Sunday, May 25, 2014
It's out. If you can find one.
I went in a couple of days ago, and there was a huge stack, probably 100 magazines. I went back today to get some that I could mail to family, and there were none.
The manager, when I finally tracked him down in his lair, said they had already put in a request for more copies.
I can remember when there was one decent Survivalist magazine, and that was the original American Survival Guide. It disappeared long ago, and there was a hiatus where you really had to look for the occasional article in gun magazines.
Then in the last few years, the "prepper" movement caught on and now there are a lot of "back to nature" magazines and some good survivalist magazines as well. The old Mother Earth News used to be about hippy oriented subjects and now even it has a flavor of practicality.
Be Ready is a Shotgun News publication. The first issue was useful. Worth the money and interesting. This issue is very good indeed.
First, there's an excellent article on long term, and short term, ammo storage. There isn't a lot new in it, but there are some interesting photos illustrating storage techniques, and for the beginner it would be a great guide to the subject.
An article on the Police is a virtual mirror image of what my brother the former cop told me long ago. Written by a man with a law enforcement background, it will give you a perspective on the subject you probably haven't had before. For the most part, this strongly reinforces what I already believed. I have said before that "officer friendly isn't friendly anymore." I'm not disparaging law enforcement, I'm simply stating a reality. There are some good tips on interacting with the police, and they don't include slavish obedience or fawning obsequiousness.
An article on electronic data storage told me a lot I didn't know, including the horrifying fact that stick drives often contain low end chips, or that they all come with a programmed max number of read/writes, after which they become read only. That's certainly worth knowing and there's a lot more in the story that's useful as well in terms of data storage.
One of the articles was written by a tornado survivor, and it was quite a read. Here's a partial excerpt:
"Again and again, I thought how different this was from what we heard of Hurricane Katrina, which saw both incompetence on the part of the government and a failure of self reliance by the population. Or, Hurricane Sandy, where well heeled New Yorkers couldn't come up with a better idea than pooping in the hallways of their high rises and expecting someone else to clean it up......"
There's a review of the Yugo M70, a copy of the Tokorev but in 9mm. I thought it was interesting and I've been looking at those guns for some time. Now I might get one.
Also a review of the Century N-PAP, a rifle that has been getting a lot of air time on gun forums lately.
I liked the really comprehensive review of survival equipment. Unlike the same features in Off Grid, you don't have to be a yuppie driving a BMW to buy this gear and a lot of it was very practical.
Even the advertisements are good. There's a full page add for the Sportsmans Channel, with information about their new series America Unplugged. Starting June 5th the show wil be airing every Thursday.
Here's what the add says:
"Cut the Cord: Americans have taken matters into their own hands and "unplugged" from a system they believe to be unstable, unsafe, and unsustainable. Meet real survivors , defending their right to live free in the land of the free."
Sounds good to me, I'll give it a try. I already get Sportsmans Channel on Direct TV, (605), but is is also showing on Dish 395, Verizon FIOS 308, and some local cable networks.
There's a good article on chain saws, most of which I agreed with and all of which I enjoyed reading.
There are articles on food, food storage, and gardening as well.
The magazine isn't cheap, It's $9.00 plus tax. I thought it was worth it though, and when they get some more in I'm buying a few copies to send to my nephews, neices and my own kids. I'd send some to my brothers but we are all pouting at each other right now and not speaking, so that will have to wait. ;-)