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 the Tipton Ultimate Gun Vise. (See the Gear section.)


Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition [6 volume – Set]

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I’ve mentioned this book once before, but it deserves another strong recommendation: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness (Dave Ramsey). I feel very strongly attuned to Ramsey’s guidance. To be ready for an economic depression, every family should be as close to debt free, as possible.


Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis: Special Edition

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Rashomon (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Vlogs and Instructional Videos:

How to Build a Tiny House With Metal Studs

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Nelson Tiny Houses Presents – The Montana HouseJWR’s Comment:  Their combination folding desk and Murphy bed design (starting at the 16:00 minute mark) is brilliant.

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The Boltline Van – Tour.  It is amazing to see what someone creative and skillful can do, converting ambulance into a camper.


A modern recorded presentation of an 1890 Charles H. Spurgeon sermon: God’s Will About the Future – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

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A. W. Pink: It is Better to Stay at Home and Read God’s Word


I’ve now had one of these for several months.  Now I’m wondering how I ever got along without it!  Tipton Ultimate Gun Vise.  I mainly use mine for rifle and shotgun cleaning.  But they are also fantastic for low-torque gunsmithing–such as scope mounting. (Note: Barreling or de-barreling a rifle barrel requires specialized equipment designed for high torque.)

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Rada Cutlery Kitchen Utensil Set – Stainless Steel Peel, Pare and Slice Gift Set Made in the USA

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J B Weld 8280 Industro Large 10 oz Weld Adhesive, Made in USA.

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  1. Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover is the fastest way to wealth creation. You see, if you have no debt then you can apply all those payments to investing in your family’s future. The book teaches step by step focus and intentionality. Why are we not focused and intentional with our money the way we are with, say, a firearm or our preps? You can get a free copy at the library or a very cheap one at a used book store.
    I have got to say that the Everydollar.com budget (a free Ramsey product) saved me hundreds of dollars in just the first 2 months. Apparently, I was hemorrhaging $20 bills from every pocket and didn’t even know it until I accounted for every penny in my budget. (unfortunately it’s a cloud software but you can use a fake name and the free version works if using a proxy VPN in your browser)

  2. We have a set of “Matthew Henry’s Commentary” and the 3 volumes of “The Rational Bibical Theology of Jonathan Edwards”. I would recommend both.

    We have also been using Dave Ramsey’s “Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover”. My wife bought while I was out of town working. I was able to read when I got home. It has helped us realize how much we were hemorrhaging money on a month/yearly basis. And helped set a plan in place to correct it.

  3. Dave Ramsey is great – up to a point. His advice and strategies on getting out of debt and staying out of debt are superb. But – when he gets into investment advice, he gets it completely wrong. “Invest in equities for the long term.” “Gold is a terrible investment.” He seems to believe that nothing really bad will ever hit the economy for more than a few short years and that its then back to “the sky’s the limit” fantasy. What will happen with all those equities when the credit market collapses and the cities burn to the ground?

  4. Thanks for the reminder of “Metropolis”
    It must have been incredible to watch in the 20’s. I wonder how close we are to such a fictional idea. There are many in our society who are completely removed from the reality of the “workers” and the machines of today keep getting smaller.

  5. One thing I haven’t seen or read about here is UniStrut. That’s a metal channel that can be used to build almost anything. Also made by Hilti and B-Line. Everything from different size channel to fittings and fasteners and mounting bases. Comes in both painted and galvanized, and I think also stainless (depending on manufacturer). I’ve even seen small buildings built using UniStrut as the framing members. As an electrician I worked with this on a regular basis.

    Just something to look in to.

  6. I’d agree that D.R. is great up until a point. His emphasis on purchasing products from captive (commission producing &/or advertisers) financial service companies is galling. So when D.R. says “buy term insurance from////, I take it to mean “learn how to buy term insurance at the lowest possible price.” It takes a little more work but was ultimately cheaper for you. Similarly, his emphasis on expensive financial advisers and loaded mutual funds is just contrary to modern portfolio management theories. His method would be at around a 1.25% all in expenses- over 25% of the expected 6% yield of a balanced portfolio! But, overall, the strong emphasis of debt reduction and savings early in the program is unbeatable, by the time you are clear of that you can make your own way.

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