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Old March 13, 2013, 03:08 AM   #1
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Has firearms training made you more aware in other areas?

I don't know if this is the right forum but it feels right to me.

Anyways, something I noticed is that after a few trips to the range I've started becoming more aware of my surroundings and operating safety in other situations.

For instance, I'm a fairly new driver, but I noticed earlier I was treating the gearshift like a manual safety. Safety on (in park), foot on the brake ( finger off the trigger ) and checking for people around to make sure nobody's in the danger zone just like with a gun barrel. I know most of this is standard procedure (and probably worrisome if I didn't do it) but after using guns for a little bit it became instinctual and made so much more sense. I think realizing the power guns have gave me an appreciation for them. However, I also know that many more people are killed in car accidents than accidents with firearms and so I began treating that with the same level of respect I would as if it were a loaded gun.

Also, I've been carrying a little self-defense keychain as if I had a concealed carry firearm (since I'm not old enough to have one yet) and really looking at all my surroundings as if I might have to use the weapon regardless of if it's a little plastic thing or a .44 magnum. My parents grew up in a very rough neighborhood where people would get mugged and jumped and they've told me my whole life to watch the people around me and have always been the first people to pull us away into a store or whatever the case may be if there's something suspicious. But lately I've caught things even they haven't and I've noticed in conversation that if I talk about events that just happen I'm much better at keeping track of people I've passed and even what cars we've driven by and about where on the road they should be (as a passenger as well as a driver).

It could just be that I'm getting involved in things that involve more situational awareness but I really think training safely with a firearm has made me safer and more aware of my surroundings in every regard.
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Old March 13, 2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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Old March 13, 2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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I don't think my any firearms training made me more aware of my surroundings, but when I started carrying a gun years ago what I was looking for probably changed a little. Honestly, as far as a motor vehicle goes, riding a motorcycle did much more for being my awareness while driving anything then carrying a gun or training did. Having a police car with no lights or siren run a stop sign and miss my rear wheel by a couple of inches and having a dump truck slide past me sideways while I was sitting at a red light on my bike sort of woke me up to the risks that surround us every day.
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Old March 13, 2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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Yes, one course I took had an instructor that was an attorney who is licensed in several states, he covered in much detail about what can happen after a civilian shoots someone in self defense.

Of particular note, this attorney was of the opinion that we should be aware of the policial views of District Attorneys in areas we go to. even if you are completley justified when firing your weapon, an "anti-gun" DA could still make it very difficult for you. Be absolutely sure of your justification to fire, and be trained in the aftermath of doing so.
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Old March 13, 2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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It sounds like you are Not going to be one of those folks who go around with their noses buried in their smart phones and tablets, oblivious to the real world around them.
Good for you.
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Old March 13, 2013, 03:03 PM   #6
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I'll bury my nose in them while at home, but out in public is usually the wrong time to do that.
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