Paladin Press, a long-term publisher of survivalist books, went out of business at the end of 2017. They published many great books that are now no longer available. Prepper Press, however, acquired rights to one of their best authors, James Ballou, adding to their inventory five of his survivalist and skill-based titles. BEST OF ALL – they’re now less expensive than they were with Paladin Press!
Jim Ballou has been writing as a hobby for over twenty years. He has over a dozen titles in print. Additionally, he has written more than sixty magazine articles that have appeared in five different periodicals, including The Backwoodsman, Backwoods Home Magazine, Wilderness Way Magazine, Primitive Archer, Modern Survival Magazine, and The Survivalist Blog.
Ballou’s career has been in insurance sales, but his hobbies have included (among other things) hunting, fishing, camping, practicing outdoor skills, the shooting sports, archery, blacksmithing, leathercraft, treasure hunting, playing guitar, spending time with his wife and kids, and learning about history as well as so many other things. He first became interested in wilderness survival as a kid when he read the book, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, after first watching the movie version in the theater at least forty-five years ago.
Ballou served four years in the United States Army during the mid-late 1980s. He became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and left military service honorably after his enlistment ended with the rank of Sergeant E5. Although his four-year enlistment was entirely during peacetime, he considers the training he received, which included armorer’s school, jungle operations training in Panama, etc., to have been valuable on many levels.
He calls North Idaho home.
Five of Jim’s best titles now carried by Prepper Press:
You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest emergency survival gear for your outdoor adventures when you can assemble a functional, well-stocked kit for little or no money! Best-selling preparedness author Jim Ballou shows you exactly how to do it with this guide to collecting no-nonsense, get-the-job-done-in-an-emergency gear and packaging it in self-contained, portable kits that are always ready to grab and go. Instead of expensive tents, sheath knives, sleeping bags, and other conventional outdoor gear, Jim focuses on compact, lightweight, and even disposable, use-once-and-discard emergency equipment, and all of it dirt cheap! Learn how to: find standard survival kit components at the lowest prices create a poor man’s survival kit for free from common household items collect or create your own edged tools, water containers, cookware, fire- and shelter-making gear, and weapons for very little money assemble a complete kit of new gear for under $10 Dozens of photos show examples of inexpensive but functional wilderness survival kits, as well as step-by-step instructions for creating your own poor man’s gear. If you are a hiker, hunter, camper, preparedness type, homeless nomad, or other wilderness adventurer operating within a narrow budget, this book is for you!
Would you be prepared to survive in the event of a complete breakdown of modern civilization? A man-made or natural global disaster could strand you for months, years, or forever with no electricity, no water from the taps, no grocery stores, no city services, and no government. Further, you’ll be surrounded by countless others who didn’t prepare—the very same people who mock survivalists by calling them paranoid pessimists and worse. But survivalists are the ultimate optimists. They believe that they will succeed—no matter what happens to the rest of the world—if only they can assemble the right supplies and learn the right survival techniques. Author Jim Ballou introduces you to the essential skills and mind-set you will need to survive a complete, long-term shift in the way the world operates. He tells you what items you need to assemble now and what skills will be priceless later. Learn how to assemble a survival workshop, recycle and salvage everything, develop survival bartering skills, prepare and store caches, and much, much more. More than a blueprint for bad times ahead, this informative guide may inspire you to attain a new level of self-sufficiency. If knowledge is power, then you have access to unlimited power right now. Use it wisely.
Global economic meltdown. Widespread natural disaster. Disease pandemic. It doesn’t matter the cause. In the coming Dark Age, the delicate supply infrastructures of modern society will collapse, and you will no longer have access to groceries, gasoline . . . or guns. The time to assemble your arsenal is now, says author Jim Ballou, and here he guides you through the many crucial factors you must consider when selecting firearms for a post-apocalyptic future. Some of the topics he covers include: What are the five basic questions you must ask yourself when selecting any handgun, rifle, or shotgun for the apocalypse? How can you squeeze surprisingly useful, life-saving service from older or low-value firearms? What vital support gear must you have when you are forced to become your own gun shop? Which types of ammunition will not only serve your survival needs, but also be available in quantity when ordinary sources run dry? What roles can multicaliber guns, backup guns, and alternative weapons to conventional firearms play in your survival plans? What practical modifications can you make to your guns to make them more suitable for postapocalypse survival? Given how critical weapons will become in an age when you may have to hunt for meat or defend yourself against numerous post-apocalyptic threats, the more you must force yourself to consider all the pertinent factors now . . . while you still can. Because when the world starts to crumble, you won’t have time to select firearms—that’s when you lock and load!
In today’s high-tech society, even the most advanced devices and systems are not failsafe. Tools can break or wear out, batteries can go dead, and all sorts of malfunctions can render the modern conveniences we rely on totally useless. If quick replacements of failed items are not readily available, the ability to improvise and adapt in the workshop suddenly becomes very practical. James Ballou, author of the best-selling Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age, dramatically expands on the popular home workshop material in his first book to present a “makeshifter’s” way of building and repairing things with only a pile of raw or salvaged materials, your hands and your mind. In this fascinating new book, he presents a wide range of unconventional, remarkably creative home workshop skills, including: • HOMEMADE TOOLS—Make your own hammers, drills, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, saws, files, chisels, vises, clamps . . . • EXPEDIENT REPAIRS—Perform sturdy repairs with ordinary glue, tape, cord, wire, dowels, nuts and bolts . . • MAKESHIFT CONSTRUCTION—Construct all sorts of functional items out of coat hangers, old car parts, 2 x 4s, wooden dowels, nails, rebar, coffee cans . . . • USEFUL PROJECTS—Build a homemade forge out of an old barbeque; handle simple soldering jobs with a road flare; perform quick weld repairs with car batteries, jumper cables, and a pair of pliers . . . Ballou also gives extensive instruction in makeshift metalworking, practical calculating skills, resourceful salvaging, plus dozens of practical tips for the craftsman or handyman who might need this information in an emergency or who simply enjoys learning about alternative ways to handle home workshop projects.
James Ballou tapped a nerve with his best-selling Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance , and now he’s back with even more plans, projects, and concepts for do-it-yourself craftsmen, preppers, and anyone interested in creative improvised workshop methods. Get set to learn how to make dozens of useful items out of nothing more than scrounged materials or common, inexpensive products found in every home. MORE HOMEMADE TOOLS AND HARDWARE—When there is no hardware store, you’ll need to know how to make your own tools and parts. Learn even more clever ways to make your own screwdrivers, scissors, saws, screws, nuts, hinges . . . MORE MANUALLY POWERED MACHINES—When there is no electricity, manually powered machines will need to replace your power tools. Learn how to make workshop machines operated by foot pedals, hand cranks, treadles, spring-poles . . MORE MAKESHIFT CONSTRUCTION—When you’re low on cash, it’s convenient to be able to construct your own useful things instead of shelling out money at the store. Now you can create all sorts of functional items out of discarded plastic, scrap metal, duct tape, empty bottles, spent ammo . . . MORE MAKESHIFT MINDSET—When you can’t just drop by the store for the parts or tools needed to complete a project, your most important tool will be your mind. Ballou helps you develop a “makeshift mindset” so you, too, can come up with unconventional ways to accomplish your workshop goals . . . All this, plus even more intriguing projects that are not only practical to have but fun to build. Learn how to assemble your own hand truck out of ordinary steel pipe, form a handsome knife sheath and pistol holster out of a worn-out bucket, put together a spectacular pedal-powered lathe out of common lumber and parts, and much more!