JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies that have any tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food as and food storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. This week the focus is on Milwaukee brand cordless chainsaws. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force

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Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

Instructional Videos and Vlogs:

Dr. Bones Nurse Amy: Boiling Water To Make It Safe To Drink: Disinfection, Filters and Fire. “Many sources of water, even sometimes from a tap, are contaminated and unsafe to drink. Using filters and boiling water will go a long way towards making the water safer to consume. Boiling will not remove certain toxins nor kill all pathogens. Learn more with Dr. Joe Alton’s sound advice.”

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Of interest to those who own metal detectors: Unexpected Discovery Forces Treasure Hunter to Question Everything He Knows. JWR’s Comment: My guess is that with that many discarded broken shoe buckles, the scissors, the hammer head and the thimble, the original owner of the property was a cobbler. It bears mention that the hammer head he found was the right size for cobbling work. Take a look at his other videos. It is nice to see that he packs a Glock, when he’s out in the woods. And there is more than just metal detecting in his videos. He often points out the wild edibles that he finds.

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Reader Tim J. mentioned this video from Wranglerstar: Close Call Caught On Tape.

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An important recent video from “Max Velocity”: How Not to Shoot Your Buddies – Drills to Avoid Fratricide

Podcasts and Music:

S.B. wrote to suggest this: “You may not have heard of the new audio drama podcast called Blackout. The premises is the United States loses power. Overall, it is entertaining to think about, from a survival aspect.” Warning: This audio drama podcast is not for kids. There is some foul language and there are some suggestive situations.

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If you have the LBRY app, then check out this concert video from Rapalje: Celtic Folk Music Full Live Concert @ MPS Festival Hamburg. Warning: There are some bawdy lyrics and crude on-stage behavior. Note: This video is also available on YouTube. But please folks: It is high time migrate away from WeCanCensorYouTooTube! Seriously, by now you should be watching the majority of your videos with liberty-minded sites and and apps such as Full30.com and LBRY.

Gear & Grub:

Reader Davis S. e-mailed me to mention:

“Please let your readers know that Palmetto State Armory now has a complete Blackhawk M4 stock AR lowers on sale for $99.99! Match one of those with a 16″ mid-length 5.56 NATO 1/7″ nitride MOE complete upper that includes MBUS rear sight for $259.99 and FREE SHIPPING, and you have a complete AR for less than $400!”

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Dr. M. wrote:

“I want to bring your attention to the Milwaukee brand cordless chainsaw. I was turned onto this by a contractor providing remodeling services on my home.  Although I don’t own one personally, he informed me that he can cut for over two hours on a battery charge. It is significantly quieter than a gasoline operated saw and could likely be recharged with a solar panel, TEG module, or generator.  I imagine this could be helpful if fuel was scarce.
Interestingly, I encountered a blogger online who paired a cordless Makita chainsaw with an inverter and a series of batteries in the back of his pick up truck. He was able to recharge the batteries using his alternator, and do a significant amount of wood cutting using the battery bank.
Just a few interesting ideas, although I like the thought of a dedicated Milwaukee cordless chainsaw the best.”

JWR Adds: I’d recommend getting at least three spare 9-amp batteries on hand, to keep on hand, charged. Oh, and a half-dozen spare chains.

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Forster 8-Piece Gunsmith Screwdriver Set. These are properly hollow-ground (non-marring) and made in USA!

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Rucksack Rob sent this:

“Here’s a recommendation for adding to a perennial garden…

Homesteader Onions (aka: Egyptian Walking Onions)
They are cold hardy (even in the Northern Great Lakes) but be advised, these can overtake a garden fairly easy over a period of a year or three. I keep mine in a 8×8 raised bed…by themselves.
One of the best things about Homesteader Onions is, after they are established, there are always plenty to thin out and pass on to family and friends. They are available for Sept/Oct shipping for fall planting.”

Make a Suggestion

Want to suggest Recommendations of your own? Then please send them to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!