Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Time To Fight

Most violent confrontations are unexpected, with very little time to mentally prepare for the fight that may occur. Hopefully if you’ve done your training and practice, both physically and developing the mental skills necessary, you’re able to handle the problem, using avoidance and escape if possible, or the skills required to defeat the threat through force if required. The key is being able to make an assessment, decide on the proper course of action, and then acting, initiating your response in the minimal amount of time available.

On the other side of the coin are those situations where you have time to consider the actions that may be required. For example one of the departments near me recently had a situation where a man armed with a 30.06 rifle and 9mm handgun was standing in the middle of the town’s busiest road. According to reports two shots had been fired. Several of the department’s officers have done a good bit of training at Shootrite so I was able to talk with one of them about the following standoff.

C.J. explained to me that while lying there in prone, behind cover with an AR, he had about five minutes where he was sure the threat was going to have to be shot. In his mind he was going over his response in the event the threat raised a weapon at the officers on scene.

“I pretty much knew I was going to have to pump a few rounds into the threat’s chest,” C.J. told me. “And it was kind of strange,” he added, “because every other time I’ve had to use my weapon it was a situation where I didn’t have time to think about it, it just happened.” Luckily the confrontation was resolved without any shots having to be fired; and there’s no doubt in my mind that if necessary C.J. would have made the hits.

While this particular situation involved law enforcement officers, it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that any of us could be faced with a situation where immediate action isn’t needed and we have time to think about what may happen. Obviously thinking is required to solve any problem, but given too much time there is the possibility of over-thinking, complicating the issue beyond what is necessary for the occasion. There’s also the chance that with too much time we start questioning our abilities, or underestimating the intentions of the threat, both which would be a bad line of thought.

In situations where there is time to think, make sure you’ve set your mind to think correctly. Stay aware of what’s happening, conditions that may occur, and the skills you’ll need, all with confidence. Don’t let your thoughts be carried away and allow yourself to be distracted, losing your focus on the threat and what they may do.

Defeating the threat requires thought; the majority of fighting is mental. Prepare yourself accordingly. Bring your best, and make time work for you as opposed to allowing it to control you.


January 13, 2011 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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