The focus of those interested in defending themselves is on firearms. And this is certainly reasonable. As was opined many years ago, “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal”. But a firearm is not always practical, and there are circumstances where a knife is a reasonable option.
See my article on this:
It seems fairly likely that if you plan to “bug out”, you need a “Bug Out Bag”. But do you need one if you plan to “bug in” (NOT bug out).
I answer this question here:
One of the most useful things for many survival situations is fire. And there are many ways of starting a fire.
Under ideal conditions, matches are perhaps the best choice. They are simple, small, light, cheap, and stored correctly, will be reliable for decades. Unfortunately, survival conditions are seldom ideal, so as your primary method of fire starting, they are not a good choice. As a backup method, they are excellent.
For details, see my article: https://www.survivalsullivan.com/best-survival-matches/
During a crisis, you may not have enough food, or you may be beset by wild animals or people who are desperate or just have nothing to restrain their innate violence. Or critters may stop by to help themselves to your crops or livestock. A gun can be of help in these situations, and in order to be useful, you need to have ammunition for it.
For any particular use, there is one or more “calibers” of ammunition which is best for that. Stocking up on 20 different calibers would be impractical, particularly since you don’t know which use will be most prevalent.
We want the minimum number of calibers which will suffice for most likely uses, and we want calibers which are common and reasonably priced today, and are most likely to be available during a crisis. And we want the calibers to be desirable enough that if we have to , we can trade some for something we need desperately.
Check out my article on this:
“Everybody” knows about the “Bug Out Bag”, or BOB. And many people use the term inaccurately. There are actually several “flavors” of emergency kits which are not quite interchangeable; I attempted to differentiate between them here:
I’ve always been interested in suppressors, but have not tried them because of the perceived costs and annoyances involved with getting one. Being on many mailing lists, I recently got an offer of “1/2 off” on a major brand of suppressors, and they were pretty tempting. Unlike the “traditional” ones, which require they be screwed on, there were no threads exposed when the suppressor was not installed, and I would not need to give up my muzzle break. The suppressor mounts to the (proprietary) muzzle break (the system also gives the option of using their flash hider instead). This system meant that I could have one suppressor to fit any .30 caliber or smaller rifle I get (as long as it has a barrel threaded for a muzzle device). The cost and bureaucracy seem less insurmountable than it used to.
Unfortunately, and oddly enough, they sold out before I got my ducks in a row. But I did the research, and here’s what I found out:
In this world, we have CBRNe worries. Last time, we considered Nuclear survival. In this article we look and Chemical and Biological survival.
There is a large number of things which makes it easier to survive long term, but when you get right down to it, what you NEED is air, shelter from inclement weather, water and food. All are absolute requirements, but they are listed in order of most immediate to least immediate.
Here are articles on water:
Pretty much every person carries stuff with them “every day”. These are generally things which are important to the person’s life. Some of these things can, or perhaps should, have application during an emergency situation as well. For some ideas on what to have with you, see: