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Old 01-06-2010, 21:03   #1
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Not all self defense shootings are close range

Tom Givens of Rangemaster has had his 51 student involved in a shooting in Memphis.


Check out the news letter for details.

I'll just say the wife, having to shoot from the second floor to the front yard to stop the attackers who were fighting her husband was not the close quarters we discuss do much.

And there are lessons to learn from it.

“We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality” Ayn Rand
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Old 01-06-2010, 23:15   #2
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From The Newsletter

Student Involved Incident #51

Monday evening, at 10:40 p.m., we had the 51st self
defense incident involving a Rangemaster student
that we know of. This one occurred in an upscale
area in the Southeast part of the county, just outside
the Memphis city limits.

The male resident had just arrived home, exited his
car, and was walking up the sidewalk to his home
when he was accosted by two armed robbery suspects.
A struggle ensued, during which the homeowner was shot in the thigh by
one of the suspects. The homeowner’s wife was at the front door to greet her
husband, and saw the attack. She ran upstairs, got her handgun, opened the
bedroom window and engaged the suspects with several shots from the window.
She hit one suspect, and both fled.

The homeowner was taken to a local hospital and treated. About 1:00am, police
received a call from Delta Medical Hospital on Getwell about a male with a
gunshot wound. He was positively identified by the victim as one of the robbers,
and was arrested and transferred to the jail unit at the Med. The second
suspect was still at large at the time of the police report.


1. Both the homeowner and his wife have been through training
here. The wife’s ability to engage the suspects likely saved her
husband’s life. Had she not intervened he probably would have
been shot more.

2. The victim owns several businesses, including a couple of convenience
stores in Hickory Hill. It appears he was followed home,
and possibly deliberately targeted on the theory that he would be
carrying the store’s cash. Be alert, and as you draw near your
home or other destination, check your rear view mirrors! If you
have made some turns and the same vehicle is right behind you,
don’t go home.

3. Practice! Not all defensive shootings involve a suspect a few
feet away. In this instance, the wife had to shoot past her husband
from the second floor window, without hitting him.
To all members of our Armed Forces - past, present and future - thank you for your service to our country.
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Old 01-07-2010, 00:04   #3
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3. Practice! Not all defensive shootings involve a suspect a few
feet away. In this instance, the wife had to shoot past her husband
from the second floor window, without hitting him.
4. Have life insurance on your partner in case the practice thing doesn't work out.

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Old 01-07-2010, 21:54   #4
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May also want to get her a long gun and have her practice with it also.

Then maybe the headlines would have read " 2 Robbers Shot Dead by Gun Wielding Wife"

Although, sounds like she did an excellent job with what she had to work with.

It seems that "The Rules" only apply to those that don't make them.
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