While we’re a community devoted to the self-defense aspects of concealed carry, let’s not forget one thing: shooting is fun. Even training for self-defense or tactical shooting can be enjoyable: a day at the range getting some exercise and honing your skills is a good thing, and watching yourself improve can be a source of great personal satisfaction. However, as we’ve discussed there’s a lot more to this than marksmanship, or having the right gear.  

This is going to be one of those articles. Today we’ll be talking about mindset, and the role it plays in self-defense.  To keep things organized, we’ll be breaking it up into three parts:

  • Getting Prepared
  • Dealing with an Incident in Progress
  • Handling the Aftermath

Getting Prepared: 

  • First and foremost, check your ego at the door. Self-defense and preparedness are about ensuring that you’ll be able to deal with trouble when it comes looking for you, not so you can go looking for it. The goal is staying safe, not becoming a hardened street fighting badass. There’s a world of difference between a self-defense shooting and a gunfight—one that will matter if things go to court.
  • Learn to understand the role of self-defense in your life. Like we’ve said, it’s not about looking for trouble. It’s about practicing situational awareness, understanding the signs of trouble and learning to avoid them, and being prepared for the most likely emergencies.

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