Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 18, 2020

October 18th, 1662 was the birthday of Matthew Henry. (He died 22 June 1714). Henry was a Presbyterian minister who lived primarily in Chester, England. Matthew Henry’s six-volume Exposition of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called Matthew Henry’s Commentary) (1708–1710) is a must for the bookshelf of any serious Bible scholar.

The first printing of the Survival Retreats and Relocation book that I co-authored is pre-selling at a rapid pace. Get in the queue soon. Otherwise, you may have to wait an extra month or more, to buy one from the second printing run. That second printing probably won’t be until January of 2021.

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. Another great interview from Oct 15, 2020:

    All Hell is about to Break Loose-Civil War 2.0 with Matt Bracken

    Taken from Gab:

    Re: Matt Bracken interviews, and low tech night fighting techniques.

    @Matt_Bracken I always come away with precious gold nuggets of insights, and practical tips, and SOP paid for with blood when I listen to Matt Bracken interviews. Night fighting has currently been the focus of my attention in recent weeks as attacks are mostly likely to occur in low light conditions. If one does not have the budget for the best mil-spec gear, this is a challenging problem to solve. Red dot optics and high intensity weapons mounted flashlights are included. The are a variety of ways, but part of the problem can partly solved with affordable tech, such as rifle mounted digital camera type of scopes, and a Gen 2 PVS-4. These are different animals. These rifle mounted scopes can provide over watch, or defend a barricade on the most likely avenue of approach that is located far from the perimeter at night. IR illuminators are necessary even for the PVS-4 at 100 yards on a dark cloudy night, and deep into the woods. The illuminator does not have to be mounted on the rifle, but can be placed near the barricade, or off to the side, or high and behind a position (LPOP), to illuminate the space to be defended.

    An IR flood lamp can light up the field. Pointed toward the attackers, these high intensity IR lamps can blind their devices until they can maneuver away from that part of the battlefield that is prepared with with IR lighting and that form night fighting, and defense. Other parts of the defense will employ different techniques, and may or may not be supported by IR illumination, but low tech devices and conventional defenses that deny, disrupt and channelize. Use 940nm lamps that are very hard for the naked eye to see. High intensity 850nm lamps can be seen as a dull red glow. Building a defense will always, or should always be a work in progress. Innovation can further hone the edge, and provide advantages, and the element of surprise necessary to be successful.

    1. The prepper can survive and improvise.

      This ‘bucket’ was ridden for a lark. But, it could also be an emergency bugout vehicle, when the lights go out.

      YouTube, ~Janitor Turns Heads in Florida With Leaf Blower-Powered Vehicle~ October 16, 2020. [Just a little over 1 minute in length.]

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