Extra bonus points if you’ve figured out what important items I didn’t mention in my initial armory post! There’s a couple key things that I left out for a bit of a more in depth talk. They’re things that are unfortunately commonly overlooked or not really thought about in many cases. Yet they can and will save your life some day.
With the exception (arguably) of the emergency lighting most of the contents of the armory in my first post were oriented around defensive weaponry. That stuff is important to have as I believe that you shouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight so to speak. Yet there is an entire class of purely defensive items that deserve an equally important slot in your closet, err survival armory.
This is by far the most critical thing to have. You should have several first aid kits in your home for general use and emergencies. I like to keep one in the kitchen with my emergency lighting stash and one in each bathroom. You also need to have at least one trauma kit that has the supplies to handle major injuries. This is even more important if you live in a rural setting or are in an area that takes a while for emergency services to arrive.
Rudy’s Tip: Be sure to customize the contents of your kits based on any special needs your family may have. For example, one of my kids has hemophilia so we try to keep blood clotting agents like Celox around. I would suggest having Celox in your trauma kit anyways but you get my point!
There are two types of communications gear you want to have around. First, always have at least one charged cell phone in your armory to contact emergency services if you ever need to. You can’t rely on your land line being available if someone is breaking in, for example. Often the first thing a home invader will do is cut the phone line on the outside, disabling any automatic dialing that an alarm may do and preventing the residents from calling out.
Rudy’s Tip: Use an older cell phone for this. It doesn’t have to have service! Federal law mandates that every cell phone, whether it has service or not, must be able to dial 911. Be forewarned though that many phones will beep loudly or make another noticeable noise if you call 911. You may want to have one that doesn’t in order to avoid detection by a home invader if necessary.
The second type of communications gear you want to have is some basic two way radios. Ideally you’ll have a full on communications plan for your family, which I will post about in the future, but if not then you should have four handheld walkie-talkie style radios to aid in communication between family members.
Now this sounds a little paranoid, I know. But for any type of home invasion or civil disturbance type emergency it will be important to have body armor around. Modern body armor that is suitable for casual home use as opposed to every day military style use is relatively inexpensive and is actually readily concealable. The days of looking like a baseball umpire with an inflated chest protector under your shirt are gone.
Body armor isn’t intended to keep you safe when the rifle bullets are flying but you can get good stuff that will keep your torso relatively secure against most handgun rounds. We’ll talk about it in a bit more detail in the drilldown post.
Wrapping it up
Hopefully this post helps you understand that a properly outfitted survival armory not only includes weaponry but also defensive items as well. You shouldn’t consider your armory preparations complete until the above areas are also covered. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!