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What Are Your Alternatives To Having A Gun When The SHTF?

What Are Your Alternatives To Having A Gun When The SHTF?

Maybe it’s just common thinking in the United States, but many people, both preppers and non-preppers alike, default to thinking that owning a gun is the answer to all of their self-defense issues. And, it’s true, owning a gun is an effective tool for self-defense, but have you considered that you may not always have access to your gun? Maybe the gun-grabbers will get their way and confiscate all of the guns available. Maybe something else happens so that you just don’t have it with you, for whatever reason. What other self-defense options do you have?

Fortunately, you have a variety of options. Here are six options suggested by Brad Steenrod for other weapon options, along with our commentary:

  1. A crossbow or compound bow. This will be one of the most readily available options for you for ranged defense (as in you are not within arm’s reach of the person attacking you) because so many hunters have these particular weapons for hunting purposes. These weapons are especially appealing for our purposes because they shoot almost silently, unlike a firearm, and, with a little practice and a knife for whittling, you can make your own ammunition. This means an almost limitless ammo supply at no cost.
  2. A survival bow. This has the same benefits as a crossbow or a compound bow, but this could be more readily portable because it is designed to be strung or unstrung and taken apart as needed. However, unlike a crossbow or compound bow, you will need more strength to use a survival bow which means that people with less upper body strength won’t be able to use this option as easily.
  3. A slingshot. Whether you believe the Bible story of David and Goliath, the fact of the matter is that slingshots have been used for centuries as weapons. Depending on the type of slingshot that you use (yes, there are multiple types of slingshots), you may need to have access to a stream for smooth stones to throw. You’ll also most certainly want to put in practice time because accuracy with a slingshot can be a challenge.
  4. A machete. Think a long knife. Of course, a sharp blade with a long reach is dangerous enough in and of itself, but machetes have the additional benefit of, frankly, scaring people. People have a visceral fear of sharp blades swinging near them, so this could deter people from being aggressive towards you.
  5. An expandable baton. It’s small. It’s portable. And it can be used to club an attacker into submission. Maybe not the most “elegant” weapon, but it’ll do the job.
  6. A knife. Yes, this is the shorter version of the machete which, probably, has the additional benefit of being able to be used to stab an attacker (machetes don’t typically have points for stabbing), but, like a machete, a knife will do the job, albeit in a messy and unpleasant way.

Here’s a bonus option for you to consider: learn real-world hand-to-hand combat. Note that I am not talking about martial arts for sporting (i.e. competition) purposes. Those are great for getting in shape, but, in a real fight, are not designed to seriously injure an attacker. Why shouldn’t you train in combat sports for self-defense? In a stressful situation, you do what you practice, not what you want to do, so, if you practice to do things that won’t seriously injure someone, then, when you are attacked, you won’t seriously injure your attacker. And that means that they will be able to seriously injure you. So, choose to learn hand-to-hand combat that aims to teach you how to injure an attacker.

What other weapon options do you use? Tell us below.



View Comments (9)
  • Owning a gun is not enough – learning how and when to use it is the question. Historically, there are many weapons that can be used to protect yourself up to and including the most ancient weapon – a rock. I’d laugh like crazy if state governments made rocks illegal! Yet rocks were the first weapon used to kill, besides fists. BTW, are rocks illegal in the District of Columbia, yet?

  • Sorry, but this is a ridiculous article. Like a bow or machete doesn’t require practice same as a gun? A slingshot? Hilarious. Be prepared to apologize profusely, especially if you manage to hit your opponent with one. No, the best self-defense weapon you can bring to any confrontation where you don’t have a gun is one the author of this drivel apparently does not possess – a brain.

  • I said stop what you are doing and put down your weapon, I have a brain and I’m not afraid to use it. Yeah like that will keep you safe.

  • Too bad you lack the ability to comprehend that thinking clearly will save your life in a bad situation. I would suggest that you never get into a battle of wits since your comment reveals you are completely unarmed. Good luck with your slingshot.

  • Wits are not going to help when a bad guy has his gun trained on you and is not interested in a witty conversation.

  • Thanks for the profound observation, captain obvious. Why would a person with a brain try to start a “witty conversation” when a bad guy is pointing a gun at him? You really are clueless, aren’t you. So, I take it your point, if there is one, is that being smart is not good. Will being stupid when a bad guy points a gun at you save your life? Wow.

  • I have finally figured out Melvin Purvis. As he likes to point out about everyone being clueless, I was clueless about him. He likes to disparage others about how “clueless” and lacking a working brain everyone has, implying that only he the great Melvin Purvis has the answers, while actually giving no real suggestions. He says the author of the above article has no brain. Well Melvin, to be able to take advantage of all the suggestion in the article you do need a brain. You fail miserably to comprehend what others are trying to teach. You also seem to lack a sense of humor.

  • Wrong again, Danny Boy. I only said YOU are clueless – and thanks for verifying that – again. Let’s hear what you recommend doing with your slingshot when a bad guy has a gun pointed at you. Go ahead, I’ll let you have the last word, since it’s pointless trying to talk rationally with you.

  • You have only done put-downs as apposed to a rational conversation. I have always been sucked into a pointless discussions with fools and trolls. They always turn your words around to make themselves sound brilliant and their target seem silly. We will let the readers decide who is what.

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