If you are reading this there is a very good chance that you have obtained your CPL and carry a firearm for the protection of yourself and those around you. However, what steps have you taken to maximize your chance of winning the fight and minimize risk? Do you dry fire, spend time on the range with a specific training agenda, and/or have you taken a class from a reputable firearms instructor? I hope the answer to all of those is yes, but do you know who you are training to defend against? Have you given any thought to your personal mindset? Sun Tzu is credited with the quote “Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” This quote still rings true for all of us who carry a gun every day. If we have put in the mental and physical work to enhance our skills, awareness, and critical decision-making abilities, combined with an understanding of the potential threats we may face, we can hopefully stay ahead of the game.

If you ask people to define a criminal, they would more than likely give you the iconic “2-bit crook”, or “dumb kid looking for a quick buck” description, likely including their lack of education or fortitude and undisciplined nature. That description might be true for the low-level criminal and only based on societal norms, but that would only scratch the surface of the criminal underworld. There are many documents on “high order thinking” violent criminals that put in more time training than many of us, as well as being immersed in the world of violence on a daily basis. That means they have the home court advantage and the element of surprise to those of us trying to live our daily mundane lives. To better understand these types of violent criminals, as well as how to combat them, we need to learn from someone who has first-hand experience in these matters. This is where the “Violence of Mind” course comes in.

The “Violence of Mind” course is taught and developed by Varg Freeborn of One Life Defense out of Southington, Ohio. Varg has an intimate, first-hand knowledge of the criminal mentality, as well as the legal ramifications of a deadly force encounter. His unique experiences and understanding of these topics allow him to offer incredibly important information and training to law enforcement and responsible armed citizens.

Steadfast Applications will be hosting Varg Freeborn on February 11th at Long Range Archery and Firearms in Holland, MI. This is a course that you will not want to miss out on if you are serious about carrying a firearm. Sign up can be completed on Varg’s website. You can also hear more from Varg on his Spreaker channel, his Youtube channel, or on the Primary and Secondary Youtube channel.