Episode 362: How to Not Mistake Your Loved Ones as Intruders

Topic: How to Not Mistake Your Loved Ones As Intruders

How often in this country does someone accidentally shoot their family or friends, having mistaken them as an intruder? The answer might surprise you. Riley and Jacob discuss six core tactics you should be deploying in any potential home defense scenario to ensure NOT ONLY that you don't accidentally shoot the wrong person but that you also maximize your odds of success should you have a real threat.

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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. Jay S. on November 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed E362. I experienced a situation at home that could have been tragic. It was my birthday weekend, and my wife and I went out for dinner. When we got home, I got to the door that leads from the garage into the house. It was unlocked. Hmmm. I know I locked it on the way out. Hmmm. My alarm is not beeping at me. I know I set the alarm on the way out. All of these signs I relayed to me wife who was behind me. The hair was standing up on my neck. As I walked in quietly observing, I could feel the adrenaline dump. When I stepped into the kitchen, my son and his girlfriend jumped up from behind the couch, threw their hands up into the air and yelled don’t shoot. I had already slid left off the “X” and had my hand on my pistol’s grip. After an expletive or two, I took a deep breath and relaxed. They were there for my birthday to surprise me. They realized that by my cautious entry, I was probably armed, the situation wasn’t good. Why they decided to diffuse the situation by jumping up and scaring me, I don’t know. I wish they had just communicated from behind the couch. They now realize the gravity of the situation. As do I. I learned a lot today from your podcast.

    One last thing, someone mentioned you didn’t know if you have many followers in CA. Yes you do. There are a lot of us carrying in CA. We have some great Sheriffs here that want to preserve our rights. They just don’t make the headlines. Thanks for what you do.

  2. Matt on November 3, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Great topic and tips. I’m gonna use a few you mentioned.

  3. Jeff Sprankle on November 14, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I got my concealed carry license about 2.5 years ago and discovered this podcast shortly thereafter. I have enjoyed listening and learning from you guys considerably since then but this is one of the best podcasts of them all. You touch on so many great topics that you’ve inspired me to go back and listen to a few others to reinforce my understanding. Plus, I’m seriously considering the home defense course, based on what you’ve said here. Nice job and keep these coming!

    • Riley Bowman on November 14, 2019 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you! This makes me so happy to receive your feedback!!!

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