Make no mistake, carrying a gun for self-defence is a huge responsibility. So, if this is your choice, it’s imperative to get the requisite licencing to make you legal. And this means learning, understanding and following the laws that govern the carrying of a weapon in South Africa. Also, you should know when and where you’re legally authorised to carry a firearm and when the discharge of deadly force is legally justified.

The next step is to get training at a fully-compliant shooting range. Take advantage of Marksman’s Nest specialised close-quarter self-defence classes. This will teach you how to carry a firearm responsibly. In addition, the course teaches you the skills and mindset you need to be effective in a real-world scenario.

What’s more, you’ll be around others who have the same passion and sense of civic responsibility that you have.

The education and training opportunities in self-defence offered by gun ranges are essential. Marksman’s Nest offers concealed carry classes, marksmanship classes, home defence classes with a mock house set up, as well as family firearm training classes. Yes, the entire family can participate in the training process. Thus they too will be prepared with the same skills and have a plan that allows you all to understand and work to protect each other as a unit.

After attaining a training level that makes you comfortable with concealed carry, move on to scenario-based self-defence training. Being put into controlled situations under the stress of a class setting will build your confidence.

The self-defence scenarios at Marksman’s Nest take into account working in and around your vehicle, home protection settings, even scenarios based on your work environment. Two things will happen with this training. Firstly, your confidence in your ability to effectively respond will grow. Secondly, you’ll want to follow up on this type of self-defence training. And that will make you even more effective.

Scenario training will allow you to further understand what your assailants might be thinking and how you can outmanoeuvre them or possibly avoid them. Mental rehearsals are important to either be successful in an armed encounter, or to avoid such an encounter.

There are many things to think about when you carry a firearm. Where are the exits? How not to have your back to the door? And being aware of your surroundings at all times.

Therefore, if you want to defend yourself and your family, you must take the time to learn how to maximise your ability to effectively respond to any threats that present themselves. Self-defence training honestly will make a difference in your life and the lives of your family and friends.

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