Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — August 28, 2019

August 28, 1833 is the anniversary of the abolishment of slavery throughout the British Empire.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 84  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 84 ends on September 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. August 28 is also the day that Emmett Till was murdered in Money Mississippi.
    The death of this 14 year old boy from Chicago is thought to represent a tipping point in the struggle for civil rights and the end of Jim Crow laws.
    Yet still the fight goes on. My Father grew up in Birmingham Alabama.
    He told me that it was his military service fighting side by side with men of all colors and religions that made him realize that we all bleed red.
    Rest in Peace Mr. Till.

  2. Slavery still exists in the former empire ,they just didn’t want to be liable for feeding,housing,clothing,medical care for them so they went to arms-length ownership,all profit, no expense.

  3. Re: Schumer say FBI should “sign off” on body armor sales to civilians.

    Get it while you can. With muzzles velocities of 3,100fps, lead core projectiles can defeat level 3. Running M193 out of 20″ barrel might be adequate, if the range is less than 100 meters. AR500 plates, marketed as Level 3+, is resistant. Yet it would not likely be resistant to 300 Win Mag at maximum pressures and speeds, approaching 3,500fps. I’d opt for the standard and less expensive Level 3 protection, as carbine length barrels, by popular demand, are now the standard… It is a good thing that most can’t think beyond ‘the box’. Unfortunately wearing heavy plate would slow this old and slow guy down to a crawl, but it would be good in static position.

  4. A .50 cal can not defeat 3 inch thick steel plates. Design your body armor accordingly. Half inch thick steel will defeat almost any firearm up to just under .50 cal. I know it’s a huge gap but not much caliber from a .300 win mag to .50 cal. Can you still walk and manuver in those plates? Probably not.

    You must do your own research and assess your own athletics.

  5. I have on my desk a piece of ½” cold roll steel with 5 holes in it I shot through it with a 264 Win Mag. High velocity projectiles don’t actually bore (part metal) in thick steel. They literally melt their way through leaving raised craters in and out. 3/8” Some AR500 targets claim to take 300 Win Mag and 338 Lapua Mag but some also state 2900fps max. Velocity counts so range is a large factor.

    1. Speed is the key, not sectional density, or mass. Ballistic coefficient is a factor, yet a minor one. Angle of impact is a key factor. That is why armor is often sloped, or curved. Bullet construction at those speeds is critical. A bonded bullet is probably necessary. A 125 grain will fly faster, yet will it hold together in flight? By my estimates, running a .300 Win Mag, or newer equivalent short mags, or .300 Weatherby, with a 150 grain lead core boolit at 3,400 fps, should penetrate AR500, or Level 3, from as far away as 200 yards. It is going to hurt regardless.

      Per the Army, .50BMG API is effective from a maximum of 400 yards with a perpendicular hit on armor plate, how thick I can’t recall, but Level 4 body armor is certainly irrelevant. Brass Fetch always provides hard data. Here, he steps the game with AP. Although we do not necessarily have AP, the correlation between impact velocity, and depth of penetration is easy to verify:

      Armor Plate Shootout – 0.5″ thick MIL-A-12560 armor plate

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