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Situational awareness and your personal security, Part II

The following describes an actual event from my life. I am a traveler, adventurer, and seeker of knowledge, among other things. I was looking for some tactical pistol training and found a school in Tennessee that offered a “Fighting Pistol Class.” I did my homework, checked out the class and the instructor, and signed up to attend. This particular class was structured around 50 percent classroom time and 50 percent range time (range time is actually shooting at targets). I liked the idea of classroom time simply because there is much to learn about being an armed citizen. Note that this was a two-day class.

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Situational awareness and your personal security, Part I

Situational awareness is being aware of your surroundings, such as a parking lot or lonely hotel hallway. It’s a mindset that gathers tidbits, like entering a movie theater and committing to memory where the fire escapes are located. Observing people, animals, or machinery surrounding you and assessing what, if any, kind of threat they are to your security. A recent article I read used driving as a great example; let’s say I am driving my car behind someone and realize they are just a crummy driver. I back off and give them plenty of room to make a mistake. If you realize something is going wrong, take action to keep yourself from being involved.

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