Category: Tradecraft

The Fifth Column’s tradecraft section contains all of the how-to guides on subjects that you won’t see discussed in any traditional news outlet.

Tradecraft: How To Pack A Bleeding Wound

(DandB) – The failure to control hemorrhage is a common cause of death in trauma situations. With the increased number of active shooter events in the United States, the average citizen should have knowledge of basic methods to stop heavy bleeding.…

Tradecraft: How to properly store medicine

(DandB) – Being prepared for disasters means storing food, but it also means putting together a stockpile of medical supplies. While bandages and instruments may keep acceptably in a variety of environments, medications are another story. How medicines are stored can…

Tradecraft: Sulfa as a Survival Antibiotic

(DandB) – In survival settings, it’s reasonable to assume that you’ll be performing activities that aren’t part of your routine in normal times, like, say, chopping wood for fuel. When you’re doing chores to which you’re not accustomed, injuries can occur. Of…

Tradecraft: How spies are made

(TFC) – Espionage is a game as old as recorded history. It’s played by governments, corporations, paramilitary organizations, individuals, and even religious entities. But what does the process of creating a spy look like? How does it really work? It’s…

The tough keep going: water is life!

(TFC) – Society is a fragile and fickle structure. The resources needed to sustain life come to us through an elaborate, delicate, and completely interdependent system of logistics. Like a house of cards, one piece slipping can bring it all crashing down.…

Tradecraft: Looting for Survival

(TFC) – If you’re hoping this article will tell you how to knock over your local retailer during a riot, you’re in wrong place. Ok, so you didn’t take the advice of our Tradecraft series. You didn’t prepare, and now…

Tradecraft: Diversion Safes

(TFC) – Diversion safes aren’t really “safes” most of the time. They typically don’t lock. The appearance of the item stops people from believing it would contain anything of value. Most people have seen the soda can that has a bottom that…

Tradecraft: The TFC Every Day Carry kit

(TFC) – Emergencies, by their very nature, are typically unexpected. You can prepare for scenarios, but you can’t plan for an emergency. It isn’t always feasible to have a bug out bag with you everywhere you go. You can’t always…