Surviving the Aftermath
the disaster itself is devastating enough, the aftermath can be in and
of itself another disaster. You are left without electricity, gas for
cooking and heating, impassable roads and then you have looters and
other criminal elements that can be a problem. There will always be
those that will victimize others during a calamity. As part of your
emergency preparedness, you must plan for personal self-defense and the
defense of your family, property and possessions. You cannot defend
yourself however, unless you prepare and learn how to handle yourself
and a weapon during a survival situation.
you are the only one prepared with ample food, water and other
essentials during a crisis, you will be a target. Who will the ones not
prepared look too during a crisis. You must be prepared to deal with
friends, neighbors and even strangers that are desperate. People you
know may turn violent and rationalize their actions in the name of
providing for their family. Emotions run high, stress levels are
elevated and people will act differently from what you normally expect.
The rules for some people change during a survival situation.
Preparing For Confrontation
for and yet do everything you can to avoid a confrontation. You do not
want to have to challenge a friend or neighbor over supplies. Criminals
of course will always be ready to take advantage of darkened streets,
damaged homes and stressed out citizens. A show of force can work in
some cases, if the criminal or challenger realizes you are serious.
Carry your firearm with you, around your home. Have your pistol
holstered on your person and have any home-defense rifles or shotguns
within arm’s reach during the crisis.
home is your only refuge during a disaster and you cannot allow others
to destroy that sanctuary. Would be burglars and other criminal elements
may use pretexts to make contact with you during the day to evaluate
you as a victim for later on that night. If they note you are armed and
show confidence they may very well seek an easier target. Your weapon is
a deterrent to a confrontation. A show of force can cause others to
back down without the need to draw your weapon. Otherwise, they may
challenge you for your emergency supplies and your home.
of you preparedness should include weapons training. For various safety
and legal issues, it is recommended you use an acceptable firing range
and not your backyard. Use target stands and practice shooting from
various positions with your pistol and long gun. Learn how to stand to
make yourself less of a target because, in a real life survival
situation the target shoots back.
you are looking for shooting targets that are designed for tactical
training, we suggest several of the steel targets line from Challenge Targets. They have a great selection and all of their steel targets are made from AR500 hardened steel.
safety is important and must be practiced at all times. Guns are a tool
for a very specific purpose and everyone in the family must realize
their function. The shooting stances you see in movies and on television
for the most part are incorrect. The stance is for drama and camera
angles. You are not concerned with how you look you want effectiveness.
by dry firing only if you have dry fire cartridges called “snap caps”
to prevent damage to the firing pin. This is especially important if you
have a rim fire weapon. You have to know the pressure needed for
trigger pull and know the feeling of pulling the trigger as you go into
tactical defense. Dry fire practice is important, and you must practice
these moves where contact is likely to be made. Dry fire is used where
it is impracticable, and/or unsafe to use live ammunition. The greatest
benefit of dry firing is trigger control.
in hands before the situation gets out of control. Do not walk into a
firefight fumbling to draw or raise your weapon. Have your long gun at
port arms, which is simply holding the weapon diagonally across your
chest. Have one hand on the forearm and the other grasping where a
simple movement puts your trigger finger on the trigger. This is one of
several ready positions and all you need to do from this point is engage
the target by turning your body sideways while moving your head to
sight along the barrel. Pistols at the close ready means it is focused
toward the aggressor but not necessarily ready to engage until you have
all the facts. A lowering and turning of the body to make a smaller
target brings your eyes in line with the pistol.