How do you think this concealed carrier did? I see some great Active Self Protection and some decisions that make me scratch my head. In the moment that shouldn’t surprise us, but it should make us consider and learn and train!
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What does this concealed carrier teach us about self-defense?
- Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This concealed carrier was aware of potential threats around him and responded to emerging threats with enough time to stay in control of the encounter because he was aware!
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Sidewalks are transitional spaces, and motorcyclists definitely can ambush you on the sidewalk. This concealed carrier knew that and was prepared, which might have saved them a mugging.
- Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. I think this concealed carrier and his lady stayed put for way too long! So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary.
- The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. This concealed carrier did a good job initially of avoiding his lady with his muzzle, but she was definitely behind the attackers at one point. Watch your backstop, everyone.
- If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. This concealed carrier had his lady very near the whole time, which could have been bad. Teach your significant other what to do if you draw your gun.
- If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. This concealed carrier did very well at keeping distance! A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)