No matter if you are law enforcement, military, civilian, liberal or conservative, when you see an open carrier with an ACA Badge, know that they went through extensive rigorous training to earn that badge. Make no mistake, earning your ACA Badge will take time and dedication. 6 months of continues training minimum and could take up to one year depending on each persons skill level.
In a hostile environment engagement, we teach our LTC students to make sure everyone around you knows that you are NOT the threat after you have opened fire on a real threat. This is done by projecting your voice saying things like “IS EVERYONE OK” or “CALL 911”. One additional tool that can save your life is displaying your ACA Badge. In some situations re-holstering your handgun is not the safest thing to do because there could be additional threats around the corner. When Law Enforcement or another LTC Carrier do arrive this can also help them assess who is who saving your own life.
The idea behind the badge was intended for open carry specifically providing you with a much better experience out in society showing people they can feel better knowing you are well trained. However, even if you choose to conceal carry it can be pulled out and displayed after your hostile environment engagement.
When we designed the look of the ACA badge, we intentionally made it look different then law enforcement badges. This is our own copyrighted design that does nor bear an insignia of a law enforcement agency and does not identify the carrier as a peace officer or a reserve law enforcement officer, as stated in penal code 37.11 and 37.12