How To Be Prepared, Pt 2

Posted: December 9, 2013 in A Combative Insight, Being Prepared Pt 2

The Unique Structure of a Home Invasion: How To Be Prepared
Part 2
By Bo Perrin

How To Be Prepared Pt 1

The Residential Home

The invasion of a residential home or apartment in downtown, USA by multiple criminal insurgents is genetically a different species from the former two examples. In each of the two former examples the “home invasions” targeted individuals who were either considered insurgents during wartime or a criminal during peacetime. The typical invasion of a residential home also targets individuals – the peaceful law-abiding family at home.

Two parties are involved in a typical residential home invasion. Let us consider the insurgents first. I call these criminals insurgents because the language fits the description of the crime. They are acting like guerrilla warfare operatives (insurgents) who are stealthily invading the peaceful domicile of a residential home.

Three categories of insurgents exist. One category is insurgents who have little training. These criminals have Suspects In HIvery limited weapons training, communicate by screaming during the event, have no backup if the operation goes awry or air support. Another category is insurgents who have extensively trained themselves in the use of weapons and tactics. These criminals will train extensively with the weapons they use during the invasions but still communicate by screaming, possess no backup nor air power. The last category is insurgents who possess military training specifically to use for criminal enterprises. A number of stories have surfaced which reveal how Muslims, the KKK, the Crips and the Bloods as well as other illegal groups are sending their members into the military for such training. When it is time for the “soldier” to be discharged, he or she returns home fully trained and prepared to engage in criminal activity. This raises the crime to a new level.

The second party is the homeowner or renter. For this discussion I will lump the family into this “party” as represented by the “homeowner.” The awareness level necessary to be prepared to confront insurgents runs the gauntlet from those who live in condition white, clueless, to those refuse to leave condition orange while basking in condition red (threat is exposed). The weapons’ training level of homeowners runs the same gauntlet. Some family3homeowners have virtually no weapons’ training. For a few the level of training is limited to possessing a CCW and a few trips to the range. Others possess military or paramilitary training thanks to time in service, self-study or a survival camp. Of course, weapon possession is also fluid. There are homeowners who refuse to possess a weapon to those who have virtual armories somewhere within the structure of their home.

So, what happens when these two clash? Generally, the clash takes place through an entry portal most likely a door. Modern windows are not as vulnerable as windows once were. Often, they are double-pane which makes it immensely more difficult for an insurgent to break and enter. The panes are very noisy when broken which could alert neighbors that a crime is in progress. Of course, the noise factor is situationally important. Modern window locks are more secure and stronger making it much, much more difficult for an insurgent to unlock the mechanism from the outside. This is not to say that insurgents will not use the windows as entry points. Insurgents are opportunists and will look for the easiest and quickest means of access into the house. Time is one of the most important factors for the beginning of a home invasion.

Generally, the point of entry will be a door, front or back. The door is still the weakest point of the house despite upgrading the door’s structure and security mechanisms. The door can be opened when someone in the house does so to a request or it is kicked open by some means. In either case, when Door busted downthe home invasion begins the stress of close quarter combat permeates the environment. Unlike the former two types of CQC, in this form criminals are introducing the stress into the house affecting the home. The occupants, average Americans, are the main targets. This combat is as vicious and deadly as anything a soldier faces and the average American is usually not psychologically or physically prepared for such an engagement.

Nevertheless, the home occupants, unlike the soldiers or police in the previous examples, generally do not have the training that is necessary to react properly within the stress of CQC. The stress of the event is manifested in increased heart beat through fear. The fear factor is essential to understanding what is happening during a home invasion and the one factor which is very difficult to duplicate in training. There are many ways a person can increase their heart beat but it is the fear that makes this stress so unique.

This is what an insurgency will look like. Initially, it will be unbelievably chaotic. The military and police are generally in control of the event as they are the ones acting. But here unbelievably evil forces are acting upon the occupant which he may or may not have ever faced in the past.

The door is shoved or beat open generally. Multiple (generally two to four) insurgents will use their body weight to punch into the house and push through any attempt to stop them at the door. The air will be filled with screams, cussing and terror as the scene unfolds. As the insurgents push through the door they will attempt to fan out and will begin to viciously, violently target the occupants. They might beat some occupants into submission to use later as a toy and/or kill those they believe are a threat to their plans. This whole episode takes place in mere seconds, possibly no longer than fifteen to twenty seconds. In that short time the insurgents can now be in control of the structure and your family.

The occupant’s (your’s) main enemy is your own body in close quarter combat. The instant you hear your door being kicked down or it come crashing down your entire body will react in a very predicable manner. The insurgents attempt to force entry and your fear combine to create the “startled response.” At this moment your sympathetic nervous system will activate and override your parasympathetic nervous system. Your heart beat will increase to between 200 and 300 BPM in fifteen or twenty seconds.

As the heart increases its activity it will pass 115 BPM. At this point you will lose your fine motor skills. Fine motor skills refer to the body’s use of its small muscle groups like around the eyes, fingers or hand. As the heart increases its activity it will pass 145 BPM at which time you will lose you complex motor skills. Complex motor skills refers how the body uses both the small and large muscle groups to produce certain usually asymmetrical movements. Therefore, after 145 BPM the only motor skills your body can call on to use is your gross motor skills. Gross motor skills refers to the body’s use of the large muscle groups. As the insurgents enter your home your body is preparing itself for a strength event which is called the flight or fight response. If you decide to engage the insurgents, at that moment, your body will only be able to call upon its large muscle groups. Modern shooting systems operate through the use of the body’s fine or complex motor skills which generally are available on a static range when shooting at targets that do not shoot back. So, at the very moment you, the average homeowner or renter, need to call upon the modern shooting system you have been practicing, the muscles needed to operate that system will not be available.

There is more. The sympathetic nervous system will produce perceptual narrowing. Perceptual narrowing will reduce the number of sources the body will use to gather information from the environment. The dominant source of information will be the eyes. Perceptual narrowing will lead to tunnel vision (peripheral narrowing). The visual field can be expected to collapse by 70 percent. Perceptual narrowing will use the eyes to gather as much information about the threat(s) as possible. To do so the body will force the eyes to use binocular vision so that both eyes will remain wide open. Additionally, you will not be able to use your dominate eye to focus on the front sight because the sympathetic nervous system triggers pupil dilation leading to the loss of near vision. So you, the average homeowner or renter, will have to fire your weapon without closing your non-dominate eye or being able to focus on your front sight.

The sympathetic nervous system also produces a few other surprises. When you face the insurgent(s) your body will crouch bending at the knees, leaning forward with your arms out toward the threat. Your shoulders will instinctively be squared toward the threat(s) not at a 45 degree angle. Additionally, due to the sympathetic nervous system your muscles will clench. You will be unable to fire your weapon merely using your finger. Rather, you will have to convulsively grip the weapon using the hand to pull the trigger. We know what happens within the stress of combat. We know how the body WILL respond within the stress of combat. This is not a choice. You do not choose to react in a certain way in the midst of combat but rather, you will react the way your body forces you. So you, the average home owner and renter, will be forced by your body to face the insurgents instinctively which very well might prohibit you from performing the way you have practice on a static range.

The average homeowner or renter can stop the home invasion with the proper response. The response includes time and fight. The insurgents know exactly what they are doing while the occupant has to take in all that is happening and process it mentally. The occupant will initially be reacting to their movements which is deadly but the situation can be salvaged. The situation can only be salvaged if the occupant attacks the insurgents properly. By properly I mean that the method(s) the occupant uses to establish control over the situation must be based in the use of gross motor skills, only.

The average homeowner or renter has three possible ways to respond to the insurgency. I am going to combine them into two categories. One method is using a firearm. Since most average Americans use a handgun to defend their homes, I will limit my message to that weapon platform. I am not concerned with whether the firearm is a large or small size or the size of the caliber but rather I am concerned with the shooting system. The shooting system must be based on gross motor skills, permit the shooter to quickly target multiple targets and be combat-tested.


Your fine and complex motor skills will deteriorate to nothing even before you can respond during the opening salvos of an HI. Therefore, if the shooting system you presently use is based on fine and complex motor skills it will collapse (crash and burn) when you attempt to use it within the stressful environment of CQC.

Keep in mind that you can expect two to four or five insurgents during a real HI. They might split up and try to force entry through both doors if you have more than one. Or if they believe one door is too strong to breach they will attempt to force themselves through the weaker door. The second scenario is best because all those bodies trying to quickly enter through the same door create a wonder killing zone. Even if you miss, you hit. Nevertheless, the shooting system must be versatile to permit you to target insurgent after insurgent as quickly as possible in either center mass or the head. Any CQC event whether in a store, a corner or as a HI is combat, nothing less. The shooting system you employ in a combat situation 1ought to have at least been tested in actual gun fights not merely in a competition.

Additionally, the shooting system must allow you to use your nongun hand in a firefight as easily as your gun hand. Many instructors encourage gun owners to practice shooting with their nongun hand as it is possible that something might happen to your gun hand in a gunfight. Possibly. A home invasion is different because you will need to use your nongun hand even if your gun hand is fine. In a home invasion if is very possible that you will engage the insurgents using the corners of the rooms and hallways. To do so you will use your nongun hand properly to navigate hallways and corners without unnecessarily exposing parts of your body.

Many instructors suggest that the gun owner use about 20 percent of their practice time firing with their nongun hand. Your nongun hand is crucial in an HI. Therefore, you might want to practice with the nongun hand almost as much as you do with the gun hand.

Colonel Applegate’s Point-Shoot Continuum is the only system that fulfills all four requirements. The Point-Shoot Continuum is based solely on gross motor skills so it will not crash and burn in the stress of a CQC. The shooting platform, the instinctive crouch, permits easy movement so you can effectively and quickly target multiple insurgents. It is the only system which was birthed, proven and revised based on how it performed in an actual gunfight. Also, Applegate’s system is based on look, point and shoot which is instinctive for either hand. This system allows the shooter to switch hands for a gunfight without having to practice two different shooting systems. Therefore, the Point-Shoot Continuum gives the shooter the ability effectively to use both hands to engage the insurgents during a home invasion. Seriously, for what more could you ask.

The next method includes the knife and hand. There are many different knife fighting systems all which claim to be the answer to self-protection. Whatever system you decide to use it must be based on gross motor skills. The home invasion limits the knife tactics which will be useful to establish control over the situation.

Knife ApplegateTo begin with, the insurgents will not flood into the house, just to stop and trade slashes. No parrying. No knife thrusts. So, how do you use a knife in this situation?

First, use whatever knife that is available whether tactical or a kitchen special. Both kill.

Second, stab, do not slash. Slashing open a vein or artery is not an instant stop. It takes time for a person to bleed out and someone who is high on drugs or adrenalin can still kill as he is dying.

Third, target body points which lead to an instant stop. Target the eyes, under the chin or cut across the forehead. The last maneuver will not kill but the blood from the forehead will almost instantly blind the individual long enough for you to move on to the next target. Nevertheless, in case of home invasion stabbing is preferred.

Finally, hit your target solidly, push the insurgent away and move on to the next quickly. I have read reports about a few home invasions in which five insurgents took part. One insurgent is bad enough. Two is almost overwhelming yet, we have to prepare for the worst case scenario. You cannot stab and hang around to look at your handiwork or to throw up. You must incapacitate as many insurgents as quickly as possible to save your family. This is the only way to take control.

There are as many forms of martial arts and combative techniques as there are knife systems it seems. Again, they all claim to be the answer for self-protection. Nevertheless, whatever system you chose to study there is two things you must keep in mind. First, the system must be able to operate on gross motor skills. Many martial arts and even combative techniques will crash and burn during a home invasion because they operate extensively on fine and complex motor skills. Second, the system must offer the ability instantly to stop the insurgent.

When the insurgents break down the door there will be little time for you to respond to the threat by positioning yourself with the proper form to react to their movements. Combative techniques are superior for they are often birthed and revised within actual combat to eliminate the threat as quickly as possible. Yet, the speed of the home invasion differs from most combat scenarios unless we are speaking of house-to-house fighting. Also, many combatives demand a level of training properly to use that the average homeowner or renter do not possess. The techniques of some combatives have been reduced to a level which will allow the average person to strike hard and decisively.

One form of “combatives” that is nigh useless in an HI is what I call compliance techniques. These combatives leverage various body parts to control the individual so that you can escape, disable the individual or if need be to kill him. The techniques are very effective. Anyone who has been the recipient of these painful control mechanisms can testify to their efficiency. I can testify. The problem is not whether they are effective per se but whether they are effective in a home invasion.

The environment of a home invasion is vastly different from that of a bar or an ATM. I am not questioning the method’s effectiveness per se instead, I am questioning the speed at which it can be used. The opening salvo of a home invasion is extraordinarily fast. Bodies rushing through the door. Bodies trying to escape. The speed of the event itself would seem to render the techniques nigh useless because it would be difficult if not impossible to properly grasp a body part.

Even if you grasped the body part you must use the compliance technique, i.e., bring the insurgent to the ground, incapacitate the fellow in some manner and then return to the fray. The insurgent will be fighting back. His resistance in actual combat will differ from that in a dojo or training compound because of fear, drugs or adrenalin. This resistance will increase the time necessary to force compliance. The longer the compliance takes the more time his buddies have to attack you before you can incapacitate the insurgent. This puts you in a much more unfavorable position.compliance

It is possible that compliance might have its place in thwarting the goals of home invaders. Nevertheless, compliance systems have two faults. One fault is they operate on fine and complex motor skills. In the stress of a home invasion the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) will dominate and forbid your body the use of the smaller muscle systems. In other words, compliance techniques will not work in actual combat. Another fault is that compliance techniques do not instantly and permanently incapacitate the insurgent. Stabbing your fingers into the insurgent’s eyes, ripping his ears off and jamming your palm up through his chin into his skull instantly and permanently stop an insurgent. These techniques work whether the insurgent is high on adrenalin, drugs or fear. A drugged out insurgent who can’t see is incapacitated. These techniques allow you to move from insurgent to insurgent within seconds and effectively reduces the number of insurgents you must face.

In a home invasion whatever techniques you chose to use will need to instantly stop the insurgent and permit you to move quickly from one insurgent to another. In reality you need only few moves.

1) Strike at the eyes. Striking the eyes with your fingers is an instant stop and can blind the insurgent rending him ineffective.Strike Eye lip

2) Strike at the lips. The lips are easy to rip and will incapacitate the insurgent.

3) Use the palm of your hand and drive north up through the chin. You can use the palm of your hand to come up under the chin and drive it into theStrike chine skull very possibly breaking the neck. This also will render the insurgent ineffective.

4) Rip the ear off. Another fast move is to grab the ear and rip downward tearing it from the skull and again, rending the insurgent ineffective.

Each technique is fast and will allow you to move to the next insurgent very quickly taking control of the situation.

There is one problem with the use of the knife or the hand in fighting. These forms of fighting are brutally vicious because the only way you can use them is to close the distance between your and the insurgent’s body. You must be able to touch his skin, see into his eyes, hear his breath, feel the heat of his body and depending on the circumstances be covered in his blood. Were human beings made for such? I do not believe so. Can humans adapt to such? History and some of our own personal experiences tells us, yes. Nevertheless, the adaptation demands aggressive training and psychological preparation to engage the enemy under these circumstances. The average homeowner or renter, you, that finds themselves in the midst of a home invasion usually does not have the training or preparation to fight the insurgents in this environment. Yet, to protect yourself, your family you will not have a choice.


The normal occupant of a home or apartment is usually an average America who wants nothing more than to spend their lives as they desire or to raise their families. Home insurgents have other ideas. Because of these evil people average Americans must protect themselves and families in the midst of combat virtually unprepared.

Nevertheless, there are some ways to be prepared to win these encounters. The most important issue to remember is that if you find yourself in a home invasion you will have access only to your gross motor skills, so prepare accordingly. The shooting, knife and hand system you chose to study must operate using gross motor skills or they will crash and burn during the conflict. Additionally, chose out of the systems you study a few techniques which permit you strike targets that will instantly stop the insurgent but will allow you quickly to move to the next.

The issue is not so much quantity as quality. Combat Stress studies reveal that the individual who has a smaller pool of techniques from which to draw from to incapacitate an insurgent generally respond to the event more quickly than an individual who has prepared with a larger pool of techniques.  The home invasion limits what the insurgents can do and how they do it. You can use this to your advantage. At the same time this means you only need to strike a few readily accessible spots on the body to stop the insurgent.

The Point-Shoot Continuum is superior to all modern shooting systems and will give you, the average homeower or renter, the ability to protect yourself, your family in cause you must face a home invasion or any CQC. As for the knife and hand combatives, the suggestions listed in this article will provide you will enough firepower to eliminate any threat.

Nevertheless, prepare and practice.

  1. jcoles says:

    Good info, Bo …
    Coming up against your type-3 insurgent is a real problem even for one as prepared as I am … one of my challenges is having a pacifist wife who constantly complains about my staged weapons — she often takes them from where I put them then moves to my den & locks the door.
    She, like most women, fails to understand that the war is already on — one side actively conducts operation while the other denies the reality of it.

    • Bo Perrin says:

      Jim, I have to admit that is funny. You preposition your assets only to have your wife re-reposition them! You are correct through. My wife knows the dangers but tries to live as if they do not exist. The only people who will survive will be those who are best prepared.

      The third group I believe is operating under the radar because many good people do not realize what these groups are doing. Most patriots are training to deal with some drugged out convict rather than a knowledgeable insurgent. The third group is the more dangerous of the three because (1) they are well trained, (2) they want to kill and (3) they possess a moral that holds human life very low.

    • Joe Davis says:

      Im glad my wife is as up on whats going on as I am, we also have weapons in strayegic locations.

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