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I leave a spare key outside under a fake rock for my kids. But I’ve heard stories lately that criminals look under doormats and other places for keys. What do you recommend doing in this case?

-From Jane L.

Answer: The days of hiding a spare key under the front door mat are long gone and criminals know to look under planters and other obvious places.

With that being said, I would find a creative place to hide your key where nobody will ever look.

I am sure there is some crevice or spot in your front or backyard where nobody will ever look.

I know of one fellow who simply tapes a spare key underneath his car. He uses Gorilla tape so it stays on well.


I have lived in Washington, D.C. my entire life. I’m about to retire and I’m ready to move out of town. I was wondering where you would move to if you were going to retire but still wanted to be close enough to D.C. to drive there.

-From Reggie R.

Answer: Tennessee would be the number one state on my list. It provides a central location for many people up and down the east coast.

The rolling hills include plenty of trees and game for hunting. Yet, even though it’s in the east, there are vast parts of Tennessee with a low population.

If I had to pick a state east of the Mississippi, Tennessee would be hard to resist.

Another good state for east coasters is West Virginia. I’ve always liked Beckley, WV because it’s far enough away from DC, but you can still drive there if you want.


I love all the videos you share on YouTube. I’m a big fan. I’ve noticed that you are a fit person. What do you recommend doing to stay in shape for folks who are older?

-From Ken G.

Answer: Here’s the quick secret.

HIIT workouts, 3 times a week for 30 minutes each.

Do a lot of bodyweight exercises (push-ups, squats, etc.)

Also, eat clean.


My husband is looking for ways to add layers of security to our home. We are considering adding a steel screen security door. Are these worth it?

-From Kayleigh M.

Answer: Putting a steel screen door on your existing exterior door is a great way to add protection from intruders.

If you get a quality security door, they will have features such as hidden hinges and durable metals and meshes.

Plus, most of the hardware used to install these types of doors is security oriented as well.

At the end of the day, there is no guarantee that these doors will stop every criminal.

But they will make it a lot harder and will definitely slow them down, which gives you more time to get to your gun.


I am getting older and I can’t get up and down like I used to. I can’t lay down on the ground to shoot my gun like I trained to do. How can I adjust from this?

-From Hank R.

Answer: As we age, I recommend always updating your home security and self-defense plans to fit your needs and limits.

What I mean is, if you can no longer get in the prone position take this into account and change your defense plans accordingly.

For instance, if your home defense plan involves you being in the prone position at the top of your stairs, you will need to adjust to a standing position or even a sitting position.

Everyone will have their physical limits and find a plan that works for you, that you will realistically be able to execute.


Jason, recently there was an incident in California where a naked lady was on the freeway shooting at cars. I was shocked to see video of cars just driving by. Would it have been wrong to run over this lady to save lives?

-From Jesse R.

Answer: There have been instances in the past where police officers have stopped shooting suspects by ramming them with their car.

Now, I’m not a lawyer so I can’t give you legal advice.

But, running someone over with a car would be using deadly force. If you run someone over who is firing a gun at you or someone else then I believe using deadly force would be justified.

In other words, you would be stopping a deadly threat.

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