Courtesy of Joe Cermele, I got to read “Patriots, a novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse,” by James Wesley, Rawles (no, I don’t have a clue why he uses a comma). It is not so much a novel as a series of survival scenarios and lots of information pertaining to same, strung together loosely by a sort of story line. Mr. Comma Rawles is a survivalist, runs a blog ( which is full of fascinating intel, and, despite his limitations as a writer, has put together a long and very interesting book.

The USA, it seems, has suffered a cataclysmic economic collapse (his description of this will not help you sleep better at night.) and, as Tommy Lee Jones said, “Anarchies will reign!” A group of survivalists who have seen this coming forts up to survive the breakdown of society, and each is required to buy four firearms. They can get whatever else they like, but they have to have these four:

A Ruger 10/22

A Model 1911 (any make) in .45 ACP

A Remington 870 modified for combat

An AR-15 in .223 for the women, or an H&K Model 91 in .308 for the men

So, as Der Tag nears my question to you all is, what would you take to the hills with? It does not have to be four guns, it can be one or two or eight or a crossbow. Let the nominations commence.

(By the way, the book is on sale at for around $10.)