Firearms – by Mark Anderson

Firearms – by Mark Anderson

Just a quick background: I started my formal firearms training by dropping out of High School and joining the US Army. Started as an MP, became a LRRP, Finished by becoming a Weapons and Tactics Instructor at Fort Jackson. After the Army I started college for Law Enforcement. Wound up as a Level 1 Reserve with a rural Sheriffs Department. While there I became active instructing in Automatic Weapons and Combat Shotguns. I have also been able to attend Gunsite Ranch back in the early 80’s when Jeff Cooper was still active there. I also attended Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute. Does this make me an “Expert”? Nope. Experienced? Yup. Opinionated? Yup. Remember, “X” is an unknown quantity and “spurt” is a leak under pressure. Beware of someone who claims to be an Expert. I wanted to write this as to give you all a little sage advice. And that’s all it is…advice. My pet peeve lately has been reading about and actually listening in the gun shops to people telling others which gun to buy. Only buy what they like, all others are substandard, too big, too small, wrong caliber, etc. Example; A family member recently purchase a Beretta M9 9mm. He asked me what I thought. I told him I couldn’t stand it. As he looked at me kinda funny I said, I hate the sights, The trigger guard bites into my fingers. I don’t like the grip as it feels weird and the trigger is atrocious. As he started to mumble a few choice words I told him that all things considered it was one of...
6 Personal Safety Tips To Help You Stay Alert

6 Personal Safety Tips To Help You Stay Alert

Today, I am going to focus on some personal safety practices you can use when you are out and about. 1. When walking or jogging, make sure you stay in a well lite area if at night or in a known neighborhood during the day. Be aware of your surroundings, both in front and behind you by keeping your head up and if you use headphones, keep the volume low enough to hear vehicles or just in one ear. Do not walk or run towards people who may be acting suspiciously or appear to be watching and waiting, avoid these unknown subjects by crossing the street prior to getting close to them and maintain visual awareness. 2. Walking to and from stores, mall, etc keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings, Walk with a purpose, do not divert your attention by texting or talking on the phone, digging for car keys or be burdened with too many bags or packages.
Distractions put you in “Condition White” and drastically decrease your natural reaction time. 3. If you are lost or can’t remember where you parked your car, return to the store and ask for assistance from a security officer or store employee. not Wandering around looking lost paints you as a potential victim. If someone you don’t know is in, near, or leaning on your car, do not approach it, walk back to where you came from and call police or security. When you do get to your car, look around it and inside before you get in to make sure no one is around or in it....
12 Top Tips From Your Friends

12 Top Tips From Your Friends

Don’t you wish you could get all the answers you’re looking for? Duh! I think we all do. What if you could be stuck in an elevator with your favorite Prepper? You know, a little one on one time to bend their ear and get the best advice? What if you could just kick back around the campfire with a dozen of them and listen to them give you their number one tip for being better prepared to face the future. We reached out to some of our favorite pages, pages we share from regularly. I asked them to send me a paragraph or two with their best piece of advice. I didn’t give everyone a different topic. I didn’t even tell anyone which advice had been covered as the answers came in. I was extremely happy to see that everyone had different advice. There’s a little overlap but there’s a dozen different topics and a dozen different points of view. I’ve also added my two cents to each of their tips. What an amazing opportunity to learn. . • John Correia – ASP https://activeselfprotection.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ActiveSelfProtection Lots of people survive every day by pure, blind luck. They miss a traffic accident by inches, or pass by a mugger 5 minutes before they decide to strike. They live like the people in Panem in the beginning of The Hunger Games, hoping the odds are ever in their favor. The problem is, sometimes the odds don’t matter and you’re the one whose name is drawn! And when it does, you need the attitude, skills, and plan already in place to survive....
Dirty Thieving Scoundrel!!!

Dirty Thieving Scoundrel!!!

So, some of you may remember my post from last week about catching a dirtbag with his hands in the back of my truck. Well, it’s not happening again…. After some upgrades, adjustments, and enhancements, we are set up to put a hurt on the next fool to attempt such silliness. Here’s the basic rundown of the TacticsHouse upgrades. First upgrade (done the next day) was a Chamberlain CWA2000 Wireless Motion Alert System This is a simple two piece unit that has a wireless sensor, like a motion light, and a receiver that chimes when the sensor is tripped. The next step was to re-aim our existing motion sensor light to catch my parking space better. This is basically the same as our unit. Motion Sensor Flood Light Step three, of the catch a burglar system, was to relocate our flag light. Now, I am REALLY OCD about our flag ALWAYS being illuminated. It’s a patriotic thing and the right thing. So, I had to put it in a place where it would still hit the flag at our entry but also throw some light on my truck. This is an 8 watt, 260 lumen, LED floodlight from Lowes. Phase 4 was to add a security camera. I looked around on Amazon for a while and found a lot of options but I’m impatient and cheap… Guess what? That payed off in this case. We had an old iPhone lying around and I found a cool app that gives you FREE video camera functionality, Motion activated event recording, and notifications! If the camera detects motion, I backs up a...
Personal Safety – ZombieLand Style

Personal Safety – ZombieLand Style

Personal Safety Have y’all seen the movie “Zombieland” ? It isn’t a requirement but it is the amusing source of this weeks tips. A friend sent this list to me a while ago and I thought I could use it as a good Pop Culture training tool. So, here it goes. The list: 1. Cardio 2. Double Tap 3. Beware of Bathrooms 4. Buckle Up 5. Travel Light 6. Don’t be a Hero 7. Limber Up 8. When in Doubt, Always Know Your Way Out 9. The Buddy System 10. Check the Back Seat 11. Enjoy the Little Things 1. Cardio To escape a pursuing zombie you will need to out-run it, and this means being in good shape. – This makes sense for every aspect of your life. Get healthy, get fit, live longer. Be it a preparedness situation or a defensive situation, being in better physical condition will improve your odds of survival. 2. Double Tap When in doubt, don’t get stingy with your bullets. Most zombies won’t die from just one hit unless it’s a shot to the head, and it will instead get up in very little time, and will then bite you. The most effective way to prevent this is to take a second shot/hit to their head which will stop them from attacking again, and surely one more shot can’t do too much harm! For this to work, you will need at least two shots in your gun at all times so you can double tap without having to worry about reloading in time (you usually won’t get that time). Luckily, the second...
The Door Stops Here

The Door Stops Here

Today’s Safety Saturday post comes from a page fan, Marti. “Do you or your readers have any ideas how to reinforce exterior doors? Most including mine are so easy to kick in. Thanks.” The lock or handle side of a door is its weak point. There is very little material holding all of that in place. A steel framed door is better but still depends on how it is attached to the rest of the building. Replacing short mounting screws with longer heavy duty hardware will greatly improve door security. One of the devices in this picture will also help to reinforce your entry points. Look at the screws in the hinge side of the door and replace if found to be inferior. These are all great steps, but don’t lose sight of the fact that you probably still have windows made of glass. Window alarms won’t stop glass from breaking but they may deter the criminal. Wedge-it http://amzn.to/1odXguz Master-Lock Security Bar http://amzn.to/1lCxmRw Door Alarm Wedge (I use one of these for hotel rooms when we travel) http://amzn.to/1lCxC30 Door Stopper from “The Club” http://amzn.to/1qX9Od2 NightLock http://amzn.to/1mHNWzD Stand alone window/door alarm...
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