American Survival Guide (June 2014)Posted on: May 5, 2014
Boy, it seems like just yesterday I posted the review for American Survival Guide’s Spring 2014 issue. While the reality is that was back toward the end of February, it is obvious the powers that be at ASG are working hard at putting out a quality magazine on a very regular basis. I’m not sure when this started as I don’t have an old issue handy but I note in this issue it states ASG is published 9 times a year — January, February, April/May, June, July, August, September, November, and December. Note to self–I really need to get my subscription in so I don’t miss any issues.
There are about 14 full length articles throughout the 130 pages of this issue. Add to that the five different buyers guides (Food & Water, Flashlights, Fire Starters, Stoves, and Tactical Vests) and you have a ton of information presented.
One of the first things I noted in this issue was their mention of the Waka Waka Power in their New Products section. I had to chuckle to myself a bit at that one. As my regular readers know all too well, I’ve been beating the drum about the Waka Waka for at least a couple of years now. In the magazine, they suggest you purchase it from the manufacturer but do me a favor, if you’re in the market for one, go visit my friend Steve at Survival-Gear.com. You’ll pay the same price but you’ll also be helping a small business owner support his family.
As with past issues, the content is divided up into sections:
In this issue, each of those sections has 2-4 articles, along with a short introduction.
Here are the articles that really caught my attention.
Layer Logic — This is a subject I’ve written about myself on at least a few occasions, the idea of having at least three layers of gear. Here, Larry Schwartz talks about his recommended three layers–Personal (i.e. EDC or Every Day Carry) items, Totable (stuff you generally always carry with you, such as a small pouch on your belt), and Packable (your pack or bag).
Back to Basics — Here, Amber Erickson Gabbey (assisted by MD Creekmore) talks about balancing wants vs. needs when it comes to stocking up on supplies.
Are You Game? — Tony Nester talks about obtaining protein in the wild and outlines several different methods of doing so.
Survival Spread — Here, we learn about how to clean and prepare different types of wild game, including what to watch out for so you can avoid eating diseased animals.
The cover story is an interview with Joseph Teti of Dual Survival. Teti is a former Force Recon Marine and Army “Green Beret.” In this article, he shares some great information with regards to his own perspective on survival.
To me, though, the highlight of this issue is The Master Plan. This article, running for several pages, is a personal planner for homesteaders. Each month, there are several goals or activities listed, each of which are important for those who are striving for self-sufficiency, even if on a small scale.
All in all, I continue to be impressed with the quality of American Survival Guide. Like many other survivalists who have been around a while, I have a fondness in my heart for the original ASG from years ago. This (relatively) new incarnation lives up to the name.