SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on Gemini Technologies–the makers of Gemtech supressors.

Idaho (Gemtech)

First off, the announcement of S&Ws buy-out of Gemini Technologies was made in July. They are best known for their great Gemtech suppressors. Since then, the transition has reportedly gone smoothly.  The employees will also continue to work in Idaho. They will be in a new building in the small town of Meridian.  S&W was thrilled to gain Doc Dater’s very clever patents. And of course they’re also inheriting the company’s very loyal customer base. They have no  plans to move Gemini’s operations.  This acquisition leave S&W well-positioned. Why?  What if the Hearing Protection Acts gets through Congress. Yee-haw!

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Reader Bruce F. spotted this article: CCI Opens New .22 Rimfire Production Facility in Idaho. That should help relieve part of the chronic shortage!

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After months of hype, Northwest braces for solar eclipse

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The Redoubt News web site reports: Refugee Resettlement in Sandpoint? … meeting goes Awry but exposes intent. (Thanks to Greg B. for the link.)


Coal train derails along Clark Fork River in western Montana. It looks like that will take a lot of work to clean up!

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Montana Becomes 43rd State to Legalize Raw Milk Distribution

Eastern Oregon

JWR Reports: My family recently traveled to the vicinity of John Day, Oregon, to view the eclipse.  The eclipse itself was spectacular. The folks in Grant County, Oregon were very gracious in accommodating so many visitors.  The traffic immediately after the eclipse was intense, so we kept with our plan to delay our return to the Rawles Ranch until Tuesday. By the way, we brought plenty of extra water and 35 extra gallons of fuel, some of which we dispensed as charity to folks who were low on fuel.

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Lightning sparked fire contained by firefighters, ranchers

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Oregon eclipse traffic is already backing up. Idaho has an app for that.

Eastern Washington

‘The cloud’ bringing prosperity, environmental concerns to Quincy, Wash.

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New Washington State University medical school welcomes first class


Wyoming, or Bust! Eclipse traffic is slamming gas stations – and delis – as Colorado migration begins. Some surmised that Wyoming’s population would nearly double, by Monday.

The Redoubt in the News

Finally, this was recently posted at Religious Virtue in the Redoubt


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  1. BNSF RR is adding a second mainline track (bypass siding) along the stretch from Bonneville Dam thru North Bonneville,WA to facilitate an increase in coal and oil train volumes.

  2. Everyone should read comments by Mr Smith from the article refugee resettlement in Sandpoint. He is spot on as to the dangers of the cult known as islam and the silent invasion we are facing.

  3. Just wanted to say a big thank you to Stanley Idaho for it’s hospitality while we stayed there for the eclipse.

    As to the question by ww, many diesel pickups can carry an auxiliary tank in the bed that holds additional fuel. I have a 60 gallon model in mine that lets me travel nearly 2,000 miles before needing fuel. Perhaps this is what his solution was.

  4. ‘This acquisition leave S&W well-positioned. Why? What if the Hearing Protection Acts gets through Congress. Yee-haw!’
    For a group which claims to be libertarian, it appears you are not above using government legislation to help drive business. Seems a bit socialist, don’t you think?

  5. Re Know Buddy: It is hardly Socialist, since the Hearing Protection Act REMOVES government interference. Businesses that have been interfered with will naturally be happy and do better when government legislation stops stifling business.

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