Sunday, December 23, 2012

What The Run On Defensive Firearms, Ammunition, & Gear Tells US....

Not a whole lot of Holiday or Christmas cheer out there this year, unless you're oblivious to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting.  Americans have seemingly bought-up every AR-15 and other "assault weapon" for sale at retail and those that were in-stock by wholesalers and other inventorying middle-men.  Ammunition and magazines for same also now no longer available...

Politically this Run On Guns speaks volumes.  Even as prices began to spike, demand never diminished.  Much on the Internet about hundreds or thousands waiting to be admitted to local gunshows, not to mention the 10-deep or more waiting at gun store counters.

Too bad so many waited so long.

The theme here is N/A.   NOT AVAILABLE....
Almost as good as a gun ban, isn't it?  No "evil black rifle" merchandise remaining available for sale on a general basis.

Here is The Great Fact:  The tools and supplies which generally work together to enable reasonably comfortable lifestyle of self-sufficiency are in limited supply.  Always have been.  Now more so than ever, thanks to Just In Time inventory & delivery practices.

Really need to have a comprehensive idea of what your needs are and the tools, gear, & supplies along with references and skills that you will need to make fulfilling those needs a reality.   The Want Of A Horshoe Nail....  Recall the kid's story?    Self-sufficiency largely entails an ability to create, fabricate, design, and utilize tools, technology, skills that make life easier, more comfortable and dependable.

Money is a reliable tool only as long as it is accepted and in some demand for use by others.
Not much need to diatribe the fiat-money-fraud again.  You either understand by now that modern "money" has no intrinsic value and loses purchasing power over time, or you're gonna be a monetary loser...  

Not a great deal of inventory depth or production demand for many of the things you likely need for a Survivalist Lifestyle..  Not a lot of Ham Radio production out there anymore.  Not a lot of companies making fabrication tools, pitcher pumps for wellhead operation, hacksaw blades, duct tape, camping gear, quality cookware and cutlery...

Tools are a BIG MUST.  Mechanical repair gear, electrical diagnosis and parts to repair, carpentry and woodworking tools.  Plumbing repair gear is a big essential.  Water and waste system operation is a HUGE hygiene and health matter.  Ability to fix/repair breaks is a must.  Tap & die to chase or thread metal pipe might be critical.  Valve rebuild kit to fix a faucet similarly important.

Hacksaw and variety of blades, metal shears, files, chisels, sharpening stones, grinder, tap & die sets, and I did forget to mention hammers in various weights and configurations, are the basics you need for Metal Fabrication.  Being able to salvage steel and parts to use on other projects may be critical to you for some project.  Just making do with what you have on-hand is so much easier when you have tools to modify or fashion raw materials.

Food Processing Gear is really critical.  Figure to harvest your own?  Rendering your harvest, Processing it for storage, Tools for cooking and storing it as you decide are all part of the equation.  I'm writing this off top of my head so it ain't detailed as to each step; that is for you to understand and work out for your situation.  The key is, do you have the gear to enable you to do this Very Necessary Work with efficiency, safety, and ability?  Can't really can without a canner or supply of jars, lids, rims.  Spare gasket seal kit in your stores?  Can't keep the pressure cooker pressurizing reliably w/o gaskets....

How're you set for Medical Emergencies like wounds, severe cuts, limb breakage?  Then there is day-to-day stuff and keeping your family tip-top...  

Sewing for fabrication of clothing, household items and repairs?  Got the machines, gear and fabric & other supplies that makes these capabilities work routinely?

Got the rudimentary auto maintenance supplies like correct oils to change crankcase and driveline  components when needed w/o going to a service station?  Drive your vehicle through a lot of standing water, you'll want to change all fluids in reservoirs the water might have infiltrated.  Got filters, both fuel and oil?  Sparkplugs?  Glowplugs? All the normal maintenance items?  Got a Haynes or factory manual for reference and the basic tools?

How're you fixed for basic clothing, outerwear, camping gear and special clothes for working?  Probably not going to wear the clothes you use for active gardening, animal tending, butchering, cutting firewood, or working on mechanical eqpt out in public or around the house.  Got a good supply of warm socks, all types of underwear, pants, shirts, belts?  SHOES are Big Item since most can't fabricate boots or shoes.

Resale shops and Pawnshops are your friend...  Resale for kitchen gear, clothing, linens, spare shoes, and any other good serviceable gear you see.  Pawnshops have the Tools and outdoor gear.  May as well save money where you can.  For sure you will spend it elsewhere.

How're you set for a Pantry and properly provisioned Kitchen?  Got a stove that will work when the power is down?  Got other ways to cook?

Whatever you need to more self-sufficient;  NOW Is The Time to be adding to your skills and gear.

Can't cook from scratch?  Take time to cook several simple meals and learn.
Don't know anything about construction?  Maybe you build your kids a playhouse?  Learn to cut wood and nail, sheath walls and make a roof that keeps our the rain...
If you own a Newish auto, my condolences.  Likely there's not much you can do for maintenance.  Be sure your maintenance is up to date and you have some fuel cans you can fill.

Lots of items you can find used and buy very cheap. Many of these items are better than those made now.  Others like metal fabrication gear and edged tools are rarely in serviceable condition when found used.  Files, hacksaw blades, chisels and other cutting tools except scissors and kitchen cutlery, typically are too long-gone to be worth much, unless you want them to make something.  Tool steel is great stuff, no matter the condition; just don't pay more than scrap prices for anything needs a restoration or for a project.

The Gun-Run points out ONE BIG THING:   The tools you need are in short supply.  There are not enough in the system to meet demand should demand increase overnite.

Hope you have some time in these often quiet weeks to reflect on your family's needs and prioritize them so you have what you need when you need it.  Unless you Take Action Now, your options will likely be curtailed on many items, in many categories in the weeks ahead.

God Bless!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Warm, Dry, Hydrated, Fed, & Capable of Self-Defense.  The Basics.

Hope you have sought your Defensive Weapons on a priority basis.  Survival Guns by Mel Tappan is such a seminal work; none other like it before or after.  Tappan's ability to differentiate between Working and Defense weapons and give straightforward advice that acquisition of such pistols and rifles was a Definite Priority for a "survivalist" was and remains The Prime Firearms Adviso of the past 100 years.

These firearms have "special" abilities and only those of their type will fill the bill should you ever need their extended functioning and longterm accuracy retention.  All feature mil-spec parts, fast magazine change facility, chrome-lined barrels (rifles, mainly), and ease of gunsmithing and wide-availability of spare parts.  The ability of these Defense weapons to fire w/o degradation of performance as long as you have loaded magazines at the ready IS The Issue!  Most sporting arms are not designed to such capabilities.  YOU NEED THESE CAPABILITIES IF EVER YOU MIGHT HAVE OCCASION TO DEFEND LIFE OR PROPERTY.

The limited supply of proper defensive weapons is by now, extremely apparent.  Hope you got yours while the getting was good & easy....   Ammunition for these and firearms are presently undergoing a "strong upswing in demand" as previously discussed here.  The Just-In-Time production and distribution models have already failed.  Perhaps smalltown gunshops or private sellers have something to offer, but reports are widespread that most suitable Defensive Guns and ammunition have been sold-out over the events of the past week or so.

Kind of like waiting till hurricane warnings are issued to buy a generator, or until the power grid is down to go the fuel depot to fill your storage cans...   IF you intended to acquire a Defense-worthy weapon, but haven't yet; you may still find your way, but the effort required will likely be much more lengthly and costly.  That supply & demand thing, again.  You are now competing with all the others who were blind to the situation, but now can see.  That they are taking action where you haven't....   Well, as they say:  Fortune Favors The Bold.

Tappan advised purchase of a proper Fighting Pistol as primary or first aquisition.  There had been no "assault rifle" crimes when Survival Guns was written in the late-70s.  Gun-grabbers then were mostly concerned about handguns, so seemed most likely that a handgun ban would happen first...   Times changed, though; didn't they?  We saw the Clinton-era AWB (asault weapon ban) and  The Gun-Buying Public is voting with their wallets that they expect similar or worse legislation to be forthcoming.  Likely, many are "investing" in weapons and accoutrement with eye to resale at profit even though such activities are likely at odds with Firearms Law & Code.

Point is, IF You Need one or more specific weapons; guns you have identified and intended to acquire.  NOW Is The Time to find them and buy.

NOW is also the time to own spare magazines.  Something like 2-4 for each defensive pistol, and 4-6 for each defense rifle.  You need magazine pouches or carriers, cleaning gear, spare parts (see archives list) and plenty ammunition.  Best to buy one firearm with ammunition, that 2 guns and no ammo.  Need that ammunition.  250rds as minimum per pistol and 500rds minimum per defensive rifle; IF you are an experienced shooter and are capable shooter.  If you are inexperienced, probably will need 2x or 3x the ammunition recommended with the extra to be shot at gun range, on targets to learn trigger control and sight adjustment and become confident with your piece.

Ammunition may be the greater difficulty.  If can't buy it ready-made, the HANDLOADING Option remains....   It is very cost effective to make your own ammunition, especially if you desire match quality rifle ammo or self-defense rounds for pistol.

Here's the deal about ammunition:  Pistols of smaller caliber than 10mm or .45 caliber (not talking revolvers here, talking semi-auto pistols) touted for defense purposes are wholly reliable upon "special" ammunition loaded mainly with Hollowpoint bullets.  Rifles deliver much greater power so need no "special" bullets unless high degree of longrange accuracy or precision is the goal.  The 10mm Auto and .45acp are the primary defensive pistol chamberings.  Only these cartridges offer large enough bullet diameter, heavy enough bullet weight, and sufficient velocity to serve as Primary Self-Defense handguns WITHOUT Necessitating "special" hollowpoint or slugs.

Can't get ammunition, but can buy handloading gear & components?  If you can follow simple instructions and formulas enough to cook a meal from scratch, you can likely handload your own ammunition.  See the archives here on handloading.

With a Dillon 550b or Lee progressive loading machine, you can assemble several hundred rounds of ammunition per hour; once you get the hang of the process.  I would buy loading gear and components if ammunition was not available.  Many online vendors of loading gear and components.  Nosler is a bulletmaker that has an online store.  Their match rifle bullets and their handgun bullets are priced right and typically available.  Midway-USA, Graf & Son, Sinclair, Mid-South Shooter Supply, Wideners, Natchez Shooter Supply, and many other online vendors may have the equipment you need, bullets, and brass ctg cases.  For primers and smokeless powder you want to buy locally to save on hazmat and other delivery costs.  Primers are often a short supply item.

One pound of powder loads about 1000 pistol cartridges.  The assembled round is a Cartridge, not a bullet.  Bullets are a component.  You can make cast bullets from raw lead or melted wheelweights or buy Jacketed bullets from a bullet maker.  Round or pointed nose cast bullets or swaged bullets will generally function well in the .45acp.  I don't own a 10mm Auto, but likely hardcast etc will be fine.  Berry's Bullets, Meister Cast, and other brands are often in-stock at retailers or can be bought online.

Powdercharges of ammunition are measured in Grains.  There are 7000 grains per pound.  Like Grams, Grains are a weight measurement that is a fraction of an ounce..  In loading .223 ammunition, you get about 300 loads per pound of powder.  With .308win you get about 175 loads.

Lee Reloading offers the lowest priced tools for handloading.  Their dies and machines are excellent.  Dillon offers the finest affordable progressive and automatic loading machines.  RCBS and Redding offer about the finest in tools and dies.  Not talking match-quality gear here, but Redding is about the finest in the 7/8x14 threaded die loading gear market.

Before you buy loading gear, you want to STUDY a loading manual.  Sierra, Hornady, Lee, and the powder mfrs and other bulletmakers all publish Handloading Data.  Hodgdon Powder company has extensive Online resources.

You want pistol bullet weights of 180gr or heavier, with a flatpoint bullet being most effective for energy transmission to your target.  Hollowpoints are an option also, but I would avoid any such bullets with exposed lead anywhere on the bullet nose.  For .223 rifle the 69gr and 75/77 gr match bullets are most effective for accuracy and knockdown power.  For 308 rifle, 147/150gr are the military standard, but 168/175gr match bthp designs are better for longrange precision unless you choose a match design in a 150/155...

Lots to consider.

If you waited, you are behind the curve and the curve is rising every day.
The weapons and ammunition you want to own are being bought-up and may soon no longer be available for sale due to legal constraint.

If you have assets to buy ammunition in quantity, I recommend you also buy loading gear and components.  Brass, bullets, primers, and powder will only increase in value.  Study a loading manual or two and then buy what you find that you can use.

Hope you are well out of the line of fire, but also ready and able to mount an effective defense should the need ever arise.

All the best from us this Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just Because You're Paranoid Don't Mean They Ain't Out To Getcha...

Best TEOTWAWKI/SHTF novel I ever read was Niven & Pournelle's LUCIFER'S HAMMER.

The 12/21/12 stuff is more and more in the news.  Supposedly the Australian PM has warned in public and quoted commentary, "the world is ending"; dear me...

HAMMER protagonist, Harve Randall, has been covering the comet-event in that story for many months before HAMMER-fever struck the population.  A week before the forecasted HAMMER-fall, Randall has his epiphany:  What If It Actually Happens!  He realizes there is only so much elasticity in "the system", that the LA Basin only has so many resources and he needs to take some level of precaution, so for several pages of the book, the authors describe Randall's efforts to play "catch-up" and make-ready....

Nine days to go on this Mayan-fever.  Much is going on at many levels.  December 21 means nothing to me, but....

Consider the absence of Elasticity in The American Retail and Supply mechanism.  If you have yet to acquire tools or other goods which are not in commodity availability, which is to say stocked deeply and sold widely at many outlets, then you may find those goods, once sold-out, will remain sold-out...

Not really going to cover the background as to how & why America dug a deeply troubling Just-In-Time Inventory scheme and dependency, but it is prevalent at every level of supply and distribution.   Only so much is produced.  When actual demand exceeds the projected need for production, goods are simply Not Available.

Firearms and ammunition are case in point.  You've either acquired what you selected to own, or are having to scramble for available merchandise.  The most desirable models in very limited supply for months or years to come.  Always fun to blog about guns, but you'd best be in fine shape for your daily needs and resources as well.

Reason for this post is to advise that between the Mayan-thing, and the "Fiscal Cliff" being touted as a Jan 1, 13 situation; there are likely to be Much More Demand For Goods that are in limited supply.  

Perhaps you saw that Blitz, Inc., the maker of steel jerry cans and plastic fuel containers, sold more widely than any other brand, has gone out of business.  Apparently too many people disregarded the warnings imprinted on the gasoline carriers and poured fuel directly onto open flame sources and were burned.  Their attorneys got judgments against Blitz and now Blitz is gone...  Fuel containers have gone from $10 to about $18 from what I can tell.   Not as many out there to choose from.

Won't take much for the limited inventory of common goods & supplies which you might be likely to desire to be bought-out.  The stuff will be there on the shelves, like it has been for months or years, but gone next time you're looking to buy said merchandise.  Like Johnny Carson joking about a toiletpaper shortage.  His remarks actually caused one as viewers responded and bought-up more than their usual quantity.

The American Distribution System is tuned to a very fine efficiency.  Should greater demand than forecast materialize, it will take weeks or months to respond and build units to satisfy demand; possibly years.  

Expect that you have many more months to fulfill your acquisition plans?   Just be aware that the situation is fluid and subject to change.  If the "greater-public" begins to take action, your plans and goals will be irrelevant.

If you aren't paranoid-level aware enough to consider the precarious nature of merchandise and commodity deliveries  in America and how they can/might impact your planning; might want to be aware that water levels in The Mississippi River are so low that it is likely that barge traffic will be halted from running the full-length of the river by this week.   A number of electric utilities along the river rely on barges to deliver coal and oil & gas they use to generate electricity.  Not likely that these guys have acres of extra coal reserves that they had a decade or two ago.
Just-In-Time theory will prove more disastrous than the benefits it availed, I think...

If you are giving gifts this season, might be a great time to give those gifts the whole family can use; like a quality generator, solar panels, quality inverter and 6v storage batteries.  Maybe a good condition woodburning stove and stovepipe setup from craigslist?  Personal water filters and camelback bladder systems...  Wool socks and quality boots...  Hope you get the idea.  If you're paranoid enough to take action, think you'll see big dividends from your decisions in the near future...

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

More On Survival Guns....

Have posted on this before.  See the archive.  Mel Tappan was a genius who saw the situation clearly.  You NEED Defensive weapons most essentially and you need to differentiate between guns for day-to-day working/hunting situations  and those for Defense.

Really IS Time To Have Your Defensive Weapons, Spare Parts, Ammunition, and Handloading Components & Tools Ready and Situated.  NOW...

A defensive weapon can serve you in the field, but a working gun can't really do the job if that job entails a long defensive situation where much ammunition is expended in a short time or over extended hours or days.   Many reasons...  See The Archived Article.  But in brief, only defensive pistols and rifles are made to hold up to sustained fire situations.  Most hunting rifles don't have 10rd magazines with quick release levers and magazine wells designed for fast reloading.  Revolvers are less capable of serving your defensive needs.

To recap:

 I endorse only those semi-auto pistols chambered for 10mm Auto or .45acp ammunition.  Glock and Springfield XD and other variants like S&W may be excellent, but what  I KNOW and Trust is the Colt 1911 pistol in .45acp.  Have owned a 1911 since the mid-70s and found the pistol and ammunition capable of exceptional accuracy (series 70 Colt) and the ammunition available in bullet weights from 185 to 230 grains or heavier.

If purchasing a 1911, I recommend only Colt, Kimber, Springfield Armory, and S&W manufactured pistols in full-size Government Model or Match configuration.  Each handgun should have at least 3 spare magazines for a total of 4.  Six would be better.  For ammunition, any USA made generic 230gr Ball, roundnose ammunition like Winchester, Remington, Federal, or CCI will be fine.  For concealed carry, maybe you want some 230gr Federal Hydra-shok or Winchester premium hollowpoints...

I endorse the 10mm Auto only if using 180gr or heavier ammunition.  200gr is better.  Diameter, Weight, and Velocity are the major factors in STOPPING POWER. Heavy Bullets of Large Diameter at moderate velocity 850fps up to 1000fps is the ticket for control and stopping power.

You'll need cleaning gear, especially bronze brushes and quality handgun cleaning rod like the Dewey fixed  12" rod and correctly sized patch jag, and cleaners.  Walmart carburetor cleaner in aersol can is good for brushing out lead and copper.  Barnes C110 is best for copper removal.  You want some decent oil like hoppes #9 bore solvent to clean bluing.  Lots of homemade cleaner & oil recipes on the net...Why pay $3-$5 for a 2oz bottle of 10wt oil worth a dime???

Holsters.  You need a couple.  The newer military flap holster convertible L-R made of ballistic nylon is excellent for belt wear and protecting your weapon from abuse.  It ain't a defense or concealment holster, for those, take your gun to the shop and try several.

Rifles.  Your rifle is your life.  If you handload for .223 the AR-15 loaded with 75/77gr match bullets is a superb Defense Weapon.  The bullets are tougher than nails and never break apart.  They penetrate or bend, but don't break apart. These match bullets also deliver more energy at 500yds than a 158gr .357mag bullet started at 1400fps will at 25yds.  They are also capable of match accuracy at that distance and have been used in competition by the Army Marksmanship Unit for all Service Rifle distances.  200, 300 & 600yds.  The AMU routinely wins their matches.  The 77gr loaded to magazine length gives you 30rds of longrange or close-in power well in excess of the 55 or 62gr that most use in their .223 rifles.

Don't handload?  Live in Alaska where Brown Bear grow extra large?  Then you likely want a .308win chambered rifle.  Figure to be elk hunting or killing cattle?  While the 77gr .224 bullet will serve, it likely won't serve as well as the .308win loaded with 180gr or maybe a 200gr premium hunting bullet.    The 5.56 has practical range of 600-700yds when loaded correctly.  The 7.62x51 has an 800-1000 yd practical range with match ammunition.

I am a match ammunition devotee.  Better bullets and precision loaded ammunition produce more hits at distance.  Most .308win semi-auto battlerifles are 1:11 twist barreled.  They will shoot 150 to 180gr bullets most optimally.  To get best accuracy with 77gr match bullets in the AR-15, you need a 1:8 Or 1:7 twist barrel.

I do not advise any handloader use an H-K 91 or 93 rifle because the chambers are dimensioned such that they ruin brass upon firing.  Maybe this special neck chambering technique is better?  No other mfr does it.  If you want to reuse your brass, buy other than Heckler-Koch rifles...

Best 5.56/.223 rifles:  Mini-14 ranch rifle is good for its small size and Garand mechanism.
For AR-15 the names to consider are Colt, ArmaLite, Rock River Arms, Older Bushmaster, and Lewis Machine & Tool

Best 7.62/.308 rifles:  Springfield M1a full-size basic, Armalite AR-10, DPMS AR-10

Need 5 or more spare magazines per rifle.  Quality scope mount gear like TPS, Leupold mk4, Warne Maxima, Badger Ord, Burris Tactical.  30mm tube scope will need a high height ring set with a 40mm objective.  Larger objective will need extra-high.  I use TPS and Leupold mk4.

I am NOT a fan of quick release risers or one piece mount gear.  I have seen these units be made off-axis of the bore.  A scope sighted-in using one particular brand was 8moa shifted to the right at muzzle.  Too great an inaccuracy for me to tolerate.  Might not worry you, but my ARs are longrange and setup to swap scopes.  Scopes that are so far-off from bore are useless to me.

For spare parts for any weapon you want:  firing pin, extractor, ejector, springs for each along with maybe a spare buffer spring and other parts to build or renew your lower and upper receiver.  AR-10 and AR-15 share many common parts, only takedown pins and firing pin groups being different.

For every rifle you want to own a good sling for carrying the weapon and to use as a aid to aiming.  1.25" match slings, type 1917 are very good.

The A-2 rifles with carryhandle sights are excellent, even if not as popular as flat-tops.  If you've shot an aperture sight equipped rifle before, an AR A-2 will be very fast and can be tuned front and rear sight for elevation to serve out to 500/600yds.

Scopes for AR rifles ought be fast reacting, light, and relatively compact.  Leupold VX-II 1.25 to 4x is excellent for use in an A-2 carry handle mount or on a flat-top AR.  These scopes are now offered with mil-dot reticle and tactical elevation/windage knobs.  Very light & compact.

Scopes with long rear objectives, very wide turret housings and long tube lengths are not generally  satisfactory on AR rifles.  The leupold 3-9, 3.5-10, 4.5-14 are among the lightest and most compact scopes available.  Burris compact scopes, Zeiss Conquest, and others are worth evaluating.  Those that are too heavy, bulky, long, tall or have minimal rear tube mount area for ring location will severely limit your ability to employ them on an AR flat top and many other rifles.

I do not consider shotguns to be defensive weapons.

NOW is the time to be sure you have met all your goals and are well established in your defensive abilities.  Got a digital rangefinder?  Might want to plot the distances of objects  and places an enemy might hide from your house.  Write down those distances and memorize them.  Make a range-card, a drawing and plot the distances on the drawing.  That way you know it is 175yds to your neighbors gate or that sign down the street...

As one final note, be sure that you do not have flamable or combustible materials around your home or outbuildings.  Your enemy may employ fire against you.  A gravel perimeter won't burn, an enemy can't hide in ambush if you take away the hiding place(s). and make them carry whatever they might use to attempt to burn you and yours out of your home.  Presumably, whoever carries tinder and flammables will be an easier target...

Practice dry firing your weapons and taking a variety of shooting stances.  Always clear all weapons and magazines.  Check them several times before commencing.  Make sure that all members of your household expect and Know that every gun is always loaded.  You may need a firearm in a heartbeat...  When you reach for it, it better be loaded and ready to go.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Warm, Dry, Hydrated, Fed, & Capable of Self-Defense

The Main Focus; at least, as I see it.  The Five Basic Concerns.  If you aren't warm & dry, hypothermia can set-in quickly.  A cold wind will kill you damn quickly...   Need potable water for drinking and cleaning.  Supposedly you can live 3 days w/o water...  Not like I want to try.  Not like I want to be infested with Giardia or other parasites/bacteria either from questionable water.  Eating.  It's a real morale builder, if the food is hot and nourishing.  You need to eat.  Finally, you'd best be able to defend yourself as you go about these pursuits.  No matter where you are or when you are about your business.

Plenty of ancillary critical areas that need your attention also, like First Aid/Medical, Food Cultivation, Trapping, Food Preparation & Preservation Skills & Tools, Alternative Energy & Power Generation...

The list goes on.  Years ago, I identified a couple dozen distinct activities that our family would require to be Self-Sufficient and Self-Reliant.  Radio Communications, Reference and Literary Libraries were forgotten in the prior paragraph...  It is easy to overlook the real daily-living stuff and get absorbed by what you read on other blogs and in whatever news you follow.

Staying Warm & Dry is really The Biggie.  Fire Prevention is a Major concern.  Fire is a very effective weapon you must expect any determined enemy to employ should chaos rule.  A grease or electrical fire, any accidental occurrence will still kill family members or make you homeless.  Keeping the perimeter around wood frame housing free of tinder and flammable landscaping is a big plus if you are concerned about fire...  Got a woodstove or other chimney that has never been cleaned?  Creosote from burning green wood can ignite.  Got lots of seasoned wood?  Probably not...  You might be sure you have a chimney brush and enough extensions to be sure you're not inadvertently the cause of your house-fire.

Trauma Kit is something most of us who aren't medically trained are likely to overlook. Where there is no doctor, there is unlikely to be EMT service either.  A broken limb can be a killer.  An accidental gunshot or severe knife injury, likewise.  Maybe you live near a doctor or a clinic?  If you're really rural, maybe they will remain staffed by volunteer and the doctor available?  Worth finding out about NOW, for sure!  Can you properly apply a tourniquet?  Maybe set a bone, relocate a shoulder, disinfect and stitch a wound?  When this stuff happens, it happens fast.  Know where your kit is and are you sure it is complete and ready to go?  Got the tools, supplies, and antibiotics to make a Best Effort and not lose the patient or their limb to gangrene should they survive their injury?

Lots more to Self-Reliance, aka Survivalism than firearms proficiency and ammunition stacks.

If you are banking on hunting game or foraging for your food needs; you may as well rely on Santa Claus, your expectations are similarly unreal.  The food you have on hand will be the only food you have available once the stores go down, are looted and burned, or the highways are unsafe to travel.  Lots of ways to produce food at home, gardening, greenhouse, sprouting, window-boxes.   If you live remote, for sure you want to be able to harvest any food animal that comes your way, or maybe trap or corral them for domestication.  Can't put your reliance upon events that may never occur, though.  Starvation and hunger lie down that road.  Gotta assure that you have supplies to meet your dietary needs.

Survivalism ain't about  gathering gear and supplies "in preparation"; it's about becoming self-reliant and self-sufficient and removing self & loved ones to a safe(r) venue if your surroundings are likely untenable or indefensible.  Much more than guns & ammo and fighting skills.   Maybe I"ve misunderstood the whole equation, but we've not focused on running & gunning skills, or spent thousands on "gun schooling".  We all know how to shoot and have the gear, but all our other efforts at self-reliance have proven way more critical and valuable.  There just isn't time, funds, or rationale for becoming "professionally proficient" (or touted as such) with one or more type of firearm when so many other skills pay daily dividends and get us that much more able to live free of electric grid and what others see as essential modern living services....

More on this theme very soon...

Sunday, November 11, 2012


By now your political illusions should be shattered.
How many years, decades, generations have you voted, tried to make a difference, all the while hoping and praying "This Time, It'll Be Different"?

By now, unless you are hopelessly Dysfunctional on many levels, you have faced the Hard Truth...  Namely, that The U.S.A. has been Totally Betrayed and Sold For Slaughter.  Those who made this possible were fellow citizens; many touting all the pseudo-patriotic vitriol that has proven to be nothing more than affectation, a sheep's clothing the wolves could hide in while they profited from delivering U.S. to Our National Doom!

I am not here to convince you.  The Fraud and Betrayal has been covered ad-nauseum.  Most are just unable to conceive that they've been sold like beef entrails on the slaughterhouse floor.  In 5th grade Social Studies, we learned about the Chicago Stockyards and their slogan that "every bit of a hog gets used, except the squeal".  You either Know By Now that your leaders at every social level have hardened their hearts to your bleating, squealing, and loos, or you will believe that Arbeit Macht Frei as you past that signpost on your way down the chute.

Survivalism came about in the middle 70s because men like Kurt Saxon, Mel Tappan, Niven & Pournelle, Dr. Bruce Clayton and others could read the Writing On The Wall.

If you haven't been paying attention, the Abeit Macht Frei signpost is now far in your rear-view mirror...

Your future potentials, the potentials of your children and their progeny is dependent upon What You Decide To Do with the next few weeks.  If you continue to watch the dog & pony show media serves-up, your time will have been wasted.  If you decide that NOW IS THE TIME to assure that you have the means to stay:  WARM, DRY, HYDRATED, FED, and Able To Mount Effective Defense, you may be responsible for the continuation of your line...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy Will Affect All Americans....

Don't live anywhere near the path of Hurricane Sandy?  Figure you dodged The Bullet?  Maybe, but most likely not.  Sandy has taken out key and vital infrastructure especially New Jersey shipping ports, trucking terminals and refining infrastructure.  Not like the tonnage and container cargoes processed there will easily be diverted elsewhere on the Atlantic Seaboard.  What's the nautical steaming distance to New Orleans or Houston?  About 2,000 miles?  Not much left of the Port of Baltimore.  No real reason to ship goods to Boston if they need to go to the MidWest or other interior deployment warehouses.  How much American capacity to ship to Europe is now offline?

There are many, many aspects of daily life which Sandy has interrupted and ground to ruin which have to be rebuilt or entirely replaced.  Seawater, saltwater corrodes and destroys electrical equipment; even that built super-tough.  Perhaps the electricity distribution assets that have been under tidal surge waters can be dried out and made to function in the shortrun, but doubtful they can be relied upon unless fully rebuilt.

Funny thing about the American Business Plan; Just In Time don't apply only to inventory distribution and management.  There are no electrical distribution equipment manufacturers with huge warehouses full of ready to load on truck substations and large current handling gear.  These are made to order.  Nobody expected or anticipated a 14' seawater tidal surge that would submerge hundreds or maybe thousands of pieces of vital infrastructure electrical gear.  There is no way to re-route around this.  There is no ready to go solution.  There is only place orders and wait for the gear to be built.

Where is the gear built?  China?  Mexico?  Wherever the manufacturers decided to relocate after The Federal Govt paid them money to move.  Maybe they maxed out their payday and relocated under The Caribbean Basin Initiative?  Fruit Of The Loom got $10,000 cash payment from Govt for every job they relocated under CBI...

Essentially, in my estimation, America has just taken a double-tap centermass and this may be the Death Knell our leaders seemingly have aspired to enable.

Look at how The Federal Govt has concertedly acted to kill America since the mid-70s.  Pretty hard to believe where we are today happened by accident.  Not talking about the storm aftermouth.  America is living in The Aftermath Of Its Greatness...

Essentially, The Federales put U.S. out of business in so many ways...  No more mining, no more timbering, no more manufacturing.  Agriculture on small farm level discouraged in every way possible.  GMO and other engineered foods allowed and encouraged, all with deadly effects on those eating them, the farmland used to grow them, and farmers using them...

Look at the Ruin Dept of Treasury, federal reserve bank system, and WallStreet & Banking have put upon U.S.   Since 2008, about $40 Trillion essentially given to Big Banks and firms like General Electric and General Motors' financing divisions once they declared they were "banks".

In August 2009, Wall Street Journal published article by Laurence Kotlikoff, tenured prof of Economics at Boston Univ where he disclosed by his estimations that the Total Federal Debt and Unfunded Liabilities of The USA stood at $207 Trillion not the $12 T then admitted as "national debt"....

Our elected officials at every level owe U.S. a fiduciary duty...  Like physicians who once took Hypocratic Oath "first, do no harm"...

None of this shit has been dumped on U.S. by accident or mere happenstance.

There are several million survival sagas being played-out right now in and around the NYC Tri-State region.   Being able to stay WARM, DRY, HYDRATED, FED, & CAPABLE OF SELF-DEFENSE has never been more critical for these people.

Hope you have read the handwriting on the wall:  If you can't provide for your own daily needs with some assurance of self-sufficiency, or have the gear and supplies to enable your time to assimilate the knowledge and abilities to do so, you and those who depend on you face a very tenuous situation.

The discussion above about how America has been scuttled deliberately is just a few knots on the Gulliver.  How did America's premier farming district, California's Central Valley get sacrificed for the benefit of a non-indigenous species of small fish in the Sacramento River?  How is America's Coal Industry being hung-out to dry, along with consumer access to environmentally friendly cheap electricity and heating sources?  The list goes on and on...

Saw something about FEMA having ordered 12M gals of unleaded and 10M gals of diesel fuel this week....  Undoubtedly the refiners will fill their contracts first and this is just another "accident" or bit of "bad planning" which will impair persons all over Eastern Seaboard travel and mobility plans....   Best have all your fuel needs met and get moving NOW if you plan to relocate...  

Shit is about to get very real for tens of millions of Americans.

All Americans are going to see shortages of all sorts as supply and demand attributable to Sandy impacts all building materials, fuels, electric gear, food, drinking water, trucking deliveries and likely even mail.

I urge all readers not to get caught up in the theatrics of the political season, or spend valuable time in pursuits not designed to enable you to live more self-sufficiently.  If you don't have gardening equipment, seed stocks, emergency gear and supplies of all types; NOW IS The Time To Take Action!

More to come on what you may want to consider on all sorts of personal levels in the days ahead as my time becomes more available

God Bless All Americans and we ask In Jesus' Name All HIS Grace and Mercies...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Scrounging is kind of an aftermath skill, I guess.

Yet, if you don't clear tens of thousands of "extra income" after meeting your needs, scrounging is a skill that will serve you well.  In the 80s, I really embraced resaling and pawnshopping.   Always great fun and an adventure.  Got nice suits for work.  Great deals on firearms at pawnshops.  Lots of cookware, cheap books/records, outdoor gear, and anything else I could find.

Resaling would have horrified me as kid, but when I first went to the old Purple Heart Thrift Store and found lots of "treasures" for cheap, I was hooked.  I visited every thriftstore I could find, and had a regular route.  Certain Goodwill or Salvation Army stores would have more of certain items, I noted.  Regular visits enabled me to hit the motherload on occasion.

As the American Middle-Class has been ruined by outsourcing jobs overseas, payments to industry to relocate abroad by our Gov't, and union-busting industrial decimation; more and more formerly middle-class folk are resaling.  If you haven't got the habit yet, you ought to.  Nothing wrong with buying Nearly New stuff at a fraction of regular price.  Even better is getting gear on Discount Day...

Pawnshops are especially productive for tools and gear.  Always pay cash at a pawnshop.  Always offer 1/3 less than merchandise is priced, and tell them you're paying cash.  If you pawnbroker won't deal on used goods, find a pawnshop that will.  NEVER BUY UNLESS YOU GET A DISCOUNT...

Considering a "Food Storage Plan"???
Before you shell out thousands for not very nutritious freeze-dried meals in a can or pouch, pay a visit to a few of your local healthfood stores.  Very easy to store whole grains in new, 5 gal paint buckets with gasket lids.  Use Dry Ice you buy at the grocer's to preserve your food.  In 2009, we opened a bucket of organic short-grained Brown Rice bought & put up at home in 1995.  The rice was Perfect!

If you are going to eat, may as well eat food that is High In Nutrition and Builds Your Immune System.  None of the foodstorage junk in a can will do this; you have to cook from scratch and use quality ingredients.

A Survivalist needs lots of tools for Food Processing and Cooking.  Buy them at your resale shop.  An old pressure cooker will work as well as a new one; just buy a new gasket set at local real-hardware store or order online for $10.  Quality cookware, knives of all sorts and gadgets are all at the Resale very cheap.  Got a nice 10" chef's knife, made in Japan for Fifty Cents recently.  Thrilled because it really takes a nice edge and carves very finely.  Better than the $30 Chicago Cutlery 8" knives we already owned when comes to fine slicing.

Got plenty money?  Suit yourself, but as for me, I'll take $5 Levis in new condition, $3 moleskin shirts, $1 T-shirts and socks and even decent shoes or boots if can find them.  Rarely buy anything at retail if can get it at a resale or pawnshop.

Doing home improvements?  Habitat Re usually has a resale shop.  They get donations and resell to renovators/builders.  Always a fun visit.

Some people love garage-saling.  Never had the time. is also worth perusing for gear you're looking for cheap, or maybe even free!

The more you conserve your assets, the more you have to work with.
Buy a Nordstroms dress shirt for $4 or $75.  Not like you will know there's a difference after its been laundered...

On-line forums are also great places to shop.  Lots of these allow WTB want-to-buy listings.  Gun forums are quite active for almost everything. is a good resource for accessories and handloading/optic stuff.  Shop the used listings, and look for individual sellers; guys with hundreds of listings don't usually deal...

Ebay is still out there.  Might find some gear priced low and use a bidsniper to win the auction if you have the patience.

Lots of ways to scrounge stuff up that you probably can use and save your serious funds for those items absolutely must have...   All the best!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What's New?

Been a while since the last post.  Have been pretty busy acquiring some gear, selling some, and am recently into a building/adding-on phase.  We've decided to add a GREENHOUSE, and also connect our home to our outbuilding garage.  Doing this myself.  Built the 2-story 24x36 garage and first addition to the house in Winter with Big-Help from a young-ish carpenter and two Ace Drywall guys.  Work is underway.

Lots of focus on "Survival" these days.  Mostly seems to be about gimmicks & guns.

Real focus I've always had has centered on FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, CLOTHING, HANDTOOLS, REFERENCE LIBRARY, FOOD PREP GEAR, AND CAMPING GEAR.  Have always been a gun-person, began handloading in 8th grade.  Rarely ever bought commercial loads for any of my shooting needs.

In 1988, wife saw Kurt Saxon on Donahue Show.  We ordered his books and subscribe to The Survivor.  Took us a couple years to move from The Big City, but we did.  Saxon was the first to coin the term "Survivalism" and define it.  He defined the term to effectively mean Self-Sufficiency.  Saxon's books are mainly references for DIY skill acquisition.  Some sections a bit hokey, like making wooden toys and puppeteering, but so much info is there.  The Survivor series and the Chemistry book are very worthwhile.

"Survivalism" is a self-sufficient way of life.  Those who foresaw the collapsing social structure we are now coping with, took Action; they moved out of the line of fire.

Figure you gotta have a level 4 vest and souped-up AK with 20 magazines to make your way through the chaos?  You have already failed...

This blog is not about gimmicks or  videos.  Too many will watch and conclude they understand but never practice.

Food is a BIGTIME failure for most who seem interested in these topics.  They conclude that freeze-dried meals are viable for longterm planning.  They aren't.  Might be tasty for a while.  Might be fast and easy to prepare; just add boiling water...  But "nutritious and healthful" they aren't.  Costly, they are...  Got money?  The freeze-dried stuff is spendy.

The real ticket to food independence is in Quality Bulk Foods, mainly whole grains and organics if you can afford them.  Need The Basics and food prep gear to adapt your meals for variety of taste and style.  Chinese, Mexican, Italian, American, Cajun, Japanese are all cuisines you can adapt menus from with basic Beans, Brown Rice, Wheat, Corn, Oats and variety of seasonings, oils, and condiments.  Doesn't take a lot of meat to deliver Big Nutrition and Nourishment.  Brown Rice & Beans yields Complete Protein.  Meat in small stir-fry portions laced with lots of small-chopped vegetables & sprouts is excellent way to feed a lot of people or use limited resources most wisely.

Survivalism is not about buying your way to see self through the chaos, but being far from the chaos and able to live self-sufficiently.

Not many interested in working their way to independence though...

Time, Ability, and Money are three variables.  If you have the time and ability, plus access to materials; likely you can make much of what you need yourself.  Money frees up your time and enables acquisition of gear immediately.  Your commitment and two more of the three variables forms a Triangle Of Preparation.  Time though is fast drawing to a close.  Pretty doubtful that you have Time to build a self-sufficient homestead from scratch.  Maybe you have time to get property closed-on and move-in with construction underway; but takes a couple years after your home is up & functioning to get gardens, fruit trees and other productive mechanisms in place...

We will all have to work with what we have very soon...

Money might give you an edge; IF you Know How To Deploy It and aren't afraid to commit your funds.

Best laid plans need ACTION to bring them into reality.
Hope you and yours are taking action NOW...

God Bless!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Blog: The Counter-Sniper

See my new blog pertaining to what you may need to know about sniping and how to not be a target of opportunity.

Introductory posts are up.  You  may not realize it, but longrange shooting as a hobby/sport in America is at an all-time high and websites like have over 70k members with active forums engaging in "non-political discussion" .  Perhaps the ex-marine who owns is just too damn stupid to grasp the reality that every politician knows and chairman mao stated so succinctly "Political Power grows out of the barrel of a gun".  Why else do "Politicians Prefer Unarmed Peasants"???

Anyway, not a whole lot of genius level IQ guys among the enlisted ranks of The USMC.  Most genius level IQ folks I've met are cognizant that career paths like The USMC are not conducive to early retirement unless on disability.  Not to disparage The Corps.  My father served in their officer ranks during WWII.  He was damn lucky the war ended before he ever had to lead his platoon against Japanese machine gunners in the Pacific...

Anyway, not to realize the political reality of training men to shoot targets with fine precision at  500 to over 1000yds is simply to prove you're either Stupid, or Disingenuous.  Of course, Frank Galli is really too busy training LEO and other Agency types at his Front-Sight Sniping School to carry on the Waco & Randy Weaver Traditions so widely applauded at the high-levels of the Executive Branch.  Big Frigging Money in training "contractors" and "agency personnel".  What else lures men who've retired from 25yrs with big city police depts as snipers to go "active duty" and leave family behind to go to Afghanistan?

Living By The Gun?  Who is paying you and making your rice bowl floweth over with all the Big Bucks?  Well... let's not get political now!!!

The Reality of our Day is the snippet of unbridled truth chairman mao (the renowned "agrarian reformer" who Central Committee of PRC credits with murdering 85 MILLION Chinese citizens) let slip: "All Political Power Grows From The Barrel Of A Gun"...

Thus, The Counter-Sniper was born...  Come visit.  Come learn.  You'd best get up to speed!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reference Books, Videos Etc...

Just a quick overview, done from memory, for your quick consideration.  These are books that deal with skills and/or are references for consultation.  Worth having, or evaluating from your library.  If out of print, maybe you find a way to save a copy for your later perusal, when all "copyright infringement" worries have gone away. 

Best Survival Fiction:   Pournelle & Niven's Lucifer's Hammer.  Have never read a better account that covers all the aspects that might be experienced.  Not like they go into great depth on "what to get" but the mindset of a population that has reason to prepare and the impact of that population in acquisition mode, relocation mode, and coping modes that morph into violence are all discussed very thoroughly.  Unless you are really motivated to read the Astronomical aspects of that plot that make all action necessary, it is pretty easy to skip through the early 1/3, find the Hot Fudge Tuesday chapter, backtrack a bit to find how "prepping" affected the Greater LA area for snapping-up available goods, then get on with how all characters coped after the comet calves and basically ends modern 20th century life in coastal cities of America and parts of Europe.  Fast, compelling reading.  Might bring you some aspects of the equation you never considered.

Best DVD TV series fiction:  Jericho the CBS series w/Skeet Lee.  Excellent in many respects.  As if there aren't conspiracies afoot in actual day-to-day America.  Tell me Halliburton isn't Jennings & Rawl.  Great cast, Great plots, lots of continuing tension and not totally a relationship soap opera.

Best DVD series for primitive living & skill coverage:  Ron Hood's body of work.  All of it.  Rest In Peace, Ron.  Great videos filmed on location and even in South American Amazon Jungle.   Worth a watch for sure, maybe go in on a complete set w/several families so all can see firsthand how making fire with bowdrill, flint & steel and cave-cooking are done.   The Hoods website, at one time offered pretty good package price on complete set purchases.  Maybe your library needs a set?

Most comprehensive and amazing volume of work:  Kurt Saxon w/o doubt for his compiled 4 volume sets of THE SURVIVOR, Poor Man's James Bond, and Grandpa's Book Of Chemistry.  On digital media these days.  See  Hope you are still out there in Arkansas, Kurt; and doing well.

Best Specific Survival Book:  Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny of Oak Ridge Natl Laboratory (free download at  If you buy the book, you get actual template to make a homemade radiation meter.   Worth having a hard-copy!

Best overall preparedness book:   Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton phd.

Best discussion on Firearms for survivalist purposes:   Mel Tappan's  Survival Guns.  Also worth reading are the 3 volumes of his Personal Survival newsletter and Tappan On Survival.   Runner up:  Jeff Cooper's To Ride, Shoot Straight, & Tell The Truth.

We've used homeopathy for years.  Kent's Repertory is The Standard Reference, along with The Materia Medica.  Lots of value in Herbalism and Naturopathy.  Can also personally endorse The Macrobiotic Diet and underlying theory of eating right to enable your body to heal itself.  Many great cookbooks relating to Macrobiotics.  Most of the foodstuffs are Basics and capable of longterm storage.  Hard to find any non-GMO Soybeans, but I guess they're out there.  Check your library for Macro literature.  Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible and Jethro Kloss' Back To Eden are excellent.

Merck Manual, PDR if you're into allopathy or expect to have access to pharmaceuticals. Gray's Anatomy or a more detailed medical school volume on anatomy.  If you live in a city with a medical school, might check their bookshop for texts on medical knowledge and diagnosis.  I found a copy of Emergency Battlefield Surgery at a resale many years ago.  Also Medicine For Mountaineering is pretty well-done book for back-country healing and also deals with altitude problems, hypothermia, exposure.  Of course, Where There Is No Doctor/Dentist are two great references to have.  Almost forgot Red Cross First Aid.  Might want to take a CPR class or see if your locale offers entry level EMT instruction classes.   Wonder if Red Cross Lifeguard and Swimmer classes are still offered?

Camping and hiking, my favorite book is Colin Fletcher's The Complete Walker.  Also his The Man Who Walked Through Time is very interesting read on a solo backpacking trip across the rim of the Grand Canyon.  Be Expert With Map & Compass by Bjorn Kellstrom is the great orienterring book and now on video.  Need to have some 1:250,000 inch format maps and a decent compass and know how to read, orient and travel by the map.  Ron Hood's work already mentioned.  REI and Campmoor catalogs/websites always worth a look.

The first 100 issues of The Mother Earth News are worth buying or getting on DVD.  Might want to look at Dave Duffy's Backwoods Home compendiums.  Woodsmoke is a primitive living series that was forerunner to Ron Hood's work, very basic and insightful.  Hard to beat The Buckskinner volumes for examination of skills and gear common to early mountainmen and blackpowder, primitive weapons.  Foxfire Series books are very interesting and maybe useful.  Any back issues of Roedale's Gardening worth owning.

Firearms References:
Brownell's Catalog is superb for its compendium of specialty tools.  Website for its parts and diagram listings.  Roy Dunlapp's Gunsmithing book is a fine one.  Gun Digest's Series on Firearms Dissembly are excellent.  For Loading Manuals, Sierra Bullets is The Standard for precision loading and quality.  Barnes' manual has some information others don't.  Hornady and Lee manuals are also Very Good.  Frank Barnes' Cartridges Of The World is a very good reference.  Probably want to have loading tool company catalogs for parts info.

Repair and Tool References:  Yep, you need em.  Orig shop manuals for your vehicles and motorized or driven eqpt, or a Haines  or Chilton at least. 

Cookbooks:  For sure!  Macrobiotics cookbooks to show how to make most of whole grains and beans as protein sources w/o meat or seafood.  Frances Lappe' Diet For A Small Planet and Esther Dickey's Passport To Survival are classics.  Hard to imagine life w/o The Joy Of Cooking or any of the other standards.  Lots of specialty and game cooking books.  Would be great to have an in-depth how-to for animal butchering.  Need to know how to grow sprouts.

Gardening:  Rodale books are great, Lots of articles on gardening books in TMEN over the years.  French Intensive and Raised Bed gardening offer great potential to small-space gardeners.  Hydroponics is a useful concept if you have the sunlight or growlights.  Would also look into all the drip irrigation and mulching references can find if you are in a hot clime.  Really NEED a protected growing environment in light of Fukushima and all the nuclear sabre-rattling going on.

Probably have forgotten a few categories.   Did a column on Short Wave radio earlier.  Probably want all the frequency lists and an ARRL book or two.  Bob Grove of Monitoring Times has many references.  A current copy of MT will have lots of frequency and time listings.

Got a Bible?  King James Version reads very well, but I like Shakeseare too!

Literature:  All you want.  Hard to beat resale shops for recreational and paperback books.  Buy a bunch and trade them among your neighbors.

Got children or grand kids?  Don't forget used textbooks or lay-in some homeschooling curriculum.  Much is self-paced and requires no immediate supervision.  Infants and toddlers will grow-up; don't let them grow up dumb...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Nope, not talking "prepping".

Preparedness is a state of mind and readiness that works in many aspects of your daily life.  In the early days of Ron Hood's Hoodlums Forum there was much discussion about "what's in your pockets", and "the Altoid Tin Survival Kit".  Idea was that if you had a swiss army knife (preferably a Victorinox), a lighter (maybe a Bic or Zippo) you had a tool and compact fire kit.  Now, I'm not gonna discuss the vagaries of the Altoid kit, but the candy is good and the aluminum (?) maybe watertight case is almost worth the price alone.  I've also noticed RWS Pellet cans are similarly compact and tight.  Put whatever seems essential in there for your purposes.  But the idea is with some basic tools, if you've remembered to put them in your pocket, they're lightweight, inconspicuous and compact enough to be on you when you need them;  that's preparedness...

Keeping your vehicle maintained and road-worthy is preparedness; at least if you are not living currently at your Bug-Out Location.  Your BOL is that place you'd really rather be than in your current locale.  Your BOL should be about 20mi away from any major US Highway or Interstate and off the beaten path so that you are Out Of The Line Of Fire.  Fire takes many shapes and forms.  If your BOL is in deep forest, well... you want your home clear of flammable surroundings and landscaped so fire can't likely burn you out even if a maelstrom like the Texas Summer Fires or Santa Anna Winds come your way. 

Preparedness, anticipation and readiness.  Like carrying a self-defense firearm.  Starting to look like that is a Good Idea on a daily basis.  Things are pretty strange out there and if you live in a metro area, probably want some form of weapon upon your person when out & about.  More states no longer require a carry license.  Live in Wyoming or New Hampshire which are now right to carry unlicensed states?  (Check your state to be sure, maybe the effective date has not yet arrived!)  If you live in a state that recognizes the full extent and intent of the 2nd Amendment, I encourage you to carry and become accustomed to the responsibility and capability you have right to wield.

Got plenty water stored and a means to cook and prepare meals if/when the utilities go down?  Know where your gear is and is it clean and usable right now or will it be when you need it?  Got Strike Anywhere Matches?  You'll need those.  In fact, you definitely need a Fire Kit.  Lots of ways to make a fire, be sure you have several and some helpers that will get a fire going in rain or snow.

Preparedness means knowing how to use all the gear and tools you now own, knowing where they are and that they are in good working order and being confident when you employ them.

Food prices seem to be escalating weekly.  No one has enough food on hand; trust me on that one.  Another main concern is firearms and ammunition.  Similarly, prices have recently incresed about 10%.  Box of Nosler 168gr match bullets I failed to buy for $68 was $75 a week later.  Clerk was marking new prices right when I shopped on other items...  Brings back memories of the 70s.  Inflation was a weekly thing in the mid-70s to early 80s.  This time it will be worse.  If you are watching your money, try Thrifting and Pawnbrokers for tools, clothes, kitchen gear, fishing, hunting, camping stuff and used guns and even deals on ammunition.  Pawnshops have tons of deals and you should offer 40% under the ask price if you have cash to pay with then & there.  Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, and other church ministries and private resales are the place to buy stuff that isn't critical.  Spend a few hours a week making the rounds and you will be amazed what you can come home with for only a few bucks...

Food and weapons though are a must have and now is the time to buy.  Handloading eqpt will be very valuable to you and enables you to make quality ammunition for about 1/3 the cost of store bought.  If you can follow a few easy steps and use easy to understand tools, you can load your own ammunition.  If you have money and never enough time, can recommend Dillon, Hornady, or Lee progressive loading machines which start at about $140 and go to over $1000 for fully automated ammunition making machines.  I have Dillon and like the quality and speed I achieve. is a great source for quality once-fired brass and hornady or sierra bullets at excellent prices.  They also sell new cases but once-fired is just fine for quality loads and saving your money.

Handguns and semi-auto rifles are very much in demand and you should get yours NOW if you intend to buy.  Buy some ammunition when you purchase your guns, maybe not at same shop but you definitely want some loaded rounds even if intend to handload the bulk of your ammunition.

Get organized and take inventory of all you have that can aid your family to stay Warm, Dry, Fed, Hydrated, and Capable of Self-Defense.  Prioritize your needs and plan to meet your needs.  When you make your plan, work it and be ready to seize other opportunities that may present themselves.  Can't be too rigid if you see a great opportunity to buy a set of loading tools in excellent condition and the savings is at least 50% of what you might pay and contains mostly stuff you can use; buy it.

Stuff you can't use and you see as superfluous will likely bring money to you on Craigslist or Ebay.  There are lots of outdoor forums for buying/selling gun gear and even tractor parts.  Just saying that if you have stuff you aren't using now and don't plan to use: sell it and use the funds for gear you need...

Pretty hard to go wrong buying whole grains, canned beans, fruit, vegetables, hard candy, cooking oils, seasonings, herbs, canned or powdered milk.  Plenty of stuff like Bic lighters, cheap toothbrushes, combs, soap, shampoo, disposable razors, sewing notions like thread, needles, buttons and over counter medicines and vitamins will serve you/your family or be something you can barter with.

Really think it is foolish to stockpile liquor or cigarettes in anticipation of cleaning up on barter deals.  Do you want addicted persons coming around your home bringing any kind of junk, hoping to talk you out of a few smokes or bottle of booze? For the money these things cost, you may as well buy stuff you or others can use and be a resource for others rather than a pariah.

Preparedness is making an analysis of your situation, your needs, your surroundings, noting the weaknesses and exposures and formulating a plan to make the most with everything you have access to.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Financial Collapse & War: It's Always About THE MONEY!

Except This Time, it's different....

America has been Used & Ruined with a Treasonous Deliberation by not only its Elected and Appointed Government Officials at almost all levels, but also by the Financial Community and Leaders and Intelligentsia at positions of all Social and Business institutions and entities.

Has there been conspiracy?  Beyond any doubt! 

Saw a remark today on Zerohedge about the prescient Ayn Rand and how all the social infrastructure we call "banking" and "government" seems to be/is Shrugging...  My conjecture is that as chaotic as all seems on the Global Stage, those who created the situations have done so intentionally.  FDR is quoted as saying "Nothing in Politics Happens By Accident"...

The Golden Rule of Business is: Don't Kill The Goose That Lays Your Golden Eggs.  Pretty sure nobody ever mentioned that at Wharton or Harvard Business School though.  Else why would the best brains in business have done such a thorough job of killing off the juggernaut of business that defined The USA for decades?  I mean you don't come up with plans to pay businesses $10,000 in cash (not tax benefits, actual money!) for EACH JOB moved to a qualifying foreign nation under The Caribbean Basin Initiative legislation and not expect men whose personal income is primarily derived from how much cash money their stewardship brings into corporate coffers NOT To Move every single job they can!!!  So they did...  And they moved the enterprise of America even further abroad and paid/enabled this with US Tax Dollars and Funding...

So, for perspective; Our elected officials voted to do dismember the economic vitality of The Nation THEY Swore An OATH TO PROTECT & PRESERVE...

How does Betraying your fellow citizens by allowing Their Taxed Money, paid to Support The US Government and Our Nation, get spent to Cripple Our Nation by eliminating jobs, reducing tax collection, reducing property values, and damaging OUR Infrastructure For Self-Sufficiency?

Government is supposed to Serve US, not serve us up to vultures who would feast upon US...

I could write on this subject for years.  Really it all goes back to a motive for revenge against Andrew Jackson for routing out the first den of vipers who would have destroyed the USA in the 1840s.  Just where do you think the idea for a "Civil War" came from?  It sure wasn't about eliminating slavery...

In fact, if you look at the impact of all the outsourcing, plant closings, and creative financing-corporate raiding; it has all resulted in greater portions of the populace of The USA working in a fashion that bring a standard of living below what a slave in the 1800s would have enjoyed.  Of course those struggling for their share of the American Dream Pie are free though, aren't they???   Not really...

To return to a closer examination of the topic...  The world is about to have a go at Nuclear War because The Weapons Are There, and The Surplus Population Must Be Reduced.  Ask Mr Mathus and Mr. Ehrlich and all the Limits To Growth crowd like Prince Phillip of England who when asked after he was dead, if he could be reincarnated, what would he come-back as?  The Prince replied, " A virus!"

What really has already killed  The World though is the proliferation of Derivative financial instruments.  All eyes are on Greece at the moment, for will their default as expected from their "financial troubles"; troubles caused by the Wall St. & City Of London "paperhangers" a troupe of globe-trotting confidence men who loaded up the Greek Government with bad financing and criminally structured complex agreements, trigger a cascade of further defaults as those same City & Wall St derivative originators decide they will not pay because they cannot???

Such has been The Plan all along.  How else can you explain how JP Morgan/Chase, a $3Trillion dollar conglomerate, (at best if you include bookvalue Goodwill, and all assets like realty, desks, business hardware etc), can be ISSUER & Counter-Party to nearly $90T in derivatives?  I mean, how can a company with cash and marketable securities worth under a Trillion issue 90x their value in "security type contracts" that purport to insure and assure solvency?

JPM is one of the better-healed issuers in the $2 Quadrillion market and likely has further undocumented exposures.  I would guess, as that is all anyone can do since there is no regulation or registry of Derivatives to control the market, that they probably originated 1/3 of all this mess...

The Derivative though, I will argue, was written to fail.  Big D is The Bomb that ruins everything, but destroys nothing.  It is the excuse to unlimber the Neutron bombs and Hydrogen specie to decimate earth once and many times over.  The goal is a 95% reduction in population.

Are you prepared?
Are you watching The News about Israel-Iran?
Are you watching from your Bug-Out Location as long as communications hold out?

Hope you are warm, safe, well-fed and hydrated.
Hope you have capacity to stay well preserved and prosper by some modicum of self-sufficiency...

Seems pretty likely the game of fiat-money musical chairs is about to end and the only chairs remaining have been sabotaged and will collapse unexpectedly as all the Nations try to dodge the bullet...

Good Luck and May God's Blessings Be With you and your families...