The Bugout Trailer (BOT), by Tunnel Rabbit

This Bug Out Trailer (BOT) as it is presented here is intended to be a concept rather than a set of building plans.  This is a low-cost structure that only requires only common tools and materials. The photos provided can say more than I could describe in a multi-part article.

The BOT can be a single-purpose utility or a multi-purpose platform that is lightweight and inexpensive to build. In essence, it is a modern version of the horse-drawn wagon trailers used beginning around the 1860’s that became the modern RV.  It is an example, of what the Marine Corps advocates: That we should improvise, adapt, and overcome a problem in the best way we can with what we have, and where we are located.  At its heart, it requires a can-do attitude that allows us to use our ingenuity.

During World War 2, the German high command was intimidated by the ability of American troops to create solutions in the field that allowed us to continue to fight even though the Nazis had destroyed our equipment. That is the kind of American we need to be today: tenacious, ingenious, and unstoppable.
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SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies located in the American Redoubt region that are of interest to preppers and survivalists. Today, news coverage of several large wildfires.

Idaho

Arson investigation ongoing in Army Surplus fire.

And here is an interesting Twitter string. Note the mention of the store’s owner as “…a notorious Redoubter” by a liberal who seemed happy to see the store burn.

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Idaho Town Bans Crosses in Parade, Residents Disobey.

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Terry sent this news: Man killed in accidental shooting at Nampa gun range.

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Lawsuit alleges constitutional rights violations in the officer-involved shooting death of Pocatello man.

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“Criminals are never very amusing. It’s because they’re failures. Those who make real money aren’t counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem.” – Orson Welles



Preparedness Notes for Monday — July 15, 2024

July 15, 1410:  The Battle of Grunwald (First Battle of Tannenburg, Battle of Žalgiris), one of Medieval Europe’s largest battles during the Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War. Polish King Władysław Jagiełło and Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas defeated the Teutonic Ulrich von Jungingen. The painting of the battle (above) was rendered by Jan Matejko.

On July 15, 1799, the Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon‘s Egyptian Campaign.

Today’s feature article is a review written by SurvivalBlog Field Gear Editor Tom Christianson.



Valley GTDB-48 Ditch Bank Blade, by Thomas Christianson

Prologue: The Dacian Wars: 101-102 and 105-106 AD

During all of their far-flung campaigns, the Roman Legions had never faced a weapon as fearsome as the Dacian falx (“sickle”). The large falx was a two-handed weapon with a roughly 3-foot blade mounted on a roughly 3 foot handle. The long handle provided a tremendous amount of leverage, giving the weapon enough power to split a legionnaire’s helmet or shield with a single blow.

After seeing a large number of Roman corpses with gruesome head wounds, the armorers accompanying the legions adopted a field expedient: they riveted two transverse reinforcing iron straps to the crown of the imperial helmet. The straps worked, and became a permanent feature of the imperial helmet. During the more than 500 years that the Roman Empire existed, this alteration was the most significant modification to the equipment of the Roman Legionnaire.

The Bottom Line, Up Front

I recently acquired a tool that has much in common with the Dacian falx. It is a Valley GTDB-48 Ditch Bank Blade. A yellow 42-inch fiberglass handle topped by a double-edged 16-inch blade provides tremendous cutting power for clearing brush along my driveway.Continue reading“Valley GTDB-48 Ditch Bank Blade, by Thomas Christianson”



Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Zucchini or Carrot Cake

The following recipe for Chocolate Zucchini or Carrot Cake is from SurvivalBlog reader Mrs. Alaska.

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl:

2.5 c flour

¼ c cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1.5 c sugar or 1 ¼ c honey

 

Mix the following:

Mix ½ c milk with 1 tsp white vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes to sour

OR ½ c plain yogurt or sour cream plus water at the end to saturate the batter, if needed.  (I routinely need to add ¼ – 1/3 cup additional water to saturate the batter when cooking with sugar but not with honey).

½ c melted butter or neutral oil

½ c coconut oil, melted (you could double the above oil, but the coconut confers a wonderful, light flavor)

2 large or 3 small eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 + c grated zucchini or carrots

Combine dry and wet ingredients.  Pour into the pans.

Sprinkle with:

1 c chocolate chips

 

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease and flour 2 cake pans if you want the dessert thinner or 2 loaf pans if you want the dessert thicker and gooier in the middle.
  3. Bake for about 30 minutes but check at 25 by testing the center with a knife to determine how wet or dry the interior is.  I pull the cake pans out at 30 minutes and turn the oven off, leaving the loaf pans to cook a bit more in the cooling oven.

I do not add any frosting.  The chocolate chips suffice for this super moist cake.

CHEF’S NOTES: 

I routinely double and freeze this recipe after grating a big batch of zucchini or carrots.

You can shred and save zucchini and carrots in the freezer without blanching.  Recommendation:  Measure the number of cups of vegetable into a baggie or Tupperware for your preferred recipes this winter.  I flatten gallon-sized baggies of shredded or blanched frozen veggies, label the bags, and stack them neatly in one section of the freezer.

Bon appetit!

Mrs. Alaska blogs at: https://alaskauu1.blogspot.com/

Do you have a well-tested recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? In this weekly recipe column, we place emphasis on recipes that use long-term storage foods, recipes for wild game, dutch oven recipes, slow cooker recipes, and any recipes that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!



SurvivalBlog Graphic of the Week

Today’s graphic, suggested by reader P.B., shows US Counties by Population Density. (Graphic courtesy of Reddit.)

 

 

 

(Note: The graphic above is click-expandable.)

It is noteworthy that only 1.52% of Americans live in the dark blue shaded areas.

Please send your graphic ideas to JWR. (Either via e-mail or via our Contact form.) Any graphics that you send must either be your own creation or uncopyrighted.





Preparedness Notes for Sunday — July 14, 2024

July 14 1789: Bastille Day – the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille Prison in Paris. It is now celebrated as France’s national day.

On July 14, 1609, The Darien scheme began with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama

July 14th is the birthday of Colonel Einar A. Malmstrom. He was born in 1907 and died August 21, 1954 near Great Falls, Montana, in the crash of a T-33 jet. He was a decorated Air Force pilot, a Luft Stalag POW survivor, and test pilot. Malmstrom AFB was one of the settings for my novel Founders. (The base was named in his honor.)

Please pray for the families of those killed and critically injured in the assassination attempt on Donald Trump last night, in Pennsylvania.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 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 $2,000.
  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. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. 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).
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  4. 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. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. 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)
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 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.



Why We Do What We Do, by Hollyberry

Thankfully, we are blessed to live in a country where we still have choices to make that impact our lives. It is our job as Christians and citizens to make good decisions that affect us and others. The window of opportunity to have choices is getting narrower, soon it will be closed. Some folks laugh at homesteaders for doing things the hard way. You won’t be laughing later if something happens and you have to fend for yourself. Wake up people, and learn how to provide for yourself and your family. Make good choices. Learn from elders and experienced people in your community.

Homesteading is hard work but rewarding and some of it is very enjoyable. I love spending time in the garden. Last year I was finally able to focus on flower gardens after years of just growing vegetables. Even my husband commented on how nice they look! I can’t change the world but I can make my little corner of it nice! Cooking and raising animals is hard work but also enjoyable. You feel so good at the end of a productive day and sleep like a baby, except in our home where the dogs hog the bed!Continue reading“Why We Do What We Do, by Hollyberry”



JWR’s Meme Of The Week:

The latest meme created by JWR, based on an idea suggested by SurvivalBlog reader Andre in Belgium:

 

Meme Text:

Joe, Born in 1878

Joe, Born in 1942

They Have More In Common Than Just Their Given Name

Notes From JWR: Do you have a meme idea? Just e-mail me the concept, and I’ll try to assemble it. And if it is posted then I’ll give you credit. Thanks!

Permission to repost memes that I’ve created is granted, provided that credit to SurvivalBlog.com is included.



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” – 1 Peter 1: 17-25 (KJV



Preparedness Notes for Saturday — July 13, 2024

On July 13th,1772 Captain James Cook began his second voyage to the South Seas aboard HMS Resolution to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)

On this day in 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance structuring settlement of the Northwest Territory and creating a policy for the addition of new states to the nation. The Northwest Ordinance established the first organized US territory, set requirements for statehood – guaranteeing equal status with the original 13 states, outlawed slavery in the new lands, and protected civil liberties. The members of Congress knew that if their new confederation were to survive intact, it had to resolve the states’ competing claims to western territory.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 113 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 $2,000.
  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. A Peak Refuel “Wasatch Pack” variety of 60 servings of premium freeze-dried breakfasts and dinners in individual meal pouches — a whopping 21,970 calories, all made and packaged in the USA — courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $359 value),
  4. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  5. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  2. 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).
  3. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC.
  4. 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. A Berkey Light water filter, courtesy of USA Berkey Filters (a $305 value),
  2. 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)
  3. A $200 credit from Military Surplus LLC that can be applied to purchase and/or shipping costs for any of their in-stock merchandise, including full mil-spec ammo cans, Rothco clothing and field gear, backpacks, optics, compact solar panels, first aid kits, and more.
  4. A transferable $150 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $900,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. In 2023, we polled blog readers, asking for suggested article topics. Refer to that poll if you haven’t yet chosen an article topic. Round 113 ends on July 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.



Prepping and Squaring Away Rifles – Part 2, by Tunnel Rabbit

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

Once the barrel is worn, as a handloader, a new load can be developed to extend the service life by tuning a new load for this worn barrel. Swedish Mauser 6.5×55 barrels for a variety of factors continue to shoot well even with a worn barrel. I have one such example that still shoots minute of angle (MOA) with my handloads even though the throat is well eroded, or “worn out” by most standards. My best Swedish Mauser has a barrel that is almost pristine so it was sent to a professional to get the full and best work done so it can serve as my 1,000-yard rifle if I ever get enough practice in to shoot that range.

Practical “Sniping” Range?

Take note that most shooters will be shooting at no longer than 500 yards, since that is a practical limit for most shooters. I once asked an Army-trained sniper what was the farthest range that he could hit a man-sized target the first time and every time he pulled the trigger. His answer was 500 yards. Hits count, and misses do not. So I will limit my range to where I can hit the first time and every time so that only one shot is necessary. Whether that limit is 300 yards or 500 yards, I will operate within my limitations.Continue reading“Prepping and Squaring Away Rifles – Part 2, by Tunnel Rabbit”



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:

This past week was all about hay hauling. In all, we picked up 22 tons of baled grass hay from a neighbor’s field, hauled it home, and stacked it in our barn. That was nearly 600 bales. Thankfully, this year we were able to hire help for about half of the labor for this annual project.  At my age, my back cannot handle that much work in just a week.

I added several new guns to the Elk Creek Company online catalog. I still have a few more without photographs that I hope to add in the next few weeks.

Now, Lily’s part of the report…

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”