Notes for Tuesday – February 17, 2015

Today, we present another entry for Round 57 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ 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 hard case to go with …

The World of Bug Out Bags, by D.M. – Part 2

Common Gear to Bring in Your Bag Now the type of bug out bag I have been addressing is one that you might have to use to travel a great distance and spend the night, depending upon only the gear that you have with you. Each situation is different, and each geographic region and season brings different challenges. In some of the articles I have read, I am amazed at what some people list as “survival” or necessary items, like a heavy, solar charger (remember that you are carrying this on your back!), but they forget to pack other important …

Letter Re: Milsurp Ammo

Sir: There has been some back and forth about the utility of milsurp rifles lately. Without regard to the rifles themselves, one of the advantages often given is that ammunition for some calibers can be relatively inexpensive when bought in bulk. Folks should be warned that some of this ammunition is military surplus and may not have been manufactured to Western standards, and it may have been subjected to improper storage conditions as well. It’s surplus for a reason, you know. Case in point: Some years back, I bought a spam can of 7.62x54R, opened the can, and transferred the …

News From The American Redoubt:

Idaho senator to introduce mandatory civics test bill for students. – RBS Just make sure Chris Cuomo doesn’t take the test. o o o Another county has sent a message to the legislature opposing any attacks on 2nd Amendment rights. Malheur County has crafted a letter making it clear that they support gun rights and warning the legislature not to overstep its bounds. As each new county steps up, the hopes of the gun grabbers grow more complicated to realize. o o o Gun bills emerge in Idaho legislature. – RBS o o o Many oppose GOP senator’s plan to …

Economics and Investing:

If Fed raises Interest Rates… will create the greatest economic collapse in modern times o o o Is Washington Fabricating the Economic Data? o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Stockman: Slap Handcuffs on the Fed Before It’s Too Late Japan Q4 Annualized GDP +2.2%, Worse than Expected How Truly Free Markets Help the Poor Pharmacy Shelves Care in Venezuela

Odds ‘n Sods:

Cometh the Censor – Birth of What Will Prove a Short Siege – K.M. o o o The FBI’s Plan To Collect Everyone’s DNA Just Got A Huge Boost From Congress. – RBS o o o So sad. Have we learned nothing in the last 100 years? Video: A Jew Harassed on the Streets of Paris. – P.M. o o o Call For End To Foreign Aid To Argentina As It Buys Fighter Jets From China. – T.P. o o o Video: Nation’s Top Teacher Drops Resignation Bomb: “I Can’t Drill ‘em and Kill ‘em”. – H.L.

Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else’s authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.” ? Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes