Too often, people start carrying guns for self
preservation without being properly prepared. Going heeled is
more than selecting the right gun; in fact, just about any
compact handgun will serve. More importantly, it is the software
between your ears that will save your hide more than the
hardware in your holster. Proper training is important. It
does not necessarily have to be at one of the countryís top
training schools. It is nice to be able to train with the
professionals, but many cannot find the time nor the funds to do
so. Anyway, shooting skills are important, but awareness
and attitude are just as essential for one who is to survive a
First of all, if you find yourself in a
gunfight, you probably screwed up somewhere already. Most can be
avoided with a little forethought. Did you really have to run
down to the local "Stop & Rob" at midnight for
that gallon of milk? Was the short-cut through the back alley
really the best decision? Was it imperative that you
inform that other driver as to the lineage of his mother?
As stated earlier, most people obtain a pistol,
a permit, some ammo, and not much else. The topic of going armed
has been covered many times in many places, but one of the best
pieces on the topic is a new book out by David Kenik titled: "Armed Response".
The book is forwarded by Massad Ayoob,
and covers just about every aspect of going heeled in public.
The book is mostly well-written, and it is easy to understand
the authorís subject matter. Mr. Kenik does not presume that
every reader is a combat veteran or martial artist. The book is
filled with black-and-white pictures to help illustrate the
"Armed Response" covers subjects such
as weapon, holster, ammo, and clothing selection. Kenik
discusses weapon types and the operation of each. He covers the
topics of proper behavior before, during, and after a
confrontation. While I do not agree with every point that the
author makes in detail, I also concede that he is probably more
qualified than I to make such points in writing. He also points
out what cannot be emphasized enough: that one is responsible
for oneís own protection. When you find yourself in
grave danger, keep in mind that the cops will arrive, but
usually after the fight is over. Itís your hide, your family,
and your fight.
I highly recommend this book. It should be
issued to everyone who receives a carry permit. It will go
farther to prepare you for a fight than anything that you can
slide into a holster.
"Armed Response" is available in book
stores and gun shops, or can be ordered online here: http://www.mle-shootingsports.com/armed_response_book.htm.
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