Friday, September 11, 2015

Concealed Carry: Deadly Shooting Errors

These are deadly shooting errors taken from a list intended for law enforcement. They were adapted for the average concealed carrier.
Deadly Shooting Errors
Lack of Concentration: If you fail to keep your mind on your situational awareness you start to make errors. It can cost you your life.
Tombstone Courage: Just what it says, don’t charge into something when you don’t need to. There are very few instances where you should try to be a cop.
Not Enough Rest: to defend yourself you must be alert. Lack of sleep or being sleepy can endanger yourself, and your family.
Taking a Bad Position: Try to be where you have a tactical advantage. I realize you usually don’t get this opportunity, but do your best. Take a seat near an exit and where you can see the front door. Check that convenience store before you enter, etc.
Not Heeding the Danger Signs: If you have a “gut feeling” go with it. People or things out of place, other danger signs.
Failure to Watch the Hands of a target: Is he or she reaching for a weapon or getting something to smack you? Where else can a killer strike from, but from their hands?
Relaxing Too Soon: YES, the rut of false alarms are accidental or whatever. Still, observe the activity.
Dirty or Inoperative Weapon: Is your gun? How about the bullets/magazine? Did you clean your weapon since the last range? Have you shot or practiced drawing your weapon recently? Can you hit your target in a combat situation? You must practice faithfully and religiously.
Professional golfers, NFL head coaches, criminal defense attorneys, and seasoned Operators all unite in this advice:
“It’s never the ‘great shots’ that save you. It’s always the ‘little mistakes’ that kill you!”
“Hail-Mary” passes, the smashingly clever comeback during cross-examination, and the occasional hole-in-one during the golf tournament unfailingly garner the attention of the media, as they talk endlessly about the “play of the day, “ et al.
Yet, those glamorous high-profile events, spectacular as they may be, rarely make any difference in the final outcome!
The reason is that they cannot be produced on demand! Professional golfers probably have more holes-in-one than the rest of us, but even they cannot produce them on demand. Not even close! The vast majority of hail-Mary passes are incomplete. And, ingeniously cunning dialogue during cross-examination is largely confined to movies!
The world, made up mostly of the shallow and self-centered, will always be attracted to replays of the “play-of-the-day,” but, in practical terms, as noted, they are largely irrelevant!
What does drastically affect final outcomes is “little mistakes.’ When they aren’t made, you’ll have an insurmountable advantage over your opponent. When they are, all the episodic “great shots” in the world won’t save you!
What loses football games are turnovers, poor communication, and penalties. What loses golf tournaments is misjudging distances and wind, selecting the wrong club, lack of concentration. What loses cases in court is lack of preparation, misjudging your opponent, and asking one question too many!
And, in gun-fighting, it is not the spectacular feat of accuracy that wins the day, not the amazingly difficult shot you’re able to make.
Rather, it is the easy shot that you miss. That is what gets you killed!
This is a general idea of a quote:
When, for the first and only time, Napoleon met Czar Alexander in the City of Tilsit in Russia in 1807, Napoleon pointed to a badly-scared member of his Imperial Guard and said to the Czar, “What do you think of a man who can endure such wounds?” The Czar cleverly responded, “And, what do you think of men who can inflict them?”
The Guardsman himself, interrupting both heads of state, volunteered, “They’re all dead!”

Always be alert, always be ready, always train, always win.
Semper Paratus
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