Review of Own the Night: a Tactical Training DVD for Preppers, Plus Giveaway


I was a bit hesitant before agreeing to review a tactical training DVD called “Own the Night”  After all, being an apartment dwelling mom, I was not sure there would be a need for “owning the night”  But after considering what can happen in the event of a large scale collapse, when no one is safe, especially at night, I thought it would be worthwhile to to find out about it.

The DVD features tactical training exercises to help you become more proficient in combat at night.  This would of course only apply in the event of a total collapse scenario if there were no rule of law, and not for “normal” times.  Some of the lessons that stand out:

–what to do when you’re ambushed

–learning to shoot from awkward positions

–learning to shoot from cover

–what to do if you are running out of ammunition while fighting

Although this topic may not appeal to everyone, part of prepping is the possibility of having to defend yourself with weapons, and confrontations are likely happen at night.  If you are an advanced prepper, someone who has a military background or who trains constantly, you likely will not learn anything new.   However, if you consider yourself a beginner to average, then there are some very helpful tips that can be learned from this training.

To get the most out of it, and be able to practice the training recommended, you would need to know someone whom you can train with at night, and some space, such as vacant land where you can practice.

Mr Apt Prepper watched the DVD with me and he picked up a thing or two.   You would likely learn some good pointers as well.

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Is Defense the Biggest Hole in Your Preps? Read “Prepper’s Home Defense” by Jim Cobb

preppers home defenseWhen starting the preparedness journey, most people focus on storing food, water and first aid supplies.  But there is one aspect of preparedness that should not be ignored, and that is defense.  You need to be able to protect yourself and your family during normal times; if a collapse happens, defense would become even more critical.

Prepper’s Home Defense contains a lot of useful information without being overwhelming.   It even includes a list of commonly used acronyms that is helpful if you are new prepper.  Some of the subjects covered include post-collapse security, physical defense such as protecting the perimeter, safe rooms, hidden storage, weapons such as firearms and other weapons, guard dogs, communications, etc.  The book was written by Jim Cobb, who writes at Survival Weekly and  Jim has worked in the security and investigation field for 20 years and is a survivalist.

The author points out that post collapse security is vastly different from normal day to day security, as you will be faced with more varied and determined threats.  As an example, he cites how something as basic as answering a ringing doorbell must be approached differently in a post collapse situation.   As an apartment prepper, there are limits to modifications you can make to your home, and therefore you may not be able to implement a few of the strategies.  Some of the tactics described are applicable only on a post collapse scenario, so as not to break any laws, but they are still good to know nonetheless.   There is a good section on weapons and the book does not limit itself to firearms.  It also covers martial arts weapons, improvised weapons, pepper spray and even natural weapons such as elbows, knees and feet.  I also enjoyed the section on guard dogs versus watch dogs, which I have not previously distinguished.

Prepper’s Home Defense has a lot to offer, in a subject that is often overlooked by beginner and intermediate preppers.  If you have not made plans on how you will protect your home and family, or feel that defense is a weak spot in your emergency plans, I recommend you pick up Prepper’s Home Defense.


Firearms for Long Term Survival

Today is Day Four of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I hope you have been enjoying the series.

Today’s question is:  What firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long term survival and why?

I’ll be the first to admit I am not the biggest expert when it comes to firearms.  But I have read and researched enough to know at the minimum what I would have for long term survival.  I’d have a handgun for defense.  In my case I prefer a revolver, as it is easier for me to load. I have a shotgun on my wishlist, but I have not had the budget for it.  I’d also have a hunting rifle to be able to hunt game for food.  Finally, I’d like to have an AR-15.

By the way, The Prepper Next Door, a book I recently reviewed, has an extensive discussion in the Gun chapter that I recommend.  The author talks about what firearm is ideal for what purpose such as hunting, target practice, defense and such.  I plan on looking at some of the types mentioned before making my choices.

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