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 Gear Cloud Defensive OWL weapons light.  (See the Gear & Grub section.)


The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases

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Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War

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The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850, by Brian Fagan

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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West

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One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon


The Longest Day

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Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary (DVD)

Instructional Videos and Vlogs:

The now most-often mentioned decentralized alternative to the heavily-censored YouTube is the blockchain-based LBRY.  I highly recommend getting the LBRY app, and migrating there. YouTube is dead!

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From Wranglerstar: Ultimate 4×4 Ford Transit Quadvan Tour

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Garand Thumb: How to Paint Your Rifle. (Complete with his usual droll sense of humor.)

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How to Clean a Bear. (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.)

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TREE FELLING, DONT COMPLICATE IT. JWR’s Comment: A good video, but please folks: Always wear a helmet, Kevlar chainsaw chaps, eye protection, and ear protection!

Gear and Grub:

With California’s new ammunition purchase background check system scheduled to begin on July 1st, I strongly recommend that all my California readers get to your local store and buy up your bulk ammunition immediately. Already, you’ve have to mail order ammunition through a California FFL dealer. Until July 1st, there is nothing stopping you from making a trip out of state and stocking up! After that, there will be severe restrictions. Perhaps the Fruit Nazi state line check stations may also be searching for illegal quantities of ammunition.

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Gear Cloud Defensive OWL – Optimized Weapon Light (FDE Anodized).  Notably, this weapons light is recommended by Garand Thumb. He calls it: “nearly indestructible.” (See his detailed review video.) And yes, they are made in USA.

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GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit with Case

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Forester Chainsaw Safety Chaps – Full Wrap Zipper – Real Tree Camo (Regular (37″) Fits Most 5’4″ to 6′ Tall)

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Hefty Strong Multipurpose Large Black Garbage Bags – 30 Gallon, 56 Count

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CLIF BAR Energy Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter

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  1. Hello, another ammo company that is great to deal with and very good on pricing is Summitt Ammo based out of AL check internet. They are a DOD contractor as well. I have bought from them for 10 years ++. They have most calibers and supply or ship fast also don’t ask many questions either. They can do some custom work as well. They do some discounts too you can mention my name as well amazon from southern Ohio too might help.
    Another outfit to deal with is Dura Coat out of WI its division of Lauery weaponry . I have several weapons that are coated comes in 500 plus colors so it makes wife happy too. I have a Beretta that’s been coat and doesnt show wear marks since I use it in my duty holster as a deputy (old school).

  2. @Amazon
    For what it’s worth it says right on the main page they dont do direct sales to the public. I copied and pasted this from their webpage…

    “Note: Summit Ammunition does not sell direct to the public.

    Please do not contact us regarding direct sales. Please see the dealers list below.”

  3. It seems very odd to me since the creature on the California flag is a bear that the government of California would insist on poking the bear with these continually asinine laws and rules that trounce individual liberties. Yet that seems exactly what they are intent on doing. Go ahead dummies, keep poking the bear and see what happens.

  4. Sorry to say that the window to get ammo through the mail here in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia closed long ago on 1 Jan 2018. The tyrannical mandate was that by Jan. 1, 2018, all ammunition in California must be purchased in person through a vendor licensed by the Department of Justice. Starting that date, online orders of ammunition also must be processed through one of these vendors.

    Reloading components will undoubtedly be the tyrant’s next target, since s-o-o-o-o many criminals reload their own. (he says facetiously)

  5. There is a bill already in process that would relabel various ammunition components, such as primers, brass, and powder, as ammunition themselves. This has been floated by Eric Swalwell. Not sure if it will pass or not.

    Just about have my wife convinced to leave, the big debate is about where to.

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