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As a lot of you know, I am a product reviewer and content creator for the firearms industry. Along with that, I want to create a blog in text form in order to cover topics that I may have missed in my videos. This page is where I will write reviews, tips, tricks and the like, so stay tuned for more to come.

Home Defense and Body Armor

   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 

invasion. 

 

   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 

me. 

   

   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.