News From The American Redoubt:

Anyone looking for colloidal silver should check out this small company in Montana: Ion Silver. Their product is made with a special process that puts very small (“ionic”) silver particles in suspension, and that unlike their competitors, their solutions don’t “go brown” with silver dropping out of solution. o o o Idaho Governor Otter vetoes repeal of Idaho grocery tax o o o Oh, but wait!: BOOM! Gov. Otter Grocery Tax Veto Comes TOO LATE! o o o Rep. Matt Shea comments on the inevitable partition of Washington: $8 billion tax increase—Update From Olympia. o o o Spokane beekeepers swarm to local farm for thousands of bees o o o Montana plans to keep wolf hunt quotas outside Yellowstone o o o You’ve gotta love Politically Incorrect Idaho: Court: Idaho wolf derby doesn’t need Forest Service permit

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The Human-Powered Veggie Garden- Part 2, by J.A.

Deep Digging and Rock Removal The second round of digging is the hardest work of the whole project. The process is much like the first round, except the goal is to be able to bury the whole head of your shovel in loose soil when you are done. This time, if you hit a rock in the process of achieving that, it has to go. As you back up, some of the rocks will expose an edge you can get under with the shovel. This is where buying good tools, and sharpening your shovel is really going to pay off. Use the shovel to poke under an exposed edge of a stone to create leverage and pry it out. You may have to go slightly off track or attack from a different angle, but if you stick with it for a few seconds, you will find a way to easily pry most of them out. In the instance where you hit a rock that extends far back under the ground you are still standing on and have yet to dig, skip it and remove it while digging another row that exposes enough of it for you to extract it easily. … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

JWR Says: I’d like to introduce a new term into the American Lexicon: The Self-Crashing Car. o o o Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs? – G.P. HJL’s Comment: This is an excellent piece, describing why VPN’s should be important to you and what their strengths and weaknesses are. o o o CAIR Orders U.S. Air Force to Ditch “Anti-Muslim” Counterterrorism Instructor – D.S. HJL’s Comment: And why is it that the U.S. government bows to pressure from a group that reportedly has strong ties with terrorist organizations? Will Trump have the gumption to ignore their demands? o o o Just a typical day at the beach in Florida: Swimmer filmed in terrifying close encounter with a shark ‘after it confused her flippers for a fish’. Jeff Cooper would call this being in “Condition White” while floating in a sea of blue. – T.P. o o o Invoking memories of Soylent Green (1973): Monster riot control vehicle can take over streets – T.J. HJL’s Comment: I note that while Fox News states that the vehicle is “flameproof”, memories of the Ukraine conflict in 2014 might suggest “flame resistant” would be a better description. It’s difficult to imagine any vehicle surviving … Continue reading

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Wertz’s Farm Market Canned Meat, by Pat Cascio

I’d like to clear up a misconception that some readers have. Number one, I’m still not Jim Rawles; many readers just refuse to understand this. I am who I say I am, and you can Google my name if you’d like. Secondly, neither Jim Rawles nor Hugh Latimer have ever once demanded that I write an article on any product or, for that matter, ever asked me to not write about any product. Third, I am not an employee of SurvivalBlog. I am an independent journalist. I write articles for SurvivalBlog, and if Mr. Rawles or Mr. Latimer like my articles then they accept them and I send them an invoice for my work. So, I’m not under the control of anyone. I’m a freelance writer, and Jim and Hugh kindly awarded me the title of Senior Product Review Editor, which was very nice of them. So, when you are reading one of my articles, it is my words, the article was submitted by me, and no one associated with SurvivalBlog asked or demanded I review the products. With that said, I sometimes see a new product being advertised on SurvivalBlog that catches my attention and I request a sample … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Interesting concept for quick building: Brikawood Wooden House Building Bricks – G.P. o o o The Burning Platform has an interesting three-part article on The Deep State, fake data and face news: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 o o o For home defense, it’s hard to imagine a better platform than a shotgun: Tips for Using a Double-Barrel Shotgun for Home Defense – G.G. o o o This deserves a full “face-palm”: House Staffers In Security Probe Allegedly Kept Stepmom In ‘Captivity’ To Access Offshore Cash – W.W. o o o Need a Job? Wanted: South Florida python hunters for hire – paid by the hour plus a bonus for every snake killed.

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Kahr CT40, by Pat Cascio

I’ve been a huge fan of Kahr , since I laid my hands on the first one I ever spotted in a gun shop. The double-action only trigger pull on their handguns is second to none; it is butter smooth. Some have described the trigger pull as the Rolls Royce of DAO triggers, and I’m not about to argue the point either. The one “problem” I have with any of the Kahr handguns I get in for testing and for writing an article on is that I simply can’t return the samples; I end up purchasing them eventually, because I like their guns so much. My youngest daughter gave me a Kahr CW45 about three or fours years ago as a Christmas present. I also purchased a second one from the local gun shop, because I loved the way the gun felt and operated. A couple of years ago, my wife and two daughters gave me a Kahr CW9 for Christmas; it was another winner. The only problem I had with it was that it did require slightly more than 200 rounds through it before it operated 100% of the time. Then again, Kahr recommends you fire at least 200 … Continue reading

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FN PS90 PDW, by Pat Cascio

I first read about one back in the early 1990s and then again in 2005, when the civilian-legal version was released. Several years ago, I actually saw one and handled it in my local gun shop. Recently, my local gun shop got another one in. I hesitated because of the cost, and two weeks later a trade was worked out; I got it. I actually fired this caliber in a converted AR-15, and I liked it, but it offered nothing in an AR-sized gun. Long-time SurvivalBlog reader, Mike C., and good friend in Eugene, OR got one along with the pistol in the same caliber, and he taunted me about getting one. It was unrelenting, until I got one for myself. What am I talking about? It’s the FN P90 select-fire and the FN PS90 civilian-legal semiauto only carbine. The FN P90 was released in 1990, as a personal defense weapon (PDW) to replace handguns for behind the line military troops. However, it rapidly caught on, and military and law enforcement all over the world were issuing the very compact P90. The P90 is, as mentioned, a select-fire weapon in 5.7x28mm, and the PS90 is the semiauto-only version for us … Continue reading

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Steal a fish from one guy and give it to another–and keep doing that on a daily basis–and you’ll make the first guy p*ssed off, but you’ll make the second guy lazy and dependent on you. Then you can tell the second guy that the first guy is greedy for wanting to keep the fish he caught. Then the second guy will cheer for you to steal more fish. Then you can prohibit anyone from fishing without getting permission from you. Then you can expand the racket, stealing fish from more people and buying the loyalty of others. Then you can get the recipients of the stolen fish to act as your hired thugs. Then you can … well, you know the rest.” – Larken Rose

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Blackhawk Waterproof Tactical Softshell Jacket, by Pat Cascio

In close to 25 years as a writer for firearms, cutlery, and survival magazines and websites, I have reviewed quite a few products. Lots of boots have come my way and, to be sure, I only report on the best-of-the-best in boots and other gear. I don’t want to waste my time, or our reader’s time, reporting on junk products. As I’ve said numerous times over the years, “You only have to buy quality once, but if you buy junk, you have to keep on buying junk…” Of course, when it comes to clothing and footwear, you do eventually have to replace it but not nearly as often as you replace junk. Quality clothing and footwear lasts a long, long time. I have a pair of Rocky boots with 800 grams of Thinsulate that are more than 20 years old. They’ve had the soles replaced once. The only reason I don’t wear these boots any longer is because my foot grew one size, but I’m holding onto these waterproof and heavily insulated boots just in case someone else needs them. I insist on waterproof boots or hikers because of where we live, in Western Oregon, where we get about eights … Continue reading

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