NC Scout

Preparedness, Grid-down and Improvised Communications

NC Scout is the nom de guerre of a former Sergeant in the US Army. Serving in Special Reconnaissance and Infantry units across three combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, he actively works to bring those same skills to those devoted to the founding principles of our Republic.

Existing somewhere between Jeremiah Johnson and Jason Bourne, he maintains a deep affinity for Appalachian culture among the Carolina Foothills and rejects the social conventions of modernity in lieu of a more resilient, sustainable lifestyle. Running the risk of being called a neo-Luddite, his home and shop are filled with the aroma of Hoppe’s No. 9 & Sweet’s 7.62, Diesel fuel, craft beer and lard-cured cast iron amid an eclectic mix of improvised radio equipment. He is just as at home in a down-grid log cabin as he is in a downtown coffee shop or taproom, but prefers anytime he can spend in the wild. An avid hunter, tracker, shooter, reloader, and amateur radio enthusiast, his hobbies are all geared toward survival and self reliance and focused on building a resilient community for anything nature or society may throw.

He is the editor of, a blog dedicated to all things preparedness but with a special focus placed upon off-grid and improvised communications. He offers training and consulting both public and private on topics ranging from field communications for the small unit and communities to austere medicine, wilderness resilience, small unit tactics and marksmanship.

Big Blades and Surviving in the Southern Woodlands

One of the biggest unwritten rules I've realized when it comes to wilderness survival is that the rules themselves are region-specific. And by that, I mean literally everything- from your equipment preparations to knowledge of the flora and fauna all change depending...

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Turkey Receives Shipment Of Russian S-400 System

Turkey, a nominal NATO ally, has received its first shipment of the Russian S-400 missile system despite the objections of the US and NATO, according to the New York Times. The system is the same in use in both Syria and Venezuela, as well as Iran. The move is...

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One Hundred and Fifty Questions to a Guerrilla

General Alberto Bayo's classic should be considered a must-read by anyone interested in small unit warfare and is the first post in a series on perspectives covering the last century into the present. A basic read on guerrilla warfare, "One Hundred and Fifty Questions...

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AR Magazine Upgrades

Most focus on add-ons to their fighting carbine, but what about the magazines? Here’s a look at a couple of basic mods I make and my reasons why.

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ETS Glock Mag

Without a doubt one of the best things about Glock is the aftermarket supporting it- like the AR-15, the options for customization are nearly endless. But along with that comes a brad magazine selection. For many, and myself included for a long time, magazines were...

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