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 C&S Saddlery, in Idaho.

Idaho (C&S Saddlery)

I recently met a custom leatherworker from Bayview, Idaho who does excellent work at very reasonable prices. His name is Clay Ensley. Along with his wife Shelley, he operates C&S Saddlery. Clay has 30 years of experience as a commercial leatherworker. His main line is traditional Old West style holsters, gun belts, chinks, cuffs, and saddles.  Far from being stuck in the 19th Century, he also makes tooled smart phone cases, semi-auto pistol holsters, and pistol magazine pouches.

Clay told me that he is considering adding a new pistol magazine pouch to his line.  It would be quite similar to the classic Six Pack pouch that was formerly produced by Milt Sparks. I encouraged him to make a six-magazine pouch for single column M1911 magazines as well as a three-magazine pouch for Glock 21 magazines. Let him know via e-mail to if you’d like to be on the waiting list for either of those. Oh, and if you’d like to meet Clay to write up your specifications for some custom leather work, he will have tables at the Kalispell Gun Show on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.

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New path sought for high-voltage transmission lines in Idaho



The Latest: Montana fires scorch hundreds of square miles

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Glacier National Park using bark ranger to keep goats wild


Eastern Oregon

At a recent gun show, I ran into Kyle Vanderhoof, the proprietor of Central Oregon Surplus, in Redmond, Oregon. He has a great selection of genuine surplus items of interest to preppers including camouflage nets, waterproof storage containers, medical supplies, weapons web gear, and much more. Kyle operates both by mail order and at gun shows. Be sure to check out his web site!

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‘Bucket biology’ can ruin some of Oregon’s best fishing spots

Eastern Washington

Washington big game outlook leaves some hunters with the blues

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Are you are looking for scarce pistol or rifle magazines, or a vintage rifle sight? If so, then I’d like to recommend Ben Tolson of Vintage Gun Stuff in Chewelah, Washington,  Just e-mail him a list of what you are looking for, and the chances are quite good that he has it. E-mail: Or you can phone Ben most weekdays at: (509) 936-5944. (No calls on Sundays, please.)


Wyoming judge upholds campground shares, appeal planned

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