Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — December 8, 2020

I just heard that General Chuck Yeager passed away, at age 97. He was quite a guy. Yeager will be greatly missed.

Today is the birthday of Eli Whitney, (1765–1825) the inventor of the labor-saving cotton gin, several firearms, and dozens of other mechanical devices. He was the first to demonstrate the advantages of fully interchangeable parts, in firearms manufacture.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 92 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 Made 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 92 ends on January 31, 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. Chuck was from Lincoln county in West Virginia where my mom grew up. We still have an old photo of mom with Chuck. He also gave a great speech at my graduation from Marshall University in Huntington West Virginia. Great American patriot! We are so proud of Chuck! Rest in peace brother.

  2. “He was a better man than I, who passed
    What words of his shall haunt my soul?
    Let light upon my mind his memory rest
    And yet I ask what shall I say of him?
    He was a better man than I, who passed
    What little measure of his life he shared
    I shall honor and remember forever.

  3. FYIW dept: I read about him a long time ago, back in his heyday of test pilotdom fame, but was reminded with news of his passing into Gods world. During WW ll only 11% of the fighter pilots accounted for almost 90% of enemy planes shot down. After the war they studied the why’s and how’s, finding that almost to a man, all 11% of those fighter pilots came from a rural background and were raised with a gun in their hands… He made a contribution to our country worth remembering.
    Just a little tidbit of info for those who would like to know and those who would treat those as just scumbag deplorable dirt people…… Just sayin!

    1. On TV, I heard a WW2 fighter pilot say, shooting enemy planes was similar to bird hunting. … As a boy, he learned to focus on one bird in a flock. A hunter doesn’t try to shoot all the birds with one shot. … The hunter has to focus on one bird and the sights. The fighter pilot said, enemy planes like birds are shot one at a time. [It’s the exception, if two or more are shot at once.]
      ….. The program was a series about air combat; I believe put out on the History Channel. The WW2 pilot was an American in the Flying Tigers over in China, then he reenlisted back into the Army Air Corps, when the USA entered WW2.

      The professionals often tell us, ‘that situation awareness’ is essential. A person can’t develop ‘tunnel vision’ during a dangerous situation.
      I’ve (GGHD) never been in any shoot-out. … Though, I have shot birds while out hunting. … Anyone wanting to shooting accurately, and remain calm, should take up jump shooting birds. A person has to stay calm and focused, to put the sights on the target quickly and then get the shot off [Before the game birds fly away].
      I’ve read where gun shooting experts, think many of kids involved in shootings, are learning their skill sets, while playing video games. … Some of the kids have learned to stay calm, stay focused on the target, and take the targets one at a time. … The kids also learn to move from one target to the next while shooting.

      Some video training is now being used to develop shooting skills by law enforcement.

      I’ve read where the ‘experts’ will say a novice shoots the same target until it drops. Supposedly, the FBI and police training instructs people to move on to the next target, after a couple shots at the first one. [Does that make sense? When faced with multiple villains trying to harm you, a person shouldn’t expend ALL his time and ammunition on just one villain.]
      I think you’re right N S. The rural people seem to have more opportunities for gun handling and to hunt. They can also learn the importance of keeping the sight on the target. [They have more opportunities to practice their skills.]
      While hunting, a person also has to keep track of the other people in the hunting party, and what’s behind the target. (Gun safety is really important while hunting)

  4. On my radio program they talked about him and his ability. They said he became an ace knocking down 5 enemy aircraft on one mission flying cover for the bombers!

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