What Are The Risk Levels of Concealed Carry

Jeff Cooper's Risk Levels

Let’s talk about situational awareness and risk levels. The warm weather is here, which means public gatherings like festivals.

Jeff Cooper developed a color-coded situational awareness and a risk-level system. From being unaware (Level 1) to taking action (Level 4). Level 1 is when you are on your cell phone in your own world, to level 4, which is “Game On.”

I also added in Level 5, the ‘Frozen’ level, a state of complete inaction, which Cooper didn’t have in his system. There’s some debate on whether this level should be included, but how can you prevent something if you don’t know about it? I’ve been there when someone “froze” and then had to deal with them along with the crisis.

“Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.” — Jeff Cooper

Once again, I firmly believe that mental skills are as critical as physical skills, and I cover some of the basics of risk levels in this article.

You can read the full article at Crossbreed Holsters.


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Brian Armstrong grew up in a small farm town in rural Indiana and learned to shoot before he learned to drive. His career began in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a firefighter and a medic before moving to Chicago. Throughout the years, he has owned multiple businesses, from construction to technology. He is back to his emergency services roots -teaching emergency first aid and firearms courses, along with writing for numerous publications. He believes the best way to learn "HOW" to do something is first to answer "WHY" you do something. He is your average guy with views like yours. Now, he's sharing the knowledge he's gained from teaching, learning from others, and researching topics you don't have time to explore. His feeling about staying safe is "The best way to win a fight is not to get into a fight!" He is always looking for new ideas. If you have a topic, current news you would like covered, or a publication looking for content, please reach out and let him know. You can follow him @LetsTalkDGU and #LetsTalkDGU


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