Home Invasion Survival: 3 Ways To Increase Your “Reactionary Gap”!

Jeff AndersonIf you were sitting inside your home and three men suddenly broke through the front door without warning, would you be able to get to a weapon in time?

The thing about any home invasion is that the bad guys get to choose when it happens.

You then have to REACT to the attack, which puts you, by definition, behind the eight-ball.

The time you have to respond to that attack is called the reactionary gap.

The more warning you have that an attack is coming, the better able you'll be to fight back and repel that attack.

So how can you harden your home to create more “reactionary gap” in which to respond to a home invasion?

I talked to my friend Massad Ayoob about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

Home Invasion Survival: 3 Ways To Increase Your “Reactionary Gap”!

Home Invasion Survival, Home Invasion Defense: Reactionary Gap
Massad Ayoob

Home defense should be thought of as a layered concept.

Your defense shouldn’t start at the safe room.

It should END at the safe room.

Since the safe room is where your family is hidden, it makes little sense to depend on only that one defensive area.

You start at the safe room and you build outwards, wrapping your defense around the safe room.

You should be armed, ready, and waiting at a choke point or fatal funnel, yes, but that's just another layer of the defense.

Your defense doesn’t end there, either.

You want to consider your entire home as a defensive position and layer your defenses outward as much as possible.

Tip #1: Reinforce The Front Door

Let’s start with the front door of your home, the main entryway.

First and foremost you may just want to go ahead and replace it with a good, strong wooden door.

There are plenty of security doors with steel plates in the middle as well.

When combined with a solid set of locks, it’s hard to beat.

Always go with a solid deadbolt, a nice heavy beast that is hard to kick and bend.

A spring bolt lock is the one that locks automatically and is equipped nearly universally on door handles

It’s got the little spring loaded wedge shaped tongue on it that goes into the mortise when you close the door.

The problem with these as a primary lock is they’re very easy to loid.

Loiding means you take a piece of plastic like a driver’s license, shimmy it through the door, and it pushes that little spring loaded wedge out of the way and allows very quick entry by the intruder.

That’s why none of us in the business would recommend you use that as a primary lock to prevent intrusion.

The deadbolt, by contrast, requires a physical turn from the inside to close it, but once it’s closed it takes a chisel or heavy tools to break through it.

It’s a good idea to have both a spring bolt and a dead bolt.

They work well in unison and as a team are hard to beat.

Tip #2: Install An Alarm

On the other side of the door you can install a simple door alarm.

These micro alarms are available in every big box store in the country and cost about 4 bucks apiece.

They can emit a 120 db worth of earsplitting siren, alerting you and your family that something is wrong.

These are very simple.

One end goes to the door, the other on the wall, and when they are separated, it goes off.

This isn’t the same as a monitored system, but the whole point is to scare the invader with an unexpected, loud noise that makes him think he’ll be discovered.

These alarms can be equipped to windows, too.

You can buy several of them at a price almost anyone can afford.

Every barrier you can put in place to deter an intruder is a positive.

Hardening Your Home Against Invasion, Tip #3: Take Other, Layered Security Measures

Home defense isn’t just the gun or just the alarm.

It’s a holistic system, meaning all the parts work together.

You need good solid doors, good solid windows, and locks on both.

Windows can be secured in a number of ways, but most people don’t want to install bars.

There are some alternatives.

One is a security company like 3M, which makes a film that holds a window pane together if someone tries to shatter it.

It’s not impenetrable, but it provides you with a few extra minutes of reaction time, which is time in which to get armed and ready.

Door chains have a place, too.

They keep a layer of protection in place if you open the door to an external threat by mistake.

They may seem flimsy, but they do buy time, and a few extra seconds matter.

A door limiter, the solid bar you find in hotel rooms, is even stronger and just as effective.

A peephole is also good because it lets you look out the door without actually opening it.

Peepholes, however, can be easily defeated with a simple thumb over the lens.

This is where we can turn to high-tech monitoring systems.

A closed-circuit TV or webcam is an excellent choice.

The cost of these has really come down in recent years.

Don’t forget the power of light in low-light situations, either.

A few lights with motion-activated sensors can really improve your security perimeter, and for not much money.

Remember, home invaders are vermin.

Much like roaches, they hate the light.

There are some lower tech options, too.

For example, you could plant a small prickly plant or other bush under your windows to deter people from getting close or looking/climbing in.

It should be tall enough to touch the window sill, the spikier the better.

You want to make the potential home invader as uncomfortable as possible as they try to break in.

Make them work for it.

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Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Using “Cover” and Concealment

Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Okay, okay, admit it: the old Michael Keaton film “Johnny Dangerously” is a guilty pleasure.

Joe Piscopo’s line makes me laugh every time.

“This goes through armor… then it goes through the victim, through the wall, through a tree outside… It shoots through schools.”

The thing is, Joe’s “88 Magnum” isn’t actually that special…

Because right now, if you’re a gun owner, you own a gun that shoots through buildings.

I talked to legendary firearms expert Massad Ayoob about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

The TRUTH About Using “Cover” In Your Tactical Home Defense Plan…

Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment
Massad Ayoob

The gun you're not safe from is ANY handgun in most standard calibers.

A locked door is not enough.

Even a wall isn’t enough.

That’ because  handgun rounds will travel through the walls of the average home.

They’ll pass through the hollow-core wooden doors inside your house like a hot knife through butter… and they’ll even penetrate most exterior walls.

So where in your home is safe from bullets in a home invasion?

Here are three tips to keep in mind where cover and concealment are concerned.

1. Bookshelves Are Your Home’s Best “Bullet Absorber”

Pay attention to where the natural points of cover are, and where in your home you can expect bullets to stay put rather than passing on through.

A .45 auto bullet, 230 grain, that would go through as much as 30 inches of muscle tissue-simulating ballistic gelatin, will generally stop after about six inches of hard-backed book material.

Heavy bookshelves full of books are therefore a good “bullet absorber.”

Those layers of paper do wonders for stopping a bullet, even though an individual book isn’t enough.

2. Anything With Lots Of Metal Is Cover!

Any item in your home with lots of metal in it has a good chance of stopping a bullet.

This includes obvious things like cast-iron fireplaces and old claw-foot iron bathtubs.

But it also includes major kitchen appliances like freezers and ovens.

Sadly, though, you just don’t find much natural cover in most American homes.

That’s why strategically placing your bookshelves is so important.

So what else can you do?

Well, that leads me to…

3. When Possible, DON’T BE THERE

Your best option when it comes to taking fire in a home invasion is to anticipate where the intrusion is most likely to be.

Where are YOU likely to be when this happens?

Typically these things occur in the deep-sleep hours.

The single most likely place for you to be is in your bed when a home invasion occurs.

Consider your plans in that context.

That way, when the bullets fly, you won’t be in their path.

Instead, you’ll have a superior position… and you’ll be ready to take those invaders down.

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Home Invasion Defense: How To Stop A Bullet… The Right Way!

Home Invasion Survival - Cover And Concealment
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

How do you win a home invasion gunfight?


All you have to do is put at least one man-stopping bullet in the bad guy while keeping him from doing the same, right?

Well, training realistically for home invasion survival with your firearm will help you with the first part of that formula.

For the second half however, firearms legend, Massad Ayoob, says that there's a critical factor that even a lot of “experts” may not be considering…

Lessons In Home Invasion Survival:
The REAL Way To Stop A Bullet!

Home Invasion Survival - Cover And Concealment

When I train students in how to survive a real gunfight or a home invasion, one of things I find is that oftentimes – perhaps due to the trap of linear “range training” – trainees are so focused on the bullets coming out of the end of their gun that they lose sight of the other cold, hard truth…

… in real gunfights, bullets can come AT you as well!

That's not an “intelligence” problem – it's simply a matter of training yourself to THINK about how to not only get bullets on-target… but also how to avoid getting shot at the same time.

Movement is key to avoid being hit.  But move to where?

The Little-Known Difference Between “Cover”
And “Concealment” In A Real Gunfight…

Ok, I know this sounds simple…

In a nutshell, “cover” is anything that will stop a bullet.

“Concealment”, on the other hand, is anything that will hide you, but doesn’t necessarily stop a bullet.

Simple enough… except that even a lot of “experts” get confused between the two when it comes to what really stops bullets.

Let's take a home invasion scenario for example…

You're sitting at home in the Lay Z Boy recline when a knock comes at the door.

You're smart so you don't open the door… peep through the hole and see hooded figure and say, “Who's there?!”

“Candy-gram sir!”

It's been 20 years since your spouse bought you candy and you don't suspect a secret admirer – but fortunately you're safe behind your door, right?

The reality, where home invasion survival is concerned, is that you have NEITHER cover nor concealment in that situation. 

The bad guy will shoot through the door, and the medical examiner will autopsy you, and take little bits of plywood out of your body.

You weren’t hidden because the home invader knew you were there.

You weren’t behind cover because a light door like that won’t stop a bullet.

You Must Re-Think “Cover” And
What REALLY Stops A Bullet…

The truth is that there's very little hard cover to be found in the typical American home to help you survive a home invasion.

To incorporate real cover in your home defense tactics, you'll have to think more creatively.

That means pre-thinkingpre-planning… and pre-staging cover throughout your home so you're prepared no matter where you have to defend yourself.

Among the places that will potentially stop a bullet, which you can arrange when you lay out your home, are…

Stacked File Cabinets

File cabinets are great cover – as long as they're full.

Metal ones will work better than Walmart particle-board version

Do This: Set up your home office (if you have one) with your file cabinets closer to the door instead of a back corner of the room.  This will give you something to hide behind if you're able to fall back to your office and engage your attacker from behind legitimate cover as he comes through the door.

Your Firearms Safe

Firearms safes are typically made of heavy steel and will stop any round you'll face in a home invasion.

This is a good reason to buy a full-size brand that's large enough to use for cover versus a small one for your handgun only.

Do This: Position a metal safe (large enough for use of cover) in a strategic position where it can shield you from an expected avenue of attack by a home invader.  For example, it could be in a master bedroom walk-in closet just inside the door.

Thickly-Packed Bookshelves

A lot of people don't realize that one of the best “cover” sources of cover against a home invasion is a common wood bookshelf stacked with layers of books.

It will stop most calibers of bullets if you have some good sized tomes on the shelf and they're stacked together.

A 230 grain hardbull slug from a .45 that can travel 26 to 30 inches in ballistic gelatin will generally expend its energy within six to eight inches of hard-packed books.

Do This: Whether you're a “book reader” or not, make sure your living room (a common entry point for home invaders) has at least one well-stocked bookcase positioned where you can get to it quickly. These are typically not very deep and don't offer much cover so placing one against a wall next to a doorway will let you use it for wide cover while shooting around it at your attacker.

It's Time To Do Your Own Home Invasion
Cover & Concealment Analysis…

The time to prepare for home invasion survival is now, before you need it.

Incorporating the use of good hard cover in your home defense tactics is one of the most critical survivability factors that you actually have control over.

If this means laying out your home a little differently, this is a small price to pay in time and effort for your family’s survival, wouldn't you agree?

There's no need to make the inside of your house look like a WWII bunker.

But with some creative cover placement, you can create a virtual stronghold that will go a long way to helping you defeat a home invasion.

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To Prepare For Home Invasion Defense?

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The 3 Biggest Home Invasion Survival Mistakes You May Be Making Right Now

Home invasions are unlike any other crime.

While burglars are looking for quick access to your valuables while you are away, home invaders attack while you and your family are at home.

Their motives could be as simple as a few extra dollars.

They may be in it for the thrill of victimizing you.

They may want to rape and murder whomever they find inside.

This is why home defense tactics are so important.

If you fail when it comes to home invasion survival, you fail your family… and you may not live to regret it.

Here Are Three Major Home Invasion Survival Mistakes You May Be Making Right Now…

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Home Invasion Mistake #1:
A Lack of Alarms and Good Locks

First, many homes lack good locks and alarms.

These might seem like simple home defense tactics, but they are incredibly important.

These types of barriers help slow down the forced entry of a home invasion, increasing your chances of successful home invasion survival by creating a “reactionary gap.”

In other words, good locks and alarms help give you time in which to react to the home invasion.

Home Invasion Mistake #2:
Bragging About Your Valuables

Second, many people make the mistake of letting neighbors and other people know that they have valuables.

Whether it is your gun collection, a coin collection, or some other store of value, it is poor home defense tactics to let people know about it.

Sooner or later, word will get to someone you don’t know, or a neighbor (or even a family member) whom you trust will betray you because of the temptation to make an easy buck.

Before you know it, you could be facing a home invasion survival scenario as violent thugs bust down your door, looking for what you have that they can use or sell.

When there are sharks in the water, you don’t want to spread blood around to get their interest.

Home Invasion Mistake #3:
Opening the Door For Strangers

We've all been told since we were kids not to open the door for strangers.

Yet, most people still do it, don't they?

There's no excuse these days to not have some sort of technology that will help you avoid letting a dangerous home invader just barge right in through the door that YOU opened for them.

For example… there was time when only the wealthy could afford intercom systems by the door.

Today, an intercom system is cheap as dirt.

Using an intercom can help you with home invasion survival because it can prevent what’s called a push-in robbery.

This is where you open the door on its chain, but the invaders hit the door full power with their shoulders and push it in.

Then they’re right on top of you, and you have no reactionary gap at all.

If you have a family, and especially if they don’t share your awareness of home defense tactics, you cannot afford to make these mistakes.

Install locks and alarms now, before you need them.

The same is true of an intercom.

Change your conduct to live more defensively.

The time to prepare for home invasion survival is now, not after the fact.

3 Common Home Defense Mistakes That Can Get You Killed

Home Defense Break In

jeff-andersonThe home invasion is a different type of crime than any other attack.

While a burglary happens when you're gone and will only be about valuables, the home invader will strike when someone is at home.

While it can be about money at times, there is also the thrill of attacking your family and, in some cases, this can be about raping someone or even committing murder.

This is why knowing and understanding home defense tactics are going to be vital so I got on the phone with legendary firearms expert, Massad Ayoob and he shared with me his…

3 Common Home Defense Mistakes That Can Get You Killed!

Home Defense Break In

Home Defense Mistake #1:
Inefficient Locks and Alarms

Many homes use low quality alarms and locks to keep them protected.

Although they may seem like trivial pieces of protection for your home defense tactics, they remain very important.

If you have the right tools, you reduce the risk you and your family face when someone breaks in.

The reason is they provide you with the reactionary gap, a time when you are able to efficiently prepare for the attack.

Home Defense Mistake #2:
Telling Everyone You Know About Your Valuables

For some reason, people like to spout off about the valuables in their homes.

It doesn’t matter what your collection actually is, if there is any kind of value to it, you should never take the time to let others know about it.

People are going to talk to others and at some point a criminal is going to find out you own it.

In some cases, it can be a betrayal of trust in someone you know, or a violent street thug may learn about your collection and burst into your home, doing all they can to make it theirs.

Anytime you give a criminal the chance to learn about what you own, it's like sitting in a pool of sharks and slicing your hand open.

Home Defense Mistake #3:
Opening Your Front Door to Strangers

The last item is quite possibly the worst mistake people make.

This is opening the door to others that result in home invasions. In all reality, you should never open your door to someone you don’t know.

While there was a time when home intercom systems were only affordable to the rich, modern technology has allowed these systems to be sold for rock bottom prices.

It will be with this device that you are able to help reduce the risk to your home, if you end up in a home invasion scenario, since it puts a damper on push in robberies.

This is a robber where the criminal hits your door at full power and has it open and on you in a matter of seconds.

You have no time to react, so the home defense tactics you know won’t be useful.

If your family and they do not have the same awareness, you aren’t able to afford these mistakes.

Make sure you have installed quality alarms and locks before they are needed.

Additionally, have an intercom installed.

This will increase your chances of survival and not doing so, could cost your family their lives.

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MCS Podcast 003: Home Invasion Ambush Defense With Massad Ayoob

Home Invasion Defense Tactics

Home Invasion Defense Tactics

Home invasions are like no other crime.

Unlike burglars are just after your “stuff”, home invaders attack while you're at home and thrive on the power and control they have over your family.

In this firearms survival podcast, legendary firearms guru, Massad Ayoob, reveals tactics for how to respond in those critical first seconds of an ambush when your attackers are busting down your door.

This is your greatest opportunity… and here's how to seize it!

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Here's what you'll discover…

  • The 3 biggest mistakes most homeowners make that could stop a home invasion before it even starts!
  • The cold hard truth about your options for storing your gun for fast access when the bad guys are busting down your door!
  • Evaluating your home's “bulletproof cover” options (plus, a great tip for blocking bullets with this common household piece of furniture)!
  • Why “concealment” isn't such a bad thingIF you know how to use it right!
  • How to consolidate every member of your family in “instant action” mode to avoid  freezing in panic when an attack is under way!

Plus a whole lot more!

This is information that every gun owner must know now… BEFORE a home invasion happens!

Where To Hide Your Guns For A Home Invasion

How to hide your guns for a home invasion.

Murder, rape, and torture…

…these are common aspects of one of the worst crimes you can experience – the home invasion.

A criminal who will enter your home and take your valuables is bad enough and many a victim of a burglary could tell you how awful it feels to be violated by such a crime.

But a criminal who doesn’t care if you’re home, who actually WANTS you to be home so he can victimize you and your loved ones… this is the worst sort of violent predator.

When that predator kicks down your door, will you have home defense tactics in place?

Or will you and your family become victims?

I asked Massad Ayoob this question…

“What's The Best Place To Keep Your Gun
For Home Invasion Defense?”

Here was his advice…

Gun owners, especially those who are interested in home defense tactics, tend to have very strong opinions about where to keep their firearms.

You’ve probably heard of keeping a gun everywhere from a drawer next to the door, to in the coat closet, to hidden in your favorite chair or coffee table, allowing you to get to your gun very quickly.

The fact is, however, that these are not the best locations to keep a firearm for home invasion survival.

The best place to keep a firearm for home invasion survival is on your person.

When a gun is on your body, it's simultaneously secured from unauthorized handling as well as very quickly available to you.

Whether you’re on a stepladder changing a light bulb in the hallway, or sitting in your easy chair watching television, your gun is right by your side… and you don’t have to worry that a child’s curious fingers may have found it.

This is absolutely the most important of all home defense tactics. There is no faster gun than the gun you are carrying.

What Police Know About Home Invasion Survival

More importantly to the topic of home invasion survival, this is the method that cops use…

Those police officers who have seen what happens when home defense tactics fail, who have responded to particularly bloody home invasions, know how fast these things can happen.

You won’t have time to run back to the easy chair or the coat closet or that tricky picture frame hiding case on your wall. When you need your gun, you need it now.

Cops you have seen this reality wear a gun from the time they get dressed to the time they go to bed at night.

When the only time you have is fractions of seconds between the invader hitting your door and you needing to bring your gun to bear, having that gun on your body may be the only thing that saves your life and the lives of your family.

Where Else Can You Hide A Gun
For Home Defense?

When things go wrong, you need a backup plan.

Having “hidden locations” for other weapons in your home can give you a secondary weapon with more firepower or some badly needed assistance if your spouse needs to help out.

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What Alternative Locations Are Good Hiding Spots
For A Home Defense Weapon?

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