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is no training at all. don’t get to live to see this training through. you are ready to begin your automatic self-defense training. Finally. and firing . that over 80% of gun fights happen not only in the dark or other lowlight condition.S. you will need to become comfortable with carrying your concealed handgun with a round in the chamber. training the wrong way can be just as dangerous to you. Reproduction without permission prohibited. The problem with that is. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC .without any hesitation or snags . you will have needed to master four critical components of carrying concealed for self-defense: 1. and with NO ammunition cost.
4. most of those people who waited.21 feet. what do you need to train? How should you be training? Before you answer these incredibly important questions.All Rights Reserved. you
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. You will need to have a safe routine and a place in which to conduct dry fire practice. But the fact of the matter is that very few armed citizen’s (or even police officers) take the time to develop these life-saving skills. You will need to have a solid understanding of the correct way to grip your pistol with two hands – in other words. and fire accurately at 1 . You’ve got more motivation than you ever will.
3.drawing. but also at very close range: between 1 and 3 feet. The only answer to these extremely sobering couple of statistics. I know you’re not one of those people. You’re going to develop this critical ability with just five or ten minutes of your time each night. is don’t fall into this trap.AUTOMATIC SELF-DEFENSE:
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the most prepared.without even thinking about it. The key to automatic training is: You need to learn to make this critical series of actions . we need to be ready for anything that may come our way. It’s going to be incredibly easy to ignore what you are about to read. and easiest training you’ll ever get as an armed citizen. Three months from now. you will have automatic self-defense programmed into your brain. the two handed grip. The purpose of this training is to help you train yourself to automatically . it’ll be too late. and little money for professional training? As armed citizens. is training. among other things.
Once these four critical components of carrying concealed for self-defense have been settled for you. pointing. The difference between automatic self-defense skills and a white chalk outline on the pavement can come from just 5 to 15 minutes per day of practice. and safest armed citizens on the street. Here’s how: the key is repetition. You will need to have a reliable pistol tucked safely into a reliable holster located within easy reach of your hand on your body.into an automatic reflex that your body will be capable of doing under stress and in any situation. congratulations. Before you begin this training. I’m confident that this is the most cost-effective. and you’ll be one of
2. Many people need a wake up call like this before they will go through the effort of developing these skills. Not just any training though: because as you’re about to learn. you as an armed citizen are on fire. until after the first time you have to draw your gun on a living. Right now. So. most ready.
y far the most critical question and concern that I get over and over is this: How do I train to be effective when I do not have access to a range. point. My challenge to you then.draw your pistol. How can this be done? You’re going to make these actions muscle memory. breathing human being. The hassles and struggles of day-today life will try to tell you that practicing the following skills is unimportant. This becomes a big challenge when you look at some of the FBI’s statistics out there that show. I want to give you a warning. and you’ll of course need to have learned how to dry fire practice. It is true what professional trainers say: When you’re forced to defend yourself. When that happens. With that said.
your fine motor skills and your ability to think are going to FLY out the window. many police officers report after a shooting that they didn’t hear their guns firing at all.. Putting your arms in front of your face. Screaming. For example. grabbing your shirt with your off-hand. you’re going to be grabbing your shirt with your left hand.All Rights Reserved. but you’ll want to adjust these steps depending on where you’re carrying on your body. This is critical. Reach across your body and down. you’re going to get a massive adrenaline dump.. If you’re not sure of what draws should look like for certain carry positions. If you don’t do this.it will be like zooming your camera in. Time will seem to slow down..won’t have time to think. This isn’t some psychological thing either. If you need your magazine inserted because it’s part of the handle. and even though your attacker might be 30 feet away.it’s purely physical. Here’s why programming your ‘auto-pilot’ instincts are so important: When all this happens. when the time comes and someone is charging at you holding a weapon. where we have articles and videos that will help you with that.
hen you’re doing this kind of auto-pilot training. Start out slow and smooth. Don’t try to be fast.. and you will revert to your most basic form of training. just try to do it right. and you’ll see things in ‘slow motion’ as all the energy that your brain usually is dedicating to considering your environment. The same instincts that let people dodge cars at the last second without even realizing what they’re doing are going to kick in. These are the steps to draw and fire from your belt: 1. By that I mean.
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. you stand a high chance of hesitating and freezing in your moment of truth.to the ANIMAL part of your brain which is called the Hippocampus. If you’re right handed. When that happens. and the future suddenly focuses on the ‘here and now’. Your instincts will take over.S. This is because your brain is concentrating all of its power on this one little area.the Limbic system . If you do this. because if this skill isn’t ‘programmed’ into your brain. it should go without saying that your gun is unloaded and there is no magazine in your gun. but they did hear the brass casings ‘pinging’ when they hit the ground. just make sure it’s completely empty. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC . you are going to stand a FAR better chance of successfully defending your life during a deadly encounter. all you’ll seem to be able to see is his weapon and chest.. because of the massive adrenaline dump you’re going to get.the frontal lobe . with no mess ups. Your goal needs to be to get “drawing your gun and accurately firing” from the HUMAN part of your brain. these are examples of the responses of unprepared people. The part of your brain that controls instincts and reactions . which means that you’ll become Hyper-Aware.. your mind is going to become that of an animal. That means you won’t be able to think! All you’ll be able to do is tap into previously learned responses: Jumping. Your hearing will become very acute for some things. You will get tunnel vision. but it will drown other things out completely. and suddenly your mind will revert to instincts alone.
and begin angling it up to point in front of you as quickly as possible.so don’t draw if you only have the grip with two fingers. If you get a bad grip. because your attacker may be running at you. You want to be able to pull the trigger and fire the moment you get your gun out of the holster. and don’t draw unless you could fire from the way you’re hanging onto your gun.”
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Then. work on pointing it forward by pulling your wrist in (or ‘back’) 90 degrees.All Rights Reserved. Make sure you get a good. but even if you’re shooting a revolver. yell a verbal warning to the attacker like.
. adjust it before you drawslide your hand up the grip and make sure you’re in the right position. While you’re doing this.
Pull your shirt up high and clear of your weapon. It’s just more natural for your wrist. and then you’re in trouble. you might tangle your gun on your shirt.
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3. firmly draw your handgun. before you push it out away from your body or bring it up any higher. This is going to make sure the slide on your gun doesn’t get tangled in your clothes if you’re shooting a semi-automatic pistol. As you’re doing this. What I mean is this: Instead of holding the gun parallel to your body.S.2. reach down and grab the grip of your gun with your strong hand. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC . you’ll want to tilt it so the barrel is a bit further from your body than the grip of your gun (at about a 45 degree angle). or he may already be in front of you. It’s WAY better to be safe than sorry here. the moment your gun draws clear of the holster. you should also be angling the barrel away from your body slightly. or I’ll shoot. So. you’ll find that you’re more accurate from this firing position than you are when you’re trying to hold your gun straight up and down. “STOP. solid grip.
disengage the safety of your handgun.
When the gun is at chest height. then it’s either you or him. From this position. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC . you can fire the whole time you’re doing this as well. dry-fire your handgun. because if your attacker is that close and you’re firing.I know it’s not pretty. If you have to. and if he’s dead set on killing you. We’re talking life and death here. If he’s got a knife. and the truth can be an ugly beast.
Once your gun is pointing in front of you.sometimes even less . And trying to keep the attacker at bay while you dump a full magazine into his center-mass MAY be the only chance you have of saving your life. or not? If ‘yes’.
Now. all bets are off. these fights are never pretty.
. if it has one. and you’ve probably never heard anyone tell you that you might have to be okay with shooting your own wrist and hand.. one random slash to your throat and you’re done… so do what you’ve got to do to stop this guy. you’ll be able to instinctively ‘point shoot’ any attacker out to three feet with almost perfect accuracy.All Rights Reserved.5. Eventually. but listen. Reproduction without permission prohibited.to go from reaching for your shirt to standing in this position. OR you have enough time to get set up for accurate fire. At a distance of 3 feet. Look. Now. when this process is ingrained into your muscle memory.
7. Now. it will take you only one second . If this happens. you’ll have decided before your hand even touches your gun whether you need to fire or not when your gun is in this position. decide whether or not you need to fire a shot. They’re gruesome. bring the gun straight up along your body to about the height of your chest. shooting your own hand is a heck of a lot better than getting stabbed by some murderer.. as bad as it sounds. you stand a good chance of shooting your own hand. It’s important that you “program” into your mind that you CAN fire from this position. Either way.once you’re on autopilot. Take a moment to mentally decide: Fire. your instincts will also be screaming at you to stick your weak hand out and prevent the attacker from getting close to your body. You just have to be careful.
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Your off-hand should “slap” onto your gun’s grip (over your dominant hand) when your gun is about twelve inches away from your chest.
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Let’s say your attacker is further away though.8. and you’re looking down your sights with both eyes open.
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10. As soon as you start pushing the gun. accurate shooting stance. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC . Continue pushing the gun away from your chest with both hands until your arms are fully extended. and you want to continue the draw and get locked into a nice stance for accurate shooting. you need to start pushing your off-hand out to meet it.All Rights Reserved. and it should automatically assume the “two hand grip” position that we described earlier when it makes contact. The next step is to start pushing the gun away from your chest while bringing it closer to eye-level.
In short. Once you have this whole system perfected. Now and ONLY now. unstoppable machine.. break your tunnel vision by lowering your gun slightly and scanning the area for more attackers. Well. Keep it up. Imagine seeing your attacker fall to the ground. Concealed Carry Association & Delta Media LLC . That sounds crazy. within just a couple weeks you’ll be able to complete this process under some pretty high stress. The time that he should have been spending reloading was spent trying to figure out what to do with the empty casings once his pocket was full. It’ll be so far ingrained into your muscle memory that you’ll be able to do it under unbelievable amounts of stress. and then re-holster. you’ll have turned yourself into a lifesaving. That is why I want to invite you now. They carried revolvers while on duty.. He may not have been alone!
his hand and pocket were full of empty casings.USConcealedCarry.because you may not realize that you’ve fired all your ammo. Tell yourself the threat has been neutralized. and it may get you killed. to share this report with as many of your friends and family members who carry concealed (or even just thinking about it) as possible. etc. one of those police officers was later found dead.All Rights Reserved.if you train yourself to draw. Once you’re reloaded. NOW. speed things up a bit. You do NOT need or want to have the act of re-holstering programmed into your Hippocampus.. you’ll have succeeded: you’ll have automatic self-defense. and then put them in their pockets. Yes. If you do this an average of 5 nights per week. Do this daily. and you make no mistakes. and tell yourself that you need to call the police. Listen. Try to do it a little faster. make it a priority to spend just 15 minutes every evening standing in a room alone. DON’T do it. the membership of the United States Concealed Carry Association is the ultimate resource for the armed citizen. I hope you’ll use it as a launching point for your journey as a responsibly armed citizen. and fire many shots at where you are imagining your attacker to be (remember. quickly reload. because nobody warned this poor man about the beauty and DANGER of muscle memory. Many police officers have reported thinking they fired only one or two shots. Just as tens of thousands of Americans have already discovered. until it’s FAST. Increase the speed that you complete these steps. or without looking down at your gun or hands. because you’ll find yourself thinking about everything BUT drawing your gun while you’re doing it. Once you’re to that point. This information is of critical importance to all responsibly armed citizens everywhere. visually check to see if your gun is empty or at slide lock. It’ll feel excruciatingly slow and easy to you. fire three shots. including the ‘cool down’ period between each one. This story could make me CRY. you WILL do this during a gun fight. shot to death after he lost a gun fight. Reproduction without permission prohibited. If your gun is empty. but do it until you are doing every step perfectly on autopilot without looking at yourself in the mirror. SMOOTH. Each repetition will take you about 20-30 seconds to complete all 13 steps. and step behind cover in case he gets back up and has a gun.S. doing this slowly will look and feel goofy at first. learning WHAT NOT to train into your muscle memory is just as important as learning what TO train into your muscle memory. acting out these 13 steps in a safe manner. when you’re done with the final step and you’ve scanned the area for more threats. And guess what -
www. If you have received this report from a friend or family member.. Aim. To that end. but in fact they had fired their entire magazines. you can re-holster and start the repetition series over. After that.. you’ll be dry-firing) 12. So. I hope you’ll check it out:
his is the full automatic self-defense process. One note of caution: Do NOT make re-holstering your gun part of this procedure. or turn around and run away. but you’ll be set for life. or if your gun wasn’t empty.11. You need to be able to keep your eyes on the threat. just do it a few times every month to keep the skill sharp.. You’ll know when this skill becomes autopilot. they would eject the empty casings from the cylinder into the palms of their hands after each round of shooting. and if you usually carry extra ammunition or an extra magazine. Relax. but let me explain: But here’s why this is SO important: I once heard an old story about some police officers. 13. then break the pattern.
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