Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 16, 2024

On June 16, 1779, Spain declared war on Great Britain in support of France and the United States, starting the Great Siege of Gibraltar which went on to last 3 years, 7 months and 2 weeks.

Today is the birthday of pioneering economist Adam Smith, in 1723. He was born in Kirkaldy, County Fife, Scotland. He died July 17, 1790.

I heard that Good2GoCo.com has ceased doing business. My apologies to anyone who received Good2GoCo purchase credits as part of their SurvivalBlog writing contest prizes and didn’t have the opportunity to spend them.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. A $300 gift certificate from Good2Goco.com, good for any of their products: Home freeze dryers, pressure canners, Country Living grain mills, Emergency Essentials foods, and much more.
  3. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Warrior Poet Rifle 1 — A Course Review, by N.C.

I have previously written a review of the Warrior Poet Society streaming service. And, after much deliberation I bought the expensive (to me) in-person training for “Rifle 1”. What follows is my experience, some suggestions and lessons I learned.

The Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) Summary

Warrior Poet training is excellent value for your money. I have zero regrets paying the money, Scottish genes notwithstanding. It has already made me a better shooter and set me on a path to get even better. I’ve seen other casual shooters changed for the better after trying Warrior Poet training. I hope to become like them and I will work so that I will be.

I received no products, discounts, or benefits from this positive review. I did ask the lead instructor if there were things he would prefer I leave out or make sure to include in my After Action Report and he said: “No, just give your honest opinion” and so I will.

Coherent Cumulative Curriculum

Warrior Poet’s curriculum is built around the idea that loving protectors may, with ethical and legal restrictions firmly in mind, have to use force to protect life. This means a gunfight, and to get better at gunfighting you must at least simulate gunfighting. The 1 and 2 level courses are aimed at giving you the fundamental skills to shoot, move, and utilize cover so that you can then simulate gunfights at their level 3 force-on-force courses.

The curriculum is specialized. They are teaching you how to use AR-style rifles, quickly, at close range, while in and around structures. They emphasize rifle use in what many consider pistol distances because they believe that is the use case most relevant to prepared citizens. The longest shot inside your house is probably the longest shot you will face. If you are primarily interested in reaching past that distance this course will be of limited value to you, although they are exploring a separate more long-range rifle course which piques my interest. For now, the rifle curriculum is focused on close range.

Since an 8-hour day is inadequate to turn beginners into professionals they focus on achievable skills that can build to something more. In Rifle 1 they teach fundamental skills and have you practice them. A lot. Some skills you will look at and say “This is incredibly useful” and others you have to take their word that it will be useful. Although since you’re reading this you could buy a month of WPSN to see for yourself if the skills build in a coherent cumulative manner. Having watched the courses it seems (albeit with my inexperienced eyes) that they do. Having taken one course and seen how well each skill leads into the next, I trust their design over multiple courses.

High Quality Instructors

This course was taught by Paul and Sam. They are both highly knowledgeable and experienced people but that matters less than the fact that they are both excellent teachers. Their instruction started gentle and scaled up. If you were getting yelled at you deserved it (you’d done something egregiously wrong) and you had missed the several other corrections they’d given you.

Paul and Sam worked together to try to help every student they had. Even the ones that many other teachers would have just sidelined and ignored. They did not sacrifice the group for the weakest link nor did they cut the weakest links out. They really wanted to help and even where they were harsh (which was rare) it was obviously done for the good of the student and group. It speaks well of them that they were as patient as they were.

They also did a good job of explaining what each drill accomplished instead of just having a drill for you to be better at. The Rhythm Drill (one sight picture one shot for a six-shot string) was to see how fast you could see and train your eyes and brain to see faster. The double tap or hammer pair drill (one sight picture two shots) was to see where you were failing to control recoil. They weren’t there just to see how fast you could shoot. Each drill had a purpose and the instructors explained it.

Finally, the instructors balanced teaching a specific curriculum while allowing variance among the shooters. Paul repeated many times that it was 75% science 25% art and that he didn’t argue with results. In this video he explains his philosophy so you can get it straight from the horse’s mouth. Starting at the 16 minute mark. In person I found there was a good balance between having us do a certain thing, a certain way, at a certain time and also letting the students learn from results they were generating.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Speaking of generating results: the course description says to bring 500 rounds of ammo and they mean it. It’s the most rounds I’ve ever fired in one session. At a certain point it became work. Good work, enjoyable work, but work nonetheless. How else to improve without work?

I had seen Rifle 1, 2, and 3 on the network before I went and so I had an idea of what would be covered. But that was in no way the same as putting 500 rounds of ammo downrange under supervision. There is a lot going on with each position they teach and you can’t remember it all at the same time. A coach coming around, looking at your target, watching you shoot, and then giving feedback is something individual practice can’t provide, especially at first.

The practice shouldn’t stop after the class. I went to the range with a couple classmates the next day to repeat the curriculum. After getting the initial training and repetitions I think you are then at a point where individual practice begins to benefit. You have enough adequate repetitions that you can start to self diagnose what went wrong and improve.

I don’t know when I will take my next course, it’s not cheap, but I will have practiced a lot with live and dry fire before I do. If I’m trying to remember the fundamentals I won’t have enough bandwith to absorb new material so I am laying a good foundation now.

Required, not suggested gear:

  • AR-style rifle with zeroed optic (Red dot, LPVO or prism) and installed sling
  • Magazine carrier with adequate belt
  • At least 5 magazines
  • 500 rounds of FMJ ball ammo (NOT green tip)

Their house their rules. I can’t imagine showing up with an M1 Garand and expecting them to adapt to me but I’m sure the equivalent has happened. That’s just ruining it for yourself. Their method may adapt to another system but that’s not how they are teaching it. So take it as they present it and then adapt on your own time.
None of those requirements are stupid. If they have students use a steel target you’ll destroy the target and endanger your classmates by shooting green tip at it. The sling is needed because there will be plenty of “Cease fire! Gather round and listen up!” and they do not have you clear and leave your rifle unattended. The instructors expect you to be moving where you’re told in a safe manner with your firearm. That means a sling. Similarly, the multiple mags are because you are going to be shooting a lot and there is no time to go and reload just two 30-round magazines 16 times. That would be a lot of downtime when they’re trying to make good use of your time.

Already having a zero and just confirming it will save everyone a lot of time and get you to the new stuff. Any idiot can shoot off a rest, that’s not why we’re here. So save time. They suggest a 200 yard zero with a “good enough” zero at 50 yards. If you don’t know what you’re doing, zero at 50, confirm at class, and they’ll explain other options for your future use there. For this class, I highly suggest that you show up with a good 50 yard zero.

My suggestions

Cargo pants or cargo shorts are amazing. I used 5 magazines when coming to the firing line. One in the gun, two on my strong side cargo pant pockets, and two in magazine carriers. That worked really well for me. Having an empty cargo pant pocket on my weak side was a good place to put empty mags. Once I had 2 empty magazines I would move all the loaded mags to the mag carriers and in the firearm. At that point, I knew that the mags in my pockets were all empty.

Speaking of magazine carriers: buy a nice one. I got a double Blade Tech pouch and that worked nicely for me. It worked with a stiffened concealed carry belt and just a thicker everyday belt. I was dubious about magazine carriers but I’m entirely sold. I saw someone use the less expensive (and thus more attractive to me) fabric carriers and while those worked, they were not nearly as efficient or comfortable. I’m really glad that I followed my friend’s advice and got a better one.

Use Electronic Hearing Protection. Yes, foam ear plugs (“foamies”) would kind of work but some guys bring shorter-barrelled rifles and even if everyone brought long-barrelled rifles, 20 of them going off in short succession is more than I want foamies to handle. Construction muffs are great and it’s what I originally bought, but as I mentioned there is a lot of “Gather round listen up!” and having to take the muffs on and off would have been annoying. Having electronic hearing protection also means that the instructor can give you personalized coaching while the firing line is active. My friend’s electronic hearing protection he lent me is well worth it. I’ll be buying my own shortly.

Treat small corrections like big corrections. If they are bothering to tell you something, it’s probably the biggest mistake you are making and something that needs to be fixed. The faster you fix it the faster you’ll improve. So when I was told “Nice grouping. Go faster”, how I interpreted that as was: “You’re moving waaay too slow. Pick it up.” There are a lot of students, you won’t get a ton of individual coaching, so make the most of what you get.

Shouldn’t need to be said but…

Make sure your gun runs. There are only two instructors and they are not there to help you troubleshoot your rifle. You need to have already run enough rounds through your gun that you know it will work. Otherwise, you’ll miss instruction. Same story as bringing your rifle zeroed.

Triple-check your packing. Make sure before you leave that you have the rifle, ammo, magazines, eye protec, hearing prtection, any equipment needed to change zero on your optic (it may prove necessary), spare batteries for anything electronic, lube for your AR, your belt and magazine carrier(s), and any other necessaries (lunch, water, medication). Make your own list based on the course requirements then triple check it before you leave the driveway. Especially if you are traveling to get there. If you realize you forgot something going to get it may put you an hour or two behind. Or you might have left it a state or two away. You might not be able to recover from a mistake like that.

Take correction well. When I screwed up (nothing unsafe but something that stopped the class) I felt an all but overpowering desire to explain why I had screwed up. But the truth is it doesn’t matter. I screwed up. I needed to acknowledge it, take my lumps, and prove that I had learned through my subsequent actions. Talk is cheap. Ego is strong. Acknowledge, don’t explain unless asked, and do better. That’s what the instructors want to see. That’s what your classmates want to see. I’m not saying it’s easy. I am saying it’s necessary.

Surprises

It was physically taxing though not exhausting. I’m south of 40 and I work out 5 days a week, but I was feeling it by the end of class. I’m just not used to standing in the sun for 4+ hours at a stretch. You get some breaks and you spend them listening and stacking mags except for lunch. So a baseline of physical fitness is assumed.

The age distribution left me firmly on the young side of the group. That makes sense, people in their 20s generally balk at dropping 250 bucks on ammo, 450 bucks on the class, plus any equipment you need and don’t have, plus travel and lodging if applicable. It’s not chump change. But if you’re past 65 and taking the course, most of your risk is over. The 40 years you were most likely to need that skill (thank God you didn’t) have passed.

I’m not ragging on the older guys taking the course, actually it’s the opposite: I’m razzing the young guys who weren’t there. It’s always good to learn, better late than never. Absolutely. But to the rare young guy reading this blog: training is a priority. An adequate rifle and then training. We (because I’m guilty too) want to instead buy more firearms. Maybe body armor. Maybe a better bug-out bag. Maybe a nicer car. Maybe an ATV. Maybe a vacation. Maybe a good time at a bar. Whatever your particular poison is; there’s a point where you should have spent that on training. Especially if you claim to believe that something bad might happen.
We need fun, we need balance in life, yes. But training is a priority. Even better, training is something that you can continue to invest in and grow in and no one can take it from you. It doesn’t take up room in your apartment. It’s not something someone might accidentally see in your apartment. Training travels free.

Conclusion

I consider Warrior Poet Training high-quality training that was worth my money. Their training won an award at this year’s shot show and their network effectively allows you to preview what they are offering. A more limited preview is available on YouTube. I really appreciate that. It lets you try before you buy. And if you do buy you won’t feel “I already learned this virtually”. In-person training is a different world and one well worth visiting.

For young men: make it to class before middle age hits you. For everyone else: well worth your money if you are in a position to take advantage of it.

For everyone else: well worth your money if you are in a position to take advantage of it.



JWR’s Meme Of The Week:

The latest meme created by JWR:

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Disney+’s Newest Star Wars Series The Acolyte Has Been Touted As The “Gayest Star Wars Ever”
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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.

Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.

And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.

And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” – Luke 7:11-23 (KJV



Preparedness Notes for Saturday — June 15, 2024

On June 15, 1762, Austria began issuing the first sovereign paper currency, in Vienna.

Following a revolt by the English nobility against his rule, King John put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter” on this day in 1215. This document, essentially a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteed that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws. Although it was more a reactionary than a progressive document, the Magna Carta was seen as a cornerstone in the development of democratic England by later generations.

Some breaking news: Supreme Court wipes out ban on ‘bump stock’ firearm attachments.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Prepping With My Non-Prepper Neighbors, by 3AD Scout

I do not belong to an organized and/or trained Mutual Assistance Group (MAG), but I might have a structure that may be just as good. That is, I have neighbors who are skilled and resilient. These neighbors might not be ready to survive a nuclear apocalypse but their lifestyle gives them an edge over many others when it comes to surviving the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI).

Who are these neighbors? Like any community, our little neighborhood is made up of all types of people. The main thing in common is, the vast majority have some type of ability to grow and/or raise their own food. Some might have a backyard flock of chickens, another may have goats and a garden while others might have a full-fledged dairy farm. My neighbors have many skills, and many make a living off those skills. A while back, I went to an auction at an Amish farm, and out by the mailbox were signs advertising the corn brooms, cider pressing, and maple syrup that the owners offered. You can see many of my neighbors working on repairing tractors or perhaps an old 1990s pick-up truck. Our neighbors are young, old, and everything in between. But all can bring something to the table when SHTF. So how do I prepare with these non-prepper neighbors?Continue reading“Prepping With My Non-Prepper Neighbors, by 3AD Scout”



Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make both long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug-out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those — or excerpts thereof — in the Odds ‘n Sods Column or in the Snippets column. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

I’ve been gradually recovering from my recent cold.  I now have just a lingering cough on occasion, but my stamina is still not back to normal.  But at least I’m able to make progress on hauling composted soil, wood cutting, and wood splitting.  I also did some rototilling this week.  I’m confident that I’ll be back to normal, next week.

We had great fun hosting three of our grandsons for three nights, this week. We did some hiking, fishing, outdoor survival skills training, canoeing, and an overnight campout in the adjoining National Forest.  Among our other activities, I gave the boys a lesson on garden tool sharpening and oiling. I used a round-point shovel, a full-size scythe, and a hand scythe, as examples.

Now, Lily’s report…

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 60: 1-14 (KJV



Preparedness Notes for Friday — June 14, 2024

Because of a change in direction at Trident Media Group (my partner publisher) my novel Land Of Promise, will only be published in trade paperback by Amazon.com for one more month, at just $11.99 per copy. The last day of the sale (and of Amazon Print on Demand ordering capability) will be July 12, 2024. Thereafter, it may only be available as an e-book. I will try to get it back in print within a few months, but I can’t make any promises.  So order your copy (or copies) soon!

On June 14, 1846, the California (“Bear Flag”) Republic was proclaimed in Sonoma, declaring independence from Mexico, in a bloodless coup, dubbed The Bear Flag Revolt.

On June 14, 1834, sandpaper was patented by Isaac Fischer Jr. of Springfield, Vermont.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution on June 14th, 1777, stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The national flag, which became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag– a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

But first, a publishing announcement…



The War On Human Life – Part 3, by J.B.H.

(Continued from Part 2. This concludes the article.)

Societal Matters

We have less control regarding societal matters than the previously discussed personal matters. But I do believe we can influence some of these things at least within our own families. If enough families change, society changes.

The First Step

The first step is adjusting how we view these problems. For instance when we view the issue of homosexuality, many view this primarily as a moral failing or disgusting or that they simply don’t like it or it is just a personal choice? These things may be true but, how many view it as an existential threat to the continuation of their own family line should it arise in their own children or grandchildren? How many view it as a threat to our society’s health and perhaps continuance if we are unable (unwilling?) to reproduce at a rate that allows us to continue? Homosexuality is a very real threat to your DNA and to the continuation of your civilization. The transgender movement is the same.

China pursued their One Child policy for decades. This was a policy against life. Now they are reaping the problems associated with this policy. Their society is aging with fewer and fewer people to take care of their elderly people. Japan is facing similar issues. Both countries are facing big problems in the coming years. We could face the same issues just for different reasons. Some would say we already are facing the issues.
So the first step in change is realizing the seriousness of these problems. These are life and death problems for our families and society.Continue reading“The War On Human Life – Part 3, by J.B.H.”



Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. In this column, JWR also covers hedges, derivatives, and various obscura. This column emphasizes JWR’s “tangibles heavy” investing strategy and contrarian perspective. Today, a look at pre-1965 “junk” silver coins. (See the Precious Metals section.)

Precious Metals:

The recent dip in the spot silver price to below $30 USD per Troy ounce signals a good opportunity to do some buying and stacking. I believe that this dip will be brief, so take advantage of it. Buy physical silver and stack it deep! – JWR

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An excellent video primer: Buying Junk Silver for Beginners. Note from JWR: Unless you are already quite familiar with pre-1965 “junk” silver, then you should probably watch this video twice.

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At the UK Globe & Mail: Silver’s Bright Future: Green Energy Fuels Demand Surge.

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Gold is getting harder to find as miners struggle to excavate more, World Gold Council says.

Economy & Finance:

Reader D.S.V. spotted this: 63 US “Problem Banks” Are Nearly Insolvent, But You Can’t Know Which Ones.

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Biden’s team asks CEOs how to further boost the economy while Trump says business is on his side.

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Global economy will slow for a third straight year in 2024, World Bank predicts.

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At the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: U.S. Job Market Sees Supposed Strong Growth Amid Rising Unemployment: Economic Indicators Point to Mixed Signals.

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Why Is Xi Not Fixing China’s Economy?

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The right of self-defense never ceases. It is among the most sacred, and alike necessary to nations and to individuals.” – James Monroe, Second annual message to Congress, November 16, 1818



Preparedness Notes for Thursday — June 13, 2024

On June 13, 1777, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette landed in the fledgling United States.

June 13, 1889: Two feet of snow accumulated in Rawlins, Wyoming.

On June 13, 1966, the US Supreme Court issued the Miranda v. Arizona decision, mandating that suspects must be informed of their rights.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2,000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. A $300 gift certificate from Good2Goco.com, good for any of their products: Home freeze dryers, pressure canners, Country Living grain mills, Emergency Essentials foods, and much more.
  3. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



The War On Human Life – Part 2, by J.B.H.

(Continued from Part 1.)

Drug Addiction and Homelessness

To this point, I have talked about the attack on babies to prevent their existence or to terminate them after they come into existence. How about adults?

In many major US cities there is an epidemic of drug addiction and resulting homelessness. The news frequently covers the resulting tent cities, crime, filth, etc. But the toll on the addicts themselves is enormous.
I recently heard that at the height of the 1960s drug culture, there were approximately 6,000-8,000 drug overdose deaths a year. It is estimated that 100,000+ people died of drug overdoses last year.

I don’t remember the 1960s other than riding my bicycle and playing baseball. But I do remember the 1970s and drugs were rampant anywhere you cared to look. Drug addiction is nothing new in this country or the world for that matter. I personally know a fair number of people who have taken a pretty large amount of recreational drugs over the years and survived. I don’t know if more people are addicted or the drugs are more potent (Fentanyl likely is) or what is happening but death is visiting the addict more and more all the time. And our leadership is encouraging this by safe injection sites, decriminalizing possession, allowing tent/RV cities, refusing to jail users, turning a blind eye to low-level property crime and pushers, and refusing to even somewhat slow the wave of people crossing the southern border with hard drugs.Continue reading“The War On Human Life – Part 2, by J.B.H.”



The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from JWR. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. In today’s column, an examination of the rising number of feral pigs.

The Wild Hog Invasion

Over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Wild Hog Invasion: Threats, Fatalities, and Control Measures in America.

In Texas: Apocalypse Sow

As reportted in Texas Monthly: Apocalypse Sow: Can Anything Stop the Feral Hog Invasion? An excerpt:

“Like giant, pungent bedbugs, wild pigs provide little value to the ecosystem. Though they have been in North America since the sixteenth century, the population began compounding itself in recent decades and reached a tipping point, rendering the limited control efforts—including trapping, fencing, and hunting—cartoonishly insufficient. A 2003 publication by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department estimated that there were 1.5 million wild pigs in Texas. In 2012 a group of scientists estimated that the population had swelled to between 1.8 and 3.4 million”

Where Canada’s ‘Super Pigs’ are Most Likely to Invade the US

Reader C.B. sent this:  Where Canada’s ‘super pigs’ are most likely to invade the US — and potentially cause millions of dollars in damage.

Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods”