JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on the new generation of rechargeable batteries.


Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

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How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere, by Bradford Angier


A Wing and A Prayer (2017). This great documentary about Al Schwimmer and the founding of the Israeli Air Force is available for free download to Amazon Prime members. Also available on DVD.

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They Live (1988). Now available in a multi-format collector’s edition.

Vlogs and Instructional Videos:

Important Note: I am continuing to shift the emphasis of my video links away from YouTube, since they have recently announced a strongly anti-gun policy. Right around April 16th, thousands or even tens of thousands of “how to” videos on gunsmithing, gun takedown and assembly, and handloading will be removed. Please start visiting Full30.com, instead. Be sure to bookmark it. Thanks!

Hank Strange at Full30.com: Echo AR-II Trigger Vs. BFS3 AR-S1 Straight Trigger IN THE WILD

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Ian McCollum at Full30.com: WWSD: Rethinking the AR15 – CONCLUSION

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Garand Thumb: Aimpoint Comp M5 review (Brand new optic from Aimpoint)



Olight S1 Mini Baton 600 Lumens Ultra Compact Rechargeable LED Flashlight. Note these include a clever new CR-123 battery that is rechargeable directly using a USB cable!

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And here is a less expensive option for rechargeable CR-1213 batteries: CR123A 16340 Battery, LAVAFOX 3.7v 650mAh Lithium-ion Rechargeable Batteries With A Smart Lithium Battery Charger For Flashlight, Headlamps. (8 Pack)

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Reader Aaron X. recommended Rogue Hoe brand gardening and utility hoes. These sturdy implements are hand-made with pride in Missouri.

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Stamaks 2 Magnetic Gun Mount For Vehicle and Home – Rubber Coated 43 Lbs Safe Storage and Quick Access to Firearm Concealed Holder For Handgun.   (I use one of these to keep a Glock handy under my desk, and a second one to keep another Glock handy under a kitchen counter.)

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  1. Another excellent documentary about the origins of the Israeli AF is “Above and Beyond” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2704752/). It includes Paul Rubens (“Pee Wee Herman”) talking about his dad, who was one of the early pilots fighting for Israel.

    “They Live” is John Carpenter at his best. Highly recommended for science fiction fans. Roddy Piper was surprisingly good as the lead. IIRC, his line upon walking into the bank was ad-libbed.

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