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Because of where I live I can’t own a gun. I plan on using pepper spray for home defense. But someone said bear spray is better. What is your opinion? Which one should I get?

-From Margie T.

Answer: Most bear and pepper spray contain the same ingredient, oleoresin capsicum (OC.) However, the biggest difference is that bear spray contains a much lower concentration.

Pepper spray is a self-defense weapon intended to incapacitate humans. It can be effective at doing this due to its higher concentration of oleoresin capsicum.

Also, bear spray is designed to put out a wide cloud to discourage the bear. On the other hand, pepper spray is a targeted stream designed to incapacitate a person at close range.

For self-defense, I would get pepper spray. If you are a hiker, get some bear spray.

 

It still seems like handguns are sold out pretty much everywhere on-line and in stores. When do you think this shortage of firearms will end?

-From Jake E.

Answer: In most cases, a lack of product would be easy to fix for gun retailers since they could contact their distributors and get more in two 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, look at local pawn shops, they usually have some decent guns.

 

My spouse wants me to get a BB or pellet gun for home defense. Which do you recommend? Is one better than the other?

-From James M.

Answer: This would not be my first choice for a home defense gun. If you’re looking for something that is easy to shoot and with very little recoil, I would at least try a Ruger 10/22.

But, as far as pellet/BB guns, if you are looking for a pistol type weapon, I would check out the Crossman SNR357, which is CO2 powered, with a 12g cartridge in the grip.

This is a revolver style pistol and each cylinder holds a cartridge which houses at least two .177 BBs or pellets, as it can shoot both which is a capability not all air guns have.

If you prefer a rifle, I would check out the Bear River TRP 1200, which shoots .177 pellets up to 1300 fps, which is plenty of punch for an air rifle.

 

With the ongoing threat of an EMP attack is there a Faraday envelope or sleeve to put your phone and/or computer in? Is there any case that would protect my electronics?

-From Isabel P.

Answer: There are a lot of options when it comes to small faraday bags that you could place your electronics in.

One bag to check out is the Mission Darkness Non-Window Faraday Bag. This bag is designed for phones and completely blocks all wireless signals to prevent hacking, tracking, and chain of custody corruption.

In other words, when a cell phone is stored in the bag, no apps or malicious code can be remotely triggered or wiped, no communication can penetrate, and no one can access the microphone, camera, GPS location, or data.

 

If the U.S. was ever attacked by Russia, I think there would be a lot of people fleeing the country. If you were going to flee, where would you go? What is the best place?

-From Linc W.

Answer: I personally would not flee.

It’s not a good idea. You might not speak the language, you might not know the customs and it’s a lot harder to survive in unfamiliar territory.

As bad as things might get in the US, I would not want to be anywhere else.

Plus, there is still a ton of open land in this country to flee to, so if you really wanted to flee, just go to a different state. (Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, etc.)

 

If Russia were able to knock out U.S. infrastructure such as electricity would other power sources such as natural gas still work?

-From Beatrice A.

Answer: This will ultimately depend on your natural gas provider and how they have their delivery system set up.

But, most likely, if the power goes out your natural gas will stop flowing after that.

The reason is because natural gas is piped through regulator stations belonging to your natural gas provider.

These stations reduce the pressure to the lines going to your home. The regulator stations often run off electricity. So, if the power grid failed, these stations would eventually stop working as well.

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