JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR‘s Recommendations of the Week. This column is posted every Wednesday.  It covers various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers:


The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story


Too Big To Fail (a 2011 Docudrama on the 2008 financial crisis, available through Amazon Prime)

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas


Instructional Videos:

Building a shed by yourself

How to Field Strip and Clean Your AR-15 (Shooting USA)


Pioneering Today (Melissa K. Norris)

Trayer Wilderness Podcast

Online Sermon Videos:

Charles Spurgeon Sermons (modern recitations)

Matt Chandler James Sermon: Sola Fide


Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog

The War on Guns (David Codrea)


Bodyguard Tire Pressure Gauge 100PSI – Large 2″ Dial for Readability – Heavy Duty Air Pressure Tire Gauge

Buck Knives 539RWS Open Season Small Game Fixed Blade Knife

Commando Precision Pocket Screwdriver Set with 5 Flat Blades, 3 Phillip Blades, Scribe/Awl & Punch, Made in USA

Trucker’s Friend All Purpose Survival Tool-Made in the USA

Note: Some mail order vendors like Amazon offer deep discounts on “open-box” tools.

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  1. Does anyone have a recommendation for a tiny book to carry in a bug-out bag or get home bag? I am wanting something that covers basics on edible plants, first aid, and other basic survival skills.

    1. SAS Survival Guide (Collins Gem) by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman Just buy a second hand copy from Amazon, it’s almost as good as the ‘big book’

  2. @ Rose, the SAS pocket survival guide may be what you are looking for.

    RE: Building a shed by yourself; I do quite a few projects by myself and with intermittent help. I have found the Vise Grips (11R) are a big help. These are and were used by me as a metal fabricator in place of C clamps. They will hold two 2×4’s and are a big help for temporary braces, laminating , holding and hoisting plywood sheeting, carrying and hoisting metal roofing. While I have a few left over from my welding days (retired now),as a third hand, I find them indispensable. Four should get you thru just about any big project.

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