Solo Room Clearing Tactics with Bill Blowers | Surefire Field Notes

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Clearing a house all by your lonesome — that’s the topic of a recent Surefire Field Notes video taught/narrated by Bill Blowers of Tap-Rack Tactical. Sure, it would be nice to have a whole team stacked up, but how often does that happen at your house in the middle of the night?

(Note, if that does happen with any frequency, no worries. We won’t judge. What you do in your bedroom is between you and your teammates, right?)

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You need to be thinking through how you’re going to get the job done with whatever you have on hand. Chances are you’re not going to have all sorts of different tools on hand and ready to go (assuming an unexpected problem encountered at home, that is).

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It’s your place, you know the terrain – have you thought through (or rehearsed through) how you’ll handle a problem?


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3 thoughts on “Solo Room Clearing Tactics with Bill Blowers | Surefire Field Notes

  • May 20, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Matt, as someone who has worked both sides of the radio, we can see where the RP is calling from within about 100 feet while they are on the line. Not all centers have this capability but it is fairly common to get a GPS plot the minute we pick up the phone. Pinging is what we do when we are not on the phone with them such as a missing person who is in danger etc.

  • May 5, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    As a police officer, I will advise you to give the 911 operator your address if you are using a cell phone. Do NOT just call and say nothing if it’s a cell phone. “pinging” a cell phone can take up to 15 minutes (on a good day) and will only give us a general area of where you are. If you’re going secret squirrel inside your own house, we won’t find you. Take a breath and use your head.

  • May 4, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    For stairs and staircases large or small fisheye mirrors can be helpful in daylight or at night.

    ALSO practice room clearing IN YOUR HOUSE at night with lights on, lights off, and during the day. Practice WITH your family and let them know how and what to do.

    I like this video. Same skills I was taught.


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