This is not directed at the original poster
The reality is we are more likely to need to use basic first aid on someone than a firearm to defend our family.
The reality is it is more important to have good SA awareness to avoid the problems if possible.
The reality is we need to have good skills on how to manage unknown contacts. This could ultimately be the difference between fighting or not.
The reality is there is a big gap between recognizing a threat and getting your firearm out to fight. Do you have the hand-to-hand skills to deal with multiple attackers and/or weapons they have and earn the opportunity to bring your firearm into the fight?
The reality is we need to have some basic hand-to-hand skills to avoid getting knocked out or down to the ground in an altercation. If you end up getting knocked down do you have retention training if there is a struggle.
The reality is we may not be able to take a firearm to certain locations. Do you know how to fight with a variety of tools/weapons such as a knife, cane, kubaton, flashlight, or other weapons of opportunity that can be utilized as an impact weapon?
I could keep on going here as many of you likely can but please don't get me wrong. I attend three or four defensive firearm classes a year in addition to my shooting once a week and daily dry work. However, the reality is there are A LOT more other areas of need out there for self defense that are equally if not more important than knowing how to fight with your firearm. There is so much information and fantastic training opportunities out there if you have the time and money to attend you are only cheating you and your family if you don't take advantage of those opportunities IMHO.
Last edited by AOK; 07-28-2012 at 02:04 PM.