THE 7 DEADLY SINS OF CONCEALED CARRY
Whether you are a beginner or veteran concealed carry holder you are still human. We are wired for the path of least resistance. Inevitably both novice and pro fall into some type of complacent or dangerous habit. Some may not even realize how dangerous some of their current habits are. This article is for you! If you’re a novice, this is a must read. If you’re an expert than you know how important improvement is. These habits are deadly and you need to change them RIGHT NOW.
1 – Having the minimum required training
– The amygdala – the part of the brain that regulates emotion and survival instincts – receives information and stimuli much faster than our logical brain does. It is why we do things ‘without thinking’. When confronted with a survival situation information is sent to our brain and freeze, fight or flight go into effect. Without the proper training you are forcing your brain to (something). When we train we are literally breaking down circuits in our brain. We are creating actual new neural networks that connect directly to our amygdala. This creates muscle memory. Make a habit of consistently strengthening and building survival networks in your brain.
2. Carrying only occasionally
– 83% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed victimization in their lifetimes. Yet it only takes one encounter to change everything. With these odds you are taking a deadly risk by carrying occasionally if not rarely. If you can concealed carry you must make it such a consistent habit that it becomes part of your subconscious routine. So repetitive that it becomes the same as putting on clothes or brushing your teeth. You must make it part of your life. Remember that a gun is just a tool. How often do you think a carpenter uses a biscuit jointer? Bet you never even heard of that term. Or a screw extractor? No matter how seldom it is used it is still A TOOL, and as long is you are responsible and safe it should be readily available the moment you need it, no matter how infrequently you may need to use it.
3 – Never carrying in the home
– A report by The Department of Justice for National Crime Victimization shows that on average that are 3.7 million household victimizations, with people being in the home 30% of the time. Compared to an FBI Crime statistics report that shows 1.1 million violent crimes in 2015, one can deduce that you’re just as likely to encounter victimization or burglary at home as you are in public, yet how many of you carry in the home? On average only 5% of gun owners even have a firearm loaded and easily accessible in the home, let alone carry. Evaluate your neighborhood and how quickly you can access your firearm FROM ANY ROOM. Being complacent while at home is deadly.
4 – Training for target instead of gunfighting
– Imagine if a baseball player only practiced hitting fastballs, or a trap shooter hitting pigeons that were only thrown straight, or a quarterback throwing only to his running back as he drops to underneath coverage. Think for the moment the years of effort it takes for professionals to become expert in hitting moving targets. In study done by a University in Netherlands, they discovered that instead of waiting for all the information you need to hit a moving target the brain instead uses all our past experience to guess where the target will be. You may be able to process the movement visually but typically your hand will rely on past experience over visual stimuli. If you never train for gunfighting, for a real encounter, you will have no past experience for your muscles to depend on. Are you being smart about how you train? 95% of all lethal encounters happen within 5-15 feet and last about 2-5 seconds. Let this data change the way you train.
5 – Failure to know the law
MAN ARRESTED FOR DEFENDING HIS HOME
– There are over 270 Federal Gun Laws, but how total gun laws in America? Ronald Reagan was once quoted as saying there are over 20,000 laws, though no source was ever provided. The point is this: Do you know your state laws? What’s definition of a burglary? What does your state consider a justifiable use of lethal force? Is a burglar still protected from physical harm inside your home if he doesn’t try to attack you? Do not blame the cops when you’re arrested for having unopened cans of beer in the car because the officer sees your firearm on your hip. These are unnecessary risks you take and if you are shot because of incompetence you have only yourself to blame.
6 – Two is One, and One is None
– While I was stationed in North Dakota my unit was charged with defending nuclear warheads. It was not uncommon for the conditions to be below freezing if not below zero. Our M-16’s would often freeze and jam. There were a few instances I can think of right now that had we not been carrying our back up 38’s some serious things could have happened. Be smart with your tools. Have a backup. Think of the weather conditions as well. Will it be muddy, cold, wet, snowing, freezing where you will be? How many times have you made the deadly mistake of carrying one weapon when it’s freezing outside? Remember, 83% of Americans will face a completed or attempted victimization of some kind in their life. Be prepared.
7 – Failure to carry defensive ammo
– In a lethal encounter, you will not be at the range where you can congratulate yourself on how accurate you are shooting bullets made only for accuracy. If all you ever do is train with practice rounds at the range and that is all you carry then you should never have applied for a concealed carry in the first place. Should you and an intruder shoot each other at the same time, who will survive? Hollow point. Do you carry Hornandy, Gold Dot, Federal premium? Concealednation.org has a great list of the top 10 defensive ammo’s for you to carry.
Do you agree or disagree with these 7 deadly sins? What common mistakes do you know of that you think are deadly? Comment below