Many preppers think about what to do after the stuff hits the fan. They think about and plan for where to bug out to, what to take, meal preparation and sources of safe, clean water and sanitation. They even think about having weapons and ammunition handy to protect themselves and their family.
But many preppers don’t take the time to think about what they might have to do if they can’t get to their weapon. How would they defend themselves?
Here are three tips to remember should you find yourself in a self-defense situation without access to your weapon:
1. Prevention. Yes, this is a before the fact issue, but if you can be aware of your surroundings and prevent being in a vulnerable situation, then you’ve avoided the worst case scenario from the get go.
2. Yell and push. Why? Because you want to draw attention to the situation, possibly startle your attacker, and make them nervous about continuing the attack. Remember, confrontation is a mental game before a physical altercation.
3. Know and use targets. Know the weak points of the body, so that you if you have to attack, you can impact areas in a way that your size (or lack of size) won’t be an issue. A hit to the groin, an eye gouge, a punch to the windpipe. None of these take a lot of strength to inflict damage that will stop anyone and prevent them from functioning. (Note: these are generally to only be used if you feel your life is absolutely in danger because the damage you could inflict could kill someone. Some targets are last ditch only.) Some great info on targeting is available here.
The point is to be prepared in every way that you need for all possible situations.