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Study: Manuka honey kills more bacteria than all available antibiotics

Not all honey is created equal. While the benefits of raw, unprocessed honey have been well-documented over the centuries, Australian researchers have found one type of honey, called Manuka honey, to be better than all known antibiotics. Manuka honey is produced by bees that forage on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, or New Zealand’s Manuka bush, as well as tea trees, native to Australia and New Zealand only

The 12 Foods The Government Wants You To Stockpile (But Is It Enough?)

It’s hard to quantify, but the modern prepping movement has at least, in part, been caused by the government. I am not referencing fear in the government doing something stupid that would force us into survival mode (although that is possible), but instead in promoting the idea of disaster preparedness. FEMA’s Ready.gov website contains a host of information on how to prepare for a pending disaster, and radio c

The One Shotgun That Passed The U.S. Military’s Torture Test

If the average gun owner is asked what the most important weapon to own for home defense is, the answer often is the 12-gauge shotgun. Yes, some will say go with a pistol and others will prefer a semi-automatic rifle, but the 12 gauge is probably the most commonly recommended firearm for home defense. There’s good reason for that. Twelve gauge 00 buckshot or any other kind of defensive load is devastating at clos

9 Perennial Vegetables You Can Plant Once, Harvest Forever … And Never Worry About Again

Most gardeners are familiar with annual vegetables. These are the one you plant every year, reaping their harvest all season long until the first hard frost comes in the late fall. Many flower gardeners, on the other hand, are familiar with perennial flowers. These are the plants that you plant once and that will continue to return year after year. Lesser known to both vegetable and flower gardeners, though, are th

Off grid living: Grow 25 pounds of sweet potatoes in a bucket

Although sweet potatoes are an important staple food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, this versatile, orange root tuber can be added to many other meals all year round. While sweet potatoes have been used for ages by many cultures around the world, until recently they weren’t a regular sight on American kitchen tables outside of the Holiday season. In the past decade, however, the sweet potato has found it

How to Make Your Own Bacon (Step by Step Guide)

When I sat down to write this, I found myself questioning why I ever endeavored to make homemade bacon in the first place. But then I realized…duh, it’s bacon. My whole family loves bacon, but of course it’s not the healthiest thing for you, nor is it cheap. Upon doing some research, I came to find that making your own bacon can turn out to be tastier, slightly healthier, and much cheaper than the store-boug

The Most Accurate & Reliable LR Ammo You Can Buy …

An almost two-year quest led me to the goal of finding the most versatile 22 long-rifle ammunition on the market. After trying rounds from CCI, Remington, Federal, Winchester, Norma and a host of others, I settled on one brand: Gemtech subsonic to meet just about all of my rim-fire needs. If you learned anything about ammunition over the course of the past several years, it should be that the availability of 22 lon

Top Ten Guns of American Pop Culture

Firearms have been a part of American pop culture ever since Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill’s traveling roadshows. From the early days of the western dime-store novel to the earliest silent movies and on through the tough-guy detective stories and the action-adventure movie, guns have been an integral part of our folklore. There have been many different guns that have played a part in creating this cultural herit

3 Profound Truths From History Channel’s Survival Show ‘Alone’

It’s been a long time since Bear Grylls commercialized the arts of wilderness survival. But if there were one primary reason why the show eventually lost popular interest, it probably had something to do with the weakness that had been embedded in the show from the very start: the ever-present camera crew. But that’s particularly where History Channel’s Alone shows us the true nature of what it takes, strippi

A $4.5 Million ‘Meteorite Pistol’? A $10,000 Mammoth Tooth Gun?

Most serious hand gunners own a 1911 and admire what is considered to be one of the best handgun platforms of all time. It is still widely used in many arenas today, and I carried one for years as a state law enforcement officer. If you are a 1911 admirer and love the lines and precision of a well-built pistol with that can be called a work of art, then you may want to take a hard look at Cabot Guns. Cabot is an Am

7 Items Your Great-Grandparents Stockpiled That You Should, Too

It’s easy to think that the modern preparedness movement is a unique phenomenon. Most of us grew up during a time when the economy was growing, the government seemed to be more responsive to the will of the people, and everyone was busy chasing the American Dream. But if we go back farther, to the time of our grandparents or great-grandparents, we find that what some call “prepping,” they called life. They di

7 Concealed Carry Guns That Are Perfect For Range Training

Many gun buyers new to concealed carry are eager to get out on the firing range. That’s great, but some subcompact guns suited for concealed carry are of limited usefulness for extensive practice. Low ammunition capacity and lack of outside-waistband holster and mag pouch choices mean the owner of the tiny gun may have to sit on the sidelines while his friends participate in a defensive pistol class or weekend ma

12 Items You Should Stockpile Other Than Food and Water

We live in very volatile times, times that are marked by increasingly horrific weather events, water scarcity, financial instability and in many cases, civil unrest. What does this mean for us? It means we need to live in a state of preparedness. That doesn’t necessarily translate into being a “hardcore prepper,” but rather just being aware and understanding what it means to be prepared. Of course, when you h