Skill Set to Carry
This is a discussion on Skill Set to Carry within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by limatunes
Personally, I think the most important skill is the realization that a gun is not the begin all and end all ...
November 20th, 2011 04:17 PM
Having watched those video's I would also like to interject that you should expect to get cut, possibly badly, regardless of your empty hand skills. Accept it and endeavor to keep any wounds in non-lethal areas.
Originally Posted by limatunes
Imelda Marcos defended herself from a machete wielding assassin by falling on her back and absorbing his blows with her arms and legs until her body guards were able to neutralize him.
If you are cut there will be a lot of blood. Expect it. Don't give up if you are hurt. Find a way to win. Above all else, find a way to win. And don't forget, find a way to win.
November 20th, 2011 10:08 PM
Thank you for all of the well thought out replies. I got far more out of this thread than I ever expected! I already had the idea that I am the weapon, and the gun is just a tool, but it was good to hear that stressed by so many of you. I will check out the suggested reading and the tip about using the same holster for IDPA was a good one. I was just practicing getting off the "X" while shooting today at the range. I was doing this first with two hands, then strong hand, then weak hand. That was FAR more of a challenge than I expected. There are so many good ideas in here that I bookmarked this and will make sure I keep coming back and refer to this thread as I move through my training. Thank you very much to everyone that replied so far.
Fear the man with one gun. Especially if that gun is a Glock 19.
November 20th, 2011 10:24 PM
In addition to all the excellent points made above, I would also like to add, be in good physical shape, to the best of your ability. Fighting is fighting, and after the mind the body is your next most important tool. Also, it's amazing the trouble that will just pass you by because you look in good shape (and project physical confidence). Especially if you are a smaller/lighter person.
November 20th, 2011 10:38 PM
Don't know if this is a skill set but its first on my list when discussing self defense with others.
When my friends ask me about carrying I point out the need to be able to walk away from encounters. The ability to swallow your pride.
I tell them that if they carry a weapon they must give up their right to retaliate in anything but life threatening situations.
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