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 components for mobile photovoltaic power systems. (See the Gear & Grub section.)


The new coin Red Book has been released: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2021.

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Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition

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The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals

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Reader Ben S. suggested this book: The Self-Sufficient Backyard

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The Thomas Sowell Reader

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The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide


The Big Country

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The Agony And The Ecstasy

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

How to Pour a Concrete Slab for Beginners DIY

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Reader A.K. sent this:  Why 10mm has taken over Alaska

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Game Changing Transformation @ Off Grid Log Cabin, Pond, Fishing, Cast Iron Cooking


Paganini in gypsy jazz style

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Sting Performs ‘Message In a Bottle’, ‘Englishman In New York,’ and ‘Fragile’ | In My Room

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Count Basie Swingin’ the Blues, 1941

Gear & Grub:

Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter 2000 Watt car Converter DC 12V to 120V AC with 2 AC Outlets 2×2.4A USB Ports Remote Control and LCD Display by VOLTWORKS

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Deka Intimidator Battery (AGM) 8A24M

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Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Photovoltaic PV Solar Panel Module, 12V Battery Charging (pack of 6)

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EPEVER 60amp MPPT Charge Controller 48V/36V/24V/12V Negative Ground Max 150V 4500W Input fit Litium/AGM/Gel/Flooded/User Backlight LCD Display Large-Amp(60A-MPPT)

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Powdered Coconut Milk Organic – Dried & Shelf Stable For Convenience – Emergency Food For Long Term Storage – Dairy & Lactose Free Powder Creamer – All Natural, Non GMO, Vegan, & Gluten Free – 1 lb

Featured Antique Gun of the Week

Our featured antique gun of the week is a Winchester Model 1887 12 gauge lever-action riotgun.  Like most other pre-1899 guns, it can be mailed or shipped directly to your doorstep without any paperwork or FFL dealer involvement. (Be sure to check your state and local laws before ordering.) Please take a look at the many recently-added guns at the Elk Creek Company store.

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. Morning all,

    Dad absolutely loves the music of Count Basie and for those in range the College of DuPage (Illinois) has a Jazz station worth listening to at 90.9 FM.
    Keep cool, it’s been smoking hot here lately 🙂

    Have a Rockin great day!

  2. Regarding Kevin Bacon, a great movie of his is “Taking Chance” from 2009. It is based on the true experience of an Army officer accompanying a dead soldier’s body back to his home town. Interestingly, Wikipedia does not list this in their filmography of Mr. Bacon. That should tell you something about the film.

  3. Growing seed to seed is an excellent idea. With shortages on many fronts, and other potential concerns (including delivery and the viability of the USPS), learning how to grow for seed and store through to the next planting season is increasingly important. In addition to support for our own individual gardens, surplus seed may help another family member, friend, neighbor, or someone else in the community! This year we did especially well with our kale seed — quite a delightful reward in many ways. The relatively early flowers helped feed native pollinators, and we were able to secure a healthy seed supply for the coming fall. We’re wishing everyone lots of fun in the learning, and great success!

    1. I sure agree with you Tellesilla. I so enjoy using seeds I saved from last year’s plants. Much of my kale is from the homestead here.

      I was also glad to see the Food Drying book recommended. Just today, I finalized plans to teach a group of local teenage gardeners how to dry food. I’m also negotiating with a local arboretum to teach drying later this summer.

      Carry on in grace

    2. Great comment! I really enjoy that book, but then I guess part of it is that I have had correspondence with the author and personally know the late publisher, Kent Whealy and the photographer, David Cavagnaro. This year, after the COVID 19 scare and subsequent economic shutdown a lot more people are gardening and this book will definitely help them to be more self sufficient.

  4. Regarding solar…2 comments…an excellent Youtube channel is one by William Prowse, very bright youngster. Also Home Depot is a good source for solar products. Solar panels are less than $1 per watt in many places. We have an off-grid hunting cabin in south Texas and run everything including a full-size refrigerator from solar. Just can’t run Air Conditioning without a generator. I have had panels delivered with the boxes totally trashed and with Home Depot you can have them shipped to the store and refuse them if they are damaged. That avoids having to ship them back etc. PS. we did our solar several years ago and wish we had discovered Prowse sooner. He is that good in my opinion.

      1. Thanks, good to know. I have one purchased a few years ago. We don’t the glass to become broken as a result of a frame that might flex, or water infiltration. I’m looking for more PV panels if I can sell some hit and miss engines. Got two good runners, 95% restored, and one with blow by.

  5. Ammunition sales are at panic buying levels and is becoming widely unavailable. The rush is on. Get it if you can. SG Ammo is now out of all their expanding ammunition in 7.62×39. UNAmmo.com still has some 8M3 that fragments, but the price is now .35 cents/round. It is far more effective than most FMJ of any kind. Have shot up many cases of the stuff. Even if I had enough FMJ, I would still want at least one case of 8M3, or soft points that can be loaded every other round with FMJ to ration. I prefer Tulammo or Wolf soft points, but 8M3 is still far more effective than FMJ within 75 to 100 yards. Yugo M67 would be last on my preferred list as it does in fact yaw almost immediately, and would be more effective than standard FMJ or hollow point. All will hit same POA. Here is UNAmmo’s description of 8M3:

    “7.62X39 Russian 8M3 124 Grain Hollow Points. These are nasty rounds on soft tissue. This would be a surgeons nightmare. It’s really the only Russian HP that works and it is a devastating round. Mfg. in Russia by Tula for Wolf. It not only expands it fragments on impact. This is Primer and Bullet Neck sealed which is made to Military Spec. We probably are the only ones in the country with this ammo too. Packed 20 rounds to a box with 50 boxes to the 1000 round case.”


  6. There are a gazillion 345 watt 36 volt panels, 11 months old that are available on the internet because of a hail storm damaging a solar farm in Texas. $150.00 each. Only a small percentage were damaged….it was a 10,000 acre solar farm. That’s a lot of panels. The insurance company replaced ALL the panels. So you can get these for a song. They looked brand new to me. Made in Korea, they are top tier panels.
    I picked up a bunch just for spares, as EMP does not annoy unused panels one bit. It’s only when you have long, unshielded leads attached to them that makes them vulnerable to degradation. So $1500 gets you 3400 watts of clean power.

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