“All warfare is based on deception.” Sun Tsu
When preparing for the defense of self and others whose care you may have been in-trusted with keeping, do so with the knowledge that one is none, two is one and three is just right. For years I have lived according to this motto. Always be more prepared then is necessary to ensure efficiency in defense and life. This applies especially well to martial arts and the use of weapons in self defense.
In this article we are specifically addressing the use of firearms or guns as they are commonly known in defense of self. Many enthusiasts and fellow martial artists practicing the use of firearms in defense use a secondary firearm or a backup. The primary reason for this is simple. All things made by humans will fail and will tend to do so at the most inopportune times. A backup allows for this likely scenario to occur and for you to be ready.
Additional reasons are as many as there are people on reddit to argue them. However, as someone who practices quite regularly with his firearms and other weapons, you can put the reasons into three segments in addition to the primary one above.
- If you lose your primary weapon, this can serve as a much needed important tool of defense.
- There are always times when the need for a smaller firearm is necessary versus a larger primary firearm, this allows you to easily transition from one approach to another.
- Depending on how you carry it, a backup can in fact serve nicely as a way to arm your friends if they happen to be unarmed at the moment. (though one would wonder, why are they your friends?)
So now you have some great reasons for owning a backup handgun, what do you do to select one? Do you use one in the same caliber as the primary or something entirely different? What is the climate you live in and or political/legal climate as well? Something to remember, being armed is the essential ingredient to the idea and actions that encompass freedom. Irregardless where you live, if you are unarmed you are not free nor can you maintain your freedom if by some mistake of the local government you are at the moment.
Remember, free the mind and the body will follow