The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Oops, it seems Russia has a lost nuclear powered missile?

The IRS and Taxpayer Information

Reader DSV sent in this detailing how the IRS still lacks protections for sensitive taxpayer information. In this day and age of hardened data and government as well as private hackers, you would think that an institution that mandates every citizen have a profile would at least offer modern protection for that data. You would be wrong. Even with over 100 reforms explicitly pointed out to them, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) claims that the IRS has implemented virtually none of them in their latest audit. The IRS has a significant deficiency in internal control over financial reporting systems according to the audit. While the IRS isn’t the only government office to suffer from this lack of data hardening, they are one of the worst.

Russian AK-308

For those who love their AK-47, but miss the performance of the 7.62×51 NATO battle round, your dreams have now come true. Kalashnikov has now released the .308 version of their venerable AK-47 rifle. According to the company, the new rifle is based on the AK103 submachine gun with elements and components of the AK-12 automatic. It weighs in at a hefty 9 1/2 pounds with an empty 20-round magazine. It’s unclear at this point on whether the Russian military’s intent is to field the battle rifle or not, but it seems like a possibility. Thanks to G.P. for the link.

Nine-Year-Old Competitive Shooter

Alpha Addy is a nine-year-old shooter that is taking the gun world by storm. The youth started shooting three years ago after watching other kids shred steel at the range. Since her parents were not familiar with firearms, her godfather took her under his wing and started teaching her. He only agreed to do this if she promised she would be safe and that she would take it seriously. She continues to climb the ranks at her local league and improves her performance with every competition. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

Good Guys with a Gun

Reader T.P. sent in this video of the “Good Guys with Guns” trailer. If you are not familiar with this work, you should be. This is a James Jaeger Film profiling why good guys with guns are so necessary in the world today. The worst atrocities of all times have been committed by governments. Hitler was responsible for the deaths of over 23 million innocent people. Stalin killed more than 25 million Russians. Mao Tse-tung murdered more than 45 million of his own people. All of these regimes as well as others preceded their murderous sprees by disarming the population. The founders of the United States understood this human propensity for the use of corrupt power. They created a set of conditions that outlined man’s God-given right to protect themselves from the tyranny of the government and to protect themselves from the assault of other people on an individual level. This is a movie worth seeing.

Concealed Carry Licenses

A new report shows that the number of United States Citizens that have concealed carry permits is up 273% since 2007 with 7.14% of the American population now having concealed carry licenses. This definitely shows that Americans continue to embrace the benefits of gun ownership and the trend is following the massive growth in overall gun purchases after Obama took office. It’s also important to point out that the growth isn’t among while middle class men as depicted by the media. The majority of the growth is among women, African-Americans and Asians. Armed women tend not to get raped. Thanks to DSV for the link.

Lost: One Nuclear Powered Missile

Oops. Moscow is still hunting for a nuclear powered cruise missile that is still missing from a test last year. Since the missile was nuclear powered, it could supposedly fly all around the world, navigating around missile defense systems while making its way to the target. So far, all four tests have ended in crashes and now it would appear that at least one of the missiles has not been recovered. it is thought that the missile crashed into the Barents sea. Though designed to carry nuclear arms, the missile would not have been armed during the test. However, it did contain a small nuclear power plant on board to power it. Thanks to reader T.J. for the link.

South Africa

Reader D.B. pointed out that president Trump is aware of the crises in South Africa. He has started tweeting about it now. What is sad is reading the responses to his tweet. Many responders simply don’t believe that the atrocity is taking place. (Fair Warning: The link takes you to Twitter.)

Rain Roof

Reader T.J. sent in this video from homesteadonomics featuring his new rain roof. The roof was originally intended to gather water for his garden, but you could use this for a variety of things. The video shows the full build process and talks about the possible uses.

Survival Realty

Although a bit pricey, Survival Realty has a nice “fly-in” property listing in northern Idaho that includes a 2800 square foot home on 7.49 acres with some beautiful views. The property has direct access to a private airfield and has an insulated/heated hangar/shop.

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  1. Russian AK-308
    I can’t access the site right now, but it sounds like a re-chambering of the Dragunov SVD rifle. Can’t wait to be able to access the site to see what it looks like.

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