Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson Reveals...

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From Kathy J: I just opened my first SEAL Survival Box package from Cade Courtley. The multi-tool is very stiff to operate. Do you recommend some sort of oil so it will operate more smoothly?

Answer: Any new knife or multi-tool can have some stiffness when it’s brand new. I recommend using the tool for a week or two and see if you are able to break it in a little so it’s easier to use. If it’s still stiff you can use oil on the tool. I recommend using something like Rem Oil (or any gun oil) and only use a tiny amount. A little oil will go a long way and should make it easier to operate.

From JV: In your Spy & Survival Briefing article ” How to Break in Your New Pistol in Four Easy Steps,” you mention it is a good idea to fire an “FBI qualification test” with your new gun. Could you please elaborate on what exactly that is?

Answer: The FBI qualification course is 8 different stages at distances that vary from 3-25 yards. All shooting must be done drawing from a holster and you will fire a total of 60 rounds. The course uses the QIT target and every round inside the bottle shape is considered one point. If you do an Internet search, you can find a complete breakdown of every stage of the course.

From Dave M: Regarding your response regarding clothing to wear post-nuclear attack, you state “weather proof” and not allowing moisture to get to body. Does this necessarily mean rubber wetsuit type of clothing? If not, what type of clothing would work? Your communications are excellent.

Answer: When it comes to clothes after a nuclear attack I recommend a top layer of clothing that is made of waterproof fabric. In other words, some type of synthetic fabric that has been treated with waterproofing materials is a good option. This is sometimes done by clothing manufacturers but can also be done by you. The thing is, fallout from an attack can weave through normal clothing and eventually make contact with your skin. However, by wearing waterproof fabric it should keep the fallout from getting through to your skin.

From Jeff M: I’m curious on your thoughts regarding gun safes that use a battery-powered keypad to unlock them. Seeing all the discussions on what happens after an EMP blast has me concerned that I won’t be able to easily access the contents of my vault in that type of an event…

Answer: There are multiple factors to take into consideration such as who manufactured the safe, the model, where the safe is located in your home, and the distance away from the EMP the safe is located. Most manufacturers will admit they haven’t tested their safes for an EMP, so I would take that as they have no idea what would happen to the safe. The fact is the only way to guarantee your safe wouldn’t be affected would be to purchase one with a mechanical lock. The truth is, I have two gun safes on my night stand. One is a battery powered keypad and the other is a mechanical lock safe. If someone happens to the battery powered safe then I have my backup.

From Bruce K: Good advice, Jason. Thanks. I have been working on that and on the method you send me to improve my accuracy. All excellent stuff. Can tell you have been doing this for a while. I have been around guns for my whole life, but lost my dad when I was 11. I didn’t know anybody who did this stuff well and certainly not with a handgun. You are filling a big gap I had in my knowledge/skill base that would have taken years to figure out. I was generally headed that direction, but it would have taken me a long time and a lot of money to accomplish what you show me in your stuff very efficiently…

Answer: Thank you for your feedback. I always remind people that it’s never too late to learn valuable skills that could save your life one day. The fact is no matter what your age is you need to be able to protect yourself and it sounds like you are doing just that.

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