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  50th Anniversary Edition of Carla Emery’s The Encyclopedia of Country Living. (See the Books section.)


In case haven’t yet obtained a copy of the new edition that was released in December 2019: The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 50th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself

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The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

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Ugly’s Electrical References, 2020 Edition

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Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine

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The Owner Builder’s Guide to Stone Masonry


Waiting For Anya. A true story of defiance to the Nazis in the French Pyrenees, during World War II. (On DVD. Also available for free streaming, for folks with Amazon Prime.)

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This classic 15-part serial is now available on DVD, or free for those with Amazon Prime: Captain Midnight

Instructional Videos & Vlogs:

Mr. & Mrs. Wranglerstar describe how they got out of debt: We Finally Did It!

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I found this 9-minute classic instructional film very useful: Hedging (1942)

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Kitchen Renovation 11.0 – Building the Secret Cellar Staircase

Blogs and Web Site Articles:

Tamara K. has some observations about the current gun-buying spree, over at the great View From The Porch blog: A Different Flavor of Panic

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At Canada Free Press: America’s Red Guards storm the Big Blue Cities

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At Commander Zero’s Notes From The Bunker blog:  Vulture II.

Gear & Grub:

Be ready for street confrontations in “The New Normal”: FRTKK Concealed Carry Pistol Fanny Pack Holster Fits 1911, Glock, H&K, Ruger, S&W M&P Shield, Taurus, Sig-Sauer, Springfield, Beretta, Kimber, Walther, and More

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A quite versatile tool for wildfire fighting and just general trail building and maintenance: Corona McLeod Fire Tool

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If you must keep a face mask handy in your state, then it might as well be something stylish:  Rhodesian Camo Printed Magic Scarf Face Mask

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Augason Farms Quick Rolled Oats Emergency Food Storage 10 Pound Pail

Featured Antique Gun of the Week

Our featured antique gun of the week [Update: SOLD] is a scarce Finnish M39 Mosin Nagant “Sneak” rifle on an 1896-dated antique receiver. It is pictured at the top of this column. The barrel is dated 1968.  It is fun to have found one of these that was built in a Finnish arsenal in 1968 on a receiver that was then 74 years old and that is now 124 years old. It shoots standard 7.62×54 Russian ammo. Ironically, in the midst of the current nationwide ammunition, shortage, I’ve found that 7.62×54 Russian ammo is still inexpensive and plentiful.  But just try to find 5.56mm NATO,  7.62 NATO, or 9mm Parabellum. It is gone! 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.) 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. Dr. Pauls comment “Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed.” is incorrect. The Constitution has not failed. We have failed the Constitution….

  2. Mosin Nagant ammo.

    This is reportedly some of the most accurate and deadly on big game in many Mosin Nagant rifles, and is usually competitively priced. At 2,625 fps, it is as potent as .30-06 with the same wieght of bullet.


    If I had a Swedish Mauser and was looking for the most accurate off the shelf ammo for the least amount of money, try a box of Privy Partisan 120 grain in 6.5×55. Their 140 grains loads are not as accurate in my rifle. The higher velocity of the 120 grain bullet provides a flatter trajectory in carbines. Get one with a scope as the iron sights would be difficult to adjust to the flatter trajectories of modern ammunition.

  3. America’s Red Guards storm the Big Blue Cities

    Excellent article comparing China’s Cultural Revolution with all the Bravo Sierra going on in the US today. Since we are a nation of sheep, I always say that we generally get what we deserve. These young brainwashed protesting whippersnappers especially. They have zero concept of history and have no idea what awaits them when they finally achieve their Marxist paradise. Ignorance is bliss until reality sets in.

    Last week at my local Walmart, only 10% of the people were wearing masks. Yesterday, everybody was. Now that Walmart has mandated masks, why are the other 90% protesting by taking off their masks as soon as they get inside? Because we’re a nation of sheep. When they start confiscating up firearms, there won’t be enough resisters to make a difference. Sure, there are 400 million guns in this country, but since so many people have a minimum of 10, that means there are a heck of a lot few gun owners than 400 million. The majority of them will gladly hand over their guns when two body-armoured, heavily-armed Red Guards show up on their doorsteps, especially those with children and old folks inside. A tear gas bomb through the window will convince anyone who is slow to act. Those of us who will resist until our fingers are cold and dead won’t be enough to make a difference. The Antifa and BLM (Burn, Loot, and Murder) crowd doesn’t even need to worry about us hicks in the sticks, were such a small minority (<20% and shrinking) all they have to do is ignore us and work the 80% who live in cities. As I've said before, the only thing that can save this country is a Carrington Event. Since that is unlikely, prepare for the very worst in the near future. If I'm wrong, please correct me, my Radio Shack crystal ball seems to have blown a transistor.

    Oh, and have a great day.

    1. St Funogas there are worse things than dying in my opinion. I agree the cities will initially take the brunt of the decrees, then they will start on the countryside. I’m sure it’ll all go smoothly…..just ask any revenue man.

      1. “…there are worse things than dying in my opinion.”

        Hi TeresaSue, I totally agree. I wish more people felt that way. I worry way more about my grandkids’ future than I do my own and hate to think about what things will look like for them in 25 years when I’m pushing up daisies. I’d rather get all the nasty things taken care of on my watch and let them enjoy life rebuilding things to a much better way.

    2. They will be better organized, out number us, and be supported from outside. We will be smaller in number, disorganized, and have a limited resources, but we can control the water, power, railways, highways, and farm land. We will have larger percentage of veterans and retired law enforcement. On average, each person in Montana owns 19 firearms. I hear semi auto gun fire frequently from 3 different neighbors.
      I know there are people in the military who saw this coming years ago, and have been making plans…

      1. Tunnel Rabbit: I had to laugh about hearing the semi auto gun fire. A few years back some old friends came to visit us from the Bay Area. We were sitting on the back porch when
        someone down the road emptied 30 round AR mag. The guests jumped and wanted to know
        what that was? I told them just somebody shooting a gun. They wanted to know why? I said
        hard telling. They wanted to know who it was? I said hard telling. They said we should find out. I said let’s just have another beer and mind our business.

  4. Going to have to take a close look at that fanny pack. Read an article awhile back about how a guy used a fanny pack in his nightstand as a battle belt of sorts. It was very well thought out. Keeps the hands free, carries plenty of gear, no need for a belt and keeps everything concealed until you need it.

  5. Here are a couple book recommendations: Norman Solomon “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death”

    Andrew J. Bacevich The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory (2020). Andrew J. Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1971. He retired from the service with the rank of colonel in the early 1990s. He holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998.

    Carry on in grace

  6. Hedging I was reading about Colville use for chokecherries very good google article.
    anyway I saw suggested the chokecherry is good for hedging, and i thought roses and fruit trees what a great fence.

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