Nathan Camarda, Instructor
You took the class and bought a pistol for self-defense. You decided that your family was not going to be another victim statistic. Congratulations, the easy part is now over. Now begins
a lifetime of choices to improve your skill set, equipment, expand your knowledge and experience, as well as developing your own style. There is no training, piece of gear, or anything
else on this earth that will guarantee you success in a horrible chaotic life-threatening situation. The key goal here is to maximize your chances and minimize your risk. There are many things you can do to improve toward that goal. One of the easiest improvements you can make is to your equipment. This can be as simple as adding a flashlight to your everyday carry and as complicated as a complete customization of your firearm. Some significant results can be obtained by some very minor gear purchases. As I mentioned above a flashlight can be a miracle in your pocket, or even attached to your gun. Many of these lights are reasonably priced and provide multiple benefits. A light not only increases your visibility and target identification but can also be advantageous as a blinding/disorientation tool. This becomes even more effective if your light has a strobe feature. Low light / no light situations can be hazardous even under no stress conditions and a good light can go a long way. Similar to a flashlight another easy upgrade is some form of night sights. Many of these options can be self-installed with basic tools depending on your firearm.
A quality comfortable holster and additional magazines with a mag holder are often underestimated pieces of gear. If your firearm is comfortable to carry you are much more likely to have it on your person and therefore available should the need ever arise. Similarly, extra ammunition is something experience has taught me you NEVER want to need and not have. The longer and more complex improvements involve a dedication to bettering yourself and your skills. The old timeworn statements like “practice makes perfect” are especially relevant when dealing with high-stress situations. There are several physiological changes that occur when the human body is placed under high stress. These changes can turn little mistakes
into big ones and can be the difference between life or death. Repetition and practice is the only improvement you can make to mitigate these risks. Some of these can range from
extensive paid training programs to the no-cost training task of practicing unholstering/holstering or reloading drills at home in front of the television. Your life is in YOUR hands and it is up to you how far you want to go. I always encourage you to challenge your limits and seek more knowledge. Ask questions, try new
things, and train with old ones. Most importantly STAY SAFE, STAY HAPPY!
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