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Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — September 4, 2019

September 4, 1862 is the fateful day that General Lee invaded the North with 50,000 troops. General Lee was probably gambling on a quick offensive because the South did not have the resources for a prolonged war. Whatever the case was, President Abraham Lincoln [1] trampled the Constitution and created the foundation for the “Big Brother” government we have today.

To help cover some family medical bills, I’ve put a few guns from my personal collection up for sale on consignment through a trusted friend who has an FFL. They are being auctioned at GunBroker.com.  If any of these interest you, then please consider bidding. These are good investments, and you’ll be able to say: “This once belonged to Jim Rawles.” They include:


SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 84  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [6]. 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 [7] 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 [8] (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses [9], 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 [10]. 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 [11] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [12] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [13].

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 [14], and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership [15], 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 [16] Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit [17] from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord [18] (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation [19] on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Good2GoCo.com [20] is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices [21] for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each [22] 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  [23](a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [24] Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners [25], donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [26], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 84 ends on September 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail [27] 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 Muddykid On September 4, 2019 @ 11:46 am

@ JWR, I think you may be a bit early on parting with that ONG. 😉

#2 Comment By Montana Guy On September 4, 2019 @ 4:02 pm

Re. Republics
Our Founders’ republic would only survive for about 73 years (1862). Yet 157 years later Americans still believe that the Constitution exists and that they are free. That is testimony to the power of government K-12 indoctrination camps.

#3 Comment By Snotty Boy On September 4, 2019 @ 9:18 pm

But muh Murica!!!!


Your comment on the power of the government’s K-12 camps reminded me of the title of John Taylor Gatto’s book “Weapons of Mass Instruction”.

#4 Comment By Montana Guy On September 5, 2019 @ 11:17 am

Snotty Boy, oh that book looks great. $6 on Amazon. Thanks.

It worked for Lenin and it worked in the former US.

“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.” Vladimir Lenin

#5 Comment By Snotty Boy On September 6, 2019 @ 6:37 pm

Montana Guy,

Glad I could help. Anything Gatto wrote is worth reading. His ground breaking book “Dumbing Us Down” is also very eye opening.

Weapons of Mass Instruction started out as a letter to his granddaughter as she prepared to go to college.

#6 Comment By Jefferson Davis On September 4, 2019 @ 4:46 pm

Hopefully these are a few in your armory and not like 20% of your firearms…

Anyways, stay healthy my friend.

#7 Comment By Rita Miller On September 4, 2019 @ 5:53 pm

Let us all pray for JWR’s family member that is in need, it must be a big need for this auction to go up. Please remember that God is already there to help this person out in their time of struggle.

#8 Comment By SouthGA Nurse On September 5, 2019 @ 1:47 am

Hey JWR I went and looked at the HK via the link. Does it have full auto capability? If so i will def place a bid

#9 Comment By James Wesley Rawles On September 5, 2019 @ 2:30 am

It is semi-auto. It fires just as fast as you can squeeze your trigger finger. A registered full auto HK would be a minimum of $28,000.

#10 Comment By Tim On September 5, 2019 @ 1:59 am

Jim, can you offer your FFL’s name or ‘handle’ on GB, so we can search for it? Many of us would LOVE to own a genuine ‘Rawles’!

#11 Comment By Tim On September 5, 2019 @ 2:12 am

Apologies, disregard the dumb question. I got it.

#12 Comment By Tunnel Rabbit On September 5, 2019 @ 3:23 am

Re: Red Flag Law in the pipe

Stolen from Summit News, Paul Watson.


“The Trump administration is considering launching a social credit score-style system in coordination with Big Tech that would use spy data collected from Amazon, Google and Apple devices to determine whether or not an individual can own a gun…..”

#13 Comment By Tunnel Rabbit On September 5, 2019 @ 4:58 am

This is an important Alex Jones show. Alex Jones considers calling for Trump’s Impeachment. One only needs to hear the first half hour to get ‘it’. Trump appears to supporting a Red Flag Law. This is really bad news.

MP3 you can down load, save as….


#14 Comment By Montana Guy On September 5, 2019 @ 11:36 am

Tunnel Rabbit, you are exposing the #1 threat to Liberty. Thank you.

Re. voting for impeachment, we need to ask ourselves, ‘What do we really want?’ Do we really want to save a system intent on destroying us? Can we cite one example where voting made us free?

I want Liberty. Period. I’m with Bill Buppert who stated, ‘The only vote that has ever mattered in history is secession’.

#15 Comment By Tunnel Rabbit On September 5, 2019 @ 3:42 am


Geeez, this thing looks like it came right out of a fiction novel.

Very nice. $2,100 is not enough.

Glad to hear they are doing well. That is the good part of having medical bills.