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Here are the subjects addressed in the current three parts of the e-books. More are in the works:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I: The Basics – Developing Your Home Defense System
- What are we dealing with?
- Steps in Developing Your Defense System
- Identify Your Threat
- Defensive Strategy Options
- Strategy vs. Tactics
- Alarm Notifications
- Assessment / Identification of Alarms
- Location of Your System Controls
- Choosing your Strategy
Part II: Repelling The Intruder
- Use of Force
- The Verbal Challenge
- Intruder Pathways
- The Case For Grated Barriers
- Defensive Positions
- Moving Targets
- Gunfire: Where do the bullets go?
- Lighting: Use of shadows & light, light controls
- The RIGHT Formula
- Prepare for the Aftermath
Part III: Firearms Training For The Homeowner
- The 4 Rules
- Firearms Skills
- Night Sights
- Training for the Home Defender
- Selecting Your Home Defense Firearm
- Only Hits Count!
- Balance Between Speed and Accuracy
- The Basics
- The Standard Response
- Failure to Stop
- The Exercises
- Close Encounters
- Multiple Targets
- Moving Targets
Here are some excerpts from the books:
What Are We Dealing With?
In short, this is not another re-hash of the same old concepts. We are not going to discuss what kind of locks or alarm devices to get, or how to harden your doors to resist being kicked in. You do need to know those things, but that information is readily available and very well covered by many other sources, including your local security alarm companies, whom I would recommend you use extensively.
Here, we are going to address the Home Invasion, a potentially violent assault on your home that threatens you and your family.
It is vital that you accept the premise that the development of your home defense system is YOUR responsibility. The more you know about the dynamics of an intrusion for instance, the better you can utilize the equipment that an alarm company may provide. You must be intimately involved with every aspect. Bringing someone in to develop a defense system for you and your family could have negative unintended consequences. If the system is too complicated, or if it takes over your day-to-day life, your family will just ignore it. The result is that you may believe that you have security but, in fact, you have NO security. So what do you do?
When you have an incident, your defensive strategy includes these three elements:
1. Identifying the situation,
2. Delaying and controlling the intruder’s movements, and
3. Implementing a realistic response.
While it is important that a base level of your strategy is always active, in times of extreme social unrest or danger an additional level can be already in place, waiting to be activated.
Regarding home invasions, however, something that happens all too often is that a family member voluntarily opens the door for the intruders! A knock occurs late at night, someone opens the door, and, wham, they are in the house in a flash. Obviously, this negates any alarm system or defensive strategy.
Let us understand the difference between Strategy and Tactics, because we use the words rather frequently and they mean different things.
If your first indication that someone is on your property is when he knocks on your door, you may have a problem. It is important to extend that initial notification as far out as you can. Time and distance are your allies.
Alarm assessment and identification is vitally important because the actions you take next are based solely on identification of the cause of the alarm and your assessment of that cause.
But consider this: The last thing you want to do is to get up in the middle of the night, unlock your bedroom door, and walk over to the entry door to silence an alarm. The implication is obvious; you have just left what is most likely your Safe Room and entered into the space where the intruders may be.
The high points in Part I are:
- Design your defense for a specific threat.
- Analyze how that threat can gain entry to your home.
- Install an early warning system to detect and assess that threat.
- Create barriers and delays to their attempt to gain entry.
- Create a Safe Room.
- Have a solid strategy for your threat that the whole family understands, and accepts.
- Practice that strategy with your family.
At this point you must understand the following critical points before we continue. We are proceeding on the premise that you have identified a potential need to use deadly force, and that you are preparing yourself to do so. This is the “Worst Case Scenario”. Any situation in which LESS than deadly force is directed toward you will, of course, dictate that a lesser level of force be used in your defense.
You want to channel intruders’ movements into a “fatal funnel”, where they have only one way to approach a point, like an entry door, while you can defend from any angle. Ancient castles were always designed with this in mind and frequently incorporated what were called “murder holes” and other deadly entrances.
There is a lot of good information on the internet about “hardening” your home that you should research (like installing doors and door jambs that resist being kicked in). It bears repeating, you really should have a Safe Room and you should use these techniques to hardening your final retreat. Generally, these suggestions are intended solely to prevent someone from getting in. Yet, as noted above, any barrier can be breached.
So why would you bother to harden your entry points to the home if they can be breached?
This is why delay is a key element in your strategy. You, the defender, must be in position prior to an intruder arriving. The longer you can delay him, the better it is for you.
One of the fundamental problems with alarms that indicate that a door has been opened, or a motion detector that detects movement inside the house, is that the intruder is already inside! How long will it take him to run from the penetration point to your bedroom door?
Defensive positions are points from which you can shoot at an adversary, while providing you some protection from return fire. Sounds simple, but is it? Let’s run through some of the elements here, and see how involved it really is.
The defensive position must give you an unobstructed field of fire. Also, there should be no cover for the adversary; no place that protects them from your gunfire. An example is the wall of your house where someone could be attempting to access a door or window. There should be no vegetation or objects that would either hide them from view (concealment) or protect them from gunfire (cover).
I want to emphasize this point a bit. Unless you have had extensive training in the use of firearms, and specifically with shooting intruders who are on the move, your ability to stop multiple intruders after they penetrate a door is really pretty weak. It takes knowledge and experience to be able to hit multiple moving targets accurately and very quickly. See the section on firearms training (Part III) for some more information.
While it may seem intuitive that you can shoot through a window at an adversary, there are aspects of this that you must consider.
Hitting moving targets is very difficult. To your advantage, an advancing intruder will have to slow down or stop at some point in order to kick in a door, turn a corner, or open a gate, so it is best if your position gives you a clear line of fire at that point.
Your gunfire is your responsibility. This is a major issue for the homeowner. YOU and ONLY YOU are entirely responsible for each and every bullet you fire, until it finds its final resting place. You must seriously consider each defensive position in relation to where your bullets will go.
Your typical home invader will leave a vapor trail along his exit when the shooting starts. However, it may be your design basis threat that they are determined to get you.
Shoot, move, communicate with other defenders and repeat, until you are at your last defensive position. This position must then be held at all costs. The better you design it, the easier it is to eliminate or drive back the remaining intruders.
There is nothing about the use of firearms that is easy, natural, or intuitive. Firearms competency is entirely a learned skill. It requires professional instruction and frequent practice to gain and maintain that skill. Basic marksmanship and gun handling skills are insufficient to enable a gun owner to engage in tactical movement and firearms combat: these require much more training.
Must you choose between a handgun that is handy but difficult to shoot accurately with anemic power, or a shotgun that is a powerful tool but awkward in close quarters, won’t be on your person, kicks like a mule and if you are a slightly built man or a woman, intimidating? Helluva decision to make, isn’t it?
How about choosing a rifle instead?
First, recognize that it does not matter how fast you shoot, it only matters how fast you get hits. Only Hits Count! You cannot miss fast enough to win a gunfight. This is not hand grenades or horseshoes, understand? “Close” won’t get the job done for you.
Second, recognize that there is always a balance between speed and accuracy. You want to shoot as fast as you can, but as slow as you have to, in order to get the hits. Remember: Only Hits Count. More on this later in the exercises.
It should be obvious that how you defend your home is unique to your location. Because of this, you need to take the time to analyze each defensive position to determine what you may have to do there. You will discover there are certain elements common to each position. You can then practice these individual elements of your response plan with live fire on the range. Then, when you actually need the skills, they will be there for you.
Determine the closest range at which you might come face to face with an intruder. That could possibly be at arm’s length. Recognize that you will have to go through an identification and threat assessment phase in your response. You simply must be sure you are engaging a real threat and not one of your family members running towards you from the threat!
How fast do you want your response to be? Well, how much time do you want to give your assailant to shoot at you? How about “none seconds” as NFL Coach John Madden might say? Of course that is impossible, so be as fast as you humanly can.
How about two rounds Center Mass in less than one second? That’s easily achievable. One half second? Harder, but still possible. If your assailant can get one shot off in half of a second (that might hit you), do you want to take a full second to get your first hit on him?
The problem with multiple targets is that it takes time to get hits on all of them. If you attempt to hit each person twice, it will take progressively too long to get to each guy in the group. The longer it takes you to knock them all down, the longer the last guy has to shoot you. So speed is essential here.
Another thing to recognize is that reloads, just like malfunction clearance drills, is a trained reaction. Shooting is an intellectual decision. Each and every shot should be because you are mentally assessing the situation as you go, and your observations tell you to keep shooting.
However, if you only train to do tac-loads, you will be sorely inadequate when you run dry and have to do an emergency reload. In an actual shooting incident, you will shoot as long as the adversary is a threat, and as long as there is ammo.
Obviously, WE DO NOT CARE what causes each stoppage when we are in the middle of a gunfight. What we want is a programmed response so we can apply the action that gives us the single best chance of getting back into the fight immediately.
Let’s wrap up this section on firearms with a simple recap of the information.
- You need to analyze your shooting positions and determine what action may take place there.
- You will find that you will have at least the following six possibilities.
- If you only trained in these, you would still be light years ahead of the average criminal.