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From Randy R: My question for you if you can and will tell me: What is the best way to store (bury) a weapon and ammo for a length of time in case it is needed in the future?

Answer: When it comes to survival situations I believe caching is a great way to store items away from your home in case you needed to leave your house. Now, when I say caching, I don’t necessarily mean burying something in the yard. While that is an option, you could also store things in a small storage unit or even in a cabin in the woods. However, if you are going to bury something I recommend making a PVC tube cache. If you do decide to bury a cache I have included step by step directions on how to make one.

Click here to view the PVC cache instructions (opens in a new tab)

From Joseph M: For a zip tie escape, how can one untie their shoelaces with their hands tied behind their back? I surely could not do it…

Answer: If your shoes weren’t tied too tight I would slip one of your shoes off using your other foot. Then I would pick up your shoe and unthread the laces to use them to escape. In a life or death situation I would do anything to get one of your shoes off to use the lace.

From Diane V: Now that I know the 870 comes in something other than 12 gauge, I just might consider getting one. Even 20 gauge is a bit too much for me (I have one) so what gauge would you recommend for someone who is recoil shy? I’m thinking .410. What do you think?

Answer: I would look into .410 or 28 gauge shotguns. These are definitely going to have the least amount of recoil. The best thing to do is visit your local gun range and ask them if they rent shotguns. This way you can shoot .410 and 28 gauge and see what feels the most comfortable to you.

From Ruel W: Regarding the SurvFilter: I didn’t find anywhere in the order form about how many gallons each filter can be safely utilized for

Answer: Each SurvFilter can filter up to 250 gallons of water before you need to replace the filter.

From Mark H: After reading your book, I have a query: the author recommended storing devices such as cellphones in something sheathed in “tin” foil. Would aluminum foil suffice to prevent RF signal transmission/capture..?

Answer: Aluminum foil can disrupt RF signals but there is no guarantee that it will completely block transmissions. You may want to build a Faraday cage, which can shield an enclosure that surrounds your electronic devices and protects them during an EMP blast. Ideally, you want to use a metal enclosure and then you want to line the enclosure with aluminum foil. For example, maybe you want to use a metal ammo can and line it with foil. There is no guarantee this will work but it gives your electronics the best chance for surviving an EMP.

From Daniel S: As a guy in IT (i.e. SuperNerd) for 20+ years, I have gotten to the point where I have put all of my sensitive data in the cloud (with some local versions here and there), but that in itself could be problematic.

If you remember the whole situation where the Federal government was trying to get Apple to decrypt a phone for them, there were folks at Apple who were saying that they wished the guy had stored his stuff in their cloud because their restrictions on giving up that data are much fewer.

So, cloud good, but you still have to protect yourself. There are a lot of cloud encryption apps/services out there that make you that much more protected. I use Boxcryptor because they don’t store the encryption key, so no amount of government summonses can get that information.

And all you have to do is delete the (single) encryption/decryption app off of your phone and your data is just unreadable nonsense.

Answer: This is a great idea. I’ve never used Boxcryptor but I’ve heard positive reviews about their cloud storage. Thank you for sharing this information.

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