Preparedness Notes for Saturday — October 10, 2020

We’ve just started our big Pre-Election Sale, at Elk Creek Company I’ve reduced the prices on every gun in my inventory. The chances of a contested election are fairly high, so this is your chance to tuck away a few pre-1899 guns, just in case. Imagine if Creepy Joe Biden wins, and we end up with a ban on private party sales, nationwide. (So-called “Universal Background Checks.”)  It is important to have a few guns that are out of Federal jurisdiction–and hence exempt. And heaven help us if we end up with Nancy Pelosi as “Interim President.”  This sale ends on November 2nd, 2020. But order soon, as the ordering will surely be brisk.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  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. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. 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.
  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. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. 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 91 ends on November 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. Suspects in Michigan plot hid their cellphones in a box to be safe but failed to check one another for wires, FBI says
    David Choi
    October 8, 2020
    Business Insider

    LE source, Confidential Informant, or Agent provocateur?

    The cities continue to burn, yet the Federals seem to be focused on other groups.

    Op-Ed: The biggest threats to American democracy? White nationalists and politicians who embrace them
    Sophie Bjork-James
    October 10, 2020
    Los Angeles Times Opinion

    1. Honestly I can’t get through your bottom yahoo article declaring white nationalism the biggest threat to America. I’m not seeing it. But I am seeing cities burn to the ground and law enforcement murdered and strongholds of looting due to black nationalism.

    2. More on the plot: The news raced through the encrypted chats of leaders in the far-right militia movement: The Feds got Barry Croft.

      Croft, one of 13 men charged Thursday in connection with a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was a visible figure on the message boards and Facebook pages of the so-called “Patriot Movement.” NPR interviews with associates who know him from that world portray a power-hungry figure whose angling for stature was unsettling at times. Now that Croft is in custody and his connections under scrutiny, their fear is: Who’s next?

      Extensive recordings and surveillance described in the court papers show how deeply the FBI had infiltrated the alleged plotters – sometimes with more than one informant or undercover operative at the same event. Investigators were inside encrypted chats where the suspects allegedly communicated in code, using “baker” and a “cake” in reference to an explosives provider and a bomb. They were along for a car ride to case the vacation home where the suspects allegedly planned to kidnap the governor and spirit her to Wisconsin for a “trial.”

      In June, at a meeting site in Grand Rapids, Michigan, court documents say, the suspects entered a basement through a trap door hidden by a rug. Once inside, the men were ordered to turn over their cell phones, which were placed in a box and taken upstairs as a security precaution. But one of the people present was an informant wearing a device.

      Prosecutors say that meeting, too, was recorded.

      The link:

      Two things stand out.

      1. Barry Croft. Who is he, really.

      2. The deep penetration of this group by feds. Anytime you have someone in your group suggesting a violent solution to a problem, sniff him carefully for FBI scent. Then check for listening devices.

      Carry on

  2. I seriously do not understand your concept of pre-1899 guns being “safe”. If it ever comes to .gov going door to door for gun confiscation, does anyone really believe those will be safe from being seized?

    1. If they’re not registered then the authorities don’t know who has them. That’s also the case for those who bought guns that didn’t require a FFL through private-party sales if those were/still are legal where you live. All gun sales now where I live have to have FFL’s done so the government will ALWAYS know who has bought what. Still an allowance for immediate family to “gift” guns etc but if they were registered, the government could get ugly about demanding to know where it is.

      So if you have guns the government doesn’t know about you could conceivably hide them/bury them. If they know what you bought you’d have a hard time convincing them you lost them all while out on a row boat! Least this is how I think it goes. Correct me if I’m wrong JWR and other more knowledgeable folks.

    2. I’ve addressed this before. Yes, the JBTs are likely to seize everything. But at least with pre-1899s, you have a VERY good chance of getting them returned, with an apology. But modern guns, in violation of a new registration law would surely mean a felony. Not only would you never get them back (monetary loss), but you woudl also have a felony conviction which result in permanent loss of both gun rights and in most states also your voting rights.

      1. I respect your opinion and enjoy the site, but if it ever comes to mass confiscation there is little chance of anything seized by the government being returned and most likely even less of a chance millions upon millions of firearms are voluntarily turned in. Felonies be damned. Many will simply ignore the laws just as “sanctuary” cities do so.

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