Housesitting and Security

Over the last weekend, My loving bride, Squirt and myself stayed at my brother and sister in laws to house sit and watch their pets while they were out of town. They live on the bottom floor of an apartment building.

I got to thinking about security. When you are at home, it’s easy to protect the house and family. You know what steps you have taken to fortify the parts of the house. You know where all of your defensive firearms are hidden or locked up. You’ve taken the time to figure out all safe firing lanes and how to move through your house in the dark.

But what about when you are at a home, that is not your home.

It’s not like you can go around rehanging doors or fortifying windows. But there are some steps that you can take to make it a little safer for your family.

Obviously, make sure that all the locks are thrown on the doors and windows. That is the biggest thing. Next, you can stick a broom handle or wood dowel into the track of a sliding door. This will help to lock the door and prevent someone from yanking it open with a good yank. You can also put a brace like a wooden dowel or broom handle under the door knob of a door. While this won’t stop the door completely, it will buy you some time. You can also use wooden or rubber door wedge door stops. Again, this is not a permanent solution, but something to slow the bad guys down till you can get yourself to a defensible position and some sort of weapon.

Windows are a little tougher, but the same ideas can be used. Find some way of blocking the window from opening if you can.

And as always, make sure you have your firearm with you. Depending on the state, Castle Doctrine would apply even if this is not your residence. You have permission to be there, and while you are staying there, it is your home, no matter how temporary.

Just remember that keeping the family safe is the most important.

Reblog: “Three Seconds or Less” Shooting Drill | Active Response Training

Here is another shooting drill recommended by Greg Ellifritz. I am always on the look out for easy to run drills that can be used on an indoor range. While this one is run from concealment with a little movement, I am sure that it could be modified slightly to fit the rules of some of the stricter indoor ranges.

This drill could also be a great dry fire drill to practice movement.

Click on the source link below to see the drill on Greg’s Website.

I got this drill from Karl Rehn at  It is designed to replicate the conditions of the “average” gunfight being at a distance of three yards, firing three rounds, over the course of three seconds.  The drill is 20 rounds and uses the same three second par time for each stage.

Source: “Three Seconds or Less” Shooting Drill | Active Response Training

Reblog: Your Tactical Training Scenario…Nosy Shopper | Active Response Training

Imagine standing in line at the grocery store waiting as your spouse pays for your purchases.  As your spouse keys in the pin number for the debit card, a man behind you in line (pictured above) pushes past you and begins trying to see the numbers your spouse is inputting on the keypad.  You tell the man to step back.  He ignores you and continues to try to get a closer look at your spouse’s pin number.  What do you do?

This is a common question you should be asking yourself. There are so many people out there trying to steal from us.

Think about this one step farther. This Scenario is not just got trying to hide your PIN number. What would you do if someone was getting to close to your child/Children? What about your Wife/Husband?

In this article, Greg takes a look at what you should do to not only protect your PIN number and finances, but these are things you should keep in mind when it comes to protecting yourself in other ways. Click on the Source link below for his full article.

Source: Your Tactical Training Scenario…Nosy Shopper | Active Response Training

Friday Night Steel August 12, 2016


Match Date: August 12, 2016

Match Summary:

I got the chance to shoot yet another Friday Night Steel this evening. I had taken the day off from work and was able to go a little earlier then normal to get there. It was yet another humid night with threats of rain, but at least the rain held off for me to make it through the match.

fns08122016It was a good match for me, nothing too out of the normal. Well except for the sub 2 second string I had on Stage 1. That is the first sub 2 second string that I have ever had shooting steel. It was a great surprise. I think alot of it has to do with the red dot on the gun. Since I know that where ever the dot is is where the bullet will go and I am getting more confident with the red dot, I am able to move a little faster. As soon as I see the plate under the dot, I pull the trigger and move on. The extra weight also helps with recoil. This little gun is so much fun to shoot now. I have thought about looking into a holster for it, but for now, it’s kind of nice to just carry the gun to the table.

Anyway, other then a couple of jams, I had a great night. I posted a faster score then usual, so that is nice. I think I will stick with Rimfire for a while. At least till I use up all the .22 I have. I would love to look at getting a .22 revolver that I could use for steel. That would be fun and a new challenge for me. I have never shot a revolver in competition and that would be fun to learn a new skill set. Put a little red dot on it, no jams, I would have an incredibly fast time.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and I had a great time shooting the match. I can’t wait till next time. With things going on, it will probably be September before I could go next, but that is ok.

That’s it for this match.

Enjoy the video!

Match Video:

For stage information and layout please see the Friday Night Steel Website.

For updated scores, see the 2016 Friday Night Steel Scores page on the blog.

USPSA August 07, 2016 – Oxford IWLA

uspsa_logoSecond Match of the year and I shot it at the Oxford OH, IWLA match. I know I am behind a little on shooting matches this year, but it has been so hot and humid this summer it has been tough for me to get to a match. I have found that when I get too hot and over heated, my blood sugars get out of wack so trying to shoot a match in the heat and humidity just sucks. So instead of hurting myself, I just decide whether or not to go to that particular match based on the weather.

Sunday was not a bad day for shooting. It was one of the few days this summer that started out cool and low humidity. By the time we were finished with the match, the heat and humidity had risen and I was feeling it.

The crew up there setup 5 really fun and challenging stages to shoot through, 4 challenging stages and one classifier. I completely blew the classifier because I was not thinking. My mind got into that automatic mode and I took 3 procedural’s on that stage. I should have just stopped shooting that string and taken one procedural and misses. It would have been less of a hit on my time and hit factor.

My loving bride came along with me to this match to watch. My Brother and sister in law had been asking to take squirt over night for a while, so I asked if they would take him for this weekend so we could both go to the match. In addition, my good friends Brad and Justin were there and we made sure to all squad together to shoot together. It was nice having everyone there.

This is only my third ever match shooting USPSA and I have a lot to learn. I need to start walking stages more and relying less on the thoughts of others to plan out my stage. I need to take the initiative and form my own plan and then maybe run it past one of my buddies to see if I am thinking along the right track. This match I placed about the same as my last match, so I am maintaining my consistency at least. I am not all over the board, so that is a good thing. It means my strengths and weaknesses are balancing out. I need to get a number so I can get classified next year. I need to see where I stack up over all.

While this sport is hard, IDPA was hard at first and I was getting very good when I decided to move over to USPSA. It will take time, but I will improve.

What I did good this time: I had fun.

What I did bad this time: I rushed. I made some really bad shots doing it and didn’t call my shots like I should have. I need to work on stage plans more and making sure I shoot my plan. I also need to dry fire and practice more when I am not shooting. Alot of my problems could be solved from dry fire.

Scores for this match have been posted on the USPSA Results page of the blog.

That’s it for this match. Check out the video below.

Match Video: