A natural environment can offer us serenity, calm, and a feeling of being on the top of the world. Obviously, this is the main reason why people choose to spend so much time in nature.
However, nature also has its own challenges and dangers. One could not just go into such an environment unprepared and expect to survive or to properly enjoy the experience.
Naturally, we are not talking only about the gear you may need while spending some time in nature, but also about some of the best weapons that you could use out there. In this respect, today we’ll be talking about the weapons that most people would simply forget – and instead go for some more popular tools.
So, here are the best weapons that you could use in nature and wilderness!
Most people usually rely on a single survival knife for their endeavors in the wilderness. However, given the fact that you are likely to meet bears, coyotes, wolves, cougars, mountain lions, or even moose – depending on your location – it is wiser that you bring something just as sharp but a bit bigger.
Axes and hatchets are good for close combat while putting some distance between you and the threat you are facing. Moreover, they will prove extremely useful when it comes to cutting down firewood or tasks that are more difficult and couldn’t be handled by a simple knife.
A machete isn’t perfect only in the jungle, but it’s great for any kind of thick terrain. Depending on your surroundings, you might want to equip yourself with a machete to better cross the wild.
This weapon has quite enough reach, meaning that you can simply cut, or push herbs/branches out of the way, instead of touching them – especially if you come across plants that can sting you.
Naturally, we don’t even have to mention its combat abilities, so to speak. The machete is a bit longer than a hatcher, being able to keep enemies at a distance and strike without you risking being hit back.
If we are talking about weapons to use in nature, then most people would not forget the classic bow and arrow. However, they will most likely not think about its counterpart, the crossbow.
While, in some cases, it may lack the range of certain bows – a longbow, for example – the crossbow is a great choice. That’s mainly because it is very quiet and doesn’t require as much skill to use as a bow.
Moreover, you will always have a shot on the barrel, so to say, with a crossbow – this means that you’ll never get caught off guard. Plus, it is not so big and will not hinder your movement as you walk through the wilderness.
- Tactical Tomahawk
Obviously, almost nobody out there thinks of bringing a tactical tomahawk with them in nature. Still, there are many good reasons why this particular weapon is considered one of the best melee weapons out there.
First of all, it is well known that it excels at close combat. It has decent range and you can use it to swiftly strike the weak points of the predator that might have cornered you.
Then, the blade of a tomahawk is smaller and capable of stronger hits, unlike an ax or hatcher, where the blade is longer.
Obviously, the tomahawk is also a good throwing weapon. If you practice enough, you will have no problem catching yourself some dinner while out in the wild.
- Bear Pepper Spray
By definition, a weapon is an item that’s used to inflict physical damage or bodily harm. In this respect, we can safely mention the bear pepper spray. If you are not prepared for combat nor proficient enough with an ax or tomahawk, then you can always rely on a good old pepper spray.
Such an item can easily repel predators and you don’t even have to do that much. Just make sure that you point it towards them, and the job is already done. A bear pepper spray is perfect for those that venture into bear counties and don’t want to injure the animals with blades and whatnot.
- Firearms – Handguns
When it comes to firearms that you could use in nature, most people think of rifles or shotguns, mainly because they are used in hunting. However, even if you carry one of the aforementioned, you should always have a handgun with you as well.
For most firearms, the weight and space they take is a problem – not to mention the occasional scopes you may have on your rifle, as well as other attachments. As they say, a gun is useful only if you can quickly access and fire it.
In this respect, a handgun – such as the Glock 19 – is better in terms of scaring animals, and people. You may have your scoped AR-15 with an extended mag and so on strapped to you, but it will take you some time to get it ready for combat.
If you see a predator approaching you, then you can simply fire a warning shot using your handgun. On the other side, if you are suddenly attacked, then you will have a much easier time reaching for your leg- or hip-bound handgun than for your rifle or shotgun.
Most movies taught us that if you want to survive in the harsh nature, then you need a powerful rifle that is able to stop every predator with a single bullet – such as the Ruger 10-22.
However, there will be a lot of situations in which you’ll need either a quieter weapon or a smaller one that you can use in an instant. This is why you should consider the weapons we have mentioned above before venturing into the wild. This way, you can make sure that, for every scenario that you may have to face, you will have just the right weapon with you!