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If a disaster was so bad that you had to leave the U.S., what country would you flee to? What is the best option?

-From Jesse R.

Answer: None. Despite the “sexiness” of going to a foreign land, 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 U.S., I would not want to be anywhere else.

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


During the winter I survive by heating my house with natural gas. If the electricity gets knocked out by a storm will I still have access to natural gas? Can I keep the heat on?

-From Katie P.

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 thing is, even though natural gas is not electricity, its systems usually have electronic components.

For example, 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.


To this day I’m still having trouble finding enough ammo for my personal use. So, I’ve decided to start reloading ammo. Do I need a license or permit to reload ammo?

-From Dylan T.

Answer: Federal law says a person must be a licensed manufacturer if they engage in the business of selling or distributing reloaded ammo for livelihood or profit.

But if they reload only for personal use, they don’t need a license.

So, if you sell reloaded ammo, it would be illegal.

Reloading your own ammo can be a huge money saver. Especially with the current ammo shortage.


One thing I would like to practice is drawing my gun from concealed carry and actually firing. (Not dry firing.) Do any gun ranges let you do this? Or do they make you shoot your gun with it already drawn?

-From Teddy L.

Answer: I would check around with ranges to try and find one that will allow you to draw from your holster, even if you have to drive further.

Also, if you live in a more conservative area some local county governments have public ranges. These are usually outdoor ranges and are inexpensive to use.

But, if you can’t find one, then you’ll want to do a bunch of dry fire practice, coming out of your holster at your house with a safe and empty gun.

I’ll admit, I’m very blessed to have our 320-acre Spy Ranch where I can go shoot and do any drill I want.


My entire life I’ve owned Smith & Wesson firearms. So, I recently purchased my first Glock. I don’t like the feel of the trigger on my Glock. So, I was thinking of swapping out the trigger for a custom one. Is this a bad thing?

-From Nick R.

Answer: I’m with you, I absolutely hate Glock triggers. (Walther guns have awesome triggers.)

However, I’m not a big fan of swapping out triggers.

If the gun was ever used in a self-defense shooting, lawyers will look at every little thing you did to the gun so don’t mess with the trigger too much.


As part of my survival stockpile, I had stored gasoline, propane, and kerosene. I figure between these fuels I can keep my back up heaters running. How much of each fuel do you recommend stockpiling?

-From Peter T.

Answer: I recommend having 30 days’ worth of each type of fuel. So, decide how much gas, propane, and kerosene you would need to survive 30 days during an emergency.

Of course, I wouldn’t plan on running your entire house at its normal capacity. If you use kerosene to heat your house, you will want to use the minimum amount needed to be comfortable.

You don’t need to keep your house at 75 degrees. Keep it at the lowest temp that you are comfortable with.

You want to store these fuels in a safe space with plenty of ventilation.

For example, all of my propane is stored in a shed in my backyard.

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