Speed in a real gunfight… How fast is fast enough?
By Will Farrugia – Training Director for Florida Firearms Training.
Jack Wilson is a former firearms instructor who on December 29th 2019 shot and killed a murderer in mid-rampage at the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas. It took Jack (a seasoned shooter) 6 seconds from the bad guy’s first shot (that killed another security guard) to get his own pistol into action; take aim; and fire one perfect shot into the bad guy’s head at 45 feet, as the bad guy walked away from Jack.
A respectable shot indeed! Done under extreme stress on a moving threat. However, Jack had the distinct advantage that the bad guy was walking away and was unaware of Jack reaching for his own pistol, aiming and ultimately shooting at him. The bad guy was otherwise occupied targeting other innocent parishioners and thus giving Jack that extended amount of time he needed to get his own shot off. We thank God that this was the case.
As students of gun fighting we have to ask, what if the bad guy was walking towards Jack from 45 feet away? How much time would Jack have had to observe the threat; decide on a response; draw and shoot?.. No one knows, but I think we can all agree that it would have been a lot less than 6 seconds.
Is this something you train for? So what can you do in 1 second, 2 seconds, 3 seconds, or 6 Seconds? From the concealed carry…
History proves that to win pistol fights you need to 1. Be quick. 2. Be accurate. 3. And Be WILLING to do what needs to be done without hesitation.
Food for thought eh!