Whenever you start a new project, whether it is a new home project or training in first aid, you want to be sure you have the proper tools at your disposal. Aside from learning the basic safety rules of handling a firearm, you will also want to learn how to respond to an emergency where a firearm will be used. In short, just because you know how to shoot a bullseye doesn’t guarantee that you will know what to do when defending yourself with a firearm.
Mindset. This is one of the first and most important tools at your disposal. Arming yourself with the correct mindset will be your best defense against an assailant. Mindset is your ability to never give up, to be on your guard at all times and respond accordingly. Responding under stress should be a part of your training at the range and practiced at home. Training your mind how to respond in an emergency is the same as preparing how to take the final exam in the field of your choice.
There are several steps after equipping yourself with a mindset to win and fight. First, develop a personal protection plan. This plan should be what you will do in a confrontation as well as what to do to avoid a confrontation. Avoiding a situation is equally, if not more important than planning what to do in the event of one. Don’t think of it as “running away”, but rather adopting a lifestyle where you are choosing to avoid the situation before you are forced to deal with a situation.
Visualize and practice the plan, while you are at the range and at home. When you are shooting paper targets, imagine the target running towards you. When you are dry firing at home, imagine there is a threat entering your home. What would you do? How would you handle yourself? Continue this practice and seek additional training. Your end goal is to be confident in your skills to defend yourself. Mindset is crucial to your success and your ability to perform under pressure.
Finally, learn to control the encounter. In the event of a home invasion and you find yourself face to face with an intruder, stay as far away as possible (avoid the threat). If you surprise the intruder, and are able to hold them at gun point, do not approach them. Once you have taken command of the situation, the intruder has three choices; they can flee, comply or challenge you.
- If they have chosen to run away, let them run away. Call the police and report the situation.
- If they comply have him/her lie face down, away from you, with arms spread wide, and palms up. Shout your commands and do not reason with them. Call the police and report the situation.
- If they decide to confront you, this is where the final steps of your personal protection come into play.
Once the encounter is over, there are five common responses that we will discuss next time.
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