Preparedness Notes for Sunday — January 31, 2021

On January 31, 1606, Guy Fawkes was scheduled for execution for his part in the Gunpowder Plot against parliament and King James. As he was being marched up the steps to his gallows, he fell and broke his neck and died, depriving his executioners of any satisfaction.  In recent years, Guy Fawkes masks have become a symbol of resistance to big government, worldwide.

Also on this day in 1872, American author Pearl Zane Grey was born. He was best known for his popular adventure western novels, including Riders of the Purple Sage, which was his best-selling book.

An important last-minute update:

Mike in Alaska sent this: Reddit Forum Sparks Physical Silver Shortage on Major Dealers’ Websites. JWR’s Comments: I expect to see the spot and futures silver markets EXPLODE on Monday, February 1st, 2021. Try to lock in a price somewhere and take physical delivery, ASAP. You might consider our newest affiliate advertiser, Silver Gold Bull. Or the folks who kindly write us a monthly SurvivalBlog column: Gainesville Coins.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present the second half of the final 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 today — January 31st. But you can get busy writing and e-mail us your entry for Round 93. 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.


    Posted by NC Scout | Jan 30, 2021

    I have retired unused USFS emergency fire shelters that can be covered with a poncho liner taped in place. Given the simular construction and other test performed in the past, I would expect a similar effect as seen the mitten demonstration. The original case conveniently uses ALICE clips. These can be found on EBAY.

    A lighter weight option that is in my pack is a 6′ x 8′ section of reinforced Mylar used for HVAC duct work. This is durable, and can be used repeatedly as a blanket, IR shielding, as a reflector in a ‘super shelter’, or as a tarp. Any concealment scheme would require time to shield oneself entirely. These shelters might be fine as an over night shelter from IR detection. It would be otherwise best to stay under the concealment of trees and avoid identification, not necessarily detection, unless one intended to use this kind of concealment offensively.

      1. AI Bots and AP

        Yes, the evil elite have created a breakaway civilization, and see us as useless eaters. AI is here and cannot be put back into the box without divine intervention.
        We are scheduled to be eliminated and replaced with AI robots. This why I stocked up on M2AP.

        Drones can also use Lidar and see through foliage. This makes traditional guerrilla warfare that is based in the wilderness problematic. Modern guerrilla warfare will be in the cities for this, and other reasons. Small Christian groups hiding in the forest may have to live underground, and arrange their above ground camp in ways that are obscured. and not as visible to Lidar.

        There is usually a .25 cent solution to a million dollar problem. One way to protect the forehead from the tiny shaped charges delivered by tiny drones is use a heavy screen shield mounted on a safety helmet. I am referring to the head gear worn by logger who operate chain saws.

          1. M2AP is military nomenclature for ammunition designed for the M1 Garand rifle that has an amour piercing bullet. It is good for ‘elephant hunting’, and other jobs, and it would also be a good amour-ed up robot killer. I have some left over, and plenty of AP bullets removed from aging M2AP ammunition, to load up to full safe pressures with fresh powder and primers that will be much more effective that the original loading, and good for thicker mil spec amour plate steel. It’s good to plan ahead. :O)

          2. TR, I so appreciate the creative way you think. I have been wondering how to thwart this menace. Perhaps a beekeeper’s bonnet, also.

            ANd, yeah…M2AP.?

            Carry on

  2. JWR

    I wanted to make sure you saw this. St Funogas referenced the White Harvest Seed Company in this 01/30/21 post under Editor’s Prepping Progress. They have an affiliate program with a 12.5% commission. This might be beneficial for both companies.

  3. Greetings Mr James I am reading your latest , The Ultimate Preppers Survival Guide. Love the binding, the format and its your best so far.
    Only I have noticed one minor error: You said that CB was VHF a minor detail only us radio geeks would notice. CB is 11 meter, way down into HF area. next to the 10 megtr and the 12. it takes a ham to have a generals ticket to transmit on these frequencies No big deal.

    1. From my husband, a former CBer and longtime Ham (Advanced Class): A wider, and generally accepted, definitition of CB includes 11 meters, MURS (VHF), FRS (UHF)—all unlicensed “CB” services. Remember, JWR is always right!

    2. It can be defined as either HF or VHF depending on the metric used. It depends on our training. If we used the scale as taught to Hams that is in Khz or Mhz, then it is HF. If we use an international metric that is in meters, then it is VHF, as 10m to 1m is VHF, therefore 11m (27Mhz) in the VHF band.

  4. LOVE Zane Grey!!! we didn’t have a TV when i was growing up so i would immerse myself in westerns and such for days, weeks, months and years. Zane Grey’s UP trail is my most favorite western.

    1. I love Zane Grey too! We did have a TV growing up, but even so, I would immerse myself in westerns and such for days, weeks, months and years… smile.
      Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour are my fav’s. For Christmas, I bought myself a vintage Zane Grey I found. Need to restock after giving away my books to the boys.

      1. yes at some point around 18 years old i received the complete works of louis l’amour from a father figure i had. i liked those but not as much as
        Zane Grey(never did get all of them).my dream though(not realized YET)
        was to get the complete works of Zane Grey in Hard Back.

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