Front Sight Mail Bag: Rural Life
April 15th, 2009
I have been reading your reports with some interest and I could not agree more with your mindset. I just finished report 8 on color code awareness. This is a mindset I have been trying to drill into my family for over 20 years.
I work in the medical field in a small rural town where 15 years ago it was safe to leave your kids to play in the front yard and the police blotter in the morning paper usually consisted of traffic accident reports and responses to childhood pranks. Now that has all changed. Now I deal with drug users, sellers, and makers (crystal meth) on a weekly basis as they present to my hospital. I adopted that condition yellow mindset and obtained my first carry permit right after college in 1978. I have never had to use my weapon in all that time but my awareness has allowed me to avoid conflict many times.
I agree that confidence, mental preparedness, and consistent training is key. I try to train with one of my firearms at least weekly during our PA winters and more so in milder weather. As with any muscle memory skill, frequent training is needed to maintain that slight tacticle edge that may make the difference.
I admire your approach. I wish you had a facility on the east coast.