Preparedness Notes for Friday — November 29, 2019

Today is the birthday of writer Clive Staples (“C.S.”) Lewis, who was born in 1898 and died 22 November 1963.

I have several Black Friday sales announcements:

Harvest Guard Reusable Canning Lids is offering a 15% discount on all of their products beginning at 12:00 am Friday November 29 through midnight, Monday December 2, 2019. Customers must use the coupon code “black15” during checkout on their web site at:

The manufacturer (ITT) offered a very special price, so Ready Made Resources is passing along the savings: PVS-14 Gen 3+ Pinnacle Night Vision Monocular White Phosphor High Performance WHP+.
Note that these are normally priced at $4,095, but just for Black Friday they have a limited number of these monoculars at just $2,995. They even offer financing.

A reminder: Palmetto State Armory (one of our affiliate advertisers) is now in the middle of their week-long Black Friday sale.  They have their 16″ Mid-Length 5.56 NATO 1:7 Nitride Classic Upper with Bolt Carrier Group & Charging Handle in Flat Dark Earth (FDE) on sale for just $219.99. Just type “5165457990” in their search box, to find this item. Meanwhile they have match complete lowers on sale for $129.99. Just type “7779346” in their search box, to find this item. If you slap that upper on that lower then–aside for a magazine and a rear sight (or optic)–you’ll have a complete M4gery!  That is a great deal. If you can afford to, then I recommend that you buy several sets.

They also have their Nitride MPI Full-Auto AR-15 Bolt Carrier Groups on sale at just $49.99!  Just paste item number 516446953 into their search box. If you own two or more ARs, then you should keep at least one  compete spare Bolt Carrier Group on hand!

If you have an AR  lower already on hand, then don;t miss their Midlength 5.56 NATO 1:7 A2 Nitride Freedom Rifle Build Kits, at $289.99.  Just type “507279” in their search box, to find this build parts kit.

They are also offering 15% off all MagPul products with coupon code “magpul.” The only exclusions are products like the Gen2 PMAGs and the MBUS sights that are already more than 15% off, and have their own unique coupon codes.

Order soon, since quantities are limited, and they are not taking back orders at the Black Friday prices.

Keep Shooting just advertised genuine US Military Surplus Tri-Fold Entrenching Tools — yes, the genuine article — for about the same price that most companies sell the cheapo Chinese knockoffs. That is a great deal.  Oh, and don’t miss their USGI concertina wire cutters.

Valley Food Storage is running several 25% off specials and even on several of their food storage kits. They even offer no-interest financing on their one year supply kits.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 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 $300 purchase credit for any of the products from
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  7. 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 85 ends on November 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. CDNN has a black Friday sale on Magpul 30-round Gen 2 AR-15 magazines in the trendy Flat Dark Earth color for $9.99 with $6.99 and free shipping above $99. and look under magazines. The direct link to the product page is terribly long and doesn’t seem to want to go hot when posted here.

  2. Re. Palmetto Armory Black Friday Sale

    I just ordered 10 (Min. Qty. for Free Shipping)
    Magpul PMAG 30 5.56x45mm Magazine, Black (30 Round Capacity) – MAG571-BLK
    Regular $12.30 each
    With coupon code ‘PMAG’ $7.99 each

    Grand Total (Incl. Tax) was $79.90

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