Preparedness Notes for Thursday — August 27, 2020

My latest nonfiction book, titled: The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide was scheduled to be on the shelf in Costco stores beginning yesterday:  Wednesday, August 26th. But I didn’t see any when I stopped by my nearest Costco. Did any SurvivalBlog readers find any on the shelf?  If so, in what cities?  Please let me know in the comments to this post. Thanks!

The book will be exclusive to Costco club stores until October 20th, when the general release (worldwide, including all Internet vendors) will be made.

August 27, 1917 was the birthday of American gun designer Robert Hillberg, best known as the designer of the C.O.P. four-barrel derringer (pitured), Winchester’s Liberator shotguns, the graceful Whitney Wolverine .22, and the Wildey .44 Magnum gas-operated pistol. He died in 2012.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 90 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 of their 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 (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready 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, that 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 90 ends on September 30th, 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. My COSTCO said they get shipments on Thursday and they had 40 on the system coming in. Did not get back today and will be going in tomorrow. Hopefully they came in and some are left.

  2. I checked the Tustin Ranch Costco in Tustin, CA at 4:30pm. Nothing yet. I checked Costco online just to be sure and nothing. Will check again tomorrow or Saturday.

  3. Yes! I got four at the Tustin, CA Costco. But they weren’t on the table. I rooted around and found a couple boxes on the pallets underneath. I opened the box, took four and put the rest on top of the table. $14.99 apiece!!

  4. Nothing in San Luis Obispo California store on 02 Sept. Checked under the table, lady Costco Employee did not know of the book at all. Noted that every one of the Cartons under the table was “Made in China”
    I’ll post further if it does come in. Sixty mile trip for me so I won’t be there again for a while.

    1. Most of the Costco stores have sold out of the book. I’m hopeful that they’ll soon be placing an order with the publisher for an additional 30,000 copies. Those should be available in March or April of 2021.

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