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Three Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Safe

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again. If you are thinking about buying a safe, read this first. Even if you do not have children in the house, it is to your benefit to own a gun safe. Controlling access to your firearms is a fundamental part of gun safety, and in fact gun accidents are being used against gun owners in an attempt to take away their Second Amendment rights. By owning a gun safe that can prevent tragedies from occurring, you can do your part to help maintain our access to the firearms that are our constitutional right.


What Size Do You Need?

Many people aren’t sure what size they need, but safes can be costly, so when you are making an investment like this it’s best to get the biggest one that is within your budget. Many people regret not going larger later on when their needs change and they have to go through the hassle of selling their existing safe and buying a new one. Gun safes can easily weigh hundreds of pounds, and if you can avoid the trouble of arranging to transport one later on by simply buying a larger one to begin with, it is well worth any extra costs involved.


What Are Security Ratings?

Safe security ratings are subjective, and imported safes may not be accurately labeled to reflect their true rating, so it’s always best to check with a knowledgeable professional before you choose the rating that is best for your needs. Essentially the ratings are as follows: a safe with an RSC rating is for holding up to $5K in content value because it has passed a five-minute attack test, a B-Rated safe would be for up to $10K in content value, a C-Rated safe would be up to $30K, and there are higher ratings that are intended to hold up to $1M, which can withstand a 30-minute torch or tool attack on all sides.


Do You Need a Fireproof Safe?

In 2014 there were 1,298,000 accidental fires in the US, and that number was actually down 23% from the previous year. While there are many steps you can take to prevent fires, the truth is sometimes accidents happen, and that is why fire ratings should be one of your top considerations when choosing a gun safe. It is recommended that you purchase a safe that has a 1 hour fire rating, because a rating lower than this will not be sufficient to protect your firearms and other valuables in the even the worst should happen. Like the security rating, when it comes to the fireproof rating, it is always best to go with the highest rating that you can afford.


What safe do you like best and why? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments.

Your Well-Stocked Survivalist Medicine Cabinet

Hello, Rob Raskin here, and this week I’d like to talk about medications any prepper needs in their disaster kit. If the SHTF or in an TEOTWAWKI situation, you are going to end up getting sick. There’s just no way around it, especially when sanitation becomes an issue. If you want to stay safe and protect your family, it’s crucial that you have a well-stocked medicine chest. Be aware of information like expiration dates and how things should be stored, and if there is any specific medication you or a family member requires, keep plenty of it on-hand.


Colloidal Silver

This l natural antibiotic has many uses, as it is also antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. No known disease-causing organism can live when it is exposed to colloidal silver, even in trace amounts. You may have heard bad things about it because the FDA has not approved it, but it is a powerful addition that should be in any prepper’s medicine cabinet, as it can be used to soothe burns, to treat boils and ringworm, to get rid of warts, to minimize scarring, and to help heal a number of other ailments of the skin, and when you don’t have any other antibiotics available you can also turn to this substance.



Americans tend not to be used to dealing with much pain because we have this powerful painkiller and many others available over the counter, and we hardly think twice before we use it. Pain is an unavoidable fact of life, however, and if the worst should happen and there is no store around where you can buy aspirin, you will quickly come to realize how much you relied on it! One thing many people don’t know about aspirin is you can use it topically. You can rub it directly on bug bites or bee stings for quick relief.


Activated Charcoal Tablets

Activated charcoal tablets are not the same as barbecue charcoal, so don’t think you can buy a bag of Kingsford to use in a medical emergency! This comes in capsule form, and it is incredibly versatile due to its high absorption properties. You can use this to treat gas, for emergency toxin removal, to reduce your cholesterol, and even to whiten your teeth. When disaster strikes and you are still able to look great because your smile is nice and white, tell them to thank Rob Raskin! I am kidding, of course, but survival is no joke, so make sure your first aid kit is well stocked!

How to Identify Venomous Snakes

Hello, Robert Raskin here, and today I’d like to talk to you about the importance of being able to identify potential threats in your surroundings. Approximately 100,000 people die from snake bites each year worldwide. There are 20 different species of venomous snakes in the US, and these include the ultra-deadly cottonmouth, rattlers, coral snakes, and copperheads. If you are thinking about homesteading, you’ll need to buy a pair of big boots and a guide to identifying wildlife in your area, paying particularly close attention to the presence of any venomous snakes in your region. Remember, when you are far away from the nearest hospital, it is much easier to know which snakes to avoid than it is to find antivenom!



We all know the easiest way to spot a rattlesnake is to hear it. If you’ve spent any significant amount of time outdoors in many parts of the US, then you have probably heard the sound of a rattle yourself. Even if you can’t see or hear the rattle, there are other ways to identify this common and venomous snake. They have triangular heads, and their eyes are elliptical, and there are many different varieties so their colors and patterns can vary significantly. The rattler is a pit viper, which means it has two well-defined pits located under its nostrils. These allow the snake to sense heat and to hunt in the dark.



This snake has many look-alikes, so you’ll want to familiarize yourself with its characteristics if you want to spare yourself from worry when you are homesteading or camping in the Southeast US. Cottonmouths can grow up to three feet long, making them one of the larger species. Their bodies are thicker than many other snakes, and it tapers at the neck, so you may notice that the head is much wider.  These are also pit vipers, meaning they have heat-sensing pits between their eyes and nostrils similar to the rattlesnake. Younger cottonmouths are lighter brown than older snakes are, and they have distinctive bands around their bodies.


Coral Snakes

When it comes to identifying venomous snakes, forget the rules you just learned, because the coral snake has a unique appearance that sets it apart from the rest. Their heads are not triangular, and you also won’t find heat sensors or elliptical pupils if you are close enough to look for them. Luckily for you, this snake’s distinctive stripes are easy to spot, so maybe you won’t have to! You may come across a snake that looks similar to this one, but don’t panic until you repeat any of the following mnemonic devices:

Red next to yellow is a dangerous fellow; Red on black, safe from attack.

Red touch yellow, kills a fellow; Red touch black, venom lack.

Yellow touches red, soon you’ll be dead; Red touches black, friend of Jack.

I’m sure you are starting to get the idea by now!


This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading. Check back again for more survivalist, homesteading, and community action tips.

How to Forage for Food in the Wild

Hello, this is Robert M Raskin of Las Vegas, and I’d like to help you prepare for any scenario in which you may find yourself in the wilderness or the desert without any food or water, whether you ended up in your location unexpectedly, you were separated from your gear, or you ran out of the rations you believed would last throughout the duration of your outdoor expedition or mission. While you can survive for weeks without food, you’ll need water within a day or two if you want to have the strength to carry on.

Edible Plants

When it comes to eating plants in the wild, it is better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to familiarize yourself with the plants that are common to your area so you don’t make any tragic mistakes while you are foraging in the wild. Some edible plants that are native to many parts of North America include the amaranth, asparagus, cattails, clover, chicory, dandelions, fireweed, prickly pear, and mustard. I recommend investing in a guide to keep on-hand rather than waiting until you are caught in a situation in which you need to search for food unprepared.


Basic Hunting Skills 101

You don’t have to have animal products to get by, but if you are craving meat it helps to know how to acquire it on your own. Long before firearms were invented, people were hunting their food in the wild with handmade weapons, and there’s no reason you can’t too with a little preparation and practice. You can use a bow and arrow, a spear, or even a trap to catch the wildlife that are native to your area so you can have fresh meat even if you are far away from the nearest grocery store. If there is a lake or river nearby, make sure you have what you need to fish nearby, even if you don’t have a fishing pole.


How to Locate Water

Whether you are in the desert in Nevada, the woods in Montana, or you are lost on a deserted island, you may need to find a source of fresh drinking water. Anyone can find and purify drinking water in the wilderness if they have a few simple supplies, and these include a bottle you can boil and carry water in, a hose you can use to siphon or to draw the water from an underground source, and a fire-starter that you can use to boil. You can dig for water even in dry river beds, and snow and ice are a great way to get clean water, though it still needs to be purified and you should not drink it while it is still ice-cold, or you may risk lowering your own body temperature to dangerous levels.

Your Urban Survival Garden

You don’t have to have acreage in the wild to grow your own survival garden—just tell them Rob Raskin of Las Vegas said so! You can grow food anywhere you happen to be, as long as you have the right equipment and you have taken the time to make sure you are prepared. There are benefits to growing a garden indoors, such as the plants being protected from inclement weather and the ability to transition to a more self-reliant lifestyle even if you are not yet ready to fully make your move off the grid. This is also a fantastic way to grow your own food in an area where the soil isn’t nutrient rich enough to support growth.


Even if you are a novice gardener, this is an incredible option that can help you to supplement your food supply. There are containers made especially for the purpose of indoor gardening, but it is not necessary to invest in these because there are many other containers that you can find inexpensively that will work just as well. In fact, you can use many items you’ll find around your house for free like food containers and common plastic grocery bags. And we all know how easy it is to amass a huge pile of those!


What You’ll Need to Get Started

Your container gardening starter kit should contain:

  • Nutrient-rich soil that is meant for the type of plant you wish to grow
  • An area with sufficient sun exposure
  • Seeds for plants that are suitable for container gardening
  • Adequate time to devote to your garden to make sure it’ll thrive


With a little time, patience, and research, you’ll have your own garden in no time! While it may not produce enough food for you rely on it completely, it’s a great start and a step in the right direction. This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading—even if you’re in the middle of the city!

Essential First Aid for Survivalists

When it comes to first-aid, the needs of anyone who lives in the wild go far beyond the scope of your average sporting goods store kit. In the event that the worst should happen and someone has become sick or injured, you may be many miles away from the nearest ER or Urgent Care facility, so you may need to take matters into your own hands. The time to put together your first-aid kit is before you need it, and not after it’s too late. I’m Rob Raskin, and I’d like you to take a look at this list and make sure you have everything you need to make sure you and your loved ones are protected.


Your Basic First-Aid Kit

One absolute must-have for anyone who lives off the grid is a basic first-aid kit. Your kit should have:

  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • A needle and thread
  • EMT shears
  • Duct tape
  • Antimicrobial wipes
  • A headlamp
  • A 20cc irrigation syringe
  • Aloe vera
  • Candles
  • Cotton balls
  • Cold packs
  • Matches
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Sunscreen
  • Thermometer
  • Iodine and tincture of benzoin
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • Butterfly strips
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Antibiotics
  • Emergency contact numbers


It is also extremely helpful to have a first-aid book on-hand so you can refer to it in an emergency.


Snake Bite

One common injury you may come across as a homesteader or survivalist is snake bites. Snakes are more afraid of us than we are of them, and if you venture too close to one, it will defend itself, and that is why it is imperative to know what to do before you find yourself in this time-sensitive situation. The first thing you’ll need to do is move out of striking range as quickly as possible, and then look for distinguishing marks that signal that the snake is venomous. If the snake is venomous, you’ll want to splint the part that is bitten, if possible, as this will slow the spread of toxins to the area, and then go to a hospital ASAP.


Flesh Wounds

Anytime the flesh is broken, it opens up the potential for infection, which can quickly become a dangerous or even deadly situation. The first thing you’ll need to do in the case of a flesh wound is manually remove any dirt or debris, and then you’ll need to locate clean water to wash the injury. If you are not near a source of clean water, you can boil and then cool water before you clean the injury to try to disinfect it. Last but not least, dress the wound and apply any antiseptic ointment you have on-hand.


It’s important to familiarize yourself with the wildlife in the area and to learn to recognize potential dangers in any situation, because preventing injuries in the first place is far more effective than treating them yourself. This is Rob Raskin, hoping you stay safe.

How to Survive an Active Shooter

One problem Second Amendment activists face is people who give us all a bad name by using their weapons—whether acquired legally or illegally—to settle personal scores in public. This is Rob Raskin, and after the events of this week I thought I’d take a moment to tell you what to do if a gunman is on the loose and you don’t happen to have your own firearm available at the time. The main objective of these people is to take out as many as possible, and that makes you a soft target if you aren’t prepared.


The Basic Facts

While these incidents are rare, when it does happen they tend to target very public venues, like theaters, schools, airports, and malls, and one of the most frequent targets is also offices. Basic vigilance goes a long way in this case, so you should always be aware of your surroundings whenever you are out in public. Keep your eyes open anywhere vulnerabilities exist, and know where the exits are whenever you are in a public space, because it’s going to take more than the security available in these locations to stop a shooter who is willing to end his own life.


A Few Strategies

Your basic options in this situation will boil down to these choices: run, hide, barricade yourself into an enclosed space, or fight back. Running is the best option, and fighting back should only be a last resort. To hide or to barricade yourself means that you are trapped, but that is preferable to being exposed and caught in the crosshairs. If you opt to hide, try not to restrict your movement, silence your phone, block doors with heavy furniture when possible, and turn off any other source of noise such as televisions. Remain quiet, and do not draw attention to yourself.


Don’t Leave Home Without It

Remember—not all shooters are lone gunmen, and they may in fact be part of an organized effort with more than one gunman present. The obvious solution here is to not forget to have your legally registered weapon on you at all times, because you never know when the worst might happen. This is Rob Raskin, telling you to stay safe, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t forget your target practice at your local firing range. You never know when you’re going to need to be able to act quickly in an emergency, when your life and the lives of others may depend on your actions, your reactions, and your quick thinking.


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