Friday, May 6, 2011

Clearing Your Home -- Update

A couple of months ago, I posted an entry that included a video on clearing your home. (The link is here.)

Since the arrival of our Ithaca Model 37, Laura & I have been practicing. We started out by dry firing, then added the drill of loading it with our eyes closed in order to learn to properly index the shells by touch. Now, we have begun a walk-through of house clearing, working in tandem -- she with the Model 37 and I with my 1911.

As the video suggests, there's no easy or safe way to do it. In the past, when I've cleared the house from the front door, I followed a logical progression from one end of the house to the other. Now, however, we start from our bedroom, and entering the hallway exposes us in three directions: daughter's bedroom to the immediate right, the bathroom directly ahead, and the hallway to the left.

Thankfully, with two of us, I can cover two directions while Laura clears our daughter's room, and then we leap-frog through the rest of the house. Since she is left-handed, she takes rooms to the right, and as a righty, I take the ones to the left.

Our house is actually quite small, but its layout presents problems when it comes to clearing. Have you ever done a walk-through exercise of clearing your home? I urge you to try it.

And don't ignore potential problems. Solve them.

1 comment:

The Warrior said...

Great idea! I guess I'm not the only one who looks at halls and doors as multiple threat avenues instead of convenient architecture....

It's nice to "clear" with a partner, though, I'm guessing. :-) I'm actually pretty please with my layout. It works well for my purposes (as a single "clearer").