The Evolution of the Black Rifle

The Evolution of the Black Rifle
By Jeff Zimba
Prepper Press
Retail Price $12.95
Amazon Price: $11.66

Book Description: 

Jeff W Zimba brings the reader on a twenty-year journey through the testing and evaluation phase of America’s longest serving battle rifle, now known by many names, such as the AR-15, M16, M4, 416, and many others. From the History and Development of the Modern Black Rifle (an award winning, in-depth article) to accessories and configurations the reader may have never even heard about, this book includes numerous, previously published articles focused solely on the black rifle and includes a few of the author’s picks for new upgrades and systems to watch in the future. With a Foreword by legendary musician, outspoken outdoorsman, and 2nd Amendment advocate, Ted Nugent, and a Preface by a former Navy Seal of the elite Team 6 and member of the top secret team REDCELL, never before has such a compilation of articles on a single weapon system been published. Join Jeff Zimba on his journey to study (in his words) “the most versatile modular weapon system ever designed.”

Review

This book takes an in depth look at the M16 series of rifles and is a must have for the serious student and collector of the black rifle.  There is an huge amount of information in this book that just can not be found anywhere else. If you really want to know about the rifle from people who designed, built, improved, developed and redeveloped the system is to get this book.  It give and excellent history of how a weapon/weapon system is developed for the US military. Great insight into the engineering, R&D, testing and politics that created what is now considered a common platform for a modern semi-automatic rifle.  If you are interested to know why this series weapon system is still the reigning king of the US Military, read this book!

~Reviewed by John C.

 

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    Deadly Force

    Deadly Force
    by Massad Ayoob and Jeff Weiner
    Gun Digest Books
    Retail Price $21.99
    Amazon Price: $15.38

    Book Description: 

    In a long-awaited update of the world’s most authoritative work on the subject, Massad Ayoob draws from an additional three decades of experience to educate responsible firearms owners about the legal, ethical, and practical use of firearms in self defense-the armed citizens’ rules of engagement. Deadly Force discusses:

    • Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding use of lethal force by private citizens
    • Learn about the social and psychological issues surrounding use of lethal force in defense of self or others
    • Preparation and mitigation–steps the responsible armed citizen can/should take

    “After forty years as a practicing criminal defense attorney, I know that what Mas says, teaches, and writes is the best, state-of-the-art knowledge you can get.” ~Jeff Weiner, Former President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Review

    This is an extremely informative book that all gun owners should have in their libraries.  It is organized well by topic so it is easy to reference.  It is best to be prepared for any situation and the authors fully explore your options if you are involved in a situation where you have to use deadly force in self-defense.  This book covers a lot of ground from purchasing the right gun for you to what to do if you had to use your weapon.  It will help debunk the myths surrounding deadly force and lays out your responsibility as a gun owner.  This book is a good first step in knowing your rights and responsibilities.

    ~Reviewed by John C.

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      Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency

       Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family PreparednessFood Storage for Self-Sufficiency
      By Angela Paskett
      Living Read
      Retail Price $17.00
      Amazon Price: $13.86

      Book Description: 

       

      Be Well Prepared and Well Fed!

      With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don’t want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family’s self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.

      This in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food teaches you a variety of food storage methods that you can customize to meet your family’s unique circumstances including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income, and living conditions. This is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have ten-year shelf lives. It’s the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you.

      Inside you’ll find:

      • Food-storage options for 72-hour emergency kits, short-term emergencies and long-term survival.
      • Food-storage planning methods that incorporate the foods and meals your family loves.
      • Tips for how to maintain balance and variety in your food storage.
      • Budget-friendly ways to purchase food for storage.
      • Easy and practical ideas for cooking with food in storage so nothing expires or goes to waste.
      • Organization and storage methods for easy food store maintenance.
      • Water storage and purification methods.
      • Canning, freezing and dehydrating methods to preserve food you produce at home.

      Storing food gives you the freedom to stretch your income in tight-budget months, pack quick meals for short-notice trips, and create healthy meals without constantly going to the grocery store. Plus your stored food is available if you do experience an emergency power outage, natural disaster, long-term illness or job loss. Let this guide help you start building your self-sufficiency and food storage today.

      There are many different types of situations you could find your self in where it would be helpful be self-sufficient. Besides natural disasters, you might find yourself out of a job unexpectedly, faced with a large bill you were not expecting,  or having extra mouths to fee.  Are you ready for such things? Have you started to store some food for these types of events? Or are you like most people and haven’t even thought of it? This book is perfect for you.  The author gives you reasons on why you should prepare, how you should prepare, tips and methods, and some great recipes.  This is one book you will want to keep on hand and refer to often.

      ~Reviewed by Sammi G.


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        The Knowledge

        Th e Knowledge: Lewis Dartnell
        By Lewis Dartnell
        Tantor
        Retail Price $29.99
        Amazon Price: $21.59

        Book Description: 

        If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial knowledge would they need to survive in the immediate aftermath and to rebuild civilization as quickly as possible—a guide for rebooting the world?

        Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us, happily utilizing the latest—or even the most basic—technology without having the slightest idea of why it works or how it came to be. If you had to go back to absolute basics, like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe, would you know how to re-create an internal combustion engine, put together a microscope, get metals out of rock, accurately tell time, weave fibers into clothing, or even how to produce food for yourself?

        Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. You can’t hope to build a radio, for example, without understanding how to acquire the raw materials it requires, as well as generate the electricity needed to run it. But Dartnell doesn’t just provide specific information for starting over; he also reveals the greatest invention of them all—the phenomenal knowledge-generating machine that is the scientific method itself. This would allow survivors to learn technological advances not explicitly explored in The Knowledge as well as things we have yet to discover.

        The Knowledge is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itself.

        Review

         

        I am a bit of a “prepper” so I found this book to be very interesting.  The author brings up so many valid points about our technological society and the way we “specialize” and don’t really know what to do if our technology fails.  The book is designed to be a how-to book for rebuilding the technology that would be wiped out in a global catastrophe. The author starts from the beginning with the basics of immediate survival (food, water, shelter/clothing, medicine, power) and expands from there.  I found this book to be a wake-up call, encouraging us to leave our comfort zone and learn the basics of caring for ourselves in a disaster and it’s aftermath. What I learned the most by listening to this audiobook was how much I actually DIDN’T know!  I have lot of work ahead of me!

        ~Reviewed by Dennis K.

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          The Prepper’s Workbook


          The Prepper's Workbook: Checklists, Worksheets, and Home Projects to Protect Your Family from Any Disaster

          The Prepper’s Workbook
          By Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazzo
          Ulysses Press
          Retail Price $14.95
          Amazon Price: $10.67

          Book Description: 

          A comprehensive step-by-step workbook of checklists and DIY projects that prepare you and your family for any life-threatening catastropheHurricane, earthquake, pandemic, terror attack, solar flare, riot or civil unrest: any of these can disrupt modern life and only a few prepared citizens are able to ride out such disasters in safety. The Prepper’s Workbook lays out exactly how to plan, prepare and survive any disaster, taking you from the ranks of the unaware to the confident few who can weather any storm. The book’s one-of a-kind, hands-on format allows you to breakdown each aspect of prepping into simple, manageable steps that won’t consume excessive free time or money. Since every individual and family is different, this workbook provides a fill-in-the-blank assessment to help each reader tailor preps to their specific needs based on fitness or handicaps, skills and knowledge and geographic location. Each project can be tackled piece by piece on weekends and the skill-building exercises and drills can be incorporated into fun family outings. Topics include evaluating and building food stores, personal and home security, preparing vehicles for an evacuation and acquiring medical supplies to treat injuries and illness in the absence of outside help.

          Review

          I’ve been concern about preparedness since Y2K. Everyone thought I was nuts, but if anything had happened, I would have been ready.  I did not regret one bit that I was prepared for something, though it never happened.  The same is true for natural disasters.  With all the hurricanes, floods, fires, and other natural disasters occurring with such frequency today, I think it is prudent to be ready to protect your family in a time of crisis. 

          I consider this book THE book for anyone interested in preparing themselves and their families for the unexpected. It was a joy to read a book on this subject without the scare tactics of a zombie invasion or the world ending due to this or that. It is solid advice without any political, environmental, or otherwise unseen forces attempting to destroy us. This is THE book to give to family and friends that will not have them shaking their heads even before they get past the title. It is a workbook, so there are worksheets you can use or copy and use.  It definitely will help you stay organized. This is certainly not the end-all, be-all book but instead is a book that will give you a great base to build on. There is an excellent appendix that includes other places you can look for more information.  While it is true much of this information can be found on the Internet for free, this book is such a timesaver.  Save yourself the effort of filtering out the noise, spend the money on the book and you’ll have what you need to get you started all in one place.

          ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

           

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            The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness

            The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness
            By Jim Cobb
            David C. Cook
            Retail Price $16.95
            Amazon Price: $12.88

            Book Description:  Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes: disaster can strike suddenly, leaving a wake of chaos much too big for emergency responders to handle. The action plan presented in The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness is the key to riding out the aftermath of a crisis when the power grid is down, supplies are running short, and anarchy is the rule of the day. With detailed information on storing food, securing and strengthening a house, drafting emergency contingency plans, preparing children, packing bug-out bags, and even setting up an off-site survival retreat, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness is the ultimate bible of disaster preparation. When that day finally comes and civilization breaks down, a family’s preparedness is the only thing that will ensure their safety and survival over the days, weeks, or even months that follow.

            Review

            Just finished this book and I would have to say WOW ! It has a lot of info and brings to mind a lot of thoughts and ideas I either did not know or had forgotten. I’m not nearly as certain as the author about the inevitability of a disaster striking, but I do believe in being prepared, and that is exactly why this book is so useful. The author provides great advice for how to prepare for a variety of disasters as well as how to pull together a bug-out bag in case you need to suddenly get up and go. It has lots of great tips and ideas that I’d never thought of…guess that’s what comes when you are a “prepper”!  This is a great resource.  Highly recommend

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