially declares open season on white people.

For those that think you’ll be able to remain safe in an isolated homestead while surrounded by vicious animals, think again:

UK Home | Daily Mail Online

South African farmer's wife, 45, relives the horrific moment a gunman raped her in front of her children after shooting his way into their home, molesting her daughter and forcing her into sex by threatening to kill her son

A South African mother was put through a 'living nightmare' by a rapist who held a gun to her children's head to force her into sex.
Nicky, 45, was raped in front of her children by 32-year-old Sebenzile Simane - who also sexually molested his victim's daughter after shooting his way into the farm house.
Simane, who also tied the family up and stole their money, was handed two life sentences and a total of 173 years in prison after he was found guilty of the string of violent crimes in South Africa's Eastern Cape.
The white-washed £1.3million farmhouse - set in nearly 1,000 acres of land - had belonged to the family for a century and Nicky's two sons, aged nine and 15, and her 13-year-old daughter had been brought up there.
But Simane apparently felt he had been wronged by Nicky's farmer husband and came seeking deadly revenge on the family.
The family home was so remote that their nearest neighbour was a mile away and did not hear the gunshots at the home.
After surviving the horrific ordeal the family is now planning to move to Australia to set up a new farm there.
Campaign group AfriForum says that Afrikaner and European farmers are under daily attack in the country.
Sebenzile Simane, pictured has been given two life sentences for the string of violent crimes in March last year.
Describing what happened on March 23, 2018, Nicky said a stream of bullets came blasting through the patio door, narrowly missing her 15-year-old son's head.
Nicky said: 'With the bullets smashing through the windows I can only describe our feeling as being hunted like wild animals.
He shot his way through a sliding patio door to get in. 'What followed I can only describe as four hours of pure hell – just sick torture and depravity,' Nicky said.
'He held the gun to my nine-year-old son's head and threatened to shoot him unless I complied.
'I told my little one to be quiet or else this man would kill us. All I saw were his silent tears rolling down his little cheeks for the next four hours. The sight of that will be with me forever.
'He tied us all up with fencing wire so tight that our hands lost their circulation and turned grey.
'He shouted at my children that he was there to kill their father and that he would chop him up in front of them. He said that when he came through the door they would watch him butchered. He then repeatedly threatened to shoot my eldest son's feet off if he didn't obey him and then ordered him to rape me. I had never heard such a sick thing before and was totally mortified.
All I could do was beg him not to make my son do that. He just kept pointing the gun at my son's feet and saying he would shoot them unless he raped his mum in front of his brother and sister.
The white-washed £1.3million farmhouse - set in nearly 1,000 acres of land - had belonged to the family for a century
'I begged and pleaded with him not to do this and to take me to another room and take me instead.'
Explaining what happened next, she said: 'He grabbed me and forced me to my bedroom and raped me there. There was blood everywhere as I had already been badly shot. I could do nothing as my hands were tied behind my back.
'He then brought my 13-year-old daughter to the bedroom, undressed her and attempted to rape her. He was sexually molesting her and all I could do was beg for mercy and to take me again.
'So instead of raping her he forced my beautiful innocent daughter to watch as he raped me again.
'I cannot describe the anger this man displayed toward us and I knew as he raped me that if my children had any chance of survival I had to get this man away from them and the farm house.
'You don't care about yourself - you just don't want your children to die and you do all you can.'
Describing how she finally shook the man off, she said: 'He had tried to start our car outside but couldn't get it going so in a bid to buy my family time I told him to take my bank cards and pin numbers and to let me drive him to town to the ATM.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7147287/South-African-mother-45-raped-children.html)

People, enjoy life, live where you want and how you want but don’t kid yourself about what a worst case scenario would be like.

FerAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Muela Knives: Do Spanish Knives Suck?


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Teaching your kids to be Tough

I guess I’ve always been a bit strange, even when I was little. When every other kid wanted to be an astronaut, football star or famous celebrity of some kind, my dream on the other hand was to be a dad, have a family of my own with a loving wife and a bunch of kids. Of course you grow older and just like the 5 year old that wanted to be a fireman ends up having different dreams later on in life I went through that same process as well. But still, in spite of different careers and lines of work that idea always stuck with me as the core of what makes a happy life.

An important part of having a family is raising your kids well. Making them is easy enough (for some of us, for other it’s a painful and expensive process or not possible at all) but raising them takes time, patience and dedication.
I want my kids to be above all good, joyful people, and to me that means being tough and self-reliant. The world is a hard place, even in the not so hard parts of the world. The strong prevail and no one said life was supposed to be fair.

I try to teach that to my kids. That being strong, physically and mentally (especially mentally) is important and that they should strive to be that. Set your mind to it and it will be so. No, this does not apply to everything in life like the Left wants us to believe. A boy can’t be a girl anymore than he can be a flying pink unicorn. But tough? Yup, that’s all about mindset.

So last Friday I get that phone call no parent ever wants to receive: “we’re calling from your son’s school…” “he got hurt” … “come as soon as possible”.
I get to the school as fast as I can and I see my ten year old standing there waiting for me with a teacher. “Hi dad”. He was perfectly calm, looked perfectly fine… well… except for that finger…


Playing with his friends he tried to grab a kid as he ran away, got his finger caught in the kid’s tshirt, dislocating it.

I’m not particularly sensitive about these things but when it’s your kid it’s always different. I grabbed his bag and I told him he’s be fine, not to worry, we’ll get that fixed right away. He stopped my rant “dad! I’m fine. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt”. He was as calm as always. Maybe too calm. I though he was maybe in shock but as time went by I realized it was none of that. He’s just tough. Tougher than his old man, that’s for sure.

It took about an hour to get the bone back in place. The paediatrician that saw him first took an xray and didn’t dare touch it, he couldn’t tell for sure if it was broken or not. The trauma specialist arrived and after taking a look set the bone straight. My son didn’t complain once during the entire thing and kept saying that it didn’t hurt. Without any anaesthesia, he barely flinched when the doctor realigned the bone.

What can I say? I’m super proud of all my kids and I wanted to share this.
It’s not easy, takes time and sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re doing good for your kids but then these things happen and you can pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Teach your kids not to complain, to be strong and resilient. Teach your kids to COPE.
Last time we went hiking we went through some thorny brush (kinda did that on purpose) , got a few scratches here and there. When my youngest mentioned getting pricked I said “Its just a bit if pain, kids. It’s not as if you have a broken bone or something more serious”. When he later showed me a thorn stuck in his hand I told him that was perfect for practicing using the tweezers in his Victorinox. If you teach them to overcome small inconveniences then even when bones do get broken they will deal with it much better and the same will apply to other challenges and hurdles in life.

While I’m at it, I do have one small favour to ask. Wanting to be like dad, my son has his own little youtube channel. English is his second language and I encourage him to practice it as much as possible.  I’d appreciate if you dropped by and liked a video of his, maybe leave a word of encouragement.

Thanks!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Self-Reliance: Can Preppers Really Feed Themselves?


Monday, June 3, 2019

Sweden is encouraging its citizens to become preppers

Gotta love the Swedes. They don’t mess around.



So basically the concern is Russia and its military build up across the border.
The government has distributed a “prepper” manual that is actually more war and cyber-attack oriented which does make sense given the circumstances.

And, yes, before you ask, here’s the manual, its a free PDF "If Crisis or War Comes"

Anyone from Sweden? Let me know what you think.

Take care folks.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Friday, May 31, 2019

Dogs vs Armed Attackers

This one is in Spanish but check it out, the images speak for themselves.



Pretty amazing how the animals react and save the owner. Goes to show how valuable dogs are for self defense.

Oh, don’t worry, none of the shots hit the puppies!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, May 27, 2019

7 Reasons Why Both Beginners and Advanced shooters need a Revolver


No, I’m serious. You do.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that 99.99% of the time I spend it with my Glock and so should you. It is your best investment and will give you the best chances of winning … with the right training. More on that later.
  • Simplicity of manual of arms. Every new shooter gets it right away. Open the cylinder like this. Put bullets. Close. Pull trigger.
  • No failure to feeds or failures to eject. These you train to solve almost instantly… but that only comes with training.
  • No manual safety. You’d be amazed how often even trained law enforcement struggle with it or forget about it in the heat of the moment.
  • No chamber to be left empty. Another common cause of trouble and debate for those that believe in carrying with an empty chamber.
  • No grip related problems. This one is a huge problem often overlooked, limp wristing, the slide hitting your thumb because of a poor grip. None of these are a problem with a revolver.
  • You can have it in some nice powerful rounds.
  • Ammo versatility. A nice 357 can handle hunting loads, defense loads, light 38s.
Bonus Point: Maybe the most important one for someone that goes with an auto as his main gun , as backup guns. Also for arming other people. Not everyone is as dedicated and for the average shooter a revolver is simply more suited for their level of training.
FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Are you strong? Statistically speaking, probably not.

Ask most people if they are strong and most people will likely say “yes”. If they don’t say it out loud, they still probably believe it to be true. At the very least, most people believe they are strong enough or stronger than average.

It is natural to feel that way because it should be no surprise to learn that being strong is actually very good for you. The bad news is, most people aren’t strong and in general people are getting weaker every year.

Obviously from a survival perspective strength goes beyond opening jars and bottles but doing work, fixing stuff and self defense. But what I find interesting is that being strong, in particular measured in regards to your grip strength, is strongly (wink, wink) lined to your health status.
A higher handgrip strength (HGS) means a lower risk of overall cardiovascular disease mortality, CVD being among the main causes of premature death worldwide. Beyond that a stronger grip is related in the medical community to vitality and better overall health.

https://today.uconn.edu/2011/06/grip-strength-is-good-indicator-of-overall-health/#

But back to the question, the only way of knowing how strong you really are is to properly measure it. It’s a rather simple stat to track so I got myself one of these gadgets. (affiliate link to Amazon below in case you want to give it a go)

It costs just a few bucks and it lets you know how strong you are for real. “Strong” is best, at the very least you want to be on the right side of the “Normal” bracket and you definitely don’t want to be “Weak”. If you are though, you may want to start working out more, increase your general fitness level and keep track of the progress made.
Take care,

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Awesome IMCO lighter


Everyone is familiar with the beloved Zippo lighter but drop the name “IMCO” and you’ll get a confused face and a “whut??”


It’s a shame though. IMCO started as a company in Austria in 1907 and made the first “trench” lighters in 1918. These were the first true commercial lighters ever made.


IMCO closed as a company in Austria in 2012. They sold the rights to a company in China and the famous lighter is still available at a fraction of the price. If you want the original Made in Austria ones though you’ll have to buy on the used market, with prices already pretty high.
Classics Imco Triplex Super 6700 Stainless Steel Oil Petrol Cigarette Lighter (Type 1)
IMCO lighters have several advantages.
1)They are sturdy as hell. People think Zippos are tough. They are ok but the lid hinge is a natural weak spot and the large metal surfaces can be bent. On the other hand the IMCO is made of folder or rounded metal which gives it much greater structural integrity and takes abuse better.

2)Opens and Lights on one flick of the finger. Its simply faster as it opens and strikes the flint at the same time unlike the two separate operations needed for the Zippo.
3)More reliable ignition. In a Zippo you move the wheel directly with your finger. On the IMCO you have greater leverage and sparks are clearly larger. This causes the IMCO to go through flints a bit faster, but then again it requires less attempts to lit.
4)Easy to replace flints. Just open the compartment and drop it there. Close it and you’re done.
5)Storage compartment for a spare flint.

6)Can be used as a candle by removing the fuel tank. This can be very handy at times and extends the utility off the lighter to be used as a candle or small torch.
7)Much better fuel run. A Zippo dries up in about a week or two while an IMCO with its smaller wick lid can keep running for about a month.

8)Adjustable flame. On Super Triplex models, the wind shield allows you to adjust the flame.
If you like traditional lighters, give the IMCO a try.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sweden tells its Citizens to stock up Cash

Obverse of the series 2009 $100 Federal Reserve Note.jpg
Cash is indeed King

Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency is telling residents to stockpile 'cash in small denominations'.

The concern is that in a society that is steadily going cashless, a cyber attack would leave Swedes vulnerable, unable to buy basic supplies or get by during a period of time until things gets sorted out.
It does make perfect senses and this concern Sweden authorities have is one of the reason why a cash stash has been recommended here time and again over the years. In a society were a growing number of people aren’t using cash at all, it is understandable to make such warnings and its worth repeating yet again: Cash is king and make sure to always have some at hand. Start with a small fund and try to build up to a month worth of expenses.

Remember to get a proper safe for your valuables, not just cash but jewellery, precious metals and important documents. A small safe like this Digital Safe goes for under 40 bucks. At the very least, get one like this if you dont have a safe already.

Better yet, get a proper Gun Cabinet Safe so as to keep your firearms in as well. These wont break the bank and will make the difference if someone breaks into your place.
FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Video: Learning From a Shooting in Brazil


Take a look at how this goes down.
The criminal has a 38 revolver, the woman a 380ACP pistol.
She does well at staying calm and actually aiming, hits him in the back and he goes down, dies on the way to the hospital later on. The husband reacts very well and takes the bad guy's revolver.
In spite of staying calm (important) and a bit of luck on her side (criminal just ignoring her completely) she does have a poor grip on the gun and likely gets hit on the thumb with the slide. She jerks the gun back after that one shot she fires. Lucky for her, she didnt need another shot to stop the
threat.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, May 6, 2019

What Is the Safest Seat on a Plane?


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cellphone stops bullet, saves woman’s life (for real!)

Sólo fue un susto. Nancy apenas tuvo unos raspones.


La ropa de la mujer quedó quemada.
This happened in Tucumán, Argentina a couple days ago.

A women was mugged and the bastard shot her while fighting over her cellphone.
In what I can only assume is a typical instinctive reaction of bringing your hands up to defend yourself, the phone was shot and the bullet didnt have enough strength to seriously wound her, only suffering minor cuts along her arm and abdomen.

The hole looks small, most likely 22LR. Even if just a 22, that’s some serious luck. Must have been with the phone at an angle, the round further losing velocity along the arm (maybe clothes) and then hitting her abdomen with low enough velocity. Or maybe the bullet just fragmeneted a lot when hitting the battery, Gorilla glass backed by a screen protector.

Its very interesting. Look at how big that exit hole is. The phone did a far better job than I'd think.
Anyway, she should try getting a few lottery tickets as well!

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

War in Venezuela

Un manifestante de la oposición es atropellado por un vehículo de la Guardia Nacional de Venezuela en una calle cerca de la base aérea "La Carlota" de Caracas, Venezuela, 30 de abril de 2019. REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino

Maduro’s goons running over civilians with armored vehicles.

The time to fight and finally get rid of that dictator is NOW.

Good luck Venezuelans!

FerFAL

Monday, April 29, 2019

If I could Only have one knife for the End of the World...

Talk about a nightmare...

Only one? You've got to be kidding. Still, fair enough question.
What if? What if you have to leave, on foot, not knowing where you are going and what will happen to you next. Not knowing if that knife will be used to defend yourself, build a shelter, fire, cut a hole through a wall/car/boat to escape, prepare food, carve wood, gut game, eat your dinner. And what if that's the only knife you'll have for the rest of your life?
A bit of a less painfull thought, lets make it three.

These are the three I'd go for. Busse Bushwacker Battle Mistress. Dog Soldier 8 and Leatherman Wave (Black oxide) although my Charge tti is a slightly better option.
Forced to chose just one? Dog Soldier 8. Big enough, small enough. The goldielocks size for a do it all knife with the right blade steel, geometry, finish and the right grip shape and material.
More of a tight budget proposition?

Cold Steel Bowie machete , Glock Survival knife $28.79 and Leatherman Sidekick $55.95. For little over a hundred bucks you have a setup to deal with everything knife related.
Forced to chose one? You cant go wrong with the Glock knife. Like the pistol, Its a beast of a knife yet light and well priced.
FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Turns Out Communism is kind of Great!

A mansion located in Havana is being listed by Raúl Castro's granddaughter for $650 a night on Airbnb

If you are a corrupt communist leader, that is.

Message:

Fernando—
Reading your most recent post about how innovative ordinary Cubans have to be.
But the New Class does not suffer the same hardships as the common man…in Cuba or the other egalitarian communist paradises…
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6936503/Cuban-leaders-granddaughter-rents-mansion-Havana-650-night.html
Castro's luxurious Havana mansion which boasts Jacuzzi, private terraces and four bedrooms is being rented for $650 a night by the Cuban leader's granddaughter on an island ravaged by poverty and food crisis
  • Vilma Rodríguez is listing a lavish residence located in Havana, Cuba, which is being rented for $650 a night on Airbnb
  • Rodríguez is the granddaughter of former president Raúl Castro and operates her business from Panama
  • The mansion is readily available for up to 10 guests and features four bedrooms, including two master bedrooms, a jacuzzi, and five and a half bathrooms
  • The United States imposed an economic trade embargo in 1962 under President John F. Kennedy, and since then most of the island's 12million residents live in poverty
  • Basic food items such as bread, meats and eggs have become scarce of the last couple of years
An Airbnb posting of a mansion in Havana is showing just how far the Cuban regime is willing to go to enrich its pockets on an island where ordinary residents are struggling to feed themselves.
Vilma Rodríguez, the granddaughter of former president and current First Secretary of the Communist Party, Raul Castro, is listing a luxurious residence on the global online marketplace that as of Thursday morning was fetching $650 a night.
The homeowner, who is based out of Panama according to her Airbnb profile, bills the lavish Caribbean home as 'Casa Vida Luxury Holidays' or 'Dream Home Luxury Holidays.'
'In Casa Vida, elegance, design, and tradition come together to create cheerful, spacious, and luminous spaces,'  Rodríguez wrote as part of her home's profile.
Rodríguez is not the only member from the Castro clan that has benefited from the communist family's coffers despite sanctions imposed by the Washington.
Tony Castro, grandson of the late Fidel Castro, drew the ire of the Cuban exile community in January after an Instagram follower of the aspiring model shared photographs of the young man flaunting his wealth on overseas trips.
Raúl Castro succeeded his brother Fidel as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in 2011.
The 87-year-old holds the most senior position in the communist party and has absolute power of the country.
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Thanks for your email.

Yes, communisim sounds great as long as you're the one making billions out of it.

It’s also amazingly inefficient. For the millions of people that it enslaves, you’d think they’d have an actual “mansion”. That’s a rather tacky 4 bedroom house, certainly not a “luxurious mansion”. Bet they have billions squirreled away in accounts all over the world though.
Very communist of them to amass all that capital…

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cool Download: Free .pdf Cuban manual on DIY and other Improvisation tips.

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I have been enjoying your videos and their very informative content....I ran across this video series and was impressed by how the Cuban's have creatively adapted to their isolation in a technologically advancing world....please do not post my name on the blog...you may post it as Felixdacat if you wish...I hope the content of the Cuba videos will motivate you to conceptualize appropriate technologies to include in your new book...best of luck and please keep your videos flowing...


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Thank you for your email!

The video is quite good, worth the 8 minutes for sure.

My upcoming book is shaping up nicely. I’m sure people will like it. It will have plenty tips and tricks people can put to use, especially in regards to security, awareness, self defense, driving and SHTF in general. It will complement my first book nicely, “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, with practical information.

It’s interesting to see how people get creative to find solutions when they lack resources. I’ve seen many similar things done in Argentina. Maybe not so much because of complete lack of availability like in Cuba but because the prices were beyond the capabilities of so many.

The two books he mentions “El Libro de la Familia” and “Con Nuestros Propios Esfuerzos”, these are books on tips and advice, basically DIY for Cubans that need to pretty much improvise with anything and everything they get hold of. The first one seems to mostly “borrow” from Popular Mechanics and similar publications, the second one is advice from Cubans themselves on how to improvise on several fields from tools, making toys, transportation, health, food and so on.

The first book “El Libro de la Familia” isn’t available, couldn’t find a PDF or even a copy to buy anywhere. If anyone has a pdf link or a copy they are willing to sell I’d love to get one.
The second book, “Con Nuestros Propios Esfuerzos” that one I did find a link to and its free to download:

https://we.riseup.net/assets/198729/Con-Nuestros-Propios-Esfuerzos.pdf
Of course it’s in Spanish but it’s mostly short lines and paragraphs which you should understand even with basic Spanish. Some of the cooking recipes are even easier to understand since they mostly just list the ingredients.

I found these to be rather interesting from a survival perspective, how to be creative with limited ingredients.
Anyway, hope everyone had a great Easter and if you know even basic Spanish the book is well worth downloading.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mini EDC Combo Review: Klarus Mini One Ti & Victorinox Manager


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Conceal Carry Safety Concerns


Hello Fernando,
I greatly appreciate your blog and your advice. I have read some of your posts on the subject of firearm safety (ex. http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2018/06/common-mistakes-when-carrying-for-self.html) and I know you advocate carrying a safety-less gun such as a Glock in a holster with the chamber loaded. I would like you to address how to carry a smaller concealed weapon safely when holster options are limited. In particular, I would like to carry a compact 380 ACP such as a Ruger LCP in the warmer weather where concealment options are limited. A further limitation is that I don't like to wear shirts untucked. I always wear a button-down shirt tucked into jeans with a belt or sometimes cargo shortls without a belt.

The only options I see are to conceal the pistol in a front pocket in these situations. If this is the only option, then it seems to me that a single action pistol without a safety would be dangerous unless the chamber is empty. Since your opinion is that the chamber should be loaded for firing in an emergency, what would be a safe way to carry or a safer gun to carry, such as a double action only pistol?

In other words, I would like to hear from you the safe practices and options available and that should be employed to ensure an accidental discharge is extremely unlikely. Since my personal experience with firearms is rather limited, I would like to share an analogy in my thinking.
That analogy is locking car doors. In my lifetime (I am 58 years old), I have never had anything stolen from my car, despite leaving it unlocked almost all the time. In contrast, I have been locked out of my car several times (in the few instances where I have locked it) and I have known many others who have been locked out of houses and cars, but almost never robbed. The conclusion I derive from this experience is that it is better to leave my car unlocked (unless used in a highly dangerous area) than locking it which will surely lead to a lot of inconvenience.

My point is - I see it far more likely for a gun being carried to be accidently discharged than it actually needing to be used. Therefore, it would seem to me to be far more prudent in ensuring no accidental discharge rather than the gun always being in the ready to fire at a moments notice state. While I defer to your expertise and experience, I am also aware that some of your experience is with law enforcement situations in which they are often putting themselves into dangerous situations, need to draw and fire quickly, and can carry openly which provides a much safer carry option. In other words, I don't think law enforcement situations correlate very well with low risk civilian ones. I would rather carry and fail to be able to use the gun than to carry and it go off accidently. Nevertheless, I respect your points and am therefore confused as to the best approach for me.
With that longwinded background, I would appreciate your thoughts and recommendations. Some (but not all) of the things I would like addressed are:
  • How can a Glock/Ruger LCPII type firearm be carried to minimize the risk of accidental pulling of the trigger when concealing in a pants pocket? Are there some other ways to conceal carry that doesn't require a jacket or shirt hanging out?
  • Would a double action only pistol be a better option?
  • What would be a preferred additional safety option - not chambering a round, an external safety, DAO, other?
  • I have heard you and others mention that accidental discharges are prevented by cascade of safeties. They only happen when of all these safeties are broached. Can you list these safeties? While the Glock may have many safeties preventing the gun itself from discharging unless the trigger is pulled, it doesn't seem to have any when the trigger is pulled. So what other safeties prevent this from happening unintentionally? A holster is the only thing I can think of, and in the minimal clothing situation I am talking about, that doesn't seem to be either very viable or helpful.
I apologize for the long rambling note, and I hope you can understand my concerns and questions. I also realize that such a minimal clothing scenario makes for a lot of compromises. Certainly, in an open carry situation, the safest approach would be a revolver, and in such a case, I would not have any concerns or questions. The problem in a nutshell therefore, is how to carry concealed safely and what type of gun should I carry without a jacket or leaving my shirt untucked. A chambered Glock in this situation seems excessively dangerous, but I see your point about not chambering as well. An external safety seems to be a possible compromise but isn't available in a compact 380. DAO also seems like it may be the best approach, but I am not certain if it is safe enough.
Thanks for your time to wade through this long letter.
Scott -
P.S. Please feel free to publish this letter and your response. I think it would be useful to others as well.
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Hello Scott,

Thanks for your email. I agree, there’s probably a lot of people that find themselves in this very same situation.
I like your car key analogy. It’s funny how I’ve had the exact opposite experience: My entire life, I’ve always locked the door of my car as soon as I got out. Every. Single. Time. Not doing so meant someone would notice it and get in, steal something. Years later, even when driving for a hike out in the woods in the middle of nowhere and just getting out for a minute or two, I still lock the door. Its an incorporated habit. You get out of the car and you use the key to lock the car. Always. All the time. This means the key has to be in my hand to do so. That’s how I never locked myself out of my car by accident. ;-) Now if I would only lock my car once in a while, when I thought it was needed and not other times, then I wouldn’t have the same muscle memory where I take the keys with me, lock the car and put the keys in my front right pocket without even thinking about it. That’s the key word right there: You don’t have to even think about it. It has to be an unconscious process, muscle memory programed through repetition.

You ask about carrying with an empty chamber. I most certainly would advice against it.
Not because of what happens to law enforcement officers but because of what happens to normal, law abiding citizens. Sure, a gun with an empty chamber is fine if you have to shoot a deer on the side of the road, but when attacked? Not so much. There’s countless videos of normal people going about their day when suddenly attacked, struggling with their gun’s slide and even getting killed without firing a round.

You are right about how unlikely the situation is. Years will go by without you ever having to defend yourself, if ever. But one day someone attacks you, he’s shooting at you, already on top of you and if lucky you barely have time to draw the gun and pull the trigger. Why is this person trying to kill you? Because that’s the way the world is. A mugging attempt, drugs, mental disorder, terrorism, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is violent and fast and you simply don’t have time. In most cases that I know of where ordinary people defended themselves, in most of them having a gun with an empty chamber would have been a mistake they would have paid for dearly, maybe even with their lives.
Commit yourself to doing it properly, do it right every single time over and over and you will  be just fine. I would encourage you to take some time to look up a reputable firearms instructor in your area, someone with good credentials. You don’t need a Navy SEAL, someone with a good reputation in your local community will do. In my opinion and based on every single instructor I know of that I believe is worth listening to, every single one of them will advice against carrying with an empty chamber. It just defeats the purpose of carrying in the first place in too many possible scenarios.
  • “How can a Glock/Ruger LCPII type firearm be carried to minimize the risk of accidental pulling of the trigger when concealing in a pants pocket? Are there some other ways to conceal carry that doesn't require a jacket or shirt hanging out?”
A small 380ACP Glock or Ruger LCP can be carried in a pocket holster. This is the most logical option for such small guns. You need a holster, there’s no way around that. While kept in its holster the gun is perfectly safe. Good training will help you come to peace with this. I believe the post 2013 LCP has a nicer trigger than the older models and the LCPII has a trigger safety like the Glock. Given the small size and poor sights, it makes sense to use a laser sight such as the CT Crimson Trace Laserguard.

Here’s a holster that would work well with the LCPII with a CT laser installed.

Another good choice would be a snub nose revolver, Smith & Wesson J-frame, something like a S&W 340PD with laser grips.
Personally, I would go with a Glock 19 and simply use a tuckable holster. This allows you to tuck your shirt as you desire, conceal the gun well, yet be armed with a proper Glock 19. The hook loops and stays hidden behind the belt.
Galco USA Ultimate Second Amendment for Glock 19, 23, 32 (Natural, Right-hand)
Concealed carry isnt just about picking a gun. You have to dress around it as well, with pants, shirt and belt to go along with what you have in mind.
  • “Would a double action only pistol be a better option? What would be a preferred additional safety option - not chambering a round, an external safety, DAO, other?”
The Ruger LCP is double action only. For pocket carry yes, it makes sense. If you go with the LCP make sure you practice a lot given that pocket guns are harder to master.
  • ”I have heard you and others mention that accidental discharges are prevented by cascade of safeties. They only happen when of all these safeties are broached. Can you list these safeties? While the Glock may have many safeties preventing the gun itself from discharging unless the trigger is pulled, it doesn't seem to have any when the trigger is pulled. So what other safeties prevent this from happening unintentionally? A holster is the only thing I can think of, and in the minimal clothing situation I am talking about, that doesn't seem to be either very viable or helpful.”
The Glock has three safeties, two internal and one in the trigger, but yes, pulling the trigger discharges the firearm. There’s no external manual safety. This seems problematic but again, with good training you quickly see why so many people chose the Glock, why its so successful and yes, very safe too. The trick is having a good polymer holster. As long as the gun is in its holster, the Glock simply will not fire. It all comes down to having a good belt, a good holster and the right training and safety habits. Combine those and it’s a perfectly safe gun to carry.
Good luck and when you have the time, please let me know what setup you ended up with and how its working out for you.

Regards,

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, April 15, 2019

Car Steering Wheel Lock: 3 Great Reasons to Own One



For years I kept a similar safety lock bar in my car in Argentina.

It wasn’t as nice as this one though. It was a cheap ugly thing, but it worked. Shaped like a small baseball bat, made of steel and painted yellow. One night someone broke into my car (at that time it was parked in the street). There wasn’t much to steal and they took off, but thanks to that safety bar they didn’t take the car. It was also useful as a weapon. A short heavy steel bat can do a good bit of damage, and the neat thing is its perfectly legal and not considered a weapon.


This new one that I purchased is much nicer, has a better lock, better grip and feels a lot sturdier.
Besides its main anti-theft use, and having a Startrek Batleth weapon vibe to it, it also has a glass breaking tip at the other end. Being as heavy as it is, the metal tip will easily break glass with minimal effort. This can be important when escaping the vehicle after an accident, fire or trying to get someone else out from another car after a collision.

I believe its well work the 26 bucks it costs in Amazon. I’m happy with mine and it now lives tucked next to the driver’s seat in my car.

On the left hand, in the driver’s door storage compartment, I still have a large can of Sabre Red Pepper Spray.

It’s good to have options.

Stay safe people.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Problems with the Glock 19


Hello Fernando.

I am your subscriber for a few years now. I enjoy your videos and really grateful that you share your experience.

I think I started watching your videos during sad events that took place in Ukraine in 2014 (with our peninsula being annexed, war in the eastern part of Ukraine, currency devaluation, etc.) I always hoped that I won't end up using valuable information gained from your videos, well, for obvious reasons. I wasn't really a fan of aforementioned events, so I moved to Canada.
So, with that being sad, I would like to share my story of buying my first firearm — a Glock, and a malfunction(!) which occurred the first time I was shooting my Glock.

But at first, allow me to share my shooting background. In Ukraine people are not allowed to possess a handgun, but since my father is in military, he always takes me to drills, where I can shoot firearms (Makarov's pistol, AK-74, PK machine gun, Dragunov's Sniper Rifle and even RPG-7). I shot few thousands rounds in my life, and I was relatively good at it. Nothing fancy, but I managed to hit my targets while having descent groupings. So when I came to Canada, I decided to buy a Glock19. It was my dream pistol since I, as a kid, saw it in a hollywood movie. I had a lot of arguments as to why I want specifically this pistol. You know all that arguments and you even have a video about it. Fast forward to my first experience with my new Glock19.

I shoot my first magazine with 10 cartridges and... I have a jam on my third shot. This is weird — I said to myself. And continued shooting. I had another jam in my first magazine. I was desperate and I did not understand what was happening. I though there's something wrong with my glock. I had malfunctions (failure to feed and jams) in approximately 30% of shots, which is definitely not normal.

I took it back to the store where I bought it and explained my situation. Store owner took my Glock and shot 40 cartridges with no issues whatsoever. And he told me that the problem might be in me. I smiled at him and left. You probably know where it's going now, right? That day I started browsing the internet and I learned a new term "Limp wristing". I could not believe that Glock can and probably WILL malfunction depending on how firm is your grip. I couldn't believe since police use it, military use it — surely sometimes people there are under stress, being shot at, or even injured — how the hell are they supposed to constantly control their grip? But still, it's a fact. Police use it, military use it. I never ever had an issue like that while firing Makarov's Pistol. I told my father about it — he was really surprised. As well as his colleagues in the army. How come the reliability of your pistol depends on you, not on your pistol?

Of course after I learned the cause of my troubles, analyzed and changed the pressure of my grip, I shot about 200 cartridges with no issue. I'm not selling my Glock, no. I will train with it, and keep shooting with it.

But still, I really can not believe that polymer framed pistols have this issue, especially, that Glock has it. Now I have this thought, that maybe CZ pistol (or similar with a steel frame) might be better for a person who is concerned with self-defense. Especially if it's a weak guy or a small woman.
I would really appreciate if you share any thoughts about this matter.
Thank you, Sergey
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Hello Sergey,
Yes, limp wristing can be a problem, but its not just Glock, any auto pistol is likely to fail when allowed to move in the hand.
I cant say I ever had this problem. A good grip and maybe a little workout with dumbells will help you a lot.
Unless you have a specific weakening disability, you shouldn’t have any problem as long as you hold your gun firmly.
A good alternative for people that have this problem (for whatever reason) is a good revolver.



I suggest though that you work on holding your Glock 19 firmly, it really is a fine, reliable firearm. Hold it aligned with your forearm as shown in the pic below, and a good firm grip, as high as possible.




FerFAL
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, April 8, 2019

Sneak Peek: What I'm working on for my next book


Friday, April 5, 2019

Poor Diet is the main cause of early death world wide

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Walk around any gun show or prepper show and you see the irony: From an objective point of view, an alarming number of people are ignoring the clear, number one cause of premature death.
Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide
A major study has found that unhealthful eating is responsible for more deaths worldwide than any other risk factor, including smoking.
A diet low in nutrients may cause more deaths worldwide than smoking or other unhealthful habits, suggests new research.
The Global Burden of Disease Study looked at dietary consumption between 1990 and 2017 in 195 countries, focusing on 15 types of food or nutrients.
In a paper that features in The Lancet, the study investigators conclude that, due to its contribution to noncommunicable diseases, poor diet accounted for 1 in 5, or 11 million, adult deaths in 2017.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324897.php
Survivalism is about surviving, about staying alive, and having as good a life as possible. The being alive part… kind of a big deal.

It makes no sense to worry about surviving if you’re going to ignore that which is clearly killing the most people and negatively impacting their quality of life the most.
I’m no doctor but certain things are obvious. If you’re morbidly obese you’re not a “big guy”, “big boned”, let alone “strong”. You’re just fat.

More fruits and vegetables (makes sense, its what you would naturally find the most trying to feed yourself in nature) less salt, reasonable portions and caloric intake. If a person needs 2,000 calories a day and an elite athlete needs and additional 50% or more, then the typical Joe with a mostly sedentary life has no business ingesting 3,000 calories, most of it from junk food with terrible nutritional value.

Take a good long look at yourself and be honest. If you need to make changes to your diet, do them.
After all the only one that gets hurt if you don’t is yourself and the people that care about you.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Monday, April 1, 2019

Body Armor for Preppers: Why it’s a must-have item

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“Preppers don't need body armor, concentrate on food, first aid, energy, shelter. Waste of money.”
This was posted in the comments soon after I posted my video on body armor (found below), to which I replied:
“Really? Let me know how many people got stabbed/shot to death in recent weeks in your country vs people starving to death.”

It always surprises me though, how little people understand the importance of body armor.
When it comes to guns everyone agrees that yes, you should have them for a number of reasons. Self defense? Sure. But how does that work? It makes perfect sense to have a number of guns to defend yourself but these same people will claim you’re crazy if you get armor.

Practically everyone that carries a gun as part of their job will most likely wear body armor as well. In fact, even in countries like UK where many LEO don’t carry a sidearm, they still wear a vest. EMTs in many parts of US wear body armor just in case. It simply makes sense.

You’re not about to wear it all day long, any more than you carry a rifle all day long. But just like the rifle, in certain situations you may be wise to pick it up and when you do so it may save your life.

Safeguard Stealth Pro




The folks over at Safeguard Armor asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their gear and of course I was glad to do so.

The Stealth Pro model soon caught my attention. It’s a concealable IIIA vest that includes interior pockets for SAPI plates should you chose to include them for rifle protection.
But concealment is where this vest shines. The vest is surprisingly light and comfortable to wear compared to my old IIIA vest. The vest is made of CoolMAX, a moisture-wicking and breathable polyester fabric.

Traveling during times of civil unrest or bad parts of town, when you go check something that went bump in the night, when picking large quantities of cash or buying/selling with strangers you met online, for any potential high-risk situation body armor may be a life saver. Unlike firearms, it is unrestricted in most of the United States and Europe.

Safeguard Armor is located in Leeds, UK and they do ship internationally as well.
Check their website https://www.safeguardarmor.com/

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Certified Glock Armorer Course: Things I learned


Monday, March 25, 2019

Terrorism Wins in New Zealand

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New Zealand Primer Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Primer Minister and President of the International Union of Socialist Youth Ms. Jacinda Ardern made sure to deliver within days on the demands made by the terrorist in his manifesto: Ban guns for law abiding citizens, leaving them unarmed to defend themselves, their families and their country.

A brave leader would have stood strong and not cave to the demands of a terrorist, refuse to let a madman dictate the law of the land and how law abiding people should live their lives.  But Jacinda Ardern is a proud socialist and we all know what that means: “Socialists gonna socialist”.

Jacinda Ardern is so drunk with power, even the terrorist manifesto itself got banned and anyone caught with it faces up to 14 years behind bars. But hey, who cares about silly things such as censorship and freedom of press? Its interesting to see how she banned the paper that explained the man’s actions and the intended results, and how he got exactly what he wanted. This kind of censorship goes beyond anything most in the Left dare to in the western civilized world and goes right into the kind of thing seen in dictatorships like North Korea.

New Zealand has two anthems, "God Defend New Zealand" and  "God Save the Queen".

God will indeed have to defend NZ because its population clearly wont. Certainly not now that they are being disarmed like medieval age peasants.

As for the queen, she’ll do just fine.  She has guards armed with real assault rifles and she sure as hell wont give those up.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

10 years of Modern Survivalism: Skills, Preparations and Lessons learned

Hi FerFAL,

It has been a long time since I have written to you but I have been following your blog all this while. In fact, it has been 10 years since I started reading your blog. (I have read and reread both your books too.) Seeing that you have been writing various posts about 10 years after XYZ or ABC event, I find it apt to send this update to you. This write-up also serves as a self-assessment of my preps.

In 2009, your blog and first book really opened my eyes to the world of survivalism. Before that, I was fascinated with wilderness survival and survival for an NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) event. But your first book presented chillingly realistic aspects of modern survival which I have never thought of. I found major gaps in my preparedness efforts. Your book henceforth became a blueprint for my preparedness strategy which includes changes in my mindset, acquisition of certain vital skills and procurement of relevant gear and stuff.

In no particular order, I list down below 10 aspects (in following the theme of 10 years) of my preparations and my thoughts about them.
  1. Shooting
    I researched and tried out shooting at the one and only civilian range  in this country. I later joined as a full member and have since been working on shooting with a Glock 17 based on your recommendation. Shooting is not cheap here. Membership fees, range fees, ammo prices make shooting a rich man’s sport though I try to maintain and upgrade my skills as much as I can afford but not as much as I wish.
  2. Hand-to-hand
    Your advice is the prime motivator for me to lift up my butt and train in martial arts. I have trained in Muay Thai for years now and done some MMA along the way. I wish I could have taken up BJJ but time and money are always constraints.
  3. First Aid
    I have been going for first aid training long before reading your work. But you have drilled into me the importance of this skill and now I make it a point to keep myself trained and adopt the mindset to be prepared to use these skills anytime. I would like to upgrade myself by joining an ambulance crew but so far have yet to sign up.
  4. Fitness
    Since I left the army (we have conscription here), exercise has always been a regular activity but it was upon taking up a martial art that I have become more systematic in it. I have also enlarged my coverage to include certain previously neglected aspects e.g. flexibility, plyometrics.
  5. Food
    I have yet to reach a stockpile of 2 months and am unsure I ever will since space is a premium here. I put my estimate at 2-3 weeks of supply currently in stock. Not ideal but much better than many others with only a couple days’ supply.
  6. Water
    I have stored enough real water for a week or so. Not as much as I would like but again, space is a premium and water REALLY takes up space. I also got a Doulton gravity filter (similar to a Big Berkey) in case water is available but not in a clean state.
  7. EDC
    I have experimented quite a bit here based on your recommendations. The setup is more or less stabilised now or at least until something significantly more effective comes along (probably recommended by you). I suppose the gear can always change but the mindset is more or less fixed and this is what counts. Concepts like 3 is 2, 2 is 1, 1 is none; a piece of gear should serve more than 1 purpose are now ingrained.
  8. Money
    “Cash is king” has become a mantra. I make sure there is always a bit of cash around. I am certain that despite being fiat money, it can keep me running when banks are closed and credit/debit is down. The same show played in Argentina can surely happen here too. Precious metals are a bit out of reach financially but I am sure they will be a good asset to keep.
  9. Security
    This could be my blind spot and is something I want to continually work on. I agree with your security recommendations but being a relatively safe country here, complacency has a bad habit of creeping in. And it only takes a single moment of complacency to lead to a regrettable outcome – something I definitely want to avoid.
  10. Politics and media
    These are issues overlooked by many survivalists. Yet, they potentially have the greatest impact on our way of life. I have since scrutinised both more critically or even cynically. No longer can both be trusted at surface value.
  11. Relocation
    I know I have gone on to 11 points but relocation is an option that I have become more open to. I totally agree that sometimes, the only way to survive is to relocate. Getting a second passport, planning for a location (or two) to run to, opening an offshore bank account are important to a survivalist. Though I must admit that I have yet to accomplish many of the above tasks, they are continually on my radar.

I hope this mail has not been too long. I am sure I have missed out other aspects of my preparedness journey. Nonetheless, the above are what come to mind and probably for the good reason that they are close to my heart.

Thanks for reading.

Ken

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Hello Ken. Your email wasn’t too long, at all. I very much enjoyed it, thank you.

I’m glad you enjoyed my books, “The Modern Survival Manual” and “Bugging Out and Relocating”.
It just makes my day when I read about having a positive impact on people’s lives. Its’ very humbling and gratifying at the same time.

You touch on various key topics. I believe you’ve got modern survivalism pretty well covered. As you so eloquently explain, both time and money are limited resources and we can only do so much. Of course we would all want to be national shooting champions, have military experience, have police experience, have experience in the medical field, be UFC champions in our weight class and while at it why not ask to be rich, have a great family and plenty of spare time to actually enjoy life.
We only have so much time and we always end up compromising to a great degree. I believe that you’ve acquired a pretty balanced set of skills that most definitely gives you an advantage for when things get complicated in life.

You’re right about shooting being a pretty expensive sport. For anyone new to guns reading it, my advice to save money is to keep things simple. A Glock 17 and spare mags. Don’t waste time and money “plinking”. I wasted many days and thousands of USD just punching holes into paper and not actually learning. I know it sounds counterintuitive but the best thing to do to save money is sign up to a good defensive shooting class and stick to practicing what you learn there. That’s far better than shooting 50 rounds any given weekend for years, never learning anything.

As for precious metals, it sure isnt a priority but it does make sense and it can also be a lot of fun to learn about them. Most countries had silver coins in circulation at some point and that is your “de facto” junk silver. Shopping around you’re likely to find a few around for little over spot price. Personally, I like doing the research, learn about different coins, their value and history.

Also regarding politics and the media, I do believe they have an important role in our life and it can affect us for better or worse. I try to be balanced and objective. Cant say I trust most politicians in general and when it comes to the media I read both left and right outlets so as to get both sides. I also look into who owns each given media outlet. Its usually there that you see the agenda they follow.

The only thing I would add to your list would be family and friends. Socializing and networking with people. I make the effort to “work” on being a good husband and a good dad. Also try to make friends when I can. Being social, the relationship with our families, these are key not just for survival but for our quality of life and you need dedication to make it work. Same thing when it comes to friends and networking. The people you know and contacts you have are essential, not just for SHTF but also for doing well in normal times as well.

Anyway, thank you for your email and for sharing your experiences.

Kind regards,
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”