Greetings Street Survivors…. due to some recent email requests, I’m reprinting a copy of a previous article I ran back in 2015, which focuses on your personal self-defense arsenal. Please enjoy and continue to write in with your comments and questions !
Whether you are in your home, office, vehicle or walking down the street a very important item to have is a good quality, dependable and tough flashlight. You never know when you’re going to need it, and you can’t fake it if you don’t. There are many decent flashlights out there, but one of the best is the Surefire Fury Defender (surefire.com). Made of nearly indestructible aerospace aluminum (like my tactical pens), the light is so bright it could temporarily blind an attacker with 500 lumen LED’s. The Fury comes with a special strike bezel on the end for close quarters striking power, and will give you 1.5 hours of solid reliable light.
Two of the key components to concealed carry besides the right weapon are a comfortable holster and the right defensive ammunition.
It seems a new holster comes out every day, but one of the best lines in my humble opinion is AlienGear (AlienGearHolsters.com). Besides being comfortable to wear all day, they are also very inexpensive compared to the competition. There are many sizes and styles to choose from and definitely deserve a closer look. Besides carrying inside the waistband (IWB) and outside the waistband (OWB), AlienGear has perfected the personal carry by allowing you to change the angle of your gun and also how high it rides on the belt. Extremely durable and made with the best materials, I always look at AlienGear first for a carry solution. Their life long warranty is also tough to beat in the industry.
Ammunition is a science all its own, but I will focus on a couple of manufacturers that I think are putting a lot into R&D (research and development) and the results are impressive. Different types of weapons from auto-loaders to revolvers and on to shotguns and tactical home defense guns, have specific requirements for their ammo. The basic premise that I consider is 100% reliability, sufficient power and expandability to create a bad enough boo-boo that the bad guy won’t want to play anymore. In police parlance they discuss penetration of the bullet, how much it expands in the cavity and if it retains its integrity in one piece instead of fragmenting into little pieces and creating less trauma. Cutting to the chase I’ll tell you I like Hornady(.com)’s Critical Defense Load in various calibers and also Federal’s (federalpremium.com) Guard Dog load. Most of the major manufacturers like Remington, Winchester and SigSauer offer great options as well, but I will save those for a future review.
Next time we’ll look at great handheld radios for emergency family communication, some tools to harden your home against intruders, and the best tactical pens to give you the edge on the street.
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Rick ‘Pirate Hunter’ Grover strongly believes we’re all in this together, and the more we learn and train, the better we’ll be prepared for any eventuality. This makes all of us part of an amazing neighborhood team of American Patriots. God Bless America ! ♦