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Must Know Home-Defense Handgun Tactics

by Handguns TV   |  October 28th, 2011 19

These home-defense handgun tactics will help you prepare for when the unthinkable happens.





  • Chris

    Great video.

  • tactical rudogg

    Sound advice, pretty obvious for the mose part. But it could help out some novice shooters with little or no expirience

  • Sam

    Best advice in this was NOT to search your house. – Quick peeks shown are way too slow. They should be at least a half a second. This is like a flash look into the car rear view mirror. You can then think about what you saw as you move or don't move to a different postion. Get a good base, go sideways and back as fast as possible. – Both demonstrators are way too close to their cover. Much better to be backed off. Clear corners as far from the corner as possible. There is a human tendency to hug your cover like a security blanket, and it is what is most seen in the United States. We call it "thumb sucking" your cover. As close as you were to the "corner of the conrcrete building", projecitiles delivered to a shooter's right anywhere into the wall will plane into you if you are exposed to shoot.

  • Sam

    Continued: The foot movement shown to clear the cover was a shuffle step. It is much better to use a slide step because it does not narrow your base. If you have to slide back quickly you will have far better power and balance to do so. – Why in the world is the demonstration done with off duty, more concealable type weapons when talking about home defense? Even on the street, these are about the size of a good second weapon.

    • cpdhomicide

      Don't be a poser Sam just be quiet the day you write for a national publication a respected one at that then maybe people might care what you have to say

  • Lieutenant Smith

    Good advice. Sam needs to calm down. Not everybody is going to have the level of skill of a tactical operator. The quick peeks were not too slow. The average person needs a bit more information to process things. People who do a flash look in their rear view will probably have an accident. While it is good to move back from cover, the hallways of average homes are often narrow and don't afford the luxury of moving back. Shuffle steps and slide steps are both good. It is personal preference. I'm not sure why Sam harps on the size of the guns used. The guns you use to clear your home, if you have to do so, will be the gun you own and have in your possession at the time. Again, this is personal preference. Not everybody carries or owns a big gun. You make do with what you have.

    • Sam

      "Lieutenant" Smith, Lt. Sam here. I have been told by special team members that I deserve my assignment more than anyone they have experienced. Rank alone is NOT impressive. Real experience and skill count, not couch theory. So you look down your nose at the "average person" and give them dummed down information so they can "process things"? Car accidents are caused by being too long in the mirror. Basic driving classes teach this. You can easily catch more than one round if appearing this long. There is enough room to move further back from corners than used in the filmed house. You miss that a lot of the film was shown after they moved out of the house and were even talking about concrete buildings? Shuffle steps and slide steps fill different principles. They are NOT the same. When demonstrating it is best to use the most appropriate equipment. After all, according to you, the "personal preference" of the "average person" must be lacking. Reading people is a skill that has saved many of our lives. Reading you indicates your "personal preference" is pretty much chair theory. But I guess you can "only make do with what you have".

    • Doug

      Calm down, indeed. I think you got someone's hackles up. I guess the opinions didn't matter, you needed to be attacked for questioning someone's self-imposed expertise. You know, I've known plenty of people who like to claim they know the best experts, and that they are the ones in the know. Can't nothing be done about them. Good tips and good perspective, Lieutenant Smith.

  • Jeremy

    Another situation where the 'quick peek' works well is when one is checking out a noise, but doesn't know if there is actually someone in the house, i.e., "is that someone breaking in, or did the cat knock over that vase again". Realistically we can't call the cops every time we hear a suspicious noise. If we KNOW that there is an intruder in the house, then absolutely, we should either barricade ourselves our 'safe' room or vacate the premises as quickly & safely as possible, assuming there is no one that we must get to to protect of course. But if we are just checking out a noise, and don't have to actually confront an intruder if we find one, the 'quick peek' method can actually work quite well. We take a 'quick peek', and if we see someone who shouldn't be there we choose to either retreat to our safe room or, if possible, leave. If we see that the noise was just the cat has knocking over a vase, we go back to bed.

    • Sam

      Sam back again, without the "title". This was good. Could save your life. "Never trust until verified". By the way a good dog can help immensly with this. Of course, you might have to clean up the broken vase, and any water, before going back to bed.

  • Robin

    No video to play…. don't know why…..
    Thanks!

  • Curious Viewer

    I loved all of your opinions! I believe multiple point of views are nice, because like Lt.'s said, it's preference and we might all take slightly different approaches. Everyone has different experiences and that brings much advice. So thank you all! I feel confident in knowing if an intruder were to break into my home as we speak, that I could easily take them down, following a bit of all of your instructions. Safety has no boundaries, and nor does wisdom. Like the saying, respect your elders, they always know best. Well, respect their opinion, listen up, learn and pray to God you remember when you need it! ha ha. Anyways, I just wanted to commend all of you on your tips, after all, I'm sure the Lt.'s know it's all about team work, not competition. Good job guys! And thanks again! :D

  • Curious Viewer

    like the Lt.'s said*

  • SPS

    What does everyone think about the purchase of a personal vest class 111a for home use? To have on hand in the event of bad times?

    • Defender

      Personaly I think the idea of having a vest ready and available for home protection is an outstanding idea. No doubt that it can increase your chance for survival in the event of a shooting…and that's why cops wear them. Plus, they work great if you are in a physical confrontation. I know I have been punched and kneed several times while wearing my vest and I didn't even feel the strikes. It's a fantastic tool to go along with personal protection and home defense.

  • GAEY

    The farther you are from a wall the less protection you have. Moving out may increase the sight line/view field of an attacker, but this can be negated by an attacker's quick lateral movement (especially if he's not really where you thought he was) -remember in the 'away from wall' position you have given up physical cover for a sighting advantage. But the biggest problem with moving out from close wall cover is this- what if the attacker is not alone. Watch any battle footage and what is the first thing people do when the bullets start to fly- they go for the wall/cover right now!

  • Will Carry

    I agree that the best advice is not to clear your house. It was a great video but too many Rambo wanna be's think that they can clear their house all alone. The police do it in teams of 4, heavily armoured and armed AND they train constantly. Even thenit is very dangerous.
    You give me a paintball gun and a few minutes to set an ambush and I will shoot you 9 out of 10 times in your own house if you try to clear the house. If you set up an ambush for the intruder you will win 9 out of 10 times. In close quarters the person who moves is going to loose. Just my humble opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.updegraff Dean Updegraff

    Will what you forget is the average break in is going to be done by a 16-20 year old punk that has no clue what he is doing. It might even be the only time he has ever had a gun in his hand. A little common sense and knowledge will go a long way against most punks that break in for your TV or to rape your wife.
    Just my two cents.

  • Jeff Korhorn

    Will, I agree with you for the most part. However, if I had family spread out in the house, seeing that I am the man of the house, I would feed obligated to move out and engage the threat.

    That being said, if I had the choice, I would rather set up a defensive “ambush” scenario. I too prefer this in paintball, and in Nerf gun wars with my kids in the house.
    Yes, I know the real deal is different, but the best offense is a good defense.

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