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Do you have an opinion regarding IWI Pistols, such as the Masada 9mm?

-From Arthur G.

Answer: IWI is a gun manufacturer based in Israel. They have been in operation since 1933 and are best known for producing the UZI.

The Masada 9mm is a 17-round capacity, striker-fired, polymer pistol. It’s often compared to Glocks.

The biggest difference is the Masada has a low-profile barrel for reduced recoil.

The Israelis make quality products. They know what they are doing. If you are looking for a new weapon, check out the Masada, but try and rent it at your local gun shop first.


For the past ten years I’ve been building up my ammo stockpile in case of a shortage. My concern is that I have so much ammo that it will go bad. Does ammo expire?

-From James B.

Answer: Ammunition doesn’t necessarily have an expiration date. However, it can go bad over time depending on the conditions it was stored in.

If you have kept your ammo in a damp basement for the last 10 years then it has most likely gone bad from the moisture.

With that being said, if you live in a dry climate and store your ammo at reasonable temperatures then it could last decades.

I store my ammo in cool, dry places and don’t ever worry about it going bad.


I moved to Florida for work and I love being near the ocean. It got me thinking about dealing with a disaster. Would it be realistic to bug out by boat if I live close to the water?

-From Zach I.

Answer: It’s not a bad idea if you know what you’re doing when it comes to operating 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.

Of course, make sure to check the weather so you don’t head out to sea in a dangerous storm.


I have had to use a wheelchair my entire adult life. I have decided to get a pistol for self-defense because crime has gotten so bad. Is there any way to mount a holster to my wheelchair?

-From Tara M. 

Answer: What comes to my mind is using some type of vehicle mount.

If you do an internet search for Vehicle Gun Mounts you’ll see all sorts of contraptions that you can probably rig up underneath your wheelchair.

Some of these are as simple as using lots of Velcro.

Plus, if you’re going to carry a smaller gun, you could also get one of those holsters that looks like a cell phone case and mount that on your wheelchair.


In your book you mentioned you don’t answer your door. How do I get past the social awkwardness of ignoring delivery people at the door when it’s obvious that I’m home.

-From Mark T.

Answer: Just remind yourself how important your family’s safety is and how it’s worth it to feel a little uncomfortable if that’s what keeps them protected.

I’m considering buying a ballistic vest for home defense. What rating do you recommend for bulletproof vests?

-From Travis A.

Answer: I would buy level IIIA, which will stop up to a .44 Magnum. This is the soft body armor that police wear and this is what I own.

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