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Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody

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books library (Custom)Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Fall Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine as well as numerous other popular books, shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.  “Bill K” has won a copy of Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet.  Congratulations!  I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your prize.

There were a lot of great questions asked last week and I will be forwarding them on to George so that the two of us can answer them for you in an upcoming article.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

A Chat with Joe Nobody

Tell me about your book, The Home Schooled Shootist. What is it about?

Shootist is an instruction guide that addresses many different aspects of fighting with a carbine. It was written for preppers who are interested in improving their shooting skills for defensive situations. The book includes some very unique practice exercises and drills, as well as hundreds of tips and tricks to improve the operator’s combat effectiveness with a shoulder fired weapon.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Shootist?

With this work, very little new research was required. The hard labor involved documenting what I’ve been teaching for years and presenting it in a fashion that could be digested in book form by the average prepper. Teaching someone in person, face-to-face is completely different than instruction via printed media. We worked very hard to get it right.

How long did it take to write?

That’s difficult for me to answer because I always have four or five books in progress at any one time. I started on Shootist over a year ago, but didn’t work full time on the project. In the last 18 months, I’ve released four instruction guides and three fiction novels. How-to books take more time to write because you must have all the details correctly noted. For Shootist, the ballistics and reloading sections took the longest to pen.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Shootist?

My primary aim (pun intended) with this work was to show preppers some advanced firearm training methods specifically tailored for civilian shooters in defensive roles. Gun fighting has evolved drastically over the last 10 years. The weapons, optics and ammunition currently available have changed the game. Engagement distances are expanding, and combat power is increasing. Virtually every aspect of shooting is advancing at an accelerated pace. If you don’t know how to properly train and drill, you could be underutilizing potential and lowering the chances of survival.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a prepper – a strong believer in self-reliance. I’ve been married to the same wonderful girl for 25 years and have two teenage children. I’m really a Joe Nobody – just an average guy.

I’ve always received a tremendous amount of gratification from helping others, and that’s why I started writing books. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback, so my intent is to continue putting out product that people find helpful.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes. A new, full length novel titled Apocalypse Drift will be hitting the shelves soon, as well as the fourth in the Holding Their Own series with everybody’s favorite preppers – Bishop and Terri.

Apocalypse Drift is a departure in many ways from the typical Joe Nobody novel. It is a story about a family that survives the collapse on a boat. In addition, I have five other works in various stages right now. My goal is to publish six books in 2013.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I want to thank you for giving me a chance to share a little bit about my work. I wish every single person out there the best of luck with their preps!

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The Book Giveaway

owl reading bookA copy of The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine has been reserved for one lucky reader.  To be eligible to win, leave a comment below that has something to do with defense.  It could be a tip, a suggestion or a question and does not necessary have to be about firearms.

A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the website.  Good luck!

The Final Word

I feel so honored to have had so many great authors participate in my Fall Book Festival.  With just a couple of weeks to go, I will soon be announcing my “Winter Book Festival” with more authors and more giveaways.

It is very exciting to me to see so many quality print books and e-Books being published for our prepping community.  As I frequently say, knowledge is power, and the wealth of information gleaned from both fiction and non-fiction entries in the survival niche is gratifying.  For all of you authors out there, keep them coming!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Spotlight Item: Naturally, today’s featured book is The Home Schooled Shootist.  One thing I though I would mention is that the book includes a detailed bonus section on nutrition and shooting written by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger.  It is an interesting discussion and definitely worth more than passing consideration.

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Non-Fiction

Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival
Disaster Preparedness: Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents; Disaster Survival for the Family
Survive Any Food Crisis
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning
Deep Web Secrecy and Security – Guide to the Deep Web and Beyond
Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet
The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency
The Home Schooled Shootist: Training to Fight with a Carbine

The Backdoor Survival Fall Reading List – Fiction

BOCA CHITA: Prepare. Escape. Survive.
299 Days: The Preparation
299 Days: The Collapse
A Survival Story: Part I
11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life

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22 Responses to “Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Joe Nobody”

  1. Much has been written about buying popular calibers, but in times like this it might be wise to buy a less popular caliber where you
    can still find ammo available.

    • Dan. My grandson bought a Mosin Nagant, a bolt action Russian gun from WWI/WWII. He is only 12 years old, so I thought I would buy him a few bullets. He had been taken advantage of (my opinion)by paying $1 a bullet. I found, on line, a case of 880 surplus bullets for $150. I was down to a gun shop this week, and they had many Nagants for $99. Packed in cosmaline from who knows when. I read reveiws that these bullets can penatrate 3/4 in steel. No AR or AK can do this, so I bought one. Good to add to my barter storage..

    • Right about the 880 for $150. And if you get to hand pick a Mosin for under $150, look for a hex receiver. Look at YouTube for TONS of info on how to unpack, disassemble, remove cosmoline, etc.

  2. A question for Joe:
    Does a .38/.357 carbine have enough hair to do the job, or does this instruction focus on harder-hitting calibers at greater distances?

    • I apologize for not responding sooner – I didn’t see the question.

      I have no experience with the weapon you are speaking of. In general, pistol caliber long guns are limited in range. Their close-in stopping power is typically considered at the low end of the scale. There is a popular web page called Truth in the Box (I don’t have the URL handy) that shows the difference with some cool testing.

      There is a huge difference between a pistol caliber weapon (long or short barrel) and a rifle. A very wise Q-school instructor once told me, “A pistol is something you use to fight your way back to the rifle you should’ve never set down in the first place.”

      Sidearms have their role in defense and security, but a rifle is almost always going to win a one-on-one contest with a pistol.

      Hope this helps…Joe

  3. To Carli & John (and Everybody): Check out this YouTube piece on firing through wood (trees) (Rifle Penetration Test- // It’s not scientific but it is an eye-opener. And call me a nutter, but I know the difference between cover and concealment. And finding true cover during a home invasion might be something to practice, not depending on your wits at the last moment.

  4. My main defense tip is to train, train, and train some more. You should know and have it ingrained in your memory how you will react in a home defense situation. Your training should include range time with the weapon or weapons you intend to use so you KNOW how they work, their limitations, etc. You should also train through various scenarios so there are as little surprises as possible.

  5. Someone sent me this and I wanted to pass it on:
    The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.
    Thomas Jefferson

  6. Have read several Joe Nobody books and am looking forward to reading this one. Over the past year my prepping has been in high gear and I accomplished my 3 W’s—wood, weapons, and water. I have several cords ready for use, acquired firearms/ammo/recrve bows etc) and established a method of getting water out of my well with power down. I also have approximately 6 months worth of food for my family and am in process of getting a future garden going to feed us indefinitely. Chickens and goats are next up!! I have been reading up on self defense and home security with firearms—I definitely need to work on that and figure out how to keep my family and property safe during a crisis.

  7. There are two parts to Joe’s statement, “Virtually every aspect of shooting is advancing at an accelerated pace. If you don’t know how to properly train and drill…” We need to consider not only technology as applies to this subject, but our own fitness as well. Violence happens fast and for us to respond correctly means to assess the threat before it happens and respond properly with violence in kind. We don’t have a minute to figure out whether we should raise the gun, only 1/2 a second. Our minds must be sharp and our bodies fit and I’m glad Joe added the health portion to this book. Then practice, practice, practice.

    • Mark, I am thinking about the “mind set”. Again I think Hollywood has brainwashed us when it comes to protecting our family. I dont think I should give the enemy an even chance.
      I remember a movie I saw as a child. I keep at it and finally found the DVD on Amazon. “Panic in the year zero”. An old black and white with Ray Milland. It shows how he showed his wife about giving the enemy and even chance. You dont do this for your survival. The enemy will come back to bite you on the butt.
      I recomend this DVD to any prepper…

    • 25 Rules for a Successful Gun Fight by Drill Sergeant Joe B. Fricks Rule 11. Stretch the rules. Always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose. I would take that even further–there are no rules, only your own survival. Surprise, cheat, win. There’s no respawning on this planet, sorry.

  8. On Gaye’s recommendation I enrolled in the self defense, firearms & tactical training class at Wades in Belluvue. SWF, extended Y2K prepper, ready to excercise my 2nd amendment right!

  9. Not only that but hollow block will not stop most rifle rounds either.

    American homes are not made for any defensive action, too much glass and nothing but foam board and sheet rock for walls.

    I was at a class for DIY home building and the instructor shot and arrow, from a compound bow, though the finish wall.

    • I have full thickness logs 12+ inch diameter–I was hoping that would be enough to stop most bullets. My hone is made of logs all around. Any thoughts?

    • I have set up a small firing range in my backyard. I went to the junk yard and bought pieces of 3/8 and 1/2 inch thick metal plates. I have them swinging from brackets to let me know when I hit one. OK, it fun. WTSHTF, I will probably move these inside to use for a shield. I am also cutting wood, that I will stack along the one exposed end to my basement. 3 sides are underground. I’m cutting the logs 40 inches long and will stack them perpendicular to the walls.
      I’m not sure if this will do anything but give me a false sense of security. or do a good job.
      I really would like to hear from an expert on this subject.
      Hello. Gaye.

  10. I think in the day and age with Hollywood brainwashing the nation, we need to realize that the walls in our homes do not stop a bullet. Even if you have a brick home, after being hit in the same place a few times, the brick will break away.
    I have seen 12 gage shotgun slugs go through a 6×6 wooden post. I have seen bullets from a AK 47 go through 10 inch trees.
    I dont know the answer, but this question needs to be addressed.

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