New podcast with ISG – The verge of collapse

November 30, 2019Uncategorized

Had another podcast with Integrated Skills Group this month (November 2019), in which we discuss the current Lebanese uprising and its implications. Listen to it here:


The case for the Makarov PM

November 29, 2019Uncategorized

The civilian-warfighter EDC dichotomy: Sometimes, one is forced to rethink what is espoused as concealed carry gospel by Tier One firearm instructors. The full-size/compact double stack striker-fired semi-automatic in 9mm, with at least one reload, fancy folding knife, tactical high-lumen output flashlight, and a plethora of other can’t-do-without gear works great if your daily attire […]


Podcast with Integrated Skills Group: Living in a warzone

June 27, 2019Uncategorized

I had the honor of being hosted by Integrated Skills Group for a podcast about my childhood growing up during tge Lebanese Civil War. ISG are awesome people putting great material out there. Check their website at www.integratedskillsgroup.com and the podcast on https://m.soundcloud.com/isg-official/ep-4-living-in-a-warzone


The ABCDEF of EDC: Establishing a baseline for your Every Day Carry

June 14, 2019Uncategorized

EDC. Every Day Carry. An acronym that elicits Manichean passions and the grinding of teeth. Everyday people, CCLs, Specops soldiers, EMTs, LEOs, knife aficionados, adventure lovers, and internet commandos, everyone and their grandma has THE BEST EDC ADVICE EVARR™. Reality is, as usual, the monstrous elephant in the room with a giant “it depends” tattoo. […]


The Tactical-Practical Handgun, a buyer’s guide for Lebanon

October 7, 2018Uncategorized

Many of us love shooting the latest incarnation of our favorite blaster, with the super-tuned trigger, fiber optics or competition-ready red dot sights, and compensator. Yet, few are those who actually conceal carry that same gun and default back to a pocket pistol or something more comfortable. Clint Smith said “Handguns should be comforting, not […]


Living in a High-Risk Environment

August 21, 2018Uncategorized

My childhood in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War of 1975-1990 Hello guys and gals, my name is Georges Fahmy; I’m a Lebanese national, and a long time lurker of this wonderful blog (www.thesurvivalistblog.net). I read this blog on a weekly basis and find most of the articles to be very informative and well-written. After […]


Surviving the Service: A Woman’s Guide to Dealing with Cab Drivers in Lebanon

June 15, 2018Uncategorized

Lebanon is a great place to vacation in: Excellent weather, sunny beaches, clean mountains, amazing night life, among other things make the country a favorite tourist attraction. Public transportation, however, isn’t one of Lebanon’s best-selling points: Many women had the disagreeable experience of sitting in a crowded bus or a foul-smelling cab, where the leers, […]


Surgeon General Warning

April 28, 2018Uncategorized

Know What is Hazardous to your health When people think about Self Defense, they automatically picture a group of people, wearing pajamas, striking the air with their fists or feet while making weird noises, similar to those produced by live turkeys being prepped for Thanksgiving Day. The aim of this article is to allow you […]


Avoiding Dangerous Liaisons

March 21, 2018Uncategorized

Ladies, you all know the fairytale classic: Beautiful Princess meets Prince Charming, they get married, and live happily ever after. Sadly, many of you know also, from personal experience or hearsay, of situations where a girl starts living the fairytale, only to discover after the first kiss (or much later in the relationship) that Mr. […]


General Advice and Personal Protection Tips

February 10, 2018Uncategorized

Criminals want three things from their victims: Valuables, Body, and Life (VBL) Criminals fear three things: Overwhelming Violence, Incarceration, and Drawing Attention (OVIDA) Keep in mind that criminals are not confined to shady neighborhoods; they can travel to “safe” areas and act upon opportunities there. Avoid fringe areas, locations that give attackers privacy and control, […]