I thought this was a pretty decent primer on the basics after you buy a gun. I might contend that getting training/practice in unarmed combatives and less-lethal tools (pepper spray, etc.) could/should come first, but my own journey introduced those things after buying a gun, so who am I to disagree?
I would add Dark Angel Medical to the list of people to do medical training with (although I’m a big fan of Greg Ellifritz and plan to take his course in 2017). And I would add Mike Pannone’s “Covert Carry” class to the bullet point about practicing drawing from concealment. I was recently contacted via a private message on one of the “best”–in my opinion–online forums for my opinion about that course. Looking back on my now 200+ hours of firearms coursework, I think that is the class I would most recommend for civilians practicing concealed carry.
One thing I feel is a must that is missing from this list, however, is the purchase of some sort of safe or the like in which the firearm can be safely stored away from children or smash-and-grab thieves.
Overall, a great outline of key points!–Robert
So you took a basic gun safety class or one of those hokey $19.95 online “Get Your Permit in 30 minutes or less!” courses, what else do you need to know besides the NRA 3 Rules of Gun Safety or Jeff Cooper’s 4 Rules of Gun Safety?
- Know How to Spot (and even Prevent) Trouble Before it Happens
- Understand that the gun is the last line of defense in a layered home security plan
- Know the “3 Stupids Rule”
- Stupid Things
- Stupid Places
- Stupid People
- Read Street Smarts, Firearms, and Personal Security by Kelly McCann
- Read Defensive Living by Ed Lovette
- Read “Managing Unknown Contacts” from Craig Douglas (SouthNarc)
- Read Massad Ayoob’s material
- Watch videos of muggings on YouTube
- Take a close look at the body language of the assailants…
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