Prepping Your Arsenal for Personal and Home Protection

Prepping Your Arsenal? We all know that we are vulnerable to crime in our day-to-day lives. Staying prepared with the necessary tools and knowledge is the key to successful personal protection. Stocking up a proper arsenal for personal and home protection can be complicated, but there are some basic guidelines you should follow when deciding what items will best suit your needs.

Prepping Your Arsenal for Personal and Home Protection

When the SHTF, you will be more than happy that you have taken a few measures to prep your arsenal so you can protect not only your loved ones but everything else that you have prepped.

Stocking Up a Proper Arsenal

I’ve broken this down to five separate tips to try and keep it simple for you. Bear with me as some of these seem like more than one actual item.

Choose Guns with Common Calibers

Picking guns with commonly available ammo is a much better choice than choosing something obscure because you may not be able to find more of it around if you run out. Why is this important? Having a gun that you can use to protect yourself is important but being able to actually find ammunition for that gun if need be will make all the difference.

Even it if gets to the point where you have to swap with people to get more ammo – having a rare kind of caliber will make it difficult.

The last thing you want to do is to advertise that you have guns, have ammo, or even worse, that you are out of ammo and can’t protect your home.

Buy Sturdy, Quality Guns

If this is a hobby or something that you really want in order to protect yourself from day-to-day crime, then buy guns that will last for years and not need to be replaced every few months.

Prepping Your Arsenal

Try to buy guns that are made from quality materials and not cheap plastic or other breakable components. Your life may depend on it in the future, so you want a gun that is going to work when needed without breaking down easily.

Get Some Diversity in Your Arsenal

One gun won’t always do everything you need, preferably you’ll have at least three: a shotgun for hunting and defense, a rifle for ranged defense and larger game hunting, and a pistol for times you can’t carry a long gun.

The shotgun is the one weapon that you should have in your arsenal if possible.

Shotguns are great for self-defense because they can go through doors, locks, and other obstacles with ease – but also because of their widespread shot and how easy it is to hit someone at close range with them.

The rifle would be a perfect choice too as it can take out most of the smaller games and then have enough ammunition to be used for self-defense.

The pistol is a good weapon if you’re going into areas where long guns are not allowed, but it should never be your only choice because they don’t do as much damage as other weapons like shotguns or rifles would.

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Don’t Choose Something Underpowered

Trying to fight off attackers with birdshot or a .22 rifle isn’t impossible, but using something like buckshot and a 5.56mm is much easier.

The first shot you take should do enough damage, and the criminals will know this as well. They’ll also know that they can’t get away with stealing your belongings because if it comes down to it, you would be ready to fight back or make a last stand.

Get Plenty of Practice

All that firepower is wasted if you can’t hit your targets. If you have no experience shooting, start off on a .22 and work your way up, then practice plenty with the guns you own to get a feel for them.

You should also practice regularly to make sure you are still on target and can use your firearms when needed to protect yourself.

If you don’t know where to practice, find a range or shooting club near you – some are even open to the public. A good place to start is to ask the gun shop that is selling you the weapon.

Often those places have someone who can give you hints and tips on how to use, clean, and shoot that weapon.

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Proper Arsenal Maintenance is Key

Storing firearms and ammo improperly can result in them malfunctioning more often or even not working at all, which would be deadly in a sudden defense situation.

To prevent rust or even worse, you’ll want to make sure the guns are stored in a dry and cool place. Storing them inside of safes is also a good idea as it will keep children out of them more easily without needing an alarm system. Make sure that all your ammo storage containers are locked up if they have keys so that children can’t get into them.

If you don’t want to be tempted by the gun, then store it away from where you sleep. Storing guns and ammo together is never a good idea because that way they are more likely to get stolen or taken as well.

This should be your first step in preparing for personal and home protection – but you need to do more than just that! Stocking up on other weapons, ammunition, food supplies, medical equipment is all important too so make sure you take care of those as well!

If you follow these steps, you’ll have a proper arsenal for personal and home protection.

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5 Survival Booby Traps to Defend Against Attackers

5 Survival Booby Traps to Defend Against Attackers? OK, some of these aren’t used for defense, but for survival as you use them to actually feed yourself in an emergency type of situation.

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Yes, there will be times you need survival booby traps set around your home or bug-out area to make sure that you are safe from those who wish to do you harm.

5 Survival Booby Traps to Defend Against Attackers


Snares, or small game traps, come in various kinds in various sizes and can be used to catch animals and intruders from things the size of rabbits up to boars.

I could go on and on for a long time here, but let me keep a few things simple as there are entire books written on just this topic.

In a bug-out situation lasting more than a few weeks, you’re going to have to come up with a source of food quickly. Unless you know what fruits and berries are safe to eat around your area, getting your nutrition from meat is probably your safest bet.

However, not everyone has the patience or skill to sit around waiting for an animal to come into sight and hunt them with a gun or bow. Sometimes, trapping is the safest bet for catching food.

Trapping has been used to great extent for centuries all across the world because it has a few advantages over hunting – primarily that you can set up multiple traps and have them all set at once, while you can only hunt one animal at a time.

The first kind of trap is very simple and easy to use, though it’s not always guaranteed results. The Havahart One-Door animal traps work well for catching small game such as squirrels, rats, and chipmunks.

They’re very simple: it’s a cage with one side open, and when a pressure plate on the inside gets triggered, the door closes and the animal is trapped. You can place bait on the other side of the pressure plate to entice animals to enter, and when they try to walk over to the food, they’ll trigger the trap.

You can also place sticks and leaves around the outside of the trap so that it doesn’t stand out as much. The second kind of trap is harder to use, but works on a much wider range of animals and is more compact.

DakotaLine Snare Traps can trap anything as small as squirrels, up to something as big as a hog. The snare design of traps is one of the oldest and can be made from rope or wire.

These premade snares will snatch any prey that wanders through them. They’re almost undetectable to the animals until they’ve set off the trap. Finally, it might be easier for you to trap fish than land creatures.

Eagle Claw Minnow Traps can catch the smallest fish, crawfish, crabs, and even water snakes. Once fish enter, they can’t find their way out. Attach the trap to a rope, and attach the rope to a tree or something solid so that the trap doesn’t float away.

After a few days, the trap should have at least something in it. You can catch crawfish by placing smaller, dead fish in the traps, which will attract scavengers like crabs and crawfish.

If you really want to learn more about snares and traps, I found an excellent book to add to your library: The Trapper’s Bible

It contains lots of useful information on making traps that you can use to catch any possible predators before they reach you, also allowing you to catch food for survival. It is worth the investment!

Stake Pit

Steak pits, or spike pits, are nasty but very effective. It takes a bit of time to build one, and you may need more than one if you are looking at these for either defense to to catch a large animal.

These were used in Vietnam War, and are essentially a pit with sharpened bamboo sticks or wooden stakes sticking up from the bottom of the pit. The top of the pit covered in a thin layer of leaves, so anything that walks over it falls into a little spike pit.

Just. Ouch.

But it will stop a bad guy in his tracks.

Here is a video that gives you a better idea, even if it is animated.


Occasionally, running away is a smart tactic for your situation. It pays to know when someone or something is coming though and that is where alarms come in handy.

Using tripwires and noise-making devices, you can be alerted to the presence of any intruders while potentially scaring them off. If you are eating canned goods – save those cans for your alarm or have other, smaller things at your location for future use like small bells that come in a package at your local dollar store or even flatware that you grab at your local thrift shop for pennies.

Bullet Trap

This is a fun one to google – because a bullet trap is also what a lot of shooting ranges use. That is NOT what I am talking about here and the instructions are almost impossible to come by.

Basically, it is like a landmine: an intruder steps on a metal tube mostly buried in the ground. Inside that tube with the rim sticking out is a shotgun shell, with the primer set against a nail. Stepping on it will cause the shell to go off, shooting the invader from below.

Just make sure YOU know where you have them all located as they are much smaller than a spike trap and it would be a bad thing to catch yourself or your family members in.

Bait-Related Traps

This is pretty straightforward as far as survival booby traps go. Setting out something desirable like a gun for a human in a survival situation or food for animals and rigging it up to hurt the person or animal that gets ahold of it is a great last-resort if you have tried your other options.

It has to be something that is attractive to the character that you are trying to trap – and something you must be OK with possibly losing.

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Self-Defense: Fighting Back During a Pandemic

During a pandemic, systems like the police, fire stations, and EMS can quickly become overwhelmed. In a time of crisis, people are on their own, and it’s up to you to figure out how you’re going to protect yourself and those you love in the event you have to fight. Fighting Back can be an imporant skill!

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When an intruder gets into your home during a pandemic, you have no choice but to fight back if you want to make sure you keep the supplies you’ll need. The first line of defense is a firearm. 

Self-Defense: Fighting Back During a Pandemic

There are several different ways you can protect yourself – let’s check it out:


Most intruders will run away or back down the moment they see a firearm. They count on cooperation and being the oppressor; they’re not usually looking for a fight. Those who are will be prepared to use lethal force – which means that you’ll have to be ready to do the same. 

There are so many options, it may be a little scary at first. If this is your first time ever getting a gun, you should get a .22lr rifle to start with.

Some people want to dive right in to the larger calibers, like .50AE Desert Eagles. However, this is a bad idea. You should start off on something simple, inexpensive, and trustworthy.

One of the best options for this is a Ruger 10/22 rifle. They’re extremely common, and only about $300. You can pick one up at any sporting goods store…don’t think you can just pick one up on Amazon. You CAN get things like cases, sites, and more on Amazon though. You would want to take this to the range, practice, and maybe even buy some lessons.

Ammo for .22lr is also very cheap. Once you have some experience with guns, you’re going to want to make your next purchase. For home defense, a shotgun is an extremely good purchase.

A solid 12 gauge like the Mossberg 590 will run you anywhere from $400 to $450. The reason that shotguns are good for home defense is that they have spread, are easy to use, and are versatile.

When you hear a break-in during the night, you’re going to have adrenaline rushing. A handgun, while effective, may be harder to aim and land a shot when you’re shaking and panicked.

With a shotgun, you will have an easier time hitting your target, because the pellets will spread out. Some may be put off by the lower ammo capacity of a shotgun, but consider that each shell contains what is essentially eight bullets.

There are even some revolvers out there that will shoot .410 shotgun shells, such as the Taurus Judge or the Smith and Wesson Governor – though those will be more expensive.

Handguns are also a good option for home defense. You can get a variety of 9mm handguns, but you want to make sure they’re from a trusted brand, such as Glock, Smith and Wesson, Beretta, H&K (even though they’re a bit more expensive), etc.

Tools to help you when Fighting Back

You’re going to want to check around online and see what others have said about companies you don’t recognize, such as Bryco, Cobra, Rohm, etc. because they may be prone to failure, and the last thing you want is your gun failing on you when you need it.

All of these guns are great, but they can be really dangerous while defending your home without using proper ammunition. If you’re using high penetration 9mm, there’s a good chance it will exit the criminal and go through your walls, possibly hurting people you don’t want it to.

You can purchase low recoil 12 gauge ammo for $0.34 a round, which is a very nice price. The low recoil means it also has lower velocity, and once it penetrates the criminal, it will have lost most of its speed and will not penetrate the wall behind them.

Keep in mind that those are just MY thoughts. You can use a pistol, revolver, or any handgun to protect your family. Make sure you keep it where you can quickly get to it the second you know someone is coming into your home. 

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Other weapons

If you can’t get to your gun or you don’t have one, then fighting back using whatever it is that you have within reach should work. Quick weapons can be items like baseball bats, fireplace pokers, kitchen knives, or hammers. 

Slowing down an intruder can also work in your favor. By slowing someone down, you can often get the upper hand and take them to the ground. You can slow down an intruder by using things like pepper spray or a Taser. 

Personal Skills

If you’re outside your home and someone is determined to get past you to get in, grabbing a handful of dirt or gravel and throwing it toward their eyes can also be a handy deterrent. 

A thief can’t fight if he can’t see. It might come down to you having to use hand to hand combat to take down the thief. If that’s the case, remember always to disable whatever weapon he has first if he does have one. 

hand to hand combat when Fighting Back

You want to take that out of the equation. Remember that your thief is as determined to get what he wants as you are to stop him. You’re going to have to either injure him or he’s going to harm you. That is the sad truth about fighting back.

Use whatever you have to use during a fight to render him helpless. Then you’ll need to secure him until you can turn him over to the authorities. If the pandemic has hit you and your family and you’re too weak to fight back, you’ll need a particular room in your home that you can all enter into that’s fortified and safe against an intruder. 

This room should have supplies as well as a lethal force weapon in case the intruder can break into this safe room. Remember, with someone searching for medical supplies during a pandemic; they’ll be desperate – so there’s no telling what they’re capable of, even if they wouldn’t normally act that way in the real world without a health crisis. 

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How to Protect Your Home from Intruders

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders? The best way to protect what you have is not to let anyone know that you have it. If everyone in your area understands that your home has medicine and supplies, they’re going to make a run on it. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders

Be quiet about what you have. No one outside your home should know what’s in there. Be careful about letting little children know what’s in the house. They tend to be a bit more open and will blurt things out faster than adults will – even to perfect strangers. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders Who Want to Steal Your Medication and Supplies

Amid a full-blown pandemic, if everything is in chaos, those who want to rob and loot are going to go from home to home looking for what they need as well as valuables. 

Fortify the Building

Make your home as difficult as possible to get into. Re-enforce all the doors and windows in your house. Use things like police locks and plywood to protect against glass being busted into. 

Never make it easy for a possible intruder to enter your home. Sometimes people will leave things lying around outside that a thief can use to break in with. Get rid of any large rocks or bricks that can be used to smash into windows or through the wood. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders with an ax in a chopping block

Don’t have garden tools where a thief can get to them to use them as a way to break in. Anything that can be used as a projectile should be out of sight. Walk around the perimeter of your house and look at it the way a thief would. 

Test it Out

If you were one, how would you break into your home? Try to find the most accessible access points and make sure they’re not easy for a thief. Secure your garage door by bracing it from the inside. 

Secure all Doors

We are talking about ALL doors – any possible way someone can try to enter your home.

Garage doors

You might not think that this is a big problem, but the door between your home and garage is usually a hollow core gem. THAT is easy to break through if you can get into the garage.

Sadly, that can be pretty easy to do.

People hunt often for unlocked car doors in order to steal garage door openers – in hopes that they can return later, when no cars are visible, and use that electronic key to enter your house through the garage.

They also know how to jimmy a garage door open with something as simple as a coat hanger and your garage door safety release!

You can place a long piece of steel through the slide that rides along with the brackets that open the door. That way, no matter how hard your thief tugs on the handle, the garage door will not give way. 

Glass Sliding Doors

If you have sliding doors, thieves know how to pop these off the track and gain access to your house. To prevent this from happening, place a dowel rod or a piece of wood in the slider track that’s cut to exact measurements for that slot. 

We have talked before about how to use those blocking bars, as well as installing shatterproof film and even about installing a security pin ... but check out this video on what a thief actually thinks:

“Breaking in is never the problem. You move fast, get in, hit it…and get out.”

Border Patrol

Looking at the world OUTSIDE of your doors, let’s see what you can do for increased security.

Fence it in

Having a fence around your home can help make would-be thieves want to move on because sometimes a fence can cause others to wonder if you have a dog or not.

Check for estimates with a few different companies and decide if chain link or wooden privacy fences are better for you.

We have a mix of both, but we also have a dog…

Find Fido

Having a dog can be an excellent way to keep intruders at bay – but you want to have a dog that looks like he means business. 

It is OK to put up those Beware of Dog signs and leave a pile or two of poop where someone can see it – every bit helps!

Arm Yourself

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How to Protect Your Home from Intruders with a handgun

During times of pandemics, people can get pretty desperate to get their hands on supplies. Arming yourself and hiding supplies can mean life or death for you and your loved ones. It isn’t that hard when you know how to protect your home from intruders.

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