JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival, by Creek Stewart Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel, by James Rollins Movies: Last of the Dogmen The African Queen Television: Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles Band Of Brothers Music: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Movie Soundtrack Marty Robbins: All-Time Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Bushcraft Dump Pouch (Make Your Own) Canadian Prepper: After the Collapse: Surviving in Canada- (SHTF Canada- West Coast/BC)–Part of a video series Online Sermon Videos: Calvary Chapel Kaneohe in Hawaii (Pastor JD Farag. His ongoing Prophecy Update series that focuses on Israel and the End Times is excellent.) John Piper Podcasts: Non-Perishable Food Storage and Copy-Canning (Ken Jensen) MTNmeister Podcast #124 Thru Hiking Thru Winter with Shawn Forry Gear: Eureka Down Range Solo – 1 Person Tactical (TCOP) Tent Military Modular Sleep System 4 Piece with Goretex Bivy Cover and Carry Sack Rawles XL Voyager Knife. Note: This Limited Edition knife has sold out (wholesale) at Cold Steel. As the designer I may be biased, but I recommend that you get one … Continue reading

News From The American Redoubt:

Many folks living in North Idaho and Northwestern Montana are probably already familiar with a great old-fashioned military surplus store in Sandpoint, Idaho called Army Surplus 1. It was probably the inspiration for the fictional “Grogan’s War Surplus”, in the humorous books written by Patrick McManus. Their motto is: “We probably have it.” And in my experience, that is true. A great store with a 40 year history of fine customer service and a great selection. Stop by and check it out. – JWR o o o We note with interest that Primary Weapons Systems (of Boise, Idaho) has greatly expanded their product line. Their fully ambidextrous AR-15 upper and lower receiver sets are a left-hander’s dream come true. And their PicMod rail system (A Picatinny rail that also accepts Key Mod attachments) is a great solution. o o o Idaho custom knife maker Robert P. Martin—best known for his gorgeous pattern-forged welded damascus blades—has expanded his line. He now does custom knives in a wide range of materials including A-2, D-2, O-1, CPM 10V, CPM 3V, L-6, 15N20, 52-100, 51-60, 51-50 carbon steels as well as CPM S30V, CPM S60V, CPM S90V, CPM 154, CPM 440C, ATS-34. He even … Continue reading

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: All Wrapped Up In Paracord: Knife and Tool Wraps, Survival Bracelets, And More Projects With Parachute Cord The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II Movies: Braveheart Akira Kurosawa: Four Samurai Classics (Seven Samurai / The Hidden Fortress / Yojimbo / Sanjuro) (The Criterion Collection) Television: The Pacific The Civil War (Ken Burns Documentary) Music: The Very Best of Ralph Stanley Jonas Kaufmann: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven & Wagner Instructional Videos: Build Your Own Copper Coil Alcohol Burner Stove Wall Tent Platform Build JWR’s Comment: Be sure to use plenty of foundation bricks (more than shown) and use your level frequently during the platform construction. Podcasts: Limetown (an engrossing science fiction series) The TED Talks Podcasts Blogs: Sparks31’s Signal Corps Say Uncle Gear: 60″ Ultimate Paracord Braiding Jig Benchmade ComboEdge Tanto Auto-Stryker Knife Icom 7200 HF Transceiver

News From The American Redoubt:

Montana AG strikes Missoula’s expanded background check ordinance o o o I noticed that Tactical Innovations (in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho) has expanded their product line, particularly suppressors. Hopefully, the Hearing Protection Act will pass and you’ll be able to mail order them like any other unrestricted gun part soon. (Call your congressman!) o o o Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines has taken over as chairman of the Senate Western Caucus. o o o Wyoming News: Gun bills win House approval; go to Senate o o o Idaho governor says Christian refugees deserve priority o o o It is noteworthy that Montana Rarities (in Missoula, Montana) now has both U.S. Mint and Canadian Mint 2017 mint date 1-ounce silver bullion coins available. This is a highly recommended company. It is noteworthy that they have Monthly Precious Metals Purchase Plans available, to provide Dollar Cost Averaging advantages. o o o The folks at Liquid Transformations (in Spokane, Washington) recently did some Cerakote finishes on several firearms for one of my consulting clients. He remarked that he was very impressed with the quality of their work and their customer service. Good folks!

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Resistance by Vin Suprynowicz All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew Movies: Duck Soup The Maltese Falcon Television: Jericho Firefly Music: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music Rags to Riches the Essential Hits [of Scott Joplin] Instructional Videos: AR-15 Upgrades Overview (from IV8888) Art Of The Tactical Carbine by Chris Costa Podcasts: The Adventure Sports Podcast Wranglerstar: AMAZING Room Transformation Gear: SOG Traction EDC Pocketknife (Under $15!) Harris Bipod Model 1A2 (Adjustable 6” to 9”) Midland Model 75-822 40 Channel CB Handheld Radio

News From The American Redoubt:

I just found a great little home-based business in Post Falls, Idaho that makes top-quality Paracord rifle slings: 2nd Amendment Slings, LLC. o o o This small company in Stevensville, Montana is well worth mentioning: Cooper Firearms. If a long range precision AR-15 or AR-10 is more to your liking, then check out Wyoming Arms. (In Cody, Wyoming.) o o o Widow of slain Oregon standoff leader carries on ‘liberty’ mission o o o The latest from fellow Redoubt blogger Patrice Lewis: The sword of Damocles, North Idaho-style. o o o Freedom Munitions and Seekins Precision (both located in Lewiston, Idaho) have teamed to offer the Seekins G.I Rifle—a 5.56mm AR variant with just the right mix of features for combat shooting. Price at $949, this rifle includes a lot of custom features that are normally found only on ARs costing $1,200 or more. o o o This company in McCall Idaho has a great selection of custom AR handguards they can Cerakote in the color of your choice, in-house. Their Ultralight Hex model looks great. o o o Breaking a car window isn’t easy, as Spokane police officer discovered while rescuing woman.

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“There are, in fact and practice, two divisions of BATFE: they are Arbitrary, and Capricious. Everything they do has to have approval from one, and ideally both, divisions, before it gets handed down from on high as verbum dei. For some decades, that hurdle has not been too cumbersome on their limited intellects to allow passage of all manner of nonsense, being a speed bump the height of which is measured in layers of paint on a flat surface. Give their explosives lab to FBI, shift alcohol and tobacco revenue collection (sans any law enforcement capability whatsoever) over to Commerce, and fire everyone else, or simply transfer them to baggage screeners for TSA to make retirement. Ideally in airports not less than 500 miles from any city larger than 1 million souls.” – Reader “Aesop” in a comment to a recent post about BATFE overreach titled: ATF Cracks Down on Retro Builders using 80% Receivers, posted at Weaponsman

Food Storage: The Calories Count! by JWR

Many newbie preppers make the mistake of buying a packaged long-term food storage system withoƒstarut looking at the details, and they just assume that they are now magically “prepared”. But anyone who is shopping for packaged food storage systems should look with a discerning eye at any claims such as: “a six month supply for four adults.” Often these estimates are based on the manufacturers’ absurd assumption that a daily ration is around 1,500 calories per day. But that is actually a starvation ration that would not maintain the body mass index for anyone with an average body stature. In actuality, the average adult needs around 2,500 calories per day for normal activity and something closer to 3,700 per day for times of heavy exertion, such as strenuous manual labor or combat patrolling. You want to be living in Survival Acres, not Dachau! Once again, look very closely at those calorie counts. Next, consider the quality of the foods themselves. There should be plenty of essential fats and oils. If the food storage system omits fats and oils or if it includes lots of Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) as filler, then beware. Your family will need plenty of quality foods, … Continue reading

Notes for Sunday – January 29, 2017

Today is the birthday of journalist and inventor Thomas Paine (1737–1809). This is also the birthday of actor Tom Selleck (born 1945), best known for playing the title role of Magnum, P.I. He once dropped by my tables at the Reno gun show, and we had a great conversation. He is an avid shooter and quite pro-gun. – JWR

Odds ‘n Sods:

I spotted this over at the ZeroGov Forums: Passphrases That You Can Memorize – But That Even The NSA Can’t Guess – JWR o o o Jeremiah Johnson: This is How You Can Dodge Facial Recognition Software o o o Brody File Exclusive: President Trump Says Persecuted Christians Will Be Given Priority As Refugees o o o Well, as a Limited Edition, it was inevitable that the Rawles XL Voyager knives would sell out. Now they have. If you want one, jump on it before the price on the secondary market escalates. You can still find them for under $75 on Amazon.com. But at this time next year, I predict that they will be hard to find for $90.

JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Glock Reference Guide Terra Nullius: A Journey Through No One’s Land Movies: Wild Horse, Wild Ride (Documentary.) Now available free for Amazon Prime members. The Accountant 2016 Ben Affleck portrays a very unusual accountant in this action/thriller. (Rated R and definitely not for kids!) Television: Barn Find Hunter (Available free for Amazon Prime members) Charlie Jade (A mind-bending series produced in South Africa about a man who transits three parallel universes. Available free for Amazon Prime members.) Music: Dances With Wolves Soundtrack (John Barry) Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits Instructional Videos: Chainsaw Hack: Sharpen Your Chain Out in the Woods with a Stump Vise (Swedish Homestead) How To Grow Vegetables In Winter With A Preppers Winter Vegetable Garden Podcasts: Modern Homesteading Podcast Firearms Radio Network (several podcasts) Online Sermon Videos: Lordship Church, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Pastor Warren Campbell) Liberty Fellowship, Kalispell, Montana (Pastor Chuck Baldwin) Gear: Leupold VX-R 3-9x40mm FireDot Riflescope with Illuminated Reticle Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave Receiver with Single Side Band Reception

Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Survival” means living through an involuntary situation of extended duration where death is a likely outcome. If it’s a voluntary situation it’s a misadventure. If it’s of short duration it’s a narrow escape. A lost hunter who overnights in the woods had a bad day. If he’s mauled by a bear but lives, he had a close call. It’s not survival. Stranded on an Arctic island is survival. It’s survival when you’re forced to make daily life-or-death choices, often between bad and worse, forced to discriminate ruthlessly between wants and needs, and to not obsess over the situation or its cause, nor dwell on regret. It’s survival when your best days are your future nightmares. Actual survivors don’t want to repeat the experience, but if they must, they’re more prepared empty handed than are most preppers with all their gear. A survivalist prepares to outlast unrelenting mortal danger where others will die in big numbers. Likely and otherwise imminent death is what he intends to survive. Anything less is a lifestyle, however admirable or entertaining.” – O’l Remus, writing in his Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report blog