5 Calibers for the Apocalypse: the 9mm.

The city is in flames, and stalled cars litter the streets. You barely escape the marauders by ducking into a ruined mall.  You scrounge desperately through the wreckage of the sporting goods section, looking for .357 SIG rounds for your pistol.   Under one heavy shelf, you find several boxes of ammo the previous looters had overlooked…

9mm.  The most common pistol round in the world.  Useless in your pistol. Your mind flashes back to that bright day before the collapse, when you stood in the gun store looking at the gleaming firearms under the glass cases.  Maybe you should have gotten the nine.

You sigh heavily as the marauders crash into the store.  You are too exhausted to feel any real fear. Your empty.357 SIG pistol drops to the floor as you reach for a shard of broken glass…

As a survivalist there are a few items you always want to carry with you! And besides a good knife, water and food, you have paracord! Many people have survival cord bracelet, and this is a nifty way to carry it with you everywhere you go in the wild. I will address some of the reasons how paracord can save your life and why you need to incorporate it in your survival arsenal.

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Forging a Knife Blade from Raw River Ore

All done in field conditions!

1-2. Searching and collecting the bog iron ore from the bottom of the river.

  1. Cleaning the iron ore by burning it.

  2. Burned iron ore, there’s about 4 kg of it.

5-6. Materials needed in the melting: iron ore, lime and wood charcoal.

  1. Melting ongoing. Furnace is made mostly from soapstone blocks and clay.

  2. View to the furnace at end of the melting.

  3. Decrypted furnace.

  4. Lump that contains slag and iron. Something gone bit wrong in melting as the iron and slag were mixed in one lump, instead of two lumps where one contains mainly iron and another the slag.

  5. Iron (on the left) separated from slag.

  6. Crosscut of the iron piece.

  7. Iron pieces that are forged flatter. These are put together by forge welding.

  8. Folded piece of iron. The iron piece must be folded and forge welded solid again many times. That makes the iron piece more homogeneous and condensed.

  9. Chiseling the iron piece, so that it can be folded again.

  10. Knife blade is starting to take shape.

17-18. After three days of work: finished knife blade made from the local iron ore.

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Requirements for the Wilderness Survival merit badge:

Do the following:

Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in wilderness survival activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.

Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses likely to occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebites.

From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.

Describe ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.

Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:

Cold and snowy
Wet (forest)
Hot and dry (desert)
Windy (mountains or plains)
Water (ocean, lake, or river)

Put together a personal survival kit and be able to explain how each item in it could be useful.

Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.

Do the following:

Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.

Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.

Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears.

Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.

Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and in extremely cold weather.

Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.


Personal Survival Kit
Sample Contents

Wilderness survival kits contain different items than an Emergency survival kit for the home. Items you choose to include in your kit may also need to reflect the area and time of year of your adventure.

A personal survival kit is intended to be kept on your person at all times while in the wild and opened only in emergency. In addition to the kit, you should also always have your essential tools listed below.

None of this does any good unless you have a plan and knowledge on how to use it. For example, if you don’t know how to fish, the tiny fishing kit is just extra weight.

Personal Survival Kit
Weight = 10 oz
1 Two Piece Aluminum Container, 3 7/16’ x 6’ x 1 1/16’
1 Signal Mirror
1 Spark-Lite Firestarter Flint
10 Spark-Lite ‘Fire Tab’ Tinders
10 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Wire Blade Survival Saw
1 Fishing Kit: 10 hooks, 2 swivels, 4 split shot, 25 ft. of 20 lb. line, 10 ft. of 8 lb. leader
25 ft nylon dental floss
1 Mini-compass
3 oz.SPF30 sunblock

Medical Supplies
(in zip-log baggie, replace expired items as needed)
4 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
2 Antibiotic Salve
6 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4’ x 2’ (butterfly bandage)
2 Povidone Iodine Solution, .6 ml ampule/swabs
6 Pain killer pills
50 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
21 qt. plastic zip-loc bag
20 ft Nylon Cord
9 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
2 Large Sewing Needles
10 ft Sewing Thread
1 Plastic magnifying Glass (plastic)
8 Safety Pins
8 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
4 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)
1 First Aid cards (Lee Nading)


Mini Survival Kit
Weight = 6oz.
1 Tin container (Altoids)
1 Polished aluminum tape applied to interior of lid, protected by peel-away sheet.
1 Spark-Lite Fire Starter (See It)
4 Windproof/Waterproof Matches and Striker
1 Fishing Kit: 6 hooks, 2 swivels, 4 split shot, 25 ft. of 20 lb. line, 10 ft. of 8lb. leader
20 ft nylon dental floss
1 Wire Survival Saw
1 Mini-compass
2 Bandaids, 1 x 3 in.
2 Bandaids, 2 in.
6 Pain killer pills
6 Antibiotic cream
25 Water purification tablets (Potable-Aqua)
9 ft Nylon Cord (wrapped around kit)
3 ft Electrical Tape (wrapped around kit to seal it)
16 in Duct Tape
10 ft Sewing Thread
2 Sewing Needles
6 Safety Pins
5 sq. ft Aluminum Foil
1 Small Pencil
2 waterproof paper (Rite In The Rain)

Essential Personal Equipment
Pocketknife
Knife Sharpener
Whistle
Flashlight
Compass
Signal Mirror

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