What to Keep in Your Home Defense Kit

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What to Keep in Your Home Defense Kit

If you’ve ever taken an armed home defense class, you may have given some thought to what you should be keeping in your home defense kit. As classes like these point out, there are myriad factors to navigate in a home defense scenario, and they’ll be different than if you were in a self defense situation out in public. To help aid yourself in defending your home, you’ll need the right tools — and that’ll be much more than just your handgun. Those tools are your home defense kit, and today we’re going to go over some of the items you’ll want to keep close by in a potential home defense situation.

Why Have a Kit in the First Place?

We alluded to it above, but it bears repeating: a home defense scenario is about more than just using your handgun. You need to keep yourself and your family safe, and secure your home in the event of an intrusion. Sure, your handgun is a part of that plan, but it’s just one part, and the items in your home defense kit serve as a complement — allowing you to respond more capably in a situation where your visibility is low.

Home Defense Kit Essentials

More often than not, home defense situations take place at night, when it’s more difficult for you to see. What’s more, you’ll most likely be asleep when an intruder enters your home, so when you wake up to investigate what’s happening, the lights will be off (unless you sleep with the lights on for some reason). Obviously, moving around from room to room switching on the lights could be dangerous in a situations where there’s a potential intruder, and because of this, you’ll want to keep a flashlight in your home defense kit so that you can see what’s going on without having to individually turn on the lights in every room of your home.

Your flashlight serves the purpose of allowing you to see your surroundings and navigate your home (if need be, more on that in a bit). What’s more, it allows you to see what you’re aiming at with gun in hand, which is an absolute necessity in a home defense situation. You want to be able to properly identify any target you’re taking aim at to determine if they are a threat or not. If you have a family, pets, etc., you must be able to distinguish them from a potential intruder, which is where your flashlight comes in handy.

Now, there are two routes you can go with a flashlight, the first being just a handheld flashlight. These are relatively inexpensive and rather practical to boot. Should you choose a handheld model, though, you might want to invest in one that allows you to attach a lanyard. This way, if you need both of your hands to do something, you can drop your flashlight without worry. Your second option is to supplement your handheld light with a pistol light that attaches to your handgun. There are arguments for each, but ultimately, the choice is yours.

Next up, let’s talk about your phone. Most people have cell phones nowadays, and it’s a good idea to keep yours near your handgun and flashlight in the event of an emergency situation.

The reasoning here should be clear. If there’s an intruder in your home, you’ll want to alert emergency services, and it’s best if you can do that without having to move around your home too much. A cell phone allows you to dial 911 without having to traverse the entire length of your home and exposing yourself to undue danger. Now, will there be specific circumstances where you might have to navigate your home while there may be an intruder present? Yes, but if possible, having your phone nearby and ready so you can call for help is a big plus.

If you’re using a handgun for home defense, then spare magazines for your gun are another worthwhile item to include in your home defense kit. Even if you have a large frame handgun with a sizable magazine, there still may be cause for you to reload during a home defense scenario, in which case, spare magazines will most assuredly come in handy. This way, you can grab your spare magazine along with your flashlight and handgun, just in case you need it.

And you can’t forget the importance of keeping a medical kit along with your home defense gear. This is in case you need to treat any traumatic injuries immediately following a home defense situation. What should your medical kit include? At minimum, you’ll want a tourniquet and bandages, but if you want your kit to be more advanced, there’s plenty of other medical gear for you to include, such as hemostatic wound dressings, heavy duty tape, open chest injury seals, airway management supplies, chest decompression equipment, and the like.

The point is, if someone is injured during a home defense scenario, you want to be able to provide immediate aid and maximize their chances of survival before emergency services arrive to provide more complete treatment for their injuries. It’s also advisable that you learn a bit about providing first aid for traumatic injuries, so that you’re able to put that fancy equipment to good use in the event that it becomes necessary.

Going Further With Home Defense Basics

You can get everything you need for a basic home defense kit for less than $150. Be sure to keep this gear near your handgun, and preferably, inside a secured container that will minimize the chances of unauthorized access and keep you and yours safe.

And now that you know a bit more about the importance of having a home defense kit and what you should store in it, you’ll also want to look into gaining more of the skills required to defend your home in intruder scenarios. Classes like Right on Target: Armed Home Defense delve into many of the rudiments, introducing you to considerations like the law, how to secure your firearms, shoot v. no-shoot scenarios, and more.

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