Have you ever tried to put shots on target like this officer had to? On time, one handed, fast? He did great at practicing Active Self Protection and staying in the fight, and his encounter teaches CCW and LEO alike!
Original video and news: https://get-asp.com/fbl9
Original video of the officer involved shooting: https://get-asp.com/soat
News story with details: https://get-asp.com/lv1q
What does this officer involved shooting teach us all about surviving a deadly force encounter?
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Usually the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. (not always, but usually) So putting the first shot on target every time and quickly is imperative.
- The rules of firearm safety apply in a gunfight, just like they do on the range or in your home. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: https://get-asp.com/cfgf if you want to read it), you must have the presence of mind to keep your firearm pointed in the appropriate direction and only fire when you will not hit an innocent. You are morally and legally responsible for the rounds that leave your gun, so make sure to train and practice so that you take responsible shots in the moment of need.
- While we know that shooting with both hands on the gun is best for recoil control and putting fast, accurate shots on target, we also know that it’s not always possible to do. We must train and prepare to use our firearm with both our gun hand and our guard hand in case of injury or incapacitation, or if we have to have a light in our hand!
- It’s not easy to drop what’s already in your hands to put both hands on the gun. In the moment of a gunfight there’s a tendency to keep whatever is in your hand where it is and shoot one-handed, though of course two-handed shooting is faster and more accurate. It’s worth it to train with something in your hand or hands that you have to drop to get your gun, just to be in the habit of dropping it when the need arises! It’s also a smart idea, if possible, to have a light on your firearm (I use this one: http://amzn.to/21qy0aW if you’re interested) so that when the gun comes out you have a bright light to illuminate your target while keeping both hands on the gun.
- The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth.
- In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.