OK, my turn to be the old phart here.
If all this is news to you, this stuff about being aware of what's going on around you and the 'color codes,' you need to get a copy of this little book and immerse yourself in it until it is second nature:
PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL DEFENSE
by Jeff Cooper
Jeff Cooper is perhaps the nation’s foremost authority on defensive weaponcraft. He is renowned not only for his practical instruction on firearms marksmanship, mechanics and safety but also for his groundbreaking ideas on proper defensive mental conditioning. This new edition of Cooper’s classic Principles of Personal Defense – with a fitting tribute by firearms expert Louis Awerbuck and all-new drawings by renowned illustrator Paul Kirchner – presents his timeless theory of individual defensive behavior clearly, concisely and practically. All free people who aspire to stay that way should read, study and share the wisdom found within these pages. Considered by many to be one of the greatest books on combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning ever written, it deserves a place of honor in every library. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, illus., 80 pp.
Jeff Cooper is one of the true pioneers of weaponcraft in the United States. His numerous accomplishments include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor at large of Guns & Ammo magazine, winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner award in 1995, Rangemaster Emeritus of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association and long-time member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association.
Price: $14.00 PPD.2
Whether you carry a gun or not, this book is an essential introduction to the mindset necessary to live in the society we face today. It is a primer for what may be a new reality to people who thought they had been, were and always would be safe. That is not something that can be taken for granted, if indeed it ever could.
Please note that present tense references to the good colonel in the above copy are out of date- Jeff Cooper died at the age of 86 at his home near Paulden, AZ on September 25 last year. May he rest in well-deserved peace.
"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arises not from deficits in the Constitution or Confederation , nor from want of honor and virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation." -- John Adams
"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." -- Lord Acton