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Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by ZVP, Jan 2, 2013.

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  1. ZVP

    ZVP Member

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    Slowly I have been trying to getmy household battery together and though it reflects some personal favorites as choices, I think I am covering responding to a threat even though the weapon might be a western revolver...
    I started off with the "BIG" revolver and chose an action style most familliar with me and bought a Ruger Vaquero .357, next I bought a carry gun , a Model 36 Chief's Special and oddly a Cobra Derringer in .38 Special.
    Next I plan to get a long gun and I have decided that it should be a 12 GA Pump shotgun. It'll either be a Remington or Mossberg with an 18 to 20" bbl. It wil have a bullet sling on the stock and a carry sling. I prefer wood stocks but in the case of the Mossberg I may have to live with plastic stockwork. Used gun prices are still reasonable and the shotguns appear to be in pretty good shape!' The way the imminent collapse of normal life here in the US is quickening, I really hope that I will just end up with some neat guns and never need to use them! Better to be armed than not though...
    ZVP
     
  2. MaterDei

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    Remington or Mossberg pumps are good choices.
     
  3. CharlieDeltaJuliet

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    Listen to the MaterDei, either are fine choices. I ended up buying the Mossberg 500. Mine has plastic furniture. I can tell you though it is as reliable as they get. My Mossberf does seem to kick slightly more than my buddy's Remington. Might just be in my head. Either way, it is my HD gun, and I trust my life and my families lives to it. Don't get me wrong, I have a backup too, but a man can never have too many contingency plans..
     
  4. Fred Fuller

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    Hardware is easy.

    What have you done to tune up the software?

    And what layers have you added to your home's security to diminish the possibility of having to go to guns?
     
  5. CharlieDeltaJuliet

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    Fred is right. I installed an alarm system and DVR/Camera with external motion sensors system as a back up just incase. While fine tuning an alarm can be frustrating. Trust me it is worth it. When my wife and I bought our house we replaced the windowed wooden doors with steel reinforced doors. Another great thing is to replace all your external locks and deadbolts with commercial ones. There is a lot of difference in the two. A commercial deadbolt's tumbler system is harder to pick. I know all of this will not stop a thief, but it will, either deter them or give me enough time to meet them as they get in. The main thing is practices, train and have a plan in case of an emergency, did I mention practice.....
     
  6. steveracer

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    One: Get a good dog. Even a crappy dog is better by far than NO dog.
    Two: Take the NRA Personal Protection Inside The Home class
    Three: Equip yourself with a centerfire weapon .38 caliber or larger. (you already have these)Type, make, model, capacity all mean NOTHING. Reliable and handy are the only things that matter here
    Four: Put a good flashlight in every room.

    These things will set you up nicely. No need to spend your money on anything else till you get these other things done.
     
  7. smalls

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    S&T is less about the guns and more about the mindset and skill set aspect of owning guns for defensive use.

    What are you doing/planning on for those two parts?
     
  8. Mencius

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    So, any other classes than the NRA class recommended to get the "software" tuned up?
     
  9. MrTwigg

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    Find an IDPA shoot near you and go.

    If you've never been to one of these let them know and they'll set you up.
     
  10. Fred Fuller

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    For absolute beginners, a local Hunter Safety Course or the equivalent is often a good way to get started. The emphasis on safety provides a good foundation, and it's usually a good introduction to training for those just getting started.

    The basic NRA classes come next - NRA First Steps classes, basic shooting classes, Home Firearms Safety, Personal Protection In The Home etc.

    With the basics down a student should be ready to move on to training with a full time professional instructor who will move them from shooting to gunfighting.

    JMHO, YMMV etc.
     
  11. tuj

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    I think IDPA is a great way to *hone* the skills needed to defend the home. I do *not* think it is a good way to learn those skills initially. I think a class makes a lot more sense, even an Intro-to-IDPA class, which I recently took. It makes a lot more sense to learn drawing, reloading, shooting while moving, slicing the pie in a class context where you can get lots of practice and supervision.

    Whereas an IDPA match you will get to practice these skills once per stage, but all at once and under the clock and ultimately get less meaningful rounds downrange.
     
  12. Win73

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    Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!
     
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