A group of friends regularly go to the shooting range. Many believe that the SKS is very dependable and more fun on the range than an A.K. What is the mainline opinion?
-From Otis W.
Answer: When it comes to the SKS vs. the AK-47, they are both fun guns. However, the SKS has not earned the same reputation for reliability as the AK-47. On the other hand, most shooters will say the SKS is more accurate compared to the A.K., but just slightly so.
The SKS used to have a considerable price advantage over the average A.K. rifle. Nowadays, a shooter will still pay more for an AK-47, but the SKS is not as cheap as it used to be.
Overall, the AK-47 will have a cheaper cost of ownership, better aftermarket accessories, and marginally better ergonomics. If someone is looking for an inexpensive, dependable rifle,- go with the A.K.
The wife and I are both turning 85 years old this month. We need to purchase a new vehicle because ours has quit for good. We also thought about not buying a car and using an Uber or Lyft to get around as we do not go out very often. What is a safe option?
-From Willard O.
Answer: Never used the Uber or Lyft app, and I do not recommend it. They are more dangerous than taxis, and it is a lot easier for a criminal to sign up as an Uber Driver.
Uber claims they do background checks, but they must be using only the $9.95 type of background checks that are a complete joke. The taxicab industry is heavily regulated and monitored by local governments, so the drivers are screened better.
Uber does not have this same scrutiny; therefore, it is easier for drivers to have criminal backgrounds. Just google “Uber Attacks,” and you will see what I mean.
Also, get a vehicle, just in case you need to flee your house during some emergency.
In one of your books, I read that even if you are expecting a delivery, you don’t answer the door? Only answer if you are expecting a specific person? What is the best way to handle not ignoring the door if it rings and it is unexpected?
-From Kyle C.
Answer: I do not receive any mail or packages at my home, only at a P.O. box in town, so a delivery person should never be home.
However, if it is a stranger, I do not simply ignore the door because they think the house is vacant and try and a break-in.
Instead, talk to them through the door and let them know you are not interested in what they are selling, or they can leave the package on the step.
Socially awkward, but it works. There is no need to open a door when you can talk to someone through it.
What secure search engine do you recommend for browsing the internet? It is scary to think that a hacker could read everything I search online.
-From Olivia P.
Answer: Check out both DuckDuckGo and StartPage. For instance, StartPage uses Google’s search results but removes all the tracking and logging of your information.
You are getting the expertise of a Google search without all the ads and other information getting in the way.
StartPage does not collect your information or share it with advertisers. Plus, since they do not collect the information, there is no way to get it stolen. There is nothing for hackers to target.
With the recent tragic events in Boulder, Colorado, I wanted to know how you would stop a randomly shooting man at people? What do you do?
-From Mike S.
Answer: You have to rush him and take him down. Study how the Israeli troops and police always rush and take down one of these threats.
There is no magic answer that people want to hear, but every second costs life, so you have to move in and disarm and tackle them. (If you have a gun, obviously, shoot the guy.)
I have never gotten a concealed carry permit for the simple fact that I do not trust the government. A permit is like painting a target on your back. What if Congress repeals the Second Amendment? Everyone with a concealed carry permit will be the first targets the cops will go after-What is your opinion?
-From Russ L.
Answer: I agree that obtaining a concealed carry permit puts one’s name on a government record, but the good thing is, no one will know precisely how many guns you own and their location.
I carry concealed every day, and it is not worth the risk for me to take the chance of getting caught illegally carrying a gun, so I do have my permit. Nevertheless, I also have guns that do not exist and are well hidden, and nobody will ever find the location.