Notes for Tuesday – March 31, 2015

March 31 is the birthday of economist Dr. Walter E. Williams, PhD., who was born in 1936. o o o 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 your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less then one minute without the use of any tools, and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value), Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 30 DPMS AR-15 .223/5.56 30 Round Gray Mil Spec w/ Magpul Follower Magazines (a value of $448) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt. (An equivalent prize will be … Continue reading

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The Long Good-bye, by Captnswife

Well, it has begun. Today, I closed my Paypal account. This is just the first step in the slow and admittedly painful process of disconnecting from the Internet. I’ve known it was coming for awhile, but I can’t say that made it easier. Honestly, I love this thing. The greatest joy in my life was the moment, at age six, I realized that because I could read I would never have to stop learning. The invention of the information super highway was beyond my wildest dreams. It’s the largest and most diverse library in the world, and it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week! However, I must go. Like any relationship, it is only healthy as long as the boundaries are clear, strong, and respectful. My technology partner has now violated them beyond repair. All of this began the day I read about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), the White House drive toward universal biometric identification for every person using the World Wide Web. I was literally sick when I realized the “trusted identities” were not the government departments, public institutions, or big box retailers responsible for managing our records. No, the trusted … Continue reading

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Two Letters Re: Choices, Choices, Choices

Hugh, In response to Choices, Choices by KC, I would like to comment: In the interest of education and operational challenges I once did a show-and-tell to my teenagers and wife of different kinds of rifles. Of the various platforms, my family chose the Ruger Mini-14 (.223) as their rifle of choice. While I personally dislike the tilt in nature of the magazine, they all felt that this was less important to them compared with other operational issues. They practiced the mag insertion and felt most comfortable with this rifle. This might be a good option to consider for non-gun or new-to-gun people. Regards – C. R. o o o Hugh, I very much enjoyed the two part article on Choices. Even though we came to different conclusions, I enjoy looking at the thought processes of others because I am always making sure I didn’t forget something. One comment I think is important concerning his comment that 1911s are not reliable. I agree with him concerning race guns and tricked-out custom pieces. The standard 1911 on the other hand is the standard for reliability. I asked around to the CCW instructors I know, trying to see if they had similar … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

BANKING CARTELS’ REAL ENEMY: Physical Silver Investment Demand o o o Oil Prices To Fall Or Fly Depending On Iranian Nuclear Talks o o o Broke? You May Now Be Entitled To a Free Home. – B.B. o o o Half of U.S. Households Struggle to Save Even a Few Cents. – B.B. o o o Chaos In The Gold Market: “There Are Thirty to Fifty Owners For Each Ounce of Gold That’s Out There”

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Odds ‘n Sods:

The Real Reason For Partisan Gridlock: Democracy Is Falling Apart. – G.P. o o o The “politically Correct” Supreme Court rejects free speech appeal over Cinco de Mayo school dispute. – P.M. o o o Texas Bill Would Bar Physicians From Talking Guns With Patients. – D.S. o o o 1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy ‘kills MRSA’ o o o Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From American Cattle Become Airborne, But Is It Life-Threatening?

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Notes for Monday – March 30, 2015

On March 30, 1981, President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of Columbia police officer. Known for his quips and unaware of the injury to others at the scene, President Reagan walked into the hospital, despite his wound, and was heard telling his wife, “Honey, I forgot to duck.”

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Scot’s Product Review: Horseshoe Leather Products

Horseshoe Leather Products http://www.holsters.org/index.htm isn’t one of the best known holster makers, but that doesn’t really matter. What is important is that it is one of the best holster makers on the planet. Horseshoe holsters are of impeccable quality and superbly designed for the concealed carry of handguns. One of the keys to this high level of quality is that Horseshoe is a one man shop and each holster is handmade for each customer by Horseshoe’s owner, Andy Arratoonian. If he made it, it bears the distinctive Horseshoe symbol he hand stamps on every item. The quality of Arratoonian’s work is so good that despite Horseshoe Leather being relatively unknown in the new age of plastic, he is back-ordered by almost a year at present. His customers tend to be very knowledgeable professionals who need high-quality, concealment holsters rather than dilettantes. His designs have been copied, but his quality is very, very hard to equal. The strangest thing to me about Horseshoe Leather is its location– North Yorkshire in the hoplophobic United Kingdom. It is about halfway between London and Edinburg. One might not think that he would have many customers in his home country, but apparently there are quite … Continue reading

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Pat Cascio’s Review: Magnum Research, Desert Eagle 1911s Siblings

Whenever anyone finds out that I’m a gun/knife/outdoor writer, the first question out of their mouth is “What’s your favorite gun…?” Quite often, when I’m hanging out at the local gun shop, a customer will ask about a certain handgun, and one of the sales guys will point them to me, and I get this same question over and over again “What’s your favorite handgun?” I don’t try to side-step the question, but it’s just impossible to answer, for many reasons. If I’m going out big game hunting with a handgun, I’ll probably grab a revolver in .44 Magnum. If I’m just going out to do a little fun shooting, I might grab a .22 LR pistol. For target shooting, maybe I’ll pack-up a hi-cap 9mm of some sort. Walking the mean streets of America, it could be any number of handguns that I might select to carry. I won’t get into a debate as to which caliber is “better” than another for self-defense, and lots of folks try to sucker me into this conversation. The 9mm is a good stopper in +P or +P+ with a good JHP bullet; the .40S&W is a proven stopper, again with a JHP … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: 5 Can Soup, by A.T.

My friends and family seem to like this soup, which is very pantry friendly. Ingredients: 1 can Progresso minestrone soup 1 can corn, undrained 1 can mixed vegetables, undrained 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed Directions: Combine and heat. This is a very thick soup. If you want it thinner, add a can of V8 juice. If you want meat, add a can of canned chicken, drained and shredded. Serve as soup or over rice or mashed potatoes. o o o Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlogreaders? Please send it via e-mail. Thanks!

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Letter Re: Choices, Choices, Choices

HJL, I would like to weigh in on the article of: Choices, Choices, Choices – Part 1, by K.C. First thing I want to mention is by no way am I an expert in the field of firearms and all this is only my opinion and what I believe will work for me. A firearm is a tool; many companies make tools, and people have their particular choices in what they like. For power tools, some like Milwaukee, Black & Decker, Ryobi, and so forth. For mechanics tools, some like Sears Craftsman, Snap-on, Kolbalt, and others. What it all boils down to is that when you need a screw driver, it doesn’t matter how many wrenches you have, because they will just not do the job. In firearms, what is it you wish to have the tool do? If it’s defending your property and you have a field of view around a 1000 yards, then you may want something in the 50 cal range to start thinning out the herd as they approach, but something in the 30-06 or .308 range will also work nicely, such as a Winchester model 70 or an M1A. When shooting at a long distance, … Continue reading

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