Gear Advice

The best survival gear is sitting between your shoulders. That’s why Living Ready got together this survival gear list of advice features. You’ll learn how to critically examine products in survival gear stores that best fit into your emergency preparedness plans and survival gear checklists.

You’ll find the best survival gear for bug out bags, emergency preparedness kits, urban homesteading, healthy living, modern homesteading in suburban and rural areas, and emergency shelters.

Remember, the best survival gear is only as good as your ability to use it. Be sure to practice with the items in your emergency preparedness kit checklist before disaster strikes.

Maxxeon Pocket Floodlight

Review: Maxxeon Pocket Floodlight

I can’t say I’m a true flashlight nut, but I do appreciate having something reliable to light up the night. I’ve owned several Maglites of various sizes, as well as several other name brand and off brand lights. The Maxxeon WorkStar 330 Hunter’s Pocket Floodlight leaves them all in the dark. Maxxeon Pocket Floodlight...

High Velocity Ammunition

Is High-Velocity Ammunition Worth It for Handguns?

High-Velocity Ammunition Question Is high-velocity ammunition for your handgun worth the extra cost? – John Q., Living Ready reader High-Velocity Ammunition Answer Good question, John. My opinion is, for the average shooter, probably not. Handgun ammo comes in many different loadings within caliber. High-velocity ammunition varieties (often referred to as ā€œ+Pā€) come with higher...

Gun Painting Gaffers Tape

Gun Painting Trick: Use Gaffers Tape

Editor’s Note: The following gun painting tip comes from user Wild Bill H. Watch a video featuring another gun painting technique here from Living Ready contributor Andy Tran. Gaffers Tape: Perfect for Preserving Gun Parts Gaffers tape is awesome stuff for camo gun painting. Personally, I try to avoid painting my equipment, preferring...

Ferrocerium and Mischmetal Fire Starter Rods

Demystified: Ferrocerium and Mischmetal Fire Starter Rods

I would like to attempt to clarify the confusion often surrounding the terms “ferrocerium” and “mischmetal” when it comes to various fire starters. My wife, who speaks fluent German, voiced confusion to the term mischmetal as it relates to ferrocerium. She explained that the term mischmetal is from the German word Mishmetall, meaning mixed...

Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap

Video Review: Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap

The Bushnell PowerSync SolarWrap is a portable solar power generator that rolls out. It's convenient, effective and innovative. Here are the pros and cons of this hot gear item.

Browning URZ 22

Photos: 5 Best Survival Handguns

This round up of five of the best survival handguns comes courtesy of Living Ready readers like you. In the What’s in Your Bug Out Bag? book, readers explained their choices for best survival handguns. These five came up often, so they’re highlighted here. That’s what the Living Ready community is all about: sharing...

Camo AR-15

Video: How to Camo AR-15s with Paint

How to Camo AR-15s with Paint: Items Things you’ll need: Acetone Adhesion Promoter Paints of your choice Painters tape Ferns, twigs or leaves Patience How to Camo AR-15s with Paint: Steps (Allow paints to dry between steps) Degrease the piece you are painting. I used acetone. Mask off critical parts (numbers, mechanical stuff) Adhesion...

Best Zombie Gear

5 Best Zombie Gear Items for the Apocalypse

An outbreak of the zombie virus spread across the globe overnight. Some say it’s man-made. Others claim it’s from outer space. Either way, TEOTWAWKI is here. If you’re reading this, you’re one of the few survivors still with Internet. The following is the best zombie gear for the apocalypse from the Living Ready Store....