The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"Peace of Mind Through Understanding"
The maturity of a veteran comes with a whole host of real-world benefits. Chief among them is an unbelievable increase in your odds of survival. Learning how to do things in real time - when the stakes are highest - is NOT the best strategy. I want you to be ready!
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Hello, and welcome to another Guardian Broadcast. I’m your host and also the founder of this Concealed Carry University, Patrick Kilchermann.
This week, I want to touch on an important topic – a very high level topic. This has a profound impact on how we approach concealed carry as you’ll see in a moment, and I’ve found that it applies to most areas of our lives.
Picture this: you’re on vacation with your spouse and you’re a thousand miles from home, driving in your own personal vehicle. Your vehicle breaks down. How do you feel? Compare that to how you would feel if your car broke down 3 miles from your house.
Technically, the situations aren’t much different – everywhere you go is someone’s comfort zone, after all. If they can be comfortable and ‘at home’ there, so could you, right? But most of us will experience a lot more stress and apprehension if we break down away from home versus when we’re in our stomping ground. Why is that? Well, there are the obvious and practical reasons.
A breakdown on vacation is going to threaten your fun trip. It may result in expensive hotel stays versus sleeping in your own bed. You may have a spare vehicle at home that makes the breakdown a minor issue. But even without these factors in play it’s still more stressful to break down away from home, and it all boils down to this:
We know our home towns. We are the locals. We are used to our surroundings. We know some of the people. We’re home. We know what to expect. We don’t feel the sudden need to learn the entire structure of a town or city all at once like we would if we broke down on vacation. When we’re away, we’re strangers in a strange land. Everything is new. We don’t know who to call, or who to trust. We’re sheep waiting to be shorn by greedy auto-mechanics who know they’ve got you right where they want you. All the locals know to avoid those places, but we just have to guess and take our chances.
At home it’s not like this. It’s the opposite because we know our area. And this is how it is with any person, or subject, or place, or activity. Once we’ve travelled that “road” a few times, we’re comfortable. We’re fast. We’re certain. We’re confident. We’re excellent.
By the time we’re 8 we can tie our shoelaces with lightning speed, while 4-year-olds look on as if we’re magicians. We are respected and trusted in our jobs. The average 50 year old can drive while intoxicated while using a cell phone more safely than the average 16 year old can drive at all. Grandmothers can take care of a house full of kids and still get dinner on the table on time while new mothers in their physical primes are overwhelmed by just one kid. Experienced pilots can keep track of a hundred data points while flying through a storm, while thinking about what they’re going to be eating for dinner when they land.
You see, we become excellent after we’ve travelled these roads; after we’ve been immersed in these worlds. This is maturity in experience; cultivated and cultured battle-born wisdom of mind and body.
I like to use the phrase complete understanding, or intuitive understanding or becoming ‘one’ with something. When you KNOW a subject or person or activity – when you truly understand it, when you’re one with it – you are comfortable and confident and at ease. It’s easy. It’s almost effortless.
Now consider this. Coming out of World War II, there was a study that showed that if only a solider could survive his first ten days in combat, his odds of surviving the war were dramatically higher. Why? Because combat wisdom is built and benefits us the same way we gain fluency in any other skill.
Once we’ve been there a few times, our odds go through the roof because we’re battle-wise. It’s just as true in defensive handgun combat as in any other realm.
So, this is your job: you must first educate your mindset on what to expect. Then, you must educate your body through training and practice on how to execute those skills that you now know you will need. And then, you must gain a sufficient understanding of guns and gear so that you’re fielding the tools that give you the greatest odds – the greatest effectiveness.
This is your objective as an armed citizen: to gain a complete understanding of violence and combat, of how you and your body will fit into and perform within a violent situation, and how your gun and tools will fit into and perform within a violent situation. You want to ‘become one with’ these things.
It is not hard at all. It doesn’t take a lifetime of training and study. You can be ready in a matter of weeks. You don’t need to be in perfect shape. You don’t need much.
Helping you to develop this intuitive understanding of all things related to concealed carry is my only goal here at Concealed Carry University. I want you to be ready, and I know that having this complete understanding – feeling totally knowledgeable and comfortable at the gun range and in a violent situation – I know that this is essential. It’s not optional if you want the best odds.
Is this extreme? Absolutely not. To suggest our mission is extreme is to suggest that all kids should learn to drive in snowy conditions, but to call parents reckless who put them in these situations under their close supervision. It’s not reckless. And it doesn’t make you gung-ho. Learning to defend yourself with excellence doesn’t make you prone to jail or prison – it only makes you smart. It makes you a professional.
If you want to boost your understanding of Concealed carry, I can’t recommend strongly enough our curriculum pieces here at CCU. If you are brand new, you must experience my Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense. If you’ve gone through that, then your next stop is 3 SECONDS FROM NOW. This is the most effective tool I’m aware of to give you this vicarious experience of having endured and survived and won gunfights – as much experience as can be transferred through video, which is a surprising amount, compared to the experience of being in a 2-3 second gunfight, much of which will be a blur. Gunfights are not where you learn to fight with handguns. Gunfights are where you see whether or not what you’ve learned and practiced has paid off.
Invest in my curriculum if you haven’t already, and make it count. If you have, continue to work and practice in your head and at the range, to put yourself there as many times as you can. It will pay off, and I congratulate you for that.