Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — October 28, 2020

This is the birthday of Eliphalet Remington (October 28, 1793 – August 12, 1861), who designed the Remington rifle and founded what is now known as the Remington Arms Company.

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. Busted Relationships And Foundational Differences

    Today is October 28th, 2020.
    Last evening, I terminated another long-standing acquaintanceship.
    What is the issue beyond my ability to absorb?

    My nature is peaceable.
    And yet, in my short sweet life, I worked as a civilian pilot with the Department Of Defense in America.
    The nations I serviced include Bosnia, Lebanon, northern and southern Afrika, and various parts of south-east Asia.
    As a pilot, I transported cargo in crates and the self-loading cargo known as ‘passengers’.

    And ‘yes’, occasionally, I visited the limits of my wrath upon those attempting to trespass against me.
    My acts were defensive and not intended to prolong their pain during their final moments on this mortal coil.

    I mentioned ‘violence beyond my ability to absorb’.
    Could this foundation of mine be based on my experiences transporting the broken bodies of young idealists?
    Partially, perhaps… but mostly, I believe my foundation is built with the certain knowledge I loathe violence in all its forms.
    I am peaceable… with a tendency to terminate any violence directed toward me or those I care about.

    During my time as a civilian contractor, I often received commendations for my steady hand while under fire by those intent on my demise.
    The phrase “I owe you a beer!” means a lot to people like me, because it means both of us are survivors of the worst humanity can offer.

    So, with my belief in the nobility of my fellow humans — and the fragility of our physical bodies — why do I terminate relationships for minor transgressions falling far short of those terrible acts I am capable of and participated in?
    My answer is simple — my warnings “You need to stop using violence against me” fell on deaf ears.

    The marxists and liberals and progressives and others of their ilk tend toward violence as their first step.
    Violence rarely succeeds as a warning, because what does a second step look like after they shot all their ammunition in their opening?

    I warned my marxist acquaintances ‘do not shove me’.
    ‘Do not hit me nor kick me.’
    ‘Do not grab me.’
    ‘Do not spray saliva in my direction while you vent your spleen about some imagined slight by one politician dujour against another politician dujour.’

    For anybody using violence against me or people like me, your consequences can be slow in building.
    However slow, the final escalating push will initiate a change in me.
    I will end the violence.
    Sometimes, that looks like seceding from the violent… a form of D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
    I believe each relationship has secession as a built-in option.

    Sometimes, that looks like ‘Rwanda meets Mount Saint Helens’.
    And that, while terrible, is only one of the worst options of folks like me.

    My thoughts about those playing with ‘violence as a negotiation tool’:
    * Initiating violence against me cannot end well for you.


    An aside:
    * Your opinion about politicians is none of my business.
    I take this further — your opinion of me is none of my business.

    1. LargeMarge,
      I hardly know what to say without rambling on. You are the coolest woman ever!

      I totally get your warnings falling on deaf ears. I love your self control and giving a quick demise, full well knowing you would have not received likewise. You are a great role model.

      I have much respect for you.

      Blessings to you, Krissy

  2. Large Marge, we all have to do things which are distasteful. I’ve severed many a relationship with commie turncoats upon their discovery, life is too short to waste on collectivists and their fatal rubbish. Good on ya for doing it. My opinion of you is high, I always have admired people of courage. Re: Remington. My life which began 91yrs after he died, has been affected by his in many ways. You grow up sometimes thinking the world is your oyster, then BLAM! you’re lugging 200rds of .223 Remington around in the jungle, carrying a Remington 5.56 rifle. At least they both performed well, and I terminated some communists with it. History.

  3. A robo call went out last weekend terminating all the employees at the illion ny plant roughly 550 workers by the new owners. Sad to see it go and hope that the new owners will do something good with it.

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