By Isaac G.
What can to wrong, will go wrong. Sure, I would like to believe that the one time I need to deploy my carry gun, it will function flawlessly, my draw will be perfect, and there will be no equipment malfunctions. But the truth of the matter is, life has a sick sense of humor. Obviously we cannot predict when and how Murphy’s Law will strike, but being prepared for the worst can certainly go a long ways toward saving our lives and the lives of our loved ones . . .
Granted, if you find yourself in a situation where you must use your gun to protect yourself, something has already gone wrong. Why not do everything you can to control the other variables?
Of those who carry religiously, how many of us are practicing malfunction drills every time we go to the range? If your EDC piece suddenly chooses to send you a curveball in the middle of a self-defense situation, will you freeze up, or will you be able to clear the malfunction and be back on target in a matter of seconds?
The answer to these questions could be the difference between life and death. Using snap caps to create malfunctions (such as double-feeds and stovepipes), and practicing clearing them while moving and/or taking cover is one of the best ways to prepare yourself mentally and physically for these scenarios.
As we all know well enough, carrying a gun alone can be bulky and uncomfortable, let alone bringing along extra ammo, a flashlight, knife, backup piece, and so on. I realize that many DGUs are ended with one or two rounds, but what if the bottom all of a sudden drops out of your magazine? Or if it is dark and in drawing your weapon you accidently thumb the mag release and can’t find your only mag? I can think of numerous scenarios where having an extra mag and the other items listed above could be a lifesaver.
Sure, going to the range in your 5.11s and tucked in t-shirt looks professional, and it definitely makes quick-drawing your piece a lot simpler. But will you be wearing that when you are out for dinner with the family? Or walking around the mall? I am just as guilty of this as the next guy.
If your range doesn’t allow drawing from concealment, or quick-draw, find one that does. Or, at worst, practice with snap caps in your home. Don’t work just on drawing, either. Practice reloading with a spare mag or moon clip that you should have stashed on your body somewhere (see above paragraph). Also drill yourself on drawing from your car, a chair, or while on the ground.
Always be thinking about what you would do if this or that went wrong. If you find yourself sitting in a restaurant booth and realize you wouldn’t know what to do if the SHTF, set up the scenario in your garage at home, and practice it. What will you do if your “110% reliable Glock/XD/1911 and so on and so forth…” decides it is taking the day off when you need it most?
Of course there are endless scenarios and drills that I could put here, but the bottom line, and the point I hope to get across is this: Never mentally limit your preparedness for a self defense situation. The fight is won or lost, weeks, months, even years before it happens.