AR500 Armor recently introduced a bare-bones, inexpensive armor carrier called the Emergency Personal Carrier (EPC) that is designed to be stashed in a car or kept handy at work or home, ready for instant use in a crisis. This carrier has a simple neck strap and waist belt with a quick-release fastener. The AR500 Armor carrier may be outfitted with either soft armor or a bullet-resistant steel plate. This carrier may be thrown over a child and cinched in place in an emergency or may be used by an individual to get clear of a danger zone. This carrier is like a life vest for active shootings. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.ar500armor.com/ar500-armor-emergency-personal-carrier-epc.html>http://www.ar500armor.com</a> or call 602-501-9607.
Body armor is readily available but expensive. Law enforcement vests are typically subsidized by the federal government and sport retail prices that are beyond the financial reach of most civilians. BulletSafe provides true NIJ Level III body armor to concerned citizens at an affordable price. Tom Nardone, BulletSafe’s owner, refers to himself as the Henry Ford of body armor. Users can have any color they wish so long as it is black. Vests are available in a variety of sizes, and a more expensive vest includes pouches and MOLLE webbing. The basic BulletSafe vest is warrantied for five years, and the company’s carrier is made from 600-denier polyester. BulletSafe even produces protective vests for dogs and a novel armored ball cap. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.bulletsafe.com>http://www.bulletsafe.com</a> or call 800-809-0610.
Before there were Navy SEALs, before there were Green Berets. Before there was Marine Force Recon, there was the Allied 1st Special Service Force. These World War II-era special operators worked behind the lines and in the dark. They received distinctive training and used distinctive weapons. Their blade was the V-42 Stilleto. Case produces a perfect reproduction of the V-42 complete with a period-perfect sheath. The blade is thin and double-edged while the pommel incorporates an integral skull crusher. The grip is stacked leather, and the finish is a serious dark Parkerizing. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.wrcase.com>http://www.wrcase.com</a> or call 814-363-6105.
Chiappa produces a pair of dedicated survival guns that bring some remarkable capabilities to the survivalist interested in a compact, versatile and reliable firearm. The Chiappa Little Badger is a tiny little folding, single-shot .22 rifle that collapses into a compact package that will fit easily into a rucksack. The Little Badger (pictured) carries its supply of ready ammo onboard in the stock and is railed for optics if desired. The Double Badger is slightly larger, sports wooden stocks, and is chambered in both .22 and .410. The Chiappa X-Caliber system consists of a folding 12-gauge shotgun along with a series of barrel inserts adequate to convert the gun to fire 11 different centerfire calibers as well as .22 LR. These barrel inserts are also available as a separate kit designed to convert any break-open shotgun to fire these same rounds. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.chiappafirearms.com>http://www.chiappafirearms.com</a>.
Coast is an established maker of lights and knives with decades of experience producing quality survival products. Right at the top of the list of must-have survival gear are a proper light and a robust blade. With this in mind, Coast produces a combination light/knife, the LK375, that blends a top-quality liner lock blade with a powerful flashlight. The Coast light knife uses AAA batteries and is built like an armored fighting vehicle. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.coastportland.com>http://www.coastportland.com</a> or call 877-704-4545.
InReach satellite communicators combine the indispensable utility of a GPS navigator with a worldwide emergency communications capability. The inReach navigator has all the easy-to-use features you could want. DeLorme is a map company first and foremost, and the InReach combines with the Earthmate app as well as the Mapshare web resource to allow operators to plan all aspects of an upcoming trip in advance and sync this information with the inReach prior to departure. The inReach features an easy-to-use interface, built-in navigation capabilities, a digital compass, waypoints and a color-coded map view. In addition to its navigation features, the InReach also offers emergency texting services anywhere on the globe through the Iridium worldwide satellite phone system. The inReach provides convenient 160-character text messaging as well as interactive SOS communications. There is also an SOS button that automatically alerts the 24-hour GEOS search-and-rescue monitoring center. GEOS can coordinate emergency services interactively around the world. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.inreachdelorme.com>http://www.inreachdelorme.com</a>.
Elite First Aid produces its kits in-house and can custom design a kit for one to 500 people as well as K9 applications. The company’s kits come in any size, color or style ranging from the mini version that will fit into a pocket up to full-service trauma packs. Elite First Aid is one-stop shopping for all your survival medical equipment needs. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.elite1staid.com>http://www.elitefirstaidinc.com</a> or call 919-556-8404.
FLIR is the recognized leader in thermal detection technology. The new Scout II handheld thermal sight puts state-of-the-art thermal capabilities into the hands of many American citizens. The Scout II is compact and runs off on an internal rechargeable battery yet still brings comparable capabilities to larger, more expensive units. FLIR thermal detection capabilities can be game changers in a survival situation. A FLIR detector deprives a hostile threat of the capability to hide behind smoke, haze or light cover. The Scout II brings the same capability used by our warfighters in combat to a civilian scenario. A FLIR detector allows a concerned homeowner to scan the surrounding yard after being alerted to suspicious activity without illuminating the porch. Conventional external lighting will frequently illuminate the homeowner without being sufficiently powerful to penetrate the far reaches of a darkened yard. A FLIR detector can detect a threat hiding at reasonable ranges strictly based upon temperature gradients. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.flir.com/hunting-outdoor/display/?id=44756>http://www.flir.com</a> or call 503-498-3293.
The KTC54 tactical cell phone case can be had in a variety of materials, and it is a robust and effective way to tote around your smartphone. Unlike your typical box store case, however, the Krudo version also includes a slim, discrete titanium push dagger hidden in the back. No matter where you go or what you do, most Americans these days are never without their phones. Now, thanks to the KTC54 tactical cell phone case, you’ll also never be unarmed. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.krudoknives.com/KTC54-Phone-case_c_26.html>http://www.krudoknives.com</a> or call 727-753-8455.
Mora of Sweden markets several innovative survival products. Its Companion MG outdoor knife is a basic utility blade available at a reasonable price. The Mora knife comes with a robust TPE synthetic handle and sheath and is available for less than $18. The FireKnife is a similar Swedish-made blade that includes a built-in fire striker in the grip. This striker is good for 3,000 fires and operates when wet. This multipurpose tool can skin game, help maintain camp, cut tinder and kindling and start fires all for less than $40. The Swedish FireKnife is available in five colors. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.moraofsweden.se>http://www.moraofsweden.se</a>.
Outdoor Edge specializes in quality innovative cutlery appropriate for survival applications. Its Harpoon survival tool is a versatile knife that secures to an included handle to make a sturdy and effective spear. The blade incorporates holes in the grip that correspond to matching holes in the handle to facilitate securing via paracord. Separate handles are threaded for a standard broom handle. This single tool can be used as a camp and survival tool or as an effective weapon. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.outdooredge.com>http://www.outdooredge.com</a> or call 800-447-3343.
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter may be used as a straw, screwed into a typical water bottle or fitted with its included plastic bladder. The filter can be backwashed with clean water to rejuvenate it when clogged, and it comes in several colors. The Mini Water Filter weighs only 2 ounces yet produces enough water to fill a typical home aquarium with pure drinking water 10,000 times. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=https://sawyer.com/products/sawyer-mini-filter/>http://www.sawyer.com</a> or call 800-356-7811.
SOG has a long history of producing robust cutlery. The company’s new SEAL Strike (pictured) is a yet smaller iteration of its popular SEAL Pup. The Strike includes a multifunction sheath that incorporates an integral cord and webbing cutter as well as a fire-starter. The Strike is the perfect blade for the operator who needs a compact yet effective combat blade. Another great new SOG release is the Switchplier, which deploys with the press of a button and includes a robust pair of pliers along with an array of handy pocket tools. The Switchplier melds the utility of a top-end multi-tool with the compact deployability of a switchblade knife. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.sogknives.com>http://www.sogknives.com</a> or call 888-405-6433.
Any number of companies produce quality survival gear for the prepared American. SOLKOA makes the kits that America’s Tier One operators use. Brad Combs, founder of SOLKOA, has an extensive background in USSOCOM, both as an aviator and a ground pounder. He spent an entire career training high-threat survival and brings a lifetime of experience to his company. SOLKOA’s kits are designed by professionals for professionals. Everything the company offers is as robust and effective as the state of the art will produce. As an example, SOLKOA’s carrying case is milled from billet aluminum and tough enough to use as an improvised shovel or weapon. This gear is available as individual components, dedicated modules or pre-built kits. These guys are the real deal. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://solkoa.com>http://www.solkoa.com</a> or call 719-685-1072.
Streamlight debuted a remarkable new line of rechargeable lights that were blindingly powerful and packed with features. The Sidewinder Rescue (pictured) angle-head survival light is what other survival pocket lights aspire to be. Rugged and compact with selectable colors and a swiveling head, the Rescue includes a belt clip and a flat plate suitable for Velcro attachment. The housing is just about indestructible, and AA batteries power the light. The light is selectable between blue, green, white and IR modes, and it includes a sliding diffuser that renders the light directional should the tactical situation mandate. The Streamlight Stinger and UltraStinger lines of rechargeable tactical lights are designed for hard use. A waterproof aluminum ring slides down to expose a USB attachment for charging, and the rechargeable power cells are easily removable for replacement. Each light comes with a primary and backup rechargeable battery as well as a battery holder that allows use of conventional AAA batteries if a charging source isn’t handy. Power levels range up to 1,100 lumens, and their proprietary bezels focus that light, making it usable at truly ridiculous distances. You simply could not ask for more in a tactical flashlight than the Streamlight line with their multiple power options and high-powered focused beams. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://www.streamlight.com>http://www.streamlight.com</a> or call 800-523-7488.
Firearms should be readily available while remaining inaccessible to little fingers or thieves. Tactical Walls produces a series of ABS inserts of various sizes that fit between the studs in a standard wall. Installation involves removing the sheetrock with a jigsaw and mounting the box into the resulting recessed area. The resulting security box is hidden behind a sliding mirror or photograph so that it is invisible to intruders. The wall box locks closed via an ingenious magnetic key that unlocks the device when placed in appropriate proximity to the internal lock. As a result, there are no visible keyholes to give the device away. Larger boxes are sufficient to accommodate a full-sized AR rifle as well as a handgun and ammunition while leaving plenty of extra space for valuables. Smaller versions can be hidden behind modest pictures or mirrors. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=http://tacticalwalls.com>http://www.tacticalwalls.com</a> or call 540-298-8906.
There’s a reason the term Swiss Army knife is a part of the English lexicon. Victorinox and its splendid little red-handled marvels pack a tremendous amount of awesome into tiny compact packages. Everybody knows what they are. Victorinox Swiss Army knives are precision instruments ranging from a simple pocket penknife up to multipurpose contraptions sufficient to repair the space shuttle. For more information, visit <a target=blank href=https://www.swissarmy.com/us/app/content/>http://www.swissarmy.com</a> or call 800-442-2706.
As predators, we humans really cannot hold a candle to your typical house cat. Our teeth are not impressive and our claws are decorative at best. What firmly cements humanity’s position as apex predator on planet earth, however, is our simply breathtaking array of tools. Here are some of the most remarkable, cutting-edge survival tools entering the market to help you and your family weather the storm and survive what seems like the end of the world.
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