Many people are under the delusion that having a firearm means that they are armed. That’s as delusional as thinking that buying a guitar makes you a musician (someone famous said that). You may be “armed” in a legal sense if you possess a firearm, but you aren’t truly armed unless you have developed the skill to use your firearm proficiently under stress.
Many criminals think that possessing a gun makes them more than a match for trained citizens or handgun-equipped officers. They can be very, very wrong. They may be able to put shots in the air, he can be (thankfully) not proficient. Others may be more skillful than you think. If he’s pointing a gun at you remember it may not be the first time he’s pointed a gun at a victim. He may have won all his shootouts and that’s why he’s still alive to point the gun at you.
Skills matter more than the tool in any gunfight. We routinely see law enforcement officers, combat arms military veterans, and well-trained civilians perform well against criminals in violent encounters because they have both solid training and skills that they fall back upon under stress.
If he’s pointing a gun at you remember it may not be the first time he’s pointed a gun at a victim. He may have won all his shootouts and that’s why he’s still alive to point the gun at you.
A well-trained shooter does not “think” during a fight. That is, he does not let his slow-twitch rational mind mull over a long list of options available to him based upon what he is experiencing at the moment, which is what most people misapply when they try to use Col. Boyd’s OODA loop analogy (Observation; orientation; decision; action).
“40-Second Boyd” defeated his challengers in air combat so decisively not because he out-thought his opponents during the battle, but because he outfought them before the battle took place. A well-trained shooter has trained and gone through numerous “if-then” scenarios in his mind prior to action, so that instead of mulling over a long list of options, they quickly pull a pre-programmed response to specific stimulus.
This is why scenario training with your firearm (especially force-on-force training) is so important for those of us who carry concealed handguns or who plan on using firearms in a defensive manner at home.
You will not rise to the occasion in a fight, folks. You will default to your level of training.
Train smart with knowledgeable instructors and develop realistic plans that takes into account an honest evaluation of your skills so that you can respond accordingly in the event of a threat, you’ll be ahead of the game.
“It’s not important you hit something, its important that you hit something important! “ Ed Sanow
“What handgun stopping power comes down to is where you hit them and how many times you hit them” Dr. Vincent DiMaio
“Shoot them until THEY think they’re dead. Your viewpoint does not matter. Also keep in mind they may not have read the same wound ballistic studies you have so they do not know what they are supposed to do.” Dave Spaulding