Self Defense Weapons - Do You Need Firearms Training? March 13, 2017
Self Defense Weapons and Survival Firearms Training
When it comes to emergency survival, firearms have to be considered as self defense weapons. Hopefully you'll never need to use them, but there's no doubt they can increase your odds of surviving in an emergency situation. They can be used to defend you and your family from potential attackers. They can also be used to hunt for food if that should become necessary.
It's not hard to pick up a gun and shoot it, but it does require some training and practice to shoot a firearm safely and accurately. Unfortunately many people think that purchasing a gun is enough, and never bother to learn to use it properly.
Keeping self defense weapons, especially firearms, can potentially be disastrous if you fail to practice their proper use and handling. If you're ever forced to use your firearm against an attacker you will be increasing your own chance of being killed. Any armed attacker, when confronted with a firearm, will have the choice to run or react with deadly force quickly. If you lack the skills to use your own firearm in a proficient way you certainly increase the odds of being injured or killed.
It does take effort and practice to learn how to handle a firearm correctly and shoot it accurately. But just about everyone can learn the skills necessary if they make the investment and take the time to learn. You shouldn't wait until you need to use your self defense weapons to figure out how to them properly. Practice now, and often, so you'll be ready when an emergency situation arises.
8 Tactics to Master
Basic Target Shooting. First, after learning basic firearm safety, you'll want to learn how to shoot your firearm accurately. You'll want to purchase some extra ammunition and head for the firing range. Your goal should be to practice until you're able to use your pistol to hit a human target accurately, within the central target area, at about 10 yards. Keep in mind that it's a lot easier to hit a stationary target at a range than it would be under a self defense situation. Practice shooting at various distances from 3-20 yards. If you can be accurate at both shorter and longer ranges you'll be that much better prepared.
Long Range Shooting. If you're planning to use a rifle for hunting, you'll need to be able to shoot at longer distances. You should be an accurate shot at 100 -300 yards. You'll have to be able to gauge the drop of the bullet over various distances and still hit your target. Practice both with and without your scope. If it gets lost or damaged you'll need to know how to use your iron sights.
Tactical Shooting. The practice of tactical shooting is designed to mimic a real life self defense scenario. Shooting ranges often offer events featuring tactical shooting. Different enough from target shooting that even expert target shooters may find it difficult to hit a target their first several times through.
Shooting on the Move. If you can keep moving while you are shooting you're much less likely to take a hit yourself. But it is extremely difficult and does require more practice. In a real life self defense situation you may need to keep moving. Your attacker may also be moving so you'll need to practice hitting a moving
target as well.
Shooting at More Than One Target. You may find yourself in a self defense situation where you're facing more than one attacker. Let's face it, criminals tend to be cowards that find strength in numbers. You may have to keep track of, and defend yourself from, multiple attackers at one time. Knowing how to engage more than one target and figure out which target to focus one first is something you should practice.
Shooting in Dim Light. The odds are pretty good that an attack will happen when the light is low. In a situation like this it's harder to see your gun sights. You'll want to practice hitting a target when there is very little light as well as shooting accurately while holding a light and your self defense weapons at the same time.
Drills: Drawing and Loading. For safety reasons most ranges do not allow drawing and firing practice unless you are the only person there at the time. So use an unloaded weapon and practice this skill at home. Also take the time to practice reloading your gun and getting back to action as fast as possible. Most self defense situations will require only three shots, but you never know. Having the skill to draw and reload your gun as quickly as possible could mean life or death.
As American citizens our right to own weapons is guaranteed under the Second Amendment. But it's also a huge responsibility. If you plan to keep guns for self defense purposes you'll need to know how to use and store them safely. The last thing any responsible gun owner wants is to have an innocent person be injured, or worse, because they failed to practice proper gun use and safety procedures.
However, with enough practice you can become proficient enough that every one of your shots will hit the intended target. Not only will this help ensure your safety from a potential threat, but the safety of those around you. Then if you are ever forced to use your self defense weapons to protect yourself and your family you can be assured to come out on top of the situation.