Common EDC Mistakes
Saving your life
The main reason we conceal carry our firearms is for protection. To save our lives one day if needed. As an Army instructor I learned a great deal about proper use of firearms in stressful situations. I have noticed many common mistakes throughout our community. Some are very dangerous and others just make EDC more difficult than it needs to be.
When I left service, I could train people on my own time. By networking with people and doing much research it amazed me at how many people go purchase a permit and a pistol then think they are good to go. There is much more to it and if you stop there, you are far from prepared to handle a situation properly.
The easy part
Choosing the proper gear is very important. One major issue I have is when people tell others what to buy. Everyone is unique and only you can choose for yourself. Not everyone can afford a new HK or high end pistol. By doing your own research you will be able to decide what features are best for your style.
Be sure to study how the triggers and sights vary. Decide what you consider to be a quality pistol. For me, I decided that night sights, a metal guide rod and a smooth trigger are all mandatory. Since firearms hold their value it is easy to trade or sell. I have carried a many pistols before I decided what best fits me. Having equipment you feel confident in is vital. If you do not have confidence in yourself and your equipment you are bound to second guess yourself in the heat of the moment.
The hard part
Being confident in your equipment is important. What about yourself? To keep from second guessing yourself, improving on your reaction time and precision you must train yourself. Not everyone has access to a range that allows them to do the drills required. What many people don’t realize is that there is a lot you can do without a range.
Off The Range Training:
Situational awareness: This will help keep you out of a situation before it even starts. Be aware of your surroundings, pay attention to people, their actions and emotions. This skill set will help you rate areas and avoid high-risk areas and realize when something is about to happen.
Dry fire: There are rumors about how dry firing a firearm can damage it. This is far from the truth. Dry firing will not damage any modern weapons. What started this myth? Some old rimfires had a design flaw that would allow the firing pin to hit the edge of the chamber. fire practice can help with your trigger squeeze, reloads, and basic firearm manipulation.
Draw: Practice your draw. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Learn the best ways to move clothing that covers your firearm, hand placement and getting on target quickly and effectively. Once perfected be sure to take this training to the range for live fire exercise. Timing is just as important. If you study police and self-defense interactions, you realize that if you try to draw too soon or too late, it can prove fatal.
90 second rule: When a stressful situation strikes a chemical reaction naturally occurs in the brain that lasts around 90 second. This will hinder your ability to react. Understanding the rule is the first step, being able to counter it and increase your reaction time is the goal. An effective way to help counter it would be to gain the proper muscle memory through rigorous training.
I see many people who thing that standing on the range and shooting paper targets is all you need to do. This is just the beginning.
Reloads: When I train at the range I almost never fill my mags, 1-5 rounds at most. This helps me practice reloads more often.
Draw: Once perfected safely with an unloaded or prop gun take it to the live fire range.
Position: Learn how properly fire from different positions. Laying on your back, on your side and from behind cover may also be a lifesaving skill to gain.
Wrap it up
In order to be fully prepared you must have the proper equipment and skills. The last thing you want is hurt bystanders or fail to defend yourself and/or your family. Take some time to study many resources, practice the skills you feel are most important and train yourself up to confidence and strive for perfection. The best way to learn is by using the walk, crawl, run theory used by the military.
Walk: Study many sources and deceit what equipment and skill will best fit you needs.
crawl: Practice slowly and safely without live ammunition.
Run: Hit the range and build your skills in a live fire environment.