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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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This guy understands that when it’s time to turn on extreme violence, one must turn it on immediately to the level necessary to protect himself and the ones he loves.

Three men follow this off duty Brazilian police officer and his wife in to their home by holding the garage door. One dead, two barely escape with their lives and are in custody.

That’s about all I can gather from news sources with the language barrier.   If anyone has more detail, please share.

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It may be a cliche but frequently “A Good Guy with a gun stops a Bad Guy with a gun”, and this video provides quite a good breakdown of the situation to serve the example.

A customer at a grocery store is present while an armed robbery is occurring.  The customer reacts and draws a concealed firearm which he discharges wounding the suspect and ending the altercation.  The narrator does a reasonably good job evaluating the situation, though one thing I did notice was the customer at 1:25 present his pistol, which the suspect does not see I think because of his hood, then go back to a low ready, only to re-engage and discharge multiple shots. A variable may be off-camera, but to me it looked like the armed customer had a clearer line of fire, and earlier opportunity to engage the threat.  Did the customer hesitate or did he have reason to hold steady?

What did you pull from the video?

Train well, train consistently
Adam

 

 

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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.
Adam

 

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While Firearms may be a great force equalizer, they may not always be the best tools to de-escalate a crisis.  And like Pandora’s Box, once it’s opened, it may be too late to close the lid.  With power comes great responsibility. 

As the video reveals, a man disguises himself as a woman in order to shoplift less conspicuously.  Unfortunately, they are about to have their crime spree come to a crashing halt.  The video clearly shows the man stealing goods from the store, and in the moment, with one clerk on duty in the store, it appears to be your average example of shoplifting. That is until the Owner comes out of the back and retrieves a .38 revolver from under one of the registers.shoot99

The presence of a firearm in the altercation instantly changes the dynamic, and an Officer  narrating the incident brings up some very relevant points when it comes to wielding, or utilizing a firearm in an altercation.  When an individual enters any sort of conflict, if it is stress/fear inducing, they will experience such things as the ‘Adrenaline Dump’ whereby the body’s Fight-or-Flight Mechanism is activated and a rush of adrenaline fills the blood-stream.  Scientific study has clearly demonstrated the effects of the adrenaline dump on the body and reaction times, and highlights the seriousness of issues such as tunnel vision, a decrease in fine motor control, and an elevation in heart rate and blood pressure.  These do not combine to create the best frame of reference to make critical decisions .  Understanding these effects, and training with them, which is truly a difficult thing to achieve, is necessary if you intend to be able to respond properly in highly stressful and dynamic situations.

You can see the Owner attempting to subdue and give directions to the suspect but the presence of the firearm is doing little to motivate.  The Owner is holding the pistol one handed, and his body language is not confident or does not demand compliance.  The suspect is able to close the distance with the Owner, an in fact, is able to attempt to strike the Owner while being underarmed in comparison. The Owner clearly does not have control of the situation while still being the only armed participant.  shoot2

I think this video highlights the need for proper training, not only when dealing with firearms, but any type of conflict.  Had the Owner had more training, or perhaps had policy in place to deal with such things, the event may not have cost one individual their life and left a terrible memory on another’s.

Personally, having the suspect drop the stolen goods, and exit the store would have been satisfactory to me.  Even more so, having the suspect keep the goods and leave the store with the knowledge the it was protected by a firearm, awareness, and a willingness to use it, would have been a better end to this altercation.

My teacher used to tell us just because you can do something, does not mean you should do something.  Because you have a firearm, does not mean you should rush to display or wield it, it may in turn prove to further aggravate a situation and with firearms, there can be lethal consequences.

Had the Owner adopted a more effective two-handed grip, a squared stance, and issued orders in a more commanding voice, the altercation may have had a different conclusion.  Perhaps if a gun had not been drawn and rather the Owner made it known to the thief that he was aware of what was taking place, the conflict may have ended more peacefully.  shoot

I do not suggest we make victims of ourselves, or allow others to perpetrate crimes against us, I rather question the value of some commercial goods, and an individuals life.  This suspect may have been a “POS”, but even so, I would not want their death on my conscience just because he decided to steal a few cartons of cigarettes from my establishment.

If you use a firearm defensively, either concealed or open, I suggest you learn how to use it, and ever more so, when to use it.  While some may fantasize about being the hero and stopping a crime in progress, the reality of those actions rarely fit the fantasy.

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Train Well, Train Consistently.

– Adam

 

 

 

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