5 Things I Learned by reading Prepper’s Home Defense by Jim Cobb

If you’ve been thinking about ways to beef up your home security tactics for a HYEPGF scenario, you should consider popping the $11 on Jim Cobb’s newest title Prepper’s Home Defense.  Below are a few cool things I learned.

You might be wondering what HYEPGF above stands for.  I’ve never heard it before either.  Actually, I just made it up.  It doesn’t stand for anything – so you aren’t going crazy 🙂

In his book, though, Jim does supply a list of prepper acronyms that I thought was pretty cool.  He lists a ton of them.  Test your own prepper acronym knowledge – here’s a pop quiz.  Answers are at the end of this post.

SERE = _______________________

FAK = _______________________

MZB = _______________________

POTUS = _______________________


Are you right-handed or left-handed?

According to Jim, only 10% of the worlds population is left-handed.  He applies this principle to designing a security perimeter and knows that, if given a choice, people will most often choose the direction of their dominant hand.  Very interesting…

Operations Security (OPSEC)

I also really like how Jim compares prepping to military operations security.  The parallels make a lot of sense.  From ‘keeping your mouth shut’ to ‘noise and light discipline’, he brings up some really good points that I had never considered.  The idea of using landscape fabric to black-out windows is genius.


Yes, he even discusses BOOBY TRAPS and even gives a low-tech, low-cost trip wire perimeter alarm idea that I’m definitely going to steal.  I quote:

“Connect the wires running from your alarm device to the jaws of the clothespin.  Place a small piece of plastic between the jaws, preventing the wires from touching.  A tripwire is connected to this piece of plastic and strung where you want to the place the alarm.  Then, when the wire is snagged, it pulls the plastic from the clothespin, causing the jaws to close, completing the electric circuit, and activating the alarm.”

He even discusses helpful hints to identifying the leader of an on-coming horde for what he calls “SNIPER TARGET SELECTION”.

Survival Weapons

What Prepper’s Defense book would be complete without at least a couple of chapters on weapons?  From guns to knives to make-shift chemical concoctions, Jim does a great job in laying out the options and helping the reader wade through all of the available weapons choices.  I especially liked his improvised ‘hand-spike’ fashioned from a hub cap removal tool.  Nice touch.

Bottom Line

If you like reading about prepping – especially defense – you will like this book.  It’s a great compilation of security strategies to help protect your ‘fort’ and ‘family’ in a HYEPGF scenario 😉  You can check the reviews on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Preppers-Home-Defense-Strategies-Necessary/dp/1612431151/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358877702&sr=8-1&keywords=preppers+home+defense

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


Answers to quiz:

SERE = Survival Evasion Resistance Escape

FAK = First Aid Kit

MZB = Mutant Zombie Biker

POTUS = President of the United States


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