American Survival Guide - - FEATURES -


Hu­man be­ings can’t see in the dark, so I carry a qual­ity flash­light such as my Stream­light Pro-tac 1L-1AA. Any­one who car­ries a pis­tol with­out a weapon light or hand­held flash­light as­sumes the only fight he will get into is when he will be able to see his tar­get. Dark­ness is real, and night sights, alone, don’t make you shoot more ac­cu­rately. How can you squeeze the trig­ger if you can’t fig­ure out what is past your sights?


I can’t stress the im­por­tance of car­ry­ing a knife that doesn’t re­quire an ex­tra step from con­cealed carry to ready for ac­tion. The only ex­cep­tion is an Emer­son Wave-equipped folder. A blade can be used ef­fec­tively against a threat and can be de­ployed faster than a firearm. Mod­ern-day com­bat­ives train­ing and ex­e­cu­tion are evolv­ing to­ward the multi-weapon (pis­tol and knife) ap­proach.


Firearms are me­chan­i­cal tools held to­gether with screws and pins. Some­times, it’s eas­ier to clean a pis­tol or long gun with the right tools. A qual­ity multi-tool such as the Leather­man Mut can help keep your firearm up and run­ning—let alone open bat­tle packs of ammo, cut bul­let group­ings out of shot tar­gets and han­dle any other knife-re­lated tasks.


Tourni­quets can be pur­chased for less than $20. They weigh mere ounces and can save lives. Tourni­quets can be ap­plied in sec­onds when that might be all you have be­fore bleed­ing out. I carry one in my work­bag ev­ery day, one in my car and one on my water bot­tle kit. If you carry tools that can punc­ture and lac­er­ate, carry a tourni­quet. You never know when you’ll need one.


A mag­a­zine that mal­func­tions leaves you with a sin­gle-shot pis­tol. Even the most rep­utable and re­li­able hand­guns can drop a mag un­in­ten­tion­ally when the user ac­ci­den­tally hits the re­lease but­ton or when it is lost in a scuf­fle. A spare mag­a­zine—or two, if the weight isn’t too much to carry—should al­ways be car­ried to gas up your hand­gun. The weight of the mag­a­zine(s) also helps even out the load car­ried on the belt.


If you end up us­ing your con­cealed hand­gun, the po­lice will show up. Yours should be the first phone call they re­ceive, and you should re­lay all im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion to them.

Once they are con­tacted and know you used your firearm for self-de­fense (avoid iden­ti­fy­ing your­self as “shooter”), de­scribe your ap­pear­ance and lo­ca­tion, along with the fact that you still have your firearm.

When the po­lice ar­rive, ask to go to the hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion be­fore any­thing else; af­ter all, you are in shock. Make sure your “one call,” if nec­es­sary af­ter the fact, is to some­one who knows your level of readi­ness. This phone call need not be to a lawyer if your con­tact will get in touch with the right lawyer, along with your fam­ily, for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

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