Recently I've acquired my CCL (concealed carry license), something I take very seriously as someone who considers himself a warrior. I not only did this to protect myself, but I've automatically taken upon the responsibility of those in close proximity to me. Their safety is just as important as mine.
If you haven't read Carrying a Concealed Weapon: A Wake-Up Call, do so now. To recap why I'm recommending The Tactical Pistol, pay attention to this part of the article:
"Standing in a stationary position during a concealed carry class and squeezing off multiple rounds during the proficiency testing does NOT necessarily mean you can shoot worth a damn while under fire or duress, make critical split second decisions, and shoot on the move."
The Tactical Pistol, while by no means a substitute for seeking out a skilled instructor, will provide the fundamental concepts and techniques for deploying a firearm in different situations, as well as what to do if you experience a weapon malfunction when you need your gun the most. More importantly, Gabe Suarez will give you some instruction on how/what to train when you're at home (dry fire training) or at the range (live fire training).
Please, from one concealed carrier to the next, don't buy a gun and neglect training with it! Take the responsibility seriously and devote time every week to honing your shooting skills, instead of going to the range and wasting ammo for your "training." This book is a great beginner's manual (despite that "Advanced" is slapped on the cover).
Here is an example from the book, explaining the rules of close-quarters combat:
Notice how Suarez presented a concept, a drill that can be done to engrain the concept, and then explains why the concept is important. This is all done in a logical, orderly fashion, and the rest of the book follows suit. While the drill in this example isn't designed to teach you to "beat" someone who draws first, it is designed to show you why you don't want to be the reactive one. Nevertheless, the drill is fun at increasing your draw speed while competing with a friend (you can each switch up who draws first to see who is actually faster).
If you haven't taken upon yourself to get extra training once you've acquired a concealed carry license, then do it now! Meanwhile you can start reading this book, as it is a great guide for those preparing themselves for a defensive shooting situation.
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