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Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

Street Smarts: Situational Awareness for Daily Life

It is so easy to become comfortable in our daily lives, but you never do know when a threat might appear, and it is as soon as we put our guard down that this is likely to happen. If you spend a lot of time walking in the street or out in public, you can’t ever have enough situational awareness. This means being focused on your surroundings at all time, to assess and hopefully evade any threat. Crime rates are skyrocketing all over the nation these days, so there’ s nothing wrong with being too careful. Since any threat posed to […]

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Law Enforcement Training-Patrol and Counter-Ambush (Video)

Law Enforcement Training-Patrol and Counter-Ambush (Video)

There is so much we can learn from law enforcement officials about the kind of nitty-gritty fighting we just might have to face once we can no longer rely on them for our own safety. But even before war, disaster, or widespread civil unrest occur, training tips from LEOs can still give us a great leg-up in the day-to-day self-defense game. This video from Reid Heinrichs of Valor Ridge shares some experiences from a 3-day Patrol and Counter Ambush class he took with an experienced combat and tactical shooting trainer. The footage of the class itself is what I found […]

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Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Real-Life Knife Disarm Caught on Camera (Video)

Don’t try this at home! Or…anywhere else someone might be coming at you with a knife. In this video, a real-life, movie-style knife disarm maneuver is successfully performed by a police officer confronting a knife-wielding perpetrator. While this is a perfect example of just how successful years of rigorous martial arts training can be, it’s just that: the result of years of rigorous training. While it’s very cool to see this in real life, don’t think it will be just as simple for you to try this move if you’re confronted with someone wielding a knife! That being said, let […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

These days, carjacking is a simple reality of life in crime-ridden America (we won’t even get started on other countries like Brazil). It is a common way for people to become unsuspecting victims of violence, intimidation, and theft, all in a matter of seconds. If you are a parent of small children, this threat is probably quite terrifying to consider. Imagine having your car stolen, with your sleeping child in the back? I cannot imagine the fear and horror. Whether you are a parent or simply a single adult who wants to protect yourself against the threat of carjacking, it is […]

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How to Escape From Zip Ties

How to Escape From Zip Ties

his will work Zip ties are a frightening way to be restrained. Not only are they a common choice of restraint for police officers these days, but also, unfortunately, criminals. They are notoriously impossible to loosen, and a person can exhaust a lot of energy and cause themselves great psychological distress if they even try. While it’s not too pleasant to think about the possible scenarios in which you might end up restrained by zip ties, but it’s worth it to know how to escape from their grip. Here are a few steps to help you if you ever end […]

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Female Clerk Defends Like a Boss (Video)

Female Clerk Defends Like a Boss (Video)

In self-defense, a bigger weapon is of no use to you unless you can use it smartly. In this video, a would-be robber with a handgun tries to hold up a liquor store,  manned by a woman who seemed barely phased by his attempt. She smartly utilizes her own defense and thwarts his attempt before it even starts. This video is very informative because the clerk uses some very quick-thinking, that we can all learn from, and John from Active Self-Protection breaks it down very well. If you liked this, you might also enjoy… All Survival Preparedness Boils Down to […]

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Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Many people who consider themselves preppers and survivors know what to do in many emergency situations. They know how and when to bug out. They can start a fire, catch a rabbit, and make shelter even in harsh conditions. However, when they are in the comfort of a normal day, they often take their safety for granted, and that can be a huge problem. Just because you are walking or jogging on a trail that you’ve used a thousand times before doesn’t mean you are safe. People are attacked, and even murdered, on an alarmingly regular basis. Even though it […]

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Brave Student Stops Active Shooter (Video)

Brave Student Stops Active Shooter (Video)

When a shooting happens, it dominates the news cycle for days. But often, brave men and women are able to stop active shooters before there is much carnage, and they really deserve as much attention as the successful shootings. This jaw-dropping video shows a very brave young student single-handedly thwarting an active shooter on his campus. Using some pepper spray, tact, and a whole lot of guts, he’s able to stop what could have very well been a horrific killing spree. Check it out: Are You Prepared for This Deadly Threat? Complete Health Transformation Without Drugs or Surgery… Having Trouble […]

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Zeroing in on Handgun Accuracy (Infographic)

Zeroing in on Handgun Accuracy (Infographic)

While a handgun can save your life, it’s not a magical force field that protects you from attackers. It’s useless, and potentially highly dangerous, if you can’t use it correctly. The key is to train, train, train, but there are lots of simple tips and tricks to learn how to aim properly. The better your aim, the more likely your handgun is to do it’s intended job, so it’s something you should be working on constantly. If you’re having trouble aiming, there might be a few minor things you’re doing wrong that are easy to correct, once you’ve identified them. […]

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Are You Really a Good Shot?

Are You Really a Good Shot?

How good of a shot are you, really? You might be an ace at the range, and you might have some tight groupings. That’s a good start, but it does not mean you are as great a shot as you might think you are. There is always room for improvement, and even the best shots in the world will tell you that. Once you are comfortable holding and shooting a firearm at the range and you have your basic skills mastered, you will want to move on to something that provides more of a challenge. One of the ways to […]

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How to Rack a Slide Like a Lady (Video)

How to Rack a Slide Like a Lady (Video)

There’s a common misconception out there that women shouldn’t use semi-automatic handguns as their concealed carry weapons of choice because they’re too difficult to rack. While it is true that most women have smaller hands that perform differently than men, females still have entirely sufficient arm and hand strength to rack the slide on a semi-auto. It’s just about technique, and using your muscles efficiently. Collen from Keeping the Piece: Defensive Handgun Training for women, explains in this video how easily women can rack a slide, with a little practice and the right form. This is a great video for any […]

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Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Improvised Weapon Ideas for Survival

Ideally, you’ll always have a firearm or knife when stranded in the wilderness or stuck in a precarious situation in which we had to defend our own life. But of course, you never know when you might find yourself without a man-made weapon, and you’ll have to improvise. These are a few ideas for ways to use you environment to protect yourself from an attacker. Dirt or Sand How to use sand or dirt for self-defense is a great thing to know in general, and could always be incorporated into any self-defense situation. You’ve probably seen it in the movies, […]

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The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

A lot of people think of a Mad Max-type survival when they imagine a world after mass destruction or nuclear holocaust. Cruising around a desolate world, every man or woman for themselves, in a tricked-out armored car, battling road warriors and fighting for survival. But the truth about survival is that most of the scenarios you need to prepare for aren’t so glamorous. It is in fact very important to be prepared to defend yourself against a fearful, violent populace in the midsts of, or after a disaster, especially if you live in an urban environment. Even if you live […]

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Bugging Out in the City (Video)

Bugging Out in the City (Video)

I thought this was a really insightful and important video to make, about bugging out in the city, and sleeping under a bridge at night. I think it’s really easy to imagine bugging out including simply heading for the hills and camping out there, but for a lot of people, being stuck in an urban environment is going to be a reality. Post-disaster urban survival is a very serious subject, especially if you live in an urban area, but even if you do not, you might find yourself needing to travel on foot into urban areas and will need skills […]

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4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

There are many guns available on the market, both for sport, home defense, and concealment, and it might be a bit overwhelming when you’re new to concealment to know how to chose the best weapon for everyday carry. If you are not fortunate enough to buy several guns or holsters for sport and hobby and have to choose one weapon to carry with you daily, you’ll want to choose wisely. You’ll also need a holster system that works both with your weapon of choice and lifestyle. Keep in mind that what works for someone else for concealment might not work […]

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Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

Tips for Staying Safe in an Urban Environment

A number of cities in the country are actually very dangerous. If the world were thrust into a survival situation, you have to imagine that they would become even worse. Many times, survival manuals provide you with information on how you can survive in the woods or the desert. It is just as important that you learn how to survive in an urban landscape. Be Aware of Your Surroundings It’s sad, but most people today have very little idea what is happening around them. Everyone who has their phone just a couple of inches away from their face and who […]

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Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Self-defense is a huge element of survival, not just in a world after the SHTF, but in today’s very dangerous society. To make things clear up front, typical martial arts just aren’t going to do the trick when you are fighting for your life. Perhaps someone with 20 years of experience in a martial art could hold his or her own, but that’s just not the case with most people. There are a few fighting forms that can work, such as krav maga, though. Learn to fight on your feet and on the ground. Essentially, you need to learn to […]

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Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

Tips to Improve Situational Awareness

A lot of people who end up attacked and injured say they never saw the attack coming, or that they saw it at the last minute and didn’t know what to do. Many people simply don’t know how to recognize a bad situation even when they are in one, and it’s getting people hurt and sometimes killed. You need to learn how to improve your situational awareness. Constant awareness can be tiring, but it is possible. In fact, it is essential if you hope to last for long. Know your surroundings. Be aware of what’s happening in them. This means […]

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Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt   

Armed Robbery, Nobody Hurt  

  This video contains the surveillance footage from multiple cameras at a convenience store that gets held up.  Luckily, despite the use of a firearm, nobody involved gets hurt, including the armed robber.  There are lessons that we can learn from this video, so that if we are placed in a similar situation, we too can come out unharmed.   As always, the first lesson is situational awareness. It is common knowledge that convenient stores are frequently robbed, if you are in or around one you need to be aware that you are at an elevated risk and keep your […]

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Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

Attack on TSA Agents (Graphic Video)

I have repeatedly said that a distance weapon such as pepper spray, or even a high lumen flashlight, can be combined with a knife to multiply their effectiveness.  Anyone blinded by an irritant, or bright light, will be unable to effectively protect themselves from the knife.  Normally, if you are being sprayed with pepper spray (or any other irritant) the best defense would be to close the distance and tie your opponent up, but if they also have a blade, that strategy will be deadly. In this video, we see just how effective this sort of combo can be when […]

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The Myth of Stranger Danger   

The Myth of Stranger Danger  

  When endeavoring to protect ourselves we need to make sure that we are taking into account what threats we are most likely to face, not that we shouldn’t be prepared for all reasonable threats, but it would be foolish and even dangerous to only prepare for a threat that is statistically unlikely to happen.  Yet this is what most defenders do.  Most people who train in self-defense, martial arts, or defensive shooting, train to defend themselves in scenarios where they are attacked by strangers, and certainly this sort of attack does occur, but it is not as common as […]

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Lessons from a FAILED Car-Jacking   

Lessons from a FAILED Car-Jacking  

  In this video, we see a failed car-jacking from a gas station in which, thankfully, and surprisingly, no one was hurt.  But the would-be thief was not the only one making mistakes in this video.  Let’s learn some lessons from what the intended victim did so that we are not faced with this potentially deadly situation for no reason.   The car-jackers in the video are working in a group of at least two and cover themselves well, even if you were to have looked around at your surroundings, their activities (or faked activities since it’s unlikely they were […]

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Pharmacy Robbery goes BAD for Robber   

Pharmacy Robbery goes BAD for Robber  

  This video from West Virginia is a reminder that armed robberies don’t only occur at gas stations and liquor stores.  Everything turned out fine for the bystanders and for the armed defender in this case, though not for the robber.  Here are a few of the lessons that we can take away from this one to increase our preparedness and safety if we find ourselves in a similar situation.   Situational Awareness It seems like business as usual until 10:30:34 (by the camera’s time, only about 25 seconds into the video) when the robber comes in with has face […]

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Weapons Safety Lessons from an Armed Robbery   

Weapons Safety Lessons from an Armed Robbery  

  This video shows how important weapons safety is, not only when storing firearms but when handling them.  In the video we see an armed robber accidentally shoot his partner in the back, killing him.  What is a little harder to notice, is that the armed defender also nearly shoots the intended victim on accident as well.  For those that don’t know, and I hope that no gun owners are included in this group, the 5 weapon safety rules are… Treat every weapon as if it were loaded Never point a weapon at anything that you are not willing to destroy […]

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Stun Guns and Tasers   

Stun Guns and Tasers  

  Many people that are relatively unfamiliar with less than lethal self-defense tools think of stun guns and tasers and virtually the same thing.  But there are major differences between these two kinds of defensive tools that anyone interested in using them for personal defense needs to be aware of.  Here is a basic overview of stun guns and tasers highlighting their differences.   The biggest difference is that stun guns are “pain compliance devices”, while tasers are “incapacitation devices”. These basically means that stun guns are meant to protect you by hurting the person you use it on, and […]

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Legal Improvised Defensive Tools   

Legal Improvised Defensive Tools  

  I just wrote about the importance of being armed, even if you know how to defend yourself in a one on one unarmed attack.  But the unfortunate truth is that there are all sorts of places these days that limit, or completely restrict your right to protect yourself. While I will always take my money to a coffee shop that doesn’t make it their business to preach politics while creating a target rich environment, it’s not always that easy of an option.  Some people travel for work, or go to school, or actually live in an area that criminalizes […]

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Why Fighting Skills are NOT Enough (Graphic Video)   

Why Fighting Skills are NOT Enough (Graphic Video)  

  Self-defense is a factor of survival that everyone needs to think about.  But when some think about self-defense, they think about learning a martial art, or krav maga, or even mixed martial arts.  All of these are a good idea and will add to your ability to survive an attack, but the reality is that this will often not be enough.  All too often your attacker is not going to interested in a fight, but seeking a victim, and they will be armed are willing to inflict serious injury or kill you.  In this short video, you see three […]

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Surviving a Kidnapping   

Surviving a Kidnapping  

Kidnapping is not the most likely event that you will need to survive, but it isn’t always something that happens to other people.  It isn’t something that only happens to those who are wealthy enough to pay ransom, or people living in the third world.  Even in countries like the United States, people have been kidnapped and tortured for their suspected political opinions, their race, and for sexual assault. While women and children are more likely to be the victims, men are not immune. Recently in America, there was a case of a professional football player being kidnapped, and even […]

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Tips for Defensive Knife Use   

Tips for Defensive Knife Use  

  Carrying a knife is a pretty common thing to do.  Though most people only ever use their knives to open packages or cut their finger nails out of boredom, many people carry a knife in the thought of using it as a defensive weapon.  Arming yourself is an important aspect of survival, especially for those that live in urban areas, but carrying it alone is not going to protect you.  Here are a few tips that can make your knife a more effective tool for self-defense.   Carry a Fixed Blade: There are plenty of good folding knifes on […]

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Lessons from a Home Invasion (Non-Graphic Video)   

Lessons from a Home Invasion (Non-Graphic Video)  

  This video is of a brazen daytime home invasion.  It shows two men with knives in hand enter a home and search it room by room.  Luckily the intruders never get a chance to assault, or kill, anyone inside the home.  When you watch this video take note of these things:   This attack takes place during the day time, if the time on the camera is correct it is almost noon. These sorts of crimes are not confined to the dark of night. The home being invaded is clearly a nice home, in a good neighborhood. There is […]

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What we can Learn From a Failed Armed Robbery (CCTV)   

What we can Learn From a Failed Armed Robbery (CCTV)  

This CCTV footage is reportedly from Brazil and shows what appears to be an off-duty cop fighting off two “armed” robbers.  The video description says that the guns they had were fake, and this seems likely since they point their weapons but never fire them.  While the final outcome is that no innocent people are hurt, and the robber was stopped, there are lessons we can learn about what to do and what not to do from this video.  While watching, look for these things.   The officer is in the upper right-hand corner, with a woman who is probably […]

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What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”   

What You Need in a “Get Home Bag”  

The purpose of a “get home bag” is, as the name implies, to carry the items you would want if the worst case scenario took place while you were out, at work, the store, or running errands.  It is not meant to be a long-term survival kit, or even a bug-out bag, it is only meant to hold what you need to get back to your home where the rest of your gear and your loved ones are.  While individual needs and available resources may vary, these are some items that everyone should consider putting in their get home bag. […]

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Common Mistakes in a Street Fight   

Common Mistakes in a Street Fight  

  As I’ve confessed before, I have a slight addiction to CCTV footage.  It’s a little morbid, but not without its benefits.  A lot can be learned from watching attacks and attempted robberies.  You don’t have to wonder about what works in the real world (on the street instead of in the gym), you can watch a few assaults and see what works, and what doesn’t.  Here are a few of the more common mistakes made during street fights that change the outcome.   Ego Show Perhaps the most common mistake that results in a quick and violent end is […]

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CCTV Attempted Armed Robbery (Video)

CCTV Attempted Armed Robbery (Video)

  This video is of an attempted armed robber at a gas pump.  “Attempted” because of the would-be victims was armed and put an end to the threat.  Take a look at the video and watch as this armed defender reacts perfectly to the threat of an armed attacker. The man in blue is the defender.  Watch him and take note of these actions: He raises his hands in compliance, or feigned compliance because there was already a gun pointed at him and he had no other choice. He turns his body slightly in order to conceal his draw and […]

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Detaining a Violent Suspect With a Firearm  

  While almost everyone that carries a firearm for self-defense spends nearly all of their training time practicing putting rounds down range, that’s not what statistics tell us is the most likely scenario armed defenders find themselves in.  Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be practicing your draw, aim, and trigger control, I’m only saying that the vast majority of armed defensive encounters actually end without firing a shot.  So, if you are an armed defender, it only makes sense to train, not only for the worst case scenario, but also for the most likely scenario.  That scenario is, […]

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The Limitations of Pepper Spray (Graphic Video)

The Limitations of Pepper Spray (Graphic Video)

Pepper spray can be an effective tool for self-defense, but it has limitations.  Not everyone is equally affected by it, your attacker could be on drugs, have a high pain tolerance, or could even have been sprayed previously and knows how to fight through its effects the way police officers do that carry it.  Either way, simply because you have correctly sprayed someone does not mean that they no longer pose a threat.  In this video we see a police officer who has twice attempted to stop a vehicle that has pulled away again, get out and spray a massive […]

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Physical Threats from the Digital World   

Physical Threats from the Digital World  

  In internet can be great tool for our daily lives, providing a wealth of information never previously available with such ease, allowing people even in remote areas to purchase goods that stores in the area don’t carry, and allowing individuals to connect to people in their areas that they would otherwise not be likely to meet.  But with this comes a variety of physical threats.  When most people think of threats from online interactions they think about the threats to children, or in exposing too much information on social media, but there is an increasing trend of armed robberies […]

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Jugging: Not as Funny as it Sounds   

Jugging: Not as Funny as it Sounds  

“Jugging” is a term that seems to be mainly used in Texas for a crime that is not geographically confined.  The basics of the crime involve watching a bank, or an ATM and waiting to see who makes a withdraw, then following that individual to a location that has less security so they can be robbed there more easily.  The internet has plenty of videos of juggings taking place, sometimes in parking lots of the next store the victim went to, sometimes even in their own driveways.  Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from such attacks […]

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The Reality of Self Defense for Women (Graphic Video)   

The Reality of Self Defense for Women (Graphic Video)  

  This is a video of an armed robbery from Russia where a man with a blunt force weapon (hard to tell what it is, it looks like a slap stapler) walks into a check cashing office and brutally attacks a female employee.  The video is a graphic departure from the Hollywood depiction of self-defense for women, showing that far from the Tomb Raider or Charlie’s Angels fantasy of jumping spin kick knockouts of larger, stronger male opponents, resilience and a strategy of escape can be the best thing a woman can do when attacked.  This poor woman takes repeated […]

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Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Human rights organizations inevitably report higher instances of sexual assault and attacks on women after disasters.  With the interruption of law and order, predators will be emboldened.  If you are a woman, or if you have women with you, especially younger women, steps will need to be taken to protect them from the elevated threat level.  The best ways to protect yourself from a potentially stronger opponent are to go unseen, unnoticed, or to present a hard target.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.   Unseen If you are sheltering in place it would be a […]

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