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”. There is a great lesson in gun safety in today’s odds ‘n sods.
Global Warming…or Something
From JWR: I just noticed that KeepShooting.com (one of our most loyal advertisers) is now selling Austrian Army UT-2000 Half Sled Packs. With this clever design, you join two packs together to form a cargo snow sled. Grab a pair before they sell out!
The Great Divide
Europe is splitting in two. On one side is Germany and France who have formed a pact where border town “Eurodistricts” are being formed where French and German towns are merging their public transportation and utilities along with eroding the national sovereignty of both countries in favor of the Eurozone. On the other side stand Italy, Poland, and Hungary that have formed an alliance against such moves, strengthening each countries ability to remain sovereign within the EU. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has actually said he would like to see anti-immigration parties gaining a majority in the European Parliament elections later this year.
Reader DSV sent in this article showing that the authorities are having a slight problem with Boulder, Colorado’s latest gun restriction. Everyone within the city limits is required to have registered their scary black rifles with the police. Instead, a significant portion of the population are saying that they will not comply. Meanwhile, the legislation is being attacked by the Mountain States Legal Foundation as a violation of the Second Amendment. The town has a population of 107,000 people and only 342 rifles were registered. I’m very disappointed in those 342 people, but proud that the others are standing strong.
Muslim Free Gun Range Update
There are some new updates on the alleged “Muslim Free” gun range controversy. As the story has started unfolding, the Muslim who is banned is claiming discrimination based upon his religion. However, that might not be the complete story. Apparently, he came into the store pre-wired for recording, violated the stores safety polices on loaded weapons and might have threatened the store personal through his threatening stance and revealing his personal weapon as a threat. In addition to these anomalies, it would appear that the person is a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations which has strong ties to terrorism. A Federal court has dismissed the question of discrimination but the conflicting accusations have to go to trial.
Reader T.J. sent in this excellent lesson in gun safety. In the video, Lafayette officers are serving a warrant on a residence. There are three officers and the body cam footage is used off of two of the officers. While clearing the house, one officer repeatedly flags himself with his own weapon because he is using his pistol mounted flashlight as search illumination. This is an error due to complacency. The critical error comes when the caged dog knocks down the door to his cage causing panic among the officers as they vacate the home. In the ensuing rush for the door, one officer shoots another in the back by accident. You actually have to watch the slow motion though because it’s not the officer you first think it is. The host describes the incident very well and points out what went wrong. A very good lesson indeed. A third lesson taken is that none of the officers have first-aid equipment or capability on their persons to render aid. Thankfully, the shot officer is OK.
Are you wondering how a prepper might be able to use a drone? A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article that gives a pretty comprehensive overview on preppers and drones. These are not armed drones or anything like that, but just good solid reasons on why you might want to use a surveillance type drone. It covers things like the ability to see your perimeter without exposing yourself, including giving you a perspective from above that you wouldn’t normally have. Many drones today are incredibly quiet as well and give you a stealth capability. Finally, you get a short buying guide on what types of drones would be suitable for your needs. If you are just getting started, you need to read this article.
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