I’m a big proponent of the second amendment, but I’m also a realist and understand the realities of self-defense. Unfortunately, many gun owners that I talk to have never even taken a single self-defense course, but still insist they’ll be able to stop an attack because they’re “armed”.
I hate to break it to you; carrying a firearm does not guarantee your safety, and carrying a firearm without training is a recipe for disaster.
Carrying a firearm definitely levels the playing field during certain circumstances, but the reality of self-defense and real-world attacks is that there are certain situations where you’re firearm is not going to be able to prevent an attack, especially if you haven’t trained in real-world self-defense tactics.
In close quarters combat, the chances of being able to unholster your firearm and return fire on an attacker are actually pretty slim. To be truly prepared you need to be able to take out an attacker, or at least slow them down so you’re able to access your firearm before they can carry out the attack.
And for those who think they’ve trained because they hit the range everyone in a while: THINK AGAIN.
Trust me there’s a reason law enforcement officers and members of the military train in hand-to-hand combat; they know from experience, and years of scientific studies, that their firearms are of little use when confronted with a close quarters attack. In fact, I want you to check out this video from the early 80’s of Martial Arts Instructor Dan Inosanto training with law enforcement officers.
In the video, he shows how quickly small distances can be covered, and how there’s no way anyone can realistically draw their firearm during these types of surprise attacks.
You need to Train in Real-World Self-Defense
After seeing this video, I hope you take the time to consider your overall level of preparedness when it comes to confronting an attacker. If you’ve taken the time to arm yourself but failed to train for real world attacks, you are doing yourself and your loved ones a huge disservice. To truly be prepared you need to find a qualified instructor, or self-defense school, where you can train yourself to react to these types of attacks.
- Real-world attacks rarely follow a set course, and they are in no way anything close to what you see in Hollywood movies.
- They are fluid, chaotic events that need to be trained for if you’re going to get out of the situation unharmed.
- When selecting a self-defense school or instructor, stay away from “black belt mills” where the schools only concern is pumping out so-called black belts. Look for a qualified instructor who teaches real-world defense, not a bunch of fancy moves and forms.
For more tips on preventing these types of attacks, understanding the criminal mindset, developing your situational awareness, and learning how to protect yourself from these thugs check out my book: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World