How Can You Protect Yourself in a World Without Guns?
If you went back to a time before guns, much like visiting the UK, you would still be in danger. As any good survivalist knows all too well, there are a million ways to die, and a great many of them can be avoided by taking simple precautions. For example, most illnesses that can prove fatal can be treated easily with a basic first aid kit. Even the smallest scratch can kill you when you have no access to fresh water or medicine.
Nevertheless, these threats are relatively benign compared to the numerous weapons and tools available to those who may try and attack you. After society collapses, your foresight may make you a target, and once guns- or rather bullets- have run out, you may be facing attackers armed with any number of improvised weapons. Here are just some of the things that a stab or spike proof vest can protect you against in a world without firearms.
Axes and Swords
As almost everyone is well aware, axes and swords are already deadly weapons. While they may be at the extreme end of the spectrum, edged weapons like these are fairly easy to obtain, and all too easy to do serious damage with. Indeed, in a time or place where guns no longer exist, these weapons are reliable and durable, and a good choice for a weapon. Furthermore, your bullet proof vest won’t stop them. These weapons can cut through the soft fabric in a vest. This is why you will need the highest levels of stab vest.
Spears and Arrows
These long-range weapons have been used for thousands of years to great effect, and while they may require more skill to use successfully than a sword, they can be just as deadly. Moreover, they give the attacker the benefit of range, meaning you can be attacked from even further away, and will rely more on your protection. These spiked weapons are capable of passing through a vest, and need hard materials like plastic to stop them.
Fists and Rocks
These two weapons combine all the positives of the weapons mentioned before, with far fewer disadvantages. Rocks and fists are perhaps the easiest tools to wield, and can both do serious damage. The damage done from fists can be relatively low, but may just be enough to give you an injury that you are not equipped to deal with. Rocks can be used at close or long range, and can do a lot of damage. Body armor will, surprisingly, help keep you safe against these weapons, as the Kevlar in the vest is capable of absorbing the energy.
Depending on the size of the explosion, a vest may do you no good whatsoever; a hydrogen bomb, for example, will do quite a bit of damage. However, at range, and against low-grade explosives, a stab or spike proof vest may help save your life. Not only will the chainmail or plastic in the vest stop debris and fragmentation found in IEDs or grenades, but the Kevlar will absorb the energy of the explosion and could save you from potentially life-threatening injuries.
Teeth, Claws, and Horns
It should never be overlooked; animals can be just as deadly as humans. As every good wilderness expert knows, animals are far more deadly than most people realise, and can do a serious amount of damage. Body armor can help stop teeth, claws, and horns, as well as mitigate the impacts from attacks. This means that, when foraging for food, hunting, or being hunted, you can feel confident going up against such a primal force.
These are just a few examples of the kinds of things you may come up against in the wild, after the SHTF, or in a place where guns simply aren’t available. A stab or spike proof vest is a useful piece of equipment to have as it can protect against so many threats, but this should never be a substitute for your own experience and preparation.