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4 Home Defense Tips That Could Save Your Life

1.Bring Enough Ammo

So, how much ammo do you have in your gun? Do you have more bullets ready to go? So, you think that when you’re in a gunfight, your 8 or 10 rounds is going to last for quite some time?

I mean, sure it does, when you’re at the range in the stall, and then you’re pressed out. You’re watching your breathing while you’re slowly pulling the trigger. It takes a little while to go through there.

But let’s see what it looks like in a “time is life” situation.

I’m going to do 2 mags.

Here we go.

10 seconds. Within 10 seconds, I’ve just emptied 34 rounds.

That’s up for you to think about. “My 8 rounds of 45 will knock him down.”

Well, I’ve got 34 rounds out of 9 (millimeter). I like my odds better.

2. Keep a Round in the Chamber

In a self-defense situation, you can find yourself suddenly needing to utilize your pistol.

With your gun having the round in the chamber, you’re ready for the fight. So, let’s see how that looks.


Okay, so now you’ve decided not to carry one in the chamber. Let’s see what that looks like.


I practice with the pistol a whole lot. You need to imagine yourself in a dynamic situation where you may not have time to move and react before that guy is on top of you.

If you have to rack a round into your gun to go live with it, you’re costing yourself time. And in this situation, time is life.

3. Learn to Holster Correctly

If you’re not able make it through a range, there’s still something you can do at home.

First of all, you want to make sure that your gun is unloaded.

I’ve verified visually.

I’ve placed my finger to verify. There was not a round inside.

I can see that I have an empty magazine. I know my weapon is clear.

I’m going to re-holster.

These are perishable skills. And should you not practice them, you will not have them in a “time is life” situation.

Should you carry on body using the holster?

This particular holster is outside the waistband holster.

I want to take my hand, place it high up on the grip, and wrap my fingers around. As you can see, my firing finger/trigger finger is outside the holster.

On a firm firing grip, I want to remove the gun from the holster.

I’m going to turn my elbow and hand while keeping my elbow tight to my body.

I have a 90 degree angle.

As you can see, my gun is canted 45 degrees; it’s not up on my body like this.


Because should I need to fire at this point, a semi-automatic—that has a slide that must go through the rear in order to chamber another round—could catch on clothing, a jacket, or anything bulky. So, maintain your 45 angle.

My non-dominant hand is now going to come into play.

I’m going to press forward. This time my hand— in a firm firing grip, pressing forward—is coming to meet it.

Re-holstering, weapon comes back, non-dominant hand leaves, rotate (the gun) 45 degrees, use the end of your gun to find the holster, and then seat the gun into the holster.

Trigger finger is still outside of the trigger guard. Now you can release.

4. Learn to Shoot With Your Non-Dominant Hand

Do you know how you become good at left-handed shooting if you’re a right-handed shooter?

Now, you get good at right-handed shooting if you’re left-handed shooter. Practice it using the same techniques that you use to hold your dominant hand—you use your weak hand, or your non-dominant hand.

Practice it. It’s the same firing grip, but just the reverse. It’s that simple, guys.

Take the gun, put it on your other hand, press out, gain a good sight picture, and pull the trigger.

You know why a shot doesn’t go where you want it to go? Because you don’t have as much control over your “non-dominant hand” as you do with your “dominant hand”.

Okay. We use all these technical terms in the firearms industry just to make them sound really cool.

It’s the hand you use. There’s nothing special about it. I’m a right-handed shooter, so naturally I’m better at right hand, right?

So, when I go to the range, do I practice with my left hand?

No, because I’m not any good at it. I suck. And I saw—it’s not even fun.

Being in a home invasion, a gun fight is NOT fun. You got to do what you got to do to survive. Don’t be one of those individuals who wish they had worked on it. Go train. It’s as simple as that.

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