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From Mark W: What do you think of RFID access gun safes?

Answer: Personally, I’m not a fan of RFID safes. I think there are too many things that can go wrong. What if the battery in your key fob is dead? Or what if the battery in the safe went bad? Or even worse, what if a child grabbed your keys and was walking around and the safe opened?

I realize that is a lot of “what ifs,” but I like the more “old school” safes that don’t require as much technology that can fail. I like the simplex push button safes.


From Nick W: I’m worried that I may have to evacuate my city because of looting and riots. But I’m worried about getting stuck behind cars lined up for miles and no gas in sight. Do you recommend storing extra gas at home and taking it with me?

Answer: Storing gasoline is a great idea if you plan to bug out or even to run a generator. If you’re going to let the gas sit for 6-12 months make sure and add a stabilizer.

If you take the gas with you, try to secure it to the outside of your vehicle so you don’t have to breath the fumes. (I have one of those cargo things that attaches to my trailer hitch.)


From Bri E: I live in a small town and I have noticed a lot of people using drones lately. How long do you think it’ll be before burglars start using drones to look for victims?

Answer: This is already happening around the country with many news reports about criminals using drones to look into homes or to see what someone has in their backyard. The thing is, most states don’t have laws protecting your privacy from drones, but I imagine this will change soon.

With that being said, if you see a drone in your backyard or looking into your house it’s a bad idea to try and shoot the drone because this is most likely illegal. The best thing you can do is to get pictures of the drone, try to follow it until it lands, and call the police.


From Kevin L: About twenty years ago I purchased bricks of .22 caliber rounds and hundreds of higher caliber rounds, because of the threat of confiscation. Is this ammo still safe to shoot?

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, it could have gone bad from the moisture.

However, if you live in a dry climate and store your ammo in a cool and dry place, then it should last decades. (Keep it in your basement in a storage closet.)


From Angie R: I was walking my dog and another dog ran up to my dog and attacked him. The other dog owner blamed me and tried to take my dog from my arms. If I had been armed would pointing a gun at this guy be wise? Or would it be brandishing a weapon? I’ve always heard it said that you don’t pull a gun on someone unless you intend to shoot them.

Answer: It all depends on if you were in fear for your life or serious bodily injury. If you thought the guy might kill you or beat you, then absolutely pull your gun. But, if it’s not a life and death situation, don’t pull your gun because then you won’t be able to justify it.


From Alan C: During a home defense situation do you advise using earplugs? They are small, lightweight and can quickly put on.

Answer: I try to be as practical as possible and I don’t see myself or even others ever putting in earplugs in a lethal situation. Things happen so fast in these situations and I believe that earplugs will be the last thing on most people’s mind when they’re getting ready to defend their life. (I have personally been in these situations and I would never take the precious seconds to put in earplugs.)

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