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”. Today we are featuring some interesting Second Amendment focused articles, but first this gut wrenching article:
I looked for any kind of indication that this was a satirical article and came up empty handed. Now, recognizing that while The Atlantic calls itself “moderate” it clearly leans solidly left. Even so, I think I’ve thrown up a little in my mouth. It certainly begs the question of “Exactly what Gospel will she be preaching?”: Hillary Wants to Preach. Perhaps she is trying to emulate Al Sharpton or something like that. But The Atlantic says it best: “There are no more voters left to lose.” Thanks to T.P. for the link.
The Southern and Western states are facing an increasingly difficult situation as feral hogs expand their domain and destruction. This article sent in by reader H.L. is a good introduction to those who are unfamiliar with the issue and the massive destruction that they can bring. Most interesting is the articles revelation that hogs are actually not wanderers and that their expansion is most likely due to humans transporting them to create hunting.
The Second Amendment Foundation has issued a travel advisory to firearms owners to avoid going to California. They accuse California of ignoring the Second and Fourteenth amendments (McDonald v. City of Chicago) and warn that if you travel there, you stand a chance at being prosecuted for carrying or being killed if you are not. Perhaps a bit on the dramatic side, but I get the point. Vote with your feet. Thanks to reader D.B. for the link.
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Reader T.J. sent in this video from Reid Henrichs on making your own affordable knock-down steel targets. These are inexpensive targets where you can buy most of the parts at your local big-box hardware store and once built, you no longer have to bend over to pick the targets up. What a great idea for those of us getting up there in years! Note that these are pistol targets— not rifle targets.
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Wranglerstar is getting into long range shooting. Using a Remington 700 in 6.5 Creedmore with a Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25 optic, Cody is reliably hitting targets at 1290 yards. The class was put on by Leupold Optics Academy and targeted at rank novices. Even Cody’s wife attended the class ans was able to hit those long range targets. How cool is that?!. Another surprise is the Rob Furlong (of 2500m Taliban Sniper kill fame) was also one of the instructors.
Reader D.B. sent in this article on a review of Swiss based private communications group Wire Swiss GmbH and their software. It is very thorough and covers issues like how Wire deals with the Patriot Act and the U.S. government intelligent services penchant for hacking such communications companies. Wire uses an end-to-end (e2e) concept where you messages are not stored on the companies servers waiting to be hacked. If you are concerned about secure communications, you may want to read this article. It is a bit on the technical side, but that is unavoidable concerning the subject matter.
Were you wondering what sort of response a country’s military might have in an economic meltdown? Look no further than Venezuela. The military has had a history of unflinching loyalty, but the citizenry are starting to look to them to see if that loyalty is showing cracks. We’ve already seen the national guard captain attacking the government, both physically and through video, but now there is apparently a growing rebellion after calls from the captain for open rebellion. The official government statement is that it was a group of civilians wearing fatigues, but time will tell. Thanks to G.P. for the link.