Preparedness Notes for Friday — March 15, 2019

The Ides of March: I just got word of a massacre in New Zealand, by a self-described “Eco-Fascist”. This was a horrendous and reprehensible act. It will surely provoke more civilian disarmament legislation, throughout the English-speaking world. And there will also surely be a spike in demand, shortages, and higher prices for semi-auto rifles and full capacity magazines.

This is the birthday of General and President Andrew Jackson, in 1767. He was the 7th President of the United States (1829-1837.)

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 81 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
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Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 81 ends on March 28th, so get busy writing and 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.

One Comment

  1. @ Jim and readers

    I will post here some links to local news outlets, already here there is vocal support for far tighter gun restrictions, briefly, in a nutshell, the alleged offender used a ” evil black rifle ” with a 30 rd mag, ( plus several more in his bag ) and a shotgun ( described as a ” rifle ” ).

    Before posting links an overview is needed to give US readers of current NZ gun laws,

    1. Semi auto ARs etc are easily obtained on a class A gun licence, this involves filling in the requisite forms, having a FSO ( firearm safety officer ) interview you in your home and ask your other half if you are a fit person, attending a police station for a prebooked short gun license safety test, paying pre-scribed fee, receive your licence in the mail.

    Under a class A license, you may own any variation of shotgun or rifle, limited to 7 rounds in a removable magazine, ( 30 rd mags for semi auto rifles are freely available and not tracked or policed ) on a class A licence any 22 semi auto is allowed, limited to 15 rd mags. Note possessing a 30rd mag is illegal on a A Cat licence, simply

    Other classes of gun licence such as C , D require registering both gun and owner with of course much higher fee’s, safe reqirements, most NZ gun owners do not have a C, D, license.

    NZ has approximately 4.9 milion people, with about 250,000 gun owners possessing roughly 1.25 million firearms, quite a high number for a small popualtion.

    My prediction is as follows :

    1. Rescinding the law allowing people to freely purchase 30rd mags

    2. restricting ARs etc to a much smaller number of owners

    3. Outlawing them all together

    4. Offering a buyback or confiscation ( most likely )

    5. removing any restraints to spy on people who are preppers, advocates of less Government, so called radicals, gun owners, libertarians and many others ( legislation has been passed allowing Owelian monitoring without court approval )

    6. Punitive fines to be meted out for recalcitrant owners that refuse to comply with ” new ” possession law introduced.

    In recent years NZ Police have been actively discouraging gun ownership and placing greater impediments on lawful owners with higher costs, vague or deliberate moves to deny imports of items that were previously legal to own, with deliberate misinformation given to legitimate firearms owners, gun shops and gun importers in NZ .

    The usual howls of outrage and call for change arise from the lefties and Socialist’s in current power in NZ , it is expected the rabid foaming senseless mob will also join the frenzied feeding of change.

    Christchurch mosque shooting gun laws John Howard New Zealand

    Christchurch mosque shooting: World reacts to attack with tributes and protests

    Notice no one asks if the shooter was on ice? anti-depressants ? other mind altering drugs ? did this person have a mental history ? substancial amounts were needed to buy those guns ( in NZ a AR15 will set you back $1500 to 3,000 NZD not cheap ).

    One last thought, the ex governor of California ” stands with ” the victims, does he or anyone else of is ilk support the US 2A ? , did he complain of ISIS killing Yazidi’s ? or their use of sex slaves ? did any of the loud lefties do so ? no ? why not ?.

    Killing people who cannot shoot back is a low act , I deplore as such, however defending yourself from violent attack will land you in Gaol in NZ, as it will in Australia.



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