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 MagPul PMAG magazines. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


Nation of Cowards: Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control.

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Complete Works O. Henry Authorized Edition 12 Volume Set


Movies & Television:

The Korean War – 60th Anniversary Commemorative Documentary Collection

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The second season of the very cleverly-crafted parallel universe television series Counterpart began airing last month on Starz, and will wrap up on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Most of the actors play dual roles–as versions of themselves in modern-day parallel Earths. Warning: Graphic violence and some nudity. Here is the premise of the series, as described at the Infogalactic wiki:

“Howard Silk has been working for a United Nations agency based in Berlin for thirty years; however, his rank is too low for him to be told what his work really involves. In fact, the agency oversees a crossing point to a parallel Earth (the “Prime world”), a copy of Silk’s world. This crossing point was opened or created by East German scientists in 1987 and these two versions of Earth have been diverging ever since.

Silk’s “other” self, his counterpart from the Prime world, is, among other things, a field agent who regularly makes crossings to Silk’s world (the “Alpha world”) to retrieve “others” who have gone rogue. Factional in-fighting in the agency in the Prime world spills over to the Alpha world, endangering Silk and his comatose wife, Emily.”


I’ve recently spent some of my working hours with the free Folk Alley music streaming service playing in the background. It is mostly good stuff, with a minimum of commercial interruptions.

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And speaking of folk music, this 3-CD boxed set is worth every penny: History of American Folk.

Instructional Videos:

Kansas Prepper: Bug Out Bag Recommendations

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IV8888: Suppressed KSG.

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Sootch00: Military Surplus Mess Kit Comparison


Military Surplus Canteens from Armies from Around the World


Gear & Grub (MagPul PMAGs):

For safety, everyone who welds needs one of these: ABN Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Fire Retardant Blanket, 4’ x 6’ Foot – Small Welding Fireproof Thermal Resistant Insulation.

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I noticed that GunMagWarehouse (one of our affiliate advertisers) is running a special on 10-packs of windowed Gen2 30-round MagPul PMAGs for just under $135. At their site, search on “SKU: 10 PACK MAG570-BLK.”  I plan to stack them deep!

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Sailor Boy Pilot Bread Crackers

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Red Feather Real Canned Butter (12 Cans) & Bega Real Canned Cheese (12 Cans) Combo (24 Cans Total)


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  1. If you wonder why it would be a good thing to invest in a collection of O. Henry’s writings why don’t you do a search for his “the Gift of the Magi”. It is available instantly on the internet. It’s only a few screens long and in large print.
    You will never forget it.

  2. On Counterpart: I hope they don’t end it on a cliffhanger. Been watching it, it’s interesting but it gets slow. 1st season had some nudity and lesbian scenes, nothing like that in the second, more suggestion than anything. I don’t see how they end it on the 17th. It would take one more season to bring it to a close.

    It is worth watching. They should be showing the whole of the second season on Sunday. I think it’s only 6 to 8 episodes,

  3. Wow, what bounty today.

    1. O. Henry, all of him. Every Christmas, my sweet spouse and I endeavor to read The Gift of the Magi to each other. As Bob Brennan says above, we never regret it.

    2. American Folk history. Some of the songs by lefties like Odetta and Pete Seeger speak right to me. Sometimes we have a lot in common.

    3. Military surplus canteens. I hated the too-small capacity of canteens back in USMC, circa late 60s. The modern 2 quart USGI model is more like it. Best of the lot that was reviewed. I also enjoyed seeing our equipment comparing favorably to other countries. Gonna have to get me one of them 2 quart babies.

    Carry on

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