The wealth and prosperity of our Country is rapidly declining at an alarming rate.  The policies of those in government has driven America deep into debt. We have also lost our manufacturing capabilities.  The majority of our products are produced in China.

As the US declines, China is rising. China has now surpassed the US as the strongest economy.  We are in serious trouble.

It is unfortunate that much of the younger generation does not understand the extent to which our nation has declined in prosperity.  In the golden age, a working husband was able to supply enough money to purchase a new home, a new car, food on the table, clothing, entertainment, and have enough to put money in the bank.  Over a period of time, it required both the husband and the wife to work. But they were still relatively prosperous. The slow decline in prosperity, however, continued.  Today, it takes both the husband’s and wife’s income just to make ends meet.  They are also often working harder, longer hours, and sometimes two jobs.

Even with two incomes, many are unable to pay the bills. As a result, millions of America’s have lost their homes.  As the decline continues, it will be impossible to make ends meet.  We will all become slaves to the elite, international bankers.  American citizens have become chattel property.  The decline in prosperity has also put a heavy debt burden on every American man, women, and child.  Eventually we will lose all our prosperity along with our freedom and liberty.

Once they collapse the United States and totally destroy our  Constitution, they will create their global one world government.  Unless we resist, we will all be sucked up into their international empire as lowly slaves – if they allow us to live.

Many are hoping that a new President will save America.  It is good to be hopeful, but I would not hold my breath.  I recommend that you keep on prepping.  Buy the equipment, gear, supplies, and other items you need in order to survive.  It is also a good time to keep honing your survival skills.

As a self defense and firearm instructor, I also recommend that you start training more seriously.  It is hard to imagine, but a radical extremist attacked several women at their place of employment and decapitated one of them.  How could this happen in America?  And obama wants to disarm us.

Keep training and learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones, lives may depend on it.

Unless something is done our Nation will be doomed. Let’s hope for the best and prepare for the worse.

Patriot Prepper

This is part two of the “World’s Greatest Survival Vest” In part two, the concept of Urban Survival is highlighted. As a prepping/survival instructor, I teach both Urban Survival and Bugging Out.

Let me help you face reality by exposing the secrets, myths, and truth about Urban Survival.

One of the difficulties of Urban Survival is trying not to draw too much attention. Ideally you don’t want to be seen. The current myth is to be a “gray man” and blend in. In reality, depending on the scenario, blending in could be practically impossible.

In the worse case scenario, being an Urban Survivalist is not as easy as many preppers and instructors want you to believe. Urban Survival is a challenge that will take extraordinary skills.

Some well known gun instructors in South Florida have jumped on the Urban Survival bandwagon. For the most part they are pretty much idiots. Unfortunately, I know them and they are pretty pathetic, but they are a fortune for their classes and are raking in the dough.  The saddest part is that there are a few people who come from out of state to hear his hype.  Although he claims to have inside government secrets and military expertise, he is little more than a  blowhard.  Not the best shooter either.

The point of warning you about various instructor is to help you hang

on to your wallet, and to start engaging common sense.

One of my missions when I teach prepping/survival is to help individual face reality by expose the secrets, myths, and truth about Urban Survival.

Patriot Prepper

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In part one of the World’s Greatest Survival Vest, you are shown how useful a survival vest can be. In part two,

the use of a survival vest in a urban survival situation will be covered. In part three, we will compare a survival vest to a tactical vest.

A survival vest is part of a system. When implemented with key components on your belt, and in your pockets, the vest will provide you with all the tools you need in a survival situation – especially if you are separated from your backpack. A survival vest is about redundancy, having more than you need and following the philosophy that two is one, and one is none.

The World’s Greatest Survival Vest is made by Allen, and s a tough vest with multiple pockets and compartments. It holds plenty of gear. It is made well out of a material that does not sag and can handle a heavy load.  I overloaded the vest with tons of survival gear for illustration purposes. The gear you see is not exactly what I might carry.  In part two, I have a different load out.

The survival vest (Allen Big Horn fishing vest) can also be utilized with a day pack or a full size backpack or military ruck. The vest rides high and does not interfere with the waist best on a pack.

The World’s Greatest Survival Vest offers another option for survivalists, backpackers, and preppers.

Part two will highlight the survival vest in an urban survival setting. Part three will contrast and compare the survival vest to a tactical vest.

Thanks for watching
Patriot Prepper

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As a prepper with over

35 years of intensive experience, I enjoy meeting new people and giving them insight into the reality of prepping and how to survive cataclysmic and long-term, protracted disasters.

In recent years, in part due to an incompetent White House administration and a failing economy, there has been a sharp increase in learning how to prepare for many believe will be a SHTF (shit hit the fan) situation.

With this increased interest in prepping has come a plethora of information, and misinformation, regarding the topic of prepping and survival. My job is to help straighten out the mess and give people sound information. I have done this through video, live seminars, training other preppers to become instructors, and private consultations. I am a professional prepper and will work under

legal contractual agreement.

My specialties include designing and building Gen 4 Survival Retreats, retreat security, advanced bug out strategies, long-term food storage, water procurement, energy production, self defense strategies, and more.

I will be speaking and holding seminars across the nation this summer including stops in major cities in Florida. If you want to meet new preppers and survivalists, and learn more about prepping, I recommend that you can join our meetup group.

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Sometimes I get tired of the negativity around me. There are plenty of people in the world, on forums, and youtube, who are impossibility thinkers. To them, if they can’t do it, they think it’s impossible. Well I’m a possibility thinker. I do what I set out to do and don’t let things deter me. I encourage preppers to think positive.

Along with thinking positive and being a possibility thinker, I try to be thankful and grateful in all circumstances.

Survival is more of an attitude than a collection of gear and equipment. I have designed and build elaborate survival retreats. However, if the individuals do not train, have negative attitudes, they will not survive.

With the right mind set, the right attitude, you can and will survive.

God bless you,
Keep on Prepping
Patriot Prepper

When preppers get together, its inevitable that they will engage in the “bugging out” conversation. This entails discussions of bug out bags, bug out gear, bug out strategies and tactics, bug out vehicles, and bug out locations.

These conversations can be pretty interesting and enlightening. The conversations can also be frustrating for some beginning preppers who start to realize how much they

still have to do. The amount of preparation that is needed to bug out can be daunting. In fact, many preppers freak out and start thinking they will simply bug in or shelter in place and choose to be urban survivalists.

Bugging in or sheltering in place can be an acceptable option, and for some people their only option. But giving up on a bug out plan and strategy should not be your reason for choosing to bug in. Bugging out has some real advantages over bugging in, or urban survival. So before you decide to bug in or bug out, you really need to learn a great deal more.

My own strategy is to bug out, but I have also become an expert at bugging in. Depending on circumstances, I will have the skill sets and supplies to stay or go – to bug in or bug out. And that is the option that I teach. Be able to do both.

Since this is a forum on bugging out, I will give you some insights into what you need to know and start posting more material on the subject. But keep in mind, reading about it and not acting is worthless. Having a road map in your car will not transport you to your destination. You need to take action by starting the car and driving towards the destination. The same with prepping and bugging out, information is the beginning step. Then you need to start applying the information.

When I teach classes, I start by sharing information. Then I move into the hands on part of a course, where you actually have a chance to apply the knowledge. This method I use for self defense and firearm training, survival training, and prepper training. Knowledge and practice are what develop a skill set.

So if you are a beginning prepper, do not be frustrated. Learning how to do anything including bugging out is a simple step by step process. Like eating an elephant, you do it one bite at a time.

Patriot Prepper AKA Paul Barrett
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Here’s a video of me in the North Carolina mountains at my getaway house. This is not my survival retreat. (ipad users can view video at: youtube video

A thank you to all my subscribers who have been patient. Have been in the mountains camping, backpacking, practicing survival skills, shooting, and prepping.

I have not posted in over 5 months. This is a blog update for my subscribers to keep them informed. The North Carolina mountain house is just a fun getaway house and location – it is not my survival retreat.

My schedule have been hectic and blogging has not been a top priority, but I plan to do more. I have a lot of survival gear, firearms, knives, and other stuff to review. Also want to share survival, prepping, tactical defense skills, and other skills.

I appreciate your support and plan on doing more blogging. Thank You

Patriot Prepper

This is a field test and review of the Mission MXB 320 Crossbow. The MXB is a very light crossbow weighing in at only 6.5 pounds. It has a adjustable stock and is 31 inches long and 19.5 inches wide. The power stroke is only 12 inches. The draw weight can be easily adjusted from 100 to 180 pounds. The MXB 320 crossbow can reach speeds of up to 320 feet per second. The MXB crossbow is extremely accurate with a tremendous amount of power at a reasonable price. (ipad users to view video: click here)

The Mission MXB 320 is made by Mathews and has some unique features. The MBX 320 uses the ALRS – Adustable Limb Retention System to easily adjust the

draw weight using a simple Allen wrench. The system also allows you to change strings without the need of a press.

Another feature unique to the MBX 320 and all Mission bows is the RS Tread that eliminates the need for a stirrup, thereby keeping the bow more stable an shorter.

The X Cam Technology allows for a short 12 power stroke draw to deliver smooth energy for precise shooting.

The BIAS Rail – Bridged Integrated Accuracy System has a solid bridge that runs the length of the rail to provide strength, support, and rigidity for accuracy. It also has a bevel edge on the rail that further helps with being accurate.

Another feature that increases accuracy is the Integrated Scope Mount System. It is comprised of three pieces – the BIAS Rail, trigger assembly, and scope mount. This system provides vital alignment to that is critical to precision.

The Mission comes with an adjustable stock, a special rubber pistol grip, and a PCC anchor. The MXB is a pleasure to shoot. And all the features added for accuracy actually preform exceedingly well when it comes to hitting the target.

Kits are available that include a Hawke scope, soft carry case, quiver, and 3 bolts.
This is a great bow for a very reasonable price. The Mission MXB 320 crossbow scores a 9 out of 10 points.

God Bless,
Keep on Prepping
Patriot Prepper

The mudjam is a great place to view and inquire about the details of building a bug out vehicle capable of operating effectively off road. There were so many potential bug out vehicle BOV concepts that it boggles the mind. If you are a prepper, you certainly can see the potential capabilities that these vehicles have. You are also aware of the need for a bug out vehicle.

The Saint Lucie Mudjam 2013 is located in Saint Lucie County, Florida. It is a 3 day event held on 500 acres. The event featured mud racing, mud bogs, music, camping, bonfires, and a great time for everyone. The girls got a little “wild” at night.

This is a great place to view and inquire about the details of building a bug out vehicle capable of operating effectively off road.

Because I messed up and ran my batteries down, I only video taped part of the races, and a few vehicles in the parking area. I did not shoot the Mud Bogs, music, bonfire and other wild events. Hope you enjoy the vid and hope to see you there next time.

Patriot Prepper
God Bless,
Keep on Prepping

This is a review of the Kershaw Cyclone with a comparison to the SOG Aegis. Both are excellent knives. One of the lessons in this review is to be sure the knife meets your needs. I have carried the Kershaw Cyclone for many years and really love the knife it is comfortable and it is a high quality knife for its price range. Because knives are very personal items the comparison between the Kershaw Cyclone and the SOG Aegis is only a highlight of the differences and features, and my opinion on which suits me best. (ipad users watch video here:

I rate the Kershaw Cyclone higher than the SOG Aegis on areas of ergonomics, blade steel, lockup, and more. While both are great knives and the SOG has the

cool factor, I believe the Kershaw Cyclone is a better knife. But that is my opinion and experience. Your opinion may be quite different. I rate the SOG Aegis 7.5 out of 10 points and the

Kershaw Cyclone 8 out of 10 points.

The rating is base on the ability of the knife to fulfill a particular mission as well as quality and features. As state both are excellent knives.

God Bless,
Keep on Prepping
Patriot Prepper