Survival Lesson Learned from Recent Terror Attacks

By John Farnam

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Survival Lesson Learned from Recent Terror Attacks
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( From recent terrorist incidents, several life and death survival lessons emerge:

1. Don’t head for the restroom!

Restrooms are dead ends. There is likely no exit from the restroom. You will be trapped there. When you don’t see another eligible exit, head for the kitchen. The kitchen always has a back door!

2. Have a rifle that shoots through things!

French police trying to stop the truck that inflicted all the carnage in Nice fired many rounds at the driver. Many did not penetrate doors. Many did not even penetrate the windshield! Most were pistol rounds of course, but when my rifle comes out, I want to be in a position to get inside vehicles with bullets.

In my 5.56×45 AR, I have a magazine filled with Cor-Bon 62gr DPX. Unlike 55gr hardball, DPX goes through car doors!

3. Don’t let curiosity kill you!

Get out and away at the first sign of danger. No matter how much you are “wondering” what is happening, head for an exit without delay. Seconds count!

4. Practice long-distance pistol shooting.

Be in a position to be able to hit at twenty, even thirty meters. Your pistol is likely going to be the only gun you have, and your supply of ammunition is very limited!

5. Keep you head up and stay alert.

We are not living in a “relaxing” era!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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James Kiser

There are several videos out there done by private groups about what to do in a terror attack situation.


That’s an easy one. Stay out of gun free zones.


You carry an AR-15 with you as your EDC?

I must have missed the part of the story as to how (and from what) “your rifle came out.”

The other thing to consider is that all of the mass shootings took place inside gun-free zones.Therefore, some survival tips that don’t involve having access to a firearm would be more helpful.