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Saturday, October 12, 2013

7 Areas of Preparation Many are Underestimating

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543



You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
- Vernon Howard

From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files



In This Issue:

1.        Crockpot apple butter

2.       7 things survivalists underestimate

3.       Use TOR for online anonymity

4.       Concealing spare ammo

Crockpot Apple Butter – No Sugar Added

*makes approximately 5-6 pints

Home made apple juice being made to use in the recipe. Store bought is fine too!



21 whole Medium-sized Apples (use A Sweet Variety like Jonathan, Gala Or Fuji)

4-½ cups Unsweetened Apple Juice

6 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

3 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/3 teaspoon Sea Salt




Apples cut, cored and seasoned – ready to cook down overnight in the crock pot

1. Core and slice apples with skin on. Using an apple slicer/corer makes it quick and easy to get all apples cut before they begin to turn brown. Make sure to cut out any bruised or bad spots.

2.  Add to a  6qt. crockpot, followed by the rest of the ingredients.


Apples cooked down and the immersion blender ready to make the mixture smooth.

3. Stir mixture a few times to coat the apples evenly with the liquid and spices.

4. Cover cook on low for 12 hours or overnight.

5. Turn off the crockpot and allow the apple mixture to cool for about an hour.   The apples should be very soft and a dark brown color when they’re ready.


Apple butter ready to be canned.

1.       Use an immersion blender to blend apple mixture to a smooth consistency.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour cooled apples and liquid into a blender and blend until the mixture is completely smooth.


7. Let the apple butter cool completely and then store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, freeze for up to 6 months, or can the apple butter for 10 minutes in a hot water bath.


Making soups from scratch is easier than you think. And the savings are bigger than you'd expect!
read more here


Secrets & Shortcuts of a Country Inn ChefYours free for the asking.  I wrote this a few years ago (my wife and I once owned a popular country inn which had been featured on PBS).

If you’d like a condensed version, download it at:



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…

It’s almost a guarantee that the ONE thing you didn’t completely plan for (or that you underestimated, in this case) WILL be that which “gets” you. That’s just the way life is, if you ask me. Fortunately, here’s seven things the author feels that we, as preppers, tend to underestimate: “I’m sure we’d all like to think…

The New World Order – a Documentary

You want us to shut up while our country and our sovereignty and our borders and everything we've ever been and everything we'll ever be is being destroyed. You got the nerve to call us traitors and call us conspiracy theorists just because we're informed.

You knowingly lie to your audience and you knowingly try to keep them from the truth and you try to keep them from learning the serious peril this nation and this planet is in. All these people do have is hurt. That's all the New World Order is. That's all there ever going to be.



Anonymity Online

Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.


 4 reasons you want to declutter your life
read more here


The Nanny State-We love our government

A new study surveys five methods of data collection by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and finds that these agencies not only collect massive amounts of innocent Americans’ data, but can share and store this data for up to seventy-five years or more, creating opportunities for abuse and clogging government databases.



In its efforts to gather more intelligence, and overcome obstacles to this effort, the National Security Agency (NSA) has repeatedly tried to develop attacks against people using Tor, a software tool designed to protect online anonymity – and which is primarily funded and promoted by the U.S. government itself to help political activists, whistleblowers, militaries, and law enforcement. The NSA’s determined effort to crack Tor raises questions about whether the agency, deliberately or inadvertently, acted against Internet users in the United States when attacking Tor. One of the main functions of Tor is to hide the country of all of its users, meaning any attack could be hitting members of Tor's large U.S. user base.


The Parting ThoughtNothing to worry in the land of the free!

There are lots of ways to carry extra ammunition in a discreet manner.

By Massad Ayoob

Autoloader Mags

The spare magazine is relatively flat and, in my experience, is best carried in a belt pouch on the side of the body opposite the holster. Vertical carry is best for concealment and fastest for access, and reloading will be more positive if each magazine is carried with the bullet noses forward.

For concealed carry, I don't see any need at all for a flapped mag pouch. It slows down access, and the extra flap of leather or nylon adds unnecessary bulk and bulge. Just make sure you have a good, friction-tight fit and you'll have all the security you need, with maximum speed and access.

Most of us carry the mag pouch just behind the left hip if we're right-handed, vice versa if we're southpaws. With an open-front concealment garment, such as a vest or a sport coat or an unbuttoned sport shirt, this minimizes the likelihood of the magazine becoming visible. Too, weight on the corresponding point at the opposite side of the body seems to "balance" the weight of the holstered pistol and increase overall body comfort once you are used to the presence of the object.

This principle is one thing that made Richard Gallagher's concept of the Original Jackass Shoulder System, the forerunner of his Galco brand, so famously popular and so widely imitated. The weight of the gun hung suspended in one armpit, with the weight of the two magazines (and perhaps also handcuffs), under the other. Another advantage, of course, was that the user's critical gear was all on one harness that he could be quickly throw on if a danger call took him from the Condition White of total relaxation to the brighter colors of "sudden call to arms."

A number of the people have gone with the currently popular AIWB (appendix/inside-the-waistband) carry, which places the holstered pistol on the dominant-hand side of their navel. Those who carry the pistol like this will often place the spare magazine pouch at a corresponding point on the other side of the navel. Again, it's a matter of "balance," and also keys in a little bit with the hands reaching to corresponding parts of the body during crisis, assuming that practice and training have drilled in the game plan well.

Some people carry their spare magazines in their pockets. I did so when I was very young and discovered that a generic eyeglass case with pocket clip that cost 29 cents at Woolworth's would hold a 1911 magazine in a trouser pocket without revealing its shape (though I needed a folded-up matchbook cover or two in the bottom of it to get the magazine up high enough in the pouch that I could retrieve it). By the time I hit my twenties, though, decent, concealable magazine pouches were available and I could afford to buy them.

There are a few pocket magazine carriers available, but none are as fast to access as simply reaching under the same garment that concealed the pistol and snatching one out of a belt-mounted pouch. In ordinary clothing, a magazine will make a coat pocket or cardigan sweater pocket sag a bit. Many dedicated gun concealment vests have elastic pockets to hold magazines upright. They conceal the shape well, but they tend to sag a bit. If the elastic is tight, the garment tends to rise with the magazine you're pulling on,

This writer wears BDU pants as default casual wear, and when carrying a mag in a pocket prefers the dedicated "magazine pocket," also known as "cell phone pocket," on the non-dominant hand side. With just the magazine in there, it tends to shift around a little bit. However, I discovered that if I put a compact, high-intensity flashlight with a pocket clip in the front of that pocket/pouch and the pistol magazine behind it, it conceals like a charm and the flashlight in front holds the magazine in a vertical position that does not shift appreciably.

When concealment is the highest priority and the wearer is dressed lightly, as with an un-tucked polo shirt or t-shirt (one size larger than normal, remember, with straight drape instead of waist taper!), an inside-the-waistband magazine carrier will be just as much more concealable as an inside-the-waistband gun holster


How Many Spare Mags to Carry?

It depends. I've met cops who carry four double-stack magazines when on duty. My department issues a single-stack .45 auto, and when I'm in uniform I carry three to four spare eight-round magazines on the duty belt. On my own time, I carry two spare magazines for a single-stack pistol and at least one for a double-stack. I also normally carry a backup handgun, and on patrol I have a .223 semi-automatic rifle with multiple magazines and a shotgun with an ample supply of shells on board in the vehicle. Our military personnel in combat zones, of course, carry more-and those who don't really believe they'll ever need to fire their defensive firearm, carry less.

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Massad Ayoob's newly-updated
Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, 2nd Edition.

Massad Ayoob is the Director of Massad Ayoob Group and a prolific author. His works include the Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer, Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery and Massad Ayoob's Greatest Handguns of the World.


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1 comment:

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Always an interesting read...helluva a lot better than many others.