Notes for Tuesday – November 22, 2016

Today is remembered as the birthday of the late Eugene M. Stoner (born 1922, died April 24, 1997). He was the designer of the AR-7, AR-10, AR-15, AR-180, the Stoner 63, and several other firearms. (The AR-10 was the basis of the AR-15, which in turn spawned the very widely used M16 and all of its variants including the M4 Carbine.) It has been estimated that as many as 3.7 million rifles from the AR-15 family are owned by civilians in the United States, and military production M16 variants well exceeds 8 million rifles. o o o With Black Friday …

Thoughts On An Often Misunderstood Caliber, by R.R.

I want to share some information regarding an often misunderstood and maligned caliber, which I recently began learning more about after coming across information on the Fort Hood shooting while studying the ballistics of the shooting. The FN 57X28mm What is FN 5.7X28mm? This is a round specifically designed for a class of weapons called PDWs– personal defense weapons. It’s intended for supporting troops to replace their pistols with something half the size of an M16 but with enough capacity and punch to defeat a helmet or soft body armor, and it’s a significant step up from a pistol or …

Letter Re: Buying Krugerrands

Hugh, With regard to purchasing Krugerrands as opposed to American Gold Eagle (AGE) coins or Canadian Maple Leaf (CML) coins results in some states such as mine (in the American Redoubt, thank God) not charging sales tax on collector coins, but they do on bullion. Since Krugerrands do not bear a (symbolic) monetary denomination (like AGEs and CMLs do), and only have a gold weight and fineness, they are taxed as bullion, which usually drives their cost above the others when tax is taken into account. – KW

News From The American Redoubt:

I noticed that Montana Rarities (in Missoula, Montana) has continued to expand their inventory. They offer very competitive pricing, flat rate shipping, and even monthly purchase plans for those who recognize the wisdom of Dollar Cost Averaging in their precious metals buying. – JWR o o o Power restored to thousands in Nampa, Caldwell. You never know when. It’s winter; are you ready? o o o Grizzly bear mauls, seriously injures Montana elk hunter o o o Cheyenne spruce trees falling victim to ips beetle

Economics and Investing:

Michael Snyder: We Are Being Set Up For Higher Interest Rates, A Major Recession And A Giant Stock Market Crash o o o Gold Price Forecast: Nasty Naughty November Gold Price Trend o o o Dallas, Texas, Stares Down a Texas-Size Threat of Bankruptcy – P.S. o o o National Taxpayer Advocate: The IRS Is Out Of Touch With The People It Serves – PLC o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

Odds ‘n Sods:

Some sage advice from Commander Zero: The Deep Sleepers. o o o File under “useful to know” – 6 Military Video Games Used to Train Troops on the Battlefield – DMS o o o This could be very useful long term: THE L.E.A.F. , WOOD GASIFIER – P.D. o o o Britain Passes the Snooper Charter Ending ALL Privacy o o o SurvivalBlog reader J.N. sent in these links showing how to use the standard Combloc AK cleaning kit – a rather remarkably clever piece of design: A site with pictures and text showing the main functions of the kit. …