As many of you know, self defense is a very important thing. Most people, I feel,
focus on self defense in regards to concealed carry and being out and about, but a
topic that is often neglected is Home Defense.
There are many schools of thought on home defense, most involve which firearm
is the best, what ammo to use, and all of the debates within. Regardless of the
firearm you choose, there are other things to consider when thinking about home
defense, such as gear, ammo sources, tactics, and even a family plan for a home
I mainly use my Glock 22 for home defense for the fact that I am most proficient
with it, and it is much easier to maneuver when in close quarters. One thing that I
have been adding into my home defense routine, is armor, specifically, my Condor
MOPC Plate Carrier with the AR500 Armor ASC Curved plates.
If you think about it, there is a good chance that your armor, plate carrier, etc. will
be near by in the case of a home invasion or home defense situation. I understand
that most things happen in an instant and there is a chance that you will not be
ready, even if your gun is by your bedside. Though, in regards to gear, however,
there is a much higher probability that you will have easier access to your armor
when in your home, rather than at a gas station or a local convenience store.
I know that most of you have a plate carrier and armor, and really don't train with
it. I'm guilty of this myself, but I decided to get armor to fill a specific purpose,
that purpose is home defense. My thought process is, if I grab my rifle or a long
gun, for whatever reason, then chances are I will have the opportunity to also grab
my armor. Being that I am a civilian and have limited funds, I decided to choose
the AR500 Armor plates instead of a normal SAPI Plate. I read and watched tons of
reviews before purchasing and I then decided that AR500 was the best choice for
As far as my setup goes, I have my rifle and my shotgun nearby at all times, and
my handgun (my primary self defense tool), is always on me in one form or
another. I have the Condor MOPC with the Condor Mag Insert and three HSGI
TACO's (two rifle and one pistol). Ultimately, my carrier has the ability to carry five
rifle mags and one pistol mag, giving me plenty of ammo for most any civilian
home defense situation. As I roam around the house, I always have my pistol, so
that takes care of my first line of defense. If I hear a ruccus or suspect something
is going to happen (I know this is rare, but bear with me), my plan is to sling my
armor on, and grab my rifle. As I said, if I am going to grab my rifle then I will most
certainly grab my armor along with it.
A home defense plan involving body armor can definitely help your cause, and
keep you alive in case the shit does hit the fan. Talking to your family and marking
out a specific course of action is also important. Tell your kids what room to hide
in, tell your wife what gun she should grab, and know the layout of your house. Is
there a solid wall or structure in your home that you can use as cover, or is it
merely concealment? Which hallway gives you the best advantage, in order to
fight back or escape? Where are your neighbors houses located, just in case a
stray bullet makes it out into the street? These are all things to think about, and in
no way is this an exhaustive list. Proper planning and a proper mindset will take
you a lot further than mere firearms handling skills.
The moral of the story is, winning a gun fight, means not getting shot and/or
injured. Remember, the fact that you have body armor does not mean you no
longer need to train with your firearms, and have a good "tactical" plan in place.
Armor is merely a piece of kit to add to your Tactical Toolbox in order to help you
acheive your end goal... survival.