Home Invasion Defense: 11. Y.O. With Combat Machete Defeats Home Invader!

“If they come in the door, you let 'em have it!”

Those words from 11 y.o. Braydon Smith's father had to echo through his head as he sat in the dark – stuffed in a bedroom closet by a gang of home invaders.

Alone… afraid… outsized… outnumbered… and with no police “back-up” on the way…

Braydon took his dad's words to heart and, in the pitch black darkness of the closet, plotted to grab the closest “weapon” his little hands could find, and…

Here's How This 11 y.o. Single-Handedly Defeated A Gang Of Low-Life Home Invaders…

Home Invasion Defense - Braydon Smith
Home Invasion Defense – Braydon Smith

It was 11:00 am on a sunny June morning when young Braydon – alone at home – heard a knock on the family's front door as he was talking with his mother on the phone.

Peering out his front window, he saw a strange woman on the front porch.

Braydon knew something wasn't quite right, when suddenly…


… he heard his bedroom window shatter behind him!

Jataveon Dashawn Hall

In mere seconds, Braydon found himself staring face-to-chest with Jataveon Dashawn Hall, a hardened gang member who used his partner's front-door distraction to invade their home and ambush the youngster when he wasn't looking.

Braydon fought back with everything he had.

But he was no match for the bigger, stronger Jataveon Hall, who grabbed a pellet gun and forced Braydon into the bedroom closet so he and his gang could loot his home without interference.

They seriously underestimated the 11 y.o…

Braydon remembered the weapon that was hidden nearby after a previous burglary…

It wasn't a pistol… it wasn't a rifle… it wasn't a shotgun…

… it was a machete!

Bursting through the closet door, Braydon – a “star baseball player” in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina – quickly grabbed the machete and started swinging like he was going for a home run, surprising the unaware Hall with a hit to the back of his head.

The fight was on!

Hall turned around and kicked Braydon in the stomach.

The boy came back – swinging the machete again – but missed.

Hall then kicked Braydon in the head, sending him sprawling to the ground – out of the fight – as he continued his looting of the home while his cohorts waited outside.

That's when he felt it…

… the wet, warm sensation on the back of his neck.

Reaching back, Hall discovered that the boy's first blow had hit its target and sliced a good sized gash in the back of his head that was bleeding severely.

In a panic, he dropped the electronics and rushed out the door to flee the area with his two other partners in crime, leaving a trail of blood (and DNA evidence!) behind him.

11 y.o. Braydon – 3
Gang Members – 0

When interviewed later, Braydon said he “hesitated a little,” but he was determined to defend his family's home from this violent invader.

“You shouldn't have done what you've done,” Braydon said of the thug who attacked him.

(Wise words from a little boy, eh?)

Law enforcement praised his quick-thinking in defending himself and defending his family's home.

But who KNOWS what Jataveon Hall might have done if Braydon hadn't gotten to that big blade in time, right?

We all know that home invaders prey on those they consider “weak” – children, the elderly, the handicapped, women – and will use violence to gain power over their victims with no regard for human life.

That's why I'm such a huge advocate of owning a gun for home defense – and there have been numerous stories about young kids who've defended their homes with firearms.

But Braydon didn't HAVE a gun!

And it's very unlikely that any OTHER weapon (like a baseball bat, or even a knife) would have allowed him to fight off Jataveon Hall.

Hall was bigger, stronger, and more aggressive.

Only a BIG blade like a machete had the power to put him down…

…and Braydon's story shows just how effective a machete can be for personal defense – EVEN in the hands of an 11-year-old!

And you can imagine why…

The machete is so simple to use at a “basic” level, that even a small boy can use it against a larger, stronger attacker — and win!

And with more “advanced machete fighting tactics”, it's downright deadly – as a home defense “back-up” to a firearm, or even as a primary weapon if no gun is available.

In fact, its simplicity is just one of the reasons why I say the machete is the “ultimate survival weapon”, whether you're facing a horde of face-eating zombies (kidding!) or a brutal home invader in your living room with no regard for human life.

Take a few lessons from young Braydon…

Think “beyond the gun” and consider what other weapons you can use around your home if you were forced to defend yourself in a home invasion ambush.

Not only that, I suggest you even go one step further and actually HIDE “back-up weapons” in strategic locations around your home – like a¬†machete…

And to young Braydon… “Nice job my man!” ūüôā

… AND (of course)¬†know how to¬†USE¬†them in a real attack!

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Machete Combat: When Guns Are Banned, These Are The Weapon Of Choice

machete combat for SHTF / WROL
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The machete is a weapon of mass destruction.

It's a weapon of genocide.

It has been used to kill and maim thousands of people.

And that's why you need to train with it.

Wait, what?

No, I haven't lost my mind… and I'm not trying to be dramatic.

But the fact is, the machete is a much bigger deal, as a weapon, than you might think it is…

Why The Machete Is The Go-To Weapon Of Collapse And Social Chaos

machete combat for SHTF / WROL
machete combat for SHTF / WROL

You may not realize it, but the machete has been used to take countless lives – notably, in massacres like the Rwandan genocide.

(This was dramatized in an unspecified African nation in the movie Beasts Of No Nation, where the image above comes from.)

There are 3 reasons it's so popular as a primary weapon, not a backup, in third world nations – places where the “rule of law” is nonexistent and the strongest, most violent people rule:

  • It's simple – with no moving parts – which means even third-world child soldiers, not to mention roving death squads, can use it and keep using it.
  • It's powerful, with the leverage necessary to sever limbs and remove heads.
  • It's terrifying, striking fear in the hearts of those who see gangs equipped with machetes.

Just a few years ago, in fact, “scores” of people were hacked to death by men using machetes, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hundreds of civilians were killed during that particular burst of violence in 2016.

“But Jeff,” you may be thinking, “that's happening in the Third World. It's not like that here.”

Well, no – not yet, it isn't.

But in the UK, an industrialized nation that is very similar to the United States in a lot of respects, they're seeing multiple machete attacks every single day.

Their street gangs have embraced the machete as the weapon of choice.

“But Jeff,” you may also be thinking. “That's because guns are banned in the UK.”

Well, sure – but here in the States, the violent gang MS-13 has ALSO embraced the machete as their favored weapon, specifically because the level of brutality it involves helps the gang spread terror.

See, we all think we live in the industrialized “First World,” but we're all only a few days of power outage away from riots in the streets – and the type of WROL (Without Rule Of Law), s–t hits the fan collapse that turns those¬†streets into a bloody nightmare.

Whether they ban guns or not, you can bet that gangs and street criminals with machetes are going to come out of the woodwork in a “collapse” scenario, with police and medical personnel stretched¬†too thin to patrol the streets.

The street criminals know their machetes don't depend on ammo – so even if authorities suspend ammo sales during a crisis, the gangs won't be affected.

And while more and more cities have those fancy gunshot detectors to bring police to areas where firearms go off, machetes are silent – and even deadlier than firearms within arms' reach.

That means that if there's even a temporary collapse of order here in North America, it could be only a matter of days before thugs with machetes are roaming freely, preying on the weak.

Can you imagine your family hiding in fear behind you, while you face just 2, 3, 4, or more machete-wielding predators?

The ONLY thing that would save you be a technique that I teach in my Advanced Combat Machete course.

It's a method that can be used (and has been used) to fight off multiple¬†attackers… and it's EASY to learn.

I can show you how to master the machete and other survival weapons here…

Using these techniques, you could literally take on a dozen or more armed attackers – and it's one of the most fun lesson we go over in our annual “Combat Machete Camps”.

It's all in there, so unless you want to be helpless when the s— hits the fan, the rule of law collapses, and big blades rule the streets… well, it just might be time for you to get trained up with your OWN machete.

It WILL be your preferred weapon in a collapse, something you can rely on even when your ammo runs out (or your guns are banned).

Don't wait until things get that bad, though – learn to protect your family NOW.

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Combat Machete? Sword Fighting? The “Big Blade” Fail People Don’t Think About!

Almost everybody loves “fail” videos.

It's a fact of human nature.

We like to watch people try – and hilariously fall on their faces.

I don't think that's “mean-spirited”…

Especially if we learn from other people's mistakes!

I have to warn you, though:

If your favorite “combat blade” is a lime-green zombie-killing fantasy cutter, this post might make you mad.

That's because this old “viral” video I'm about to share with you PERFECTLY illustrates…

The “Big Blade” Fail A Lot Of “Fantasy Preppers” Don't Think About!

Combat Machete: How To Fight With Swords And Big Blades – The Fail Most People Miss!

Now, if you're rolling your eyes and saying, “Jeff, I saw that video back when people still had America Online,” what can I say?

I'm a few years behind! ūüôā

If you haven't seen it, though, or you don't want to watch it, it's pretty funny.

One of the guys from the Shop at Home “knife collector's show” is selling a dirt-cheap, bargain-basement “katana.”

(Let me tell you, calling this thing a “sword” is an insult to swords; It's more like a sword-shaped object.)

Well, the guy is trying to show how strong the blade is, so he starts whacking it against the table…

…and the thing practically EXPLODES!

Check out the video below now…



What was really funny was watching these guys try to make excuses for why this cheap piece of junk broke in half live on television.

(One of them even tried to blame a nail embedded in the table… but if your blade snaps in half when it hits a tiny nail, how could you ever rely on it for survival or self-defense?)

When I first saw this, it really hammered home why I took the time to use tough, thick 1095 carbon steel in the Guardian machete that I designed (and which is one of Modern Combat & Survival's best selling products).

That machete is TOUGH – tough enough to do just about any job you ask of it.

You could trust your life to that blade, which was designed to be strong, to take and hold an edge, and to be a badass weapon and tool you could use for self-defense as well as survival tasks.

Would you trust your life to a $20 “katana” made in Pakistan?

Well, honestly, you probably wouldn't… but it might SHOCK you to find out that many of the commercial, name-brand machetes on the market aren't much better!

That's right: I said it.

In fact, one of my employees lent a machete made by one of the big-name companies (I won't name it here, but you've heard of it) to his brother-in-law.

The brother-in-law used it to clear some brush, but nothing extreme.

When he brought the blade back, it was bent into a U-shape.

That's right: this name-brand machete, which he bought in a big-box hardware store, couldn't even do the job it was designed to do without getting bent all to hell!

That's why it's so important that your “big blade” be something custom-designed to protect you and your family in ANY crisis (like my Guardian).

If you trust your life and your family's protection to a blade that won't hold up under SERIOUS use, you're asking for a “fail” far worse than this guy who humiliated himself on television years back.

And if you just buy a name-brand machete that you THINK is “good enough,” you might be setting yourself up to fail just as hard.

That's what the “fantasy preppers” with their Zombie Death Head-Splitter blades are doing… and that's NOT who you want to be!

Pretty soon, I'm going to be unveiling the NEW version of my Guardian Machete.

The old one was great… but the new one is even better!

Keep an eye on our site for updates about this great product (and it's “little brother,” a smaller, more compact urban survival machete that was the subject of a “virtual kickstarter” we did recently).

I mean, sure, you could spend your money on an inferior machete – or even a name-brand blade that looks good but performs just as poorly.

But… why?

The choice is yours – but I really hope you'll choose wisely.

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Black Friday Sale – Before We DELETE Our Machete Page!

Jeff Anderson

It's true – I'm going to pull down the webpage for my bestselling Guardian Machete.


Because I'm going to start selling a better one!

The thing is, though, before I get the new ones in and put up a new page for them, I still have some of the old ones left.

That means that for Black Friday, I'm going to let you buy the remaining, original Guardian machete at a HUGE discount.

Through “Cyber Monday” only, you won't believe the incredible discount on the original Guardian!

This is the ONLY time you'll have a chance to get this deal.

Now, the next generation Guardian, which is in production right now, will be made of the same tough-as-nails 1095 steel, which means it will still be the same beast of a blade.

It will feature a better finish, too (not that we were ever really focused on keeping this workhorse blade looking like a “safe queen”).

It also has a redesigned handle that I like even better than the original.

I'm really excited about these improvements… but the fact is, people LOVE the original Guardian, and have been praising it since we introduced it!

Doug Y. wrote us…

“Wow this machete is awesome!

I carried [a machete] for 10 years with 2 different sheriff's departments for search & rescue.  We covered everywhere from Lake Tahoe down to Placerville CA. along with mutual aid calls from Yosemite, 29 palms and many others.

During that time, we did cliff, swift water, and helicopter rescues and a machete went with me everywhere. It was a standard part of my kit…

…and boy do I wish I had your Guardian machete back then!

Fantastic tool!¬†Thanks again!”

And Ben W. wrote…

“I just took [the Guardian machete] with me to Belize and used it extensively while in the jungle around Monkey River.

The Guardian's blade outperformed ALL of the local machetes used by both the Mayans and the Mennonites!”

If you already own one of our custom-made Guardian machetes, then you know first-hand that it's truly the best survival tool on the market today.

Because this is the LAST TIME the original model will be available,¬†we decided to offer you¬†a special freebie¬†for a limited time…

One of the features of the Guardian package is our custom-designed, “covert blue” MOLLE sheath that easily attaches to a bug-out bag or can be worn by itself with the handy detachable shoulder strap.

The strap allows you to carry the blade AND add a few extra MOLLE tactical pouches as a standalone “mission pack” for carrying supplies during short-term survival tasks.

Now these tactical pouches don't¬†normally come with the sheath (that's what our X-BOB bugout bag is for)…

But I have a killer freebie for you (through Cyber Monday only)…

Black Friday Sale!

If you buy one of the last remaining original Guardians right now,¬†I'll throw in TWO 8″ tactical pouches with your package (a $94 value – free) so you can customize your tactical sheath right away.


Even though the Guardian's heat-treated 1095 steel blade is unmatched in sharpness and durability (you DID see us chop up a steel truck hood and then slice through a dozen beer cans in one swipe, right?), we've been looking for the perfect “field sharpener” to carry with your gear for ALL of your blades.

We found a “beast” built for the field!

So when you order your original Guardian this weekend Рat a discount price you'll NEVER be able to get again Рwe're also going to throw into the box our favorite 2-phase tactical sharpener.

You can attach to your bag or sheath with the handy “D-ring” attachment (another $9.95 value)

This field sharpener features 2 tungsten carbide blades and two ceramic rods with preset sharpening angles for the perfect edge every time.

Just 3 or 4 strokes through the carbide sharpening slots after a full day of chopping up zombies will restore the edge in seconds…

… while the 2 crossed ceramic rods are preset at the correct finishing angle after setting the edge and are also good for a quick touch-up of already sharp knives.

Altogether, this is almost $104 bonus “tactical pack” you're getting absolutely FREE when you order one of the remaining Guardian machetes this weekend.

But there IS one little “catch”…

I only have a small amount of these freebie “tactical packs” in stock¬†right now, and only a limited number of the original Guardian machetes.

If I run out of either one at these crazy prices, I'll have to shut the deal down.

So if you've been hemming and hawing about getting a Guardian, the time has never been better than right now – just in time for the holidays… at a HUGE discount… and with over $100 of tactical goodies thrown in for free.

Just use this special link for more info and to jump on this deal NOW while we still have machetes and freebies available.

(If you click and see a “sold out” page… well… sorry… you just weren't fast enough on the draw, and you'll have to wait for the next-generation Guardian to arrive. ūüôā

Get your original Guardian machete and free bonus “tactical pack” now while supplies last…

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Fighting With Shovels? Military-Inspired Survival Weapon Secrets For Close Quarters Combat

The US Military's top enlisted man said it himself:

“If they choose not surrender, then we will kill them… Whether that be through…dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools.” [emphasis added]

He was talking about ISIS fighters.

And as brutal as it sounds, Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell – the military's top enlisted soldier – was just saying something our military has ALWAYS known when it comes to fighting, and here's…

The Military's “No B.S.” Fighting Secret For Close-Quarters Combat

E-tool, Etool, Entrenching Tool: Shovel Combat By Any Name For CQC Battle

“ISIS fighters must surrender or die via shovels,” read the headline when the news covered it.

And you can probably imagine what happened when CSM Troxell posted this comment to Facebook and Twitter…

People freaked!

A lot of people on social media thought Troxell was out of control for saying something so brutal.

The thing is, he wasn't being “brutal” at all.

He was referring to a secret, something most people don't know:

In life-or-death combat, the true warrior will use whatever weapon he or she has available to defeat their enemy!

That means the humble “e-tool,” or “entrenching tool” – something every soldier carries – is as much a weapon of war as his rifle.

“That's ridiculous, Jeff,” you might be thinking. “A shovel, especially a tiny shovel like that, isn't an effective weapon when every soldier on both sides has a rifle!”

Well, it's not as far fetched as it sounds.

In fact, the shovel HAS been seen as a weapon in the military for years… and even USED to kill the enemy by some of its biggest heroes.

Ben Wilson, Military Hero
(And Owner of BRASS BALLS)

Ben Wilson

Do you know the story of Ben Wilson?

Wilson earned a Medal of Honor, a Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service Cross during his time in the military.

He served in WWII and the Korean War, rising to the rank of First Sergeant.

At “Hell Hill” near Hwacheon Dam in Korea, he continued fighting while his men retreated from North Korean counterattack.

Losing his rifle in the fighting, he took out his entrenching tool…

…and killed 4 MEN with the sharpened edge of the shovel!

The military has long recognized just how effective this weapon can be, but not as a shovel by itself.

Instead, in their combatives manuals through the years, they've just listed it as one of many objects you an use to fight with the SAME WAY.

In other words, it's not that the military ever saw the e-tool as a “primary close quarters weapon.”

But they DID understand that guns jam… break… and run out of bullets.

When that happens, you NEED a backup weapon that will keep you alive while destroying the enemy.

The military also understood that soldiers need TRAINING to use weapons.

That could be your “body weapons” (a.k.a. “close-quarters combatives”)… your bayonet knife… or even your frickin' SHOVEL.

Now, for me, what I always considered a much more formidable backup weapon than ALL of these was…

…my machete!

And just like the military did, I developed a system that works universally with nearly ALL melee weapons, the machete included.

Look familiar (like, you know, that picture from the combatives manual)?

Just like our troops do, though, you need training to wield a machete (or a shovel, or a frigging stick) most effectively.

I feel so strongly about this that I spent 3.5 years training in the legendary “Gatka” sword-fighting system of the legendary Sikh warriors…

…then another 2 years fine-tuning our own “Combat Machete” system, integrating elements of African and Central American machete arts (where real-world machete fighting is extremely common!).

The result?

It's the ultimate fighting system – that anyone can master in as little as 7 days!

If you're serious about bladed weapons for self-defense – especially the machete – but if you ALSO want training that you can use with anything you pick up and use as a weapon (like Ben Wilson did) – you might want to check out¬†this “extreme” survival weapons blueprint you can download for free.

I think you'll be surprised just how much it can help you prepare for any threat.

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Best Tactical Machete Advice For Machete Attacks In The STREETS

The unidentified man tried to retreat… only to be pursued by an entire GANG of thugs.

They were wielding machetes, bats, and even a full-on sword!

This wasn't something out of a post-apocalyptic movie.

It was the streets of south London, and it happened just a few days ago!

The bizarre melee battle was captured by people recording it for Snapchat on their phones.

This chaos is NOT an isolated incident, either.

It's happening almost every day, and it represents a very dangerous warning for you and me when it comes to self-defense!

Keep reading, because i'm going to explain why…

Machete Battles In The STREETS Give Insight Into¬†“Other Weapons” For Survival…

The recent September 3rd street battle in Croydon — the town in south London that used to be a nice, safe place — has residents screaming about “lawless London.”

As crowds of horrified people gathered to record the battle, some of the DOZEN men involved began swinging metal pipes at each other.

The brawl broke up into separate fights.

Some were machete-on-knife fights.

Some were bat-on-sword fights.

Some were the metal-smashing pipe fights.

Then they started throwing bricks.

By the time the cops arrived, the men involved had already fled the scene. leaving at least one knife behind.

And the people standing there, foolishly watching and endangering their lives?

They keep telling the reporters they can't believe what's happened to their peaceful neighborhood.

The sad fact is that in the last few years, violent crime in cities like London has surged to rival levels in big United States cities.

In part, that's due to gangs moving into the cities, preying on the inner-city populations.

As the violence has increased, people using scooters and bicycles to commit “drive by” attacks have become increasingly common, too.

They use acid, throwing it in people's face.

They use knives.

They even use illegal guns.

But do you know what the most common weapon used in the streets of London is?

It's the machete.

According to a recent news report, the police in the UK are dealing with a whopping 15 machete attacks. . . EVERY DAY!

Attacks with every type of knife are off the charts there, but the machete is CLEARLY the weapon of choice.

And that's my point.

Here's why that matters to you…

The gangs in the UK have figured that out.

Gangs and street criminals here in the United States have learned it, too.

The notorious MS-13 gang in the United States, for example, can get all the illegal guns it wants…

…but they STILL use machetes when they want to prove how badass they are.

(I believe in the power of the machete so much, in fact, that I designed one myself — but more on that in a minute.)

The machete is a short sword.

It's inexpensive.

It delivers POWERFUL damage, and does so quickly.

It's also more maneuverable than a traditional sword (sorry to you samurai out there).

And it's a LOT less conspicuous than other types of big blades, because it has an “official” outdoor use.

When you buy a gun for everyday carry or home defense, you DON'T buy the cheapest one you can get, do you?

I sure hope not, because you're going to be relying on that weapon to save your life.

Well, for those times you can't have a gun with you — or if you live someplace that they're trampling on your gun rights — you want to stock up on alternative weapons NOW, while you still can.

But just like when buying a gun to defend your life, you DON'T want to trust your family's safety to a five-dollar Walmart machete.

You want to buy something SOLID.

You want a machete that can smash through doors and even concrete barriers.

You want a machete that can cut through whatever obstacle you face.

And you want a machete that can handle any FIGHT in front of you, one that handles like a real WEAPON.

I'm not going to lie… there are lots of machetes out there that have some of these qualities.

But there's only ONE that can handle all the abuse you throw at it… and still serve as a fighting weapon you can trust with your life.

If you'd like to watch the torture test video for yourself, click here…

Frankly, there is no equal.

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