How would you have responded to this armed robbery? I wish every attempted armed robbery went this well! I think the store owner practiced pretty good Active Self Protection and it looks like no innocents were hurt, either.
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Original video of the armed robbery with some details: https://get-asp.com/bbd7
How do I protect myself against an armed robbery?
- Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might likely face in an armed robbery or mugging, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) In this case, if you read the news story, that’s 20 rounds necessary for the 4 armed robbers. Thankfully he drove them off; I think he took 8 shots total, and thankfully most of his attackers just ran off. Carry the highest capacity firearm you can comfortably and legally carry, and carry a reload for it.
- Situational awareness is your best friend against an armed robbery. 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. Notice that the store owner saw the danger coming and that gave him the time to get in position and put shots on target. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!
- In an armed robbery, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of a knife attack is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training!
- In any deadly force encounter, armed robbery or what have you, 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. This knife attack, even though almost stationary, still shows the victims moving and shooting, which is a good reminder.
- The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life in an armed robbery. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. Thankfully none of the bystanders appear to have been hurt, but they were definitely in the line of fire and in danger. Make sure you’re putting shots on target and not into bystanders!
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)