Preparedness Notes for Friday – October 06, 2017

October 6 is the birthday of Thor Heyerdahl. (Born 1914, died April 18, 2002.) Although his east-to-west theory of Pacific Ocean transmigration was later disproved by genetics studies, his many adventures were still remarkable.

Today is also the birthday of science fiction author David Brin. (born, 1950.) He wrote The Postman, which was very loosely the foundation of a movie by Kevin Costner.

Sweet Spot For the 21st Century With Calibers Beating .308- Part 4, by Alpine Evader


Today, I’ll wrap up this series by writing about fire teams and our planning and training regimen. Also, I’ll outline some of our desires for the future.

Fire Teams of Four (or Three)

In SHTF, two fire teams of four would be absolutely fabulous, but we practice with one less person. This factors in SHTF reality, when we’ll suffer injuries, illness, homestead security, et cetera, into our planning and training regimen. A command element of four people– a squad leader, radio, two NCOs– would round this fantasy of a full-strength fire team out. We aren’t into fantasy, but that’s what we would wish for, four-man fire teams.

Fire Team Option A

Fire team option A is the best and most efficient fire team. This team consists of two 12.5″ or 14.5″ 5.56mm operators and two 6.8 SPC operators, one with a DMR of 18″. The fire team is most cost … Continue reading

Freeze Dried Friday:

Harvest Right

Welcome to Freeze Dried Friday on SurvivalBlog! We’ve been making so many things in the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer that we want to share some of them with you. If you have something wonderful you’ve prepared in your freeze dryer that you would like to share with SurvivalBlog readers, take a photo of it and send it in along with a description. We might just feature you here!

Asparagus Chicken Alfredo

The Latimer family is still camping this week so the freeze dryers have not been in production. However, Mrs. Latimer gave me permission to share one of our favorite meals this campout, made using the Harvest Right Freeze Drier. You can make this meal completely, then freeze dry the results if you desire, but it will not be as satisfactory. I highly recommend that you freeze dry the individual components, then re-hydrate and make the meal.

The primary reason … Continue reading

Economics & Investing For Preppers

Blade Runner Gun

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on investing in original movie props.  (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

First up at Seeking Alpha: Precious Metals Q3 2017 Review And The Outlook For Q4

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Slide in gold prices halts as dollar eases


Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party


LME zinc prices strengthen; aluminium, copper consolidate

Economy and Finance:

No U.S. Bailout for Puerto Rican Debt, Trump’s Budget … Continue reading