Many of you know from my articles, we are forbidden in Venezuela, since 2012, by the thugs in power to carry guns. This is part of the plan to subjugate 25 million people and have total control: out of FEAR. In my case, those gun laws also forbid ANYTHING capable of projecting objects.
In the coming times, full independence also requires us to have the resources to DEFEND ourselves. How are we to defend ourselves?
Disclaimer: weapons can severely harm anyone. Handle with care and take precautions. The following “weapons” are inexpensive, easy to learn how to use them, surprisingly effective.
Why silent self-defense?
Depending on your particular location, some of the items I suggest may, or may not be, feasible. I will do my best to provide you options of tools for self-defense. I also hope to offer my readers a few different tools for those who can not or do not want a firearm as a means of self-defense.
Bows, hunting slingshots, crossbows: these hunting tools also make useful defense tools. Guns are not the only options. Guns can be loud, attracting unwanted attention. For those of you well-educated about firearms, this article is for those who need other options.
Please understand: if you are new to self-defense weapons, practice thoroughly to achieve a decent proficiency level. The bow and the atlatl need the most amount of training. The crossbow and slingshot can be effectively used with very little or no training. However, if someone offers to train you with any of these, take that offer.
No power and no fuel means silence has returned. In fact, the silence is sometimes scary. A few of our neighbors use to have those old little radios with national popular music…that’s gone now, most of the time, at least.
Let’s just say: you are in South America, and you go out with a shotgun to get (an extremely annoying) wild turkey. Or even better, a wild hog. That now ever-present silence will be penetrated. Of course, sharing with close neighbors, or even trading with those who offer to work for food is how most of us operate. However, the noise and chaos generated by hunting wild turkey with a shotgun are likely to attract undesirables.
Therefore, you are well-advised to acquire silent means to defend your homestead. Establishing a plan to improve your self-defense is hard. And it can be done. Still, “they” will not come in one by one. They will come in by the numbers. A well-positioned 15 mm diameter steel ball at middle-chest with a powerful hunting slingshot from 30 meters away will make any group think twice. (Body armor is highly recommended.)
The more isolated and secluded you are, the more silent your choice of self-defense weapons needs to be.
Here are a few of my recommendations.
The Bow: A bow requires quite a bit of training to be an effective weapon. However, history has proven that it is effective and accurate in good hands. In our Amazonas, natives shoot an arrow, lying on the ground, using their feet to stretch the rope, shooting into the sky. The arrow follows a parabolic trajectory and hits its intended target. These people have used bows since they learned to walk. The ability to provide food in many native communities relies heavily on bow hunting skills.
Modern bows made with high-tech materials and alloys are great for performance but tend to be expensive. You can get an excellent piece for under 100$ like this one.
Or, this option, half that price, for teen beginners.
Compound bows have a pulleys system and offer a much higher arrow speed, with much less effort. Widely used in hunting, when combined with hunting slingshots, are quite effective. This compound bow is designed for survival. (I plan to get one as soon as I can.)
The Atlatl: Ancient throwing weapon with a large fan base. This baton with a carved notch to house spears reaches great distances with precision. The atlatl are not cheap, but they are well worth it. And, you can even get one online.
The Crossbow: One of my favorites: easy to fix, no pulleys, and good optics = an excellent investment. However, this has to be handled with the same care as a firearm. These are easily used to take down a decent sized game. With the proper training and a good assortment of arrows, it can be used to scare off trespassers. I recommend this simple model.
The Hunting Slingshot: I hunted that obnoxious wild turkey-like bird in the mountains that wakes you in the early morning, with a hand-made rubber tube thing. Sure, it was non-symmetrical and entirely imprecise. But, I did manage to catch a few birds every now and then with some practice.
I also watched a friend of mine shoot one of these through his Jeep’s canvas roof at someone trying to steal the stereo. All I heard was the thug screaming as those balls hit him. You can build one yourself, but why, when you can get them pretty cheap. There’s also this really interesting Survival Slingshot that comes with a multitude of accessories, making it a versatile silent weapon that will never run out of ammo.
Remember to take precautions and practice.
Breaking a string, a limb, or a rubber band can result in serious injury. If you are far away from medical care, this can be a problem. Remember to carry your first aid kit and wear protective eye gear. ALWAYS.
Whatever you choose, make sure you practice enough until you become proficient. Practice will create confidence. Confidence will make you accurate. Accuracy will allow you to survive much longer.
And don’t forget the power of information.
Governments all over the world do NOT like self-reliant or independent people. They need us to all be uninformed, under-educated sheep who will vote for their politicians.
Because of one of the most useful tools we have, technology, that status quo is on the way out. If someone wants to get rid of the banking system, use crypto. The internet provides communication, entertainment, financial record access, and much more gives us all a level of freedom we did not have before.
HAM radio is now more affordable than ever. Advances in energy production and storage like LIPO batteries are rapidly changing the structure of the market itself from within. Solar panels are more efficient than ever.
Stay Safe! Jose
Jose is an upper middle class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on Patreon. Donations: paypal.me/JoseM151