The Survival Buzz #183: Traveling with Long Guns

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jul 1, 2019 (Orig - Aug 22, 2015)



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Greetings from the weekly Survival Buzz!  I can hardly believe another week has gone by. That said, what a week it has been in terms of the catastrophic wildfires here in Washington State.  I happen to live in a Firewise community and so far, the only fire I have seen is a minor one in the nearby marina.

I know that many of you live close to some of the burning fires. My advice is get out of harm’s way before you have to.  Bug out to a friend or relative’s house or check into a hotel outside of the danger zone.  That is what I would do.

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Prepping wise, I continue to get ready for a road trip that will take us to Arizona.  I am pretty excited to be stopping along the way to visit Spark Naturals, as well as Linda from Food Storage Moms, as we travel through Utah.  Both Shelly the Survival Husband and I have concealed permits but plan to keep our firearms under lock and key throughout most of the trip. In preparation, Shelly purchased this dual carbine case that will also be used after the fact to cart long guns to the range.

And me?  On my bucket list is a Taser which I am more comfortable with as an every day carry while traversing urban areas.

This week I also continued to work on my Portable First Aid Kit so you probably noticed I did not get the article done yet.  Perhaps this week, then again perhaps next.

Finally, I continue to enjoy the fantastic tomatoes from my garden and :: drumroll please :: cucumbers successfully grown in pots for the first time ever!  I plan to double or triple the pots and plants next year so I can put up my own pickles.

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.

Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips

I have been remiss in not passing on items from the mail bag and need to catch up.  Let me see if I can get a few done today.

Robin asked:

You recommend putting your salves into plastic jars but I’m hearing from others that essential oils have some kind of reaction to plastic and to use glass jars.  Would you comment on this?

Here is my response, which you can take for what it is worth.

You know, Robin, I read that too but I have never had a problem.  I also use glass jars but the plastic works fine as well.  Personally speaking, there is a ton of misinformation being pass around the internet.  That is why I share my personal experience and leave it at that.

Relative to the salves, the oils are well diluted so there is little or no chance they will “eat through” the plastic.  Ridiculous!


Greg asked about inexpensive flashlights.  As you know, I mentioned a Flashlight Faceoff awhile back.  Here is my response:

I have been testing a number of flashlights and I keep coming back to those Mini-Crees. I have never had one fail and even went on a switching rampage turning one off and on hundred of times (my fingers were S.O.R.E.) and they just keep on going.

I have promised a flashlight faceoff but really, given the price point, it is almost no contest.

The flashlight I am referring to is the one frequently found in the Bargain Bin such as the UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight.  As I said, I have never had one fail.  It is a bit heavier and fatter than the Coastal HP1 plus the beam is not quite as strong, but it is 1/3rd the cost.  The faceoff continues.


On the subject of Roadkill, Daryle weighed in with this:

I’ve been eating road kill for over 30 years. Butchering, as one may think of it, doesn’t really pertain to harvesting road kill. You don’t want to use conventional methods because the animal was dispatched by a bumper, not a bleed-out knife. You need to release as much trapped blood as possible. Then the recovered meat is soaked in a very light brine to draw even more blood.

Butchering, that is cutting the carcass into retail sections that might be seen in a meat case, just doesn’t happen to road kill.

The key is to remove as much meat as possible, as quickly as possible. No bones. Just meat.

I limit my road kill to venison. Little critters just are not practical.

Mix 4-5 pounds of venison with 1 pound of low-cost bacon and grind for the best hamburger you might ever eat. Mix 2 pounds of venison with 1 pound of boneless pork shoulder, season appropriately, and you will have very good sausage.

You might get lucky and cut out the backstraps, but for the most part this is a recovery mission, not a Saturday afternoon butchering of the family hog.

Knowing how to butcher may be useful information, read “Cutting Up in the Kitchen.” Or a recent publication, “Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game.” Road kill is different. As Hawkeye Pierce used to say, “This is meatball surgery.”

Here is a link to the article in the event you missed it:  Should You Eat Roadkill? 8 Important Rules to Consider First.


Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

This week’s Book Festival entry is from Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper.  You are going to want to enter to win this one!

Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine + Giveaway

In addition, I took a break from prepping and offered up what I would call some lifestyle items.  No one more surprised than me to find that readers have welcomed this change of pace.  Does that mean I can post more lifestyle articles and not fear that the flock leave the coop?

Survival Friday: An iClever Review and Giveaway

Note that with all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Essential Oils and Natural Remedies

Spark Naturals is having a FREE SHIPPING weekend and if you are at all interested in giving essentials oils a try, this is the time to do it.  By using the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL, in addition to free shipping you get 10% off your entire SN order.

Free Shipping Aug 21

A good oil to try for a first-time use is Lavender which you can read about here: The Miracle of Lavender Oil: 25 Amazing Uses for Survival.  You can’t beat the price:  $6.29 for a 5ML bottle.

Other Announcements – Upcoming Solar Cooking Event

I do not have all of the details yet but a quick heads up that there will be another solar cooking webinar on September 23rd at 7PM Central.  As things get closer, I will be sharing more details so please watch for it.

Also, like last time, the webinar will be recorded so you can watch it for a short period after the fact.

The Final Word

As I write this on Friday afternoon, the sun is shining and there is a moderate sea breeze coming off of the water.  This is really the perfect place to be.  A relator friend of mine recently wrote this on his website:

More and more here in the San Juan Islands we are seeing clients/investors looking at the Islands from a different perspective.

They are looking beyond the amazing natural beauty of our environment and looking in terms of security that is offered by the geography of the area. It has been said that the entire county is a “Gated Community” due to the fact that you have to take that extra step to get here. What used to be considered a nuisance by some as the inevitable wait at the ferry lines is now looked upon as a passage to a safe haven.

Something to consider in these uncertain times.

I am blessed to live in a survival community defined by mother nature and geography rather than bunkers, guns. and bunch of doomsday preppers.  That said, it will be good to get away for awhile and experience another part of the country.

So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find items mentioned today plus other prepping favorites.

Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game:  The author takes the mystery out of slaughtering and butchering everything from beef and veal, to venison, pork, and lamb. The text is clear and easy-to-follow and is combined with 130 detailed illustrations and complete, step-by-step instructions.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED FlashlightFAVORITE!  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Spark Natural Lavender:  Step up to the difference of Spark Naturals.  With the current free shipping offer plus discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL, you can score a bottle for less than $7.00.  Lavender and Melaleuca were the first two oils I purchased back in the 1980s.  They still hold a top spot in my emergency kit.

NC Star Double Carbine Case, Large/42″: After searching for the just right bag, I think we found it.  This will hold two long guns (AR and Shotgun, for example), plus handguns, and spare magazines.  The zippers appear to be sturdy and there are plenty of pockets, Velcro and straps to hold all or stuff while traveling to and from the range.  Not bad given the price point of $59.

Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.

One Second After:  Deal alert!  As of this writing, the Kindle version is only $2.99!  For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. It is a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) used as a weapon.  It could happen.  If you have not read this book, you really should.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

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13 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #183: Traveling with Long Guns”

  1. For what it is worth: my wife was putting EO’s in capsules to be able to ingest them. The same capsules I use to encapsulate cayenne, garlic, ginger, and other herbs. As she made her capsules, she ended up with a little on the outside. She temporally placed them in a styrofoam cup, wow, in less than 5 minutes, there was a large hole in the side of the cup.

    • Yuk. My guess is she was using one of the hot oils. Oregano maybe?

  2. In the int-rest of furthering prepper science, I “tested” a can of pizza sauce which was five years past its expiration date. The can was stored at roughly between 50 and 70 degrees year round with low humidity. It tasted just fine and didn’t make anyone sick.
    I came across another can, just as old, which had a slight bulge to it. I pitched that can out. The bulge was difficult for me to even see. Someone else noticed it. That’s a tricky thing, imho, …noticing The Bulge.

    I read about how some people are expecting a “monster” “Godzilla” El Nino this year. Perhaps the film, ‘Sharknado’ is a good prepper film afterall, in spite of its silliness and loads of very poor, ah, approaches to doing certain things?

    It’s funny, I thought about your ‘flashlight switch test’ a couple of times this week. I never even considered such a part failure before. I still don’t pay it much mind, but it was something.

    I wonder what the details are of your reasoning or feelings are about not carrying and picking a taser instead. I would think it would be a great opportunity to try carrying all the time, while things are relatively calm, to see how it works for you and to see what does not.

    This week I practiced my situational awareness. An older poor looking couple pulled up next to me in their late model mini-van as I was walking on a sidewalk. They strangely asked if I had a quarter, in a not so nice or needy-like way. I didn’t walk all the way up to their car door to ask them to repeat the question I wasn’t sure I heard right. Alarms did go off a wee bit as I noticed how trashy looking the interior of their min-van was. The person I was with thought they were going to try and rob me somehow. I didn’t have that thought in mind at the time. I just told them I didn’t have a quarter to give, while I maintained a decent gap between them and me, and walked on. Afterwards I kept thinking about how danger can creep up on you when you least expect it and in the most unlikely of situations. That’s why I was kind of surprised to read what I took as a strong statement about having your weapons locked up as you traveled,… and, in Arizona of all places?

    Just wondering, nothing more.

    • We don’t want the cops to pull us over and question why we have so many firearms. Once we arrive at our destination, no problem. Plus. we will have a Glock with us at all times except while traveling through Oregon where our permits are not honored.

      As far as the Taser, I am still not as proficient as I should be to safely (in my view) handle a handgun except in a dire emergency.

    • We travel routinely on road trips with long guns and hand guns. I’ve found that most law enforcement officers “recognize” long gun cases (at least I did when I was wearing the badge daily)so I took an entirely different approach. We weighed the “options” of long guns, and now use “take down” models which break down into their cases, and those cases are IN the luggage out of sight of nosy inquiring minds. Our legal handguns are carried on our persons.
      One word with Tasers, the air tasers legal for “civilians”, have very limited range(about 15 feet) and may or may not work. OC/Pepper/tear gas spray “might” be a far better less-than-lethal option for those who have not been fully exposes and trained to HOW a Taser unit actually works.(and NO, Tasers do not work ALL the time-NOTHING does, but when they DO, they are effective.) Civilian Tasers are powered by compressed air cartridges, and are a bear to “reload” if you need more than one shot, which is WHY, we use the good old fashioned OC/Pepper/Tear gas combination sprays. They work usually and allow for fast follow-up “applications” IF needed. Handguns are not “comfortable”, but they can be comforting to have on your person. Of course, situational awareness (as described above in the quarter incident) is always THE best skill-set tool to have in your box. Best “fight” to be in, is the one you avoid or, never have.Great article and posts.

    • Thanks for the info. Never really liked tasers. I do like peppers better and keep some handy in different locations even when traveling.

  3. The calendar seems to be about 4-6 weeks behind what Nature is doing, so along with putting up produce, I’ve been getting my infused oils and vinegars ready; this includes a mainstay now, Oil and Vinegar of the Four Thieves. They saw me through last winter so I’m making double batches for this year. I will also be planting for winter and overwintering. In between, I’m working on some herbal recipes for asthma which I will be trying while having the backup of pharma inhalers.
    O and just for being indoors due to the smokey haze during these wind shifts from the wildfires, I’m creating stories of my ancestors to hand down to the newer generations. Heroes and history become more real when you know their stories. 🙂

  4. I wonder what a practice session would be like using a taser. Would you even practice? Years ago I gave my better half some pepper spray, her girlfriend and boyfriend stopped over, the girlfriend talked tie boyfriend into allowing himself to be pepper sprayed because they all wanted to know what happened. This was when pepper spray first came out. I kind of wished I was there to see it. I guess they all laughed.

    • I’m not sure about that myself. I am aware that many/most police academies do a session where each person is tasered so they understand what happens and how it feels. Not sure I could have someone do that to me, but then I wouldn’t want to be ‘peppered’ either. 😉

    • For a practice session with a taser I was thinking more along the lines of using a watermellon or something as a target.

      Do tasers have recoil? Or something like it?

    • Tasers have NO recoil what so ever, neither the Police model nor the civilian air taser model. Hope this helps.

  5. If you want to “experience” OC/Pepper spray in person, do NOT get
    full on sprayed.
    Put a SMALL amount on a Q-tip and swab high on the cheeks. DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS OR GLASSES while “experiencing” the spray.
    Sabre is excellent as is First Defense brand, also, Fox Brand. All three are used extensively by law enforcement agencies, and yeah! They do work on most folks, and are easier to use than air Tasers.
    If you have no other choice, “bear spray” does work on human predators and it puts out a NICE sized stream. Aim for the third button on a person’s shirt most suspect/s will duck when they see you applying the spray. That aiming point allows a lot of the spray to enter their nostrils and eyes-which is EXACTLY where you want it to go. Don’t feel guilty about less=-than-lethal applications either. However, don’t spray or Tase when you NEED to use a firearm.

  6. hello, re: Sparks naturals
    I am a fan of essential oils and am reading your articles on Sparks Naturals with interest. Unfortunately, like most of the info on Backdoor Survival, all is mostly meant for U.S. residents, which I am not. Sparks does not ship overseas and courier services do not take essential oils for one reason or the other. So there we are.
    But apart from that I must compliment you on your website, it is most enjoyable plus very useful. Thank you.
    Elizabeth Broers, Bahrain


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