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Shooting Range DONT’S

alcohol-428392_1920Don’t be this guy

DON’T ever show up at a range buzzed or intoxicated.

 

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Proper way to show a weapon is unloaded

DON’T ever bring an already loaded weapon into the range.

 

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Have your ammunition ready to load at the firing line

DON’T load your weapon anywhere else but the firing line.

 

left-rightAim forward and NOT left or right

DON’T shoot at anything beyond your left and right lateral limits.

 

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The lines are there for a reason, do not step over them for any reason

DON’T ever step over the red, yellow, or orange boundary line designated for the range safety officer only.

 

safegunPerfect example on how to pass a weapon. Weapon has ejection port cover open and no magazine inserted 

DON’T every hand off a firearm to another shooter while at the firing line. As an alternative, put the weapon down and let the shooter pick it up themselves.

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Time to get lit

p1010453Buy lighter fluid – NOT lighter fluid for a BBQ

 

p1010454Open the lid of the lighter and take out the metal insert.

 

p1010455Set aside the metal insert.

 

p1010456Turn the insert upside down – there should be a felt bottom that says “Lift to fill.”

 

p1010457Using a pen or anything pointy. Lodge a pointy end into the tiny hole and lift the felt backing.

 

p1010458Squeeze the lighter fluid can once into the loose cotton. Wait a couple of seconds, then squeeze the canister again into the cotton.

 

p1010459Close the felt protector.
p1010460Place the metal box back into the case.

 

p1010461Let the lighter sit and absorb the fluid for 1 minute or 2. While waiting, wash your hands if lighter fluid spilled on you.

 

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Light it.

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The thought process of EDC

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The purpose of the EDC is to stay in a constant state of logical and critical thinking. Utilizing only the resources around you. Ask yourself; how can I fix, complete, or survive life or death situations? Two concepts to keep in mind when choosing and using your EDC gear are: Lateral Thinking and P.A.C.E Report.

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Lateral Thinking: An Alpha should use lateral thinking to move from one known idea to creating new ideas. Four types of thinking tools.

  1. Have multipurpose items that can help change how you figure things out.
  2. Question the question and rearrange the pieces for the scenario.
  3. Pretend you were someone else trying to solve a problem. Say, if you were a soldier, or a scientist, how would they escape from a hostage situation?
  4. Consider real world restrictions, resources, and support.

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P.A.C.E Communication Plan

Primary: The first considered and most often efficient way of completing the objective because you’re communicating.

Alternate: The second route to take to accomplish the same task. Usually initiated in conjunction with Primary, just in case.

Contingency: This method is not the quickest, cheapest, nor easiest in comparison to the first two methods, but can complete the objective in an acceptable manner.

Emergency: This is the last resort and usually has the longest delay, highest cost and most significant impact.

 

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Chapstick Survival

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You think chapsticks’ only use is for lips? Think again! A real alpha can turn this everyday object into a tactical tool. Check out these chapstick tips and learn how.

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Keep your knife from Rusting: Apply to your knife, if you have to use it in wet conditions. This well keep the blade smooth and rust-free.

 

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Use as a gear lubricant: Apply to the zippers on your gear. This will help with jamming and keep the zipper water resistant in wet conditions.

 

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Use as Mild Anesthetic: Apply to blisters, foot rot, or small cuts. The tingling sensation will help with itchiness and pain.

 

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Use it to extend the life of fire: Apply to a q-tip, match, or any flammable fabric. This will make the flame last longer and can be used as a potential survival light source.

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Common Everyday Carry Items

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Folding Knife: We as humans are good at picking things up, pushing things, chewing things open, and tearing things apart. But, one thing we can’t do very well without a tool is cutting things. Having a foldable pocket knife in your EDC bag allows you to instantly respond to any real world cutting task.

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Smart Phone: A smart phone is really handy to have, because you can have multiple useful apps that make your life simpler. For example, if you’re in an unknown location it can show you where you are on a map, or it can just be used as a compass.

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Tactical Pen: If you’re going to have a pen in your pocket it might as well be one that serves a purpose and not just the ballpoint pen you brought home from the last restaurant you ate at. Depending on the tactical pen you have its going to have different features, our Alpha Outpost pen features a Glass Breaker Point for example.

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First Aid Items: In real life situations, there is little need to carry a heavy jam-packed first aid kit. In many situations, a small, lightweight first aid is more desirable to a large complicated one. This type of kit is intended to stop minor common injuries, headaches, and allergies.

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Multi-tool: A multi-tool offers solutions to everyday simple problems like loosening or tightening a screw, opening an ice-cold beer, prying a package open, or just cutting something. In thought, a multi-tool is the closest thing that reflects what every day carry is about.

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Lighter: You don’t have to be a smoker to carry a lighter, but having a lighter gives you that primitive caveman pride and reminder that fire is important.

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Cash: In a modern day and age, people don’t carry around money as much as they used to and use credit cards instead. However, cash still triumphs all other types of payments, especially during emergencies situations.

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Conclusion: The idea of preparedness is that you should organize your life in a experienced and facts based manner that will help support yourself and others in the event of any situations presented to you. Having some of these common items will prepare you for any unexpected situations you might encounter in your daily routines.

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A Guide to choosing the right Knife; EDC Knife

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Karambit, Tanto, or a Spear point? Confused? Let Alpha Outpost show you an overview of everyday carry knives. In this guide, we will talk about strengths and weaknesses of each. Since, knife shapes are intended for specific purposes, it is good to familiarize yourself with the following knife types to better prepare yourself for outdoor adventures, everyday applications, and survival situations.

 

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Karambit Knife

The Karambit Knife is a curved multi-use knife designed for protection, preciseness, and efficiency. It has a curved blade, comfortable handle, and usually includes at least one safety ring.

Strengths: Precision, Control, Stability, Leverage

Weaknesses: Maneuverability, Reach

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Tanto Knife

A Tanto knife has a chisel point that is thick towards the point which makes it quite strong. This design is very similar to the points on most Japanese swords. (wakizashi and katana).

Strengths: Strong Point, Great for piercing, and stabbing.

Weaknesses: No cutting edge belly, (belly increases the knife’s ability to both slice and slash), Hard control point.

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Spear Point

A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. They can be single or double edged, although most forms of the spear point knife come with a double-edged design.

Strengths: Strong symmetrical point, Sharp on both sides (if doubled edge), Precise, good control

Weaknesses: Small cutting, not well suited for slicing and slashing

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Drop Point

A drop point knife has a curved blade and an unsharpened back. The back of the knife tracks to the point in a slow curved style, slightly resembling a spear point knife. Mostly used by hunters because of large belly blade.

Strengths: Control, Strong tip,

Weaknesses: Not as sharp point, Not suited for piercing

 

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Clip Point

This blade is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The back of the knife runs straight from the handle and stops about halfway through the knife. Then, it continues down towards the point of the knife. This area can be straight or curved, and is referred to as the “clip”. Thus, the name Clip Point.

Strengths: Sharp and controllable point, Piercing strength, Plenty of cutting edge for slicing

Weaknesses: Weak and Narrow Point

 

Conclusion: Ultimately, you want a knife that’s convenient, strong and which will hold a sharp edge. Start there and add features or fancy specs as your budget allows or you desire.

 

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The Legendary Woobie

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The woobie was originally a military issued gear officially known as, “liner wet weather poncho.” It was first issued during the Vietnam war, since then it has come one of the most prized items issued to soldiers and vets.

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It’s extremely lightweight, provides great warmth, and can be easily packed. After Vietnam the poncho liner took the nickname “woobie” due to the name of a child’s security blanket from the film “Mr.Mom” in 1983.

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The woobie can be used as a blanket, pillow, shelter, hammock, camouflage concealment, jacket liner, seat cushion, pretty much anything that helps, and something soft to hold onto when you’re far away from home and everything’s begins to hit the fan.

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Advantages of Hammock Camping

Camping has always been a popular pastime. Growing up as a kid, my family always used a tent, and I’m sure most of you reading this did as well, but recently that relationship of tent and camping has started to change thanks to the introduction of modern hammocks.

There are many advantages of hammock camping over camping in a traditional tent. Here are just a few of them that I have found so far:

  • Dry: A good tarp or rainfly provides the whole hammock with protection.

Quick setup: Unlike a tent, hammocks can be set up in minutes using hammock straps/rope. All you have to do is find two trees (generally 15 ft apart) and wrap your straps then clip the carabiners onto the straps.

Packing size: A great feature about modern hammocks, is they usually come with a built-in stuff sack. This makes it conveniently easy to fold up and tuck away. They’re small and compact and take up very little space in your pack.

How to build a hammock in the wild.

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How to make a Paracord Bracelet

Materials needed: 

  • 550 Paracord
  • Lighter
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)


1. Wrap the paracord around you wrist. If you have a ruler measure the length, if not cut length of sized cord.

2. Find center of cord

  • Hold the ends of the cord together and find the center of the loop.
  • Put center through first buckle.

3. Find Bracelet length

  • Take buckle apart and and pull the free ends of the cord thru the other part of the buckle, sliding it up towards the attached part. You’re going to measure the distance between the two buckle ends for the bracelet size for your wrist.

4. Start the cobra weave

  • Pull the left strand under the center pieces and over the right strand
  • Pull the right strand over the center pieces.
  • Pull the right strand over then under and through the left strand.
  • Pull each strand outward to tighten your first knot

NOTE: Reverse the process every weave.

5. Continue weave

6. Trim the excess cord.

  • Melt the ends.

Enjoy your survival bracelet and I hope you find this info helpful!

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TOP 5 Reasons you should prepare yourself with an EDC Bag

Why you should prepare yourself with an Everyday Carry bag.

The idea of preparedness is that you should organize your life in a experienced and facts based manner that will help support yourself and others in the event of any situations presented to you. Having an EDC bag will prepare you for any unexpected situations you might encounter in your daily routines.

1. Everyday use items

A backpack full of everyday items.

One of the main reasons to own a EDC bag is just out of pure convenience.  Carrying items such as a portable cell phone charger can come in handy during a daily commute or emergency.

2. Items not used often but come in handy

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One of the most useful items and often not used is a good pocket knife. You may never find yourself in a life or death situation but its one less worry to have when carrying it. While you might not use a knife in a survival situation you might find yourself struggling to open a annoying plastic package.

3. Backup Cash

Having a couple of Jackson’s (or Benjamin’s for you Alphas) in a secure part of your EDC bag can get you a ride home, fill up a gas tank, or something else you need to survive.

4. Basic first aid kit

Small portable first aid kit

A small, portable kit with the essentials should be carried with you at all times. Alphas with chronic medical problems should carry extra medication in their kit. Also, if you have a history of allergic reactions it wouldn’t hurt to have some ointments or pain relievers as well. Last but not least, have something to put a stop to diarrhea.

5. Water

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Drinking water and keeping your body hydrated will help you improve your cognitive abilities and mental functioning.  It also keeps your energy levels up throughout the day. Granted you can’t carry that much water in an EDC, it’ll be helpful to have a bottle that you can easily refill and transport around.

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