MCS 313 – Reader Gun Training Tips

Reader Gun Training Tips
Reader Gun Training Tips
Reader Gun Training Tips

Last week, I covered survival tips from our readers, listeners, and followers.

This week, we’re talking GUNS.

And I’ve learned some incredibly useful gun training tips from YOU.

Remember, as we transition away from the MCS brand…

…we’re looking for your input now more than ever.

And these 5 gun training tips represent just how much knowledge YOU have to share.

That’s right:

As much time as I spend training and learning about self-defense, these are just 5 of the tips from our readers, listeners, and followers that made a big difference for me.

In this week’s podcast episode, I describe these 5 tips and explain how they changed my own approach to these aspects of self-defense and firearms training.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The simple gun training tip that can take you out into your own driveway.
  • How your hatred for a specific television character can help you train with your gun!
  • How to use your bedroom door to refine your draw against an armed attacker.
  • A dirt-cheap way to simulate the effects of adrenaline in a real gunfight!
  • A trick for figuring out if you’re pulling left or right when you shoot… that’s so simple you won’t believe it!

This episode, like last week’s, is near and dear to me… because it shows just how much our readers, listeners, and followers participate in what we do here.

Tune in now and, if you have your own tip, share it on our blog!

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Home Invaders NEVER Think Your Gun (Or Knife) Is HERE…

3 Hide Your Gun FAILS

I don’t know if you saw the remake of Death Wish with Bruce Willis, but it came out quite a while ago.

(Spoiler alert, if you’re still catching up on the biggest hits of 2018 on VHS.)

Near the end of the movie, Bruce grabs a fully automatic AR pistol from a hidden drawer in a piece of furniture.

Now, we all know that’s total BS – because there’s no way he was going to have a legal machine gun for home defense – right?

I mean, I guess somewhere out there is a guy who’s managed to pull off that paperwork, but I don’t know anybody who has… and I live part time in Texas.

But, to be honest, that WASN’T my biggest problem with that part of the film!

What I really hated was the gimmicky coffee table with the rifle “hidden” in it.

Let me explain why…

3 “Hide Your Gun FAILS (Plus A Never-Fail Option For Hidden Guns & Knives)

3 Hide Your Gun FAILS
3 Hide Your Gun FAILS

Hiding a gun in a piece of furniture is one of those things that seems like a good idea in the movies… but has some problems in real life.

We all know we live in a dangerous world, and we’re all aware that home invasion is a real danger.

Being able to get to a gun – especially one the “bad guy” doesn’t know about – is a good thing.

But when it comes to hiding firearms, there’s stuff like Bruce Willis’ coffee table in the movies, and then there’s real life.

If you buy a piece of furniture like a coffee table or an end table to hide a gun in, I can almost GUARANTEE that it has these problems:

It’s gimmicky, so it’s probably not made all that well – meaning it’s fragile compared to “real” furniture.

It’s not secure, so if you have curious kids in the home, stashing a gun in one of these is no better that hiding it under the couch cushions.

It may be an awkward place to get to a gun – but you’re limited to where that piece of furniture looks like it belongs, so there are only so many places you can put it.

But it’s not just Bruce and his coffee table that I consider a problem, because three of the other popular gun-hiding options all have hidden issues:

1. Gun Hidden In A Picture Frame

The big problem with these is that they’re very obvious.

(Maybe when they were first introduced, people weren’t looking for them, but I see them in ads all the time now.)

If a burglar breaks into your house looking for things he can steal, guns will be high on the list.

And trust me, he’s gonna notice that suspiciously HUGE picture frame bolted to the wall.

2. Gun In A Clock (Or Some Other Object)

There are all kinds of small objects that can be hollowed out to make spaces just big enough for a gun.

These are better than pieces of furniture, because you have more options for where to put them.

They’re still not secure, though, so you’ve basically just left a gun lying around for anybody to find (unless you add a trigger lock).

If you go with this option, make sure it blends in well.

It’s also not a good idea to use these when you’ve got kids in the house.

(Trust me, they can find anything, and they’ll find ways to break things you can’t even imagine.)

3. Gun In A Hollow Book

Hiding something in a hollow book always makes me feel like a super-spy.

These are better for hiding, because if you have a lot of books, finding your gun is like finding a old gun-shaped needle in a books-shaped haystack.

The problem with these, though, is that they’re hard to get to under stress.

When a guy is coming at you with a knife from across your living room, he’s not going to wait while you thumb through your books, you know?

A Better Option For Hiding Your Guns (AND KNIVES)

A better option for hiding your guns, or ANY metal weapon (like a knife) is a gun magnet.

These are powerful magnets that let you stick your gun ANYWHERE (including where your kids can’t get to them).

That means you can put them any place that your gun is most easily accessible, yet still hidden.

Plus, since you’re basically creating a custom hiding spot based on where you install the magnet, a burglar won’t have any way of knowing what your hiding spot looks like.

(Unlike if you buy a commercial gun-hiding device, because bad guys can look through catalogs and websites too!)

If you want to hide a gun in your home for a home invasion, then, you’re best bet is to pick the hiding spot FIRST, then install the magnet to hold the weapon.

Not only that, but gun magnets are very affordable compared to gun-hiding furniture, and they even work for knives (here’s one that one of my employees keeps under his kitchen table):

You can check out the powerful, extremely budget-friendly magnet that I like on this page.

Just think through your hiding spot, and access to it, before you get started.

If you ever do need it in a home invasion, you’ll be glad you did.

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[Gun Gear] Don’t Make These “Operator” Rifle Mistakes

best operator rifle sling

I remember reading an old snippet of what was probably a “Soldier of Fortune” magazine years ago.

A team leader in Rhodesia told his men, who were complaining about the weight of their FN-FAL rifles,

“It’s not a handbag, ladies. You don’t need a sling on it like a purse.”

The thing is, what even experienced, old-school operators sometimes don’t realize…

…is that a modern sling is essential, especially to civilian defenders.

Here’s why.

3 Reasons You DO Need An “Operator Sling”

best operator rifle sling
Best Operator Rifle Sling

A rifle without a sling is, well, just a rifle.

If you don’t have a sling, though, you’re making a mistake.

In fact, you’re making 3 potential mistakes:

1. A Sling Is The Only Way To “Holster” Your Rifle

Picture this: You use your rifle or carbine for home defense.

Then the cops come, because you called them…

…and your rifle is still in your hands!

That’s a good way to get shot, amigo.

But unless you want to put the rifle down, out of your control, the only way to “holster it” is to sling it.

And you can’t do that if you don’t have one, right?

2. A Sling Lets You Transition To A Pistol

A good sling lets you drop your rifle without dropping it.

If you have a single-point sling, for example, you let the rifle fall to the end of the sling, where it is safely against your body…

…and you draw your pistol to engage the threat.

I’ve seen videos of some operators who can do this “lightning fast.”

That brings me to…

3. A Sling Aids In Weapon Retention

A sling attaches the rifle or carbine to your body.

This means that if someone tries to take your weapon, it’s tethered to you.

Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually wrench it free…

…but it does give you an unfair advantage when it comes to weapon retention.

In a fight for your life, always fight unfairly!

There’s just one problem when it comes to all these “operator sling mistakes.”

By now you’ve probably realized why you need a sling for your weapon…

…But a “normal” sling is almost as bad as no sling!

By “normal,” I mean the kind of sling that is basically just a “belt” from one end of the rifle to the other, the kind of thing you use to throw your trusty huntin’ rifle over your shoulder.

That kind of sling CAN’T be used for transitioning to a pistol, because you’ll never get it over your shoulder in time.

It can’t aid in weapon retention or transition, either, because it isn’t over your body when you’re shooting.

No, if you want a PROPER tactical sling, you need an “operator” style sling.

C7 SlingA great example is the C7 Hawkeye Sling.

This is an adjustable, ambidextrous sling that is perfect for your weapon.

With this sling, you can easily attach your “assault rifle,” securely and with full maneuverability.

Need to “drop” your rifle to draw your pistol?

The C7 Hawkeye Sling lets you do that, while keeping your rifle with YOU (not lying around for a bad guy to pick up).

And with the rifle attached to your body at the end of this “operator” sling, you’ll also have a much easier time hanging on to your weapon if someone tries to take it from you.

(This is, without a doubt, the EXACT type of sling you need when it comes to using your rifle (and your pistol) for self-defense and home defense.)

You can learn more on this webpage.

But even if you DON’T buy that one, you need a similar, operator-style sling for your home-defense and self-defense rifle or carbine.

This is important – which means the one thing you don’t dare do is… nothing.

Get a good sling and you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, which is what it’s all about, you know?

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MCS 307 – Mob Defense Mistakes

MCS 307 - Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)
MCS 307 - Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)
MCS 307 – Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Ken and Karen)

Have you heard about “Ken and Karen?”

They’re the couple with an AR15 who faced down a mob…

…And they’re lucky to be alive!

Their real names are Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

After confronting the mob, they’ve been targeted for harassment…

…and they might still face legal charges.

That’s because, while it’s great that they defend their home…

…They made some significant tactical and legal mistakes.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene sits in for Jeff Anderson to discuss how the McCloskeys should have done things differently… and what this means for you if YOU have to face down a mob.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • Why relaxing in your home could put you at a disadvantage in a mob attack… and what you can do about it!
  • The reason you should avoid pointing a gun at an angry mob until the “last minute.”
  • What Mark and Patricia could have done differently to avoid being harassed by their local prosecutor.
  • The reason that confronting a mob could have led to Mark and Patricia being rushed and trampled… and how you can avoid the same danger!
  • The political and social implications of this famous viral incident.

We applaud Mark and Patricia for standing up and defending themselves.

We just want you to avoid the mistakes they made so you don’t put yourself and your family in legal danger.

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Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style – 1 Hero SAS Soldier’s Shotgun Kill Streak

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“Breach! Breach! Breach!”

The SAS team entered through a doorway into the courtyard in a raid on an ISIS outpost in Baghdad, assault rifles at the ready.

They were immediately met by heavily armed Jihadis… wearing suicide vests filled with plastic explosives and ball bearings.

The terrorists were about to detonate themselves, blowing the SAS team to hell…

…And the lead SAS man didn’t have a rifle.

Armed only with his breaching tool – a 12-gauge shotgun – and somehow moving fast despite the weight of the GIANT BRASS BALLS he was lugging around…

…the SAS soldier raised his weapon and literally DECAPITATED three jihadis with the 12-gauge, firing as fast as John Wick on a caffeine bender.

But the fight, for this incredibly brave SAS commando, was only just starting.

This is the story of…

How A Hero SAS Soldier KILLED 5 Terrorists In 7 Seconds… With A 12-Gauge Shotgun!

Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style

The SAS breach team’s ears were still ringing from the blasts of the lead man’s Menelli M4 Super 90.

The men they had surprised had just finished morning prayers and were loading weapons into a vehicle.

“We now think they were about to carry out an attack,” a military source told the Sun newspaper. “The terrorists were no more than a few feet away when the SAS team came face to face with them.”

That’s when two more jihadis, hoping to get close enough to blow up the team, appeared from a nearby building.

Running at the breach team, their fingers on the buttons of their suicide vests, they knew they had the Brits dead to rights.

But they hadn’t counted on the point man and his 12-gauge.

He raised his weapon and, faster than I can write it, fired twice more.

“One of the breach team opened fire,” said the source, describing the gunfight later. “It was a case of bang, bang, bang, then bang, bang. It was over in seven seconds.”

That’s right.

The soldier took out 5 men in 7 seconds, and he did it all with the same semi-automatic shotgun that you or I could buy at the local gun store.

When more jihadis responded to the sounds of the shotgun blasts, they immediately surrendered.

Why?

Because they realized they were staring at dead men who had no heads and the SAS team was ready to back up their point man.

It’s a fantastic story of our British SAS friends doing what they do well, and taking down the bad guys… but the fact that it was done with a semi-auto shotgun really caught my attention.

This is exactly the kind of gunfighting that I teach in my Extreme Close Quarters Shooting course.

Do you think that SAS point man had time to take careful aim before blasting FIVE men in SEVEN seconds?

No!

He was focused on the threat, as his brain demanded he make fast decisions in order to survive.

He wasn’t focusing on that weapon’s front sight.

He was shooting at close quarters, “no more than a few feet away” from the terrorists in their suicide vests!

If you’re going to survive a real gunfight at close quarters, the situation won’t be quite as extreme as this…

…but it will be no less a life-or-death showdown when some scumbag is trying to shoot or stab you!

If you don’t understand realistic close-quarters gunfighting principles,you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out our 7-step “gunfighting” system here…

Just be warned…

I don’t follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you’ve been taught in the past.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a street attack.

Now, will you really be “John Wick” by the time you’re done?

I don’t think anybody could promise that… but then, John Wick is only a movie.

Life-or-death gunfights are, sadly, terrifyingly real… and this course will give you the tools to survive them.

That’s what we’re all after, right?

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MCS 5 In 5 No. 5 – Buck Greene (Guns, Survival)

5 In 5 Q&A With Buck Greene On Guns, Survival

We get so many questions at MCS Magazine that it’s hard to answer them all.

From survival to self-defense to guns and gear, and everything in between…

…we’re doing our best to get to as many of them as we can.

Each one of our 5 in 5 series presents five of your questions to one of our subject matter experts.

But here’s the thing:

They haven’t seen the questions before.

This is your chance to get a “hot take” on five questions for the most honest answers possible.

It isn’t just informative.

It’s also fun!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Buck Greene answers 5 firearms and survival questions, with 60 seconds to address each one.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • When are you “too old” to train with firearms?
  • Should you use a shotgun or a handgun for self-defense?
  • When it isn’t safe to load all the chambers in your revolver’s cylinder!
  • The BEST type of knife to carry when SHTF!
  • How to know what gear is “quality” and what is not.

Don’t miss another great addition to our podcast schedule.

Get 5 answers in 5 minutes… and stay informed.

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MCS 275 – The Truth About Firearms Night Sights

Tactical Firearms Night Sights

If you own a firearm, for home defense or concealed carry, you’ve probably heard it:

“Most attacks happen in low-light environments.”

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Armed bad guys are looking for an easy surprise ambush so their targets won’t fight back…

…AND they don’t want anybody around, including you, to be able to identify them!

Knowing the chances are high that any attack will happen in low light, it just stands to reason you won’t be as effective in defending yourself…

…Which is why you absolutely should upgrade your firearm’s sights for low light.

But which should you get?

Fiber optics, or true “night sights?”

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson prepares you for the roller-coaster ride of “expert” opinions when it comes to night sights… and helps you sort through it all to make the RIGHT call for your guns.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The disadvantages of true “night sights.”
  • The one life-or-death decision that trumps ALL sights – “night sights” or otherwise!
  • How to tell when “night sights” will be USELESS in a low-light shooting scenario.
  • How to overcome the problem of “spotlighting” washing out your sights!
  • Whether you should use a mounted light or a separate tactical light.

When it comes to firearms and accessories, you could throw a rock and hit twenty “experts.”

Learn how to sift through the BS and make the right call when it comes to your gun.

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MCS 272 – The Future Of Center Axis Relock

Tactical Shooting: The Future Of Center Axis Relock (CAR)

What if there was a tactical shooting system that universally allowed you to apply the same exact principles across all weapons platforms – pistol, rifle and shotgun?

What if you could master an integrated firing method that gives you the power to transition seamlessly from one firing position to another…

…And quickly engage targets at all ranges with lightning fast speed?

And what if training in this system was so intuitive that it didn’t require hours and hours of practice to master its principles…

…So you can literally become a better protector of yourself and those you love practically overnight?

If all this sounds like a dream – something that’s too good to be true – I have news for you:

It’s real, and it’s called the Center Axis Relock system – or “CAR” for short.

CAR hit the tactical industry pretty hard, and a version of it has even been used by Keanu Reeves in the hit John Wick action film series.

But it hasn’t been without its controversy over its usefulness as a tactical shooting system.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson interviews the “heir” to the Center Axis Relock System, Jeff Johnsgaard, to get to the bottom of CAR’s place in our self-protection platforms today.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The 3 biggest benefits of Center Axis Relock over traditional shooting systems.
  • The unique features that make CAR different from what every shooter is used to!
  • Whether you should ABANDON your current shooting training!
  • Why and how to integrate OTHER defensive tactics in your firearms training.
  • How to accelerate your mastery of ANY tactical skill for superior learning and retention!

This is sure to be one of our most controversial episodes.

Check it out… and learn the future of the Center Axis Relock shooting system.

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MCS 254 – Long Range Tactical Handgun Combat Training

Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training

Most gunfights happen at extreme close range, BUT. . .

. . . you STILL have to train with your handgun not just at LONG range, but at EXTREME long range.

There are LOTS of reasons this is true.

But WHY do you need to do it?

How should you train for long-range handgun shooting?

And how do you change up your drills to keep them realistic and FUN?

The handgun is designed for close-quarters combat, but it’s actually accurate to MUCH farther out than that.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson reviews the benefits of long-distance handgun training — and explains HOW you should be conducting that training for maximum benefit.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The reasons you might need to engage a shooter who is far enough away that he’s NOT actively a threat to you!
  • The critical skills long-distance tactical handgun training helps hone.
  • The specific “mental trick” that this type of training can pull off for you!
  • Drills that will SERIOUSLY change the way you look at handgun training.
  • And much, much more!

Long-distance shooting with a handgun is NOT ideal because a handgun loses accuracy with distance.

When you MUST do it, however, you don’t want to be unprepared. . . because being prepared for long-range handgun com at can make the difference between life and death in a real gunfight!

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How Far Out Do YOU Train With Your Handgun? How Do You Do It?

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Anatomy Of A REAL Gunfight

Have you ever watched a gunfight on television or in the movies?

We all have, and you’d think most people would KNOW a single bullet can’t send you flying through the air like one of John Wick’s enemies. . .

. . .or blow a hole the size of a dinner plate through his chest!

The sad fact is, though a lot of “newbie” gun-owners out there DON’T realize this isn’t real.

Everything Hollywood has taught them is wrong, wrong, wrong. . . and there are REAL LIFE news stories about people shooting after cars – action-movie style – who end up going to jail for it.

The fact is, TOO MANY gun owners are NOT prepared to protect their loved ones with their firearm for real!

I know that’s a very in-your-face statement, but it’s absolutely true, because most people have never been in a real gunfight.

We actually analyzed over 200 real-life gunfights caught on camera.

Here’s what we learned about how a real gunfight goes down.

The Anatomy Of A REAL Shooting: What ACTUALLY Happens In A Gunfight!

Anatomy Of A Real Gunfight
Real Gunfight Training Tactics

Over and over again, three facts screamed at us from the real-life gunfight footage we looked at.

Let’s look at each one:

1. You’re Going To Move

In the movies, “cool guys don’t look at explosions.”

We’ve been fed a steady diet of Hollywood tough guys who stand immobile as gunfire explodes all around them, calmly choosing their shots and picking off the bad-guys.

In reality though, you’re going to move…

You’ll crouch down, as adrenaline and “fight or flight” reactions SCREAM at you to make as small a target of yourself as possible. This prevents you from moving effectively, slowing you down as you wander aimlessly.

You’ll duck your head, tucking your chin as you instinctively protect your neck and throat. This lowers your guard and leaves you vulnerable to head strikes.

You’ll tend to move, usually STRAIGHT BACK, which is absolutely what you DON’T want to do. If you don’t get off the attacking line you’ll just get run over.

Remember, most of these attacks happen at extreme close quarters.

Your reactions will be slow because, when you’re surprised by a sudden threat, you have to go through the OODA Loop.”

This is where you Observe the threat, Orient yourself to it, Decide what to do, and finally Act.

Your attacker has already gone through this loop in his mind.

He’s acting – and you’re reacting… which puts you behind the curve from the very start!

2. Fancy Stances Won’t Work

There was a time when everybody was learning the Weaver stance.

Modern training drifted more toward the isosceles stance because it was MORE natural… but it still isn’t what I’d call a natural, balanced position.

That “nose over toes” posture is just as bad as the Weaver in some ways.

In a real fight, you need to take a balanced fighting stance like you would if someone was throwing a punch at you.

Remember, this isn’t just a gunfight. . . It’s a gun FIGHT!

You may have to fight your way to your gun, and even after you’ve fired several rounds, you might end up having to grapple with an attacker who has closed the distance.

The only way to do this is from a natural fighting stance.

3. You Won’t Use Your Sights

Too many armed citizens are practicing for tight shot groups at long distances.

That’s NOT how you’re going to shoot in a real gunfight!

You won’t have one eye closed, that’s for sure. . . because in a real fight, both your eyes will be wide open.

You’ll be focused on the attacker, on the threat, as your brain demands you take in data so you can make decisions in order to stay alive.

Your eyes will naturally track the attacker… and because of that, you won’t be focusing on your front sight.

You’ve GOT to be prepared to shoot without your sights at extreme close quarters.

If you’re not following these principles, you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out this report.

Just be warned…

I don’t follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you’ve been taught in the past.

(For example, one of the things I learned in our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights is that the #1 survivability factor is getting behind effective cover to stop any bullets headed your way.)

All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a street attack.

“The truth will set you free!” as they say, right? 🙂

 

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Tactics For A Self-Defense Shooting: He’s Down. NOW WHAT?

Self-Defense Shooting Tactics

On your way home from work one evening, your vehicle makes that familiar *ding* sound that tells you you’re running low on gas.

You swing into the local 7-11, and while your vehicle is filling up, you run into the store to grab a sweet tea for the road.

As you’re pulling your selection out of the drink cooler at the back of the store, a hooded thug suddenly rushes through the front door… gun drawn… shoves it into the face of the clerk and demands she hand over all the money in the register.

Your heart jumps up into your throat but your blood is tingling with “hero juice” as you realize you’re in the scumbag’s blindspot and have the time and distance to get to your gun nestled in its holster on your back hip.

You draw your firearm… have good line of sight… and order the thug to drop his weapon.

He turns… aims his gun at you… you fire – pulling the trigger over and over until you see him go down!

The gun falls out of his hand as he drops, and he lays there motionless on the ground.

Now what?

Here Are 3 Actions You MUST Take Immediately After A Self-Defense Shooting…

Self-Defense Shooting Tactics
What To Do After A Self-Defense Shooting!

A lot of gun-owners train only for the INITIAL engagement of an attacker.

You know, things like draw-stroke… stance… sight alignment… trigger pull…

… all the things to be “fast and accurate” with their pistol down at the range.

But few people ever think about what happens AFTER you’ve pulled the trigger.

That’s a BIG problem.

Police, soldiers, and anyone with any tactical experience can tell you that the fight isn’t necessarily over after you’ve shot your attacker and he goes down.

In fact, this could actually be the MOST dangerous period of a self-defense shooting under certain conditions because a false sense of “the fight is over” could open you up to a follow-up attack that you never even see coming.

That’s why a lot of tactical instructors have their own “mantras” to get students to program in life-saving actions after they’ve engaged an attacker.

For example, it’s been stated that the famous firearms trainer, Chuck Taylor, used…

…”Did I hit him? Is he down? Is he out of the fight? Where are his friends?”

I’m sorry, but I don’t agree.

Now, someone will certainly want to kick me in the nuts for even DARING to challenge such a legendary tactical operator as Chuck Taylor – but in my own training, I’ve seen a lot of problems with these “mental gymnastics” exercises trainers are using.

The Problem With Most Tactical “Immediate Action Mantras” After A Self-Defense Shooting…

The first problem I see with most of these mantras is that they’re just too complicated.

When you’re locked in a real gunfight, that adrenaline cocktail surging through your veins is going to challenge your ability to think and process detailed information.

“Simple” is always best, right?

The second issue I see is the use of acronyms as a mental anchor for a series of actions.

If you need a series of letters to remember what you should do next, you’ve already violated the previous issue by overcomplicating things.

When your attacker is bleeding all over the floor… writhing in pain… bystanders screaming and crying… are you really going to remember what the “S” stands for in that instructor’s “F.A.S.T.” acronym he taught you at that tactical shooting class last year?

While acronyms can be helpful in the initial learning stages, they’re not “the” mechanism for taking the proper post-gunfight action.

The final issue I see with these mantras is that trainers use “statements” rather than “questions”.

This is important…

Statements – even if “actions words” – don’t engage the brain very effectively.

Questions however, demand answers.

Your brain can’t help it – it HAS to “close the open loop” that a question creates.

This helps you in a couple of ways…

For one, it creates a psychological “break state” that forces your brain to reengage with your surroundings in order to find the answer to the question.

This counteracts the natural “tunnel vision” mode that makes you blind to your environment due to the shotgun blast of adrenaline that was just dumped into your bloodstream.

In addition, the answer itself – when done correctly – naturally triggers the right action.

But there’s a certain way you need to ask these “tactical questions” for them to work correctly…

You see, mixed questions that require a “yes” response for some, and a “no” for others only confuse the brain, and will cause unnecessary delay in your follow-up actions.

So, let’s go back to Taylor’s mantra, “Did I hit him? Is he down? Is he out of the fight? Where are his friends?”

If your attacker is down on the ground but still fighting back – your answers to the first 3 questions would be “yes, yes, no” and the proper response would be to continue your engagement of the target, right?

Can you see why that would be a problem?

In the adrenaline-fueled fury of a real gunfight, you’re likely NOT going to have the mental capacity to decode answers that mix up the “yes’s” and “no’s”.

Besides, the word “no” subconsciously means “stop” and when it comes to the need to continue firing to engage the threat, you want to be triggered ONLY by a “yes” answer.

Ok, so now that I’ve shown you the problems with most of these tactical mantra responses…

Here’s A Better Way To Protect Yourself AFTER You Shoot In Self-Defense…

For me, and when I’m training students, I tell them to use just 3 simple questions that follow the format I was telling you about.

Basically, if the answer to ANY of these questions is “Yes!”, you must take IMMEDIATE action…

1. “Can he kill me?”

I know, that seems obvious, right?

But it’s different than asking, “Is he down?” because, well… he could be down… and STILL be a threat.

Likewise, he could be standing or leaning against something, but injured to the point of no longer being a lethal threat to you – and adding to the inventory of bullets into his chest could be seen as excessive force, putting you at risk of a legal “use of force” violation.

However, asking the question, “Can he kill me?” forces you to continue to scan your attacker for his ability to carry out any lethal threat – one of the “legal tests” you MUST pass to justify your actions.

In addition, whether he’s on the ground or still standing, this triggers you to order him to “show me your hands!” to answer the question.

If the answer to “Can he kill me?” is “Yes!”, then you continue to pull the trigger.

2. “Others?”

Most tactical trainers will try to program students into looking over their left and right shoulders immediately after neutralizing their attacker, in order to see if there are any additional threats that should be engaged.

However, because this is usually taught as a “technique” (that isn’t anchored with a question), it ends up becoming a very robotic response that fails to achieve the desired effect.

In other words, “looking left and right” – while it has a purpose – doesn’t require the brain to seek out an answer because it’s a “statement”.

By asking “Others?” – while keeping your weapon “at the ready” and pointed at your original threat – your brain naturally looks around to see if there really ARE any other attackers.

It seeks an answer to the question.

And if that answer is “Yes!”, you engage that threat.

3. “Cover?”

One of the things I learned in our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights is that the #1 survivability factor is getting behind effective cover to stop any bullets headed your way.

Being a combat-veteran, I can tell you that this is something you learn naturally the moment you hear bullets zinging by your head – but for the civilian who has never had a gun pointed at them, it’s not a natural response.

But let’s face it, you never know when an attacker is going to pull a back-up gun or if his homies (the ones you may not have seen) are going to suddenly start shooting, right?

It’s better to assess your next steps – as well as reload – from a safe position behind a vehicle, cement/brick wall, or other barrier.

If the answer to “Cover?” is “Yes!”… get to it!

So start saying these three questions after each magazine you unload at the range, and I’m confident you’ll instantly notice the difference in the level of post-shooting mental engagement.

It’s super simple… effective… and could one day save your life!

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Concealed Carry Tips: Woman’s Gun Vs. 2 Kidnappers! (3 CCW Lessons. . .)

Concealed Carry Story Abduction

“I have this… and I’m NOT afraid to use it!”

Those were the words 62 y.o. Dinah Burns shouted out as she drew here concealed firearm on two thugs – one armed with a baseball bat.

What happened next has some life-saving lessons for the responsibly armed citizen…

It all began one Monday evening while Dinah was walking her dog Gracie on the trail near the local elementary school in Lancaster, Ohio as she had done for over 26 years.

Suddenly, the two men came out of the woods and told her…

… “You’re coming with us!”

Fortunately, Dinah didn’t depend on her dog to protect her from these attackers and had just recently obtained her concealed carry permit.

And this evening, she was packing!

While distracting the two men with conversation, Dinah slipped her hand into her pocket, drawing her firearm and switching off the safety.

The man with the bat didn’t think she had the guts to pull the trigger and started to approach her.

As Dinah uttered her final warning to these thugs, they suddenly realized she was serious and ran off.

This Attempted Abduction Ended Well For Dinah – But Here Are 3 Concealed Carry Tips You MUST Take Away From Her Scary Attack…

Concealed Carry Story Abduction
How would you react in this concealed carry attack story?

While Dinah made all the right moves and escaped with her life, she’s more the “exception” than the “rule”… even among so-called “experienced” gun-owners!

Check out these shocking findings…

In recent survey conducted with gun-owners who carry concealed, they were asked, “How often do you carry a firearm?”.

A staggering 47% mentioned they only carry “occasionally” or “not at all”.

Being a “sheepdog” protector myself, I found this number to be hard to swallow by itself… but that’s not the worst part…

Even MORE interesting are the reasons why they don’t carry:

“It’s uncomfortable!”
“I only carry when I think I need to.”
“Our neighborhood is more secure than most.”
“I need more training to feel confident.”

Be honest… have you ever said any one of these statements to yourself in the past?

I’ll admit that I have.

But where do you think Dinah would be right now if she had left her home that one fateful evening without her firearm?

Stuffed in the bushes somewhere? Raped… beaten… bleeding… dying… with no help on the way?

Here are 3 lessons from Dinah’s experience I hope YOU will consider before you ever leave your house without your weapon again…

1. “The First Rule Of Gunfighting…”

The legendary Jeff Cooper said it best: “The first rule of gunfighting… have a gun”.

If you own a weapon, get your carry license.

If you have a concealed carry license… carry it!

‘Nuff said.

2. The Most Familiar Places Can Be The Most Dangerous!

People naturally let their guard down in areas that are familiar to them.

After all… it’s been “safe” for the last 10 years, why would tonight be any different?

Until it IS different!

Dinah was in a familiar place just walking her dog as she had done for over 26 years without a single incident.

All it took was one single night out of 26 years that would have traumatized her forever – or taken her life in an instant!

3. Don’t Count On A “Warning”!

In this story, the two men weren’t afraid of a fight from a “woman”.

Older, physically weaker and outnumbered, these men took her to be an easy target and gave her plenty of reaction time to get to her gun.

If you’re a woman, don’t think you’ll always get that kind of accommodation.

If you’re a guy, you most likely aren’t going to get ANY accommodation!

Criminals aren’t looking for a fight – which is why they travel in pairs (or packs) and will come out of nowhere to ambush you with no warning.

When that happens, you’d damn well better be trained and ready.

Unfortunately, most of what’s out there for “gunfighting tactics” aren’t based on real-world, life-or-death scenarios.

That’s why we analyzed over 200 real-life gunfights and offer a free report on the cold, hard truth about what it REALLY takes to stop a violent attacker with your gun.

If you’re not following these principles, you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

What Other Self-Defense Lessons Can You Draw From Dinah’s Attack?

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