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Delta Press Ltd. Catalog

Rather than do a separate review for Delta Press I decided to make it a preface to reviews for the books I purchased from them. I started receiving the Delta Press catalog in the mail and found it very intriguing. Lots of books in the catalog are of interest to those heavy into guns. Their other catalog, Delta Force, has all kinds of accessories for firearms that many find hard to acquire on a local scale. As many of you know I am not an advocate of massive firepower but have no criticism of those that do stockpile such material.

My rating of their catalogs is 8 on a scale of 10. I recommend anyone that is looking for information on survival topics to refer to Delta's catalogs.


I was concerned though about privacy of the transaction. This is because of questions brought up by readers of my page. I asked these questions because of concerns emailed to me by readers of my page.

So I sent the following email to them:

To witch they replied:

I then sent them additional email:

After receiving no reply I sent a follow up message:

No replies were received! You decide for yourself how you want to handle your order.

The books arrived by mail the next day . (almost 2weeks)

I asked these questions because of concerns emailed to me by readers of my page.

Now…. On to the book.


Survival Shelters Construction Manual

By M&M Engineering

At first look I was put off by the fact that the whole book is about fallout shelters. This is a good book if you are concerned about nuclear war or nuclear incidence. My personal opinion is that if there is a nuclear war, or even nuclear terrorism, that there is little hope in my opinion of survival. If you have a shelter your life will be prolonged for the amount of time you can stay in the shelter. However, you have to come out sometime and from that point your days will be limited. I see no means of surviving such an event.

However, after considering the book for a while I decided that much of the information can be adopted to use in a shelter from other events. So, I looked (in more detail) again at the book. I found a great deal of semi-technical information. There are lots of good ideas and I will incorporate some of it into my shelter design. However, if you are trying to stay legal and get all the permits and inspections necessary you will probably have to get an engineer to sign off on any drawings you have made using this book as a guide. Also, you will have trouble with local regulations about entrances and windows required by law. The only way out might be if you are in a rural area and if discovered you can claim you are building a root cellar. Many agricultural areas allow such to be built without permits and inspections.

The underground shelters are nice but rather small. If you had to spend very long in them you find them extremely cramped but doable. Again, following the bomb shelter strategy, there is information about air filtration and circulating systems. I found the patio on the roof of the underground shelter a nice touch.

There is also a discussion of military type shelters. One kind of reminded me of the old under ground Kenedy Estate bomb shelters in West Palm Beach, Fl. They kind of look like a Quonset hut on steroids.

If you are interested in shelters designed as bomb shelters this is the book for you. I do not agree with most of the "in basement" bomb shelters drawn in this book. They were low ceiling cramped little "shock shelter" devices that you would not be able to spend weeks in let alone months! They would be good to ride out the initial shock of the atomic disaster but would not be a good place to sit and wait for the fallout to subside. Radiation levels will be to high to venture outside for some time. The cramped little "crawl space" shelters would be difficult if not impossible for a long term waiting period.

There is also a section on caching methods including tubes like I mentioned in my downloadable files from my homepage. This chapter alone is worthy of the price of the book if you are just getting started and want to know the basics of "hiding" your supplies.

All in all, I would rate the book an 9 on the 1 to 10 scale.

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