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Old August 8, 2018, 02:00 PM   #126
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Originally Posted by craddleshooter View Post
... In a panic situation, where an officer is caught in a threat by surprise and perhaps overwhelmed by emotion, he or she may not be able to respond with sufficient control to attain a sight picture in the fraction of time available
If being caught by "surprise" or "overwhelmed by emotion" means you can't effectively utilize a critical technique that ought to be part of your ingrained training and skillset, it's not necessarily a problem with a specific "technique" that needs to be utilized, but a broader training & experience problem.

If someone is caught by surprise and overwhelmed by emotion when attacked in an unarmed situation, he or she may be unable to effectively utilize an appropriate striking/punching technique in the fraction of time available. Does that mean the actual technique is ineffective and ought not be relied upon?

It's long be considered that proper training can help "inoculate" someone to a degree against some of the adverse effects of sudden stress, and help them better access and utilize their learned proper responses during such situations.

The Rule of the 7 P's comes into play, somewhat.

It's not a surprise that over many years of examining LE shooting incidents, one of the most commented upon elements noted by firearms trainers, of cops who have been "successful" in shooting incidents, has been when cops were able to acquire a sight picture or sight alignment and utilize aimed fire. Sure, very close distances have enabled the successful use of point/indexed shooting techniques taught and learned, but once the distances get out beyond very close, it's typically been sighted fire that's been successfully involved.

In a way, thinking it's only necessary to learn only use aimed or unaimed shooting techniques, and not both, is like thinking it's only necessary to learn how to punch or strike with only one hand, instead of both.

How "limited" do you wish to make your ability to be able to try and effectively and successfully respond in an unexpected, chaotic, dynamic and rapidly evolving situation?
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Old August 10, 2018, 08:00 AM   #127
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The most important thing is practice. In a close range, face to face, life and death situation involving firearms, your stress level will be paralyzing. In varying degrees, depending on the individual, you will stop thinking, your ears will not process speech, your body will stiffen, you will have tunnel vision, and you will stop breathing. Again, as I said, it will vary.

Remember the last time you suddenly tripped or slipped and fell to the ground? Remember the mental and physical state you were in on your way down? Ever been in a car wreck? Remember the mental and physical state you were in when the other car traveled that last few feet, just before it hit you? That's approximately the state you'll be in when a gun comes out and you realize that in the next half-second, you will live or die.

What you actually end up doing is following your training: doing what you do automatically, without thinking, from muscle memory, essentially as a reflex action. That action comes from practice and repetition, drawing and firing (you can dry-fire in practice) over and over again, until you can do it without thinking about it. It's much like learning a martial arts technique. When an assailant's fist is coming towards your face in a blur, you don't act; you react.

I had a teacher once who had spent 25 years as a federal drug agent. He drew from concealment and dry-fired 50 times EVERY morning. He could draw and fire so smoothly and naturally, it looked like he didn't even know he was doing it. This kind of training is enormously important and useful in establishing that instant, unthinking, "reaction" response to a self defense situation.

Taking it a step further, one should develop reactive techniques to apply to different situations. For example, close range and further out. With and without sights. I would particularly emphasize that latter, as in a sudden, unexpected, split-second, in-your-face self defense situation, you will have neither the time nor the ability to get in a proper stance, acquire a sight picture, etc. By the time you did, you'd be dead.

This is where the facts vary from people with wartime combat experience. With all due respect to their service, those experiences might not apply to many domestic self-defense situations. You're not going to be walking around in full battle rattle with an AR in an area populated by known enemy attackers. You'll be peacefully walking out of a restaurant with your girlfriend or wife, in street clothes, and violence will be the farthest thing from your mind. She'll look at you and you'll look back at her: "honey, can we stop by Bill and Mary's house and...." LOOK OUT!!! BANG!!! BANG!!! BANG!!! And that's how it will go down. Like that, it's already over. Hopefully, at that point, you'll still be alive.

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Old August 11, 2018, 12:20 AM   #128
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Defensive arms, be they pistol rifle or shotgun, art not be aimed unto the target, yet pointed.
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Old August 11, 2018, 09:46 AM   #129
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Pointed or aimed, you had better be well versed in both, and able to do either, on demand, without thought, and the response anything but "defensive".
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