Video: Best and worst states to retire in the United States. Not surprisingly, four of the five American Redoubt Staes were in Tier 1 or Tier 2. o o o Wyoming hunting licenses to reflect recent harsh winter o o o Montana: Man pleads guilty to poaching trophy mule deer in Uptown Butte JWR’s Comment: Sometimes the sight of an awesome rack can inspire impulsive behavior. o o o Oregon: Stores must pay bottle deposit refunds even if they do not charge deposit. JWR’s Comment: Logic and common sense are obviously scarce commodities in Oregon’s legislature. o o o Oregon State Senator Proposes Law That Would Allow Gun Confiscation Without Due Process – DSV
The mainstream media has recently featured many articles about multi-millionaires buying opulent shelter spaces marketed by companies like The Survival Condo Project and Terra Vivos Reportedly, these swank leased shelter spaces are being gobbled up by the rich and famous. (Important Caveat: Those are just two well-publicized examples among many similar ventures, and I’m not criticizing them, per se. I have serious doubts about the efficacy of all such leased retreat space ventures, if and when things fall apart.) Survival preparations are not like buying a service, such as car detailing or house painting. You can’t just “have it done” by someone else and expect to actually survive a major disaster to see full restoration of normal day-to-day life. You need to learn these skills for yourself. You need to construct things for yourself, tailor them to your own family’s particular needs, and then maintain them yourself. The most crucial skills can’t be learned by just reading a book or by watching a video. You need to truly learn these tasks by performing them and, in some cases, developing the muscle memory to match. Unless you are willing to get your hands dirty and honestly learn by doing, then you … Continue reading
The Australian press reports: People are flocking to a region of America so they can survive the end of the world. JWR’s Comments: Although I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Australian journalist Matt Young fully describing the American Redoubt concept and the various threats to modern society, he put together a scattered article with a mish-mash of old and new quotes from me (some of them out of context) and a video link to what was one of the most poorly-prepared and antagonistic interviews that I’ve ever endured, with the late liberal American journalist Alan Colmes. (Colmes, known for his satirical wit, passed away from cancer on February 23, 2017.) In that interview Colmes didn’t even get my given name right—though he had my book right on his desk. And then he plunged into an interrogation on the comma in my name. By the way, the mis-captioned photo that Matt Young chose for the top of the article isn’t of me. It is a photo of a Redoubt real estate agent. The juxtaposition of that photo and that radio interview makes it look as if I gave that interview from an unfinished basement. o o o 12-year-old … Continue reading
I just did some link checking, and I found that several of the web URLs that I had listed for our recommended churches in the American Redoubt region were out of date. I’ve now updated our church listings at our Redoubt static page, with these links: Mountain View Baptist Church, Pierce, Idaho Grangeville Christian Reformed Church, Grangeville Three Lakes Community Bible Church, Troy, Montana Yaak Community Church, Yaak, Montana Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bend, Oregon Grace Bible Church, LaGrande, Oregon Reformation Community Church, Spokane, Washington Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), Lander, Wyoming If you are new to the American Redoubt region or if you just want to get back into fellowship, then please visit these churches, and they will surely make you welcome! – JWR o o o Expanded hunting proposed for Jackson, Wyoming elk herd o o o Most Wyoming counties saw population declines in 2016 o o o Montana entrepreneurs find opportunity in facial hair o o o Jason Patrick and Darryl Thorn were convicted of “conspiracy to impede Federal officers” in the latest Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation trial. A separate trial of co-defendants resulted in a not guilty verdict. o o o Union County, Oregon: Proposed bills would … Continue reading
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
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