In shooting sports firing the gun, whether in practice, class, or competition, is undeniably the most fun part, but when we take a step back we can see there is so much more to it than just pulling the trigger. That is especially true when we get into the self defense and personal safety portion of shooting sports. You may go to a class to learn to shoot better but it’s not the only topic that is taught. That is only one piece of the self defense pie, and while we need those skills we also need to look at the bigger picture. After all, the best defense is to not be in the situation in the first place. The skill that allows us to do that is situational awareness and we use a Color Code to easily break down this skill.