It doesn’t do you any good to do everything you can to survive any sort of disaster that might come along if you’re unprepared to defend your home. While we can all hope that our property never comes under attack, hope alone won’t keep us safe.
In a crisis situation where there is a shortage of food, there is a pretty good chance that hungry people will be out looking for sustenance for their families. If they find out that you have a stockpile in your house, they may just decide that they need that food more than you do. Your ability to defend your home in such a case may be all that keeps you and your family alive and happily eating.
While firearms are the weapons of choice to protect your home, they aren’t the only thing you can use. Almost anything can become a weapon when the need arises. But to transform an everyday object into an effective weapon, you must have already thought about how you will use it so that you’re ready when the time comes.
• Wasp Spray. This irritant has one major advantage over pepper spray. In order to use pepper spray to defend yourself, you have to let the attacker get within about three feet. Wasp spray is intended for use at a distance of about 20 feet. That means you attack your assailant before he gets close enough to do you any harm.
• Sonic Weapons. This was first developed for use in keeping modern pirate ships away. Some merchantmen and even U.S. Navy ships have them. You can buy small, battery-powered sonic weapons for use at home. When activated, they produce a sound that either makes the attackers nauseous or afraid. Either way, the effect makes it harder for someone to attack.
• Tactical Light. Many modern tactical lights are bright enough to momentarily stun, fending off an attack. Some even have a strobe mode, where they will flash rapidly, temporarily blinding and disorienting the attacker. While this won’t work as a permanent defense, it can give you the moment you need to grab a better weapon to fight with.
• Flare Gun. A flare gun makes a great terror weapon, albeit one that probably shouldn’t be used indoors. The flare is fired out of a special 12-gauge shotgun shell, looking like a fireball. That’s enough to give anyone pause—even those who think that they are brave enough to charge into firing guns. There’s just something about having fireballs shot at the face that scares people. The flare gun itself is normally orange plastic so paint it black to make it look more like a “real” gun.
• Dogs. If you have large dogs for pets, they can be trained to attack and defend your home. Even people who are trained in the use of weapons will not know what to do when they are attacked by a dog. Dogs move so quickly that they are hard to fight. They can often chase off an attacker while you watch from a safe distance.
• Caltrops. The caltrop is an ancient defensive weapon originally developed to ward off cavalry charges. It is a four-pointed star configured in such a way that, no matter how it falls, one of the points is always facing up. If a horse should step on the point, it will cripple him. They work just as well against people, especially when scattered in your yard under your windows. Anyone who wants to break in through the window will likely step on one, hurting themselves severely.
• Torch. This is a terror weapon. As with the flare gun, people naturally try to avoid getting burnt. They will usually pay so much attention to what you are trying to do to them with the torch that they’ll forget to attack you even if they have the upper hand.
• Pressure Washer. If you have a pressure washer, you can use it as a non-dangerous weapon. The high-pressure water makes it hard for any attacker to do anything, let alone effectively attack you. Adding a chemical irritant at the soap injector will make it even more effective.
The Bottom Line
The biggest reason to have a variety of weapons available to you is that you don’t know when an attacker might try and gain entrance to your home. Even if you have a concealed carry license and develop a habit of going around armed, there will always be a time when you aren’t. Should an intruder come into your home while your guard is down, you may not be able to get to your gun. Having other options available, scattered through the house, greatly increases your ability to defend your home and your family.