This video contains a lot of good information for the armed citizen. John from Active Self Protection hit a lot of good points in his assessment of the confrontation. The only thing I have to add is the likely reason the armed citizen was not charged with a crime in this shooting despite his actions that resulted in the death of one assailant.

One man can not effectively defend himself against the number of attackers in the video. Based on the video evidence, I feel that it is safe to say that the armed citizen was facing deadly force. Had he not been armed, he would have been able to protect himself. Disparity of force reasoning can be applied to multiple attackers who place one in fear for his or life or it could be a sheer strength and size equation. A 220 lbs man could surely inflict deadly force upon a 110 lbs woman (in most cases). Those are just some examples of disparity of force.

Obviously these principles do not apply in every country or location, so do your due diligence in understanding of the laws of your land and how they may effect your ability to defend yourself.

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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

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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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The below video shows a man attempting to rob a convenience store clerk at gunpoint.  As seen, the clerk calmly bends over and retrieves his own firearm which he points directly at the assailant.

The two men are now trapped in a stand-off, with either men willing to pull the trigger.  As I have discussed before, presenting a firearm may add fuel to the fire during a confrontation, and knowing how to properly handle a firearm during an altercation is an essential set of skills.

As you can see, the clerk is being quite casual with how he is wielding his firearm, and on two occasions the assailant attempts to swat the clerk’s pistol away.  In Canada, we do not have any laws that allow us to carry concealed or open, but in my mind, once you draw a firearm and point it at a living being, you better be prepared to pull the trigger.  Luckily in this instance both parties survived, and the clerk was able to go home safely.  It was later determined that the firearm possessed by the robber was in fact a BB Gun, but whether the clerk knew this in the instant is unknown.

The first thing that I pull from the video is the way in which the clerk handles his firearm.  He has the gun far away from his body, with only one hand on his weapon, and he does not seem to be completely in control.  He is utilizing a ridiculous “gangster-style” grip with the gun canted and his elbow high, guaranteeing poor control over the firearm, and almost no ability to aim.  Learning how to use your body language, voice, and firearm techniques in sync is a necessary skill set I believe which will aid in enabling you to survive a violent altercation.

I firmly believe that most CCW holders do not possess a desire to hurt or kill anyone, but if you pull out a firearm in response to being presented with the business end of someone else’s, I think it is time to act, and not negotiate.  I do not condone violence as a first response, but had the robber been properly armed, or more intent with his actions the clerk may not have fared so well.

This also highlights the need for proper unarmed training, or learning how to properly control an aggressor.  To play the ‘armchair operator’ had I been in the same situation, you would see a radically different attitude in my body language, and I would have been demanding compliance.  Had these commands not been followed, I highly doubt I would have stood there arguing and and allowing myself to get into a shoving match.  Since this is completely theoretical, take from it what you will, just know that the violence of action has saved many people from becoming victims.

How would you have handled this situation?  What training do you participate in that would have allowed you to fare better than the clerk?

Train well, train often!


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A man attempts to rob the clerk at a hotel in Atlanta but when the victim attempts to capture the gun, the suspect ends up shooting themselves.  The victim sustained an injury to the abdomen and did recover while the burglar was killed on scene.

The below video is interesting for two main reasons: The first in what it appears to present, and secondly a reminder about what happens to people who ‘play with guns’.

The security footage shows the assailant holding the gun in his right hand while he demands cash from the clerk.  As the clerk reaches out to hand over the money, he apparently makes an attempt to grab the weapon which results in him first being shot, and then the suspect’s flinch reaction carries the muzzle upwards resulting in his own demise.  It is reportedly two shots fired in extremely quick succession, and after watching the video again and again, I still have a hard time catching the grab, shot, and second shot which appears to coincide with the jump of the papers.

Secondly, this video demonstrates what inadequate training and firearms combine to create.  Firearms have been long heralded as force equalizers, but there are many instances where the individual who presents a firearm winds up on the receiving end of the equation.  Whether the armed individual has been the aggressor or not, a failure or weakness in our training can have fatal consequences when due respect is not given.  It also is a good example which may help in determining when it is appropriate to react, perhaps with violence, and how much violence,  and when it is best to comply with an aggressor’s demands.

It is obviously easy to comment from the comfort of our home and discuss what we would have or wouldn’t have done.  Did the clerk have better options? Could he have moved in a different way, and what would the outcome have been had he simply handed over the money and let the authorities deal with the criminals?  I am not in the business of making myself a victim, but I also highly value my health and safety and do not own any possessions that I would worry about walking away from.  Perhaps your car, or boat, or shoes are much loved, but are they worth more than a properly functioning digestive tract, or the ability to feed and clothe oneself?

These situations often draw clearly defined lines between what people think was done wrong, and what could have been done better.  Where do we draw the line though between standing our ground and needlessly risking our lives?


It is a topic worthy of debate, and I hope to hear your thoughts.


Train well, train often.


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An armed family confronts a man attempting to break into their home with fatal consequences.

Families that shoot together stay together.  Something I’ve always said to friends and people on the range; mostly jokingly and to help break the tension for people new to the sport. This video though, demonstrates just how true that statement can be.

Three armed family members confront a man who is attempting to break into their home.  After one family member fired a warning shot which did not deter the intruder, the family opened fire and killed him.

This video highlights a few worthwhile issues for me.  Firstly, and not to open a huge debate, but I feel that we as citizens should have the ability to be responsible for our own safety, and that of our family members.  This includes things as proper nutrition, exercise and common practices.   And I also believe, it is somewhat ridiculous to give the benefit-of-doubt to a complete stranger who is currently breaking into your home. Would you assume this persons only intent is to steal from you? Or would you assume that an individual who breaks into another person’s dwelling, while they are home intends to cause those dwellers harm?

“If this guy would’ve stayed home, he’d have been alive right now,” a neighbor told Fox 13 Orlando. 


The Pena home post shooting with police caution tape and Officers investigating.  This could have been a very different scene had the family not acted.

Secondly, it would seem that this family not only shot together, but had a plan of action in the case of a break-in. I am hesitant to believe this was a highly coordinated effort, the family did however work as a unit, each arming themselves, and then joining to confront their attacker as a single unit.  This demonstrates the importance of knowing where the other members of your family, or living partners are before you run off and start sending rounds throughout your home.

Thirdly, this example demonstrates that the family were in control, and most importantly, prepared and able to defend themselves.  They possessed the mindset and ability to act when the time was critical.  Many who have been put in similar situations have frozen, or failed to act for one reason or another.  If you value the wellbeing of yourself, and loved ones, you may want to seriously consider the length in which you would go to protect them.

We should not gain delight in the loss of a life, we should gain a lesson though.  I am happy this family survived their ordeal, and I would be interested to talk to them about how this event affect them.

Train well, Train Consistently.



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