Home invasions have changed. Today’s home invasions are no longer just about burglary, they are about rape, torture and murder. Yes, the burglary happens as well, but that’s far from the worst thing that happens in the typical home invasion.
Actually, being burglarized is more like peanuts compared to the other results, if you really to think about it. Losing some money or property is nothing compared to the much worst things can happen if you’re caught not really ready.
If your home is invaded by some “goodfellas” and you’re trapped inside, you need to have some defensive weapons available to increase your chances of survival. I know, you’re supposed to dial 911 and the whole 9 yards, but do you really believe that’s going to help? The average police response time to a 911 call is anywhere between 4 minutes (that’s if you’re VERY lucky) to over 9 minutes (that’s the average time according to the DoJ). The worst response times run over one hour (if you live in Detroit, I guess)!
These are pretty scary figures when you compare them to the average interaction time between you as a victim and a cold blooded criminal that breaks into your home. That’s only about 90 seconds. You know what they say; “When seconds count, the police are there in minutes.”
The “Call 911″ mantra has the tendency to create a false sense of security, an illusion of safety backed by almost nothing real; people are tending to believe that calling 911 is like waving a magic wand or something and the bad guys disappear. Wrong; in 4 minutes LOTS of awful things can happen to you and your family. It only takes seconds to inflict serious injuries upon someone. Remember, in the final analysis it’s up to you to defend yourself and your family.
The truth is that the police will arrive to bag and tag you, AFTER the crime has been committed and the perpetrator is long gone. The police are not your personal bodyguard. Having a gun or other defensive weapon on your person or available at all times is the only thing that can make a difference in keeping you from becoming just another crime statistic; trust me on that!
If you’re a gun owner or you intend to buy a firearm, I bet you’ve already heard all kinds of tips and tricks from total noobs about how and where to keep a weapon at hand for home defense purposes: in a drawer next to the bed, into the closet, under the bed or whatever.
But, if you ask the police and see how they roll, the answer becomes a no brainer. The ultimate and best place to keep a weapon for home invasion survival is ON YOUR PERSON! When you have a weapon available at your fingertips at all time regardless of the situation, you’re simultaneously taking care of other problems too, like keeping the gun secured from unauthorized use.
In other words, you need to get your concealed carry permit so that you can always have your gun on you; not only when you’re in the precarious safety of your own house, but when you’re out and about as well. Besides, it’s really about the only way that you can make sure that your gun is ready to use, while keeping it safely away from your kids.
The police know very well how fast bad things can happen to nice people. If you ask any police officer, he’ll tell you that in the vast majority of home invasion scenarios, you’ll never have the chance to run back to the closet and get your .45; let alone load it. If you’ll ever need a gun, you’ll need it ASAP, not 30 seconds or more after you realized you need one.
Another common mistake for gun owners, besides hiding them in improper places, is hiding an empty gun.
In the worst case scenario, i.e. being faced with some total strangers inside of your house, the adrenalin rush and the sheer terror will make loading a gun very tricky.
It’s not easy to feed a magazine into a pistol when your heart is racing and your hands are shaky, let alone trying to do so with a six shooter.
Remember this: when home invaders kick your door open, you’ll only have a fraction of a second to get to your gun. They’ll be coming through the door with their guns or knives in their hands. So if you can’t draw yours out by the time they get through the door, you don’t have a chance. That can only happen if you have it on your person.
Keeping your gun on your person, in a secure holster, is the best insurance you can buy in this life. Let me say it again; look at how the police are keeping their guns; on their persons, from the time they get dressed in the morning, ’till they go to bed at night.
Even if you’re packing heat at all times, I must add that it’s a good idea to have a few hidden locations inside of your house, where you are keeping secondary weapons. This will provide you with more firepower or provide a gun for other family members to use, in case they will need to give you a helping hand in a shootout.
Places to Use for Hiding
Any good place for hiding a secondary gun must be easily accessible, as well as not being very easy to find. Let me provide you with the best hiding places that I have found:
1. An empty cereal box left in the kitchen somewhere
2. “Glued” with duct tape under the table (multiple tables, i.e. in the kitchen, bedroom, living room)
3. Hollowed out book(s), left in strategic places (okay, this seems like an old spy movie, but it works)
4. Large weapon, like shotguns or rifles can be easily hidden under your couch, while a common place, it’s actually pretty good
5. In a hollow behind a picture frame
6. Inside a large vase or other pottery
7. In a closet, hanging over the door (nobody looks over the door, even if they look in the closet)
8. In the car, you can hide a holstered gun inside the upholstery of the passenger’s seat back, with the handle towards the driver. Cut the seams open to conceal the gun and then reseal them with Velcro for hiding it while providing easy access
9. In the bathroom, under a pile of towels
10. In a brown paper bag next to the refrigerator
11. A compact gun can be hidden inside a small CD wallet, especially handy when driving
If you have a favorite place to stash your defense weapons, just share your thoughts in the comment section below.
This article first appeared at Survivopedia: 11 Tricks for Hiding Your Survival Weapons