Since March of 2017, I don’t look at convenience stores the same way. I was threatened in a convenience store - kind of.
A late-night convenience store run was the scenario when I was lucky enough to be involved for a Proving Ground here at the USCCA. I’m a morning person, so filming from 10 pm to 4 am was challenging for me. Throw in cameras, everyone watching me, a few Red Bulls, and my nerves were shot by the end of the night of filming.
I survived both encounters and didn’t hurt anyone. I would be able to go home to my family after speaking with the police if that was a real situation. I call that a successful self-defense incident.
What did I learn?
- Drop the stuff in my hands so I can have both hands available for myself defense.
- Never turn your back on a loaded gun (I still hear this in Kevin’s voice as he advised me of it before the second scenario and guess what I did… About halfway to the door I heard Kevin’s advice in my head and turned in time to defend myself.)
- Keep your phone in your non-dominant pocket/hand so you can have your firearm in your dominant hand.
Nothing earth-shattering, but definitely things I needed to work on. Here are some more tips from Kevin when you’re in a convenience store: