By James Smith
18 November 2013
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and to follow up from last year, I have my list of 10 things I want for Christmas, and I explain why you should want one as well.
The items do provide links to Amazon.com for images and description, but if you can find a better price, then by all means, buy it there!
The Lee Precision 3 Hole Turret Press
Every prepper should at least know how to reload. This press makes it easy to do. You’ll need the dies for your caliber, and off you go!
“The Lee Precision 3 Hole Turret Press is a proven spring-free design with compound leverage. The turret is locked into a solid steel ring with big rifle bolt type lugs. Patented design puts the lugs on the circumference to prevent tipping. The linkage is so powerful that the largest magnum cases are sized with little effort. It has built-in primer catcher, long stroke, generous hand clearance, and a comfortable wood grip. Purchase extra turrets and never remove the dies. Simply lift out the entire turret and replace with the next caliber. Dies, shellholders and primer arm can be changed in seconds without tools.”
Survival Sling Shot
This is a nice and compact hunting weapon for a grid collapse. It also will shot steel shot. The handle doubles as a storage container as well.
“This Survival Slingshot is configured for Archery as well as a tactical light for night time hunting. A Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit is mounted using our aluminum mounting bracket. Whisker biscuits increase accuracy with arrows but folds out of the way when you want to use regular slingshot ammunition. Our standard bands are approximately 25 pounds pull and easily shoots regular arrows like the aluminum Eason arrows shown. Ample power to bow fish as well and this set up shows a Cajun Archery Bow Fishing Arrow. The Tactical Light is an one inch diameter flash light and is attached to one of the two mounting points on the side with a regular Weaver Mount Base and Scope Rings.”
Midland WR11 AM/FM clock radio with NOAA All Hazard Weather Alert
Nothing says, “SURPRISE” like not being warned in advance of an oncoming tornado. This radio will awaken you with the alert so you and your family can get to safety quickly.
The Midland WR11 combines NOAA All Hazard/Weather Alerts with an AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio in one package. The WR11 receives all NOAA weather channels for up to date weather information with over 60 alerts. In addition to important weather information, All Hazards Alert means that the WR11 receives other emergency announcements such as Child Abduction (Amber Alert), Nuclear Power Plant Warnings, Biological Hazard, Fire, and Landslide Warnings. The AM/FM Alarm Clock radio features wake to music, local weather or buzzer. The override feature automatically switches from radio to emergency alerts. In the case of a power outage, the WR11 will operate on 4 AA batteries (not included).
Top Bar Hive
The Top Bar beehive is another way of raising bees for honey, wax, and propolis. This one little hive provides you with food (honey), light (beeswax candle), and antibiotic/fungal/viral medication (propolis), as well as pollinating your garden. It’s a must have for preppers.
The hive is made of white pine and is 46″ long (almost 4 feet!). It comes with a well-supported gabled rooftop that is covered in thick white aluminum. It comes with a follower board – sometimes called a false-back that can help control the space the colony is using. It has a heavy duty professional screened bottom board that runs the entire length of the hive. It also has a mite board that slides easily in the bottom. This can assist in ventilation techniques as well as mite counts. It comes with 14 brood top bars that are 19″ x 1 3/8″ thick that can be used in the brood area of the hive. The remaining 14 bars are 19 x 1 5/8″ and can be used as the honey production bars. There are three entrance holes along the long side of the hive. These hives are a wonderful alternative for the environmentally-minded, research-inclined, or experiment-driven beekeeper. Some assembly required. Assembly hardware (nails, screws, etc) are NOT included. There are three wood grade types for hives; select, commercial, and budget. These are commercial grade quality hives. This means that there may be some minor knots in the wood, the may have a bit of a rougher cut, or there may be an extra staple or two to make sure it’s held together securely. Our goal is to sell a quality structurally sound hive.
Masterbuilt 20070112 Cold Smoking Kit for Masterbuilt Digital Smokers
The cold smoking method is what preserves meat. Hot smoking flavors meat, but the cold style keeps the food around longer. You can’t go wrong with this.
Cold smoking is similar to traditional hot smoking just without the heat. Use cold smoke to cure your favorite foods; this cold smoker is ideal for smoking sausage, fish, bacon and even cheese. The Masterbuilt Electric Cold Smoker fits all Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smokers by easily attaching to the wood chip loading port of the smoker. The Electric Cold Smoker provides continuous smoke for up to 6 hours at temperatures as lows as 100° to 120°F.
Texsport La Paz Hammock
Why a hammock? Because we all need rest and downtime after hunting, foraging for food, or raking the leaves. Rest, like hunting, is very important for your health in a disaster / grid-down situation. You can’t be alert for 24 hours a day, you need to rest and sleep. There is no better sleep than a nap in a hammock.
Texsport introduced its popular Padre Island hammock nearly 25 years ago, and the company has continued to offer quality, durable hammocks and stands at reasonable prices. The La Paz is made of cool, comfortable cotton in a multicolored pattern. It measures 40-by-120 inches (W x D), with a 75-inch bed length, and has a 300-pound weight limit. The hammock comes complete with a carrying and storage bag.
The Solostove is perfect to toss in your evacuation / bug-out bag. It will burn anything small and organic to provide heat to heat water or stay warm.
The Solo StoveTM (patent pending) is a natural convection inverted downgas gasifer stove that incorporates a secondary combustion for a more efficient and cleaner burn. The bottom vents allow air to enter and flow up the bottom of the grate to feed the primary combustion, a top down smolder. In addition, air entering in from the bottom vents heats up within the inner wall and rises up and out the top firebox vents causing a secondary combustion at the top of the stove. The Solo Stove actually cooks the smoke out of the wood and then burns the smoke not once, but twice! This technique makes for a cleaner burn which means less smoke and also allows the stove to burn more efficiently.
Hiking boots are a MUST HAVE for anybody that has to travel, and have in a get home bag in their trunk. Once the shoes are broken in, toss them in another bag with your cold weather gear and you’ll be ready to hike home. Toss in the foot warmers, and cold weather won’t be a problem either.
Toro Snow Shovel
I actually have this, but this is something everyone in the snow-prone areas need to have. It’s an electric snow shovel. Put it into the snow and it will throw the snow down range. If you have too much snow, then “scrape” it off in layers.
With a snow-throwing capacity of 300 pounds per minute, you can clear 4 inches of snow off a 50-by-20-foot driveway down to the pavement in just 20 minutes. With a clearing width of 12 inches and a snow cut depth up to 6 inches per pass, the Power Shovel will let you clean off walkways with a couple quick passes. And weighing in at just 13 pounds, the snow blower can be lifted, turned, and twisted with ease.
As many of you know, I had cancer earlier this year. Good Health can’t be paid for, but you can keep what health you have by remembering the basics:
- Lots of sleep and rest
- Eat healthy meals
- Eat smaller proportions
- Stay active, even in the winter time
- Get regular check ups by your health care professional
- If you see something that doesn’t seem right – contact them immediately.
Imagine your health is like the spare tire in your car. In a disaster, is your body flat or well-inflated. Because once you need the spare, or your health in a disaster, you won’t have the opportunity to fix either of them on the spot.