From an article written by Tom Givens in the September/October 2014 issue of the American Handgunner…Givens in a firearms trainer from Tennessee who has been teaching for over 35 years. He has had 64 students involved in self defense scenarios over the years. Some interesting data comes from those encounters…
- 92% occurred between 3 and 7 yards
- Only 2 occurred at contact distance
- 3 occurred at what we would normally consider longer distances (15, 17 and 22 yards)
- Of the 64 students, 62 were armed at the time of their encounter and they prevailed
- 2 students were unarmed…and died
- 10% occurred in or around the home
- 90% occurred in places like convenience stores, parking lots and shopping malls
- The majority of encounters were an attempt at armed robbery or carjacking, with a few violent break-ins
Some things to take away from this data (and remember these are civilian, not law enforcement, encounters)…
- Most civilian encounters occur very close, usually within the length of a car
- Your training needs to include lots of defensive shooting/tactics within that distance
- Carry your gun!
Note… American Handgunner is an excellent magazine and I encourage you to consider subscribing if you do not already do so.