Using Chokepoints and Ambushes to Your Advantage

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

There’s a military principle that floats around in some circles that it’s always better to attack then defend. While not everyone subscribes to this principle, there is some sound reasoning behind it. The attacker has the initiative, as well as the ability to choose the time and place of the attack. These are huge advantages, not to be given away lightly. But they don’t necessarily apply to defending your family.

One of the things we all have to remember is that we are not required to win a battle. All we are required to do is to survive and make sure that our family survives as well. That’s an important distinction. If you can survive without attacking, then there is no sense attacking.

Attacking always involves risk, because you have to expose yourself to enemy fire. That’s why the standard is that you need a force three times as large as the defenders, in order to succeed in an attack. So in your case, if you can avoid attacking and still defend your family, you can avoid that risk.

This brings us to the question of “how” to avoiding attacking, while still managing to protect yourself and your family. That depends on setting up your defenses the right way so that you can defend your family, without having to expose yourself to fire. If you can do that, you can call in the reinforcements (the police) and let them capture that bad guys for you; after all, that’s their job.

How you set up your defense depends on how your home is arranged. Some modern homes don’t work well for this, especially one-story homes where the master bedroom is on one side of the home and the kids rooms are on the other side. While that might be great for giving you and your spouse some privacy, it makes your job of defending your family much harder.

On the other hand, if you have a two-story home or a home where one side is the living areas and the other has all the bedrooms, you pretty much have an ideal setup for planning your defenses. Once you clear the bedrooms and are sure your family is safe, you don’t have to worry about clearing the rest of the house. You just have to put yourself between your family and the bad guys.

Now, here’s the secret to making this work, and it works for any home I’ve seen, which has all the bedrooms together. That is, there’s bound to be a choke point that the bad guys have to come through, in order to get to your family. That choke point is key to your defense.

The choke point can be a stairway or hallway, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that there is a limited access that the bad guys have to pass through, to get to you and your family. The narrower and longer that access is, the better; but in most homes, it’s going to be three to four feet wide and from three to twenty feet long.

What makes this so ideal is that you can use it to create an ambush for the bad guys. If you’re in a place where you at least have concealment, but can see that choke point, you can cover it with one gun, just by aiming at the center of the area. Then, no matter how they try to come through the choke point, you won’t have to move your gun very far to get a good shot at them. You will have the advantage.

They, on the other hand, will have to enter the chokepoint to even figure out where you are. Once again, the tactical advantage is yours. That second or two that it will take them to locate you is all the time you need to shoot them and they know it. That will act as a huge impediment to their advance.

If you’ve already called in the cavalry or had your spouse make that call for you, then you only need to hold them off at that chokepoint for a limited time. After a maximum of about 90 seconds, they’re either going to charge or leave. There really aren’t any other options for them.

This isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s a much better one than clearing your home, room by room, on your own. Building clearing is a high-risk operation anyway, and doing it by yourself just increases the risk. While defending a static position has its own risks, the short time that the bad guys have in which to act, mitigates against those risks.

About the only way that the bad guys could attack you in such a situation is to shoot blindly, unless you don’t have a position of concealment. That’s still a risk, as the walls and furniture in your home doesn’t offer any real protection against bullets. About the only way it would, is if you could create an armored firing position that you can work from. I’ll talk about that, next week.

In the mean time, see if you can find a chokepoint that you can use, and as always, keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich

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