Conducting Drills

The step after developing a home-defense plan is testing that plan to determine if everyone understands assigned duties and will react in the proper manner. In fact, to truly test your defenses, multiple tests should be conducted, but the most illuminating is the one held in the middle of the night.


That is when you will discover any deficiencies and where extra discussion and planning is required. The problem is creating a test that tests everyone, as one person always knows. The other night I discovered how to conduct that drill, though I’m not sure I would recommend this method.


A little after midnight, my security alarm activated, awakening the entire family with a piercing siren. Within seconds I was pulling my home gun from my small safe and checking the monitor to find out that the front door had been breached. From there it was a two-person sprint as my wife headed for the kid’s room while I took up a post at the top of the stairs.


Once the family was safely in the bedroom, I determined the front door was open with light streaming through and revealing nothing. I ended up searching the house and determining that either the front door lock was picked and the alarm scared off the burglar, or I forgot to lock the front door and the wind blew it open. I’m leaning toward the wind theory.


This mistake of mine did reveal that my home-defense plan worked and I couldn’t be prouder of my wife and daughter who both showed a lot of courage in an unknown situation.


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4 Responses to Conducting Drills

Walkin trails wrote:
November 17, 2012

I think Paul's home defense plan is grounded in common sense without all the crew served accessories and R&D requirements.

BigFoot wrote:
November 15, 2012

WILMA NEEDS YOUR HELP! She would like to know if her "Buzz-Saw Theory" is true: Do bullets continue to spin after impact and, if that is true, do the rotating expanded metal petals cause more internal damage than a non-rotating expanded bullet would? All I could find on the Internet was this: "The basic elements of the kinetic energy of a bullet are provided by rotational (angular) and axial (linear) velocity. Generally, only the axial velocity is applied to wounding work. Some bullets were designed with cutting surfaces on their expanded edges; examples include the Trophy-Bonded Bear Claw bullet, Barnes X-Bullet, and the Winchester Black Talon and Fail Safe and PMC Starfire pistol bullets. These bullet designs were intended to use rotational velocity to enhance cavitation by cutting tissue as the bullet penetrates." So there is testimony that some bullets were expected to rotate inside the wound channel and cut. If that is true, then the faster the bullet is spinning at the muzzle the longer and deeper it would continue to spin after impact; the heavier the bullet, the more momentum it would have to continue spinning; and the larger the caliber, the faster the surface speed of the rotating bullet would be. While solving Wilma's Buzz-Saw Theory might not be up there with solving the Higgs Bosom Theory, the answer could influence bullet design in the future. Tomorrow's state-of-the-art defensive cartridge could contain a special bullet that "unfolds" when it hits, deploying strong right-angle cutting blades. To make up for reduced penetration due to a larger frontal area, the bullet would be heavy for its caliber. To increase rpms, the twist rate of the barrel would be increased, way above what is needed just for stability. Maybe if enough of us asked here in the COMMENTS SECTION, the American Rifleman would assign a crack researcher to investigate Wilma's Buzz-Saw Theory and report the results in a future issue. Besides, I bet they are as curious as we are.

BigFoot wrote:
November 14, 2012

"Wilbur, wakeup!" "What is it?" "I hear somebody at the backdoor." "Call 911." "I did but they're really backed up. We're scheduled for tomorrow morning between 9 and 11." "Sounds like our cable company." "Grab your gun and get ready, I see two guys with autos down the hallway in the kitchen." "OK, I'll just get my 9mm out of the nightstand." "A nine? Those dudes are full size! Where's your .45?" "In the safe. Obama said that since most BGs carry 9s it's not only mean-spirited but politically incorrect to use .45s on them." "Yeah, right, anything to protect his base. Well, you can't go out there and start a gunfight. You'll spray 18 rounds at them and they'll spray 36 rounds back at you. Do you really want to patch all those holes and paint the walls? And don't forget about the monthly 'Defend Your Castle' contest where the Home Team with the fewest number of rounds fired per BG on the floor wins a trip to Gunsite." "What should I do then?" "I've got an idea. Put on your earmuffs and cover your eyes." Wilma put on her earmuffs, thumbed back the hammer on her S&W 8 3/8-inch M629, and peeked out into the hallway. She had taken deer, elk, and a bear with that handgun. It was a powerful and accurate companion in the field but would it save their lives now. The 240-grain Hornady XTP handload exited the barrel at 1569 fps, spinning at 60,250 rpms. She KNEW that the higher the velocity the faster the expanded jacket petals would rotate and she BELIEVED that the "Buzz-Saw Effect" increased internal damage and stopping power. "CLEAR!" "Great shot, Honey, a twofer! That's half a round per BG – nobody can beat that! How did you pull it off?" "Easy, just caught them single file coming down the hallway." "Cool!" "Should we go back to bed?" "Good idea, tomorrow is going to be busy. Cops whenever, shampoo the hallway carpet, clean your .44, and fill out the contest forms." (10 minutes later) "Wilbur, are you awake?" "Yes." "Will wearing that big Smith at Gunsite make me look fat?"

BigFoot wrote:
November 14, 2012

IT IS WRITTEN that when a home invasion occurs, the husband, with one weapon, will take on all intruders, under all conditions, and WIN! Guys, how do you like that for a job description? Could you use some help? How about a "Home Team" of two shooters with complimentary weapons. Or, if the wife isn't a shooter, one shooter and one assistant, responsible for bringing the "TacCart." You stock the cart with weapons, ammo, earmuffs, lights, medical kit, cell phone, etc. Here's an example of a good assistant: "Honey, he's taken three .45s to the chest and he's still shooting. He must be wearing a vest." "Good call. What do you have on your cart that's good on vests?" "I would recommend the M1A SOCOM with the red dot. It makes a great CQC weapon and the .308 will put him on his butt with one shot. And just to be sure, I've got AP rounds." "I love it when you talk like that." Here's another: The BG sees you and ducks behind the wall. His blazing auto is all you can see as he sprays bullets towards you. Your low-penetration rounds are performing perfectly, barely making it through the paint as you try in vain to put one through the wall and end this. "Sweetie, those wimpy rounds suck. I'm loading the 12-gauge with slugs." "I know, it's just that I didn't want to endanger the neighbors." "But it's HIS bullets that are flying all over the place and out the window, not YOURS. It's time to end this before somebody gets hurt, including us!" "OK, time for SHOCK and AWE. Hand me that bad boy." The one-shooter's lead weapon can be any reasonable firearm. If he needs more options he has the cart. The two-shooter team must diversify. One weapon should be an all-around problem solver, combining firepower with stopping power. The other must bring serious power and penetration to the fight, for taking on barriers. But gunfights are dangerous and should be avoided. In my next post you will meet the two-shooter Home Team of Wilma and Wilbur. They live in Colorado, the "Make My Day" state.