The best weapon we have for long term survival, when it all comes down to it, is our heads, in my humble opinion.
I am a single female, and gave self-preservation in a SHTF scenario serious thought beginning about 10 years ago.
I decided that for my protection, in case I find myself without anyone else, I should
Stay in the best physical shape possible
Learn several methods of self defense and
Most important, keep my position secret
Since then, I have become proficient with my recurve, (I take 2 Deer with it every Autumn)
I also have become quite good at simultaneously throwing a Gerber hatchet with my right hand and 1 of my many knives with my left.
I have a blow gun, several wrist rockets, (and YARDS of replacement surgical tubing).
I am a fly-fisher that has learned to tie my own flies.
I learned about traps and running a trapline from friends that live North of Fairbanks AK
For the occasion I am caught unaware, I have several guns and I plan to have one on me at all times, all revolvers, which to me, are more reliable in
bush situations than autos, which seem to jam at the worst possible times.
But my guns would be used ONLY in an un-avoidable, must-use situation.
Also, in the past decade I have gone to school and become a plant wildcrafter and herbalist. Few plants in my area are unfamiliar to me and I know
their uses, edibly and medicinally.
I tan the hides of the deer I bag with their brains, and sew chaps, vests and pillows by hand using the sinew as thread, and sell those items for a
I have learned how to make wine and have all the equipment necessary to do that. (Even a corker!)
I love to cook and the value of having a wide variety of spices in large quantities has not been lost on me.
My BOB is my Motorhome, my bob is inside of it. My RV is self contained, with a generator, and all propane appliances in it, along with 150 gallons of
propane. Gasoline tanks are filled and ready to go.
I try to see to it that I live at least 200 miles from any large metro area, and in areas that have mainly secondary roads and dirt roads. I guess you
could say I have already bugged out.
Other preparations have been made too, but I wont go into all that, yet I still feel woefully unprepared.
Sorry for such a long post,
edit on 14-4-2011 by Elostone because: (no reason given)