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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Survivalist Literature from the Old Days.


There are more survivalist oriented books out there now than a person could read in a life time. Some of them are pretty good, and others are frankly opportunistic attempts to take advantage of the growing interest in "preppers."

Back in "the earlies" , there was a small survivalist community which was generally ignored by the mainstream unless it was being made fun of.




Still, a lot of the literature put out by the adherents of self sufficiency was very good, and though the vast majority are long out of print, I've built up a collection of books by "the old guard" for my personal library here at home. I thought I'd just list a few of them, because people can still find copies of the majority of the books through Amazon or Barnes and Nobles on line.

Mel Tappan was a highly respected leading light of the survivalist life style. He was not a prolific author, but here are two of his best known books.


Because of it's age, this book is outdated to some extent. It's still a good read and there are things to be learned from it, particularly for the tyro.



A good basic book, which still has relevance decades after it was written.


Then there's Ragnar Benson (nom de plume)  who is still cranking out survival literature to this day as far as I know.  These are just a handful of his books.




   This book is concerned with concealing your weapons should the government start confiscating personal arms.  That's a constant threat to American's liberty. In my mind, registration equates to confiscation. First they find out who has what, then they pick it up.

If that seems far fetched to anyone, take a look at how the process worked in Australia and the U.K.

I think a lot of people would stash instead of turn over their weapons, but if Uncle Sugar knows you have them that becomes more difficult.  Benson's book has some very good information on how and where to hide arms, much of it based on the different resistance forces in World War 2.





If you have doctors in the family, as I'm lucky enough to do, then you might not need this type of book so much. I recently had a full fledged ER nurse join the group of individuals who will come up here if the fewmets hit the windmill.  So I feel pretty good about the medical care situation, especially since these folks helped me revamp my medical supplies and equipment requirements recently.

Even so, how can it hurt to have a book on innovative ways to handle medical emergencies? There are several of them out there, and Ragnar Benson's book is the oldest I know of. So, I have his book and I also bought the newer publications.

Once the balloon goes up, it will be too late to get these so I buy my references as the budget allows. I also make sure to have hard copies, not just digital copies.





  This is the companion volume to Ragnar's book of Detonators.

In essence, it's a compendium of field expedient explosives you can make using common household items.

Personally, I doubt I'll be using this one much. But then, none of us know quite what might occur in a collapse situation, or what we might have to deal with.

Better to have it, and not need it, than to need it, and not have it.









This book goes with Home and Recreational Use of Explosives like vodka goes with caviar. If you have one, you need to have the other.




  This is one of Ragnar Benson's best books. Very hard to find now, because for whatever reason not that many were published.

The parts that pertain to living in the country are the sections that interest me most, but if you live in an urban environment you can learn some things here.

I believe this was the first book by Benson I ever bought. It's been around a long time, and I don't think it has been reprinted. It's hard to find a picture of it, let alone the actual book. Still, I got mine from a used book dealer for very little money.  These old books are out there, and with a little patience you can find a copy in good shape that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.









I do most of my own gunsmithing. My shop was originally built as a place for reloading and gunsmithing, because I wanted to be able to feed and maintain my weapons.

I have a lot of gunsmithing books that tell me how to fix this problem or that issue related to the type of weapons I have.  They are very detailed and are based on the assumption that you have at least the basic tools for gunsmithing.

However, Ragnar's book is oriented towards the individual who might have one or two weapons he relies on, and suddenly finds himself with a non-functional firearm. He doesn't expect the person in this situation to have a full wall of gunsmithing tools, just what you might have in your garage or tool shed.

This is another book that I had trouble finding but I have been  told it was reprinted in the last year or so. If that is so, now would be a good time to pick one up.




This book is a complimentary volume to the previous book on medical treatment. It's designed to tell you how to use common items from your kitchen or bathroom to treat medical issues. The book also makes some good suggestions on things you might want to keep stored away for a rainy day.




  I know a lot of people are trying to get out of suburban or urban areas , and get out to the country. If you are one of these folks, this is a book you want to read.

There's so much information in here that would be helpful in choosing a retreat site that I would need a full post to do justice to the book. In fact, if memory serves, I did do a full post on this a year or so ago.

Especially if you have never lived in the country, read this. It can save you so much heart ache and money down the road if you understand how a rural county works, who runs it, what the rules are about water, roads, mail delivery, law enforcement, medical facilities, etc.

Money well spent, but only if you are serious about going out the the mountains, the woods, the desert, or some other rural location.







Do you remember Paladin Press?  They used to publish a lot of books on how to do things that were frankly illegal. Ostensibly this was for recreational purposes but they finally came to grief when they published a book on how to be an assassin and somebody used it to plan a murder.

I think they are back in business now, but with a vastly reduced inventory.

My point is that this book tells you how to live in the underground economy, how to avoid trouble associated with doing so, etc.

But, and it's a big but, that's illegal in the eyes of the regime, and anathema to enforcement mechanisms like the IRS.
So, buyer beware.









  An interesting book with some good stories, not very many copies were ever published and unless you can find one used, you probably can't get it.

Let me say this though. Books are always being republished and I don't always pick up on the fact that something has just been released for the X printing.

If I wanted one of these, or any other book, the first thing I would do is run a search on Amazon or on Barnes and Nobles.  It's a hard book to find indeed that you can't turn up that way, either new or used. Paying for it may be a different matter, though. The harder a book is to find, the higher the price in most cases. However, some used book dealers will sell an old book for pennies just to generate sales statistics for their on line accounts, and sometimes you get some great bargains.








This is the last of Ragnar's books I want to put on this post, because it's getting too long. I've only touched on his books, and there are many, many more. The best way to find what's out there is just run a google search on Ragnar Benson Books.

I bought this book because of my kids, who live in a city up North. My plan is to get them out in the event of a disaster or collapse, and send them either North to Canada or South back down here. But Ragnar's Urban Survival also gave me some good ideas on things to pre-position up there, and on planning.









The last book I want to touch on in this post is not really a survivalist book. But it's full of useful information, despite the fact that it dates way back decades.  When it came out there was a great furor and the government made squeals about banning it, but they were never able to do so because of the Constitution. It's a useful addition to anyone's "uncertain future library" .




53 comments:

  1. " these folks helped me revamp my medical supplies and equipment requirements recently."

    I'd be very interested in hearing as much about this as your sense of personal security would allow. Mostly Im interested in "I thought X would be enough, but I learned that Y was better" type of experiences.

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    1. The biggest changes were not in the quantity of any given item I had already stored, but in things that I did not have on hand and added to the list.

      I plan to do a post here shortly on the subject of medical supplies and equipment, since I've learned more about it than I knew when I did the last post of medical matters.

      I'll send you a personal email on antibiotics when I do the post, since some of that is a little sensitive.

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    2. Harry - i'll be very interested in your medical supplies and equipment post as it will probably provide me with some very good info! i have been building up our medical supplies as well as trying to find alternatives to OTC and prescription medications. we are well-stocked on a variety of veterinarian types of medications since a lot of those can be used on people, too. and then there are things like pine-needle tea for use as an antiseptic and a pain-killer. not to mention comfrey root for use on large wounds and as a bone-setter. i hope your post is coming soon. i love to learn from you!

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    3. Kymber, I know a person who doesn't blog, but with whom I exchange emails. She is very knowledgeable about homeopathic medicine. As you know, I've never been very supportive of that in the past, but I had the wrong idea about it. I thought it was all roots or leaves boiled up in tea with maybe a magic incantation and a special phase of the moon thrown in for good measure. But I've learned in the intervening years that's not it at all, some homeopathic medicine is taking the same thing the doctors prescribe, just in a different form perhaps. I bought a book on plants that grow in this specific region of Appalachia, how to identify them, what uses their components have and I've added that to my library.

      There was a time when I could get just about everything I needed from the farmers depot. Antibiotics of all stripes, wound powders and salves, etc. Much of that is now unavailable as the federal government overruled the state and forced the farmers depots to stop selling the products. I would expect, actually, that you and I are on a par in terms of what we stock except that you have more homeopathic products. I will try to work what I've learned recently into a decent post, although most of the changes are oriented towards medical tools, dressings, etc.

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    4. Harry - first off, the person with whom you exchange information with is a treasure and i know that you will treat her as such! please pass on my good wishes to her - there is nothing i love more than someone who is knowledgeable in the old ways/homeopathic alternatives.

      secondly - if you want the fish antibiotics to properly work then you must do the incantation on the first eve of the waning moon and only when Mars is in retrograde - bahahahahahahahah! (please share this with your friend as she is bound to find it funny!) and oh sometimes i kill me. but no, to make the boiled up roots and leaves work properly - you must dance nekkid under the moon - i know that i am preaching to the choir with you! bahahahah! (oh crap - i'm starting to sound like captain crunch, aren't i? well i will take that as a compliment!)

      any book on plants that grow in your area of the appalachian mountains is book very worth having!

      regardless of what types of medical products your post will be about - we all know that you are serious in your preps and that you take all of your survivalism/prepping knowledge very seriously. i am sure that there are many like me who wish to see this post...because we know that you have been trusted in the past to never lead us astray. if that makes you feel like you have big boots to fill...well...there is an old saying...you make your bed and then you have to lay in it.

      i guess what i am saying is that you have proven that your information is sound and that is why we trust whatever you have to share. do you make the best cocqui st jacques? well, based on your food stores you could probably come up with something that did not even remotely come close to a cocqui st jacques - oh bahahahahah! i'm killing myself again! but if you had to, would you research the heck out of it, make sure that you had every ingredient recquired and then practice making it for approximately 20 yrs? yes! and after you perfected it would you then share it with everyone? yes!

      maybe that's why some of us trust you so much. we love you Harry! your friend,
      kymber

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    5. Kymber, like most older men I am not short of opinions, based on my own personal experience. Since I've been at this in a serious manner for more than 30 years, I often feel like there are many things I'd like to pass on to others. Not because anything I say is sacrosanct, but because I'm interested in what similar minded people think and how they have approached the same basic issues we all have to. I am constantly impressed with how much individuals can do, no matter what their situations.

      I do notice that younger people have different priorities, and place more emphasis than I do on some things, less on others. I think that's a reflection of the fact that people just did things differently when I was in my formative years, and I am not very much inclined to change, but I do try to stay up to date.

      I'll work on a medical post, and I'll run it by our new addition to the "join us" list. She's very knowledgeable as well she should be after 20 plus years of working in the ER.

      My homeopathic friend is a senior citizen, who lives on their own small ranch and does everything themselves, so we have some things in common. This individual is one of the "off the skyline" folks who doesn't blog or comment, but she does read the blog here and others. I would not be at all surprised if she reads yours.

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    6. I can see it now. Georgia mountain man that drinks strange pine-needle tea is subsequently arrested after dancing naked under the full moon, claiming to be the reincarnation of "Arsenius the Hermit"

      I blame Kymber

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    7. I have trouble enough just walking most days, especially if it is cold and damp. Cavorting lasciviously under the moon is probably beyond my capability now, more's the pity!

      Yeah, I was surprised that the old Arsenius was still on the web in some places, I think that was you who sent me the link, wasn't it?

      I am pretty sure Kymber is a pagan High Priestess. If she isn't, she oughta be! I always thought pagans had a lot more fun.

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    8. yeah, I'm sorry, everyone, about the visual here....

      Yep that was me that found it. It was only select posts though.

      For that to be true it would have to be "pagan BLONDES have more fun"

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    9. Yeah, I guess that's true. You have to be blond to be a High Priestess. It's in the by-laws. ;-)

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    10. yo dudes - i'm a brunette! a proper pictish/gaelic/welsh brunette! and i'm small but strongly built - like every pictish/gaelic/welsh brunette pagan High Priestess is supposed to be? what gives here bros????

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    11. yo Matt - i cannot believe that you blamed me! i thought we were family! *goes off with a broken heart*

      and buddy - Harry can only accept so many comments on one blog post - think of poor Harry!

      i loves you Matt - like a brutha!

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    12. will my sista wear a blond wig to satisfy Harry's latent desire to see you have "fun" ?

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    13. I know you are a brunette , Kymber. But alas, on tv the pagan priestesses are always blond like Matt said, and we can't go against a reliable source like television you know!

      Matt's the one trying to get up the nekkid dancing club of the Luna Worshipers, I'm too sedate for that kind of thing, and anyway I can't stay up late. ;-)

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  2. First one I ever read was Life After Doomsday by Dr. Bruce Clayton. Found it in my high school library of all places back when I was skipping classes (No one ever looked for truants in the library) and it was life-changing.

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    1. That's a classic. I'm surprised that you're interested in the subject. I thought of you more as an aviator, shooter and German Shepard person. You live and learn.

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    2. Heck, when people used to ask me if I was prepping for Y2K, I always smiled and said "no", knowing that I was still burning down Cold War stockpiles. I was into the survivalism movement way before it ever went mainstream, back before Reagan went and beat the Soviets into submission and the probability of that nuclear war that we'd been planning for went way, way down.

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    3. You are very discreet about it. My friends in the FBI will be glad to.... I mean, I am really surprised to hear that.

      All kidding aside, I really am surprised. Then again, I expect a lot of people I know are in the mode but off the skyline. I didn't get into survivalism until 1986, which was really the first opportunity I had to do so.

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  3. Survival medicine chest

    http://www.amazon.com/Survivalists-Medicine-Chest-Ragnar-Benson/dp/0873642562/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427215275&sr=1-13&keywords=ragnar+benson

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    1. Good book. Amazon has a lot of his books, and if they don't have one you want, just keep checking back.

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  4. Harry - i think that i have told you this before but i have always found this interesting. some of Benson's books are "challenged" (banned) in canada. hmmm, you say. which books? that's a very interesting question and one i spent a few years trying to find out. i first heard about Benson in the late 80's when i was on military training down in the states. a lot of the american military guys had a variety of Benson's books so i was able to read quite a few. when i told my canadian sgt, posted in maryland, that i had read the books and was going to buy some, he told me that i shouldn't because if canada customs found the books they'd take them away and i could get in trouble. thus started my search for which of his books were banned in canada. for a year or two it became my hobby to try and find a list of his "challenged" books so that i could order the others. never was able to track down a canadian department who could provide me with a list.

    things that make you go "hmmmmm".

    much love Harry! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Benson doubtless underwent scrutiny during the ascendancy of the Wicked Witch of Washington, when she wasn't busy having her minions murder housewives and kids at Ruby Ridge, or burning men , women and children alive at Waco. I have always been convinced that Janet Reno was possessed by the spirit of Heinrich Himmler. Everybody got the hairy eye ball then, and it hasn't gotten noticeably better since then, just that the process has become quieter and cloaked in the Patriot Act.

      It's almost impossible to ban a book here, but you can sue the publisher out of existence which has happened on occasion. I can certainly see how the Canadian border guards might react to someone coming in with a backpack full of how to books on explosives. Look how they wigged out over my kids just trying to come back into Canada from Seattle!

      If you want a specific book or books, tell me. I will order them for you, wrap them up, mail them with an honest customs form that says books. If the postal service there grabs them, they can come down here and try to arrest me for it. I don't think they could do anything to you.

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    2. Thankfully, the internet has made accessing 'banned books' easier than ever. Even if you can't get a physical copy over the border you can always get a .pdf in your email.

      Very few things make me want to pick up a rifle and wage a war more than the notion of someone, .gov or .org, telling me what I can or can't read. Nothing is more barbarous than a group of people having a good time whooping it up around a pile of burning books.

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    3. It's a popular notion among the left wing elitists that the peasantry needs to be told how to live in every respect. Like you, I don't like being told what I can and can't do. I adhere to the famous Heinlein quote on obedience to the law. I have found it to be an excellent guideline.

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  5. You know Harry the beltway spooks will have you tagged as a "bitter clinger" now that you let the world know you have those books on explosives, especially that anarchist cook book. LOL
    All joking aside, you know I follow current events in Venezuela and the S.H.T.F. badly there in the last few years. If you wan to see a society in failure due to the implementation of a Cuban totalitarian model happening right now that's the one to look at. I won't list all the horrors save to tell you annual murder rate is 25K in Caracas alone is. And believe it or not the one supply that is in high demand and no on can get is toilet paper. Everybody needs it and no one has any. It is one of the highest priced commodities.

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    1. Harry - i hate that i clog up your comments section! okay - that's a lie and i don't really hate it and i know that you don't mind because you are a southern gentleman.

      but these comments about toilet paper - oh ack. could i ever just scream and yell - "yo. peeps. have you ever heard of family cloths?????" i think i will have to pop my head up and write about family cloths on our blog real soon. some peeps are gonna be in for a shock.

      sorry to steal your comments section but does saying i am sending much love your way make up for that?

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    2. The toilet paper thing there has been getting a lot of press because people here think it is funny. There was even a news article that said the Venezuelan government had seized so many tons of "illegal" toilet paper and was going to destroy it. I am still pondering that one.

      I'm sure I'm on somebody's S--- list already. Back in the earlies I was affiliated with a talk show host who did patriot related broadcasts. He is a great citizen and a good person. He had a perennial problem with funding though. I used to go with him to meetings with different groups in which he would present his case for their financial support. Some of them were , ahem, a bit extreme. Sometimes I looked in the rear view mirror all the way back out to the highway after a meeting. Some of the meetings, I figured there was probably the group leader, me , him, two FBI informants, 3 FBI undercover agents, a BATF snitch, and a postal examiner for good measure!

      I published his newsletter for him until his fervor exceeded my comfort level and we went different ways. Since you can get arrested for sitting in a McDonald's and saying Barrack Hussein sucks these days, my past may come back to haunt me if things get slow up at the Bureau. I hope they have a nice senior citizens "club fed" all set up, preferably on the coast.

      *** this post was edited to be more conscious of privacy considerations on behalf of others.

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    3. Kymber, I can't remember who it was, but somebody did a no nonsense post on what to do when the TP ran out. I immediately went to Walmart and bought another 72 rolls.

      Particularly in the Middle East, the poorer sections of the populace don't even bother with cloth. There's a hole in the ground, and a coffee can with some water in it. Needless to say, I didn't visit the bathroom very often outside the camp. Even in the worst of situations, our C rations all contained a little roll of TP. They also had matches and cigarettes until the politicians decided that encouraged smoking, so they took away that little comfort for some face time on tv, and then they themselves smoked like chimneys. But, as the saying goes, I digress......

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    4. oh Harry - i expected so much more from you. sorry to lay that on you. or not.

      take little pieces from old cotton t-shirts, old towels, old whatevers and make little pieces of cotton. keep them in a kitty litter bucket of a bit of water and a little vinegar or home-made apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) near the toilet...and whenever you need to wipe...use one of those beautiful little wet cloths to wipe...number one or number two. the fact that they sit in the water and apple cider vinegar ( with the mother) means that they will soften all of the skin around your ...whatever you are wiping. and after use - you put them in another bucket or kitty litter bucket with just a little bleach and water with apple cider vinegar ( with the mother) until the bucket is full and then you handwash the cloths with a little soap ( that you make yourself) and everything is wonderful. no need for toilet paper.

      I REALLY NEED TO DO A POST ON FAMILY WIPES DON'T I?

      i love you Harry. you know it buddy.

      u no hoo

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    5. Well, I guess you have to do something when supplies of t.p. run out. You certainly couldn't throw old catalog or magazine pages into a septic tank system, and if there was no city water for those who use that, it would be time to dig an outhouse anyway. In "After the Apocalypse" people were using buckets as toilets and emptying them into holes dug in the lawn. One nice thing about living out here, with a septic tank, is that as long as I don't throw anything down it to plug it up, and as long as I have water to flush it, nothing will really change from pre to post catastrophe. Waste disposal is serious business since it can contaminate your water and spreads disease rapidly.

      Your system you outlined above would work and everyone has the required materials in their home, even if they don't know it.

      I'm still going to go buy another 72 rolls of tp though, seriously.

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  6. The more you can do on your own, the better life gets. If the shit hit the fan, the one that's prepared is good to go for awhile. Others panic.

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    1. Alissa, that's the philosophy of the survivalist movement, succinctly put. I'm a firm believer in looking at trends, trying to perceive what may happen in the future, then coming up with a plan to deal with it.

      It's only necessary to look back at the fiasco that was hurricane Katrina to see what the "great unwashed" will do when the system breaks. When that happens, I don't want to have to leave this mountain .

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  7. Some of the old books are still the best even if they could do with updating. I have a couple of fruit books from 1945 and use them as one of my main references, I don't use DDT like they do though!
    As for the Anarchist cookbook I bet we get flagged for even writing it!

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    1. Kev, I agree. I never throw out books anyway, but I keep my survival books even when I am thinning out and giving away my military history collection.

      Do you know, that book created such a stir when it came out, that I was actually a bit hesitant to post a picture or discuss it , even all these years later when it is generally considered to be quaint and more of a cultural historical document than a viable source of information. But, it does have some useful information in it, so I figured I'd go ahead.

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  8. Good collection. Really like the gunsmithing one. Reminds me how dad could keep old guns going at his remote hunting camp using not much more than a file and some piles of junk.

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    1. Necessity is the mother of invention. Amazing what you can do with how little, when you have to.

      Sorry about all the trouble with your trailer and your van during your journey. I believe at some point I would have blown the whole thing in place, and taken a bus home!

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  9. just saw 'survival poaching' on the survivalist blog dot net. think it was in the 'what did you do to prepare this week' column.
    deb harvey

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    1. Deb, that one is available as a downloadable pdf. I was looking for another of his books in pdf format using Google and saw "Survival Poaching." I was surprised how many of Ragnar Benson's books have been scanned and are on different blogs for all to share.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Soo many Post's with Kymber....

    Gee Harry, I feel left out. I feel like that weird kid in the family that no one wants to deal with:(
    I think I will go read a Ragnar Benson book in my room by myself (sniff, sniff)

    Family wipes are gross. I just go outside like a dog and grab a possum afterwards and well, you get the idea.
    I do know of a surfer or two that have pooped! in the water. We call those 'Beach Butt Bouy's or a Surfer Surpise. I feel sorry for the shortboarders and beach goers on the inside (inside means those who hang out in shallow water near the shore)

    Now Harry. I have two idea's for you.

    1. Write your own book!
    2. Go get some more Ferrets (Before traffic on that highway gets bad with all the summer idiots) I will even donate money for gas if need be for the Ferret Evac and Extraction.

    Oh' Yeah' Im a Scotch Irish Redneck. My mouth gets me in trouble often and I no longer really care. Now I don't make threats or anything stupid however when we lose the right to criticize the crown (under the First Amendment). Its game over.



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    1. I'm not really up for being another of millions of survivalist authors, CC. I like doing the blog and talking with people, but I think blogging and sitting down to write a book are a lot different.

      I do mean to get some more ferrets. This month I sent everything I could cut out of other budget line items to help a ferret rescue that was in financial distress due to a fire. I haven't forgotten the furry people. My wife said the other day that we need to work up our courage and drive through the suburbs of Atlanta to the nearest ferret rescue. We could take four or five more.

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  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Back to what I wrote about Marijuana in a post collapse society, etc.

    I lean to the libratarian side and I don't really care about what pot heads do with their lives unless it affects me by their selling it on my street or whatever.
    My personal anti-pot thing is because I am a lawful gun owner. In Texas, guns and pot don't mix.
    You can get busted for having a small about of weed and get a ticket (misdameaner). If you have a firearm, its an automatic felony

    The best way to stay legal is to stay away from dope. Other people can choose what they want to do. Myself I value my right to protect myself and my property with a firearm more than I value the right to sit around, get stoned, play video games and eat pizza.

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    1. Hamlet, Act.2 Scene 2 (slightly modified)

      "Methinks the surfer doth protest too much."

      Confess all, CC. You are actually addicted to pot and that's why you dont' drink much, right? ;-)

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      That one cracked me up Harry.

      The only thing I am addicted to is instant coffee.

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    3. I'm a coffee addict too, but it's a harmless enough vice.

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  12. Harry,

    Reba was something else in Tremors!!
    Nice selection of books Harry, I'll make sure my husband reads this post.
    We both do a lot of reading, there maybe something here he hasn't read.

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    1. I liked that movie. It was on again at one a.m. not long ago and I stayed up to watch it.

      You never know, those books are very old but he might have missed one or two of them over the years. I had an email from a fellow who suggested one I had heard of but never read, so I am going to track that book down if I can.

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  13. I'd be interested in a blog post on some common medical supplies to keep on hand and also the TP wipes. I know someone who had to make use of wipes when the plumbing was down for an extended time. You can't just move out so you have to make do somehow.

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    1. Kathy, Kymber put her plan for wipes on one of the comments up above this one, pretty detailed and it made good sense. Personally I am stocking more TP to avoid having to go medieval but it's still good to have a backup plan. As you say, you have to figure out something when the store bought supplies finally run out. I will work up a post on medical here before long.

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  14. That is an excellent list from Unca Ragnar, I remember them well and have a few of those on my shelves too. Paladin Press and Loompanics offered quite a few titles that in today's environment, puts you on a list.

    One of my favorite old survivalist books was BAD TIMES PRIMER by C.G. Cobb. I think it was published in 1980 or thereabouts (at the end of the book, it mentioned that Mel Tappan had just passed away).

    Not really survivalist literature, Creason Kerney published another good book JUNGLE SNAFUS AND REMEDIES that make good reading. Mainly lessons learned - good material!

    I have no doubt that Cody Lundin's books will be classics in their time - too much good information (and great cartoon graphics) to ignore.

    Thank you Mr. Flashman - looking forward to seeing what other titles come to mind.

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    1. I like Cody Lundin's books very much, and own them both. There is also a short, digital book by Cody on the bug out plan and equipment I found on Kindle. Lundin is a little off the beaten path in some respects, but he is genuine and has lived the life.

      I have not read Bad Times Primer but I am going to try to track it down while I look for another book a friend suggested. I'd like to have a complete paper library , with the best survivalist works in it, and while things do change, particularly in terms of equipment, some common truths remain the same regardless of when a book was written.

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  15. Durn it - pushed submit before it occurred to me to link an on-line store that might have titles of this ilk. Gun Show Books. Not just survivalist, a lot of firearm related books materials as well, some of it VERY old.

    http://www.gunshowbooks.com/

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    1. I am a big fan of the older military weapons like Mausers, Enfields, et al. I'll sure take a look at Gun Show Books and see what I can find. I know that studying the history of the old weapons doesn't really add anything to my survival capabilities, but I get a lot of pleasure out of doing that, especially at night when I'm tired but not tired enough to sleep. I've learned a lot about the old guns that way.

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  16. I like the sound of Do it Yourself Medicine. I read a book about medicine on the Lewis and Clark expedition once and it was fascinating!

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