Fighting Close? Step In!


Most gunfights happen at very close range. When fighting in close, it often pays to step toward your attacker. Yes, it may seem odd, but think about it. In an Extreme Close Quarters (ECQ) fight, you will likely be using your off hand to defend from an attack. But you also have to make sure you don’t shoot yourself as you try to fend off your attack, get your gun into the action and make good hits.

We used Laser Ammo for this drill because it is really about your movement and the positioning of your off hand. Get that hand up behind your head and use the elbow to defend. Then, step in. That blow is coming to where you are standing. If you move closer, you take away some of the power of the strike. Step in and win the fight.

Break Contact Quickly

Fire. Break contact and assess. Remember, you must stop using force when the threat stops. If your first two shots stop the threat, stop shooting.

About Kevin Michalowski

Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA- and NRA-Certified Trainer. Kevin has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant on matters concerning the judicious use of deadly force and deadly force decision-making.

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