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The Hoss on Home Fortification

A good overview from the Hoss on different tactics for hardening your home pre and post crap hits the fan.

If you want more on the subject, I did a short series of posts back in 2011 on securing your home - this one, on improvised firing positions - is most relevant to this subject.

I'll add that basements and crawlspaces are usually pretty good and easier to harden than a typical wood framed home.

I need to pick up some sandbags for our new place. Low priority, but on the long list of things to do. Anyone got a good source?


  1. I am from Florida originally. During hurricane season the towns there usually give away bags, you have to fill them or help fill them. Sometimes they are in such a rush they give you more than what you should get or hand you the bags and walk off. Once I got 12 extra bags never filled them, put them straight into storage. Took the filled ones when all was said and done emptied and into storage.

  2. I'm glad my house has double skin dense concrete block walls

  3. Not to criticize a sincere and probably good guy but I do wish these videos would only be produced by people who have already done what they're proposing. Show me what you've done not what you think might work.
    A couple of quibbles.
    Concrete is not a good insulator, nor it as good in earthquakes as is wood frame construction. Wood is kilned dried to prevent shrinkage and warping, not so much mold.
    Not real sure how good 3/8" AR 500 is but would suggest it's real expensive, impossible to weld, cut or drill and not going to be used in any realistic home construction or conversion.
    I do know that 5.56 AP (like the cops have) will go through 1/2 mild steel plate @ 100 yds. as does any speedy 30 cal (ish) round like 25-06 or 7mm mag.
    Best bet for new construction is ICF construction. Insulation, concrete protection and inside and outside furring strips for siding all in one package. DIY compatible.

    1. AR 500 is used in making rifle targets and will stop most things...steel-core 5.56 (SS109) included. The cops don't have magic armor piercing 5.56 BTW - regular ol' 5.56 will punch through anything short of rifle plates.

      Cost - yes, though you could do a firing position for a few hundred bucks. eBay has 12"x12" squares of the stuff for $40 each.

      Placement - a handy guy like Hoss could, I'm sure, figure out someway to frame in the plates and dry wall over 'em.

      Practical? Not especially. Doable? Yep.

    2. This sort of thing is probably pretty low on most people's priority list but its something I think about a lot nonetheless. The idea of turning your house into an impenetrable fort is something I think appeals to most preppers. Most of us spend tons of time preparing for unlikely bug out scenarios when really bugging in is going to be the safer and saner choice 9 times out of 10. All things considered making your home a better bug in location is pretty important. BUT its a lot easier and cheaper to put together a bug out bag then to rip down your house and replace it with Fort Knox.

      Obviously any attempt to significantly bullet proof your house (especially if your looking for a permanent solution) is going to be very costly. This guy's suggestions seem reasonable, doable, and inexpensive when you consider the alternative of ripping down your house and building a concrete fortress in its place. Its still an expensive proposition and probably outside the means of most of us--but its important "prep" that nearly all of us have neglected.