Craft Leather Holsters, by Pat Cascio

There were a few instances, many years ago, when I didn’t carry a handgun in a holster. Several of those times were when I was doing some undercover work as a Private Investigator. One of those times, I carried a tiny Bauer .25 ACP pistol, strapped to my ankle – no holster. One such instance was when I worked a very strange case, where several misguided people planned on hijacking a cruise ship that was sailing from Miami, Florida. I worked closely with the FBI on this case, and to this day, more than 40 years ago, I still have a friendship with one of the undercover FBI agents who I brought on-board as an “arms dealer.” I also worked a suspected murder case in a steel plant, and it turned out to be an actual murder case, Again, for that case I carried a hidden handgun, with no holster.

However, for the most part, I’ve almost always carried a handgun in a holster. Most of the time it was an outside the waistband (OWB) belt holster. I’ve never been a fan of inside the waistband (IWB) holsters. Oh, and I do like some of the better made shoulder holsters. At present, I have a good mix of leather and synthetic holsters. And, I certainly have more holsters than I have guns. I have two huge drawers full of holsters, as well as two very big plastic bins of holsters, and I actually need more holster storage space.

Make no mistake, I’m a big fan of leather holsters, just something about that smell of leather, that draws me to them. However, I own more than a few polymer-framed handguns, and I can often be caught carrying one of those handguns in a polymer or ballistic nylon holster. I love a well-made leather holster, make no mistake about that. However, it is hard to find leather holsters, that are both affordable and really well-made. I’ve owned a few custom-made, handmade leather holsters over the years, as well as belts and magazine pouches. The usual wait time was about 3-4 months for that stuff and more often than not, they weren’t totally made by hand. When it came to molding the holster to fit a particular handgun, it was done, under pressure, by a press. I don’t have a problem with that, for the most part, but in the end, those holsters aren’t exactly made by hand.

Mediocrity Abounds

There are quite a few factory holster makers in the USA, and most produce a decent holster, at a fair price. Some makers are better than others. However, one maker sent me a holster that was supposed to be for a particular handgun I own, only to find out that, the holster was much too big, the gun would easily fall out. I called the maker, and they told me that their leather holsters stretched out over time and use. Excuse me? This was a brand-new holster – not an old and used one. I returned that holster and they sent me another one – same problem – it gun would fall out…I ended up retiring that holster, rather than sending it back. Most of my work over the years, involved concealed carry, and I don’t like a suicide strap on those holsters – many folks do – just make sure you train with the strap fastened. I just prefer an open-top holster for concealed carry. And, the holster needs to be molded properly to hold a particular model of gun, without it falling out of the holster.

In late 2019, Craft Holsters contacted SurvivalBlog.com and asked if they could have one of their holsters tested, and Jim Rawles forwarded this e-mail to me, for action. Up until then, I had never heard of Craft Holsters. So did a little checking on them, before ordering a sample for testing. Craft Holsters is headquartered  in Slovakia, and many of their holsters are made there. Some are also made in a factory in Italy. I have no problem with that, as some of the finest leather in the world comes from Italy. The holsters made in Slovakia are also made from some of this Italian leather. The Craft Holster company is a family-run business, and their goal was to make custom, hand made holsters. Their aim is to provide us all with custom made holsters, at a price point we can afford.Continue reading“Craft Leather Holsters, by Pat Cascio”



Recipe of the Week: “Sis”-Style Salmon Chowder

The following recipe is from SurvivalBlog reader “Sis” for her style of Salmon Chowder.

Ingredients

1/4 cup green onion or chives or regular onion diced.

1 clove of garlic, minced or 1 tsp of garlic powder

2 tablespoons of butter

2- 10-3/4 oz. Cans of cream of potato soup (can be an inexpensive store brand)

2 cans of milk

1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper.

3 oz. of cream cheese. A

1- 15-1/2 can of undrained whole corn

2 cups of salmon, flaked

Directions
  • Saute 1/4 cup green onion or chives or regular onion diced.
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced or 1 tsp of garlic powder In 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan.
  • Add 2 – 10 3/4 oz. Cans of cream of potato soup
  • Add 2 – 10 3/4 oz. Cans cans of milk
  • Add 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper.
  • When warm, remove approximately 1 cup of mixture and blend that with 3 oz. of cream cheese.
  • Add back into soup mixture.
  • Then add 1- 15 1/2 can of undrained whole corn.
  • Last, add 2 cups of salmon, flaked.
Note

The onion, garlic, cayenne pepper and amount of salmon can be adjusted to taste. Also, I think dehydrated sour cream could be substituted for the cream cheese. However, it does work best with store-bought cream of potato soup.

Do you have a favorite 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 and slow cooker recipes, and any that use home garden produce. If you have any favorite recipes, then please send them via e-mail. Thanks!



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. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the recent huge swings in beef market prices. (See the Commodities section.)

Precious Metals:

New PayPal Policy: No PayPal Buyer and Seller Protections for Gold Purchases

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Silver prices have made their highs for the year – ABN AMRO

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The Potential Looming Catalyst for Silver No One Sees Coming

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Gold simmering a break above $1750 – TDS

Economy & Finance:

Homebuyer mortgage demand spikes to 11-year high, as rates hit another record low

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BOE Path to Negative Rates Is Lit by the Experiences of Others

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The US Treasury Will “Pump” Another $1-Trillion Into Economy This Month

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At Wolf Street: This Better Be the Bottom for the Goods-Based Sector in the US

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
JUSTICE THOMAS, with whom JUSTICE KAVANAUGH joins as to all but Part II, dissenting from the denial of certiorari.

The text of the Second Amendment protects “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” We have stated that this “fundamental righ[t]” is “necessary to our system of ordered liberty.” McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 778 (2010). Yet, in several jurisdictions throughout the country, law-abiding citizens have been barred from exercising the fundamental right to bear arms because they cannot show that they have a “justifiable need” or “good reason” for doing so. One would think that such an onerous burden on a fundamental right would warrant this Court’s review. This Court would almost certainly review the constitutionality of a law requiring citizens to establish a justifiable need be-fore exercising their free speech rights. And it seems highly unlikely that the Court would allow a State to enforce a law requiring a woman to provide a justifiable need before seeking an abortion. But today, faced with a petition challenging just such a restriction on citizens’ Second Amendment rights, the Court simply looks the other way.” – Justice Clarence Thomas, from the dissent to THOMAS ROGERS, ET AL. v. GURBIR GREWAL, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NEW JERSEY, ET AL, June 15, 2020.



Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 21, 2020

Today is the summer solstice–the day with the most hours of daylight, for our readers in the northern hemisphere. With this many daylight working hours, I’m confident that today was productive, in your gardens!

June 21st is the birthday of Rex Applegate. Pictured. He was born June 21, 1914  and died July 14, 1998. He was the author of Kill or Be Killed. Applegate was the friend and mentor of SurvivalBlog’s Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. 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,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

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. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 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!

Round 89 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.



Top Six Outdoor Survival Skills, by Jonathan Gardner

I love searching the Internet and libraries for bushcraft and outdoor survival-related videos and books. Now I have something to tell you. Many of these lists you read are wrong. If you do a search, there will be a general consensus of the top five skills being Shelter, water, fire, and so forth. I’m going out on a limb in reporting that they are wrong. Not all wrong, but it is not what you should study. Most of the listed are not skills. Water is not a skill, I’m not going to give you a tutorial on how to make water, water is not a “skill” it’s a priority. So the top five survival skills often listed, are priorities, not skills.

In my opinion, the top six skills for outdoor survival are as follows:

  • Rope Fabrication
  • Bow Drill Use
  • Pottery Making
  • Spring Making
  • Knot Tying
  • Trapping

Immediately, many people will see problems with this list, and that’s good to think critically about it. Now let me backup my reasoning starting with Rope making. People say building a shelter is a skill, but often these tutorials start with prefabricated materials.

Rope Fabrication

Rope is quite easy to make from a variety of plants, both strong and fine. Yucca, Dogbane, Milkweed, Stinging Nettle, Cedar, White Basswood, and Tulip (poplars), are all excellent sources for rope material. Once you can identify several sources for fibers you will want to practice twisting material into rope. Often when you watch a survivalist running a scenario they mention there is never down time when surviving. Twisting rope is something that is a low calorie, time consuming task that you should spend every bit of “down time” doing. Primitive shelters often use rope to bind bundles of grass together to make waterproof, windproof barriers. Building a shelter is difficult without rope. If you are out in the wild, in any place in the world you will also want fire. If you do not have a lighter or fire making tools on your person, a fire bow is the best alternative that I know of to make fire. You need rope. Trapping, you need rope. Fishing, you need rope. Describing how to make rope is simple, twist two threads clockwise, and then twist the two threads together counterclockwise, while gradually introducing more material to the individual threads. The best way to learn however, is to watch someone skilled or watch a video of someone skilled, and then practice.

After you have become skilled, you can begin to create fine, and strong enough twine to fish with, but you will start to ask, how can I make this stronger? You can treat your primitive rope and twine with pine tar, or “pitch” which will help the twine stay intact and protect it from sun and water damage. Pitch is harvested and processed from white pine tar.

– One method for making pitch is to mix pine sap with wood charcoal, and then heat the mixture up in a container.

– The second method is to use a “airtight” non flammable container packed with pine wood (preferably loaded with sap). This “airtight container” needs holes for venting, and the bottom needs holes so as the sap heats up it will flow out the bottom into a catch container. While this is not directly a “rope making skill”, it is part of the process, and this pitch can also be used to waterproof nearly anything and was used for traditional boat building.

Warning:  Because pitch is highly flammable, extreme caution should be used not to ignite it, should you use it in any application.

Rope fabrication is a critical foundational skill. Every EDC kit includes rope, or twine, or string. However, harvesting and processing rope is fairly easy (although time consuming) and is a skill readily taught to young children as well.Continue reading“Top Six Outdoor Survival Skills, by Jonathan Gardner”



The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— 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. Today’s column includes a link to a news story about a successful “trade dress” infringement lawsuit by Jeep.

A New Strain? The New Outbreak in Beijing

Beijing residents are rounded up and put in quarantine as the city goes back into lockdown and new travel bans are introduced to stop new ‘extremely severe’ coronavirus outbreak

ATF is Considering RE-Banning Some Pistol Braces!

The latest news from the District of Criminals (DC): Gaetz Calls on ATF to Cease Plans Restricting Arm Brace Usage. JWR’s Comment: I won’t be surprised to learn that they are considering banning either the SBA4 or the Tailhook, two of the best –and most expensive — AR pistol arm braces.  Please contact your congressmember and Donald Trump, Jr., and ask for their intervention with the Trump Administration and the ATF!

Pandemic: A Larger or Smaller Second Wave?

H.L. sent this: Florida Reports Another Record Jump In New Cases As Global COVID-19 Count Nears 8 Million: Live Updates. A snippet:

“Gov Ron DeSantis said that even though there are more cases, fewer people are going to the hospital, including in Miami-Dade. Asked Thursday if the state’s reopening plans could be rolled back because of the numbers, the governor pointed to the increase of testing and blamed it for the majority of the jump.”Continue reading“The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” – Mark 10: 1-16 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Saturday — June 20, 2020

Today is the anniversary of the death of novelist Vince Flynn. (Born April 6, 1966, died June 19, 2013.) His death at age 47 was a loss to the literary world.

And June 20th is the birthday of Audie L. Murphy. He was born in 1925. He died in a plane crash on May 28, 1971.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. 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,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

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. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 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!

Round 89 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.



Home Security for WTSHTF – Part 3, by T.Z.

(Continued From Part 2. This concludes the article.)

Areas Two and One

Area Two consists of the inside of your home. Area One should be the most defendable room in your home. This is the same regardless in a rural, suburban, or urban environment. These areas are discussed together in this section because they are so closely linked in the home defense. The key to Areas Two and One is overwhelming force.

While the windows should have been barricaded from the outside before attackers ever appeared, the doors should be barricaded from the inside. Just locking the doors will not stop someone from kicking them in. Deadbolts should be at least one full inch thick. Longer, more sturdy deadbolts are readily available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other stores. Furthermore, the lock and deadbolt have to fit the frame of the door to be most effective. Many are not, and a one-size-fits-all approach is dangerous. Assessing, and replacing, the locks if necessary is a very important part of home defense.

In a TEOTWAWKI situation, I also recommend a barricade that will help prevent attackers access from the outside. There are many permanent barricades available on Amazon. They are easy to install and much less expensive than one might expect. For inner doors, there are portable barricades that you can use to buy you time. If all else fails, just placing furniture in the way of the door can work. Remember that no obstacle is impenetrable, it exists only to buy you time.Continue reading“Home Security for WTSHTF – Part 3, by T.Z.”



Editors’ Prepping Progress

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make 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. Note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

Jim Reports:

I’ve had a couple of fairly frustrating weeks, attempting to buy antique guns at various auctions and gun shops. I’ve learned that antique gun prices are accelerating far faster than the rate of general currency inflation. I found very few guns that were: A.) Actually made pre-1899. B.) Mechanically sound. C.) Chambered for practical cartridges, and D.) Affordable.  I did manage to secure just a few. These included a dandy little 1895-dated Swedish M1894 Mauser 6.5×55 Carbine sporter in a Mannlicher walnut stock, a couple of NFA-exempt short-barreled Stevens New Model (Second Issue) “Pocket Rifle” single-shot .22s with detachable skeleton stocks, an H. Pieper (Belgian) Single Shot .22 Rifle, and a Winchester Model 1887 12 gauge lever action riotgun that was made in 1888.

I also was providentially able to buy an extremely rare original 1880s-vintage Bridgeport Rig slotted revolver holder on a lightly-tooled vintage pistol belt. (The one that I bought is pictured, above.) All of the other bidders at that auction must have overlooked this item, because it was thrown in with a large lot of assorted holsters.  Deo Volente, I will have that item listed at the Elk Creek Company online store by the second week of July. The asking price will probably be around $2,000. Yes, they are that rare.  Please note that my store’s shopping cart system will be shut down until July 1st — when I plan to return from my travel.

My winning bid on the Bridgeport Rig reminded me to mention something important: We are mortal. We will all meet our maker, possibly much sooner than we expect.  That item was probably a prized possession of some avid Colt revolver collector. But when he passed away, his heirs just sent his “stuff” off to an auction house, and they failed to recognize its significance. It was just thrown in with a lot of oddball holsters and pistol belts. There is a lesson in this:  It is important to carefully catalog your gun collection and keep  that as an appendix to your Will. If need be, tie tags on items that you have tucked into your vault. That way, your heirs will know the relative value of various items (for divvying up your gear), or they’ll know an approximate value (best described in the number of ounces of silver–since we live in an era of inflation), so that they’ll know how much to ask for them, once you have become “unavailable for comment”.

Even more importantly: Get right with God. Ask for forgiveness of your sins through the cleansing blood of Jesus (Yeshua). The pile of tools, toys, and trinkets that you leave behind is meaningless, in the grand scheme of things. The condition of your soul should be your paramount concern!

Continue reading“Editors’ Prepping Progress”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.

For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.

In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.” – Micah 4 (KJV)



Preparedness Notes for Friday — June 19, 2020

June 19, 1834 was the birthday of Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon. He died 31 January 1892. He was a British Particular Baptist preacher.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. 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,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. 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).
  5. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

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. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 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!

Round 89 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.

 



Home Security for WTSHTF – Part 2, by T.Z.

(Continued From Part 1.)

Dead space is an area that cannot be covered by weapons or observation from your position. This is because of obstacles or the nature of the ground. Some examples are areas behind rubble, deep craters, holes, and heavily wooded areas. Dead space is particularly dangerous because it allows intruders to hide and attack you or your home from a place of relative security. Once people establish a position in dead space, it is very difficult to get them out. In your patrols, you should identify dead space and find a way to mitigate its risk to your home security. One solution I have found to be effective is posting sentries at different positions so they can see and fire on dead space as necessary. This allows you to prevent people sneaking in your property. Part of your home defense plan should include dead space and how to cover it so it cannot be effectively used by intruders.

Area Three

Area Three consists of anywhere inside your property line, but not quite inside your home. In rural areas, I would recommend designating your property line as Area Three. This can be massive amounts of space, and it will require constant surveillance. In suburban areas, I would recommend your yard. In urban areas, this can get a little tricky. Depending on your circumstance, staircases, hallways, or anywhere closer to your apartment than the parking lot should be designated as Area Three. The key to Area Three is initiation of defensive action.

Sentries are crucial to successful defense in Area Three. They should have been watching Area Four and getting intelligence, and they become even more important when a potential intruder enters Area Three. They are responsible for identifying potential threats, warning the rest of the group, and engaging if necessary. I would recommend at least one static sentry positioned at a covered position of high ground, usually the roof top. Getting the high ground is important. Not only can you see more, you can stay behind cover while getting multiple opportunities to strike opponents who are darting between cover to get to your home. Then assign at least one roving sentry that, at inconsistent times, patrols Area Three, with a special emphasis on checking any dead space for potential intruders.Continue reading“Home Security for WTSHTF – Part 2, by T.Z.”



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. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the rising prices of Colt and S&W revolvers. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Improving industrial demand should help silver prices recover in 2021 – Bank of America

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Gold Price Forecast 2020: The Shift Towards Precious Metals Has Begun

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Money managers trim gold bullish positioning to lowest level since May 2019

Economy & Finance:

The Jobs Report Misunderstanding in a Nutshell: NO V-Shaped Recovery in Sight

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An Epically Bad Week for US Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and Landlords

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By way of Whatfinger.com:  Trump Favors $2 TRILLION Fourth Round Stimulus ‘Focused on Bringing Home Manufacturing Base’ From China

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At Wolf Street: Illinois is the First Entity to Borrow from the Fed’s New Facility. But “Insolvent” Entities Are Not Supposed to be Eligible

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Another from Wolf: Wow, That Was Fast: Debt Out the Wazoo

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”