Friday, February 22, 2013

With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility: Preparing Yourself to Carry Concealed

Just a quick note to you femmes out there starting to consider carrying concealed:

Really this is for anyone who is thinking about carrying concealed. It is a HUGE responsibility and it is something that you need to prepare yourself for mentally and physically for. It is not something to do on a whim.

The notion of carrying around a gun as a means of protection is nice, but what happens if you are ever forced to use that gun? Will you act correctly and effectively? What if there are innocent people behind your target? Will your mind be able to take that into account? What if your gun jams? There are many questions like these that would arise in a self defense situation.

This is not meant to scare or deter you AT ALL from carrying, but rather to give you some pause for thought. There are many femmes out there who go out and grab a small revolver to keep in their purse, but don't take the time to train themselves. But there are many things you CAN do to CCW effectively and safely:
  • Take a course focused on carrying concealed: These courses put you in simulated high stress live fire situations. They teach you how to act instinctively and properly. The basic pistol course is NOT sufficient for this purpose.

  • Participate in Competitive Shooting: Shooting competitively is a great way to train your mind to operate effectively and rationally during a high stress situation.

  • Start training yourself mentally, practice becoming VERY aware of your surroundings. While out doing errands, try to imagine at any moment needing to draw your weapon and in your mind go through the actions you would take. Where is your target? What's behind or around it? Do you have kids with you? Where do you put your kids? What are the people around you doing? <<< This is just something to do in the meantime, it should not take the place of a course.

Here are some links to help you on your way:

^ With the above link, you want to search for The Defensive Pistol Course. The Basic Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home Courses focus more on the applicable laws that are attached to defending yourself.
^ With the above link, you want the Introduction to Tactical Handgun

Competitive Shooting:

Remember femmes, this is not to scare you away from CCW. It is to educate you and make you a safer more effective gun handler.

~ La Femme

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