The Pesky Details

Bold interpretations tend to lead to trouble. Like saying this or that holster offers the best access in the middle of a fight.

Versatility

Very rarely do things survive contact with the enemy, those few things that did were either so specific to the situation they almost couldn’t fail or so broad it was hard to see them not work. Versatility is key, particularly for those who stumble through life just trying to live life. Training time is a premium as we stretch ourselves thin. The more versatile and adaptable you are the better off you will be; which leads to a more dependable you, your tactics and your gear will fare in chaotic events.

The devil is in the details

Let’s talk about the idea of drawing in the middle of a fight. There are so many ways this can be interpreted. Where you on your feet, were you on your back, did you suffer injuries early on in the fight. The list can go on, but you should get my point that there are a lot of intangibles. You will need to begin somewhere and for that you will need to be a little more specific on the fight itself. A word of caution is in order regarding training, they will mainly be a planned event, sometimes a semi-planned event, but very rarely an unplanned event. The fact is we have to create a safe environment to train for an unsafe event. There are risks in training, those who work tirelessly to create the safest training environment know that’s a hard task. I don’t think many folks would condone unsafe training conditions so when live fire is in play there is a major effort to mitigate risk. Something else to consider is in a  fight you lack a key component; the “go” signal. There is no timer or instructor yelling “up”. It is simply how quickly you can perceive the threat and whether the justification for lethal force has been meet. Well, I guess after that you have your own go signal, but you get my point.

ROE’s

If you’re reading this you probably have a good idea of what that justification is, but you’re still missing one other thing. In a defensive shooting you will be reacting to the perpetrators action. The legalities of starting a fight make it hard to claim true self defense on top of exposing yourself to the initial aggressor rule. If you don’t know what that is, you better look it up. How did the situation escalate, how did it get to the point lethal force was justified. So many times this is overlooked or worse; ignored. I’m all for working techniques, but it seems folks confuse techniques with tactics.

In-Fight Access

The whole reason why I bring this all up was I observed some comments to a blog in response to an article regarding appendix carry. Many felt it was the preferred method because it allowed the best “in-fight” access. If this is your thought process then you really missed the point to this whole article, but hopefully you are giving it some more thought now. For you to gain access to your firearm after lethal forces justification has been meet, you will need time and space. You need the time to access and draw the firearm. I don’t care if it is 0.0001 seconds for your draw stroke you still need the time. As for space, if the perpetrator is working you like a heavy bag you will need some space to access your firearm. You will probably need more than just space, like some counters to allow access. So, in the final analysis you can say one holster is faster or quicker or whatever, but the harsh reality is it doesn’t matter if you are getting your face pounded in, you need to do something to stop the beating. How will that look is a really good question and chances are it has nothing to do with what kind of holster you are using.

One of the posts made which I agreed with is their is no sacred talisman, that would be fool hearty thinking for sure.

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