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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at U.S.-produced Russian ammo.

Doug MacKinnon on the Coming EMP Blackout

Reader H.L. suggested this Fox News interview: Doug MacKinnon: Will you survive the coming blackout?

SurvivalBlog Archive USB Stick Sale: Going, Going…

Our small remaining supply of waterproof SurvivalBlog Archive USB sticks is currently on close-out sale, at just $19.95 each.  This is just until we exhaust the annual supply. This is your chance to order some extras, for gifts. When I last checked, we had only about 65 sticks remaining, and they’ve been selling at a rate of nearly 20 per day.  Order yours soon–before they are all sold out!

Free Bible, Shotgun, and Flag with Car Purchase

By way of, some news from Alabama: All-American Car Dealership Offers Bible, Shotgun & US Flag With Every Vehicle Purchase.

Is the US on the Path of Balkanization?

Over at American Partisan: Is the US on the path of Balkanization? Here is is how the article begins:

“Many people, the opinions of whom I greatly respect, have written on the state of politics and society in the US in such a way as to suggest the possibility of the US moving into a period of similar to what was seen in the former Republic of Yugoslavia from the mid 1980’s through to the late 1990’s, referred to by many as Balkanization. I’m certainly in agreement with these bloggers and writers, Matt Bracken being just one example.

The political, sociological, religious, ethnic and racial trajectory in the US is eerily similar to that of the former Yugoslavia in many ways. In the coming years, this will only worsen as we import millions and millions more migrants from third world sectors, nearly all of whom share absolutely nothing in common with the average American, if there is such a thing as an average American anymore.

The similarities between the US Yugoslavia begin where Yugoslavia’s downfall began: With the economy. It’s always the economy. Yugoslavia was totally socialist in their economic model. For you on the left, yes, it was indeed “real” socialism, complete with the never-ending litany of financial band-aid’s designed mainly to keep the rigged carnival game going for as long as possible for whomever was sitting at the top getting rich. The US economy may not appear to be socialist in the same way, for whatever reason many Americans maintain the idea of some bastardization of capitalism corrupted by, well, socialists.”

Google E-Mail Leak Proves Youtube Censorship

I often recommend getting the LBRY app. It is a viable un-censored alternative to YouTube.  Once you have the app installed, I recommend this video by Tim Pool: Google Email LEAKED, Proves Conservative Censorship At Youtube.  Here is the literal address: lbry://google-email-leaked-proves-conservative#61b9d6054d8bfc98d6d2374e0f5ffb2be35215fe  I checked, and that video was also at YouTube, but I suspect that it will be spiked by the time that you read this.

Hong Kong Protests Show Historic North-South Split in China

World View: Hong Kong Protests Show Historic Split Between Northern and Southern China

The Army Wants U.S. Companies to Crank Out Ammo for Russian Guns

Reader G.P. sent this: The Army Wants U.S. Companies to Crank Out Ammo for Russian Guns. To explain the need for U.S.-produced Russian ammo, here is a snippet:

“Why does the U.S. Army want American companies to make ammunition for Russian-designed weapons?

For the same reason that U.S. Special Operations Command wants U.S. companies to manufacture Russian-designed rifles and machine guns. Many groups that the U.S. supports, such as in the Middle East, have been accustomed to using Soviet and Russian weapons for years. The theory is that rather than force them to switch to Western arms, it’s easier for the U.S. to send them Russian weapons and ammunition made in America.

The announcement by Army Contracting Command merely says that the Office of the Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition System, is conducting a market survey to determine which manufacturers can produce ammunition for a shopping list of Russian weapons. But what a shopping list! The Army seems to want to recreate half the Soviet Cold War arsenal. The spreadsheet posted by the Army includes up to ten million AK-47 rifle and PKM and DShK machine gun rounds, 250,000 RPG-7 rockets, and bullets for Russian pistols.”

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  1. So,
    I wonder if the Army is going to insist that the American made Russian ammo is going to be to Russian specs. Or are they going to be built to American specs. ie. .308?, .310? Same thing with the rifles. And RPG’s.
    It would be good to build to original Russian specs. because U.S. supported forces can utilize field pick ups.

  2. It seems to me that they could buy all the Russian weapons and ammo they need for a fraction of the cost it would take to produce them here. I am sure the former Soviet bloc countries would be happy to fill this supposed need as they have been doing for years. Other countries such as Pakistan would be a good cheap source. Perhaps they should just stockpile this ordnance like the rest of us have been doing over the years.

  3. When will they learn? Regarding providing munitions to our “friends” of the present only to have them used against us in the future when they are no longer our “friends”. How many US troops will be killed by ammo made in this country?

    1. Red Rover, to echo your opinion, I wonder how many GIs were killed in Afghanistan by Stinger missiles supplied to the mujahadin during the Soviet occupation. Those poppies have a long shelf life and they kill indiscriminately.

      Carry on

  4. Is the US on the Path of Balkanization? = Has to be a rhetorical question.

    “At least 220 languages are spoken in California, and 44% of residents speak a language other than English at home. Seven million Californians say they cannot speak English well.” ~ Los Angeles Times, 9/5/2017.

    +In the USA many politicians are promising to give-away, ‘Free Stuff’ to both the rich and the poor. … Free Stuff~Promises are being made to Americans, and to anyone crossing our borders.
    Nothing in life is free. People forced to pay all the bills will be alienated from society. ~> They’ll seek ways to detach themselves from the money grabbing politicians, reaching into the wallets.

    SurvivalBlog: = “Governments Tend to Expand their Power to the Point that They Do Harm. In SurvivalBlog, I often warn of the insidious tyranny of the Nanny State. If the state where you live becomes oppressive, then don’t hesitate to relocate. Vote with your feet!”

  5. Regarding the Alabama car dealership giving away a shotgun with a vehicle purchase, I read that Ford Motor Company has forced the dealership to stop the practice. It seems Ford hates freedom.

  6. Is the US on the Path of Balkanization?
    I certainly, prayerfully, hope so. But I do not wish for the ensuring war(s). That we would all simply let the others go there way…but by the dear(/sarc) memory of Mr. Lincoln, how could this be?

    China has festering problems between north and south? Hmm, I wonder how many times (/sarc) the pentagon warned sitting Presidents of the coming Northern peoples getting their lands taken by hoards of invading Southern peoples and globally. Didn’t know that? Pitty. Yes, Republicans and Democrats were warned for decades to stop the phony East – West charade and focus on the actual coming problem of masses of invaders…you’ve been had by every President for 50 years. Have you ever wished that you didn’t know something? Who would listen anyway.

    The Army Wants U.S. Companies to Crank Out Ammo for Russian Guns
    I’m a little more cynical about this. I think it’s for the same reason that the CIA created, trained, and armed ISIS, because how can you have a never ending war if the “enemy” has little ammo?

  7. Re: US produced ammo for Russian guns.

    Two things.

    Never had a misfire from Russian or Communist block 7.62x54r. Not one. And a lot of it is decades old. Highly reliable, well packaged and accurate enough. Dirty though. Lots of cleaning when I am done shooting that stuff.

    The picture in the article showed .45 ACP brass, boxer primed rounds and then talked about Russian ammo which is seldom .45 ACP, often not brass and often not boxer primed. I just love journalists throwing garbage up in print or online for filler or whatever.

  8. Regarding arms distribution, the US remains the largest arms distributor globally, and historically. I personally helped distribute Russian-model weapons in a program equipping the Afghan police. We gave away over 100,000 of them in the 11 months I was there during my first tour.

    I do know that prior and subsequent programs (re)distributed hundreds of thousands of Russian-model weapons as well, to both Afghan Army and Police.

    Our purchases of ammo turned catastrophic when we bought millions of defective rounds from a low-budget soviet bloc supplier in 2006. AK weapons wouldn’t cycle with it and jams occurred. Costing lives.

    Still, my opinion is we should stop supplying arms and ammo.

  9. Nothing new on the US producing Com-block small arms ammo. Lake City made millions of rds of 7.62X39mm ammo during the Viet Nam war. I had it at the Long Binh ammo dump in 1971. We were shipping it to Cambodia.

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