Notes for Monday – April 10, 2017

April 10th, 1796 The birthday of James “Jim” Bowie (died March 6th, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo.)

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S&W Model 15, by Pat Cascio

We are continuing to followup on the many requests for more revolver articles from our readers, and we are more than happy to comply. As I pointed out in previous articles, there are some shooters who believe that the “old” revolver isn’t a viable option for self-defense work, and I couldn’t disagree more. Now, we aren’t necessarily talking about a SWAT team clearing a building of an active shooter or a terrorist. We are talking about everyday people who carry concealed or want a home defense handgun, and for whom the revolver might just be the perfect answer.

In 1980 or 1981, I traded a customer in my gun shop out of a S&W Model 15; it’s also called the K-38 Combat Masterpiece. This was my … Continue reading




Recipe of the Week: Country Biscuits and Busy Morning Pancakes, by K.R.

This recipe was economical, as the pre-made biscuit mix was not available in many of the countries we sailed to during our 7-year circumnavigation.

Basic Baking Mix

Ingredients:

  • 9 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening

Directions:

  • Combine first four ingredients; stir to mix well.
  • Cut in shortening with clean fingers until mixture resembles loose crumbs. Do not pack down when measuring. Use dry measuring cup when measuring, scraping excel off with a knife.
  • Keeps about four to six months in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Country Biscuits

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups Basic Baking Mix
    • 1/2 cup milk or water

    Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Mix biscuit mix and milk until just mixed.
  • Put on floured board and knead 15 times.
  • Roll out 1/2-inch thick; cut with … Continue reading



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

    R.S.,

    Wow. I found this to be a grim and sobering article but one of the most sound that I have read to date. I don’t think anyone could cover all the myriads of possible scenarios, but this gives a great launching point for most I can imagine. Thank you for your time in writing such a good article. – J.W.

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    HJL,

    Most deaths in a post-EMP or post-solar-flare/grid-down situation will be from the combination of starvation and disease. Starvation can be prevented by storing sufficient food to last until the next crop comes in. Disease can be prevented by practicing good sanitation techniques, primarily using septic tanks for waste disposal and solar or generator powered wells for fresh water. It’s hard to do in the city or suburbs but relatively common in the country. If you have a spring, creek, or river water source, … Continue reading




    Economics and Investing:

    How much is $100 worth in every state? Compare that to a similar report done in 2015: How much $100 is really worth in each state . You can see one of the huge reasons some states are losing population and others are gaining. – H.L.

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    Chart of the Day: Advance/Decline Line. The Advance/Decline line is diverging from the market. Odds strongly favor that the market will soon push higher to new all-time highs

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    Rent Control Makes for Good Politics and Bad Economics

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    Florida ‘Boutique’ Linked To South American Gold Smuggling Plot

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    X22 Report Spotlight (podcast interview) When The Disaster Hits You Better Be Prepared: James Wesley Rawles. This discussion covers a lot of topics—mainly economics, geopolitics, and military flashpoints.

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    Reader JCC sent in this link to Ferfal’s site with the new SERE manual (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape) in pdf form.

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    A couple of weeks ago, we requested someone to advise on using old flash Magicubes as a perimeter security alarm. Our friend Robb Moffett from Robb’s Homemade Life purchased a few off of eBay and created a simple HOWTO video on manually triggering them. By the way, if you have any other ideas like this you would like to see explored, just post them in the comments.

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    History is a wonderful teacher! A 1,389 Year-old ‘Phobia’? Why history is one of the best … Continue reading