David Simpson, Author at Into The Jungle
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    David Simpson

    Although the tools available to a hunting editor are changing rapidly, the core of the job entails some timeless fundamentals. It requires a passion for hunting that’s equaled by a determination to protect the animals, woods, waters, and fields that our way of life depends upon. It requires an endless curiosity to learn and share better ways to do things. And it requires a deep understanding that outdoorsmen are a community, and that sharing your own love for the sports through great storytelling is the best way to teach, inspire, and keep these great American traditions strong. These qualities make David the ideal hunting editor, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the role.

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      56 Items That You Should Stockpile In Your Easy Cellar

      By David Simpson

      Without water, your life expectancy is measured in days—and not many days at that. After three days, dehydration will be a huge problem, and death is almost certain after a week. Making sure you can stay supplied with water is a top survival priority.

      Unfortunately, the only water you can rely on is what you already have stored in your bunker. Even if the bunker has plumbing and your system draws water from a well, that’s likely to get contaminated by fallout within a few days of a nuclear attack. You need to have enough water stockpiled to get you through the initial period of high radiation.

      1. Water Containers 

      Aim to store, as a bare minimum, a gallon of water per day for each person who’ll be in the shelter. You need enough for at least two weeks, but if there’s room for more, that’s ideal. Water needs to be in sealed containers to keep contamination out. For normal storage, opaque or blue containers are best as a lot of microorganisms rely on sunlight to grow. If you’re storing your water in a bunker, that’s less important; sunlight won’t be reaching it.


      Portable containers are better than large barrels. Plastic army-issue five-gallon jerrycans are perfect; they’re tough, but they can be carried easily for short distances, and their rectangular shape is good for efficient storage. Plastic gasoline canisters are also good, but only use new ones that haven’t held fuel before.

      Bottled water works as an alternative, but it has some limits. On the positive side, it’s probably going to be cheaper than buying containers and filling them with tap water. As a baseline, assume that containers will cost you around $5 a gallon; you can get bottled water for less than half of that. It’s also easy to control and account for. Instead of measuring out daily drinking water rations, you can just hand everyone a bottle every morning.

      On the other hand, the bottles aren’t as robust as a military jerrycan. They’re not as tough as a canteen either. You can pick one up and take it with you when you go out, but it’s more likely to split than a one-quart GI canteen. Finally, heavy duty containers can be reused many times. A jerrycan will last for years—probably decades—unless you actually drop it off a cliff. That makes them valuable when you start collecting and purifying water.

      2. Filters

      No matter how much water you stockpile, eventually it’s going to run out. After spending two weeks in the bunker, you’re going to have to find a water supply, and then you’re going to have to purify it.


      Even if you have your own well, any water supply is potentially contaminated with nuclear fallout. Fallout can contain many different radioactive substances. Most of them are in the form of tiny particles that a filter will remove from water, and they won’t turn the water itself radioactive. However, at least one of them can dissolve in water—and that

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        Best Survival/Camping/Emergency Fire Starter Review

        By David Simpson

        Creating fire is, without question, one of  the four most essential components to everyone’s overall survival plan. Unlike food, water and shelter, however, the creation of a fire  can assist with numerous tasks and necessities. It can warm you when you’re chilled. It can dry out your waterlogged supplies and  clothing. It can cook your freshly killed game  and can purify stagnant, pathogen-filled water for drinking. It can also give you a soothing and more relaxed peace of mind.  But your first mission, before anything  else, is to create a flame, and the less work it  takes to produce it can leave more time for other life-prolonging survival tasks at hand. Fire-starting devices are very diverse in function and accomplish their goal in a variety of ways. Your task is to not only find the one that works best for you but to be versed in a variety of devices to follow the old survival adage of having at least five ways to create fire when needed!

        When it comes to the great outdoors, the bare necessities like food and shelter are essential. However, you can’t stay warm or enjoy piping hot food without a raging hot fire. Fire starters are a great way to jump-start a fire regard-less of weather conditions. There are quite a few products that can be used for starting fires, from flints to ferro rods to pre-treated cotton balls. Depending on the weather conditions, you’ll need a variety of fire starters, since you can’t always depend on a lighter, especially under adverse weather conditions like heavy wind or after a downpour. Whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty fire starter to start a campfire or to build a small fire, these products will help you turn up the heat.

        Good Fire Starter

        When it comes to choosing a fire starter, weather plays a very important factor. After a downpour, it’s essential to have a fire starter that’s dependable and can get the job done. The last thing you want is to be left in the cold with a fire starter that won’t work. Here are some good fire starters from which to choose.

        • Matches: Matches are the most basic fire starter. Everyone should have a box of matches for emergencies at home and at the campsite. They’re portable, but they don’t work the best after it rains.
        • Lighter: You should always bring at least two lighters with you and store them in different places. It’s important to have a backup, as your main lighter can easily be damaged or misplaced.
        • Flint: When matches and a lighter won’t work due to dampness outside, nothing beats your trusty flint. A flint is a great way to generate the spark you need to start a blazing fire.
        • Rubbing Sticks Together: If worse comes to worse and you don’t have any of the above around, you can start fires like the pioneers by two rubbing sticks together. Although it’s not the easiest way to
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          Best 1911 9mm Pistol For The Money And For Sale Reviews

          By David Simpson

          You have run out of options, cornered in a dark alley three days after an electromagnetic pulse blasted the inner workings of every electronic device within 100 miles. Maneuvering, fleeing, reasoning, and diplomacy have all but fallen on the deaf ears of your would-be attackers.

          You reach for the one thing that will now speak for you, a model 1911, whose racking slide speaks the international language of authority. It means back up, leave me alone, let me pass.

          If not, it will blaze a trail of self-defense, leaving fist-sized holes in its wake. It is the 1911, one of the best examples of a handgun this country has ever offered.

          The Colt Government Model 1911 has been the most respected combat handgun in the world for over 100 years. Like the Colt Single Action Army (SAA), the pistol has great emotional attachment, along with a strong sense of history, but unlike the SAA, the Government Model is still on the front lines.

          The 1911 is currently more popular than ever, and the reason is an underlying excellence of design. The 1911 was a mature design when adopted by the US Army in 1911, as the pistol had been in development since 1898 or earlier. Longevity, versatility, and performance are hallmarks of John Moses Browning designs.

          On times of trouble, where do you turn? The automatic pistol, caliber .45, model 1911, s.S.Army is, in my opinion, the best pistol for home defense and general-purpose use. You can trust the model 1911 with your life in any kind of survival situation; the gun will defend you with totally reliable, one-shot stopping power against any threat, human or otherwise. Here’s why.

          1911 on the market today

          All 1911 handguns on the market today are not Colt pistols. There are a number of excellent handguns based on the 1911 design, including Kimber, SIG, and Springfield. Others brands are made cheaply to sell inexpensively.

          There is nothing wrong with a basic 1911 GI pistol as offered by Springfield Armory, but the potential for improvement is vast.
          Because of this, the 1911 can be called the Mr. Potato Head of hand- guns. Sights, the slide lock safety, the beaver-tail safety, and grip panels may be easily changed, and internal parts may be modified by those with experience and certifications.

          1911 Varieties

          The 1911 is available in other calibers including the 9mm, .38 ACP Super, and 10mm, but the original chambering, the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol, remains most popular. In a steel frame 1911, the .45 ACP cartridge is easily controllable for those that practice.

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            How To Prevent Mass Shootings At School

            By David Simpson

            His time, most of the victims were innocent young children. There were 26 dead, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut that devastated the nation right before Christmas.

            These innocent children died in vain if we do not learn from this tragedy and work together to prevent the next one. The victims of mass violence serve as a warning to us all. We can no longer ignore the risks and continue to do the same things, expecting different results.

            In order to effectively manage future threats, we must be willing to think about the problem differently. These low probability—yet high consequence—events continue to occur and are a growing public concern.

            No place is immune to an active shooter attack, and no one knows when and where the next such terrorist attack will occur.

            Mass violence is a serious multifaceted challenge that transcends all politics, and no single approach in itself can stop these killers. The solution must include two key components: prevention and response.

            Prevention through detection

            The best way to mitigate risk is to prevent it from occurring in the first place, so law enforcement agencies have been diligently working on preventing the next attack.

            Important reports about preincident indicators among at-risk individuals have been published online by the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). I urge everyone to read these free reports.

            Recognizing the signs of danger is essential to early intervention by school staff, parents and law enforcement and can prevent some of these attacks … but not all of them.

            Prevention through deterrence

            Perpetrators always attack the most vulnerable victims. It’s no coincidence, that whatever their motivation,mass murderers attack soft targets. What makes a school a particularly soft target for a mass shooting is its vulnerability due to the lack of defense capabilities (gun-free zone) and the large concentration of targets in the area (schools are what we in the military call a “target rich environment.”)

            Potential attackers know that they will be able to create many casualties due to the schools’ inability to immediately counter the assault. The only person armed in a school during such attacks is usually the killer. These inherent vulnerabilities of schools unfortunately increase the likelihood of future attacks.As a first step in improving security, it is highly recommended that every school assemble a Threat & Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) team and conduct a thorough assessment of the security on campus. Following the findings and recommendations of the TVA team, the school can then develop and implement a plan to improve campus security.

            There is no doubt that improving physical security can help deter or delay a violent intrusion, but it does not always work. There is no such thing as 100 percent security and risk can never be reduced to zero. We must be prepared to respond effectively when security fails and act swiftly to protect ourselves.

            Response: Outside intervention

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              How Safe Is My Neighborhood ? Follow My Tips For Selecting A House

              By David Simpson

              When looking to buy a new home, not all of us are fortunate enough to search for a tract of land that stands “off grid.” Proximity to work, airports, schools, hospitals, or ailing parents can be factors that restrict us to a more urban area — or perhaps you’re an irrepressible extrovert, requiring you to throw frequent parties for your hipster friends.

              Either way, if you search the web for assistance in house-hunting tips, you’ll find that same old crap — mortgage payments, market value, homeowner association dues, and utility bills seem to be the normal search results. Thanks, Google.

              Though all of this is important, there are ebbs and flows to the market, and perhaps to your income as well. But what is constant throughout is the chunk of terrain on which your home sits.

              You’ve heard this before — it’s said that the three most important things to think about when buying are home are location, location, location. You cannot change your home’s location.

              What to look for

              With the help of your real estate agent and Google, you can assess the typical things folks might consider — the neighborhood, prevailing home values, school districts, crime rates, taxes and fees, and so on. Let’s focus on other key characteristics that aren’t discussed as often.

              As a recent home shopper myself, I found myself in a predicament where my real estate agent and I were not speaking the same language.For some odd reason, she wasn’t savvy to my needs of having interlocking sectors of fire covering all enfilade in small-arms range, and for my concern of any defilade aiding enemy foot patrols. Who would have guessed? To some degree, you’re not selecting a domicile, but a patrol base. As defined by the U.S. Army’s Ranger Handbook, a patrol base is a security perimeter that is set up when a squad or platoon conducting a patrol halts for an extended period. Patrol bases are used:

              • To avoid detection by eliminating movement
              • To hide a unit during a long, detailed reconnaissance execute several consecutive or concur rent operations
              • To perform maintenance on weapons, equipment, eat, and rest
              • To plan and issue orders
              • To reorganize after infiltrating on an enemy area
              • To establish a base from which to execute several consecutive or concurrent operations

              You want your home to be easily defendable. There should be minimal blind spots that would aid in undetectable ingress of a would-be intruder. Holly shrubs directly next to the home and under windows offer great obstacles for creepers, but those same bushes in the yard also provide blind spots for said creeper. These blind spots can be classified as defilade. In military tactics, the terms and defilade refer to how a formation is exposed to enemy fire.

              If there are natural or artificial obstacles shielding or concealing your position, such as those bushes, you’re “in defilade.” If your adversary can direct fire down the length of your position, you’re … Read the rest

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                How To Start Modern Homesteading For Beginners

                By David Simpson

                Start small and then decide.

                If you want to convert to the homesteading lifestyle, you can start with one small project at a time to determine if the lifestyle is for you. If you dream of living off of your land with no outside job, you should know that this isn’t an unreachable goal.

                Anna Hess and her husband Mark have been happily homesteading for years on their 58-acre property, where they enjoy both the labors and the fruits of having a self-sustaining farm.


                If you’re interested in following in their paths, they’ve got advice for would-be homesteaders on how to get started—and succeed.

                Hess’s early childhood was filled with amazing memories on her family’s farm, which prompted her want to return to that lifestyle. “I had dreamed of going back to the land ever since my own back-to-the-lander parents threw in the towel and dragged us into town when I was in third grade,” she says. “As soon as I got out of college, I started saving, studying and planning, eventually materializing a farm, which just about kicked my butt in the first year.”

                Before long, she met Mark, whose combination of common sense and a strong back allowed her to more comfortably transition to homesteading.

                Although Mark hadn’t shared the lifelong goal of becoming a homesteader, the couple helped each other prepare for the life on the farm. “It was tougher for him than for me since I’d been training myself to live frugally since high school, whereas Mark had been considering moving to Los Angeles or New York City,” she says. “In the end, though, Mark taught me as much about enjoying the process as I taught him about simple living, and we both learned to love partnering with the farm.”

                Start several small projects

                If you’re interested in the homesteading lifestyle, your best bet is to ensure that you don’t jump in with both feet too quickly, which is the biggest mistake that Hess sees new homesteaders make. “We all bite off more than we can chew in the beginning, and unfortunately that causes many homesteaders to burn out,” she says. “I grew up watching my parents struggle with a farm, one full-time job, and three kids, but I still tried to embark on projects beyond my energetic means during the first few years on the farm.

                My husband has helped me realize that homesteading is all about the journey, and even if it takes a decade (or two, or three) to reach your goals, you’ve been successful as long as you keep making progress and enjoy every minute.” In her book, The Weekend Homesteader, Hess suggests easy and rewarding projects that new homesteaders can take on during the first year or more. “Your best bet is to get your feet wet in a lot of different areas, but to keep each endeavor small,” she says.

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                  Emergency Kit For Car: A Complete Guide For Your Four Wheel

                  By David Simpson

                  It happens every year. Guaranteed. Each year in the U.S., multiple motorists drive off the road in dangerous weather, get stuck traversing an unfamiliar shortcut or experience car trouble in the middle of nowhere—only to find themselves hopelessly stranded.

                  Start with preventive steps

                  To ensure your survival during such an event, you must first create a vehicle survival kit. Fill a bin, back-pack or a duffle bag with important emergency necessities, sealing the most important things in zip-top bags to keep them dry and safe. This gear should include basic survival essentials and some gear specific to automotive emergencies.

                  Another important consideration is to always let someone know where you are going.  So many “stranded” survival stories revolve around a spur of the moment trip, which left the victim’s friends, family and co-workers with no idea where the missing person went.

                  Imagine the difficulty for search and rescue crews or local law enforcement when they don’t even know which county or state they should explore to look for you.

                  Stay with your car

                  Once you’ve mastered the preventive steps, it’s time to prepare how you’d react in a survival emergency. Let’s say your car has broken down on a remote road. You’ve taken your precautions, but what do you do now that you’re stranded? The number one thing to do when you realize that you’re in a survival situation is to stay put. In the case of vehicle-based survival strategies, your car becomes your shelter, and you do not leave that car.

                  Unless that vehicle is on fire or rolling off a cliff, it’s your new best friend. For the past century that cars have existed, the statistics show that people who stay with the car have a higher probability of survival than those who leave the car looking for help in stranded scenarios.

                  Any vehicle with the windows intact will provide you with a wind- and rain-resistant shelter. No, it’s not a perfect shelter, as anyone who has ever had to sleep in his or her car can tell you.

                  But you can easily enhance the shelter value of a vehicle by adding blankets, extra clothing and sleeping bags for warmth. You can even build a campfire 10 to 15 feet away from the vehicle and heat up stones near the edge of that fire.

                  Get the stones just warm enough that you can barely hold them to your skin, and then bring them into the vehicle as a low-tech space heater. Repeat as needed every few hours.

                  On the other extreme of temperature, your vehicle can become a useful shelter in hot weather. Open all of the vehicle doors and use duct tape to attach tarps, blankets or sheets to the tops of the doors to create cooling shade in sunny, hot climates.

                  If that isn’t practical, then crawl under the vehicle and lie on the cooler ground in the vehicle’s shade. Another great reason to stay with your vehicle is that a car Read the rest

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                    5 Tips To Help You Buy The Right Gas Mask

                    By David Simpson

                    Picture this. An earthquake beyond any seismologist’s wildest dreams rocks southern California. The freeway systems collapse throughout the Southland, and the San Onofre nuclear power plant is nothing but rubble upon the beach. Your air is filled with nuclear radiation particles.

                    Imagine this. A terrorist network strikes an Eastern city with chemical warfare. In the Midwest, a smallpox outbreak occurs. What can you do to protect your family from breathing in these dangerous inhalants? Strap on a gas mask so you can breathe clean air. Before you make the investment in masks for your family, consider these five tips to ensure that you make a wise purchase.

                    1. Use caution with surplus masks

                      If you want a high-quality, military- grade mask, you may be ready to hop in the car and head to your military surplus store to snag one for each member of your family. But be sure the masks are still within code, says survival expert Marty Dent of Seattle. “Some military masks have been used and used masks are probably not going to be airtight to your face,” he says. “Plus, these masks are often out of date and past their usefulness.
                      In some models, the filter can be replaced to make the mask effective again, but often that is not the case and you’ll be wearing a mask that does you no good.” No matter what type of mask you use, you’ll want to ensure that it fits tightly around your face so that no fresh air can get into it through the sides, top or bottom.

                    2. Know the difference between masks

                      A gas mask respirator filters many different types of particles if it’s up to date, has been stored properly, and has a new and working filter cartridge.
                      Depending on the type of respirator, the mask could protect you from bacteria, chemical threats and other dangerous inhalants. Standard N-95 filter masks like the type you buy at a hardware store are also helpful to have on-hand, because they also clean particles out of the air as you breathe.
                      These masks, however, “do not protect against chemicals, gases, or vapors and are intended only for low hazard levels,” the Centers for Disease Control notes on its Web site.
                      The best way to ensure that you can breathe clean air is to get a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which is similar to what firefighters and scuba divers use. They allow you to breathe clean air from a tank. However, they are quite heavy and typically only include an hour’s worth of air.

                    3. Check the label

                      Depending on the type of threat that you foresee, you’ll want to ensure that your mask can do the trick. Most preppers who expect nuclear fallout will have a nuclear-approved respirator or SCBA mask, whereas you may not need such a heavy-duty mask if you are expecting debris in the air from a tornado.
                      Double-check the label on any mask you’re considering purchasing so you’ll know what it

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                      Situational Awareness Training: How To Be More Observant

                      By David Simpson

                      With information comes misinformation. Prepping has been around for years, but it has grown in popularity recently thanks to television shows and magazine stories. As a result, more people are aware of how to begin preparing for a disaster. Unfortunately, not everything is accurate.

                      For example, simply buying gear and wandering into the woods will not make anyone a survivalist, so before you’re forced to make the decision to either stay in place or leave your home following an emergency, you should get to know a few simple facts.

                      Learn situational awareness

                      From a domestic point of view, if you’re facing disasters that are threatening your family and home, you will eventually have to make the decision to stay or go, and that choice involves quite a few factors requiring “situational awareness.” Situational awareness simply refers to your knowledge of what you have and how well you’re capable of dealing with the problems and threats around you.

                      Situational awareness will be easier to understand if you break it down into its three main areas: self-preparedness, surroundings and resources.

                      1. Step 1: Self-preparedness

                        Being prepared means more than stockpiling gear. It also involves looking at things like your overall health, mobility, skill level, and your capability to physically and mentally cope with the situation at hand. I use the term “self,” but in the case of a family unit, you really have to look at everyone involved as one main entity. Examples of how self-preparedness impacts you are best seen when deciding to leave your home in an emergency. If you bug out, each person must be capable of mobility because your group only moves as quickly as the slowest person. The group also has to be capable of transporting its resources, which can present additional considerations.
                        For instance, when transporting by vehicle, you must ask whether yours is capable of transporting the number of people you have, along with the supplies you need to reach minimum safety.
                        As any parent who has brought kids on vacation can tell you, the more people and the more stuff to pack, the larger the vehicle and the more time you’ll need before you’re mobile. With the current price of gas being high, it’s common for those in the city to own small, fuel-efficient cars. If you decide to bug out on foot to avoid main roadways and people, be sure each person in your group is capable of carrying enough supplies to help support himself. No nine-year-old child is going to be able to carry his share of clothing and food, and most certainly won’t be able to move quickly while trying.
                        So when people start talking about just picking up and fleeing to the wilderness, they must be able to envision a good idea of what it takes.

                      2. Step 2: Surroundings

                        “Surroundings” does not simply refer to knowing the main routes in and out of your town. It also includes the knowledge of local flood plains and the

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                        From Flu Viruses To Bioterrorism Attacks, You Must Be Prepared

                        By David Simpson

                        Zombies. If you believe pop culture, the next big health crisis facing the united states is a zombie apocalypse. Of course, we’re more susceptible to common threats such as influenza, E. coli, smallpox and malaria carried by those we meet, the water we drink and pesky insects … but taking a few simple steps can help keep you and your family healthy.

                        2013 flu epidemic

                        According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this past winter brought about the earliest influenza outbreak the U.S. has faced in nearly a decade. Flu season typically runs from October until March, with the highest number of cases occurring in January or February. At its peak, the CDC reported that 47 states experienced widespread geographic flu activity. In short, it was a national epidemic. There are special groups that are more at risk of suffering the effects of the flu or other communicable diseases.

                        CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says this group includes “frail, elderly people who may have had cancer or chemotherapy, or people who may have weakened immune systems or are on medication such as long-term oral steroids that can also weaken the immune system. The irony is that these people are far less likely to get the benefit of vaccines available to combat these diseases, as well.”

                        The flu varies wildly from year to year, which is why new vaccines are available each season. But few variations have raised as much concern as the outbreak of H1N1, also known as the swine flu, in April of 2009.

                        At the time, the CDC and other global health organizations were preparing and responding to the possible spread of H5N1, the bird flu. But H1N1 proved a more aggressive strain, and within the span of a year, the CDC estimates that between 43 million and 89 million cases of 2009 H1N1 occurred in the U.S. alone.

                        H1N1 quickly became a pandemic, meaning that multiple countries were at risk of contracting the disease.The rules of what qualifies as a pandemic are similar to those of an epidemicthe spread of the disease and the number of deaths it causes. The CDC issued travel health warnings to help limit the propagation, encouraging U.S. citizens to delay travel to multiple countries.

                        Once the widespread H1N1 activity in the U.S. began to wane, the CDC estimates that between 8,870 to 18,300 people died of the virus. Flu vaccines in the U.S. were quickly developed to combat the spread of the virus.

                        Variations of 2009 H1 flu continue to circulate, but Dr. Joe Breese of the CDC indicates that the numbers in the U.S. remain low. “We’re not seeing much of the 2009 H1 virus yet so far this year, though it should be said that Europe and other places in the world are,” he says. “We know that influenza viruses in a given country, in a given city, in a given region will vary from year to year and … Read the rest

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