No one wants to be a victim. Whether the aggressor is an attacker, robber or home invader, you need to be ready for anything imaginable. Preventing victimization is what the armed and trained American citizen is all about, and dedicating yourself to that end will reduce your risk.

I long ago accepted full responsibility for my family’s and my own personal safety. That is the first step, and I am the first line of defense. This is an important concept to grasp and accept. As a veteran law enforcement officer, I understand the delay in the response time of my brothers and sisters in blue. Believe me, officers want to get to your aid quickly, but with most agencies currently understaffed it may be minutes until responding officers arrive. The time between your first 911 call and law enforcement’s arrival on scene will require you to hold off or stop a violent suspect’s actions. We anticipate and cooperate with responding officers, but we cannot count on them to arrive in time to stop a deadly threat in progress.

G19 Defense

My protection duties extend to my daughters, son-in-law and grandchildren when I am with them, as well as my lovely wife. A GLOCK 19 and two spare magazines fulfill that protection responsibility. Stoked with reliable ammunition, which has proven sufficient for stopping thugs in multiple shootings in my city, my G19 has run through many thousands of rounds without one hitch. Now this is an important point: A self-defense handgun, regardless of being carried concealed or stored at a house, must be functionally reliable. In countless classes and training programs as both a student and an instructor, the G19 has functioned flawlessly.

Yes, I could carry larger-caliber GLOCK pistols or the higher-capacity G17, but I chose and continue to carry the G19 on and off-duty. On-duty in uniform, I carry the G19 in a BlackHawk Serpa Level 3 duty holster. On-duty while in my Training Bureau attire, I carry my GLOCK 19 in the Serpa plainclothes rig attached to my belt.

I’m partial to white lights on my on- and off-duty pistols. As an instructor, I’ve run low-light pistol courses and have seen the distinct advantages of weapon-mounted lights versus those handheld. Yes, the armed citizen carrying concealed and home defenders must have both, but the accuracy potential as well as the ability to run the handgun with one hand clearly illustrates the advantages of a light mounted on your GLOCK. Several years ago I had the opportunity to test both the GLOCK GTL 10 and the GTL 21. I found both designs well suited for home defense. The GTL 21 also includes a red laser. Originally thought of as a gimmick, red lasers from GLOCK and other manufacturers have proven to be a powerful deterrent to criminal suspects (the red dot is a precise indicator of where the bullet will hit them should they not take the hint) as well as an aid for all shooters, but especially those with aging eyes. A white light can help a homeowner navigate though their homes, locate potential threats and properly identify threats, and if needed, aid in accurate fire on target. Even when ensconced in a bedroom or other room while awaiting the police response, a white light can perform all of these functions well.

In addition, a good weapon-mounted white light or handheld flashlight can disorient a suspect. While running shooters in force-on-force drills using marking cartridges from Simunitions or airsoft pistols, it is amazing how effective working behind a “wall of light” can be for the citizen or police officer.

Pro Tactics

As an instructor in officer survival programs, I tell my students that what it may look like in terms of distance, lighting, number of suspects, and what techniques you will need is impossible to predict. We must therefore be able to stop the armed offender or deadly threat regardless. What I can tell you is that you must have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of marksmanship. Training under a proper instructor, you must develop a proper platform, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breathing, trigger management, follow-through and recovery. The fundamentals can be more easily developed with the GLOCK line of semi-auto handguns. With the patented GLOCK SAFE ACTION® system and it’s consistent trigger press, it’s easier to learn and maintain shooting skills versus using double-action pistols or handguns with manual safeties.

Shooting performance in a real-life encounter will be based on a solid motor program, what laymen call “muscle memory.” Learning a new skill or maintaining an old skill takes time and repetition. Once learned, the fundamentals can be applied with speed, aggression and intent to solve a real-world problem. Training allows an armed citizen/home defender to develop experience in problem-solving scenarios.

For home defense, we are really talking about three different scenarios. The first and most commonly expected or anticipated is the crash or glass breaking that wakes you in the middle of the night. In this case, you will retrieve your GLOCK from a safe storage location such as a gun safe and put it into action. Storing your GLOCK 19 or other pistol with its white light already mounted and handheld flashlight together, you can quickly wield both. If you are able, gather loved ones and stay in a safe room. Hunker down behind a solid wall, and cover the hallway or stairway the suspect must use while awaiting the police response. This is based on your home layout and the location of sleeping quarters of other family members throughout the house. If your teenage son or daughter or elderly mother is located on the other end of the house or on another level, calling the local police department and waiting may not be an option. In this case, slow and methodical movement (“slicing the pie”) on corners and using light and cover soundly will reduce your risk. In this scenario, you’ll need to remember how to use cover, shoot one-handed, maneuver in low light, and slice the pie.

In the second scenario, a daytime home invader assaults your domicile. This may be an armed intruder kicking in your front door to rob you, or the naked, hallucinating man under the influence of bath salts or another intoxicant, in the throes of “excited delirium,” smashing through your living room window. In this case, your GLOCK semi-auto pistol needs to be on your person or in a gun safe nearby. If time allows, quick orders to unarmed family members to “Move!” or “Get down!” will hopefully clear your line of fire. Skills such as shooting on the move and close-quarters techniques incorporating empty-hand blocking, fending or striking may be called for. Regardless of the natural pointing characteristics of your GLOCK pistol and shots on target, follow-through and empty-handed close-quarters techniques may be necessary, as even mortal hits on your attacker take time to disable them, especially when they are under the influence of mind-altering substances such as meth. This time, it’s important to practice your drawstroke, close-quarters countermeasures and shooting techniques, like shooting on the move.

In our final scenario, an armed assault or robbery is outside your main living quarters. As I write this, two recent incidents come to mind. In one incident, two off-duty Chicago cops were enjoying some time off on the deck at the rear of one of their homes when shots were fired at them. One officer was hit with a through-and-through injury to the leg. No suspects have been apprehended at this time.

The second real-life incident occurred in my city. An elderly couple was enjoying an early summer morning sitting in their driveway when an armed suspect approached and ordered them at gunpoint into their house, where he robbed them of jewelry and their minivan. Although they were uninjured, the possibility of death or serious injury was obvious and based on the offender’s whim. Fortunately, one of my brother officers saw the stolen van later and apprehended the suspect.

It may seem ludicrous to carry concealed while sitting on a lawn chair enjoying a pleasant summer morning, but you’re reading an article by a lawman who once had a suspect attempt to rob him 100 feet from the front doors of the Police Training Bureau (he was quickly taken into custody). One of the many nice things about my GLOCK 19 and the GLOCK line of semi-auto pistols is the “de-horned” design with no sharp edges, which can be carried inside the belt in an excellent scabbard such as the Crossbreed holster, in a pocket in a DeSantis pocket rig, or on the belt in a Kydex holster by Raven. I even walked my eldest daughter down the aisle with my GLOCK 26 strapped to my ankle in an ankle rig from Uncle Mike’s.

When an aggressor comes from afar, it’s important to know how to present your GLOCK from concealment and verbalize commands like “Stop! Don’t come any closer! Show me your hands!” and “I’m calling the police!” It’s also just as important to know how to shoot on the move, retreat to cover, and use your weapon one-handed.

GLOCK Options

GLOCK offers unique advantages for the homeowner interested in a deadly force option: proven reliability, ease and comfort of carry, reduced learning curve, pointing characteristics, and options and accessories such as white lights, lasers, holsters and more. Armed with a superior pistol such as the GLOCK 19 and well-trained by a competent and experienced instructor, you will be prepared for any eventuality. You and your family’s safety begins and ends with you. This is substantially aided with a GLOCK pistol on your side.

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