This story has been making the rounds and getting some press. And rightfully so. But what I am not seeing is some analysis on the reality check of a real gunfight. The highlights:
- Every year, 1000’s of people successfully defend themselves using a firearm with ZERO training whatsoever. Remember that the next time “experts” get you wrapped around the axel on what is right and wrong.
- More bullets is more-better. She fired to slide-lock. This is not uncommon.
- First reports are almost always wrong: She told 9-1-1 there were 2 attackers.
- Contrary to what your CCW instructor told you, suppressive fire is a good thing.
- One handed gunfights are very common: opening doors, holding radios or phones, putting hands on friends or foes.
- One suspect was shot and killed, he just didn’t know it at the time. Common.
- Perp gets the drop. Victim gets the first shot off. Many times perp’s guns don’t work.
- A final note for my fellow trained professionals who are about to roll in and talk about slicing the pie, hard corners and drop-outs. Flip the script. Imagine you and your trained buddies suddenly are faced with a determined attacker who has made a kamikaze run into the middle of your formation. Or otherwise “breaks the rules”.
The most famous of the unpublicized incidents happened in Iraq with Delta Force. A squadron is doing a building search. Bad guy in another room figures out they are a few feet away in the next room. He decides to flip the script by shooting through the wall instead of letting CAG fight their fight by making entry.
Delta lost a lot of people that day.
There are no rules.
There is no “right”.
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