To survive a deadly force encounter, its important you have the three points of the survival triangle covered. Tactics, fitness, and mindset. Having training other than basic marksmanship is paramount to survival. This can include developing a good draw from a holster, the effective use of cover, reloads, improvised shooting positions, orienting toward a threat, and use of a flashlight. Also important are weapon retention, hand to hand techniques and choke survival. Fitness is the development of the cardiovascular endurance and strength necessary to stay in a fight and execute what your training. This is, by far, the most neglected area for most people. Survival mindset is built through provoking conversation and developing confidence from cultivating your tactics and fitness. You need the mindset that you CAN and WILL survive. Think about why its imperative for you to win. I am accepting the challenge of taking these pillars of survival more seriously and making them a foundation for how I live my life. I want all of you to do the same because there a damn few of us out there who are willing to take our lives into our own hands. People like us, on sites like this, should be the ones winning against the scum that are becoming more numerous every day.