Preparedness Notes for Monday — August 9, 2021

August 9th, 1831was the birthday of James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 – February 24, 1904). He was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series of rifles. But most notably, Lee was the inventor of the spring-loaded detachable box magazine that has become standard in the vast majority of modern rifles and pistols, worldwide. Starting today, in honor of James Paris Lee’s birthday, we are running a two-week sale at Elk Creek Company. I’ve set sales prices with discounts from 5% to 25% …




Springfield Armory AR Pistol, by Pat Cascio

It is really hard to keep up with all the new firearms coming out of the Springfield Armory company. They don’t sit back on past accomplishments. Nope – they keep coming out with new or improved designs. That is commendable. I’ve tested several of the Springfield AR rifles and pistols over the years, and loved every one of them. Today, we’re looking at their newest AR pistol design, and it is simply called an AR Pistol. The lower receiver has a “Saint” logo, so i suppose this is considered part of their Saint series. The Springfield Armory item number is …




Searching For a Qualified Retreat Caretaker Couple/Family

This post is a bit unusual for SurvivalBlog.  On behalf of one of my consulting clients, I’ve begun the search for a caretaker couple (or family) to live and work full-time at a ranch in northwestern Montana. The ranch is more than 150 mostly-timbered acres with a creek, small ponds, and a multi-acre reservoir. There are no nearby neighbors. The ranch adjoins National Forest Service land. The wildlife on the land includes deer, elk, moose, bears (both grizzly and black), turkeys, grouse, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, lynx, and birds galore. The reservoir is stocked with fish. The property has multiple …




Recipe of the Week: Gwen’s Cajun Goulash

The following recipe for Cajun Goulash was kindly sent by SurvivalBlog reader Gwen. It is Gwen’s original recipe. Ingredients 1-to-2 lbs of ground meat 3 cups of Basmati Rice (or whatever quantity you desire, as a bed for your goulash.) 1 can petite tomatoes Corn starch or arrowroot powder Avocado oil Use any fresh vegetables you prefer. These are what I use: Mushrooms Green beans Sweet yellow pepper Zucchini Directions Start a batch of Basmati rice. Meanwhile, chop the veggies and sauté them in avocado oil or oil of preference. Season with Slap Your Mama. Scoop cooked veggie mix into …




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we again look at investing in military surplus (“mil-surp”) rifles. (See the Tangibles Investing section.) Precious Metals: Friday’s news: Why did gold price drop 2% today? More downside coming? Gareth Soloway on metals, stocks, Bitcoin.  JWR’s Comments:  I expect the futures and spot prices of gold and silver to recover, certainly by …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“We can’t spend money we don’t have. Period. Just look at what is happening with inflation. We were promised this infrastructure bill was fully paid for, and now we see that it’s not. This was nothing more than a bait and switch. $205 billion of this bill was to be paid for with repurposed COVID funds. The latest proposal only shows $50 billion in COVID funds being used, as well as a lot of the proposed ‘pay-fors’ missing. So we are asking our colleagues: How is this infrastructure spending bill being paid for? We still don’t know. We still don’t …