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 “JWR”.  Today, we focus on Armed Americans.

The Dreaded H.R. 8 Headed to Rules Committee

The dreaded unconstitutional H.R. 8–a nationwide ban on private party sales of guns–was ramrodded through the House Judiciary Committee last week. In the Democrat-dominated committee, NO amendments were approved and debate was cut short. The bill is next headed to the House Rules Committee for a brief hearing at 5 p.m. on February 25th.  (The House Rules Committee has long been considered the Speaker’s pet committee, and is one of main sources of parliamentary power for the Speaker position.) There, it should get a “rubber stamp” approval, since Speaker Pelosi is fast-tracking the bill. A floor vote can be expected soon.  It now has a frightening 232 co-sponsors. Please contact your Congrescritter and urge him/her to load up H.R. 8 with as many Killer Amendments as possible.  Ditto for contacting your U.S. Senators, for the Senate version, which is dubbed S.42.  Ask them to kill that bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Benchmade: Say It Isn’t So!

Video from Jon Patton at TGC: Is Benchmade Anti-Gun? – The Fight

Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire

H.L. recommended this video: Interview: Ron Paul and the Never-Ending Story of Empire

Korwin Essay: Armed Americans

Reader Tim J. wrote to suggest this great essay: Korwin: The Great Secret Anti-Gunners Don’t See, Can’t See or Won’t See. The piece begins:

“This whole concealed carry thing is about being ready to shoot someone. Let’s not sugarcoat it in any way: You get a sidearm (or a dozen) and take at least minimal training (hopefully), or, better yet, lifelong training. And for what? So you know how to safely and accurately shoot someone, or a bunch of someones, if the need properly arises. Our laws back us up.

That, of course, horrifies the gunless, the hoplophobes, most liberals, power brokers in Congress and our enemies around the globe. Americans, uniquely, of their own volition and expense, go out and teach themselves how to shoot people. That’s pretty amazing when you think of it in such unvarnished terms.

Most of what you read in these pages, in gun books in your collection and during classes you’ve endured deals, directly or indirectly, with the art and science of shooting people, though for righteous reasons only, of course. (That last part completely escapes most enemies of the 2nd Amendment and has them perpetually fighting against us.)

If I lived in some other nation — a top-of-the-line one or the most backwater on the planet — I really would not want to attack a nation like that. I wouldn’t even want to get them angry. People who think that way and train that way, well … that’s a mindset you had best leave alone. Those folks do what they want, they protect themselves, they’re self-starters, there’s something truly exceptional about them.”


Federal Government Shares Terror Watchlist with Private Groups

H.L. sent us this: Federal government shares terror watchlist with over 1000 private groups: report.

Record Snowfall in Arizona

Also from H.L.: Winter storm brings record snowfall to parts of Arizona

More About China’s Social Credit System

Peter spotted this:  China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains. A quote from the article:

“The annual blacklist is part of a broader effort to boost ‘trustworthiness’ in Chinese society and is an extension of China’s social credit system, which is expected to give each of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score.

The social credit system assigns both positive and negative scores for individual or corporate behaviour in an attempt to pressure citizens into behaving.

Human rights advocates, though, worry that the arbitrary system does not take into account individual circumstances and so often unfairly labels individuals and firms as untrustworthy.

Over 3.59 million Chinese enterprises were added to the official creditworthiness blacklist last year, banning them from a series of activities, including bidding on projects, accessing security markets, taking part in land auctions and issuing corporate bonds, according to the 2018 annual report released by the National Public Credit Information Centre.”

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And here is some commentary, by fellow blogger Michael Snyder: Is China’s Social Credit System A Preview Of The Coming “Beast System”?

Palmetto’s Latest Sale: AR Carbine Build Kits

For folks who have been stockpiling  AR -15 lower receivers, and who are hunting for affordable completion parts:  Palmetto State Armory (one of our fine affiliate advertisers) has announced a short-term sale on their 16″ M4 Carbine Length 5.56 NATO Nitride Carrier “Freedom Rifle Kit” for just $279, with free shipping. That kit has everything that you’ll need for an M4gery build, except a stripped lower. No FFL is required to order that parts kit. This sale ends on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. At the PSA site, search on: SKU: 5165450351. Stack them deep!

You can send your news tips to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!


  1. Palmetto State Armory also has complete lower kits with buffer tube and Magpul adjustable stock on sale for $89.99, everything one needs to complete the lower.

    I mention this because, while the end result is not as cheap as the $279.99 “Freedom Rifle” deal, it allows using any upper at all that fits an AR-15 lower, in any caliber that runs in an AR-15 lower (6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, 300BLK, Wilson’s new 300 HAM’R, .458 SOCOM, etc.) . My preference runs to longer barrels in 5.56 (18″-20″) with full-length gas systems, which among other complete upper assemblies, go on sale at PSA from time to time, and other upper options from other sources are available as well, as assemblies and individual parts. Specifically noted is Brownell’s pre-order offering of a BRN Upper assembly, which is a complete 16″ barreled upper with the original 2-spring internal recoil management of the original AR produced by Armalite decades ago (which, BTW, is where the “AR” in AR-15 came from – it means “Armalite Rifle”) – no buffer assembly required, works just fine with the stock folded (so also start looking for LAW Tactical folding stock adapters on sale, and if the BRN becomes popular, someone will start making lowers with easy and more compact folding stock attachment).

    In any case, whether you use something like lower build kits from PSA or hardware – including specialty triggers – from other sources, I’d strongly suggest building out any stripped lowers you may have ASAP even if you don’t have uppers for them at the moment. It’s easy to “borrow” an upper from at AR-15 you already own to test the lower build, then clean, oil, vac-pack and secure until you locate the upper you want for it (I wouldn’t dilly-dally on that either, but a fully built and functional lower assembly is one 10 second snap-click away from adding an upper to make it complete).

    Oh, and magazines. PSA has those on sale, too for Ar-15s. As has been well documented elsewhere, the correct number of magazines for each of your guns is “more.” Pro Tip: Find a way to lock up your magazines just like you lock up your guns; their value is steadily increasing, and depending on politics, may take a very sudden increase.

    1. Agreed. My preferred 5.56 barrel length is also 18″-20″, with 300BLK at 10.5″. Those are the lengths those cartridges were actually designed for.

      I have a friend who has home-built almost a dozen ARs (yes, there are many here in CA exercising their rights quietly behind enemy lines, never doubt it) who finished a shorty 7.5″ 5.56 last year. Not my style, but he likes it. To each his own, I guess.

  2. I have contacted my senators regarding S42. One is fully for it and one against. You can guess which party they are in. Since we began reading Survival blog after reading The Patriots, we have left the major metropolitan city, acquired 15 acres, built our home and barn. We have stacked deep in bean, bullets and bandaids. We continue to prepare for the worst but have reach the age where acquiring more mags, more ARs will not make a difference as there is just two of us and both over 65. With no immediate family, I am sure there are many at our age that will just ignore the ban on private sales when we are no longer able to manipulate them. Hopefully we will find like minded patriots and give them to the next generation.

    1. Barbara

      We too are in the golden years. Our thoughts on this subject is we have the core equipment but we also have our 2nd Amendment IRA. It will be liquidated legally when the time comes or donated if that time is after we move on. Take care.

  3. I recently heard some Liberal pundit on TV say that there is no problem with illegal aliens in America. He claimed that only 4 percent of illegals are involved in criminal activities. So, let’s see: I recently googled the number of illegals in this country. A Yale professor-Dr.Mohammed Fazel Zarandi-estimates the number at 22.8 million. Others claim the number is less. So, 4 percent of 22.8 million is 912,000 criminals in America today. No problem? I’m with President Trump on this one. We NEED the wall!
    I would like to compare AR-15 gun owners to Illegals. It is estimated that around 15 million Americans own one or more of these fine rifles. So, using the same percentage number (.04) as used for illegal aliens commiting crimes, that number comes in at 600,000! Can anybody prove that that many of us legal gun owners are committing that many acts of mayhem in America today? It is usually one here, one there and only a handful every year. I doubt that as many as 25 AR15s have ever been used criminally! And, yet, in spite of the infenitesimal low number of abuses of these rifles, the anti-Constitution people in America want to take ALL of these great rifles from EVERYBODY in America that has one, from people who are NOT CRIMINALS!! They trusted millions of soldiers to handle these in the service, but, they will not trust them now as civilians!

    1. When the Bible was taught in the public schools there was ZERO gun control and ZERO gun incidents. When the LEFTist/Statist under their strings being pulled by the globalists, they’ve sued the Bible out of the public schools and consider Christianity/Conservative views as something to fight against for Social Justice. Now we have in the public schools, lying, cheating, illegal drugs, legally drugged students by the state, free condoms, teen pregnancy, abortion without parents notified by law, hatred towards authority, stabbings, arson, rape, gang rape, murder, shootings, mass shootings, and bombings.

      Everyone mass shooter in American history was filled to the brim of LEFTist principles–they were void of Christ’s principles in their heart. It’s not the Christians fault for these shootings, but the LEFT’s fault. Remove guns from the Statist–after all when they are in charge of governments those governmental guns seemed to be used on the We the People [Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pot Pol, Ediamin, Uganda, et al.]

      God bless!

  4. I was reading an article last night that purported to state President Trump was lying when he said most people in ICE detention were criminals. The liberal pundit claimed Trump was lying as ICE’s records indicated that 59% of those in detention had no criminal record. 59%. Meaning of course that 41% HAVE some sort of criminal record. Will a wall help? Maybe. But maybe we don’t need a wall. Maybe we need for all illegals to be automatically federal felons by default with no recourse to the rights and privileges afforded citizens and legalized aliens. Automatic deportation once, them death penalty if they come back- no exceptions.


  6. We have been taking advantage of the PSA deals and especially when orders come with 10 PMAGs!

    I’d like bring up another deal on a higher end AR for those interested. Check out the La Rue Ultimate Upper Kit. You can get that and their stripped lower separate. If you choose the PredatAR barrel you are basically getting their PredatAR rifle that they sell for 1800 but you are saving about 700 by building the lower yourself.

  7. Korwin’s writing raises many noteworthy observations, but the simple truth is, the Left is less complicated than he suggests. Gun control is about power and who shall have it. Nothing less, nothing more. Has nothing to do with crime stats, psycho-babble, etc. It’s about power. The Framers knew it, and saw this coming.

  8. I bought a kit from Palmetto State recently, and the gas key on the bolt carrier appeared to be inadequately staked (very light impressions on the carrier, not extending into the screwheads). As I have heard nothing but good about the company, I sent a photo and a nice e-mail, requesting their review and opinion – even offered to keep it if they judged it was appropriately staked… no answer in a week. Maybe they’re getting too busy?

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