Keep Your Survival Weapon Always Ready to Be Used

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What use does have something intended for a last-ditch survival use if in reality you cannot make good use of it? This is especially true in the case of survival guns.

Our body is not like PC hardware, it is said indeed that our brain is like a gigantic computer but we cannot upgrade it, neither we can change our operating system and software - our soul - when it fails. We cannot reinstall things and thus, we have to keep what we have and survival techniques and knowledge are intended for that. And among all survival items there are survival weapons and firearms: these exist as a last-hope, last-stance, and last-everything under duress and life- threatening situations. If a survival firearm fails then everything else fails and we will not be able to boot-up our operating system again, and there is no possibility to talk with any sort of customer support.

But malfunctions and failures in any sort of critical equipment - including survival weaponry - are not necessarily mechanical, electrical, electronic or logical but could be conceptual: Indeed, truly autonomous machines are so few that we can state as a general rule that if the owner of any machine fails, the machine will fail too no matter how perfect it is or how well it works. And these shortcomings and mistakes could be breeding and growing for a long time, as the piece of gear - in this case, a weapon - is kept allegedly ready for emergency use. If the owner or user makes a mistake, no matter how good or expensive the survival arm is, it will not work and thus, we feel it is far more important to study the person and correct his or her mistakes than thinking on the actual weapon.

Leaving aside true mechanical failures - which are very unlikely - there are only a handful of possible ways in which the use of such a weapon can go astray:

Bad maintenance: Your survival weapon must be kept always in perfect conditions. If possible, check and clean it every day, and any sort of breakage or apparent malfunction must be fixed as soon as they become even minutely noticeable. Never assume that the environment has little or no impact on your gear, and don't act based on habits related to your "normal" life regarding the maintenance of your critical stuff: Just because you clean your revolver twice a year at home it doesn't mean that the same will apply while you are camping in the surroundings of Timbuktu. Indeed, poor maintenance comes either from the development of bad habits during basic training in weapons handling, or a false sense of security that comes from the assumption that what is good in one place like continental Europe will apply to other places such as African deserts or jungles, in terms of what dust or moisture could do to the innards of any machine.

Bad decision making conductive to its usage: Not taking your survival weapon on time from its holster could be as bad for you as not having it at all. But using it too early, or even showing it inappropriately could be very bad too. You should not feel inhibited when it comes to use it because that would be contrary to the purpose of having a survival firearm, but you cannot act like a happy trigger fellow because you would end up committing murder. The mental balance required to know when and how to use it is arguably the most difficult thing to get when it comes to use any sort of weapon and such a capability comes only from extensive practice and experience. You will never find two emergency situations alike so it is very difficult to establish rules in this department. In other words: You should not assume that just having a survival weapon will ensure your safety and security. You will need to develop the sixth sense that good combatants have, which allows them to separate true dangers from just fuzzy situations. In this sense, paintball gaming and the use of airsoft guns in simulated scenarios already proved to be superb training venues, especially in this particular matter.

Bad execution of the techniques used for survival: Once an emergency starts unfolding you will have to act on reflexes, almost on auto pilot. You will not even have time to aim your gun. In this phase of the survival action the same rules apply as in the prior because it is very often impossible to draw a line to determine when one ends and the next one begins: In some instances, taking a gun out of your pocket will be the step that comes before you start shooting, while I others, that action itself would constitute your defence, by showing the weapon to your would-be attackers. You will need to exercise the same criteria and fast judgment capabilities so the importance of training and experience becomes doubly obvious. A survival weapon with no training is probably more dangerous than having no one at all.

There are no secrets regarding the use of survival weapons. If those shortcomings and mistakes are corrected, your survival gun will be there when you need it. If not, there will be no story to tell.

Training in the forest with a .32 cal revolver used as a survival gun.
Training in the forest with a .32 cal revolver used as a survival gun.

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