How much do you train with environmental or improvised tools like this guy had? Bringing a bat to a gunfight isn’t the best idea, especially if you don’t have your Active Self Protection covered by knowing well how to use it!
Original video with a few details: https://get-asp.com/45hv
What does this gunfight teach us about protecting ourselves against attack?
- As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well.
- You must know the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Bats are medium-range, fast moving force multipliers. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. If you use a bat against a firearm, you must use it incredibly quickly and effectively, and close the distance sufficiently to end the threat immediately.
- 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.
- In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. Therefore, if you’re going to use a bat or have one available in a gunfight, you need to know how to use it effectively! That means training with it. A lot.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with your loved ones and with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.