Notes for Tuesday – September 30, 2014

Today is the last day for Infidel Body Armor’s $20 off sale. Make sure you check their site out before the sale ends. They have also started carrying bullet/impact resistant glasses at 46:90 and the glasses include a gasket around the eye. The Falcon model is one of the most comfortable out there. o o o Also ending today is the Mountain House Food sale at Ready Made Resources. Some of these entries may never be offered again so get your order in today! o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 54 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,100+ worth of 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), 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, DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hardcase to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have … Continue reading

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Single Mom Prepares, by M.B.

I am a single mom with a ten year old daughter, a Christian Constitutionalist, and a prepper. I grew up very poor, both physically and emotionally. However, my grandmother gave me a tremendous spiritual foundation for which I am forever grateful. Life is about making choices– choosing to put one foot in front of the next and keep going, regardless of the circumstance; choosing to prepare for whatever comes; and choosing to trust in and follow God in all ways. Establishing a Mindset to Survive The first eighteen years of my life reads like a bad dime store novel. It included a little brother dying at three months of age from SIDS; an alcoholic mother and a disabled father; for six years, beginning at only age six, living with and providing care that included cooking, cleaning, laundry, and more for an elderly grandmother; being in a fire at age 12 where 46% of my body received 2nd and 3rd degree burns; my father dying when I was age 14; numerous car accidents that should have resulted in death or serious injury; living alone (getting myself up for school, cooking, cleaning, doing my own laundry, et cetera) six months after my … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Several Articles

Sir, First, thank you for all you do. I find this blog to be a wealth of information and inspiration. Second, regarding the piece about the Mosin/Nagent, thanks for a well-written article about Mosins. I recently purchased two of them for around $120 a piece. One was a piece of art manufactured just before WW2. The stock was a rich red and the brass pieces were screwed in. I cleaned it and gave it to my Dad as a “just because” present. The second Mosin was manufactured during WW2 and was much more rough. I ended up replacing the trigger with a Timney trigger for around $90. I believe it was worth it. Not only does it provide a better, easier, more reliable safety mechanism for the rifle, but it also is set from the factory at around 4lbs (though you can choose at time of purchase on pull weight) for a much smoother, consistent pull. The stock on the second rifle and brass fittings were very rough. I ended up purchasing an adjustable stock from Archangel for around $200. Archangel also had 10 rd magazines for around $20. One issue that seems to come up is mag seating. I … Continue reading

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News From The American Redoubt:

Governor’s climate change plan faces first test in coal country o o o Dog reunited with family after 16 days in forest o o o Police searching for Nampa man who demanded ransom for frozen chicken. – RBS o o o Man won’t show Costco Wholesale staff receipt, suffers broken leg, sues for $670,000 and A case of the Costco blues: Editorial

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Economics and Investing:

One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years, study says – G.G. o o o When income growth hits a brick wall o o o Two inflation hawks to leave Fed. – RBS Items from Mr. Econocobas: Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Fell 1% in August Is There a Subprime Auto Loan Bubble?

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Odds ‘n Sods:

The Death Of Shop Class And America’s Skilled Workforce. – RBS o o o Scotland Votes Like Anti-Gunners: Guided by Fear and Ignorance . – RBS o o o Yeah, I know it’s from the old Weekly World News. Ed Anger KNOWS. We used to actually repair things in this country… – T.P. Hugh adds: This is an issue near and dear to my heart. I still like to repair things and I will often do so even when it is cheaper to buy a new one. If you account for the cost of my labor, it is most definitely cheaper to buy a new one. I take care of my cars and the last car that I sold had 400,000 miles on it. It is truly an annoyance that so many of our consumer products can’t be repaired. However, I still prefer to keep my skills up because at some point, I truly don’t believe buying a new one will be an option. o o o Video: Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront. – B.B Out family has just gotten through dealing with this issue. After a hefty 12 day hospital stay, the first question asked to us by … Continue reading

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Guest Article: The U.S. Stock Market: It’s Not As It Appears! by Tim Wood

As equities continued to rise during the advance into the 2007 price top, I screamed from the roof tops that it was a bear market advance and that the efforts to prop the markets up only served to make matters worse. That certainly proved to be the case as those efforts resulted in the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression. Yet, as a result of the worst financial crisis since The Great Depression, the response to that event was the massive bailouts and even more of the same things that created that event in the first place. Seriously, think about it. Is it remotely reasonable to respond to the worst financial crisis since the 1930’s with more of the same actions that created that crisis in the first place? Does this really make sense? Ever since the rally out of the 2009 low began, I have explained that it is a bear market advance and that the longer the rally extends, the more dangerous it will become. The rally out of the 2009 low has now extended to the point that it is the longest cyclical advance since the inception of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896. On … Continue reading

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Mike’s Product Review: Roschworks SLM1 combination front sight and light mount

For those of us with AR type rifles or those with similar sights, this is a useful piece of kit. One of the issues with a tactical rifle can be the light mount. Should it be under, to one side, and where should the switch be mounted? How will it work when shooting over or beside a barricade? Roschworks’ SLM1 (Picture of the SLM1) avoids all this by mounting the light directly over the barrel, with an iron sight above it. The unit is milled from one piece of 7075T6 aluminum, and mounts solidly to a standard rail. The profile is just right for co-witnessing optics and iron sights, and the sight is solid and does not drift under fire. It adjusts easily with a dedicated tool, or a pair of fine pliers (in an emergency). With the light in this position, the target is fully illuminated inside the sight window, with no shadows or dark spots. It’s very easy to activate by rolling the thumb up around the handguard, and that position fits perfectly with several modern stances and grip styles. Any standard 1″ tube light should mount without issue, and it will take reflectors under 1.5″ without interfering … Continue reading

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Scot’s Product Review: The M1 Garand

You can’t write an article on the M1 Garand without quoting Lt. General George S. Patton, who called the rifle “the greatest battle implement ever devised”. That was incredibly high praise coming from one of the greatest leaders of combined arms in WWII and considering the number of superb weapons that were developed in the conflict. The Garand is the semi-automatic rifle adopted by the U.S. Army in 1936. It was the first standard issue semi-auto adopted by any army. The Russians tried next with their SVT 38 and 40 rifles in 7.62mmx54R, but the combination of technical difficulties and the disruption of the German invasion led the Russians to go back to the Mosin-Nagant bolt action in the same caliber. The Germans issued some semi-automatics during the war, but none came close to rivaling the Garand for widespread use. The Japanese were so impressed by the Garand, they tried to copy it during the war but only got a few made. While many U.S. troops at the beginning of WW II were still carrying bolt action rifles, virtually none in frontline units carried anything other than a self-loading rifle by the end. No other Army could say this until … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Easy Tasty All-Purpose “Mexican Chicken Stuff”, by L.H.

I used to never buy canned chicken, considering it too expensive for my thrifty ways. That was before grocery inflation! At only around $2.00/can when purchased at the warehouse store, as something that I can and should keep in my preparedness pantry, and something that stretches so well, I am a convert. This is a recipe I devised as a tasty way to occasionally use those cans of chicken. Ingredients: 1 can (13 oz.) chicken breast chunks, shredded and “fluffed” 3 green onions, with tops, minced 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilis 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning 2 Tbsp. sour cream 3/4 cup (6 oz.) shredded cheese, any variety various tortillas, veggies, etc. Directions: In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients through the cheese; mix well. At this point you may add, if you like (for nutrition, taste, and stretching): jalapenos or other hot peppers, green or red bell peppers, diced zucchini or other squash, corn, beans, olives, spinach…..it’s all good. Make it your own. Taquitos (our absolute favorite): Spread a scant 1/4 cup filling on a corn tortilla, roll up, and seal with a toothpick (which I have not had much luck with) or a smear of flour/water paste (better) … Continue reading

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