Do you ever train at realistic speed for deadly force encounters? Like with a realistic training partner trying to make your life miserable? Incidents like these show us why practicing Active Self Protection means being ready to defend yourself in a split second!
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Original video of the first of the two deadly force encounters: https://get-asp.com/e1t1
More information on that incident: https://get-asp.com/hlmt (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos and info from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)
Original video of the second of the two deadly force encounters: https://get-asp.com/7bk2
What do these videos teach us about the reality of deadly force encounters?
- Most attacks are perpetrated by men (source: http://get-asp.com/821s for that) but that doesn’t mean that women are always safe or can’t start deadly force encounters. It does mean that statistically women are much less of a threat than men for violence. However, each person is an individual, and each individual must be considered for their unique threat profile rather than lumped into a category. Just because women are less likely to commit violent crime doesn’t mean that they are unlikely in a given instance to commit violent crime. Prepare accordingly.
- 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, as the first deadly force encounter shows. 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. It saved the first guy!
- The concept of a reactionary gap is important to consider as self-defenders when training for deadly force encounters. This is normally taught as something like the “21-foot rule,” though that’s a principle and not a rule. As a self-defender if you’re in a situation where an attack is a possibility, leaving yourself some distance to allow for additional time to respond to an attack from ambush is very smart. Even 2 or 3 feet of additional space allows the reactionary gap to successfully defend the ambush and get into the fight.
- Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders in deadly force encounters. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it.
- In deadly force encounters, 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.
- The rules of firearm safety apply even in deadly force encounters. 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.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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