Letter Re: Blood Transfusion Equipment Available

I read the letter you posted from “Mr. Lima” about what his friend “W” had told him. Other than knowing your blood type ahead of time, the rest of the letter is wrong. I’m not sure if “Lima” misunderstood “W.” or if “W.” only works in a lab on samples and machines and has never had any patient contact or he just mistook one substance for another after so many years in the lab. FWIW, the laboratories and blood banks in today’s hospitals are two separate and different departments. Short and sweet: EDTA anticoagulated blood can (and mostly likely always …




Letter Re: Koyaanisqatsi–and Getting Back In Balance

James, I debated for four or five weeks about whether or not to write an email to you, as I know that you must receive too many already, and others probably offer information and mine only offers praise and thanks. I finally decided, that everyone could use encouragement and praise, so here goes… I read your novel [Patriots] for the first time many years ago, several times since, and have worked it into my 5-6 book current reading stack. It was my first exposure to another way of viewing the world, and it alone, was responsible for opening my eyes …







State By State – Nebraska

Nebraska: Population: 1.7 million. Population Density: 21.9 per square mile (Rank 12 of JWR’s top 19 states). Area: 77,355 square miles (rank 15 of 50). Average car insurance cost: $649/yr. (rank 42 of 50). Average home insurance cost: $499/yr. (rank 18 of 50). Crime Safety Ranking: 12 of 50. Boston T. Party’s State Firearms Laws Ranking: 64%. Per capita income: $27,630 (rank 26 of 50). ACT & SAT Scores Ranking: 5 of 50. Plusses: Low crime rate. Minuses: Tornado prone (ranked #4 out of top 20 States). Few local firewood sources. JWR’s Combined Retreat Potential Ranking: 11 of 19.




VHF Marine Band and Out of Band (“Freeband”) CB Radio Modifications

Proviso: The following is for informational purposes only. Do not modify radios as described unless it is a dire emergency. (FCC regulations do not permit out of band transmissions except under emergency situations.) One aspect of preparedness that is often overlooked is secure radio communications. As I’ve mentioned in some of my previous blog posts, buying a pair of VHF Marine Band radios makes sense if you live in an area that is both inland from the coast and away from the Great Lakes. You will essentially have a band all to yourself. Another approach to increasing communications security is …







Letter from “Doug Carlton” Re: Budget Survival Firearms

Hi Jim, On Survival battery on a budget: It doesn’t really matter what you have as long as it is of good quality and you know how to use it. For instance, an M1 Garand is certainly a viable rifle, especially in areas where others may not be legal, but it may not be the best rifle for me. For others it might be the best choice over anything else. The key reason is training. My father (drafted for the Korean War in the 50’s) would be much better off with an M1 Garand than a FAL. Why? Because he …




Letter Re: Firearms Laws as Criteria for Retreat Location Selection

Mr. Rawles, I see that when evaluating retreat locations you consider the state’s gun laws. It appears that the more favorable the gun laws, the better the state as a potential retreat. Your site seems concerned primarily with the “SHTF” or “TEOTWAWKI” scenarios. Should either of these come to pass, I don’t see where gun laws would matter one way or the other. Who’s going to enforce them? Regards, – J.G. JWR Replies: I strongly disagree. You still have to live and to train/practice with firearms somewhere in the interim. Why subject yourself to living under bad laws? And what …













State By State – Montana

Montana: Population: 903,000. Population Density: 6.1 per square mile (Rank 18 of JWR’s top 19 states). Area: 147,000 square miles (rank 4 of 50). Average car insurance cost: $671/yr. (rank 38 of 50). Average home insurance cost: $451/yr. (rank 26 of 50). Crime Safety Ranking: 10 of 50. Boston T. Party’s State Firearms Laws Ranking: 92%. Per capita income: $22,518 (rank 46 of 50). ACT & SAT Scores Ranking: 8 of 50. Montana Agriculture reference: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/narratives/MONTANA.htm Montana Crops: Potatoes, sugar beats, sorghum, alfalfa, grass hay, and grains. Plusses: Very low crime rate! Very low population density. Minimal gun laws. Good …




Letter Re: HK-91 Magazines for CETME Rifles

Jim, just to let you know, for anyone on a budget like me, the surplus G3/HK-91 magazines for sale by Tapco function very nicely in my CETME. No hangups or malfunctions. I bought 100 of these and some require a little cleaning, but at $1.99 each they are a good bargain. With all the recent news of gun confiscation in New Orleans this may be just the “crisis” the feds are looking for to ‘slow down’ or stop entirely surplus gear. I suggest everyone buy ‘in quantity’ any firearms supplies of this nature. JWR Replies: In case Tapco has sold …




Letter Re: Been There, Done That, Got the T-Shirt

Hey, I am Mr. Sierra, and yes I bought a SurvivalBlog T-Shirt… as well as survival Freeze Dried Foods and Water Barrels and Pump…so following the advice of the Blog have done that. I do have a surplus Military Winter Sleeping Bag with a Gore-tex cover. Carrying my snubbie around as a concealed carry firearm while returning a video to store etc, is comforting, concealable, and better than my pointed index finger in my jeans pocket. 😉 One thing I read on the Blog today was about Stress Reduction [David in Israel’s article, posted on 12 Sept. ’05] which I …




Letter Re: Leatherman and Craftsman Pocket Tools

Leathermans are great, but I also have two different ones from Sears Craftsman. My favorite one has its main tool as lineman’s pliers that are slip joints, replaceable screwdriver tips, and very functional wood saw (which I think is important). Their other one that I like is a vise grip style needle nose. I bought these about 3 years ago and either they stopped selling them in the People’s Republic of New York or they discontinued them all together. I wanted to buy an extra of each. BTW–your book is great, as is your website, I bought it from Fred’s …