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Remember the First Rule of Gunfighting

Remember the first rule of gunfighting… have a gun. – Colonel Jeff Cooper

have a gunSimpler words have never been spoken. This quote by Colonel Jeff Cooper (who I’ve written about before) is frequently discussed in the concealed carry community. The lesson is simple – always have a gun on you. But let us expand and dive in just a bit deeper.

Is this a quote based on maintaining a constant level of paranoia that one must always be armed? No. It simply means “be prepared.” If taking measures to protect yourself or your family against the gravest extreme, why only do it sometimes? Do you require your children to only sometimes wear their seatbelts? Does a short drive mean your kids don’t need to buckle up? Even if it’s only a couple miles? Of course not! Drop the paranoia and maintain awareness and your ability to protect yourself and those you love. Stay armed.

“A .22 in the pocket beats a .45 in the safe.” The deeper lesson from this one is that it may not be possible (based on lifestyle, dress, and physical abilities) to carry the same gun all the time. Maybe it means having different guns or different sized guns for different occasions? Maybe it means different holsters? I know that having a quick “grab and go” set up (gun and holster) is quite handy for those quick trips to the store. I also find myself much more likely to carry when it’s easy.

I just finally purchased a .380 pocket gun. I despised them in the past saying they were useless when 9mm’s weren’t much bigger. Well, life happens. Some days it’s not possible to carry a 1911 or M&P. A small gun in the pocket will do. If you’re a contractor, laborer, or executive, your attire or daily activities may prohibit certain carry options. Explore more!

After all, Cooper is right. Last thing you would ever want is to face a moment of life or death unarmed when you have spent years training with and carrying a gun. And on a lighter note, it’s a good excuse to go buy more guns and more holsters. Stay safe, stay armed, and carry on!

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