Imagine this: you have spent years preparing for a worst case scenario, acquiring food, water, and tools and carefully storing these items for the long term. You have rotated stock, put together a comprehensive first aid kit, and made sure that you have a family notification plan so that loved ones will be able to contact each other when or if the SHTF.
But wait. Things around you are in chaos. Perhaps there was an earthquake or tornado. Perhaps – heaven forbid – a pandemic is running rampant or the dollar has become valueless. These are worst case scenarios and there will be panic. That is guaranteed.
To the best of your ability, you are going to want to keep yourself physically safe and to protect and preserve those items you have so carefully put away over the year at no trivial expense. So, as much as you may be against violence and against the use of force, the time may come when you will have no choice but to protect the homestead using brute force. This means firearms.
Let me say right off that I am not an expert in guns. I can not even claim to be a novice. Survival Husband was an artillery specialist and trainer in the Army but that was eons ago. So what is a gal to do?
- Get a shotgun. It was my choice to get a shotgun since I figured that with a bit of training, I could learn to use it well enough to scare off any intruders or, if necessary, get a good aim without needing to learn the precision that a handgun would require. We now have a 12 gauge pump style shotgun with a 20” barrel. It holds 6 shells in the receiver and 1 in the chamber.
- Learn to use it. I can not depend on the testosterone in our household to take care of me since I am often alone. Besides, what if S.H. is traveling, or stuck on the ferry or otherwise not available? Luckily, we have found someone local with some acreage that is willing to let us practice on his property. Sweet.
- S.H. is going to take a refresher course in handguns at a Seattle area gun shop. The course is not cheap but we think it is worth the expense. Once he gets comfortable with his skill set, we will purchase a handgun as well. (But to be honest, at this juncture I am personally going to focus my learning on the shotgun.)
- Carry pepper spray. I have carried pepper spray with me for years. At first it was due to the crazies that hounded parking lots in Seattle. Now it is just a habit. Pepper spray causes immediate closing of the eyes, difficulty breathing, runny nose, and coughing. The duration of its effects depends on the strength of the spray but the average full effect lasts around thirty to forty-five minutes, with diminished effects lasting for hours. How could you go wrong. Note: Pepper spray is legal in Washington state but somewhat restricted in others. I recommend that you check with your local law enforcement agency for any regulations your state may have.
- Store a baseball bat under the bed. This speaks for itself. I was told I should go for the knees first and you-know-what second.
I wish I knew more about self defense. Actually, I wish I did not need to know more but alas, the times we are in lead me to believe that the knowledge to defend myself and my home will be even more necessary in the ensuing years. It is my belief that I should learn to defend for myself and not rely on my husband, a male neighbor, or the local authorities. This is not easy for me. But it is necessary.
Ladies, I hope that you too will come up with an action plan to defend your homestead on your own. And gents, talk to your special lady about this and please, send your tips and suggestions my way. Like I said, this is a tough one for me.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: Next time you visit the city, take a trip to the local dollar store to stock up on gift wrap, greeting cards, party decorations and other special occasion essentials. As embarrassing as it was (for me) I even asked the clerk at the Dollar Tree Store in Renton (near Seattle) if everything was really a dollar. It was. I was amazed at how much I could purchase! So foolish of me – I though that dollar store = junk store. Hardly. If you have never ventured in to this bargain wonderland, give it a try.
From the Bargain Bin: I found a number of pepper sprays. Think about getting one for the lady in your life for Mother’s Day. I thought that this one was pretty neat since it comes on a key chain.
Be prepared with emergency supplies from Emergency Essentials®. You do have plenty of water, don’t you?