If we were to measure the types of knee-jerk reactions that concerned citizens have when they discover the need to prepare, few would bet against the idea that most people believe the top priority for survival is the acquisition of guns and ammunition.
The idea that a person with enough weapons and ammunition can survive a catastrophic event is not totally off base, as long as the mindset and training go along with the ownership of the weapons.
But, most experts would agree that making weapons and ammo a prepper’s first purchase is not necessarily the wisest idea.
Certainly, other survival concepts and survival gear could be placed higher on a priority list when it comes to a cold hard look at possible events. Fire, water, food and shelter certainly top most educated lists.
That said, the role of arming oneself in preparation for a SHTF event is undeniably important, and must be approached from an educated point of view.
Jim Cobb fits the bill when it comes to educating preppers about what’s important. And that’s why the concept of prepper education and Jim Cobb, a leading author and popular expert in the field of all things survival, are synonymous. He’s experienced. He knows what he is doing. And he is trustworthy.
Readers of this genre probably recognize one of his earlier pieces “Prepper’s Home Defense” if for no other reason than it was an Amazon #1 seller. But mostly, it’s reasonable to surmise that readers know Cobb because he writes good books that sell well in a field crowded by many survival authors.
What readers need to know is that the best part of a Cobb book is the consistency with which his material is incredibly approachable for the vast majority of people interested in learning what he knows.
There are writers who delight in burrowing down into the minute details of every bit of gear and tactics, but who accomplish little more than glazed-over eyes for those of us who didn’t spend a decade in the military.
Cobb basically owns the space of the approachable teacher, and he doesn’t shy away from it. And that’s good for the majority of people.
Even in his latest book, “Prepper’s Armed Defense,” Cobb makes it clear from the beginning, “This book will not teach you all you need to know in order to become lethal with the weapon(s) of your choice.”
But while his humble approach may not give readers the same feeling that a book filled with Navy SEAL bravado might, they should not be fooled. This latest project of Cobb’s is full of critical information.
Clocking in at 168 pages, “Prepper’s Armed Defense” takes the reader on a logical journey to understanding what it means to be armed, and positioned to defend oneself. And while relatively short (again, part of Cobb’s approachability), this is not just a composition about guns nor is it devoid of lots of facts and information. It covers a wide breadth of self-defense topics starting with the harsh realities of a violent world, while progressing through virtually every type of weapon, even booby traps.
The key to understanding this book though is realizing that Cobb isn’t teaching readers how to become a marksman or a Samurai. From the outset, he makes it clear that proficiency takes practice. Understanding which weapon fits your hand or how best to deal with the peculiarities of different weapons takes experience.
What Cobb does best is to teach the reader about the basics of various weapons, including their positives and drawbacks, while giving the big picture behind the history and the current application of these weapons in a survival situation.
He also takes the time, in short snippets, to explain odds and ends most people don’t think about (until it’s too late). For instance, besides giving readers a history of a few knives and what made them popular, he explains the proper use of a knife’s lanyard so users don’t drop the weapon when they need it most.
The author is clearly adept at speaking with people who didn’t spend a lifetime in survival situations or are trained by the military. He is a smart, friendly guy who knows his subject through and through, and wants to share.
The bottom line is that beginner and moderate level preppers will benefit from “Prepper’s Armed Defense” because of its broad-spectrum approach and readability. Meanwhile, experienced preppers will certainly learn new tricks and important information.
Readers will walk away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be armed (good and bad); what survival gear they need to consider for their preps; and how to apply various levels of armed defense to their plans.
Paratus Business News highly recommends this book for consumers interested in learning about various weapons and self-defense.