Self Defense when the SHTF

Posted: October 10, 2012 in Survival
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Being safe not only encompasses being prepared when disaster strikes; but also covers ensuring your ability to survive from others who are intent on causing you harm.  You are not fully prepared unless you can protect not only your life but your families lives as well.  There is no better method of self-defense when your life is in imminent danger that a firearm in proficient hands.  Options include, handguns, rifles and shotguns and one should strive to develop proficiency with all of them.

When choosing a firearm, make sure the fit is proper, that it is comfortable, that you can manuever with it and that you can sufficiently handle any recoil.   If the weapon intimidates you then you will not want to spend time practicing with it.  Base your decision after researching; on what is practical and workable for you; not on what some salesman you’ve just met tells you.

Handguns and shotguns are generally close range weapons while rifles are generally distance weapons.  Regular practice with your firearms is important so make the time to practice the proper techniques and methods for using your weapons.  If the SHTF and your life is on the line, being unfamiliar with your weapons can be a life ending mistake.   

Along with your weapons choices don’t forget to stock up on ammo, mags, slings, holsters, cleaning kits, weapons cases, molle gear and other firearms related items.  Remember you are your own first line of defense.

  1. In addition, a big folder or fixed blade knife is also a must. If you are surprised and forced to deal with a threat at arms length, a knife may even be a better option. If a perp gets his hands on a portion of your pistol when it fires, it may disrupt the action of the slide (subsequently jamming it) and turn that 17-Round Widow Maker into a single-shot, blunt instrument.

    A good knife can hurt a man a lot more than a bullet; of course fighting at arms length is never preferable.

    Here’s a link to a link to an absolutely great article on knives and how to effectively utilize them:

  2. rmactsc says:

    Knives are also an essential part of self defense. My buck folding knife goes with me everywhere and on my bug out bag I keep an elite forces fixed blade knife strapped high on the right side of the bag so I can quickly reach over my shoulder and pull it from the sheath if it is needed.

  3. highdesertlivin says:

    When Im on duty in the fire service , my only carry is a folder. I carry a benchmade bedlum, it is a truly awesome “rescue” knife. Off duty you will commonly find a spydeco MIL. or my strider m16. Of course off duty edged carry is plan B . Stay safe

  4. hastywords says:

    My first purchase was a pistol grip shotgun…ugh.

    • rmactsc says:

      I feel your pain. Pistol grips are fine as long as their is a full stock to rest against your shoulder otherwise wrist pain is inevitable.

      • hastywords says:

        It was a Christmas gift for my husband. It ended up being the very first gun I had ever shot. I should have started out with something a bit more manageable.

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