We all think we will know what to do in a bad situation. But that doesn’t mean we can stop practicing with our firearms.
Same goes for learning. You can have all the ammo, all the guns you need but if you don’t know what to do with them, they are pretty much worthless to you.
Debbie Crews has 6 powerful steps to prepare anyone in an attack. And she knows her stuff!
On top of creating good habits with your firearm training, here are her 6 tips that could keep you safe.
Accept that it can happen:
If you have never been in a situation or you live in a relatively safe place, this one could be difficult. Know that the situation can occur at anytime anywhere.
Debbie also points out that people don’t accept it is happening in the moment. In an emergency, time is of the essence. If you do not accept that something is happening, you are losing your valuable time.
Being disadvantaged already because you are the one reacting, don’t make it worse by thinking “this can’t be happening”.
Make a plan:
Sure, you might have thought about it once or twice, played out the situation in your head (you always came out on top), but do you really have a plan?
Have a plan in place, a backup plan and a backup to your backup. Remember, you never know what exactly you’re planning for.
You need to be prepared for every situation. That means home intruder, an attempted carjacking, someone trying to steal your purse or robbing you at gun point. The list goes on.
You can’t treat those situations in the same way. All of them are possibilities and knowing how to prevent and respond to each case with a flexible plan could help save your life.
When making your plan it’s imperative to know your legal threshold, know when your attacker has crossed the line, leaving you no choice but to react. Understanding where the line is drawn can be your only determining factor in deciding to use your firearm or to choose another route, so be certain.
I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve heard people, especially in college, tell me that they got black out drunk at a party with others they didn’t know. Don’t they realize the danger they are putting themselves in?
Awareness, people. It’s key.
The best way to win a confrontation is to avoid a confrontation all together.
ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings, whether you are at home or out in public. This way you not only are paying attention to the people around you but it also gives you the ability to take alternative actions so you’re not being caught off guard.
For example, if you are being vigilant and can see your attacker approaching you can assess whether or not you have time to cross the street to safety, get inside that public store you saw five minutes ago or get into your car and drive away.
If you are distracted and suddenly feel threatened, you are more likely to freeze up because you were caught off guard. You won’t be prepared to make the next move.
You all knew this one had to be on the list!
Practice for whatever your plan is, then practice for that to change.
Just to reiterate, you never know how a high pressure encounter will unfold; someone could attack you, break into your house or could be trying to cause your family harm. Whatever the case, familiarize yourself with the plan and then practice for when that plan goes out the window.
Preparing for adrenaline can save your life one day. It is important to be able to process change effectively and calmly, all while knowing your limitations.
When in a life threatening situation, the human heart speeds up. This is because it is trying to keep up with the massive adrenaline dump taking place. This can cause hand tremors, increased heart rate, rapid breathing and tunnel vision, or loss of peripheral vision.
If you don’t prepare for these high adrenaline situations, your chances of success go way down.
Good news is, you don’t even have to leave your house to prepare for these situations.
Here is one example of an exercise you can do:
When participating in this exercise make sure you are practicing in front of a mirror, with an unloaded firearm, in a room you never take ammunition into.
1. With your firearm on the table in front of you do 20+ jumping jacks, burpees or pushups.
2. Once activity is complete, draw your firearm from its holster.
3. Immediately try to work a dry fire with good sight alignment and good grip.
4. Analyze your trigger pull, sight alignment, stance, stability and grip.
If you only see a fraction of the front and rear sight, don’t worry, it’s supposed to look that way. This exercise is intended to reveal your flash sight picture giving you a baseline to work off so that you eventually are only looking at the front sight. This prepares you for a five to seven yard defensive situation.
Like we said before, Debbie knows her stuff!
It’s time to force the unimaginable to become imaginable.
It’s nearly impossible to defensively train with your firearm unless you’re visualizing.
Practice with a particular place in mind. Somewhere you go all the time. Somewhere you are planning on visiting. Picture it. Now put yourself in a high pressure or emergency encounter and draw it all out in your head.
Hitting at paper targets isn’t enough.
In a high pressure situation, you have seconds to choose between fight or flight. Really visualizing while you’re training can save you from going into “flight mode” if you actually need to get into a combative situation in order to save your life.
Your body may not go where your mind has never been. If you don’t practice for using your gun defensively by training your mind to figure out what you’re going to do when everything goes wrong, what your other options are when all of your initial options go out of the window and how you’re going to react, you will get flustered.
Tip: While at the range set the scene by asking yourselves questions similar to these:
1. Where are you?
2. Are you walking down the street?
3. Are you in your back yard?
4. Are you answering your door?
5. Did you get startled at 3 a.m.?
6. Where is your attacker coming from?
7. Is the intruder coming up your stairs in the dark?
8. Is someone running across the street at you with a baseball bat in their hand?
9. Is it raining? Is there bad visibility?
10. Is your attacker armed? ARE YOU SURE?
Keep up on skills and continue to build on them:
Practice makes perfect.
This means practicing every aspect of carrying a gun.
Practice drawing from various different holsters or concealed carry wear. You can have a weapon, but if you are flustered and can’t get to it, what’s the point?
And you don’t wear your holster the same with every outfit. One day you could be wearing a dress. The next, sweat pants and a tee-shirt. They have very different holster placements.
If you keep your gun in a purse or briefcase, it’s time to take those to the range. Practice drawing them.
Start practicing with an unloaded firearm. It might be more difficult than you think, and ask for help from an instructor. That’s what they are there for.
Practice shooting at center mass targets instead of trying to drill the bulls-eye targets. Those are fun targets but center mass targets give a more realistic target size.
We hope you liked these tips and take them to heart.
Stay safe and happy shooting!