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Perimeter Security Pt 3
By Bo Perrin

The Skin of the house.

The walls of a home are similar to the skin of your body. Of course, this is an analogy and like all analogies there are limitations to the comparison. The body’s skin is a barrier with multiple responsibilities. This skin is very skinthin. Part of its responsibility is to keep out anything which could harm what is on the inside of the body. Additionally, the skin also maintains the proper internal environment so that your body will function as God intended when he created it.

The skin does an incredible job despite some natural and necessary holes. It has a number of openings through which harmful insurgents can penetrate into the body’s interior. The openings are the ears, mouth, nose, hair follicles, sweat pores, etc. What is incredible is how well the skin can protect the body’s internals possessing so many openings.

The walls are the skin of the house’s structure. It too is thin but substantially stronger due to the materials used in its construction. The wall has many purposes. One purpose for its construction is to keep out harmful insurgents whether human or not. Another purpose the walls possess is to maintain the wallproper internal environment by keeping out weather and evil people and maintaining safe internals for the individual or the family. Thankfully, the skin of a house has much fewer openings which we must secure against the insurgents of home invasions. Penetrating the walls is possible but so far the only “insurgents” I have heard using this tactic is SWAT. Therefore, the home owner, renter, only needs to secure windows, doors, chimneys and any openings which the home owner has created. Nevertheless, we can rule out chimneys and most openings. Despite the childhood stories about Santa Claus using the chimney to enter the home to spread Christmas cheer, the chimney is far too small to use to enter the home. Additionally, most openings which the home owner might create after purchasing the home is so small as to be useless for criminal activities. Therefore, the only two openings which we must be concerned with are windows and doors.

The Windows

The window is a crucial adornment to the structure of the house. It allows in sunlight to brighten our day, to see the weather outside and to see who has windowcome visiting. Nevertheless, this opening is a weak point in the skin of the house through which insurgents can enter. Over the last couple of decades the window has been systemically upgraded mechanically and materially making it so much easier for the home owner to secure this opening.

The window has a number of possible vulnerable areas but the two most important are the glass and locking mechanism. The glass of modern windows has been treated in multiple ways which substantially strengthen the material over its predecessor. Additionally, many modern windows have two panes in each section making it far more difficult to breach the skin of the house easily. But the glass in most, if not all, windows are now impact resistance. This resistance not only protects those inside from tornadoes, hurricanes, etc., but it makes it near impossible for an insurgent to enter the house through the windows. Locking mechanisms have also window2undergone a positive evolution as well. Modern systems make it nearly impossible for an insurgent to unlock to gain entry. Nevertheless, if the homeowner or renter has windows which have the older mechanisms or not and is still a bit worried about the possibility an insurgent may be able to gain entry you can strengthen the window by placing a stick of any material between the top of the window and the bottom of the frame. Nevertheless, the stick must fit snug, very snug.

One exception to what has been said about the modern construction of the glass in windows is the sliding door. Modern sliding doors are tempered to withstand impact and the structure has been substantially upgraded so that knocking the window3door is far more difficult off of its tracks. The older sliding doors still have both problems. One method the homeowner can use to secure the sliding door is to put a stick, of any material between the base of the sliding door and the end of its track. If the insurgent is able to force the door open it will create a lot of racket and give the homeowner some additional time to prepare or it might scare off the insurgent altogether.

There are a number of methods to increase the security around the lower windows of the home. One method is planting bushes or plants directly under the windows. The only bushes or plants which will increase the home’s security will be those which have sharp needles, thorns or leaves. Rose bushes, cacti and Holly plants are great plants to use to make an insurgent’s night a horror.

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Another method is safety film that goes right on the window. I will simply quote from Off The Grid news. This is a great website that you might want to favorite. OTG states,

“Standard safety film is the basic theft-prevention technology, offering perhaps the best value for strength and cost for the average user.  The film protects against things like golf balls and baseballs in the low end, to things like crowbars in some cases.  Essentially, it adds elasticity to the glass and at the very least makes it incredibly difficult to get through the glass in a timely manner.  These window films aren’t perfect, but they do slow down criminals and help you to get to a safe place or take action.  In many cases, it will prevent breaks on the glass from low impact hits like a ball or a fist.  The films in this category are typically four to six mils thick and do an excellent job containing glass fracturing and avoiding fragmentation.

Bullet-resistant films are typically twelve mils thick or so and can be used for aggressive burglars, small arms ammunition in many cases, and to help in situations like hurricanes.  There is some minimal bomb or explosion protection at the bullet-resistant category, with a typical elasticity around 115 percent to 135 percent elasticity (or elongation) at a penetration point or break point. There is about 350 lbs./inch break strength on polyester films of this thickness, which offers some ballistic protection against projectiles.  The tensile strength at a penetration is around 30,000 psi, which makes it incredibly difficult to make sustained or quick damage to the window/film.  While it would be easy to penetrate a single window with film using a close-proximity high-powered cartridge, it would be very difficult to penetrate it at a distance and expect a hit on a target. Furthermore, multiple layers of film on multiple panes of glass could be enough to defeat a large caliber projectile.”

The companies which sell these films can be found by searching the web. This film can also be used on your vehicle. In the event of a total collapse of society the film can be used to make the vehicle more resistance to blows and projectiles.

Another method is the use of bars. I would suggestion using bars or anything which inhibits a person from entering into the house from the outside because it will most likely keep those on the inside from exiting the structure if necessary. If you decide to use bars I would definitely NOT use them on a Barswindow located on a second level if you have such. A window on the second level could be used as an escape route since it would be difficult if not impossible for the insurgent(s) to secure such windows. Often, rooms on the second level belong to the children. If so, keeping the windows free from such obstructions will permit the children to escape and go for help. This is why a plan is necessary in the event of a home invasion.

Motion sensors placed on the window or frame seems to be a reasonable precaution. The problem with the typical home alarm system is that it is generally turned off when the occupants are home. Some systems react to the motion of a touch upon the surface of an object such as a widow. If the occupants are home and do not touch the surface the sensors are placed upon then, the system will be able to do its job. If not, then the motion sensors are as useless as most alarm systems when the occupants are home. An alarm system will do its best if it is posted away from the home’s structure to give the occupants an opportunity to investigate and respond if necessary.

Finally, how can you secure the windows in the event of a societal collapse? In a civil society everything we do to protect ourselves ought to be non-lethal if at all possible. Of course, if there is a deadly threat in a civil society then respond in kind effectively and viciously. Yes, viciously. Your life and that of your family is in the balance during a real home invasion. But when you survive a home invasion, you return to a civil society.

When society collapses the rules change. In fact, there are no rules. This is the difference between civilized and uncivilized society. Rules. But rules for you. In a home invasion or during the collapse of society the insurgent(s) does not operate by any moral standard to which normal people are used. Some might say that the insurgent is guided by the rule of the jungle. Maybe. Nevertheless, he will do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal. In a civil society ruled by a moral people, the moral person must live within those rules as much as is possible if, for no other reason, than to live with themselves.

Interestingly, many people will try to live in a collapsed society as if such is a merely an out of control society such as happens during a natural catastrophe. Such thinking is fatal. When society collapses there will be no need for rubber bullets, personal defense rounds or alarm systems. In such a society “any means necessary” will be the operative phase. If a home owner stays home during such a catastrophe he or she will need to increase the lethality of the protective measures used especially around the window since it is only one of two areas which are really susceptible to an insurgent. Or at least increase the damage the technique can do to the insurgent to force them to stop.

There are two areas on the window the occupant will need to fortify. The two areas are the ground directly in front of the window and the window’s bottom ledge. There are a number of things the occupant can do. First, the occupant can put large pieces of glass or very sharp pieces of metal on the bottom ledge. Whatever material is used it will have to be “glued” to the ledge. Remember, the situation is critical as society has collapsed so how the house looks is of little to no practical consequence. Additionally, nails can be used as a weapon. These nails can be used both on the ledge and on the ground in front of the window. The nails need to be rather large. The nails placed on the ledge ought to be no less than four inches long. The nails placed on the ground ought to be ten to twelve inches long. Both group of nails need to be nailed into a piece of wood large enough for the ledge and ground. The nail weapon placed on the ledge will need to be permanently fixed to the ledge so that the insurgent cannot remove it. The nail weapon placed on the ground in front of the window can be set up in two ways. The weapon could be placed directly on the ground. If so, the occupant will need to camouflage the nails and possibly use spikes to anchor the system. A great place to hide the nail weapon would be between the wall of the house and a plant whose limbs or leaves will cover the system from the eyes of the insurgent. Additionally, the occupant could dig a hole, place the nail weapon in it and cover it with soft camouflage that looks like the surroundings but that will instantly collapse when stepped upon. In Vietnam the VC used something similar (I know the differences) called punji sticks. Finally, electricity can be used as a weapon. Wires could be run along the ledge of the window and secured by nails, screws or staples. The electrical lines can be powered by a battery of some sorts and while the lines need to be camouflaged, they still need to be accessible to the insurgent. Clearly, this weapon is not lethal but it will clearly discourage an insurgent.

The window is still a significant risk even with the advance in technology yet, it is not as significant as it might have been in the past. Nevertheless, each window of a house must be secured as much as is humanly possible to thwart the insurgent(s). If the insurgent breeches the defenses of the window he must be meet with techniques that will instantly incapacitate the insurgent or deadly force.

The Doors

So, the widow is not as vulnerable to being used as a entry during a home invasion or burglary as it once was. Despite this fact, the home occupant must make sure the window is properly secured to prevent any invasion. This leaves the door, front, back or side, as the weakest link in the skin of the buildingdoors and therefore, the door ought to receive the amount of attention equal to its weakness.

Doors comes in a myriad of shapes, sizes and ascetic variations. Doors are also produced with various types of materials like wood, steel, etc.  A door is often a single part of a two-part system which would include a storm door. Keep in mind that not all storm doors are strong enough to help prevent an invasion. Most of these doors are (1) built to beautify a home and (2) created with various structures, materials and doors2weights which are not conducive to security. Some storm doors can be very helpful in creating a barrier which is more difficult to breach. Often, the door’s ascetic variation increases its weakness against intrusion by placing weaker materials like glass close to critical areas like a door knob or the dead bolt. This article will look at each part of the door which needs to be strengthen.

The Door.

A door is generally made from either wood or metal. Additionally, a door can be hallow, solid or a combination. Finally, a door can have windows or not. doors12Metal is the best material to use for a door. Metal doors can be either solid or hallow. If a person tries to kick in a metal door with his foot it will jar the leg structure and possibly do some damage especially if the door is solid. But metal doors are very expensive. A solid wood door can be just as formidable as metal and costs much less. A hallow door is very weak and can be easily kicked in. Windows in a door are not always a security problem. If the occupant uses a door that has a window, the window ought to be located in the upper one-third of the door’s structure and generally in the door’s center. A window has to main purposes. One purpose is ascetic. The other purpose is security. The window allows the occupant on the inside to see who is requesting either entrance or an audience and determine whether to open the door or not. Therefore, the height of the window must be low enough for the occupant to be able to properly see enough of the area outside of the door to be able to make a reasonable conclusion of what to do.

My suggestion, if you are asking, is to purchase a door which is either metal or a hard wood and solid. If the door has windows it should not have windows located near the door handle or the dead bolt. Additionally, the window ought to be as small as is possible but large enough for the occupant to have a good line of sight from left to right to make a reasonable choice of whether to open the door or not. If the occupant chooses a door without a window, the door ought, at the very least, to have peep hole to identify who has approached the door.

The Frame and Hinges

The door’s strength cannot by itself keep out an insurgent. The frame and hinges are crucial links to the overall strength of the door system which must be doors10addressed. The frame is attached to the door and then placed within a frame attached to the skin of the house itself. The weakness of the frame lies between the spacing of the two separate frames. The less space that exists between the two frames allows the two to become closer to one and therefore, stronger. There are two ways to achieve this. First, if the door is to be replaced then make sure, as much as is possible, that the door frame fits as snugly as possible within the frame of the skin of the house. Additionally, once the door’s frame is placed secure the door’s frame to doors6the skin’s frame using strong and rather long screws. The screw needs to have good shear strength so the screw is more difficult to separate but a blow. Also, each screw ought to be at least as twice as long as the door’s frame and as large as possible. As the screw is being drilled into the wood it will pull together the wood of the frames making them one and therefore, much stronger.

The weak link between the strengthen door and frame system is the hinge. The hinge has three possible weak areas: the screw, strength of the metal and the hinge itself. A screw’s strength is determined by its shear strength, size and material. The proper screw will help hold the hinge strongly to the wood of thedoors9 door and frame. Hinges are made of various metals. Steel is the strongest metal and ought to be used. There are multiple types of hinges and there is no way to strengthen this section of the hinge.

My suggestion, if you are asking, is to use the deck screw because it has good shear strength. Also, bind together the frame of the door to the skin’s frame with a number of screws. Finally, chose a hinge that is steel and secure it to both frames with deck screws.

Door mechanisms and dead bolts.

The weak point for both is the strike plate that attaches to the frame. The purpose of the strike plate is to provide a solid stop for the bolt making it more door14difficult for the door to be forced opened. Both the tumbler unit for the door handle and latch of the dead bolt are securely positioned within the frame of the door. Each is positioned between either the door’s two halves or within the a drilled out portion of a solid door securely with strong screws and generally can withstand a lot of pressure.

The strike plate has two weaknesses which must be addressed. One weakness is the depth of the hole created to hold the bolt. Often, the bolt for the door mechanism is only about one-half (0.5) inches long which is rather short. The bolt for the dead bolt is usually a bit long being about one (1.0) inch long. The door mechanism’s bolt is clearly insufficient to withstand a strong blow like a kick or some tool designed to force entry. The typical deadbolt is clearly more sturdy and ought to be able to withstand more force nevertheless, dead bolted doors have been breached by kicking the door in.

The next weakness is the typical manufacturer screws. Often, these screws are generally less than one-quarter (0.25) inch long and not steel. The wood of the frame is weak and becomes more so with age. The length of the screw and age of the wood are important factors in the over strength of the door system.
If the strike plate is not securely attached to the frame, less force will be necessary the bolt horizontally through the side of the frame taking the plate with it.

My suggestion is to lengthen both the bolts and screws. After market companies provide door mechanisms and dead bolts which have substantially longer bolts. This means the occupant must lengthen the frame’s hole into which the bolt seats. Some aftermarket bolts are four (4) to six (6) inches long. Also, replace the strike plate’s screws with deck screws that are between four (4) to six (6) inches long. Together the two modifications will substantially strengthen the link between the door and frame making it more difficult for an insurgent to force open the door. At the very least, if the insurgent is intent on breaching the home through a door, the door’s increased strength will give the occupant a few more seconds and maybe a minute to become armed and get the family to safety. A minute is a long time in a home invasion.

Storm Doors and Door Jamb Security

Storm doors come in a variety of colors, metals, weights and shapes. In reality, only the type of metals and weights ought to affect the choice of a storm door door21for security. The storm door simply creates a secondary level of defense against an intrusion. The storm door (1) makes it more difficult to access the actual door, (2) creates noise when struck which alerts the occupants and (3) gives the occupants six or so inches of a buffer.

Multiple door jamb security units have been created each with varying success. One mechanism is called the Devil Door. (This is not a endorsement, merely an example) This mechanism is bolted to the door jamb and is located between the door and the frame. It is said to be able to withstand 1,000 pounds of pressure. The cost of this unit ranges from $118.00 to $236.00. There are some low-cost variations. Here are some photos of these variations.


My suggestion is two-fold. Purchase a storm door which is rather heavy no matter the materials used to create it. The heavier the door the more difficult it will be to breech. A door jamb is also a great way to increase the door’s strength against an intrusion. Make sure that materials used in its construction will allow the mechanism to withstand a kick from a large individual or a tool designed to force entry.

My suggestion is two-fold. Purchase a storm door which is rather heavy no matter the materials used to create it. The heavier the door the more difficult it will be to breach. A door jamb is also a great way to increase the door’s strength against an intrusion. Make sure that materials used in its construction will allow the mechanism to withstand a kick from a large individual or a tool designed to force entry.

Before I end this article let me offer a few suggestions. Safety must be first. The modifications should not make it more difficult for the occupant(s) to escape to the outside in the case of an emergency. Some analysts have suggested placing at least two dead bolts on each door. This would increase the door’s strength but it would also make it much more difficult to open the door in the event of a emergency. The smallness of the dead bolt’s handle and the sympathetic nervous system will make it very difficult to do something as easy as unlock the dead bolt. The same can be said of the various jamb security measures. I would stay away from those units which cross the door horizontally because it becomes one more thing that has to be opened to reach the outside. If door consisted of a storm door, regular door and a horizontal jamb mechanism it would mean the occupant would have to unlatch three separate items lengthening the time to escape. It could be the difference between survival and death. The mechanisms which triangularly brace against the floor and door will provide the extra resistance needed against an intrusion but can be easily kicked away in the event of an emergency which demands the occupant leave the house for their safety.

So, before purchasing anything that will increase resistance to an invasion, think first about safety and the unit can be easily removed during an emergency. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lets face it, if an insurgent thinks the occupant is a worthy prize and he is willing to do whatever it takes to breech the home he will succeed. So, the occupant has secured the home as well as possible. But the insurgent gains entry. Now the real battle begins, a battle that very few people have ever faced and that too many simply do not survive. The home invasion is a different species of combat. What makes it so different? The terrain on which you will fight and the purpose. The terrain is not like what is outside. It is the hallways of the house, the corners of the doorways, the furniture and plants which might scatter the home. The fight will be fast, brutal and bloody. The purpose of this combat is the future of your family. The first fifteen to twenty seconds of a home invasion will determine the family’s future. So, when the insurgent gains entry, how do you respond?

Perimeter Security Pt. 4

Home Combatives Solutions
The home invasion is a different species of combat. You need a different species of techniques to survive.

Bo Perrin, (330) 701-3570
Bio is located at

Crime rose overall 20% in 2011 according to USA Today, Fox News, CNN and the New York Times. This is to be expected with the moral decline of our nation’s populace and her servants. One category which has dramatically increased is the home invasion.

A home invasion is the scariest crime. Such an act targets you and your family first and your possessions second. Often, very often, the insurgents, once you are subdued, believe that your family are their play toys and usually do not leave witnesses. Additionally, these invasions bring actual combat conditions right into your living room. The invasions are so violent, so quick that the first thirty seconds will determine your family’s future. This is called close quarter combat.

The main stream media does not often speak of the home invasion. A property crime, home invasion, happens every three seconds in America so you would think that it would be front page news. Some authorities believe the reason the home invasion is not front page news is because if the public knew how often these events take place and the increasing violence that is associated with them they would panic.

New Jersey 101.5 had the guts to ask, “Are home invasions becoming the attack of choice for violent criminals in South Jersey?” The author believed the answer is yes. This is the answer we are receiving from across the country. Victor Swindell stated, “I’ve written often about home invasions, and this is because home invasion robberies are one of the fastest growing crimes in this country.”

So, the question is, Are you properly prepared to aggressively confront insurgents during a home invasion? The average American is not even if they have had weapons training or possess a Concealed Weapons Permit. The reason most Americans are not prepared is they have not been properly trained in close quarter combat. This seminar will introduce you to everything you need to successfully confront insurgents.

Seminar Topics:

The Make-Up of A Home Invasion
Concentric Defense System for Structural and Personal Security
What To Do If The Insurgent Gains Entry
Facts About Close Quarter Combat
The Physiological Response To Close Quarter Combat
The Proper Shooting- and Opened Hand-System To Repel The Insurgent


Available on request


Available on request


The seminar is about 2 or so hours. The cost is $200.00 plus gas if necessary.

If you would like to set a date for this seminar please contact me at either the email or phone listed in the flyer’s heading.

This is a great article. Mr. Laur’s research takes us beyond Bruce Siddle’s research although he is still an expert in the field of Combat Survival or Survival Skills Training (SSR). Mr. Laur makes a number of very important points about the effect of combat stress on the body. One very important research fact on which he elaborates is that the body is hard-wired to respond in a specific way during startled response. The response can be molded but if your present shooting system is not compatible with the body’s hard-wiring, the body will over ride your training.

My thoughts are simple. Neither the Weaver nor the modern Isosceles shooting systems are compatible with the body’s hard-wire response. The Point-Shooting Continuum is.


The Anatomy Of Fear and

How It Relates To Survival

Skills Training

By Darren Laur (Copyrighted 2002)

Integrated Street Combatives


” Research is to see what everyone else has seen, and think what no one else has thought” — Albert Szent-Gyorgy (Nobelish 1927)

An officer assigned to jail duty conducts a prisoner bed check when he observes that a male, who was lodged in the drunk tank, was laying face down not breathing in a corner of the cell. The officer attempts to verbally arouse the prisoner, but these attempts fail. The officer now believing that the prisoner is dead, proceeds into the cell, bends over and grabs the prisoner by his left shoulder in an attempt to roll him over. At this point in time the prisoner, spontaneously and by complete surprise, quickly rolls towards the officer, and with his right hand, swings towards the officer’s face. The officer “instinctively” pulls both of his arms in to protect his head, and moves backwards. The suspect has now moved to his feet, and again lashes out towards the officer with what the officer “perceives” to be a big right hooking punch, at which time the officer again puts his hand up to cover his head, crouches and again moves backwards away from the threat. The officer only now realizes that he is bleeding profusely, but doesn’t know why. The prisoner now lunges at the officer a third time, with a straight liner punch, at which time the officer sees the shinning glimmer of a metal object in the prisoners right hand. As this third attack makes contact with the officer, he instinctually attempts to push the prisoners hands away from his body, but contact is made resulting in a puncture wound to the officer’s chest area. The officer now realizing that he is in an edged weapon encounter, and cut several times, disengages from the cell area to call for help.

 The above noted scenario happened to a police officer in my department in 1992. Although this officer had received training in edged weapon defence, and was one of the more officer safety conscious members of the department, he could not make his training work. Based upon the officers reaction to this spontaneous attack, I began to wonder if the “instinctual” physical reactions to this attack, which were totally different from the training he received up to that point in time, would be experienced by other officers as well, if placed into a spontaneous attack situation in which they had no idea that an attack was going to occur.

I’m a big believer in, “don’t tell me, show me” so in early 1992 I conducted an empirical video research study. I had 85 police officers participate in a scenario based training session where unknown to them, they would be attacked with a knife. The attacker, who was dressed in a combatives suit, was told that during mid contact, they were to pull a knife (that they had concealed), flash it directly at the officer, yell “I’m going to kill you pig,” and then engage the officer physically. The results were remarkable:

  • 3/85 saw the knife prior to contact
  • 10/85 realized that they were being stabbed repeatedly during the scenario
  • 72/85 did not realize that they were being assaulted with a knife until the scenario was over, and the officers were advised to look at their uniforms to see the simulated thrusts and slices left behind by the chalked training knives 

When I reviewed the many many hours of videotape of the above noted scenarios, I also made two very important and interesting observations in how the majority of officers reacted to the spontaneous attacks:

  • most flinched, bringing both hands up to protect their head while crouching at the same time, and attempted to disengage from the attacker by backing away from the threat. This usually resulted in the attacker closing the gap quite quickly with their victim 
  • Those officers that did engage the threat immediately, proceeded to effectively block the initial strike of the attacker and then immediately grappled with the attacker using elbows and knee strikes 

After making these observations, I asked myself why I was seeing these reactions. During this 1992 research project, I had the opportunity to read an article authored by Bruce Siddle and Dr. Hal Breedlove entitled, ” Survival Stress Reaction.” In this article Siddle and Breedlove stated:

“…research by numerous studies provide two clear messages why people will place themselves in bad tactical situations. The common phenomena of backing away under survival stress results from the visual systems deterioration of the peripheral field to attain more information regarding threat stimulus. Since the brain is demanding more information to deal with the threat, he officer will invariably retreat from the threat to widen the peripheral field. Secondly, the brains normal ability to process (analyze and evaluate) a wide range of information quickly is focused to specific items. Therefore, additional cues, which would normally be processed, are lost. This explains why people can not remember seeing or identifying specific facts which were relatively close to the threat.”

The research by Siddle and Breedlove not only confirmed my findings, but also answered why our officers were acting this way. It also explains why one officer, who had actually caught the attackers knife hand with both of his hands and was looking directly at the knife, stated “I didn’t see any knife.” It was not until I showed the video replay that he believed there was a knife.

In 1995, Bruce Siddle released his first book entitled, “Sharpening The Warrior’s Edge The Psychology and Science Of Training.” In my opinion, Siddles’s published works began to answer a lot of the questions that I asked during my experience with, and empirical research into combatives

The first real studies in the area of Survival Stress Reaction (SSR) as it related to combat performance, were conducted in the 1930’s. This study noted that soldiers, who were sending Morse code (fine/complex motor skill) during combat situations, had much more difficulty in doing so when compared to non-combat environments. The next real research in SSR came during the Vietnam War as it related to the location of buttons and switches in fighter cockpits. As a result of this research, cockpits were reconfigured to take SSR into affect, as it specifically related to eye/hand co-ordination during combat situations.

 Although much of the early research surrounding SSR was conducted by the military during times of war, recently (from about the mid-1960’s to present time) a lot of research has been conducted in SSR as it relates to athletic performance.

Siddle’s definition of SSR as it relates to combat is: “a state where a ‘perceived’ high threat stimulus automatically engages the sympathetic nervous system.” The sympathetic nervous system is an autonomic response process which, when activated, one has little control of.” Why is SSR so important when it comes to combat/self protection? Because when activated, SSR has both a psychological and physiological effect to the body which could affect one’s perception of threat in a negative way. So what are some of these effects according to Siddle’s research?


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.

The Unique Structure of a Home Invasion: How To Be Prepared
Part 1
By Bo Perrin

The home invasion seems on a fast track to becoming the criminal’s primary method of making a living. Home invasions have escalated. I receive no less than fifty reports of home invasions per day from Google. Additionally, I have a feed on my website that includes a list of home invasions which I do not get from Google. There is a report from Indianapolis, IN where a section of four hundred homes suffered one hundred and seven home invasions this year, alone. Even newspapers are asking if the home invasion has become the choice of criminals today. It has.

Such demands that we discover the proper environment in which a home invasion takes place to properly prepare to take the battle to the insurgent. Do not be mistaken. A home invasion is a form of combat that takes place right in your living room. This form of combat is calledhome invasion1 close quarter combat (CQC). CQC is generally defined as any gun-, knife- or hand-to-hand fighting that takes place thirty or fewer feet, give or take, between you and the insurgent. What makes CQC unique is how your body responses to the stress of the situation. The way your body responses will determine if and how you will respond to the threat.

How The Human Body Reacts To CQC

Before we go further lets look at how a person’s body responds to the stress of a true CQC incident. The following information is gleaned from Shooting to Live by W.E. Fairbairn and E.A. Sykes, Kill or Get Killed and Bulleyes Don’t Shoot Back by Colonel Rex Applegate, The Modern Day Gunslinger by Don Mann and Sharpening the Warriors Edge: The Psychology & Science of Training by Bruce K.. Siddle. These books are available either on the internet as a download or from a bookstore. Additionally, these are only a few of the many books and studies which provide evidence of the superiority of the Point-Shoot Continuum for CQC. Everything Fairbairn and Sykes learn about the body under the stress of a CQC incident and incorporated into the Shanghai Municipal Police and the British military in World War 2 as well as what Colonel Applegate learned and incorporated into the OSS and US military for World War 2 is substantiated by modern studies in police involved shootings and combat stress.

The human body reacts distinctively when it is submerged in the stress of a CQC incident. The human body is capable of three motor skills which are fine, gross and complex. The ability to use each skill is determined by your heart rate which in turn is determined by fear in a CQC. Siddle states fine motor skills begin to deteriorate around 115 BPM. Complex motor skills deteriorate and vision narrows when the heart exceeds 145 BPM. When the heart exceeds 175 BPM a person’s hearing, peripheral vision and depth perception diminish. At 220 plus BPM a catastrophic failure can occur of reaction time leading to freezing. Studies have shown that a person’s heart will jump to between 200 and 300 BPM when introduced to the stress of a CQC.

When a human reacts within the stressful environment of CQC incident their body will instinctively crouch, they will experience hearing loss and their vision will narrow. Additionally, they will lose both fine and complex motor skills and their eyes will remain wide open starring at the threat. These responses are instinctive. Researchers believe these responses can possibly be overcome by (1) spending hours and hours on the range, (2) firing hundreds if not thousands of round and (3) doing so under the stress of combat. The Achilles heel is that it almost if not impossible to reduplicate the actual stress of combat because of the lack of the fear factor.

The supposed key is muscle memory. Researchers often claim that a person will perform as he trains and in some cases this is true but not all and it does not seem as if this is so when a person is operating in the stressful environment of a CQC. Colonel Applegate and Don Mann, a former Navy Seal, refer to an FBI and NYPD study of police involved shootings. The two studies provide evidence that no matter how aggressively an officer is trained in the Weaver or modern Isosceles system most if not all will revert to an instinctive crouch and aimed fire during a gun battle when there is only about thirty feet between the officer and the target that shoots back. Steven Barron, an instructor at the Police Academy at Hocking University, wrote the final chapter of Colonel Applegate’s book. He chronicled in the chapter that no matter how aggressively they trained recruits or veteran police officers in the modern shooting system of the time when these men were placed under stress their shooting efficiency and platform structure “crashed and burned.” They reverted to an instinctive crouch and aimed fire even without the fear.

Here the military has a distinct advantage or at least, did. No one seems to know what level of muscle memory is needed fully to overcome the way a body instinctively reacts to the stress of a CQC. It is clear in some cases that the threshold was not been reached since the individual reverted to an instinctive crouch and aimed fire. Unlike the average home owner and the vast majority of police officers the Federal government supplies soldiers with everything they need to be trained for combat. Yet, CQC differs from combat in the more open field simply because of the way the human body reacts. This unique relationship with the State permits the soldier aggressively to train under the conditions in which he will be fighting often with live ammunition. This is not the only difference as I will point out in a moment.

Nevertheless, the studies consistently reveal that the average human body of the average citizen, this includes police officers, reacts instinctively when it is placed within the stress of a CQC incident. At the least for the average citizen, including police officers, it is very difficult to reach the level of muscle memory needed to override the body’s instinctive reaction in CQC to use an artificial shooting platform like the Weaver or modern Isosceles.

This is part of the brilliance of Colonel Applegate’s Point-Shoot Continuum. The Point-Shoot Continuum is the only shooting system based solely on gross motor movement, the only movement the body will produce during the stressful environment of a CQC incident. The system was birthed, proven and revised in actual gun fights, not competition meets.

The Different Environments of CQC

Generally, the military, police (any policing organization) and average home owners are the three groups who must deal with a CQC incident. The populace generally misunderstands three things. Each group trains to face the stressful environment of a CQC incident differently than the other although a few things overlap. Additionally, each group approaches a CQC differently than the other though again there are some overlaps. Finally, the object of a CQC differs between the three and this is significant for the average home owner.

The Military

The military, specifically the US, defines a CQC incident within the same general guidelines as do civil policing departments and home defense experts although they are a bit loose about the distance requirement. Nevertheless, it is basically equivalent. The US military operates either under the rules of war or in agreement with a coalition who might be running a “policing” action. The military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan revealed there are times when it is necessary for the military to initiate a “home invasion” to apprehend a suspect.

The military invasion of a home is not the only event that can be described as CQC. CQC can describe hand-to-hand combat, house-to-house or room-to-room combat between two opposing military forces and the special operations units involved in guerrilla warfare. Nevertheless, many of the principles involved in each CQC that will bring about a successful outcome is not transferable to the home invasion of downtown, USA. Presently, we still live in a civil society and there are rules which the citizen must still attempt to honor even if their lives are in danger. Miliatry CQCFor example, many Americans practice some form of CQC knife fighting to equip themselves to protect their families. The military equips soldiers with knives to take the enemy’s life. In a civil society we still attempt to take the insurgent alive rather than have him carried out in a body bag. The horror is these skills are sometimes needed even in a civil society. The subject matter of this website proves that such a need does exist. Nevertheless, such a skill has limited transferability to the civilian arena. So, here, I am only concerned with the military’s involvement in the CQC of a home invasion. Many believe that the principles the military uses to successfully end such an operation are transferable to the home invasion that is coming to your neighborhood.

When they carry out such an operation, they do so with the overwhelming might of the US military. They plan days if not weeks in advanced based on locally supplied intelligence. The operation is executed with soldiers who are aggressively trained, heavily armed and protected by body armor. The few men who execute the “invasion” are backed by a large contingent of soldiers, communication systems, armored vehicles, various flying craft and redundancy. If the first contingent of soldiers can apprehend the suspect then all is well. If the raid goes wrong then soldiers are waiting to be called into action if necessary. In the worst case scenario all the soldiers might be withdrawn and heavier firepower might be used to end the standoff. The home evaporates.

There is little that the typical CQC of a home invasion in downtown USA has in common with the above event. The biggest differences between the two events are (1) the home owner is not inciting the home invasion, (2) he does not have access to military weaponry and (3) he does not possess the same level of training soldiers do, generally.

Most important, at least during the first fifteen to twenty seconds of a home invasion, the homeowner or renter is reacting to the stressful event(s) unfolding in his own living room. In general, the principles which some might draw from military operations and apply to the normal home invasion will create a disconnect putting the homeowner or renter at a distinct disadvantage.

Civil Policing Departments

Civil police departments employ civilians who because of their specialized training are permitted by a state to “enforce” the laws. Many Police departments are becoming highly militarized by the DHS becoming a threat themselves. Additionally, these departments are becoming increasingly anti-citizen and anti-Constitution. The last couple of administrations seem to be prepping the police departments to become paramilitary groups they can use to occupy the American heartland.

The biggest difference between the military invading a home and a policing force is the rules under which the operation takes place. Policing Police CQCforces must operate under the laws of the county, State and Federal Constitution. These forces are more limited in the breadth of what they are permitted to do when they must undertake such an operation.

Police officers will be involved in two general types of CQC events. The first type is where the police officer is within thirty feet or so of the criminal. The second event is where police and their paramilitary units originate a “home invasion” looking, hopefully, for a criminal.

The second form of a CQC is closely related with its military cousin. The officers involved in instigating a “home invasion” are well-trained in military tactics, backed up with tactical support, tied together with a good communication system, possess armored personal carriers that might carry a non-lethal tool to force entry and can call upon non-lethal aircraft. Unlike their military cousins if the operation the civil police is involved goes south they cannot call Puff.

Studies of the first type of CQC has provided researchers with a lot of great information about how a person acts and reacts within the stress of such an event. The information gleaned through studies of police shootings in CQC reveals that most shootings happen (1) within less than thirty feet between the two combatants and (2) in a low to no light situation. In addition, studies reveal that the human body reacts in predictable ways and these instinctive responses affect the way the officer is able to respond during a CQC. Typically, the officer will instinctively crouch and look at the target, not his sights that is if he can see them at all. Additionally, the officer will revert to aimed fire no matter how aggressively he has been trained in the Weaver or modern Isosceles.

Since what happens to the officer under the stress of a CQC is what happens to the typical human body such studies can be used to help prepare the average homeowner to defend himself, his family in the midst of a CQC inside or out of the home.

Part 2

Perimeter Security, Part 2
By Bo Perrin

Securing the perimeters of our homes would be relatively easy if not for obstacles. Obstacles come in two general forms. The first form is obstacles placed between the 3rd perimeter circle (furthest out) and the 1st which is the home itself. These obstacles can be man- or God-made. The second form involves the placement of doors and windows in the outer walls of the house structure itself. Both forms block a clear line of sight between the occupant and the furthest portion of the property making it more difficult to protect your family. Additionally, both forms can permit an insurgent(s) the cover he/they need to reach the house structure undetected increasing the level of danger to you and your family.

I will use the house in which I presently live to explore obstacles to perimeter security. I am a minister. I live in a parsonage. The house was built in the mid-40s while the congregation’s meeting house was built around the mid-50s. The church acquired the house a decade or so after it built the meeting house and from the positioning of the structures security was not an issue. Here is a free, very free, hand drawing of the property which is not to scale. I don’t want to read any jokes about how bad are my drawing abilities.


I will begin with obstacles in the yard. The meeting house and house structure sit on a rectangular piece of land that is about 3 or so acres. The road leading to the house is on the east side of the meeting house separating the meeting house from our neighbor. The parking lot for the congregation is on the west side of the building but vehicular access is blocked by gates posted on both the main entrance and a secondary entrance to the parking lot from the access road to the house. The perimeter of the property is lined by a wooden fence, shrubby or trees. The wooden fence is not sturdy and blows over often during a good storm. The trees and shrubby are easily penetrable on foot. The south side of the property is lined by a major street on which an insurgent could easily escape. The west and east sides of the property are lined by homes. The north side leads to a large undeveloped piece of land through which an escaping insurgent can easily be lost. So, the property is porous.

If I look out a window on the north side of the house I have a relatively unhindered line of sight to the tree line. Nevertheless, during the 002summer one of the members of the congregation cut up some tree limbs which fell during a storm. I placed the limbs in piles around a fire pit in the back yard which is itself full of limbs I have yet to burn. The obstacle is temporary. Nevertheless, in its present state it is still large enough to hinder a portion of my line of sight allowing a couple of insurgents to hide behind it.

If I look out a window that points west near the north side of the house two obstacles present themselves. One obstacle is two large trees Obstacles3whose trunks are wide enough for a single insurgent to hide behind. If both trees are used two insurgents could hide themselves close enough to the house structure to make it very difficult for me to detect them until they are right at the house. Further away from the house toward the tree line on the west side of the property is a large wooden barn. The barn poses a serious tactical problem because an insurgent(s) can hide within or without the structure. The barn has two sections with one section completely enclosed. We have had problems in the barn in the past. In every case it was merely teenagers where they ought not to be but the instances revealed a security issue.

Nighttime presents another layer of issues. There is a large light posted on the north side wall of the meeting house. The light throws its rays toward the north. The light illuminates the south side of the trees in the yard but provides a pocket of darkness to the tree’s north side. This pocket is large enough to hide a large male and could be used as a means to sneak up to and come in contact with the house.

If I look out a window that points west but near the south side of the house my line of sight is blocked by a number of trees the west side of the meeting house. The biggest security issue is that at this point I cannot even see the west wall of the garage which without security measures could hide a number of people. The west side of the meeting house is also a security issue. We have had a number of people who merely walked up from the street by the west wall and through our yard. There is almost nothing I can do to enhance the security here. There is a large Obstacleslight on the building’s west wall directed toward the parking lot but it is on constantly and provides no warning. An insurgent could sneak up from the street, hide behind a tree and reach the west wall of the garage. From this position the insurgent could sneak up along the garage’s west wall, turn on to the porch between the house and garage and be at the door without being discovered.

The situation at the front door is no better. There is a porch between the house and garage but it is not enclosed. We have thought about enclosing this area because of weather but the enclosure would certainly increase security. The north side wall of the garage is the only thing you see when you look out the door’s window. It is possible to see the north-east and north-west corners of the Obstacles5garage by relocating yourself in relation to the window. There is a window through which I can see the east wall of the garage clearly unlike the garage’s west wall and it is usually the first area I check when a security light goes off in this general area. The real security issue for this section of the house is the garage’s west wall.

The east side of the house presents a particularly difficult security issue. The house has a lot of windows. Every wall in every room has one to three windows except the east wall. The original house was very small but about twenty to twenty-five years ago the congregation Obstacles6added on to the original structure. The present main bedroom and dining room increased the structure by almost fifty percent. Interestingly, no one decided to put window on the east wall. The security issue is clear. Over the last fifteen years I that have occupied this house there has been a woodpecker who has done all it could to put some peep holes in the wall but with no success. Since there are no doors or windows on this wall there is no access for an insurgent into the house. But without proper security an Obstacles7insurgent could use the east wall to sneak up to the main door. An insurgent could crawl under the windows on the south wall gaining access to the only two doors of the house. The easiest door for an insurgent to cover would be the door between the garage and house since it is used the most. There is no shrubbery to hide behind on the south wall that would permit the insurgent to surprise anyone who walked out that door. The only plant is a rose plant with really big thorns.

These are the security issues I faced when I moved in to this location. Of course, every situation is different nevertheless, the issue is still the same – obstacles in the yard or on the house structure which inhibits a clear line of sight to furthest perimeter.


Securing the perimeter will differ depending on whether we are in a civil or uncivil society. If society has collapsed I would use far more lethal methods of securing the perimeter and my family than under the present situation. Generally, in a civil society the best methods for securing the perimeter and family are loud, bright and leave a legacy.

The first question you need to answer before choosing security measures is, how significant is the threat in my area? Even in a civil society the level of threat differs from place to place. The threat level of where I now live is vastly less than if I were to live in Detroit, MI or Memphis, TN. Memphis is one of the top ten violent cities in America and the general response time for police in Detroit is just under an hour. The Ohio Summit County Sheriffs have responded in less than five minutes to an issue for which I called them at least before the election of the anti-2nd Amendment Sheriff  Steve Barry. The level of threat will determine the measures you will need as well as the price.

One measure is to keep the yard clean. This is simple enough but I have seen yards filled with junk, at least as I see it, which provide great cover for an insurgent to make his or her way to the house structure. Old vehicles, large wood piles and outhouses can be used by insurgents as cover to try to reach the house structure. I seriously need to burn the limbs I have collected in the back yard.

Trip wires are another possibility. Most insurgents will follow closely to the walls of a structure and around the building’s corners. A trip wire can be six or so inches long attached to the building’s corners and a small post. The wire can be connected to some mechanism which will loudly announce to the insurgent that he has been identified. The mechanism could be empty shot gun shell rigged to go off, a can of nails or a flood light. I have also heard you can wire up glow sticks. I can wire the corners of the barn’s west wall, each corner of the house as well as the south-east and south-west corners of the garage.

Another measure is motion sensitive lights. The motion sensitive light, in my case, ought to be placed on the west wall of the barn, the south-west and south-east corners of the garage and on the east wall of the house structure. Generally, motion sensitive lights are useless if located on the structure you are trying to secure because by the time the light goes off the insurgent is already touching the structure. One issue to keep in mind that is oft not discussed is how easy it is to set off a motion sensitive light on one side of the house but run around the house or garage to the opposite side surprising you if you open the door. Check ways first, then proceed. A motion sensitive light ought to be wired to warn of coming danger not that the danger is now next to you.

The final measures I will mention is motion activated video cameras and sirens. Motion activated sirens work like a car alarm using the noise to alert people to the crime and scare off the criminal. Since the noise these measures make is unique among the noises usually heard in most areas I would think they would work well. If where you live is particularly plagued by crime and the possibility of a home invasion is rather high you could install motion activated video cameras. The insurgent’s motion will turn the video on and it will begin to record. These cameras will probably not scare the insurgent off but it would create a legacy for him or her. Additionally, the video feed can be fed onto a website on the internet so (1) you can monitor the insurgent’s movements and (2) you can give the police the location of the feed so that they can monitor the circumstances of the situation and where to look for the insurgent if he or she is still on location. The video measures are relatively inexpensive today. Nevertheless, the cost involved would demand that you use these measures where the risk of insurgent activity is high or cover is more pronounced. Video cameras will work well on the west wall of the barn, the south wall of the garage and the east wall of the house.

The purpose of whatever measures you decide to use is to make each concentric circle of security more difficult to breach by the insurgent the closer he or she gets to the house structure.  As the insurgent attempts to get closer to the house structure (1) the more difficult it ought to become for him to remain undiscovered, (2) the more aware you ought to be of his presence and (3) the level of danger increases for you and your family.

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Perimeter Security
By Bo Perrin

Perimeter security is the heart of home combatives. Every insurgent must cross some territory to gain access points into the house. The fact is many people begin perimeter house and backyardsecurity at the front door. Actually, perimeter security needs to be pushed back as far away from the structure as is possible.

I was a law enforcement specialist in the pre-Obama USAF. I held a number of specialities within my AFSC. One speciality in which I was trained was a combat specialist. A significant difference exists between USAF combat training and the combat training a Marine or soldier goes through. Generally, speaking the Marines and Army train to combat other military entities on open fields similar to the fields of France and Germany in World War 2. Some of this has changed. In Vietnam both the Army and Marines set up fire bases that they would use as the focal point of their operations in that area. In this case, both the Marines and Army would set up a perimeter security generally in a circular fashion. The same is true for many bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, those Security personal who were chosen to receive USAF combat training, trained specifically to protect a base. Base security had two forms. One form was similar to what I did at Ramstein Air Base. Here, the base was in friendly territory, i.e., Germany. Our ramsteinsecurity was limited to the base perimeter unless an emergency demanded that we purse someone off-base. Otherwise, the territory outside the perimeter was under the jurisdiction of the German Polizei. The other form is similar to air bases set up in territory in which we are engaged in hostilities like Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. Here, protocol demanded that our security perimeter extend as far as is needed to protect the base.

Interestingly, no matter what protocol limited or permitted the base security perimeter was a series of three concentric circles. The outer perimeter, the 3rd circle, was either the physical base perimeter which is generally a fence or the base perimeter set up by military authorities when in hostile environment. The next perimeter, the 2nd circle, is arbitrarily created and placed usually dividing nonmilitary from military base sources. In such cases, this circle would separate base housing from the JAG office. The final perimeter, the 1st circle, was drawn around headquarters. Headquarters is viewed as the brain of all military operations and therefore, it is to be defended at all costs.

This purpose of the 3rd perimeter was primarily early warning. Security personnel set up various early warning systems like flares, claymores etc., to warn of enemy movement. Generally, security forces did not heavily defend this line nevertheless, there would be enough personnel and hardware to slow any incursion as much as possible. The purpose of the 2nd perimeter is to mark the line in the sand at which the enemy is to be stopped. The 1st perimeter is a fail safe so that if the enemy breaks through the 2nd perimeter and approaches the 1st, security personnel will hold this line until all essential personnel are evacuated.

I went through all this because it applies to structure as well personal security. Of course, we will make a few modifications. Yes, I know that not all structures will give us either the shape or space for circles. Nevertheless, despite these problems a concentric security grid will do us nicely as attempt to protect our homes and persons.

Personal Security

We often assume we are safe in our homes and generally, that assumption is true. Nevertheless, the individual at the door might turn out to be the insurgent we said would never visit our abode. Of course, the risk increases dramatically when we leave our homes to wonder in the real world nevertheless, the principles are the same. The person who is walking by us, smiling at us might just turn out to be the insurgent we again never thought would violate our space.

Violate our space. This is a phrase we use very often when someone enters a particular area getting to close to us personally. In this article we will define the length of “our space” as thirty feet using our body as the epicenter in a circle. Generally both the Police and military define close quarter battle or combat (CQB) by space. This space is the distance between touching the insurgent’s body and thirty or so feet.

The three concentric circles around our body will determine the level of the threat. The inner most circle will be our body. This is red. Red is fight or flight. No one ought to get so close to our body as to touch us without our permission. Our body is our property and the space aroundBo in circle it is inviolable without permission. No one has the authority nor can anyone give the authority to another to violate that space unless we act in such a way as to violate our civil trust. Any threat that enters into this inner circle ought to be treated as “grave.” If such a threat invades this area you ought to be ready to match the threat’s force level and be willing to use deadly force if necessary. When a threat enters and touches your person it is time to attack! No insurgent who gets this far ought to be there for more than a few seconds and he ought to be terrible pain when he leaves assuming he is still breathing.

The middle circle extends from the body to the tip of the finger as you extend your hand out in front of you at a 90-degree angle. This is orange. There are many and legitimate reasons why a person might invade this area. So, not everyone who invades this area will be an insurgent nevertheless, an insurgent cannot attack you personally without going through this area in CQB. Orange is heightened awareness. When someone enters this area you senses should perk up because this individual might be the insurgent you never thought would attackBo In circle1. Nevertheless, there is no reason to be act like a gangster. Today, it seems to be the norm for people to walk around with a snarl on their lips so as to show the world how bad they are. Smile, be courteous, be kind to the individual who enters this space because it might be in error. Leave a friend. If the individual is an insurgent, you will know but you will have already prepared to meet such a threat! If it is a threat, attack!

The outside circle extends from your outstretched finger to about thirty feet. This is yellow. The fact is you cannot really watch all the area that you need and to be able to operate effectively. So, narrowing down the area to the space defined by CQB allow us to more easily see a threat that might be lurking, ready to attack. Yellow is awareness. Two important things about this circle. First, you know there are people out there and the vast majority of them are merely going about their business as decent citizens of this nation. They would not, could not hurt another human being on purpose. But it is in this sea of nice people that lurk the insurgent(s). The insurgent(s) is going to act a bit differently than the others in this circle. Often, we are keenly aware of the individual who sticks out in such a crowd and we keep our eye on them. Nevertheless, he may smile, look helpful, seems pleasant, say Hi! and might even dress well. What will set him off, what makes him different from those in the sea of niceness is that he is intently focused on you. You can see it in his eyes, his movements. Being able to spot a real or possible threat within the third circle gets you a distinctive tactical advantage.

Often, when I talk with gun owners about supplementing their carry with hand-to-hand combatives they respond that all they need is their .45. The above ought to show how ludicrous such a statement is. Specialists have shown conclusively that it is nigh impossible.45 for a person who is carrying concealed to draw his weapon, take his stance and shoot an attacker who is attacking within thirty feet. Yet this distance defines what is considered close quarter combat. If a person is really concerned about their health they need to understand the perimeter concept and possess not merely a handgun but a knife and a form of hand-to-hand close quarter combat.

If you are situationally aware of your surroundings and you see a possible threat outside the third circle you have time to prepare to meet it. This could mean pulling out your handgun and hiding behind something you are carrying. If you are forced to take this position then (1)Gun in butt pack make sure there is a round in the chamber, (2) keep the safety on if your weapon has one but your finger on the safety to release if the individual gets close to your inner circle and (3) keep the weapon pointed at the insurgent. It will not do any good to keep the weapon pointed somewhere else if the possible threat is trespassing into your territory because you may not have the time to reposition it.

If you have a knife, you could also pull it out as well and securely hide it behind something you are carrying like a coat or bag. Do not slash because clothing will mitigate even the sharpest of knifes. Stab. So, keep the point of the blade toward the insurgent if you must strike stab, stab and stab again.

Where does this system fail? Where most do. If the criminal has a weapon like a handgun or rifle then he can take you out without entering your space. Nevertheless, this is a different type of combat and goes beyond how to fight in close quarter.

Structural Security

In this case, the size of the circles will be larger but the principle is essentially the same. I realize there are different sizes of property which take on different shapes. So, the houses very closeconcentric defense system will be modified. The wider your property and the farther it extends from your home structure the easier it is to protect. Often in the city you have houses which are separated by a mere twenty yards. In such cases, it is more difficult to protect your property because the insurgent can sneak up on you more easily.

The 3rd circle, the one farthest from the structure, is the point where you look at a person and say, “What is he or she doing?” It is not that the individual is necessarily doing anything wrong because he may have a legitimate reason for crossing onto your property, temporally. Nevertheless, this is yellow. However, let us discuss night time. If a possible insurgent crosses this line he or she ought to think to themselves, “This person is Tree lineprepared.” Specialists often speak of using light sensors triggered by motion around the physical perimeter of your house to ward off potential insurgents. But by the time an insurgent(s) tips a motion sensor he can almost if not actually touch the structure of the house. So, by the time you get up to check on the situation, if you do at all, the insurgent(s) could have hidden themselves out of sight waiting for darkness to return. Instead, use light motion sensors on the farther perimeter. Granted you might have issues with critters who come searching for home and food. In this search they might set off the perimeter lights. But if you reset the calibration you will make it more difficult for animals to disturb the system.

The 2nd circle is where you want an insurgent who has somehow breached your 3rd circle to think about his life. This is orange. As long as society is basically civil we want to use only non-lethal warning systems. This circle ought to be loud and bright. There are a number of Tree line1books which provide different methods you can use. One trap is to use a rat trap and hook to it an empty shotgun shell and when tripped will set off the primer. If the insurgent is stupid or determined enough to dismiss your warning at the 3rd circle, what awaits him at the 2nd ought to make the insurgent(s) realize that you are very well prepared and aware of his approach.

The 1st circle is the structure. This is red. If the first two circles are set up and properly the insurgent should never make it to this far. If the insurgent(s) trips the warnings at the 2nd circle then hopefully (1) the insurgent(s) will turn and run, (2) you are now prepared to meetCountry home this potential threat within your house and (3) the police have been called and are arriving. But lets say the insurgent(s) gets to the structure or you have not prepared the warnings on your property and he slips up unawares.

In this case, there are a number of sections in the house which need to be fortified. The primary entry points of a house are the doors, windows and fire places. Of course, the insurgent could set the house on fire but generally this will not be a problem unless society has collapsed. If society collapses then everything we have discussed is worthless because the type of insurgent of which we speak will be of a drastically different mind set. Your response to such an insurgency will have to be drastically different as well. I will speak in about fortifying your doors, windows and other soft entry points when we discuss what happens when CQB enters your home.


The point of the concentric defense system is two-fold. The first thing this defense system does is gives you a defined space that you can use to determine the status of your security. This is true of both personal as well as structural security. Secondly, by using the 3rd (furthest circle) and the 2nd (next furthest) circle as barriers to repel the insurgent(s) the insurgent(s) should never reach the 1st circle which is either your body or the structure of your house.

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Being Tied Up In A Home Invasion

By Bo Perrin

Bo Perrin

If insurgents enter your domicile while you are home then only one of two things has happened. Firstly, they made a mistake and did not realize you were at home. In such cases, the insurgents invaded your home to burglarize it but not to harm. The insurgents have two possible responses. They can run or they can change their strategy and attack. Of course, this assumes that you have not opened fire if you are armed. Secondly, they invaded knowing you were at home and you are their object. Do you get that? When insurgents invade a home knowing the owners are present, it is because they are targeting you and your family. You not your TV is the prize.

Before we look at one possible scenario in a home invasion let me say the following:

1) Never open a door at night to anyone unless you know them (even then be careful)

2) If you go to the door to answer a knock during the night, go locked and loaded. Hide the weapon on the side of the door where the “visitor” cannot see it.

3) Better yet, whether you have a weapon or not take a small house knife and hide it in your hand. If you are attacked immediately strike the trac, eyes or jugular. If you cannot get a knife almost every male carries a set of keys in his pocket. These are sharp enough to destroy the eye or cut into the throat. I carry my keys between my belt and pants on my gun-side hip. Yes, I am constantly worrying if I will lose them but if I am attacked in CQB I can strike within a second.

4) Do not try to counter his moves. Forget any martial arts because in such a situation it will get you killed. Do not counter but rather strike, strike and strike again his trac, eyes or jugular.

5) As a side note to #4, do not try to overpower the insurgents. Often, the insurgents are drugged out. They may be weight lifters. But more often than not there are more than one of them and their combined strength will overpower you.

6) Do not stop fighting! Even if you are wounded do not stop fighting. Even if you smell your Frogown blood do not stop fighting. Attack over and again the eyes, trac, throat and jugular. Your life, your family’s life, depends on it.

Now. One thing that will happen during the second scenario is that you will be tied up. The insurgents will tie you up so that they can go through your house looking for valuables at their leisure. Additionally, they will tie your family up so that you will not be able to interfere as they rape your wife or daughter(s) or torture your family. They will tie up your wife and daughters to make it easier to rape them. What will you be able to do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Well, except listen to their cries as they are raped again and again and eventually murdered through the flow of your tears.

Not in my family despite any law or Progressive.

There are two general categories of materials that insurgents seem to use to tie up victims: metal and non-metal. Non-metal items are usually things like rope, duct tape and plastic ties. Handcuffs are the most used metal items by insurgents. You will notice that you can only escape from each category by different means. If you are properly prepared it is possible.

All the non-metal items can be cut. Have you seen Air Force One starring Harrison Ford? He is the President and is captured by some terrorists. The terrorists tie him up using duct tape. While he is getting beat up he falls to the ground and with the presence of mind he is able to grasp a small piece of glass which he uses to cut the tape. This is the mentality a person must have during a home invasion. If you are tied up the insurgents are not going to allow you to wander around the house. So, if you are to escape you must possess something sharp prior to being bound. Of course, if you have such a weapon on you then the insurgents should never have been able to get this far. It does not take a very sharp or Knifelarge item to strike the eye or slash the jugular. But I digress. A small relatively sharp razor knife can be kept in your pocket and has many uses. After being tied, assuming you are still conscious, you can reach in your pocket and cut what binds you. Of course, almost every insurgent will tie your hands behind your back so the best place to store the razor knife is somewhere on your back with the exception of the back pocket because that is too obvious.

The metallic items cannot be cut but as in the case of the handcuffs you must either know how to escape them or have a key. Actually, having a key is simpler. There is a company thatKey makes a plastic universal handcuff key which is inexpensive that can be used for such a time as this.

Your goal in the midst of a home invasion is to win! Nothing but nor less. You must use whatever is at your disposal and if you look around your living room you will find many, many articles that can be used combatively. Shot if you can. Strike if you have too. Eyes, trac, throat, ears and jugular must be the target. But if the worst happens and you allow yourself to bound you must realize that all is not lost if you have prepared properly. The question is then, are you properly prepared?

Thank you for reading. Bo

There are two forms a home invasion can take. In one form you come home to find the front door ajar. The other form is you are in the house either awake say watching TV or asleep when insurgents invade.

Both forms are incredibly scary and dangerous. While each has differences from the other, in both cases it may be necessary to clear your house. In the first form you have the option of calling the police or Sheriff rather than putting yourself in danger. In the second you have the option to hide in a safe room hopefully armed to protect your family while calling the police or Sheriff.

But many patriots refuse to depend on the police or Sheriff especially in the second form because the time it takes the authorities to respond could mean the life or death of one’s family.  The majority of specialists generally agree one the methodology to clear a house so there is not a lot of differences.

Nevertheless, to clear a house takes skill in the proper methods of approaching a door way, a hall, etc. In some cases, there is no generally accepted means of clearing a portion of the house because of its difficulty. The stairs to the basement is one example. In my house the stairs to the basement are lodged between two walls which can easily be perforated by a round.

For those who want to learn how to properly clear a house here is a document which provides some great insight.

Clearing Your House With A Firearm