December 14

Survival Weapons: Do You Need Them?


This is an excellent question. We live in a day and age where there is so much debate about gun control and gun violence. Even mentioning the importance of a firearm is usually met with debate and vitriol from people on social media.

Before proceeding, let’s be clear about what a weapon is. The Miriam Webster dictionary online states that it is “something (such as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy” or “a means of contending against another.”

This is the perfect description for a weapon and we’ll see why every prepper needs an assortment of weapons. Don’t panic. You’re not going to war, and what you may not consider to be weapons actually are.

If you’re bugging out in the wild during a health disaster such as a contagion (and you want minimal human interaction), depending on where you’re camping out, you may encounter the wildlife there.

Generally, mountain lions and wild dogs will keep away from humans if you stay at a distance. Bears may do the same thing. However, if there are food odors or you have coolers that are unsecured, a bear might amble over to your campsite to see what you’re up to.

If you have bear spray, you’ll be able to use it on a charging bear. The bear spray is a weapon. It may look like a can of spray, but in this situation, it is a weapon.

Having a shotgun or high-powered rifle will allow you to fire one round in the air and the sound will scare away most animals and keep you safe. Weapons do not have to be used on the threat for them to be effective.

The same applies to human ‘animals’… if a lady is assaulted on a dark street, if she pulls out a snub-nosed revolver, her assailant will stop in his tracks. This is the fear that a weapon commands. It’s unparalleled when it comes to personal protection.

All the debate and gun control speeches in the world will not stop a rapist the way a gun can. The same applies to any other criminal. Your reluctance to carry a weapon will only put you in danger because most criminals do not have the same reservations.

They may rob you and stab you to death. It has happened thousands of times before. Assuming that it will not happen to you is sheer arrogance.

  • Real weapons vs Makeshift weapons

Pepper spray, daggers, stun guns, firearms, etc. are real weapons. A rolled-up magazine, your car keys, your fists and shins are makeshift weapons.

Real weapons will always be superior to makeshift ones. Even if you’re a trained martial artist, carrying a firearm will make your life a lot easier and safer if you’re cornered by three thugs in an alley.

  • Choosing your firearm

If you live in a country where you’re allowed to carry a firearm, you must carry one. It will be especially important during a time of crisis when people are desperate.

You’d be shocked to know that some people consider owning a gun the only prepping they need to do. With that gun, they can rob others and take whatever they have. This is a very real scenario.

If people will dare to rob banks and convenience stores with a gun (during times of peace), they’ll have no hesitation robbing you during times of crisis.

Purchase a firearm. Revolvers are easier to use than automatic pistols. Get a firearm with high stopping power. This is more important than accuracy. Self-defense scenarios are very different from a sniper perched on a roof a mile away from his target.

You want a gun that drops your attacker as fast as possible. Most self-defense situations are close-up, and you just need to point and fire. Get a heavier firearm made of steel so that the recoil is more manageable.

  • Non-lethal weapons

You may not always be able to carry a firearm with you. So, keep some pepper spray or a stun gun with you. This is especially important for the ladies.

Always learn how to use the weapons you have. Get training and practice often. You don’t want to be fumbling during an actual assault. Seconds make the difference between life and death. Be prepared.

“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladimir Lenin


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