What About Self Defense for the Rest of Us?

When it comes to personal protection and self defense, many experts put a heavy emphasis on big caliber guns and training that’s more suitable for the military or police. As an example, militaristic ads and articles have become prominent in Guns & Ammo magazine. This is a notable contrast from its content in times past.

Does your survival depend on having police or military training for personal self defense? What about women, senior citizens and those with physical limitations? What if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on training courses? In other words, what about self defense for the rest of us?

Gerald Franz paid a return visit to DestinySurvival Radio to discuss this. Has personal self defense become intimidating because of what we think we have to do to protect ourselves?

Here are a few of the questions we tackled.

  • Isn’t it a good idea to have armed resistance as an option?
  • Do you need to have a powerful, big caliber gun for home defense?
  • Is it better in a panic situation to have an automatic pistol or revolver?
  • Does it matter whether you have a $3,000 gun or one that costs $300?
  • Can you and I trust our instincts for shooting well enough to deter a home invader?
  • What is the value of target practice?
  • Is there a prescribed stance or posture for shooting?
  • Does self defense mean you have to kill someone?
  • Must you prepare to face gang violence?
But does adequate self defense mean you won’t survive without a firearm at the ready? What if you’re caught in a tight spot without one?

As with anything in prepping, imagination and creativity are crucial. For example, something as simple as an ice pick from Forestry Suppliers for a few bucks can be a surprisingly effective weapon.

To hear my thought provoking interview with Gerald Franz, listen to the July 7, 2011 DestinySurvival Radio


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.