By the Highlander
It’s a question many of us must ask ourselves, and while some have stocked more than others, it’s impossible for any of us to know, definitively, how many days, weeks, or months our ammunition will last. That can be unsettling.
There are many viable options for reusing, manufacturing, and otherwise prolonging your supply of ammunition, but I’d like you to consider another, often-overlooked option among them. It’s one of the oldest, most reliable weapons mankind has ever invented: The sword.
Now, I’m not suggesting you shed your munitions in favor of some Highlander-esque fantasy (just the sight of a gun is a deterrent to a hostile target). Instead, consider the premium that will be placed on ammunition after the collapse, and you start to see the appeal of the sword for certain situations.
For example, imagine a friendly neighbor who, today, would never dream of speaking ill of you, let alone harm you. Post-TEOTWAWKI, the same person, having never prepared tomorrow’s grocery list, let alone their own stockpiles of food and water, will suddenly become a real threat. So will several others.
But does each challenge for your resources require the use of a firearm to defend? Surely not. The sword (or blade) is perfectly suited for protecting yourself from the lesser threats you may encounter on a day-to-day basis: The unarmed, the physically weak, and the mentally unprepared.
Speaking of mental preparation, it’s also useful to spend some time considering your own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses for defending yourself after the collapse. It’s wise to stockpile firearms, ammunition, and whatever other weaponry you choose, but when it comes time to use them, what is your plan? When will you feel comfortable defending yourself with a gun? When will you feel comfortable defending yourself with a sword, hatchet, bow, or your bare hands?
Survival is about preparing both your physical assets and your mental capacity to use them. To demonstrate this, here is a flowchart I’ve prepared for myself to consider the use of each type of weapon:
If ever I find myself in that unfortunate situation, this preparation will help me make a better decision in the heat of the moment about whether to use up precious ammunition or repeal the threat with fewer resources.