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From Richard S: Loved the book and the flashlights. Waiting for the knife to arrive. How do you take the “pen” through airport security?

Answer: When I travel, I typically put my tactical pen inside my carry-on and send it through the security screening. In addition, I will put the cap of the pen on the sharp end so the screeners can see it is a writing pen. I never carry the pen on my body or put it in the little tray with my wallet. The thing is, I’ve heard some people will show off the pen or even tell the security screeners about the pen. Frankly, the TSA agents can take away anything they deem dangerous so if you show it to them you will most likely have it taken away. However, I have traveled all over the world with my Tactical pen and I have never had any issues.

From Dave Y: How many gallons before the filter in the SurvFilter needs replacement?

Answer: The SurvFilter can filter up to 250 gallons before you need to replace the filter. So, in a crisis situation, it will last you a very long time since a person only needs one gallon of water each day to survive.

From John M: Could you please show me a picture of your neck knife? Thanks.

Answer: Here you go…

From Rhondi E: I liked your article, “Danger in the Skies”. I had read on this subject before, in a book about survival, and I always insist my family dress for safety on a plane. We notice others who aren’t. One thing I have struggled with is that I would want to grab my camera gear in an emergency – I would also be freaking out about my purse.

But as I just read your article, I decided that next time I fly, I am going to take a fanny pack with me. I can transfer my billfold, cell phone, camera memory cards and any other smaller important items into that fanny pack. Then, I wouldn’t give a second thought to leaving my expensive gear etc behind during an emergency…

Answer: I think your idea is a great way to ensure you have those items with you. Of course, personal belongings can always be replaced and my main concern is just getting safely off the plane.

From Randy S: Here is another alternative for those that have ammo that has been submerged. The two most expensive components in a smokeless powder cartridge are the bullet and the brass case. A person could easily recoup about half of their ammo cost by selling their rounds to commercial reloaders to remanufacture or disassemble them and reload them themselves. The old primers are made inert by soaking in oil. The powder is easily disposed of as well.

Answer: This is a great idea to try and recover some money. Obviously, losing hundreds or even thousands of rounds of ammo can be financially damaging so any money you can recoup by selling the bad ammo is worth a try.

From Ellis O: You just did a piece on submerged and wet ammo. Very pertinent advice! Thank you!
What do you have to say about older ammo? For example: In the late seventies and early eighties a lot of folks bought bricks of 22 caliber rounds and hundreds, sometimes thousands, of higher caliber rounds because of the threat of confiscation during some of those years.

Answer: Ammunition doesn’t necessarily have an expiration date. However, it can go bad over time depending on the conditions it was stored in. If you have kept your ammo in a damp basement for the last 10 years than it has most likely gone bad from the moisture. With that being said, if you live in a dry climate and store your ammo at reasonable temperatures than it could last decades. I store my ammo in cool, dry places and don’t ever worry about it going bad.

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