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From Neal B: Where do you put all your EDC stuff on your body and not look conspicuous?

Answer: I have a knife clipped to my pant pocket. I have a tactical pen clipped to my other pocket. I have either a gun in my front pocket or a gun on my hip. I wear a gun belt that has hidden compartments inside where I can carry lock pick sets, cash, a handcuff key etc. I keep my wallet in my left, front pocket. While it might sound like a lot of stuff, it really doesn’t take up that much space or draw attention.

From James O: I saw something at the airport last travel season that really got my attention. An older woman, perhaps 65 or so, asked someone seated next to her to watch her suitcase while she went to the women’s room. The bag was rather large, about the size of a small trunk. Since I was already inside the area where all luggage had been checked by TSA, I wasn’t concerned, but what if she had been an operative for something unsavory, and did this outside the security perimeter? This would be a great way for some criminal to abandon a bag and recruit an innocent person for cover. Just for curiosity, I kept track of her to see if she was ever coming back, or if she slipped out of the women’s room and disappeared. It only had one entrance. People might want to be aware of the possibilities if someone ever asks them to watch a bag.

Answer: You did the right thing by using situational awareness to make sure she came back to the luggage. The fact is, anyone could potentially be a terrorist so it’s important to remember that just because it appears to be a sweet lady, you truly never know what her intentions are. Plus, criminals often prey on other’s kindness and have no problem taking advantage of you.

From Dale P: Hello, I bought one of your tactical pens a couple of years ago. I keep it with me all the time and have used to pen for just about all my writing. Here’s the problem, I cannot find a replacement cartridge anywhere & I mean anywhere. Do you have any idea where I can purchase one or even two cartridges? Please let me know.

Answer: I’m glad you’ve enjoyed using the tactical pen. It truly is one of my favorite self-defense tools and everyone in my family carries one with them. The refill for the pen is the Schneider – Slider 755, which can be purchased on Amazon or an office supply store in a two pack for about $6.50.

From Lou G: Can you give some recommendations on choosing a credit card knife and parachute cord?

Answer: The exact credit card knife I carry can be purchased at It’s a good knife and has held up well when I’ve used it. When it comes to paracord, the key is to make sure you buy paracord 550 that is made in the USA. A lot of places sell paracord 550 that is made in China and the quality isn’t the same. I’ve tested so many types of paracord and unless it’s made in the USA it doesn’t hold up so stay away from the cheap Chinese stuff.

From Adam M: You see it all the time when people are told to evacuate: Cars lined up for miles and no gas in sight. I know I should keep at least a half tank in my car at all times, but is it a good idea to store gas at home so I can take it with me and avoid being stranded on the way out of town? Is there a better solution?

Answer: Storing gasoline is a great idea if you plan to bug out or even to run a generator. The thing about storing gas is that it’s like food storage where you need to rotate it out. If you’re going to let the gas sit for 6-12 months make sure and add a stabilizer.

From Miriam B: Do you have any tips for staying cool in a summer blackout?

Answer: Obviously, having a generator would be ideal to use fans to keep air flowing and even to use a small A/C unit. In addition, you want to make sure and block the sunlight from coming into your home with blankets or black trash bags. Also, a wet towel is a great way to cool down and you can even use a wet towel and fan to create a little cooler airflow. And, stay in your basement where it’s a lot cooler than upstairs in the bedrooms.

From Amy S: I am looking for pocket pistol recommendations for concealed carry. I just got my permit, but I want something smaller than what I already own. Thoughts?

Answer: My favorite pocket pistol is the Sig Sauer P238, I also like the Ruger LCP.

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