Are you ready? Are you prepared to be the difference? You've got to have the proper preparation, the proper training, the right equipment, the requisite knowledge, and most importantly you must have the proper mindset: knowledge is power, but only if you're willing to use it.
The phrase Knowledge is power (scientia potentia est) is usually attributed to Sir Francis Bacon and his Meditationes Sacrae. It dates to back to the 16th century - 1597 to be precise - but is absolutely as true today (in its common interpretation, anyway) as is was more than four centuries ago.
Knowledge in this instance can be representative of literal knowledge, evidence-based and experience-based tactics, or anything similar. It can be gained in books, training and education (including the "School of Hard Knocks"), and by hands-on familiarization.
Whether you are an individual or part of a family, you must continually strive to maintain a reasonably constant, reasonably maintained state of readiness (which includes what some folks refer to as " tactical fitness", but really is just a pragmatic and life-contextual level of physical conditioning).
One of the best ways to do that is through training on a daily basis. We practice fire drills and tornado drills. Why not practice other drills, as well? Do you rehearse plans for home invasion? Problems encountered in your daily life, or that you might encounter in overseas adventure travel?
“That’s impossible," some may scoff. "Who has time?" Or, "That's an overreaction. Too paranoid, too expensive, too..."
Actually, it can be both easier and faster than you think, and it certainly won't break the bank.
Give yourself several scenarios every day while you’re out and about. In your car, in the store, at work and especially at home. Figure out what you will do for each scenario you give yourself and what the potential outcomes will be. Think of it as “dry-firing” for your brain. Go through each step thoroughly, visualizing your every move, to include what you would do after the scenario like scanning, reassessment, activating 911, etc. It’s like exercise for your brain and it helps you more than you realize.
Some of us with firearms practice “dry firing” so that our drawstroke is faster and more efficient and our sight picture and trigger press is consistent all in the effort to get better and improve our skill set. This all benefits us in that singular moment in which we may need to call upon those skills and we’ll be able to act without thinking about the mechanics of the draw, the sight alignment or the trigger press.
Essentially, it increases our chances of surviving a life-threatening encounter. Now...
...how many of you who own practice tourniquets do dry fire practice with a practice tourniquet?
...are you more likely to have to utilize medical skills or firearms skills in everyday life?
We need to see the importance in training for this possibility and make time to practice these scenarios in real-time, and run through them utilizing your equipment “for real”. Actually putting your hands on the equipment, both hands, is huge. Work with your dominant and non-dominant hands to gain speed and dexterity. Some current and prior military personnel might call such things "TDGs", or " Tactical Decision Games".
What would you do if you were sitting in your car at a red light and a carjacker’s attempt on the car beside you went bad and a round fired from their gun went through your car door and struck you in the leg, severing your femoral artery.
How long do you have to react? What is your first priority? Have you trained with a TQ while being seated and belted into your car? In the dark? Upside down because you've rolled over?
How about employing your concealed carry weapon from that position?
Getting the “bugs” out before you have to use the training is a huge factor in having a successful outcome. Practice it over and over so that when and if the time comes you’ll react and take care of the problem without really thinking about it. as you will be subconsciously skilled from multiple correct repetitions. You’ll see the problem, recognize what it is and fix it. Simple as that.
When we wake up, every day, we’ve got to put into our minds, the thought, “Not me. Not my family. Not today. Not any day.” Steel yourself mentally. Don’t give up. Having the proper mindset is key to surviving many bad situations. Whether it be a life-or-death encounter with an armed madman or a life-or-death encounter when your arm goes through a plate glass door and severs an artery, proper mindset is a key to survival.
No matter how stubborn we may be, we have to have the knowledge to back it all up, to ensure an optimal outcome in a life-threatening situation. Knowledge is power and it can give us the power of life. Know what to do and more importantly, why to do it. We must understand that each situation is fluid and we need to know how to adjust to it. Be comfortable pushing yourself outside the envelope of conventional thought and be outside “the box”.
Be a continual student.
Challenge yourself to learn something every, single day.
It’ll make you a positive contributor and an asset to society rather than a liability.
Dark Angel Medical can provide you with the training, the training equipment with which to hone your skills learned in class and the “real world” products. Whether the unexpected needs is personal (i.e. an event that overtakes you and your family) or professional (such as the immediate aftermath of an officer involved shooting), all you have to do is bring the right mindset and that is a personal choice.
Get a TOURNIQUET and carry it.
You can choose to prepare yourself accordingly and live or you can choose to do nothing and accept the less pleasant outcome. It may take some work but the end results are beneficial to you and those around you. If not for yourself, do it for those you love.
Get the SELF AID BUDDY CARE knowledge to use it.
They may not be afforded a choice, and your knowledge and mindset may be the difference between life and death.
Y'all stay safe out there,