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What are your thoughts on wrapping the handle of your knives in paracord for a better grip? Is this a good idea?

-From Jim L.

Answer: There are a lot of reasons folks like to wrap knife handles in paracord. For instance, it can make the knife easier to grip and is less expensive than buying new handles to replace old ones.

Also, you can make the handle whatever color you want. Plus, you will always have paracord with you if you need to unwrap it in a survival situation.

The biggest drawback to wrapping your knife handle is that the paracord will soak up moisture.

But overall, I’d say do it. It’s always good to have paracord with you.


In an emergency situation with no electricity or gas for in-home cooking, what would be the best way to cook? I’m afraid of carbon monoxide, of course, so I need to know what would be my best choice for dependability and safety?

-From Ricardo P.

Answer: I would use a propane camping stove. I own 3 of them and they are great for cooking. Just make sure you don’t cook inside your house. So, cook the food outside or in your ventilated garage and then bring the food indoors. (Stansport, Camp Chef and Coleman all make good propane stoves.)


What is the best way to carry extra magazines when carrying my gun concealed?

-From Ryan N.

Answer: One of the easiest ways to carry a spare magazine is to simply put it in your pocket. The typical magazine isn’t any heavier than the normal things you have in your pocket, so it shouldn’t be a burden.

Another option is to wear a magazine holster. There are a ton of them on the market with all sorts of options. For concealed carry, try to find an inside-the-waistband design that tucks easily and isn’t uncomfortable to have in the waistband.

Lastly, there are combination holsters for your gun and magazine. Obviously, these are bigger holsters, but it’s an all-in-one option for convenience.


My wife and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas. We went to a show on the strip and they didn’t accept cash. That is all I carry on me when I’m on vacation. It was a big headache. Do you think society will stop using cash? Am I wrong to build up cash savings?

-From Mark D.

Answer: I don’t think this will happen anytime soon because there’s a reason they say cash is king. Cash is still the second-most-used form of payment in America today after debit cards.

Approximately 6.5% of U.S. households don’t use a bank. Another 18.7% of households are underbanked, which means they have at least one account at an insured institution.

A cashless society would surrender privacy. Cash allows you to be anonymous.

Besides, cash will always be there when technology fails. So, I would definitely continue to build up cash savings. I am personally always doing this myself.


I’ve heard that some states say you cannot concealed carry when wearing a mask. Unfortunately, I live in a state with a mask mandate that I don’t think will end anytime soon. I’m surrounded by people who are complete maskholes. Should I still conceal carry?

-From Russ R.

Answer: I’m not a lawyer, but I’m not aware of any law that makes carrying a firearm illegal if the person is wearing a mask. Some states, such as North Carolina have laws against people concealing their identities while in public.

Most of these laws are outdated and were passed to push back against the Klu Klux Klan.

With many states requiring face masks due to the pandemic, I don’t think anyone would hassle a law-abiding citizen who is wearing a mask and legally carrying concealed.

Plus, if you’re carrying concealed, nobody should know that you have a gun on you anyway.


Should I buy a bug out bag that is pre-assembled? Or is it better to buy a bag and put it together on my own.

-From Jane T.

Answer: At this point, I would put it together yourself. A lot of the pre-made bags are just cheap junk from China. I like to put my own together so I can customize it for each family member. Plus, I know the quality of each product will hold up.

One critical thing I will say is, don’t make it too heavy. I see a lot of people put together their bug out bags that weigh a ton and they can barely carry them.

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