This installment of The 42 Most Important Ideas In Defensive Shooting deals with those things that describe or develop your ability to perceive the presence of a threat — one which may require the use of lethal force to resolve.
In this episode of the 42 Most Important Ideas in Defensive Shooting, let’s look at concepts about the shooting part of defensive shooting — those things that involve and affect actually delivering a bullet to the target.
it’s not easy to talk about the most important terms and concepts in the world of defensive shooting — because it’s a little difficult to judge what makes something important! There are, certainly, a lot of things we can talk about which are valuable or which are significant to defensive shooting in some way. These are generally thought of as the things we do, or want to do, or need to have when preparing to defend ourselves with a firearm. They’re important to know. At the same time there are some ideas which are very prevalent in the field, but which aren’t really valuable or are routinely misunderstood. This series of articles, then, is going to look at both sides of the importance equation: those things which have positive importance (good to know and do), as well as those things with negative importance (good to know and avoid.)
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