Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – February 21, 2018

February 21st is also the birthday of Group Captain Douglas Bader (born 1910, died 5 September 1982). He was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace during the Second World War. He lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident, but that didn’t stop him from re-entering the RAF when war broke out. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable, and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. Bader was eventually shot down and became a POW in Germany. Since the Luftwaffe ran its own POW camps, he became a celebrity with his captors. The Germans would lock up his hollow metal prosthetic legs each night to prevent him from escaping. Bader’s autobiography Reach for the Sky is a must for those studying aviation in World War II.

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“Pro-2nd Amendment” DJT Unfurls His True Colors

This headline hit the news Tuesday afternoon: Trump pushes ban on ‘bump stocks’ — devices that turn weapons into ‘machine guns’. President Donald J. Trump (DJT) has clearly made a major political compromise to his promised pro-gun stance. Take the time to re-read my October 2017 SurvivalBlog article: The Legislative Entrepreneur: Investing in Some Key AR Parts. If you have any interest in owning a binary trigger, then get a couple of them on order TODAY. The chances are now quite high that the BATFE will ban their manufacture. But if they do, there will probably be a Grandfather Clause, allowing folks to keep what they already own. I predict that if they are banned, that “pre-ban” (grandfathered) binary triggers will skyrocket in price.

Most gun parts dealers sold out of binary triggers yesterday evening, but I noticed that Valley Food Storage has some Franklin Armory BFS-III binary triggers for AR-15 in stock, at $429.99 each. And I heard that Ready Made Resources still has a few Tac-Con 3MR triggers for AR-15/AR-10 in stock at $379 each.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today features another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator 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 (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. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value), and
  8. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  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 gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
  4. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  5. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  6. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  7. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site.

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances, and
  6. 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).

Round 75 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.




17 Comments

  1. Reach for the Sky is a great read, was in High school first time I read it.

    Banning bump stocks and binary triggers won’t solve anything. Personally I don’t have any interest in either, but believe if you want these things you should have them.

  2. If someone has a bumpfire next to me at the range, I move. Semi-auto’s aren’t usually designed to handle that cyclical rate, and I don’t want to be next to Rambo when it has a major malfunction.

    Don’t misunderstand, I think the foreign parts counts, full auto, length and silencer restrictions, and special taxes are stupid and should be rescinded asap.

    As for age, mixed feelings here. I enlisted with an age waver just past 17. Actually went to basic between my jr and sr year of high school (split option). Even though there should be exceptions for primary bread winners, and military service, if they do raise the age for owning a firearm they should raise the age for voting too. If your too immature not to be trusted to shoot yourself or innocent people, they you are too immature to vote.

  3. I’m hoping the law will read something like “We need to keep all our children safe, so we need to ban bump-stocks, gun free zones (target rich environments), build the wall, and deport all foreign criminals ” and lets see how safe they want it.
    BUT Trump does have a history of being anti gun. His hotels and golf courses are gun free zones. He was all for the 1994 weapons ban.

  4. The Politicians Familys are protected by guns.
    The Politicians Money is protected by guns.
    The Politicians Homes are protected by guns.
    The work places of Politicians are protected by guns.

    Movie Stars are protected by guns .
    The Movie Stars Familys are protected by guns.
    The Movie Stars Money is protected by guns.
    The Movie Stars Homes are protected by guns.
    The work places of Politician are protected by guns.

    TV Stars are protected by guns .
    The TV Stars Familys are protected by guns.
    The TV Stars Money protected by guns.
    The TV Stars Homes are protected by guns.
    The work places of TV Stars are protected by guns.

    News Media Owners are protected by guns .
    The News Media Owners Familys are protected by guns.
    The News Media Owners Money is protected by guns.
    The News Media Owners Homes are protected by guns.
    The work places of News Media Owners are protected by guns.

    Tech Companies Owners are protected by guns .
    The Tech Companies Owners Familys are protected by guns.
    The Tech Companies Owners Money is protected by guns.
    The Tech Companies Owners Homes are protected by guns.
    The work places of Tech Companies Owners are protected by guns.

    But if you say “I want our Children protected by guns”
    Why do these same people call you Evil?
    It’s not that they don’t want anyone to have gun.
    It’s that they don’t want you to have them.
    Their Selves, their Friends, their Family and their Guards (when guarding Them, Their Friends, Their Family and Their Money) are fine.

  5. Nobody is protected by guns, if you believe so – you´re as wrong as you could be.

    You´re hopefully protected by People with good ethics, good and thorough trainig who´ve Sound Judgement who do their best to use violence in a responsible way.

    These Children in Florida weren´t protected by guns, they weren´t protected by People and when they call for Action they´ve every right on gods good earth to do so.
    It´s called free speech, annd IIRC it´s a human right.

    btw No Wall on this earth ´ve ever stopped People to come in(ask the Romans or the Chinese), it´s best “success was ever to Keep People in.
    Aka Prison, Slaves and mental asylum

    1. ThoDan
      “Nobody is protected by guns, if you believe so – you´re as wrong as you could be.” There are a lot of cops who think different. I’m sure that next time you see a cop with a gun you will remove their gun from them.
      “No Wall on this earth ´ve ever stopped People to come in(ask the Romans or the Chinese), it´s best “success was ever to Keep People in.Aka No Wall on this earth ´ve ever stopped People to come in (ask the Romans or the Chinese), it´s best “success was ever to Keep People in.” Odd how walls only work one way keeps people in OK but keeps no one out. A wall would work fine just put the side which is inside Prison, Slaves and mental asylum facing away from the US.
      Thank you for informing be me that walls are not bidirectional. I have just found out that my home has them the wrong way around. I have just tested them and when I tried to walk though them I bounced off them all (thinking about it it’s a good job I did as some of the are ten feet up).

      1. @SAM

        No, i wouldn´t.
        The guns were at best useless without the cops, but it could be used by cops to defend themselves and other People and i know very well what i say,

        & Martin

        I expect you´ve the keys to your doors, the People of east Berlin didn´t, the People of eastern europe didn´t
        If they tried to cross the border, they risked death and prison.
        The limes, great wall and Danelag weren´t nearly as successful in keeping peopöe out.

        1. First you say ” Nobody is protected by guns, if you believe so – you´re as wrong as you could be.” But then you say “it could be used by cops to defend themselves and other People ” Has no one ever told you cops are people and other people are people to.
          Next you say”“No Wall on this earth ´ve ever stopped People to come in(ask the Romans or the Chinese), it´s best “success was ever to Keep People in.Aka No Wall on this earth ´ve ever stopped “. Then you say “I expect you´ve the keys to your doors, the People of east Berlin didn´t, the People of eastern europe didn´t If they tried to cross the border, they risked death and prison.” the wall keeped people out of the west did it not?

    2. No one is protected by guns? I had to unholster my gun because a criminal pulled a knife on my wife and myself! He had a rap sheet a mile long including attempted murder on a police officer! No You Can Not Take Our Guns!

      1. @SAM

        Exactly, that what was i trying to say to you the whole time, it´s not the guns alone who protect anybody, guns don´t do anything alone, especially not protecting someone.
        I know that cops are People, that was the reason for the word other in this sentence.

        The wall kept People in east Berlin, the iron curtain kept People in eastern Europe, it was not intended to Keep them out of western europe.

        If you consider this an acceptable situation, i don´t.

        I´d the “great pleasure” to see the iron curtain in it´s “full glory” from the western side, years before it came down.

  6. I think what people forget is that it is not the job of government to protect me, or you.

    The job of the military is to protect the federal government from foreign invaders. The job of the FBI is to protect the federal government from criminals, state police protect the state government, county sheriffs protect the county, locally police protect the local town/city government. As a byproduct they often protect citizens, but that is a byproduct.

    Every institution listed will sacrifice a segment for the protection of the whole. During the Orlando shooting police didn’t run in to protect as many as possible, they cordoned off first to protect the surrounding areas. They did this even while they heard people being shot inside.

    There’s only one person on this earth who’s job it is to protect me, and that’s me. To think otherwise is called denial.

  7. People that can vote ,pay taxes and serve in our military should have the same rights as other citizens. Employers are not required to include employees under 21 in 401k program by feds. Ban them from working ,driving after dark and using sharp tools while their at it we need more citizens that are perpetually children. These kids protesting have not even been educated enough to know they are attacking their own rights. Am i trapped in an episode of the twilight zone ?

    1. More like Orwell’s 1984. I wish I had an answer. Parents aren’t raising young men and women, they are raising perpetual children. These child protesters have never paid taxes, and never been responsible for their actions.

      We have had guns in this country for a long time, but only recently has this kind of shooting started to happen in mass. So what’s different? It’s not the guns.

      Here’s my thought. People are actually terrified of being held responsible for their own safety. They have been conditioned by their parents, schools and media to think they don’t have to take care of themselves. They are so terrified of responsibility that they will give up their rights for the illusion of safety.

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