I sure hope this officer said his prayers after surviving this ambush! There are lots of Active Self Protection lessons to be learned in this one, and when it goes down it happens REALLY fast. When did you get the feeling that it was going to go south?
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How do I survive an ambush like this and protect myself from harm?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. LEO know this from their training and from interacting with the worst of society regularly, but even CCW need to know that evil exists and be ready for it.
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.
- Situational awareness is your best friend and the only line of defense before an honest to goodness ambush. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. And in every case that means paying attention to body language and to the hands of people you interact with.
- If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen; that appears to be how this officer survives the ambush. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare.
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from the ambush. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO the back of the car where you can take cover. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! In this ambush the officer ran, but ran to a place where he could draw and return fire.
- 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. In this ambush the officer moved fast and that kept the perp from getting shots on target. Great work in that. We can say that he might have been better served and in less danger to move IN to the gunman and fight him for his gun, but his startle response in that second took him away from the fight and so he had to go where he was going. At any rate, movement in a gunfight is good!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.