Reading another topic today, and just seeing daily news of people robbed, mugged, beaten , and killed all over the country, really got me thinking. Many, if not most of us here carry a weapon for self defense. We go to the range as often as we can in order to sharpen our skills. We experiment with different means of carrying our weapons to effectively balance concealment with accessibility. We take tactical course training to better prepare us for real life scenarios. Many of us have probably taken some form of martial arts to give us an edge in a hand to hand encounter. However, something that is as important, if not more so, is situational awareness. It's something that any military among us remember learning, but, at least for me, I haven't really put much time into practicing as I should. Sure, I look around when I'm getting in or out of my car, and keep an eye on the guy at the bar who has obviously had one too many, but I don't really practice this as something that could save my life. Here's an article that I came across that I think is definitely worth reading. Situational Awareness Do any of you have some techniques that you practice to increase your awareness?