My motto is Live Free, Make Money, Pack Iron.
If you’ve been following this series, you know I’m taking more of a contrarian stance to explain it. Some things are best understood by understanding what they’re not.
This is part three of a three part series.
This post is about packing that iron.
Now, this is going to come across as a strange thing for a gun nut to say.
The first thing I’m going to tell you about packing iron is that you probably don’t NEED a gun.
I don’t know you, but I can say with almost absolute certainty that you don’t need a gun.
Don’t you worry about whether or not it’s your right or anything like that. I’m not making a political statement at all. I’m making a statement about humanity.
Most people that think they need a gun are wrong.
BEFORE YOU BUY A GUN
First and foremost, accept that you’re afraid.
If you think you NEED (not want, but NEED) a gun, then you’re afraid of something. The best thing you can do is accept it and move on. At least you’re doing something about it.
What you need to understand here is that being afraid and armed at the same time makes YOU the dangerous one.
A violent criminal is dangerous to whoever he attempts to victimize. A scared man with a gun is a danger to everyone around them.
The gun world isn’t going to talk about this because they don’t want to hurt gun sales.
Gun sales be damned. I don’t want you to accidentally shoot someone you love. I’m going to talk about it.
The man who can be relied upon to be responsibly armed isn’t afraid to be unarmed.
He’s still going to protect himself and his loved ones. Even if he has to use his bare fucking hands.
I recommend you fix the following problems and then see if you’re still afraid to go about your life unarmed.
Second, fix your body.
Odds are, you’re probably not confident in your body.
Imagine the person that you’re afraid of. If you still don’t admit to being afraid, imagine your potential aggressor.
Are you imagining a big fat man or a skinny wimp?
No. You’re imaging a big strong man.
A bigger, stronger man than you.
You need to fix your body. Build some muscle. Lose some fat.
Get your testosterone checked and do something about it if it’s low. It probably is, because most men have low T.
You’ll find that you’re not as frightened when you do.
Third, learn how to fight.
You can do this while you’re building muscle and burning fat to save some time.
Weapons are completely useless if you can’t fight. Your body is your primary weapon, and you need to know how to use it.
I’m not even saying you need martial arts experience, I’m just saying you need to learn how to fight.
There is a certain peace that men gain when they know they can take a punch. If you can take a punch, you’re ahead of the crowd.
If you can take a punch, you can fight through pain.
Pain you might feel when there’s a knife in your liver and toxins flood your body. Pain you might feel when a bullet shears off three of your fingers.
Chances are good that your attacker grew up tough and isn’t afraid of getting hurt. Even the odds.
When you know how to fight with your body, you’ll find you’re not as afraid.
Fourth, understand that everything around you is a weapon.
A chair is a weapon. A broom is a weapon. A wall is a weapon. A door is a weapon.
Weapons are all around you.
Every time someone has said “So-and-so’s house got broken into while they were home. I would be so afraid. I don’t have any weapons in my house. Maybe I should buy a gun.”
My response is always the same. “How do you cut your food?”
Guess what? A kitchen knife is a weapon and we all have them.
When you understand that there are weapons all around you, you’re not going to be carrying all that fear around.
Fifth, fully accept that you’re afraid.
If you’re still afraid after making those changes, something has probably happened to you that left you carrying some kind of fear.
Guess what? You’re still going to be afraid AFTER you buy a gun and begin carrying it.
You’ll actually have MORE fear because you’ll be carrying deadly force on your hip every single day.
You’re reminded of your own mortality every time you feel that gun. Every time you touch it, Memento Mori.
Buying and carrying a gun isn’t going to give you that peace of mind.
It just isn’t.
Anyone who tells you that it is will probably be the same guy pushing some training course. I’ll never try to sell you some training course.
I have no desire to become a trainer even if I was qualified to be a self defense trainer.
I may sell an ebook on firearms at some point just because I’ve used every action type. I’ve carried every type of holster I’m aware of. I’ve used every common chambering and several uncommon ones.
I wasted a LOT of money doing that, and I can prevent other people from doing the same.
That’s still off in the future, though. Back to the topic at hand.
How to Pack Iron
The first thing you’ll want to do is get your concealed carry permit.
You should be able to get the permit using the instructor’s gun if there’s a firing portion to your test. The course will be different depending on where you live and who you get as your instructor.
I had to take the test twice because my first instructor wasn’t legitimate, but that’s a story for another day.
This advice is exclusively for the readers in the United States. I don’t know the system in your country.
I don’t even know the system in every state.
As far as I know, every state in the US has a method to get a permit. Get one.
You don’t want to get arrested for carrying. I don’t recommend that.
I’ve been put on the ground by a police officer who was ignorant of the law when I was carrying in a perfectly legal manner. He let go when I rattled off my permit number.
Your life will be a little easier with the permit, so that’s my recommendation.
Next, you’re going to want to buy a gun.
Buy a gun legally. You don’t need me to tell you that. That’s common sense.
Guns are traceable and if you buy an “untraceable” gun with the serial scrubbed off, you better not get caught with it. Carrying a gun with the serial scrubbed off is going to land you in prison.
If you’re a felon, you’re not going to be able to get one. I’m not a felon, all the things I’ve been charged with in my life were misdemeanors.
I can’t tell you what to do if you’re a felon and want some protection because I don’t have that experience.
If you’re not a felon, the buying of a gun isn’t going to be that hard. I could write an entire book on what criteria you want to look for in selecting an every day carry gun, and doing that here would take too much time.
Check out my YouTube channel for videos on guns to carry.
Buy your gun, and don’t stress for weeks over the decision. Murphy’s law is real, and you’ll probably need it when you don’t have it.
Carry that bitch.
You’re going to want to buy a good holster. A good holster is going to cost around 20% or 25% as much as your gun itself.
Buy a good quality holster and wear a belt that’s purpose built to carry a gun. A quality belt and holster combination make all the difference in the world when it comes to carrying a gun.
There was a time where I carried a pair of 1911 pattern pistols. I didn’t experience any undue strain and didn’t find it cumbersome at all.
That’s because I was using a quality belt and two quality holsters.
Yes, that belt wore out in a year. Still, whenever I see someone whining about how heavy their gun is, it just tells me they don’t really want to pack iron.
Get Serious if You’re Serious
If you’re really serious about packing iron, you’re going to pack that iron. It isn’t that hard. If you just “like guns”, that doesn’t have to translate into packing iron. Just accept that you “like guns”.
If that’s you, then you’re probably not the kind of guy who should be packing iron anyway.
As a matter of fact, most people who pack iron shouldn’t be packing iron anyway.
Most people who pack iron are just afraid and in denial about it.
I was afraid, and I’m aware of it. Yeah, I was paranoid. I also had low testosterone.
I couldn’t sleep at night because at night I wouldn’t have any distraction from the fear. Any little sound in the house could be someone about to break in.
The more I work on myself, the less fear I have. I still have that fear, and I’m aware of it.
*Edit 8/22/2016 I’ve since started testosterone replacement therapy and find I’m not afraid of much of anything. Aware, but not afraid.*
Even if you pack that iron, you need to fix those problems listed above because they’re still going to be your problems after you’ve got some iron on your hip.
You’re not going to fix them all overnight, it’s going to take a while.
Why do I still pack iron today? Why do I still live my everyday life with a gun?
It’s what I do.
I know that during my daily life, I’m going to eat, sleep, and pack iron.
I’m going to brush my teeth, I’m going to wash my hair, I’m going to pack iron.
It’s as natural to me as wearing pants and putting in contacts.
Why do I pack iron when I realize there are more downsides and inconveniences than upsides? Because the greatest thing that packing iron gives you is certainty.
IF you are strong, IF you know how to fight, and IF you know you’re going to have to work through your fear, then packing that iron is going to give you the last little bit of certainty to know you can handle whatever harm could come to you and yours.
You need to get to the point where you can pack iron and make money and still live free.
Your priority still has to be on living free, and if the primary focus of your life is packing iron and being a “gun guy” then you’re either not packing iron or you’re not living free.
That’s the truth of it, folks.
Leave a comment telling me what you’re going to do TODAY to stop living in fear.