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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Is a Relic License for You? 6 Ways to Waste Less Food

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


In This Issue:

1.       Is a Curio/Relic License for you?

2.      Six ways to waste less food

3.      10 things the credit bureau won’t tell you

4.      Products continue to get downsized

5.      What you don’t know about the government’s Stellar Wind project



"In the United States there is no phenomenon more threatening to
popular government than the unwillingness of newspapers to give
the facts to their readers."

-- Nelson Antrim Crawford


Is a Curio and Relic Gun License for You?
C&R eligible firearms are defined by your favorite organization and mine, the ATF, as firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons…any firearm that was manufactured at least fifty years ago. Manufactured is the key word here; replicas such as the WASR 10 will not count, even though the AK-47 design is over fifty years old. In addition, these firearms must be certified by the curator of a municipal, state, or federal museum that exhibits curios or relics.

While relics will probably be the weapons your most likely to order, the curio is there for a reason. The description is vague, but the ATF websites says these are any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event. Weapons that fall under the curio portion of the license are rare and undoubtedly expensive.
Now an important thing to know is the weapons must be in their original configuration to be a C&R weapon. Minor changes like swing swivels, scope mounts, or replacement sights will not change the weapon’s status as a C&R weapon. Modifications like a new composite or plastic stock will, however, change the status.

A curio and relic license is surprisingly easy to obtain, and it allows me to buy weapons from dealers and have them shipped directly to my home. If you can legally buy a gun and are at least twenty-one, you can get a license. You have to fill out the
application, pay thirty dollars, and have an endorsement from local law enforcement. My local sheriff signed off for me without any issue once I explained what the license was for. The license is good for three years.

A quick Google search directed me to a lot of C&R dealers, and I was surprised at how much cheaper it is to buy firearms this way.
If you are shopping for a reliable, tough-as-nails bolt action, a WWII weapon is an awesome choice. If you thought Mosins were cheap in gun stores, how about paying eighty bucks for a choice Mosin? Mosins are great hunting rifles; they pack a wallop and are perfect for hunting any game in North America. Finding Mausers from all around the world is easy

Pistols like the CZ-82 in 9×18 Makarov are available for less than $200. These pistols make great budget CCW pieces. The CZ is a compact pistol, and the 9mm Makarov is comparable to the .380 in firepower.


Stols like the CZ-82 in 9×18 Makarov are available for less than $200. These pistols make great budget CCW pieces. The CZ is a compact pistol, and the 9mm Makarov is comparable to the .380 in firepower.

Walther P38s are renowned well-built handguns firing the commonly available 9mm Parabellum. If your wallet is really being pinched for less than a hundred, you can buy a Russian Nagant Revolver. These handguns aren’t pretty, and they don’t pack a lot of firepower; they are cheap though. You can convert the seven-shot revolver to .32 ACP with a new cylinder if you want an easy round to fire from it.

These weapons may not be your first choice in a tactical weapon for home defense, but the gun you can afford is better than the one you dream about. As I mentioned before, these weapons were meant to survive the toughest wars, so they are perfect truck guns or budget survival weapons. If you already own your black rifle for when things get tough, then one of these bolt actions can be a great hunting rifle or a spare you keep stored away.
Even weapons like the SKS now fall under C&R eligibility, giving you a powerful semi-auto for under three hundred dollars. With all the upgrades the SKS has out there, you can easily make this “relic” into a modern tactical rifle.

The most common and cheapest curio and relic firearms are European models. While American weapons are not going to be as common or nearly as cheap, they are available as well. If you’re shopping on a website like Gunbroker and stumble across a M1 Garand or M1 carbine, they could eligible as C&R. The same goes for 1911s, Colts, and Smiths, and the list goes on and on.

Condensed from our friends at: Off-the-Grid


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10 Things Credit Bureaus Won't Tell You

Continuing the series of dirty little secrets about various industries, the WSJ's MarketWatch investigates credit bureaus. They find those companies are tracking much more than credit information about you, they boil down your complaints to a three-digit code, and more.


How to get out of a mob: It seems like once a year around Black Friday we hear about someone getting injured in a mob of people. When a mob reacts, it starts to stampede and that's when things get dangerous. Survivalist Bear Grylls offers these suggestions: Stay on your feet. If you fall, cover your head and move sideways toward the wall. Once you're at the wall, stand up and make your way to the exit.



The Nanny State Updates Americans are fat n happy while their rights are trampled!


By Lee Maril

One of the main security components along the U.S.-Mexico border is a system of 12,000 aging ground sensors. These sensors, however, cannot distinguish between human beings trying to cross the border, a grazing cow, or a pack of javelin – the wild boar that roams this area along the Rio Grande. DHS has so far spent billions on trying to find a technology which would better secure the border. The question that should be asked is why DHS has not adopted a proven system of sophisticated ground sensors, like the one which the U.S. Army has successfully deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Technologies employed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now hitting local streets across the United States, changing how local law enforcement investigates crimes by focusing on where crimes are most likely to happen instead of where a crime has taken place.


The Parting Thought- the times are a changing…


For years, as I’m sure you know, NSA was spying on foreign countries—but now they’ve turned their attention to regular U.S. citizens.

I don’t know if you saw this or not, but a 32-year NSA veteran named Bill Binney (Bill was one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history), recently went public with the details of this program, called “Stellar Wind.”

The objective of Stellar Wind, according to Binney’s interview with The New York Times, was to “spy on everyone in the country.” So instead of spying on foreigners, our government now spies on us!

As Binney says:

“Domestically, they're pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you're doing. So the government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it's a very dangerous process…”

We know for a fact now that the U.S. government has been cataloging and listening in on phone calls U.S. citizens make overseas, reading our emails, etc. And all of this was done without any court orders.


Did you know that Apple Computer was recently granted a patent, which allows it to disable the camera in iPhones, with the simple flip of a switch?

The story was basically unreported in the mainstream press, but a little blurb did appear in the September 17th issue of the International Business Times.

Imagine if the government or the company itself didn’t want something filmed… they could simply flip a switch and disable all cameras in all iPhones located in a certain area.

Look… the list of these privacy invasions and abuses just goes on and on…

** Did you know that one of the biggest computer companies in the world, Hewlett Packard, was recently caught spying on their own employees?

** Or that The Wall Street Journal reported recently that many local governments are tracking all incoming vehicles by photographing and cataloging license plates.

* And how about this…

There was a report about secret tests at a Wal-Mart store where RFID tags were inserted in packages of lipstick, so they could track customer’s movements.

* The company called Aaron Rents was caught watching their own customers in their own homes via web cameras they could turn on!

* CVS Pharmacy sold private information about what kinds of prescriptions their customers were taking… just so drug companies could do better marketing.


And yes, the government and corporate America are totally in this together. The corporations want your information so they can better market their products to you. The government simply wants to spy on you.

And worse, they share this data with each other all the time.

Did you know that…

Big companies like Google and Yahoo don’t need your permission to turn over the contents of your email account to government authorities. They have to do it on a regular basis.

It’s amazing. As we speak, the FBI is lobbying top internet companies to gain full access to every level of communication… not only email, but Facebook, Skype,

As Wired Magazine recently reported:

“The FBI has been lobbying top internet companies like Yahoo and Google to support a proposal that would force them to provide backdoors for government surveillance…

The Bureau has been quietly meeting with representatives of these companies, as well as Microsoft (which owns Hotmail and Skype), Facebook and others to argue for a legislative proposal, drafted by the FBI, that would require social-networking sites and VoIP, instant messaging and e-mail providers to alter their code to make their products wiretap-friendly.”

And even the private email service called Hushmail, which bills itself as totally protecting your privacy, recently turned over huge amounts of user data to government officials, because the government is trying to track down steroid users.



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1 comment:

Robbie said...

A licence converts a constitutionally protected right into a privledge. The 2nd ammendmend gives us the right. Don't fall into the trap of applying for the priviledge of a licence.