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Harry’s Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

Zombies…..They’re coming! Everyone knows the apocalypse is on its way. ZombiesThe real question to ask yourself is “Are you prepared?”

We all know how to kill them, destroy the brain obviously, but do you have the tools or know how to really survive if they took over the world? The Harry’s team is extremely well versed on zombies and survival gear, so we’ve provided some tips and tricks to help you survive.

SOG Axe

SOG Voodoo Hawk

The most important item that you need to have is a weapon. I am sure you’re thinking “Well I have a gun,” and yes that IS the obvious choice, but when you really think about it, is it the smartest choice? Not really. Guns are loud, which draws more zombies to you, and you WILL run out of ammo. A smarter choice would be a machete or an axe. No sound and they can be continuously used, though you may want to give a wash every now and then to avoid undesirable odors. Remember…AIM FOR THE HEAD!

Another thing you may want to consider would be the group of people you are with…if you are with a group. There are pros and cons to being in a group, small or big, and to being a lone wolf. I’m not going to say which would be better, that’s really a personal preference. If you do choose to go with a group, there are some “types” you may want to avoid. These people can often be annoying and extremely detrimental to the welfare of the group…here are some examples.

1. You may encounter someone in your group who claims to be a zombie expert. This person may or may not claim that for the following reasons…”They played zombie mode on Call of Duty so they FOR SURE know how to kill things” or  “They totally own every zombie movie ever made so they obviously know how to kill things.” This said person may be a Walking Dead fan and claim to be as awesome as main characters Rick or Daryl. In reality this person is NOT as awesome and would most likely freeze up if they actually had to kill something. If you are willing to put up with the constant know it all attitude that this person may have then by all means stay with this group.

2. The Loud Mouth. This is obvious. A loud mouth can potentially draw more zombies to your location. If they can’t keep their volume under control, then some other arraignments may need to be made for this person.

3. The Constant Whiner. The apocalypse will suck…for everyone. But inevitably there will be that one person looking for more sympathy then anyone else. This will get very old to hear. I would avoid this type at all cost.

Having a good supply of survival gear is key, but make sure you keep an eye on it…people tend to lose all restraint in a time of need so it could get stolen. In this array of goods should be a durable backpack to carry your stuff ( and to keep your hands free), a fire starter ( don’t make the fire too big though), water purifying tablets for clean drinking water, a good knife, a first aid kit, and multi-tool. Of course there will be room for more stuff maybe an emergency blanket or a poncho, really the choice  is yours. Just remember YOU will be carrying it, not anyone else so don’t make it too heavy.

Another good idea to increase your survival rate would be to get out of the city or suburbs and head to the country. Cities and suburbs are more densely populated and the chances of getting bit higher. The country has plenty of benefits including less people, more food sources, and open area. If you aren’t a country person, you better suck it up and get ready to live outdoors for a bit. It will be safer then being in heavily populated metropolis with zombies around every corner.

My last piece of advice to you would be “If all else fails, RUN!” If you’ve lost your weapon or a zombie horde is approaching and you feel like you are out of options, just run. Humans are faster that zombies (traditionally) so getting away should be feasible if you are in OK shape.

If you are looking for my zombie apocalypse gear or tips or even just some basic survival knowledge, stop in and talk to our sales staff. They will be sure to give you the best info and show you the most reliable survival gear, backpacks, and footwear so that you can be prepared! One day zombies may take over the world…..so please remember AIM FOR THE HEAD!

 

5 Survival Books to Get You Through Any Disaster

Disaster can strike at any time…. Would you be prepared? Whether you are a prepper, survivalist, or just someone who wants to know what to do in a chaotic situation, survival books are great to have on hand. With so many natural zombiedisaster happening lately and the looming zombie apocalypse, reading one of these useful books may be a good idea. Harry’s has a variety of survival books available and we think these 5 definitely deserve a read!

1. SAS Urban Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” WisemanUrban Survival Book

This survival handbook is great for those of you living in an urban setting. There are different considerations that need to made in comparison to living in the country. This manual explains how to survive and protect yourself against terrorism, natural disasters, fires, home invasions, and everyday health hazards. Cities can present tricky situations since people are living so close together. This book explains to deal with Influenza which can spread like wildfire in a city. You can also learn how to handle a situation with a dangerous dog or how to deal with being mugged. Wiseman explains how to realistically and practically approach these situations. After reading this book, you will be able to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in a modern urban city center.

2. What to Do When the Sh*t Hits the Fan by Dave BlackSurvival Book

Would you know what to do during an unexpected disaster? With a very practical, real world approach, this survival manual explains what to do in almost any situation. Dave Black provides readers with step by step instructions and actions to makes it through a variety of cirses, ranging from terrorist acts to deadly natural disasters. Black has even provided plans for businesses, communities, organizations, and individuals based on the type of emergency and the environment you may be in. On top of all that, this survival book provides readers with a hierarchy for response that includes communication, healthcare, food, water, and shelter when government institutions fall. This book is a fun and informational read and even though you may not think catastrophic events will happen, you will still be prepared if they do.

3. The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families by Dr. Arthur T. BradleyDisaster Preparedness Book

When you think of prepping, you may think of the people on television that have ridiculous stock piles of supplies that will end up expiring in 5 years because it hasn’t been used, but in reality it is a good idea to have some supplies on hand for an emergency. This survival handbook helps you put a disaster preparedness plan in place for you and your family. All of the basic human needs are addressed and there is also information addressing the needs of the elderly, pregnant women, people with special needs, and pets. Whether you are an avid prepper or just starting out, this is a must have book, especially if you live with your family.

4. The Self Reliance Manifesto: How to Survive Anything Anywhere by Len McDougallSelf Reliance Manifesto

Wrote by someone who has been in a variety of crises and situations, this survival book gives you information on how to get out of trouble. McDougall reveals how he lives life and tells readers how to live life with the same confidence in any scenario. We like that this book is fully illustrated so you can actually see how to build a fire in a variety of conditions or how to build a shelter. There is so much information in this book so you can be prepared for anything. You should also be happy to know that Len McDougall has field tested pretty much everything, including water filters, kayaks, tents, cameras, and boots, so you can trust his tips and information.

5. Modern Survival: How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart by Barry DaviesModern Survival Guide

Barry Davies spent 18 years in the British Special Air Service, so he knows a thing or two about being prepared. This survival handbook is pretty up to date and modern since was wrote in 2012. Davies has taken into account all of the modern aspects of society and put together tips and plans for you to continue your life successfully in a healthy manner when all else fails. After reading, you will be far more prepared for a natural disaster, biological and chemical warfare, a government shut down, and many more terrifying situations.

tornadoWe know the chances of a catastrophic event can be slim, but after the tornadoes in Oklahoma, wild fire out west, and the crazy floods in Calgary having some extra knowledge and some survival skills would not hurt! And of course if a World War Z type situation occurred all the skills these books talk about would totally apply. So whether you are prepping for a hurricane, war, or for zombies these survival books will help you successfully make it through. Check out our whole selection of survival manuals online or come flip through them in the store and while your at it, pick up some survival gear to have on hand just in case the unthinkable happens!

Surviving a Snake Bite ; Snake Bite Kits and Their Benefits

Each year we hear plenty of stories from around the world about people or their pets getting bit by venomous snakes, many of whom die or lose a limb. Recently, the news informed us of a man who was hunting and was bitten by a poisonous snake ( you can read article here ). He was able to stay calm enough to get his $10 snake bite kit out of his bag and extract the venom. In doing this, he was able to save his own life. Now, you’ve got to be wondering ‘Well, where can I get one of these snake bite kits?” No worries! Harry’s Army Surplus has got you covered!

You may think having a snake bite kit is not a top priority in your bag while hiking, camping, or even walking the dog, but it should be especially if you live Snake Bite Kitin an area with a high or growing population of venomous snakes. We offer three different snake bite kits and all three are extremely affordable. The most basic kit we offer is the Coughlan’s Snake Bite Kit. At $4.99 this is something anyone can afford. We like this kit for its compact size. This kit is small enough to keep in your pocket (which is ideal in a snake bite situation). it comes complete with 3 suction cups, an easy to use one-hand lymph constrictor, scalpel, antiseptic swab, and detailed instructions that we recommend you read before you head out on you adventure so you already know how to use it.

If you want a kit that is not so basic, then take a look at the Sawyer Bite and Sing Extractor Kit. On sale for just $17.95, this kit is perfect to have at home, in your car, or in your pack. This emergency kit can remove venom and poison from snake bites, bee stings, wasp stings, and other bug bites. It Snake Bite Kitincludes the extractor pump, 4 plastic cups, 1 razor, 3 sterile adhesive bandages, 2 alcohol wipes, 2 bite antiseptics and pain reliever wipes, and instructions all packed into a small plastic carrying case.

Either of these kits would be a great addition to you survival gear. Remember, you can never be too prepared! Check out all of our great survival gear and make sure your next adventure is safe one!

Brand Spotlight : NDUR Survival Gear

NDUR is another great brand Harry’s decided to pick up this spring. They make a line of innovative survival products, designed to provides excellent performance and extremely functional. With a slogan like “to Survive – to Outlast – to Endure”, NDur products will help you get through your next camping or hiking adventure.Filtration Straw

The coolest product, in our opinion, is the  Portable Water Filter Survival Straw. This straw is way more convenient and easier to carry around in comparison to water bottles and canteens. Probably more important than the size, this straw is packed with awesome features that you wont find anywhere else. This straw is made with BPA-free plastic and it’s filter life is good for up to 25 gallons or more depending on the quality of the water source. The filter in this straw removes up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, 99.9% of micro-organisms, 99.9% of heavy metals, and (here’s the most impressive one) 99.9% of radioactive elements such as Gross Beta, Uranium, Plutonium, Radon, Radium, Cesium, Strontium,  and Radioactive Iodine. Basically this straw could save your life. All you need to do is fill up a bottle or a glass and drink from the straw and Voila! Clean Water! We recommend having one of these around the house just in case the impending zombie apocalypse happens.

Camp StoveLooking for an actual filtered water bottle? Well, NDUR has one. This water bottle offers all the same great features as the straw minus removing the radioactive elements. Other great items are Whistlethe survival blanket, the super lightweight camp stove, and a 7 in 1 survival whistle. Even if you’re not a hiker or a camper, all of these products would be great to have in your home in the case of a natural disaster or power outage. We really love these products and are sure you guys will too!

 

 

Fox Tactical Excursionary Hydration Pack Review

Check out our review of the Fox Tactical Excursionary Hydration Pack! This hydration pack not only has room for a bladder, but has several other compartments for the other gear you need. Another great feature is the MOLLE compatible webbing, allowing you to attach a variety of pouches to the pack. Hydration packs are extremely convenient and great to have. Check out all of our gear at Harry’s and for more great product reviews, check out our Youtube channel .

 

Bug Out Bag Gear – Top Ten Items for Doomsday Preppers

If one of your New Years Resolutions this year was to  start prepping, then take a look at this list of the top 10 items you’ll need to start your collection!

Survival Water Filtration Device

1)    One of the most important items for our body is fresh drinking water. Key for survival packs is to include a water filtration system. This Katadyn Mini Ceramic Water Filter is small and compact which will make it easy to carry and pack in your survival gear backpack.

2)    This Zippo Fire Starter will allow you to keep warm no matter what weather you encounter and it’s small compact size allows you to easily tote it with you in your survival gear pack.

3)    Along the same lines as the Fire Starter, this Survival Blanket will keep you warm on cold nights. This blanket is lightweight, reusable, waterproof, and can be folded to fit in your pack for storage and carrying.

4)    In case of an emergency happening to you or someone you are travelling with, make sure you have a First Aid Kit handy. This Military Olive Drab Large First Aid Kit contains everything you will need in case of an emergency.

5)    Doomsday Preppers often carry some type of weapon for various uses. This 11 Inch Junge Survival Knife Kit contains two separate knives, an 11 in. larger knife and a smaller throwing knife as well as a few other survival accessories. Again, this is compact enough to be stored within your survival pack.

6)    To ensure that you never lose track of where you are, make sure you pack a compass in your survival kit. This Multifunction Solar Powered Digital Compass is great because it can be re-charged using solar power so no matter what you encounter, you will be able to continue using this compass.

7)    Because you will never want to be in the dark, pack a Solar Powered Lantern with you. This Solar Powered Lantern can be re-charged and has two different modes including one that will save energy.

8)    Known for its multitude of uses, Paracord is one of those things you should never leave off of your survival pack checklist.

Paracord

 

Pretty much anything you can imagine, you can use Paracord for including making a hammock, gear repair, decoration, security, belt, boot laces, tying food from a tree, etc.

9)    The Shark Safety Whistle is imperative to a survival pack emitting a loud whistle that will assist you in search and rescue operations as well as outdoor and personal safety.

10) Last, but definitely not least, you will need a tactical backpack that will hold all of your survival equipment. The Rapid 96 4 Day Tactical Backpack has padded shoulder straps, a padded back, and is MOLLE Compatible so extra pouches can be added for additional room.

If you’re looking for any other survival items on your shopping list, stop by Harry’s Survival Gear section, guaranteed to fulfill all of your needs!

Best Gear for the Skynet/Siri iPhone Apocalypse

By now, many of you have heard about Siri, the “automated” voice assistant that is integrated with Apple’s new iPhone operating system. Well, if you’ve ever seen Terminator, you already know that this seemingly innocuous Siri is nothing short of Skynet. Think about it, she’s there living inside your iPhone, watching, learning and biding her time before she brings about the Apple android apocalypse.

With the prevalence of iPhones and iPads, the Apple’s Siri will ensure that our lives will never be the same. Basically, the singularity is here, human governments will soon fall and all we can really do is protect our own assets.

If you’re gonna fight, you’ve got to have the right gear…right? We at Harry’s Army Surplus have prepared a list of the best survival gear to protect you when judgement day comes. We hope you enjoy it and we’ll see you on the other side. God save the queen!

Best Gear for the Siri’s iPhone Apocalypse:

1. Army Type Sawback Machete:

Saw Back Machete The blade on this machete is well balanced. You can hack through the underbrush in order to sneak up on the enemy and with a wide enough swing, you could probably lop off the heads of Skynet’s (aka Siri) minions.  The saw back on this machete might be useful for hacking through a twist of wires in case you have to disable any nuclear warheads.

2. Leatherman MUT Military Utility Tool

Leatherman MUT Tool

This isn’t just a Multitool, it’s a soldier’s tool box. The Leatherman MUT has specific tools designed to maintain AR-15′s and SKS’s, including a bolt overide tool to grab the leading edge of a bolt carrier and allow the shooter to easily pull back the bolt in order to clear a jammed casing, allowing the user to quickly un-jam a weapon and get back to killing that army of cyborgs.

3. Basic Issue Combat Shirt

combat shirt

Rather than wearing some stuffy old military BDU or ACU, you’ll want one of these new fangled combat shirts. It’s lightweight, moisture wicking, breathable and fits under a tactical vest. If the Machines blast you with a flame thrower, you’ll be happy to be wearing a combat shirt with a 230 degree melting point. On top of that, chicks dig em.

4. Inforce Four Force Tactical Light

Inforce Tactical Light

The future is murky and you’ll need a great light to lead the way as you crawl through dark tunnels and through the backcountry in your pursuit of safe harbor from your Apple adversary. With a woppin’ 300 lumens and strobe functionality to disorient the enemy, this flashlight just might save your life when Siri comes for you.

5. Cross Draw Tactical Vest

Tactical Vest

You’ve gotta have your gear at hand when Siri comes. This tactical vest holds your gun, ammo and all the rest of your essentials.

6. Solar & Wind-up Radio

Wind-up Radio

Of course you need a radio in a survival situation. When the power grid’s taken down and you’re hold up in your dank bunker just south of hell, you’ll welcome the sweet sounds of another human voice being broadcast to all those resistance fighters just like yourself.  Just give this crank radio a whirl or leave it sitting in the sun and POOF, instant sanity.

There are definitely more items you’ll need to survive the iPhone apocalypse and we’ll be right here helping you find the right gear. For now, we hope that this’ll get you started on your bug out bag.

For all of you who’ve had a good laugh at this article, please take note: Siri, Apple’s evil artificial intelligence, is no laughing matter. Don’t be surprised when you look down and notice that your iPhone is shooting a laser beam straight through your leg and Siri’s evil voice is telling you to submit yourself for registration at her internment camp in Cupertino California where you’ll be processed and put to work.

 

Long live the resistance! Down with the iPhone!

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