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American Survival Guide January 2019

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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“variety’s the very spice of life.”

We deliver a diverse collection of information in every issue of American Survival Guide. Rather than dedicate an issue to a single topic, we believe you’re better served by seeing articles that cover a variety of subjects each month. This issue is a good example. With Al J. Venter’s article on the security situation in Israel (see page 12 of this issue) and surrounding areas, we bring to light some aspects of this well-known and constant struggle against the threat of terrorism and wanton violence—a situation we hope never makes its way here. Even so, it is one we need to be familiar with. if you own a knife, be sure to check out Christopher Nyerges' feature about ace SoCal blade sharpener Julio Toruno, who has sharpened many thousands of blades and…

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new products

This month’s collection of new products comes from a wide range of product categories and brands. If you’re concerned about active-shooter threats for yourself or your children, there are a couple of interesting items you should take a look at. The Flagrant Beard Templar Tomahawk is one of our favorites in this issue, and you’ll find some other edged weapons among the water filtration, shelter and lighting gear. And make sure you don’t miss the new family survival book by Mykel and Ruth England Hawke or the newly updated radio kits from World Gone Silent. 1 Real Steel Knives Element Folder This folder’s 3.54-inch drop-point blade is made with Bohler N690 for excellent edge retention. The flipper tab allows quick, one-handed access to the blade. The handle has two channels milled onto the…

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it’s all about survival

In today’s world, safety is a primary and mounting concern—from the national level all the way down the line to the self-reliant individual. While larger entities have greater capacity and resources to detect and avert terrorist attacks, lessons they have learned can provide good insights for those who are interested in doing what they can to protect themselves from these and similar threats. It is axiomatic that Israel is extraordinarily vigilant in protecting its people from terrorism that usually arrives without warning and in multifarious guises, both internally and beyond its borders. I saw a bit of this when I recently visited an Israeli embassy in an African state that, for obvious reasons, I will not name. Having made an appointment beforehand, I was asked to arrive at a specific time but…

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battery basics

In the preparedness community, we strive to avoid, or at least minimize, our reliance on things we can’t control. Much of our gear requires only the mind, eye and hand of the operator to use and maintain—as it should be. But some of our gear depends on something often in short supply when an emergency arises: electricity. Mission-critical equipment, such as flashlights, illuminated or holographic weapon sights, night vision devices and communications gear, requires electricity in the form of batteries. Compounding matters: There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so it’s likely that each device requires a different kind of battery than the others, making interchangeability impossible. To make use of these gadgets, we are forced to stockpile several different kinds of batteries and hope we have enough of each in reserve to…

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battery history

The history of batteries dates back more than 200 years. In 1790, Luigi Galvani, an Italian physicist, discovered that when two probes made of different metals were touched to different parts of the muscle of a frog leg, the muscle contracted. Galvani called this phenomenon “animal electricity” in the mistaken belief that the source of the electrical current came from the muscle fibers themselves. A few years later, Alessandro Volta, using brine-soaked paper in place of the muscle between the probes, proved that the frog wasn’t necessary. In 1799, he invented the voltaic pile by alternately stacking plates made of copper and zinc (the electrodes) that were separated by brine-soaked paper disks (the brine was the electrolyte) with connectors on the ends to which he could attach a circuit. This pile, made…

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battery chemistry—part 1

Regardless of type, size or shape, all batteries operate on the same principal: a chemical reaction between two electrodes in the presence of an electrolyte. The metals can be solid or powdered, and the electrolyte can be liquid, aqueous paste or gel. Early batteries and the typical automotive battery today are known as “wet cell” batteries due to the electrolyte being in a free-flowing liquid state. The electrolyte in so-called “dry cell” batteries is still in a liquid form but is suspended in a powdered matrix, and only enough is used to moisten the mix. Many primary batteries use zinc as the negative electrode (anode) and manganese dioxide as the positive electrode (cathode). Zinc-carbon (and zinc-chloride) batteries have an outer shell of zinc. An inert carbon rod acting as the cathode, suspended in…