You can survive any attack by being mentally prepared, having an action plan and possessing the proper tools, such as a firearm and/or an edged weapon like a knife. Generally speaking, the three areas where we go most often—the home, the office and in transit—are the places where we should be the most prepared to carry out plans of action, with the best weapons for the job, should we come under attack.

Here are some of the best options to take when you begin to assess the potential threats in your daily life and decide how best to fight against them.

Protect Your Castle

For home-defense firepower, the Mossberg Model 500 pump shotgun is an excellent choice, being both compact and portable. Mossberg’s 930 Special Purpose semi-auto shotguns have 18.5-inch barrels and hold, depending on the model, five or eight shells, including one in the chamber. When properly trained with this firearm, it is an excellent weapon to defend your home and family.

The 9mm M&P Shield from Smith & Wesson is a compact semi-auto handgun. The M&P Shield is great because it has a smaller grip, making it a perfect fit for a variety of shooters and hand sizes. The Shield comes with two single-stack magazines that hold seven and eight rounds.

For those looking for versatility, another excellent Smith & Wesson pistol is the Governor, which is a six-shot, .45-caliber revolver that’s designed to shoot three different loads. I like and own the Governor because it will chamber.45 Long Colt, .45 ACP and .410 shotshells. One unique advantage to this snub-nose design is that you can carry two rounds of each caliber at one time. The Governor is a versatile self-defense firearm that’s ideal for being kept in your home or in your vehicle. For maximum effect, chamber six .410 defensive rounds and keep it handy for home or vehicle defense.

Another everyday survival gear option is the fixed-blade Pro-Tech Rockeye knife. Being serious about survival means you want to have the best tools that you can afford. The Rockeye has a 4-inch fixed blade made from rugged, high-carbon tool steel as well as G10 grips for a solid hold in any environment. This tough cutting tool is perfect to carry in your backpack or bug-out bag, and it’ll serve you for years to come.

Roadside Survival

To stay protected when you’re on the go, the Colt Government Model 1911 pistol is a must-have. The Colt 1911 has been around for 104 years and is a highly efficient, highly prized weapon. The Model 1911 is a very reliable firearm and a perfect fit for both men and women looking for a hard-hitting defense. I personally carried a 1911 for more than 20 years, and when properly maintained, as with all firearms, it served me well.

For proven personal protection and easy concealed carry, Glock’s G42 and G43 perform mobile security well. The Glock 42 is a .380 ACP semi-auto that was developed for extreme concealed carry. This pistol is perfect for everyday carry because it is very small and weighs in at 17.29 ounces. Unlike many .380-caliber firearms, this pistol makes it easy to rack a round into the chamber. The G42 also has minimal recoil, which makes it perfect for those vital follow-up shots against a persistent threat.

The 9mm Glock 43 is a single-stack semi-auto pistol that is slimmer and shorter than its older brother, the G17. The pistol measures 6.26 inches in overall length and weighs only 17.95 ounces unloaded. Because the G43 is chambered in 9mm, it offers more punch and penetration than the .380 ACP.

The 9mm Ruger LC9s is another great option for concealed carry. This semi-auto pistol has a 3.1-inch barrel and boasts a pocket-friendly width of only 0.9 inches. The LC9s tips the scale at only 17.2 ounces due to its hardened alloy steel slide and its glass-filled nylon frame. If you prefer a striker-fired semi-auto that’s chambered in a manageable caliber, the Ruger LC9s is worth checking out.

If you are not inclined to own a firearm, then I highly recommend you carry the TOPS Cuma Tak-Ri when you’re on the road. From within the confines of your vehicle you can jab, slash and hack with the Cuma Tak-Ri, which is intimidating just to look at because of its 13.5-inch, machete-like blade. Your attackers might run off before you even have to act.  Another option for an edged weapon on the go is the SOG Voodoo Hawk Mini, which could serve a dual role in your vehicle as protection or as a cutting tool in emergencies. The Voodoo Hawk Mini is a well-made, compact tomahawk that draws inspiration from SOG’s Voodoo Hawk and FastHawk designs.

Workplace Security

If you’re lucky enough to be in a workplace that allows firearms, then I recommend the North American Arms Black Widow revolver. I own one of these little five-shot beauties, and this American-made weapon is just one of the best firearms in production today. Being small is no problem thanks to this revolver’s .22 Magnum punch.

For those of you who like the dependability of a small fixed-blade knife, the SOG Instinct Mini knife will fit the bill. The 1.9-inch blade fits nicely into its sheath, which is designed for use as a neck knife, to clip onto a belt or carried discreetly inside of a purse or backpack.

The key to survive in almost any situation is to be well trained and familiar with your weapon of choice. You need to be mentally prepared to take action. To be mentally prepared is to have a plan of action in your mind. A plan of action should be practiced at least once a month for survival in any location.

For More Information

Colt; (800) 962-2658

Glock; (770) 432-1202

Mossberg; (203) 230-5300

North American Arms; (800) 821-5783

Ruger; (336) 949-5200

Smith & Wesson; (800) 331-0852

SOG Knives; (888) 405-6433

TOPS Knives; (208) 542-0113

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Winter 2016 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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