News From The American Redoubt:

I heard about a company in Boise, Idaho that makes some innovative AR family rifle parts: 2A Armament. – JWR o o o Idaho company approved to fly with night vision goggles JWR’s Comment: If this goes well, this may become a trend for use in landings at other remote airfields. Later generation NVGs that use two light amplification tubes can overcome the depth perception problems that are inherent with single tube designs. o o o Rural Idaho: Population Decline to Reduce Available Labor Source in Next Decade JWR’s Comment: The good news for Idaho-bound preppers is that this demographic shift means there will be less demand for rural real estate, keeping it affordable for retirees and folks who are self employed. I still strongly recommend developing a home-based business or working your way into a telecommute position before moving to The American Redoubt. o o o Landslide risk across Inland Northwest increases with warm temps, rain in forecast JWR’s Comment: Even though the natural disaster risk in the American Redoubt is relatively low, some risk is unavoidable anywhere on the planet. o o o Pistol and sheath knife owners should check out these two companies: ArmoryPlastics.com (in Idaho) and … Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to the Worst Camo Pattern, Ever

In 2015, with the rollout of Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP)—a slight variation of the Crye Multicam pattern, the U.S. Army announced that it is nearing the end of issuing the much-hated Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP, also known as the Army Combat Uniform or ACU), a conspicuous grayish blob pattern that is actually prominent against most natural backgrounds. The transition from the UCP to OCP Multicam is taking four years. The last day that the UCP uniforms are still authorized for wear for the U.S. Army will be September 30th, 2019. All that I can say is, good riddance to the blob! In my estimation, the UCP is about the worst uniform issued since the French used sky blue tunics and pants in World War I. In the context of survivalism, the grayish UCP utility uniform is suitable for use perhaps only in sagebrush country. Because UCP uniforms and packs will be hitting the surplus market in huge numbers in the next two years, they will be bargain priced. I fear that some preppers might be tempted to buy them, just to “look military.” But unless you live in a region that is dominated by sagebrush, I must warn you: Don’t … Continue reading

SurvivalBlog Resources: Liquid Fuels Storage and Transfer

Introductory Note: The following is the first of a series of articles by JWR that will profile some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically. Storing and transferring liquid fuels is topic that often comes up in conversations with my consulting clients and in letters from SurvivalBlog readers. There seems to be a lack of knowledge or misinformed voodoo out there in the general public about liquid fuel shelf life, flammability, containers, and how to transfer fuel when the power grids are down. But those questions have all been “asked and answered” in SurvivalBlog, over the course of the past 11 years. To begin, it is important to understand that the general rule about distilled oil products is: With the exception of LPG, the more highly refined the fraction, the shorter its shelf life. Let me back up for a moment, and describe how refining works: In its rudiments, at a refinery crude oil gets heated to around 700 degrees Fahrenheit and it transitions to a gas. These heated gasses are ported into the bottom of a distillation column (commonly called a crude tower) and as they move up the height of the column, they cool and at … Continue reading

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“I will not knowingly initiate force. I am a self owner. Let the record show that I did not consent to be governed. I did not consent to any constitution. I did not consent to any president. I did not consent to any law. I did not consent to the police. Nor any tax. Nor any prohibition of anything. Nor any regulation or licensing of any kind.” – MamaLiberty, Editrix of The Price Of Liberty blog.

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Homeowner’s Advocate: Tips From A Contractor for Dealing With Contractors (The Advocate Series Book 1) How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Movies: Army of Crime (a slightly fictionalized account of Armenians and other minorities in the French Resistance during World War II.) Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage (Documentary) (available through Amazon Prime) Television: Shogun The War – A Documentary Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Music: Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever Mark Isham: Vapor Drawings Instructional Videos: A great video: 900 Watt Van Conversion full walkthrough (full time stealth travel home) JWR’s Comment: Their dog, I noticed, is of course a Rhodesian Ridgeback. DIY Perimeter Trip Wire Alarm (These smoke grenade fuze heads are available in sets of four (without spoons) through eBay and Amazon.com. OBTW, someone should write a brief article or make a video on how to use mechanically-fired Magicube photographic flashes for perimeter security. Magicubes (as opposed to electric Flashcubes) use a thin tube filled with contact-sensitive explosive (a fulminate of some sort) that leads into each of the four flashbulbs in each cube. They are set off with just a slight pressure on the … Continue reading

News From The American Redoubt:

What do you think would happen to you if the government found out that you’d booby-trapped your property with a lethal device and your neighbor’s 14 year old boy and his dog happened upon the device, killing the dog and injuring the boy? You would be crazy to think there would be no jail time there, wouldn’t you? What if it were the government that had planted the boobytrap on public land and didn’t notify anyone? – HJL (Link sent in by reader P.M.) o o o Bonner Co. declares state of emergency after flooding, road washouts. (Warning: Auto-start video.) JWR’s Comment: The only thing worse than a near-record snowpack is when it all melts at once. o o o Veradale Boy Scout among the survivalists featured on Fox’s ‘Kicking and Screaming’JWR’s Comment: Watching television shows like this can yield a few very useful nuggets of useful prepping knowledge. And if nothing else, they reveal the depravity of human nature, as revealed in times of great stress and hardship. o o o Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Idaho. JWR’s Comment: This change will become effective on April 1st. The only places safe from sales taxes in the American … Continue reading

21st Century Tradecraft: Discreet Transport of Documents

I have had many of my consulting clients ask me for advice about how to maintain their privacy. One of their greatest concerns is the interception of e-mails in the now ubiquitous global Surveillance State. The sad truth is there is now no such thing as “secure” e-mail, even when using high level encryption. If a government wants to know what you are communicating and they are willing to invest sufficient time and energy, then they will eventually be able to read your encrypted e-mail. This is known as brute force decryption, wherein massive computing power is dedicated to breaking an encryption scheme. It also goes without saying that telephones, faxes, radio communications, and in fact virtually all other electronic communications systems are vulnerable to interception, decryption, monitoring, and long-term database archiving. With those capabilities in mind, this leaves us very few options other than traditional face-to-face meetings, mailing well-sealed hardcopy letters, or handing off USB memory sticks via live drops (couriers) or dead drops. (For the sake of brevity, I won’t describe live drop and dead drop methodologies in this article. Those are both Old School tradecraft tricks that have been well described in books and web articles on … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Winter in the Wilderness: A Field Guide to Primitive Survival Skills The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Movies: Anthropoid (2016) the true story of a Czech resistance cell during World War II, and their assassination of General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the “Final Solution”. Now available on Amazon Prime. The Cowboys (John Wayne) Music: The Essential Paul Simon Complete Pop Instrumental Hits Of The Sixties Instructional Videos: All of the following have some applicability to equipping G.O.O.D. vehicles… DIY Stealth Campervan: Full Tour Stealth Camper Van 2.0 Tour – Carries Motorcycle Inside! Tiny House Van Life – Complete Van Tour of a Stealth Mini Campervan Build, Under $500 Astro Camper Van Build 5 – Sofa Bed Build Van Life – DIY Painting A Camper Van w/ Raptor Bed Liner & Fixing Peeling Paint on a Chevy Van Online Sermon Videos: The Big List of Christian Podcasts The Wild Boar Podcast Podcasts: LCI Podcast Episode 2: Anarchism and Minarchism in Christian Political Thought Podcast: The Home-Based Business Blogs: The Tiny House Blog New Jovian Thunderbolt Gear: ER Emergency Ready Portable Snap-on Toilet Seat with Lid for 5-Gallon Bucket Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 14″ Notebook … Continue reading

A Redoubtable Internet Business is For Sale

I’m announcing the availability of what is currently a home-based Internet sales business in the American Redoubt. But the business could be operated from anywhere in the United States. I have known the family who owns this online company since before they even started the business more than six years ago, back when they had a house full of toddlers. After six years of building their online presence and excellent reputation, they believe that God has something else for their family and that they need to pursue that. The family has exhibited the same high level of integrity in their personal lives as they have in their business, and I would not recommend it otherwise; they want to see this business thrive and are willing to help the new owners through the transition to see that happen. This online business revolves around sales of products for self-sufficiency and preparedness. They take a a skills approach to survivalism and to healthy living. Along with an online retail store, the business comes with over 450 pieces of relevant content which, alone, is valued at over $20,000 (if priced at the owner’s current freelance writing fee.) Several approaches could be taken in moving … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Defined King James Version Bible, Large Print The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data Movies: Gone with the Wind USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage Television: Lonesome Dove Band of Brothers Music: Wanted! The Outlaws (1976-1996 20th Anniversary) O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Movie Soundtrack) Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Fun in the Bush, Camp Projects The Backyard Machine Shop – Machine Rescue Series Online Sermon Videos: Grace Baptist Church, Fremont, California (Pastor Michael Phillips) Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley (Dr. Paul Nelson, et al.) Podcasts: The Bump That Bumps the Bump in the Night (Podcast – Season 4, Ballistic Radio Episode 197) The Self Sufficient Gardener (No longer being produced, but the archived shows are worth a listen!) Blogs: The Freeholder Barnhardt Salvation And Survival: A Woman’s Perspective On The Times We Live In Gear: Pelican 1740 Travel Vault Watertight Hard Case with Foam – Olive Drab Lorex HD 16 Channel Security DVR System with Eight 1080p HD Cameras – 2TB HDD Nikon PROSTAFF 5 BDC Riflescope, Black, 3.5-14×40 Chapman (Made in USA) Master Tool Kit with Screwdriver Kit Allen Hex, … Continue reading

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“I want to make it clear that if you are just wanting to bolt on a bunch of stuff to a rifle because of the perceived ‘cool’ factor, or you are wanting to collect all the likes on the latest social media app–cool, rock on. If tactical dress up is you game-dude go play to your heart’s content. However, you cannot do that, and at the same time trick yourself into believing that you are preparing for serious self-defense. In my experience, and mine only, I have been much more satisfied shooting a basic gun properly, after going to learn from top notch instructors, than I had been in the past, with cooler gadgets and little knowledge and no formal training. On many occasions I have sold guns to fund a trip to a class, and to date I have not had a single regret about any of those sales. In other words: Instead of spending so much money on hardware, we should instead make it a priority to invest in ourselves, an investment that brings highly desirable returns.” – Nate Osborne, writing in the P&S blog

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Photovoltaic Design and Installation For Dummies How to Be Invisible: Protect Your Home, Your Children, Your Assets, and Your Life, by J.J. Luna Movies: The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance The Marx Brothers Collection (Includes: A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store) Television: Hunted (CBS Network.) The network’s publicists proclaim it: “The World’s most elaborate game of Hide and Seek.” This justifiably popular series includes some useful tradecraft and was recommended by J.J.S. of Radio Free Redoubt. It airs on Wednesday evenings. Best of American Pickers: Mike And Frank’s Picks Music: The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty Kate Wolf: Give Yourself To Love (Volumes 1&2 – Live In Concert) Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Fun in the Bush, Camp Projects The Backyard Machine Shop – Machine Rescue Series Lucas Botkin: Practical Glock 19 Upgrades for Efficiency and Effectiveness Podcasts: Canadian Outdoor Survival Podcast Tom and Kris Camping Podcast, RVing and Tent Camping Blogs: Tactical Intelligence Wheeling It (A full-time RVing blog.) Gear: Big Kahuna Portable Shower. (Great for car camping!) Dometic 12VDC Vehicle Refrigerator (Great for car camping and road trips!) Schumacher Electric Digital Portable Power Station 1200-Amp Jump Starter … Continue reading