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.

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.

Why I Choose to Carry Other Guns over a Glock 19

My biggest concern is not defeating the purpose of armed self protection by self inflicting damage to myself.  Therefore, I still act extremely cautiously when carrying a Glock.  In some cases depending on the situation I don’t chamber a round and go with the old method used by the U.S. military before being turned into the newer approach called the Israeli carry method with a fast charging included as part of the presentation.

I have an M&P shield that I sometime carry concealed and it has a safety that I engage prior to holstering the weapon for safe holstering and then disengage once holstered, just an approach I take.

I also have an HKP30 that I carry when not concealed and on the nightstand.   It actually does conceal about as well as the Glock 19, but more comfortably, because of the rounded edges versus the squared up Glock.  It is absolutely reliable and with the double action trigger pull I do have that additional element of safety that is undeniably there due to reduced risk of a negligent discharge no matter how much training I do.   It does weigh a little bit more and requires a different skill set when it comes to training since it is double action, and it has the paddle mag releases on the trigger guard.

Others I have carried include a J Frame .38 and the Makarov that are retired now and only used for range fun.  I do sometimes like to have a J frame 8 round .22 Airlight in the pocket for no weight carry (approx. 10 oz. Loaded).

Full Disclosure:  I’m still a Glock guy and have been since they came out in the 1980’s.  I just find myself thinking more and more about the downside of a striker fire negligent discharge on my ability to walk.

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.

***** 5 Stars Highly Recommend

Gun Update: How many are really out there.

How many guns are out there.

They really don’t know.

Lots of WW1, WW2, and Korean War bring backs are floating around the country and I bet a lot of those are off paper and out of the record system.

Many guns that were on paper have ended up destroyed, lost, or stolen so the final disposition of those is a big question.

Some of the junk guns that floated around over the years end up in the landfill.  Some bought new, were so worthless and dangerous, think sat nite specials, that owners sent them to the landfill.  What else do you do with guns that are unsafe and  probably can’t be made safe other than destruction unless you know of a gun buyback program somewhere. They’re junk and should probably be treated as such.  There is nothing like losing your face, eyes, or hand because you kept using or playing with a damaged and not repairable POS weapon. What I am saying is that many guns on their list are 100 feet at the bottom of landfills.

I even heard of a story from a friend who was in the military that when he was out of country his mom threw away a 1911 Colt (in the trash), because she didn’t want it in the house after her husband died.   It made me sick to hear that.  You can bet that has happened many times.

Whatever number they are throwing around is not accurate and the only up to date records are probably of recent purchases, say in the last 25-30 years.

Pandemic Update: 296 Cases of Active TB in Minnesota

296 Refugee Cases of active TB

Why wait for it to come to you.  Just take a flight into Minnesota for a nice Winter vacation and enjoy your cough and rotting lungs.  You can thank your President for this one.  Oh, and if you want more of the same you know who to vote for and she offers you a 500% increase over current rapacious immigration invasion strategies.

Zika in Miami

Glock Won, It’s Over – SOCOM Chooses Glock

 It’s Over – Glock Won by Weaponsman on WRSA 

Weaponsman is a real weapons man and though I detect a bit of a gloat, I’m with him on this simply because I always felt that in the field where my primary was a rifle I thought a totally reliable and lightweight sidearm made sense so a Glock 19 was and is my plan for that situation.  Plus, I could make a case for not having one in the chamber since my long gun was primary and if I didn’t have time to chamber a round I must have screwed up anyway.  As for concealed carry, lots has changed in terms of holsters and technique since the safe action trigger came about.  There is still a high risk of negligent discharges or accidental discharges if you’re not 100% focused, so this is where you have to be well aware of firearms handling procedures if you carry a loaded Glock.

If you don’t own a Glock 19 you probably should.  If not, at least have an equivalent in terms of reliability and parts availability.  S&W comes close with their M&P, and Springfield with their XD.   Here is a review of reliability from a well known reviewer. Since I’m already in the Glock camp I don’t see any sense in straying from them in the striker fired realm except for the M&P shield which is a totally different category of size and capacity.  I was never a fan of the Glock 26 and 27 due to the stubby grip that only accomplished a more difficult hold for me.  With an extender I might as well have a Glock 19 and be done with it which is the approach I take.

Other options are out there but my feeling on this is that once you focus on the striker fire category I would stay with a system that is widely available.  For instance, I have an HK VP9 and like it, but if I go HK I’ll probably just carry the HK P30 and get the added benefit of the double action safety advantage with the minor reduction in first shot accuracy.  Any of the top tier manufacturers will do though and if you are willing to try another brand other than Glock then you have Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Walther, HK,  Sig, and a few others possibly but these would be my focus.  I’ve tried all of them and have good experience but again why move away from what has worked for 30+ years unless it is a considerable gain in some area.  One thing that cannot be matched by any of these is the parts availability and aftermarket accessories that are available for the Glock 19, 17, 26, and any of the other in their line of striker fire weapons.  For this reason alone I’d probably suggest just get a Glock in 9mm and be happy.  You’ll love the trigger or learn to love it.  You’ll love the simplicity, and it is hard to beat the price.

If you’ve read my review of the Glock 19 vs the Sig P226 you’ll know I am a original Glock long term user.   I bought them when they came out and have always owned one or more ever since.  I’ve tried all the variants of the Glock and always kept a Model 19 because it fit my hand and 9mm always made the most sense to me when it came to ventilation requirements in terms of total payload of firepower versus diameter/cross sectional density of the round (fat .45 vs not so fat 9mm).  With the reduction in size comes the side benefit of lower weight or same weight with more rounds.  I prefer more rounds, lots more.  Having a 33 round mag available makes the gun equal to many carbines or SMGs except for range, yet how often do you need to hit out at 100 yards in urban and suburban environments.

Gunblast hates Glocks, but carries one.  He faced reality like most of us.  Fortunately for me, my first auto pistol was a CZ in .32 and when I decided to line up with the U.S. Military in the 1980’s and tried out a Beretta I was very unimpressed.  A buddy had bought a Glock 17 and let me try it out.  A week later I had a Model 17.  As soon as the Model 19 came out I switched to that and have always had one since, now over 30 years.

Ferfal Recommended Glock Video on Youtube

I always like what Ferfal comes up with.  He has the ring in truth and experience behind him.

Here is a review of the Glock by Kokalis and he had to give it credit.  I think this is a review I saw in SOF a long time ago, maybe in the 80’s or 90’s.

To balance this out.  Here is one guy who makes his argument against striker fired guns in in particular the Glock from The Truth about Guns.

If you decide to carry a Glock.  Always use a holster than covers the trigger guard and learn safe holstering and presentation methods to avoid Glock Leg.

Examples of Glock Leg Syndrome

Maryland Man shoots self in leg

Calguns Forum on Glock Leg 

Curing Glock Leg Syndrome 

Grip Safety for Glock Leg Antidote

Another cure for Glock Leg Syndrome should I say striker fire leg syndrome.

Israeli Carry – not recommended by the writer of the article.

They always suggest more training for condition 1 and that will solve the problem.

Panic News: Economic Collapse -The Planned Takedown

Why the state of the economy says prepare.  Well and good that we know these things but the economic engine keeps plugging along no matter how much the powers in charge keep trying to crush it.

Inflation/Deflation Either way or both ways we’re screwed.  The worst of it is that they are using the system to loot our wealth.  Our money becomes worthless as the power elite load up on hard assets of the major kind, farmland, gold, silver, and remote retreats.