Don’t Make Yourself A Target For Predators – Be Ready – Be Awarehttp://raygano.com/dont-make-yourself-a-target-for-predators-be-ready-be-aware/Survival Means Developing Situational Awareness
Situational awareness is something that you need to practice and basically you can cultivate it by generally keeping tabs on your surroundings. This was drilled into me when I served in Special Ops. We were told to always “Check your six” – meaning to keep an eye on what is happening behind you. Whenever I go into a restaurant or someplace where I am seated, I like “keeping my back to the wall” with the doors in sight as well as knowing alternate exits.
Seems like a lot to remember and being a tad paranoid helps. So, to help you develop this, here are some things that I do and teach my students.1 – OODA Loop = Observe, Orient, Decide, Act
– This is the key to situational awareness. By observing your surroundings, orienting yourself to entries, exits, choke points – Decide what you are going to do and then take action.
Example. I am coming out of Walmart. I am pushing a cart. I tend to park towards the back where I can put space between my car and others. I walk down the middle of the parking isle where most people will either stick to one side of the parked cars or the other. By walking in the middle of the road, you are less of a target.
As I am walking I am constantly scanning the area looking to ambush points. If I see one I will either pick up speed or avoid that are by moving more to one side or the other.
Once I get to my car, if there is another car parked by it I will take a wide swing so that I can take in as much visual information as possible checking out the car next to mine. IF there is someone in that car, I go into a higher alert status, maybe keep my hand close to a weapon and be ready for an attack.
If my wife is with me, I will usually have her open the back of the car, put stuff in as I maintain security. I will then have her take the cart back and I will watch her so that she is a safe distance and then I will get in the car and pick her up at the front door area. This allows her to avoid coming close to the suspected car and the potential attacker that is in the vehicle.
Through this entire process, I am constantly doing the OODA Loop – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. – Repeat. The repeat part is why it is a loop. You constantly take in information, make a decision and then act.2- Learn to Predict Events
– As your Situational Awareness grows and getting better, you will start noticing the ability to project / predict possible situations around you.
By running your OODA Loop over and over, your brain will start taking this information and begin to “think ahead.” It (your brain) takes in the information, determines if there is a danger, possible danger or determine that there is no danger at all.
Basically, what your brain is doing is processing “cause and effect” and predict an accurate outcome. You are not seeing into the future, your attention to detail is getting better, thus know what will happen in the next second or two based on that attention to detail.3 – Trust Your Instinct / Feelings
– God has put into us a sixth sense where you just know that you know something is not right. Pay attention to that, do not blow it off thinking that you are just imagining something. Ignoring a gut feeling that things are not right can cause you to lose proper situational awareness. This clue is one of the most reliable because the body is able to detect stimulus long before we have consciously put it all together. This is part of “predicting events” – listening to your gut and then getting the heck out of dodge.4 – Identify Elements Around You
– When developing your Situational Awareness it is important to identify elements within your environment. Remember the parked car that I talked about earlier? When we got out of our car there was no vehicle around. If you remember I stated that I like parking towards the back of the lot. When we returned I instantly asked myself “why is there a car parked next to mine? By identifying elements that are around you, you will start to then identify the threats and possible threats.
Now, take this a step further and start including objects, events, people and any other environmental factors. Start paying attention to locations, conditions and actions of the elements around you.
All of these steps sound like it’s a lot, but believe it or not, you probably do a lot of this already, but it is more subconscious thinking than being Situationally Alert. These skills that I have discussed here you are already using them on a daily basis. What you need to do is use them more and become cognoscente of what you are doing. That cognoscente behavior is Situational Awareness.
Survival Means Having A Weapon/s So You Can Defend Yourself
More and more states are coming on board with concealed carry, i.e. carrying a gun to protect yourself.
I don’t want to cover that here, but I have written an entire article on titled “My Gun Line-up – You can read it here – http://raygano.com/my-gun-lineup/
But if you find yourself in a situation it is very wise of you to carry not just one weapon, but carry multiple weapons on you at the same time.
Everyday I usually have 2-3 weapons on me and if I am going to the big city, I have 4-5.
Here are the weapons that I HIGHLY recommend that you get and arm yourself with.Police Grade Pepper Foam & Gel
– In many of my articles I recommend SABRE Red Pepper Foam as a first form of defense type weapon. It is inexpensive enough where you can purchase 2-3 cans so that you place some in areas ready to use like in the car, in your pocket / purse, on a key chain, on your belt, etc.
NOW… why foam?
First – If you are outdoors and there is a slight breeze, you will not have the liquid pepper spray blow back in your direction.
Second – the foam is sticky and when it makes contact it instantly melts. This has about an 8 – 10 foot range and can spray multiple targets with this foam.
SABRE Pepper Foam – http://amzn.to/2fovQYi
Another solution and something that will give you more distance between you and the thugs is SABRE Pepper Gel. Like the foam, the gel sprays and does not blow back if there is a breeze going. Also, because it is a gel, it will shoot further than the foam and has a range of 18 feet. Another plus with this is that SABRE includes a belt holster that you can wear and always be prepared. Like the foam, it has good control factor and will not have liquid mist floating in the air.
SABRE Pepper Gel –http: //amzn.to/2i3yKBj Cold Steel Ti-Lite Zytel 6”
– I have written about this knife in some of my other articles. ti-lite-closedThis is probably my #1 go to fighting weapon / knife.
PRO – I like that you can carry this in your hand and it doubles as a kubaton. It is large enough to really do some damage without even deploying the knife. This can be used to control a person sitting in a pew by applying pressure techniques used with the kubaton.
PRO – The quillion, the little hook at the base of the knife blade, also is a very mean weapon in and of itself, The rough thumb grooves on the quillion will do damage if you use this as a kubaton. You can hook a chin, rip an eye, do a number of kubaton moves where the quillion will do some major extra damage.
cold-steel-ti-lite-ray-gano-edcPRO – You can deploy the knife as it is pulled out of the pocket by “snagging” the quillion on the pocket edge. This is a move that needs to be practiced as well, but you will have a great tactical advantage just taking the knife out of your pocket and it deploying as you remove it.
PRO – With some practice, you can learn to flick open this knife one handed. So, if you are using it in a kubaton style, it is nothing to flick it in the process of a swing or block and deploy the 6” razor sharp blade.
NOTE – this knife is literally a “pocket sword” it is a good 13 inches long and will give you some good distance between you and the attacker. Because this is such a large knife, check your local laws to make sure it is carry legal.
PRO – Cost – ON SALE – $48.88 w/ free shipping
Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6″ – http://tinyurl.com/pz-cs-ti-lite-6inchStreetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun Flashlight
– This is a great stun gun. It is smaller in diameter, so it is easily concealed and also made to look like a flashlight. It small enough to conceal and keep in the hand without it being obvious that you have a stun gun in your hand. So it is an excellent weapon that you can carry deployed while walking around and people will not take much notice of it.
Another great point about this stun gun is that it fits the budget. It runs around $25 – $30 dollars and at this price, you can purchase several of these so that both you and your spouse has one on them.
This also has a good lanyard on it so that if you do lose your grip, it will not fall to the ground and you can easily bring it back into your hand.
PRO – Slim, small and easily concealed
PRO – 9,000,000 volts and rechargeable – that is a lot of volts you will send through a person
Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Streetwise-Stun-Light
There are other weapons that you and your team can look into like collapsible batons, fighting sticks, saps, ect. The negative is that with some of these weapons, you need to check your local laws in using them. Weapons like the collapsible baton are against the law to use in many states.Uzi Tactical Pen
– Folks, I love this pen and I have owned this for over 7 years. Back then I bought it for around $14.00. The price today is $22.00 and it is still a great purchase. It has some nice weight but not too heavy and really fits nicely in my hand. You can fill it with any sort of ink cartage. I personally like the .07 gel ink cartage because I like a thicker line when I write.
The great thing is that I have carried this in airports and other “secure” areas and it has never been taken from me. Heck, even it is does, I just buy another one off of amazon. This is truly a worth while pen and a great weapon to have on hand.
UZI Tactical Pen – http://amzn.to/2hWmaAoGot Weapons – Now Start Training
Having weapons is great, but if we do not train, we will not be able to fight if we are called to do so. We need to be ready and the best way is to train. Get out and train pulling out your pepper spray. Practice taking out the TI-Lite knife and using it as a fist weapon. Find a punching bag or make one with some rice filled in a few pillow cases. Once you have that, hang it up somewhere against a wall and start punching.
In fact, here is the punching bag I have.
The Wing Chun Punching Canvas Wall Bag with Striking Surface 3-section
This is a very well built bag. Once you get it you can either fill it with sand or with what they recommend, rice. The leather pads also help protect the hand from getting all marred up like you normally do when working with canvas.
Once you have it filled, go hang it up on a wall and start punching away.
This is great training and you will be amazed at the arm strength you attain just by punching the bag daily.
This bag is only $36.00 and shipping is free. Not a bad deal at all for the quality you are getting.
Wing Chun Punching Bag – http://amzn.to/2gkkt31Conclusion
These four sub-human dirtbag thugs are in existence because we have allowed it by enabling them and empowering them.
Like it or not, they have become bullies and how you fight the bully is pushing back and getting in their face.
A lot of times if you stand up to the bully, they will back down, or you take out the leader and the rest will back off.
You do this by being situationally aware, which makes you ready and not backing down.
We need to pull on the big boy / girl panties and stop allowing these degenerate kids thinking that acting like spoiled brats is ok.
It is time to pull out the pepper spray, knife, stun gun and if we have to, don’t be afraid to use it. If one of these bully thugs get in you face, be ready and take them out.
If enough of us stand up and let them know we are not going to take this sort of behavior any more and set boundaries, then we will see the predators start being more cautious instead of having the free rein that they have today.
It is time to start pushing back, showing our teeth and letting them feel our bite.