Notes for Wednesday – January 04, 2017

January 4th is the birthday of George Hyde, who was born “Heide” in 1888, in Arpfingen, Germany. He was the chief gun designer for the Inland Division of General Motors (GM) in Dayton, Ohio during World War II. Hyde was best-known as the co-designer of the M3 “Grease gun” SMG and the Liberator pistol, but he also designed the Bendix-Hyde Carbine and the M2 Hyde submachinegun. He immigrated to the United States in 1927. A gent at the Nitro Express Forumsmentioned some details on his life before World War II: Before 1935 Hyde was the shop foreman and metal man at Griffin & Howe. He quit there and went into business for himself. Samuel A. “Harry” Leonard teamed up with Hyde, and their rifles are marked “Leonard & Hyde New York” on … Continue reading

December in Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins

Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold and examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbers.

What Did Gold Do in December?

Gold started December at $1,177 an ounce, a 10-month low. The Trump Rally in both stocks and the dollar showed no sign of slowing down, with precious metals and bonds taking a hit. Gold fell 1% after the far-right candidate’s loss in December 5th’s Presidential election in Austria eased safe haven demand in Europe.

The Fed finally stepped up to the plate on the 14th and raised the Fed funds interest rate by a quarter-point. This gave more fuel to the rallies in the dollar and the stock market. Things improved near the end of the month, when gold hit two-week highs the last few … Continue reading

Letter Re: Perimeter Security


Regarding the recent articles on perimeter security, I’d like to add my two bits. Get a solar powered motion detector light from Harbor Freight,

Instead of driving the light, have the unit power an HF frequency clock chip like this.

When the security light detects motion, it will power the RF transmitter, sending signals to your HF receiver. All that is needed is the chip, 5.1 volt zener diode with load resistor or 5 v regulator like 7805 or two diodes in series to drop the 6V to 5V just, and an antenna. – MH in Texas

Economics and Investing:

The Totalitarian War on Cash – DSV

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An “interesting” approach by a government to restrict the use of cash: Greece Unleashes ‘Soft’ Cash Ban

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The Endgame, Trump And Gold

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Trump & The Next Recession – Mike Maloney & David Morgan

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:


Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart



Victory at Sea (The complete documentary series on three DVDs)


Survivors (The BBC remake of the Terry Nation television series. This series shows lots of poor choices, which are self-evident. Lesson one: Be armed, constantly.)

John Adams (Miniseries)


Cold Mountain Soundtrack

20th Century Masters: The Best Of Hank Williams

Instructional Videos:

Gunsmithing – How to Clean a Rifle Barrel Presented by Larry Potterfield

How to Field Strip a Glock

JWR Adds this safety tip: Safe gun clearance is crucial with Glocks because the pistol must be dry-fired before field … Continue reading