How Can You Protect Yourself in a World Without Guns?

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.

Explosions

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.

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Why Your Body Armor May Not Be Enough

Why Your Body Armor May Not Be Enough

 

There are so many things that people can do to prepare themselves for TEOTWAWKI, including learning new skills like leadership, construction, agriculture or first aid, to gathering supplies for any number of situations. An often overlooked area is personal security, which is often limited to the acquisition of guns, ammunition, and some strong walls to hide behind. However, body armor is something that any prepper should consider, and there have already been several good explanations as to exactly why. However, just like any other aspect of surviving, there is always more you can do and more you can learn. This is certainly true of body armor, and there are some things that all preppers should consider now, before society collapses around us.

Firstly, while many are hopefully realising that body armor is a worthwhile investment, all preppers should consider having multiple vests for some very good reasons. Imagine, for whatever reason, civilization has dismantled and the world has reverted to a chaotic wasteland. Your preparation sets you well above most, and you survive comfortably for a long time. However, however plentiful your stocks are, and no matter how well you have developed your food production, you will likely not be the same person you are now. Even the fittest and healthiest of us would lose some weight and change shape in this situation, and this is something you need to consider. Any protective vest cannot protect you fully if it does not fit properly, and depending on how much your body changes, the vest you wear today may not fit you a year down the line, even if the world doesn’t end. It is possible, therefore, that you have multiple vests in several different sizes.

There are several other good reasons to consider having multiple vests- many recommend, particularly to those who wear the vest regularly that you own multiple vests if only to ensure you always have a clean one. Like any clothing, you cannot wear a Kevlar vest for example while it is being cleaned, and having multiple vests ensures you remain protected. Similarly, it has been recommended that you own a bullet or stab resistant vest for everyday wear, not only because you cannot know when the world will end, but also because there are plenty of threats you should be protected against already.

If we return again to the picture of the world after society ends, we will see you living comfortably thanks to your foresight. You have heeded the advice and even bought a protective vest, which you wear regularly. This turns out to be an excellent decision, because after some time those who did not have the foresight to prepare come to your door looking to take what you have. Again, your preparation and knowledge keeps them at bay, but not before a stray bullet hits you square in the chest. The body armor keeps you safe, and you barely register the hit. This is a worst case scenario, and its likelihood is the subject of much debate. One thing remains true though; once your vest takes a bullet, it is no longer fully protective, and you need another one. Just like everything else however, bullet proof vests are no longer as available as they were, and you now no longer have protection. This is why owning multiple vests is so important, as once the SHTF, you will struggle to find bullet proof vests just as you will struggle to find many other commodities.

Of course, one of the benefits of having multiple protective items is the versatility and adaptability it offers you. For example, you can have a covert vest for everyday wear, and a thicker vest for those cold nuclear winters. Similarly, if the situation arose where you found yourself travelling through particularly hostile environments, you may need additional protection. Having a tactical vest on hand, or even a ballistic helmet, would offer you the security necessary to do whatever needs to be done, all while staying comfortable and confident.

Having multiple bullet proof vests, stab resistant vests, and even helmets is nowhere near as important as making sure you have some protection. The above situations and suggestions are by no means vital, and many may feel they are not necessary. However, preparation only has subjective limits, and for some there is no end to protection. After all, the more you do to prepare, the better you will fare. Therefore, if you have the means and the motivation, then having multiple protective options should definitely be considered.

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