The increased awareness of violence in our society has been the impetus for citizens taking measures for protection whether it’s on the street, in a public venue, or in the safety of one’s home. Self-defense is the act of protecting oneself from harm. This generally means an act of aggression on the part of another. There are various forms of self-defense from calling law enforcement to avoidance, confrontation, and at times, the use of a weapon. Each has its benefit, but you should use the utmost care and intention. The decision of which method of self-defense to use is vital and depends upon the situation and the individuals.
In many cases, calling law enforcement is the best form of self-defense. Officers can deal with most situations in an effective manner. This may be the wisest choice if someone is prowling outside the home or following you on the street. There are times, however, when calling law enforcement may not be the best option. This is especially true if someone confronts you with violent conflict or police are not immediately available in your area.
Self-defense techniques vary widely from carrying a personal alarm to verbal de-escalation, although most people think of martial arts when it comes to physical self-defense. Most communities have programs wherein basic self-defense classes are offered. Gyms, martial arts schools, and community centers are good places to start when looking for training classes. Programs typically combine forms of martial arts to teach students how to avoid dangerous situations, get out of choke holds, or disarm a perpetrator. When considering a class, be sure that the instructor is qualified to teach and can offer the best instruction based on your physical health and situation. Once the class is over, don’t file away the information and forget it. Practice with family and friends to stay prepared.
Armed self-defense is common, particularly in a person’s home environment. However, with weapons there’s a chance that someone can get hurt. The most common form of armed self-defense is the use of a handgun. While it may be the most effective, the user needs to know how and when to use the weapon. An untrained person is far more dangerous than a criminal and more often than not will cause unnecessary damage.
Before choosing a handgun, do your homework. Research popular calibers and brands to learn which might be the best fit and then visit a reputable dealer who can give professional advice. Obviously, you will want to take safety training classes and practice on a regular basis even after you feel comfortable handling a weapon. Lastly, when it comes to using a weapon for self-defense, don’t ever pull it unless you intend to use it. And if you use it, make it count because you might not get another shot.
You are sound asleep when you hear a loud bang coming from downstairs. You reach into the nightstand and pull out your handgun and fumble around and load in some 9mm ammunition.
Slowly you creep downstairs and………..how would you finish that sentence?
How would having a gun impact your approach to self defense?
Would you run downstairs and start shooting?
Would you attempt to call the police the hide and use your gun only in a life and death situation?
The truth is that each person handles situations differently and there is no absolute truth as to what to do. However, it is important to remember a few basic rules to help prevent something catastrophic from happening.
Guns Can Be Used to Intimidate Intruders
First and foremost, in a self defense situation guns are primarily used for intimidation rather than being used to actually harm someone. Statistics show that law abiding citizens don’t often harm criminals. Odds are that you probably won’t have to discharge your firearm. Therefore, initially some find it best to scare the intruder at first by just simply pointing the gun at them. Remember never to point the gun at something you’re not willing to shoot, but in this instance shooting may be necessary. The intruder may or may not try to flee, and if they do then the next step depends on your comfort level. Keeping safety in mind, the safest choice would be to let them flee and then immediately call the police. Chasing them or subduing them is usually not recommended as they could be carrying a gun or fight back.
What to Do If the Intruder Doesn’t Run?
If the intruder does not flee and decides to fight then it may be time to discharge your weapon in the act of self defense. If the situation reaches this point then it is time to practice all that you learned up to this point. However, your memory may be a little shaky and your body may not respond the way you want it to due to adrenaline. Regardless, exercise the basic rights of firing a gun. Hold the weapon in the firing-ready position. Steady the gun with your other hand. Keep your thumbs clear of the hammer. Steady your stance. Develop your sight picture and focus the aim on the intruder. Slowly squeeze the trigger, and follow through. If all goes well, the intruder has been incapacitated and you are able to get to safety and call the police.
Remember, it is better to have a hand gun and not need it than need it and not have it. Stay safe!
With the rate of crime going up, many people are buying guns for their protection. When guns are bought, people mainly focus on how to use them safely. Couple of hours of practice at the shooting range is enough to build up the confidence. But what is equally important is keeping the gun safely. You must consider the importance of keeping your guns and their 30-06 ammo and other calibers out of reach. It should be kept out of reach so that accidents and injuries are avoided. If minors, untrained people or burglars find the gun, the risk goes up tremendously.
Investing in Gun Safes
This is an investment that’s worth considering. A safe that is extremely sturdy and offers adequate protection is worthwhile. Opt for a safe that has a combination of locks and password security. It is important that only the person who can access the safe knows the password. Apart from keeping it away from the reach of other people, it is important that the gun is secured from all harsh conditions that may result in its wear and tear. Exposure to moisture, dust and similar factors will affect the functioning of the gun, and put the user at risk too. Safety from natural calamities such as floods and rains should also be taken into account too.
The safe should have the ability to withstand fires and all other kinds of harsh impacts. These days, it is easy to find gun safes that are strong enough to survive in high temperatures (caused due to accidental fire or arson) and do not corrode easily.
Proper Anchoring of the Safe
It is good to anchor the safe, irrespective of its size or the value of the gun placed within. At times, burglars just move the safe instead of breaking into it. Anchoring ensures that the safe can’t be moved and along with the combination of locks/password, the guns will be absolutely safe. If your house doesn’t sound like a good option, you can keep your gun in a security firm. Strict measures are taken at such firms to keep every gun safe. Only authorized people can access these areas and the chances of your guns being stolen are almost negligible. The security firm will provide a great degree of protection, but make sure that you have done your bit too. You shouldn’t have a password that is easy to guess(like a family member’s name or birthday). Comply with the rules of the firm.
Storing 30-06 Ammo and Keeping Guns Safe
Keeping a gun safe ensures complete protection of you and your loved ones. Wall safes, floor safes or security firms, choose the one that you think would be the best for you. Guns and your 30-06 ammo (or other ammunition and pellets) are dangerous products, making it even more important you to take appropriate measures to ensure their safety.
All the best.