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From Boyce K: How do you protect your life and your valuables if the bad guy is armed and in your house with you?

Answer: Once an intruder is in your home you have to react. I personally have a gun for home defense and it’s the number one weapon I recommend for people concerned about home invasions. If you aren’t a gun person, I would have some way to defend your family such as a knife, baseball bat or golf club. Now, most people think that if they just do what the intruder asks, then they will let them go and no one will get hurt. Unfortunately, criminals who are brazen enough to commit a home invasion usually want more than just your valuables. My point is, during a home invasion you don’t want to sit there and do nothing and take their word that they are only going to ransack the house and then go. You need to fight back and be aggressive toward the criminals. Don’t hesitate and don’t allow yourself to be a victim because there is a good chance they won’t just leave you unharmed.

From Roger B: I have your survival pen, but I’d like to see a video of what else I can do with it besides breaking a beer bottle in an Aussie bar. Don’t get me wrong that could be very helpful, but naturally, I want to know more.

Answer: One of the reasons I like the tactical pen so much is that it serves different purposes and it’s easy to always carry with me. I’ve flown all over the world with my pen and entered secure government buildings. The fact is, the tactical pen can be used as a glass-breaking device, self-defense weapon, and of course, a regular writing pen. It’s simple to carry and I’m glad to always know I have a self-defense tool with me in case I ever need to protect my life or my family. Click here to see the tactical spy pen.

From Jake A: I live in Orlando where we ain’t got no cellars or basements due to the high water tables here… Here in 1 million+ population dependent of cars there are only 4 roads that traverse Orlando completely E to W , or N to S. We do have a huge movable parking lot called I-4 constantly undergoing all sorts of mods…

Go back a few years to the last really nasty hurricane Ivan, which devastated central Florida. Nobody was able to leave the State by road. So how exactly does one bug out anywhere here in Florida?

Answer: There is no simple answer for this but the most important thing is to plan ahead and be prepared. If you know a storm is approaching trust your gut and beat the rush. I would rather error on the side of caution and leave too early rather than too late. In addition, if you live alone and only have to worry about getting yourself to safety you could look into a motorcycle as another way to bug out. Of course, this wouldn’t work if you have a family of 4 or plan on taking much gear with you. However, it’s a great way to move quickly even in traffic. Lastly, if you can afford it, municipal airports are a great way to get out fast.

From Bill E: I live near the ocean. I assume the survfilter won’t work on salt water.

Any other ideas?

Answer: You are right, the SurvFilter doesn’t remove salt from water. The majority of water filters won’t be able to remove salt from water and oftentimes the salt would end up clogging the filter. Unfortunately, during a survival situation one of the only ways to desalinate water would be through distillation. There are survival distillation systems you can buy and they operate using a heat source such as a stove. The problem with these is that the process is very slow and probably wouldn’t provide enough water for a family. For example, one survival distillation system produces about 1 quart of drinkable water each hour. So for a family of 4 you would need to distill water for about 16 hours each day to provide each family member with 1 gallon per a day. In other words, it wouldn’t be an easy process. To see me using the SurvFilter to drink from some disgusting water click here.

From John H: I have multiple magazines for each of my Glocks (17, 26 and 43).  I always carry a spare magazine with me when I carry (which is most of the time) and I load all the magazines up when I go to the range but I’ve always wondered whether it would fatigue the metal in the magazine spring if I kept them all loaded all the time. When you’re not using them, is it better to keep them empty or filled?

Answer: A quality factory magazine is designed to last thousands of times loading and unloading the magazine. If you buy factory magazines (and not a cheap knockoff) then you should be able to leave your magazines loaded for years. I’ve done this and most law enforcement officers do this (except when they qualify with their gun two times a year.)


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