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5 Reasons to Consider Concealed Carry

How-to Guide: 5 Reasons to Consider Concealed Carry

As a veteran, licensed security officer, and concealed carry instructor my favorite response when I ask the question "Why don’t you concealed carry?" is "I don’t need to carry a gun, that’s what the police are for". For a lot of people, carrying a firearm on you most of the time sounds like overkill. Here are my 5 reasons to reconsider concealed carry.


 

FINDING YELAPA

adventure journal: FINDING YELAPA

I had never heard of Yelapa. That is until my friend Jes was telling me about an amazing trip he and his wife had gone on a few years ago. He was planning a trip to go back, and as the oncoming Utah winter was knocking on our doorstep, a trip to Mexico in January sounded amazing.

My wife and I arrived in Puerto Vallarta early on a Monday morning and took a taxi from the airport straight to Muelle de Playa Los Muertos, or Dock of the Dead. Kind of an ominous name to catch a boat. Yelapa is 45 - 60 minutes southwest of Puerto Vallarta via water taxi.


 

Dan Beck Featured on Survivalist Prepper Podcast

PRESS RELEASE: Dan Beck featured on survivalist prepper podcast

What did they talk about?

  •   •The benefit of buying manufacturer direct
  •   •Why buying from a smaller company is a good thing
  •   •What sets 3V Gear apart
  •   •Why 3V Gear products are great for beginner preppers, as well as, seasoned veterans
  •   •And More

 

5 ESSENTIAL FIRST AID ITEMS

how-to guide: 5 ESSENTIAL FIRST AID ITEMS

Walk into any pharmacy or grocery store and you will find shelf upon shelf, filled with hundreds of "over-the-counter" medications, used to treat everything from hair loss to hemorrhoids. This can make creating first aid kits and stockpiling medications a maze of confusion. "Expert" and healthcare professionals have their personal recommendations. The following are five over-the-counter items we suggest that should be bought in bulk and included in all of your first aid and emergency kits.


 

GEAR REVIEW: Survivalist Prepper Paratus Review

Who is Survivalist Prepper?


This husband and wife duo founded SurvivalistPrepper.net in 2013 as a way to educate everyone about some of the very real scenarios that are possible in the world we live in today and why be prepared is so important.


Since founding the site they have also started the Survival Prepper Podcast (which has featured 3V Gear founder Dan Beck) and Survivalist Prepper Academy. They are well known in Prepper circles and put a ton of research into everything they do.


 

4 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT WINTER STORM

how-to guide: 4 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT WINTER STORM

Living in Utah we see our fair share of winter storms but inevitably, it seems, there are a large number of people who are ill-prepared for every storm we get. With every winter storm come stories of drivers who slide off the road, get stuck, or have break downs and are unprepared in regards to keeping warm, staying dry, and fueling their bodies while they either wait for help, or go out in search of it.

It’s not just drivers either that seem to get caught off guard by these winter storms, reports of people freezing and running out of food in their homes during power outages that they didn’t prepare for are also something we hear about often.


 

FROM AUSTRALIA TO ALASKA

adventure journal: FROM AUSTRALIA TO ALASKA

My girlfriend and I are from Perth, Western Australia and spent a year living in the USA, based in Colorado and travelling around the country. Knowing that we would be on the road a lot, hiking and visiting some pretty remote locations, our packs were important.

After looking for durable, reasonably priced bags online, we decided to purchase a Velox II Tactical Assault Pack and an Outlaw Gear Slinger Pack from 3V Gear. Both packs were well priced and suited our travel plans perfectly!


 

5 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE

how-to guide: 5 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE

Being stranded in the wilderness may make for a good movie, but in reality, it can be a terrifying experience. Staying alive may require you to build your own shelter, start a fire without matches and even eat bugs for nourishment. Preparing yourself beforehand will give you a much needed advantage for survival if something does happen to you. Here are 5 important tips to help keep you alive. Take the time to learn these skills.


 

10 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED IN YOUR WINTER EMERGENCY CAR KIT

how-to guide: 10 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED IN YOUR WINTER EMERGENCY CAR KIT

It is easy to forget that one of the most dangerous situations you can fall prey to is being exposed to freezing weather during the winter months. We take this for granted because we have nice warm houses and cars that protect us. But what happens when you slide off the road or your car breaks down? The right gear could mean the difference between life and death.


Before you make that long drive for the Holidays, make sure you are prepared. There are a few practical things you can do to make sure you are safe this winter season with these 10 essentials.


 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST - BUILDING YOUR BUG OUT BAG

how-to guide: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST - BUILDING YOUR BUG OUT BAG

Being prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster these days is a must. If you don’t already have a bug out / emergency bag prepared and ready to go at home you should really consider building one.


Building a bug out bag doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, we believe it should be a fun and educational experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you’re planning well in advance should help put your mind at ease about "SHTF" scenarios.


 

10 INTERESTING WAYS TO USE A SHEMAGH

how-to guide: 10 INTERESTING WAYS TO USE A SHEMAGH

The Shemagh (pronounced “schmog“), also known as keffiyeh or kufiya, is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress made of soft woven cotton cloth. It is generally found in arid regions and used as a means of protection from the sun, dust and sand. For the last few decades, soldiers from Britain have used the shemagh because of its versatility, and over the last decade US troops have also dawned the shemagh, especially special forces groups working in the Middle East.


 

Dropping by 3V Gear Headquarters

adventure journal: Dropping by 3V Gear Headquarters

My names Travis and am a veteran, EP/PSD Specialist, traveler and, sadly, gear crazy. I am one of those guys that used to buy all the name brands because I believed that they would be the best in the market and they would hold up. Now don't get me wrong, I put my gear through its paces. Whether through work or through play and some of those name brands just didn't hold up. They tore and threads consistently came loose. So I began my search for a new company that was not only priced well, but had a variety of items to choose from.


 

New 3V Gear website launched

press release: NEW 3V GEAR WEBSITE LAUNCHED

3V Gear has launched a new mobile friendly website which it hopes will make for a better shopping experience for their customers. Inline with their new website, they have also introduced a new blog which is focusing on survival skills, everyday carry (EDC), and practical prepper skills. They already have some quality content and have partnered with industry experts to provide articles which will benefit their readers.


"Revamping the website has been over a year in the works and we have spent a great deal of time making the shopping experience as enjoyable as possible," says Kirk Sample, Marketing Manager for 3V Gear. The new website focuses a great deal on the products that 3V Gear produces. Strong photography also make for a visually appealing site.


 

Velox II - Bug Out on a Budget

gear review: VELOX II TACTICAL ASSAULT PACK - BUG OUT ON A BUDGET

Whether you are building a bug out bag, out in the backcountry for a weekend, or at the range for the day, it is critical that your pack has what you need when you need it.


For all of these activities, there are numerous packs that will fit the bill, but none will match the quality, versatility, and price that is found in the Velox II Tactical Assault Pack from 3V Gear.


From head to toe, the 3V Gear Velox II Tactical Assault Pack is ready for any situation and was built to fit the needs of any tactical scenario as well as an extended stay from your home base.


 

What is EDC?

how-to guide: What is EDC? introduction to Everyday Carry

You may think that Everyday Carry (or EDC for short) is just a guy's way of geeking out on the cool gadgets, weapons, and tools that he carries around with him. Your assumption may be correct on some level because EDC has been popularized by sites like everydaycarry.com, but in reality, everyday carry is a philosophy built on preparedness and function.


This means the things that you feel you cannot leave home without. This list of objects will vary depending on your needs, the amount of stuff you want to carry, and your lifestyle. We are big proponents of always being prepared and your EDC should be comprised of items that will lead to this goal should the need arise.


 

Is a $130 duffel bag worth the money?

gear review: IS A $130 DUFFEL BAG WORTH THE MONEY?

Earlier this year I was traveling to Thailand for two weeks. For this trip I was going to be moving around a lot and wanted a bag that was easy to carry, could be used as a carry-on bag, could fit all of my clothes, toiletries, and camera gear. I was only taking one bag and settled on the 60L Patagonia Black Hole Duffel.


The travel experience with the Patagonia bag was so good that when I got home I was determined to get another duffel bag for my wife. The problem is the Patagonia bag, at $130, is really expensive. I started looking at alternatives and came across 3V Gear’s website and their Smuggler Adventure Duffel Bag. At $39.95 for the 45L duffel bag I could buy all three sizes (45L, 60L, and 85L) of the Smuggler duffels for virtually the same price as one Patagonia Black Hole.