American Outdoor Guide January 2021

Prepare yourself family for when disaster strikes. Step-by step instructions on how to provide energy to your home, grow and preserve your own food, prepare a first-aid kit, make water drinkable.

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12 Números

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3 min.
who or what inspires you?

As I sat down to write this month’s “First Words” column, I tried to think of some way to “rally the troops” for the new year ahead. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I’m not really cut out to get people’s blood pumping and lead the “kumbaya” chorus. I thought about who's inspired me over my lifetime, and it occurred to me that the answers I found are probably common among most people. In my case, my parents and other older family members take up the top spots on the list. Respected friends, teachers, a boss or two, folks who accomplished goals I value and now, my kids, round out the list. I quickly recognized that I haven’t been inspired by people who talk or sing or act or try…

9 min.
new products

As the New Year is ushering in new challenges, American Survival Guide is bringing you new products to meet them. As always, we’ve selected quality items from trusted sources which, by themselves or paired together, will help you deal with whatever 2021 has to throw your way. From knives to accessories for your weapons to gear to keep you warm or organized, we think you’ll be able to find something to help you rise to the occasion. 1 Zero Tolerance ZT0707 Folder Zero Tolerance made the all-new ZT0707 to be the ultimate EDC knife. Its long, slender design provides ample blade length, while the ultra-deep-carry pocket clip and gently curved handle make it all but disappear in the pocket. The 3.5-inch drop-point blade is made from CPM-20CV steel and features a flat…

12 min.
essential fire-starting gear

You can practice fire-by-friction techniques for endless hours. You can search for the perfect hunk of flint to make beautiful, lifesaving sparks with a piece of carbon steel. But the best way to come close to a guarantee that you’ll have fire when you need it most is to carry proven fire-starting gear with you whenever you step off pavement. I MUST HAVE FIRE! In good conditions, I rely on fire to keep me warm, to purify my water, cook my meals, generate smoke to ward off insects and keep beasts—both real and imaginary—at a safe distance in the dark. However, in a survival situation, fire isn’t merely a convenience. It can be a life-or-death matter to have it. There are innumerable reasons you might be caught out unexpectedly overnight. Fire will allow…

1 min.
zippo plants trees to fight fire with fire

Zippo has teamed with Woodchuck USA in a “Buy One. Plant One.” program to help reforestation efforts across six continents. Here’s how it works: Buy a Zippo lighter from the company’s Fight Fire With Fire Collection, and the two organizations will plant a tree in a hard-hit area. In 2019, the program concentrated its efforts in Madagascar. In 2020, the focus moved a bit closer to home (Lassen National Park near Hat Creek, California, which has been hit with devastating fires). These special lighters feature real wood sleeves with laser-cut decorative patterns and are wrapped around standard Zippo metal lighters. Each lighter comes with a special code. Enter that code at, and you can find exactly where your tree was planted.…

12 min.
b&t scores a perfect 10

“IF 10MM IS YOUR ‘SHTICK,’ AND YOU WON’T SETTLE FOR LESS THAN THE VERY BEST, THE APC 10 PRO IS THE ONLY STOP YOU HAVE TO MAKE.” Things have gotten a little strange in this world, what with the “mostly peaceful protests” that the news media and all of us keep talking about. Gun sales are at an all-time high, and recent figures for the month of August show that we’ve already easily exceeded the number of firearms sold for the entirety of 2019. People are worried—and for good reason. No longer is it the random robber or burglar we’re worried about. Now, we have to worry about being attacked by a frenzied mob. It’s little wonder that people are looking for “more comprehensive” defensive guns than just the standard compact carry…

12 min.
avoiding the misshaps of raising chickens

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was common to keep livestock, including pigs, cows and even chickens, in towns and cities in the United States. As the cities grew, local ordinances slowly curbed the keeping of animals in urban centers—mostly due to the issues of noise and smell nuisances—but even those were relaxed during wartime as people were encouraged to find creative ways to feed themselves. After World War II, the flight to the suburbs, thanks to the availability of the automobile, along with increased accessibility to packaged and prepared foods, made the keeping of animals a thing of the past. By the 1980s, for the most part, only farmers (or possibly hippies) dared raise chickens. Given the fact that there’s an abundance of grocery stores in most areas, and…