Even professional shooters use visualization to help plan their progress through a course of fire in a match. The same process can be used to your benefit for armed self-defense.
If I suggested to you we can use visualization and imagination to enhance our personal-defense abilities, your first thought might be that I’m going for New Age stuff in my advancing years. However, I’ll bet that there’s not a fan of Western-style movies out there who hasn’t imagined sitting astride a big sorrel gelding in some green mountain meadow with a big-ring Winchester in-hand, screaming “Fill your hand, you son-of-a…”
The rifle, or carbine, is no different than any other firearm that we use for personal defense. What you carry doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you can do with it. Too often, we select a rifle that appeals to us, buy lots of ammo and figure that we’re good to go. Unfortunately, such may not be the case. Here are some tips that will, hopefully, help you get started towards making that rifle into an effective defensive tool.
We always advise the new defensive shooter to get the best quality firearm that they can possibly afford when it is the gun that their life might depend on. The rest of the story is that the same advice holds true when we are considering a holster, belt and ammo carrier to go with that concealed-carry handgun. Too much is not enough to pay when a life may hang in the balance.
The Western Expansion—where people came from, the hardships they endured—is a tale of courage that shaped the fabric of the West. The Scottish Drovers were an important part of the saga. Forced by dire economic conditions to leave their homeland, some came West. There they combined their knowledge of cattle with cowboy skills learned on the trail and so became Cowboys.