And now you're actively thinking tactically about defending your home. Back In The Day, home defense was a dove gun and a couple shells of buck, or a handgun under the pillow. Now we have weapon lights, low light training, shoot/no shoot training, semi-automatics, backup mags. All of this is becoming mroe and more common. We have seen huge increases in the number of CCW permits in Florida, and personally I have helped more than my fair share of people better prepare for defending their home, and am currently talking to a local trainer (nobody you've heard of) about bringing a bit more gunfighting experience to some of his classes.Batman: We will, we can bring Gotham back
Jim Gordon: What about escalation?
Jim Gordon: We start carrying semi automatics, they buy automatics, we start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor piercing rounds...
The big names in defensive firearms instruction have soemthing in common, for the most part. They were door kickers, life-takers, cops, military. More people are looking for military credentials in trainers, and more and more we're seeing defensive firearms copying military firearms. Partially it's because we have more people using those firearms but there's more to it than that.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-5 ... eet-crime/
See, I learned it the other way. The cops we had contracting with us as advisors in Afghanistan were being brought in from major crime units because the military was recognizing that the Taliban operates like a cartel or other criminal enterprise. They defend turf, the fight with others, they run drugs and guns for money, and above all else they do NOT want locals to resist. They will execute opponents, but they also believe firmly in propaganda campaigns, winning the community's support by trust. Anyone in central Florida who wants to hear about it can buy me a beer and I'll talk your ears off about it.Mike Cutone is a Massachusetts state trooper, part of a special unit targeting gang crime in the city of Springfield.
He's also a Green Beret, who - after returning from Iraq - had an "aha moment" when he was talking to a gas station manager in Springfield.
Mike Cutone: Gang members would come in there, pull out a weapon, point it at employees or patrons, take what they want and walk out. No one was calling the Springfield Police and no one was calling the state police.
Lesley Stahl: What this community was dealing with was gangs. They are a criminal enterprise. How are they like insurgents in Iraq?
Mike Cutone: Insurgents and gang members both want to operate in a failed area, a failed community or a failed state. They know they can live off the passive support of the community, where the community is not going to call or engage the local police.
Barbieri and trooper Cutone took us to a housing project in that neighborhood, known as the North End.
Lesley Stahl: I heard that there were gang members on motorcycles with AK-47s on their backs, right out here-
John Barbieri: They were very well-organized. They had lookouts. They disappeared when the sector cars came.
Lesley Stahl: They were just riding right up here in front?
John Barbieri: They were establishing the fact that this was their territory and they were willing to fight to keep it.
In the mean time, lets look at what that means for you. Look back to the earlier quote. Cellphones and GPS mean better response times. It becomes more feasible to use military-style tactics to enter, disable the inhabitants, and loot quickly. Better weapons, better training, and increasingly armor is being used by those doing the invading. Realistically, this means it's time to step up the tactics, step up the training, and do a gut-check.
is much less likely then this:
(Above image was recovered from a bust of a "small" Santa Ana gang a few years back, http://www.ocregister.com/news/gang-168 ... apons.html)