Real Street Fights: Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons!

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You're probably no stranger to the idea of using something as an impact weapon to strike an assailant.

But there is a right way and lots of wrong ways to use them for the greatest effect on the street.

Sure, you could do your basic caveman strike, but wouldn't you like to have some actual technique behind your methods?

I talked to Brian Stein about using impact weapons in a street fight, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

Three Tips For Using Impact Weapons In A Street Fight!

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Street Fights – Impact Weapons Tips
Brian Stein

Impact weapons are often recommended because, if you aren't already carrying one, you can easily find one.

These are all around us.

They’re all hard, they’re all strong, and they’ll all do serious damage to whomever you hit with them/

This is just a matter of physics.

A rock, a brick, a piece of wood…

…Impact weapons are everywhere!

Any rigid metal or plastic object that can be held in the hand can be used as an impact weapon.

It could be a flashlight as easily as a pen, a marker, or a purpose-built impact tool.

You could use a roll of quarters.

In a real emergency, you could even use a tightly wrapped, rolled up newspaper or magazine.

The modern pocket flashlight is nothing more than an aluminum or plastic pocket stick with an LED on one end.

Hammers, socket wrenches, crowbars… these are all impact weapons.

But there are some things you need to know about impact weapons to use them the best way.

Tip #1: Compliance Techniques Don't Work

Tak Kubota, who popularized the “Kubotan,” taught a lot of compliance techniques in his materials.

The Kubotan is basically just a yawara stick, which is a dowel five or six inches long.

They're commonly sold today as keychains and lots of people carry them for self-defense.

The problem is that the compliance techniques taught for use with weapons like this — things like jamming the stick down into the attacker's knuckles, or into his body to activate pressure points — just don't work.

Yes, you can use the Kubotan, yawara, or any other rigid, stick-like object, to facilitate come-along techniques and other joint locks for leverage… in theory.

In practice, none of this stuff works unless you first beat the attacker up so much that he's dazed and confused…

…and even then, they aren't likely to work reliably.

One is compliance techniques using the Kubotan, yawara, or pocket stick as leverage to facilitate the technique.

Compliance methods are simply too complicated to be effective in a real altercation.

Tip #2: Key Flailing Doesn't Work Either

Another technique that isn’t advisable is key-flailing.

This is where you use the Kubotan as a handle and you whip the keys on the split ring at someone.

This is based on the idea that if you're carrying one of these impact weapons, it probably has a keyring on it and you're using it to carry your keys.

Taking that a step farther to use the keys as a flail, though, is a bad idea.

While it can be distracting and annoying, key flailing does not have the power to do any real, serious damage.

Most likely, it will just annoy your attacker until he can take your keys away from you.

Tip #3: Strike Targets of Opportunity

Different martial arts and systems may have different fancy means of applying weapons like this.

In a real fight, however, you basically just want to hit the guy.

You hit whatever the person presents to you.

This is called a “target of opportunity.”

It’s literally whatever is available to you.

You aren’t seeking a specific vulnerable point.

You’re just using your weapon to wail away on the closest target of opportunity.

For example, many martial arts-trained people will try for good, clean head shots.

They are “head hunters.”

But your strikes simply don’t have to be this perfect to be effective.

When resisting the urge to head-hunt, remember that, while the face represents the person, their hand or arm can be just as vulnerable, if not more.

If you hit someone hard enough in the hand, for example, they are not going to punch or grab you with that hand anymore.

You do not want to stand toe to toe and fight “fairly.”

This is not Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and this is not a good, clean fight.

You’re using weapons to brutalize someone in order to stop them from killing, maiming, or raping you or someone you care about.

The “stun and run” strategy is usually best.

You hit them hard, hit them often, hit whatever is available, and as soon as you can break away and get to safety, that is what you do.

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Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I'm sure you've probably heard the term, “never bring a knife to a gunfight, right?

I mean, who in their right mind would do something so stupid, knowing that there's no way a knife could “out-power” a firearm – ANY firearm?!

Except there's just one problem:

This just isn't (always) true!

In fact, there are a LOT of reasons you might choose to (or be forced to) “bring a knife to a gun fight.”

I know… sounds nuts, right?

Well, hear me out, because I'm about to explain to you. . .

3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

Ok, first of all, NO… I'm NOT saying that if I were to go toe-to-toe with a gun-wielding bad guy that I would pull out my combat folder knife instead of my Glock 9mm.

That would be stupid… IF I had the time, space, and option of using my gun instead of my knife.

But let's face it…

If you're honest with yourself, you'll realize that only a FOOL assumes you'll always have the time, space, and option to go for your gun.

For starters, there are places you can't carry a gun, right?

In those cases, that's no choice at all — it's just you going with the best available weapon.

But let's look a little closer, because there are (at least) 3 good reasons why you should carry a knife specifically for self-protection purposes – and may even be the “winner” in a real attack…

1. A Knife Takes Almost No Muscle

A knife “works” because the point or the cutting edge are very thin.

This means that all the muscle power behind that knife is concentrated on that very, very small area.

Think about it: If you put the palm of your hand on your buddy's chest, it doesn't hurt.

If you press your index finger into his chest, though, it hurts enough to annoy him.

Put the same amount of pressure behind an ice pick, and you'll puncture his skin.

If your knife is sharp, it takes almost no muscle power at all for you to do damage with it.

That means even if you're older, injured, much smaller than your attacker – or otherwise at a disadvantage – you can deal out a HELL OF A LOT OF FORCE at close-quarters.

That makes the knife a very real option, particularly for people who might have trouble racking the slide of a full-sized auto.

It also makes the knife a great one-handed backup if you're injured, disarmed, or run out of ammo.

Speaking of which. . .

2. Your Knife Never Needs Ammo

I've fought in combat, and I can tell you that there's one piece of gear that will always have a place in a soldier's arsenal…

It's a knife.

Why does a high-tech military with fighter jets, machine guns, and smart bombs issue a bayonet to its infantry troops?

Because the military knows that no matter how much ammo a soldier carries, he could run out.

When that happens, his only option is to fix his bayonet and use it as a pike to stab his enemies.

Well, no matter how much ammo you have for your gun, sooner or later, it's going to run out.

If you're out and about and carrying concealed, you've got a lot LESS ammo on you than you have stockpiled at home.

And the reality is, most people don't carry extra ammo at ALL.

You're going to run out of rounds FAST in your auto or that 5-shot snubby revolver you're carrying. . .

. . . and that's when your knife will HAVE to come into play for self-defense.

3. A Knife Is Devastating At Close Quarters (And Almost Can't “Miss”)

Guns are extremely powerful.

They are, however, powerful only in a straight line.

In fact, every gun disarm relies on getting out of the way of that single straight line in front of the barrel.

That means that, even at close quarters, it's possible to miss your target.

Adrenaline dump, tunnel vision, shock, and other physical effects of a gun fight turn your aim to garbage in a real gunfight.

But if you have a knife…

You can slash.

You can thrust.

You can put the sharp edge between you and your attacker and just push, cutting them open with pressure.

With a knife, you almost can't miss.

That makes a sharp blade your best friend in the adrenaline dump of a fight.

Now, there are a lot of great knives on the market for fighting and self-defense, so…

Here's What To Look For In A “Fighting Knife”…

Ask a million “blade experts” what knife you should carry for personal defense… and you'll get a million suggestions, right?

Well, when it comes to FIGHTING with a knife, I have a few things I look for…

First, I won't carry a knife that doesn't have an ambidextrous design. Period.

Curved handles and blades limit your options for how you hold your weapon – and in a real attack, I like to have all the options I can get for fighting back.

With an ambidextrous design, it doesn't matter how you hold it: left hand… right hand… point up… point down… no matter which way you grab it, it's always ready for business!

It (of course) also has to be able to open lightning-fast!

I personally find “thumb studs” to be the best openers – especially if the knife is also “spring-assisted” so all it takes is a little nudge of your thumb to unleash the blade into instant action.

I also like as thin a design as possible so it's easy to conceal, yes… but also so that it “stabs” more effectively – especially if facing an attacker who is heavily clothed (maybe even in a leather coat!

Your preferences may vary, but these are mine.

Anyway, I think you can see the value in WHY you need to carry a knife with you for personal defense… you just need to make sure it's the right one in order to be ready for the reality of a violent attack.

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Home Defense Tactics: A Risky Way To Save A HOSTAGE In A “Home Invasion” (That May Be Your ONLY Way To Survive)!

Home Invasion Hostage Rescue

This may be a tough situation for you to consider…

But it's important for you to have a plan NOW so you know how to react if your home is ever invaded and your family's life is on the line.

You see, home invaders thrive on power and intimidation.

So let me ask you…

What would you do if an attacker was holding a loved one hostage?

Here's a technique I developed for our home invasion survival program at that could save their life…

Home Defense Tactics: A Risky Way To Save A Home Invasion Hostage…That May Be Your ONLY Way To Survive!

Home Invasion Hostage Rescue

One of the most horrific scenarios you may find yourself in when home invaders break into your home is that they'll often take a family member as a hostage.

They know that if they put a knife to the throat of your child or spouse, you'll do pretty much anything they tell you to.

You'll lay down your weapon… you'll back away… you'll even handcuff yourself to a railing if they tell you to!

Why?

Because the alternative is that they'll kill someone you love right before your eyes, right?

Besides, what if you're armed and “take the shot” but miss and kill your family member instead?

Look, you have to make the judgement call yourself.

But personally, If I'm armed, I'm not going to place my trust in some scumbag thug with no decency or respect for human life.

Here's a tactic that could help you save your loved one's life if they have a weapon on them and you're armed…

First, I understand that the home invader's brain is focused on YOUR actions, NOT on killing your family member.

Most likely, he's concentrating on yelling at you to put your gun down.

This is where you ask him, “Ok, where do you want me to put it?”

Here's why this is important…

When you ask him a question, his brain “disconnects” from harming your loved one to answering your question.

This is called a “break state” and it's added insurance there won't be an accidental discharge when you employ this next move…

As he's answering you, he may motion with his gun or knife away from his hostage and in the direction he wants you to throw your weapon.

At this point – WHILE he's talking – shoot about a foot over his head and to the side away from your family member.

The shock of the gunfire will create a split second moment for you to immediately rush forward (you can be anywhere within about 20 feet and pull this off at lightspeed).

At point blank range, shove your gun right into the attacker's body (or head) and pull the trigger.

If you can move his weapon away at the same time, great – but you're not looking to get into a wrestling match.

What you're going for is a point-blank kill-shot!

I know the courts frown on me using the words “kill-shot”, but the God's honest truth is that in this dangerous of a scenario, you may only get one follow-up shot… and it has to end the standoff instantly!

Is it risky?

Hell yeah! But home invasions are the most violent and unpredictable of all crimes.

You can't wait for the perfect moment to make your move.

It may NEVER come!

That's why you need every single dirty home defense trick you can get your hands on so that you can CREATE your own opportunity to counterattack or escape.

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(3 Castle Doctrine Pics) Why My Neighbor ISN’T A “Gun Nut” Anymore. . .

Castle Doctrine Legal Firearms Laws

Just when I think my words are falling on deaf ears, God sends me a message to keep on preaching…

No, not about the coming biblical (or zombie) apocalypse.

I’m talking about how to stop gun-owners from making stupid mistakes that can put YOU in prison right next to the street scum you’re trying to defend against.

Let me explain…

Remember a few years ago when I made this video about how my “gun nut” neighbor thought his funny “No Trespassing” sign (photo #1 below) was protecting his property?

Basically, his sign at his front gate said…

“No Trespassing. Violators Will Be Shot. Survivors Will Be Shot Again!”

Well I guess my neighbor saw my video because not long after that, I went for a run and saw he had taken a magic marker and wrote over it so it just said…

“No. Keep Out” – with a little smiley face! (photo #2 below)

Well, it took a while, but look at photo #3 below and…

Here’s Why These New Signs Have Now Made This Guy My FAVORITE Neighbor…

Castle Doctrine Legal Firearms Laws

I was happy as a little girl scout who just sold her millionth box of Thin Mints when I took a jog and saw these 2 signs replace the old “funny” ones.

Not just because the old ones could literally have put him in PRISON if he ever had to shoot someone who actually invaded his home.

But because these signs will better protect him against a home invasion… AND in court if he’s ever forced to defend himself.

Here’s why…

1. “Come Take My Guns!”

Having any kind of a warning sign (funny or not) tips your hand that you… well… own guns!

Criminals love guns.

Especially free ones that can be used for crimes or sold off for a pretty penny on the street.

Sure, they may not show up at your bedroom window to break in at 2am… but they could target your home during the day (when most burglary break-ins happen) and take a lot of time looking around for all your firearms while you’re out for the day.

The biggest danger here is you or a member of your family unexpectedly coming home to find this criminal already in the act… and CAUGHT!

A cornered animal does unexpected – and sometimes vicious – things to protect itself.

You don’t want a panicked, desperate burglar trying to figure out what to do with your spouse or child who can now give their description to the police.

2. Beyond “No Trespassing”…

There’s only one thing that strikes fear into a home invader more than a vicious dog… and that’s a vicious GUN OWNER with a dog!

Now frankly, I don’t know if my neighbor has a mean dog… or if he even HAS a dog!

Doesn’t really matter as long as the bad guys think he does, right?

Whether you own one or not, a “Beware Of Dog” sign is a really, really good deterrent for criminals.

3. It’s NOT Funny!

A simple “No Trespassing” sign is simple… straight to the point… and let’s others know that you’re more aware than the typical homeowner.

Funny signs (like “We Don’t Dial 991”) – to a jury – will make you look like a gun-nut who was just itching for someone to pick off with your smokewagon.

If you ever DID have to shoot someone in your home – especially if you killed them – a prosecutor could possibly make a case that you used excessive force… and your sign “proves” you went too far.

I know you probably think these types of signs (or shirts!) are harmless… but they won’t be funny to a jury.

Remember, as we say in our “bulletproof” video, our legal system is NOT about “justice” – they’re about the LAW.

Plain and simple.

Unfortunately, few gun-owners really understand their personal responsibility to LEGALLY defend themselves.

That’s why we literally give our Bulletproof Defense DVD away for free to responsibly-armed citizens on our website here…

If you don’t have a copy, get yours now because not only will this DVD show you EXACTLY when you’re legally justified to use your firearm for personal defense…

… but it can even be entered as evidence in your defense!

It's the best way I can prepare you for the unfortunate reality discovered the “hard way” by citizens who make the wrong move.

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5 Reasons Revolvers DON’T Suck In A Real Gunfight

Best Home Defense Revolvers

I know revolvers get a bad rap as a personal defense weapon.

According to a lot of tactical super-ninja black-bag operators out there, if you don't carry a Glock or some other whizbang, gee-golly automatic, you're behind the curve and you might as well be driving a Flintstones car.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Glock 19!

But the fact is that the revolver is (arguably) PERFECT for the life-saving tactics I and two other combat-experienced gun trainers show you in our extreme close-combat shooting manual.

In fact, here are…

5 Reasons Revolvers DON'T Suck For A Real Gunfight

Best Home Defense Revolvers
Are revolvers a good firearm for a real gunfight?

1. Revolvers Are Much Simpler To Use

In a real gunfight, complicated tactics (and gun functions) are harder to pull off.

That means drawing… chambering a round… and flipping off a manual safety.

Now as we say in our CQC Shooting guide, you can overcome these challenges with correct “pre-fight staging”.

But revolvers already have much of this figured out and are pretty much a true “point and shoot” weapon… with no external safeties to fuss over… and a round is always “chambered”.

2. It's Hard To Jam A Revolver

A lot can cause an automatic to stop running and during a real gunfight, that's the last thing you want to happen.

Oftentimes that's NOT because of the firearm itself, but rather a magazine malfunction.

Revolvers don't use a magazine and their function is simple and reliable.

3. Revolver Grips Offer Better Concealment

 

The revolver grips are usually smooth and “round” so there aren't any angles or corners to hang up on clothing.

Also, you can get a shrouded hammer or a hammerless model with even fewer ways to catch the gun on your clothes as you're drawing from concealment.

4. You Get A More Aggressive Grip When Drawing

If you've never held a revolver before, then you'll know exactly what I mean when you do for the first time.

Their grips just fit nice and comfy in your hand because the grip only has to be… well… a “grip”… since the bullets aren't in the handle itself.

Also, in a real gunfight, you can get a better “combat hold” because the cylinder pushes the gun out away from your body just enough to firmly pocket the handle in the web of your hand.

5. Revolvers Excel At “Contact Shots”

Contact shots (shooting with the firearm in direct contact with your attacker's body) can be extremely devastating!

But only if your weapon is functional.

An automatic may jam with a contact shot or if the slide hangs up on your attacker's clothing.

However, a revolver will keep shooting as long as the cylinder is free to spin.

Now There IS One Indisputable Argument For The Automatic…

… the “firepower capacity” factor!

While a revolver will only carry 5-6 rounds, the auto can carry up to like 15 or 16.

And stats show that even in super close-range attacks, more than 75% of your bullets won't even hit your attacker (because of the “adrenaline dump”, physical struggle at close range, shooting while moving, etc.)

That means that with a wheelgun revolver, the average gun-owner will only land 1 or 2 “hits” – and that may not be enough to stop an attacker.

But that's why you DON'T want to be a “gun-owner”.

You want to be a “gun-FIGHTER” – someone who knows how to stop an attacker even in an extreme close-range ambush.

That's the way you're most likely to be attacked.

Unfortunately most of the so-called “tactical training” out there doesn't do much to prepare you for this type of threat (or they train you the wrong way).

For that, you need extreme close-combat shooting tactics that are specifically developed for when an attacker is already up in your face or has ambushed you from behind.

That's way different than your typical range training or marksmanship training that most instructors offer.

But make no mistake – if you don't master this type of training, you're at a huge disadvantage against a violent criminal who's not going to let you get your gun out and draw on him like you've practiced at one of those fancy gun courses.

Sorry. Not gonna happen amigo.

Better you learn that now… and survive later.

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MCS 308 – Deescalation Tips (Fighting Without Fighting)

Deescalation Tips (Fighting Without Fighting)
Deescalation Tips (Fighting Without Fighting)
Deescalation Tips (Fighting Without Fighting)

Not too long ago, one of our readers wrote to tell us…

…that he'd almost had a “road rage incident.”

And he almost used his Guardian Machete!

But because he was one of our readers, he ALSO knew that in almost ANY incident like that…

…the LUCKY guy is the guy that goes to JAIL!

But now he had a big problem.

Because the guy he had been racing with was following him – and spoiling for a fight!

Makes you wonder what YOU would do, doesn't it?

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to explain multiple ways to talk your way out of a fight before it happens… and one or two tricks that just might make you go, “Why didn't I think of that?”

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The weird “Jedi mind trick” one of our readers used on a road-raging guy who wanted nothing more than to fight him!
  • Why CONFUSION can be your best ally before a fight begins.
  • A neat way to make people want to avoid you when you're walking in a dangerous neighborhood.
  • Why the “silent treatment” can work both for and against you in a fight!
  • The single best way to avoid escalating ANY conflict.

Bruce Lee called it “the art of fighting without fighting.”

Listen to this week's episode to learn how you can do the same… and get ready for next week, because BIG THINGS are coming up.

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(Safe) Tueller Drill Alternative For Tactical Firearms Training At The Gun Range

Safe Tueller Drill For Tactical Firearms Training

I know I've been preaching this for awhile…

… but I recently ran across a drill from my friend (and legendary gun expert), Massad Ayoob, that will let you see for yourself what REALLY happens in close-quarters gunfight.

It's based on the reality of what's called the “Tueller Drill” – a well-known exercise that – in a nutshell – established that 21 feet is the recognized distance an attacker can reach you before you can engage them with a handgun.

Now, there are MANY things wrong with the results of that famous exercise.

But I think it's really important for you to realize this yourself – and this simple, safe drill will help you understand

(Safe) “Tueller Drill” Alternative For Tactical Firearms Training At The Gun Range…

Safe Tueller Drill For Tactical Firearms Training
This Safe “Tueller Drill” Will Shock Tactical Firearms Trainees!

First, you can do this at a live fire range, but I actually recommend using a training gun (like airsoft, SIRT, or “blue gun”) because it's safer AND you can do this right in your own backyard or larger area.

Ok, Try This Version Of The Tueller Drill The Next Time You're At The Live-Fire Gun Range…

  • Grab a friend and your “training gun” and head to a safe, open area.
  • Holster your weapon the way you normally would carry it “concealed” and pick a target about 7 yards or so away (can just be a tree or some other “man-sized” object to aim at).
  • Have your friend place a hand on your shoulder, prepared to run.
  • Whenever your friend is ready, he takes off in a safe direction behind you (where you can't see him).
  • As soon as you feel his hand leave your shoulder, draw, aim, and squeeze the trigger, yelling “BANG” loud enough so your friend can hear you.
  • When he hears ‘bang,’ he stops.
  • Now turn around…

That short distance between you and your friend is a “kill zone“.

And unfortunately, it’s YOUR death we’re talking about!

That is the distance an attacker can close while you only get ONE round off.

And herein lies a problem…

Experts know it usually takes SEVERAL shots to stop an attacker in his tracks.

In fact, there are only 2 places in the body where you might possibly have the “luck” of getting a 1-shot man-stopper: the brain and the left ventricle of the heart.

That's one hell of an expert shot if you can hit either of those small targets WHILE your attacker is charging at you full speed!

And that's why it's even worse than you think…

To Show You What I Mean, Run “Stage 2” Of The Drill…

  • You start from your current positions – you in your same “defense spot” with your concealed firearm holstered… your buddy standing where he was when you yelled “BANG!”.
    Only this time, your friend runs AT you!

(Again… keep in mind to make sure you're using a safe version of your firearm for dry-fire.)

For extra realism, try it with your friend holding a training knife, giving his best war cry as he barrels toward you.

  • When he starts running, you draw, aim, and yell “BANG!” when he's confidently in your sights.

My guess?

You'll never even get your finger on the trigger before he's right on top of you!

I know you'd like to think you will (because you've practiced your draw 1,000's of times, right?), but we've run this drill with everyone from FBI agents to military contractors and not many can do it.

In realistic scenarios, the majority of gun owners clam up and fumble with their weapon.

And we're talking about a scenario where you KNOW you're being “attacked”!

In A Real Gunfight, The Odds Are REALLY Stacked Against You…

  1. You won't know your attacker is coming (criminals know better and prefer to ambush you when you're not looking)
  2. Most of your shots will miss your attacker – even at super-close distance!

(Fact: Even the highly-trained Los Angeles Police Dept. has only a 28% hit ratio in close quarters. That means about only 1 out of every 3 rounds hit the assailant. Assume you'll fare worse off.)

3. And we already know that it takes several rounds to physically stop an attacker.

In other words, all that traditional “tactical training” being taught out there won't do you a lot of good in a close-quarters assault.

You'll likely need to know how to “fight to your gun”… draw with 1 hand… shoot with 1 hand… and a whole bunch of other stuff not currently being taught at most ranges.

In fact, we analyzed over 6,000 real gunfights and were shocked at the cold, hard truth about what it takes to REALLY stop an enraged attacker with your gun.

In fact, we  and built a gunfighting system that's unlike anything else out there for being truly prepared for a violent attack.

You see, if you change your training to match real attacks, you'll have a much better chance to get yourself out of a deadly scenario alive, wouldn't you agree?

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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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Looter Defense In A Disaster: Home Defense Screw-ups Citizen Defenders Make

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Your home is your castle.

Your refuge is the territory around that home.

Together this is the place where you’re going to dig in during an emergency (like the current pandemic).

This is the place where you choose to shelter-in-place, unless and until it becomes necessary to bug out because that location is no longer safe.

I mean let’s face it; that’s where your survival cache is anyway, right?

Your gear is there, your family is there… but what will you do if a major disaster throws your town into chaos and suddenly there is a real threat of attack from looters?

As we've all learned in recent months, you've got to protect your home from the sudden threat of violence.

So how will you do that?

Or, perhaps more importantly, what should you NOT do while accomplishing that?

I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about protecting your home from looters, and here is a run-down of what he had to say.

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Protecting Their Homes From Looters

Looter Defense In A Disaster Or Emergency

Pat Henry
Pat Henry

As we’ve seen time and time again during times of crisis, the wolves come out to prowl.

With collapse comes the threat of looting and violence that could threaten your family and your survival stash.

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting, and looting…

Any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets!

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

But don't make THESE mistakes along the way!

Mistake #1: Thinking It's Going To Be Over Soon

One thing you've got to fight against in a collapse is the normalcy bias.

I think a lot of people out there, to their detriment, just don’t believe it’s going to get as bad as it is.

(You saw that after Hurricane Katrina, and we're seeing it now during COVID-19.)

People who had all kinds of advance warning of the disaster didn't take it seriously.

When the power was out and there was no food, they were stuck in their homes freaking out.

They thought it wasn't real, that it wasn't happening.

In a collapse, therefore, the sooner you realize it's not just going to be fine in a few hours, the better off you'll be.

Realize as soon as possible that you're going to have to take matters into your own hands.

That includes gearing up to protect your home from violent looters.

Mistake #2: Being Unprepared To Defend Their Lives

Once you’ve gotten past that, another mistake people make is not being prepared to deal with the ramifications of having to defend their lives.

Far too often, we rely on the police.

In a collapse, if there are looters coming down your street. you’re going to have to be prepared to defend your home — defend your life, possibly — from people who have shown that they don’t give a damn what the police are going to do.

As much as possible, think through the steps you are going to take, or that you could be faced with, when it comes to defending your home.

That will help put you in a better position to take action when the time does come.

Mistake #3: Not Being There

Finally, a lot of people make the mistake of simply not being there.

In a collapse, if you want to protect your home, you've got to be there.

(You can't expect your private army of security personnel to do it… because for most of us, they don't exist.)

If you've bugged out to a neighbor's house or you're at a bar watching all this happen on the television, you won't be there to defend your home.

Anything you do have, including your stockpiled supplies, your food, your water, your gear… it's all going to be up for grabs.

Not being home during a crisis, therefore, is a huge mistake.

These aren't the only mistakes you could make, but they are some pretty major ones.

When you come down to it, there are a lot of ways to protect your home from looters.

Be mindful of what NOT to do as we've detailed here and you'll be a long way towards successfully protecting your home and family.

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1 Punch Knockout: This Move Stops You From Being BEATEN In The Street

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

A 21-year-old man in Wisconsin – we'll call him Tim – was minding his own business the other day, just walking down the street.

That's when two thugs roared up in their SUV and jumped out, staring straight at him.

What did they want?

Well, Tim had a backpack – and these two scumbags wanted it.

The beating that came next was pretty horrible.

But it could have been prevented, if only Tim had known…

This 1 Fight Move Can Prevent You From Being BEATEN In The Street!

1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating
1 Punch Knockout Counter For Preventing A Street Beating

It happened just recently in Madison, Wisconsin.

“Tim” was just walking down the street with his backpack on when the driver of the SUV burned rubber, pulled up beside Tim, and slammed on the brakes!

That's when Tim knew something was very, very wrong.

The two scumbags who climbed out of the truck IMMEDIATELY attacked him!

They beat Tim into the pavement, savagely punching and kicking him.

Then they tore his backpack from his back, jumped into their SUV, and tore out of there – running red lights and swerving wildly across both lanes as they did it.

Surveillance footage eventually led cops to Jaquan A. Wright and Teshae K. Hanna, pictured here in their mugshots:

Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna
Jaquan Wright And Teshae Hanna

As of this writing, they were in the Dane County Jail on battery and armed robbery charges.

And Tim?

Well, he crawled off to nurse his injuries, afraid to come forward to the cops.

(They eventually found him using the same surveillance footage, but he's okay.)

The thing is, even though 2-on-1 odds are pretty rough, the two thugs DIDN'T shoot or stab Tim.

They simply beat him.

And if Tim had known to use one almost never-fail move from military combatives, he might have been able to surprise them, take the initiative, and get away before he got beaten and robbed.

If you were in the same situation – facing these same two thugs – would YOU know what to do?

Well, it's actually really easy, and goes all the way back to World War II.

W.E. Fairbairn, one of the LEGENDS of World War II combatives,  called it the “chin jab” – but it really isn't a jab at all.

It's really a “palm heel strike” that goes up under the chin (and if you want, you can rake your fingers back down the guy's face – but that's not how I use it. More on that below…).

The move works because it comes up from UNDER the eye line, so your attacker won't see it coming like they would a regular “punch”.

But then it jolts the skull back, putting the bad guy off balance and letting you follow up as needed.

(Where the head goes, the body goes, you know?)

It even has the power to (scientifically) knock a guy out with just this one single blow.

And while this one move works pretty well “one-handed” for a strong guy, like the soldiers he designed it for, Fairbairn knew that it would be a lot harder for a smaller and physically weaker than her attacker – to use.

For smaller people, Fairbairn taught a modified chin jab that is done with BOTH hands.

It's a beautiful move – especially because it was the favorite of one of the world's foremost authorities on vicious, efficient, life-or-death combat.

That's why I use it, too – because if it's good for a smaller person, it's even better for me!

In a fight, I'm looking to win (FAST!) against ANY attacker – no matter how much bigger and stronger he is.

So for me, I don't limit myself to using just one hand to (hopefully) make contact and get my attacker back on his heels… when I can use TWO hands to absolutely take his head off!

That's why Fairbairn taught it for smaller people to take on larger people – and even included versions for women to use pressure points under the chin to get some dirty old bastard to keep his groping hands to himself! hahahaha!

It's also why, to this day, this one move has NEVER failed me whenever I've used it in a fight – even against guys who towered over me!

In fact, in my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I even show how to use this technique when you're getting absolutely destroyed by your attacker (actually even multiple attackers) and turn the odds back in your favor.

(If you don't have a copy of my “Defeat Larger Attackers” DVD, I consider it an absolute must-have… so much so that I send it out for free to anyone who's serious about protecting themselves “unarmed” against a bigger, stronger attacker. You just have to tell me where to send the free DVD and my team will get it out to you right away.)

Look… just because some guy is bigger and stronger than you doesn’t mean you can’t beat him!

Fairbairn knew that well… and developed some of the most brutal techniques in the world for life-or-death combat.

All it takes are a few of these moves in your hand-to-hand arsenal and you'll be amazed at how much confidence it gives you, knowing that you can physically “own” any man stupid enough to get in your face – and take out multiple opponents quickly and brutally!

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Sheltering In Place (Quarantine/Lockdown): 3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

Jeff Anderson

When city planners are constructing communities, the last thing they’re thinking of is its defense against enemy combatants.

In fact, if anything, the way that normal neighborhoods are set up, most homes would make you a sitting duck if a battle broke out on your block.

As with any castle, the better fortified your fortress is as you’re staring at the marauders outside the gates, the better your chance of survival.

So how would you go about fortifying your home – especially with all of us worrying about looters and home invaders during the COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns?

A while back I spoke with my survival expert Pat Henry about the idea of fortifying a home, and here is a summary of what he had to say to me about it.

3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

Survive In Place: 3 Tips For Fortifying Your home

Pat Henry
Pat Henry

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting and looting, any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets.

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

Let's say you're lucky enough to be on a dead-end street.

You could use cars to stop people from coming down your street.

But you're not going to be able to close off the entire perimeter of your front yard.

There's just too much space there.

Most of us don't live on dead ends, either.

But no matter how open your property is, there are choke points you can take advantage of.

That brings us to our first tip…

1. Creating And Exploiting Choke Points

Look for choke points that can minimize the space and reduce someone's ability to get through.

You can also make those choke points.

  • You can drop a tree, for example.
  • Take advantage of fences in the area, too.
  • Anything that you can dump dirt, sand, or gavel into, like a trashcan, can form a barrier that makes it harder for an enemy to get through and may provide cover.

In a serious crisis, you could use appliances, like washing machines, freezers, and so on, filled with dirt.

That kind of mass will stop a vehicle.

It won't stop a tank, but it will stop most passenger cards on the road… and it will slow down just about anyone.

2. Mind Your Windows And Doors

Your home is, obviously, your last line of defense.

We see it in zombie movies and things like that, with arms coming through the windows.

You've got to plan ahead of time to seal off your windows and doors from a serious invasion.

Sure, someone could take a sledgehammer and start beating in the walls, but if they’re doing that, you’re not going to stop them anyway.

You can purchase a film from 3M that you can apply to your windows to turn them, effectively, into a sheet of plastic like safety glass.

They'll take much more abuse before they give in, although they're not bulletproof.

  • Plywood can also be fit over your windows, although it cuts your visibility and makes your fortifications more obvious.
  • Boards with nails run through them can be put under your windows to provide a deterrent.
  • The doors themselves can be reinforced, or you could replace the entire door with a steel unit.

All of these tactics are intended to buy you time.

They're to give you more room to sneak around and get out to escape.

3. Sandbags

One thing that you could lay in a supply off, as long as you've got a yard to fill them from, is sandbags.

People usually have these on hand for flooding, but they can be used to make a great barricade if you have time to fill them.

It's time-consuming to build a wall of sandbags, but creating a mound you can duck behind for cover is another otion.

You don't even need to have a ton of dirt available.

Obviously, you'd be filling these with dirt, not sand, in most cases.

These work because a dirt mound is a great way to absorb the energy of bullets.

If you have enough dirt, you can make some fairly serious earthworks defenses.

Even just a little can help provide needed cover.

So what are YOU doing to prepare your home for an invasion like this?

The time to start fortifying is NOW, more than ever before.

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Meditation For Warriors: Programming Your Brain For Self-Protection!

Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Anyone engaged in a high-risk job or activity, anyone who does competitive sports, and anyone who simply needs to be focused for heavy physical or mental activity throughout the day, can benefit from what we've referred to on this blog before as warrior meditation.

This is a means of calming your emotions and clearing your mind so that you are better focused and more alert.

This foundational meditation readies you for each day, setting you up for the most success you can create, regardless of the particular battlefield, literal or metaphorical, where this day will take place.

But meditation can also be used to program your brain for success, improving your daily training outcomes… as well as your outcomes in life in general.

Not long ago I spoke again to famed martial arts expert Loren Christensen about “using the force” this way.

Here is what he had to tell me about using meditation to program your warrior's brain for success.

The Benefits Of Meditation For Warriors On Self-Protection!

Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense
Warrior Meditation For Self-Defense

Loren Christensen

Remember that the primary function of meditation is to help you achieve both a calm, peaceful mind as well as a profoundly relaxed body.

Once you achieve this, you will find that it feels wonderful.

It’s just an amazing sensation.

That’s an important standalone benefit and purpose of warrior meditation.

The positive physical sensation it produces helps encourage you while making you better able to handle your day and its challenges.

Your daily meditation can range from a minute to five minutes to thirty minutes, which means it doesn’t even have to take up much of your time.

Warrior Meditation Benefits

One of the side benefits of warrior meditation is this:

When your mind is deeply calm, you are highly susceptible to positive commands you give yourself, such as how to go about your day safely and with alert focus.

Too often we think negatively about our skills, allowing our fears and our doubts to destroy our focus and confidence.

These negative thoughts can therefore harm us when we must rely most strongly on our training, our instincts, and our reflexes, such as during battle or other dangerous situations.

Practicing Warrior Meditation

You can conduct a simple warrior meditation session almost anywhere and any time.

You first make yourself relaxed so you are susceptible to positive commands.

Calm your mind.

Use four-count tactical breathing if you want, or any other breathing and relaxation method you might know.

Then give yourself commends that fit your needs, whether those needs are safety on the street, focus and resolve on the battlefield, the will to push yourself during a competition, or whatever else.

To survive, to succeed, you must be positively focused.

Some positive commands include…

  • I am aware of my surroundings, all 360 degrees.
  • I will always give new surroundings a quick tactical examination.
  • I’ll be aware of potential trouble spots.
  • I’ll be aware of everyone around me.
  • I will be cognizant of anyone who makes me feel uncomfortable.
  • I am confident in my verbal skills and my physical skills.
  • I am skilled with weapons.
  • I am skilled in empty hand techniques.
  • I am calm in chaotic situation.
  • I will fight all out when necessary, and I will keep fighting as though I’m in them.

By using these methods and these positive commands, you can immediately create better and more positive focus and awareness.

This, in turn, will help you to stay on task and goal-oriented no matter what adversity you face.

This means that warrior meditation can benefit you now and in the future, no matter when and where you need it.

Warrior Meditation Is For Everyone!

Remember: Meditation can help anyone in a high-risk job or activity, anyone in competition, and anyone who needs to focus on heavy physical or mental activity.

The primary function of meditation is to help you achieve a calm, peaceful mind and a profoundly relaxed body.

Meditating also leaves you highly susceptible to giving yourself commands.

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