Notes for Saturday – April 08, 2017

April 8th is the birthday of the late Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia, (born 1919, died November 20, 2007). o o o SafeCastle is offering a free membership to their site for SurvivalBlog readers. You get extra savings on top of already discounted prices along with several other benefits. Use code: EFREEMEM

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Product Review: Flamethrower from FlamethrowerPlans.com, by Mike Williamson

Flamethrowers are primarily a tool and, accordingly, are not regulated under federal law as a weapon. As they do not fire a projectile from a fixed cartridge, they are not restricted under BATFE regulations. The FlamethrowerPlans.com flamethrower will be recognized by some as kitbashed from various industrial components. This, however, does not make it any less effective. You can buy the plans (as the site indicates), components, or a finished unit. I opted for the finished unit. The package is surprisingly compact considering the contents. There is the fuel tank, projector, hose, and pressure hardware. The instructions are very clear and simple. Also included is a modified propane torch as an igniter. All that is required is to charge the CO2 tank, fill it with fuel, and attach a propane bottle. Safety is obviously paramount with something that projects burning fuel. The instructions recommend a wet test with water first, to verify function safely. We did this, and we measured a range of right at 50 feet and a firing time of right at one minute. This is a shorter distance than historical military models but with a longer burn time. Fuel can be kerosene, diesel or gasoline, and thickeners … Continue reading

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SurvivalBlog Resources: Retreat Security

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that will link to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles and letters, grouped topically. Today, we address the broad issue of retreat security measures. In my estimation, many preppers have a tendency to over-buy on their gun budget and under-buy on their night vision and intrusion detection budget. I would much rather own just a few guns and have a full complement of other key retreat security gear. After all, humans can’t see well at night with un-aided eyes, and we can’t be vigilant 24 hours a day. Many of the following articles address such gaps in retreat security planning, gear, and training. And some of your most important “gear” might be very low tech or even “no tech”—such as trip flares, bells, and well-trained guard dogs. Thee following are just a sampling of the articles and letters on retreat security that have been posted over the past 11 years: Safety in Numbers Letter Re: Manufactured Homes Versus “Stick Built” Homes for Retreats + Gun Questions Letter Re: Tritium Sights and Night Vision Devices Critical Capabilities for Retreat Defense: “Move, Shoot, and Communicate” Letter Re: … Continue reading

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Two Letters Re: My Family Preparedness Plan, by R.S.

Hugh, As the article observes, silver will be more useful in small denominations. My question is: How will sellers recognize that “junk silver” has more than face value, and how will that value be determined? – RJB HJL’s Comment: Junk silver has the advantage of being widely recognizable, and the smallish value as well as the wear and tear that it already has makes it harder to counterfeit. It certainly has a distinctive look to it and is easy to evaluate. It will not take long for that value to be recognized and established. As to what that value is? Whatever it takes for the seller to part with the silver and whatever the buyer is willing to spend. It’s only worth what you can sell it for. o o o HJL, I was raised without electricity or running water pretty far out of any town. I will go back to that way of life and plan on living a simple, cautious life. It isn’t difficult if you have patience and appreciate the simple life. – puzltock HJL’s Comment: Having already experienced that lifestyle, you have an advantage, but it may not be as simple as most think. My family … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Illinois Revenue Freefall: Fiscal Year-to-Date -8.1% and Worsening. Sadly, my state of Connecticut seems to be going down the same path! Now they are talking about a HUGE tax on our hospitals! – H.L. o o o Time To Hedge State Reserve Funds With Gold. Excerpt: “Financially prudent individuals set aside surplus funds to protect against unforeseen expenditures. This way, when faced with loss of income, house repairs, car trouble, or anything else, they will have a buffer against unanticipated downturns.” – H.L. o o o Stores Are Closing at a Record Pace as Amazon Chews Up Retailers. Sad. Soon everything will have to be purchased online or over the phone. ‎- DSV o o o QE Infinity And The Two Biggest Risks To World Markets o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog reader T.N. joined in the conversation of EMP and our nation’s difficult-to-replace power transformers with this impressive news item from 2015 about one of the huge transformers being delivered to southern Utah: Huge transformer to arrive in Monticello Monday. This certainly puts the problem in perspective! o o o Showing once again the futility and pointlessness of gun control laws: Neighbor used homemade air gun to kill Lehigh County mom -Will we outlaw plumbing supplies next? – T.P. o o o Map showing why Europe will be extinct These maps show how fragmented Europe is and why the European Union is destined for extinction. – G.P. o o o More on the private property issue we have been talking about on SurvivalBlog: Law School Professors Reject Property Rights. – B.B. o o o The Vast, Secretive Face Database That Could Instantly ID You In A Crowd – B.B.

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