One of the best combat shooting drills I was ever subjected too involved head to head gunfighting with another student employing simunition guns. This is basically glorified paintball, but involving very realistic guns and “paintball” rounds that closely resemble real bullets. During the drill, two students stand about ten feet apart, and on the command to fire, both draw and shoot a magazine full of simunition rounds at the other guy. What makes this drill so beneficial is that you get to shot a real person, who is in turn shooting back at you.
The point of the drill is to learn to stay in the fight, despite the fact that you are not only being shot at, but actually taking rounds to your body. Now, simunition rounds won’t kill you, but they do hurt, and most sane people would rather not get hit with one, especially at a range of ten feet. You would be surprised at how many people try to duck or stop shooting altogether once they start taking rounds. This just makes them sitting ducks because now the other guy doesn’t have to worry about getting shot and can focus all of his attention on killing you. And in this drill, the person who keeps shooing wins every time. This type of scenario happens all the time during a real gunfight.
I have seen hundreds of police shooting videos, and in almost every single one, the officer spends more time ducking and running for cover than he does trying to eliminate the threat with a well-placed shot. In the vast majority of the shootings, the first shot misses the officer and when the shot does happened to connect, it isn’t fatal. In fact, it is generally the second and subsequent shots that turn out to be fatal.
Now I have never been shot and I certainly never want to be, but it’s important to understand that it is better to stand and fight while getting off accurate, well placed shots than it is to duck and jive trying not to get shot while the badguy empties a magazine in your direction. Believe me, the whole situation sucks, and it sucks real bad, but when the shooting starts, the time to worry about the shit you have just found yourself in is over and the time to fight for your life has begun!
In his book, “Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics and Forensics Techniques,” Dr. Vincent DiMaio, MD found that 80 percent of the places on the human body are not fatal to be shot. Further he finds that if you make it to the hospital with your heart still beating, your chance of surviving a gunshot is 95 percent. This illustrates the fact that you have a very high probability of surviving a gunshot, but the odds decrease drastically with each subsequent shot.
So this takes us back to the combat shooting drill involving simunitions. The drill attempts to persuade the students that getting shot doesn’t necessarily mean you are doomed and the statistics Dr. DiMaio cites adds teeth to the argument. Should you head for cover if and when you can? Absolutely you should. But the distance between you and the badguy when the shooting starts will most likely prevent you from immediately seeking cover. Your only option at this point is to stand and fight. It makes sense to do everything within your power to end the gunfight as soon as possible. Odds are, the longer it continues, the more chance YOU have of coming out on the short end.
According to the FBI, who in 2012 completed a study involving 200 agent involved shootings over a 17 year period, 75 percent of the shootings occurred at a range of 3 yards. At that distance, your only option is to stand and fight. And now that you are armed with the facts that the odds are overwhelming that you will survive a gunshot, you can focus your mental efforts on eliminating the threat and winning the fight.
Don’t just survive, thrive!
P.S. – I do not work for or receive any compensation from Tim Larkin or his company. I have looked into many self-defense systems currently being taught and I believe that what he and his team teach is superior to other systems. With that said, don’t just take my word for it, do your own research and make an educated decision.
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.