Self-Defense Tip: Shoot (Or Not) According to the Distance to the Threat [NSFW]

Sorry Zombie guy, but busy members of TTAG’s AI are advised to skip to 2:17 and hang around to 8:03. Watch as resident gun gurus Rob Pincus schools armed self-defenders in the art of knowing their geographical limitations. If you’re close, move in. If you’re far, draw, sashay and shoot. If you’re middle distance, move and shoot. How do you practice that at a square range? If you can’t find somewhere, do it with a blue gun. In fact, do it with a blue gun anyway. That is all.

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7 Responses to Self-Defense Tip: Shoot (Or Not) According to the Distance to the Threat [NSFW]

  1. avatarjwm says:

    This re-inforces my belief that for us non LEO types involved in a DGU It’s going to be at grappling range. I practice 1 handed with my chosen smith 442 leaving my off hand for said grappling. At the ranges and speeds these encounters occur you’re going to wind up stabbed while you’re trying to get into a two handed hold.

  2. avatarAccur81 says:

    Excellent!

    Moving and shooting is what combat is all about. It is one of the reasons why physical fitness is so important. The philosophy of these drills combine situational awareness, legal aspects, shooting skill, training, and hauling ass. The most formidable opponents have all 5 going for them.

  3. avatarRisk-On Risk-Off says:

    I was at that class!! I wasn’t in the video but it’s really cool to see some of the guys I trained with on YouTube.

    Anyways, I can say it was a superb learning experience – we did a lot of drills and Rob was able to cogently explain the rationale behind all of them. Furthermore, he was extremely professional, friendly and definitely worthy of his reputation. Look forward to attending another one of his courses someday.

  4. avatarST says:

    No disrespect to Mr. Pincus-and in all fairness I wasn’t at his class, so perhaps he covered this topic off camera-but IMO you don’t want to wait until the threat is at spitting distance to take action.

    Employing situational awareness means spotting trouble in time to either avoid it or stack the deck in your favor when the S hits the oscillator. Using my own real-life experience, I was able to spot a bad guy and move my covering garment before he got close enough to draw whatever weapon was concealed in the front pocket of his hoodie. Thus he saw my carry weapon and changed course before closing the distance. In so doing he aborted his attack, and I didn’t have to shoot someone dead.

    I shudder to think how that would have turned out if I had my head in my phone instead of paying attention to my surroundings. Again, nothing wrong with knowing what to do in the danger close scenario-but the primary plan is to ensure you don’t operate there in the first place.

    • avatarAccur81 says:

      Someone can get close and attack unexpectedly. There’s only so much that can be accomplished with prevention – sooner or later you better be ready with the cure.

    • avatarFred says:

      In the state of North Carolina, even if you are legally carrying your weapon, when you exposed it without knowing if your suspected bad guy was armed, you just committed the crime of going “armed to the terror of the public,” and now you are the bad guy. And, your suspected bad guy would be justified in drawing and firing because he was threatened/provoked. It always looks a lot different to a jury than it does in the moment.

  5. avatarTommy Knocker says:

    Avoid, evade, retreat…repeat that 500 times please.

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