Getting Prepared, Pt.7 Self Defense

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Ok, this may be a touchy subject for some of you but it is necessary and may save your life or family members, not to mention it could put food on your table.

A firearm is extremely important to have in your home whether you are getting ready for hard times or not, and since I do believe things are going to get a lot worse before they get better I feel it is important to share this with you. I believe gun sales a skyrocketing because a lot of people are seeing the light.

Personally, I believe every family member old enough to handle a firearm should be taught safety factors and target practice. Adult members should also have holsters (either concealed or otherwise) for ease of carrying for when things go south. Safety should be more than just firearms. It also includes such things as situational and strategic awareness, home and property security, communications, and property security, communications, and local relations (friends, neighbors, community.)

There are people out there who plan to attack your family and take what they want if things get out of control. Look at the increased gang activity Look at the different protesters around the country, a lot of them think that if you have it you should give it to them and they are willing to take it by force if necessary and I think it is going to get worse as time goes by. Can you defend your family? Are you prepared to? If not your fate and your families will be in their hands. This is for real you have to be able to defend your home. Do not be completely left at their mercy, think of your kids if nothing else. If someone is breaking in to your home it will be all over by the time the police show-up, law enforcement agencies are already stretched so thin and with budget cuts there are not as many officers as will be needed, you can not depend on the police they will not get there in time all the more so if you live in a rural area.

If you don’t have a gun get one and learn how to shoot it.  Store up ammo for it or better yet learn to reload your own ammo and store up the supplies to do that. Get it now while it is still legal and accessible. Congress is working very hard to restrict gun ownership.And every time there is a shooting they start pushing even harder.

 
A Shotgun is the best for home defense but you should also have a rifle that you can use for hunting and a pistol in your vehicle ( check your state laws). It probably wouldn’t hurt to take a conceal carry class and get a permit., You do need to use extreme care when keeping a gun in your home. Keep the safety on at all times. Keep it loaded, but do not keep a round chambered so if the trigger is accidentally pulled it will be ok. I am changing this, when I wrote this I went back and forth on this for almost an hour, I know a lot of people recommend doing this. After I posted this I received this comment. ( thanks, NRP)

“Keep the safety on at all times. Keep it loaded, but do not keep a round chambered so if the trigger is accidentally pulled it will be ok.”
Ok, I’m probably going to get yelled at, but I disagree with you on this.
I also have a HUGE background with firearms, my Father gave me my first 22/410 over-under at the age of 6, and was hunting with him within a week. I do carry ALWAYS (where legal), and have a CC in several states, and shoot competition in a few classifications.
I disagree with the ‘do not keep a round in the chamber’, sorry, First of all, a trigger is never never pulled “accidentally”, AND if something catches the trigger such as a branch or ??? the safety should always be on, second 95+% of all holsters and scabbards cover the trigger, so again no accidentally firing. Next, in an assault situation the “recognize/pull/fire” distance is 21 feet if someone is coming at you, more likely 30-40 feet. IF someone is coming at you there is a 99% chance you will not have time to also ‘cock’ or chamber a round before you’re overtaken. Yes some people may be able to, most wont.
Ok, with that said I whole heartedly agree 1000% know how to protect one’s self, but one had better face the fact of what MAY happen, if you can’t shoot to defend yourself, than DO NOT get the means for someone else you shoot you.

We keep ours loaded and in the chamber, so I am putting both options out there you will have to make your own decision as to what you do. 

If you have children, do not hide it from them and never tell them about it!! It is much wiser to show it to your children and explain to them the dangers of handling a gun on a regular basis. Let them become used to seeing it, but teach them to respect it. If you have small children, keep it out of their reach. But don’t make it a forbidden fruit. Teach them early on how to use a gun and when they are old enough enroll them in a hunter safety class.

My kids learned how to handle guns at a very young age just as I did. They know how to use them and are not afraid of them.They have hunted since they were old enough and have done a lot of target practice with us and their friends. When one of Joleens friends asked her to prom he had two targets set up on with yes and one with no for her to shoot for the answer. All of the kids were given a gun for graduation. It makes me feel a lot better knowing that when they are living by themselves they have some form of protection and know how to use it.

Not only is a gun good for protection it can also be used to hunt wild game with. Know how to dress out your game before you have to hunt so you can utilize all the meat and not waste it.

I know as far as home defense goes there are other things you can do to protect yourself get a dog, good locks on the doors and window and use them. Maybe have an alarm that goes off if someone is on your property or trying to break into your home. Use these in addition to a gun not instead of.

I do not know what is going to happen down the road I do think things are going to get worse all the signs point that way. There are a lot of things that we still need to do, but we are working towards those things. Having guns and ammo is just as important as food storage.

Are you prepared to defend yourself and your family from those who would do you harm? Can you shoot a deer or other animal and clean it if you had to? Now is the time to get ready while you still have a little time left. Don’t be caught unprepared.

7 Replies to “Getting Prepared, Pt.7 Self Defense”

  1. NRP

    Ranchers Wife;
    “Keep the safety on at all times. Keep it loaded, but do not keep a round chambered so if the trigger is accidentally pulled it will be ok.”
    Ok, I’m probably going to get yelled at, but I disagree with you on this.
    I also have a HUGE background with firearms, my Father gave me my first 22/410 over-under at the age of 6, and was hunting with him within a week. I do carry ALWAYS (where legal), and have a CC in several states, and shoot competition in a few classifications.
    I disagree with the ‘do not keep a round in the chamber’, sorry, First of all, a trigger is never never pulled “accidentally”, AND if something catches the trigger such as a branch or ??? the safety should always be on, second 95+% of all holsters and scabbards cover the trigger, so again no accidentally firing. Next, in an assault situation the “recognize/pull/fire” distance is 21 feet if someone is coming at you, more likely 30-40 feet. IF someone is coming at you there is a 99% chance you will not have time to also ‘cock’ or chamber a round before you’re overtaken. Yes some people may be able to, most wont.
    Ok, with that said I whole heartedly agree 1000% know how to protect one’s self, but one had better face the fact of what MAY happen, if you can’t shoot to defend yourself, than DO NOT get the means for someone else you shoot you.

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    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      NRP,
      Thank you for pointing out that your comment wasn’t there. I went looking for it. I found a couple comments in the spam ( one was your comment on getting prepared pt 5) and this one in addition to another one in the trash. Not sure what happened will have to check that more often, I don’t delete comments if they disagree with me.I have to wonder now I have a couple others who comment pretty regular and I haven’t heard from them in a while. Usually, they will be in my email when I get a comment these were not
      Anyway not going to yell because I have to admit I agree with you ( and if my husband saw what I wrote he would not be very happy with me) I really went back and forth on this when I wrote it because a lot of people say in the chamber and a lot say loaded. We do keep ours loaded and I taught my girls to do the same. I am going to go and change this in the post, I told myself when I wrote this that if someone pointed that out I would change it.Like I say I really went back and forth on this since I have some readers who don’t take to this as well as some.
      Thank you for your comment I can see why you would think I might have deleted it but like I said I don’t delete if someone doesn’t agree with me. And I would never yell at you 🙂 even if I did disagree.
      Thank you for stopping by often and commenting I really do appreciate it and I enjoy discussing things with you.
      Connie

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    1. watkinsranches@yahoo.com Post author

      When did you post it? I haven’t seen anything that is a little odd.Just repost and I will watch for it.
      Connie

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