Home invasion defense usually consists of split second decisions. How would you handle a situation like this one? In part one and part two of our story, we shared the story of Mr. Smith, who defended himself against an invader in his home. This is the third and final installment of “Home Invasion Defense: What Would You Do?”‘
There are a few things that you need to know, and be prepared for should you ever find yourself in a situation like the Mr. Smith did. If you haven’t yet read the pretend story I posted a few days ago, do so now, before you read this post where I discuss where he went wrong.
Hopefully, you noticed a few different things about how the startled husband handled himself in this conflict. There was actually all kinds of wrong going on here. However, there are two distinct issues that I want to talk about, that could have been avoided completely had he known better.
First, this guy really had no clue how to use a firearm. If you remember correctly, he was using his knowledge of the television and movies to guide his decisions.
Having served in the Marines, and even law enforcement for a while, I can tell you that most of what you see on TV is garbage and not to be trusted. In fact, I like to watch those shows just so I can pick them apart on what they’re doing wrong. But, that’s besides the point.
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The point, is even the best of the best continue to train for a critical incident. I’m friends with a firearms instructor, who is literally the most qualified instructor I’ve ever met. This person has decades of experience and has taught countless firearm enthusiasts how to use their weapon of choice.
But you know what? This instructor still seeks out her own mentors to make sure she’s still receiving the best possible training. After all, even the best of the best still need to be trained.
Why? Because you fight the same way you train. Can you imagine if, after I shot expert rifle for the first time in the Marines, they told me to stop training?
Think about it for a second. Do athletes ever really take time off? No, they are constantly training to make themselves better. And, even when they aren’t physically training, they are doing so mentally.
They train for every possible scenario, that way, their muscles know what to do even while their brain tries to play catch up.
Had our protagonist in the story, Mr. Smith, trained properly, he would have known that you should never place your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to fire. He also may have realized that shooting someone in the back is not a very good idea, especially if you’re trying to play up a self-defense situation in court.
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And, some of the other things that he did wrong wouldn’t likely have happened if he had the proper firearms training.
So, what does that look like? First, find someone in your area who is a certified firearms instructor with your choice of weapon. In other words, don’t take a shotgun course, if you don’t have a shotgun, etc.
Second, even after you take your course, continue to go to the range, on at least a monthly basis. Personally, I go to the range every single week. I make time for it because my family’s life could depend on it at some point.
That about does it for this post. Next time, I’ll talk about another area where our dude went wrong, and how he could have potentially screwed himself over, big time.
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