Developing A Tactical Mindset

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Tactics
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Developing a tactical mindset is essential to surviving any type of disaster or violent scenario.  Skills with weapons is essential but it is not the only thing that will help you to survive.  Your mental attitude when confronted with a violent encounter is just as important as your weapons skills.

There are predators out there who have no regard for your life or the lives of your loved ones; instead they see you simply as an obstacle to obtaining your goods and other valuables.  They will think nothing of killing you just to steal your wallet, laptop or IPhone.

The following are some important methods to developing a tactical mindset.

  • Realization that not everyone has your best interests as their primary motivation.
  • Knowing that you must defend yourself without hesitation when confronted by violence.
  • Maintaining an appropriate level of situational awareness combined with the ability to act accordingly as needed.
  • When confronted with violence you must be prepared to effectively deal with the situation.  You must avoid the “deer in the headlights” phenomena.
  • Visualize situations you might find yourself in and visualize your responses to those situations. Visualization is a good form of practice and gives one a foundation of how to react if such situations do presents themselves.
  • Know where your weapons are at all times.  Make sure you can get to them quickly enough if needed.
  • Pay attention to all target indicators.  If something or someone seems out of place pay specific attention to it.
  • Maximize your distance to potential threats.
  • Use good judgement and common sense when dealing with people, places and things.


  1. armedamericancitizen says:

    This is good stuff! I think that often people arm themselves and think that is enough. While it is a great and important step there is a little more to it than that. I like that you brought up situational awareness. I was a volunteer firefighter for six years and we frequently talked about good situational awareness. It is vital to survival in many situations. The other thing we always taught on the fire department was, stay calm, think clearly, act decisively. You’ve said those basic concepts but I think it’s good to think about in those specific terms.
    Good stuff, keep it coming man!

  2. rmactsc says:

    Thanks armedamericancitizen. I appreciate the kind words. Situational awareness is such an important skill that people should take the time to develop this important survival technique.

  3. Unfortunately our schools do not encourage ‘thinking’, they encourage parroting. People should be able to reason out the consequences of action A or Action B and decide what action is better, but all too often people can’t reason out anything and so accept everything they are told as ‘truth’.

    I think a lot of people need to exercise their reasoning skills.

    • rmactsc says:

      Very well said Cheryl. Seems like a lot of things that students should be learning in school such as reasoning, fact checking, entrepeneurship, proper language skills and the list goes on somehow never get taught. Education needs to be revamped big time.

  4. Yes it does, but having students who can do no more than parrot the curriculum makes for a docile population.

  5. Should I mention that The worst things that have happened to education are mainstreaming and No child gets ahead? Common sense reasoning on that one, if no child is left behind then standards are obviously being pulled down to the level of the least capable child and that is where the focus is.

    • rmactsc says:

      I’ve always believed you let those students who are advanced move ahead instead of holding them back to keep pace with the slower learners. Almost seems like education these days deliberately tries to hold the overachievers back instead of letting them excel.

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