Book and Product Reviews

Below you’ll find book and product reviews at The Survivalist – each review is based on the authors personal experience with the product or book, followed by the authors thoughts and recommendations regarding the quality of the product or book and it’s usefulness (or lack of) in a survival situation.

Video Review: Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting

by M.D. Creekmore - August 5, 2013 • 21 comments

Kalashnikov Rifle Gunfighting – Too Simple to Be Tactical: Featuring Gabriel Suarez (From the rear book cover) The AK-47 series of rifle is one of the most prolific and useful weapons on earth. More than 100 million have been made in various parts of the world, and the odds of encountering one of these weapons […]

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Quick Review: Into The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques

by M.D. Creekmore - July 31, 2013 • 6 comments

Into The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques has lot’s of good information, information not found in other books, however, the section on Path Guards and Alarms is most impressive. To me the title of the book is somewhat misleading. Seeing a title such as ”Into The Primitive” and you automatically invasion a guy living in the woods eating grubs […]

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Q & A with The Wolf Pack : Recommendation on flashlights

by M.D. Creekmore - July 29, 2013 • 25 comments

Question from – Gail I have a grandson on the “USS Anonymous”. He wants a flashlight that has both a red and a regular lense. I want to send him one that will stand up to a lot of abuse, is relatively small and very bright. Any suggestions from the pack would be greatly appreciated.

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Book Review: Buckshot’s Complete Survival Trapping Guide

by M.D. Creekmore - July 22, 2013 • 5 comments

Bruce ‘Buckshot’ Hemming sent me his book “Buckshot’s Complete Survival Trapping Guide” for review and I must say, I’m glad he did. Bruce has over 34 years of trapping experience and is one of the most knowledgable trappers alive today. It is obvious by the down to earth tone of book that Buckshot lives what […]

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Book review : Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)

by M.D. Creekmore - July 19, 2013 • 9 comments

This is a guest post / review by Tiffany T As a self-proclaimed food independence evangelist, I recently went on a quest, a pilgrimage to homesteading book mecca, an odyssey of sorts rife with disappointing literature purchases masquerading as books on homesteading. As I mentioned previously in comments on the blog, books full of colorful whimsical […]

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Review: The Tactical Advantage Set – Gabriel Suarez

by M.D. Creekmore - July 15, 2013 • 10 comments

I’d like to thank the folks at Paladin Press for donating this book and video set for review. Paladin offers a huge selection of books and videos not found anywhere else – I suggest you check them out to see what they have to offer. And don’t forget to mention when you place an order. […]

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Another review of The Backyard Homestead

by M.D. Creekmore - July 12, 2013 • 11 comments

Review by Tiffany In 2009, I purchased an abandoned overgrown farmstead in the northwest of Montana (as far north as you can get without saying, “Eh!”) The farmstead consists of approximately 4 acres, a 1900s two story house (originally constructed as a government building in 1920) a weathered barn and chicken coop. A hand pumped well […]

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Book Review: How to Survive Without a Salary

by M.D. Creekmore - July 9, 2013 • 56 comments

I found this book last fall while walking around a table at the local flea market. The table was piled several books deep, end to end with none displaying a price. As I started wading through the pile of books the guy on the other side of the table looked up, spat a chew of […]

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Q & A with The Wolf Pack : Homemade beef jerky and The Goal Zero Escape Combo

by M.D. Creekmore - July 3, 2013 • 68 comments

Question from Bam Bam Question #1 I have a question for the pack for the “Ask the Pack” segment. I love this new “Ask the Pack” segment. I am seeking help making beef jerky. I have a dehydrator and a food saver, two tools necessary to make and store homemade beef jerky. I have done a […]

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Book Review: The Backyard Homestead

by M.D. Creekmore - June 21, 2013 • 16 comments

I know many readers are interested in setting up and running a small homestead on small acreage and The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre, can help to get you started in the right direction. It doesn’t take a lot of land to have a self-sufficient homestead. I […]

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Book Review: Putting Food By

by M.D. Creekmore - June 21, 2013 • 19 comments

Putting Food By – by Janet Greene, Ruth Hertzberg, and Beatrice Vaughan I remember as a child living in rural Kentucky, going to my grandparents house and watching in wonder as grandmother Creekmore added logs to the fire underneath a metal 55 gallon drum that had been cut in half with steel legs welded to […]

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Book Review: The Modern Survival Retreat

by M.D. Creekmore - June 17, 2013 • 10 comments

The Modern Survival Retreat was obviously written in the wake of federal government atrocities at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco Texas. Benson considers the greatest threat to the prepper / survivalist to be government use of force against American citizens thus his focus is preparing against attack by some alphabet agency. As Benson states; “Today people must […]

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Taurus .357 Magnum Lever-Action Rifle Review – What You Should Know, Before You Buy

by M.D. Creekmore - May 27, 2013 • 55 comments

Overall, I will say I am happy with this little rifle and feel it will serve its purpose well. Of course, longevity is still to be discovered. Reports from across the web give this rifle high marks, especially by Cowboy/SASS shooters who put thousands of rounds through their weapons yearly.

Shooting the Taurus .357

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Ruger SR22 vs. Walther P22 : What You Should Know Before You Buy

by M.D. Creekmore - May 17, 2013 • 36 comments
Ruger SR22

Last year, with a collection of Browning Buckmarks, I decided I wanted a 22 LR pistol in a smaller, lighter package. The pistol would have to be able to mount a light, use a sound suppressor, be reliable, preferably with adjustable sights, and use my preferred brands and types of ammunition. After some research I narrowed my search to the Walther P22 and the Ruger SR22.

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Accurizing The Mini 14 Ranch Rifle For Under $35 – What You Need to Know to Hit the “Bulls Eye”…

by M.D. Creekmore - May 10, 2013 • 24 comments

I am currently a licensed and acting Gunsmith and many times over the years I have heard many people tell me that the Ruger Mini 14, either Ranch Rifle or earlier versions are in accurate. So in the Mid 90’s. I decided to buy a used one for myself. It cost me a whopping 200.00 (I wish now that I would have bought everyone I had seen) and at the time it was maybe two years old. I had gotten it at this price because the gentleman I got it off of was having accuracy issues.

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Product review: Smith and Wesson 686

by M.D. Creekmore - May 8, 2013 • 105 comments

Smith and Wesson 686 Photo 1
This gun seems like a perfect second handgun (after a Glock, perhaps) for a survival situation. The ability to fire .357 Mags or .38 Specials makes it a versatile gun, capable of taking lots of game in North America (if you have to do any hunting with it) and it’s more than capable of taking care of human adversaries, I’d imagine (though I have no experience with that aspect of it, thank God). It is heavy and large, so I don’t know that it would be good for a BOB and it certainly isn’t CCW material, but in an OC state or post-SHTF, it would be quite intimidating in a hip holster.

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Review of Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse

by M.D. Creekmore - April 15, 2013 • 8 comments

Review by Scott P MD Creekmore, I appreciate that you, your readers, and the people submitting content add value to the prepper community as a whole. Not only does your site provide know how and skills, but it’s become a community where people help each other. We often prepare for different reasons, but the steps […]

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A short review of the book: Collision Course A novel of Survival by David Crawford

by M.D. Creekmore - April 1, 2013 • 14 comments

A short review of the book: Collision Course A novel of Survival by David Crawford. New American Library, a div. of Penguin Group. 340 pages. Submitted for your consideration by Thomas T. Tinker. Most of you know the author of this work. Mr. Crawford gave us “Lights Out” which is in independent production as a […]

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The 20 Best Selling Books [Among our Readers]

by M.D. Creekmore - March 29, 2013 • 10 comments

Following is the latest report from the our last quarter of affiliate sales – this list focusing on our book sales only. This top 20 list shows the books that are most popular with The Wolf Pack and readers… 31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern […]

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A short review of “Founders, A novel of the coming collapse” by James Wesley, Rawles.

by M.D. Creekmore - February 5, 2013 • 37 comments

A short review of “Founders, A novel of the coming collapse” by James Wesley, Rawles. © Simon & Schuster, Inc. ATRIA/Emily Bestler Books, 2012. 302 pages. This posting is not in fact, inferred or implied to be an entry into any contest, competition, or plea for attention.

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