Survival Training and Memberships, Part 1: Defense

As part of becoming a survivalist, I realized there are a couple things everyone can do to train for the worst and improve their odds.  So far, I’ve uncovered four categories: Defense, Medical, Fitness, and Research.  I’ll tell you about my experiences so far, and what I have planned for the near future.  This is Part 1, Defense.

I recently purchased my first handgun: a Glock 21SF, which is a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  The SF stands for Short Frame, and fits in most people’s hands better.  Even having grown up around long guns (rifles and shotguns) I opted to take a basics class on handguns.  I live in Kansas City, and I highly recommend Targetmaster Shooting Academy after taking their three hour course.  It’s offered in the evenings, and for $80 I was taught by the president of the Kansas Rifle Association.  It also included a $20 annual membership to The Bullet Hole shooting range to practice your new skills, and all the gear (gun rental, ammo, eye and ear protection rental) that would normally cost about $25.  You also get some very informative handbooks, so it’s a great deal.

Of course, it’s important to realize that a class like this is just a starting point.  If you haven’t bought a gun, the class alone won’t protect you.  But with the skills learned, you can safely rent and fire a number of guns to see what works for you.  You can try out guns for just $5 at The Bullet Hole, which is a heck of a deal.  If you’ve already purchased a gun like I did, then practice is the next step.  I’m doing that regularly.  I’ll have to post some target pics!

I’ve joined the NRA, to help protect my gun rights.  The cost for a 1-year membership is $35.  I could swear I saw a deal for $10 off your first year somewhere, but I couldn’t find it when it came time to signup, so I paid full price.  That’s okay, because  it almost pays for itself in member discounts.

My next step with firearms will be to acquire my Kansas Concealed Carry permit.  This requires an 8 hour course, which can also be taken through Targetmaster Shooting Academy.  The course will be $100 after my NRA membership discount ($125 regularly) and the permit costs $110 in county and state fees.  I’ve already spent several hundred dollars on my gun, bulk ammo purchases (wal-mart has the best deals, but it goes fast when it’s in stock), class, and range fees, so I’m going to wait on this one.

I don’t plan on walking around everywhere with a gun, but I’d definitely like to carry it on hiking/camping trips when I’m away from “civilization”, and if I need to go somewhere unsafe, especially at night.

There are other forms of defense, including hand-to-hand combat and knife training.  I have friends who study Krav Maga and it seems to be an excellent martial art.  Personally, I’m starting this process very out of shape, and I have an eye condition that makes me prone to detached retinas if I’m hit in the face.  For those reasons, I’m postponing martial arts training.  Even with my eye condition, though, I plan to find a way to build some basic defense skills.  All in good time.

3 Responses to “Survival Training and Memberships, Part 1: Defense”

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