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New Survival Video Series From Panteao – Make Ready To Survive

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I am super stoked about this new series of videos. They have lined up some serious talent and each title will give you a variety of expert points of view on the subject at hand.

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Columbia, SC, October 22, 2014 – Panteao Productions is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the Make Ready to Survive instructional video series. This line of instructional videos is a departure for Panteao from the firearms training videos the company is known for producing.

“This was a pretty large undertaking for us. In order to get the shots we needed, our crew filmed on location in the everglades of FL, the back country of Ohio, the mountains of Colorado, and eastern Texas. Five instructors were selected to teach the series based on their background and life experiences. Each brought something different to the table and combined makes for one heck of a learning experience,” said John Tormey, Director of the Make Ready to Survive Series.

Fernando Coelho, president of Panteao Productions, added, “We received a tremendous amount of support from manufacturers and suppliers when we told them about the survival series. It was with their help that we were able to make this series possible. We originally thought we would have content for three videos. When we were finished filming we ended up with thirteen different titles in the series.”

Instead of reality show entertainment like the current television shows on prepping and doomsday survival, the Make Ready to Survive videos are a true tutorial to help you and your family. Whether you live in the heart of the city, on the outskirts in a quiet neighborhood, or out on a farm, the Make Ready to Survive videos show you techniques that are critical for survival, review gear and supplies to have on hand, and all aspects of proper planning. Most importantly, the videos will bring you piece of mind.

The instructors in the series include former US Army Delta Operator Paul Howe, Dave Canterbury from the Pathfinder Self Reliance School, US Army Special Forces Green Beret Kyle Harth, disaster preparedness consultant and author Jim Cobb, and NE MacDougald, who started his career in Vietnam with the 519th Military Intelligence Bn (MACV), and today is an author and consultant.

The video series will debut both on DVD and HD streaming video in December with three titles from the series. Then additional titles will be released each month from January through April of 2015. More info on the survival series can be found on the Panteao website at:

Forces Focus – Pararescue Rodeo

Sunday, October 12th, 2014


Thirty-four pararescuemen from active duty, guard, and Reserve recently participated in a competition hosted by the pararescue schoolhouse, Detachment 1, 342nd Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, on September 22nd through 27th.

The pararescuemen were split into 8 teams, and were tested on land navigation skills, high-angle rope rescues, survival techniques, medical skills, weapons operations and overall physical endurance.

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ITS Tactical – Mini Survival Kit (MSK)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014


ITS Tactical’s Mini Survival Kit or MSK is a small pocket-sized survival kit that strikes a balance between being minimal and cost efficient while being functional in virtually any survival scenario. The majority of items in the MSK are individually poly-bagged for added water resistance.

The contents are as follows:

1x Ferrocerium (Ferro) Rod
5x Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs
6x Lifeboat Matches w/ Striker
1x Fresnel Lens
1x Mini Signal Mirror
1x Glow-in-the-Dark Button Compass – Grade AA
6x Feet of Brass Snare Wire
6x Feet of 188 lb. Test Kevlar Cordage
10x Water Purification Tabs
1x Emergency Water Bag (5” wide x 14” tall)
1x FRS (Folding Razor Saw)
1x Steri-Strip R1541 (1/4? x 3? – 3 strips)
1x Triple Antibiotic Packet
1x ITS Laser Engraved Logo on Silver Hinged Tin (3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 7/8″)
1x Dri-Card Desiccant
6x Inch Strip of Duct Tape
2x Rigger’s Rubber Bands

Ceramic Escape Knife from Gearward

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


Seen here with other items, the Ceramic Escape Knife from Gearward makes a great emergency backup knife. The uses are limited but by your imagination.


As you can see, it can be also stored in a wide variety of locations on your clothing, footwear and kit for retrieval and use in the most dire of circumstances. Being ceramic, it’s also not going to set off magnetometers.


A simple storage compartment can easily be created with the aid of the CEK.


-Ceramic blade stays sharp 10x longer than steel
-Will not rust
-1.75″ x 0.4″ closed; 1.25″ cutting edge
-Weighs 2.5 grams – as much as a penny
-Made in Canada

EJ Snyder Featured In American Survival Guide

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Who remembers American Survival Guide from the 1980s? It enjoyed a long run thanks to the survivalist movement that had sprung up. When the economy improved in the 90s, it was gone but it has found a new lease on life due to the rise of the prepper community.


You may have heard of EJ Snyder from his two appearances on the Discovery Channel show “Naked and Afraid” as well as other TV appearances. Some of you may know him from his 25 years of military service as he retired as a Sergeant Major from the US Army.


In the latest issue of American Survival Guide, EJ shares his top 10 tips for staying alive. He isn’t all Hollywood. EJ is an instructor at the US Army’s SERE school at Ft Bragg. While it might be old hat for some, it’s worth a read.

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Monday, August 18th, 2014


With the adoption of LEDs, the traditional battery-and-bulb flashlight became largely obsolete, as LEDs are capable of producing light with reduced power requirements. VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools were created to utilize the form factor of these traditional flashlights by using a small form LED light and converting the extra handle space into storage for outdoor and survival gear.

Made from MilSpec 6061 seamless extruded aluminum, the VSSL is a waterproof 8″ x 2″ tube which comes standard with a dual mode LED flashlight and an oil filled compass. VSSLs are currently being offered in three configurations: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter, which feature pre-packaged components. The Supplies configuration, for example, includes the following items, stored in tins specifically designed to fit in the VSSL:

• 4 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle

• Razor blade

• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets

• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)

• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle

• Waterproof matches

• Tinder Quik® fire starters

• Fishing Gear

• Signalling Mirror

• Kevlar® rope (150lb breaking strength)

• Reflective trail markers

• P38 military GI Type can opener

• First aid supplies

Made and assembled in Canada, using components from Ireland, India, USA, China, Mexico and Canada. Currently available for pre-order, with an expected ship date sometime in Fall 2014. If you’re interested in picking up one for yourself, they currently have promo code PREORDER20, which will save you 20% off your order.

OR Summer Market – Zubin Axe

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Zubin Axe caught my eye as I walked through the maze of booths in the three outdoor pavilions. It consists of a hiking staff and a series of optional heads that change the function of the device.


Heads include Axe, Saw, Slingshot, Spear and Fishing Spear.

OR Summer Market – Self Reliance Outfitters

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Self Reliance Outfitters is the retail arm of Pathfinder School LLC. Dave Canterbury is the principle of Pathfinder School. You may recognize his name from the show “Dual Survival”.


Dave has written a new book called “Bushcraft 101″ which ships the second week in September. I asked Dave about the book and he said he wanted to focus on bushcraft and the outdoor living skills that keep you alive. His is a no nonsense approach that focuses less on gadgets and more on skills. The book covers the 10 Cs with special emphasis on the 5 Cs of Cutting Tool, Combustion Device, Container, Cover and Cordage. If you’re not familiar with these items and how they relate to survival this is a great book for you.


Dave Canterbury can also be seen on the new Hunt Channel show “Pathfinder Outdoor Journal” which is a historical look at how outdoorsman have lived and what they carried over the centuries. You can see past episodes at

Base Camp X – Fire Piston

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014


The Base Camp X “Prometheus” Fire Piston is an old world technology that uses air friction to ignite tinder, creating an ember for fire building. The Fire Piston is made from hand turned hickory, with the pressure relief valve, lanyard loop, and internal shaft made from brass. Each Fire Piston comes with a supply of char cloth tinder and a hand cut leather lanyard. If you’re curious about how the Fire Piston functions, the below video shows it in action.

Motopeds – Survival Bike

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Motoped is a company formed from a successful Kickstarter venture for a motorized bike kit that utilizes an XR50/pitbike engine and standard mountain bike components. They’ve recently unveiled a prototype of their next product, the ‘Survival Bike’.

Survival Bike

Although the specs haven’t been released yet, the base model Survival Bike shown above has changes over the standard model including a subdued color scheme with Olive Drab overtones, additional fuel canisters, and a carry rack.

Survival Bike Black Ops

Pictured above is the ‘Black Ops’ model, which features the following tools and accessories:

- Barnett Recruit Compound Crossbow

- Rotopax RX-1G Gas Packs – 1 Gallon

- United Cutlery M48 Tactical Survival Shovel

- United Cutlery M48 Hawk Tomahawk

- United Cutlery M48 Hawk Harpoon

- Gerber Fixed Blade Saw

- Blackburn X6 Light System

- Black Diamond Carabiners / Climbing rope

- Cree Mini LED Flashlight

- BioLogic Bike Mount for iPhone4/gps

- Tool Logic Tactical Multifunction Knife / light

- Tool Logic Credit Card Companion multi-tool

- CRKT Guppie multi-tool

- Tactical-Warrior Neck Knife

Be sure to frequent the Motopeds Facebook page for continuing information on the Survival Bike, including final specs and pricing, as it becomes available.