Book Review: I Spy, How to be a Private Investigator

I Spy, How to be a Private Investigator by Daniel Ribacoff

on CD 5 discs

This is a great book to learn some details about privacy and how to defend yourself against snoops and also to get information when you need it.

Without going into great detail, you’ll get the feel and experience of being a PI by listening to this book on CD.  He has some great insights and I suggest it is worth finding at your library or buying a copy.

This is a great book especially as an audio book.

.22 for Self Defense

81 Year Old Defends Himself in his home in PA – One Career Criminal Retired Permanently

A little .22 did the job.  Don’t feel under-gunned if you can’t handle anything else.  It’s better than a club or a kitchen knife.  Actually, I’d have all three in the house ready for use.  The nice thing about the .22 is that if it doesn’t stop them you’ve made it known you are willing to resist.   That is much better than submission.  Just because it didn’t stop them doesn’t mean the fight is over.  Sometimes they run and sometimes the fight has just begun.

Neolithic Living: You can do it if they can

Brazilian Tribe Still Living in State of Nature

They are healthy enough to survive and have apparently done so for thousands of years.  This tribe shows you that shelter, food, water, and weapons will take you a long way.  Add to that a location where you are left alone and you can live out your natural life unmolested by others.

HK Pistols

HKP7 Remake

This is a work of art and so I thought I’d share the link for HK lovers.

HK P30  – I love this gun.  It comes in many variations but the best part of it is the grip.  Find a used one and you can get a world class work of perfection for not much more , $800 than a New Glock $550.    You can get it with a safety that can go cocked and locked, or double action.  Or you can get the version that doesn’t have a safety and operates first shot double action and second shot single.  You can always cock the hammer.

HK VP9 – This is the Glock competitor.  If you like the HK grip and don’t want to hammer and prefer a striker rent a VP9.  It has a nice trigger reset and a nice trigger overall.  It points better than a Glock.

HK USP 9 – Big Grip and too big if you have a small hand.  Great if you prefer the single action method of function.  The trigger is nice but you have to get used to the size of the grip.

9mm is Good Again for Self Defense: FBI on board, Some Gun Writers Agree

 FBI says 9mm

Admittedly this is a two year old article but the wheels of government move slowly.  If you notice, now the gun press has moved back to the 9mm as a good round for self defense, though not all them.  Many writers who wouldn’t have considered the 9mm up to the task now feel that with the momentum moving again toward less is more theory notice what some of us knew all along.  Simply, that 9mm allows more rounds in the magazine, punches a hole much like the vaunted .40 an .45 especially when expanding, and is much cheaper to use for practice.  Also, the price and selection of weapons in 9mm outnumbers all the others.  It is ubiquitous.  The funny thing is that even the .380 is getting some good press now though it’s not my first choice for carry it does fill the need for weight and size when clothing limitations exist for concealed carry due usually to summer months.  It also has a superb reduction in recoil yet still punches a hole like the .38 or 9mm, but not as deep with the same expansion.  For that matter, I’m not against a .22 revolver versus carrying nothing.  Often just the presence of a gun will inhibit action from the aggressors and you can’t defend against everything.

Just like the diet guidelines have changed every decade or so, the caliber guidelines for self defense and law enforcement handguns is changing again.

9mm vs .40 S&W

.38 Special – it was the standard for almost a century.  The limitation is lack of firepower/capacity versus the civilian options after 9mm semi-auto  pistols become common in various sizes.

9mm –  This is the same diameter as the .38 special but it has less lead in the bullet  but increased velocity making for more energy overall.  It is configured to stack in magazines and feed in a semi-auto pistol.  Limited  defensive loads prior to the 1990’s and other perceived deficiencies came to the front after the Miami shootout.  They probably should have considered that rifles tend to beat handguns every time and armed FBI agents with carbines or shotguns in their vehicles in addition to sidearms.  Bureaucrats never see the obvious.  Good ammo might have made the difference as well.  The final item might have been to train them to fight injured since that seemed to be the final issue that caused the loss of the fight.

10mm – So then they picked the big boy gun but had trouble with control.  It had a strong recoil that some shooters couldn’t manage well.  Concealment was probably an issue as well.

.40 S&W – This should have been the ideal compromise except for female recruits it was still too much to handle.  Some men found it a problem as well.  I don’t like it for handguns either.  It is too harsh and follow ups too slow.  For a carbine it’s great.  Try it in a Hi Power planet of the apes gun and you’ll find the 10 round limit doesn’t seem so bad with a heavy hitter like this.

9mm – Back to the past.  With improvements in defensive ammo it may end up being the ideal compromise to include trainees having an easy time with it.  +P and hotter ammo makes it closer to the .40S&W.

What Next?

5.7mm – Were it not for the size of the gun it has even better numbers all the way around.  Capacity 20-30 rounds.  Recoil is nil.  Accuracy is excellent.   Energy is high and penetration is sufficient. Weight is low.  Cost per round is no higher than .45.

Survival Eating: The Salt Mine and Galley Slave Diet

I had this idea that somehow the slaves in these two jobs probably got a miserable bowl of gruel once a day.  How long they lived I can’t know, but I presume they kept them going with just enough to make them work.  It’s amazing what the human body can withstand when required.  The only immediate needs is air.  Next comes the body temperature.  Somehow and someway you need to keep warm enough not to lose core temperatures.  Finally comes water.  You need enough water to keep the system cooled and to keep circulation going just like a car needs water in the radiator.

After all that, if you have enough fuel in the tank to at least slow starvation you can keep going though admittedly hunger has a way of simultaneously sharpening and dulling the mind.  The sharpening relates to seeing the absolute need to get fuel in the form of calories.  The dulling part comes from a low energy setting on the brain that allows you to focus on one thing like staying alive while ignoring higher needs such as satisfaction or even the more intense areas of self awareness.  This is survival mode.  You’re no longer worried about how dissatisfied you are with your accomplishments to date but instead how you’ll get the next meal while not freezing to death.  Life becomes simple.  It is clarified down to the act of preventing death.

You can go for extended periods without food and this is why people find a way to survive in difficult circumstances by drinking water and wearing clothes to keep warm.  Food is helpful but not essential right away as much as we have been conditioned to believe.  This is why people can fast for days and sometimes longer without severe health concerns though it applies to healthy people and not diabetics or others with health problems.

Just be aware that your first concern beyond breathing is body temperature preservation and your focus will keep you alive long enough to find water and then food in that order or priority.

Caution:  This is for informational purposes only and is only meant to get you thinking about surviving without food in a survival situation where none or a limited amount of food is available.  Read other literature on the subject and come to your own conclusions.  Consult a physician if you plan to test your ability to go for any period without food such as a fast.

Pandemic Update: TB 3x times reported rate in refugees

Refugees with TB

Are you worried about survival.  Then whom did you vote for.  Did you vote the for one who said he’ll stop this madness or did you vote for the one who wanted to raise the numbers 500%?

Common sense here is to keep them out of the country or live where they aren’t.  I’m still looking for the place where they aren’t since our dear leader has dumped these walking petri dishes everywhere.

Millennials, Genxers, and Survival

Millennials lack basic survival skills

If survival meant using the latest phone app then millennials as a group would be above the rest of us.  It may yet prove to be so if somehow Skynet becomes a reality.  I suggest the age cutoff is not just 20 somethings but maybe even 40 – 50 somethings.   Most haven’t learned survival basics.  If you always lived in urban areas it often doesn’t matter how old you age since city living usually means getting your needs at the local store.  You never had to do it yourself.  If you grew up on a farm then likely you know much more than most about basics for survival.  Areas you don’t know you can fill in with practice and study.

Many of the simple things like jump starting a  car, siphoning fuel, tying a knot, or growing your own food people born in the last 40 years don’t have a clue.  They just get out the cell phone and call for help, but what happens if that help is no longer available.

Sadly, most people wouldn’t make it a few days in the woods if it were in cold temperatures and water was scarce.  Many couldn’t grow their own food if the food supply started becoming sketchy and hunting is outside of their psychological realm.

Here are 4 suggestions to learn what you need to know for basic survival skills.

1.  Making Temporary Shelters

2.  Finding Water

3.  How to find food in the wild

4.  Starting a fire with no tools

Book to Read

How To Stay Alive in The Woods by By Bradford Angier

Bushcraft 101 by  Dave Canterbury

Items to Purchase and keep in your vehicle


Magnesium fire starter

Butane Lighter

Emergency Survival Blanket – multiples

Water – in bottles and replace regularly  – add a canteen

After you’ve handled these others then you can find the food you need.


Foil packed Salmon and Tuna


Vienna Sausage

MRE – entrees

Protein and Energy Bars

Extras you can save from visits to fast food outlets

Normal things you’d toss once you used what you needed can be used later.  Fast food items that come in the order are often good to have around.

Salt, pepper, and Ketchup packets

Plastic forks, knives, and spoons 

Book Review: Way of the Reaper

By Nicholas Irving  – Book on CD: 6 Discs

Review by Lexington  – The narrator makes this book feel realistic.  The action and descriptions during missions is excellent and gives you an idea of the proper mindset and risk an Army Sniper faces.  As a mental preparation for facing a combat situation this has value.  As a overview of what the men face while deployed this is another excellent perspective from someone who has done it.

This is a great book on CD.  Add it to your combat library.