Home Defense Tactics: A Risky Way To Save A Home Invasion Hostage…That May Be Your ONLY Way To Survive!
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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).
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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… 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…
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.
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…
You won't know your attacker is coming (criminals know better and prefer to ambush you when you're not looking)
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.
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 Henryabout 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
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.
Are You Preparing Your Home For Defense Against Looters And Riots?
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 Henryabout 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!
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.
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.
Are You Preparing Your Home To Fend Off Looters During Quarantine?
… “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away”.
In other words, if you’re ever attacked by a criminal – such as in a nighttime home invasion – YOU are your first line of defense.
I realize you already know this is true.
But have you ever thought of how you will work WITH a responding officer to help them take down the bad guy in your home?
3 Home Invasion Survival Tips To Work With Responding Police…
1. Have A “Safe-Room” Plan
Unless you have children or others you protect that that sleep in other areas of your home, you don’t want to go walking through your house to “clear it” of the home invader.
A home invasion is NOT your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out all that tactical training you’ve been studying.
Sometimes the best “offense” is a well-planned DEFENSE.
For example, you should already have a “safe-room” planned out that you can retreat to in a home invasion.
This is your very first move – even before dialing 911 – because you first have to secure your own safety before counting on a police officer to come and provide it for you.
When you’re in your safe-room, your spouse or other family member should be the one to call the police while you cover the entrance of the room – and they should stay on the phone to communicate with dispatch (or the officer directly) as the scenario unfolds.
There are actually a lot of details that go into planning out your safe-room, but one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is in choosing WHICH room in your home will work best.
This should of course at least be close to your sleeping area, but it should also be one on the outer floor-plan of your house and have a window.
One reason is that you want to have the option to be able to escape out the window if possible.
Besides, you don’t want to be trapped in a room with no exit if the home invader decides to burn the house (it happens).
But there’s also another reason why you’ll want window access…
2. Activate The “Cop Signal”
When an officer arrives and they’re trying to assess the situation, a key piece of information they need is where your FAMILY is located so they can determine who is and isn’t a “threat” if they should have to clear your home.
Something we talk about in our Home Defense Tactics guide is to have a “go belt” hidden under your bed that you can grab-and-go, hightailing it to your safe-room with your firearm and the gear you need to stand your ground.
One of the items that should be in this go-belt is a “chem-lite” with your house keys attached.
You see, if you’re smart, your doors will be locked when you’re at home in order to prevent entry by a home invader, right?
But in order for an officer to come to your aid, they need to be able to access your home without having to break in themselves… and having your keys will allow them to respond much safer, quicker, and quieter.
By activating the chem-lite “key chain” and throwing it out your saferoom window, you can guide officers to your keys.
However, this still doesn’t signal to police WHERE you are located, right?
That’s why I recently just added one more item to my go-gear that I highly suggest you also get for your own home defense arsenal…
It’s a high-powered tactical “signal laser” I’ve told you about before, that you can shine out your window.
Now I’m NOT talking about some weak “laser pointer” gizmo you pick up at the local convenient store counter or Home Depot.
Those cheap types of lasers don’t actually have a visible “beam” – only the tiny red dot where the beam ends and red does NOT show up very well in the dark.
In other words, these things won’t work at ALL for the protection you need.
“Beam”: This is so bright it looks like a Star Wars “light sabre”! You really have to see it to believe it.
“Scatter”: This is a pretty freaky feature that, when I've tested it, sort of scrambles an attacker's vision with its geometric pattern. But I have another use for it (more in a second)
Here's how I recommend using this device…
(By the way… the laser is so simple to operate that any other family member – even a child – can operate it the way I describe below, while you take a more defensive role in your response.)
First, help officers quickly locate your home (seconds count!) by using the laser's “scatter mode” outside your window, shining it onto the ground.
There will be no guessing which home is yours and the laser is so bright that even a police helicopter will INSTANTLY know how to locate you.
Once they arrive, switch the laser to “beam mode” and point it directly to where your home's keys are on the ground so they can find them and see EXACTLY which room you and your family are in.
This allows them to enter your home with full confidence that they can quickly identify and engage a threat WITHOUT having to determine if it’s a bad guy they’re encountering.
Well, that’s only true as long as you…
3. Stay Put… And Stay READY!
Once you’re in your safe-room, do NOT leave it to come out to “help” the police… or even communicate with them.
You have to understand that a responding police officer is showing up to a very dangerous scenario.
The only info they may have is that there’s a potentially armed intruder in a home… and they may not make it back home to their family alive.
Anyone on the property who looks like they have a weapon – even if it’s YOU, the homeowner – will be a threat… and will may trigger a response of “shooting first and asking questions later”.
I know that sounds harsh, but you must keep in mind… “Blue Lives Matter”… and it’s a matter of survival for the responding officer.
If you come out of your front door with a weapon in your hand – even if it’s to tell the officer that it was a false alarm or that you’ve already neutralized the threat – YOU could be accidentally killed.
Stay put in your safe-room until officers clear your home and tell you it’s safe for you to come out.
What Other Home Defense Tips Do You Have For Working With Police Responding To A Home Invasion?
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Dry fire is basically the act of using your firearm — drawing it, aiming with it, pulling the trigger, and working movement and mechanical drills — without loading any ammunition – in order to master certain skills you don’t need to go to a live-fire range for.
Bottom line… if you hope to master the reflexive skills you need defend yourself in a real attack, then you MUST practice dry fire training.
But there’s another problem with dry fire in the modern shooting and “tactical” community (and trust me, it’s a mistake that almost everyone makes)…
You see, too many people associate dry fire with (yawn) boredom.
Dry fire does NOT have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to be a mindless exercise of just pulling the trigger over and over again.
I spoke with firearms expert Ron Avery about making dry-fire training more fun and effective, and here is a run-down of what he told me.
3 Ways To Make Your Dry-Fire Training More Fun… AND Effective!
If you've overcome the reluctance to dry-fire your guns, you've taken one step in the right direction.
You won't hurt your gun by doing some regular dry fire work with it…
…and you WILL help improve your skills.
There are some ways to really make your dry-fire practice more effective and more fun, though.
Let's talk about three of them right now.
Dry-Fire Tip #1: Change Your Mental Dry-Fire Training Framework
Unfortunately, too many people treat dry fire like it’s a “practice routine”.
Dry-fire isn’t just “practice” – it’s training.
It's training that can one day save your life, in fact.
So, before every dry-fire training session, take just a moment to close your eyes and reinforce the reason “why” you’re doing it to begin with.
You should be training to hone your skills now so they’re ready to come to your rescue should you ever be facing a real-life attacker.
That's the mindset to bring to every training session.
Dry-Fire Tip #2: Engage Your Emotions With Visual Triggers
A real life-or-death gunfight is anything but “boring”, wouldn’t you agree?
Your body’s natural survival “emotions” will trigger an adrenaline rush that affects every cell in your body.
Your heart will be pounding… your breathing will become shallow… your vision will become “tunneled”… and you’ll lose fine-motor skills.
This is far from what most people experience down at the local gun range as they plink away at static paper targets.
You can add more emotion into your dry-fire training by imagining the consequences of not mastering the skills you need to operate your weapon under the stress of a real attack.
Whether it’s seeing your family tied up and helpless in a home invasion… or not making it home after you’re stabbed in a parking lot hold-up… the more you can engage the “fear factor” into worst-case scenarios, the more you’ll be able to feel your heart in your throat when practicing your dry-fire sessions.
Dry-Fire Tip #3: Train With “What If?” Scenarios
You’re sitting in your bedroom ready to get in a few dry-fire reps… but instead of your bedroom, picture yourself sitting in a restaurant with your date across the table.
An “active shooter” walks through the door and pulls a sawed-off rifle from under his coat.
Ask yourself, “What if THIS were to happen? What would I engage the shooter in this scenario?”
Every situation you can create is different, but the principles are the same.
Simply picture the situation… and THEN do your dry-fire reps, with your emotions engaged and a visual “movie” playing in your mind of the scenario.
Someone breaks into your house and attacks you… you shoot him in self-defense… and like a good little citizen, you call the cops to report the incident.
What happens next?
Well hopefully, Officer Smiley shows up alongside an ambulance… they remove the garbage from your living room floor… and you show up on the next day's news as the “hero of the day”.
But too often, the story doesn't turn out this way and just one single mistake on your part can drastically change how your night – and the rest of your life – plays out.
You see, the cops don’t have to remind you that anything you say can and will be used against you UNTIL you’re under arrest!
Yes, even if you were justified… even if you feared for your life… even if you were in your own home. In fact…
The 911 Call That Can Save Your Life Can ALSO Put You In Prison!
Think about it…
When you're sitting their in court – forced to justify your actions – you can damn well bet that your 911 call is the first piece of evidence that will be presented in court.
You want it to work in your favor. Here’s how you do that…
1. 911 Calls Are Recorded (EVEN When You’re On Hold!)
I’m not suggesting you’re going to call 911 and say you murdered someone.
Here’s what might happen, though:
You call… you report what happened… the operator puts you on hold… you turn to your kids and say, “It’s okay. Daddy made sure he'll never hurt anyone again.”
Reasonable thing to say.
You’re reassuring your kids they're safe, right?
But believe me, the prosecution will take those words and twist them to imply that you weren't just trying to stop an attack on your family… but were actually on a “kill mission” the second you grabbed your gun – ready to save the world from the criminal thugs of our society.
Every word out of your mouth on that 911 call needs to be the facts and nothing but the facts.
State where you are… what your name is… and what kind of help you’re requesting (an ambulance and the police). And remember…
2. The 911 Operator is Trained to Keep You Talking
This isn’t being “sneaky” on the operator’s part.
They’re dealing with crimes for most of the night, and it’s in their best interest (and the police’s best interest) to get as much information as they possibly can from you before you have time to stop and think about what you’re saying.
In cases where someone is trying to cover up a crime, this is an extremely useful tactic.
It’s good that 911 operators use it.
But you still don’t want to get trapped into saying something that can be used against you later in court.
If you’ve just shot someone, you'll be stressed.
You won’t be thinking clearly – and you'll have a tendency to rattle off at the mouth.
“Loose lips sink ships”, right?
3. You're Not Required to Stay On the Line
Once you’ve delivered the important information, you aren’t required to stay on the line.
The operator will tell you to stay, but you are not legally required to do it, and hanging up will not have ramifications later on in court.
Hanging up is, in fact, the best thing you can do.
Tell them who you are, where you are, and what help you need.
Do not claim responsibility – say, “There was a shooting” rather than “I shot someone.”
And hang up.
Hang up and don’t look back.
Spend that time consoling your family while waiting for the police to arrive.
But The Danger Isn't Over Yet…
Once the police arrive, you’re going to need to stay on your game.
There are any number of little “accidents” you could make that will result in time behind bars – even if you were completely justified in shooting.
In front of him were two men trying to drag his 27 y.o., Deaudre, screaming through their front door after ambushing her in their driveway late at night.
He was outnumbered… and seeing his presence, one of the gunmen put his weapon to his wife's head, threatening him to get back or he'd shoot.
Albert had a decision to make.
He knew that if these thugs got inside, there's no telling what their sadistic plans would hold for the couple.
Yet with only the attacker's head visible, just one inch “off target” could mean killing his own wife, 3 months pregnant with their child.
Albert took careful aim…
Here's How This Prepared Husband's “Headshot” Saved His Pregnant Wife's Life In This Violent Home Invasion Ambush…
It was 10:30 on a hot summer night when Albert sat in his living room waiting for his wife to return from running an errand.
Seeing the lights of their Suburban as she turned into the driveway, he rose to welcome her home and see if she needed any help at the vehicle.
That's when he heard her scream.
Looking outside, he witnessed two men attacking his wife, dragging her to the front door to force her inside.
Albert wasted no time.
Quickly grabbing the pistol he kept in their home for protection, he rushed outside to confront the men before they could get inside and gain control.
Fortunately, he caught them by surprise… and leveled his sights on the attackers, demanding they release his wife.
But the gunmen recovered quickly and one of them put his weapon to Albert's wife's head to get him to back down.
It didn't work.
From about 7-10 ft. away, Albert took the shot – striking the man holding his wife hostage in the head, instantly dropping him to the ground, mortally wounded.
The other gunmen instantly ran away, firing his weapon at Albert and his wife from behind him as he made his escape.
Fortunately, neither were hit and the couple survived this horrifying attack.
But let's face it…
… this response could have gone VERY wrong!
To be honest, I'd consider that headshot blind luck in most cases, especially under the stress and adrenaline of a sudden attack.
— Albert COULD have missed and shot his wife…
— He COULD have caused the hostage-taker to flinch and pull the trigger by mistake, again, killing his pregnant wife…
— The other attacker COULD have stayed to fight, and shot the couple in retaliation for scrambling their invasion plans.
What would you do?
Would YOU take the shot?
It's certainly a tough scenario to consider and if your tactics are even a hair off, the end result could destroy your entire life.
To help you prepare, here are 3 “hostage defense” tips that will give you a fighting chance…
1. DON'T Count On Luck
When the people you care about are on the line, relying on luck is not an option.
With a gun to your wife's head, or a knife to your child's throat, you can't afford to just pull the trigger and hope.
Don't count on making a precision headshot in a real-life hostage situation no matter how many times you've shot targets at the range.
Real hostage scenarios are different, especially when you're not shooting in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with all the time in the world to pull the trigger.
If at any point you have to hope that your shot will hit the mark (and ONLY the mark), don't take it.
But that doesn't mean you're doomed to suffer at their hands either.
Let's move on…
2. Get His Finger Off The Trigger
That “reactionary flinch” I mentioned is the big threat here.
If you have a weapon trained on a home invader who has a hostage, he's just one twitch away from involuntarily jerking his own trigger and killing his human shield.
Chances are, he thinks he's got you against the wall.
He may be ordering you to put your weapon down.
This is where you should pretend to comply.
You can even say to him, “Whatever you say, man… just please, take your finger off the trigger so you don't shoot by accident, okay?”
Appeal to his humanity, get him talking… do whatever you can to get his finger away from the trigger.
3. Use A “Break State”
Once his finger is off the trigger, or he's at least thinking about it, use a “break state.”
This is a “psychological trick” where you essentially short-circuit his brain with a statement or question that triggers his thinking to HAVE to respond.
For example, you could say,
“Point to exactly where you want me to lay down the gun?”
See how this type of a question forces the brain to “think” about an answer involuntarily?
At this point, he might motion away, taking the gun just enough off the hostage so you can make your move.
THIS is where you take action!
Once his brain is engaged in responding to you and your loved one is no longer in danger of an accidental shooting, shoot a foot ABOVE your attacker's head (taking into account your backdrop as well).
The surprise counterattack will instantly overwhelm your attacker.
As fast as possible, close the distance for a contact shot or a head shot from much closer range.
This dramatically increases your odds of survival – for both you AND the hostage – and is a far safer approach than just simply “taking the shot” and letting God do the deciding.
But even with this approach, you may not even HAVE an opportunity to fight back…
— You might be ambushed with ZERO warning at all…
— You might be asleep when the invaders attack…
— You could be outnumbered and overwhelmed in your own home.
When this happens, you can be sure that the home invaders' first goal is to get you tied up, handcuffed, or zip-tied to keep you from becoming a “problem”.
Those types of situations are the absolute WORST CASE because you lose the ability to fight back.
Under their control, these sadistic bastards have all the time in the world to do whatever they want to you and your family members.
The secret to surviving?
You have to be just as vicious and sneaky as your attackers!
Unfortunately, most home defense training falls far short of helping gun-owners truly prepare for the violent nature of a home invasion.
Sure, they offer advice on what locks are best for your door… don't open the door to “bad guys”… and own a weapon for personal protection.
Blah, blah, blah, blah…
A home invasion is the most extreme attack you'll ever experience… and requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.
For example, you may have to deal with situations like…
How to escape from being tied up or handcuffed
How to use other family members to deceive your attackers
Staging weapons in “secret hiding spots” within your home
How to trick home invaders into letting you go
Ways to use “improvised weapons” to your advantage
And more. . .
These types of scenarios are EXACTLY why we created our “Extreme Home Defense Tactics” course – because we found that other home invasion survival techniques were either outdated… or frankly just fell far short of dealing with reality.
All I ask is that you keep an open mind because a LOT of the training we've developed is WAAAAAY different than what you'll find most instructors telling you to do.
But I can back up every last one of our techniques with real-world home-invasion stories (that ended well… or badly!) and I think you'll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion.
Again, here's a special link to go over and check out each of the lessons we cover when you get a chance…
I look forward to hearing your feedback.
If You Came Face To Face With A Home Invader Who Had A Family Member Hostage, What Would You Do?
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