How To Improve Situational Awareness

The most successful gunfight is the one you’re never in. Practicing good situational awareness is your your first line of defense in avoiding a critical situation. Way too many people wander around without a clue as to what is going on around them. You should keep aware of who and what is going on in […]

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget-Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

This is reprinted with permission. Jeremiah Johnson is a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne) and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). This article is a continuation of the home defense series from Jeremiah Johnson. You can read part 1 of this series here: A Green Beret’s […]

Recognizing Danger Signs

Being situationally aware of what’s going on around you and being able to recognize danger signs will keep you alive. A dangerous situation can occur in a shop, a bar, on the road with a road rage incident or even at your front door with a potential home invader.

Stay Alert Stay Alive

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Stay Alert Stay Alive When we deploy with our Special Response Team, prior to creating a breach point or a dynamic entry, they deploy (usually several) distraction devices to cover the movements, and to confuse the direction of the intrusion. A distracted opponent makes it easy to […]

Trusting Your Intuition

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Trusting Your Intuition Everyone is equipped with a unique early warning radar deep inside of them that has been described many different ways. Some call it a “gut feeling,” others call it, “instinct,” or a “sixth sense.” Regardless of the name you assign it, and for the […]

Your How-To Guide on Avoiding Abductions

If you aren’t keeping your situational awareness you might not see it coming. An abduction can occur to you, your spouse, or your children. The are some things you need to know about avoiding abductions.

It Takes a Thief to Keep You Safe

It Takes a Thief When I was in the Special Forces, we had training on surreptitious entry, lock picking and how to hot wire cars. I guess that part of our mentality had to be a bit rogue any way to perform the unconventional warfare missions.  This all means that we knew at least a […]

What You Need to Know about Home Defense Mindset

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Pre-battle Home Defense Mindset When I founded my firearms training company I set out to educate my students in the principle that the mind itself is the ultimate weapon. As a long time practitioner of martial arts, a defensive tactics instructor, a firearms trainer, and a deputy […]

How to Survive a 911 Call

Make sure you survive the 911 call. Let’s say that you are a home homeowner and had to take deadly force to eliminate a threat to you and your family. How bad would it be if you called the police and did not survive the police call or ended up being arrested and charged for […]

Train to Fight, Fight to Win!

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Train to Fight This week’s article is about training to fight. I’ve been studying neurology lately and have been uncovering a vast amount of information about how the brain works, and how little we actually understand about the gray matter between our ears… not to mention how […]

Having a When, Then Mindset

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester What If or When, then… In light of recent news events, the massive outbreak of active murder’s (let’s not sugar coat anything by calling them active shooters… they are murderers) going on killing sprees, and the major increase in desperate people (Thanks to the incompetence of our […]

Scan and Assess

When you are involved in a shooting incident there is a tendency to get tunnel vision. Instead you need to keep your head about you and scan and assess. It is all about situational awareness.

The OODA Loop and Situational Awareness

by Home Defense Gun staffer Mike One of the most common themes taught in defensive firearms classes is situational awareness. First designed by Col Jeff Cooper in the 1970s, the situational awareness chart represents the degrees of awareness that a person experiences in relation to their surroundings. Cooper’s chart is based on a color code […]