Mike Gillette joined Rob Pincus last night to talk about Fighting Mindset issues. Mike has a diverse background that include Military, Executive Protection and Law Enforcement experience, and has built a career helping others reach their potential. He has taught across all aspects of tactical and personal defense and is one of the most respected strength coaches in the country. His latest endeavors have included coaching world class athletes and helping people to develop their mental toughness. His latest book, Mind Boss, was written to help anyone interested in honing the power of their mind to enhance performance in any area. He and Rob answered a variety of questions related to the choice to prepare for personal defense, committing to train & practice and having the will to fight when you need it.
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Like auto firearms comparison. Recently had fender bender with mailbox backing out friends driveway. I wasn’t focused aware of surroundings.
Thank you for the great discussion!
Any opinions about gun vs knife for self defense? Both is nice, but in my opinion I believe I would rather have a good knife. Also depends greatly on the situation.
Thanks, folks! Great discussion.
Excellent discussion. Mostly common sense, but areas most people don’t normally think about. Thanks.
What would you say to someone who has license to carry, DOES carry as part of his work, but admits that he has NEVER FIRED HIS WEAPON….not at any range, not even the woods in his back yard….
That is an odd question. If you are carrying as part of your job you are obligated to learn to apply proper techniques and use. You need to be able to control yourself and the gun in a situation. So practice. A range is fine. There are numerous police officers and fire investigators that carry but have never used their guns. However they do need to know how to use them not only to protect others but to protect themselves from not creating collateral damage.
Back up gun, any advice?
Where do you want to carry? A lot of 380s are used as a backup on ankle. Concealed 9mm are also common.
aside from avoiding conflict, how do you protect yourself legally and financially in case you are involved in a firearms conflict?
We are creatures of habit. Developing proper habits are crucial in responding to a self defense situation. Besides safety, what are some habits that should be developed for self defense?
I am a Policeman from RIO DE JANEIRO
Can you overshoot your atacker to stop the threat, for instance I have a 17 round magazine and I empty the magazine to make sure the attacker is Stopped , can that hurt my self defense situation.
That is always the question, and the answer is yes. True during a situation adrenaline, fear, and anxiety is present, but not emptying 17 bullets into someone is part of a trained mindset. Most jurisdictions will consider that you went overboard, and will be held accountable, most likely for murder 2 or manslaughter minimum. Learn to control your mindset.
I’m thinking of a laser for my Shield… What are your comments
A laser is a nice adjunct for sighting a gun on the range, and can be used out in the field. It can also be distracting in visualizing the sight picture. Another disadvantage is that for carry, a laser makes the carry weapon larger, more likely to catch on something when drawn.
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Looking forward, my first podcast.
What do you see as the biggest evolution in firearms training for defensive shooting
What can you do to mentally prepare yourself to use a gun in personal defense against an attacker?
You are getting a lot of feedback and glitching
We’re working to address the echo issue as we speak – thanks for the feedback!
Will this episode be recorded so I can view it again later?
Yes, Andy. All of PDN’s live events are uploaded to the PDN Youtube channel as soon as they’re done!
This will be my first time watching Personal Defense Network. Looking forward to it.
Looking forward to the information you put out b
wow great schedule – got anything coming to Minnesota
I can’t seem to convince my lady that a deadly threat requires deadly force. She’s like “I couldn’t kill anyone, I’ll just shoot em in the leg.” What are your thoughts and advice on this matter?
A person shot in the leg is still dangerous. Teach her about center mass.
Any Bullet proof clothing options you suggest?
In order to obtain armor, you must have no felonies. You have to ask yourself as to why are you wearing amor? What do you intend to do with it. It’s heavy, uncomfortable and definitely HOT. Citizen use of armor is not usual. Levels of armor I thru IIIA are designed to stop specific calibers.
IV is meant to stop rifle cartridges, and involves plates.
I was referring more to clothing. They make suits that are no heaver than normal that a bullet cannot penetrate. I understand expensive.
Glad to be here
Your thoughts concerning green laser handheld devices as deterrent prior to The need for Lethal force.
A lazer sight bead is not a substitute for the mindset to shoot if needed. However if someone is advancing on you while you are holding a gun, a laser bead is not going to stop them. A laser is basically an aid for aiming. Unlike the movies where the bad guy perceives a laser bead on them and then completely yields which is only a movie scenario, not real life. I may use a laser for sighting but if I have a hostile in front of me, my finger is on the trigger and I am committed to shoot.
Looking forward to this!
Do you ever carry 2 guns? If so, in what situations would you do so?
I will usually carry a primary and a backup. But then most law enforcement does. If I am doing concealed carry, then I like to have identical guns, one in my purse, and one on my hip. On some occasions, one or the other is not accessible in a situation, so the reason to carry two concealed. If I am in the field, then I carry a field full size piece, and a concealed piece. The choice is yours. Mine is part of the job.
Ready to listen in.
I’ve just purchased a SIRT 107 pistol. Looking forward to this discussion!
As a new gun owner, i have a concealed carry permit and have practiced shooting at the range for 6 months, how do you know when can start carrying concealed and are there certain steps to go through to help you start being comfortable carrying concealed? Thanks and great information on the website!!
I’ll be tuning in for sure
Looking for my first AR – 15, what would be a good one to get.
I am so exited for participate…..
Is it really necessary to always carry a second mag. Of ammo? I shoot a Kimber 45….8 rounds
Law enforcement carries at least one and usually two extra mags. In a fire fight, fine motor movements are gone, gross motor movement takes over + adrenaline, and you could easily empty your first mag and not hit anything. Even police only have a 20% hit rate. Unless you can completely control the anxiety level in a life and death situation, chances are you will be happy to have that extra mag. Swat team members are required to cary 120 rounds of extra ammo each for their rifle and field piece.
I have a Kimber Pro Tactical II and I always 2 or more Mags (have 5).
Do you carry them with you? An extra mag at home and not with the gun is of little use.
I think it’s important to remember with such questions that this is not mathematics. There is no guaranteed answer. We do not know the future (one reason why we carry) and so, God forbid we need to use our gun in self defense, we don’t know whether we’ll need one round, or twenty. We can deal with percentages, which again is not mathematics. It doesn’t matter if 99% of the time something happens if your that 1%. All this is to say, is it seems to be that nature of carrying is to be prepared for what may never happen. And so, I carry one extra mag on me….at least. And sometimes two.
Look forward to the discussion