The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. JWR is filling in today, as Hugh is busy building the new annual blog archive. Today we are focusing on the possible End of the Trump Slump for the firearms and prepping industries.

The Prepper Moms

Here is a fairly-well balanced piece over at The Prepper Moms. The article begins: “Not all doomsday survivalists are macho men with bunkers and chainsaws. Meet the women preparing for the worst.”

End of the Trump Slump?

Back in September, headlines like this were common: Gun sellers seeing ‘Trump slump’ drag down sales. But with the arrival of the new Democrat-majority congress, we will most likely soon be reading of another boom in gun sales. Stack your guns, ammo, and full capacity magazines deep, while they are still inexpensive and plentiful. Presently, stripped AR-15 lower receivers at around $40 apiece are a real bargain. In a couple of years, you might wish that you bought 50 of them!

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Likewise, the Trump Slump has hit the food storage industry.  Storage foods are presently priced quite low and there are no shortages.  Nearly everything you’d like is available with no waiting. But with news of poor grain harvests and bad weather, the “plenty” situation will likely end.  Be like the grasshopper, folks!  Stock up, in times of plenty.

Moms Demand Automatics

Mocking the Moms Demand Action ‘crats, this group started with Facebook meme: Moms Demand Automatics. (FPC video interview.) This was an outgrowth of the Rally for Our Rights movement, in Colorado.

A Recommended Vlog

I recommend a video blog (vlog) from Canadian woodsman homesteader Shawn James: My Self Reliance. If you delve into his vlog’s three years of archives, you can watch how he built his log cabin and outbuildings by hand. Shawn uses a mix of primitive, 19th Century, and modern tools. Great stuff, from a gent who really lives the life. Friends is Growing!

For those who shun mainstream (corporate/statist) social media like Facebook and Twitter, there is a great alternative that is rapidly growing: Friends. I highly recommend it. Be forewarned that a few of the memes posted there are a bit crude, but overall it is a fine site. So does fellow novelist and blogger Matt Bracken. And don’t miss its video sister site, as an alternative to the censorious YouTube and Vimeo: It is called

SurvivalBlog Classifieds — A Reminder

Don’t forget about the SurvivalBlog Classifieds! There are some really amazing items being advertised for sale there. Just look at the new listings for guns and gun accessories! Basic ads without photos are available FREE OF CHARGE. You can also advertise a “WTB” if there is something that you want to buy. If you are looking for something that only a fellow prepper would have, then you know where to put the word out. Looking for a Servel propane refrigerator? Then post a WTB ad! Want a diesel-powered generator with a remote start switch? Then post a WTB ad!

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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!


  1. Wasn’t it the ant(s) who stocked up and the lazy grasshopper who didn’t? Regardless, point taken on both the food, firearms and accessories. ;>)

      1. Unfortunately, due to recent changes in CA law, all AR platform receivers – even if by themselves and not assembled in any fashion to form a complete firearm, are now legally defined by the State as “assault weapons” and must be registered. Deadline to register without punitive penalty and criminal charges was yesterday. For those few who know the ever-dwindling workarounds to the tightening laws here, the only legal way now to “have” an AR is to buy an 80% lower, plus all the parts to assemble a completed firearm (from a separate source), and store them as-is without completing the lower. In a worst case scenario where LE somehow finds the stash, you do not have anything illegal because there is no legally defined “firearm” or “assault weapon”, and you cannot be charged with any wrongdoing. At some future date if TSHTF and you really need it, you can finish the lower and assemble to give yourself an AR to defend yourself within 24 hours.

        Yeah, I know…it’s ridiculous. But remember that in CA possession of an unregistered assault weapon is now a felony. Want to hear something even “stupider”? The Dems in Sacramento have now crafted more gun control legislation that will ban all semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines. They undoubtedly think up such stuff with the AR platform in the forefront of their minds, but that will make my Browning BAR deer rifle illegal.

  2. A social network that does not store or sell your personal data is A couple yrs ago, when facebook stopped allowing gun buy/sell groups, some of those groups migrated over to mewe, & that’s how I first heard of it. MeWe also has a number of prepper/survival, & homestead, gardening groups.

    Wishing a happy & blessed & safe New Year’s to everyone!

  3. As a fortune teller, I would have starved to death. But that being said, I’ll go out on a limb and make another prediction, and that is that ” Nancy Polesie and her Democratic gang ” will beat out Obama for firearms sales person for the next one to two yrs. I could be wrong again, but?

  4. I joined the Oathkeepers some years ago. Today, I received this:

    If, after reading the below statement, visit this link to learn more about the Oathkeepers:
    Oath Keepers come in all colors, shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds with one common bond – the oath to defend the Constitution. If you take your oath seriously, and believe in defending the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, and of whatever political party (there are oath breakers galore in both major parties), and if you stand for the rights of all Americans, at all times, then you are one of us. Join us. We need your help to preserve liberty for our children and grand-children, and for all Americans.

    For the Republic!
    Oath Keepers

    I recommend the “orders we will not follow” link.

    Carry on

  5. Well, December in WA brought on a boom in sales. 2A store employees went home exhausted every night. Black Friday at the 2A counters in stores meant taking a number and waiting three hours for service.

    And now the anti 2A State Attorney General pre-filed three laws for the socialists to ban weapons, magazines, and violate the State constitution. It’s on.

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