Before you pull your trigger

I am new to this and watching a lot of the videos but I can’t remember the terms.

Before you pull your trigger the target needs 3 things

Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy.

Ability, opportunity, and intent to cause death, great bodily harm or sexual assault.

Also remember the only fight you ever truly win is the one you are not in. If you can get away, do! Not to mention many states actually require you to leave if possible.

The second you press that trigger your life changes forever.

You may want to review the material as well. … If you want to review it in a different manner this video by Klint Macro, a USCCA Sr. Training Counselor is very well done in my opinion; it touches on many of the basics.


@AZJustMe2021 If you are just starting out and behind the curve you could/should start a log book and fill it out with things you think you need to remember and keep a daily log of your training. I used a log book when I
started in the military. I would fill it out as it happened or at the end of the day. Just a thought. :+1:


If you have not taken the Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals class by USCCA I highly recommend it.

One thing they go over is the reasonable person test. In short, would a reasonable person, in your shoes, be afraid of death or great bodily harm. It’s a good class for the fundamentals but as always, further learning is definitely encouraged.


To quote my CCW class instructor, the “moment of extreme exigency.” You need the moment that requires immediate, lethal action to prevent serious bodily harm to you or others. Add to that, if a reasonable person knew, what you knew at that moment, would they act the same?

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I strongly recommend to read Massad Ayoob’s “Deadly Force”
Best explanation of “AOJ Triad” (Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy).

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You will find a lot of stuff sometimes never mentioned in the class.