A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating post about how active shooter scenarios would play out if some of the participants were CCW permit holders. It is worth your time to read and watch the accompanying video segments. I won’t reveal any spoilers but they key takeaway is this:

Weapons trainer Travis Bond said the best way to overcome the unknown is to prepare for it. “By going through the training and experiencing different things — and specifically looking for opportunities to engage, and knowing when not to engage — is as important as anything,”

This has applications beyond the (unlikely) event of various active shooter scenarios at work. Think about how you can gain experience at various activities in a safe, controlled setting so that you can learn without exposing yourself to risk. This will equip you with knowledge that you can apply in emergency situations.

HT to Kevin at Misfires and Light Strikes.

 

So you purchased a new firearm in 2015, congratulations on your purchase! It was a record year for gun sales and for many buyers, this was their first weapon. Buying a firearm is only the first step though, to be effective and safe one has to acquire skills. The good news is there are some drills you can do to develop proficiency with guns. Kevin discusses pistol drills for new owners over at Ricochet, which I highly suggest you do when you have a moment. These are a good starting point for learning how to effectively use your new pistol and will help guide your training. Learn the Four Rules and commit them to memory too, these will keep you safe while handling firearms. Remember too that owning a gun is a responsibility that one must take seriously. The anti-Civil Rights crowd will use any excuse or incident to push their agenda of firearms confiscation. Don’t give them the ammunition to do so; be safe, become proficient, and enjoy your new gun!

I have a confession to make, I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions and I don’t make them. If something is worth doing then don’t wait, do it now! So it is with preparation activities, as the year draws to a close and a new one beckons, I am taking steps to improve my level of preparation. It just so happens that this desire to make a chance coincides with the beginning of a new year.

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Exercise has many benefits to your overall well-being, but according to this article it can also protect your brain against depression.This is particularly important in preparation fitness because both your body and mind have to be ready to endure a lot of stress during an emergency. Having the mental strength to overcome adversity, coupled with a will to survive is a critical tool to have. Being fit makes this more achievable and increases your likelihood of survival during stressful times. So take fitness seriously, your brain needs you to be fit!

Confession time, this series on “Hardening Your Home” is going to be a bit like a Tarantino movie.  No, these posts won’t involve snappy dialog coupled with bloody violence!  What I mean by that is the story will not be told in a chronological fashion.  For example, the deadbolts that are currently installed on my exterior doors.

Schlage Light Commercial Deadbolt

These were installed a few weeks ago, which was before I installed the EZ Armor I mentioned in the previous post.

While the timing isn’t important, the reason why I opted to update my lock hardware is.  Not long ago, I read some articles on lock bumping and decided to take measures to prevent this from happening.  Essentially, a criminal can defeat most locks in less than a minute using a bump key and a hard impact.  You can watch a video of it by going here, which shows how simple and fast this technique is.  Since my lock hardware was purchased from a big box retailer after I purchased my home, I decided it was time to upgrade and improve my defenses.

I decided to get Schlage Light Industrial deadbolt locks and passage handles.  These are only available from locksmiths and are constructed from higher quality materials than normal locks.  These locks are designed to be bump and pick resistant, which makes it more difficult and time-consuming for a would-be intruder to break into my home.  Another great feature is they can be re-keyed by a non-locksmith.  A set of these locks is about twice what a normal set would cost at a home improvement store, however the added security and peace of mind you gain is worth it.

Better locks combined with door reinforcement added an additional layer of security to my home.  In my next post, I’ll discuss how I use lighting to deter crime.