What does a person usually do after getting shot with a pistol? The same thing he was doing before he got shot with a pistol. So, if you get shot, keep fighting until you win. In this video, the police officer takes a round to the leg but keeps pressing on in the fight until he wins. He is able to do so largely because he trained to fight from compromised positions.

Your typical day at the range has nothing to do with a gunfight. A gunfight is fast and dynamic. It often puts the participants into strange shooting positions from which accuracy and movement are required for survival. If you are not training to shoot from compromised positions, around odd cover and through possible injury, you are not training to fight. You are just plinking. Shoot and move. Move and shoot. Don’t just stand still on the range and think you have everything covered.

Train More, Fight Better

Find a reputable training school that will teach you to shoot from these positions. Then, find a range that will allow you to practice like this.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Kevin Michalowski editor of Concealed Carry Magazine. If you’re standing still on the range, shooting from a perfect isosceles stance, you’re not training for a gunfight.

Okay, we’re going back to some video evidence here. Here, a San Francisco police officer walks into a barbershop and almost immediately comes under fire. The bad guy pulls out the gun and starts shooting. The officer is hit in the leg and goes down.

Now take a look at this. He’s firing and reloading from the supine position; still engaging the bad guy, even though he’s got one bullet in his leg and he’s bleeding all over the place. After the reload, he needs to move because he’s in a bad spot. He’s crawling on his hands and knees.

If you’re not training to fight like this, you’re not training for a real gunfight. You’re just clinking, target practicing, practicing your marksmanship, whatever you want to call it. You need to get to a range. You need to get to a training center that not only allows but requires you to train like this; to shoot from different positions, from behind cover — to seek out anything that you can find.

Look here, this guy is hiding behind a barber chair and then engaging the bad guy and shooting and putting rounds on target. The bad guy did not survive. The good guy did. One, because he fought from whatever position he had. His leg was already gone and he needed to continue to keep fighting. Two, because he practiced and he trained. He was able to put rounds on target from a compromised position. And if you’re not doing that, you stand a really good chance of losing a gunfight.

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