[RIOTS] The WORST Thing You Can Do About Looters

You’ve seen the news.

Fires raging out of control.

Stores looted and torn apart.

Whole communities reduced to ashes.

It’s all because of the George Floyd protests – marches that took place because Floyd was killed while in police custody.

The protests have become riots, the riots have become looting… and now innocent people are being beaten in the street.

But as bad as that is, it’s about to become worse… because the rioters say they’re headed to the suburbs to “take what’s theirs.”

And there’s one critical looter defense mistake that you can’t afford to make!

The WORST Mistake You Can Make When Defending Your Home From Looters

Worst Mistake In A Riot

As the riots have spread to dozens of cities across the United States, the focus has shifted.

Police stations and police cars took the worst of it to start.

Then the looting started, first of big stores, then expensive shopping districts.

(In SoHo, looters took millions of dollars of Rolex watches when they cleaned out a fancy store.)

But as the violence raged on, we started seeing reports of small business owners being attacked, some while trying to defend their life’s savings.

One couple was beaten with 2X4s in Rochester, New York.

Another man tried to face a mob with a sword… and was beaten to a bloody pulp.

And on and on it went, with cars and businesses getting wiped out.

But then they started targeting private homes, with some of the political agitators among the rioters sending tweets saying they were going to “come to the suburbs.”

Right now, with thousands of National Guard troops on the streets of American cities, private citizens are spending long nights in their homes, worried they could be targeted next.

But when the mob is walking up your street, there’s one CRITICAL mistake you do NOT want to have on your house or in your yard:

A “looters will be shot” sign!

You Loot We Shoot

See, no matter how many guns you have, you can’t fight off a mob of hundreds of people if they really start pouring in.

If they rush you, they’ll take you down.

Instead, you need to camouflage your home.

Don’t put up a “looters will be shot” sign…

…Put up a “We Stand With George Floyd” sign, or anything else that signifies you’re “with” the rioters.

That could help mark you as a “friendly” household, and maybe the mob will pass you by.

Now, the best defense against rioting and looting is, honestly, not to be there.

No matter what you do, like I said, it’s very difficult to fight off an entire mob of people.

But if you have no choice – say, because the riot came up on you before you realized you should get out, and especially if it’s only a few people looking to invade your house or apartment – there are things you CAN do.

To do them, you need a home invasion plan.

And to defend your home against this type of violence requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.

When violent rioters or home invaders break down your door while you’re home, you may have to know. . .

  • How to escape from being tied up or handcuffed
  • How to use other family members to deceive your attackers
  • Methods for 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 a LOT 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.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

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 more of these real-world home-invasion stories (some of which ended well, and others of which ended VERY badly).

I think you’ll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion… or for sudden, violent riots and looting.

I look forward to hearing what you think… and I hope you and your family stay safe.

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Best Home Defense / Home Invasion Defense: Son Comes Home, Starts SHOOTING

Home Invasion Defense: Home Invader Shot

The news has been very guarded about this story, for some reason.

Could it be that they don’t want to report on a young man who, because he was armed, saved his entire family from a gang of home invaders?

It happened in Houston, Texas.

A hard-working father came home.

He was tired.

It had been a long day.

So he never saw the three armed home invaders hiding in the bushes, lying in wait for him to get home!

The thugs brutally pistol-whipped the father. . .

. . . but things were about to get much worse for that family, who had two young daughters living at home.

Here’s How One Devoted Son Came Home To A Home Invasion… And Went For His Gun!

Home Invasion Defense: Home Invader Shot
Home Invasion Defense: Home Invader Shot

After beating the dad into submission, the three home invaders gleefully ransacked the home.

They were laughing and jeering as they went through the family’s hard-earned possessions, taking whatever they wanted.

The family’s two daughters — aged 15 and 20 — knew what was coming.

They hid in a closet.

There, they pushed a panic alarm installed and ready for just this scenario.

The home invaders didn’t like that one bit.

They tried to FORCE the father, already beaten bloody, to disable the alarm.

But the daughters kept pushing it!

Furious, the thugs began searching the house for whoever was pushing the alarm. . .

. . . and who knows what they might have done to those young girls if they’d found them.

But invading this home was the last mistake one of those thugs would ever make, because the family’s son and his mother had pulled into the driveway in separate vehicles.

Realizing the alarm was going off and something was very wrong, the son bravely entered the house and retrieved his own pistol.

Then he started shooting!

One of the home invaders, who had a pistol of his own, was shot in the head.

He had the rest of his life to think about his poor decisions, because he died shortly after that in the hospital.

The others fled and police are still looking for them.

That son is a hero. . . but while he successfully defended his family, everybody involved did a LOT wrong.

Here are three ways that family could have improved their tactical position before and during a home invasion:

1. Eliminate Cover Near Your Home

The father never would have been ambushed and pistol-whipped if he’d seen the home invaders hiding hear his home.

Shrubbery and other cover that gives burglars and intruders a place to hide should be eliminated around your home.

Trim shrubs back so they can’t provide cover.

If you have to, rip them out by the roots.

Install lighting to cover any shadows in and around your house, too.

Your goal is to deny home invaders any place to lie in wait for you to come home.

2. Carry Your Gun ON YOUR BODY

Texas is one state that has good carry laws.

There was no reason for the son to have to enter the house — where the home invaders already were — to get his gun.

He should have been carrying it on his body.

If he had, he wouldn’t have had to gamble everything on retrieving his pistol in a home invasion.

Fortunately for him, his sisters, and his parents, everything worked out.

But that’s NOT a gamble I ever want to have to make.

Always carry your gun so it is with you when you need it, even when you’re already at home.

3. Have A Home Invasion Plan

This is one thing the family did RIGHT.

Not only did the daughters have a plan as to where to hide in a home invasion, but the family had already installed a panic alarm for emergencies like this.

What worries me is the description of the closet as, well, a closet.

The invaders were already suspicious when shutting off the alarm didn’t work.

Had they found those young girls before the son came home and shot at them, things might have gone horribly wrong.

Installing a “safe room” style door on that closet, something that could not easily be broken down, would be one way to improve the family’s home invasion plan.

But there’s a LOT more — way more than I can cover in a single e-mail.
That’s because a home invasion is the most extreme attack you’ll ever experience. . . and requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.
When intruders break down your door while you’re home, you may have to know. . .

  • 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 a LOT 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.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here and start learning everything you need to keep your family safe from home invasion.

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 more of these real-world home-invasion stories (some of which ended well, and others of which ended VERY badly).

I think you’ll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion.

I look forward to hearing what you think.

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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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Home Defense Shotgun: 3 Dumbass “Tactical Shotgun” Myths

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The other day I was watching a great action movie when something happened that just ruined it for me…

The hero whipped out his Mighty Boom Stick™, a 12-gauge shotgun…

…And sent a guy flying through the air with a single blast!

Now, I don’t have to tell you that a shotgun just can’t do that, right?

Sure, they’re pretty powerful… but unless you woke up today in a world where gravity isn’t real, people don’t go tumbling through the air when you blast ’em – even with the giant whallop of a 12-gauge.

But this isn’t the ONLY “tactical shotgun myth” that’s floating around out there…

There are a lot of OTHER myths out there, bad ones, that I see gun people repeating… when they really should know better!

These are things that could get you hurt or even killed if you trust them.

That’s why I want to talk to you about…

The 3 Dumbest “Home Defense Shotgun” Myths Even Gun People Repeat!

Best Home Defense Shotgun / Best Tactical Shotgun Tips: 3 Myths

Now, look, I’m not trying to call anybody out here or start an “Internet sh*t fight”

…but people who repeat these myths really need to stop (especially when it comes to #3).

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, so I’ll go in order:

Myth #1: Racking The Pump Is Terrifying

This is definitely one of those myths that started out in the movies.

The hero, a Chuck Norris type with a steely gaze and “tough guy” attitude, steps into the room and racks his pump-action shotgun:

Ka-CHUNK!

The bad guy wets himself, drops to his knees, and pleads for mercy… and you’re supposed to expect a home invader to do the same.

(That’s why a lot of “gun guys” recommend the 12-gauge pump for home defense – because of that “pucker factor” from the pump action.)

Unfortunately, in the real world – especially when the bad guy and you both are experiencing the adrenaline “fight or flight” rush – he might not even hear the noise your shotgun makes.

(After all, sometimes people get shot or stabbed in a fight and don’t even realize it until after the fact – so you can ka-chunk ka-chunk all day long and he may never notice.)

If you rely on scaring him with your pump-action, he may just be on top of you before you realize it.

Myth #2: Birdshot Works

I gotta admit, this one grinds my gears every time I hear it.

You’ll see people recommending birdshot as an effective stopper that prevents “over-penetration.”

As the guy says in that movie, “Every word of what you just said was wrong.”

If you’re close enough (like, practically on top of somebody) for birdshot to “work,” it penetrates just as much as any OTHER size shot.

But get even a little bit farther away and this fine, dust-like shot doesn’t do much at ALL.

Heck, remember when Vice President Dick Cheney shot one of his hunting buddies in the FACE while they were hunting birds?

The poor old guy had a heart attack… and STILL survived, because bird shot simply ISN’T effective from, say, across your living room (you know, the distance where you might have to shoot a home invader).

If you rely on birdshot to stop an attacker, you might as well be throwing table salt and bad language at him.

Ok, I’m exaggerating… but think of it more like the difference between throwing a softball sized rock at someone vs. a handful of pebbles… both could “hurt”… but only one is likely to knock you out.

Myth #3: You (Sort Of) Don’t Need To Aim

Now, I’m not trying to build a “straw man” here.

I don’t know of any shotgun shooters who think they don’t have to aim at ALL.

But a lot of “gun people” think they only have to point the weapon in the general direction of the target.

That’s not true, and if you believe that myth, you’re going to miss.

Even at “living room home defense range,” the spread of buckshot is literally only a few inches apart – NOT the wide spray pattern you see in the movies.

Besides, you’re responsible for every single one of those pellets and the more that miss their target, the more chance you have of hitting an “innocent” – including a loved one in another room.

No, you’ve STILL got to get your gun on target properly if you’re going to hit the bad guy.

But that means you’ve got ANOTHER problem, because it’s almost like the people who make shotguns believe the no-aiming myth too.

You see, most shotguns have a bead sight – just a little dot of metal at the tip of the barrel – and not much else.

Now, I use a 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun for home-defense, and on that gun I’ve got a tritium front sight that kind of serves as my “backup sight.”

For my primary sight, though, I need something that will let me get my shotgun on target FAST, but ACCURATELY.

That’s where my red dot comes in.

The red dot sight lets me get the gun on the bad guy, quickly, with enough accuracy to get the job done.


That’s why I highly recommend this set-up for your own home-defense shotgun.

Home defense goes way beyond just having your shotgun set up right, though.

It involves training.

Unfortunately, most home defense training has just as much myth and misinformation in it as these shotgun myths.

In other words, it falls far short of helping gun-owners truly prepare for the violent nature of a home invasion.

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.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

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.

Don’t forget to watch for them… and if you see them, know that you’d had better TAKE ACTION.

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MCS 269 – Home Invasion: Apt. Vs. Home Defense

Home Invasion: Home Defense Vs. Apartment Defense

The problem with a lot of “home defense” advice…

…is that it focuses ONLY on the “home.”

By home, we mean, a traditional, stand-alone house. 

But what works for home defense for a standalone structure…

…would be TERRIBLE advice for an apartment or condo!

Not only that, but there really is no “one solution” to a lot of home defense problems.

So how do you tailor your home-defense plan to where (and how) you live?

What preparations can you make NOW that will give you the edge…

…when a gang of thugs tries to kick down your door?

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains how HE tailored his personal home defense plan for dividing his life between an isolated, rural home in gun-friendly Texas and an urban apartment in gun-hating Illinois.

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

  • The surprising reason that you’re in MORE danger of a home invasion in one specific type of housing.
  • The simple modification you can make to an apartment to create a much safer “saferoom”.
  • Jeff’s interesting choice for a home-defense weapon… and why it’s not suitable for “apartment living”!
  • The home-invasion defense weapon that BEATS a 12-gauge in multiple situations.

  • How to choose your ammo for maximum effect (and why you DON’T want a certain type of ammo for apartment defense).

No matter what your living situation, you CAN make your dwelling a much “harder target” in a home invasion.

Learn how to prepare now… before thugs with guns are kicking in YOUR door!

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[HOME INVASION] When Cops Arrive, Follow These 3 Tactical Home Defense Tips

Home Invasion Defense Tactics

I’m sure you’ve heard this before…

… “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?

Here are…

3 Home Invasion Survival Tips To Work With Responding Police…

Home Invasion Defense Tactics
Do You Know How To Respond When Police Show Up To A Home Invasion In Progress?

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.

The tactical “signal laser” I own has 2 operation modes:

  • “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.

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

Tactical Home Defense: Home Invasion TRUTHS About Cover And Concealment

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

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

Joe Piscopo’s line makes me laugh every time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Massad Ayoob

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

A locked door is not enough.

Even a wall isn’t enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Anything With Lots Of Metal Is Cover!

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

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

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

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

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

So what else can you do?

Well, that leads me to…

3. When Possible, DON’T BE THERE

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

Where are YOU likely to be when this happens?

Typically these things occur in the deep-sleep hours.

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

Consider your plans in that context.

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

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

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[HOME DEFENSE NEWS] Husband’s Home Invasion “Headshot” Saves Wife Held Hostage

Albert DeLa Garza’s trigger finger was trembling…

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…

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Home Defense Headshot Technique

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.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

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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4 Tactical Tips To Survive A Home Invasion!

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Imagine this scenario: You’re sitting at home watching reruns of ‘The Simpsons’ and there’s a knock at your front door.

“Who’s there?” you say. Hello, my daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies to raise money for military veterans and we’d like to show you her selection.”

Being the real patriot you are, you’re tempted to open the door to “do your part” – but are smart enough to look first and notice two tough-looking thugs with guns… and no little girl in a uniform.

You’re about to be the victim of a home invasion. So what do you do? Reach for your .45? Your shotgun? Claymore mine?

As a tried and true gun owner, your first instinct may be to start blasting away, but a home invasion requires tactical thinking BEYOND just the “point and shoot” reaction many gun owners have instilled in themselves from typical range training…

Here Are Four Tips To Survive A Home Invasion

  1. You need a “code word” for your family so that they all know how to spring into action, even if they’re in separate rooms from each other. Forget the Spec Ops secret code – “ESCAPE” works much better than “RED WOLF”. 

Simple…to the point.
  2. Have a “safe room” set up in your house where everyone can retreat to at the same time.
It needs to be stocked with several items to be prepared for surviving the upcoming fight, including a phone you can use to call law enforcement.
  3. DON’T leave your safe room!
 Assuming you have those you love with you, don’t be one of the idiots who puts on his cape and decides to go take the fight to the guys invading your home.
  4. Create a “fatal funnel”. Hunker down in a corner to the opposite side of the opening of the door so you have maximum time to make a shooting decision and are the last thing the home invaders see when busting in.
You have the advantage in this case because they have to assess the room before making a move (is anyone in the room; where are they; recover; reorganize; act)
. You just have to decide whether to shoot or not and you already know that either it’s a bad guy coming for you or the police coming to rescue you (hint: don’t shoot the police)
. Stay in place until the police arrive, even if you think the threat is gone.

The Harsh Reality Of Home Invasions

Look, home invasions don’t just happen in high-crime neighborhoods.

They happen EVERYWHERE (even in rural areas where home invaders know that there’s no one around to hear your screams).
OWNING a gun isn’t the same as knowing what to do with it tactically should you ever be faced with such a violent invasion of your castle.

And I’m not just talking about “point shooting” or getting a 1″ shot group between the eyes – I’m talking about all the other sneaky tricks that support your firing skills and are even MORE important.

There’s a program called “Home Defense Tactics” that, in my opinion, takes “home invasion defense” to an all new level.

You’ll find it at www.HomeDefenseTactics.com and it’s loaded with some pretty unorthodox tactics for defending yourself and your loved ones from a couple of sadistic predators in your home.