A double tap or MT is not a failure to stop drill. It is an initial response to the threat.
Again, this isnt’ about what’s technically legal or defensible it’s about risk mitigation and trying to keep people from even being arrested or charged and much of that is dependent on the leanings of your local DA.
In most of Rural Texas where you shot the perp isn’t going to matter if you can establish you had a lawful use of deadly force. If you’re in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, or Houston however it may weigh heavily in those decisions. In most jurisdictions in the US it will weigh heavily as well.
A failure to stop drill is for actions you take when nothing else stops the threat.
Many states too still have ridiculously restrictive statutes as well and if it can even be argued you had options other than a head shot available to stop the threat things can go very badly for you.
It takes a very exceptional case for a self defender to not be able to stop the threat with three to five shots in the high center chest. Humans just aren’t generally very bullet resistant.
States like CA have clear statutory requirements limiting the lawful use of deadly force to no more force than was necessary to prevent harm.
We best protect our students by drilling that into them because in every jurisdiction it will protect you.
If you can show that it was absolutely necessary, you’re probably in good shape but it may not prevent you from either being charged or convicted depending on the mindset and politics of the prosecutor and the jurors.
I’ll be interested to hear what your local DA and/or Sheriff has to say about that, @BrophE. If it’s your qualifier, then the state (or county depending on who is requiring this) is demanding you train to take a head shot. They should then allow that for a self-defense incident. “Should.” And when legalese and politics are involved “shoulds” are kinda scary.
Love that! A variety of training will help you defend yourself as best you possibly can.
Yep, that is what I call “fat finger syndrome”, my fingers and brain were not functioning in conjuction with each other. Due to the size of my fingers, this poses a serious problem to a lot of folks. But, I’m game for trying the 75 feet, lol:grin:
Well, I guess my training works a little different. I enjoy shooting steel challenge, so I usually work on drawing and engaging the first one I’m going to shot. I go slow and build up to full speed. I rotate out the stages so I practice them all equally. So my distance is 30-140 feet. If I’m doing defensive only I shoot the LEO qualification which is 3,5,7,10,15,and 25 yards ( for score). If I’ve havent done the NRA Basic Pistol qualifications in a while I’ll do them. That’s 10,15,20,45 ft. Then every so often I’ll break out the IHMSA pistol and do all the stages out to 200 meters.
I place mine 1 to 21’ as a rule. Any further than that I think I would be using a long gun. That made me think of Sgt York for some reason. With his 1911 he started with the furthest out worked his way in. But I dont imagine that even applies to situations that can arise today.
A lot would depend on the size of the pistol, the caliber of the round, the size of the target, the lighting conditions, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor range, how familiar and proficient I am with the weapon I’m using that day, what my training goals for the session are, what scenarios I’m imagining, along with a number of other considerations.
21-7-3 Reason is those are the distance that local CCW class does his qualifying shoot. Before I send anyone off to the class. I make sure they do well at these distances. Which to me I can orient and hit them with eyes closed. But I know this not the case with new shooters more than likely. Not only do I get them to shoot but have them comfortable with mag changes ,holstering and an presenting in an easy enviroment. I call it learning at slow speed.
Need to add to this statement. The reason I also prefer these distances is I consider these the threat zone. Of course I do at times practice outside of this to test myself
In your line of business you have to teach these courses to FBI, Police, SWAT, Military, and etc. I post that
qualifications chart not to impress, but maybe make a challenge to others that train hard in personal
defense or to those that computation is their work.
I have 5 small years and Defensive Shooting and it is a great challenge to me and I am a civilian that
chooses a little more than marksman skills. I have seen a firearms instructor that is a Mother, takes care of her mom and dad at home, shoots computations, First Aide Instructor, and teaches it all to anyone that needs training. She also is very good at shelf defense and teaches that as well. That young lady is
5’ 2" tall and at 130 lbs. in weight, she also has children too.
You train in what is needed, even with a baseball bat. Your are apart of the team and I am glade that you train others, they need you.