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American Survival Guide - - CONTENTS - —Mike Mc­court

We de­liver a di­verse col­lec­tion of in­for­ma­tion in ev­ery is­sue of Amer­i­can Sur­vival Guide. Rather than ded­i­cate an is­sue to a sin­gle topic, we be­lieve you’re bet­ter served by see­ing ar­ti­cles that cover a va­ri­ety of sub­jects each month. This is­sue is a good ex­am­ple.

With Al J. Ven­ter’s ar­ti­cle on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Is­rael (see page 12 of this is­sue) and sur­round­ing ar­eas, we bring to light some as­pects of this well-known and con­stant strug­gle against the threat of ter­ror­ism and wan­ton vi­o­lence—a sit­u­a­tion we hope never makes its way here. Even so, it is one we need to be fa­mil­iar with.

if you own a knife, be sure to check out Christo­pher Ny­erges' fea­ture about ace So­cal blade sharp­ener Julio Toruno, who has sharp­ened many thou­sands of blades and is happy to share his se­crets for suc­cess (page 44).

Dana Ben­ner’s in­ter­view with Christo­pher Ny­erges, a self-re­liance ed­u­ca­tor for many decades, pro­vides some in­sights on how Christo­pher be­came the leg­endary re­source he is (page 36). Hope­fully, it pro­vides some mo­ti­va­tion for more of us to en­gage with our en­vi­ron­ment as a way to be­come more in­de­pen­dent of tech­nol­ogy and the sup­port we get from out­side sources.

This is­sue also wraps up Michael D’angona’s in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing three-part con­ver­sa­tion with Creek Ste­wart (page 62). In this piece, we get to know a bit more about Creek, the per­son, and re­al­ize that he’s not un­like most of us. He is a cu­ri­ous and de­ter­mined per­son who’s in­tent on learn­ing and shar­ing skills that can keep us alive when our world goes side­ways. (Creek just hap­pens to do this on a na­tional scale.)

One of my fa­vorite pieces is Jim Jef­fries’ dive into the com­plex and fas­ci­nat­ing world of bat­ter­ies (page 20). We all use them, and we’ll prob­a­bly learn that we can be more ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive in our re­liance on these lit­tle mar­vels.

The 30-plus prod­ucts dis­played in our “New Prod­ucts” and “Gear Guide” sec­tions are com­ple­mented by three great prod­uct re­views that shed some light on a few es­sen­tial prod­ucts.

Sean Cur­tis had some fun in the boonies putting three Abra­ham and Moses knives to the test (page 54). Reuben Bolieu took some time out of his end­less tour of the world to show us the ben­e­fits of some Überleben camp gear (page 28); and Larry Schwartz’s hands-on re­view of Sur­vival Archery Sys­tems’ new Atmos take­down bow will have you tak­ing an­other look at adding a stringed weapon to your arse­nal (page 88).

In Wil­liam Cow­per’s 1785 poem, “The Task,” he writes that, “va­ri­ety’s the very spice of life.” I agree. If you do, as well, I sug­gest you take some time to check out Amer­i­can Sur­vival Guide’s web­site: ASGMAG.COM. There, you’ll find an even more di­verse col­lec­tion of top­ics and writ­ers whose works num­ber al­most 500 as this is­sue is pub­lished (with more com­ing all the time). Eas­ily nav­i­gated and searched, you’ll have ac­cess to a huge ar­chive of ar­ti­cles from past ASG is­sues, as well as new fea­tures and how-tos that can only be found on our web­site.

This re­source is grow­ing al­most daily, and we trust you will find many use­ful facts, tips and tricks to make your prep­ping more ef­fi­cient and suc­cess­ful while also pro­vid­ing you with some in­spir­ing sto­ries of how oth­ers over­came ad­ver­sity in ter­ri­ble cir­cum­stances.

In ad­di­tion to all the in­for­ma­tion and in­sights you’ll find there, our web­site is the best place to buy back is­sues and sub­scrip­tions to the elec­tronic ver­sion of our mag­a­zine. While you’re there, sign up for our free News­let­ter; and take a minute to fol­low us on Face­book.

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