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Preparedness Notes for Thursday — October 17, 2019

On this day in 1835, Texans approve a resolution to create the Texas Rangers [1]– a corps of armed and mounted lawmen designed to “range and guard the frontier between the Brazos and Trinity Rivers”. After winning their revolutionary war with Mexico the following year, Texans decided to keep the Rangers, both to defend against Indian and Mexican raiders and to serve as the principal law enforcement authority along the sparsely populated Texan frontier.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [2]. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator [3] from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course [4] (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses [5], 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 [6]. 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 [7] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [8] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [9].

Second 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 [10], and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership [11], 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.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 [12] Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products [13] from EMPShield.com [14]
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit [15] from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord [16] (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  7. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation [17] on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Good2GoCo.com [18] is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices [19] for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each [20] 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  [21](a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [22] Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners [23], donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [24], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 85 ends on November 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail [25] 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.

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#1 Comment By Ma G On October 17, 2019 @ 12:03 pm

Can anyone recommend any books with more historical information about these original rangers? They all appear to have the same rifle. What is it? And last, a dachshund? Really?

#2 Comment By RG On October 17, 2019 @ 2:05 pm

The picture is of a later date than 1835 as repeating rifles did not come on the scene until the Civil War, early 1860s.

#3 Comment By James Wesley Rawles On October 17, 2019 @ 3:35 pm

Yes, the rifles all look like Winchester Model 1873s. And one revolver seen is definitely a Colt 1873 Peacemaker. So the photo was likely taken between 1874 and sometime in the late 1880s.

#4 Comment By Larry On October 17, 2019 @ 2:12 pm

Looks like a couple of those rangers could have used a refresher on gun safety.

#5 Comment By Wheatley Fisher On October 17, 2019 @ 4:22 pm

I love the bow ties. Also, I look at the boots. Lace ups weren’t too popular until about the 1880s and afterward.

#6 Comment By JG On October 17, 2019 @ 7:03 pm

Hey, I have a writing assignment and need at least 2 books on gun control

obviously, they need to be written from a pro second amendment stance
not some kind of liberal B.S.

if anyone can give me some titles it would be very helpful

Thanks and God Bless

#7 Comment By Andy in AL On October 17, 2019 @ 8:29 pm

to JG: More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott, The Bias Against Guns by John Lott, Nation of Cowards by Jeff Snyder, anything by Stephen Halbrook. Good luck!

#8 Comment By Spamreader1 On October 18, 2019 @ 5:20 am

Anyone visiting Waco, TX , I highly recommend you visit the Texas Rangers Museum.

#9 Comment By Duane F Donovan On October 18, 2019 @ 2:08 pm

The unofficial Motto of the Rangers: “One riot, one Ranger.”

#10 Comment By JG On October 19, 2019 @ 12:26 pm

Thanks for info, it will be very helpful
– JG