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Swipe Right on this Tinder!

 

To start a fire, you need a source, either from a flame or spark. Afterward, use tinder, then move to kindling. The process is simple but difficult when in a survival situation.

Tinder is very crucial and necessary to start a fire. Using our crinkle paper from our boxes will help you create a successful fire. Just put some in a ziplock bag and put it inside your camping/bug out bag.

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4 Weapon Safety Rules

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Going to a shooting range for the first time might be confusing, and even downright intimidating for first timers. So, here are a few range tips every beginner should know before handling a weapon.

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1.Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. (Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.)

 

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2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. (It might be loaded, even if you think it isn’t.)

 

3. Keep finger straight and off the trigger, until you are ready to fire. (This is the best way to prevent a negligent discharge.)

 

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4. Keep weapon on safe until you intend to fire. (Again, this prevents a negligent discharge)

Remember, firearms safety depends on you.

 

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The Color Code System: Mental Conditioning

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Mental Conditioning trains you towards a mindful state of awareness. Thinking with an aware mind will then prepare you for deadly situations.  One of the most effective deterrents is an alert person.  A criminal would rather deal with an unaware, careless person than an aware one. Preparing yourself mentally will assist the you in preventing and defusing a situation before deadly force becomes necessary. Below are the conditions that will allow you to move from one level of mindset to another while enabling you with the ability to properly handle a given situation.

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Condition White:  Condition White is an oblivious state during which a person is totally vulnerable and is unaware of his surroundings.  DO NOT be caught in this condition.

 

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Condition Yellow:  Condition Yellow is a state of nonspecific alert.  You are aware of everything going on around you and if the need arise, you are prepared to act.

 

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Condition Orange: Condition Orange is a state of specific alertness.  You identified a dangerous situation. You have decided that a course of action is needed.  One of the rules of deadly force was met and you are prepared to respond accordingly.

 

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Condition Red: Condition Red.  Condition red is the state of being actively engaged with a specific threat. A decision has been made and a set course of action is being taken.

 

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Condition Black: Condition Black is an add-on to the white, yellow, orange, and red conditions. This is when you experience a total state of panic and denial characterized by the inability to logically think and react.  This is a condition that you must avoid.

 

 

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5 Tips to Improve Your Pistol Aim

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Everyone wants to shoot fast, but when shooting at a faster pace you will always sacrifices accuracy. If your target begins to look like it’s been blasted with a shotgun, the common-sense thing to do is slow down and take the time to realign your aim. Once you get the rhythm and accuracy of shooting slow, then you can start to pick up the pace.

 

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2. Dry Fire

This is a very plain and simple tip. There is no substitute for dry-fire practice so it is extremely boring but does save on ammo.

Before you begin any of the dry fire practice drills, please read:

  • Unload your gun. Look and feel to make sure the chamber is empty.  All live ammunition should be in a different room.
  • Put up a target.
  • Once you are ready, Look and feel to make sure the chamber is unloaded again.
  • Proceed with your practice.

 

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3. Trigger Control

Trigger Control is extremely important when shooting.  To have true trigger control, we want to achieve what is called a “surprise break.”  This break is described as placing equal and gradual pressure on the trigger until the hammer falls and it surprises you. When you fail to achieve a “surprise break” the round usually strikes somewhere other than the bullseye. Again, achieving a surprise break is critical; the trigger finger works and performs independently of the rest of your body.

 

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4. Sight Alignment

Sight Alignment is the relationship between the front and rear sights with respect to the eye.  The clear tip of the front sight post is centered both vertically and horizontally in the rear sight aperture.

  • To obtain sight alignment, you must realize that the human eye can only focus on one object at a time.  This object, for shooting, is always the front sight post.  Thus, if a proper focus is maintained on the front sight post, the aligning of the sight will require the shooter to place a clearly focused front sight in a slightly blurred rear sight aperture.

 

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5. High Firm Pistol Grip

The grip of the weapon with the firing hand is accomplished by placing the web of the firing hand high on the pistol grip and wrapping all fingers except the trigger finger around the pistol grip of the weapon.  The trigger finger lays alongside the lower receiver of the weapon unless upon a target with the intention of shooting.

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Shooting Range DONT’S

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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The Predator Mindset

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The number one rule

The responsibility of survival and success solely lies on you.

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Learn from failure

Own up to your own mistakes to become more lethal. If the target escapes, then most likely you made a mistake and may need to reconsider your prey selections, position, timing, etc…

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Discipline

You must be disciplined enough to recognize the perfect time to strike or when it’s time back down.

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Awareness

Always be on full alert. A successful hunter is rarely caught by surprise. Your targets are the ones that are not aware, impatient, and full of mistakes. That’s the prey.

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Swiftness

Strike fast and accurately, the objective is to get in and get out. The less time you’re are vulnerable struggling in a fight, the less time the prey can go get help and the sooner you can go home safely.

Target the weakest link

Target the loner, the weakest and slowest of the herd. This is a crucial strategy that has been successfully implemented by the most dangerous of predators psych as lions and wolves.

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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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