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
Anyone living anywhere near Hermiston, Oregon, should check out Eastern Oregon Tactical (EOT). They carry a broad inventory of guns and accessories, and also offer training including an online Oregon CCW permit training course. o o o Magpul up and running in Cheyenne, Wyoming. (They recently got a big USMC sole-source contract for Gen 3 PMAGs—a favorite item for both soldiers and preppers.) o o o Montana leads nation in gun companies per capita. o o o Big snow portends flooding in major Wyoming river basins o o o Idaho lawmakers to discuss mandatory minimums bill o o o Video: How This Idaho Oldtimer Constructed An Ideal Underground Home for Less Than $50
Anyone who wants to convert a cargo van for camping or Get Out Of Dodge purposes should check out End of the Earth Vans, in Missoula, Montana. The proprietor is pro-gun and has amazing skills. o o o SurvivalBlog reader E.W. highly recommended Sourdo.com as a source of sourdough cultures and highly recommends the Russian culture as a fast riser and heavy lifter that works well with whole fours. Activating the starter mid-evening makes fresh, whole spelt bread by the next afternoon possible. The South African culture is also advertised as working well with whole grain flours. o o o Looking for a quick, easy solution to an outhouse? Reader C.N. found an ad for Privy Ranch: Custom Made Outhouses in a local paper that sounds kind of nice. o o o Idaho politics from Redoubt News: Swamp Master Bedke Meets the Gator – T.K. o o o More Idaho politics from Redoubt News: The Truth About Our Morally Bankrupt Legislative Leadership – T.K.
GOP advancing bills to expand concealed-carry of handguns in Montana o o o I suppose it was inevitable: Now there is an American Redoubt song. o o o After taking a brief break, Enola Gay (one of our favorite bloggers) is back to regular posting at her Paratus Familia blog. This righteous family been living off grid and cooking on a wood stove for many years. There is a huge difference between studying self-sufficiency and actually living self-sufficiently. Learn from those who truly live the life. o o o Some interesting terrain analysis: Northern Islands of Refuge (in The American Redoubt) o o o Is the American Redoubt giving squirrels tactical training? Trusty pet squirrel foils burglary!
Idaho: Dozens of dead owls showing up along I-84: ‘It’s like they fell from the sky’ o o o A 51st state, called Liberty, would have political clout and an ag-based economy o o o An acquaintance who lives near Sandpoint, Idaho is selling an amazingly versatile Bug Out vehicle, based on a U.S. Army 5-Ton M934A1 6×6 multi-fuel truck with an expanding shop van on the back. It even has a snowplow blade. It has been painted charcoal gray. Description of the truck: Extended Cab-Seats (2) 2 Upgraded Air Ride Seats Cab Entry to Expandable Box Expanded Range Dual Fuel Tanks 10’ width detachable snowplow blade 18,000 lb Waterproof 24VDC Forward Facing Winch Roof Hatch (with Ladder) 2 Forward Facing LED Light Bars Engine Block Heater Roof Mount Tire, Crane and Winch Upgraded Batteries Hitch for Standard Trailers Cummins Diesel Engine (Multi-fuel) Allison Automatic 5-speed Transmission 50″ Tires and Includes a Mounted Spare. Rockwell Axles. Rockwell High/low Range Transfer Case. 4-Person Cab with In-cab Heating. Rear Box Expands from 7’ X 17’ to 14’ X 17’, (230 sq. ft. of interior space) Equipped with Full Electrical Panel with Lights and Electrical Outlets. Some photos can be seen at this … Continue reading
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
Upon relocation to Texas by truck from the East through the Midwest I realized there will be numerous logistics and potential threats that may come into play during TEOTWAWKI that few might consider beforehand and won’t be able to check on-the-fly without cell service and WiFi. I hope my Midwest and East coast friends can use this information as a tool if they want to make a move West of the Mississippi and appreciate why. As I will show you, there is a huge night and day difference between each side of the Mississippi River. My range of concerns and personal solutions begin with operations security (OPSEC) and traveling risks to end with specific, affordable home defense measures no matter where your eventual destination may be. Comparing a U.S. population density map of the 2010 census as one dot per person with a NASA night image map reveals the contrasting networks and densities of our current “techno society”– those in severe anxiety. If a primary survival strategy is to avoid other humans for the first few months after any potential Black Swan events, then bugging out west beyond the Mississippi river is a viable solution. Potential Black Swan Events prior … Continue reading
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!
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.
JWR,It’s a REAL mess here on the Idaho-Oregon border. We have had something like 36″ of snow in the valley since the snowfall began a month ago or so. The problem is that, unlike in previous years, the sun does not come out to warm up the air and melt the snowfall after each passing storm. It has just been accumulating and accumulating. Then we either get a warm up putting a crust on the snow-top or we get rain on top, and then it freezes. My metal roof had at least 24″ of snow and ice on it last week. It has a strata of snowfall history with each slice one took out of it. Last Thursday we got an additional 8-10 inches of snowfall in the Western Treasure Valley. That is about 50 miles from the Boise Valley. The city of Weiser got hammered big time. We have lost something like 150 structures (not carports, et cetera) but major structures in this region. Weiser lost its only real food store for the 5000 people there, and they have had to make major changes in their shopping habits. Most drive to Payette or Ontario Oregon some 20 miles to … Continue reading
Pulling Back the Curtain on Scotchman Peaks Wilderness o o o Video: All-American EFX Sports: Billings’ Best Kept Secret. Here is a link to their website. While their sales headquarters is in California, their factory (and most of their employees) are in Billings, Montana. o o o The Columbia River Treaty could be the death of Idaho – J.H. o o o Texas billionaire brothers Wilks reach out to Idaho state officials about land – DSV o o o Wyoming: City to hold informational meeting on tree-killing beetle
Gary Hunt’s Outpost of Freedom site has been served a “Cease and Desist” letter and the government has filed an affidavit and request for a court order to shut down his blog. Read this site while you can, before the American Stasi ignores the First Amendment in an effort to hide its illegal moves. – D.S. o o o ‘Go get the gun’ stops would-be thief in his tracks o o o Record snowfall in Boise keeps Treasure Valley schools closed, side roads daunting o o o The American Redoubt movement simply echoes what people have been asking for, for a long time. Here is a newspaper article from 110 years ago that provides some historical context: The Washington Times, April 22, 1907: Spokane People Demand New Western State. o o o I missed this CBC (Canada) news segment when it first aired, back in October: The ‘American Redoubt’ Movement. And here is the more detailed report that appeared at their web site: Hoping for best and preparing for worst: Inside the American Redoubt movement. And here is a follow-on video report: Take a tour of an off-grid cabin in the American Redoubt. o o o Splitting up Washington state: … Continue reading