Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Multiple Threats

ImageAccording to documentation in over fifty percent of violent confrontations that occur there is more than one threat involved. By grouping together, threats gain an advantage both physically and mentally. To be prepared for the realities of fighting training and practice in dealing with multiples is required.

Upon sensing a potential problem you should immediately check for additional opponents. Move to an advantageous position, not allowing you to be pinned down or cornered, using your environment and cover to create a good defensive location. The situation may call for you to keep moving. Our natural instinct when we decide to fight is to root to the ground, so mentally get into the habit of moving. Moving may be more important at that point than shooting.

Evaluate the threats to determine what their priority level is; each threat will represent a different value, and this may change as the situation unfolds. Determining the threat’s value is a lot more involved than just figuring out who is armed with what. The guy with the knife may be more aggressive than the one with the pistol. Size may or may not be a factor. Some of the best, meanest fighters I’ve known would be completely overlooked unless you knew their history. They put a lot of hurt on many a big man. Also, remember bad guys are very well versed at hiding their intentions. There may be one decoy, attempting to draw your attention while the true threat is coming up from behind.

There are a variety of theories when it comes to shooting multiple threats. Bill Jordan advocated that once you had “correctly identified your target, then lock on and keep with it.” In No Second Place Winner Jordan states “don’t switch as long as your original target is available without a very good reason.” This is good advice from a man who studied gunfighting seriously. The key point is “without very good reason.” Which means as soon as one threat is out you may have to immediately move against another.

What we don’t know is when, where or who we may have to deal with, or if necessary how many shots will need to be fired to stop the threats. We do know that practice is essential to success. Space targets at various distances and angles. Work on targets of different size. Don’t get into a routine or range habit; mix up drills to make it difficult. Real threats are rarely lined up in a row in front of you and exposing the same amount of their body. Run drills which require you to identify the threat. Not everyone will need to be shot. Every shot should be a good one. Practice in low-light conditions, which we know is where most fights occur.

As with all matters of personal combat practice is essential to perform properly. Remember, there’s a difference between having “it” and knowing where “it” is.

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April 19, 2012 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset, General Training

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