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for home defense, your weapon and ammo must be totally ready at a moment’s notice.

Posted by John T. Reed on

More home-defense thoughts:
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An empty magazine is a paperweight. So is a semiautomatic weapon with an empty magazine or no magazine.
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Seems to me all your magazines need to be FULL starting the day they arrive in your mailbox. They are useless until they contain bullets. You do not need to have a magazine in your weapon when there is no threat. Indeed, that may be illegal and is ill-advised for safety purposes generally.
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When a threat arises, you can slap a magazine in fast. Filling empty magazines is NOT fast. It is excruciatingly slow if you face an imminent threat.
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You need the full magazines to be in a vest or jacket and/or pants that you throw on within seconds when danger present itself. Safari jacket, jeans jacket with media pockets, four-pocket tunics like we wore in Vietnam.
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Hunting, hiking, and fishing jackets, correspondent’s jacket, field jacket. Vests for the same purposes. In the military and police, they also use MOLLE jackets and vests.
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In Vietnam, we had our helmet, flack jacket, web gear, and rifle together in our hooch. When we occasionally came under attack, “announced” by a rocket explosion. we grabbed that stuff.
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I am kind of indifferent about the flak jacket or other bulletproof vest. It could save your life, but might adversely affect your mobility. Up to you.
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What we called web gear in Vietnam was the well-known military belt with attached suspenders. Both had stuff attached, namely a canteen, ammo pouches that contained full magazines, a first aid kit, and maybe a bayonet of other fighting knife. The key was you could throw the web gear on in seconds and if you had to run around, you had all the stuff you need with you.
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Cargo pants provide additional carrying capacity.
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One important point. The jacket or vest that you wear for ammo needs to be heavy duty. A 10-round mag of rifle bullets is about 7 ounces; a 15-round mag, about 15 ounces. I do NOT suggest a scottie vest. Those are cotton and will be around your knees with all that weight.
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I do not know that a civilian home defender needs a helmet. In Vietnam, their main purpose was probably to show that we were Americans. The enemy wore pith helmets.
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The following are insane if you have them for home defense:
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• bullets in cardboard factory boxes (it takes many minutes to convert such a useless box into a useful full magazine)
• weapons for which you have no ammo or full speed loaders (revolvers) or full magazines
• weapons or ammo locked up far from where you are when the danger presents
• weapons or ammo locked up needing a key you cannot find
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Mr. McCloskey in St. Louis was eating dinner on a back patio when he suddenly found an angry mob on his front lawn. He had an AR 15 with one magazine it. His wife had a tiny nonfunctioning pistol that had deliberately been misassembled so as to render it safe to be used an an exhibit in a trial.
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He was barefoot in shorts and a polo shirt on the front lawn.
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They should have been INSIDE his house with the AR 15 AND wearing clothing full of loaded magazines. By law, they needed to wait until the mob penetrated INSIDE HIS HOUSE. All ammo to be used immediately needs to be in full magazines in the CLOTHING that he threw on within seconds of the danger presenting.
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I saw no point to his communicating with the mob. They DO need to inform the mob that the home is occupied for legal self-defense reasons. They should have merely shown themselves sans weapons or ammo in a doorway.
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Home defense is not a gun or ammo that you own and that are somewhere in the house locked away from the grandchildren. Home defense is weapon and a jacket full of full magazines or speed loaders for that weapon that are locked up, but easy to get to within seconds from your usual places in your house. Not the basement, not the attic, not in a safe in the garage.
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They need to be in your bedroom, family room, coat closet, etc. and they need to be totally ready to go—no assembly or magazine filling required when you learn that rouble is at hand.
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An unloaded gun is irrelevant to self-defense. It is a paperweight. Loose bullets are also irrelevant to home defense with a magazine-fed weapon. Ditto empty magazines.
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Home self-defense requires not only owning a weapon but also having lots of full magazines for it on your person and being able to get the gun and ammo within second from your normally occupied rooms in your house.


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