This is a discussion on How Many of you Play this game? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Sheldon J I asked this question on a different forum and decided to ask it here... So the other morning after dropping ...
Abort the Obamanation not the Constitution
Those who would, deny, require permit, license, certification, or authorization for me to bear arms are as vile, dangerous & evil as those who would molest, abuse, assault, rape or murder my family
"Be courteous. Be professional. Have a plan to kill everyone you meet."
"An armed society is a polite society." -- Robert A. Heinlein
Sheldon, I can't believe you consider this a game. I bet you're not wearing your body armor, either. Do even even carry your tactical cellphone when you're out like this, mocking those of us intent on protecting you? Where have we gone wrong? Have we missed critical training cycles with you? Are you doing this to punish us?
Have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
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"But if they don't exist, how can a man see them?"
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"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
I am not obsessive about it. I used to do it way more than I do now.
Mainly I'm out to enjoy life these days so I don't sit around playing all the "what if" games.
I'm alert and can respond but I don't go crazy with the counter-surveillance bit anymore.
Still, I tend to always sit facing the doors in restaurants, and I do scan areas like parking lots, ATM's, and other places before strolling through.
I also have absolutely no need for checking everyone I encounter to see if they are "packing heat." Personally, I could care less unless they pulling it against me.
I'm not the 1st one to spot an altercation 50 yards away, but I also don't feel it would be too easy to get the drop on me either.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
Everywhere I go i'm looking for exits, hard cover, concealment, and possible threats. When im with my wife I'll ask her where all those things are to. Shes getting pretty good and spotting the way out from where i say a BG comes in at.
"Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"
I try to maintain alert and oriented x 5. (the ems folks will explain)
To those that paid for my freedom,
I WILL NEVER FORGET.
As with all statements I've made and All that I will make, please check your local laws to verify accuracy. (and if i'm wrong let me know as I like to be right in the future) After all I'm just some goofball posting on an internet forum.
I started doing this when I started carrying and learning about the value of preparedness from places like this forum. My ultimate goal is to be like this (without the amnesia, of course ):
Jason Bourne: . . . the first thing I'm doing is I'm catching the sightlines and looking for an exit.
Marie: I see the exit sign, too, I'm not worried. . . . People do all kinds of weird and amazing stuff when they are scared.
Jason Bourne: I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?
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Freedom ... must be fought for, protected, and handed on ... or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. -- Ronald Reagan, 1967
Years ago when I became a cop I learned to "play scenarios" in my head wherever I was, even while driving. I still do!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
"A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
My wife and I play that game every time we go out to eat. We trade off who gets to sit with there back to the crowd at some places. Keeps a body aware.
For some reason I never really think about it when at a mall, guess maybe I should.
all the time....if fact my wife always says"I suppose you want the "good" seat..meaning the one w/ line of fire....also I use the time waiting for her to come up w/ IDPA scenarios.
I'm almost positive that just by being aware and alert,you can diswade(am I spelling that right)some BG's.Once while taking my Grandmother to the mall,I'm pretty sure a guy was "casing"her.I sat on her purse side,and made eye contact w/this looser,who got up and hi tailed it out of there.My GM was of course clueless the whole time.
"Just because I'm paranoid,doesn't mean they're NOT after me...."
i have a knack for catching details. for some reason i have a habit of looking around and locating all the security cameras in a building--not sure why, i've never stolen a thing in my life or had any intention to do so, i guess i just like to know if i'm being watched. i also look over every person that comes in the door of restaurants and small stores, pay attention to people as they walk buy in crowded areas such as the mall/walmart/etc and constantly check my back pocket for my wallet when in questionable areas (pick-pockets are sneaky!). i like to be aware of my surroundings and what's going on. after all the college shootings lately, i HATE having to sit in lecture halls where my back is facing the doors.
Just got back from the mall...don't go very often. I watch everybody, look for exits, watch those behind me, look at general crowd movement, etc.
I am always amazed at those who have NO IDEA about those around them...i.e., women walking out of jewelry stores talking on a cell phone, women walking to their cars on cell phones (bad idea in my book).
I trust no one, I watch everybody all around me, and I make eye contact with those looking at me.
I always have a plan.
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
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