One shot is rarely enough to stop a threat regardless of caliber.  In many cases, we see multiple lethal hits on targets achieving less than instantaneous incapacitation.  After some comments on the Funker Tactical Facebook Page regarding why the attacker didn’t stop immediately in Officer and Wife Attacked in Home | 1 Suspect dead, 2 in Custody, I thought it important to show more reality of gunshot wound incapacitation or the lack there of in some cases.

There are more videos and supporting news articles out there, so look for something much more sciency in the future from us to explain the reality of terminal ballistics in more detail.

The following videos are all of people maintaining most or all motor functions after receiving lethal hits from handguns.  In each incident, one or more suspects died of their injuries.

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Funker Tactical is simply an umbrella comprised of passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to something.

Each member represents their own team. Together, we are redefining concepts on holistic training through intellectual exchanges of ideas and concepts.


DANIEL SHAW is a retired US Marine infantryman with multiple combat tours and instructor titles. He has developed curriculum and training standards for pre-deployment training and Marine Security Forces such as the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams (FAST) and the Naval Nuclear Security Program. His direct action experience includes Level IV VBSS and In Extremis Hostage Rescue. Daniel has been a DOD/USMC firearms instructor for over 15 years. He holds numerous instructor certifications from the US Marine Corps to include foreign weapons and master instructor of Handgun, rifle/carbine, shotgun, and medium to heavy machine guns. Daniel takes his life of training and combat experience and develops and presents curriculum to help law enforcement professionals and responsible armed citizens survive a deadly force encounter. YouTube | Facebook

RYAN HOOVER is the co-founders of Fit to Fight®, a worldwide training organization, specializing in courses related to self-defense, fighting and fitness. Ryan has certified instructors from eight different countries and has taught defensive tactics to law enforcement and military groups, from Ramstein Air Force Base to Denver Highway Patrol Academy and many points in between. He helped develop and draft much of the defensive tactics curriculum for NCBLET. He has also been a featured trainer for the Carolina Panthers NFL Team and Hendrick Motorsports. Ryan has co-authored three books on Krav Maga and is also the co-founder of programs such as Safer Campus Now, Hard Ready, From The Ground Up, and Sparology.  YouTube | Facebook

MilesMoser1 (1)MILES is a highly decorated Canadian Forces Sniper, with 3 combat tours in Afghanistan as a Sniper and 14 months in IRAQ as a private military contractor. His contractor roles ranging from designated marksman, assistant team lead, mission planning, and risk analysis. Since the CF, Miles has stood up a new venture “C/S 66” (Call-Sign-Six-Six). Conceived to provide both education for long range shooting enthusiast and to facilitate a foundation to give back to the Sniper community. Recent C/S 66 activity includes curriculum development, long range instructional training packages, and ballistic research and development. Facebook







DOUG MARCAIDA is an Edge Impact and Weapons of Opportunity Specialist. He travels the world both as a military contractor and private instructor teaching close quarters combatives to military, police and civilians. He holds design collaborations with Kabar, RMJ Tactical and FOX Knives Italy and is widely regarded as the world’s premiere knife instructor. A veteran of the US AirForce, Doug Marcaida is the proud recipient of a Presidential Commendation for his work in the joint training exercises between United States and Filipino Force Recon Marines. He can be seen in the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” set to air this fall. YouTube | Facebook


INSTRUCTOR ZERO is one of the most recognizable figures in the tactical community. Born from the Italian Military’s Parachute Brigade, FOLGORE, today he remains an active international operative. He is the Director of Security and Security Project Manager of a Special Industrial Site with High Security Profile operating under the control of the Ministry of Economy, Risk analyst for an international financial group, Chief Instructor and President of the Spartan Shooting Academy and CEO of a Security, Military and Defense Advisor Company. He travels the world training Special Military and Police units and is a clinical professor at an Italian University under the Faculty of Security and Investigative Sciences. YouTube | Facebook

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A security guard in Florida responds perfectly to the approach of three armed gunmen. Notice how he steps offline and immediately engages the three suspects from behind the cover of his post.


“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training.”

Are you confident that your own training would prepare you to respond so calmly and effectively? Or does your firearm training focus on the competitive side of shooting? If so, where does your skill set fall when viewed from a tactical perspective, should you ever need it?

The ability to put effective hits on any target is only a fraction of the equation when it comes to performing in the heat of competition, or an armed engagement.  Like a concealed weapon, the value of our training is based upon our ability to access it in a crisis situation, whether against the clock for high score, or against others who mean to do you harm.

Optimal performance, regardless of arena, relies heavily on the mindset of the participant.  In the provided video, the guard obviously possessed an attitude of readiness, and as such, was able to fall back upon his skills in order to perform effectively in this violent altercation.

This guard, if perhaps able to gain a greater view of the impending threat, may have had the opportunity to end the confrontation non-violently.  His stimulus in this instance though, was three men rushing into an establishment which was obviously a high risk business given the guard was even there.  With very little time and distance, the guard was up, gun drawn, and making effective hits within a very small window.



This is an excellent display of technique performed under pressure and at crisis speed.  We should aim to examine the video not just for the glorification of violence, but to draw from it poignant lessons that may be applicable not just in these types of encounters, but in every day life.


– Adam


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