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Shoot/no shoot

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After some practice and though on the matter it seems to me that the longest part of your reaction to an attack or possible impending attack is the mental recognition of what is taking place. I can practice rapid presentation and firing from concealment as much as i want BUT how do you become more proficient in making shoot/no shoot decisions, and how intrusive do you allow certain "just to be safe" type techniques to be in your day to day activities (ie crossing the street if a group of shady looking characters is walking up the road towards you, not getting on an elevator with people, etc) that allow you more time to make these decisions should the need arise?
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I don`t have anything profound to say, but sharpening your proficiency with shoot/don`t shoot decisions, is asking "What if" to every situation you can think of that you might find yourself in, it helps to already have been in a situation "in your mind" and worked out the details there before hand.. You shoot after you have done everything else, ie (break contact with threat, "BS" your way out, use non-lethal measures, and make sure you have a clear shot) that is if you have any time to do any thing else before it is time to shoot.. Your other question is a good one, i refer to it as being tactically aware and i think it depends on how you want to go about it.. Lolly-gagging around oblivious to what is going on around you is dangerous, and moving about like your a secret service agent on duty watching everyones hands, looking for threats everywhere etc. is exhausting.. I try to stay as aware as possible, and tactically mindful of where i sit, stand, and walk, i pay attention to what ppl are doing, and where they are around me etc. but i don`t do it to an intrusive degree, i don`t think, but im sure some lolly-gaggers would call it intrusive so..... Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do things that might not be the most ideal way you would have liked.. For instance when your with a group of ppl, it`s doubtful that the group will let you dictate everyones movements and choices, to cross the street, not to get on an elevator, choose optimum routs, and seating, so you just have to do the best you can.. -Gilmore

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