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 FGC-9 3D-printed pistol. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


I just noticed that Bill Cooper’s 1991 conspiracy theory tour de force book Behold a Pale Horse just popped back up to around #2,300 in Books, and #1 in the Radical Political Thought category, at Amazon.com. I suppose that someone in the mass media must have recently mentioned it…

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J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

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Now in a 3rd Edition: SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

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It has been several years since I mentioned this great book: The Dangerous Book for Boys.

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Herbal Antivirals

Movies & Television:

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (The Sound of Music / The King and I / Oklahoma! / South Pacific / State Fair / Carousel)

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Alone in the Wilderness

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The Rockford Files – The Complete Series

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Warrior Poet Society: Truck Setup | Balancing Life & Preparing for Disaster 

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Tim J. liked this one: Let’s Make Bone Broth | Food Storage MUST Have (Simple Living Alaska)

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Reader C. B. spotted this: Homemade Water Distiller – DIY – Stove Top “Pure Water” Still – EASY instructions!

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Wound Closure in the Field

Downloadable Plans and Designs:

I received a tip from our Editor-At-Large, Mike Williamson: Over at LBRY, (spoken “Library”) there are now plans for a blowback semi-auto 9 mm 3D-printed pistol (or carbine)  that uses standard Glock magazines, M4-style stocks (or arm braces), and AR-15 fire control parts. It is called the FGC-9.  They seem to function quite well. It was created by some folks in gun-deprived western Europe, who call themselves Deterrence Dispensed. (Which is doubtless a play on words on the well-known Defense Distributed–makers of the Ghost Gunner compact CNC milling machine.) By the way, if you are not yet a LBRY user, then you should be!

Oh, I should mention for readers in the States, that if you choose to build a FGC-9, so that you don’t run afoul of NFA regulations, then you’ll have to build yours as a “pistol”, with or an ATF-approved arm brace, in place of the stock.

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17 Free Workbench Plans

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Free Shed Plans – with Drawings and Material List

Gear & Grub:

The big, sturdy ones: IRIS USA, Inc. SIA-1000H Storage Box, 169 Quart, Black – Made in USA!

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Proto J795S 3-piece Black Oxide Adjustable Wrench Set – Made in USA!

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Koova Wall Mount Garden and Garage Tool Organizer – 64″ Wide Garage Organizer and Shed Tool Storage Rack – Heavy Duty Powder Coated Steel – Made in USA

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StarKist Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water – 12 oz Can (12-Pack)

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The genuine article: Red Lake Nation 100% All Natural Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice, 12 Oounces

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!


  1. I wish someone would make a 3D printer, or something like it, that would use recycled plastic. This would be the ultimate in recycling. There would be a demand for all this plastic.

  2. A podcast I listen to often uses the theme song from The Rockford Files as their bumper music. Hearing it finally produced a hankering to watch the series I’d seen some of as a youngster. I found this site that allows you to watch the whole series for free by simply creating a username and password.

    There’s also a lot of other stuff on this site as well I’ve only begun to discover.



  3. there are a number of 3d printing filaments that use some percentage of recycled material. others incorporate wood, hemp, copper, and a variety of other materials. one of the most common, for its low cost and ease of use in printers is pla, which is corn based and biodegradable. those with any passing interest in homemade firearms and parts/accessories should really search deterrence dispensed and see the variety of fascinating projects they have put out, all on a machine that costs about $200 delivered to your door.

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