Thank you for the excellent website and videos. I find your
information more useful and realistic than any survival sites out
You and others have convinced me about glocks. Maybe you could
Model no/ details for personal defense.
I would also be intrerested in comparison of US states to relocate.
Thanks for all your excellent work
Own several guns but master one: The Glock 17
Regarding your question about American States, I will write a post about that but I did cover it to some extent in my book “Bugging Out and Relocating”. I go through some of the USA States I like the most, explain why and include charts ranking some of the most important categories. Throughout the book I explain the methodology and criteria to be used to relocate anywhere, within USA or abroad.
Regarding your first question…
As a Licensed Firearms Collector and firearms instructor telling people to own just one gun may sound crazy but if you keep reading you’ll see I have some valid points. Before continuing I’d like to lay down some ground rules. I’m not talking here about collecting firearms. For gun collectors the sky is the limit. Gun collectors can have literally hundreds of guns and still be honestly sure they are still missing a few. Something similar will happen for people that want to hunt different kind of animals and simply can’t do it all with one gun. While a 22LR works well for a great variety of small game animals, it is not suited for hog hunting and the same goes the other way around: You can kill pretty much anything that walks on planet Earth with a 458 Win. Mag. rifle but you can’t go bird hunting with the thing.
In this case though, I’m talking about the needs of a modern survivalist strictly interested in personal defense. The gun will be carried concealed for defense, taken to shooting classes, maybe used for pistol action shooting sports. While carbines sit in the safe, the handgun will be the only gun available when you need it the most so you should strive to master it. Here we aren’t talking of course about a comprehensive gun battery but the basic sidearm for personal defense, which is likely all the gun you’ll ever need in your life for defensive purposes.
After years of shooting, training for defense and collecting firearms these are the points I think you should keep in mind:
1)Gun Advertising and Marketing
Just like with any other industry, the firearms industry has marketing teams and they spend millions each year on advertising. This isn’t the “evil gun lobby” liberals try to scare the masses with, but the sales branch of a firm, just like any other firm, trying to place products in the market. A gun that is 1mm shorter or 1/100 ounce lighter, anything at all may be used to convince you that you just need whatever gun just made it to the cover Guns&Ammo. 99.9% of the new guns you see aren’t innovations but the product of marketing and it is important for you to understand that. Pepsi, Coke, countless sports drinks and energy drinks, billions spent in publicity yet at the end of the day you still know that by a WIDE margin the best most healthy thing to drink is pure water. You should have the same attitude towards the weapon you’ll spent the rest of your life mastering.
2)Time and Money
That’s right. I said the rest of your life. You see, we all have limited resources when it comes to time and money. How much money can you spend trying different guns, shooting different calibers and taking each new gun you want to try out to a new class? People will usually start with some cheaper gun, because they are just getting started right? no need for a fancy Glock. Then they realize the Taurus they just bought isnt that good so they finally buy a Glock and like it much better. Then they read the latest Guns&Ammo and realize spec ops operators use HK Mark 23 45ACP (SOCOM) so they go and buy that. Now we’re talking. After having a custom IWB holster made for the thing, they carry it for two days before leaving it behind and start saving money for the compact version of that same gun, better suited for concealed carry. So now our gun guy has a HK 45 Compact Tactical. Awesome firearm. Too bad he has to sell a kidney to buy a spare magazine (careful about dropping those!) and finding a good IWB holster is pretty much impossible. Its “tactical” but it breaks more often and is more prone to failure than the Glock the guy next to him is using… and shooting better than him. Maybe our gun enthusiast need more trigger time… but 45 is expensive, let alone buys 5 spare $100 magazines… and it still fails more often than the Glock… and the guy with the stock Glock 17 next to our gun enthusiast is shooting circles around him by now.
Focus on what’s practical, what has proven to work and what most professional shooters seem to be happy with.
3)To truly master your weapon
So as to achieve the level of proficiency you should strive for with a handgun you don’t need to buy five $1000 guns. You need to buy a $600 one and spend the rest on ammo and training. You need to get to know that weapon intimately, know exactly where it hits, perfectly control the trigger, reload without thinking an d draw in the blink of an eye. You don’t achieve that by having a gun you take for tactical classes + an action shooting race gun+ your cowboy shooting revolver +your subcompact pistol for real conceal carry. You do that by having a gun for carry, training and competition. One for all until you know it as well as you know yourself. Own several guns if you wish, but master one.
One night a few years ago I was taking my firearms instructors class. We were doing precision shooting, trying to shoot as accurately as possible, some having a better night than others and overall having a good time while learning. This guy dropped by to visit, he was an instructor from Venezuela who also worked as a bodyguard. He picked up a Glock 17 from one of the students and put one shot over the other at 7 yard. It wasn’t just a ragged hole, it was a SMALL hole, just a tad larger than the 9mm projectile that made it. This was a man that shot, worked and competed with the same Glock. As the saying goes, be careful of the man with only one gun.
Glocks have the advantage of being as common as they get. Any accessory, any spare magazine, any holster it all revolves around the Glock 17. It’s the most common handgun for military and law enforcement around the world. Hi Powers are still very common. Berettas still float around, so do some 1911s but for anything that isnt half a century old surplus the new standard is the Glock pistol. Anywhere in the world, walk into any range or armed force and chances are you will be handed over a Glock, most likely a Glock 17.
5)The best gun
So why is the Glock so common to being with? Because it works. Because at the end of the day, its the gun that has been copied by all other manufacturers for the last two decades. Its simple, light, accurate, takes a beating like no other and is easy to repair. You can learn to disassemble and replace anything broken in a Glock in a couple hours. For all the mumbo jumbo about special forces and hardcore operators using this or that gun, no other handgun is used as much by experienced shooters as the Glock.
If you want to become a proficient handgun shooter, just avoid the path taken by most and go straight for a Glock 17. With cheap 9mm you’ll be able to shoot as much as needed to get to know the platform well. Even if you never buy another handgun, that same G17 loaded with good 9mm ammo will perform very well in defense use roles. If you want to go the extra step and go for a bit more power, the Glock 31 in 357 SIG provides that, while basically being a Glock 22 , the only thing different being the 357 SIG barrel rather than the .40 barrel. Change barrels and you can shoot either round, without having to change anything else.
Congratulations on completing your new book – I just received my copy from Amazon.
I was wondering if you have any recommendations on home alarms – what should one look for in a good alarm system?
Hope you enjoy my new book, “Bugging Out and Relocating”.
An alarm system is the most important step you can take towards improving your home security. Sometimes people focus too much on guns. Guns are great, but its what you end up using when everything else fails in a worst case scenario. For passive defense nothing beats a good alarm. It’s the first thing burglars look for when selecting a potential target. 1) Alarm
2) type of doors and lock
3) if there’s a dog
Generally in that order. Before anything else, an alarm is a deterrent on its own. If your house is one of the few in the neighborhood with an alarm, guess which house criminals will skip? And if your house is the only one without an alarm, guess which one criminals will go for? Bottom line, you just need one.
What to get
Security systems such as ADT that require a monthly payment can be very expensive and are generally not recommended. A security system such as Simplisafe2 Home Secuirty System is also monitored and much cheaper than ADT, and they end up outsourcing to the same call centers when the alarm goes off. In general, a monitored alarm is the best way to go but even a small monthly payment does add up as times goes by. Having said that, if you can afford it, it’s worth it. This is particularly true for properties that are left unoccupied most of the time and are likely to be targeted by more dedicated criminals.
The second best option is installing a security system that while not monitored by a company, has an alarm that will call you to your cell phone. You can even install surveillance cameras so as to check your property through your cell phone. Wireless security systems are easy to install and if done so properly provide a good level of security. The disadvantage is that you will need to replace batteries on sensors, alarm and panel about once a year for most models.
When installing the system keep the following in mind:
1)Cover the main corridors and stairways with motion sensors. Sensors should be placed facing the main entry points, sweeping as much of the room as possible and minding blind spots.
2)All exterior doors on the floor level should have contact sensors installed.
3)The main panel should be close to the main entrance and fairly accessible, but placed in a location that isn’t too obvious whenever possible.
4)Burglars can get inside through windows as well, so buy additional motion sensors for rooms where valuables are kept if necessary.
5)Be very careful who you tell your alarm code to and remember that the alarm only works when you actually turn it on. Alarms with Key Fobs are more suited for people that don’t want to be bothered punching in codes every time they leave or enter the house.
This would be a good basic system for the price. It includes the main console, 5 door contacts, 2 motion detectors, 2 key fobs, panic button and one interior siren. You can program it to call you to your cell phone. You can even listen to what’s going on inside the house and play a pre-recorded message (something like, you are being filmed, the police has been notified)
This one includes main console, 10 door contacts, 3 motion detectors, 3 key fobs, interior siren, exterior siren, one panic button and uses both land line and GSM dialer and will call you if the land line is forcibly cut. You can call and talk to anyone close to the main console.
First of all I just want to say your book was an eye opener and got me away from the fantasy of Patriots.I have been revamping my EDC and came across this product:I was wondering if you had heard of it, effectively it is a universal key to handcuffs, I was curious if you thought this would be a valuable edition to an edc.You talked about kidnaps in Argentina and you also mentioned criminals getting body armor. I was wondering if they got other equipment such as handcuffs, was it more common for them to tie their captive or use a form of handcuffs?Again thank you for sharing your experiences in Argentina, it has really helped me instead of relying upon things such as Patriots and lights out for my source of prepping.Thank you for your time,-Chris
“Don’t kill my grandpa, I’ll give you mi toys”.
The pleads for mercy by his grandchild weren’t enough to save 74 year old Victor Granada, shot through the heart last night during a robbery attempt in his residence located in La Matanza, Buenos Aires. The two robbers also shot Victor’s 36 year old son who is now hospitalized in critical condition. According to the mother’s child, Mr. Granada´s grandson told the robbers ““Don’t kill my grandpa, I’ll give you mi toys” when they threatened to kill his grandfather.
It seems that word got around that Mr. Granada had property for rent and had received payments for it recently. Turns out that the tip was inaccurate and he had no money to surrender which may have angered the criminals.
Both criminals, one armed with a handgun and the other one armed with a knife, managed to escape after shooting both men and stealing a few valuables.
Consider the following:
*They entered through the main door, quickly forcing the security metal door. In 99% of homes, doors can simply be kicked opened. (and 99% of people thing their door is MUCH stronger than it actually is)
*Loose lips sink ships. They went after them because they knew the guy had property up for rent and thought there was rent money there. Don’t tell others about your business, lie if you have to but anything that sounds like money can be the cause of your doom in a violent society where crime is out of control. Most people just talk about everything and have no regard about these sort of things. As the world keeps moving, you better adapt before you end up learning the hard way.
*They just shot the old man, no mercy was shown so learn to expect none, same for the son. Which brings me to the much mentioned moral debate of killing in self-defense. It seems that putting down one of these animals scars you for life, that you live in regret and see their faces every time you close your eyes. Ah, Hollywood can be so sentimental. Brutal honesty moment here? Maybe that´s the kind of thing people debate about in SoHo NY while sipping green tea. In the “conurbano” of Buenos Aires there’s no such philosophical ponderations, we know perfectly well that you do the world a favor by ending the evil lives of these walking scumbags.
I’m a longtime follower of your blog… good stuff my friend, keep it coming!
I lived in Portland Oregon around 2004 and there was a vicious dog attack
where a young child was being attacked (I believe there were 2-3 dogs) and
then an older woman tried to help her and she was attacked as well. If I
recall correctly it took several other people to finally chase off these
dogs. Both the child and woman sustained serious injuries, hers taking a
long time to heal.
Since then I’ve kept a can of bear spray in the glove box for just such an
occurrence. This kind of pepper spray shoots about 30 feet and has the
capacity to address multiple threats. It’s available at most sporting
goods stores. I carry this when hiking on my waist belt and keep it handy
Parks that have fenced in dog areas for people to use will still have
people who think it’s okay for their dog to be unleashed elsewhere. My
two boys are naturally fearful of dogs that come right up to them and I
always keep in mind that animals can be excited by fear.
With this in mind, I have stood between them and dogs off the leash
several times without it escalating by using this method: We usually
stop in our tracks, I step in front of the boys and I give the owner a
look that if they don’t get their dog back it’s going to get hurt. One
hand is holding my boys back behind me and the other hand is near my
pocket knife. This stance shows the owner that I’m concerned and ready to
react. If the dog gets near I would do exactly as you did, especially if
it’s ignoring a command from its owner.
Dogs are a threat and so are strangers hanging around playgrounds watching
kids. I always take an assessment of who is there and if they have kids
associated with them or if they are just watching other people’s children
which makes me a little suspicious. There are often homeless people
sleeping in parks and camping there too, usually a short distance away
from facilities but out of site. It’s surprising where they are able to
set up unnoticed. These things can’t be controlled so being aware and
ready to react is all a person can do.
When I go to the park/playground with my family in summer months I carry
my Glock 23 in a little red fanny pack that also holds a water bottle(half
full or empty to keep weight down.) This never gets a second look. It
holds the gun and 2 spare mags and I can climb all around without issue.
When it’s not so hot I go IWB or OWB with jacket. Spare mags are handy in
a pocket. Quick enough for me and keeps weight off the waist. I totally
agree with you that it’s imperative to have a gun large enough to shoot
accurately and with significant capacity. Learn to shoot AND carry the
same gun you use for home defense!
Hope this info is helpful for other people like myself who frequent parks
with their children. Many people live in condos or apartments and don’t
have play space available without going into public where there are
unknown people and animals around. These things I mentioned are just some
of the basics that I follow to keep my family safe.
You’re welcome to share any portion of this with whomever you’d like but
please exclude my name if doing so publicly.
Thanks again for all your hard work in sharing your important messages.
Hi R, thanks a lot for sharing your experience.
I think the same way as you do. Unfortunately it’s the people that are the true problem, not the dog, but we have to sometimes act a certain way to protect ourselves and our family because of their lack of respect.
I have a dog, in fact I just walked it not 30 minutes ago. I kept it on a short leash and even crossed the street when I saw two young girls coming my way and my English Bull Terrier showing too much interest. If I put myself in their position I wouldn´t want a strange animal that is almost as big as I am, definitely stronger and with big teeth jumping and pulling towards me. Out of respect for others, I keep a good distance, keep the leash short or even cross the street if I feel its called for. These people that simply let their animals run loose, not worrying if the dog bites someone or not, let along worrying if it scares a kid or even a person that just happens to not like dogs as much as them. The way I see it there’s just no excuse for that, and a half rational person knows its simply disrespectful to others, even dangerous.
I’ve heard different reports about spray for dogs. In general it does work very well. Dogs having such a sensitive nose, it will react to OC spray. In some cases with certain terrier blood breeds like Staffys, English Bull Terriers, American pit bull terrier and Dogos Argentinos, when blinded by the rage of the fight they don’t react to OC at all. In fact I know of many cases where even shooting the animal wasn’t enough and entire mags where shot into them. I know of a Dogo that took all 7+1 rounds of 45 ACP before dyeing (still killed the person, in this case a carjacker) and similar cases with Pitt bulls. It seems that terriers with a fighting instinct are very tough when driven like that.
You’re right about strange people in the park. Sometimes a homeless person is just that, but others its people with mental problems and it wouldn’t be the first time a person living on the street pushes someone into the bushes of a park to abuse them.
People that look out of place too, maybe adults looking at the kids play but don’t seem to have kids of their own that justify their interest would be another sign to watch for. Perverts can be founds everywhere in the world, there’s really no place safe from that sort of crime.
I like your choice of gun too, cant go wrong with Glock. I carry a bottle of water as well. My kids often need a drink so its one of the things I clearly use the most of my EDC bag.
I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago, and have begun implementing a few of your suggestions. Even with the little I have done so far, an incident last night showed me just how valuable a little bit of preparedness is.
At 4AM my wife shakes me awake and whispers, “I think someone may be in our house.” I jumped out of bed, fumbled around a bit for my 9mm Glock, then though, “Oh crap I need a flashlight!” Obviously what I needed was a tactical flashlight, but those were in another room. However, what I did have was a keychain LED I started carrying after reading your blog. Not much, but at least I could see. I then proceeded to check the house. Thankfully it turned out to just be our cat making some noise.
Even though it was a false alarm, I was glad I knew the basics of how to handle it. Also, I knew that if it came to a fight, I at least had some knowledge of how those go down. Nowhere near as good as actual training, but better than nothing.
Here are my lessons learned:
ALWAYS keep a tactical flashlight with my gun
Install a light where I keep the gun that comes on automatically when I open its container so I’m not fumbling around with a loaded gun. I’m thinking one of these magnetic switches wired to a AA battery and a red LED.
Buy some JHP ammo. I did not enjoy having to worry about overpenetration from my FMJ rounds.
Sleep in something I can clip a knife and a reload mag to.
Secure my doors and windows better. It was hard to feel like I had fully proven that there was no intruder when there are so many EASY ways in.
Make sure my wife knows that if she thinks there is a problem, wake me immediately. I later found out she had been awake for 10 minutes worried that someone had broken in but thinking it was probably the cat and therefore did not want to wake me up. I told her what I read on your blog, that she has to wake me any time she thinks something is wrong because even though 99% of the time it will be nothing, that 1% could be life or death. I will gladly trade a little lost sleep for the safety of my family.
Also, before I read your blog I had kept my gun with the magazine removed. Now I keep it with the magazine in but no round chambered. This is because my wife is absolutely not ok with having a round chambered before we go through Front Sight. However, I was quite thankful last night that I at least had the mag in because finding both the mag and the gun in the dark and getting the mag in correctly would have taken a LONG time.
Of course, most of these are things you have said over and over. They made sense when I read them, but now I am quite motivated to actually do them. Even the few changes I have made over the past few weeks in both preparedness and mindset helped tremendously. If this had happened a month ago, I would have been fumbling around with a magazine in the dark, blundering about the house with no light, and still convinced that a round or two of FMJ 9mm will put down an intruder no problem.
So in sum, thanks for writing this blog! My family is and will be safer because of it.
Hi John, thanks a lot for sharing your experience.
You’re correct in assuming that time can be a significant factor. Sometimes you have more of it, sometimes its just a matter of seconds! A bad guy just kicking down the front door and walking inside can be in your bedroom in a matter of seconds. You’re reaction has to be as fast as possible. As soon as you’re conscious, WLL YOURSELF INTO MOVING, jumping out of bed, picking the gun, in your case chambering a round and get ready to face any intruder. Sometimes we hear something and just freeze. That’s our gatherer/pray instinct kicking in. Like a deer we straighten our head and listen to see if we hear that noise a second time, a very typical instinctive reaction. On the other hand, a predator would charge the noise the first time. What we have to do is will ourselves into developing a predator reaction in which we quickly move to fight instead of freezing.
Should you stay put and defend your bedroom instead? I prefer to first and foremost react as if the potential threat was already attacking, think worst case scenario. If later I decide that its better to go pick the kids and get them to the master bedroom, confront before the breaking in is completed, the variations are infinite, but in my opinion the key is avoid freezing and move, react to the potential threat as fast as you can.
About gun, mag and flashlight, you might want to look into getting a load bearing vest with molle attachments for those as well as a holster, even better, make the vest one that includes body armor panels. That way you just get up, put your vest on, and all your stuff AND boy armor are already on you.
Again, thanks for sharing, take care,