I know a guy who works in a gun store. He’s worked there many years, sold many guns, and carries. He’s punched many paper targets, and collected many firearms. He’s especially fond of Browning High Powers and Vietnamese food. And he’s a really good guy, honest to a fault and direct. I like him alot.
But, I don’t have any idea how much actual practical firearms training he’s had, or if he’s even considered mindset.
One day a few years back, he walked up the stripmall from the gun store to the liquor store at the end. The guys stop in there often for sodas and goodies. It’s owned (or was) by an Iraqi who loves Americans – he and his family escaped one of Chemical Ali’s purges and just got out with their lives.
My friend entered the store, and there were two guys at the register. Holding guns on the clerk. One turned to face him. He told me time stops – I’m certain it does.
Then, the guy shot my friend in the face. And they escaped unharmed. Last I heard they remain ‘at large’.
The good news is it was a single .410 shotgun round, and it struck him square on the chin. Lower, and his trachea and carotid arteries might have been hit. Higher, his eyes. The shot hit him square on the chin and spread like a Y up his jaw.
He never even cleared leather. And he continues to pick shot out of his face on a regular basis. And it’s been years. He knows how fortunate he is.
The point is mindset. Do YOU have it? Have you, as a lawful-firearms-carrying-citizen already made the decision you are going to survive and engage, to stop the bad guys?
To take a life if necessary?
When the bad guys turn and face you it
might will be too late to start mulling over that all-important decision.
Decide right now. Be pro-active. Then practice, drill, and remember your moral commitment.
Set your mind in advance. The next guys might have better aim.