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, this week from JWR. Today we highlight the population density of the Great Basin region.
Survival and Austere Medicine Book Update!
A group of medical professionals has rewritten their great Survival and Austere Medicine freeware book. The Second Edition was published in 2005 as a free PDF and has been download more than 5,000 times and it is found in many on-line prepper/survivalist collections. They have just released the Third Edition.
The new edition of the book remains free – it is a labor of love from a group of medically-orientated preppers and Survivalists – several MDs, nurses, Physician’s Assistants (PAs), a veterinarian, and a biomedical technician. Most of them live in Australia and New Zealand. The Third Edition (of December, 2017) is a complete update of the 2005 edition. There are many more chapters and nearly all of the original ones have been rewritten. It has been expanded from 250 pages to just over 600 pages! You can download the Third Edition free of charge, here.
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Retreat Perimeter Security
“Max Velocity” recently posted this wisdom, over at his blog: Perimeter Security: Use of an Obstacle Plan. Here is a key quote: “It is essential to understand that any perimeter security measure that you use will only ever cause delay, by slowing down the ingress of an intruder. It is unlikely that you will be able to install a perimeter security feature that will permanently deny entry to a determined intruder, given sufficient time and determination. This is why in a military sense, any obstacle that is installed should be ‘covered by observation and fire.’ The obstacle is thus simply intended to delay the enemy, in order to be able to bring fire on them, the delay providing time in which to deploy forces to respond, thus regaining the initiative.”
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Population Density of the Great Basin
The term The Great Basin was coined by explorer John C. Fremont. It has been called “America’s Empty Quarter.” This arid region stretches from southern Nevada to as far north as southern Idaho and southern Oregon. Its eastern limit is the Wasatch Front of Utah. Except in a few scattered cities, the population density of the Great Basin is incredibly low–averaging just a few people per square mile. This low density is best seen in the lights of the United States satellite photo montages. Anyone who has not explored the area–especially via the smaller roads–has no appreciation of just how incredibly sparse the population truly is.
I generally don’t recommend the Great Basin for retreats. But for some–especially Californians–its proximity represents one tempting possibility. For anyone considering a rural retreat in the Great Basin, I’d suggest buying land that is far removed from cities, and that is way back on “a side road of a side road”. That isolation, and a plentiful surface water source will be your two key considerations. Once there, build your structures and photovoltaic systems with light discipline in mind, lest your retreat be spotted from a distance. An isolated valley that is not within line of sight of any settlement would be best. There are also a few isolated hamlets that have plentiful water. One of these is Unionville, Nevada. – JWR
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Finger Fanning Autopistols
By now, some SurvivalBlog readers might have seen the trailer for the upcoming movie release of Sicario 2: Soldado. In it, lead actor Benedito Del Toro administers a coup de gras on a prone opponent, using a two-handed technique that I tried many years ago. I called it “finger fanning”. (Although I suppose there must be a more precise or proper term for it.) This is fanning a semi-auto pistol trigger, using the second joint of the straight index finger of the opposite (“weak”) hand. This was when I was an ROTC cadet at San Jose State University. I did so at the MacQuarrie Hall basement shooting range, using a Rawles family-owned Hi-Standard H-D Military .22 LR target pistol. It had a crisp, short, single action trigger pull, with a very fast reset.
Not to brag, but I think that I was a lot faster than that actor, when I was shooting the H-D Military .22 LR. I could dump a 10-round magazine down range in less than a second. That was great fun, especially whilst shooting Uncle Sam’s ammo. (Once, hearing the commotion, I recall Master Sergeant Reyes shouting at me: “No full auto on dee range, Cadet!!!”) By the way, I should mention that a pistol with a long double action only (DAO) trigger pull is sub-optimal for any finger fanning technique. But finger fanning a M92 Beretta loaded with blanks sure makes it look controllable. (Which by the way, it isn’t, with live ammo…) Please folks, do not consider this a practical shooting technique. It is purely a fun exhibition technique, with considerable safety concerns. – JWR
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I just noticed Valley Food Storage (one our newest advertisers) has added chopped, freeze dried asparagus to their product line. It is a limited run, now sale priced $12.95 for a 15-serving pouch. In my experience, that is about the same cost as buying asparagus out of season at a grocery store. That is amazing, considering that you are getting a packaged product with a 10+ year shelf life. That would make a good supplement to a family food storage larder–at least for those of us who enjoy asparagus. Stock up before this limited production run sells out.
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Fascinating: Underground Britain
A fascinating 55 minute documentary is now available on YouTube: The Secrets of Underground Britain – Wartime Secrets. The portion about underground Hide-Aways for stay-behind “Auxilliaries” sabotage and resistance forces, starting at 28:05 is of particular interest.
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