Hi Fernando, I have been reading your blog for over a year, and just
bought your book. I really loved it!
You strongly promote gun ownership in your book and blog, and
unfortunately that doesn’t work for me… I live in a first world
country where gun ownership is restricted to begin with. And, I live
in a small and isolated community of about 2000 people that has a
strict bylaw stating no one is allowed to have a gun in the community
of any sort, period. People have had their guns confiscated and never
got them back. If I had $100k, I might be able to launch a
constitutional challenge, but I don’t. And, there hasn’t been a gun
crime here in 30+ years at least, so most people here strongly support
the rule. It’s a small island with no animal predators, so there is no
issue with wolves or bears or anything.
Anyways, long story short, in absence of guns, do you recommend any
other range weapons such as a bow or crossbow for home defense
(obviously not EDC)? Or just sticking to some good knives?
Would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
Hi Craig, your question is the reason why I wrote so much about using a knife for defense in my book, “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”. Everyone has a 10” “Chef” knife in their kitchen and its legal everywhere.
Now, before I answer your question: ANY gun is better than no gun at
all. Double barrel shotgun? Legal nearly everywhere and heck, until very
recent times it was favored by police officers as the go gun for entry
before going to their sidearms. Of course, today you have better
options, but still, any gun, a 12ga shotgun, a 22LR carbine, anything is
better than no firearm at all, and the case where no gun is available
is very rare. Remember there’s a world of a difference between banned
and “restricted”. Restricted means there’s hope, it shouldn’t stop you.
Join a hunting club, shoot skeet for a year, if there’s ways of doing it
that should be your goal. If guns are simply out of the question then a
crossbow would be better than a bow. It requires less skill to use and
has the more simple point/shoot user interface.
80 Lbs Self Cocking Crossbow Pistol Cross Bow 15 Arrows
Barnett Jackal Crossbow Package (Quiver , 3 – 20-Inch Arrows and Premium Red Dot Sight)
The problem here is that they cant be left loaded so you’ll need time
to get a bolt set, they tend to be bulky (at least the powerful ones
are) and you only have one shot that will be of limited efficiency
compared to say, a shotgun. I would complement the crossbow with edged
weapons. A Cold Steel spear would give you great range, they are used
for boar hunting and would mess up a home intruder nicely. Finally
machetes and other big knives are pretty effective as well, but you have
to get very close to use them.
Cold Steel Boar Spear, Ash Wood Handle 95BOA
I try to be careful about these questions because too often people
get the wrong idea, and they start talking about bows, knives, swords
and ninja stars when firearms are perfectly legal to buy.
This lady that called during a certain radio interview I did, she
said she was practicing with her crossbow for defense because it was
more silent and the bolts could be used again… Lady, you’re not a 17th
century ninja . And why do you need stealth for self defense? The
louder the better when someone breaks into you property and you want
everyone and their uncle to know about it so that they call the cops or
come in your aid. She sounded as if she lived in Louisiana, get a
freaking gun for crying out loud!
Having to get by without firearms is bad, but while you always have
some option for defense, don’t forget that “hard to get” is a world of a
difference from “impossible to get”.
Finally, I leave you with this thought. You mention people getting
their guns confiscated and never getting them back. You have to ask
yourself this question and make up your mind about this. Is that all
you’re risking? If my choices are being armed and risking losing a 500
USD gun if I ever have to use it, to me that’s 500 USD well spent. Even
if it means a fine, 10.000 bucks worth of fine if I ever end up using
it, my life is worth that and much more. You mentioned 30 years without a
crime. That’s great, hopefully you have it and never have to use it and
no one will ever now. Most important, you never TELL anyone about it
unless they end up knowing because you use it to save your live. If a
gated community has policies like that, I’d just risk it none the less.
My life and the life of my family is worth much more even if chances of
needing it are unlikely. That being said if that’s not the case and you
really cant have a firearm the above applies.