Notes for Wednesday – March 08, 2017

March 8th is the birthday of famed revolver shooter, big game hunter, and gun writer Elmer Keith, who co-designed the S&W .44 Magnum and .41 Magnum cartridges. He authored the book Sixguns, which is still considered a standard reference. His fascinating life story is told in his last book, Hell, I was there! Keith spent the second half of his life on a ranch near Salmon, Idaho. (Keith was born in 1899 and died February 12, 1984.)

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Today, we present part two of a four part entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available … Continue reading

  • Building An 80% Firearm- Part 2, by Tupreco


    Learn The Why and How (continued)

    The key provision that makes the 80% industry possible is making sure that all the items being purchased and transported are parts and not a firearm. Because once the parts wind up in your hand, you have the right to now “make” a firearm as listed above but only if you can legally own that firearm in your state of residence.

    Does this mean I can make my own firearm?

    The short answer is “Yes, with conditions attached.” From the ATF website:

    An individual may generally make a firearm for personal use. However, individuals engaged in the business of manufacturing firearms for sale or distribution must be licensed by ATF. Additionally, there are certain restrictions on the making of firearms subject to the National Firearms Act.

    The second consideration is also critical: (again from the ATF website)

    Does an individual need a … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Dental Emergencies

    Hugh and Jim,

    Regarding the post on 3/7 about dental emergencies. A few years back their was a like minded dentist up in TN that taught some Field Dentistry classes in middle TN. Dr. Tom offered an excellent two-day class that focused on just this sort of stuff. He was not just some dentist that figured he could cater to the “prepper” market. You could tell Dr. Tom was a survivalist, and he had thought through some incredibly creative ways to handle what could be survival dentistry. He offered tools there as well as the instruction. We did a lot of hands-on training, including doing fillings, practicing extractions (we took prisoners the night before; just kidding), et cetera.

    I go to a lot of training classes, and this one I attended twice because it was so good. I’m not sure if he’s still offering them, but I know he likely … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    Time To Give The Metals A Break

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    Colt Lays Off Custom Shop Director, Other Employees, Company Rumored Gutted – DSV

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    Gold Investing 101 – Beware eBay, Collectibles and “Pure” Gold Coins that are Gold Plated – S.C.

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    Cost of Illegal Immigration Higher than Cost of Securing Borders – G.L.

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    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:



    The Defined King James Version Bible, Large Print

    The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data


    Gone with the Wind

    USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage


    Lonesome Dove

    Band of Brothers


    Wanted! The Outlaws (1976-1996 20th Anniversary)

    O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Movie Soundtrack)

    Instructional Videos:

    Bushcraft Fun in the Bush, Camp Projects

    The Backyard Machine Shop – Machine Rescue Series

    Online Sermon Videos:

    Grace Baptist Church, Fremont, California (Pastor Michael Phillips)

    Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley (Dr. Paul Nelson, et al.)


    The Bump That Bumps the Bump in the Night … Continue reading

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    I missed this well-crafted article when it was posted back in December: Is the National Firearms Act Headed for Extinction Like the Dinosaur It Is? – JWR

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    U.S. Electricity Consumption Continues To Fall

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    Jeff Thomas: Food Crisis—The Greatest Threat to Social Stability

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    The Government Is Still the Enemy of Freedom – B.B.

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    Anticipating issues: TSA Warns Local Police About Its New Airport Pat-Downs – DSV