Your mindset with a CCW permit

Discussion in 'Conceal & Open Carry' started by iguana0983, May 9, 2012.

  1. iguana0983

    iguana0983 New Member

    I've always have had a secure mindset. I believe in protecting your love ones and yourself from evil doers in this crazy world. Since I have gotten my permit back in the beginning of the year it has gone from a 4 to an 8 out of 10 all the time. I feel like its my duty to be aware at all times just in case. Let me know how you feel.
  2. GAgal

    GAgal Well-Known Member

    Hi! I've moved your thread to the Conceal & Open Carry forum so members can reply there.

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting Member

    Condition Yellow 24/7

    The color code, as originally introduced by Jeff Cooper, had nothing to do with tactical situations or alertness levels, but rather with one's state of mind. As taught by Cooper, it relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. Cooper did not claim to have invented anything in particular with the color code, but he was apparently the first to use it as an indication of mental state.

    • White: Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker. When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be "Oh my God! This can't be happening to me."
    • Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that "today could be the day I may have to defend myself". You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that "I may have to shoot today". You don't have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don't know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to "Watch your six." (In aviation 12 o'clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft's nose. Six o'clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are "taking in" surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, "I might have to shoot."
    • Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six). Your mindset shifts to "I may have to shoot that person today", focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: "If that person does "X", I will need to stop them". Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.
    • Red: Condition Red is fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. "If 'X' happens I will shoot that person".
  4. I agree with you and you should be like that.
    I on the other hand have always been like that. Growing up were I grew up you could pay the ultimate price for not paying attention all the time.
    You never know when something bad is going to happen. When it happens it happens fast so pay attention.
    Good thread
  5. Lovethyglock

    Lovethyglock New Member

    I have definitely noticed that I pay more attention than I used to. I thought that I used to pay attention really well but now that I got my CCW I am extremely alert to all of my surroundings. I am deaf in one ear so that forces me to use my other senses more to make up for that. Great topic
  6. shaunmcfd

    shaunmcfd New Member

    I walk around my house with my gun! I never would have thought it would come to this but you can never be too careful these days. We had an armed bank robbery at 10:30 this morning on our "wealthy" side of town in broad daylight! No getaway car, just rob and run! My philosophy is "if you can say give me all your money, you can say welcome to McDonalds"! People are crazy so I am ALWAYS ready!

    ROYALE-W-CHEESE New Member

    Thanks for sharing that breakdown, Shooter. It's a bit common sense in that we all do it in some way every day but breaking it down in this fashion really focuses our mental process as well as what I should be thinking about now/first, given a situation.

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Same here! Always aware of my surroundings.
  9. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    Im always trying to be aware of whats going on around me weather im walking or driving. As well as looking over my shoulders every couple of minutes.