Being confident involves; your mindset, training your body, mastering firearm skills, tactics and your preparations. When you purchase your defensive handgun practice the way you'll respond when faced with a potential lethal threat. During my time managing an indoor range I observed most customers target shooting, not practicing defensive shooting. Learn how the mind and body react to threats and adapt your practice. Target practice with defensive shooting fundamentals so you'll be better prepared.
The way you deal with stress can be the difference in surviving or becoming a victim. Research has shown untrained gun owners are ineffective in real world situations involving anxiety, fear and fast paced encounters. Most shootings involve the good guy reacting to actions of the attacker and are over in 3 seconds. Training and practice conditions the mind and body to react when threatened. Confidence in skills will lessen your stress level. Over my law enforcement career, I dealt with many high-risk situations in my patrol duties and SWAT role. Through my training real life situations felt like a training exercise. Minimize stress by building muscle memory in movement and skills, participate in scenario training with simunitions or airsoft and control your pulse rate when faced with a threat.
Training with a professional instructor is a commitment of time and money. SRT Instructors are willing to share extensive knowledge and real-life experiences, while teaching students skills and tactics. Feedback from an instructor identifies skill levels, helps to improve and identifies how your skills will be applied in your response to an active threat. You don’t know what you don’t know.
Once you have identified a potential threat through active situational awareness you must commit to action. Knowledge of good tactics and firearm skills can be a game changer. Movement to put a barrier between you and your attacker, movement to cover or position of concealment, use of tactical angles, unconventional firing positions, sheltering in place and planning your defense against a right-handed attacker are all examples of tactics.
Being prepared to defend yourself means you conduct a threat assessment of your home, workplace and if you attend a public event. Play the “What If” game. Identify different threats and plan to defend yourself to each threat. Identify improvised weapons, routes of escape, shelter in place locations, how you would barricade and how you would attack your attacker.
SRT training classes will build your confidence in your shooting skills and life safety skills. I learned at the early age of 11 that there are people in this world that want to take what you have, victimize you or seriously hurt your or take your life. When I was 11 my father was a Portland Police Detective and a couple guys that had a problem with my father placed a bomb under our porch and touched it off. On another occasion we had a bullet fired into our house. In my 33 years of law enforcement I saw many acts of violence and met many victims. Don’t be a victim! Train to be your own hero.
Stay Safe & Aware.