The Tactical Life

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Ten Actions That Can Save Your Life

With that in mind, here are 10 things you can do to be prepared—mentally fortified—to increase your chances of surviving a mass shooting. God forbid you ever find yourself in the middle of one, but if you do, these courses of action will help increase your chances of survival. I sincerely hope you never have to put them to the test.

  1. Carry a concealed weapon. This is likely controversial, depending on the laws where you live, but I rarely go to large public gatherings anymore without some sort of concealed firearm nearby. No, I am not an AR-brandishing militia type who wears his weapon on his hip for all to see (and to be impressed with). I am not saying you should walk around all tactically kitted up. I am merely suggesting carrying a compact handgun chambered in a reasonably powerful caliber. You also better be able to handle it and fire it safely and accurately, or you risk doing more harm than good. You have to be trained and competent to effectively use your weapon to stop a mass shooter. If you are, use it when the time comes.
  2. Strategically position yourself. Before a mass shooting event ever begins, position yourself so that you can react proactively. That might entail positioning yourself near an entrance or exit so that you can escape quickly or quickly confront a shooter, or it might mean being close to good cover and concealment or a place in which you can barricade yourself and your loved ones. Think of a storage room or an inner office in a building. This is basic situational awareness. Know your surroundings, identify multiple ways out, and game-plan your reactions before a shooting ever starts.
  3. Quickly identify the scenario. Needless to say, time is of the essence. There will probably be a brief few seconds before the shooting starts, during which it should be clear that something bad is about to happen. The most illustrative recent example of this was the thwarted train massacre in France, in which three Americans identified the sound of a magazine being locked and loaded and acted quickly to stop the shooter. You may only have five seconds in which to process and make a move to escape or counterattack. Do not waste them. They are the golden seconds.
  4. Barricade the shooter’s point of entry. If, during the golden five seconds, you realize there is an entryway between you and a shooter—for example, if he is in an adjacent room—use the time to block the shooter’s entrance to your location. Close and lock the door and barricade it with furniture. Then, seek cover. You have now made yourself a harder target.
  5. Move instantly. Whether you are going to make an escape, attempt to stop a shooter, or simply barricade a door, if you hesitate or delay, you are lowering your chances of survival. You have to act fast. You need to settle on a course of action and do it. It may not work, but what will surely not work is staying immobile and waiting to be a victim. Move. Do something. Quickly.
  6. Get low and go. In the fire service, we teach children the term “get low and go” when teaching them how to escape a smoke-filled house. Well, the principle is sound in a mass-shooter scenario, as well. Basic infantry training teaches you to hug the ground to avoid enemy gunfire and to continue to shoot and move to avoid becoming an easy target. Even if you cannot shoot back because you do not carry a weapon, you can move. Keep yourself low to the ground, and put distance and cover between you and a shooter, making your way toward an exit.
  7. Call for help, quickly. Once you have reached a place of cover and concealment or are otherwise able to do so safely, call 911. It seems obvious, but the sooner this call goes out, the sooner help arrives to neutralize the shooter and treat the wounded. Minutes matter in treating the casualties, some of whom will be in danger of bleeding to death if not treated quickly. A speedy response by fire, EMS, and police will help prevent further casualties and save those who can be saved at the scene.
  8. Work as a team. Once the shooter has launched his plan and the shooting starts, like it or not, you and the others around you are instantly part of a team, a unit, a fighting force. If you work together, you have a better chance of surviving. This might be as simple as following the lead of a brave bystander who charges a shooter by helping wrap up the shooter and taking him to the ground or by working together to barricade a door. You all have got to work together. Someone needs to take charge. Some will panic and freeze. Snap them out of it and fight together.
  9. Carry a tourniquet. Following on number seven above, you will hear lots of people say that concealed carry is the answer to preventing these incidents—and I do not fully disagree—but you will rarely hear anyone advocating keeping a tourniquet close by. CAT tourniquets, for example, are the size of an iPhone and are proven lifesavers on the battlefield and in municipal police, fire, and EMS systems. They can be placed on yourself or others to stop extremity bleeding and prevent bleeding out. Throw one in a purse. They are easy to use, and the field-expedient versions (belts or T-shirts) rarely work. Consider it.
  10. Worst case, throw stuff and charge. If you have no weapon, you have no way out, you have no time to get low and go, and your children or wife or loved ones are there with you, and you are face-to-face with a shooter, you have one option: charge. This is the civilian equivalent of rushing into enemy fire or jumping on a grenade. You have to somehow summon every last bit of courage you have and decide that the maniac in front of you is not going to harm your loved ones today. Throw the closest object you have at hand—keys, phone, chair, book, etc.—at the shooter to buy yourself a split second to distract him from shooting and tackle that piece of garbage. Unleash every ounce of rage and animal instinct you have; make sure the shooter goes down and does not get up. Gouge his eyes, tear out his throat, crush his testicles, and fight as dirty as you know how to in order to make sure you get up and walk away, and he does not. If you are going to die, die fighting.

Once again, I hope you never have to employ these actions, but if you do, I hope they keep you alive.

Today is Veterans Day. A silent salute of respect to my brothers and sisters who have served and are still serving. Godspeed to all.

@Mod_Phoenix ,

Thank you.

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Thought for the day:

When navigating through high-risk neighborhoods, encountering individuals who display an unusual level of friendliness should set off your internal alarm. You’re operating in an area where undue kindness often serves as a cloak for malicious intent.

Friendliness can be a calculated strategy to lower your guard, making it easier for these individuals to exploit you in various ways — be it robbery, assault, or moving you to a more secluded second location, which drastically increases the risk variables you’ll have to contend with.

Friendliness should be met with detachment and non-commital responses while you rapidly assess the individual’s intent.

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*Thought for the day:

[Caveman EDC] In a world before modern conveniences, before the hum of electronics and the glow of screens, the caveman’s everyday carry was more than just tools.

It was a testament to human resilience and innovation. With raw materials carved from the heart of nature, each item in his pocket told a story of survival, of battles won, and of the simple joys found in mastering the elements.

Fire starters for warmth and protection, sharp-edged stones for hunting and crafting, ropes woven with primitive precision. Every piece, a lifeline. Every tool, a triumph.

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The Anti-Hesitation Mindset]

A framework of expedient decisiveness, fostered by a thorough understanding of circumstances, and balanced by the weight of intellectual scrutiny; to use intel, analyze scenarios, and execute decisions with unerring precision.

Hesitation can be a fatal flaw. Missed opportunities, compromised missions, and even loss of life can be the direct consequences of a moment’s indecision. However, the anti-hesitation mindset is not about impulsive action of reckless immediacy or rapid-fire choices devoid of logic from rushed judgments.

The key is to make smart decisions based on facts and logic, and to act without unnecessary delay - to eliminate unproductive delays and the inertia of indecision.


Target dictates weapons, weapons dictate movement, movement dictates plans.

Reverse planning is an underrated tool. Also identifying a HVT vs a HPT.

PSA: If you train BJJ but always roll from the knees, you’re not studying self-defense in any meaningful sense. Learning how to hit the ground is probably the best self-defense you learn, considering the practical applications. You can have life-altering consequences from a bad fall, especially as we age.

Additionally, if you compete in BJJ without training stand-up, you are at a much greater chance of injury when stand-up is being done against you, as one person found out the other day.

My good friend competed recently in the 18+ SHW purple belt division at a regional competition. His opponent injured his knee from planting his foot incorrectly when my friend hit him with a textbook uchi mata, which is a staple throw in combat-oriented BJJ as well as the sport of Judo.

At a legitimate BJJ school, a purple belt should be a highly competent end-to-end grappler who knows how to move during all phases of an encounter. Getting hit with an uchi mata should be fairly routine.

It wasn’t routine for this guy, and now he may need knee surgery. The video made it obvious that, despite the purple belt around his waist, he was a white belt in stand up. His instructor ought to reflect on that, but chances are he’ll keep cashing checks and handing out belts.

Train on your feet. You can roll on the ground if that suits your goals, but don’t kid yourself about the massive gap in your training when that’s all you’re doing.

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In the streets, few are as unpredictable and dangerous as an unstable assailant. Such individuals, driven by psychological instability, substance influence, or extreme emotional states, present unique challenges.

Their behavior is not grounded in rationality or self-preservation and perhaps fearless, making them potentially more hazardous than even skilled combatants.

Unstable assailants pose a greater potential threat because of their general instability, which is difficult to predict and reason with. Unlike a trained combatant who operates within certain tactical parameters (which can be predictable and reasoned with), these individuals may act without regard for personal safety or logical outcomes.

Their actions are not dictated by logic or constrained by fear of injury or legal consequences, making them capable of extreme, unanticipated violence. This unpredictability elevates the level of danger significantly.

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k, I ain’t sorry, I gotta comment on the current BS in Israel.
Frickin Hamas, and all others like 'em - One solution, and one only works for these - overwhelming force - total annihilation.
I was reading news this morning, and the “deal” struck with them and Israel literally made me cry.
We could have intervened in WWII Germany sooner, and then my wife’s list of relatives who died in the camps would have been shorter. How many will we allow to die at the hands of fundamentalist Haji’s over there before we finally take control and kick their asses off the effin planet?
They. Only. Understand. Force.
Deals do not work unless both parties honor them. They will not.
Mother effers need to be buried, and if it takes a nuclear winter to do it, then, as was my bomb wing’s desire when I was there long ago, the sentiment being, “nuke 'em til they glow and use their asses for runway lights,” then so be it. That is what it will take to stop the little bastards. They are NOT innocent lives, they are destroying innocent lives. Time for a reckoning IMO.

Thank you for letting me say my piece.
God bless ya all.
Today I am thankful for being an American, a soldier, and a Christian, in a free country where those things don’t get me dead.

Ya all take care

Hey, I am glad to see your post, as I wanted to ask you a question. You have done bouncer stuff, so I want to pick your brain.
I recently did a verbal, then a physical de-escalation training, and the physical one concluded with how to escort an unruly person out of a church, as that is where I am a safety person. Our environment dictates different responses than a bar obviously.
It is in the decision to take physical action, that “flicker” of the person’s actions, that i would like input.
What have you witnessed, actions, words, looks, etc., that have indicated to you that things are going to go south, and you will have zero choice but to put hands on someone?

I’ve plenty of training and experience on use of lethal force. Non-lethal is new to my education.
There is no clear line for “imminent threat of physical harm” that can be used as a guide. this puts it into “reading people,” and therefore it becomes a subjetive mess, full of unpredictable variables, per encounter. What a pain!

Thanks for anything sir!

Your input would be awesome!
Thank you sir.

I don’t think it does, in fact. The obvious difference is alcohol being served (more than a sip, that is) at a bar, sometimes too much. Otherwise the likely scenarios in a church setting would be similar. Someone’s behavior is unacceptable. An agent of the establishment politely asks them to leave, and they don’t want to. Where do you go from here?

You can sort of read people and be cautious of them if they’re staring in a brooding kind of way, but having the conversation when someone needs to be confronted will be the main way you gauge the danger.

I wasn’t ever sucker punched or assaulted without first informing a person that they are cut off and need to leave the establishment. My mental guard is elevated if Plan A, which is simply a polite conversation, doesn’t go well and they don’t think they need to walk out on their own without causing a scene.

At that point I’m in Prayer Stance or a variation. Elbows tucked, hands up, footing secure. Prayer stance isn’t a threatening pose but you’re ready to get hit, you’re ready to get shoved, you’re ready to eat contact, you’re ready to post your hands and you’re ready to go if the whistle blows.

I’m also very aware of my surroundings. Where’s the nearest wall? What sort of surface are we standing on? How big and strong does the person seem? How much room is there around me? People, chairs, etc?

From here I inform the person that the next thing that’s going to happen is me putting my hands on them so I can remove them from the bar. My favorite position to be in is behind them with a gable grip around the waist. I can move nearly anyone that way, and their options to damage me are limited.

If I have to initiate contact with someone I’m facing, I initiate contact by grabbing their right tricep with my left arm. Sometimes things go smoothly after that, sometimes not. When they don’t, defend yourself with reasonable force. Having that tricep connection gives me options without initiating a lot of force.

Here’s an explanation of Prayer Stance from John Danaher and Renzo Gracie’s excellent book, Mastering Jiu Jitsu. Bad news, though. Reading that book doesn’t make you a master in jiu jitsu. Plenty of good information though.


The Reasonable Person Standard is a good guideline. Can you stand in front of a judge and explain why you took the actions that you did?

As long as you remain under the protective mantle of good conduct, you’re basically waiting for the person to initiate an assault on you. At that point you can defend yourself using reasonable means. The key is being ready for that assault and being able to mount an organized response to it. The other key is avoiding it in the first place through polite conversation.

In your scenario of church security, I’d recommend having a plan to confront potentially dangerous people as a team. Unruly people have a way of being a real handful.

I hope this helps and I wish a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

@twojarslave thanks so much!
I’ve not yet read the resources included but will, and I am processing all this in my brain now lol
The thing our physical de-escalation guy, a man who is a 4th degree black belt or higher in three different arts and a champion in at least two of those, and worked as a bouncer several years showed us, I dunno what it’s called, was →
Take a hand and slide down one arm from elbow to wrist, then manipulate their hand reward such that theirs is going umm, rearward while placing another hand under their arm same side, and pushing upward from a slightly rearward position while pushing them forward to guide them away. This working best with a man on each side.
We covered what to do if they just sit down as well.
The wrist manipulation I asked to be tried on me so I could tell how hard it would be to defeat and I don’t believe there’s many who, once in it could easily escape IF the person applying it puts on some torque. And you’re right, the team approach is best.

I honestly can’t imagine needing to remove someone from them, but IF it was from among some pews that could get tricky as hell.
Then we have the potential for troublemakers/protesters coming in with video trying to get us to overreact. We therefore must be especially cool - We’re a church, Not only do we believe in charity but we need to practice it, especially on camera when asking someone to leave.
The praying hands thing - Good name for what we were shown but wasn’t labeled!
I neeeeeed to read this info!
Thanks again brother!!
Take care & God bless. I’ll likely have more questions if that’s ok.

Really good advice, especially this:


Ok, a stupid question:

After the service is started, are the doors locked? Would an active shooter have to make forced entry? I went to a service last month with a friend and noticed they did not secure the main doors, several hundred people were inside and I thought " this is a prime killing field" sad, but, true.

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Yessir we lock and monitor the doors. A safety team member must open them for anyone to enter after Holy Mass begins.
This is fairly new at the location and I get many surprised looks from late arrivals, to which I respond, “the world is getting crazy we’re just trying to keep everyone safe,” and that usually does it.
It would take serious effort to breach the doors.

Good question to keep in mind.
It was one I kept in the front when carrying a firearm, “I have to articulate in front of a jury why I was justified to fire.” Same with non-lethal force. In this case, I’m honestly glad we have retried LE dealing with that portion of it and not me.,…