Training 6/20/2018

3 AM Intruder

by Jack Carr NRA Carry Guard National Director

Situations like this are the reason NRA Carry Guard exists. As we discuss from day one, your mind is the most important weapon in your arsenal: being aware, having a plan, being prepared.

What are you allowed to do in this situation? Does it depend on the state in which you live? Could it even depend on the city or town in which you live? Could this intruder have an accomplice? Are they inside as well? Could they be waiting outside as a lookout or in a car? Could there be more than two intruders? Should you turn the lights on or leave them off? Do you have kids? If so, where do they sleep? Are their bedrooms behind the intruder? Or, could they wander out of their rooms between you and the intruder? If you have a firearm, do you know your capabilities and limitations with your weapon of choice? Do you have a flashlight? If so, is it attached to your weapon or is it handheld? Perhaps you have both? Have you shined it on the walls of your home in the dark before? Why is doing that important? When should you call 911? What should you tell them? Does your intruder have a weapon? Does it matter if it’s a gun, a knife or a screwdriver? What if they are physically bigger and stronger than you? What if they drop the TV and move toward you? Are you between them and an exit? Why is that important?

All that is a lot consider. Having a solid foundation in the fundamentals with the weapon you have chosen to defend your life and the lives of your family members frees up bandwidth to process these questions in what might be mere seconds. If you are forced to defend yourself or your family, what do you do when the police arrive? What do you do with your weapon? What do you tell authorities? They will be looking for what you did “right,” won’t they? Will you have to go to the police station for questioning? Do you need a lawyer?

NRA Carry Guard was created to give citizens the training and information they need to make the best decisions possible under what could be the most stressful situation of their lives. Studying the legal considerations, range exercises focused on the fundamentals of pistol handling, and then combining both of those in scenario-based training so a student leaves the course understanding their capabilities and limitations is a guiding principle of NRA Carry Guard. Join us today.

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