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[Video Review] Hickory Creek Mini Inline Crossbow

Mini Compound Take-Down Crossbow

David of Ultimate Survival Tips tests out this Hickory Creek crossbow to see if it’s a viable, portable, bug out bow for survival hunting.

The quick answer: Yes.

aiming the mini crossbow

David Takes Aim

The vertical orientation and Hickory’s draw-loc inline system with 150 lb factory setting makes this an accurate, easy to shoot crossbow. It will take down any large North American game with a well-placed shot.

 Bow Features

  • Two assembly pieces with a single lock knob,
  • 4×32 scope,
  • Three 24″ Victory carbon arrows with attaching quiver,
  • 6 lbs total weight, and
  • 345 ft/sec launch velocity.

More Features And The VIDEO REVIEW On PAGE 2

Safely Shooting Clays From A Ferrari

Extreme Shooting

I’ll never be able to practice nor master this “survival skill”.

Equipment needed:

  • 1 Ferrari,
  • A shotgun,
  • A Ferrari driver (not you, you’re shooting the clay), and
  • Clays with exploding disks attached to their underside (FireBirdTargets).
yellow Ferrari

Calling “Shotgun” In A Ferrari

Did I mention you need a Ferrari?

Anyway, Philip Thorrold of Extreme Shooting has the equipment and gets to practice this shooting clays skill.

Exploding Clays

I don’t care to discuss “best practices”, or “waste” or the “rich”. You can read all that in the comments below the video YouTube channel. I just like watching this video.

Watch it yourself. Drone footage and exploding clays included.

BTW, the clays have to be hit to explode.



Source & Image: Philip Thorrold – Extreme Shooting

[Video] Correctly Fitting A Pistol To Your Hand

Fit A Gun To Your Hand

TJack Survival demonstrates the correct way to fit a gun to your hand. First, are you holding it properly; and second, does the gun fit your hand or not?

Holding The Gun:  The barrel aligns with your forearm, bones of thumb and index finger form a “V” at back end of barrel. You can now properly absorb the impact from the discharge.

Fit Gun To Hand

Fit Gun To Hand

Does the Gun “Fit”:  You can comfortably touch the trigger with the middle of the pad of your index finger (between the first knuckle and finger end). You close your hand around the grip … the meat of your hand is flush with the handle.

Demo Video Below

The demonstration continues with 4 different Glocks. How to fit the gun properly is easy to see. Watch the video for more insights, and

Learn, Practice, and Share.



Source & Image: TJack Survival

How To Choose A Good Survival Knife

The Blade, The Steel, The Handle

The survival knife is one of the most important tools in any survivalist’s or prepper’s inventory.

And its selection is one of the most personal:  How skilled are you with a knife? What functions must this knife perform? A simple knife or a “full-spectrum” tool?

don't make knife sharpening over-complicated

Knife Selection Process

This post simply examines the three most technical considerations when selecting your survival  knife:  the blade, the steel, and the handle.

How To Wisely Select Your Knife

The Blade

Most “survival” knives have fixed blade. That is, they have no moving parts. This makes them more durable and less likely to break. Many will argue that folding knives are great because they are compact, but they are more likely to succumb to pressure by breaking.

My personal opinion is to take two knives. One folding “buck knife” and a larger fixed blade knife to ensure you can perform duties pertaining to outdoor survival.

Although it is a matter of preference, the ideal blade length for a survival knife is between 4-8 inches. This gives the carrier flexibility for smaller tasks and is large enough to perform jobs that require a little more oomph when you need it.

As well, a straight or serrated blade is another aspect of selecting a good survival knife. Serrated blades perform well and are very useful in cutting rope and vines.

That said, it’s very difficult to sharpen – and you want your survival knife to be very sharp. A straight edge doesn’t have the limitations imposed by serrations, but again, it depends on your comfort level with the knife and what you plan to do with it.

The Steel

The steel used in making knives is also a fundamental characteristic to a good blade. Many of the better made knives use a combination of alloy (i.e. a mix) of carbon and iron, and other elements such as chromium, molybdenum, nickel and vanadium to improve the strength and durability of the knife. Here is a chart of the different types of steels for you to turn to.

The Handle

The handle of a good blade is just as important as the steel itself. Ensure that the handle of the knife has the following characteristics:

  • Slight bulge at the tip for balance, and to prevent the knife from sliding out of your hand during use
  • Solid handle (hollow handles are more likely to break or be damaged)
  • Non-slip grip for safety

Source:  Tess Pennington goes into more detail in her post on her web site at ReadyNutrition. Tess is author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a “comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster”.

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