Force Equalizers


Force Equalizers

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


What depth do you maintain in your prepping and survival cached weaponry stocks? In order to apply the force equalizer principle, you should have the option of access to different power levels for self-protection, self-defense, or proactive offensive firearms as the level of threat increases.

This simply means you cannot always rely on the most rudimentary set of firearms such as a rimfire rifle, perhaps a general use hunting rifle and an all-purpose shotgun. Sometimes these may not be enough to get the job done.

The concept is to maintain various degrees of threat deterrents so that should it become necessary, you can escalate the level of impact you can deliver to the threat. These levels may have as much to do with the power of the delivery as it does with the ranges involved. The idea is to give preppers at a bug in or out situation as much firepower as needed to stop any potential threat.

Think of it in terms of hunting or applying hunting type firearms to the game animal being hunted. For example, you may certainly use a .22 rimfire rifle or a shotgun for squirrel hunting or popping smaller troublesome varmints. You would use a hunting rifle in the power ranges of a .243 Winchester up to a 30-06 or so for deer or other big game. Then if you were facing a life threatening bear like a grizzly the caliber category would likely be a heavy magnum such as a .338 Winchester Magnum or more.

In a way, apply that logic then to your prepper and survival weapons inventory. Close up threats or a few deterrent rounds could be fired from firearms of less lethal force. As the threat multiplies or advances, then a more powerful tier of weapons could be applied. This is where the 9mm, 40 S&W or a .357 Magnum might be deployed in a handgun or a 5.56/.223 or 7.62×39 in a mid-range rifle for defense against the threat.

Additional power and or range from third tier weapons could be applied for bigger targets or threats encountered at ranges beyond lessor rounds. In these cases a heavier pistol and or rifle course could be deployed with power from a .45 ACP or 10mm pistol or a .308 Winchester rifle. Choices here might include a 1911 and an AR-10 platform, HK91, or FN-FAL weapons.

Having a force equalizer then simply means having available various levels of weapons power and capability to face different levels of threats. Think about that.

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Award winning outdoor writer/photographer since 1978. Over 3000 articles and columns published nationally. Field & Stream Hero of Conservation in 2007. Fields of writing includes hunting most game in American, Canada, and Europe, fishing fresh and saltwater, destination travel, product reviews, industry consulting, and conservation issues. Currently VP at largest community college in Mississippi in economic development and workforce training with 40 years of experience in Higher Education. BS-MS in wildlife sciences from MO. University, and then a PhD in Industrial Psychology. Married with two children and Molly the Schnoodle.

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