If you’re like me, you may not own a gun. Isn’t it a shame? I write a zombie blog three times a week and do not own a firearm. My reason is simple, when you live with other people, sometimes those people make decisions you don’t agree with. In this case, it’s the rule that no firearms are to be allowed in the house. You may have other reasons, and they can vary. From gun restriction laws, to level of income, to moral beliefs, many households are without firearms.
So the thing about this is, you would think that we were ill prepared for the zombies. Well not entirely. You can still have your other supplies ready to go. And practice with all types of weaponry will make you proficient enough to get out of Dodge as long as you stay diligent and leave at the first sign of trouble. The other thing to arm yourself with is knowledge.
Even if you don’t own a gun, you should always learn how to handle one. Many gun ranges will rent you weapons for use at their facilities. This is a good way to learn how to handle many different types of firearms from handguns, to rifles, and even sometimes heavy artillery. Take advantage of these places because if you can learn to proficiently fire all types of guns, you will have a better shot at using any that you may come across.
Another thing that all non-gun owners should learn is how to take care of a firearm. All firearms need to be maintained properly in order for them to be effective. If you get your riffle dirty and don’t clean it, it could misfire, backfire, get jammed and even explode. Learn how to take apart and clean all types of firearms. Ideally you want to clean your firearms after every time you use them. Reality is you may get an opportunity to clean them less often than that. Once-a-day cleanings should be preformed to keep your firearm in tip-top shape. If not then every other day. Try not to go extended periods of time without proper maintenance on your firearm. It’s a machine just like your car. It won’t run forever if you don’t properly take care of it.
Being able to make your own ammo will give you an advantage in the apocalypse. You would still need to find the resources to make the bullets (the powder, the metal for the tips, the casings, ext.) but you will still have one up on someone who doesn’t know how.
I would also suggest if you don’t own a gun, know at least where you can find one. Make friends with your neighbors. If you have family who owns firearms, get them to teach you how to handle them and maybe get the combinations to their safe’s . Getting inside the head of a gun owner will help you to think of where a gun owner may hide their weapons. Are they the kind of person to hide a handgun in the closet? How about under their bed? Some people find ways to hide them in the floor boards. Others keep their safe’s hidden in the garage or storage shed. Basements are popular places to hide weapons as well. Don’t rely on the gun store down the street or in the next town. Chances are people have probably already looted those stores first. If you neighbor is no longer using their weapons, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind you borrowing them to fight the undead.
Last tip of advice, and this applies directly to the last paragraph, don’t ever try to forcibly take away a firearm from a live person. Not only are you putting yourself in great danger of being shot, but you are then leaving another person defenseless against the zombies. This makes you a bad person and I would hope anyone who would do that to someone would get turned into a zombie themselves.
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