The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” – 1 Timothy 3 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Saturday — February 4, 2023

On February 4, 1945, the Yalta Conference opened with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin meeting to plan the final defeat and occupation of Nazi Germany. Roosevelt was reportedly weak and ill at the conference. There, they conspired to carve up Europe by marking new boundaries on a National Geographic map. This set the stage for the Cold War, and the statist globalism of the early 21st Century.

We are in need of some entries for Round 105 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. More than $775,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 105 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



The Fed’s Crossroads – Hawkish or Dovish?, by Arkadiusz Sieroń

Editor’s Introductory Note: This guest article was selected by JWR. It was first published by Sunshine Profits, and is reposted with permission.

While Flash US Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) declined further in January, the input inflation accelerated. It’s not clear whether the Fed should become more dovish or hawkish – and that impacts gold.

The flash US PMI Composite Output Index registered 46.6 in January, up from 45.0 in December. It implies that the decline in business activity softened to the slowest in three months. But it was a further fall, as each number below 50 means a decrease in the economic output. The main drivers of the downturn were the impact of interest rates hikes, uncertainty, and high inflation on consumer spending.

The US Services Business Activity Index posted 46.6 in January, up from 44.7 at the end of 2022. The service sector thus experienced another solid decline, although the softest since last October. The S&P Global Flash US Manufacturing PMI was also up slightly from 46.2 in December to 46.8 in January, but it was still the second-fastest decline since May 2020.

The good news is that the numbers beat expectations. The bad news is that input inflation struck back. It quickened from December, ending a seven-month sequence of moderating cost pressure.

U.S. Flash PMI and the Fed

Although the January data came above expectations, it showed that private sector contractions continued into the new year. As Chris Williamson, Chief Business Economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence, commented:

The US economy has started 2023 on a disappointingly soft note, with business activity contracting sharply again in January. Although moderating compared to December, the rate of decline is among the steepest seen since the global financial crisis, reflecting falling activity across both manufacturing and services.

But what is tricky in the report is the stagflationary flavor, i.e., the indication of both a weakening economy and rising inflationary pressure. As Williamson said,

The worry is that, not only has the survey indicated a downturn in economic activity at the start of the year, but the rate of input cost inflation has accelerated into the new year, linked in part to upward wage pressures, which could encourage a further aggressive tightening of Fed policy despite rising recession risks.

Indeed! Although the 25-basis points hike in February seems to be already determined, the Fed could provide more hikes than currently expected. [Editor’s Update Note: There was indeed a 25 basis point rate increase, on February 1, 2023.] I wouldn’t be surprised if the dovish actions at the upcoming FOMC meeting were accompanied by hawkish signals. Given that the small (well, before 2022, it was a standard size of an interest rate hike) move is already priced in, any hawkish clues would be detrimental to gold prices.

Implications for Gold

What does it all mean for the gold (and silver) outlook for 2023? Well, as the chart below shows (courtesy of goldpriceforecast.com), the price of gold has been rising recently. The upward move has been driven by hopes of a more dovish monetary policy and, eventually, the Fed’s pivot. Hence, any hawkish surprise could send gold prices down.

 

 

However, it’s too early to declare the comeback of inflation. It was just one month of acceleration in input costs, and they didn’t translate into higher output prices. Hence, I believe that the dovish outlook is more likely, especially since the most prominent hawks don’t vote in 2023 (because of the rotation within the FOMC members, Bullard, Mester, and George are out this year).

To be clear, in a stagflationary environment, monetary policy will fluctuate from dovish to hawkish, and gold prices will react accordingly. However, the weakening economy should prompt the Fed to adopt a more dovish stance in the upcoming months, which should be a tailwind for gold.



Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make both long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug-out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year.  We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those –or excerpts thereof — in the Odds ‘n Sods Column or in the Snippets column. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

Now that we’ve made some room in our propane freezer, we had the opportunity to butcher five excess roosters this past week. For this, we waited for a day with above-freezing temperatures. As usual, I did the beheading, pulled the innards, chopped off the lower legs and wings, and skinned them. (We don’t pluck. feathers.) That was all done outdoors.  Lily did the final cleanup of the skinned birds, in our kitchen.

This time, we saved the hearts and livers to cook up and freeze, for dog and cat food supplementation. I should mention that we feed them just small amounts of liver each week, out of caution about overdosing on fat-soluble Vitamin D.

I’ve had to make some extra trips to town, to pick up order envelopes from folks who paid for their SurvivalBlog Archive USB sticks via check.  We’ve ripped through the 1,700-stick inventory very quickly. At last count, we had just 152 sticks still on hand.  I expect to run out of them before February 11th. There probably won’t be another production run of the archive USB sticks in 2023, so the clock is ticking.

I’ve had a lot of distractions, but this week I hope to make some progress on remodeling the interior of our ranch workshop.

Now, Lily’s report…Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” – Psalm 24 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Friday — February 3, 2023

On February 3rd, 1959, a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa tragically took the lives of three rising stars in American music: Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley – pictured), J.P. Richardson (aka “The Big Bopper”), and Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela). The day is remembered as “The Day the Music Died.”  Holly had chartered the plane, to avoid the discomfort of the chilly band tour bus. As the story of the Winter Dance Party Tour goes:

“Following that night’s show at the Surf Ballroom, guitarist Tommy Allsup lost a coin toss with 17-year-old Ritchie Valens for one of the three seats on the plane. Waylon Jennings was approached by J.P. Richardson who was suffering from the flu and asked if could take his spot on the plane. He voluntarily gave up his own seat on the Beechcraft Bonanza – a decision that would ultimately haunt the future country legend for decades.”

Today’s guest feature article will not be in the judging for the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, because it is too brief, and because it was first published elsewhere.

We are in great need of entries for Round 105 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest.  Round 105 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Butchering Chickens: Slow and Effortful, by Mrs. Alaska

For a decade, we have raised laying hens and enjoyed them immensely, for their eggs, foraging for bugs, and alerting us to predators, as well as for their entertaining antics. We have kept 4-10 at a time, and named them. I have never been able to kill any hens (cockerels yes) or eat those that died.

However, I do like to eat chicken, so I thought it time to explore raising and butchering meat chickens. A friend had the same idea. So she bought 25 Cornish cross chicks, which are the ones most commonly raised for meat in the U.S. We agreed that she would care for them for 6-8 weeks, we would split the cost of purchase and feed, and then my husband and I would join her for the butchering work.

Here is what I learned and what I will do in the future.

When we arrived, my friend was fuming that the development of this breed is unconscionable and she will never buy them again. The Cornish cross is bred to gain weight so rapidly that by 6-8 weeks (6 weeks for us), they are unable to live with their unnatural weight distribution. Their hearts, lungs, and legs cannot support them. Many had respiratory problems, three appeared to have died of heart attacks, and one had a broken leg. None behaved like her laying hens, which are active, social, and curious roamers. These chickens were listless and sedentary. They also smelled bad – which is apparently a known trait. Her daughter cried at the state of them.Continue reading“Butchering Chickens: Slow and Effortful, by Mrs. Alaska”



Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. In this column, JWR also covers hedges, derivatives, and various obscura. Most of these items are from JWR’s “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective. Today, we look at renewed market demand for gold. (See the Precious Metals section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold demand surged to an 11-year high in 2022 on ‘colossal’ central bank buying.

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The world’s largest silver producing countries in 2022 – report.

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Kelsey Williams, at Gold-Eagle.com: Orderly Markets vs. Chaos.

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Piepenberg: Bonds Die, CPIs Lie & Gold Rises.

Economy & Finance:

I found this linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Dow closes more than 350 points higher, S&P 500 caps best January in four years. JWR’s Comment:  This is a juncture to cash out of stocks.  Switch to precious metals!

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US health insurers to withstand high inflation & interest rates in 2023: Fitch.

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BlackRock partners with a digital platform to launch ETF savings plans across Europe. JWR’s Comment:  This article has all of the marks of being sourced from a press release.  (Note the cliched: “We are delighted…” partnership statement.) But it illustrates a nascent trend.

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”





Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 2, 2023

On February 2, 1887, the first Groundhog Day was held, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Update: We are now down to less than 180 SurvivalBlog 2005-2022 archive USB sticks on hand. “Going, going…”

There probably won’t be a second batch this year, so get your order in soon.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 105 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  4. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  5. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  6. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  2. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $775,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 105 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Preparedness: Now What? – Part 2, by O.C.

(Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.)

Into The Pentagon

After nine years or so as a defense contractor around the DC area, I was able to secure a job in the Pentagon as a civil servant in the Directorate of Special Access Programs. There I learned about Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government (COOP/COG) for the first time. It’s fascinating. Although Nancy Pelosi originally claimed that she was not taken to a secure location, she indeed was, based on COOP/COG protocols. I won’t say exactly where, but I think it was [a hardened site] not far from D.C.

I heard about COOP/COG  in a book called “This Is Only a Test: How Washington D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War”, 1st edition. It’s no longer in print and a used copy will set you back $130 on that unnamed website. It’s a fascinating book. All the information inside was gleaned from open sources and Congressional records. About one third is just the citations for the data presented. The rest concerns ideas, concepts, funding sources and execution of building out a COOP/COG physical infrastructure with communications capabilities in what’s called the Tri-State area. Did you ever wonder why the National Institute for Health is in Maryland and the CIA is in Virginia? Answered in the book. Wonder why novel bedroom communities like Reston, Virginia, sprang up? Answered in the book. Be warned, it’s the driest thing I’ve ever read, and I have two Master of Arts Degrees worth of college books under my belt. Regardless this is my way of saying COOP/COG programs are alive, although drastically different than when they were started during the Eisenhower years. If you’re really interested in this kind of information, I highly recommend trying to get you free library to get a copy. Or save up I guess and buy it used.

I didn’t consider my work preps to be part of what I did at home. They influenced some of them, but “at home” preps were another item altogether. In the beginning, other than electrical outages from ice and severe snowstorms (frequent in our older neighborhood), I had little preps to speak of. I had solved the power outages with a large generator and heavy-duty extension cords. Running them all night if needed brought many complaints from neighbors about the noise and some didn’t have electricity and didn’t want to buy a generator themselves. I fixed this by buying a Honda 2000-watt inverter generator and then a Westinghouse 1800-watt inverter generator. I cut some holes in my old metal shed and ran the exhaust out the far side of the shed. I cut fresh air inlet holes in the shed’s near side.Continue reading“Preparedness: Now What? – Part 2, by O.C.”



The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from JWR. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. In today’s column, another look at egg smuggling.

Border Patrol Now Catching Egg Smugglers

First up, over at Alpha News:, this sign of the times: Border police dealing with new smuggling problem: eggs. This article begins:

“The United States Customs and Border Protection is asking Americans to stop trying to smuggle in raw eggs from Mexico.

As avian flu is causing the price of eggs and poultry to rise, along with the current inflation rate, people are purchasing the products in Mexico instead of shelling out the extra cash at the grocery store.

“There has been a large increase in the volume of prohibited food items, such as raw eggs and raw poultry meat, brought by travelers from Mexico. We would like to remind the traveling public that federal agricultural regulations remain in effect,” Jennifer De La O, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego, said in a news release on Jan. 20.”

Massive 85-Car Pile-Up in Wisconsin Leaves 21 Injured

In The Independent (in England):  Massive 85-car pile-up in Wisconsin leaves 21 injured.

FBI Tip of the Iceberg

A piece about the weaponization of the Federal government, over at The Washington Standard: FBI Tip of the Iceberg. A pericope:

“This frame-the-citizenry program is actually the culmination of a very successful scam that the DHS, through the FBI, has been running for more than 20 years – ever since the inception of FBI Fusion Centers after 9/11. They were touted as the remedy to the “intelligence failures” that led to 9/11. They were places where local authorities and federal representatives of various agencies supposedly could go to “fuse” information to detect and prevent future terrorist attacks like 9/11. There are now about 80 across the USA.”

JWR’s Comments: A genuine risk develops whenever a national police force or intelligence agency becomes driven by politics rather than a desire to see true justice done. At some point, a fair number of citizens will recognize that they are being singled out for persecution and prosecution, based solely on the beliefs that they hold. Once this recognition of selective justice is confirmed, then a cohort of men with nothing left to lose will arise. Such a cohort can never be truly defeated and never fully subjugated. These are men who will fight on, to their dying breath. Yes, they will still feel fear, but they will be willing to risk their lives to regain their liberties — or at least the liberties of their children. Thus, whenever a nation-state institutes politicized policing it is sowing the seeds of resistance warfare, revolution, or counter-revolution.

Bear Goes Viral After 400 Selfies on Colorado Trail Cam

Reported by Not The Bee: Bear goes viral after posing for 400 selfies on a Colorado trail cam.

Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Christian Americans should see themselves as under a sort of occupation. Forces largely from outside your communities suppress that natural drive, confirmed by grace, for public religion. The ruling class is hostile to your Christian town, to your Christian people and to your Christian heritage. The occupation universalizes their ideology, forcing your Christianity to exist only in the walls of churches, denying any civil and social ordering to God and to Christ’s kingdom. The top-down and foreign imposition of secularism is evident in Supreme Court decisions, though these are only the tip of the iceberg and most visible to us.” – Stephen Wolfe, The Case For Christian Nationalism



Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — February 1, 2023

On February 1st, we recognize the birthday of the late Dr. Gary North, in 1942. North was a prolific writer on economics and Christian Reconstruction. He passed away just less than a year ago, on February 24, 2022.  His more than 50 published books are a lasting legacy. He also assembled a large free online library of books by other godly writers, through his Institute For Christian Economics (ICE). Those free books, totaling 38,000 pages, are all still available online. They are a great resource for homeschoolers and economics students.

We also remember February 1st, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.

Today we are also featuring the regular monthly precious metals column from Steven Cochran.  By the way, he mentioned that Gainesville Coins is having a big sale on 1 oz .999 silver Buffalo rounds. Due to the ongoing silver shortage and massive market demand, the shipping date on these rounds won’t be until March 23rd.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present the first entry for Round 105 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  4. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  5. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  6. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  2. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $775,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 105 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.



Writing Contest Prize Winners Announced — Round 104

We’ve completed the judging for Round 104 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prize-winning writers are:

First Prize

First Prize goes to A Grateful Mechanic, for Career Change to a Durable Trade. (Posted on January 24, 2023.) He will receive the following prizes:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  4. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  5. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  6. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.
Second Prize

Second Prize goes to Reltney McFee, for A 12-Month Preparedness Checklist, posted on January 27-29, 2023. See: Part 1 and Part 2

He will receive the following prizes:

  1. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three-day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  2. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!
Third Prize

Third Prize goes to Michael X., for Lessons Learned From a Winter Storm, posted on December 28-29, 2023. See: Part 1 and Part 2. He will receive the following prizes:

  1. Three sets each of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard (a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

Honorable Mention Prizes

The following 17 articles have earned Honorable Mention. The writers have each been awarded a transferable $100 FRN purchase credit toward the purchase of any antique or percussion replica gun from Elk Creek Company:

Hiding and Tracking by J.M.D.  (In four parts.)  See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  and Part 4.

A Get Home Bag Alternative, by Rick S.

A DIY Masonry Outdoor Cook Stove, by K.R.

Doing Laundry Off-Grid and DIY Soap Recipes, by E.H.

A Young Man’s Preps, by St. Leibowitz. See: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

The Modern Breadcrumb Trail, by BowtiedPartisan

Assessing and Prioritizing Risks, by Francis Marion

Thoughts on a General Purpose AR-15 Rifle, by Steve A.  See: Part 1 and Part 2

IT Careers and Rural Living, by M.J.

Upgrade Your Bug Out Bag’s Batteries, by Kevin Berg

Staying Safe Around Big Trucks, by SwampFox

Ready Made Resources Ultimate BOB Versus a Home-Built BOB, by Tunnel Rabbit

Pessimist or a Realist? Our Present Situation, by The Lone Canadian. See:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.)

Portable Power Systems: Providing Remote Energy, by K.R.

Beginning Bees on a Budget, by St. Funogas

Challenges of Living in a Small Home, by Hollyberry

My Approach to a Semi-Auto Scout Rifle, by Swampfox.  See: Part 1 and Part 2