Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — June 17, 2020

Today is the birthday of musician Red Foley (born, 1910, died September 19, 1968). His patriotic song Smoke on the Water topped the music charts for 13 weeks in late 1944 and early 1945, and charted for 24 weeks. This song, which describes the doom of tyrants, would be considered quite politically incorrect these days.

June 17th is also the birthday of novelist John Ross, who was born in 1957. He is best known as the author of the novel Unintended Consequences.

And June 17th is the birthday of Libertarian economist Harry Browne.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First 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 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 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.
  2. 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,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. 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. 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)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 89 ends on July 31st, 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. And the were crushed, because they had nothing to fight with. Our 2nd solved that issue for the supporters of a free country and a free people. It still does, but continues to lose ground every election cycle. NEVER let that happen!

  2. The Second Amendment guarantees nothing. It merely enumerates a PRE-EXISTING right. That right is self-defense and it is derived from the unalienable rights the founders listed, those being life, liberty, and property.

    If the Second Amendment is repealed, so what? The pre-existing right remains. If the Second Amendment “continues to lose ground”, so what? What is your pre-existing right worth? Some ink on parchment that can be wadded up and thrown away? Mine isn’t.

    Stop wringing your hands about words on paper and determine in your heart-of-hearts that you will never be disarmed while you still draw breath.

    1. while i’ll agree with some of what you said when your facing a stacked court after using your firearm that stuff written or repealed on a piece of paper will bite you in the tukas…

      1. Who says I’ll allow myself to be hauled before one of their stacked kangaroo courts?

        If I die resisting, so be it. We all gotta die sometime.

  3. If you haven’t read Unintended Consquences and you’re a member of the “Gun Culture,” you don’t know whta you are missing! If is out of print, but you can find the PDF online.

  4. Read The Bridge at Andau by James Michener. Your AK or AR will profit you little against an MRAP or larger armored vehicle. The Hungarians in 1956 developed some ingenious approaches to killing Soviet tanks.

    The look into the techniques the Finns used in 1940. You might also consider Iraqi militia approached to destroying US armor.

    Much of it boils down to “know your terrain and control it”.

    Carry on in grace

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