I recently ran a post with a SIG SAUER instructor operating operationally (SIG’s Modified Prone Position: Just Thought I’d Leave This Here). I don’t want to leave you with the impression that the SIG SAUER Academy offers anything but perfectly practical armed self-defense instruction — shooting upside down curled in a ball possibly excepted.
In this video, Adam warns us not to press the muzzle a semi-automatic handgun against the perp. Good advice. Not mentioned, but even more important: don’t hold back when you’re in a fight. Go all in. Punch, kick, bite, knee, anything and everything all at once.
Even more important than that: make sure you can draw your gun quickly and effectively at all times. (Adam mentions the possibility of catching your gun on your shirt or the drawstring of a garment.) Take extra special effort to carry your gun in a holster that offers quick, unimpeded access.
That’s true whether you’re in contact with the bad guy, a few feet away, or at a distance. Given that many, if not most defensive gun uses end without a shot fired, a quick draw is more critical even than your shooting skills.
Above all, unload your weapon, store the ammunition away from the gun, safety check it and practice your draw from concealment wearing your everyday concealment clothing. When push comes to shove, whether or not you’re pushing and shoving, your life depends on it.