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Women Must Carry Concealed To Protect Their Own Lives

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It’s an old adage among firearms enthusiasts: “God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal.” We might add that this applies not just to men, but to men and women. 

Let’s be honest: If you’re a woman and you’re carrying anything other than a firearm to protect your own life, you’re risking your personal safety every time that you leave the house. Pepper spray isn’t going to stop a highly motivated attacker if he’s sober. If he’s on drugs, forget about it. Keys between the fingers? Absolutely not. Your bare hands? You might be stronger than some men, but the fact is that the average man is much larger and much stronger than you – and can easily overpower you if he wants too badly enough. 

Still, we understand that many women are uncomfortable with the idea of carrying a firearm. You think it’s just going to get taken away from you and used against you. You’re worried about the law. You’re worried about whether or not you’ll actually be able to get to it and use it in time. 

We understand. In fact, all of these are valid concerns. They are, however, valid concerts to which there are ready and easy answers. So if you’re a woman concerned about her safety in an increasingly dangerous world – and you should be – here’s a quick and ready guide to help alleviate some of your fears. 

“My Gun Is Just Going To Get Taken Away From Me”

This is probably number one at the top of women’s list of fears when it comes to carrying a concealed firearm. You think that the same larger, stronger attacker that you can’t defeat with your bare hands is going to disarm you and use your weapons against you.

To be clear, that’s definitely a concern, but it’s not one that you can’t start preparing for as soon as you get a weapon. In fact, you shouldn’t be carrying a concealed weapon unless you have a couple of ducks in a row beforehand to plan for just such a contingency. 

First, you want a retention holster that is going to make it harder for an attacker to simply grab the weapon off your body while it’s still holstered. This isn’t just a tip for the ladies, it’s a tip for anyone who carries a concealed weapon. 

Next, you should train with your weapon and that doesn’t mean just sending rounds down range. Train with a trusted partner so that you’re ready to resist a motivated attacker who is either trying to disarm you or prevent you from getting to your weapon in time. This won’t just get you ready for a confrontation, it will also make you more confident carrying your weapon.

“I’m Worried About Breaking The Law”

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Every gun owner has rights, but they also have responsibilities under the law. This is especially true if you’re carrying a concealed weapon out in public. 

The good news is that you just have to do your due diligence in this regard. Yes, it’s true, some states are more hostile to the Second Amendment than others. Yes, it’s also true that in the more Second Amendment-friendly states, there are cities and other enclaves that are hostile to the Second Amendment. That’s not a reason for you to not take responsibility for your own safety, including knowing what state and local laws are applicable. 

“I Won’t Know How To Use It When The Time Comes”

So you’re afraid that if you are attacked you won’t know how to use your weapon properly. 

Well, join the club. This is hardly a problem that only women have to worry about. In fact, most of the men who think they’re prepared to use a firearm in a real-life firefight only think they’re prepared. They’re actually not, because they haven’t taken into account things like neurological stress and fear and the impact this will have on their ability to use their weapon.

The answer to this, as it is with most things in the world of self-defense and personal protection, is training. You can train to prepare yourself for a real-life fight for your life with a firearm, including the stress involved. Like all training, this has to be purposeful training designed toward the specific end of getting yourself ready for a real-life firefight. 

So if you’re a woman and you’re worried about your own safety – again, a totally reasonable concern given the current state of the world – stop coming up with reasons why you can’t carry. Because there are no reasons to not carry. Just problems presented by carrying a concealed weapon, all of which you can begin addressing through proper training and education. 

Are you a woman who is afraid to carry a concealed weapon? If so, did we address your fears above? If not, what keeps you from carrying concealed? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Fear Can Get You Killed In A Real-Life Gunfight

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If you want to defend yourself and your family in a real-life firefight you’re going to have to start preparing for your worst enemy right now. Your worst enemy isn’t a home invader or federal agents – it’s fear. Because in a real-life firefight, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to deal with the fear and anxiety involved. This is especially true if you’re not doing anything to prepare yourself for that stress, fear, and anxiety right now. 

Think about how you train at the range: You shoot round after round down the range at a fixed target from an optimal position at the moment of your choosing. This is absolutely nothing like a real-life firefight, where you will likely be engaged by a violent and highly motivated opponent. 

First, you need to understand just how important the role fear plays in a real-life firefight. Then you need to start sculpting a training program centered around getting you ready for that fear before it’s too late. That might sound like a daunting task, but it’s one that you can easily introduce into your training starting today. 

The Nature of Fear: Unraveling the Emotional Tapestry

First, you have to understand the nature of fear and how it’s going to impact your performance in a real-life firefight. 

Stress and fear aren’t just emotional responses. They’re also physiological responses. What this means is that many people have physical responses to extreme stress that they’re not expecting. For those of you who own firearms for the purpose of defending your family against violent criminals, this can have severe or even deadly consequences if you’re not prepared.

For example, how steady do you think you’ll be able to hold and aim your firearm during a firefight? Chances are not great and certainly not as good as you can on even your worst day at the range. One of the first things that goes out the window when you have to deal with the kind of extreme stress like the kind you’ll be dealing with in a firefight is fine motor skills. 

It gets worse. In fact, during times of extreme, life-or-death stress, your body is probably going to shut down some basic biological processes. No, we’re not warning you that you’re going to pee your pants. That would be the least of your problems if you were defending your family against home invaders. What we’re talking about is that basic senses like sight might just decide to stop working. 

The point of this isn’t to scare you, the point of this is to illustrate just how real the impact of fear is. It’s not about “being brave.” These are biological responses to psychological problems. You need to start preparing for them now or you’re going to be in serious trouble if you ever have to defend your own life and that of your family with a firearm. 

How To Start Training For Fear Today

You might think there’s nothing you can do about fear in a real-life firefight, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, training to prepare yourself for stress during a real-life gunfight is something you can start doing right now. Seriously, if you have a gun and the will to do so, you can stand up once you’re done reading this article and start getting ready right now. 

Here are some basic ways to prepare your mind and body for the types of fear you will experience during a firefight. Please note that your weapon should be unloaded for all of these – these are dry-fire training drills:

  • Strap On Your Headphones: Put on a pair of headphones and turn up a horrible noise really loud while you practice dry-firing your weapon. Think of your morning alarm clock, the sound of a baby crying, or just an audio track of someone threatening you and your family. 
  • Make Like A Flamingo: Training yourself for the kind of fear and stress you will experience during a real-life firefight can be as simple as practicing drawing and aiming your weapon while standing on one leg. 
  • Get A Buddy: Training with a partner can really help to unlock your fear preparedness. Have a trusted partner rush at you, attack you, and try to prevent you from accessing your firearm from the holstered position. 

This all might sound a little silly, but it’s not. In fact, your body doesn’t know the difference between this kind of practice stress and real stress. It doesn’t even know the difference between cognitive stress and physiological stress, which is why something as simple as standing on one leg can help to prepare you for a real-life firefight. 

The bottom line is this: If you’re not training for the stress of a real-life firefight, you’re basically just training to lose a real-life firefight… and that can have deadly consequences not just for you, but for everyone that you hold dear.

Are you training to prepare yourself for the fear and stress of a real-life firefight? How? If not, why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Violent Crime Spikes At Christmas: Are You Ready?

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The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, it can also be a time of tragedy. There’s an uptick in violent crime rates around the Christmas season. If you’re not prepared, you could spend the season mourning instead of celebrating. So here’s how you can take extra precautions to protect your castle during the Christmas season.

The Holiday Season Security Conundrum

During the holiday season, our homes often become the epicenter of gatherings, filled with valuable gifts and loved ones. However, this increased social and economic activity can also make homes tempting targets for criminals. As responsible gun owners, it’s our duty to protect what matters most – our lives and those of our families. Here are some key considerations:

  • Situational Awareness: The first step in any home defense strategy is awareness. Stay alert and vigilant, especially during the holiday hustle and bustle. Know who is entering your property and be cautious of unexpected visitors.
  • Safe Storage: Ensure your firearms are securely stored when not in use. Keep them in a quality gun-safe or secure storage cabinet. You want to maintain easy access for yourself while preventing unauthorized access.
  • Access Control: Secure entrances and windows. Reinforce locks, consider installing a peephole, and keep windows covered when needed. Deadbolts, window bars, and security film can be valuable additions.
  • Training and Practice: Regularly practice firearm use in a controlled environment to ensure you’re proficient and confident in your abilities. Consider defensive firearms training to prepare for home defense scenarios.

Holiday Firearm Home Defense Strategies:

Now, let’s dive into some specific strategies and tips to ensure your home defense is primed for the festive season:

Plan Ahead

Before the holiday festivities kick off, create a home defense plan. Discuss it with your family and ensure everyone knows their roles and what to do in case of an emergency. Having a well-thought-out plan in place can prevent panic and confusion.

Firearm Accessibility

While safe storage is paramount, you also need quick access to your defensive firearms. Consider a rapid access safe or storage solution specifically designed for this purpose. These safes provide quick and secure access while preventing unauthorized use.

Ammo and Magazines

Have an ample supply of self-defense ammunition readily available. Ensure your magazines are loaded and accessible. You don’t want to be caught unprepared during an emergency.

Practice Dry Fire Drills

Dry fire drills involve practicing firearm manipulation and target acquisition without live ammunition. This is an excellent way to reinforce your home defense skills without the risks associated with live fire.

Secure Your Perimeter

Thoroughly inspect your home’s security measures. Reinforce doors and windows, and consider motion sensor lighting for the exterior. Outdoor security cameras can also be a deterrent and provide valuable evidence in case of an incident.

Intruder Deterrents

Visible signs of a security system or a “Beware of Dog” sign can deter potential intruders. These psychological deterrents can make criminals think twice before targeting your home.

Firearm Proficiency

Mastery of your defensive firearm is essential. Take the time to practice shooting from various positions, such as from behind the cover or in low-light conditions. These skills can prove invaluable in a home defense situation.

Stay Informed

Stay updated on local crime trends and neighborhood safety. Participate in community watch programs and connect with your neighbors. Sharing information and looking out for each other can be an effective strategy.

Develop a Safe Room

Consider designating a safe room in your home where your family can retreat in case of a home invasion. Equip it with communication devices, provisions, and, of course, your defensive firearms.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Familiarize yourself with the legal and ethical aspects of home defense. People tend to be far too cavalier about these aspects of home defense. Know your state’s laws regarding the use of deadly force in self-defense situations. Understanding the boundaries is essential.

The holiday season should be a time of joy, not anxiety. By implementing these firearm home defense strategies, you can ensure the safety and security of your loved ones and your property during this festive period. Remember, preparation and vigilance are your greatest assets when it comes to home defense. Stay safe, stay responsible, and enjoy the holidays with peace of mind.

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Firearm Safety Measures for Families at Home

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Having firearms in your home comes with significant responsibilities, especially when you have a family. Ensuring the safety of your loved ones and minimizing the risk of accidents should be a top priority. In this article, we’ll explore essential safety tips to help families with firearms in the house maintain a secure and harmonious living environment.

Secure Storage

The key to firearm safety at home is secure storage. Invest in a high-quality gun safe or lockbox that meets your needs and budget. Store your firearms unloaded, with ammunition kept separately. Ensure that only authorized individuals know the safe’s access code or key location.

Education and Training

Educate every family member about firearm safety, even those who may not handle firearms directly. Enroll in local firearm safety courses and encourage your family to participate. Understanding the basics of firearm safety fosters a culture of responsibility and respect.

Age-Appropriate Education

Teach children about firearms in an age-appropriate manner. Young children should be educated about the “stop, don’t touch, run away, and tell an adult” approach if they come across a firearm. Older children can be taught more advanced safety rules under adult supervision.

Communication

Open and honest communication is essential. Discuss the presence of firearms in the home with all family members. Ensure that everyone understands the potential dangers and the importance of adhering to safety rules at all times.

Always Treat Firearms as Loaded

Instill the mindset that every firearm is loaded, even if you believe it to be empty. Never assume a firearm is safe to handle. Always check the chamber and magazine before handling or storing it.

Keep Finger Off the Trigger

Teach proper handling techniques, emphasizing the importance of keeping the finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. This reduces the risk of accidental discharges.

Supervision and Access Control

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When handling firearms, especially during training or practice sessions, ensure adult supervision at all times. Implement access control measures, so only authorized individuals can access firearms. Never allow horseplay or games involving firearms in the house. Make it clear that firearms are not toys and should be treated with respect and seriousness.

Use Gun Locks or Cable Locks

Utilize gun locks or cable locks when storing firearms in a gun safe to prevent unauthorized access. These simple devices add an extra layer of safety and are particularly useful when children or visitors are around.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection

Regularly inspect your firearms for any signs of wear, damage, or malfunction. Proper maintenance ensures that your personal firearms function safely and reliably.

Safety should be the foundation of any household with firearms. By implementing these safety tips, you can create a secure environment for your family. Responsible firearm ownership involves education, communication, secure storage, and ongoing adherence to safety rules. Remember, safety is a collective responsibility, and fostering a culture of safety within your family will contribute to a safer and more harmonious living environment for everyone involved.

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