Join Date: Jun 2007
1. Maintain the proper mindset to recognize, evaluate, and react to threats.
Recognize dangerous situations early, and avoid them whenever possible. You are not bulletproof, and a bad day can easily become your last day. Plan your activities with this in mind. If you have no choice, as in the case of a police officer responding to high-risk calls, deal with it in the manner most beneficial to you. Wait for back-up; deploy with a shotgun or rifle if possible. Always make use of cover/concealment, and offer little or nothing of yourself as a target. Expect someone to rush you/pull a knife/point a gun/shoot at you, so you won't freeze up when it happens.
2. Avoid being killed, either before or after defensive gunfire is initiated.
Once the festivities open, fight the urge to deny that it's happening. Don't stand around waiting for someone to tell you that it's really going on. You may not survive the notification process. If there is time at all, get behind cover to shoot; if not, then shoot and get behind cover. Shoot some more, if necessary. Look all around you, and reload from a position of safety. Your opponent(s) may have friends in the neighborhood and they may be racing to the sound of gunfire, from any and all directions. You need to not get killed before the cavalry arrives, and remember that bad guys have cavalry, too. Either outfit will shoot you if you do something stupid enough. Fade away to the safest refuge, call for help and maintain a defensive mindset. Shooting the other guy is not a win. Surviving the entire encounter is a win.
3. The precision with which your defensive fire is applied...
will be the deciding factor in whether you solve your immediate problem, and live to explain it. The ammo you used may not matter at all. Practice, practice, practice.Staple a cheap 1x2 on backside of the targets you train on, where you can't see it. Make 'shooting for the centerline' second nature- so you can do it without conscious effort, once the decision to shoot is made. Your training should also include keeping your weapon reloaded, until that becomes a subconscious action as well. Your conscious efforts should be reserved for threat evaluation, evasion and escape. They will be plenty busy with those.
4. Select the proper weapon for the job at hand...
This means to take the hardest hitting gun you can tote- and still deliver fast, accurate fire with. Take a couple if given the option. Remember that caliber is secondary; a .30-30 beats a .45 auto. Shotguns are about the only anti-personnel weapon that benefits greatly by virtue of bore size. None of them are going to do you any good, if you can't hit with them.
One-Shot Stop Ratings
Some of you are probably asking yourselves if I have ever read the authoritative compilations of one-shot stop statistics which are being published in various gun magazines. I have. Unfortunately, people rely on them for selecting magic “one-shot stop” ammunition- while ignoring matters like threat recognition, evasion & escape, shooting skill, use of cover, movement & reloading under fire, and more evasion & escape. A one shot stop won't get you home, if somebody's second cousin mows you down with a low-rider while you stand there in the street like Matt Dillon during the opening scenes of Gunsmoke.
The only bullet that matters is the one that shuts down your opponent. Your precise placement of that bullet is astronomically more important that what size, caliber, or type of bullet it was- but it has to penetrateto cause a physiological shutdown of your opponent. If you get it done with one shot, you are having a very, very good day- but until you achieve precise placement, you are just a tin duck in a shooting gallery. Unlike that little duck, you are not flat and any number of contestants may be shooting at you from any number of directions. Shooting once and waiting for applause is a good way to get dead, and that popping noise you hear is probably not everyone's hands clapping.
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