Home Tactical Readiness Bag

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.11.07 AMI am absolutely not a morning person.  That explains why most of my professional career has been spent working the evening and night time hours.  I feel most comfortable after the sun goes down and I generally catch my second wind after 10pm.  But, there are times when I have to wake up and be out of the house early.  When I do, it is imperative that I have set out everything I need for the next day or I will forget something.  Happens all the time.

If I forget to bring something because I had to be up and out early, it is generally just an inconvenience that I can usually work around.  But in a tactical life or death type situation, such as a home invasion robbery, forgetting something is not optional.  Enter the Home Tactical Readiness Bag.

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When I go anywhere outside of about 5 miles from my home, I always bring a get home bag, also known as a bug out bag. In that bag I have everything I need to survive 72 plus hours away from home.  Or if I’m home already, I can grab the bag and get out of dodge should SHTF.  In my bag is extra ammunition, a method to make a shelter, a water purification device and multiple ways to make fire along with food and first-aid supplies among other things.   Clearly you don’t need all of that in a home tactical readiness bag, but there are some things that will be useful to you should you come under some kind of assault at home.

The first priority in the bag is a flashlight.  Since bad guys tend to hunt at night, and because it is irresponsible to shoot anything you cannot see first and identify, you have to have a way to illuminate the threat.  I suggest you have a tactical handheld flashlight along with a gun light.  The reason I recommend a gun light is because there may a time when you need your other hand to open a door or carry a child and that cannot be done if you are holding a flashlight. Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 11.44.30 PM

Next, extra ammunition and magazines should go in the bag.  Most home invasion robberies involve multiple bad guys so the more ammunition the better.  And since most malfunctions with a semi-automatic handgun are magazine related, extra magazines are the fastest and most efficient way to correct that problem.

A first-aid kit or IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) is also included for obvious reasons.

I put a rubber door stop in my bag.  Not for propping a door open, but for helping to keep one from being opened should I have to hunker down in a room or perhaps secure a bad guy in a room while I deal with another threat or wait for the calvary to arrive.  These door stops won’t completely keep somebody, especially a motivated somebody from gaining entrance into a room, but it might slow them down or even give the false appearance that a door is locked causing them to go in another direction.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.27.02 AMAn optional item for your bag are small keychain strobes.  These can be used to mark a room as clear or one as unsecured as you clear your home.  These strobes come in multiple colors so I suggest red for uncleared or unsecured and green or blue for cleared.

Lastly is the bag itself.  My Home Tactical Readiness Bag has a single shoulder strap with multiple pockets and molle webbing on the outside.  It’s about the size of medium sized women’s purse and of course is black in color.  Seems to be more tactical if it’s black.

I keep my bag readily accessible in the room I’m sleeping in and have my gun secured inside a paddle type holster in the bag at nigh along with my cell phone.  If something happens, I can get up and grab the bag and sling it over my shoulder and have with me everything I need to defend my castle without having to think about it because I have set everything up in advance, when things are calm and I am thinking clearly.

Don’t just survive, thrive!

Dennis

Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.

You Gotta Train!

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 12.22.35 AMIt is not enough to purchase a gun and a holster and take a concealed carry course to call yourself a responsible gun owner.  To be responsible, you must obtain and constantly be refining the skills necessary to deploy your firearm is a safe and tactically sound manner.  But beyond being responsible, you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you are not competent in your weapons deployment and handling capability.

From a standpoint of being responsible, you must become proficient with a firearm and versed on the laws governing the use of said firearm, especially the laws governing use of force.  From a personal standpoint, it is a waste of time to go through all the trouble and expense of buy gear and carrying it daily if you are not able to skillfully utilize it if and when the time comes.

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To obtain the proper skills necessary for effective everyday carry, routine training is necessary.  Just like any other physical skill, deploying and utilizing a firearm takes practice to learn and master and continued practice to maintain proficiency.

I recommend live fire at the range at least twice a month with a minimum of 50 rounds being fired each time.  When not at the range, it is as important if not more so to practice your draw from concealment.  This is just as critical as actually being able to shoot and hit the target.  Practicing your draw can be done while at home with an unloaded firearm and should be done multiple times per week for about 10 minutes each time.

In addition to practicing your draw, I highly recommend the addition of some dry fire training. Dry fire utilizes an unloaded weapon teaches proper trigger control and sight alignment without the added worry of the recoil or the added expense associated with utilizing ammunition.  Don’t be fooled though, dry fire training has a direct and positive impact on your live fire abilities and is utilized often by professional shooters.

Develop and plan out a training regimen utilizing the above elements to ensure that you are not only a responsible gun owner, but that you acquire and master the skills necessary to become a proficient shooter and practitioner of everyday concealed carry.

Don’t just survive, thrive!

Dennis

Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.

 

When Should You Carry Your Gun?

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 11.14.23 PMOne of the topics that comes up in all of my concealed carry classes is a discussion on when to carry a gun. There are generally a lot of different opinions on this amongst the students. Some will say only when going on long trips. Others will say only when out with the family. And some suggest that you only need to carry a gun when you are expecting trouble. I could not disagree more with all of those opinions.

Since none of us are clairvoyant, and thus can never predict when trouble will occur, the answer to when you should carry your gun is simple, and obvious. All the time.

I use the seatbelt analogy during my classes. I ask the students to consider a different question. Instead of asking when should I carry my gun, ask when should you wear your seatbelt? Well, lets change the question slightly. You will only need your seatbelt during a car accident, so the question isn’t when should you wear your seatbelt, the real question is, when will you be involved in a traffic accident? That is a question you will never be able to answer, so, since you can never know, it makes scenes that you would wear your seatbelt every time you are in a car.

Now back to our original question, when should you carry your gun? The answer is, all the time, because just like driving or riding in a car, you can never know when something bad will happen that will require the use of the gun. If you engage in the practice of only carrying your gun when you think something bad will happen, you are really gambling with your safety. And just like the lottery, the odds are far greater that you are going to lose, then they are that you will win.

So, ensure that the odds are in your favor and carry all the time. It’s the smart way to approach your safety and security.

Don’t just survive, thrive!

Dennis

Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.

 

The Proper Way to Carry a 1911

Screen Shot 2014-05-15 at 9.50.37 AMMany people are ignorant to the correct way to carry a 1911.  Well, John Browning, may you have heard of him, designed he 1911 pistol to be carried in a specific manner.  This video explains.

Don’t just survive, thrive!

Dennis

Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.