Three Letters Re: A Solid Solution On Securing Home Defense During A TEOTWAWKI Situation, by B.M.

HJL,

I can see some problems. First you must store it and deploy it when things go down. Second, if it is winter, you really don’t want your windows and doors broken. You want to defend them first (maybe both inside and outside). Third, even if you can insure you are safe, you will need to be able to go the other way, perhaps multiple times per day. Fourth, it doesn’t provide security if they decide to firebomb or shoot into your house. Fifth, if there is a fire or something else, you may have to get out fast, but can you do so? – T.Z.

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Hugh,

I have been reading SurvivalBlog daily since early January 2010, and words cannot describe the blessing that JWR, and now you, have been to my family. Finding SurvivalBlog was definitely the result of the hand of God on my life. Until I found SurvivalBlog, everything I had ever read about prepping up to that point was from a world view that was humanist and/or situational with regards to ethics or morals– definitely not Biblical. I devoured JWR’s writings about his survivalist philosophy and his Biblical basis for prepping, with my Bible open in front of me so I could read the portions of Scripture that were referenced. Literally in tears, I thanked God for His leading me to where I received His confirmation that this was the path He had for me. Since then, we have been paying off debt and have been working diligently at getting our preps and skill development “squared away”. To this day, I regularly thank the LORD for both of you and ask Him to bless you and yours.

I am not a security expert, but I do have some experience that way. It seems to me that installing razor wire INSIDE of the home is more than foolish. Trying to change the way you use your home during a time of extreme stress is foolish enough, but to think of purposefully creating a situation where one would have to clean up, from inside your home and/or retreat, dead or dying bodies, hundreds of pieces of flesh, bodily fluids, et cetera from attackers who could easily be infected with who knows what seems to me to be downright stupid. I would find another way to protect my retreat. Thank you again, T.B.

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JWR,

I enjoy all of the subjects that are discussed on SurvivalBlog. After reading the letter on making your home more defensible I thought I might offer a thought. I spent three years stationed in Berlin during the apex of the Cold War (86-89). The main focus of the Berlin Brigade was MOUT. Military Operations on Urban Terrain. For the lay person, this was house-to-house fighting. We were three Mech/Lt.Inf. battalions, a company of M-60 tanks, and an Artillery Battery of Mechanized 155’s. We were surrounded by at least a Soviet Army Group as well as the East German Army. If nothing else, we worked very hard on obstacles. We ran wire concertina wire, tanglefoot, tank obstacles, and so on. My point is that if you run wire, first make sure it’s anchored by metal posts or wood. On top of the concertina, zig zag tanglefoot (barbed wire) across the top and anchor it to your posts. On the unfriendly side, run tanglefoot at about knee high to slow the enemy’s approach. Most importantly, if you have wire have it covered by fire. If Brigands have all day with no gunfire hitting them, they will breach the wire. However, if they are tangled up in the wire and you are hitting them with rifle fire, they will be more likely to become disheartened and move on to less well-defended homes. Finally, if possible, put your perimeter at least 50 yards from the strong point in case they have I.E.D.’s; that is generally outside of most folk’s throwing range. – JMR.

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