Self Defense Training Articles
,The fact that you’re reading this article suggest you probably have some firearms stockpiled with a bit of ammunition available for them. Good for you but let’s hit on some points. First, firearms are the last line of defense. I realize they are cool and fun but truthfully we need to look to the first steps of our defense plan before we jump to them.
Some people simply don’t like guns, are uncomfortable with them, and just simply don’t know how to use them. As an instructor, I’m here to tell you if this is you it’s ok. You can still do a lot for your personal security without arming yourself.
Our home is our castle and this is one of the big reasons I’m not a fan of bugging out unless you absolutely have to I.e. you’re going to die if you stay in place guaranteed. Obviously if money is no object we would just build a new house with security as the first part of the plan. Part of the house would be below grade with a hidden escape tunnel, the entire building would be concrete with reinforced doors and bullet proof windows.
Most of us do not have the funds for this and even if we did, we may not be wiling to spend that much on them. A house like this would cost most the fortune you have saved up. However, when purchasing a home we can look for upgraded features, like stone and brick veneer instead of vinyl. It’s not bullet proof but it will stop a bullet a hell of a lot better than vinyl siding.
A home that backs up to a hill gives way to vulnerabilities by providing attackers the high ground and vantage points, but provides more protection for tornadoes, storms and hurricanes. Everything is a balance; I’m a very security minded person but I’m going to be hit by bad storms and tornadoes multiple times a year. I might be the victim of one robbery in my life and most of us will not ever see a home invasion. So which threat is the priority? The one that is immediate, deadly and more often. So I prioritize storm protection over protection from 2 legged animals.
Some of features work for both such as storm shutters. If used with discipline every day when you go to sleep or when you leave your home, they can provide substantial protection. The same holds true with upgrading doors and windows with security film and higher quality security doors. But more on this in a minute.
If you have already bought your house and you can no longer take these things into consideration, we can still build a defensive plan that comes into play long before the guns. The secret here is much like the old joke of the bear; where you’re not trying to outrun the bear just the buddy you went hiking with. That’s true in home defense in making your house less appealing than your neighbors for an attack. There are some simple common sense solutions that people have either never put any thought into or are simply too lazy to get it done. If you’re on a limited budget start here.
These are all simple to do and relatively easy for the average DIYer. Even paying a handyman to do this wouldn’t cost more than a few hundred but this entire list minus the security camera can be done for less than $1000 over a weekend or two.
As you continue down this path you will ultimately have more money and time to add to your home security. If you’re in a house you don’t plan on leaving anytime within the near future we can take these things a step further.
The goal in doing this is to avoid a situation where you have to use a firearm in self defense. Is it expensive to do this? Sure but whats the cost of a home intruder getting in? What's the cost of shooting a home intruder and defending yourself in a civil and criminal case? A few thousand dollars to upgrade your security is a minor expense in the grand theme of avoiding a dangerous encounter.
Keep in mind if you live in an area that is not known for their self defense freedom you may have a responsibility to retreat from your home prior to defending it. As backwards as most of us find this check your laws especially if you live in a more liberal area. This isn't to dig on anyone that is a democrat but it is a simple reality that democrat policies and laws on self defense and defense of your home error on the side of preserving the offenders life while conservative laws and policies error on the side of individual liberty. Meaning the right to protect yourself and your property versus the right of the offender to not be shot.
The bottom line here is that the first step in planning is to do the boring work of upgrading your home and providing more security on the front end. Guns & self defense are the last priority and our focus should be on preventing the attack first, stopping or slowing the attack second, and defending the attack as a final solution.
is an entrepreneur and content creator. He lives on a small homestead in central Alabama where his wife and three children raise livestock and enjoy the quit life on their farm. He served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army from Alaska to Afghanistan and currently owns, along side his wife, Timberline Security Solutions LLC based in Birmingham Alabama.
Amandalyn has spent her professional career doing a little bit of everything from being a licensed real estate agent, to a Private Investigator. Currently she operates, along with her husband, Timberline Security Solutions LLC to train civilians, military and police officers for the battle they may one day face. Together with Mackay they work as Private Investigators and conduct executive level protection details.