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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Survival Weapons- Review of the Pocket Hunter

Product review of Dave Canterbury's Pocket Hunter. 

I gave the Pocket Hunter a 7 out of 10. The Pocket Hunter was reasonably priced. The blister package should be designed so that the fletching on the arrow does not get damaged. 

When  first taken out of the package, I found the Pocket Hunter to be securely built, but after putting a few arrows through it, the arrow rest adapter began to loosen a little making a rattling noise. The thumb screw could not be turned enough by hand to take the looseness out. 

I found it to be a little bit clumbsy when attempting to put the nock of the arrow onto the para-cord string for shooting. After putting a few arrows down range I was able to load the arrows a little faster. 

Once the arrow was loaded, I was able to put the arrows close to center target at 10 and 15 yards, but found it was harder to do at 20 yards and beyond without practice. 

Using the same arrows that came with the Pocket Hunter is important. I found that the arrow that came with the unit shot consistently every time. So use the same arrows or something similar. The Pocket Hunter also comes with a separate 3 pack of arrows at an additional cost. 

Other arrows I used performed much differently. Occasionally, I found the arrows to float around the arrow rest making the shot unpredictable. This was probably due to the arrow nock being too tight on the para-cord string. 

The para-cord release set up caused my finger to get sore, so using a shooting glove of some type will prevent that from happening. 

The arrow adapter and para-cord string can be removed converting the Pocket Hunter into a sling shot. Very versatile in the event you loose all your arrows. 

Over all I was satisfied with the purchase and will continue to practice with it so that I can become proficient enough to use it when the need arises.

If you want to make take down arrows for use with the Pocket Hunter, check out my link here to see how to make your own. This would make a small package together to put in a bug-out bag or survival backpack.

It is important to always practice with your weapon systems that you intend to use so that you can stay proficient with them.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Primitive Weapon- Survival Bow and Arrow

When early man first picked up a stone and learned to use it as a tool and weapon, he probably did not realize how that simple action would morph into the tools and weapons we have today.

I was curious to learn what early man went through by making functional survival tools and weapons from just rocks and sticks. So, I set out into the wilderness to make a primitive bow and arrow using only rocks as my cutting tool.

As I set out to an area that I wanted to make this video, about a 7 mile round trip hike into some rugged country, I collected items from nature that would assist in completing my project.

I was able to locate bones for arrowheads, green saplings for the bow stave, turkey feathers for the arrows, pine rosin and wood coal to make pine glue, yucca stick to make arrow shafts, rocks to fracture for cutting and sanding, and a nice survival site with trees and running water.

I was hoping to locate spruce trees or agave plants to use to make the bow string, but none could be found within the area, but are located in the region I was in (Chihuahuan desert). So, for the bow string I used my boot laces, which were made of para-chord. I also used a pocket survival tool that I wanted to test, which I used to start the fire with to make the pine glue.

It was a lot of hard work scraping, cutting, shaping, sanding and pounding to make a bow and arrow, but I was able to do it in about 6 1/2 hours. I sure have a lot of respect for early mans capabilities. They sure had it hard to survive off the land, but they did it and so can you and I.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Long Term Survival Food Needs Explained

Here is an excellent Youtube video from The Wooded Beardsman site that explains how hard it is to live of the land for long periods of time. I liked how he explained  how the Naked and Afraid survivalist were only enduring without food instead of thriving off the land.

You must constantly be on the lookout for food and water to replace lost calories so that the body can function properly and allow you to make smarter decisions in your survival situation.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


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