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I I have been a fan of yours since you first appeared on Shark Tank. I have seen your many survival escapes. However, how would you escape duct tape if the bad guy put your hands behind your back? A smart criminal will put your hands behind you so you can’t get away. 

-From Laurie T.

Answer: Most criminals will duct tape you in the front. The reason they do this is because they want to lead you around so you are under their control.

You can’t move very fast when your hands are behind you. You are more likely to fall and slow the criminal down.

Also, if they duct tape your hands behind your back it takes more time. You can’t get your hands very close together. The criminal would have a hard time getting the tape tight around your wrists.

Have a family member tape your hands behind your back. You will see how easy it is to escape and in our live classes I do teach people who to escape if they’re ever duct taped with their hands behind their back.


During an active shooter situation such as at a retail store is it a bad idea to just hit the floor and lay still? I feel like running away might make me more of a target. Is it bad to lay down and wait for the police?

-From Nancy M. 

Answer: This is a complicated decision that needs to be made on the scene. While staying out of the way of the trampling masses is always a good idea, it’s impossible to know if there will be any secondary attacks or effects.

For instance, if a bunch of gunmen are headed your way, you probably don’t want to be there lying on the floor because then you’re an easy target and you’ll be murdered.


I’m a first time concealed carry permit holder. I received my permit last month. During my class I learned some states keep a record of permit holders. I’m worried this could make me a target if the police wanted to take away guns. Any suggestions?

-From Donny T.

Answer: I don’t disagree that obtaining a concealed carry permit puts your name on a government record. But the good thing is no one will know exactly how many guns you own.

What I mean is, a lot of folks have a concealed permit and own one firearm for protection, however some people own a lot more. Let’s say you inherited a gun from a family member or legally built your own Ghost Gun.

If the police came looking for your guns, there is no way for them to know exactly how many you have.

As for me personally, I carry concealed every day and it’s not worth the risk for me to take the chance of getting caught illegally carrying a gun. So, I do have my permit.

But I also have guns that don’t exist and are well hidden.


I live on a small farm and we have a well as a secondary water source. Would it be safe to drink from a well during an emergency? We use it for our garden and other things outside. We have never had a problem. 

-From Kevin F.

Answer: Your well could be a life-saver during an emergency. But I would definitely filter the well water before drinking it.

There could certainly be contaminants in it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

When it comes to water filters, there are many different kinds such as whole home systems, pitcher filters, and survival type filters.

Most whole home water filtration systems can treat well water to ensure its safe to drink.


The pandemic started almost a year and half ago. I’m still having a hard time finding guns and ammo to buy. When do you think the shortage will end?

-From Will A. 

Answer: Before the pandemic, a lack of product would be easy to fix for gun retailers. They would be able to order a gun and have it in a few days.

That’s not the case anymore. Right now, firearms and ammo are depleted nationally, so it won’t be a quick fix.

In addition, you have to consider the fact that the U.S. government and military obtain their supplies from the same manufacturers as retailers. So, they will get their orders fulfilled before the general public.

With that being said, if you are in the market for a gun, you could check out classified websites such as Gun Broker. Also, check out your local pawn shops, they usually have some decent guns.

With supply chains so messed up, I expect it will be at least another year before the shortage slows down.


I want to buy an AR-15 pistol. I’m buying from a private seller and it’s a stock gun with no aftermarket parts. Do I need a federal firearms license to own this gun?

-From Ben M.

Answer: The short answer is no. AR pistols are AR-15 rifle platforms that have a shorter barrel and a “pistol” buffer tube that does not allow for the attachment of traditional stock.

Essentially, they’re a pistol built on an AR-15 receiver.

The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) defined any rifle with a shoulder stock and barrel less than 16 inches in length and 26 inches in overall length to be a “short barreled rifle” and required a citizen to fill out a Form 4 and pay a $200 NFA Tax Stamp.

However, an AR pistol allows the shooter to have the size, weight and maneuverability of a short barrel rifle but without the NFA regulations.

Basically, an AR pistol can have a brace, but cannot have a regular stock. If it has a regular stock, it would be illegal based on how the ATF defines an AR pistol vs rifle.

Obviously, make sure and know your state laws. Also, if you are doing a private party sale, both of you must be residents of that state. You can’t live in Utah and then sell a gun to someone in California without going through an FFL.

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