The question would be better as a poll, but that is really not why I am starting this thread. Maybe the better question ought to be, ""If you are going to carry concealed, what are you doing to prepare for doing so"? In another forum, a newbie is asking if he should first learn to shoot like Deadeye Dick or spend his money learning tactics. Of course, the answers he is getting range from "buy this video" to "sign up with these guys' to even, "don't even think of carrying a gun until you can hit a Necco wafer at 100 yards". The trouble is, the guys giving the advice are not admitting to having ever been in a gun fight themselves, and most likely haven't been. As someone who has been in several gunfights, here are my thoughts. Learning to think properly is the most important issue, and for everyone that does mean training of the right kind, and it also means weekly, if not daily, practice with gun handling and constant thinking about what you are doing and where you are. The Truth is, provided people are doing what they should be doing, 90% of the people who opt for concealed carry will never draw their gun with an intent to use it. Of the 10% who do, less than 2% will ever draw it to use more than once. These numbers are based on LEOs and how often they draw and fire in the line of duty. Most LEOs put in 30 years without ever firing a gun except for practice or recreation. It is also true they do not practice nearly enough, but that is another story. Sure, people who carry guns should be able to shoot and hit what they are aiming at, but that is the easy part. Handling the gun safely is also very important, but if you are going to carry, handling the gun correctly and creating instinctive handling is also important. ABC is circulating and broadcasting a video to "prove" that concealed carry in a classroom is worthless in protecting the person who is carrying and the rest of the class. It is powerful propaganda unless the viewer realizes that none of the concealed carry shooters have a clue what they are doing except for some lackluster marksmanship. They were not thinking but rather reacting, and it was clear there were no thought out tactics involved. One of the problems that is going to face us in Illinois is that many people will do whatever training the law requires, get their permit, and maybe go to an indoor range and pop off a box of shells once in a while. Others will sign up with unproven trainers who know the law and know how to shoot and have no actual gunfight experience. A much smaller percentage will shell out big bucks for a Gunsite type of experience, or a Lethal Force Institue experience. While I have done the Gunsite experience many years ago and I admire Massad Ayoob, their training is based from different experience bases than the normal concealed carry permit owner needs. The guy changing a tire at Midnight in the wrong part of town needs totally different thinking that a Kevlar coated LEO with a radio to summon backup. The primary criticism I have with almost all of the training I have encountered is that it isn't realistic either mentally or physically. The person who has trained for years for IPSC competitions should try running a mile at full speed, then dropping for as many pushups as they can do, then jumping up to draw and fire while encircled by strings of firecrackers going off at all points of their compass and then decide how good they are. That come closer to simulating what the body and mind is actually going through in a gunfight than standing in an indoor range in a booth with hearing protectors and admiring the pattern on the target. Now it is your turn. What do you think people ought to be doing to get ready?