Carrying or keeping a gun to defend yourself is a whole different ballgame than shooting at the range. In fact, when it’s time to defend yourself and your family, simply having a gun means jack squat. Having a gun in a self-defense encounter might help you. Or it might not. There are a lot of other factors at play, and many of them aren’t under your control. However, there are strategies, tactics, and advance critical thinking that will improve your odds through better and more realistic preparedness.