JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: Act of War, by Brad Thor Lost Rights, by James Bovard Movies: O Brother, Where Art Thou? Lone Survivor Instructional Videos: How to roll start your manual transmission car or truck How to Hang a Gate Online Sermon Videos: “His Own Received Him Not” – Message by Chuck Baldwin on Apr. 9, 2017 An Introduction to Reformed Theology (James White) Podcasts: Daily Audio Bible The Hardcore History Series Blogs: The Independent (Archer Garrett) Gear: 3M Performance Plus Duct Tape, Olive Drab, 48 mm x 54.8 meter roll. This is the real deal mil-spec stuff, and one of these big fat rolls lasts a long time. I noticed that the 3M brand’s formulation seems to have the best longevity. (Some other brands seems to “go goopy” after just a few years. But I still have part of a roll of 3M OD duck tape that I bought while in college—back in the early 1980s—that is still perfectly usable.) Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer. (Owning one of these is a MUST if you ever plan to make your own Kydex holsters, mag pouches, or smart phone pouches.) SentrySafe SFW123DSB 1.23 Cubic Feet Combination Fire-Safe, Medium Grey

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Note: Since today is Patriot Day, most of today’s recommendations follow that that theme. Books: Warsaw 1944: An Insurgent’s Journal of the Uprising Tactics of Christian Resistance by Dr. Gary North Lexington to Concord Movies: April Morning The Patriot (Note: When I last checked it was also available free for Amazon Prime members,) Television: Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans Battle for Warsaw Instructional Videos: How to Make Thermite How to shoot an AR handgun (ala SIG brace, Shockwave Blade, etc) Online Sermon Videos: When Resistance Is Obligatory – by Chuck Baldwin on Jul. 31, 2016 Defying Tyrants is Obedience to God – by Jeff Durbin Podcasts: The Art of Manliness Podcast #220: Tyrants — A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror The Maverick Podcast #24: Resisting Tyranny w/ Mark From The Sustainable Life Alliance Blogs: The Ultimate Answer to Kings The Zelman Partisans Gear: 2 Pound Bags – Aluminum Powder – 30 micron. Great for mixing your own Thermite powder. (Amazon also sells black iron oxide. To be ready for Thermite cutting and welding, make sure to order the “natural” variety iron oxide, not synthetic.) Note that the seller of this aluminum powder is Alpha Chemical—a former SurvivalBlog advertiser for … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: A well-written book was just recently released aimed at prepping newbies: Self-Sufficient Home, by Nancy Hoffman. (It’s not recommended for advanced preppers, but it’s a great one to hand to your newbie neighbors and friends.) The Edgemaster’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing, Using, and Maintaining Fixed-Blade and Folding Knives (I haven’t yet read this book, but it was written by Len McDougall, who authored the highly-rated book The Self-Suffcient Manifesto, so I can safely assume that this new one is well-written.) Movies: London Has Fallen (This movie has a high quotient for “suspension of disbelief”, but it is very entertaining. There are a few brutal sequences, so it is definitely not one for the kids.) Jason Bourne (Billed as the final installment in the Bourne film series, this latest one answers a few questions and of course delivers the requisite globetrotting, amazing stunts, and car chases.) Instructional Videos: 10 Steps on How to Build an Adventure Van Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College (Full Interview) Podcasts: North Country Farmer (Scott Terry—He’s back on the air, following a three month hiatus.) Woodshop 101 #74 : Material Decision Blogs: Pure Living for Life The Homestead Survival … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Movies: The First World War: The Complete Series. (Now that 100 years has gone by, it is time to reflect on how The Great War changed our world, and set the stage for later conflicts.) Doomsday Preppers: Season 1 Note: While still not quite rivaling Netflix, many movies and television shows are now available through Amazon Prime) Instructional Videos: Secret Room in My House Very Cheap and Easy Secret Room/Safe 10 Secret Hiding Places Already in Your Home Podcasts: Econ Talk (Russ Roberts) School Sucks Project: The Philosophy of Stoicism (With Bill Buppert) Blogs: At Bill Buppert’s ZeroGov blog, don’t miss this essay: Code Blue: Setting the Conditions for Insurgency by Bill Buppert Hurried Year (A van-dweller’s experience, with full specifications on his van conversion. A walk-through video of his van is also on line.) .357 Magnum Blog Gear: A couple of months ago, I spent a fruitless 10 or 15 minutes searching through “The wall of gloves” at my local North 40 farm and ranch store. I was disgusted find that ALL of them … Continue reading

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the … Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture The Complete Guide to Sharpening @WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, by Shane Harris Movies: The Road (starring Viggo Mortensen. It is a favorite with both preppers and survivalists.) Captain Fantastic (also starring Viggo Mortensen). This movie is marred by copious foul language, brief nudity, and absurd politics. But it makes a compelling case for home schooling and self-sufficiency. It is rated R, and is definitely NOT for kids! (It is now available through Amazon Prime) BTW, here is a sad addendum: Viggo’s father, V. Peter Mortensen, passed way in early March. Our condolences to the family. Instructional Videos: From “Russian Daycare”: AMAZING CAMPING HACKS #2 Max Velocity Tactical: Anatomy of a Peel (JWR’s Comment: Max’s training is very highly regarded and recommended. It appears that for quite rational live fire safety reasons they set this up as a 90-degree offset engagement and withdrawal. Normally, in a meeting engagement with a superior force, a “withdraw by fire” takes a 180-degree exit route. Box Van Stealth Tiny House Tour … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Books: What to Expect When You’re Expecting The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals Movies: God’s Not Dead Galaxy Quest Music: Lau: Lightweights & Gentlemen Leo Kottke: Six And Twelve String Guitar Instructional Videos: DIY How to add Paracord to your MFT Battlelink Stock Podcasts: Radio Free Redoubt: Episode 17-06: Do Not Oppress the Sojourner – and – HUNTED: Analysis and Review. (Also available via iTunes.) The Survival Podcast: Episode-799- Greenhouse Thoughts, Construction, Usage and Considerations Blogs: Total Survivalist Blog Brushbeater Gear: Rothco Flyers Helmet Shoulder Bag, Olive Drab (These are great for organizing and transporting sets of web gear for your defensive guns.) Flambeau Outdoors 7-Tray Hip Roof Tackle Box. (Not just for fishing, these are perfect for storing spare gun parts.) AlienTACS CQC Transformer Wide Padded Quick Adjust 2-Point 1-1/4″ Sling

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Book Review: Krav Maga Tactical Survival, by D.R.

Published by Tuttle Publishing ISBN: 978-0-8048-4765-0 5 parts, 224 pages with index Between active shooters, the rise in violent crime, and the outbreak of “undocumented shoppers”, many Americans are taking an interest in learning how to protect themselves and their loved ones. This takes many forms, as some people devote their time and money to storing up resources and equipment, others to training with armed and unarmed combatives, and some to both. Any serious practitioner in unarmed combatives will likely have heard of the discipline of Krav Maga. Since Imi Lichtenfeld started training the Israeli military in “contact combat” in 1944, Krav Maga has become increasingly popular among the international community. With instructors all over the world spreading the word of reality-based self-defense, it’s not hard to imagine why that is the case. One such instructor is Gershon ben Keren, a 5th degree black belt in Krav Maga and the head instructor at Krav Maga Yashir in Boston, MA. In addition to providing training to civilians, law enforcement officers, and military personnel, he has also written a few books on the subject of unarmed combat. In his latest book, Krav Maga – Tactical Survival, ben Keren goes in-depth on the … Continue reading

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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

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