The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"3 Seconds From Now – FAQs and an Inside Look"
3 Seconds from Now has changed the face of the Concealed Carry University. This is our most meaningful contribution in terms of forward progress in the understanding of Combat Dynamics yet, and this week we take a moment to answer some common questions.
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This week I’m devoting the Guardian Broadcast to answering a few of the bigger-picture questions that we’ve received over the last few months about our 3 SECONDS FROM NOW training and education series. The reason is this: not only are we coming up on the release of Volume 3 of the series, but we’re preparing to close down the alumni discount associated with the introductory release of the most recent volume, THE FIGHTING PRINCIPLE OF INTENSITY. Here goes:
1. OKAY, SO WHAT IS '3 SECONDS' AGAIN?
Put simply, 3 SECONDS FROM NOW is a continued education project for those who carry handguns for self-defense (or self-offense) designed specifically to subconsciously ingrain "combat wisdom" and consciously educate and ingrain proper strategic decision making and tactical action into our skillsets.
2. WHAT IS COMBAT WISDOM?
To develop combat wisdom means this: to acclimate the senses and intuition to the behavior of violence, violent situations, and violent people.
3. WHY IS COMBAT WISDOM IMPORTANT?
On the battlefield, combat wisdom has been deemed to be the largest deciding factor in whether a soldier will survive an engagement or not. In some wars, it has been observed that people who have survived their first 10 days of combat exposure are 15-50 times more likely to survive any given engagement than a fresh, green recruit is. This is because once the brain is educated in violence, violence becomes predictable. Giving YOU maximum combat wisdom before you ever need to use your gun is the goal of 3 SECONDS FROM NOW.
4. DOES '3 SECONDS' ACTUALLY WORK? WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?
Yes, and I believe it's more beneficial to you, the viewer/student, than a $4,000 week-long training course in the desert would be. We certainly need training and firearms competency, but our observations of thousands of use-of-force incidents suggests that, not only is the bar for required handgun skill lower than one would expect, but that most live-fire training effectiveness and utility are fractured in two ways:
First, most modern training schools focus on teaching skills and actions or repetitions that are not congruent with the demands of reality. Instead, the ability to read violent situations and people and then, in real time, adapt your energetic armed reaction to that exact situation - combined with simple firearms proficiency - is what will save your life. Exposure to the 3 SECONDS FROM NOW training series will help you develop this sort of tactical prowess and ability, and its education and lessons will help you to both make the correct snap decisions about 'when and whether' and to learn to deploy with the viciousness and energy required to cause your attacker to disengage.
Second, most modern training schools simply overlook the psychological aspect of violent confrontation within self-defense. Even when scenarios are run, they are against stationary targets that emit and radiate zero 'INTENSITY' back against the shooter. This reduces the efficacy of these drills to mere target practice. Firearms proficiency training is useful, but it does nothing to give the student what they really need, which is combat wisdom.
To back this up, Lt. Col. David Grossman of the US Army Rangers, former West Point psychology professor, author of USMC required reading and best-sellers On Killing and On Combat, and grandfather of the modern sheepdogs movement had this to say about 3 SECONDS FROM NOW:
“This is an amazing and effective training methodology. A brilliant application of real-world scenarios, with powerful training applications, that permits the student to learn from the tragic lessons learned at the price of blood and lives. I do not know anyone who is doing anything like this in the training community. This is truly a unique approach that will save lives.”
5. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO THIS KIND OF TRAINING?
3 SECONDS FROM NOW is something that I designed to be viewed from within your home, because I know that - as a practical matter - more people will be reached and made more effective with their handguns if the barrier of entry could be kept as low as possible.
However, we must also balance the reality that in no field or discipline, especially in carrying and using handguns, is it EVER possible to 'get sharp one time' and stay that way forever without any kind of input. It's just not possible. As armed guardians, we simply require continued education.
That said, I know that anything real and lasting will be sustainable. I am a big believer in balance and in moderation. That is why we're developing and releasing these installments of 3 SECONDS FROM NOW in 6-month increments.
6. HOW MUCH DOES 3 SECONDS COST?
We have invested heavily in bringing this series to life, and believe in charging a fair price for quality. The best balance that we've found in recouping our investment and delivering quality at a fair price is $77 per installment.
However, there is one exception to this: When the first volume was released, we offered an alumni discount to those who had already purchased some of our other education and training material. And when subsequent volumes are released, those who have kept up with previous releases will be given a limited time to act and secure new releases using their alumni discount.
7. IS IT OVERLY-VIOLENT? DO PEOPLE GET KILLED ON CAMERA?
The scenarios presented in 3 SECONDS FROM NOW are real scenarios that have not been censored or modified in any way. In some of them, certain parties do lose their lives. However: this is no reason to shy away from this training; in fact it's a reason to gravitate toward it. First, it's far less graphic than anything you'll see on prime-time TV; much less a Hollywood movie. Second, a certain de-sensitization to violence is required for those who carry guns for self-protection. 3 SECONDS provides that.