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Street Smarts For The Armed Citizen!


Street Smarts For The Armed Citizen!

When people come to me for tactical pistol training, I tend to ask them why they want to do the class and carry a handgun and the responses I get are usually the same; to protect themselves and their families, because they need to be able to defend themselves etc. Then I ask my clients why the bad guys carry guns, and the responses are usually again the same; to kill us and harm us. From my clients’ responses it’s easy to see who the wolves are and who the sheep are! I tell my clients there is one reason they are carrying a gun and that is to kill people and if that is not their reason then don’t carry the gun.


One thing that needs to be avoided is thinking that a gun will make you a tough guy. I have come across many men for who caring a gun is a status symbol, it re-enforces their masculinity. A gun is a tool, the same as a hammer, which can be just as deadly as a gun. If you need a gun to give you confidence, you have problems because that confidence is a false confidence and can get you into situations that are beyond your limitations. Guns are tools that need to be respected, not something to hide behind!


To me tactical shooting is not a sport; it’s about staying alive and killing your opponent as quickly as possible. If you are in a situation where someone is trying to kill you, your family, or your team members you must kill them first, that’s it. Political correctness does not enter into it; we are talking about your life and death not banning super-size sodas or gay marriage. For most people the thought of killing someone and the legal ramifications are a nightmare but let’s face it, you’re better off dealing with the aftermath than being dead.


If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a hostile situation your actions must be instinctive and aggressive. Aggression must be controlled and turned off when the threat is over. Teaching controlled aggression to civilians and 1st world police can be difficult, professional militaries achieve it with strenuous training and strict discipline; both of which seem to be lacking in modern society in general.


There is a lot more to tactical shooting than just shooting; being a good shot is just part of what it takes to stay alive. One story that came out of Latin America was of a top competition shooter who was driving to work one day when two kids on a motorcycle pulled up next to him while he was stuck in traffic. The kid on the back of the bike had a revolver and asked the competition shooter at gun point for his wallet, he complied. As he was handing over the wallet the competition shooter went for a Walther PPK on his ankle, the kid saw the gun and shot and killed him. Who was the better shot that day, the trained or the wise?


Read this full article/chapter in the book “Close Protection & Firearms” at the below links!


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Close Protection & Firearms

The Application of Firearms in Close Protection & Armed Security



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