Flesh Thorn wrote:I tend to keep one close by, but not necessarily on my person. I do always attempt to maintain situational awareness.
I have been a reserve deputy and reserve police officer.
Between my military and law enforcement training, I
feel comfortable with owning a firearm. I agree with
Ranger Flesh Thorn. I have my firearm close at hand
but do not show it. My rule is that if I am faced with
someone with a gun in their hand; mine comes out.
If a gun is pointed at me; I will fire.
Good 'Rules' to go by. There are many other situations where you might consider that the gun is the
right tool for the job: Bad guy has contact weapon (club, knife, sword, chemical in container--acid) and
disparity of force (really big guy when you are weakened -- from car collision, etc or numbers of bad guys.
I have years of practice drawing my pistol from the holster and using the electronic shot timers to time the
activity so I do know how long it takes to get that first (and subsequent) shots accurately on target (split times
between shots is a known quantity and how long it takes to reload, shot-to-shot). I have found it important to
get off the line of attack as a higher priority in the , for personal combat CCW (4-10 feet), to avoid the fast approaching contact
weapon or the bad guy's gun coming into line. Get off the 'X' by dynamic movement AND draw, my pistol is firing
within by the second step. Getting off of the 'square range' and working the gun fighting techniques force-on-force
is very important to install explosive movement into your 'reactive' gun fighting skills.
Here is something that we have been doing:
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Karl in Phoenix