Millions of Americans exercise their right to legally carry a concealed firearm for defense, but simply having a gun in your pocket isn’t enough to save your life. To protect yourself in a deadly encounter, you need to develop the proper mechanical skills to draw, aim and fire your weapon without conscious thought. These skills are developed over time.
Once we commit these actions to muscle memory, we can perform these tasks without direct attention and conscious effort. It’s the same method you employed when you learned to ride a bike, write your name in cursive, and it is the same method that will allow you to defend yourself with a handgun.
If you’re carrying a concealed handgun and you aren’t practicing often, then you aren’t truly prepared to defend yourself. Having that gun close at hand may make you feel more confident, but that is a false sense of security. To be truly prepared to draw your weapon in the worst situation imaginable, you need to commit yourself to developing the skills necessary to properly defend yourself.