So in our last two segments we were discussing using your surroundings and landscapes while living at an apartment complex in the city. Well what if you don't live in an apartment but instead live in an actual house within the city limits or suburbs? Well let's discuss that shall we?
Some things to take into consideration is things like the following:
1. Where exactly are you located?
2. Where is your nearest neighbor?
3. Do you have a good relationship with your neighbors and the neighborhood?
4. How far is the nearest police station?
5. How far is the nearest medical facility
6. Are you surrounded by a lot of vegetation or are you fenced off from each other?
7. Do you live in a residential community area (all the houses look alike)?
8. What is the traffic like? Traffic can mean vehicles but primarily, how many people do you see traveling the area and do you recognize them?
These are all things to keep in mind. Remember what I said at the beginning. Your mind is your best weapon. These 8 tips will help you remember those in the area, time estimates, and what looks normal. One of these simple things seem off, well then you're "Oh crap" radar needs to be working.
We all know to look at people but what about those other little things that matter such as lighting, shrubs, and yes even your fence line. A person looking to attack you at the one place you thought you were safe will use the weak points in these to gain the advantage. Remember that those looking to do harm to someone will use the path of least resistance.
So here are some basic tips for the outside. Starting from the object that's the farthest and moving in closer.
1. Shrubs - Try your best to not let these get above waist height. If you can hide behind them and sneak around without being seen, then so can the bad guy.
2. Lighting - You should have flood lights on the corners of the house if at all possible. Solar lights will work for your walk way and around the edge of the house, but try to get the brightest ones possible. If it runs on a ground wire or direct power, then it can be cut and taken out.
3. Trees - If you're using trees to line your property, Cypress trees work the best and need to be planted as close together as possible so you can see the movement of anything that moves through them. Large oaks, pines, sweet gum, cedar, cherry, should be avoided if at all possible. If you do have one of these already, then place solar lights around the tree to make shadows and silhouette anything that tries to hide there.
4. Fencing - Be sure that whatever fencing you're using is at least two feet taller than you or 6' 5". This will make it difficult for your average person to climb over, also, chain link fencing can be cut with tools but if a person knows how to use it, it provides no resistance instead it adds motion to a person's jump. Chain link helps keep the honest people, honest. Concrete, brick, or wooden fences are usually the safer route to go. Wood can be beaten with tools and age, so use great care in maintaining them. Cheapest to maintain however, but still strong.
5. Doors - Everyone bypasses the door just like they bypass the "ALL NEW" signs in a retail store. Everyone loves the "ON SALE" deals and well, the same can be said about doors. People enjoy having that door with the fancy designs and glass in them, but why are they something to look past? Strength, security, and actual dependability. Instead go for that fiberglass door with reinforced steel inside the door. These doors can take a heck of a beating and if installed with a 1/8" - 1/4" steel frame drilled into the foundation, once that dead bolt is locked then that door is never coming down. Unless you bring a tank or a really big car and ram through.
6. Windows - These are something that you should definitely consider and take the time to look at. Hurricane glass is great for not only the beach and flying debris but also, great for security purposes for anyone looking to break through a window. These windows are so strong it would take a lot of time and a fence post hammer to break them. Put these puppies inside a locking frame with the locks locking into the frame itself, now you've got extreme windows.
7. Alarms/Cameras - Take your time to research these and find the one that best suits your needs. Wired is preferred but also remember, no power, no system, no alert. So have a back up plan. Game cameras work great for inexpensive starters and can be moved on the go. But definitely take the time to research the products, ask professionally certified companies about what kind of systems they like, and the cost.
These simple seven tips are just that, simple and should be looked at along with more. So take your time in looking into these items and try to think "What would I do if I was going to do this". This will keep you one step above the bad guy and help you better prepare.
Stay safe, stay alert, and always carry. Until next time.
I'm not going to make fun of you for it, not even if you got this "idea" from Bernie Sanders. No, really. I'm just going to show you some pictures and talk about them for a bit.
Meet the Ruger Precision Rifle. It has a detachable box magazine (compatible with the 20-round magazines from AR-10's and M14's), a pistol grip, a threaded barrel, and a folding/telescoping stock. It's capable of hitting a 12-inch target at 1,000 yards, and the street price is right around the same number of dollars. That's four of the requirements to make it an "assault weapon," plus it has extreme range and accuracy.
The next rifle on our list is the Ruger American. Much less expensive and only effective for about half the range, the Ruger American has absolutely none of the features of an "assault weapon." In fact, it operates the same as the Precision Rifle we mentioned earlier; that is, they are both bolt-action rifles. It would be silly to say they operate any differently, and anybody with an operating right elbow can easily get ten rounds out of each rifle in under a minute.
But wait. Those extra features must make the Precision Rifle more dangerous, so it should be banned, right? That's the logic of people who want to ban semi-automatic rifles that look scary. Take these next two photos for example:
One is a regular ol' rifle like granddad would have, but the other is a scary horrible assault weapon, right? Nope. They're the same rifle, but only one of them would be classified an assault weapon because of its features. The American rifle and the precision rifle are made using the same action parts , one is just out of the box super accurate the other is just as accurate with minor tweaks. In fact, all of these images are courtesy of Google (and used without intent of profit, so fair use and all that) and can be easily researched on your own should you care to.
So, to everybody who wants to ban "assault weapons" (including those who think your hunting rifle won't be next), you may consider yourselves informed. As always, ask questions, and the community will be glad to answer!
Sound off in the comments if you've ever taken a "granddad" rifle or shotgun and turned it into a space-age wonder. Oh, and pics or it didn't happen.
While I have some freedom to do as I please for a bit I'd like to take this time and talk about the myths and facts about the good old 21 foot rule. This rule applies to everything when it comes to personal engagements and to just about any fight that you may get into throughout your entire life.
So why is this rule important? This distance is what many refer to as the social zone. I refer to this distance as the kill or be killed zone. I also laugh at people that believe they can actually win a gun versus knife fight at this distance. The average human response time to recognize a threat or friendly is 1.8 - 2.5 seconds (age and training may increase or decrease this but only by .05 of a second). The best way to train for this distance is called the Tuller Drill.
So let's look at some myths about this distance and why they are just that....MYTHS!
1. Guy with a knife versus an individual with a gun. The gun shall always win. This is the biggest myth of all time! I have tested this rule with test after test, after test, after bloody freaking test! I have also gotten first hand experience of this too.
The average person with a knife already drawn can close the distance on a person trying to draw a gun in under 1.5 seconds at a full sprint. Now again, it take a normal person 1.8 - 2.5 seconds to recognize a threat and decide to engage or run away. Now just think, it takes you 1.8 - 2.5 seconds to recognize an immediate threat and respond.
You have to grab the grip of your pistol, release the snap strap / retention strap / press the release button / etc. to your holster. If you carry a secured holster, this is something to consider. Unsecure holster, you'll have a faster draw but there is a downfall to your planning in a fight. That's a different time and a completely different article.
So, where are we? 1.8 - 2.5 seconds = recognize the threat and respond
1.5 seconds for a threat to close the distance at a full sprint. This may be a lot faster depending on the person and if they're wearing armor or sagging pants or not. We're up to an complete time of 3.3 - 4 seconds of time you've been getting attacked. Not good.
Also, depending on how you carry your sidearm whether if you're an on the waist/hip, appendix, behind your back, shoulder holster, ankle, or whatever tickles your fancy, this is something to consider too. Are you concealed carrying or open carrying? This too makes a contribution to the fight's numbers that count.
FACT: You will never draw and fire accurately if attacked at 21 feet or less. This isn't the movies, you're going to get stabbed multiple times or beaten to death then have your life taken by your own gun which will go one to be used in another crime.
FACT: Training for this fight does help but still you'll never win straight out of the draw. So train at 21 feet with everything you do, talking, drawing and firing, closing the distance with an attacker before they make their attack.
2. If I have my gun drawn already and they have a knife I can win
This is another MYTH that has been proven wrong and time and time again. Again, I've got first hand experience with this. You never know how good you really truly are until you're living that moment....you also never know how truly bad you are until that moment too.
Yes, if you're gun is already drawn and you're aiming down the sights, you've got the drop on the attacker....that is until they shift left, right, or something else nabs your attention, I.E. they throw something, someone screams, someone else is now a threat, people begin running and get in to your area of conflict.
At 21 feet, you're best option while having the gun drawn is to tell the person to drop their weapon and back away or to kick it towards you so you know it's in your AO. If they refuse though, this is where you must train, train, train.
So you give the warning, the attacker refuses to comply, and now they're rushing at you. 1.5 seconds or less at full sprint, remember? Trust me, when the fight is on, you're adrenaline does some really amazing things to your body. You may think you have the best shot in the world, but now the adrenaline is pumping, people are in the area, lives are on the line, and you're in the fight or flight mode.
Trust me, the rush you'll have from the adrenaline pumping through your veins while in a fight whether armed or unarmed, is incomparable to anything else you'll ever do. Even that rush you get when having that one night stand with the hottie you just met and have no idea who their name is, all you know is they bought all the alcohol in the bar and it's open house. Anyways, moving on!
FACT: You're going to have to move in a fight, even if it's a few inches here or a couple of feet there. You're going to have to move!
FACT: Distance is your friend! If the attacker rushes at you, keep your sidearm ready, move around vehicles or step to the side of the attacker at the last second and push the attacker away from you. Newton's Law of Motion and Darwin's Theory will take over from there. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction plus an object in motion shall stay in motion until it meets an object greater than or lesser than its own mass. Of course, natural selection is the fight at hand.
3. At 21 feet, you can relax because of the distance.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!!
Always trust your gut instincts on this one. If you're walking around at 70 degrees with a t-shirt and blue jeans but now there's a guy approaching you wearing a down jacket or something not meant for the season, there's a sign that something is wrong!
Your gut instincts are 99.9% never wrong, as long as you know what you're looking for and trust them. We as a human race definitely have some seriously weird traits and talents but the sixth sense is what a lot of people take for granted. It's developed over the years to where it's unstoppable and completely undetectable by most other people.
If something feels wrong, looks wrong, smells wrong, and you start questioning everything going on....that's a good indication that something is most definitely WRONG!!! Trust yourself and you'll be okay.
Remember this, most humans can tell whether or not they would actually talk to someone at 7 to 12 yards. So if at 7 to 12 yards you can tell if you'd talk to a person or not, then at 5 to 7 yards things begin to get a little too relaxed, 3 to 5 yards, it's the personal zone and you're officially in the suicide zone of a fight. Anything at arm's length is considered the intimate zone and is the kill zone for anyone looking to do any harm to you.
FACT: Most normal people are okay with you being within arm's reach or out to 5 yards when it comes to talking.
FACT: If you live in an area where there is a lot of people and there's no space, you don't ever think about the 21 foot rule ( 7 yard line )
FACT: If you stay in the WHITE ZONE then you will end up in the BLACK ZONE. No this doesn't apply to race, this applies to your actual level of awareness and trusting your gut instinct.
FACT: Men actually make this mistake more so than women! Yes, attackers go after women more so than men, but that's because they're usually not as strong as a guy. However, men, will let people inside their personal space more often than not because of our genetic make-up of wanting to be dominant over the person we are interacting with.
So what do these three MYTHS have in common? They will all get you killed if you actually believe these MYTHS and refuse to believe in the facts. You're average gun fight, knife fight, fist fight, etc. will most always be at 21 feet ( 7 yards ) or closer. If you refuse to train for the fight then you'll lose. If you let people into your personal zone, you'll lose the fight as well.
So remember to always watch your surroundings, always look for things that don't appear to be "normal", pay attention to the people around you, especially people that you know (these are usually most likely the one that is going to attack you), and never stop training mentally and physically.
Have a good night everyone. Stay safe, stay alert, and always carry. Until next time.
-- LoneWolf --
Are you a single-issue voter? If so, you may want to reconsider casting a ballot for Bernie Sanders.
In this, he makes it clear that AR-style rifles aren't for hunting. He'd be right if not for being so wrong; the AR-15 is actually the most versatile hunting platform in America.
An AR-15 is a rifle, but the portion that is considered a "firearm" in the eyes of the ATF is actually a small but crucial part known as a lower receiver. (Think of it with its orientation; the lower receiver and upper receiver both *receive* rounds, but one is under the other.) This is the only part that requires a background check because it houses the trigger and hammer mechanisms; the rest of the rifle can be shipped to your front door without a background check of any kind.
Why does this make it a versatile platform? Because several different calibers work with the same lower receiver. All you need is to swap the upper receiver, sometimes just the barrel!
Your garden-variety "scary black rifle" comes in .223 Winchester (or its higher-pressure counterpart, 5.56 NATO; both calibers work in the higher-pressure configuration). .223 is an excellent caliber for hunting small game, from pest species like coyote or feral pigs to smaller varmints like prairie dogs.
One change of an upper receiver later, you have a deer rifle in the "mild but wild" .243 Winchester. (Or, if you don't think a caliber starting with a 2 isnt enough for deer, .300 Blackout is gaining in popularity.) Disregard Sanders and "Shotgun" Joe Biden; you aren't required go hunting with a fully-loaded magazine at any time, so their comments on being a bad shot are absolutely bunk. In addition, lower-capacity magazines are sold for this reason.
Would you like to shoot cans in a ditch? Have a fun, cheap, low-recoil time at the range? Maybe teach a new shooter the basics? Slap a .22-caliber upper receiver on that rifle and go to town! In fact, such a setup would even be effective for hunting squirrels ... What's that, Bernie?
Let's say you don't want to play "musical uppers" and instead have multiple rifles for different purposes. Sticking with the AR series gives you the exact same controls in the exact same places, no matter which rifle you grab, as well as opening up even larger calibers with the AR-10. I say this as an AK fanboy: You can't lose with an AR-style hunting rifle.
How about you, readers? Do you take an AR-style rifle into the great outdoors with you? If not, would you consider it after having read the information provided?
Sound off in the comments!
So we left off with living at an apartment complex in the city and moving from your vehicle to your room. Well today we're going to add onto that with how to use your vehicle as an escape route at the apartment.
So let us begin, shall we?
So you're approaching your apartment area and you notice an individual or even a group of individuals in the surrounding area that appear to be up to no good, most of us would do like any normal reasonable people might do, which is keep an eye on them and just try to go about our day, but what happens when that doesn't work and the unthinkable happens? That now you're in a confrontation and things are going south quick?
Well, this is where you, the vehicle, and the attacker is now going to start being pieced together. Like any good plan, always have one but have the means to adjust fire. What do I mean by that? It means, never have just one idea to use. The world and your brain are your best tools at your disposal.
So before getting out of your vehicle what should you consider?
One: How many attackers are there?
Two: Do you have family or friends with you?
Three: Is it really worth the risk?
So you decide to get out of your car, before doing so be sure to look to your left, right, front, and back....full 360° sweep. Because once you're outside the car, it's GO time. So if you see the attacker making a move towards you there is a simple trick to do that'll turn your door into a battering ram. Grab the handle and place your foot on the inside of the door, open the door slightly, when the attacker is close to full swing, release the door handle and kick the door open as hard as you can while keeping your hands to catch the door if the attack shoves back.
Now at the same time that you kick the door out, be sure to get out of the vehicle as quickly as possible and move to the nearest exit route. Now if you decide to not do this technique then exit the vehicle as fast as possible and leave the door open if they are approaching from the front of the vehicle. This will create a barrier between you and them. If they are approaching from the rear, get out and button hook around the door *Keeping your keys in hand and in between your fingers*
Anything to give you a second is a valued second with the chance to fight back or to run away. However, this technique should only be used if you have to. It's best to avoid the fight if at all possible and leave the area without getting into a confrontation of any kind. That's your best chances of survival and at defense with your vehicle if unarmed and looking for the quick way out.
This completes my section about the basics of defense at an apartment complex. My next section will be moving into living in a residential neighborhood. Or as I call them, the look alike living quarters. If you wish to know more about apartment defense and surroundings please feel free to ask and I'll definitely answer it.
Until next time, stay safe, stay alert, and always carry.
So when it comes to defense at home what are some things that we as gun owners think about or even hear about from fellow gun owners, newbies, or those that think home defense is just about violence? It's most usually always, what kind of gun do you have and what caliber?
Well how about if we forget that for a moment and just drop back to the bare basics? One of the most critical parts that we forget to consider and we almost always over look, because let's face it, a lot of us including myself, once I got that rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that's as far as I went because I figured that was all that I needed.
That way of thinking is considerably wrong indeed and a fast track to having a home invasion. So what do I mean by dropping back to the basics? I'm talking about looking at your landscape, surroundings, lighting, doors, windows, security systems, improvising on adding that extra layer of protection for disaster preparations, and lastly the use of firearms.
Today's piece we'll start from the first thing to consider.....Surroundings and Landscape.
Why are surroundings and landscapes so important? Well I'll be glad to explain. Our basic survival will always depend on how easy it is for our attackers to get the drop on us and also how much can you see? Why do I say this? It's because attackers will watch their prey just like predators in the jungle, they will stalk them, learn them, and take the path of least resistance to get them. So here is part one of our surroundings and landscapes.
City - With more and more people living in the cities what should we take into consideration? If you live like most people in the city usually do, you probably live in a residential neighborhood where all the houses look the same or in an apartment complex. If you live in an apartment complex then you're at a large risk of an attack. People are always moving in an out of the area and you usually have those neighbors that stay out of everyone's business.
So what to look for at the apartment. It all starts from your car. When you're pulling up, look for vehicles that you don't recognize if they're parked somewhere odd, look for people that you've never seen before and watch how they react to your approach. If they're all eye balling you, then stay in your car and don't exit. If you can help yourself that is. If you must exit your vehicle, park in a spot that you can have a quick exit, see everyone, and you still have access to your apartment.
Once you're outside the vehicle, this is where you should stay in the Orange Zone. If you're apartment is upstairs and you're outside, know your way out. Look for the easiest route to leave your vehicle's area and get to the office or in an area with a lot of movement against your attacker or attackers. If you have to go upstairs, be quick about getting up the steps and be sure you have an exit from upstairs if need be.
Another tip: Before exiting your vehicle, place a key between your index and middle finger to use as a stabbing device if you're approached in a violent matter and need to get out. You can also use an ink pen, metal preferably.
If you have to walk to your apartment room, be quick, but every five to ten seconds ( usually every third step ) look behind you left and right. Don't stop moving, a still target is an easy target. Before you even approach your room, be sure to hold your room key between your index and middle finger or middle finger and ring finger ( totally personal preference ). This will allow quick access with the key to the dead bolt and door knob, while keeping a hand free.
Once inside, get in quick and lock the door behind you. If you have groceries or baggage of any kind don't carry a lot of weight at once. One bag in one hand, i.e. a bag of cans, should be your limit.
If you have to go back out, wait until the right moment before moving. If it looks bad, don't worry about going out. Stay inside until things calm down. Your life is better to have than a fridge full of food you can't enjoy.
If you do decide to go back outside, secure your door or if you have a friend with you, have them give you a hand. If you don't have anyone, then again, wait it out. Call the office even, security, even law enforcement so they can be made aware of the situation.
If you live in a gated community then okay but even that's not a 100% against the bad guy who will give the gate code to their buddies. Stay vigilant. If you're married and your family made it to the apartment with you, tell the wife and kids to stay put if you're going back out.
Now am I saying do this every time? NO! If you can, keep an eye on the threats, grab a little bit at a time, and never get close if you can help it. This is just a small contributor to your survival.
There's plenty more to come about apartments, movements, and much much more. However, this is all for today folks. Part two soon to come. Thanks for reading and let me know about what you want to know.
Next part will include vehicles and more surroundings and landscaping to consider. Gotta get back on the job.
Until then, stay safe, stay alert, and always carry.
Last fall, I was asked to speak at a gun rights seminar on why women should speak up on the 2A and why they should matter to us. I thought that was a great topic to discuss, and so I thought I would do a blog post about it.
Why should gun rights matter to women?
Guns are the great equalizer. They are the one thing that allows us as women a fighting chance when faced with an attacker. They allow us to be self reliant and protect ourselves and our families. Why would we be willing to let our right to do so go without a fight? That alone is reason enough to be concerned with what is happening with gun rights. I personally cannot think of a better reason as to why to be concerned with gun rights, than being able to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Why should women speak up?
Women are powerful spokespeople for gun rights. Why you may ask? Well, we are an increasing demographic in the gun industry. In recent years more women are buying and getting more involved in the shooting sports. Those of us who are in favor of the 2nd Amendment need to make sure that the anti's aren't the only ones whose voices and opinions are heard. We have the power to influence not only those around us, but what is going on in the legislature. For a long time the shooting sports have been seen as a man's world, fueled by testosterone. By women taking a stand, our position can't be viewed as testosterone driven as when men do.
Moms in support of the 2nd Amendment should especially be willing to speak up. In the media, moms in particular are viewed differently than other groups who are voicing their opinions. Moms, not politicians should be making decisions on what best protects their families. We have been protecting our children long before politicians existed. Why would they be so arrogant as to think that they know better? In that regard, those who are not comfortable with firearms, should have the right to make the decision on how they choose to protect their families without judgement as well.
We CAN make a difference if we unite together.
What would it look like if Everytown For Gun Safety, and its like, were actually for gun safety as their name implies they are?
For starters, they would use funds raised and donated to implement gun safety courses which they teach the Four Rules of Gun Safety [ 1) Treat every firearm as if it's loaded. 2) Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy. 3) Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it. 4) Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.] free of charge to children and in communities nationwide.
Then, they would promote ways to actively keep citizens safe from people who wish to do them harm.
No, posting a sign advising criminals that there are defenseless victims on site does not count as keeping people safe. Tragically, the opposite has been proven to be true time and time again.
They would also work along side and on behalf of law abiding gun owners to ensure they are are not stripped of their inalienable right to protect themselves and their families due to the negligent and unlawful practices by those who do not respect and adhere to the Four Rules of Gun Safety.
Well, I think you get the idea...
In short, if Bloomberg's shills at Everytown, as well as the rest of the anti second amendment crowd, actually cared one ounce about gun safety, they would be doing exactly what us pro gun rights advocates and organizations have been doing all along. They would be teaching GUN SAFETY instead of promoting ignorance and fear.
But, then again, in order to have "gun sense" you first have to have a foundation built on common sense.
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