Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 11, 2021

February 11th is the birthday of the late Burt Blumert (born February 11, 1929 in New York City, died March 30, 2009). He once owned Camino Coin Company. Dr. Ron Paul also once owned the same company. Burt is seen at left, in the photo above.

The two variants of the 15th Anniversary edition of the waterproof 2005-2020 SurvivalBlog Archive USB stick are selling quickly.  (One of them is a limited edition in a keepsake tin box, with a keychain. There will be just of those 500 made, and more than 450 of those have already sold! Be advised: I expect that this limited edition variant will sell out today or Friday. Once those are gone, there will be no more produced.

Also, please note that in all, we’ve taken pre-orders for more than 1,150 archive sticks in just the first five days. Orders will be shipped in the sequence that they are received. If your order comes in after the first batch sells out, then there will be a 10+ day delay, while we are waiting on the manufacture of the second batch.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 93 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 93 ends on March 31st, 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. I have purchased gold from Camino Coin Company since 2019, and recommend them. The current owners are an informed liberty-minded family that I have grown to trust, and they are always a planned stop when I travel to California. Their price for 1 oz American Gold Eagles is always the Kitco Ask + 3%.

    Except, that is, during these very recent extraordinary times where they are simply out of stock, like many physical gold dealers, because of the storm coming in.

  2. Good ammo at a low price is now hard to find.

    This a killer deal on 7×57 ammunition at Palmetto State Armory, for only .88 cents/round for 140 grain round nosed hunting ammunition. Muzzle velocity is advertise to be around a healthy 2,650fps. Round nosed bullets are arguably better hunting bullets for typical hunting ranges as the they hit much harder. However, if compared to modern spire point bullets that have a high ballistic coefficient, round nose bullets cannot compete with the much flatter trajectory of modern hunting bullets when targets are well beyond 200 yards. At this price, I would be inclined to simply aim a tad higher. The difference in drop at 500 yards is about 70 inches verses 50 inches for spire point bullets.

    Component cost to reload this cartridge that includes brass case, primer, powder and bullet would be about $1.20/rd. This estimate assumes that it is possible to purchase powder and primers at last years low prices. It is currently impossible to find these components for sale anywhere at any price. They currently have over 2,000 rounds available. Do not hesitate, or else it will be gone. At this price, buy the ammo, and then get the rifle. is the best place to search for ammunition and reloading components.

    1. Over 2,000 rounds of that ‘killer deal’ on 7×57 ammunition at Palmetto State Armory, for only .88 cents/round for 140 grain round nosed hunting ammunition, mentioned here very early this morning, approximately 9 hours, ago is sold out. Soft point hunting ammunition in popular calibers tend to run at least $1.50/rd up to $4.50/rd as seen on FMJ is full metal jacket, and not as effective as expanding hunting ammunition, and should not be used for hunting, but only a last resort. Unless it is precision ammunition, or ‘match grade’, in general, FMJ will always be the lowest price. It will work.

      This is not a killer deal, but at $1.25/rd. is a very good one. They have over 2,000 rounds in stock.

  3. An actress was fired after posting to social media, because Lucasfilm said that her posts “denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

    Here’s one of the things she wrote:

    “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,” she wrote.

    Ignorance is strength….freedom is slavery….

    1. I heard a rumor:

      Lucasfilm is not in any way associated with Star Wars originator George Lucas.
      Lucasfilm is part of the Disney organizations.
      Nor is ‘Disney’ in any way associated with Walt Disney.

      Some say the Disney management is woker than regular woke, hence the abysmal return-on-investment for their latest several dozen movie ‘franchises’.
      I heard another rumor about Lucasfilm:

      The delightful Gina Carano was dumped by the less-than-delightful hollywood elites after she filled-in a questionnaire about “…her preferred pronouns…”:

      * Beep/bop/boop

      Was I napping again?
      I feel like I missed another memo:
      * What (not ‘who’) (see what I did there? I crack my beep up) fabricated the idea anybop can call theirboops anything they want?

      1. “Nor is ‘Disney’ in any way associated with Walt Disney.”

        I know a movie theater owner who considers Disney a den of thieves for the way they treat “little guys” like him. Disney is, for sure on my
        “manure list”.

        Carry on

  4. “If You Think You Can Just be Silent and Obedient and They Will Leave You Alone, You Best Think Again. These People Hate You and They are Out to Replace You. They Want Everything That We Stand for GONE!
    > NC Renegade / Feb 10”

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