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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.