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Archive: Tactics & Techniques

 

Attention: No More Tunnel Vision      Our attention during a crisis affects our other abilities.

 Tunnel vision does not mean that your visual field shrinks to a small area, as if you were looking out of a tunnel. You might think you are seeing everything normally, but because you are focussed completely on the lethal threat in front of you, you won't notice other things that would normally catch your visual attention, such as someone moving up beside you. Tunnel vision happens because of changes that happen in the body, brain, and mind when you perceive a serious threat to your continued existence. Those changes help you to focus on the threat, which increases ...

Foiling a Carjacking      How to keep control of your wheels.

You might be alone, or – every mother's nightmare – your child may be with you, when an armed man tries to carjack you. How can you get everyone safely out of this situation? There are a lot of variables. If you have a concealed carry permit, you may have your gun with you when the attack comes, but should you use it, and if so, when and how? The attack may come as you are getting into your parked car, or it may come when you are already in the car, perhaps sitting at a stop light. Should you respond differently ...

The One Best Tactical Rule       A shortcut for tactical planning.

It is wonderful when a whole handful of different "If you are in this situation, do that" rules can be boiled down to a single, simple principle that is easy to remember and easy to apply in a variety of situations. Let's look at some of those sorts of tactical rules for very different kinds of situations, some involving guns, some not ...

Shoot and Move, or Move and Shoot?      Which should you do first, and why?

Imagine with me. Imagine that you are in some public place, walking on a street late at night, in your favorite convenience store at an un-busy time, or headed toward your parked car. Your legal, licensed handgun is with you. Imagine that you are accosted by a thug with a knife or a gun. Imagine that you can't get away, and the situation escalates. Imagine the scene, in detail, all the way through the part where you have to ...

It's a Cinch Not to Flinch      Does flinching plague your shooting?   Here are some ways to cure it.

Flinching is every shooter's bugaboo. You think you are getting to be a good shooter, and suddenly every shot starts going many inches lower than it is supposed to. You try to overcome it, and fail, which makes you tense up and flinch even more. Your enjoyable shooting session becomes an embarrassing spectacle. You think, "I'll NEVER be able to shoot well again!" Flinching is bad because it destroys your accuracy. For defensive shooting, flinching can also destroy your confidence. "How," you think, "can I ever shoot to save my life if I can't even shoot well on the range?" ...

Where Do You Aim?        Where should you aim if shooting in self-defense?

From head to foot, you have the choice of about a dozen answers to that question.  Of course, the right answer is, it depends,...

What Would You Do If ...?      Someone wants to steal your purse, which contains your gun.

This is the kind of scenario that is sometimes dangled in front of women to convince them not to carry a gun in their purse, or not to carry one at all. The idea of being in a situation where one can't easily give up a mere purse, assuming that is all the mugger wants, makes many women justifiably uncomfortable. Yet, a little thought may reveal a solution ...

No LIght? No Problem!      Many attacks happen at night.

It seems that most shooters practice on sunny afternoons outdoors or on indoor ranges that are not only well-lit but that have been designed so that the placement of the lights helps to maximize the desired sight picture. Unfortunately, many defensive shooting incidents take place at night, often in places that are very dimly lit. According to the latest ...

Two Fingers Are Not Better Than One      Heavy revolver triggers can be dangerous.

A while ago I got the following inquiry: "[a cop] called me today to ask why a small statured female cop should not be allowed to use two fingers (presumably the index fingers of both hands) to pull the trigger. … What is your view on this issue?" ...

It Was A Dark And Rainy Night       Bad things can happen in the dark.

Imagine that you are in a dark, lonely place late at night. An unfamiliar city street. A park. A country road where you have a flat tire. A city garage where the lights have all been broken. An auditorium where you are the last one to leave after a rehearsal. A self-service gas station you mistakenly thought was open. Your own bedroom. Is somebody there? ...

Knife Attack!      Knives can be as lethal as guns.

Do knives come in a distant second place in the threat Olympics, or are they just as dangerous as guns? Do you need to be worried if your assailant has just a "little knife" ? If someone is coming at you with a knife, how close do they have to be before you can justifiably shoot them? Isn't it over-reacting to use a gun for defense against an attacker who has a knife? ...

How to Get Some Courage       Everyone could use a little more.

Courage is often thought to be a personality or character attribute that you are either born with or you aren't. If you think of courage this way, chances are it isn't a word you'd apply to yourself.  Here's a radical concept: Courage isn't something you are born with, or without. It is something you can develop. ...