August 26th, 2008 03:21 PM
Good Read. Fighting In Your House.
FIGHTING IN YOUR HOUSE
Fighting in houses...or fighting in your house can take on many forms depending on your mission. Having clarity of mission is essential so you know how to comport yourself in each event. Sadly, most training out there is limited to the police application which has little in common with what you may need if you are not in that line of work.
Basing our focus on the armed CCW operator we can identify several missions for fighting in houses.
1). Holding Ground. This is the most common home defense type scenario. The good guy has no pressing need to enter the fight or go in search of the threat so he takes up a position of advantage, using cover and concealment. He points his muzzle at the chanelized approach of the bad guy and wait in ambush. A "warning" may or may not be given depending on the tactical situation.
2). Taking Ground. This involves attacking the attackers. An example may be the rescue of family members about to be victimized. The police parallel is a hostage rescue. This involves moving rapidly and stealthily to close on the bad guys and suppress them with surgical close range gunfire. The urgency of the situation proscribes any negotiation or attempt to descalate or warn. They are located, closed upon, and shot in order to save innocents.
3). Traversing Through. Traversing involves traveling through a contested or conflict area where there may be hostiles. The mission is not to engage, but rather to escape. The operator (s) and their protectees move rapidly through and out, free of the threat area. There is no time to clear or search. Danger areas will be covered with muzzles on the approach and egress, and the abandoned as new threat areas appear. The goal is to escape...but in a strong and controlled manner.
4). Search and Clear. This is an area of study that is often the basis of many "shoothouse" events. It involves moving cautiously and deliberately through an area in search for an adversary that is presumably hidden or unaware of the good guy's presence. It is basically a hunt.
All of these require a thorough understanding of the nature of architectural features and how to negotiate them at various speeds, the ability to identify danger areas and potential threats, and the ability to mold one's fighting platform to the environment at hand. Alot of the tactics will depend on how much information you have. This is not the time to be thinking about liability and stuff like that. If you do, you'll lose.
Consider these scenarios
1). You wake up at 0300 HRS becuase you heard something. You are not certain enough to go back to sleep but not certain enough to call 911
2). The noise that wakes you up is much more pronounced than in #1. Still not confirmed "human" but definitely something is not right.
3). You wake up to the sound of glass breaking and swearing. You live alone.
4). You wake up at 0300 HRS because you heard your kid scream accross the house. His or her scream was followed by a male voice telling them to shut up.
5). You are at church and your kids are across the on the other side of the church at youth ministry. You hear gun shots coming from tyat direction, people screaming and running away from the sound.
6). You and your protectees are inside a building where bad things are happening. Your current location is untenable and you must leave but expect to encounter resistance as part of the escape.
What "skill set", or combination thereof, among those described would be needed in each event??
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I suggest that if you can find in your inner self the will to inflict violence on someone who is trying to victimize you, and can back up that iron will with all the force that you can muster, you will most likely be successful.
August 26th, 2008 03:32 PM
very cool stuff! Thanks for the post!
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August 26th, 2008 07:36 PM
Yeah, thanks for posting this!
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August 26th, 2008 10:22 PM
August 26th, 2008 10:32 PM
Great stuff. Everyone should get on Gabe's email list.
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August 26th, 2008 11:29 PM
Certainly things to contemplate......gets one thinking.
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August 27th, 2008 09:25 PM
Thanks for this, #2 is something I practice due to my child and my dad living in different areas of the house.
You forgot #7 "There are very few feminists at 3:00am
Your wife heard a noise and says "go check it out, if it's nothing bring back some water"
August 28th, 2008 09:01 AM
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