Andrew Lake, Instructor
The Right Tool for the Job
Many of us have heard the phrase, “Know your equipment.” While often referring to hand tools for a carpenter or skilled tradesman, I believe it also applies directly to the vigilant defender. Whether a concealed handgun, knife in the pocket, or just a can of pepper spray... whatever tool you may employ to defend yourself or someone else, you need to know that equipment. In the military, we do drills to familiarize ourselves with our weapons. Often to the tune of hundreds of mag changes at one shot. The idea being, that you train yourself on that weapon until every single function of it can be executed without even thinking. The weapon becomes an extension of yourself, able to be employed effectively, in a split second, with no real thought involved. Much like when the doctor taps your knee with that strange little hammer, and your leg just bounces. You didn't think about that, or have to remind yourself, “My leg should bounce now.” That is ultimately the type of intimate knowledge you should have with whatever weapons system you intend to use in
a situation that your life may depend on. If you own a gun, get your CCW license to carry it. If you have your CCW, continue to take courses and classes to better train yourself to use that firearm. If you've done all of those things... CONTINUE to train and practice. The best shooters and gunfighters in the world still do every day. I will sit on the couch and do mag changes until my wife yells at me to stop. I will to dry fire drills until I am so familiar with my trigger that I know the break point and reset within a millimeter. Each person has to determine for themselves what is the best weapon for them to defend themselves and their loved ones with. Then, train and practice until you know that weapon as well as any other tool you use in your day to day life. Get the right tool for the job, and KNOW your equipment.
“Everyone wants to be a lion... Until it's time to do LION things.”