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Edited by milla da killa: 2/18/2013 8:08:37 PM
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Personal Defense: A Guide

Out of boredom I'm going to go over a few things on home and personal defense. For those considering purchasing weapons for personal defense, read on, or perhaps you just want to learn a few things. A few things first off that you need to understand before we continue. 1- Personal defense does NOT mean strictly killing the aggressor. It simply means to neutralize him, either long enough for police to arrive, or long enough for you to escape. 2- Training is key to everything, weapons are a tool, and just like you won't be able to build a house with hand tools without prior experience and training, you won't be able to defend yourself effeciently without experience and training either. 3- Fighting isn't always necessary. Most thieves aren't looking for a fight, they're thieves, they just want to get something and run. You don't lose anything by simply giving them what they want and notifying the authorities, you can lose your life though if you pursue a fight. 4- All is fair in love and war. Throw any thoughts of a moral code out the window. Gouging eyes, kicks to the groin, and blowing out knee caps are all fair game. You can't expect a criminal to be following a moral code, so you shouldn't either. If it comes to a fight, it's life or death, who's life do you value more? 5- On that, life does have value, both to victim's families and to your concience (too lazy to spell check). Consider this heavily. Now that that's out of the way, we'll move on to picking a personal defense weapon. The weapon you chose needs to consider a number of factors. What's it's purpose first of all? If it's for your house, then why your home? Has there been a lot of robberies recently? Murders? Before I get deeper into that, let's take a look at the psychology aspect of a fight. [b]1- The Psychology Aspect[/b] Fear is the biggest thing. Everyone will be scared shitless, both you AND the aggressor. The key part to a fight is fear. Armies fight by routing their enemies, not necessarily by killing them. This is done by fighting the senses. Things that easily scare anyone can be weapons, or witnessing human violence. Weapons are loud, especially in close quarters, and making a loud bang affects the visual and hearing aspect, and it does it well. Ever wonder why you watch a video of troops being shot at and it seems like they're just going death blossom? The answer is fairly simple, because of that fear induced by the gunfire that person wants to one-up the other. This results in them trying to make louder bangs, and more of them in the fastest time possible. In the military this is used in the first moments of taking fire and is refferred to as the "mad 10." This is taught as a reaction, as it's an automatic reaction anyways. Police will often blow through 20 rounds in a matter of seconds without even knowing they have, and this will happen to you as well. This is why shotguns are not the best home defense weapon. When shit goes down, your first reaction will to be shoot as much as possible. It's an instinct to attempt to ward off the predator by showing your superiority, very similar to how dogs will bark at each other. Rather a weapon that has low recoil and more rounds is preffered. Luckily, you're likely not going to be facing an enemy army, which comes to the next bit. The final bit to attack a persons senses is direct human violence, and simple craziness. Yelling before battle is something still done today, and it still works. Why? Again, look at the dogs. It shows who's got the bigger voice, who can make the loudest noise, and who's the alpha. Screaming either before, or during your defense is key. Practice it, it doesn't matter how gay it sounds, just scream and roar as much and as loud as you can. The other part, human violence. Showing that you are willing to commit violence scares the -blam!- out of people, like nothing else possibly can. This works especially well to those who aren't used to people actually willing to kill another. That big guy who talks all that game and gets into fights all the time? It works wonders against those types. This is because they are accustomed to the belief that people do not want to kill each other, just beat them into submission, when they see true violence and a true willingness to kill it stupifies them. The ability to kill willingly is uncommon, extremely uncommon. Burgulars are no different than that big guy, they are used to taking the stuff and going, when you introduce that willingness to do harm to them it scares them. This is something to consider, since showing the willingness and ability to do harm does not necessarily mean you have to. Seeing this will already neutralize them, and the majority of the time the aggressor will simpy flee because of that. [b]2- The PDW[/b] Knowing these things, it should become clearer what makes or breaks a personal defense weapon. The most common weapon for home defense is the shotgun, but after reading that is it truly the best? Although it inflicts damage, it lacks the fully automatic firepower, has high recoil, and has very few rounds. While it will make a nice loud "boom!" it can only do so 2-6 times. What about an AR? The boom isn't as loud, but you're indoors. In fact, it would make for an awesome home defense weapon minus 2 things. Manuevability, as I doubt most of you live in mansions, and it's range. That .223 (or 5.56) will go through the walls and keep going, possibly into an innocent bystander, or your own family. To eliminate that issue, you need a short range weapon, with at least 10 rounds, which is easily manuevable. Got an idea? Yes, the 9mm, good guess. The pistol is manuevable, easy to reload, makes a louder bang than an AR, shoots fast enough, and has enough rounds to fulfill everything you'ld need it to. I won't get into a .45 vs 9mm debate here (hint: there's no difference, minus the recoil and holding more rounds) but the 9mm is quite simply, king. Of course, this may not be true to every situation, so looking at what you've read so far, you'll need to make your own choice. Perhaps a shotgun IS better (long hallways, minimum entry ways). You'll need to consider this on your own. But, you also don't necessarily need a firearm. Remember the last part of your little psychology lesson? The part about the willingness to commit violence? Now, while a pistol held to your face is scary (because of your belief that they now have the ability, and are willing to commit violence but you're unsure if they will) a knife or bat can be just as intimidating. They also don't require extensive training, and are a lot easier to get ahold of. So what's better in that case? Well, then we go into the physiology of it all. You'll also find some more nice information about why certain weapons are more effective down there. [b]3- Physiological Stuff[/b] For starters, fighting and combat are extremely stressful on the body and mind. The first thing you'll notice when experiencing it all is the massive adrenaline rush. How each person experiences this moment differs as much as the person, and your reactions may be completely different. What's certain, is your blood pressure will immediately sky rocket, and your heartrate will sky rocket as well (to over 180 bpm, that's the equivelent for most people sprinting a mile in 4 minutes!). The next thing that will become noticed is the tunnel vision, you will be unable to see anything not directly in front of you. Not only that, but depth perception will go wacky. Further away things will look closer, closer things look further away. The entire body will, quite simply, go haywire. The final important aspect is that your mind takes over everything, particularly the hind brain. As an evolutionary reaction, our minds will cut off our ability to feel. In this moment that adrenaline surges through your body, you can very easily be shot or stabbed multiple times without noticing a thing is wrong until you finally look down and see blood pooling from your gut. This is, for a warrior, the greatest fear. The adrenaline surge is freeing, as it lets your mind take over, but at the same time it's a trade off. This is where all that training comes in. When you train, you train the body, and the mind to adapt to the body, rather than the body to adapt to the mind. This is why the "games teach kids how to do this and that" is completely ignorant. We'll touch on training later, but for now, how does one dispose of an adversary who knows no pain, who can see everything, and who has super-human strength? This question is why armies fight to rout enemies. Routing somebody is typically much easier than killing them, and is the better solution. The only way to due injury to them is by inducing as much trauma possible in the shortest time possible. Something such as a bat across the head induces a load of trauma, and not only that, it lets them know they've been hit. If they aren't moved, physically, by the blow, there's a good chance they'll never know it happened. Knocking them out, or immobalizing limbs are the best options. Think of it like taking out a zombie. You can break his arms and legs, and it'll slow them down and possibly stop them, or a blow to the head and end it. These injuries typically will not kill the adversary, but induce enough trauma to stop them in their place. How to kill someone is a different matter to learn on your own. (cont.)

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  • OP guide is trahsh.

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  • Nice post, Milla.

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  • Edited by Recon Number 54: 2/18/2013 8:16:08 PM
    For anyone who is considering taking a more active role in self-protection or prepared self-defense, I would HIGHLY recommend the linked book. It is a bit old, but the points and content is VERY valid, well-written, and very professionally presented. The only parts of it that "suffer" from its age are when he speaks to (what was then current) technology in regards to firearms and the fact that many concealed carry laws have changed (drastically) since it was written in the 1980's. It is mostly (now) a relevant book to help the reader examine their own understanding and desires as to "why" they would consider arming themselves and the serious and life-altering responsibilities that come with having deadly force at ones disposal. But he makes very good points and asks the reader to carefully consider the whole case of having the means of deadly force on one's person. There are some heavy responsibilities and considerations and he clears out all of the "macho bullshit" that many people expect or anticipate to be involved in this very personal matter/choice.

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    • what are your qualifications other than you own a keyboard and have access to the internet?

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    • Interesting thing about guns. They do not need [u]a lot[/u] of training, they use a basic human ability to point, and make it dangerous.(training would be a good idea, but it is easier to learn how to shoot a gun, than many political groups would have you think.) They also allow a normally physically incapable person, to fight on even grounds, with one who is capable.

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    • Just gonna shoot them mkay

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    • So...I spent all day packaging bullets, so I'm gonna go with a 308 round.

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    • How about a shotgun with bird-shot? My brother in law keeps his shotgun loaded birdshot-buckshot-birdshot-buckshot ...

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      • (cont.) [b]4- The Melee Weapon[/b] So knowing this, it should hopefully be easier to understand the choices, just like choosing a weapon. Blunt force weapons are preffered, but aren't exactly mobile (who carries a bat everywhere with them?), and knives are easily hidden but won't necessarily cause the same amount of blunt damage and induce that "oh -blam!- I'm getting -blam!-ed up" thing in their head. They can, however, be just as intimidating. Again, having a knife can show the willingness to kill, and having it in your hands shows the ability. This is why knowing the psychological portion was so important, so that you can know what you need to do to ward off an attacker. Screaming, and just generally intimidating them can stop the attack before it's begun. As for what type of knife? This varies greatly, and I'm sure some of you have looked on the market and seen a whole bunch of different styles of blades and wondered "what's so special about this one?" Well, let's go into each style and what it's pro's and con's are. Fixed Blades - Fixed blades are extremely durable, often longer knives that make for great fighting knives. The issue is that they aren't near as concealable. Folding Blades - This is the most common, often reffered to as "pocket knives" these are simplistic knives which are easily concealable. The issue is they are often not as durable, and in that fit of panic, you may forget to unfold it (no joke, this is extremely common). Spring Loaded - These are illegal in most states, but fix the common issue of not remembering to undo the knife by pressing a button for the blade to come out and in a faster fashion. Boot Knife - These are a type of fixed blade knife, that are extremely small. They make for awesome throwing knives, and they're double sided blade makes for great self defense. This is preffered for carry. Double Blade - These are knives which feature a sharp curved blade on both sides with an often sharp point on the end. These are great because of their weight, slashing ability, and stabbing ability. The issue with them is that stabs will not induce a large amount of trauma compared to a serrated blade. Serrated Blade - These blades look like saw blades. While they don't have the same amount of slashing ability, a stab from this will tear apart anything. 50/50 Blade - Refers to a blade which has a straight edge and serrated edge, where the serrated edge is the back half of the blade. These are often reffered to as fighting/combat knives because of their balanced ability to stab, slash, and induce a large amount of trauma. [b]5 - Training[/b] While I can't make you a personal training regiment, I'll outline what you need to do in order to train correctly. For starters, there's the expert and the professional. In order to be a lethal force to be reckoned with, you need to be a professional. The expert will do the same task 100 times until he gets it right once, the professional will do the same task 100 times until he gets it right, then do it 100 more. You need to apply this to training. Firstly, if you have a weapon, do not train on standard bullseye targets, train on silhouettes. This is because the way our eyes see isn't by seeing the figure, but the shape. When it comes down to it, you need muscle memory. Eyes see the silhouette, determine it's a threat, engage. Rather than see a person, determine he's a threat, figure out where to shoot, engage. If you aren't experienced, start off basic, just shooting at a stationary target. Once you're a decent shot, as a nice drill, holster the weapon, close your eyes, then have a friend put the target offset on the range at a random distance, when he says engage, you open your eyes, draw, fire. Do this in steps. Open your eyes, locate the target, draw pistol, off safe (if you have one), fire at least 5 rounds, back on safe (if you have one). This will teach your body to do what you need it to, so all your mind needs to say is "he's right there." You can also do this from the sides, so the target is off in a different direction. As a nice tip for pistols, you can practice this whenever. Make your shooting hand into a jacking off grip. Take your other hand and with your eyes closed, put your index finger into your thumb. This is the best way to learn fast reloads, so when you reload the index finger is along the magazine running the same direction. When you do this, you teach your body that muscle memory so your index finger, as it goes to your hand, will guide the magazine into the well. Also when done firing, before reholstering, remember to look to the left and right of yourself. As stated, you'll get tunnel vision. Doing this will become muscle memory so that you'll scan for additional threats, and possibly be able to see something you didn't before (like your wife and kids in the corner being attacked). As for melee/hand weapons. Your best bet is to practice doing a juke to the left and right before you move to attack, and right as you go to attack. This can take you out of their vision as they get that cone going, allowing a split second for you to move and attack. Also train around your home, practicing running from various parts of your house. Have a friend tell you to do it randomly, and practice going to the weapon to another part of the house. Chances are under stress you'll forget it's even there. [b]6- Closing[/b] Hope you guys learned a thing or two. Do remember, self-defense is a way of defending oneself from an attacker, and taking another's life is not always necessary and should always be a last ditch effort.

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        • A better self defence guide Punch in face, knee balls, elbow back of the head Or Kill them with a hammer, axe, sword, gun, or acidic fluid

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        • I employ 3 security guards at my house. They're only 90 lbs each, but seem to do the trick. Only costs a few bowls of dog food a day.

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          • [quote]3- Fighting isn't always necessary. Most thieves aren't looking for a fight, they're thieves, they just want to get something and run. You don't lose anything by simply giving them what they want and notifying the authorities, you can lose your life though if you pursue a fight. . Police will often blow through 20 rounds in a matter of seconds without even knowing they have, and this will happen to you as well. This is why shotguns are not the best home defense weapon. When shit goes down, your first reaction will to be shoot as much as possible.[/quote] I feel like 3 is the most important part of your post. I've seen numerous studies that show having a weapon in the house increases the chances of someone in the house dying in a home invasion. I'm also skeptical of the second part I highlighted. I thought the adage was the best handgun for home defense is "whatever gets you to your shotgun," presumably because you're much more likely to hit your target with a shotgun. A cop on here has said that, at least.

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            • If a mother -blam!- tries to mess with me I will totaly be a badass while I run away from him and tell his mommy.

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            • My shotgun holds 7 rounds. If you used all 7 the invader would be in 3 or 4 different rooms at once. The sheer power of the 12g makes up for fewer rounds

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