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I have looked at the Canik TP-9SA and was pretty impressed with what I saw. I have inquired with a few companies trying to get a test model myself but have not had any luck. Hickok45 talks of his testing of the TP-9SA – which has gained tremendous popularity due to its sub-$400 price tag and list of features.




VIDEO: How to Store Your Medicine


Check out this video from The Patriot Nurse……How to Store Your Medicine.




Your job – getting one & keeping it


This post was previously published HERE on MSO.

I am a production manager at a manufacturing facility for my regular job. As the main person who does the hiring/firing at my plant – I have come across pretty much everything you can think of when it comes to employment issues.

With the unemployment problems this country has – for some “survival” today means getting a job – or keeping the one they have. I hope

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Preparedness philosophy from Sootch00


Here are a few preparedness “philosophy” videos from Sootch00. Good stuff!!







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Preparedness philosophy from Sootch00

Recommended Fiction Book: WerewolveSS


This is a book – no longer in publication – that I read probably 15 years ago. Written by Jerry & Sharon Ahern – it has a certain “feel” to the writing that lends itself to those interested in survival & preparedness (and of course firearms).

WerewolveSS is an excellent read with an awesome storyline. Those that may not be familiar with Jerry Ahern – I interviewed him a couple of weeks

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Interview: John Hollerman, author – EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots



I have a difficult time finishing a book once I start reading it. I am so busy and my mind gets distracted easily. EMP: Equipping Modern Patriots – With a Story of Survival was written by Jonathan Hollerman and was absolutely an exception as I could not wait to turn the page to see what would happen next. Compared to many “prepper” fiction books I have read (or started to read) Equipping Modern Patriots

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VIDEO: Rifle Penetration Test

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One of my favorite Youtube channels is the Military Arms Channel. Here is a very interesting video comparing several rifle calibers with regards to penetration with what many would find surprising results:

“I take out a .308, 7.62×39, 5.45×39 and a 5.56mm rifle to see how each of these rounds fair in the woods against modestly sized trees. For those worried about the welfare of the trees, they’re getting cut down in the spring to

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Review: LUCID M7 Red Dot Sight


I am 45 years old and find that target acquisition via open sights is just not as easy as it used to be. Utilization of red dot optics has greatly increased my accuracy as well as ability to stay on target and to move from target to target quickly.

There are tons of red dot optics out there for the AR platform and similar firearms. One in particular that caught my eye is the LUCID

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Guest post: Getting Started in Beekeeping

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by Sarah

This is my 3rd year as a hobby beekeeper, I seriously love being a beekeeper and look forward to heading out to the apiary (technical name for where the beehives are) to see the girls buzzing in and out of their hives. If you look closely at each bee when it returns to the hive you can usually see mounds of pollen clumped to their back legs…sometimes its bright orange

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From the Desk of John Rourke – Week of March 22nd, 2015


As I mentioned last week things have gotten extremely busy for me so this week will be formatted a bit different. I am scheduling a combination of recommended videos and from deep in the archives of MSO several “Blasts from the Past” articles that you may never have seen.

Hopefully there will be something for everyone.

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This past Saturday made it to the range with a friend and sent many

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Sponsor Highlight: JRH Enterprises


From JRH Enterprises owner, Robert Henry – “In business since 1992. I’ve been actively preparing and training since the mid 1980’s. We have lived at our survival retreat for 16 years now, produce our own power, grow a good portion of our own food, etc. We are survivalists also and since we are actively training and preparing, it helps us keep a handle on equipment and supply needs of survivalists/preppers.”

“We look forward to helping

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REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount



The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club.


Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year round and also 25% off vegetable seeds in their online store.

Your Membership Includes ONLY $3.70 PER MONTH! (25% discount not included) 8 packs of seeds your

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From the Desk of John Rourke – March 20th, 2015


Hello all –

Next week I am going to be scheduling a few video’s and some “Blast’s from the Past”. Things have gotten extremely busy so my responses to comments and emails may be a little slow.

Just to give everyone an update on a few things:

Reports are that Iran is supporting an EMP attack on the United States and has plotted for years on how to disrupt the grid. This is the same

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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Smith & Wesson Model 22A .22LR pistol


This post was previously published HERE on


A few months ago I was in the market for a .22LR pistol. After looking at numerous models available – I selected the Smith & Wesson 22A. Why? Well – my local gun shop had it in stock for one. I read several reviews on it and liked what was reported. I also had an opportunity to shoot one over at a friends

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From the Desk of John Rourke – March 19th, 2015


“From Minnesota to Arkansas, state officials are knocking on doors and quarantining areas in a fight to stop the spread of the biggest U.S. bird-flu outbreak on record.”


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Just picked up a Trekker Kelly Kettle from Emergency Essentials. Can’t wait to test it out this weekend. Having a group meeting so might take it for “show and tell”.

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Watching the movie Aliens. This was

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Two strains of bird flu spreading

Over the past few weeks two strains of bird flue have been being reported on. One exists here in the United States and has resulted in the destruction of over 40,000 turkeys to try to minimize the spread. This is the H5N2 strain.

The second strain – the H7N9 – is currently in China. It is being found both in poultry and in humans. It is being reported that this strain could result in a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – March 18th, 2015


Looks to be a “Firearms Edition” of From the Desk of……

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Just ordered an AR lower parts kit. Next step towards my next build – whatever that may be. (Hint: .300 Blackout……Shhhhhh)

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Over this past weekend looked at some semi-auto shotguns at my local shop. I looked at a special edition Mossberg 930. Very light and felt very nimble.

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Panhandle Rancher speaks….Rain Water Harvesting

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This post was originally published HERE on


Our Texas ranch was blessed by the Ogalalla aquifer. Anywhere we drilled to 400 feet, water was found. Windmills and electric pumps provided ample and cheap water.


Those of you who read my scribbles know that my family relocated from Texas recently. One of the places we purchased was on a rural water system. This retreat is in an economically challenged area and shortly

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From the Desk of John Rourke – March 17th, 2015


Took yesterday off to do some organization and do some shooting. Got all my stuff together and headed to the range. Closed. I failed to perform adequate research when planning my day. I suddenly understood as I approached and saw the “CLOSED” sign how Lyle Lovett felt seeing Julia Robert leave him.

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It’s often said that we need to learn from history or we are doomed to repeat it, but

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Economy – “It’s truly a scary time”

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A hedge fund manager who warned about the last financial crisis is seeing parallels of that run-up in the market today.

“I think it is a truly scary time,” Andy Redleaf, CEO of $4.2 billion hedge and mutual fund manager Whitebox Advisors, said in an internal memo Sunday night obtained by

– the above comes from the article “Hedge fund manager says: It’s a truly scary time”

There is little doubt that compared to

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From the Desk of John Rourke – March 16th, 2015


Selling off all my airsoft stuff. No time to play and taking up so much room. Need more trigger time – – on real guns.

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If I had the money I would open up a shooting range in my area. There are very few places to go and they all have too many restrictions. No drawing from a holster. No rapid fire shooting(must have two seconds between rounds). One place

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The importance of CASH


We are on the verge of a cashless society and there are so many benefits to it – and some drawbacks. Just think about it: Finding $7.50 worth of change in the cushions of the couch is close to being a thing of the past. I hardly ever carry cash anymore. In today’s world where I can walk into a convenience store and grab a hot dog, chips, and a drink and pay for it

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