Letter from one of The Pack – Our Info Kicks Butt and Saves Lives

On vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC. Tonight while my wife and I were walking on a dimly lit beach, we had a man in a hoodie come out of the darkness and approach us. The closest person was approx. 100 yards away. My wife was scared. However, after all the reading of your blog, doing the things you have suggested and with my hand on my weapon, I was NOT scared.

I did have confidence in knowing that I have been applying many of things that have been shared on your blog. Once the man was approximately five feet from us, I took a stand, with hand on my weapon and looked directed at him.

After approximately, two steps, he turned away from us and disappeared in the darkness. My confidence only came as a result of mentally preparing with the info provided on The Survivalist Blog.net, by you and The Wolf Pack.

You have shared and helped make us ready for what may have taken place. My wife finally realized how scary the world is out there and stated that she was glad that I was ready. What can I say? A thank you is not enough, but I my wife and I truly mean it from our hearts!! Praise the Lord for your willingness to help others prepare for what is coming! I just hope they are listening! David P

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  1. Bless you! What a miserable situation to be in! Glad you were able to handle it!

  2. Re: ” Once the man was approximately five feet from us…”, you have already allowed the subject to approach too close and are at great risk. If you are not familiar with the Tueller drill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tueller_Drill) you should check this out.

    Once a potential thread is within 21 ft, you are at great risk. In a nigh-time scenario, I would suggest pulling out a 200 lumen light, illuminating the subject, and ordering them to keep back. Be sure that you can see their hands. Withdraw if possible. Only you can decide if the threat has escalated to the “fear for my life” level, and requires drawing you weapon.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      Agree with TJ. Though I could assume that he came out of the dark and you didn’t see him until he was very close. I would never walk in such an environment without at least a clip on pocket tactical light.

      I have been approached in similar circumstances and after blinding them with a tactical light, ordered the person to “Stop!” “Stay back!” They either walked away mumbling something or stood blinking and trying to explain what they were doing…until I then told them there was nothing for them and they should “Leave! Leave now!” Very important to give a loud and forceful command to a person(s) approaching you in such a situation.

      Suggest some practical and tactical weapons classes to augment your alertness and positive attitude.

      That said. Glad you were armed and glad you were paying attention to your surroundings and assessing a potential threat. Your posture and obviously directed attention was good. In the dark, verbal commands and wielding a blinding light would be better. But you done good…..

      • SurvivorDan says:

        Someone will probably say that the dimly lit beach was not a good venue for a walk with the wife……but I too have walked on dimly lit beaches with TFMrsSurvivorDan Both of them – but not at the same time, of course 😉 . Can’t stay locked in a brightly lit safe room and what’s a life worth living if you don’t dare take advantage of a romantic, dimly lit beach walk.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        We can’t stop living or stay locked up in our safe little room. But any place can present danger. Just recently in the best part of town, an off duty LEO had taken his wife and child to the shopping center. They were carjacked in the broad daylight in the parking lot of this very busy mall. To keep his family safe he did the only thing he could. He handed over the keys and got his wife and kid to a safer place. The point is even trained people get surprised. If you get an uneasy feeling then don’t ignore it. Look around frequently. Whenever possible avoid a confrontation. And never look like a “victim”. But bad things happen to good people just be alert. Know when to hold em, know when to fold em.

      • +1 on the light. I recently found I’m not the only one at work with a tactical 200+ lumen light. If you’re reading this you know who you are. I also recently spoke to some young people that were surprisingly not sleeping. It’s good to know that not all youth is buying into the lies.

  3. Petticoat Prepper says:

    What a scary situation to be in. It’s good you’ve been working on being prepared. You just never know when evil will present itself. It’s good too that your DW has opened her eyes. Kudos for standing strong!

  4. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Guest blogger,
    You followed the first rule of self defense stand tall and don’t look like a victim. Thugs are usually cowards. Good for you and your wife. Everyday I find great wealth in reading and participating with the pack.

  5. Dan Cooper says:

    Good to hear. Just out of curiosity, what weapon did you have?

  6. Very Glad you and your wife were unharmed. I think this very much shows that you don’t have to be John Rambo, criminals are for the most part cowards and when they meet with someone who is neither unprepared or afraid, the go to find someone who is.

  7. Good job!
    Info from the Pack is only good if you put it to use, you did so with the best possible outcome nobody was injured, you and your wife are safe.

  8. Most “hostiles” are looking for “soft” targets. They want to “hit and run”. In those few instances where I’ve had a potential problem, “hardening up” prevented a possible fatal situation.

  9. Good on you for taking control of protecting yourself and your wife. When cowards like the idiot with the hoodie face true warriors prepared, ready and willing they back down every time. Thankfully, you didn’t have to drop the hammer on his sorry ass! Unfortunately, I believe someone will have to.

  10. I am very glad neither you or your wife were murdered,,,you allowed the danger to get way to close before challenging him,,,should not have gotten with in 20 feet before stopping him,,,,he was walking straight at you on a wide beach at night,,,,red flags everywhere,,,imagine walking toward your car in a parking lot,, someone is coming through the rows of cars at you,,, you are going to let them get withing five feet of you? wrong response,,,too late.

  11. http://pulse.me/s/eBb33
    12 year old girl, hiding in her closet shoots burglar.

  12. Ease up folks.
    I think he did good for his first awake confrontation. Next time, keep the 20-30 ft rule ok.

    Also direct eye contact works most of the time from even a distance of 30ft, make yourself look direct and as a hard target, most cowards will slink by going for softer meals.

  13. +1 on Ease up… One of lifes ‘bigger’ lessons wasn’t it. ODE = Observe, Decide, Engage… or Evade.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      O D E = Observe, Decide, Engage or Evade.

      I don’t recall hearing that before but I love it. My new mantra. ODE, ODE, ODE.

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