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The Effectiveness Of Concealed Carry: This Is The Most Important Video You’ll Watch, Part 1


We were going to try and put together the very same concept video after SHOT Show, but it looks like we may not have to now.

A few years ago, a video surfaced that shined every concealed carrier in a bad light, coming to the conclusion that each of us lives in a fantasy world when it comes to effectively defending ourselves against an active shooter. The video, riddled with problems and inaccurate methods of providing real-life situations, needed to be redone in a more realistic way.

Thanks to the news station WFFA, it’s now been done.

The theory is simple: take four licensed Texans with different degrees of training, and give them as little detail as possible about what to expect. The less they know, the more realistic the outcome.

The armed citizens:

  • Brian Martin, 30, of Lewisville, who has 10 hours of training
  • Matthew Beeman, 41, of Denton County, who has six hours of training
  • Mary Bannan, 67, of Lantana, who has 25 hours of training
  • Royce Hardin, 68, of Lantana, who has the most experience — 50 hours of training

Our “bad guy with a gun” was Shawn Clary, a SWAT team member and tactical instructor with 22 years experience.

WFAA conducted the exercise at a vacant office building near Lewisville. All of the volunteers admitted they were nervous, but eager to see how they would perform.

They all knew they would be involved in three different scenarios in which they would have to encounter an assailant with a gun. Everyone was armed with helmets, goggles and training pistols with plastic pellets.


Our “bad guy,” Clary, was carrying a semi-automatic AR-15 that also shot plastic pellets.

No other details were provided to the participants. They were not given details about any of how the scenarios would play out.

They were not told Clary would be wearing body armor. That meant in order to kill or wound the assailant, they would have to score a hit to the head, neck, or pelvis.

Watch the video below, which is Part 1 of this series. Part 2 is scheduled to air tonight.

Both scenarios, the office space and conference room, proved one thing: armed citizens can absolutely be an effective first line of defense against an active shooter. We personally didn’t need to see this video to know that, but it’s going to change minds. That’s for sure.

It’s important to note that not every attempt to take out the bad guy was a success, because that’s just a fact of life. No method of stopping the bad guy will ever be 100% successful. The takeaway of this, however, is that armed citizens in the vicinity of active shooting situations can have a huge impact on the outcome.

We’re anxiously awaiting Part 2 and will share it with you when available.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • PJ

    TV station is WFAA, not WFFA

  • JTM

    “The video, riddled with problems and inaccurate methods of providing real-life situations, needed to be redone in a more realistic way.” – The problem is, this is not necessarily realistic either. It is also riddled with problems as it is very hard to simulate such a situation without letting the potential victim in on it. The potential victims know there will be an attack ahead of time and are more mentally prepared than if they had been caught off-guard. They have also had training, whether minimal or not, that puts them ahead just anyone having a gun. If the argument is “concealed carry with training is better than no gun” there is a point to be made. Otherwise, if the argument is what it feels like the NRA often tries to push, that “Everyone is safer with a gun than not”, this proves little. So, what is the argument? Should everyone conceal carry or should anyone with some proper training be allowed to conceal carry?

    • Nnobby45

      Other than criticize the NRA and the participants, while pointing out that it isn’t realistic, maybe you could offer something constructive. Additionally, MANY people with CCW’s have more experience than those selected, and some a GREAT deal more, and not all mass murderers have ballistic vests.

      • JTM

        I didn’t rip apart their argument or your precious NRA. I’m not anti-gun, I’m not necessarily anti-NRA, though I do believe they put forth many lies just as those who are anti-gun and many political organizations. What I posted is not meant to be argumentative, it’s a statement with questions for further discussion. Yes, there are many with greater training in and OUTSIDE of the NRA, but there are even more that have little to no training. Instead of trying to tear my post apart, why not try to answer my questions and have a positive discussion?

      • JTM

        BTW, you did notice the first sentence was a quote from the story above trying to debunk a previous video by anti-gunners, right? My post was saying this video has similar problems as the one they are trying to debunk. What is wrong with that?

  • Larry Hag

    Problem with this scenario is that the “active shooter” knows the potential threat and is taking out both the intended target and the potential threat in that order. Also if in a room I almost never sit front and center and am in the back near an egress in case things get hairy.
    They have to give the carrier a more realistic chance don’t let the carriers see each other and let one of them be the shooter and the other can sit anywhere.