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Jason, I love my tactical pen. Thank you so much! When you travel on an airplane what is the best way to carry the pen through security?

-From Rick E.

Answer: When I travel, I put my tactical pen inside my carry-on and send it through the security screening.

In addition, I will put the cap of the pen on the sharp end so the screeners can see it is a writing pen. I never carry the pen on my body or put it in the little tray with my wallet.

The thing is, I’ve heard some people will show off the pen or even tell the security screeners about the pen.

Frankly, TSA agents can take away anything they deem dangerous so, if you show it to them, you will most likely have it taken away.

However, I have traveled all over the world with my tactical pen and I have never had a problem.


The writing is on the wall when it comes to our economy. It’s only a matter of time before we have a complete economic disaster. How can my family survive this?

-From Barry R.

Answer: The disaster will come. We just don’t know if it will be tomorrow or 3 years from now.

The most important thing is to stock up on things you need to live. Food storage and water storage and then a way to protect it and your family.

Also, have emergency cash, gold and silver. If you prepare abundantly, you don’t have to fear.


It seems like there is always a new gun maker introducing the greatest and latest. My question is whether it’s better to buy a metal or polymer handgun? I know Glocks are popular and they are polymer.

-From Brent P.

Answer: With the way modern handguns are engineered, you can purchase a quality firearm whether it’s metal or polymer.

A lot of it comes down to personal preference and I’ve owned both metal and polymer guns.

I know that some people will knock polymer because they say it won’t hold up, however, unless you live in extreme cold polymer should hold up when using your firearm.

So, get whatever gun you shoot best.


I work at a bar and leave work late at night. When I’m walking to my car I put my keys in my hand with a key jutting out through my fingers. Is this a good idea in case I have to punch someone? Or am I more likely to hurt my hand?

-From Ashley M.

Answer: This will work and isn’t a bad idea.

But, most women I know who are leaving work late at night are carrying a tactical pen or a stun-gun flashlight, which can do more damage and are better suited to stop an attacker.


What is your opinion of Cold Steel Knives? Are they a quality brand?

-From Tony S.

Answer: They are a good mid-range knife. They are good for the value and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one of their knives.


Last year I moved to Michigan. I live on the lake and have a boat. During a disaster would it be a good idea to use my boat to escape? If there is something closing in on my house, I think the lake would be good to retreat to.

-From Stanley M.

Answer: I would say bugging out by boat would be a great idea since the majority of looters or criminals probably wouldn’t have access to a boat.

However, if this is your plan, I would make sure you have plenty of supplies stored on the boat as well as a plan of where you will go.

Clearly, you need to dock somewhere eventually, so make sure you have a well-planned path to restock your supplies and get gas.

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