Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? Here Are 9 Reasons You Should!


We all agree that being able to start a fire during any emergency situation is imperative. A fire can help to provide nourishment, warmth, security, illumination, rescue, serenity and a plethora of other viable benefits. But just like any other skill, fire building must be continuously practiced. Read on to learn why a ferro rod is a must!

You may have to build a fire in a wet environment, which will be a completely different experience than fire building in a dry climate. You may need to build a large teepee fire for signaling or to build a simple crossfire if the mission is food preparation. These are just a couple of the scenarios that you may encounter when emergency and survival scenarios occur.

Why You Need A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit

You need to be flexible and experienced in as many fire building techniques as possible. The more options and skills that you possess, the better that you will fare when SHTF. You may not only need to produce for yourself, but also for your loved ones.

Failure is NOT an option.

There are three critical components to a fire…and if one of them is taken away, you will no longer have a fire. Those 3 components are:

  1. Ignition Source
  2. Oxygen
  3. Fuel

For the purpose of this post, I would like to focus on #1, the ignition source. If you think about it… We actually need a “fire” to start a fire. Luckily, there are many ways to accomplish this. These are just some of the options we can use to start a fire:

  • A Lighter (Zippo, Bic, etc.)
  • Battery & Steel Wool
  • Bow & Drill
  • Natural Flint & Steel
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Matches
  • Ferrocerium (Ferro Rod)

I have started countless fires with each of the options listed above. My go to igniter is a Bic lighter but if I had to pick just one ignition source for any SHTF scenario… It would have to be a ferro rod.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

There seems to be an ongoing debate on which fire igniting source is the best. Some may choose a Bic lighter while others prefer the ferro rod. I have to admit that I carry various Bic lighters in my go bags. Their convenience, lightweight, and ease of use make its simplicity very desirable for fire starting. But if you -held me to the fire- and I had to pick just one fire starting tool as I headed off to “zombieland”… It would have to be a quality ferro rod.

What I would like to share with you are my 9 reasons why a ferro rod should be included in everyone’s survival kit:

1. Durability:

Ferro rods are composed of mainly Iron, lanthanum and cerium. For convenience, there is usually a handle attached to the ferro rod made of wood, plastic or other material. When this rod is scraped with a piece of steel, the sparks that are sent to your bundle of tinder can reach temperatures in excess of 5,430F (°3000C). This is possible because of the oxidation that occurs during the scraping or striking process.

Ferro rods also have a long lifespan. I have ferro rods that can be struck up to 12,000 times. I also have “beefier” ½” ferro rods that can be struck over 20,000 times. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to get your first strike to start your tinder; Multiple strikes are usually needed. But with some good practice, you can get your tinder started in 3 strikes or less.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

Since the ferro rod is constructed of alloy materials, it makes it quite durable. It is a piece of gear that you can place in your pack and forget about it. There are no moving parts to concern yourself with and there is no fear of rendering it unserviceable from various tumbles you or your gear may take. It doesn’t require any special containers or housing like my lighters and matches do. I keep one strapped to the molle setup inside of my pack and it is always ready when I need it.

2. Weatherproof:

A ferro rod will work in virtually any weather situation. It can be soaked from the rain or it can be stuck in the mud. Just wipe it down, scrape it with some steel and you have seriously hot sparks flying at your tinder.

I also prefer my ferro rod in windy conditions. Matches and lighters tend to not bode very well in the wind. But a ferro rod will place hot molten metal on whatever tinder that you are trying to ignite, even in the wind.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

If you are in snow or other freezing conditions, your ferro rod will still operate flawlessly. Keep in mind that the same principles apply to tinder regardless of your ignition source. If your tinder isn’t good to go, it really doesn’t matter what you are using as a starter.

Tinder Isn’t weatherproof… That’s an obvious statement but some still have trouble grasping it. Just realize that by having a tool that can send “fire” or sparks in any weather condition is only half the battle. You need to have dry tinder, kept away from the elements, in order to have a good chance of getting your fire started. Sending countless sparks into wet or damp tinder will only waste your ferro rod or lighter for that matter.

3. Dependability:

The fact that the ferro rod is weatherproof and durable makes it a tool that you can depend on. I have had countless lighters break on me over the years. I have also gotten my matches soaked from downpours, spilled drinks and taking the occasional swim without fully clearing out my pockets.

Granted, these were all in recreational scenarios but my lighters and matches didn’t know that we were just having fun. So if those instances rendered my ignitors useless… what would make me think that they would function differently in an emergency situation?

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

Knowing that I have a fire starting method that I can depend on gives me greater peace of mind. This mindset is not only for SHTF situations but also while I am out in a recreational or work related capacity.

4. Convenient:

Ferro rods are very convenient. They are streamlined, compact and lightweight. Many quality ferro rods even come with a steel scraping tool. These steel tools have a 90 degree edge that is ideal for sending the sparks to a targeted location. Some of my ferro rod scrapers even have additional features such as a small ruler, flathead screwdriver, paracord lanyard attachment, bottle opener and a can opener. Those can be useful tools in a pinch.

In a cold environment, it is extremely convenient not having to shed my gloves in order to strike my lighter. Usually in the colder, freezing situations, a lighter tends to not work well causing multiple strikes to be needed. When my hands are frozen and nearly frostbitten… That is not something that I would enjoy – EVER AGAIN! 😉

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Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

I have other ferro rods that come in the form of a necklace. They are not only cool looking jewelry, if that is your preference, but they also work like a charm! They are a bit trickier to operate but with the right amount of practice, they function really well.

5. Can Travel On A Plane:

When I travel overseas I keep a ferro rod necklace in my Airport Go Bag. It basically looks like a keychain strapped to the interior of my pack. After countless miles in the air, I have yet to be questioned by security about my ferro rod. Unfortunately, that is something that will never happen with my lighters and or matches. They would have to be discarded way before I ever contemplate entering the plane. Damn Shoe-bomber…

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

I don’t anticipate a Tom Hanks Castaway moment in my flight travel plans, but we are either prepared or we are not. If I can add an extra measure of security for that – just in case moment- then I’m all in!

6. Inexpensive:

Ferro rods are relatively inexpensive for what you get. Since so many have jumped on the “survival bandwagon” as of late, there seems to be new options being offered on the market almost daily. I mentioned necklaces earlier but you can find them contained in various paracord devices and many other gadgets.

Since there is more popularity and manufacturers, there is more competition in the marketplace. What that means to us is cheaper prices!

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

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I have quality fire starters that cost me less than $9. My ½” thick ferro rod was just under $20 and will probably outlast my lifespan. As far as blowing your budget, it’s definitely not a factor when it comes to ferro rods.

7. Versatile:

Ferro rods work great for getting your tinder bundle started but it also comes in handy for igniting other sources. Backpacking stoves can be annoying at times to ignite. The angle on which these stoves need to be lit can be awkward on some models. Being able to spray some sparks from the ferro rod can be quite effective for getting these portable stoves lit.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

I use my ferro rods to get my backyard firepit going. I also use them for igniting my wood burning grill. It makes it convenient for me on windy days but also gives me the continual practice needed to hone in and maintain the skill. Take any opportunity that you can to practice. Once you become more proficient with your ferro rod, you will find yourself using it a lot more.

8. Can Be Used In High Altitudes:

I can refer back to my cigarette smoking days for this one… While training at the Mountain Warfare Training Center as an active duty United States Marine, we were training at over 10,000 feet in elevation for over a month. When we tried to use our Bic lighters to light our cigarettes, there always seemed to be an issue. We had to resort to matches to get our “fix” in while the Smoking Lantern was on.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

Now, I’m not suggesting to light your cigarette or cigar with a ferro rod. I am giving an example of why I’d prefer my ferro rod over my Bic lighter if I had to fire build in high elevation. A spark from a ferro rod will have the same intensity, regardless of the elevation.

9. Gives You The Bushcraft Feel:

I have to admit that starting a fire with a ferro rod certainly has that…cool factor. There is a degree of skill required to operate the ferro rod as opposed to just, striking the wheel on a Bic. It brings a bit of the bushcraft feel to the fire building experience. It’s not the same as starting it with a bow and drill but still cool nonetheless.

Do You Have A Ferro Rod In Your Survival Kit? You Should!

When I hand out ferro rods to my Boy Scout troop members, the excitement is almost instant. I see some of them become a bit nervous but that is a temporary effect. Once they learn to move the ferro rod, not the actual scraping tool… And get that tinder bundle going, they walk away from the experience looking as if they had just won the lottery.

Bottom Line:

It is always best to be redundant and carry various ignition sources. Just like most things in life, balance is key. If you can carry a Bic lighter, waterproof matches and a quality ferro rod… Then you are definitely good to go.

We never want to make things more difficult than we have to. This statement expands exponentially in an emergency scenario. Expand your skills and options whenever possible. Store as many ignition sources as you can for emergency use. If you are not familiar with a ferro rod, get one and start practicing. Get your family involved and practice together. You may need to rely on them for fire building in an emergency.

Right now we have the ability to choose our preferred methods and options. When SHTF… We may not be so fortunate.

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Preppers: Now Is Not the Time to Let Your Guard Down

Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

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There are many reasons why people start prepping. For me I had growing sense of the fragility of the social and economic fabric that weaves our daily systems together back in 2005. Call it a gut-check that was caused by impulses I am still not even aware of the source, but I felt an urge to take steps to protect my family. From what? From all manner of normal, everyday events and tragedies that affect people all over the world and have since the beginning of time. Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, famine, disease, war, economic downturn, zombie invasion, pandemic, loss of a job, drought, flood. The list goes on and on but I began a journey back then that continues, almost without ending to this day to be prepared for just about anything that can happen.

Many of my other prepper friends though seem to have hinged their motivation for prepping on a political urgency. Their own reasons for prepping stemmed almost directly from the recent political climate and actions taken by one political party or another. The fear of regulations or rules coming down from an abusive, tyrannical despot drove them to prepare for a loss of rights, confiscation of firearms or riots in the streets. But after one election cycle, the urgency has waned for these preppers. The fear of gun confiscations is gone because one man left office and another woman failed to become his successor.

Now, instead of burning up the comments on many of the more popular prepping blogs out there calling for everyone to take steps now, it seems that so many preppers who were in full swing a year or two ago have relaxed and stopped worrying about the need to prepare. Has this happened to you?

When you stop prepping

Now don’t get me wrong, my urgency to prepare has highs and lows and I have myself gone through periods where I prepare with more vigor than other times. This can be for a lot of reasons. For some preps, I spend a little more money and if the finances aren’t where I’d like them, I scale back. The months before Tax Day usually slow things down in that respect. Other times, when I do have the finances and want to purchase some prepping supplies, I go after it a little more enthusiastically. Sales have a great way of motivating me too.

But the difference is that I have never felt in the entire time I have been prepping, that everything is OK. That I don’t have anything to worry about and all that was wrong in the world has been repaired. Never. Not even once. Perhaps some of that boils down to what I think some of the major problems are and what I am more concerned with. After the basic level of preparedness for life’s curve-balls, my big worry is economic collapse. That to me is the big one to get concerned about because trigger reasons aside, if that happens, we could easily see rioting, disease, mass death, wars, etc.

Additionally, I have been slack in some of my every day preparedness occasionally and I end up smacking myself for letting my diligence slip. For example, we recently completed a trip out-of-state to see family. We didn’t take my vehicle which has a pretty complete vehicle survival kit and a lot of other supplies that would enable us to survive for a good while with nothing else. Instead we had my wife’s vehicle, which is less stocked. Usually, I would move everything over as I packed and make sure we were covered. This time I was lazy and although nothing happened to us on the road, I thought about the lack of supplies the entire trip. Some days I leave the house without my concealed carry weapon and I worry that this will be the day when I find out I needed it. Fortunately, that has never happened.

Now is not the time to let your guard down

These are minor fluctuations that happen to everyone based upon life. I haven’t abandoned my other preps and I will redouble my efforts on my next out-of-town trip so that I am more prepared for whatever life throws my way.

But some people think that just because one person won an election, that the need to prepare is lessened, if not removed altogether. For those people who were prepping solely because of the political environment they saw as a threat, the words coming from the new boss are different, more aligned to what they believe, their own principles and morals – so the urgency has gone away.

Now is not the time to let your guard down

I wrote a post back in 2013 titled Misplaced Hope: The Futility in Picking Sides Politically where I basically said my own personal belief is that it does not matter who is in charge politically in the grand scheme of things. Our government isn’t truly representative anymore and your interests are not placed above the interests of those in power. This doesn’t change really no matter which side is in power so believing that just because one side wins all your problems are solved is folly. Your mileage may vary.

To those preppers who think that now since the last election, our economic issues are over, that government will stop spying on people, that your freedom will increase, that the world as a whole will be a better place and people will start to reason and get along. Those who think we will never have conflict with another country, that our health and prosperity will continue forever… You’ve got to get your head out of the sand. The man behind the podium doesn’t control the economy, the banks do. The Deep State doesn’t care who is in power because they don’t have to answer to anyone and besides, you freely give your privacy away to any one of dozens of companies already.

Prepping is a Marathon, not a sprint

I could go on, but the point I am trying to make is that you shouldn’t stop prepping because your team won the last big game. Things can change and one election doesn’t alter the course of history typically. I maintain, that each of us should keep our heads down, our eyes peeled and continue to prepare. Maybe you spend less time arguing with people on Facebook, but your journey to preparedness shouldn’t stop because you think the reasons you had for prepping have gone away. Elections happen every 4 years and even outside of that, major events happen that change things in ways you could never have imagined. Look at 9/11 and what that did to our view of the world and outlook on many things. Surprises do still happen.

So to all the preppers who stopped and all the new preppers from the other side who are just as worried now as some of us were before November 8th and who are now prepping with an urgency many on this side have lost – don’t let your guard down! We should be prepared for anything. Don’t let what is happening in the media from day-to-day dictate whether or not you are taking steps to protect your family. Look at the larger picture, to history and keep making strides day by day to learn new skills, to set aside food and water, to get in shape and obtain training you could need one day.

Prepping is a Marathon, not a sprint and the race is far from over.

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How Angry Will You Be If The Republicans In Congress Do Not Repeal Obamacare?


Obamacare Report Card - FacebookTop Republicans are now publicly saying that Obamacare will never be fully repealed. In fact, many Republicans in Congress are already using the term “repair” instead of “repeal” to describe what is going to happen to Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Without a doubt, the Republicans in Congress are eventually going to do something, but strategists in both parties are now suggesting that most of the key elements of Obamacare are going to remain once everything is all said and done. It will be put into a more “conservative” package, but it will still be Obamacare.

On Thursday, former House Speaker John Boehner made headlines all over the country when he said that a complete repeal of Obamacare is “not what’s going to happen”.  Instead, Boehner said that Republicans are going to “fix Obamacare” and that they will “put a more conservative box around it” in order to keep their constituents happy.

Of course this isn’t what we voted for. For years, Republican politicians all across the country have been promising that Obamacare would be repealed once they got control of Congress, but now Boehner is telling us that all of that was just “happy talk”

Earlier in the panel discussion, Boehner said he “started laughing” when Republicans started talking about moving lightning fast on repeal and then coming up with an alternative.

“In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner said. “And all this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal—yeah, we’ll do replace, replace—I started laughing, because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

When the Republicans finally get around to doing something, they will inevitably declare it to be a great victory, but will it actually be that much different from what we have now?

Yes, the IRS penalty for not having health insurance will probably go. But there will still be coverage for children up to the age of 26, there will still be mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions, there will still be mandatory coverage for maternity expenses, there will still be some form of Medicaid expansion and there will still be subsidies for the poor.

In the end, we are still going to have a healthcare system where half the country pays for the healthcare for the other half of the country.

That isn’t fair, and it never will be.  One half of the country shouldn’t have to pay much higher rates for their own health insurance and also pay for the healthcare of everyone else in the nation as well.  Either we should go back to a free market system, or they might as well go ahead and socialize the entire thing.

The thought of sticking with what we have right now is utter insanity, but unfortunately that is what top Republicans mean when they speak of “repairing” Obamacare. The following comes from the New York Times

“When you talk about ‘repeal,’ you have just used a word that is very polarizing,” said Representative Tom MacArthur, Republican of New Jersey, who meets weekly with moderate Republicans and Democrats of equal number. “When you go to Democrats and say, ‘Help us repeal,’ that puts them in a box. If you say, ‘Would you help us repair something?’ people start listening in a whole other way.”

How in the world do you “repair” a steaming pile of garbage?

I just don’t understand.

What the Republicans need to do is very simple. As Jim Demint has suggested, the Republicans in Congress simply need to pass the same Obamacare repeal that Barack Obama vetoed not too long ago…

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, the former South Carolina Republican senator, called on activists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference to push their members of Congress to send to President Donald Trump the same legislation that dismantled the law and was vetoed by President Barack Obama with all due haste.

“We must and we can repeal Obamacare now,” DeMint said. “They should send that same bill to President Trump right now.”

So what is keeping Republicans in Congress from moving forward?

One thing is the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Some liberal Republicans are promising to vote against any Obamacare repeal bill that defunds Planned Parenthood

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) says she will not vote for an ObamaCare repeal bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

In her address to Alaska’s state legislature Wednesday, the moderate Republican offered her firmest commitment yet that she will not support defunding Planned Parenthood.

“I, for one, do not believe that Planned Parenthood has any place in our deliberations on the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

Another thing that is giving some Republicans pause are the angry protesters that they are running into at town hall meetings…

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Tom McClintock of California are among Republicans who faced hostile audiences at recent town hall meetings.

This comes after the Women’s March on Washington that drew hundreds of thousands of protestors the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Republicans need to be paying attention and doing their best to understand the energy from the town halls,” said Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, a Washington-based publication that tracks congressional races.

Of course a lot of those “angry protesters” are from Barack Obama’s private army of more than 30,000 volunteers that are being deployed around the nation in a desperate attempt to defend Obamacare.

In the end, the truth is that the Republicans should be listening to the voters that sent them to Washington in the first place. Most of those voters expected an immediate Obamacare repeal, and now that it has not happened it is making for a very confusing tax season. The following comes from Politico

Republicans’ stalled campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is sowing confusion among those now trying to do their taxes.

Many taxpayers believe Republicans have already repealed the law, tax preparers say, and they’re surprised and upset to learn they are still subject to Obamacare’s penalty for failing to have health insurance — a charge that climbed this year to more than $2,000 per family.

Until it is repealed, Obamacare will continue to kill jobs and will continue to kill the middle class.

It was one of the worst pieces of legislation ever written, and it boggles the mind that so many Republicans in Congress are hesitant about repealing it.

Unfortunately, just as I portray in my novel, America is rapidly going crazy.

We have been given over to a reprobate mind, and our leaders can’t even seem to think straight any longer.

If Obamacare is going to be repealed, now is the time. Please contact your representatives in Congress and tell them that a “fix” will not work and that we want Obamacare to be completely repealed and replaced with a free market alternative.

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Bambery Receives National Hunting Heritage Award

Bambery Receives National Hunting Heritage Award
Bambery Receives National Hunting Heritage Award
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Wild Turkey Federation

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-( The National Wild Turkey Federation recognized the distinguished career of Carol Bambery by presenting her with the prestigious Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.

“The NWTF family does great work. The way to do great work is to love what you do. We love working together to “Save the habitat. Save the hunt.”, thus saving our hunting heritage,” Bambery said. “I am privileged to be a part of the NWTF family and its great work. It is an honor to be recognized with the Lynn Boykin award which tributes the first female president and chairperson of the national board of this outstanding organization.”

The Lynn Boykin Hunting Heritage Award’s namesake was a former president and chairperson of the NWTF’s national board. During her tenure, she emphasized the importance of our hunting heritage and helped create a new outlook for the organization. Today, the NWTF’s mission to celebrate and preserve North America’s hunting heritage is some of its most important work.

Bambery, from Prosperity, South Carolina, has a distinguished career teaching others and defending laws protecting wildlife and the wild places we enjoy. She has argued challenges against Michigan’s Firearm Preemption and Shooting Range Protection Act, and she has served on numerous boards, including the National Rifle Association’s. She, along with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Association’s management, launched a legal strategy program that provides opportunity for the state fish and wildlife agencies to act in concert to aggressively defend against challenges to the states’ wildlife management role.

“Carol is a career-long advocate for wildlife and is passionate about defending our hunting heritage,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “Carol is an asset to all those who care so deeply about wildlife and wild places.”

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, the NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit or reactivate at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

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Indiana’s Victims of Violent Crimes Bill Gets House Approval


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Indiana’s HB1071 passed in the Indiana House with a 71 – 26 vote and is now headed to the State Senate. If the bill becomes law, according to Guy Relford, prominent Indiana firearms attorney and Second Amendment advocate:

“This will allow those lawfully able to possess a firearm, and found to be at the greatest risk, the ability to protect themselves.”

This Bill essentially states that anyone who meets the following criteria can legally carry a concealed firearm for personal protection:

  • Must be a woman or man over the age of 21.
  • Must have obtained an order of protection as a result of being a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.
  • Must be eligible under all federal and Indiana state laws to legally purchase, own, and carry a concealed firearm.

The ability to carry concealed under this law is only supported for 60 days starting from either the day a personal protection order is granted, or from the day the individual applies for their carry license.

Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, the author, said it is voluntary and not all women will feel comfortable. But for those fearful of going to work or church or the grocery (store) after a protective order is issued, it allows them to carry a firearm. He repeatedly noted that no state or federal limitations on buying or owning a gun are pre-empted by the legislation.

“This gives them an option to defend themselves,” Eberhart said.

Since there appears to be some controversy between this bill and HB1056, the new legislation has an additional provision. The provision requires a summary of constitutional carry issues as they relate to the possibility of eliminating state issued concealed carry permits.

For Second Amendment advocates removing the laws that require a permit, thereby enabling Constitutional Carry, would be their end goal. However HB1056 faces an uphill battle, as it does not have the same support especially from Law Enforcement, as does HB1071. The passage of HB1071 appears to be a step in the right direction until further support for HB1056 can be obtained.

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VA-ALERT: ACTION ITEM: Gov. VETOES Military Carry Bill

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

USA -( Governor McAuliffe just vetoed HB 1582, Delegate Campbell’s bill to allow active duty and honorably discharged military members who are over 18 and under 21 to apply for a concealed handgun permit.

The Governor has never been a fan of gun owners and is now also showing an anti-military position to boot.

HB 1582 passed the House by a whopping 79 to 18 vote! THAT IS VETO PROOF as long as the Democrats (and Republicans) stand their ground on this bill.

The House will get the first chance to override the veto. If that succeeds, then the Senate will have its chance to do the same.

Unfortunately, the bill only passed the Senate by a 24 to 15 vote, with one Republican not voting (Senator Wagner). Assuming that he votes correctly when he gets a chance, the vote would be 25 to 15, only two votes shy of a veto override.

HOWEVER, there are several Senate Democrats who voted against HB 1582 who also represent large military areas. They may well change their vote under pressure.



We need EVERYONE to send an email to their Senator on overriding the veto, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR SENATOR IS A DEMOCRAT!

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Also make sure the House overrides the veto by contacting your Delegate.



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Milwaukee Mayor Boasts Record Gun Seizures In Plea for More State Help



Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett may be inept at leading the charge against his city’s rampant gun crime, but he sure is good at making excuses for his failure and pointing the blame at law-abiding citizens.

Reporting that Milwaukee police seize guns in the southern Wisconsin city at a rate nine times of police in New York City, Barrett once again claims this isn’t due to MPD Chief Ed Flynn’s failure to solve crimes or DA John Chisolm’s inability to prosecute criminals, it’s because there are just ‘many guns on the streets’ of his city.

“There’s more gun capacity that the criminals have than the police have,” said Barrett. “And that’s a concern that I have. I don’t want our police officers to face individuals who can outgun them.”

According to Barrett, MPD seized 2,419 guns in 2016. So far in 2017, police have seized 337 guns, all while investigating a crime.
Compared to other major cities, MPD seizes guns at a rate of about 407 per 100,000 people. Los Angeles Police seize guns at a rate of 156 per 100,000 people, Chicago at 246 per 100,000, Philadelphia at 253 per 100,000 and NYC at 44 per 100,000 people.
Barrett’s solution? More gun laws. Milwaukee’s mayor wants legislation passed to make it a felony for anyone with three misdemeanor convictions in five years to own a gun and for state and federal prosecutors to take straw purchases more seriously in the Dairy State. Impotent goals at best, considering Milwaukee’s dismal clearance rate in shooting deaths.

Instead of confronting, owning and working to fix his city’s failure to get a handle on the crime afflicting Milwaukee, Barrett used a press conference to claim ‘the state of Wisconsin isn’t doing enough’ to help his city deal with the problem.”The financial relationship is basically broken, because the money we receive that by and large goes into the police department has been frozen or shrunken over the last 15 years,” Barrett said, stating the more than $300 million budgeted to the police department is greater than the city’s tax levy of just more than $263 million.

Sounds to me like Milwaukee voters should wake up and stop electing people to office who can neither manage state aid nor effectively do their jobs. But that just makes too much sense, doesn’t it? 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin first made it onto the list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in 2014 and made it up the list to its current position as the #7 Most Dangerous City in 2015 with a violent crime rate of 1,364 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The City of Milwaukee has been run by Democrats since 1960, with 1908 being last year a Republican was mayor.


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Is Dutch Oven Cooking A Part Of Your Emergency Plan? [Video Tutorial]


There is something nostalgic about Dutch oven cooking over an open flame. The smell, the feel and the taste of this experience cannot be replicated by any other method of cooking.

Sure, I’m a bit bias about the almost magical effect that the Dutch oven has on the ingredients that are placed inside of it. But as you read a bit further, you will get a better grasp on my infatuation with the cast-iron Dutch oven.

The Dutch oven brings out that warm feeling of being “home” regardless of where I may be in the world. As I huddle around the fire ring with my group, preparing our meal, the Dutch oven becomes part of my extended family.

Dutch Oven Cooking As A Part Of Your Emergency Plan

A lot goes into preparing a meal using a Dutch oven. We need to gather firewood, build a sustainable fire, prepare our ingredients and then actually cook the meal. Most of the time, this requires a group effort. So… not only does the Dutch oven provide a tasty and nutritious meal for us, but it also brings our group together, as one team, working on a common goal.

There are various Dutch oven choices available to us. We have options ranging from ceramic to aluminum construction. But for my purposes, there is only one real type of dutch oven… One made of 100% cast iron.

Coach Helder’s Dutch Oven Cooking Video Tutorial: 

I also require certain features from my Dutch oven. Besides the obvious cast-iron construction, I also require my Dutch oven to have:

  1. 3 legs on the bottom to hold it above the coals
  2. A lid flange or ridge to contain coals for baking purposes
  3. A lid handle to remove and replace the lid
  4. Made in the U.S.A. with U.S. materials

So now that you know the specs that I require for my Dutch oven, let’s get into why I feel that a Dutch oven is the ideal cookware for emergency situations where weight is not an issue.

Cooking In A Dutch Oven Is Healthy:

A lot of the cookware options that are catered to the survival minded are made from aluminum. This keeps the mess gear lightweight and aluminum is also a great conductor of heat. However, when food is cooked at high temperatures in aluminum, some leaching can occur and the extra aluminum ends up in our bodies.

There is plenty of talk about aluminum toxicity contributing to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Even though there are arguments on both sides of the fence, I chose to avoid cooking in aluminum cookware. There may not be any detrimental effects from cooking in aluminum but there certainly aren’t any health benefits either.

When we cook in our cast iron Dutch ovens, any leaching that occurs from the cooking process is actually beneficial to us. Our bodies require iron and during stressful times, we need all the benefits that we can get in order to accomplish our mission. The stronger that our immune system is, the better our chances of not only surviving but also thriving as we ride out the emergency.

Is Dutch Oven Cooking A Part Of Your Emergency Plan? [Video Tutorial]

Cooking In A Dutch Oven Is Convenient:

Whether I am making a stew or baking a cake, the Dutch oven is the only cooking container that I need. I can gather up all of my ingredients, toss them into the Dutch oven and begin my cooking process. This not only makes cooking a lot easier but it also allows me to utilize less gear. In a SHTF scenario, I want to conserve as much energy as possible. Deploying, stowing and cleaning only one main piece of cookware certainly lightens the workload.

The lid on a Dutch oven fits snuggly when placed over the oven. Due to its heavy cast-iron construction, a sealed Dutch oven keeps the critters out. This helps to preserve any leftover food while we work on other facets needed in an emergency situation.

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Dutch Oven Is Ideal For Various Cooking Methods:

You can deep fry, bake, saute, boil and pretty much any other preferred cooking method in the outdoors. The Dutch oven can even be buried for a slow cooker method. Another great feature of the Dutch oven is the fact that the lid can be inverted, placed over a flame & used as a skillet. This adds diversity to your cooking options and you can divvy up the food preparation tasks with multiple members of your group.

The only real limitation with the Dutch oven is your imagination and skill set. You may not have all the ingredients that a certain recipe calls for but it’s the perfect opportunity to overcome and adapt! One of the benefits that I get from my Dutch oven is that it seems to add its own bit of seasoning to the meal being prepared. This more than compensates for any missing ingredients that the recipe calls for; especially in an emergency situation.

The more that you use your Dutch oven, the more that it adds to the flavoring of your meal. You can understand why people like President George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, cherished her seasoned cast iron so much that she even made them part of her will, dated on May 20th, 1788, that one half of her “iron kitchen furniture” should go to her grandson, Fielding Lewis, and the other half to Betty Carter, a granddaughter, which included several Dutch ovens. (1, 2)

Take care of your Dutch oven and it will remain part of your gear for life.

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Dutch Oven Cooking Is Ideal For Both Bugging-In or Bugging-Out:

The Dutch oven isn’t a viable choice for bugging out on foot due to its weight & dimensions. But for  bugging-in at home or bugging-out in your vehicle, the Dutch oven is ideal.

In an emergency, we may not have full access to the grid. Electricity and gas utilities will not be in operation. Knowing that I can prepare a family meal, utilizing a fire and a Dutch oven, adds a bit of sanity to the current mayhem and the uncertainties that lie ahead.

Comfort Food When Comfort Is Difficult To Come By:

In a SHTF situation, you may not want to give up your location with a big, boisterous fire at night. This holds true whether you are bugging in or out. Security is key and a fire can be spotted from miles away. An added benefit of the Dutch oven is that it can be buried while cooking your meal.

Turning a Dutch oven into a slow cooker is a method that has been used for years. It was a preferred means of cooking used by our western pioneers. They would bury their dutch ovens in a hole, with a bunch of hot coals and head off to hunt or perform whatever work was needed. Hours later, they would return with a warm nutritious meal waiting for them. All that they had to do was to retrieve it from the hole that it was buried in.

If you choose to practice this method, remember to abide by the Leave No Trace rule. Always leave your working environment better than you found it.

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The Dutch Oven Produces Better Tasting Food That Other Cookware:

OK, I realize that this is just my opinion… But I can guarantee you that I am not the only one that feels this way.

Because of the pores in the Dutch oven, the more that you cook with it, the greater the flavor of future meals become. Now, it’s not an overwhelming addition to the flavor… It is more of a special ingredient that you cannot seem to put your finger on. Think of it as your special secret spice that will keep your family and friends guessing as to what it may be.

I can add relatively plain ingredients to my Dutch oven and once the meal is done cooking, the food is infused with a richer flavor that the ingredients alone couldn’t produce. When we couple that with the fact that we are also getting some additional iron leaching… You can easily see why Dutch oven cooking is the preferred method for many who are focused on preparedness.

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A Dutch Oven Is Easy To Clean:

Let’s be honest… Neither of us find the aspect of cleaning mess gear enjoyable. Sponges, soaps and scouring pads are messy and add a plethora of unwanted chemicals. These same chemicals can end up in our bodies and cause adverse effects to the environment.

When it comes to the Dutch oven, soap is a NEGATIVE! The soap can become lodged in the pores of the cast iron. If that happens, you will need to re-season your Dutch oven and basically start from scratch. Well… there goes all that wonderful added flavoring that I mentioned earlier. I will get into seasoning your Dutch oven in a future article.

I clean my dutch oven by scraping out the excess food, filling it with water and bringing it to a boil over an open flame. After emptying the water out, I repeat the scraping process for any stubborn food residue and apply a thin coat of oil to the interior of the oven. I also put a thin layer of oil on the underside of the Dutch oven lid.

Once the Dutch oven is fully cooled, I stow it away in a custom built wooden box so that I do not get my other gear dirty while transporting it.

That’s it… Cleanup is nice and simple; Comparatively.

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The Dutch Oven Is Durable Enough To Last A Lifetime:

Due to the Dutch oven being constructed of cast-iron, it is extremely durable and holds up well when used in the field. No need to worry about dents or dings that would make the pot unserviceable. I have lost various mess gear in the past due to dings that caused the lid to no longer fit snuggly on the pot. Even though this gear was made of quality stainless steel, it was still malleable enough to get destroyed by unforeseen mishaps.

However, when the Dutch oven becomes hot, it also becomes brittle. Always handle your Dutch oven with care, especially when it’s hot. If you drop it over a stone while it is hot, it will crack. Like every other piece of gear that we own… Take care of it and it will take care of you for a lifetime!

I have several pieces of cast-iron cookware that are over 100 years old. They were passed down to my parents and then handed down to me. If you invest in a quality Dutch oven, it won’t be cheap but with the proper care, it’s lifespan is virtually endless. Eventually, you can hand it down to a loved one to carry on the tradition.

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Bottom Line:

During an emergency scenario, there are so many unknowns that we will encounter. Being able to provide not only a nutritious meal but also a tasty one, is imperative to keep energy and morale levels up. One of the best ways that I found to accomplish this is via Dutch oven cooking.

As always, you need to get out there and practice. The more that the Dutch oven becomes a part of your method… The faster that you can reap the benefits and the rewards.

Once you get it right and share that first Dutch oven chocolate cake, made entirely in the field, you will be the HERO on your next outing or camping trip.

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