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 R&R brand Kydex holsters. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


A fascinating personal history, of life on the frontier: Fifty Years On The Trail: The True Story of John Y. Nelson, Frontiersman, Scout, and Guide

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For anyone who collects or invests in guns, here is a book that pays for itself, probably with your first gun show trip: 41st Edition Blue Book of Gun Values

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Quotes for Conservatives: Wit, Wisdom, and Insight from Conservatives Throughout History, by Garry Apgar

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Reader Mama Bear suggested this book: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook: What to Do When Help is NOT on the Way.

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Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir


She. The classic Randolph Scott film, now presented in a well-done colorized version. It is based on the adventure novel by H.Rider Haggard. Available for free streaming, to folks with Amazon Prime.

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Just released on BluRay: War of the Worlds. This is the 2005 version, starring Tom Cruise.

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I’ve mentioned this once before, but it worthy of a second mention, since in addition to DVD, it is now available for free streaming, to folks with Amazon Prime: Unplanned.

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

John Lovell of Warrior Poet Society’s latest video: The Pros & Cons of Off-Body Carry

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Showing a Secret Room in my House

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Hidden Door Build

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Floating River on Inflatable Dock – Fishing Catch Cook Camp


Billy Strings 1/24/20 Live from Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Louisiana

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DelFest At Home: Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush & Trey Anastasio Band

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Frank Vignola and Bucky Pizzarelli perform Moonglow

Gear & Grub:

In the past year, I’ve bought more of this brand of holster for our Glocks, than any other: R&R Brand Holsters. They are well-made and quite reasonably priced. It is important to me that they are made in USA. They are now available for umpteen different brands and models–many with a special molding to accommodate a pistol with a compact flashlight mounted. (I plan to try one of those, next.)  Most recently, I mounted one on of their holsters on each of our mountain bikes’ handlebars, muzzle-down, just forward of the steering post.  Attachment with cable ties is quick, easy, and surprisingly secure. Handlebar carry is a great alternative way to carry a pistol for folks who live out in Hinterboonies bear country. (Our neighbors don’t blink and eye when they see a pistol carried this way.) I have found that transitioning to a separate belt holster–when dismounting from a bike– just takes a moment.

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Klein Tools 85078 Screwdriver Set, 8 Piece All Purpose Screwdriver Kit has 4 Phillips and 4 Flat Head Tips, Cushion Grip, Precision Machined – Made in USA.

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Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries, Ultimate Lithium Triple A Battery (12 Count), Longest-Lasting AAA Battery

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Gatorade Whey Protein Bars, Mint Chocolate Crunch, 2.8 oz bars (Pack of 12, 20g of protein per bar)

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Mountain House Granola with Milk and Blueberries

Make a Suggestion

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  1. I have two kydex holsters made by phalane defence systems ( compact ) that have worked well for me. they seem to be almost a universal fit. I carry both the bersa thunder and the springfield armory r.o.compact 9 ( inside the waist band ). I like them mainly because they won’t collapse when the fire arm is taken out of the holster and is easy to reinsert

  2. The movie “She”. Hmmm. Kinda didn’t do the book justice. Just my opinion.
    In all fairness, H. Rider Haggard was a very good writer, so maybe the producers/directors were in over their heads. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his works.

    Re: Doors to secret rooms. On the last one I helped with, we used electro magnets that had a 12 volt power supply and a motorcycle battery as backup. It was done in an office complex and turned out really neat. Paneling like that is great for disguising door seams.

    Thank you JWR for the Billy Strings tip a few days ago. I am totally hooked on his music!
    I can only aspire to be half the guitar player he is.

  3. Werkz holsters in Potlatch ID, and Alien Gear in Post Falls, ID, are some fine kydex holster makers in the Redoudt.
    If in the area, and call first, you can pick up your holster at Werkz.

  4. We recently switched from Dur-a-cell batteries to Energizer batteries because I found out that the copper-topped one is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate run by Warren Buffet. Old Warren and his family bragged that they have donated over $4 Billion to Planned Parent ( ! ) hood and other abortion providers. We avoid buying from or doing business with their businesses, including Dairy Queen, Burger King (Restaurant Brands Int’l.), Heinz/Kraft foods ,CocaCola, Costco, and other businesses that they own or own large pieces of. List here-

  5. Just released on BluRay: War of the Worlds. This is the 2005 version, starring Tom Cruise.

    This movie was well worth watching, in my opinion. I remember a couple of chilling scenes. Maybe the best role Tom Cruise has played.

    Carry on in grace

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