No one starts their day expecting to use their handgun in self-defense. In fact, most concealed carry permit holders hope they never have to use their guns to protect themselves. However, they understand that it is their responsibility to protect themselves and their families should they be faced with a threat.
The following tips will help you minimize your chances of needing your weapon, but also ensure you will be confident and ready to use it should the need arise.
1 – Be Bold Enough to Avoid Dangerous Situations
The best way to keep yourself safe on a daily basis is to avoid situations that put your safety at risk. This step is pretty much common sense. Avoid walking alone in dark alleys, and don’t travel to bad parts of town in the middle of the night if you don’t have to. Plan ahead so you can avoid putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.
2 – Be Mentally and Physically Aware
These days, it seems like everyone you see has their eyes glued to their smartphones, with little awareness of what’s going on around them. This addiction to being constantly connected may be putting our lives in danger. No matter where you are, even if you’re in the safety of your own home, you must be vigilant and aware of what is going on around you. Keep your head up and look around at the people around you.
Carry yourself with confidence and make eye contact with anyone who approaches you. Simply being aware of your surroundings will significantly reduce your chances of being a target.
3 – Defend Your Home Daily
The above tips also apply when you’re in the perceived safety of your own home. Criminals can strike at any time, day or night. Although you can’t predict whether you will be the victim of a home invasion, you can take certain steps to reduce your risk of being victimized. Barking dogs, home security signs and good outdoor lighting can serve as effective deterrents to a criminal who wants to break into your home.
Be prepared. Make sure you have a home defense plan and that your firearm is easily accessible in case you need it.
4- Regular Training Pays Off
For concealed carry permit holders, it is impossible to overstate the importance of proper training. No matter how many years of experience and hours of gun training you have had, you’re never done with training. If you’re ready to take control of your safety, get your hands on our Handgun Safety Training on DVD.
This training will teach you how to use handguns safely and effectively so that you can protect yourself and your family. The best part? It’s on DVD so you don’t need to leave home and you can train at times that work for you.