I enjoy Rob Pincus’ no non-sense way of teaching you about guns, defense, and safety.  In this video, Rob shares the 5 Fundamentals of Home Defense.

  • Evade
  • Barricade
  • Arm
  • Communicate
  • Respond

Running through these scenarios before they are needed will help you respond the correct way in the event you become the victim of a home invasion.  Just like we all should practice fire and tornado drills, we should also practice a home defense drill too.

Some people might ask, “Why would I stage a gun in my home?”

Fire Extingisher & Gun for home safetyYou probably have a fire extinguisher in your house, yet you’re not expecting a fire; it is a “Just in Case” prevention model. Having a gun staged in a safe or other secret location gives you a tactical advantages…just in case you ever face a real home invasion first hand.

In recent months we saw graphic video of a violent home invasion where a man broke in the home of a family. The mom and daughter were home alone and the mom was violently beaten by the attacker in front of her child.

The incident was caught on a video security camera, which led to the arrest of the perpetrator, but not before his violent attack was done. Physical injuries should heal, but the emotional trauma that the mom and her daughter experienced will leave psychologically scars for years to come.


While I don’t know that a hidden gun would have changed the outcome of this attack, I do know that not all attacks are this fast or aggressive and many times a victims would have had a warning and more time to evade, barricade, arm, etc. It is my believe, however, that homeowners who have different self defense mindsets may stage the house differently and could have had a better outcome, but hindsight is always 20/20.

For example, I urge my wife to always lock the doors while she is home. She also has access to more than one defensive weapon – located in various accessible areas around the house. This alone could give her a few more seconds notice and an opportunity to get armed. Now, what if I could get her to take the next step, which would be to carry a gun at while at home?  That would provided instant access to her firearm at a moments notice, but not many people are willing to do that – even for their own safety.

The 5 fundamentals of home defense would certainly apply in most scenarios to some degree, but nothing beats mental and physical preparedness, self defense and weapons training, and mental awareness when it comes to self defense success. The reality is, however, if a person is looking to do harm to someone, their is little you can do to prevent it from happening. The best we may be able to do is to be prepared to stop the threat once it begins.

Be Safe, Train Hard, Carry Deep, and Never Leave Home Without Your Gun!