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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at Wal-Mart’s New Ammo Policy.
Gun Owners Question Wal-Mart’s New Ammo Policy
Even a liberal CBS affiliate couldn’t avoid covering this obvious news: Gun Owners Question Walmart’s Decision To Take Handgun AmmHighlightedunition Off Shelves
Interviewing a 2-Year-Old for Pre-School Admission?
Our Editor-At-Large Mike Williamson sent this piece on the insane competitiveness of the privileged class:
When the Culture War Comes for the Kids.
Canadian Preppers Highlighted by CBC
“Nate is a prominent voice in the Canadian prepping movement, wherein individuals ready themselves for periods when the necessities of modern life — including electricity, technological communication and fresh food — are unavailable. For Nate, becoming a prepper was a response to individuals’ growing dependency on societal structures.
“I just realized that the more technologically advanced society becomes, the more people are removed from where their food and water comes from,” he says. “This is only going to continue as we become more urbanized. For me, [starting to prep] was an insurance policy. A lot of people don’t realize how dependent they are on the critical infrastructure for meeting their basic everyday needs.
“Where I live, if there was ever a prolonged power outage in the wintertime, it would be a catastrophic situation,” he continues. “I’m not a Luddite or technologically opposed, but it’s not a bad idea to have a safety net.”
Nate’s goal for the Canadian Prepper YouTube channel is not only to showcase survival techniques but to look at the psychological ideas behind prepping and advise those interested in the movement on how to get started. He also started the channel to meet like-minded people and discuss his passion for preparedness.”
Coast Guard Issues Warning on Charging Phone Batteries
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a warning on charging phone batteries after California boat fire. The article begins:
“The Coast Guard has issued a safety bulletin following the California boat fire that killed 34 people, recommending that commercial boat operators limit unsupervised charging of cellphones and other electronic devices.
A brief, preliminary report on the Labor Day fire that destroyed the dive ship Conception near Santa Cruz Island was issued Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board, but it did not address the cause of the fire. The report did note that three crew members said they knew of no mechanical or electrical issues with the boat.
The report said that all six crew members were asleep when the fire broke out. Boats like the Conception, which caught fire around 3 a.m., are required to have a crew member keep watch at night.”
Maxim’s Stubby ARs to be Tested by U.S. Army
Reader G.P. sent this: US Army Expected to Test Super-Short Carbine for Soldiers of 2025. JWR’s Comment: Maxim makes very high quality products. (I own one of their PDW arm braces, and can attest to their quality). But any barrel for a 5.56mm AR less than 11 inches suffers from too much loss of velocity. A six-inch barrel is fine for 9mm Parabellum, but NOT for 5.56 or the Army’s planned polymer-cased 6.5mm. My favorite barrel length for an AR pistol is 12.5 inches. My friends with registered suppressors say to never use an 5.56 AR with a barrel shorter than 10″, when using a suppressor.
A Redaction Fail