Have you ever thought about the weapons you may need to defend yourself in a variety of circumstances?
…And have you considered whether they should be included in your survival kit?
It’s worth thinking about. And a lot of it has to do with what you are willing to do in the heat of the moment.
So let’s explore this issue a bit further:
1. Multi-Use Tools/Weapons Make Good Sense
Here, think weapons like axes and knives. You can use them to prepare an animal carcass for food, to cut or prepare wood for a fire, and to defend yourself, among many other things.
But…and this is a BIG but…could you stab a person or animal multiple times to defend yourself?
You may see this on the movies and TV all the time. But, it’s quite brutal, gruesome, and bloody.
Can you actually repeatedly stab an animal (like a rabid dog) or person and watch them suffer with each hit… even to the point where you end their life?
That might be tough to do. But fortunately, you can carry a stun gun, mace, or taser for self-defense – which would be psychologically easier to do.
Now with these, you actually have quite a selection of options. Handguns come in a variety of sizes.
Some are larger and heavy-duty. They’ll even come with a scope on top. Others are smaller and lighter, intended to be hidden which gives you a strong advantage when defending yourself.
Rifles and shotguns make sense for various types of hunting. And just the sight either can make you too intimidating for another person to target.
Plus, if you have to use a firearm on another person, it’s much easier to point and pull the trigger than it is to repeatedly swing a sharp object.
And if you need to hunt for whatever reason, rifles and shotguns make that process much easier.
The one caveat with firearms is you should have regular training. It’s not like the movies where you can pick up a pistol and shoot a squirrel 100 yards away.
You need consistent practice and training to ensure safety and proficiency.
3. Non-Lethal Self-Defense Weapons
If you don’t think you can handle harming another human being physically, that’s where stun-guns, tasers, and pepper spray come in.
They at least make it impossible for the other person to cause you and your family harm.
And they’re easy to conceal.
You Have to Carefully Consider What You Can Do
When all is said and done, you have to make the decision which weapons you will carry and how you can use them.
If you can’t imagine yourself swinging a knife or axe at another person, don’t try to force yourself.
Carry what you know you can use instead – like a handgun, mace, or stun gun – whatever you think you won’t hesitate using.
Often, just the sight of self-defense weaponry, and the fact that you look ready to use it, is enough to ward off crooks who merely want an easy target.