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Any idea when ammo manufacturers will start re-filling civilian supplies and stop selling it all overseas?

-From Chris T.

Answer: Ammo is the new toilet paper and has been for a while. But, this shortage won’t end anytime soon. The thing is, it’s not just the ammo companies that are causing the shortage. Many of the ammo manufacturers are having problems getting the raw materials needed to produce ammo.

According to Hornady, “For 2020, we’ve shipped 30 percent more than we did a year ago.” Most ammo companies have increased production. Yet, as you said, they have customers all over the world.

To make matters worse, Remington Arms filed for bankruptcy, which hurt inventory. My point is, with our new President, our ammo shortage won’t be solved anytime soon. Your best option is to check online websites everyday and hope you get lucky.


I know that past Presidents have secret service protection for life. Do you think that the up coming administration could change that?

-From Don S.

Answer: It’s clear that some politicians are trying to erase the past four years. No matter anyone’s feeling about Trump, he is entitled to the same benefits as his successors.

With that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if democratic members of Congress tried to take away these benefits. I’m dumbfounded that Congress is entertaining impeachment even though he is no longer in office. But, that’s what politicians do – they waste our time and our money.


What is the best way to store ammo safely in case of fire? If the building burns, I imagine ammo would be quite a hazard.

-From Fred G.

Answer: During a fire, ammo will most likely explode, but without a gun containing the ammo, there’s nothing to direct the pressures created by the cartridge igniting.

The popping noise people hear when ammunition is burning is usually not the bullet flying around, but is the cartridge burning, regardless of what you may have seen in the movies.

So, you’re in a lot less danger than you think you are. In the best-case scenario, you would store ammo in a fireproof safe.

However, if you have a huge stockpile of ammo this may not be feasible. In that case, I would suggest a cool, dry location.


We are having issues with the radios we use on our church security team. I don’t suppose you can tell me what make our government uses? Or, give me direction as to which are good quality and durable?

-From Robert P.

Answer: A high quality radio like the ones used by the federal government can cost thousands of dollars and they have very sophisticated encryption. Even the ones used by your local police department probably cost about $5,000.

I would look at the Baofeng UV-5R Plus. They produce a lot of different versions of this radio. It is a small, quality radio that should be perfect for what you need.

If you do want to spend the money on a more expensive radio similar to one used by law enforcement, I would look at ones such as the Motorola XTS2500.


We recently had a home invasion in my state where the suspect (teenage) charged up the stairs and the homeowner fatally shot him.

The kid later died and I want to know how the homeowner got off with no charges? He didn’t know that his life was in immediate danger? He just shot into the dark.

-From Mark M.

Answer: I’m not a lawyer, but most states have a law commonly referred to as a “Castle Doctrine” or “Castle Law.” Basically, these types of laws allow a homeowner to defend their home or “castle” using deadly force.

Many of these laws say the homeowner has no duty to retreat since the person is inside their home.

Plus, if some guy breaks into my house and is running up the stairs at me, you better believe I’m going to defend myself. If he gets past me, then he gets to my wife and kids.

I don’t see that the homeowner in this case did anything wrong. (If he had chased the kid outside and shot him that would be a problem. But, he was in his house and the intruder was charging up the stairs.)


You mention building ghost guns, which I fully support due to the way the anti-gun movement seems to be heading, but I doubt that they will stop with just the guns.

I’m guessing they know that they won’t get every one of them, so they will track the ammunition and ammunition purchases. Do you have an idea on that piece of it?

-From Barry L.

Answer: You bring up a great point. No matter how many guns you own, you won’t be able to protect your family if you don’t have ammo.

California has the law that requires anyone purchasing ammunition to undergo a background check with every purchase.

Those who don’t already have their information in the Department of Justice’s system for these point-of-sale screenings will have to pay up to $20 for an initial screening.

In addition, the law requires that all ammo purchases take place in person. Even online orders must be delivered to a licensed vendor for customer pick-up.

My point is, I wouldn’t be surprised if more states try to create laws similar to California. This is one of the many reasons I recommend stockpiling ammo.

If you really want to get serious about stockpiling, I would have 10,000 rounds for the major calibers you own.

For me, this is .223 and 9mm. You can also get into reloading your own ammo and buy a lot of the components as they become available.


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