Self Defense Weapons and Survival Firearms Training
When it comes to emergency survival, firearms have to be considered as self defense weapons. Hopefully you'll never need to use them, but there's no doubt they can increase your odds of surviving in an emergency situation. They can be used to defend you and your family from potential attackers. They can also be used to hunt for food if that should become necessary.
It's not hard to pick up a gun and shoot it, but it does require some training and practice to shoot a firearm safely and accurately. Unfortunately many people think that purchasing a gun is enough, and never bother to learn to use it properly.
Keeping self defense weapons, especially firearms, can potentially be disastrous if you fail to practice their proper use and handling. If you're ever forced to use your firearm against an attacker you will be increasing your own chance of being killed. Any armed attacker, when confronted with a firearm, will have the choice to run or react with deadly force quickly. If you lack the skills to use your own firearm in a proficient way you certainly increase the odds of being injured or killed.
It does take effort and practice to learn how to handle a firearm correctly and shoot it accurately. But just about everyone can learn the skills necessary if they make the investment and take the time to learn. You shouldn't wait until you need to use your self defense weapons to figure out how to them properly. Practice now, and often, so you'll be ready when an emergency situation arises.
8 Tactics to Master
Basic Target Shooting. First, after learning basic firearm safety, you'll want to learn how to shoot your firearm accurately. You'll want to purchase some extra ammunition and head for the firing range. Your goal should be to practice until you're able to use your pistol to hit a human target accurately, within the central target area, at about 10 yards. Keep in mind that it's a lot easier to hit a stationary target at a range than it would be under a self defense situation. Practice shooting at various distances from 3-20 yards. If you can be accurate at both shorter and longer ranges you'll be that much better prepared.
Long Range Shooting. If you're planning to use a rifle for hunting, you'll need to be able to shoot at longer distances. You should be an accurate shot at 100 -300 yards. You'll have to be able to gauge the drop of the bullet over various distances and still hit your target. Practice both with and without your scope. If it gets lost or damaged you'll need to know how to use your iron sights.
Tactical Shooting. The practice of tactical shooting is designed to mimic a real life self defense scenario. Shooting ranges often offer events featuring tactical shooting. Different enough from target shooting that even expert target shooters may find it difficult to hit a target their first several times through.
Shooting on the Move. If you can keep moving while you are shooting you're much less likely to take a hit yourself. But it is extremely difficult and does require more practice. In a real life self defense situation you may need to keep moving. Your attacker may also be moving so you'll need to practice hitting a moving
target as well.
Shooting at More Than One Target. You may find yourself in a self defense situation where you're facing more than one attacker. Let's face it, criminals tend to be cowards that find strength in numbers. You may have to keep track of, and defend yourself from, multiple attackers at one time. Knowing how to engage more than one target and figure out which target to focus one first is something you should practice.
Shooting in Dim Light. The odds are pretty good that an attack will happen when the light is low. In a situation like this it's harder to see your gun sights. You'll want to practice hitting a target when there is very little light as well as shooting accurately while holding a light and your self defense weapons at the same time.
Drills: Drawing and Loading. For safety reasons most ranges do not allow drawing and firing practice unless you are the only person there at the time. So use an unloaded weapon and practice this skill at home. Also take the time to practice reloading your gun and getting back to action as fast as possible. Most self defense situations will require only three shots, but you never know. Having the skill to draw and reload your gun as quickly as possible could mean life or death.
As American citizens our right to own weapons is guaranteed under the Second Amendment. But it's also a huge responsibility. If you plan to keep guns for self defense purposes you'll need to know how to use and store them safely. The last thing any responsible gun owner wants is to have an innocent person be injured, or worse, because they failed to practice proper gun use and safety procedures.
However, with enough practice you can become proficient enough that every one of your shots will hit the intended target. Not only will this help ensure your safety from a potential threat, but the safety of those around you. Then if you are ever forced to use your self defense weapons to protect yourself and your family you can be assured to come out on top of the situation.
Posted by Hunter Fields on Mar 13 2017
Should You Bug Out or Shelter in Place?
When faced with an emergency situation or disaster we have to decide whether to shelter in place or grab our bug out bags hit the road. As preppers, we think a lot about bugging out. From which vehicles to choose, to making bunkers, to how to create the ultimate bug out bag.
We also spend a lot of time deciding what supplies we should stock pile in our homes so we'll be prepared for an emergency where we decide to shelter in place.
For most of us, building our own bunker in the woods isn't a financially practical choice. But bugging out just to get out of town, without proper preparation, is hard to manage. There are a lot of factors to consider before making such a choice.
Pros and Cons...
Advantages of Bugging In: For most of us, bugging in is the obvious choice. Most people don't have remote cabins or a properly prepared location to bug out to. So finding a safe place, other than our own homes or with family, can seem impossible, especially in an emergency situation where a lot of desperate people have the same thing in mind.
Living out in the elements is hard, even if you have some experience with it. Once the food in your bug out bag is gone you'll be forced to live off the land. And, unlike our ancestors, most of us just aren't prepared to handle that for any length of time.
But by "bugging in", and staying in our own homes, we still have all of the supplies and tools we've collected to help make us more comfortable and help keep us sane.Bugging Out. If you're fortunate enough have your own prepared bug out location, like a cabin in the woods, bugging out could be the best choice in many situations. You would need to stockpile more supplies, just like in your own home, and that could get expensive. But it may very well be worth it.
The main advantage of having a second, safe location is that you can get out of town quickly and wait out the emergency situation there. Then you can return home as soon as it's safe to do so. But if things do go from bad to worse you'll have the advantage of being safely away.
The obvious drawback here is the cost involved. You'll have to consider the cost of the shelter, an alternative power and water supply and keeping two stockpiles for both home and your bug out location.
Bugging Out: With No Prepared Location. For the majority of us, who have no safe place to go in an emergency, bugging out presents a lot of problems. But we shouldn't abandon the idea of bugging out altogether. We just need to get more creative.
For example, most emergency situations effect big cities more strongly than smaller towns. So finding a temporary living situation in a less populated place, even short term, could be an alternative to consider.
If you're planning to live off the land you'll obviously need land. So if you don't own land of your own you need to keep in mind that there's a good chance you could be forced to leave your location and any shelter you've built at some point.
Natural Disasters: When a natural disaster strikes you may not have any choice but to leave your home and bug out. For instance, in the case of Hurricane Katrina the government ordered a general evacuation. Unfortunately there were those who failed to follow the evacuation orders, and that choice cost some of them their lives.
When natural disasters strike, it often makes more sense to just get out of the way of danger. And that's why you need to have a bug out plan ready, so you can take action ASAP. Your plan should include what you'll need to take with you, where you're going to go, and how you can safely get there.
Social Unrest: One of the most frightening potential bug out situations could be social unrest. If society suffers any kind of major breakdown, such as an economic collapse, then violence could become a big problem. You may be prepared to defend yourself against danger if you bug in. But can you do it forever? The preparations you've made in advance will help you decide if it's safer to bug in, or to bug out.
The big cities will be the first, and worst, hit by the violence caused by social collapse. So it's best to bug out to a small town far away from any big cities and be prepared to move fast to avoid the panicking masses.
Bugging out in a situation like this can be very dangerous. An obviously well stocked vehicle could invite unwanted attention from people with their own self interests at heart. You'll want to avoid this attention to either yourself, or the supplies you're carrying
There is no one bug out plan that will work for every possible scenario, but the better prepared you are the better your chances of survival are too. So make your plans and practice trial runs to figure out where you need to make adjustments. Always be working to make your plan better!
For more information on preparing for natural disasters visit Ready.gov
Posted by Hunter Fields on Feb 22 2017
Skills You Can Barter
10 Tips to Consider in a Crisis
When it comes to bartering most of focus on what physical goods/products we can use in an exchange. But bartering with tangible goods can come with some risk. Once someone knows that you possess something they want or need it's very possible that they make take matters in their own hands and just take it from you by force.
But if you posses a useful skill you can use that as a bartering tool. It can not only eliminate the danger involved in bartering with your prepping supplies, it can enhance your value to the community overall. Even making them want to protect you and keep you in the community so they can continue to benefit from the skills you provide.
But you will need skills you can barter with. So take some time to consider what can you bring to the table in a survival situation.
Skills You Can Barter With:
Survival Skills: If you've already started to prepare for an emergency situation then you are most likely already learning many of the skills that will be useful when disaster arises. Even a simple skill, such as starting a fire without matches, a lighter, etc. can be of great value to the community, especially if you're the only one who knows how to do it.
Purifying Water: Most people have NO idea how to purify water beyond boiling it. But that could be more of a problem when the power goes out. You could use this skill to barter with a neighbor, they haul the water and you use your skills to purify it.
Providing First-Aid: Hospitals and emergency health care facilities are often the first places to become overwhelmed during a disaster. Something as simple as properly cleaning and bandaging a wound or splinting a minor fracture, because you have a well supplied disaster first aid kit, could save someones life. But be careful not to take on more than you can handle. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you could face legal liability for causing harm to someone while you were trying to help.
Midwifery: Babies are born when they're ready and even a crisis isn't going to stop them. If a woman in labor can't get to a hospital, or if the hospitals are
swamped, the ability to help with a safe childbirth can become invaluable.
Home Repair: Property damage is often a result of disaster situations. So having the skill, and supplies, for even simple, temporary, emergency home repair can be of great value to the community.
Mechanical Repair: Vehicles have become more and more complicated and fewer people have the skills to do even basic repairs to get, and keep, them running. This can be a great bartering skill if you have the knowledge and the tools to repair mechanics.
Small Engine Repair: Small engines tend to be simpler than car engines but most people still don't know how to repair them. In a crisis situation more people will be using small engines to power their generators as well as other equipment. The ability to repair small engines can be a very useful bartering tool!
Growing a Survival Garden: If you grow, or know how to grow, your own survival garden to feed your family you can offer your expertise to your neighbors who will need to do the same. Offer them seeds in exchange for their assistance or other needs you, and your family, may have.
Animal Husbandry: If you have the skills to raise goats or chickens, just like growing a garden, you can use it to help your community.
Neighborhood Defense: Each group or neighborhood will need to organize a self defense plan in case of an outside attack. If you've studied survival self defense you can become that go to person, take command, and come up with a plan to get everyone involved in neighborhood self defense.
In a survival situation everyone will have the same basic needs. Think about that as you're prepping for you and your own family and you'll come up with the best skills you can barter and use as leverage if it becomes necessary. If a crisis causes you to lose the job you're currently in you'll have your survival skill(s) to create a new way to support you and your family until things return to normal.
Start prepping now by keeping in mind any basic supplies and/or materials you'll need and build up a stock of them in advance.
When a crisis hits, supply lines will be effected immediately. Your stockpile of supplies and materials may be all you have to work with for a while, but they'll give you what you need to take action immediately rather than having to wait until supply chains are re-established.
Posted by Hunter Fields on Jan 31 2017
Emergency Home Repair
12 Supplies You Should Stock Up On
There are plenty of lists for things you should keep a stockpiled in case of an emergency situation. We have a few of them right here on this web site. Most of them focus on food and other supplies needed for basic survival. But you also need to keep some basic emergency home repair supplies on hand.
Most of the likely emergency situations we prepare for will be natural disasters. Natural
disasters can cause minimal to severe damage to our homes. The same place that we've chosen to keep the stockpiles of all of our other emergency supplies and the place where we expect to stay safe and survive. But if your home is even moderately damaged in can be impossible to use as a shelter.
If your home is moderately damaged, or even if it is severely damaged in one area, it doesn't necessarily become uninhabitable. Even if the government declares a home too damaged to repair, you may still be able to use it as an emergency survival shelter, at least until you can find a better alternative. But staying in a damaged home will no doubt require at least some repairs, like covering a broken window or a hole in the roof.
By keeping the right basic supplies on hand you can handle a lot of basic repairs yourself. The repairs may not be perfect but they can be adequate enough to protect you, and your family, from the outside elements.
12 Emergency Home Repair Supplies
Duct Tape. Everyone knows how versatile duct tape is. You can use duct tape to create a temporary fix for so many things when you don't have the proper materials on hand. If you don't already have a good supply of duct tape be sure to stock up. In an emergency home repair situation you'll no doubt have plenty of ways you can use it.
Tarps. Tarps can be used for so many things. From covering a leak in your roof to a hole in a wall or a broken window. Tarps are easily the most flexible emergency home repair item you can keep on hand.
Plastic Sheeting. Like a tarp, plastic sheeting can be used to cover a broken window. But plastic sheeting adds the advantages of letting light in, while allowing you to keep an eye on the outside.
Furring Strips. You can just staple or nail a tarp or sheet of plastic in place. But if the wind comes up it will most likely tear them loose. But if you nail them in down using furring strip or a piece of lath you will spread out the tension and help prevent tearing.
Plywood. Using plywood is a another quick and easy way to make a temporary repair for a hole in your roof or a wall. It's stronger than a tarp and will work better if you have a larger, more significant repair to make.
2" x 4"s. If you have enough 2X4s and some plywood you can build almost anything. Even a house. Think about this; you can even build yourself a smoke house to cure any fish or meat you catch or shoot.
Zip Ties. Plastic zip ties are almost as versatile as duct tape. They come in many different sizes and were originally used to bundle wires but they work well for tying almost anything together. Police even use them as temporary hand cuffs.
Caulk. In an emergency home repair situation caulk is useful for repairing all kinds of small leaks. It can be useful can even be used, along with some of your other emergency supplies, to help create a leak proof roof repair.
Wire Nuts. Wire nuts are used to safely connect electrical wires together. If your home's wiring is damaged you may have to disconnect part of your electrical system. In that case wire nuts will be necessary to connect the sections that are working and to cap off unused hot wires.
Plumbing Fittings. In an emergency situation if the area of your home that the pipes run through is the area that is damaged you'll need to splice or even cap off some pipes to be able to use the plumbing in other areas of the house. So, in addition to plumbing fittings, be sure you also keep some plumbing adhesive and primer on hand.
Hardware. You never know what type of hardware you may need in an emergency. Especially screws and nails. I keep an area in my garage organized with all types of hardware. From nuts to bolts to old hinges and, of course, screws and nails.
Extension Cords. If you're fortunate enough to have a generator available to provide you with electricity then you're going to want enough extension cords to deliver that power to the whatever electrical devices or appliances you choose.
You can never have too many extension cords!
Keeping just these few emergency home repair supplies in stock can make a huge difference to you, and your family, when disaster strikes. You may not be able to make your house good as new, at least not for a while, but these items can go a long way toward making your house safe, warm, dry and protected from the elements.
But also keep in mind that you will have a variety of tools, manual tools, on hand to make repairs. If you don't have an electrical generator and the power goes out, which it most likely will, power tools will be of no use even if you've stocked up on the materials you need for emergency home repair.
Posted by Hunter Fields on Dec 28 2016