May 12, 2020

Survival Cache Gun Safety

gun that shot dillinger

This .38 gun is the weapon Dectective Henry Cummings fired at John Dillinger in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on July 22, 1934.


Survival Cache Gun Safety 

Some of you may be trying to decide if you should consider a firearm when preparing for disasters. Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. The emotional stress on people during and after disaster strikes is tremendous. Individuals and families that did not prepare can become desperate and convince themselves they must act to save their families. Then there are the ones ready to take advantage of any crisis. You may have children and gun safety is an issue, but with the proper training firearms can be a part of your survival preparedness. Firearms like surveillance cameras and sturdy locks can act as a deterrent to crime. Personal protection should be a part of any preparedness plan, because friends, neighbors and particularly strangers will be looking to those that have prepared. You must be able to protect your family, yourself and your property during a crisis.

Survival Cache and Firearms

Survival experts always recommended dividing your supplies so you do not lose your entire inventory due to a robbery or damage to your structure. Therefore, you will have to have so-called survival hoards in various places, and the question is do you store a firearm in your cache. You have to plan for evacuation and the possibility that you may not be able to retrieve your supplies that are stored in your home. Imagine you are away for a few hours, you may be patrolling, or even hunting and come back to find your home has been overtaken. If you do not have supplies stored elsewhere, you have just lost your entire inventory of supplies to include any firearms you may have inside the home. You will have to evacuate/regroup and you will need supplies and weapons to survive.

Some may be reluctant to store a firearm in their cache because what if the supplies are discovered and someone uses that firearm. If done properly no one will inadvertently stumble upon your cache.

There has always been debate about informing others about your preparedness and helping others out, but when it comes to your survival secrecy is your weapon against losing your supplies. You must have the ability to protect yourself in any situation, and in particular if, your home or community becomes hostile because of an armed invasion, demonstrators and/or rioting.

Burying your essentials is recommended and make sure you have access around the clock to the area. Barrels designed to store water are ideal for storing supplies in the ground because they are waterproof. Once buried you do not have to pull the entire barrel out to remove supplies or restock, just simply remove the lid. Firearms can be wrapped in foam or other material that will not wick the protective oil away from the metal. Hard plastics and certain foams work well. Wrapping your gun in a cloth will cause the cloth to absorb the protective film. Hard plastic gun cases are recommended. Use the same techniques to store your ammunition. It is recommended you do not use a Global Positioning Device (GPS) when hiding your survival cache. The GPS systems may not be operational during certain disasters meaning of course, you will not be able to retrieve your supplies. Learn how to navigate and mark grid coordinates using a contour map and a Lensatic compass. Mark the spots and memorize the grid coordinates.

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Gun Safety

Woman gunner

Firearms are of no use locked away and when they are not in your possession (other than cached) is when accidents occur. Keep them close and visible to others during any crisis. First, though you must have the proper training. If your weapon scares you, it will be of no use to you. With the proper training, you will gain confidence and it will be evident to others. Waving a gun around and making threats is not professional. Keep your pistols holstered and your home defense weapon within arm reach at all times. Fast draws only work in the movies. Do not attempt a face-to-face confrontation with an armed intruder. Begin moving as you draw your weapon. Intruders or burglars may not have ever been confronted with an armed homeowner so the fact you are armed may cause them to run.

You should always expect return fire, so make yourself a smaller target. Remember cover and concealment. Cover is protection from rounds where concealment is avoiding being seen by the shooter. Always seek concealment first so you can return fire and if you have to move at this point look for cover.

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Inexperienced shooters are never ready for the recoil and cannot maintain target discipline. The trigger is usually jerked meaning the round typically fires high so the lower you are to the ground the better. Shooters that lack skill cannot readjust quickly so you can return fire as they try to gain control of the target once again. Target disciple is only obtained after you have fired hundreds if not thousands of rounds through your weapon. Practice is important. You should never be surprised by the recoil or the noise when in close quarters combat and the only way to remain composed is through hours of practice.

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