Note from JWR:

This is the last day to place an order and take advantages of the September Mountain House sales. For the month of September, five of our advertisers have been offering special sale prices on Mountain House foods in #10 cans. They are all offering deep discounts and most of them are offering free shipping: Camping Survival – Up to 54% off. Emergency Essentials – 40% to 50% off. Freeze Dry Guy – Meats are 40% off. Everything else (entrees, fruits, vegetables) is 25% off. Ready Made Resources – 45% to 70% off Safecastle – An average of 49% off, in a range from 45% to 65%. (With further rebates and incentives for Royal club members.) 

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Expatriates Release Day Tomorrow

You might as well call me “James Wesley, Wrong”, since a printing error at E.P. Dutton resulted in several thousand copies of the First Edition, First Printing of Expatriates having the hardcover spines (underneath the dust jacket) emblazoned: “John Wesley, Rawles.“ Here is how the correct dust jacket spine looks: And here is how the misprinted hardback spine (underneath the dust jacket) looks: This error wasn’t discovered until Friday night (September 27th), when our family friend “Enola Gay” (the editor of the outstanding Paratus Familia blog) happened to look under the dust jacket of the copy that I’d given her. The hardback edition will probably not be released as scheduled tomorrow (October 1st) because of the printing error. (The Kindle book and audio book editions were of course not affected and will be released as scheduled.) A bit of background, and some related examples: Over the years, I’ve received dozens of “John”-addressed e-mails, and I’ve seen many Internet references to my writings that mention “John Wesley Rawles.” This can be attributed to a subconscious connection to the famous Christian evangelist and hymn writer, John Wesley. So I find it perfectly understandable that this mistake was made. (I don’t suspect any … Continue reading

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Pat’s Product Review: CORE15 M4 Rifle

It appears, at least for the time being, that AR-15 style rifle manufacturers are starting to catch-up with demand. Not all makers are caught-up, but a few are – the companies that specialize in making AR-15 style rifles only, appear to be the ones catching-up with supply to meet demand. Although some ammo makers are making some progress in manufacturing more .223 Rem and 5.56mm ammo, the great ammo drought of 2013 is far from over. As I mentioned before, my inside sources – at ammo companies – not gun shop clerks, or Internet warriors – tell me that it will still be at least another 18 months before they catch-up with supply and demand – for orders that they already have. There is some hype ammo makers are trying to sell you more ammo, they have not created intentional ammo shortages. And, to be sure, the ammo companies have not inflated their prices during this drought. Those companies that have raised their prices ever so slight, have done so, because they are paying more for the raw products to produce the ammo – in some cases, their costs have only gone up 5% – 8%  and it is many companies who … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Currently Available QRP Radio Kits

James, I’d like to discuss a couple of low power (“QRP”) ham radio transmitters. The first kit is a 10 Watt 75M SSB transceiver appropriately named The Survivor. For the modest sum of $140 you get all the parts required to build a practical rig with a digital frequency readout capable of making voice contacts at night out to a range of 200 to 300 miles using simple (low to the ground) wire antennas in NVIS mode. Another ham radio operator provided some additional tips and advice on building this kit on his blog. The second kit is a crystal-controlled half Watt CW transceiver with a built in iambic keyer called the RockMite. This is available in versions for the 80M, 40M, 30M and 20M ham bands. The basic kit (minus knobs and connectors) runs $29. For an additional $16 you can purchase the knobs and connectors. The kit is designed to fit into an empty tin Altoids container, or you may purchase a deluxe enclosure called the ‘MityBox’ from American Morse Equipment. These compact radios can easily be powered using a 12 volt gel cell and used to provide long range communications during off grid/grid down situations. – 73 … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Recommending Todd Savage of Survival Retreat Consulting

Hello Mr. Rawles, Just a note of thanks to you and your site for leading me to Todd Savage at Survival Retreat Consulting (SRC.) I read your novel Patriots and that gave me the incentive I needed to pursue a retreat for my family.  I researched the means available to obtain my retreat and that included SRC’s ad on your SurvivalBlog.com site.  I was impressed with Todd’s well thought out process and the advantage that his own experience in making the journey with his own family brought to the process.  With your recommendation as a tail wind, I hired Todd and I can truly say it was one of the best decisions I have made.   Thanks to Todd’s diligent efforts, my family now has a retreat in the American Redoubt that is custom-tailored to my family’s needs.  But beyond the just the property search itself [which included hours and hours of his videotaping], Todd then introduced me to competent and trustworthy people to assist us with all of our retreat needs [from solar energy providers, electricians, IT specialists, nurseries and pond excavators to name a few.]  His wife met with my wife and was kind enough to answer all of her questions from wood cook stoves to organic gardening … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Basic Mechanics Skill and Knowing Vehicular Limitations

Jim, If I might add my two cents to Albert’s comments on Basic Mechanics Skill and Knowing Vehicular Limitations:  I was also inconvenienced with lug nuts being over-torqued. I bent the factory lug wrench in the process.   My dear spouse would have never been able to loosen one, much less five lug nuts. So I vowed to never again be put in that position again.  I made the assumption that the tire store torqued the lug nuts to factory specifications. They went far beyond that number. Apparently, many do.   My solution was far less high tech, EMP proof, and far less expensive: a 24-Inch breaker bar with a 1/2″ drive for each vehicle.  Add the correct socket, and a six inch extension and you will never struggle with that aspect of a tire change again.   Get one for each vehicle and make it a permanent part of that vehicle’s tool kit. – John T.

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Letter Re: House Window Blackout Materials

James, I heard you in your recent interview on the SGT Report podcast talking about [the need for] interior blackout material [to stop light from escaping windows when the power grid is down.]    What is the name of the material and tape and where can I purchase it? Thanks, Paul Z. JWR Replies: You will find the information you need in these archived discussions in SurvivalBlog. Also see this theatrical supply company, and specifically this blackout fabric and this blackout tape.

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Recipe of the Week:

Mr. Anon’s Southwestern Corn Pudding   Ingredients:   1 14-oz can cream-style corn 1 14-oz can whole kernel corn or niblets, drained 1 to 3 4-oz can(s) diced green chilies, to taste  (or sub 1 can diced jalapeños for one of chilies for more spice, or sub lightly sauteed fresh diced peppers if available, to taste) 6 large eggs 1-1/2 cups soft fresh cheese (ricotta or quark) 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 lb to 1 lb diced or shredded pepper-jack cheese, depending on your taste and calorie requirement (or sub medium cheddar cheese for part of pepper-jack cheese.  Using all cheddar tends to overpower the taste of the corn, though.) 3/4 cup dry cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper   (Optional:  1 teaspoon onion powder or 1/3 cup dried onion flakes, rehydrated, or 1 cup diced fresh onion, lightly sauteed, or 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions) (Optional:  1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano and/or 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro or parsley) Preparation: Combine all ingredients well in a large bowl.   Transfer to large lightly oiled or buttered casserole dish and bake in 325 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until knife inserted in … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

File under: Omens, Bad: NYSE Margin Debt Is Rising Once Again. (Thanks to Bob in Manassas, Virginia for the link.) Peer-to-Peer Economy Thrives as Activists Vacate the System Items from The Economatrix: Wal-Mart Nails The “Consumer Recovery” Coffin Shut CFTC Concludes Long-Running Silver Manipulation Investigation, Finds Nothing Wrong New Homes Sales Climb 8%

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, “Mine-Protected” Military SUV. JWR Adds: An anonymous reader in Oregon wrote: “Yesterday I was driving by the Clackamas (Oregon) County Shops and Motor-pool and saw one of these MRAPs, identical to the one pictured in the article. Same paint too. It was sitting in the “repair or modify” area next to the road department trucks and sheriff’s department boat, across the street from the sheriff car storage area. I doubt it’ll stay tan for long.”    o o o Jeff Ayers of Booklist posted this announcement and mini revew of Expatriates: “Rawles’ latest novel, set during a future global collapse, features characters in different parts of the world coping with life stripped of modern conveniences and technology. It’s a bit like the NBC television show Revolution but on a more global scale. People must rely on each other, and trust is as big a commodity as gold or silver. The novel follows Survivors (2011) and Founders (2012), both of which follow concurrently what Rawles calls “the coming collapse,” making it possible for readers to jump into the beginning of the end at any point. For dystopia and action fans.”    o o … Continue reading

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Jump down the shelters to get away The boys are cockin’ up their guns Tell us General is it party time? If it is can we all come? Don’t think that we don’t know Don’t think that we’re not tryin’, no no no Don’t think we move too slow It’s no use after cryin’ Sayin’ ‘It’s a mistake, it’s a mistake It’s a mistake, it’s a mistake.’” – Men At Work, “It’s A Mistake” (Lyrics by Colin Hay.)

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Notes from JWR:

Today is the birthday of Ludwig von Mises. (Born 1881, died October 10, 1973.) — Today we present another entry for Round 48 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: A.) Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course. (A $1,195 value.) B.) 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 C.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $350 value.) D.) a $300 gift certificate from CJL Enterprize, for any of their military surplus gear, E.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from Safecastle.com (a $300 value), F.) A $300 Gift Certificate from Freeze Dry Guy. G.) Two BirkSun.com photovoltaic backpacks (one Level, and one Atlas, both black), with a combined value of $275, H.) A $250 gift certificate from Sunflower Ammo. and I.) A roll of $10 face value in pre-1965 U.S. 90% silver quarters, courtesy of GoldAndSilverOnline.com. The current value of this roll is at least $225. … Continue reading

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