A discussion recently came up on alternative weapons with a group I meet with once in a while. My first thought when I saw that the topic of discussion was “alternative weapons” was alternative to what? I assumed alternative to firearms. My second thought was, “What would be the intended purpose for the alternative weapon?”
The group met and we discussed that in a long term survival situation where bullets eventually ran out – what would be left to use?
Here is the list of alternative weapons discussed:
- bow – recurve and compound
- crossbow – recurve and compound
Everyone had their opinions on what was best and most useful for hunting, and defense. Discussions were had about learning how to make crossbows and bows from commonly found materials. We talked the value of an airgun to hunt small game. Crossbows and bows were attractive from the perspective of being able to hunt with as well use for defensive purposes. Slingshots were a favorite for most all due to their simplicity and available ammunition pretty much being everywhere.
I have to be honest – I felt a little out of place in the discussion. Why? Because I have absolutely no plan to ever be down to a slingshot, a crossbow, or a sling. I think the chances that YOU will run out of ammo at the same time as everyone else around you is slim to none. This is one of the reasons why the .22LR is so valuable. Thousands of rounds can be stored rather inexpensively.
Nothing wrong with “alternative weapons” – but there is a reason why they are called “alternative”.
From the Supply House…..
Trumark Non-Folding Slingshot – a classic