Jim Cobb joined me on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Prepper’s Armed Defense. It explains your options to help protect yourself and your family.
It’s not a “how to” manual for you or me to bolster our bravado. It’s not about being the aggressor. As the title suggests, it’s about defending oneself when the need arises.
Jim set out to write a book with information you can trust. You know your situation best, so you can pick and choose the options that will help keep you and your family alive, should the need to defend yourselves arise.
With a mini-library of survival and prepper books to his credit, you may already be familiar with Jim Cobb. If not, here’s a little background.
“Jim Cobb is the author of several books focused on disaster readiness, such as Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide, Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Financial Guide, and the #1 Amazon bestselling Prepper’s Home Defense. He has been a student of survivalism and prepping for about 30 years. He is the owner of SurvivalWeekly.com, a rather popular disaster readiness resource. Jim and his family reside in the upper Midwest and he is currently working on several more books.”
At 178 pages, Prepper’s Armed Defense isn’t a long book. It’s an easy read. Illustrations are scattered throughout.
- The Realities of Self-defense
- Non-lethal Self-defense Options
- Projectile Weapons
- Melee Weapons
- Martial Arts Weapons
- Homemade Weapons
- Force Multipliers
As with Jim’s other books, this one is well reasoned and loaded (no pun intended) with common sense. You’ll see an array of weapons and weapon wannabes you may not have thought of.
But the information is basic and uncomplicated. Any jargon or slang is defined in simple terms.
As an example, those who have used firearms a good while may find some of the info in the firearms chapter to be elementary, such as the descriptions of a revolver,a semiautomatic pistol and various long guns. But it’s good info for those not that familiar with firearms. In fact, Jim says some have thanked him for dumbing down the subject matter.
After all, we all have to start somewhere.
Speaking of ignorance–unintentional or otherwise–our media would do well to stop referring to semiautomatic rifles as assault rifles. Jim and I touched on this in our chat.
It’s clear Jim wants to help you and me to get rid of any romantic notions we may have picked up from movies and novels. Defending ourselves is a subject to be taken seriously.
And yet, as odd as it may sound, imagination–think clever and devious–will serve us well. Be resourceful.
Face reality. Right from the start, Jim tells us the down side of needing to practice self defense. An incident will be stressful. Avoid trouble when possible. Deal circumspectly with police. Get a good lawyer.
If you’re using a firearm and pull the trigger on someone, are you justified in doing so in the sight of the law? What are you legally allowed to do where you live? The significance of this shouldn’t be underestimated.
Your job is… Keep yourself and your family alive. But if you have to take defensive action, Jim says it should be swift, violent, brutal and decisive.
If you’re going to carry any weapon for self defense, you need to be mentally prepared to use that weapon. You could put yourself in greater danger if you don’t use it when you need to.
To kill or not to kill. It depends on where we are and when we are. are you being attacked today? Or is it taking place after disaster and anarchy are the order of the day? If you have to make this decision in the here and now, again, know the laws whre you live.
When the size of your gun matters… Jim recommends shooting the largest caliber you can comfortably handle. The notion of comfortability is important. No sense in incurring recoil and its consequences any more than you have to. That should be good news especially for women shooters.
It’s also a good idea to have plenty of ammunition for your firearms. It’s better to have fewer guns and abundant ammunition for them.
Find a prepping instructor you can “mesh” with. Has the topic of self defense become too militaristic? Jim and I spend a few minutes hashing this out, and I think you’ll appreciate what he has to say.
Consider the non-lethal options. I’m glad Jim wrote a chapter on non-lethal self-defense. For those who have a fear of firearms, there are other weapons you can use, such as pepper spray, electroshock weapons, and even a very bright flashlight.
But often just the presence of a firearm in hand gives an intimidation factor to your advantage.
In any event, it’s good to know there are other options if you’re unable to use a firearm, for whatever reason.
The chapter on projectile weapons covers the bow and arrow, crossbows, slingshots and blowguns–a fine assortment of weaponry you won’t have to register.
In the chapter describing various knives, Jim reminds us that defending yourself against an attacker will be up close and personal. Do as much damage as you can as quickly as you can, then flee as fast as you can.
Melee weapons are used in close proximity to your attacker in close quarter fighting. These include brass knuckles, clubs, batons, walking sticks, blackjacks, machetes, spears and tomahawks, to name a few.
I confess, I’m not familiar with the martial arts weapons Jim describes, so I’m glad for his overview. He emphasizes the need for getting good training if you’re going to use any of these weapons.
If acquiring certain of these weapons puts them out of your reach, whether because of cost or legal issues, you’ll appreciate the chapter on homemade weapons. You’ll find a recipe for pepper spray, a molotov coctail, hairspray flame thrower, and something as simple as a rock in a sock.
Jim observes that just about anything can be a weapon, as long as enough force and creativity are applied.
Alarms, surveillance cameras and booby traps are among the topics covered in the chapter on force multipliers.
There’s more to our conversation and his book than I can relate here, so be sure to listen to DestinySurvival Radio for September 15, 2016. (Right click to download.)
Jim welcomes your prepping questions. SurvivalWeekly.com is where you can go first. He’s also on Facebook.
Don’t buy Jim’s book hoping you’re going to become a super soldier who can take on all comers. But do buy it so you can make an informed decision on what you need to protect you and your family in your particular situation.
Get Prepper’s Armed Defense by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. And protect yourself in the best way possible.