It seems to me that there are more than a few nations around the world whose citizens are either not allowed firearms, or those whose citizens have to
jump through profound hoops in order to legally own them. The nation I live in falls under the latter category.
I'm a gentle person. I don't want to have to deploy weapons against my own people, and I hope it never comes to that. When we were smacked by
hurricane Paloma in November of '08, nearly everyone came together to help each other. I noted several people who seemed to skirt around the fringe
-- self-serving folk -- who did only for themselves... some even resorting to stealing to acquire what they should've already had stocked up. More
shocking to me at the time were folks who make an excellent living (for here) that seemed to break down mentally, that seemed to crack and run in
mobs, coming close to demanding goods from others. Fortunately (or maybe not), private donations from de big island and government assistance
prevailed, and everything settled down eventually. If not for that intervention, I wonder if we might've had to defend our goods.
We stock a lot of supplies, and we share a lot with others. M'Bride and I had no expectation of people ever paying us back for the goods we
shared, and we were not disappointed. I'm further saddened to discover that the lesson that many learned was that I am full of crap by thinking
that we all need to think about providing for ourselves and that the government will always come through. They did this time. I'm not sorry that
they did, but I wish that people understood that this government is every bit on the edge of financial ruin as the rest of the world.
There are a variety of weapons a person can employ to defend onself. Long ago, I had a degree in chemistry. I'm not going to tell you how to
make gunpowder or nitrogen triiodide, but a dilligent googler can find these things out for themselves.
Let's examine some of the most rudimentary homemade weapons:
You take an athletic sock, and put in the toe a potato, a can of soup (my fave), a bundle of coins or marbles or even a rock. At the top of the
sock, you tie a knot for your fist to hold onto. Nearly anything you can do with nunchuka, you can do with sockchuka, except perhaps cross-arm
passes. This is a formidable weapon for close-contact defense.
Almost every weekend warrior I know owns a knife. Some own swords. I know several people who carry a knife all the time. I do so myself,
although it's more of a construction tool for me, rather than a self-defense tool. Many people I know that carry a knife remind me of
from the movie Undercover Blues. Good movie. Funny. Muerte, played by Stanley Tucci, is a
low-grade thug who believes that the moves he's seen in movies enable him to prevail in a knife fight. The reality of knife fights -- in my
experience -- is that everyone gets cut, regardless of skill level. I have a tad of training in hand-to-hand combat and knives, and if a knife were
drawn on me, I would not deploy my own; I am better with my hands and feet than hampered by the necessity of getting close enough to cut, slash or
stab. But, that's just me. If you hang your hat on a bladed weapon, practice, and learn. IMO, what makes the difference is the speed of
deployment of a bladed weapon. Most knife fights in real life are decided in the opening moves. Do not forget the primary arteries and armpit as
Bows and atlatyl
I favor a short bow for defense. It can be aimed and shot very quickly, and your recovery time (time to restring a bolt or arrow) is faster. For
hunting, I favor a longbow or atlatyl. An atlatyl is simple to make, but difficult to master.
There is an
inherent flexability in the darts that is absolutely necessary, and not all woods exhibit these traits. With a bow, you can substitute graphite or
fiberglass arrows, but an atlatyl dart requires flexability (but not too much) in order to harness the kinetic energy and accellerate the dart. This
all requires hours of practice. Consider that now might be the time to practice and become proficcient. What do you have to loose? Time? I
tip my darts with cut pieces of sheet steel, and I give them a twist to emulate a figure 8 broadhead. I also file the edges. You can fletch your
own darts/arrows with simple duct tape: Mark three lines on the end of the shaft, equidistance from each other. Place the middle of one strip of
duct tape on one line, and another on the adjacent line. Press the tape to the shaft, and allow the stick sides to stick to each other. Install
the third strip of tape and then trim each one to a classic fletching shape. Experiment. In general, a 5:1 ratio of length:height is favorable
for a smooth, flat, flight.
Air pressure weapons
Again, I'm not going to diagram how these can be made. Think about it, and think about a container of air, pressurized, with a solenoid valve, and
how you might be able to neck down the output of that cylinder to deliver a projectile.
Snares and traps
If you anticipate bugging in and defending your homestead, think about how you might use various snares or traps to injure members of a mob. I favor
a figure-4 trap as a trigger, but there are many that can be used. I think that if it came to that, I might post a warning well prior to the kill
These are all situations that we hope never occur. I know that I do. It would cause me profound grief to take the life or injure a hungry,
desperate person. That doesn't mean that I am unwilling, just that if I could negotiate giving up part of my goods, that would be far preferable.
What I've seen in my life -- the lows that humanity can stoop to -- indicates to me that many people would choose to take by force if they could what
they should've provided for themselves before the crash.
Ask yourself -- to what depths are you willing to go? If TSHTF, or a TEOTWAWKI situation occurs, will your neighbors band together with you, or will
they fight you? Now is the time to make those relationships. If you grow your own, can you keep it?
Not a weapon, but water is everything. Please, if you get nothing more from this humble thread than this, please think seriously about providing
water for you and yours. Where would it come from? How would you filter it?
Do you have containers
for transporting water? Think about acquiring a few bottles of Polar Pure.
Each of these
tiny little bottles of iodine crystals is capable of treating up to 500 gallons of water.
Making a cache for tools/weapons/goods
Even when I lived in the heart of Los Angeles, I had a cache. It's simply a matter of burying a weatherproof container. Consider that if your
plan is to bug out to another location, that you might benefit from a string of caches along the way. If you have land, you might benefit by buring
a small cistern
and filling it with goods. If you don't have a water source, this is a good
option for collecting the runoff from your roof also (assuming that your roof is an inert material that doesn't contaminate the water).
Be safe all. Potential hard times are incoming. Regardless of what your situation is, now is almost too late (IMO) to be beginning your survival
Remember, you can't share it if you don't have it. If you have it, you have choices. I didn't want this thread to resonate as fearmongering,
but I do personally feel that high strangeness is upon us.