A Thoughtful Perspective
Dear Open Carriers,
I understand that carrying a firearm in plain sight is a constitutional right, but I'd like to share my perspective on why it's essential to consider the impact it may have on those around you.
I respect and understand your perspective. It's important to acknowledge that many people across America hold strong viewpoints like yours, and I used to share a similar mindset.
Coming from a martial arts background, I had the opportunity to broaden my perspective in several ways. Let me share a quick story from one of my experiences.
Every year, I travel across North and South America to train, practice, and study with defenders with diverse fighting capabilities, including strikes, takedowns, ground and pound, and firearm and knife defense.
A Quick Back Story
On August 19th, 2021, I had the privilege of visiting Todd Fossey at Integrative Defense Strategies in Minneapolis for a 4-day training session. Todd Fossey is one of my incredible coaches and a great friend and mentor.
ASIDE #1: Todd Fossey is one of my fantastic coaches, great friends, and mentors.
During the IDS Apex Level 1 training, some formidable individuals, including Pjeter Berishaj, Josh Roddy, Sheena Williams, Kyle Rogers, Tyler Wildman, and many others, have profiles you can check out on Facebook or online.
One of the key insights I gained during this training was from Todd Fossey, who explained that many people develop "training scars" by relying on the visibility of their firearms to deter threats. A "training scar" is a bad habit or behavior that arises from improper or inadequate training. Over-reliance on open carrying could be a training scar.
The Pitfalls of Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry
I've included some video clips to illustrate situations where open carrying didn't deter potential threats. These videos show real-life incidents that should make us reconsider our stance on open carry:
While these videos might have limitations, they emphasize the importance of understanding that you may have less time than you think to respond to potential threats, especially when caught off guard or distracted.
The Reality of Self-Defense
If you decide to open-carry, consider a holster with retention and learn techniques to counter gun grabs and disarms. Your firearm should be a tool of last resort, not a beacon for trouble. Proper training is essential for responsible gun ownership. Proper training is needed when you are considering open carry vs. concealed carry.
If you want to learn these skills whether in person, online, or remotely. Dragun Defense would be honored to assist you.
The Hidden Risks of Open Carry
Lastly, it's crucial to remain aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant when open-carrying, as it can potentially make you a target for various crimes. Regardless of your training or discipline, distractions can happen, and it takes only a split second for someone to take control of your firearm.
Again, if you choose to open carry, please prioritize safety by using a holster with retention and acquiring the necessary skills to protect yourself and others from potential threats.
Choose Dragun Defense for Comprehensive Self-Defense Training and a Safer Future
In conclusion, this article focused on open carry vs. concealed carry. While open carry may seem like a strong statement of self-reliance and personal protection, carefully weigh the risks and benefits. The world can be unpredictable, and having the right tools and training, whether for open or concealed carry, can make all the difference in ensuring your safety and the safety of those around you.
If you're ready to explore a more comprehensive approach to self-defense, I encourage you to contact Dragun Defense here.
We are here to help you make informed decisions and provide the training to be a responsible and confident defender of yourself and your loved ones. Your safety is our priority; we can ensure a safer and more secure future together.
The Dragun Defense Team