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 “HJL ”. Dicks Sporting Goods is finally taking one on the chin.
JWR’s Comment: With this situation in mind, I recommend that anyone who has an arm-braced gun also equip it with a pistol grip mounted to the lower that incorporates a storage compartment. That way you can carry copies of the ATF letter(s) in a Ziplock bag stowed inside the grip at all times. That way, if there is ever a legal dispute with the ATF, that letter will be a de facto part of the chain of evidence. An officer separating that letter from the gun taken as evidence would be solid grounds for Title 42 Sec 1983 (Deprivation of Rights) civil lawsuits–against both the agency and against the agents, as individuals.
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Valley Food Storage, one of SurvivalBlog’s advertisers has just announced that they are under new management . However, they promise that while there are big changes going on behind the scenes, nothing will change for their customers. You’ll still get high-quality, nutritious food and the same great service. They also promise that there are lots of exciting things on the way.
Sweden has been under attack for a number of years via uncontrolled immigration . Now, native Swedes may soon be outnumbered by the migrants. Richard Jornshof, Sweden Democrats MP, is making the dire warning that without any foreseeable change in policy,, native Swedes will soon be a minority in their own country. Statistically, that probably won’t happen soon, but a staggering 1 in 6 people were born outside the country. About 5% of the population live in migrant-majority areas and recent statistics say that mass migration is the only factor pushing Swedish population growth. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Reader T.J. sent in this video that reviews 15 shelter designs  that could help save peoples lives. These shelters are produced by organizations like Homes for the Homeless, Life Cube, LifeLINK Modular and Better Shelter. All of these are modular designs and may give you some ideas on building your own quick shelter for you retreat.
Reader RCR wrote in to ask SurvivalBlog readers if a good quality gun safe that is grounded will protect electronics from an EMP.
The grounding is somewhat irrelevant to the whole argument. What is a concern is the door seal. Most gun safes that are not “fire resistant” have a rubber door seal (for noise control on closing) or no seal at all. Fire rated safes typically have some sort of braided fire cloth seal with some being designed to swell up when exposed to high heat to make a fairly air-tight and heat resistant seal. None of those provide a good conductive path which would be necessary for EMP protection. It’s possible to modify your gun safe by installing a conductive mesh seal though. That would make an excellent article for SurvivalBlog if you do something like that!
Reader KWH wrote in to ask SurvivalBlog readers if they knew of a device that could detect whether your new car, trailer etc. has an embedded RFID. He states:
My fear is that the RFID would allow the government to track you to your BOL, and if present could this be removed? Rental cars, commercial trucks etc have these. I think detection via RFID tracking would nullify any advantages of having BOL. This is a topic that really needs to be addressed beyond the usual articles of how small they can be, how easily they can be implanted into humans and how “convenient” they are for making retail purchases and performing other scans at passenger gates at airports etc.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods is taking one on the chin  from one of their ammo suppliers. Battle Born Munitions was contracted by Dick’s to provide ammunition in a package branded specifically for them. Dick’s then refused to take delivery of that ammo for nearly a year. BBM was unable to sell the ammo to anyone else due to the branded packaging and had to store the ammo for nearly a year before Dick’s finally took possession of it. Even then, BBM had issues with Dick’s taking discounts it was not entitled to and claiming that the ammo did not meet specification, yet provided no evidence of that.
All told, BBM had $4.5 million tied up for over a year and missed out on several other opportunities because they didn’t have the capital to invest. This included a deal for $37 million worth of Bell helicopters costing BBM $5.2 million. We’re hoping BBM takes Dick’s to the cleaners.
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