Today we are pleased to welcome our newest advertiser, The Remnant Store, in Florida. They offer gravity water filters are very competitive price, as well as compact storage foods and several outdoor survival products, such as fishing trotlines. (Be sure to consult your local laws before ordering any trotlines.)
Just three days left! The high bid in the SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction  is now at $1,100. The auction is for a large mixed lot that includes:
1.) A large “be ready to barter” box of full-capacity gun magazines, from the JASBORR . This box includes: 12 – Used original Bundeswehr contract HK91 (G3) steel 20 round magazines, 6 – Used original FN of Belgium-made FN-FAL alloy 20 round magazines, 6 – Used AR-15/M16 USGI (a mix of Simmonds & Colt made) alloy 20 round magazines, and 2 – New and very scarce original FN (Belgian-made) US M1/M2 Carbine blued steel 30 round magazines (marked “AYP”) . All of these magazines are of pre-1994 manufacture (and hence legal to possess in New York.) These magazines have a combined value of approximately $450. Note: If you live in a state where full capacity magazines are banned, then you must choose to: refrain from bidding, or designate a recipient in an unrestricted state, or re-donate the magazines for a subsequent auction.
2. ) A brand new in box Big Berky Water Filter, with your choice of either four white ceramic filter elements or four black filter elements. This is a $329 retail value, courtesy of Ready Made Resources.
3.) A huge lot of DVDs, CD-ROMs and hard copy nuclear survival/self-sufficiency references (a $300+ value) donated by Richard Fleetwood of www.SurvivalCD.com
4.) A NukAlert compact radiation detector donated by at KI4U.com (a $160 retail value).
5.) A desert tan SOG Trident folding knife, courtesy of Safecastle. (a $92.99 retail value.)
6.) A case of 12 recent production full mil-spec MRE rations (identical to the current military contract MREs, but without the civilian sale restriction markings). This is a $90 retail value, courtesy of CampingSurvival.com.
Thus, the combined retail value of this combined lot is at least $1,275. This auction ends on January 15th. Please e-mail us your bid for the entire mixed lot.
Today we present a lengthy entry for Round 20 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest.  The contest prizes include:
First Prize: The writer of the best contributed article will be awarded two transferable Front Sight “Gray” Four Day Training Course Certificates. This is an up to $4,000 value!
Second Prize: A three day course certificate from OnPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses .
Third Prize: A copy of my “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course, from Arbogast Publishing
Round 20 ends on January 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival will have an advantage in the judging.