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When it comes to self-defense, there’s no substitute for a good firearm. But what if it’s the apocalypse and all the ammunition has long run dry? Or what if you can get your firearm for one reason or another?
In any case, you’ll need to know these 5 firearm alternatives so you can still defend yourself even if you don’t have any bullets to spare:
5. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray is an accessible and easy tool to defend yourself against an attacker, especially if it's a mugging or home intrusion situation. Pepper spray blinds an attacker and makes it very difficult for them to do anything except run away or crawl on the floor.
If you plan to use pepper spray, make sure you know how your chosen canister works and how to direct the stream so you don’t accidentally spray your own eyes.
Knives are another acceptable alternative to a firearm, although they are risky. There’s a saying that’s worth knowing: “there’s no winner in a knife fight”. That’s because fighting with knives can be difficult and even turn against you if your opponent gets their hands on your blade.
That said, a tactical knife you can store in your pocket and whip out immediately could be a good last-ditch self-defense option if someone gets too close for comfort.
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3. Tactical Flashlights
Tactical flashlights can spring a sudden, intense beam of light onto an attacker’s eyes, then be used as a bludgeoning tool if they get too close. Many models also come with inbuilt glass-breaking tools, which can inflict quite a puncture to an attacker's skin if delivered with enough force.
Even better, tactical flashlights work well as camping or general survival gear, so there's no excuse not to have one in your home or bug-out bag anyway.
Tasers are used by law enforcement officers for a reason: they work! In fact, many tasers can stop even a large man in his tracks with a single discharge. But keep in mind that you’ll want to choose a high-powered taser for sustainability and reliability.
As with a regular firearm, be sure to practice with your chosen taser so you know how it works, how to direct the taser prongs, and always remember to keep it charged so you can use the taser in a self-defense situation.
1. Martial Arts
Last but not least, you can always rely on your fists and physique to protect yourself from an attacker. This is much easier said than done, of course, so it may be worthwhile to learn at least one martial art.
Martial arts are excellent for getting yourself out of a sticky situation and intimidating opponents, even if they have a weapon and you don’t. Some of the best martial arts to learn for self-defense include judo, Krav Maga (an Israeli martial art used by their military forces), and Brazilian jujitsu.
No matter what you choose to fall back on, rest assured that each of these firearm alternatives can keep you safe with enough practice and preparation. Just be sure to restock on ammo for your preferred firearm as soon as you can!
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