SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL ”. You’ll find some interesting items in the Firearms category today!
President Trump has issued a ban on Transgenders serving in any capacity in the military , reversing outgoing president Obama’s ruling. This is an important ruling for the health of the military. The military is a different world than the civilian world. Because of the performance required and the circumstances surrounding the military person, many of what we consider “rights” are actually signed away in order to create a functional high-pressure society. The uniformity needed to obtain optimal force performance also doesn’t allow for the same range of self expression that our society wants to force.
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Reader T.J. sent in this interesting video showing an Egyptian army tank driver’s response  to the threat posed by a suicide bomber. It took less than five seconds for the driver to gun the engine of the tank and roll over the car. The maneuver allowed many of the surrounding people to escape to safety while disabling the car. There were obviously casualties when the bomb was eventually set off, but far fewer than there would have been. Kudos to that tank driver!
From Reader H.L.: Those on the left end of the political spectrum are constantly attempting to push the “Smart Gun” as if it’s some sort of magical device that will end all violence. It isn’t. A hacker, who plans to present his findings at Defcon, has shown how easy the Armatix IP1 “smart” gun is to defeat . A variety of methods are shown and the one Wired magazine was most impressed with was how easy it was to override the electromagnetic safety with $15 worth of magnets. While a neat trick, the most disturbing to me was how the hacker was able to find the operating frequency and jam it, effectively making the gun a fancy paperweight. I wonder how many lawsuits that would bring against the maker and any law enforcement agency who decided to use this piece of junk.
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Reader W.W. sent in this link on the Auto Glove . For $350, you can have a glove that has an electric motor built-in. It will actuate the trigger of your favorite semi-automatic gun for a rate of fire of 600-1000 rounds per minute. I suppose if you really want an automatic weapon and just can’t deal with the ATF, you might consider this. The video demonstrates it’s capabilities. While is seems to work well with an AR type rifle, the pistol is almost humorous. I just don’t want to be standing anywhere near it.
Campbell Soup and GMO
At least one major manufacture of processed foods has seen the light in regards to GMO foods. Campbell Soup has announced  that they will be transparent in their labeling while avoiding GMOs. Smaller food producers have been doing this since the late 1980s. Now larger conglomerates seem to be getting the message.
Stupid is as Stupid Does
A South Carolina teen’s family is suing CSX . The teen was apparently walking along the rail road tracks, listening to his MP3 player. He was struck by a train from behind. The family is attempting to place blame on CSX. The claim there wasn’t enough warning for the teen to get off the tracks. They are also claiming inappropriate response from the engineer and conductor. Of course any personal responsibility that the teen had in staying off of train tracks isn’t mentioned. I guess they expected the behemoth train to go around their kid. Thanks to J.M for the link.
Prison for Burleson
Bundy supporter Burleson was sentenced to 68 years in prison  for his part in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff. Burleson was photographed carrying his rifle near the BLM camp. He was also quoted by undercover FBI agents as stating he wanted to kill federal agents. Burleson said alcohol was involved. This also underscores the importance of never allowing your “friends” to talk you into something that you know is morally wrong. Also be careful who you trust. The alphabet agencies have a long history of infiltration and provoking/assisting people into doing things they wouldn’t normally do.