Mousetraps and Buckshot: Defensive Prepping

An addition has been added in response to a question asked. (Again this instructional only)

Everyone wants to believe that what their cousin who was military knows will save them. While this may actually work in some cases, what they know and what you know are really quite similar.

Today we are going to review a decent approach to a standing defense or a way to easily slow down pursuit from active threats. Please understand that what I am going to tell you is considered manufacturing of a destructive device and if you complete this project would by itself be cause for incarceration from the government. Obviously, this means that I am relating to you only an educational approach to a hypothetical situation. By themselves the tools that will be used are not considered weapons or destructive devices, only when these components are placed together specifically in the configuration that I will describe do they become destructive devices. Additionally, I am not legal counsel, and if you care what others think (government) you should be sure to get the advice of dedicated legal counsel. If you attempt any of what is outlined in this article you do so at your own risk. Continuing to read signifies that you accept personal responsibility for your actions and cannot hold the author accountable for your individual actions.

Now, if you want to learn about a way to further defend yourself when necessary, keep reading. Otherwise, fuck off.

What you will need is quite simple.

1. Wooden mousetraps
2. Standard birdshot 12 gauge shotshells
3. 20-40lb test nylon fishing line
4. Copper airgun BBs or
5. Steel ball bearings 1/4 inch in diameter
6. Solid, sharp knife
7. Epoxy/gorilla glue/super glue

Got the parts? Good, you shouldnt you naughty rule breaker.

Step one- Take a mousetrap, in the end on which the trap shuts and rests when not set, carve a half circle that the shot shell will fit in beneath the rim.

Step two- with the trap safely relaxed (not set) use a bb and glue it firmly to the wire edge of the trap facing down where the shotshell rests/ this part should be located where it will make direct contact with the primer of the shell.

Step three- place a live shotgun shell on the table in front of you, carefully loosen the front end (crimped end) and pour the lead shot into a small bag- remove the wadding with a pair of pliers or by hand- pour the powder into another container and place it aside until you have done this with another round as well.

Step four- take the powder from two shells and mix with one ounce of bb’s or with 12 1/4 inch ball bearings. Take one empty shell and score in circular lines around the casing, not too deep, you dont want any air getting in or powder getting out. Pour the powder /bb/1-4 inch bearing mixture gently into the shell.
Step five- cut the tabs from the wadding, place it on top of the powder mixture, close the shell down and using a small amount of glue seal it. (Use non heating glue) DO NOT ATTEMPT to MELT it together.

Step six- using epoxy affix the shell under the arm.of the trap centering the bb on the primer.

Step seven- affix 5-10 feet of fishing line to the tongue or trigger of the trap.

Step eight- without setting the trap, tie the loose end across access point you are attempting to prevent through access on.

Step nine- anchor the trap by wedging it into a tree branch or staking it down, you want to center and camoflauge this on the path whenever possible to maximize effective dispersal.

Step ten- carefully with a finger OVER the primer set the trap ensuring the line is firmly stretched. Keeping a finger over the primer check tension and gently remove finger and carefully back away. Remember where you put it, dont get caught by your own device.

Set as many as needed.

If you wish to safely carry them, use a piece of cardboard (corrogated “spllng?”) Set between the bb and the primer. Wrap together tightly so they do not shift. And for enquiring minds, these provide around 5 ft of deadly activity, semi circular/circular if you score the shell correctly.

Remember, this is educational only. Learning and knowledge is important. Watch your six and always think before acting.

Free the mind and the body will follow

*pictures are not available for this, hands on instruction is available at the rate of $100,231.00 per day per person. (Obviously if you cannot read and understand this is for educational purposes alone.)

Actually no, using standard buckshot is great, however, for purely instructional purposes alone, using copper bbs and double charge +/- 2 grains with a direct mixture versus separated allows a circular/almost egg shaped pattern depending on how you score the shell. :)

This also allows you too use standard birdshot and save the lead for other items, even though it is soft it will work for some calibers quite well- and birdshot is about 1/10th the cost per shell as buck


Bugging in or bugging out?

For many this question begins their quest to prepare. What is it that makes the difference in what you will do? Is it wise to concentrate on one over the other?

There are currently well over a thousand recognized experts in the field of prepping, disaster preparedness and survival. Interestingly many are only recognized by their followers on whichever medium they have chosen to exhort the masses and preach their version of salvation.

I have several favorites, my criteria of choosing them is simple. What is their past experience? Do they promote high cost approaches or do they personally test a variety and give an honest opinion based in real testing for the reader to choose? Are they extremely self promoting or are they willing to send someone to others when they simply do not have the answer? Are they basing their knowledge on government training and a mediocre career as a fantasy author?

Yes, these are my questions and the reasoning is simple. I know thousands of ex military and honestly most can barely change a flat tire let alone survive without massive expenditures of cash. Most government trained experts throw money at problems, why? Because that is how they are trained. So I rely on testing, honest reviews and a lack of quite obvious self promotion to help. Of course I also personally test every single prep I acquire, thoroughly. If a water filter says good for 1000 gallons I will test it for 1000 gallons.

I will list my favorite prepper bloggers, authors and backwoods home boys at the end of this article, check them out, these are real guys and gals.

Okay so the question, bugging in or bugging out? My answer is simple, be smart and be prepared, both are legitimate approaches neither is the be all end all.

During any given day our family is quite separated due to work, school and life. As we cannot plan when a catastrophe or major event may occur, how can we be sure of our preps? For myself personally, and bear in mind this is my opinion alone, the following is how I prep.

Without divulging specifics the following is a generalized approach with minor explanations.

The castle (my house and yard/property). I have external security hardwired with individual off grid power sourcing and personal monitoring. I do not tie into external security companies for several reasons. I have duel locking steel storm doors and fire extinguishers around the house. One rated for chemical based fires as well as common household fires. Additional preps include cooking ability, stored long term edible food all previously tested and enjoyed as well as small solar chargers for entertainment purposes. Directional antenna for handheld ham systems and a well armed household with sandbags (empty) and barbed wire coiled for emergency use. A dog completes the system as her hearing far exceeds mine and she naturally dislikes all uniforms which fits perfectly into our design.

Mobile prepping (daily travel), the road warrior scenario is a romantic one, however, it means you must have at least three items just to start. A well maintained extremely reliable vehicle large enough for you, your family and all your gear for at least two weeks worth of living. The second item is an intricate understanding of all roads, paths and trails in a 300 square mile of your original location, this being the average distance possible with a full tank of fuel. Extra water and fuel, enough for another full tank and two weeks.

My approach is a balanced one, daily I take a variety of routes to drop kids of at school or to go to appointments. I study each during inclement weather and note where flooding is most likely, how heavy and which are most likely to have excess traffic. Take notes, take pictures and most importantly travel each alternate route regardless direction enough that you can if necessary travel them without lights at night.

Set up caches, backup locations, alternate address’s and an understanding of where abandoned or vacant buildings, lots or areas are. Gas stations will in times with no power lose the ability to pump gas. However, car lots, large mechanics garages and more will have a surplus fuel, parts and more. It pays to have a mechanical pump for siphoning gas and of course a full set of wrenches, drivers and basic necessary parts like extra fuses, oil and filters.

Remember, you will be most vunerable when moving, to ambushes; know the areas you travel in, understand where ambushes will be most likely and avoid those places. Getting shot is not fun and with a grid down situation will result in death or crippling of individuals far more than with a disaster situation in which the grid is maintained even partially.

So be prepared to travel, and be prepared to bug in at home. Regardless be as prepared as you can be. Movement is life, especially in guerilla type scenarios. Never stay in one place more than a day unless you are bugging in.

Do you have more to add? Remember, I dont know it all- however, I will gladly share what I do know!

M.D. Creekmore “Survival the smart way”

Surbuban Survival Blog

The above are two of my favorites. I have others but you wont likely recognize their names because they are not hot air afficienados like Rawles and his ilk.

Free the mind and the body will follow

Do I pay for more training?

This is the single most important question people ask themselves. Sadly they almost always fall into one of two types when it comes to answer.

Some pay for training, buying time shares in Frontsite. Preaching the need to join the cult of time share afficienados who love to believe that they are actually getting value for their money spent. These individuals travel the country running up large amounts of debt “training.” Others buy every popular book out there and read until their eyes bleed. They than join several forums and become quickly known as a professional because they can recite everyone perfectly and always have the right answer. Here is the problem with both of these approaches, and yes it is a problem.
Neither has any practical knowledge based in the serious application of what they have learned focused using repetition. Sure, by the end of a three day class they can draw and shoot in under 1.5 seconds from an open carry holster. They can break down and name every spring in a standard 1911. However, neither one spends adequate time practicing. Neither one fully grasps the concepts that take a person from a store bought black belt to a life saved.

This applies to survival, self defense, gardening and life in general. A degree by itself is worthless, everyone knows this. Just as knowledge left unapplied is also worthless. So here is my suggestion, something I do regularly and highly recommend others do as well.

If you believe you have the perfect bug out pack, test that theory. Taking ONLY that pack, take three days in the out of doors, did it work? Do the same with your various bags. Have the wife drop you at work on a Friday, now you have till Sunday night to get home with your “get home bag”. Did it work? You just spent $4000 on the most up to date AR10 platform and scope so you can hit targets past 1000 yards all day. Select a range that has this ability, have your friends set up pre defined “bad guy targets”. Now, you have one hour to get to the range, locate and terminate all bad guys, starting at your place of work. Did it work?

I am well aware that there are hundreds of people out there who firmly believe what I am saying is bullshit. Thats fine, however, if you are among those who long ago dumped your cushy state jobs and love of everything murika…make sure what you are prepping for you understand and test thoroughly, not once, twice but regularly.

And folks, doing these reviews costs me money, as does the training and education I continue to give out. Feel free to donate a couple of bucks to paypal gift, OR go spend several hundred bucks on a seminar where you will listen to untested theories from desk bound bandits who got popular on the internetz forums.

Free the mind and the body will follow

EDC carry knife review and suggestions

Individuals should always choose what works best for them when looking at EDC (every day carry) choices. Knives, firearms, knuckledusters, saps, billy clubs and more can be carried for purposes of self defense.

Around the world restrictions on self defense and tools to be carried, are put in place regularly by the mobs in control. If you care about what they say or what their enforcers may say, this can be a major stumbling block in effective self defense. After all, most humans simply do not have the willpower or time necessary to invest in long term empty hands training.

Women are especially predicated towards using knives. The natural responses of women when threatened is to swipe with their hands, place a blade in those hands and you have loss of blood and another woman safe. Remember, this is not a bad thing, embrace the idea that you need to defend or consider defending yourself. No one else can do it for you, not every second of every day!

Liberty Practical Training has a wonderful program that takes less then a week to understand and through regular practice individually or with others can be easily mastered. Now, the knives themselves are amazing tools for self defense. No one likes to be cut, stabbed or otherwise hurt with a knife. A word of warning before continuing, knives used in combat are not pretty. The wounds affected by these tools are almost always grotesque and when applied precisely quite deadly.

Pocket knives can be carried almost everywhere in the world, depending on length and type. For myself the Benchmade cqc7 Emerson designed folder with a partially serrated edge is amazing. CRKT or Columbia River Knife and Tool company makes a wonderful series that is considerably smaller then the Benchmade cqc7 however, it is a strong, well made knife regardless. This series is the M16 series.

Either of these two knives is always on my person and sometimes both. They work for basic projects, food preperation and defense. Sharpened well these knives retain their edge and generally only need an occassional light tune up or session with a strop and rouge. Over a decade I have used and sometimes abused the Benchmade and it has taken all I throw at it and never complained. The CRKT is rapidly closing with it as a solid stand in.

The only con I see with either is the serrations, for people who do not know how to properly sharpen a blade, serrations are a wonderful thing to have. However, I have over the years found them more hassel than benefit sadly. I much prefer a straight well sharpened edge now as it will almost always work better for more in the long run.

I live in the high desert of Arizona, cutting tough wood, making firesticks, ropes and simply dirt itself has not stopped either of the above two knives. Additionally if you care for them well, using Ballistol to clean and lubricate them regularly they will continue to function for many years. The Opinel series is also quite well made. I have yet to break one though I have not abused them fully yet.

Now, my suggestions, I have occassionally recommended certain Gerber tools, however, after extensive testing their in house knives are really not worth buying. They have substandard steels compared to similarly priced knives from CRKT or even Kershaw. Additionally their attention to detail has become quite ridiculous, especially in folding knives. The only product I still back of theirs is the Machete, however, it is actually a Fiskar blade which lends to its insanely long lasting and extreme cutting ability. However, it is pocket or EDC knives of which I speak.

If you can carry a decent non folding blade do so, I prefer carrying a few of those so wont get into this as again folding knives, pocket knives are what I want to talk about. I would say based solely on my experience that the following knife companies are worth looking at as builders for carry knives. Ontario knife works, CRKT, Kershaw, Benchmade, Schrade, Buck and Opinel.

If you have any questions, please comment below.

Free the mind and the body will follow

Two preps you probably havent considered

Everyone wants to think that everything they have spent hard earned money on will save them when push comes to shove. The simple fact is, you can never be too ready and you will never be prepared for everything that may happen.

So what two preps do I believe are extremely important and almost entirely neglected by a large percentage of preppers.
1. Sandbags
2. Rolled barbed wire
Yes, that simple. And yet, I bet you dont have them. If you do, than you are a thinker and likely quite advanced or experienced in this area.

Why do you need these two invaluable preps? Simple, in a hammer down situation is your modern suburban home really going to provide reasonable security? Wouldn’t you feel better with barbed wire coiled along your property line to at least slow threats down? What about sandbags placed in windows and below windows to provide secure areas for keeping an eye on things? (Use your imagination and get some solid rifle training) You can also use sandbags to add security to your entry points, 4′ high in front of entryways on the inside would make it difficult to enter successfully.

So how do you use these preps properly? It is simple really, buy good polyester sandbags, I prefer the white ones, they will last longer in the sunlight. A short shovel, get a good one not a collapsible piece of junk that some military paid bottom dollar for, get one with a solid handle and steel fittings. Fill the bags half to 3/4’s full, never more. Use soil or sand, try to avoid using rocky soil, you need them to settle well and rocks prevent that. Roll, tie and use them like bricks and stack in rows and offset next row to cover split. They will settle quite well and will provide very solid cover from most small arms and even shrapnel, small explosions. You can sew them shut if you have time but this is unnecessary really. In the high desert of Arizona you can find the perfect soil around 6-10 inches down pretty much anywhere.

As for barbed wire, a solid pair of wire cutters, heavy leather gloves and an understanding of human behavior will help you set up what you need where you need it. Remember build it to prevent others from easily engaging and to funnel them where you have the advantage. This works for animals as well. Be smart, be safe and remember this is for your families survival and yours.

So, what do you think? Make sense? These are really inexpensive preps and easily stored, empty, the bags (several hundred) can be stored in a relatively small area. The wire comes in tightly wrapped coils and is also easy to store. Remember, prepping is really just understanding that you alone are capable of saving yourself in the end. Put the odds in your favor, make life easier and learn to enjoy being ready!

Free the mind and the body will follow.


- I have not taken pictures this time around, apologies-