This cop did a fine job in the end result, but if you have a firearm on you and you have to use it, do your best not to turn the confrontation into a fistfight like this!
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What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed robber?
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. The transitional space here gave the armed robber a surprise attack, and know that these spaces can be used that way when you’re in one.
- I know plenty of people who use a “run to the store gun” if they’re just going to get a gallon of milk at the local convenience store or go get some fast food, but taking what we jokingly call a starter pistol (because they’re good for starting trouble but not so good for ending it) into these kinds of transitional spaces is unwise. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are the most likely place to encounter an armed robber, so don’t skimp on your tools for these places. I’m not sure what gun the cop was carrying here, but at the very least you want to keep ENOUGH gun on you for the fight you might be in.
- One of the most significant benefits of training ourselves to the point of unconscious competence is the ability to think under pressure. (the path to unconscious competence is different than most have been taught, as this article shows) If your skills are significant enough that you don’t need to think about the physical manipulations, such as drawing your firearm or countering a takedown attempt, your brain can stay engaged in problem-solving mode to allow you to make good decisions in the blink of an eye. (this is a concept that one of my most significant martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, introduced me to)
- If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.
- There is a lot of hokum on the internet about defensive ammunition, but if you carry a firearm for self-defense, you should carry good defensive ammunition if at all possible. In some locations you can only use Full Metal Jacket ammunition because of local laws, and if that’s the case I would recommend something like the Federal Guard Dog Otherwise, read the Luckgunner ammunition test data and/or watch a bunch of Shootingthebull410 videos to find the best ammo for you. For me, in 9mm, I prefer the Federal HST 147gr standard pressure round. Using a quality defensive round will help ensure that the bullet penetrates ENOUGH but not TOO much, and reaches vital organs to disrupt your attackers’ insides and make them stop attacking you.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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