Best Dog for Preppers: The Dogo Argentino

Dogo argentino en el monte.

Hello Mr. Aguirre,
I just finished reading your book and found it very insightful and informative without the usual “panic.” Thank you for writing it.
One thing on my mind is to have a pair of Dogo Argentinos for companion and
protection with the added ability to raise some puppies for sale those who would like them. Here in the States I can only find breeders in the US and Canada. Unfortunately those breeders concentrate on show dogs which are bred to be docile. I had Bullmastiff who looked fierce but was a total whimp…. I’d like to contact a few breeders in Argentina was wondering if you’d be willing to help me in this area.
Have a great day and thanks in advance,

Hello Joe,
As I wrote in my book “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, I really do like the Dogo Argentino. In my opinion it’s the perfect dog for someone looking for a multitask work dog, especially for someone living out in the country. This is a dog that will hunt large game, defend the property, but most of all defend the family from both men and beast. When it comes to courage and ferocity when it counts, no other dog compares to the Dogo Argentino. Other dogs will bark when they detect and intruder in the house. The Dogo will stalk and attack. Dogo Argentinos kill home invaders all the time in Argentina. Its mentioned in the news often. A small lap dog may be easier to care for, but a Dogo can actually keep you safe when going for a walk.
I wouldn’t worry much about buying Dogo Argentinos in USA. There’s some people already breeding them in America and using them for what they are supposed to be used, which is hunting wild boar. Having said that, if you want the best of the best then yes, go to Argentina and visit the Nores family in Cordoba, who are the family that originally created the Dogo Argentino and are still very much passionate about it. It wasn’t that long ago that one of their Dogos, “Morocho”, killed a puma (cougar) protecting a couple small girls of the family.

Nores Family Dogos De la Cocha

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

My Messenger Bag Contents for Ireland

Hi FerFal. do you still cary your messenger every day now that you’re
living in ireland? and have you changed the contents toward less heavy
duty survival? thanks. Peter

Things are very different compared to Argentina. Ireland is of course much safer. Chances of the average person getting shot are slim to say the least, while in Buenos Aires that happens every day. Then there’s the weather. It rains all the time so gear has to be waterproof. My canvas bags and satchels stay mostly home these days.
In Buenos Aires I used to walk a lot more. I would move around using buses, train and subways a lot more. Now, I mostly use my car which means I have many of the things I would normally carry in the messenger bag already in it. In my car I have a good first aid kit, plenty of water, spare clothes and other gear.

Having said that, if I’m walking around town or traveling using public transportation (pic above, traveling by train), these days I’m likely to carry my North Face Base camp messenger bag. Mine is a bit older than the newer edition pictured below. On loner trips I’ll have one of my Wenger backpacks with more gear in it.

The North Face Base Camp Messenger Bag $85.31

In the North face Messenger bag I will have:

*a bottle of water (I use and recommend stainless steel bottle)

*first aid kit

*survival emergency kit with emergency blankets for shelter, rain poncho, collapsible respirator and survival kit tin

*hand sanitizer

*tissue paper

*some cordage

*leather pouch with my keys

This is of course not taking into account what I already carry in my pockets and person: Wallet, phone, pocket knife, multitool, flashlight. On most days when I’m not carrying a bag and just driving, I’ll have my house keys in the leather pouch in my pant’s pocket.
There’s nothing really out of the ordinary in it, and the contents of my bag will change as times goes by, depending on personal circumstances and even geographic location.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Pepper Spray, Body Armor, Best States in U.S. and Upcoming Book!

I have been reading your website for a few years. Money is tight and I thought whatever was on the website was the same as your book. My wife gave me Your survival manual for Christmas. I was mistaken about the book. I highly recommend it to regular web viewers. I am now giving it a second reading.
I notice no pepper spray in you ECD. Why not and what do you think? Please address your view of US states for relocation? Still deciding On body armor and would welcome a video. Also would like to hear of religion as relating to modern survival.
Thank you for your outstanding work. Best regards,

Hello Manny,
Thanks! I’m glad you like my book and thanks for recommending it. In my book, “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, I do go into more detail on each topic in ways I can’t simply address in a 10 minute video or a blog post. My books are the best tools I have so as to share my knowledge and experience with you. Although I cover numerous topics in my website and youtube channel, it really doesn’t replace either one of my books.

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About pepper spray, whenever I’m in a country that I can carry it, I will do so. OC spray is a great tool for self-defense, even when carrying a firearm. Pepper Spray gives you a non-lethal option to work with and avoids bringing a lethal weapon into the equation and potentially escalating the violence without need. Pepper spray is a powerful tool on its own right. It can catch an attacker by surprise, turning the surprise factor against him, it burns, blinds and makes it hard to breathe. All this can be used to escape and put more ground between you and your attacker. For the money that it costs, well under 10 bucks in some cases, it’s a no brainer. Pepper Spray makes a lot of sense both for men and women, armed or unarmed.
Regarding the best States to live in, that’s something that I address in “Bugging Out and Relocating”. I recommend countries, U.S. States as well as strategies both for quickly bugging out or relocating or bugging out abroad due to a large scale disaster. In my book I mention Texas and Colorado among my top choices, but to be honest most States in The United States have areas that can work very well. Keep in mind that the network of friends and family is of great importance and you shouldn’t be too quick to sacrifice it.

Body armor is important to own. It gives you a great tactical advantage and its literally a life saver. If you have a few seconds to put it on, you’ll be glad you bought it.
About religion and preparedness, I’m actually working on my third book and it does cover that in a chapter to some extent. I’ll keep you guys posted!

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Advice for Concealed Carry in magazine restricted States

Hello Fernando
My county in California is starting to issue concealed carry permits. However, magazines with more than 10 rounds are illegal. What concealed carry handgun would you recommend with that restriction in mind?

Hello Cody,
First of all, congratulations on the good news. Whenever you can legally do so, you should get your concealed carry permit and carry a firearm. It´s important to get proper training before doing so, but you should exercise your right to be armed and capable of defending yourself and your loved ones whenever possible.
Regarding your question, 10 rounds isnt that bad. It would be better to have full magazine capacity, but with 10 rounds you can still do plenty, especially given that you can carry other spare magazines.
My advice will depend on your situation and how many guns you plan on owning. If you’re getting your first gun, make that a 9mm Glock pistol, either Glock 17 or Glock 19, with Glock 19 usually being favored for concealed carry as they are a bit more compact. I wouldn’t go for anything smaller than that myself, given that you start to compromise on grip and sight radius, which in most people that I know of will negatively affect their shooting. There’s nothing wrong with 9mm and loaded with premium brand ammo such as Gold Dot it should perform well enough. 9mm is also cheap enough so that you can afford to take enough training classes so as to be proficient with your weapon.

If you’re planning on getting a second handgun, maybe then I’d go for something a big more powerful, such as a Glock 31 or 32 in 357SIG. With a Glock 32 you have the exact same exterior dimensions as a Glock 19, but shooting a more powerful round. Is the stopping power worth it? Depends, for some people it isnt, for others its worth just so as shoot something with a slightly greater chance of incapacitation. Some people will go for even bigger or more powerful rounds such as 45ACP or 10mm, in an attempt to compensate for the reduced capacity. I think this isnt always a good idea if shooting a bigger or more powerful round means you’ll be less accurate, or even more relevant, lose accurate follow up shot speed.
So, Glock 9mm for your first gun, Glock 357SIG if you want something that shoots ammo a bit more expensive but that also has a more power.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Year Long Trip Around the World on a small 20lb. Backpack

There’s an interesting article posted over at about a person that traveled for 12 months all over the world with just a small backpack, taking a just a laptop computer, camera, couple spare set of socks and underwear and little else, focusing on high quality, lightweight gear. I think it’s a great exercise on minimalist travel and it goes to show how in today’s world you can basically live and travel all over the planet with a passport, credit card and some cash to move around. Of course this means you’ll be sleeping mostly indoors, eating out and sticking to urban areas. Such a minimalist approach obviously doesn’t include much in terms of preparedness, but given that in our community so many people stuff massive backpacks full of gear, in many cases items that aren’t needed, this would be a great place to start and only then build up from there.
Although not as minimalistic, I have backpacked in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, taking a 45L backpack. I did need to bring along a tent, sleeping bag, food and cookware since I spend most of my time outdoors, but I did learned to appreciate the freedom of not having a huge, heavy pack.
One of the things I liked the most about the article was his focus on quality, light weight gear. A lot of his clothes are made of merino wool, which is an excellent material for this kind of task. Carefully selected clothes go a long way.
In terms of shelter he went for a Sea to Summit Silk Liner, which isnt much and you sure can’t sleep outdoors in cold climates with this alone unless you work hard in improvising better shelter. It is better than nothing but a something along the lines of Naturehike Outdoor Sleeping Bag would be better if sleeping outdoors is expected.
What I Would Take
I completely agree on going for high quality clothes. Merino Wool base layers make a lot of sense given that merino wool is comfortable to wear, warm enough in winter, keeps you fresh enough in hot climates, wicks most away from your skin, reduces odor and has antibacterial properties.

Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket

I’d go for Icebreaker base layer top and bottom. For a midlayer, a good softshell such as Arc’teryx Epsilon LT Jacket. A waterproof hooded jacket such as Columbia’s Watertight II Packable Rain Jacket or Arc’teryx Alpha FL Jacket would complete the setup to deal with most climates.

5.11 TacLite Pro Pant

As for pants, no question about it, 5.11 TacLite Pro Pant are what I would wear if I could only have one pair. They are tough, repel water, dry quickly, comfortable and with big enough pockets. They aren’t very warm but would do well with long underwear.

Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX

One of my few criticisms would be his choice of shoes. Light hiking shoes may be enough for walking from airports to hotels and walk around the city some but such footwear wont last when used extensively in more rugged terrain. Personally I would have gone for Salomon Quest with Goretex.
Oh, and an Iphone? For traveling around the world?? Hell no. I’d go for a waterproof Samsung Galaxy S5 Active.

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

The Future of Preparedness and Modern Survivalism?

According to some people, the end of the world is just around the corner. Because of one reason or another, an economic collapse, terrorism strike, rise of communism or planed globalist population reduction by the new world order, we are supposed to see a surge of disasters world wide. Even in developed nations expect cities to burn and the masses to riot any time now.
This speech has changed little in over half a century. But wait! Any minute now! Cities will burn, people will stave, the hordes of looters will flow out of the cities, you’ll see, you’ll…
And it’s the same BS doomers have been preaching for several decades now.
But lets talk about the real fights ahead of us while we’re at it.
You see, while in parts of the world war is destroying lives by the thousands every single day, and there is in fact true hunger in many countries, for those lucky enough to live in developed nations chances are they will be facing different challenges.
Crime and Self-Defense

No one knows for sure what the future holds but while it’s rather expected to see armed conflict and widespread war in developing nations, it’s not as common to see it in developed ones. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but it sure isn’t as common. While some survivalists and preppers believe the UN is about to invade any minute now and North Korea has millions of troops ready to parachute all across the west coast, I believe that in the future the threats will be of a different nature. The crime that already exists, will simply become much, much worse. You won’t need to live in some bunker hidden in the boonies because of a foreign army invasion, you’ll need to live in a well secured home because of the dangerous, constant violent crime that exists and you eventually grew used to. Alarms, reinforced doors, even paying for private security, it will no longer be a luxury but a necessity and the country will soon be divided between those that can afford to pay for it and enjoy the security that comes along with it and those that can’t. Chances are you wont get into a gunfight with the “supreme leader’s” goons, or even with a colorful band of survivors and raiders. Chances are that most people that get killed by gunshot wounds in the not so distant future will die in the parking lot of some 7 Eleven or walmart when stopping to pick some diapers for the baby waiting back home, or shot during a carjack when driving to the office. Awareness and skill with the gun you should be carrying on daily basis already, that’s your best defense for this type of scenario.

We all need food, don’t we? Food is the number one item to stock up on, the one we know we can’t live without. Whenever food is brought up in the context of survivalism, famine quickly comes to mind. People starving to death, people desperate for a plate of food. This is a very real, legitimate concern, but there’s a good chance food will be a problem in the future but in a different way. There’s a good chance food will continue to be the reason why hundreds of thousands die, but not because of lack of it, but because of its poor quality and excess. The true battle will be making sure our kids have real, healthy food and not the garbage often sold to us as food. As of right now, two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese and so are 30.4% of low-income preschoolers. Obesity is what will continue to kill people in developed nations and as the statistics already show us, obesity is worse among the poorest population in the developed world. Rich folks? They’re skinny. With more poverty, we’ll see worse fed people, because of the cheaper junk food, but most of all because of a lack of education. People will die because of the junk food they eat on daily basis, while the much healthier grains they bought for their “preps” sit in buckets waiting for the end of the world.
Medical care
The cost of medical care will continue to rise. On one hand we have companies brainwashing people into eating food that makes them sick, on the other we have the same investors putting money into the pharmaceutical companies that keep these same sheep alive.
Breaking a leg, getting surgery or buying blood pressure meds, no matter what it is that you need it will continue to get more and more expensive, with a fewer percentage of a population capable of affording true quality medical care. Learn how to get healthy and stay that way now, before getting sick.
Education and Mindset
This will probably be the worst tragedy of all. The collapse of the education system. True education and freedom of thought being replaced by some standardized scheme designed to mass produce cogs to fit the corporate machine. Sate owned corporation, of course, or maybe better said, Corporate owned State, with corporate preapproved elected representatives.
The cost of education will continue to grow. First based on where you can afford to live, then based on the private school you can afford to send your kids to and finally based on the college their debt capability permits. And when the degree they overpaid for hardly helps to make up for the debt they amassed before working a single day in their lives, they’ll finally see that it’s more about friends, connections, and ultimately the real-world practical skills you have.
You prepare for this by understanding that education is important, but not because of some piece of paper in a frame, but the actual education you get by studying and working, the kind of education you get maybe working on your own projects after school when you’re still in high school. Google and Microsoft are already paying kids NOT to go to school and join them straight away. Today more than ever, its important to work on what you’re passionate about from an early age, and getting the education and capacitation needed so as to do that. The times when you could just get a degree, hang it in your studio and that alone would always get you a job no matter what are long gone.
As you probably already see, poverty is the common denominator in most of these topics. Inequality will continue to grow, with the ruling elite becoming even more powerful, even more controlling of all aspects of people’s lives and people’s liberty and quality of life dropping proportionally.
I believe it’s stupid to worry about preparing for a dystopian American future where wars are fought on every street corner, and lean mean, hardened survivors fight one another over the limited resources such as food, fuel and supplies, that are still available. Have fun watching that movie but no, that’s not the future I see, at least not in the developed world. The future is already here, you just have to look: Overweight and dumbed-down by a poor, corrupted education system and even worse diet. Working on soul-crushing jobs to pay massive debts (their own and their parents!) along with inflated medical and education bills. Distracted by the latest reality TV show or latest cell phone launch, stressed by the growing crime and violence all around them and living with the constant uncertainty of imminent unemployment and growing inflation.
Which one do you think is more likely? Which one do you find more scary?

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Grandma, Math Teacher, Badass

If 68 year old Kateryna Bilyk can train and shoot the way she does, so should you. This tough old lady is a role model for all of us.
“Maybe such a time will come that I will be able to stand with the gun. What if I’m given a gun and not know how to fire? If everyone among us appreciates the homeland, then we will have victory,”

Ukrainian grandmother trains to kill pro-Russian separatists

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.