SOTG Radio 019: Armor up for Home Defense & Training vs. Practice

Student of the Gun Radio 019 - Armor up for Home Defense and Training vs Practice
Student of the Gun Radio 019 – Armor up for Home Defense and Training vs Practice
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Biloxi, Mississippi — ( – Is wearing body armor a sign of paranoia or preparedness?  This week we’ll consider armor option for the citizen, to include the how, why, what and when.  Paul gives a recommended reading assignment for “Guns Across the Border.” by Mike Detty.

During the second hour of the show we’ll consider the differences between training and practice and just what those are.   We’ll again go to the SOTG mailbag for a question about being armed in a marine environment.  Paul takes some time to discuss rust-resistant firearms and also what you can do to keep your guns rust free.

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8 years ago

You should “train like you’re going to fight”. That means, if you plan on wearing body armor when the SHTF, you should practice “shoot, move, and communicate” with your body armor on. It does add weight and bulk which you should be used to when the time comes.