Two gun guys are standing at the counter of their local firearms emporium. Guy 1 looks at Guy 2 and says, “Man! I sure would like to have that new H&K pistol.”
Guy 2 looks at Guy 1 and says, “Why? You can’t shoot the Glock you have.”
Guy 2 spends his money on a case of 9mm ammo and heads to the range. Guy 1 buys the H&K and even talks the guy behind the counter out of a box of ammo. Guy 1 then walks out the door believing he’s ready to fend off muggers, murderers and monsters. Hey, if you can score a free box of ammo, I’m all for it, but if you believe new gear is the key to your street survival—you’ve got another thing coming.
When it comes to integrating firearms into your personal protection plan, there’s an established sequence of steps you should follow. Put Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Nissan Altima and try to race him down the Blue Ridge Parkway in your Ford Mustang. Good luck! Dale will be waiting on you with a cold six-pack when you pass the finish line … if you don’t wreck first.
Step 1: Learn and commit to firearms safety. The last thing you want is to become a statistic or make extra holes in your body. Learn how your firearm operates and always follow the fundamental rules of firearms safety.
Step 2: Learn the basics of marksmanship. In my book, Handgun Training for Personal Protection, I called it “the secret,” but the only thing secret is that many don’t realize how important it is.
Step 3: Practice. Practice as often as possible. Practice with real ammo and conduct dry practice. Continually set goals and work to surpass them.
Step 4: Develop the right mindset. When it comes to surviving a lethal encounter, mindset just might matter most. You must have the will to survive.
Step 5: Continue your education. Seek out training from qualified individuals. Try new techniques and adapt what you learn to your lifestyle and shooting ability.
Step 6: Never stop practicing. If you purchase a new handgun and 12 months later you haven’t spent more money on ammo than you did on that handgun, you’re doing something wrong.
Speaking of practice, check back here later this week and I’ll share three of my favorite defensive handgun shooting drills.