JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on headlamps. (See the Gear section.)


After a 25 year hiatus, master spy storyteller John LeCarré has finally released another George Smiley novel: A Legacy of Spies.

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The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline

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Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places


Movies and Television:

HJL mentioned that he liked this BBC television series: The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

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The Ghost Army.  A recent PBS documentary on large-scale deception used by the U.S. Army in  World War II.  Available on DVD, or for free download for Amazon Prime members.

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A reader recommended this on YouTube: Swedish Documentary On Failed Immigration


Instructional Videos:

Brent0331 –a video blogger and former Marine–has a great series of videos on camouflage uniforms and a how to camouflage your weapons and field gear. He even has a video on the classic Rhodesian brushstroke camouflage pattern.

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Video From the 1950s: How to Build a Basement Fallout Shelter. JWR’s Comments: Adding an inward-opening vault door will make your shelter double as a walk-in vault for guns, optics, and other valuables.

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Lucas Botkin and Garand Thumb on MK18s


Sermons and Bible Studies:

The U.S. Constitution: Founded On The Laws Of God – Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Sep. 17, 2017

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John MacArthur – Amazing Sermon on Election


Libertarian Christian Institute Podcast: Ep 32: “Called to Freedom” With Elise Daniel and Jacqueline Isaacs

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A Moment to Ponder Podcast.  (This podcast has not been incremented in a couple of years, but the archives are quite useful.)


Self Sufficient Mountain Living

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Food Storage Made Easy Blog

Gear (Headlamps):

There are countless night-time chores that are inconvenient or impractical when using a hand-held flashlight. We’ve been using a new variety of headlamps at the Rawles Ranch for several months with good success. The model is:  FM BORUIT 5000Lm 4 Modes 3xT6 LEDs Rechargeable Headlamp + US plug AC charger

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Our vlogger friend Cody (aka Wranglerstar) told us about Grizzly Peak Enterprises, in Idaho. They hand-make some great lightweight scabbards for axes and felling wedges. These are a must for professional woodsmen as well as folks like me with just a private stand of trees that we selectively harvest. By coincidence, the company is run by Albert Altmiller, a relative of one of my old friends–the late, great Jake Altmiller, of Orofino, Idaho.

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Offboard storage is now so inexpensive and ransomware is now so commonplace that you have no excuse but to back up everything on your hard disk! I recommend this USB drive: WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0

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Sandusky Lee WS362486-C Chrome Steel Wire Shelving, 4 Adjustable Shelves, 800 lb. Per Shelf Capacity, 86″ Height x 36″ Width x 24″ Depth


Make a Suggestion

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  1. Just another recommendation for a good headlamp. Although much more expensive at about $75, the Fenix HLR60R is a very robust and simple to use headlamp with up to 960 lumen running off a single 18650 battery (I use Orbtronic 3400mAh). I agree with Jim that a good headlamp is extremely useful for tasks around the property, camping, hiking, and during power outages. Most of the time I am working with around 50 lumens and the battery will last 29 hours, and at a brighter 150 lumens for more than 10 hrs. That is plenty long enough to not have to change batteries during a job or chore as I did with AAA based headlamps so popular today. Like the headlamp Jim linked, the 18650 battery(yes) give so much more brightness and last so much longer than AAA or AA ones that I no longer by anything in portable lights but 18650 platform (except pocket light).

  2. I have the recommended headlamp. I have had it for a couple of years now. It works very well, run time is really good. However, it really has no “low” or “starlight” setting. So don’t think you will be very stelthy at night with it. Also, It kinda ticks me off that the ChiComms use a play on the well respected Brunton name. Even using their colors and patterns.

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