We believe an entirely new approach to becoming responsibly and effectively armed is needed:
An approach that is scientific and looks to statistical reality, RATHER than looking at self-defense anecdotally through gun-range / gun-store gossip.
An approach that does NOT make concealed carry out to be harder than it really is – but one that also doesn’t sugar-coat reality by telling us that being effective is as easy as “clipping a gun on and calling it good” – because it’s not that easy. There’s more to it than that, and I think you’re well aware of that.
An approach that keeps concealed carry in a healthy perspective in our lives. We carry to live and to enjoy a richer, more secure life. Concealed carry is much bigger than a hobby, but it’s also not the point of life.
Essentially, we need an approach that helps us become ultra-effective warriors while maintaining a clear, level head. We need training that will allow us to avoid violence whenever possible, but overcome, defeat, and survive violence when we can’t avoid it.
The 3 Pillar Approach to Effective Self-Defense:
This realization led me to a concept I’m spearheading through the Concealed Carry University called “The 3 Pillar Approach to Effective Self-Defense.”
See, most people who carry concealed are unknowingly unprepared to defend themselves because they’ve failed to look at concealed carry holistically. They don’t look at the big picture.
For example, where do most people begin with concealed carry? At the gun store. And hey – I made this mistake as well! But not all guns or gear are created equal – right? So how can we know what gun or holster or ammo or even which carry position we should choose BEFORE we know what a violent attack is like – or how our bodies will REACT – or how our equipment will PERFORM during that attack?
That’s why gun and gear selection is – as we see it – the THIRD PILLAR of effective self-defense. Before we can look at gear, we must first look at REALITY to see how we need to practice and train. Which skills and abilities we will need programmed on autopilot ahead of time, and which we will neither need nor want.
That’s why guided training based in reality is the SECOND PILLAR of effective self-defense. Only after you know what to practice and how to prepare can you take an honest look which guns and gear will best serve you. And when you do, you’ll quickly see that at least 60% of the guns and gear out there being pushed are nothing more than gimmicks designed primarily only to make people FEEL safe.
What about the first pillar?
We know the 3rd pillar can’t exist without having already built the 2nd pillar. But which pillar must be built even before we can begin our physical training?
Without having the Warrior Mindset in place, excellent training and a reliable gun are useless. That’s because it’s the MINDSET that enables you to react prudently and swiftly in the moment that lethal force becomes required to save your life or other innocent lives.
The Mindset is what separates a sheep from a sheepdog. The Training is what makes a sheepdog dangerous. The Gear is what amplifies that sheepdog’s effectiveness.
And unless all Three Pillars of Effective Self-Defense are built equally strong and equally tall in our lives, our ability to defend ourselves and other innocent lives is at risk of toppling over.
I believe this shift in thinking is a critical element in the decision to become effectively and confidently armed.
A Critical Lack of Education for the Privately-Armed Citizen…
What we’ve built is a 7 disc DVD program you can do at your home, called “The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense.”
This is a program that we have strategically designed to guide you through the process of building up and cementing in three strong pillars of effective self-defense in your life: the warrior mindset, the skills, and the gear and equipment selection.
And even though this training program contains 20 hours of charts, graphics, explanations, concepts, lectures, demonstration, case studies, real-life scenario breakdowns, and tons more – one of my biggest priorities during the production of this program was that going through the material would be a warm, fun experience for the viewer.
Now even though this program is relatively new, having just been released here in 2014, we’ve already put this in the hands of thousands of armed citizens, and the reception it’s been getting is incredible. It’s making big waves in the industry already. Here’s what a few recent “graduates” from this program have had to say on our Amazon page:
"This is by far the very best training course I have ever seen. It takes you through everything in great detail and shows you the reality of what a concealed carry individual is up against and how to train and deal with a real life threatening situation."
"As a former military combat soldier I have previous experience with deadly force and various weapons. I found this course to be very comprehensive for armed citizens to learn the skills needed to survive a deadly encounter."
"Out of all the training I have submitted to over the years, Patrick Kilchermann and the Concealed Carry University provide, in my opinion the most complete course for the mental, legal, and physical preparation of becoming a legally armed citizen who will take the measures necessary to protect, themselves, their families and the public at large when necessary."
"I can’t tell you how impressed I was with Patrick who developed and presented this program. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a tremendous amount of passion that is contagious. I truly feel that he wants me to succeed and to do it right."
"Patrick Kilchermann gives you clear cut guidelines to prepare for a confrontation, whether or not you shoot, and what to expect afterwards. “The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense” DVD covers everything you need to know to prepare for a life or death situation whether you are at home or out in public. My only regret is I didn’t have this 20 years ago."
"I think the first 3 DVDs should be required viewing for anyone of any age because it is the most level-headed real world description I have ever heard about how violence actually happens and how to avoid it."
Part One covers the first pillar: Mindset, and it’s made up of two discs:
Disc 1 called Building Your Mindset Foundation: Destroy The Top 15 Myths That Make Effective Self-Defense Impossible For Most People, and…
Disc 2 called Conditioning the Warrior Mindset: How The Correct Mindset Is What Separates Survivors From Victims.
The first task of Part One is to build the warrior mindset.
Having this mindset in place helps:
Eliminate the natural human tendency to freeze when under attack.
Gives you the mental fortitude to withstand the psychological pressure of a violent attack.
Gives you the lightning intensity of a natural born fighter, so you can respond to an attack effectively.
This mindset renews your motivation to carry concealed, and
Keeps you balanced mentally by helping you set priorities, and see clearly where concealed carry fits into your life.
The second role of Part One is to enlighten you on what violence is, the different types of violence, how violence works, and how you must leverage this knowledge in an attack.
Being enlightened on violence helps you detangle and understand what is happening during an attack.
Why your attacker is doing what he’s doing, and what you must do to thwart and defeat that violent mental and physical energy.
And when you learn these truths about violence, you will no longer have a disproportionate fear of criminals – because you will get it.
You will see them for who they are.
The third role of Part One is to bust the myths and misconceptions about concealed carry, self-defense, guns, and gear.
You will learn the truth about the top myths surrounding self-defense, concealed carry, guns, and bullets, so that you can be fully aware of the realistic strengths and vulnerabilities of your body and gear.
Myths and bad intel make preparation impossible, because they send you in the wrong direction, so that the harder you work, the less prepared for reality you are.
But building your mindset on truth ensures that you are preparing for what you stand the greatest chance of facing. And you will smile when you hear people discussing: