The Survival Mom » Firearms & Self Defense http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:17:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster http://thesurvivalmom.com/sexy-concealed-carry-womens-holster/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/sexy-concealed-carry-womens-holster/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:29 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19380 I own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my Read More

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AVR CanCan Review TitleI own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my body. With each holster, the firearm is noticeable under my clothes. This is called “printing.” In fall and winter months when a sweater or jacket can be worn, it isn’t quite as noticeable, but summertime (or even fall in Florida) meant not carrying on my body at all.

Enter the Can Can Concealment Holster Company!

Can Can Concealment offers several different styles of “safe, sexy holstering” including those worn around the hips, a full corset style, and two leg garter styles. You can also choose from several accent colors. I ordered the original Hip Hugger Holster with purple accent.

Classic Hip Hugger with purple trim and an Extender holding a Ruger SR22 handgun.

Classic Hip Hugger with purple trim and an Extender holding a Ruger SR22 handgun.

Carrying concealed on the body can cause issues for women. Using a public restroom or trying on clothes in a store can create a safety problem when wearing traditional holsters. Do you unholster? Remove the holster? Just let it dangle? Good  women’s holsters can be tough to find.

Women who wear yoga pants also have difficulties carrying at the hip since the pants are often not sturdy enough to support the firearm and holster. But with the Hip Hugger Holster, the firearm can stay securely in place in each of these situations.

Choosing and Sizing

Be sure to follow the instructions on how to measure and choose the size that would best fit you.  I opted to choose a size smaller than suggested but add a “cell pocket extender.” This allowed me to have an extra pocket that fits my iPhone perfectly while being just the right size, and also allowing the holster to fit without the extender as I continue with some weight loss. Multiple rows of hook and eye closures make the holster very adjustable.

There are also options depending on the size of your handgun. The Classic Hip Hugger is made for smaller handguns, while the Big Shebang model will support larger handguns.

Multiple handgun pockets allow for kidney or appendix carry for right or left handers… or the option to carry up to four handguns at once! There are also more pockets to hold extra magazines, pepper spray, a knife or lipstick.

A friend asked a very important question: What about the muffin top?

Definitely something I was a bit concerned about when I purchased the Hip Hugger Holster, because I am not thin and smooth like the woman in the above linked video. But as it turns out that wearing this holster gives me LESS of a muffin top than wearing jeans alone. It’s actually slimming!

Note that these are not just women’s holsters. The Stealth Sport Belt, in particular, is perfect for men who want to carry concealed.

women's holsterThe Bottom Line…

The Can Can Concealment Classic Hip Hugger Holster…

  • Is comfortable to wear
  • Keeps the handgun secure against my body even when wearing yoga pants
  • Has the ability to also carry other items
  • Is pretty and has color options
  • Has very little “printing” even with slimmer fit clothing
  • Is made in the USA!
  • It’s slimming!

It’s a total winner for me! Buy this for yourself, as a gift for a friend, or put it on your Christmas list! 

**Can Can Concealment has offered a discount just for Survival Mom readers! Enter code RIPERMOM15 for 15% off your order! (Expires December 31,2014)**

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Sensible Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns and fire are a lot alike http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:04 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18380 Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip. Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike. One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never Read More

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Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip.

Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike.

One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never touch fire. You would think it was obvious, with the heat and all, but there’s something alluring about a beautiful flickering, orange and gold flame that draws kids like, well, a moth. Those brightly colored flames can be just as alluring as the handguns and rifles we have in our homes.

It only takes a single close encounter with a flame to make a memorable impression. An encounter with a 12-gauge shotgun does the same.

Several years ago, my husband purchased a shotgun while I was away on a business trip. When I returned, my son couldn’t wait to show me the new gun in the closet. He was completely entranced with this new firearm and asked to see it over and over again.

A few days later we were at the range, and he was practically giddy over finally having the chance to fire this cool, new gun. Well, he fired it exactly once. With my husband crouched down behind him and supporting him, the recoil still scared him silly. Three years later, and much taller and stronger, he again fired the shotgun at the range. He hated the recoil, it left a bruise on his shoulder, and he’s not crazy about shooting it again, any time soon.

The gun did, indeed, look very cool, but a close encounter can change a young mind pretty quickly.

In many ways, a gun is a lot like fire. They can both be used to save lives and both play important roles in our homes and communities, but we need to learn now how to use them safely. We manage to teach fire safety to kids just fine. Why not apply those same rules to teaching gun safety?

  • Both fire and guns are tools and not toys.
  • Fire can save lives but can also be deadly. This holds true for guns.
  • Equipment used to start fires should be kept out of the reach of children. Guns and ammunition should be stored safely as well.
  • ‘Don’t touch!’ is a good, basic rule for young ones.
  • Supervision is a key component to good safety training.
  • Both a fire and a gun can quickly cause a dangerous scene that can get out of control.

 

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-3-7/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-3-7/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:00:49 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18377 Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were Read More

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Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were teaching them how to use nail clippers for all the excitement we displayed!

They learned and had plenty of time to practice basic safety rules. My son was corrected by a range officer more than once for forgetting the safety procedures. Never once have they indicated a worrisome level of curiosity or obsession with our firearms.

Still, I remain cautious with our use of guns for one reason, and this is my third tip in a series of 7:

#3 Never under-estimate the Stupid Factor

In spite of an Eddie Eagle education and constant reminders, kids are kids. They act impulsively. They sometimes make poor and stupid choices.

Sooner or later, most kids will encounter a real live gun somewhere.  The gun may or may not be supervised by an adult.  It may or may not be loaded, and my kids may or may not be inclined to use the common sense God gave them.  As parents, we increase the chances our kids will do the smart thing and stay safe when there’s a gun around when we train, educate and remind, remind, remind.

Recently a few parents voiced their complete confidence in their kids’ safety around guns because they had been trained and they are very aware of the damage that can be done when a gun is played with or misused. I believe that assumption is a bit naive. We may know what our kids are like when they are around us, but we don’t always know what they’re like when they’re around their peers or someone they want to impress.

My advice? Continue training and educating but remain cautious. If you choose to keep a loaded firearm in one or more locations around the house for home defense, they should be out of sight from the kids. I’m not a believer in storing firearms and ammo separate from each other — what’s the point in having a firearm for home defense??

However, do be smart about where you place those loaded weapons and very choosey about the people who know those locations. Something like a gun magnet can be used to store a gun under a desktop or tabletop. Something like The GunBox can contain a handgun and open with the touch of a finger. SentrySafe makes gun safes that can be purchased in many stores around the country. Guns can be concealed in specially designed furniture — hidden but at the ready when needed.

Here’s my own true story. When my brother was an older teen, he became part of the drug crowd at high school. At times he would be angry and combative with my parents, especially my Dad. In his wisdom, one day my Dad took the entire collection of family guns out of the house and placed them elsewhere. My brother was in a place in his life that we couldn’t be certain of his mental or emotional stability at any given time. Removing all guns in that scenario was the smartest thing my Dad could have done for our protection and that of my brother.

Think twice about assuming that your kids would never do something stupid around guns.

This gun safety tip has been sponsored by The GunBox, a revolutionary product that gives gun owners rapid access to their firearms while keeping the guns safe.

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns Are a Big Deal http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-1-7/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-1-7/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:33 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18375 As a new mom, I was wary of having guns in the household. My husband was a lifetime member of the NRA and quite the gun enthusiast but I had never even fired a single shot. Never even used a Read More

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As a new mom, I was wary of having guns in the household. My husband was a lifetime member of the NRA and quite the gun enthusiast but I had never even fired a single shot. Never even used a BB gun.

My kids, on the other hand, know all about guns and gun safety. They’ve attended rifle summer camp, an Appleseed Project weekend, and dozens of trips to both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. I mentioned in Tip #1, they’ve learned that a firearm is nothing more than a tool. they’ve also learned something just as vital:

A gun is a huge deal

A gun can take a life.  That’s a huge deal. The biggest, really, and it makes owning a firearm a serious responsibility.  Our kids have been taught to never put their finger on the trigger until they are ready to shoot. They know to always keep the barrel of the gun pointed in a safe direction, which is never at another person, and guns remain unloaded until we are actually at the range.

An important part of their firearms education has been that safety always comes first. When we talk with them about guns, we always use a serious tone and convey a no-nonsense attitude. Guns are never playthings. They aren’t for showing off.

A gun can take a life.

Reality vs. Glamor

A challenge parents face in this process is helping kids understand the difference between the glorified gun fights they see on TV and in the movies and what a real gun can do to a person.  When a person is shot, there is no, “Take two!”  The injured person doesn’t pop up so they can appear in the next scene.  Gunshot injuries are real, painful, and can cause massive injuries and death.

But guns, in all their glory, are a foundational piece of thousands of movies and TV shows. Ironically, many of the actors and actresses who make anti-gun statements and commercials owe their fame and fortune to the very thing they claim to detest!

Raising kids is hard enough, but it certainly doesn’t help when there’s a steady flow of exciting shoot ‘em up shows and movies. Video games? Same thing.

How well do you know your kid?

Teaching kids to respect firearms and follow gun safety rules is just the starting point. Perhaps limiting the amount of time spent watching violent entertainment and playing violent video games is another step to take.

Above all, though, is knowing your own kid. Some kids are more likely to obey safety rules than others. Some just can’t resist trying to outrun a train or take the cinnamon challenge or see how many shots they can drink without passing out.

In one household, a loaded gun left in a dresser drawer will remain untouched and most likely forgotten, while in another, a child can’t resist touching it and playing with it.

Regardless of which side of the fence your child falls, compliant and accepting of boundaries versus contrary and always pushing the limits, you know him or her best. Their age and level of maturity are additional factors to consider.

Err on the side of gun safety

We have never worried about our kids and having guns in our home. They’ve learned how to safely handle them, there’s no glamor attached to them, and, frankly, my 15 year-old daughter finds them boring.

Even so, we have taken steps on the side of caution where our guns are concerned because it makes sense. More on that topic coming with Tip #3, using layers of safety.

This gun safety tip has been sponsored by The GunBox, a revolutionary product that gives gun owners rapid access to their firearms while keeping the guns safe.

 

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Common-Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: A Gun is No Big Deal http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety-part-1/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety-part-1/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:00:51 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18373 I don’t know if the anti-gun trend is still fashionable or not, but when I was raising my young children, it certainly was. I decided that my two year-old son would not be playing with a Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster Read More

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I don’t know if the anti-gun trend is still fashionable or not, but when I was raising my young children, it certainly was. I decided that my two year-old son would not be playing with a Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster or, for that matter, any gun. I have to admit it made me feel a little superior to take that stand, but one day my son turned a pizza crust into a small handgun, started shooting at the waitress, and I knew this was not a hill I cared to die on. I bought the Astro Blaster the next day.

Over the years, my son’s collection of toy guns accumulated and, as a family, we began making frequent trips to the shooting range when he was seven years old. Incorporating shooting sports in our everyday, ordinary lives has become, well, ordinary.

Our approach from the beginning is matter-of-fact, focused on the fundamentals of gun safety and skills, and age appropriate. I have 7 common-sense strategies for teaching gun safety that I’m going to pass along to you over the next 7 weeks.

#1   A gun is no big deal.

(Remember, this is the first of seven tips.)

One of the first lessons I wanted my kids to learn is that a gun is no big deal. It’s a tool, much like a hammer. I didn’t want them to become so attracted to the gun as a forbidden fruit that they would someday give in to temptation and endanger themselves and others.

Remember the scene in The Sixth Sense when a young teen boy says to the main character, Cole, “Wanna see my dad’s gun?”  He turns toward the bedroom and we see a huge gunshot wound in the side of his head. I never wanted that scene played out in our home, with one of our children, eager to impress a friend, shows off by handling a loaded firearm.

In fact, what we wanted was the exact opposite. We don’t want guns to be so fascinating that safety rules are quickly forgotten. After all, what is more alluring to a child? Something they’re not allowed to see and touch or something so ordinary that it’s no big deal? So, both kids have gone to shooting ranges many, many times. They have both participated in an Appleseed weekend and a summer camp held at an indoor range.

I am not precluding the possibility of either of our children doing something stupid someday while around a firearm, but if they do, it certainly won’t be because they view a gun as something exciting and glamorous. The last thing I want my kids to do is wait until we are gone from home and then seek out a hidden gun to “play with.”

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How to be as scary as hell in less than 5 seconds http://thesurvivalmom.com/scary-hell-less-5-seconds/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/scary-hell-less-5-seconds/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:40:35 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13437 As a new college graduate, I toiled for five long years in the underbelly of public education: the middle school. Although I loved my job and students, I was a mere 7 or 8 years older than some of my Read More

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As a new college graduate, I toiled for five long years in the underbelly of public education: the middle school. Although I loved my job and students, I was a mere 7 or 8 years older than some of my students and more than a few inches shorter.

I had to quickly learn how to take control of a situation and let every student know that this short little teacher, fresh out of college, could handle anything. I learned how to give The Stare.

Now, you may think that giving someone, “the stink eye”, or, “the evil eye”, is a matter of scrunching up your face, squinting  your eyes, and curling your lip. In fact, to truly scare the hell out of someone with just a look, it’s a matter of doing none of that.

Instead, learn to relax every facial muscle.

You do this naturally when you’re laying down resting or sleeping. Every muscle in your face is completely relaxed. Now, just learn to relax those same muscles quickly while you’re standing up.

Practice in front of a mirror. You’ll know you’ve got it right when you have “dead eyes.” Lower your chin just a tad for an even more threatening, maniacal look.

I’ve done this with my kids on a number of occasions and it completely freaks them out.  My daughter tells me I look like a zombie.

It’s a lot easier to maintain this expression for a long period of time than it is to maintain a sneer, squint, or face scrunch for those times when you need a prolonged stare to get your message across.

If you ever have to confront someone because you feel threatened, this is the look you want to have on your face: devoid of expression, scary as hell.

Remember, every muscle has to be relaxed. This takes practice but after a while, you’ll be able to switch from your normal facial expression to this one in a matter of a second or two.

When you think you’ve perfected this new skill, try it out on someone you love and report back to us their reaction.

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What’s your plan? Home Invasion, Part 1 http://thesurvivalmom.com/whats-plan-home-invasion-part-1/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/whats-plan-home-invasion-part-1/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:33:16 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13122 It’s 11:30 p.m. here in the Bedford household. My son is in bed and soon will be asleep. Daughter is working on a graphic design project in her room. Husband has been snoring for at least an hour, and here Read More

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It’s 11:30 p.m. here in the Bedford household. My son is in bed and soon will be asleep. Daughter is working on a graphic design project in her room. Husband has been snoring for at least an hour, and here I am, sitting at the computer. Our pets have settled into their favorite cushions and only the kitten is awake to keep me company.

It’s quiet and peaceful. The end to a busy day.

The sound of breaking glass, the sound of a door crashing in would bring all this to a violent halt.

Home invasions have become more violent over the years, and smart Survival Moms have thought about preventive measures. Perhaps you even have multiple layers of security in your home, along with a response plan.

Like you, we have various security measures in place, but home invasions can and do happen even to the most prepared households and when the adrenaline is rushing, kids are screaming, whatever plan you have in place had better be

If you and your family suddenly heard your front door crashing in, at that very moment, what would you do?

Do you have a plan?

What would you do first? Second?

Would you run? Fight? Hide?

Share your plans, tips, and ideas here, and I’ll post the very best ones in Home Invasion, Part 2.

Resources for you:

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Video Vibe Recording! Home & Personal Safety http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-recording-home-personal-safety/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/video-vibe-recording-home-personal-safety/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:49:38 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12503 Just in case you missed the outstanding video webinar last night, here’s the link for the recording: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/83fba1fc/5530647 You’ll hear a martial arts expert, Steve Ledford, discuss the 4 phases of self-defense, alternative weapons, how a criminal thinks, why there’s Read More

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video vibe cameraJust in case you missed the outstanding video webinar last night, here’s the link for the recording:

https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/83fba1fc/5530647

You’ll hear a martial arts expert, Steve Ledford, discuss the 4 phases of self-defense, alternative weapons, how a criminal thinks, why there’s no such thing as “women’s self defense,” and a lot more. I was so impressed with his information.

Charles Daugherty, an expert in home security introduces a product I’ve never heard of, sill spikes for protecting window sills. He talks about the pros and cons of a home security system, the downside of having a dog for security, and so much more that you’ll see in his slide presentation.

Finally, we wanted to cover school safety, so we invited an assistant principal to address the issue of how to talk with school administrators and teachers about their emergency plans, items kids should carry with them everyday, and how schools have responded to the Sandy Hook shooting.

Here are more details about each speaker:

Steve Ledford, Asheville Integrated Combatives – http://www.avlcombat.com/
Steve currently serves as the Chief Instructor and head of curriculum development for Asheville Integrated Combatives, including the Heroes in Training program, women’s self defense program, and C.O.R.E. Krav Maga. C.O.R.E. is a system developed by Steve over the past several years and is a culmination of the many reality systems he has studied. The goal of C.O.R.E. Krav Maga is to present a reality based system in a format that is quick and easy to learn, providing programming to students who seek to further their martial arts and combatives training across a broad spectrum. While Steve continues to develop the system, he also continues to be an avid martial artist, continuing his own traditional martial arts training under Master Julio Anta (Hung Gar Kung Fu) and Shidoshi Sean Kennedy (Budo Taijutsu), as well as continuing to study street combatives through instructors such as Tony Blauer (SPEAR), Eyal Yanilov (Krav Maga Global), and others.

Charles Daugherty, Patriot Crime Defense – http://patriotcrimedefense.com/
Charles is currently the owner of Patriot Crime Defense which specializes in home security from a prevention stand point.
They have designed and have manufactured The Patriot Door Kit, which when installed will prevent your doors from being kicked in. This type of breach is the most common way a criminal gains access to your home. In addition to his engineering and design background, Charles also is an avid outdoorsman,  a certified NRA Rifle and Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer to name just a few of his many talents. His life is very simple; he want to honor God in his work, take care of his family, and help others succeed!

Todd Sepulveda, Ed. that Matters – http://www.edthatmatters.com/

Todd Sepulveda is an elementary school assistant principal.  He is also a minister and pastors a home church.  Todd is better known in the preparedness community for being the owner of Prepper Website that was started in September of 2011. He also runs Ed that Matters.com where he posts his own articles along with guest posts on education and preparedness.  Ed that Matters also features Todd’s free ebook, Education After the Collapse that has been downloaded more than 6,900 times.  Two times a year Todd publishes The Preparedness Review – a free eReview that contains articles from well-known authors in the preparedness community.  TPR-Spring 2013 was released in May and has already been downloaded over 29,000 times. Todd is a prepper and believes that it is just plain common sense.  He is a native Texan and lives in Houston with his wife and boys.

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Staying alert and ready for trouble: Violence at the mall http://thesurvivalmom.com/staying-alert-ready-trouble-violence-mall/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/staying-alert-ready-trouble-violence-mall/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:17:10 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=12486 I don’t visit the local mall very much, mostly because I don’t like to expose myself to that much shopping temptation! When I do go, though, it’s a fun outing. My daughter and I will pop in to Sephora and Read More

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I don’t visit the local mall very much, mostly because I don’t like to expose myself to that much shopping temptation!

When I do go, though, it’s a fun outing. My daughter and I will pop in to Sephora and check out their makeup and perfumes, my son always nags me about going to the sports memorabilia store (I usually give in), and overall, it’s a fun and relaxing time.

In no way am I alert or ready for a terrorist attack.

However, this is exactly what happened in Nairobi, Kenya, just a couple of weeks ago, leaving more than 60 people dead. Many of the victims were tortured and there are reports of children’s’ bodies stuffed into refrigerator compartments.

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After reading several accounts of the attack, 2 things leaped out at me.

1.  The terrorists had planned this attack with great detail and forethought.

2.  I need to be alert and ready for trouble, even on fun outings…no, make that especially on fun outings with my kids.

Regarding point 1, the attack took place on a Saturday, one of the busiest mall days of the week. There was a cooking for kids class going on at the time, and numerous children were killed.

If bad guys of any stripe plan an attack on civilians in a public place, you can be sure it won’t be spontaneous, drunken, “let’s go out and kill some people!” event. It will have been  meticulously planned.

Therefore, whether I go to a sports event, a concert, restaurant, or the mall, it just makes sense that I also plan ahead and think about how I might react and escape sudden violence.

Minimize distractions

When my kids were much younger, I remember feeling like a pack mule heading out for a trail ride. I had a huge purse, a diaper bag, a double stroller, snacks, water bottles, extra clothes, you name it. Keeping track of all that extra stuff kept a part of my brain busy and took some of my attention away from the kids.

Back then all I had was a cell phone, but nowadays, each family member has their own phone and other electronics.

Every single distraction increases the level of vulnerability, not just in the event of a terrorist attack, but the so-called “knock ‘em down games“, and being caught unaware in a rapidly developing violent scenario, such as a riot.

The next time you head out on an errand or to an appointment, take a look at what you’re carrying. Most of the time, you can get by with a house and car key, ID, and cash/debit card.

For years I carried around so many items that when I finally took inventory of what I was actually using, I ditched my purse entirely!

If you must carry a purse or a diaper bag, they should be as small as possible. I also recommend that they not be the pricey versions. If I had to run for my life and leave my purse behind, I could leave behind my $26 Target purse, no problem, but a $850 Coach purse? I’d at least pause for a few seconds to consider my options, and those seconds could be the difference between life and death.

Dress to run!

I live in Arizona where the unofficial state footwear is the flip-flop. Comfy, easy to slip on and off, but in no way are they running shoes! If I ever had to run for my life, those flip-flops would be kicked off in a heartbeat.

What makes a lot more sense, is to leave the house dressed and ready to react in any situation, including just chasing down a toddler headed for the escalator!

Comfy shoes, suitable for making a quick getaway, don’t have to look like your grandma’s SAS shoes! But they should have a non-skid sole and be comfortable enough for walking longer distances and running, if necessary.

Average-looking clothes in neutral colors might not send your friends into swoons of envy, but the look might really pay off in helping you blend in with a crowd and by not alerting would-be thieves with expensive name brands and jewelry.

Sometimes our own clothing can be a distraction. Tugging on a shirt, hiking  up jeans, dealing with straps that keep falling off shoulders — again, little distractions that add up to lowering our level of awareness.

What about self-defense measures?

A few years back, I took the official Concealed Carry class here in Arizona and got my permit. My firearm of choice is the Glock 26. Easy to shoot, very reliable, easy to conceal.

A firearm is my preference because I am not nearly as sure of my ability to win a physical fight with a stronger and likely younger man as I am of my ability to hit a target with my Glock. Hand to hand combat just isn’t my thing.

If a firearm isn’t for you, consider carrying a Taser, pepper spray, or a knife. (I highly recommend taking a class in knife fighting, if that’s your choice.)

Being in fairly good physical condition, at the minimum, is another form of self-defense. Increased upper body strength and strong legs will help you not only run but grab that baby and those two toddlers as you race toward safety!

What about your family’s mall rat?

If your teen is used to hanging out at the mall, in my view you have 3 choices:

1.  Unsupervised mall time comes to an end, immediately, and it’s not just because of the possibility of a terrorist attack. I’m a little conservative with my parenting views and believe that nothing good comes of tweens and teens hanging out in large groups, unsupervised, with lots of time on their hands.

Can I get an “Amen”?

2.  Visits to the mall are supervised by one or more parent. Kids might think it’s not possible to have fun with lurking parents around, but when safety’s an issue and kids are under 18, this is the only mall-time option.

3.  For older kids, absolutely make them aware of potential dangers and provide self-defense training. They should also learn about the 4 levels of awareness and practice being at Level Yellow when they are out and about with friends. (See pp. 169-176 in my book.)

 

 

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Guest post by Thomas Bryant, a licensed Fire Protection and Security professional, who blogs at Cube 2 Farm

Whether you are an urban prepper or are perfecting a homestead, upgrading the locks on your home and making sure they are installed properly is one of the most overlooked, least expensive, and most effective ways to harden your security.

Broken glassI believe the best way to keep the bad guys from getting your stuff is to keep them out in the first place. This is the job of a good commercial quality lock and NOT your average home alarm system. Alarm systems only let you now when someone got in – they will not keep them out.  (Unless you are taking about perimeter defense systems-which I am not.)

Not all locks are created equal.  The lock on your doorknob or leverset is not strong enough to withstand breaking and entering. Neither are the small screws holding the hinges to the door frame.

You need an ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt on every exterior door, the door from your attached garage leading into your home, and on every door leading to your stores. Period.

  • ANSI Grade 1: Highest Rating for Commercial and Residential Locks
  • ANSI Grade 2: Highest Rating for Residential Only Locks
  • ANSI Grade 3: Lowest rating and only meets minimum grading requirements

Unfortunately, most common residential locks are only ANSI Grade 3 and can be quickly and easily defeated by intruders.  The ANSI grade can be found on the package of higher quality locks. I recommend and install Schlage ANSI Grade 1 Deadbolt Locks.

You will also need to install a Door Reinforcer and a Strike Plate. The door Reinforcer is a piece of steel that wraps around your door at the deadbolt location. This prevents breaking and splitting of the door.

The strike plate is critical piece of hardware installed on the doorjamb. Without a properly installed quality strike plate, your door can be kicked in – even with an ANSI 1 deadbolt. The bolt can be kicked through the wooden doorjamb and trim.

Pro Tip: Use a Lock Installation Jig for doors with no existing deadbolt.

Once you have installed your new deadbolts it is now time to install the strike plate. The strike plate should also be ANSI Grade 1. The Schlage deadbolt comes with the strike plate and 3” screws.


The strike plate must be secured into the doorjamb with at least 3” long screws. The screws should go through the doorjamb and into the structural studs in the wall. The screws must be strong enough to withstand kicking and battering. DO NOT USE black drywall type screws – they will snap in half!

Pro Tip: Use a drill to bore a pilot hole in the wood to prevent the jamb and studs from splitting.

It is imperative that you reinforce the hinge side of your doors with long screws just as you did with the strike plate. On the door side of the hinges, remove and replace one screw at a time. Use a pilot bit to prevent the jamb and studs from splitting and install the long screws. Again, the screws must be long enough to go through the jamb and into the structural studs. You will be alarmed to find the screws you just removed are only 1 ½” long. These tiny screws are holding your door in place and will be torn out of the jamb with only one or two good kicks.

Pro Tip: Use the proper sized Philips screw tip when installing the longer screws. A bit that is too small will bounce out of the slots and strip out the screw head before you get the screw seated and will be nearly impossible to remove.

Check out “how to videos” on YouTube like this one on how to secure and reinforce a door.

For around $100 per door you have hardened the security of your home and purchased real piece of mind. No lock is completely burglar proof. But, by hardening your doors, you are making it harder to break and enter, the would-be intruder needs to make more noise and spend more time to break in to your home – two things he doesn’t want to do.

TommyPortraitTommy is a licensed security and fire safety professional with 20 years experience designing, installing, and maintaining life safety and security systems. He is licensed in multiple states and has obtained the highest certification level from NICET.  Tommy is passionate about teaching others about how to be safe and secure at work and at home.  He specializes in perimeter protection, video surveillance, intrusion detection and fire protection technologies.

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