Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 5, 2021

Today is the birthday of Baron Arisaka Nariakira (有坂 成章, April 5, 1852 – January 12, 1915. )  He was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army. The inventor of the Arisaka Rifle, he is regarded as one of the leading arms designers in Japanese history, alongside Kijiro Nambu.

Orders have been brisk at Elk Creek Company.  This is your chance to add a few pre-1899 guns or replica percussion revolvers to your collection before the Senate votes on the “Universal Background Checks” bill. That draft law would criminalize transferring a modern (post-1898) gun to your neighbor, friend, or even to your cousin. There are just a few exceptions in the law for gifts within your immediate family. Thankfully, it will exempt all pre-1899 guns, blackpowder muzzleloaders, and percussion revolvers.  I anticipate that  “antique” gun prices will skyrocket, once folks realize the significance of Pre-1899 Federal exemption. Get your order in soon. A couple of readers asked to have the length of the sale extended, so it will now end on Friday, April 16th, 2021. – JWR

Round 94 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest is underway. Please e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how-to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

Today we present a product review written by our redoubtable Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.

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