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From Home Invasions to SHTF: Defending Your Home Against Intruders And Attackers

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It doesn’t matter how much food and water you have – someone else is going to want to take it when the SHTF.

Many people think they’re prepared for the end of the world as we know it. They stockpile food, water, medicine and even ammunition. Unfortunately, though, most preppers aren’t aware of just how bad things can get when everything has collapsed, including the rule of law. 

Your friends and neighbors? They won’t be so friendly and neighborly anymore. They’re going to be starving, terrified and willing to do anything to stay alive just one more day. And they’re not even the worst of your problems.

Organized crime gangs, including outlaw bikers or even rogue military units are also going to want to stay alive. 

Thinking of calling the cops? Don’t bother. Because not only will communications systems fail, the cops will have long walked off their posts to go home and protect their own families from the ensuing chaos.

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It’s a simple fact: When civilization starts to break down it’s every man for himself. Think about the drastic measures that you would take to feed your family in the event that you didn’t know where your next meal was coming from. Everyone else is going to do the same… or worse.

If you’re a loud and proud prepper you need to stop right now. The best defense for a situation like this arising in the future is to be very mum about what you have on hand. Everyone will be a target, but if you’re perceived as a man who is prepared for the worst, you’re going to be the biggest target on the block in the event that the worst actually happens. 

The situation is dire, difficult and grim… but it is not hopeless. In fact, with just a little bit of preparation for the worst you can plan for the best. Why?

Because the types of criminal gangs that will be stalking the post-apocalyptic wasteland will be looking for low-hanging fruit and easy targets. That means that if you can make yourself a harder target, you’ll move yourself a little further up the tree and they’ll start looking for someone else to rob, rape and murder. 

Word will likely travel fast that you are not a man to be trifled with. While this might have some stern characters thinking they can handle you, you’ll be prepared for them while simultaneously sending the message to all comers that there’s easier food to be had. 

The best part is that you don’t have to implement these techniques in preparation for the end of the world. Much of what we’re about to teach you will hold up for a home invasion just as well as it will an attack by apocalyptic wasteland warlords. 

So how do you prepare for attacks on your castle and keep your family safe?

How To Fortify Your Home Against Attacks

A good home defense plan starts with getting your home ready for an attack. What’s more, conflict avoided is conflict won. What this means simply is that if you can avoid being attacked in the first place, you’ve already won the battle. Think of it: Would you rather have a cool war story of how you fended off attackers or a totally boring evening?

The choice is obvious. So here’s how you start getting your home ready for an attack. 

Clearing Brush

There are two ways to think about clearing brush and keeping your area nice and tidy. Now we know that in an apocalyptic situation yard care isn’t going to be your first priority… but hear us out on this.

For normal situations, clearing brush is absolutely necessary so that you don’t give your targets anything to hide behind in the event that there’s a bunch of them coming for your home. 

That’s one way of looking at things in a more lawless situation.

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The other way of looking at things is making your place look like an absolute dump so that people avoid it. They think it’s either already been picked over, or else… well, it’s a dump and they’re just going to keep looking for somewhere a little more posh. 

Think about it: If you were a wasteland raider trying to get your hands on whatever you could find, what would you raid? The well-kept McMansion in the cul-de-sac or the place with garbage and dog poop and everything else all over the lawn? 

So while you might be house proud now, when the end of the world as we know it comes a-knockin, you might want to be the guy that’s always doing battle with the HOA over the state of his law. You might not like looking out at your yard, but it’s one way to make your place less appealing to the kinds of people who might show up demanding everything that you have. 

Keeping Things Well Lit

Again, this is another area where there are different approaches. In the normal, mostly law-abiding world in which we live, you definitely want to have everything around your house as well-lit as possible. 

On the other hand, if you’re in a SHTF type scenario you don’t want any kind of lighting if you can help it? Why? Because if the grid is down and you have flood lights going 12 hours a day, that’s a huge neon sign pointing to your house that says “rob me.” 

On the third hand, having those flood lights in place and being ready to deploy them at a critical moment of your choosing is a great way to catch your enemy totally off guard. Not only will they be completely exposed in the light, they also will not be expecting there to be electric lights of any kind in the brave new world you live in. 

You’ll want to deploy these judiciously, but the important thing to remember is that it’s better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

Cameras

Cameras aren’t going to do you much good in a SHTF scenario. After all, who are you going to show the tapes to? They might have some value in giving you footage to “Monday morning quarterback” from, but all told, they’re probably not worth the energy that you’re going to spend getting them.

Here in the world we currently live in, however, these are an absolute must and the more the better. You can get an eye on people lurking about your property, giving you something to hand over to the police before you have a mob arriving at your doorstep. Likewise, you could also use these for recon of your yard to see if anyone is sniffing around in a post-apocalyptic situation but, like we said, it’s going to take a fair bit of electricity to do that and you probably have better things to spend that precious voltage on. 

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Like many things, this is a situation you will have to evaluate. If you have an absolutely baller solar system, it might be worth the juice. For everyone else, skip it. 

Securing the Perimeter: Alarms and Traps For Home Defense

There are other, better ways to secure the perimeter of your home against intruders that don’t require any electricity whatsoever. Some of these go one step further and disable, incapacitate or even kill attackers for daring to trespass against you and your family. 

We’re talking about alarms and traps. Alarms don’t have to be modern, electricity intensive alarms. In fact, there are a number of ways for you to alert yourself to the presence of intruders on your property without using a single watt. 

One thing that many people don’t think of as an alarm is a dog. In fact, if you’re building a serious “compound”-style survival retreat, a dog or four is a great investment… though keep in mind that’s more mouths to feed. Several breeds such as German shepherd dogs, boerboels, bullmastiffs and Rhodesian ridgebacks are bred specifically for the purpose of being guards dogs. You can even train certain breeds to detain intruders without harming them, such as the bullmastiff. 

Triplines are another device you can set up that requires none of your precious home electricity and can alert you to the presence of an intruder. They can be rigger in such a way that once the tension in the line reaches the breaking point (i.e. when an intruder trips over the line), an alarm (either battery or solar powered) will go off. Of course, you can rig tripwires just as easily to be traps as you can wire them to be alarms. 

Security cameras that aren’t hooked up don’t require electricity and also don’t do much… but they can act as a deterrent to more easily intimidated and credulous intruders who simply see a camera and assume that you’re waiting to ambush anyone who steps onto your property. 

A quick word about setting traps on your land: First of all, there are entire multi-volume book sets written on the subject of booby traps to ensnare, injure, incapacitate or even kill intruders on your land. However, we have to address one major problem with all of these traps: They don’t discriminate between malicious intruder, benign wanderer and small child who’s lost their way. 

The point is this: We’re not going to tell you if you should or shouldn’t put traps on your land to protect yourself and your family. That’s for you to decide. But before you start digging through old Army manuals on how to lay traps for the enemy, please at least consider the potential that any deadly or disfiguring traps that you set on your land don’t discriminate between good guys, bad guys and the totally innocent (children and animals). You also wouldn’t be the first prepper alive to run afoul of their own trap. 

So exercise caution when setting traps. They might provide you with some kind of protection, but they’re certainly not without their drawbacks. All of this must be weighed before you start deploying them all over your land. 

Do You Want To Build A Bunker?

People throw the word “bunker” around in this space a lot. Well… let’s talk bunkers. 

First, there’s the classic bunker that’s well… a bunker. You can get these made, but they’re not cheap. There’s also the small problem of everyone seeing a bunker being built in your backyard. Even if you somehow manage to conceal this from your neighbors, you’re going to have a record of your transaction somewhere out there in the world. 

Don’t be surprised if the workmen start showing up at your place after the SHTF. Things are going to be desperate and what’s effectively a gentleman’s agreement to keep quiet about your construction project isn’t going to be worth the paper that it’s printed on once people start starving in the streets.

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Much better – and cheaper – is a panic room for you and your family. Think about what you really want when you talk about getting a bunker. What you really want is an impenetrable fortress for you and your family to retreat to if you have no other options. So a safe room can serve that purpose whether you’re planning for a home invasion or the end of the world as we know it. 

Unlike a bunker which is kind of an “all or nothing” kind of proposal, a safe room is more of a modular affair. You can build it out then add to it as you go. You might end up spending five figures on the final project, but you can pay for it as you go rather than having to drop 60 grand on a bunker all in one go. 

Defending Yourself And Your Family: Weapons

There’s no question about it… when the chips are down you’re going to have to be a man capable of doing violence – potentially savage, lethal violence – to another man. If you’re not capable of this there’s a good chance you simply won’t be able to hack it in a world without the rule of law.

The purpose of this isn’t to glorify violence. Far from it. Violence is ugly, but it will be the currency of the realm in a world where the cops simply are not going to come if you call them and violent men are taking whatever they can from the weaker among us. 

One problem that Sam Colt fixed is that all men are not created equally when it comes to the field of combat. So you can level the playing field with a 250-pound outlaw biker even if you’re a 70-year-old grandmother thanks to firearms. 

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Guns are absolutely the cornerstone of any home defense plan. You need them and you probably need more than one. A good guideline is going to be at least one for every person in the house. 

But what kind of gun should you get?

Like basically everything else here, the answer is “it depends.” The short version is that the best gun for you to have is the one that you shoot best with. So all the argument about shotguns versus carbines versus semi-automatics versus revolvers ultimately come down to whatever you feel most comfortable shooting with. 

That said, you might want to consider broadening your horizons based on the following information:

  • Shotguns: Shotguns are great for people who just aren’t that great at shooting because a shotgun blast is going to go everywhere. The downside is that they kick like an angry mule and you hopefully don’t value anything in the room you just discharged into. They’re imprecise, which is great if you can’t hid the broad side of a barn door, but if you’re even a halfway decent shot, they’re probably not the best for home defense, though they may still be a great option for defending your home from the outside. Shotguns are extremely limited in their capacity and semi-automatic shotguns are very likely to jam up because the heat tends to melt shotgun shells. 
  • Carbines: People tend not to think of the AR-15 as a home defense weapon, but it’s actually an excellent firearm for defending your castle against intruders. It doesn’t kick anything near what a shotgun does and you can buy some high capacity magazines for taking out 20, 50 or even 100 intruders without reloading, provided that you’re a good enough shot. A sling means you can have both your hands free while retaining the weapon, and they also make it harder to take away from you. This is going to be, all things being equal, your best option for home defense. 
  • Revolvers: Revolvers mostly fall under the category of “if this is what you feel most comfortable shooting.” They have a major disadvantage compared to other weapons because they’re firing capacity is limited. When you do run out of ammo, it’s going to take you a lot of time to reload and reloading requires fine motor skills which likely will have gone completely out the window the second you got into a life-threatening firefight with an intruder. On the other hand, they’re not going to jam up on you. 
  • Semi-Automatics: A lot of people don’t like semi-automatics because the have a reputation for jamming up. However, this isn’t nearly the issue that it used to be in the 20th Century. Semi-automatic firearms have come a long way, provided that you’re willing to shell out a few extra bucks for something a little more top of the line than a modern day “Saturday night special.” They can hold far more rounds than a revolver (but far less than a carbine) and they’re very easy to reload. Even if they do jam, you just drop the magazine, clear your weapon and load another. 

Thinking Beyond The Barrel: Weapons Other Than Guns

No matter how much ammunition you have, on a long enough timeline you’re going to run out. While you might be able to scavenge some or even do a bit of reloading, it’s important to have weapons other than firearms to help you to level the playing field against larger, stronger attackers. 

To be clear, none of these are as good as a gun. However, in the hands of a skilled operator, they can be absolutely deadly. It should go without saying that you need to train with any weapon that you plan on using in combat before your life is on the line.

  • Bow and Arrow: It doesn’t matter if this is a crossbow, a compound bow or an improvised longbow. You’ve got a fair bit of range, a deadly weapon and a virtually unlimited supply of ammunition all around you. You can also use these to hunt, which makes them… not as good as a gun, but the closest thing that you’re going to get when all the ammunition in the world has dried up. 
  • Knives and Machetes: If you’re in a survival situation there’s no better tool you can have in your hands than a machete. There’s just about nothing this thing can’t do when it’s not splitting the skulls of your enemies open like over ripened coconuts. Most people don’t think of either knives or machetes as range weapons, but in the hands of a skilled operator, they’re great at taking out enemies. You need to know how to throw them properly and the method for throwing a combat knife is totally different than the method for throwing one for sport competition. 
  • Improvised Weapon: Just about anything can become a weapon if you’re willing to make it one. There are a number of books out there explaining how to create improvised weapons out of anything you can think of. This is great, because what it means is that everything in your home has the potential for violent, lethal force if you know how to wield it properly. This is a very big topic and one deserving of a several books… which is why there are so many out there to teach you how to make improvised weapons. Don’t count on having your favorite weapon in your hand when you need it. In any given situation, the best weapon is the one you had… not the one that you wish you had. 

Preparing your home against intruders, be they run of the mill criminals of the modern age or psychopathic warlords of the post-apocalyptic wasteland isn’t about making massive investments or huge changes to your home. It’s about common sense preparedness Unlike many other forms of preparedness, home defense is going to start paying dividends long before the SHTF. 

Every family should be prepared for attacks from criminals, because they can happen anywhere from the inner city to the countryside. Those more concerned about the end of the world as we know it can rest assured that the measures they take to protect themselves in the world we live in will help them to stand on firm footing if the relatively safety of contemporary life goes away tomorrow. 

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Biden’s Newest Attempt to Take Your Guns

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The Biden administration finalized a new rule last week, touted by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a “historic step” in combating gun violence. This rule aims to increase background checks on gun sales by broadening the pool of people required to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). The administration claims this will address the so-called “gun show loophole” and reduce illegal gun sales.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), there’s a “large and growing black market of guns being sold by people without a license.” They argue that this black market is fueling violence because these sellers are not conducting background checks. However, many see this new rule as yet another attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Understanding the New Rule

To grasp the impact of this new rule, it’s crucial to understand the existing laws governing gun sales. Federal law mandates that all gun dealers conduct background checks via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling a firearm. However, private sales between individuals who are not in the business of selling guns do not require background checks.

Currently, 20 states have implemented their own laws to require background checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. In the remaining 30 states, private sales can occur without a background check as long as the seller is not engaged in the business of selling firearms.

The new rule seeks to limit the number of legal private sales by expanding the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer.” Previously, a person needed an FFL if they were involved in the “repetitive” buying and selling of firearms with the primary objective of “livelihood and profit.” The new rule changes this to require a license if the goal is to “predominantly earn a profit,” regardless of whether the seller relies on this activity for their livelihood.

Debunking Myths and Clarifying Facts

Myth #1: The New Rule Closes the “Gun Show Loophole”

Despite claims from the White House and mainstream media, there has never been a “gun show loophole.” Gun shows operate under the same legal framework as other venues: dealers must conduct background checks, while private sellers are not required to do so. The new rule does not close any loophole; it simply creates more confusion and potentially drives private sellers away from gun shows, where they are easier for law enforcement to monitor.

Myth #2: The New Rule Provides Clarity

The rule is marketed as providing clarity, yet it is anything but clear. The ATF’s 19-page FAQ document only adds to the confusion. It states that to “predominantly earn a profit” means the primary intent of the sale is financial gain, as opposed to personal reasons like upgrading a collection. However, there is no clear threshold for what constitutes “repetitive” sales or what amount of profit triggers the need for an FFL.

The lack of concrete standards means law-abiding citizens are left in a legal gray area. The rule could easily be interpreted in a way that criminalizes ordinary gun owners who occasionally sell firearms.

Myth #3: The New Rule Is a Major Change

Both proponents and critics of the rule suggest it will have significant impacts, but this may be overstated. The ATF has long maintained that even a single transaction can require a license under certain conditions. The real effect of the new rule is to sow uncertainty among private sellers, potentially discouraging lawful sales and undermining the Second Amendment.

The Real Impact on Gun Owners

The Biden administration’s new rule will likely deter lawful gun owners from selling firearms due to fear of legal repercussions. This does little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead burdens responsible citizens. The rule could particularly impact hunters and sports shooters who want to sell old guns to upgrade their equipment.

By creating more obstacles for law-abiding gun owners, the administration risks driving gun sales further underground, making it harder for law enforcement to track illegal activities. The people most affected will not be the high-volume sellers the ATF claims to target but ordinary Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

The new rule from the Biden administration is another step towards greater government control over private gun ownership. It doesn’t close any loopholes or provide meaningful clarity. Instead, it creates a chilling effect on lawful gun sales, turning responsible citizens into potential criminals.

As with many gun control measures, this rule places undue burdens on the law-abiding while doing little to address actual crime. It’s a reminder that vigilance is necessary to protect our constitutional rights from overreach by those who seek to undermine the Second Amendment. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand firm against any attempts to erode our fundamental freedoms.

What do you think of the Biden Regime’s latest attempt to take your guns? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Did the ATF Just Turn You Into an Unlicensed Gun Dealer?

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Amidst the world of firearms and gun ownership, scenarios arise where individuals find themselves downsizing their collections or navigating the complexities of buying and selling firearms. For some, it may involve parting ways with budget guns to fund the acquisition of their dream firearm, while for others, it could entail managing the estate of a deceased family member who left behind a substantial gun collection.

However, recent regulatory changes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have introduced new considerations and challenges. With the implementation of ATF Rule 2022R-17, the definition of who qualifies as a firearm dealer has been broadened, potentially impacting individuals engaged in occasional sales or private transactions.

Under the revised regulations, the criteria for determining whether someone is “engaged in the business” as a dealer in firearms have been expanded. This includes factors such as the intention to “predominantly earn a profit” from firearm sales, regardless of the medium or method used for transactions. Additionally, the definition of “dealer” now encompasses individuals conducting firearm transactions through various channels, including online platforms and gun shows.

Despite these changes, the regulations provide clarity on exemptions for individuals selling firearms as part of a personal collection or hobby, as long as sales remain occasional and not primarily for profit. However, navigating these distinctions requires careful attention to detail and adherence to legal requirements to avoid unintentionally falling afoul of the law.

The implications of ATF Rule 2022R-17 extend beyond mere technicalities, potentially impacting the everyday activities of gun owners and enthusiasts. From selling off surplus firearms to acquiring new additions to their collections, individuals must now navigate a regulatory landscape that demands heightened awareness and compliance.

Moreover, the rule underscores broader concerns about government overreach and the erosion of Second Amendment rights. By redefining existing regulations without legislative scrutiny, the ATF’s actions raise questions about transparency and accountability in firearms policy-making.

In light of these developments, individuals involved in firearm transactions must stay informed and adapt to evolving regulatory frameworks. Whether buying, selling, or transferring firearms, adherence to legal requirements and diligent record-keeping is paramount to avoid unintended legal consequences.

Ultimately, as gun owners and enthusiasts navigate the changing landscape of firearms regulation, vigilance and advocacy for Second Amendment rights remain crucial. By staying informed, engaging in responsible firearm ownership practices, and advocating for sensible policy reforms, individuals can uphold their rights while ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

Are you concerned about being on the wrong side of the ATF? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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What’s the Difference Between 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington

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For novice gun owners and seasoned enthusiasts alike, understanding the nuances between various ammunition types is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and safety of firearms. One common area of confusion arises when comparing the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges, as their differences, though seemingly small, can have a significant impact on weapon function and safety.

The primary difference between the two cartridges lies in their pressure levels. The 5.56 NATO cartridge operates at approximately 58,000 pounds per square inch (psi), whereas the .223 Remington is loaded to around 55,000 psi. While this disparity may appear minor, it plays a critical role in the overall performance of the ammunition.

However, the most important distinction between the two cartridges lies in the chamber dimensions. A 5.56 NATO chamber features a .125-inch longer throat compared to a .223 Remington chamber. This additional space allows for the loading of approximately one more grain of powder in the 5.56 NATO cartridge, resulting in higher performance levels compared to its .223 Remington counterpart.

The potential danger arises when firing a 5.56 NATO cartridge in a rifle chambered for .223 Remington. Due to the longer throat of the NATO chamber, this combination can lead to significantly increased pressure levels, reaching upwards of 65,000 psi or more. Such high pressures pose a severe risk to both the operator and the firearm, potentially causing primers to back out or even resulting in catastrophic failure.

Conversely, firing a .223 Remington cartridge in a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle may lead to suboptimal performance. The lower pressure generated by the .223 Remington cartridge, coupled with the dimensions of the NATO chamber, can result in improper cycling of the firearm, particularly in rifles with barrels shorter than 14.5 inches. While rifles with longer barrels may mitigate some of these issues, it is essential for gun owners to exercise caution when selecting ammunition for their firearms.

In conclusion, while the differences between the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges may seem subtle, they can have profound implications for weapon function, safety, and performance. Gun owners must educate themselves on these distinctions to make informed decisions when selecting ammunition and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Do you want to weigh in on this debate? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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