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Quick! Shots outside! You have gun, but what's next ...

It is said that the first rule of gun fights is: Have a gun.

But almost as important would be the "second" rule: Don't come in second.

The decision-making process, however, needed to know exactly what to do and when isn't taught in public schools. And coming in second doesn't mean silver instead of gold; it often means a permanent change of address to something with "Memorial Gardens" in the name.

If you had to stop and think about what you would do faced with shots outside your door and what you would need to do with a gun, you need the "Armed Response" video training series from David Kenik and Ralph Mroz.

Among the topics covered:

  • What to do if strangers knock at your door.


  • The very first actions you must take after shooting someone.


  • Drawing a gun in close quarters, in a car or when seated behind a desk.


  • Getting your gun out of the holster and past your concealed carry covering garments.


  • When to challenge, and when to shoot.


  • What will happen to you under a "body alarm" reaction.


  • Order of shooting when faced with multiple assailants, and what you will have to do with your arms.


  • Protecting a third party.


  • Learning one-handed responses, which "seem to have some hard-wiring in our brain."


  • And all of the precise types of actions you need to practice to keep your muscle memory acute and strong.

A video gives an introduction into the type of training offered:


You can get the first three DVDs in the set for a discount or you can collect the whole set at one time and be fully prepared, also for a significant discount.

The presentations will teach you how to react by training your muscle memory and think with a tactical mindset.

If you don't already have police or military training, think of the potential.

A situation can arise at any time on the street, or at the store, or while you are in your car or even in your home: What exactly are you going to do with that gun you've been carrying or keeping at the ready?

The law enforcement background Mroz brings to the table and the presentations are direct. And while they are not a substitute for in-person classes or hands-on practice, they teach the basics so that you know.

The first video, "Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting," teaches how to develop combat accuracy at combat speeds under combat situations.

That means familiarity with loading, unloading and reloading, the pros and cons of concealed carry options and just what does "stopping power" mean.

The second DVD takes you beyond the shooting range, the things "Harry Homeowner" tends not to know:

Survivial priorities, recognizing danger when it arrives, when your firearm should come out, how to move with a gun in your hand, response time and common sense of defense.

Third is "Dynamic Drills for Defensive Shooting," and it starts to explain what is necessary in violent situations.

For example, there are "surprise" judgment drills, instructions on the mistakes that have led to tragedies in the past, safety protocols and how to move and shoot, at the same time.

Fourth is "Responsible Use of Lethal Force," which explains that using a gun – whether it is justified by the law or not – is going to cause a world of hurt.

Mroz notes that the only fight you really win is the fight you avoid.

Included are:

  • The level of force with which you are legally allowed to respond to an attacker.


  • "Imminence," and what it means in various circumstances.


  • The "mantle of innocence": When you have it, and how you lose it.


  • Intervening on a third party's behalf, which should be a very carefully considered decision, always.


  • And what you don't want to do, ever.

Finally comes the "Shoot/No-Shoot Scenarios," that test you on how you behave during that critical fraction of a second when a decision is a must.

Here's how it works: Take your real gun and make sure it is unloaded: Rack the slide multiple times, lock the slide and inspect the chamber. (Or, open the cylinder of your revolver, empty it, double check, etc.) Then, put it in your holster, stand in front of the TV screen, and cue the video training sessions.

At the end of each scenario, Mroz walks you through what just happened and what you should have done. You will learn to recognize types of threats and develop the appropriate actions and timing in response.

Sept. 19, 2011