Does it surprise you that a shopkeeper in Europe could use a firearm to defend his shop? It surprised me, honestly, but Active Self Protection exists all over the world!
Original video and news story of the armed robbers: https://get-asp.com/utyr
What does this shop owner teach us about protecting ourselves from armed robbers?
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. Armed robbers almost always wait to announce their armed robbery until the last minute! 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.
- In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself.
- Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others.
- 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. A stopped car is a transitional space, plain and simple.
- 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!
- Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber! Thankfully this shopkeeper had his gun ready to go.
- 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.