My Visit At Ready Made Resources

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Bob (and his family and working crew) over at Ready Made Resources ( located in the hills of eastern Tennessee.

Ready Made Resources has been a long time advertiser and sponsor of and it was great to get together…

It is always a great feeling when able to speak with others who are on the same page, so to speak, and I felt like Bob could have been a brother – being evidently very like minded with seemingly identical opinions of the world we live in and where we are seemingly headed…

The visit began with a tour of the grounds. On 25 acres, they are living the homesteading life – for real. They have countless raised garden beds of varying sizes (all big) and have already planted a number of cool weather crops as of mid March.

The property is loaded with a large variety of fruit bearing trees. I saw chickens/large coop, livestock, natural spring, pond, hand pump well, water collection tanks, solar power, greenhouse, bee hives, outbuildings, workshops, guest house, ham shack, the Ready Made Resources building, and more.

They certainly have it together and are truly living the lifestyle while also running their small family business selling a wide ranging variety of preparedness products.

Additionally, Bob is well known for his knowledge, experience, and top quality products within the realm of night vision devices. Without revealing how and why he is so “in the know” (OPSEC), trust me… he knows ;)

And guess what, I suppose that Bob got the better end of the visit – since I walked out the door with a lighter wallet – having sold me a PVS-14 Gen 3 White Phosphor Monocular mitigated for 30 caliber ;) (Although I had been in the market for this for some time and walked in there figuring that I would walk out with one)

But I digress…

After the tour of the grounds, we walked into the RMR building. Let me tell you, I was like a kid in a candy store. Aisles of preps (of just about everything imaginable). I was also impressed by the great selection of numerous books – I could have spent a day just browsing through the books.

It was a busy place. Phones ringing, his wife working the computers, Mark was on the phone, ordering inventory, taking orders and working their website chat with customers online. Jeremy darting about with boxes and inventory… It was fun to see the business in action. And they are all good people. Friendly, no attitude. It was nice to see.

I am happy to plug our advertiser Ready Made Resources because they are the real deal. If you ever have any preparedness needs, I hope that you support their family business with some of your purchases.


  1. I’ve been on their Web site. Nice site…but I most definitely would like to visit their homestead and business some time. I can fly there in about 2 hours–a nice weekend trip.

  2. Wow Ken, no wonder you were hell bent on driving in the blizzard, I would be too if that was my destination. I would love to go there. Hmmm, maybe its time to visit family who live in TN.

  3. This store, and a debt free scream, I need one more reason to go to TN… hmm… maybe the tail of the dragon is calling me. ;)

  4. Bob and Roxanne are wonderful and committed to helping people prep and learn more about prepping. Their homestead is amazing and fun. Been there a couple of times. Great article.

  5. I too visited Bob at his hideaway in Tennessee and also walked away with the PVS-14 white phosphor unit – a truly phenomenal piece of night vision equipment! He also explained different operational concepts, such as helmet mount vs. weapon mount, and I decided helmet mount was the way to go. Bob set me up with a nice helmet and mount, plus a Steiner DBAL-D2 laser/IR pointer/illuminator. With this set-up, I own the night! It was well worth the drive, since I wanted hands-on experience with the various levels of 14s before I purchased. Bob was very helpful and patient with me, explaining the good and bad of each as I tried them. We also talked about a host of other subjects, and you are spot on with your assessment – Bob “knows”! I recommend visiting Bob for any of your survival needs; he’ll give you accurate, honest insights that will help you understand some of the more complex subjects and help you fit the pieces of your prepper puzzle together. It was a day well spent.

    1. Along with the PVS-14 night vision itself, the advantages of having the DBAL-D2 mounted on the rail for “target painting” are tremendous. This is on my wish list.

      I have been extremely pleased with the white phosphor unit (vs. the green). And the 10-year warranty helps too…

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