It is my strong belief that a gun might make you more of a target in world of crisis. Why? Because everyone will see you as a threat. If you have a gun and I don’t, I’m scared of what you could do to me so I’ll do my best to dispose of you. If you have and gun and I have a gun, I’m scared of what you could do to me so I’ll do my best to dispose of you. Also, you need to be able to maintain them – and I don’t know about you but I can barely maintain decent facial hair. You’ll need to know how to make gunpowder once you use up all your bullets and save your casings. Also, guns are difficult to get in many places in the world. So give up the gun idea. There are other things you can use as weapons. So, what are other ways of protecting yourself?
As Soap says in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, “Also, I think knives are a good idea. Big, fuck-off shiny ones. Ones that look like they could skin a crocodile. Knives are good, because they don’t make any noise, and the less noise they make, the more likely we are to use them. Shit ’em right up. Makes it look like we’re serious. Guns for show, knives for a pro.” Let’s be honest, you’d look like a total badass with a meat cleaver strapped to your leg. Or a machete. Or a Klingon Bat’Leth. Ok maybe not so much on the last one, but anything big, sharp, and shiny is going to be excellent. Knives are obviously mulit-purpose, the can be used as a means to cut brush, to reflectively signal others, and to seriously intimidate others. Now chances are you’ve got some great knife currently in your kitchen – though if you can afford it I recommend a more versatile survival knife. You should have a good survival knife in your bug out kit anyhow, defence is yet another thing you can use it for. I recommend the Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife, as it is successfully field tested with American troops, rugged and versatile.
A Big Stick
Everyone is probably familiar with Teddy Roosevelt’s famous saying, “Walk softly and carry a big stick.” But did you know that not only works as a metaphor for American early-isolationist, foreign policy, it’s also a pretty good idea. Sticks can be used for defence and for aiding you on long walks, measuring distances, and creating sundials. Chances are again that you have something that would make a really good stick: a rake or axe handle, a baseball bat, a cricket bat, a pools cue, the clothes rod from your closet – anything goes! You can also probably find a really good one while you’re out and about – just be able to identify a few choice hardwoods (Oak, Ash, and Walnut to name a few). Sticks are probably man’s earliest weapon and can be easily improved upon to make them better. Fire hardening, or the act of removing all water from wood by means of lightly charring it, greatly strengthens the wood. Ancient Pacific Islanders used to bury their spears in mud for months so that the wood would absorb the minerals, making them stronger. Plus stick a rock, a nail, or a point and the end and you’re more badass than Roosevelt and Paul Hogan combined!
You remember what happened to Goliath? That’s right, he got his shit pushed in by some prick with a piece of rope and a stone. Rope is good to stockpile now – rocks, pieces of brick, hardened dog turds, whatever else you want to turn into a projectile is going to be all over the place after stuff goes down. Make your sling and practice. A sling gives you the advantage of range and never running out of things to chuck.
A Sock Full of Pennies
There’s not a lot of explaining for this one. Take two long tube socks. Fill one with a hefty amount of coins, or loose change, whatever. Tie a good knot so you have a tight ball of change. Drop it in the second tube sock. Tie another knot. Instantly you have the poor man’s morning star. Actually, you’ve just made a “blackjack” or “sap.” Sure, it may be heavy but you can really swing it around to get some jaw dislodging momentum built up. Also, if it breaks, don’t underestimate the stunning effect of hurling a handful of loose change at someone’s face.
Stun Gun, Pepper Spray, Personal Alarm
These items are non-lethal, and not going to do any major permanent damage to your adversary, but will give you the time you need to get away. They are not much weight, and take up very little space, they will fit into a small carry bag. Easy to use, no training required. I would recommend this LifeShield Defence Kit as the probably the best way to protect yourself without guns.
An excellent tool in your survival kit, but often overlooked is a hatchet. It is partially true that a knife will fulfil many of the uses of a hatchet, but a hatchet will make many tasks much easier. A hatchet is an excellent close-quarters self-defence weapon against men or predators in the wild. I recommend the small, easy to carry Zombinator Survival Hatchet – Multi Tool Axe by Frog & CO, as it can fulfil many other tasks as well, extremely versatile. Plus it looks cool!
Other Common Household Stuff
A big hammer (because if someone attacks you with a hammer, you’re screwed (it’s a pun, get it?), a metal plate with a sharpened edge (Xena warrior princess style), piano wires (make a cross bow string or a garrotte wire), ground habanero chili powder (like homemade mace), and the list goes on and on.
So, forget the gun, get a little creative with your survival self defence. Of course, we at Bug Out Survival Kit actually recommend these self defence ideas more as a last resort. You would be surprised how many situations you can talk your way out of with some kind words and diplomacy!