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–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on the SIG-Sauer Whiskey 3 Riflescope. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

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Mauser Military Rifles of the World. (A good reference book, for anyone who is considering collecting Mausers.)

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Sixguns by Keith: The Standard Reference Work

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Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America

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Saddles. (A great reference book.)

Movies & Television:

Snow To Sand. (Documentary.) Here is a description: Snow To Sand tells the story of explorers Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter on their historic winter expedition of America’s 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico, a journey The New York Times has called “the most daring and foolhardy wilderness expedition since Lewis and Clark.”  (Available on DVD, or for free streaming for those with Amazon Prime.)

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Band of Brothers / The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

John Lovell: Essential Gear for Long Range Shooting

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Over at the great Full30.com firearms video site: Trijicon MRO vs Aimpoint Pro

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Wranglerstar: Why I’m Switching My Pocket Knife

Web Pages and Blogs:

Reader DSV suggested this, over at the Urban Survival Site: Basic Soap Making Tutorial That Anyone Can Follow. Note: You’ll have to get past their annoying pop-up windows. Here is a snippet from this quite useful article:

“Soap making is a chemical reaction, and as such, it is not always as predictable or convenient as we would like. Too much fat, and your soap will be soft and greasy. Too little fat, and you may end up with pockets of lye and other difficulties.

When you unmold your soap, watch for liquid on the underside or sides of the soap brick. If the liquid is oily, this can be extra fat, but if it resembles water it is liquid lye. Wear gloves if there is any extraneous liquid on your soap. Use paper towels to mop up the liquid, and then make sure to discard the paper safely. Soap with extra liquid will need a bit longer to age before you use it.”

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VolkStudio Blog. (Pro-gun photographer Oleg Volk)

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The Survival Sherpa blog has been consistently good and paractical.

Gear & Grub:

I recently  mounted one of these on one of my sporterized antique Mauser rifles. The optics are amazingly  crisp, and from all reports these are quite sturdy and reliable scopes.  At less than $120, the Whiskey 3 scopes are remarkably affordable: SIG-Sauer Whiskey 3 Riflescope 3-9X – SOW33202

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Streamlight TLR-8 Tactical Weapon Light/Green Laser 500 Lumens Black

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4-Piece Stainless Steel Airtight Canister Set, Food Storage Container for Kitchen Counter, Sugar, Coffee, Canister with Clear Acrylic Lid Locking Clamp 28 oz, 32 oz, 38 oz, 65 oz.


  1. I would like to see this column on the topic of sovereign liberty, and how England was the beacon of defending their liberty down through the centuries. For reference, look up Kris Anne Hall’s youtube videos on Genealogy of the Constitution. I would love to have a good working list of books to buy to educate the next generation on this concept. I have a lot, but I would love to have more. Kid’s books would be helpful too.

  2. If you don’t care if your soap is ugly and lumpy, you can do what is called Hot Process (vs Cold Process) and cook the snot out of the developing soap to speed the chemical reactions. As long as you have enough fat, there is less likely to be lye pockets/ seepage.

    General warning lye and water are aggressively exothermic, which means they get very hot when mixed. Add the lye to water, it is less likely to sputter that way.

  3. “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America” Book by David Horowitz, Listed under recommended books in today’s Survivalblog.

    From the Amazon page:
    “In Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America, Horowitz examines how our elites — increasingly secular and atheist — are pushing a radical agenda:

    1. How the left trashes Christian doctrines critical to the American Republic, much like radical Islam’s war on “infidel” cultures like ours.

    2. Why the left fights to keep prayer and religion out of public schools, and how those efforts fly in the face of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson’s intentions.

    3. How fanatical liberals helped create the religious right by targeting evangelicals and believing Catholics and other conservatives.

    4. How Barack Obama’s ultra-liberal agenda galvanized the anti-God, anti-religious left.

    5. The violent and shocking manifesto of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger who advocated the use of dynamite to promote “revolutionary solidarity.”
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their ~~>Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. …” Declaration of Independence.

    If the source of our rights is God, then the ‘left-wingers’ can’t legitimately take away our basic rights.

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