When something catastrophic happens, there is a possibility that those who are less prepared may desire to take advantage of the preparations that were made by others, as in the fable about the ant and the grasshopper. However, unlike that fable, these people may be willing to use force to try to get things they did not plan ahead to store up for themselves. In many cases, just showing that a weapon is on the property can be a deterrent, which is good, since the chance of law enforcement being available at a time like that is not very high.
Even without others attempting to invade others’ stockpiles or bunkers, there are situations where weapons may be needed, such as obtaining food if it becomes scarce and then preparing that food.
Whether the weapons are needed for defense or provision, knowing which weapons will best suit the need can be helpful.While the weapons below are potential options, choosing one for your household is best done by discussing it with weapons experts and testing out firearms that interest you on a range, whenever possible, to discover whether they will work for you.
Powered by CO2, air guns generally shoot pellets. These may be less likely to result in a fatal shooting, but they will aid in hunting small animals and may deter less committed invaders.
These 15 CO2 cartridges will each power somewhere around 100 good shots before they begin to deplete.
500 pellets can be used with most air guns.
Bow & Arrows
A recurve bow is a standard bow like most people think of when they think about a bow and arrows. Many have ergonomic grips now, like this one, but they are also available as they used to be, when they were first made.
A compound bow is a little easier to draw than a recurve and can be held at ready for longer without tiring. They also usually have a good sight to aid in targeting.
A crossbow takes longer to reload, but targeting is very similar to using a firearm. Its draw weight is also usually higher than either of the previous types of bow.
These extra arrows are meant for a recurve bow. A compound bow may be able to use the same arrows, but a crossbow will need a different type.
Most people think of innovative arms or firearms first when the discussion of weapons is raised. That is probably at least partly due to the fact that they are the most powerful and most common in movies and other media. However, it is crucial to only add one of these to your defense stash if you know how to use it properly. If a firearm is desired as provision or defense, take time to learn it via a class or regular trips to the range.
In these weapons, brand name often does indicate a better product. Some of the most well-known and often the most recommended are the Glock, Beretta, SIG Sauer, Smith & Wesson, and Walther.
Small firearms that are easily concealed, handguns include pistols and revolvers. Pistols are one-handed guns that use a magazine to hold the ammunition. Revolvers are also one-handed and use a cylinder to hold the ammunition. It rotates after cocking the hammer or pulling the trigger, allowing for multiple rounds to be fired before reloading.
Many ranges that are linked to a firearm seller will allow people to fire weapons as long as they purchase the ammunition. This will allow potential buyers to determine whether the firearm will work for their needs.
These include rifles and shotguns; they have a longer barrel and are two-handed weapons that brace against the shoulder. They tend to be more powerful and accurate than handguns and also need practice for best results. The most popular brands tend to be Ruger, Winchester, and Remington.
Shotguns can be single or double barreled. Either way, the ammunition can be a single slug or a number of pellets (known as “shot” – thus the name “shotgun”). The smaller pellets spread out and hit more targets, so it is important to know what is around the target at which one is aiming. However, in the case of hunting or needed defense, this can improve the chances of hitting something.
Rifles first one bullet at high speed. The barrel has a long spiral groove, which increases long-distance accuracy. Precision definitely requires practice but these weapons are effective for a longer range.
Carbines are similar to rifles but smaller and lighter.
This type of weapon includes nunchucks, clubs, different kinds of staff, and similar items. Even a rock would fit into this category. These weapons can be made of wood or metal and can be deadly. The downside to most impact weapons is the proximity required for effectiveness, but if the opponent is within range, they are very effective.
One of the most versatile options, knives can be used for defense, for butchering and cleaning meat sources, for cutting plants to use for food or medicine, and more. However, using a knife in a fight is not as instinctive as one might think. It requires finesse and knowledge. If this is likely to be the primary weapon, learning anatomy and technique are critical to being effective.
Some of the best names in self-defense knives include Spyderco, Kershaw, Boker, Benchmade, and Gerber.
This lightweight folding knife has a steel blade and a serrated edge.
The fully ambidextrous handle on this steel blade folding knife supports a manual-open drop point blade. It is light but tough and sufficient for everyday use.
The three-inch black-oxide steel blade folds into a black glass-filled nylon handle and has a pocket clip to keep it from falling out.
A rigid stick around 5-6 inches long and about half an inch in diameter, a kubaton is usually attached to a keychain. It can be made of plastic, wood, or metal.
25 sprays of pepper reach 10 feet with maximum power to stop attackers.
With an 8” blade with one partially serrated edge and one smooth, this spear can be used for a variety of applications, including cutting, chopping, spear-fishing, and defense. Its rubberized plastic sheath protects the blade when not in use.
Six-in-one pen includes a flashlight, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a hex wrench, a self-defense top, and ink. The flashlight is battery-powered and batteries are included.
Two tactical flashlights are very bright with five modes including strobe and SOS, water-resistant housing. They each use 3 AAA batteries which are not included.
Tasers and Stun Guns
A compact gun-style taser that comes with two replaceable cartridges and introduces a free trial version of Noonlight. Noonlight is a safety platform that connects your Pulse+ device to your phone via the internet, which notifies law enforcement in real-time regarding the user’s location upon pulling the trigger.
A rechargeable stun gun that also has an LED flashlight is a convenient size to carry anywhere. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Meant for hiking, but good for more, this six-in-one includes a knifesaw, a fishing kit, a selfie attachment, a compass, a sewing kit, and paracord. It is sturdy and would make a serviceable defense weapon.
Adjustable walking stick includes LED lighting and 950,000 volt stun gun.
Other Personal Defense – Alarms, Fists
While not technically a weapon, the superloud personal alarm keychain will call attention to a situation and possibly drive away an attacker with noise. The device will sound a continuous alarm for up to fifty minutes, or on standby for a whole year.
In some cases, one’s own hands can serve as personal defense. Fingernails can cut into skin and fists can cause pain, especially when aimed at vulnerable targets.