American Outdoor Guide July 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.

United States
Engaged Media
USD 6.99
USD 27.99
12 Números

en este número

3 min.
our new title expands our commitment to you

At American Survival Guide, we take pride in our legacy, which we believe identifies ASG as the country’s—perhaps the world’s—oldest self-reliance and preparedness-based magazine. We’ve been dedicated to bringing information and advice about preparing for, and surviving, all sorts of challenging situations to our readers since the 1970s. Our deepest roots go all the way back to the original seed publication, Shooter’s Journal, which first hit newsstands in 1978. On the global level, that was a stressful time, because tensions between the United States and the (then) Soviet Union were coming to a head, causing great concern among wary folks who were determined to survive the fallout, both figuratively and literally. Over the next decade, often affectionately called “the Reagan Years,” the term, “survivalist,” was popularized to describe folks who knew they…

8 min.
new product

While COVID-19 might have slowed down industry and our economy, it did nothing to hinder innovation and product development. Despite the challenging environment brought on by a pandemic and the political shenanigans that surrounded it, these companies forged ahead to continue to provide new, state-of-the-art, high-quality products to their customers. This month, American Survival Guide offers a variety of cutlery, packs, flashlights, training opportunities and more for your consideration. We hope you find something here that will assist you in being more self-reliant and better prepared to meet the challenges of our future. 1 Benchmade Adamas 275FE Folder The Benchmade Adamas has been the company’s gold standard for hard-use, tactical folding knives for many years. The Adamas is characterized by its heavy-duty Axis lock, full steel liners and hand-filling G10 grips. The…

13 min.
the a-klub pulls its weight around camp

“THE TOPS A-KLUB IS NOT A SPOON-CARVER; NOR IS IT A FINESSE KNIFE. IT’S A HARD-WORKING TOOL MEANT TO WREAK HAVOC ON WOOD AND OTHER ORGANIC MATTER IT FINDS IN ITS WAY. NEVERTHELESS, IT PERFORMS WITH CLASS AND STYLE.” Working with outside designers has taken TOPS Knives to another level over the past several years. One of its latest outside designers also represents a first for the company ... and a rarity in the industry. TOPS now proudly has the first female designer on its “qualified experts in their field” roster. Amanda Kaye (“AK”) is probably best known for having appeared in seven episodes of Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid, but that hardly defines who she is and what she’s achieved (you can learn more about her in the sidebar on…

1 min.
working with tops

I caught up with Amanda Kaye to ask her about her collaboration with TOPS Knives and how the A-Klub came about. Amanda says she’s always messed around with designing knives in her spare time—not thinking it would go anywhere. After meeting the TOPS Knives guys at trade shows, she wanted to explore the possibilities with them. “I knew TOPS’ reputation in the knife world, and I was absolutely honored to design a knife for it. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with,” Kaye said. In the past, she’s been told she couldn't design a knife ... because she’s a woman and that the handle probably wouldn't fit men’s hands because she has smaller hands. Nevertheless, Kaye sent a design to TOPS several years ago and has been slowly…

1 min.
who is amanda kaye (“ak”)?

Native American survival techniques are what make Amanda Kaye tick! She’s been an avid hunter her entire life, which also coincided with studying Native American primitive skills. As a child, her family was very active in the reenactment community, sharing with others their Native American heritage. The idea of living off the land is second nature to her; it's who she is. Most people know her from the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid. However, she really sees herself as an adventurous mom who goes on five-day hikes with her kids up and down mountains ... and doesn't bring enough food. As a result, they have to forage for it. She loves teaching her kids everything she knows. “My goals revolve around my family. My kids are the reason for everything, and my…

10 min.
first-time firearm selection basics

“ … THINK EARNESTLY ABOUT GUN OWNERSHIP. OWNING A FIREARM IS A VERY SERIOUS MATTER, AND IT’S NOT SOMETHING TO TAKE LIGHTLY.” I field questions from many people who are looking to purchase a firearm for the first time, especially during this time of unrest in our country. They usually ask me about the best firearm they should purchase … or if they should even purchase one. One of those people was my son-in-law who, up until now, was strictly against having firearms in his home. This is in spite of the fact that his wife (my daughter) knows how to shoot and is actually a pretty good shot. The events of January 6, 2021, while not entirely changing his mind, did open him up to having the conversation. My answer to him,…