Watch some training videos and read more books on the subject to start.Originally posted by Mus:
After some practice and thought 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?
Also carry some non lethal form of defense so you have another option in a non lethal stage of defense, like a fist fight or strong arm robbery without a weapon. It takes some time to become street savy. But you don't want to court danger either. You only shoot to save your life or prevent a crippling injury. You only have to be able to convince a jury of that so if in your mind, you are justified, then shoot. Have you read In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob? If not, get it and read it. When you are carrying, you must be in yellow alert mode... Spidey senses tingling... Yes, even feeling like you are a spy and every move you make, someone is watching you. That is the price we pay for carrying the power to take someones life.