A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, April 13, 2009

Thunder Ranch on Home Defense

Good points, especially the last one. Might have to take a look......



Blogger Stryker said...

I disagree.
I think the 870 is the most tactical shotgun there is.
It's simple, reliable, and effective.
What else would you need?

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clint is no doubt a knowledgeable guy, but he really needs speech coaching or something; I have been told a quite a few times that he is hard to follow and quickly discourages "new" shooters who are trying to make out what he is talking about... and I agree

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent commentary. I sometimes wonder how many people really review their home for important factors in armed defence. What are my friendly keep out zones? will shots in this path hit the water heater tank / gas furnace / my car? where do I have safe backstops? What areas are best to defend from?

How many people just get a pistol or a shotgun and expect to figure it out in an emergency?

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Shayan said...

I'm no firearm expert, but I am definitely qualified from my years of martial arts training to unequivocally state that the neck-pouch is a TERRIBLE idea. It provides attackers with great leverage to pull your head down and put you off balance, or worse, choke you.

Use a waist pack to store back-up items. Anything around your neck may just be the noose that hangs you.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He sounds a bit like Kimi Raikkonen in a press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd9-Hlg8KWc

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clint Smith and FMG put out a very solid product. Its not substitute for range time and practice, but, its a darn good start for learning the fundamentals.

I have a front projector in my basement HT and use it to practice the techniques in front of. (w/o loaded ammo)

As to the bit about a neck pouch being a bad idea, having it around your neck with a break away clasp would not be a bad upgrade.

As far as him being hard to follow, it depends on what audience you have. A video training like his is something that should accompany more one on one lecture followed by ACTUAL range time.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The neck pouch is only a problem if the attacker gets NEAR you which the whole point is to KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

I own all of his DVDs and yes he talks fast but then again you can always re-watch the video.

Overall excellent advice across the board.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Mikael said...

I'm with Shayan on that, get a fanny pack, not a neck pouch(aka garotte). Heck even a neck pouch with a break away clasp would be inferior to a fanny pack, as if you are surprised at close quarters by an invader, he can rip it off you in the ensuing struggle much more easily, even if you come out on top, it could be gone under furniture, and leave you without all its contents in case you need to deal with a second intruder, for example.

8:57 PM  
Blogger 10% said...

I didn't have a problem understanding him, but can see how someone who isn't used to fast speech might have difficulties.

Also remember, the neck pouch is holding extra ammo. Which means you have a firearm. You don't have to be a firearms expert to understand that choking someone is difficult when they are toggling the felon repulsion lever on their firearm. =)

9:18 PM  
OpenID zercool said...

I'm with Stryker on this one ...

"... Remington 870. No, it's not very tactical..."

Well, *that* 870 might not be, but you can tacti-cool up an 870 almost as much as an AR if you like.

And let's face it: eight million plus built means SOMEONE like 'em. (I've got two in my safe!)

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Shayan said...

If the attacker gets the one up on you and wrestles away your gun, or if you have a misfire, or if he surprises you, the neck pouch WILL be a liability. It's an easy access handhold, and in home defense when the goblins are close, close combat is a definite possibility.

It is foolish to assume that because you have a gun and training, surprises cannot happen. Minimize your odds of failure by reducing opportunities to get hurt.

Ditch the neck pouch.

11:20 AM  

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