Best Survival Magazines

  1. Prepper Survival Guide
  2. American Survival Guide
  3. Survivors Edge
  4. Recoil
  5. The Backwoodsman
  6. Ballistic
  7. Field & Stream
  9. Mother Earth News
  10. The New Pioneer

So many magazines, which ones should you bother reading? There are dozens of different magazines to pick from. If you’re going to be reading and consuming information on survival and preparedness, you want to make sure it’s the right information. The quality and relevance have to be there

What Makes A Good Survival Magazine

Here’s what we look for in a survival magazine:

  • Quality of content
  • Consistency
  • Practicality

If the content isn’t thorough and leaves you with more questions than answers. Then it probably isn’t a good resource to use.

We want the content to leave us with no unanswered questions or confusion.

Top 10 Survival Preparedness Magazines For Preppers

There are dozens of different magazines that would be worth reading. But that would be ridiculous to list dozens of magazines and say “go read them all”.

So I made a short and sweet list. Here are the top 10 magazines for preppers. They aren’t in any particular order.

Prepper Survival Guide

This magazine contains some of the highest detail in the content you can find in magazines for preparedness.

American Survival Guide Magazine

This American survival magazine has been one of the leaders in this magazine category for a while now.

They provide high-quality content in the categories of:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Security
  • Communication
  • Health

The American Survival Guide also publishes different issues based on a specific category. This is another one of them. The Prepper Emergency Survival Manual covers the essential emergency gear and tips that preppers should know.

Survivors Edge

Quality is the focus of this magazine.

They give detailed guides on how to prepare and survive disasters and emergencies.

recoil magazine


Recoil is a dense magazine that’s a must-read for the outdoors and gun lifestyle enthusiast.

They cover topics in:

  • Gear
  • Technology
  • Sport
  • Outdoor
  • Home and Personal Defense

The Backwoodsman

The Backwoodsman has been serving the backcountry lifestyle market for decades.

The content is heavily geared towards the backwoods and DIY living lifestyle. It’s the magazine for the 21st-century frontiersman.the backwoodsman magazine


This magazine is the premier firearms and survival magazine. Well built reputation and high-quality information.

It’s a muust read.

Field & Stream

If you’re into anything fishing or hunting and anything in between, this is the magazine to read.


Could you survive off the grid if SHTF?

This magazine will prepare you for the worst.

Recoil also has an urban survival magazine edition publication.

The Urban Survival publication is a guide on personal protection for your family. How to protect yourself and your family during traveling is a primary topic.

Mother Earth News Magazine

I’m always impressed with the quality of content Mother Earth News pumps into one issue.

The New Pioneer

Are you a homesteader as well? Or just want to be more efficient and self-reliant? Most of us preppers do, it’s part of the lifestyle. So this magazine is great at giving you useful tips on how to live off the grid.


Subscribing to any of these magazines would be beneficial. They all do a great job at providing useful content.

If you’re a fanatic like me, you’ll read all ten of them and even more.

There are many more magazines that are also high quality and definitely worth reading.

What’s your favorite survival magazines that you read on an ongoing basis? Tell us in the comments below.

P.S. If you liked these magazines, make sure you go to The Ultimate Survival Library.

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  1. Bill, I am a writer and prepper, and called to be an elect Christian. Matt 24:Verse 25 is not a figure of speech. For 30 years I have tested myself and others, starting in 2014 I worked with a group of people and found favorable results, I am not a TV evangelist swearing to make you rich, or one who does a supernatural magic tricks to the easily impressed, your best dreams are nightmares, prophecy is given in mercy and can be changed. ENJOY The Joseph Gift
    A survey for understanding prophecy in lapsed time, this is something good that has kept me from utter disaster time and time again and given me real faith and hope in the future, now at His prompting I am sharing it. A very good reason for reading and understanding this survey is the following scripture, (I also address those intrested in objective/subjective Truth, in its extreme) a double-edged sword from Christ for us in this time. It is an indication of Christ’s elect, winners in the New Testament. Matthew 24:24-25 (NIV2011) 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. In fact I am sure enough about this gift with believers and unbelievers if a national survey was made we would be able to know the best places to spend the tribulation period looming ahead as WW3 looms. Remember I invested the best years of mine for this. However, these things have been prophesied, to me from birth. While I suffered others rejoiced, YUK!

    Jesus Christ: no fool he. Never has been, when we seek the highest absolute Power He’s what we want. There are so many counterfeits to feed the spiritually hungry. We are talking about a powerful being that existed before existing began and will be after existing ends (John 1:1). Although He’s unlike a stone Idol. (without the power of clear thought and decision) He is very much the eternal same, yesterday, today and tommorow (Hebrews 13:18). Someday we will all face him, and as going human is concerned so many of us will ask him why did’nt you warn me? And he will say but I did, you weren’t listening, or you simply did’nt remember when and what I did tell you, essential point, you were invited but not chosen. He’s not just bending over backwards, he’s been doing back flips to get through to us.

    In December of 1987 I thought I had what I wanted, after a couple of hours of thanking God I had the “I know that I know that I know that I know experience, an old childhood dream wafted up from my heart that if I pursued a relationship with a certain woman I would be buried in excrement, and a division was made between extremely temporary guidance and heartfelt time lapsed True guidance. Young men see visions, that’s their life expectancy but old men dream dreams. The Spirit of God is the Truth. From that time on I cast my mind back to much earlier in life and dreams and other times I felt closer to God. It has saved me time and time again from disaster, in fact the amount of times this has diverted me from pain and agony at last count about 20 times, not to mention a couple of encouragements (gifts of faith.) For which I am truly grateful. Christ is the light of the world, beyond just the speed of light, beyond ultraviolet lights ( black lights, I hate black lights!) full range light (grow lights), And even faster. Not every dream needed to be interpreted. To note this we can distinguish three types of dreams. A simple “message dream” apparently did not need interpretation. For instance, Joseph, in Matt. 1 and 2, understood the dreams concerning Mary and Herod even though no mention is made of interpretation. A second type, the “simple symbolic dream,” used symbols, but the symbolism was clear enough that the dreamer and others could understand it. The OT Joseph had this kind of dream in Gen. 37. Complex symbolic dreams, though, needed the interpretive skill of someone with experience or an unusual ability in interpretation. The dreams of Nebuchadnezzar described in Dan. 2 and 4 are good examples of this kind of dream. Even Daniel himself had dreams in which the symbolism was so complex that he had to seek divine interpretation (Dan. 8).
    Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

    Genises 35:5 In this verse we see things on a more standard reality, leaving the past things from earlier in the book of Genesis to now. The first gift of power that God gave out as close as I can tell was Josephs gift. Look at the cause and effect. Genesis 37:5-7 (NIV2011)
    5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
    6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had:
    7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

    There is another dream similar Genesis 37:9-10 (NIV2011)
    9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
    10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” Later in the book of Genesis there is more dream work I appreciate as a survivalist.

    Proverbs 22:3 (NIV2011)
    3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Wasn’t Jonah, Joseph, Moses, and others survivalist? And as of this writing some in politics are voicing concern that these things are at the door? I am not advocating the stereotype Robin Williams put out in The Survivalist, but passive survival. It’s been said the life expectancy of a soldier on the WW3 battle field is about 15 minutes. “Old men dream dreams,” what? Does this mean old men dream dreams because they receive the dreams because they are old in the sinful nature, or because they live to be old? Or maybe both. In contrast, I don’t want to see visions and be a young man in that they may die young. (Acts 2:17) These are some reasons I oppose the sighs and wonders movement.

    Do not despise nightmares, some of my best dreams are nightmares and dreams I have interpreted are scary at first glance. (there is one protecting me now) They taste as bad as any lifesaving medicine. God doesn’t just give personalized fire and brimstone to make a joke, he does it so you can avoid disaster. The first prophetic dream I had when I was about 5 or 6 years old was about a wooded are in the Mayfair district. There was this guy who sometimes hung out there, he must have been in his twenty’s and he wasn’t quite right, he talked with me and gave me candy, and talked to me like a friend. In the middle of the woods was a storm sewer big enough to stand in. One night before anything could happen I had a dream of a witch coming after me in the tunnel and the exit was bricked shut, it scared me so bad I didn’t even want to think about it. Sure, enough one day he went into storm sewer and he kept telling me to come in too, I was terrified of the tunnel and absolutely refused, finally he undid his pants and exposed himself, I just said “GOD “and then left. God is very clever. And down through the years he has warned me to do something or not to do something. Time lapsed. That was the first time in my life God beat a satanic set up. Whats happened to me and others I know might be a prophecy that you will win the lotto, but, God comes through and prophecies you will go broke buying the tickets or otherwise hurt you. prophecy can be changed, most of the time, anyway. And if not, you will better understand why, where, and what to do or not do. Remember, thou shalt not freaketh out!

    In the New Testament Christ says the work of God is this, John 6:28-29 (NIV2011)
    28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
    29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” And on occasion, it might be a very hurtful bad day or a time when it seems all is lost, a dream comes, even though you may not understand it at the time it is indeed a gift of faith, many a day have I recalled a gift of faith and felt the comfort of it in my soul. In this case it’s a gift, not the work we are called to, his written word, I am not better than anyone else to have received these gifts (in fact potently worse). In Joseph’s time it was Pharaoh, (Gen 41:16) God spoke to Pharaoh and saved the known world at that time, God loves you no less than he. In Daniels time it was Nebuchadnezzar, God warned him what would happen if he did’nt humble himself, neither of which was Jew or Christian (but grateful afterward), and it’s very likely they had their idols, never the less God spoke to them. But in mercy God let me understand for me and others. I have prayed and sought to remember every dream I ever had, and have been blessed for it. Pray to remember dreams of encouragement, they are very much good food for your faith. At last count, right off the top off my head, 7 dreams of encourage meant, 10 dreams of warning, all more than 15 or 20 years old, most have been fulfilled, some halfway, and some pending. Chances are high he has spoken to you to, I survey this gift in and out of churches and in public, because pure truth is universal, and I believe God loves all of us very much.

    Read the account of Joseph and the pharaoh and his dreams, consider the potential if Christians grab ahold of dream interpretation to agnostics and atheist, incredible! I am not talking about a temporary whiz bang magic trick meant to catch the easily impressed for a couple of months, but 24/7 old timers! Think about it. How many dreams does the average person have in a lifetime? Down through the years I have asked around, here’s a couple of examples.

    I was on the edge of Quail creek, and I talked to a rich girl there, she told me a dream, this was it, she dreamed she was on her way home at night, an evil stranger was following her, someone evil, she hurried home, when she got there her father wouldn’t open the door for her, even though she started crying out to him. The interpretation? Her sins were following her, she should have started crying out to him before she got to the door, then God would have stopped the following stranger. This is what Christ does for us, like a little child standing behind a teaching teacher rather than getting throttled. Good news, she wasn’t at the door yet.

    Another dream, I talked to a man about my age, and he told about a dream about playing basketball, running back and forth trying to make goals, when suddenly, the court opened, and he fell through. Interpretation, Basketball has high goals, and I suspect so did he, God made the world and everything on it, and he will judge those on the court, when the court opened it was into eternity, Good news, he wasn’t there yet, he told me this, I merely told him what it meant. I think he did make his peace with God, wouldn’t you?

    A lot of the dreams are linked, and much care must be taken when comparing them. Some dreams are repeated more than once, and I have one very early dream repeated three and two thirds, and still others repeated just twice. Much time in prayer is needed to seek to understand this but I have heard from the pulpit that one time something is prophesied, there’s a good chance it will happen, twice means God wants this to happen very much, and a third time means it will happen no matter what!

    The only reason I learned this from God is I drilled deep with ceaseless prayer. In fact, I loved prayer so much it’s all I wanted to do. And so, for my many sins I was given mercy, I beat a bullet so lethal I wouldn’t be writing this now. Of course, Christ pointed my weapon with the accuracy to shoot down incoming rounds, I only had to pull the trigger. And, of course you must realize, when you remember a certain dream or event years back and it helps you to avoid, or go into a matching situation, it reinforces your faith and trust in a timeless all-knowing Savior. So, Prophecy is changeable (most of the time.) I again I say night mares are extremely important! The keep us from terrible mistakes.

    About the age of my first pre-school attendance God spoke up in dreams, not just once, which I promptly ignored and forgot, untill a situation which threatened me required a big course correction. I wanted a relationship with the perfect women, and a great job, and to all appearances I thought I had what I wanted. And after seeking him first in hours of deep prayer, He had to reveal himself a couple of times and finally with the I Know That I know that I know experience. Leaving no doubt that the dream was True and avoid that situation (if nothing else, love and study truth) With this gem there were more than one faucet. It went far (and still does)

    This alone means I can learn much from what he told you. (and familiar dark world spirits know this and laugh at us, believe me, they have tried very hard to keep this a secret to the point of beating the snot out of me and robbing as much as God would allow) That’s why I am taking this survey. Pure Truth is universal. As a spin off for taking this survey we will both benefit. So, tell me about it.

    So, pray to remember what you now need to know, when and where you were, what was going on at the time, pray for gifts, keep an eye out for compass way points in your life. Like the day of salvation, a birth or death, marriage, or divorce, ect. Get the idea? Good, write it down. And remember to connect the dots.

    One more thing, sweat the details, i.e., I dreamed of a soldier, a soldier? What kind of solder, about what time did this kind of soldier serve? American? Unit patches? Type of weapon? How may interpretations can be made of the dream? Milk it for all its worth.

    The credibility for this gift is time and power, Not just a temporary act of power. Consider vintage wine. Although I am extremely good at interpreting dreams. “I’m not trying to tell you what to be, not me. I would love nothing more than to hear every dimension. When, what, Why, and again, prayer about it and prayer in your situation hand. Its 2018, now you’ve been told where to look, and I am excused from the sin of apathy (I hope, you see, after you endure the doctrine of personnel crucifixion it’s too easy to go to sleep in the light). Good luck brothers and sisters. Once you have found this to be true, share it! I can interpret complex symbolic dreams.

    Give and you will give, Good measure, shaken down. Take advantage of my years of experience. Kick the tires, drive around the block, hit the accelerator, slam on the brakes. Then judge the message. This is a powerful gift at the time we are in, a time of great peril, perhaps WW3 soon, my time is limited, please give to this ministry, just a little is enough. Lives will be saved, I won’t show off my mansion or stunning wife in the best neighborhood in North America. I must make this personal disclaimer, as a human being saving for eternity. It’s between you and God. I just have told you where to look on granite. From a dedicated minister,and passive survivalist.

    MinGeorge Lawson (405) 942-2468. 2753 NW 22nd OKC OK 73107


  2. Thank you, Bill, for the great recommendations and insight for each. I’ll be ordering my subscriptions soon. Next stop, the Ultimate Survival Library. Keep up the good work!

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