Tactical Vest for Home Defense?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by sausn2002, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    I recently watched a youtube video that gave me an idea. A Tactical Vest could be used to support Home Defense. It always comes down to personal preference, but think about it. If for any reason you have to get up in the middle of the night in your house because of a potential threat, and you are in just your boxers, you could slip on a tactical vest that is ready at the bedside. This vest could have tools, med-kits, and of course your gun with extra mags. The light-weight vest could be some kind of barrier that would provide some defense for you too (not bullet proof though, but maybe some protection against impact), especially if all you are wearing at the time is your boxers. hand-cuffs are another potential forum topic, but you could have hand-cuffs in the vest for securing the bad guy to keep him at bay until Law Enforcement arrives (I'm no cop, but with my Navy experience, I learned how to use "zip-ties" a form of hand-cuffs). I've been thinking about this and want to get some opinions from everyone on this forum. What do you think?:cool:
     
  2. IGETEVEN

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    Sounds like a good idea, draw up some specks, do some experimenting and make a working product model. Report back here with pictures of final working product and detailed directions of use and its functions. Then the critiques will begin. :D

    Jack
     

  3. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    That's an excellent idea. I should patent my own model.:cool:
     
  4. Caliche

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    Tactical Vest on EvilBay

    You can always start with a good base model then just add in components you feel are necessary. The Rifle Mag pouches could be used for other things as I would think that you wouldn't need anything more than the extra pistol mags and the extra shot shells in the loops. Quick Clot, gauze, ace wrap, flash light, your cell phone, and a good knife are a few things that come to mind.

    My one concern would be the legal ramifications of having this kit ready. You are well within you rights to assemble and own it. Of course, that doesn't mean you won't be portrayed as a guy looking for a fight by the bad guy's attorney.

    Their argument could be that pistol in the nightstand would be reasonable self defense preparation. Grabbing a shotgun within reach would be reasonable self defense preparation. Getting up and strapping on a tactical vest and/or grabbing multiple weapons is looking for and wanting a fight. This could raise reasonable doubt as to the validity of your actions.

    These are not my beliefs, just trying to think of how this would play out.
     
  5. sausn2002

    sausn2002 New Member

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    You have a very good point, Caliche. I forget to think what a court would think of the situation. I think it's good to have a pistol/shotgun nearby as you suggest, but it's also great to make sure there is a first aid kit nearby as well. I know I went off subject, but I thought I'd throw that out there too.
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    For home defense? I'm not sure who would throw on a vest and then go see whats going on. More power to you if thats what want. However, for home defense you want to stop the threat, not stop world violence. ;)

    S.S.
     
  7. IGETEVEN

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    Well, there's your first two critiques, and you have not even put pencil to paper yet! :) ;)

    Jack
     
  8. masterPsmith

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    I can see drawback with this as time being the limiting factor. Normally it will be dark in your room when the BG enters your house. It will take too much time to put it on and you will be making some (if just a little) noise (bad thing). Your attention, when a BG enters your home, should be on him and any other noises that you might hear, not getting dressed. Things will happen quickly in these situations. Your first priority is to be armed , focused and aware of your surroundings.

    Jim....................
     
  9. SGT-MILLER

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    It's a good idea on paper, but I don't see the use in the real world. You may literally only have seconds to respond (even if you don't your should still respond like you only have a matter of seconds).

    Clint Smith came showed a good idea of having something light that can go around your neck in a pinch.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly_7RF0oJsk"]YouTube - Home Defense[/ame]
     
  10. feedsasquatch

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    In my house, I have around 5 seconds to respond to someone breaking down my front door to the time they enter the bedroom/living areas. That's just enough time for me to jump out of bed and grab my Glock 23, tactical flashlight, and adopt a defensive posture for some serious shooting. For me, a vest just wouldn't be practical...
     
  11. sausn2002

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    LOL! That's what I feel like doing half the time. Maybe my problem is that I haven't gotten to be Gung Ho enough in the Navy. Just stood watch with weapons like the .50 caliber and M4 thousands of time with no action. Maybe the closest I got was staring a foreign soldier in the face from 50 yards off across the pier. My buddies awhile back got killed by suicide bombers, but I never saw the bombers. Oh well. No need to get my butt killed in something as simple as a home invasion with my gung ho attitude, LOL. I gotta keep it real.:eek:
     
  12. sausn2002

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    Good points, guys. I also watched the video. Heck yeah! Great idea! That little pouch thing seems like a better idea. Thanks, Sgt Miller! Hooorah!
     
  13. WDB

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    For the bump in the night gun and light are all I would grab. If the light is attached to the firearm even better imo. I get the idea of a tack vest or a pouch around the neck But both take time and I'm niot going to give the BD something grab onto. Imagine being strangled with the pouch you put around your neck! Your not going on a recon mission in a war zone your clearing your home, keep it simple, practice and if there is a threat put them down. No need for handcuffs or a first aide kit at that moment in time.

    The one thing I did add to my night stand is a spare alarm remote for my truck. It's always parked in the driveway not in the garage. So If I have the thought/time I could hit the panic button, distract the BD or possibly wake the neighbors.
     
  14. Shotgun Shooter

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    Sorry, but thats just hilarious. I thought of a someone whipping out a first aid kit after being shot, instead of calling 911. LOL. :p

    That is a very good idea. Way to think of outside the box. ;)

    S.S.
     
  15. sausn2002

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    That's the best idea that I've heard that I didn't even think of. Car alarm. Genius. My Surefire light has edging on it, so I could use it as an impact weapon, or way to make someone comply with me. That's what I like better than an attached flashlight. I would get the attached flashlight too, but that costs money. I have a Laser sight on the gun though. It takes practice at the range because it doesn't pinpoint exactly where the rounds go, but if you practice for the difference, it could be very good to have in a situation, however you have to make sure you don't use it to give away your position, or to break your concealment.:cool:
     
  16. sausn2002

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    When I mentioned First Aid, I definetely meant to have it nearby. Of course I would not run around the house with a first aid kit in my hand. I'd be like, "Here! Bad Guy, heal yourself with this. Let's be friends!" LOL
     
  17. krazykelley

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    I happen to be a fan of shoulder bags. They're quick to grab, hold enough stuff to be useful, and you can ditch 'em over a shoulder as quick as you can put it on if you need to.
     
  18. skullcrusher

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    No need for a purse/faggy pack when the burglar/rapist/killer invades my home.
     
  19. rifleman1

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    i seen this on guns and ammo tv the shooting instructer had a little purse type bag he hung around his neck he said he would put his cell phone an extra magazine and a small flash light in it at night and he would hang it near his bed for quick access.
     
  20. WDB

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    The shurefire with the tangs on it is a sweet tool and the only free hand light with the exception of a 4 D cell mag light I would use as it can also be used for defense. Depending on the laser you have they can pin point your target, they require zeroing in much like a scope on a rifle. If your laser doesn't allow adjustment then you have the wrong one. As for giving away postion in a home defense senerio you wouldn't turn on your flash light our your laser until your were ready to light up a target. The bad guy is on your feild and you know your home well. Even if you live alone you have to know the target as a threat before you put them down, don't want to shoot a neighbor, friend or family member. Light em up, understand the threat, take aim, fire or not in a second. It happens fast so practice on a regular basis.