5 Top Items for Daily Self-Defense & Survival

There is a reason why minimalists tend to survive the harsh realities of life when sh*t hits the fan. Bare essentials, when needed for survival, matter. Having access to these items, knowing where they’re located and how to properly use them, can determine life or death in a given situation.

1) Concealed Carry Firearm

This should be a given, but not surprisingly, most law-abiding citizens don’t carry a firearm. In Minnesota, as of March 1st, 2022, 387,013 active permits were registered out of 3,414,300 residents over the age of 21. This is less than 9% of all legal adults able to acquire a firearm. Not great, but it’s the highest number of active permits in the history of Minnesota. We love that more people are taking personal responsibility in protecting themselves.

Some of the best-selling EDC (Everyday Carry) firearms are:

  • Springfield XD-S/Hellcat
  • SIG Sauer P365
  • Glock 19/43X
  • S&W M&P Shield Plus/EZ
  • Ruger LCR/LCP II

What ever make/model is chosen, make sure it’s the right price, fit and caliber. Don’t know what to get? We offer in-person consultations to “zero in” and help find the best firearm option. Call Cory @ 612-875-4454 or send a message to Cory@Nomadlund.com

2) SOF Tactical Tourniquet

A tourniquet is a device that helps apply pressure to a limb to stop hemorrhaging (an escape of blood from a ruptured blood vessel) that cannot be stopped with direct pressure.

When purchasing a tourniquet for an EDC (Everyday Carry) kit, we would suggest Tactical Medical Solutions SOF Tactical Tourniquet, 1.5” Compression Band. It’s honestly the only Tourniquet solution we would suggest and is used by elite military forces, police departments, fire and EMS agencies/services.

3) New Israeli Battle Dressing

Like the Tourniquet, the Israeli Bandage applies pressure to stop hemorrhaging, but is applied directly to the wound. This bleeding control kit includes: Primary Dressing, Pressure Applicator, Secondary Dressing & Closure Apparatus. This New Israeli Battle Dressing has a 6″ wide sterile pad, a 7ft elastic wrap, vacuum packaged and sterilized in a medical grade facility.

4) Spyderco Knife

One of the oldest tools for self-defense is a blade and this Spyderco 3.39″ G-10 is a great option for everyday carry. Not only can a knife be used for self-defense, but can aid in a medical emergency to remove a seat belt, clothes covering a wound or cutting open a backpack with a stuck zipper.

One thing to remember and this isn’t legal advice, but if a knife is carried in conjunction with a Firearm on person, there may be additional legal implications in a self-defense altercation. Please research this topic. Also, would also highly recommend researching and purchasing self-defense legal protection. The last thing needed is to second guess a self-defense situation.

5) Streamlight 66318 MicroStream

Last, but not least we have the Streamlight flashlight. We would suggest this Streamlight 66318 MicroStream Ultra 45 Lumens Compact Tactical Flashlight for its durable Type II Military Spec anodizing, utilizing the latest C4 LED technology, delivers 45 lumens, 41m beam and runs 2.25 hours.

In conclusion, we suggest these items at a minimum, but every scenario is different. If carrying all this isn’t an option, just customize it. For example, someone might not need a flashlight if going for a bike ride during the day. The goal here is to be prepared incase of an emergency and also to consider additional legal protection to safeguard oneself, loved ones, property and to stay out of jail if ANY self-defense claim needs to be made.

Stay well and stay safe.

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