A firearm is just a tool, and like any tool, it’s useless unless you can get to it when you need it. I’m sure many of you have felt that frustration of knowing you have a tool but just can’t find it; can you imagine the frustration of being unable to access your firearm in a crisis situation? Are your firearms safe from children or nosy neighbors while also being accessible?
Practicing your preps is undoubtedly the best why to stay sharp and practicing intrusion prevention/self-defense is no different. So try running through a few scenarios and in each one ask yourself: how would I or could I respond? What could I change to improve my level of preparedness?
- You’re in the middle of dinner when 2 individuals attempt to kick in your door.
- You’re relaxing in front of the TV when you hear a noise in the back yard.
- You pull in your driveway and notice that your front door appears broken.
- You’re lying in bed when you hear a suspicious noise coming from the kitchen.
- You’re walking your dog when a suspicious person approaches you.
- You’re fueling up your vehicle when you realize the gas station is being robbed.
- You’re shopping with your family when a flash mob begins ransacking the store.
- You’re in the shower (home alone) when you hear someone in the house.
- You’re broke down on the side of the road when some rough characters stop to ‘help?’
- You answer a knock at the door and the person tries to force their way in.
The possibilities are endless, but as you run through each scenario, ask yourself am I prepared or could I be better prepared? What could I do to improve my chances of survival? Can I stage my firearms better while still keeping them safe from others? I think most will find that if they actually follow through on this exercise they will make at least some changes and probably order a couple of small gun safes. Police are reactionary and can only do so much, it’s your job to protect yourself, your family and your property from those who would do them harm.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.