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Pat’s Product Review: ISSC M22 Pistol

I think many of us grew-up, with a .22 caliber rifle of some sort, as our first gun. I still remember getting my first .22 rifle when I was down in Kentucky, back in 1967. My grandmother took me down to Sturgis, Kentucky to visit her sister, whom she hadn’t seen in 40 years. I met all manner of country cousins that I didn’t know I had. I remember walking through the tiny downtown area of Sturgis, and I stopped in the Western Auto store. I was surprised to see that they carried all manner of firearms. I was literally like a kid in a candy store. I was only 15 years old at the time, but I spied a bolt-action .22 rifle for only $19.95 – I had that amount in my pocket and then some. I told the man I wanted to buy that rifle. I still remember what he said to me that day “boy, I don’t think I know you, are you from around here? I explained who I was, and that I was there visiting my Aunt Catherine. Little did I know at the time, that she was one of the richest people in town, … Continue reading

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Dealing With Ankle Injuries in TEOTWAWKI, by Dr. Bob

The ankle is a frequently injured joint currently with the grid up and will be even more often with the grid down.  Ankles are easily turned, or rolled, with uneven ground, curbs, trees, rocks, etc.  Walking in general and walking in rough terrain are assumed to be more likely in TEOTWAWKI situations.  Almost everyone has had an ankle sprain in their lives, and many people have actually “broken” their ankles.  There will be no local doctor’s office and certainly no X-ray availability without a grid, so how do you take care of an ankle injury and how do you know what is likely to be broken?  First off, as with most medical issues, we talk prevention.  Watching your step and keeping yourself in good shape is the best way to prevent ankle injuries.  Brushing your teeth while standing on one foot is a great exercise you can do every day to help build ankle strength and help with proprioception (the unconscious ability of your brain to know what your ankle is doing).  Good boots for hiking will help with uneven treks through the wild.  The reason there are not many ankle fractures in skiing…good boot protection of the ankle.  If … Continue reading

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Letter Re: State Defense Force Service as a Preparedness Training Resource

Hi Jim, Thank you for all you do and provide to us readers so selflessly.  May you always have dry powder, socks and a multitude of blessings.  I’m guessing you will probably get quite a few responses to M.K.’s article of State Defense Forces.  I had mixed reactions to it.    First, let me state; I have always had the highest regard for the Military and the servicemen therein.  Our family has had someone in the Military in every generation going back before The Revolution and still do.  We even had a number that served in the early Militias.  So my argument is not with the Military, Militias, SDF, Reserves or any of the other various forms of Service.  It is with their bosses and our elected officials.  I couldn’t help but feel that MK needed to do some more research.   Although there might be Federal laws now pertaining to what and where the SDF’s serve and that they can resign easily….all that can go out the window fairly quickly if TSHTF.  All you have to do is go to the FEMA, Homeland Security and Government web sites and really read some of what is in there.  So may … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Ol’ Remus has posted some great observations on the coming hyperinflation Items from The Economatrix: Economy Grew 2.5% in Q3 as Consumers Rebound Rate On 30-year Fixed Mortgage Falls to 4.10% But meanwhile, we read: Contracts to Buy Homes Fell 4.6% in September. (Let’s face it: The real estate market will be broken for at least 10 years.) BNY Mellon Slaps Fee on Some Depositors The Great Depression 80 Years Later:  Same Culprits, Same Rage Eurozone “Collapsed,” Euro to Vanish FinansInvest CEO Says Gold, Silver and Fraudulent Investor Traps

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Odds ‘n Sods:

A profile news story from Toronto, Canada: Survivalists fear currency crash.    o o o Gun turn-in pits Ceasefire against collectors with cash. (Thanks to F.G. for the link.)    o o o B.B. sent this: When Government Knows No Limitation: New DOJ Rules Allow More Intrusive Searches. If you don’t already own a medium-level security (Level 3 or better) paper shredder then you are way behind the power curve.    o o o Two Million Without Power: Heavy Autumn Snowstorm Barrels Across Northeast    o o o Ian R. sent this: 2011’s Incredible Weather Extremes. Ian notes: “If you can’t plan for the ‘100 year storm/drought/flood’ because they are all being broken, then what do you need to plan for?”

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“The term ‘assault weapon’ has always been misleading and disingenuous. I have yet to see in all my years a ‘retreat rifle’, a ‘Mexican standoff rifle’, or an ‘advance slowly rifle’. All rifles are capable of inflicting fatal and near fatal wounds. They would be worthless if they weren’t so capable. If some look scarier than others, that would only help in their perceived effectiveness by the enemy and should help shorten the fight. Why would you want it any different? The most dangerous rifle is the one in the hands of a capable rifleman, regardless of type. The most dangerous thing to a country’s liberty is the ignorance of its electorate. Through ignorance, those uninformed voters give away the very means to keep their precious rights intact. That is a scary dangerous thing.” – Rickj27, in a comment on an October, 2011 American Thinker article on the majority of public sentiment opposing gun bans.

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Note from JWR:

Today we present another two entries for Round 37 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A.) A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795, and B.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $300 value.) C.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $275 value), D.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo, and E.) An M17 medical kit from JRH Enterprises (a $179.95 value). Second Prize: A.) A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol. It is a $439 value courtesy of Next Level Training. B.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $300, C.) A $250 gift card from Emergency Essentials, and D.) two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value). Third Prize: A.) A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 … Continue reading

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State Defense Force Service as a Preparedness Training Resource, by M.K.

I advocate that you seriously consider incorporating state organized militia service as a key element of a developing or ongoing personal preparedness strategy.  At this time, twenty-two states have some form of active state sanctioned/sponsored militia organization, all of which are incorporated into each of those states’ military organization.  Generally, these state organized militias are collectively referred to as State Defense Forces (SDFs), though the various states refer to their organizations within a narrow range of naming conventions.  Some examples include, the Texas State Guard, Virginia State Defense Force, Ohio Military Reserve, etc. Though state defense forces are official elements of state militaries, they cannot be called up for federal service, may not be deployed outside of their state (unless the members volunteer in some unique circumstances), and may not be deployed outside the United States under any circumstance.  The military formations are prohibited by law from serving under direct federal military command and cannot be activated into federal service.  Individual service members with potential federal service obligations may be called into federal service, though the issue is moot as they would already be called into service regardless of membership or not in state defense forces.  Each of these state … Continue reading

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Thinking Outside the Box, by Karen I.

My father was an engineer at Boeing, and Boeing builds in (or at least they used to) triple redundancy.  Kind of hard to find a hardware store or plane mechanic mid-air over the Atlantic, so you can see why what appears to be over-building really isn’t in the case of an airplane.  You might think that to effect this on the ground you’d need three or more of everything, but that’s not actually the case.  What you need for food, for example, is obviously more than one year’s supply.  You aren’t going to quit eating if you can help it, but what happens when your food stocks start to diminish?  Grow it.  That’s your Plan B, put into effect as soon as you commence Plan A if you aren’t already growing food.  Triple redundancy enters into the equation when you stop and consider how to deal with disease, a crop failure, bad weather or a bug infestation.  For example, do you know how to combine vegetable proteins in case your source of chickens or other animal protein is no longer available (quinoa happens to be a complete protein, BTW, and you can grow it in your garden in most climates)?  … Continue reading

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Letter Re: The Ultimate Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Dear SurvivalBloggers: I’d like to thank J.C.R. for his article on the survival kit tins.  I have been meaning to put mine together for a while his article definitely gave me some more things to think about.  However, while I have not completed my tin build, I have been thinking about the different aspects.  I have seen various articles advising that we prepare for what is most likely first (power outage, snowed in for a few days, etc.) up to however far you want to take it (up to a total apocalyptic event).  With this in mind, I feel you should build your tin for the most likely situation you will find yourself in.  For instance, if you are about to go hiking, hunting, camping, or similar type activity, then what we normally think of as the “survival tin” should be taken along.  However, if you are going to church and then out to eat afterwards, a different type of tin could be carried.  Whereas one tin would contain fire and steel, the other would contain a highlighter.  Paracord is replaced with floss.  You get the idea.  Of course there can be a lot of overlap.  Flashlights, band aids, and … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Wayne G. sent this: Consumer Confidence Tumbles, Home Prices Stagnate Another flagged by veteran SurvivalBlog contributior G.G: All American Bank Fails; 2011 Tally at 85 RBS found this one: Americans ‘Hooked on Government’ as Record Number Get Benefits (Businessweek) Items from The Economatrix: Poll:  Many Boomers Staying Put Amid Bad Economy New-home Sales Tick Up as Builders Slash Prices Savers Protect Your Deposits from Bankrupting Banks and Quantitative Inflation Tomorrow’s EU Summit Meeting Cancelled; Gold and Silver Skyrocket on News We Are Saved Again By More Paper Injection / Gold And Silver Rebound To Score Higher Levels GDP Grew 2.5%, Boosted By Consumer Spending; No Double-dip Five Ways the European Debt Crisis Could Affect the US

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