Time has changed not just the gear we carry, but also the very tactics we use to defend ourselves. Therefore, it is crucial to stay in the training game and always be learning something new.
Most of what we know about defensive pistol shooting has changed during my lifetime. My first exposure to defensive training came as a young police officer for a city department in North Texas. We were required to purchase (on our own) and carry a Smith & Wesson or Colt revolver, with at least a 4-inch barrel, that would chamber the .38 Spl. cartridge. We could carry a .357 Mag. revolver, but it had to be loaded with department-issue .38 Spl. +P ammunition.
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Tunnel vision is a phenomenon that occurs when we focus on a particular threat. Our complete attention is focused on what we believe will hurt us and/or kill us. We may focus on the person who represents that threat or we may focus on the weapon in hand. In fact, it is not uncommon for that focus to be so strong that we end up shooting the crook in the gun hand or the actual gun itself.
From time to time, we have suggested that defensive shooters get the advice of a good attorney. Now, mind you, I am not talking about just any attorney, but one who specializes in criminal-defense work, ideally in the same jurisdiction. A criminal defense attorney can not only explain the state’s deadly force statutes but also the case law that pertains to it.
If you say “personal defense” to most people, I expect they would immediately start thinking about guns. I like guns and have made my living for my entire adult life with guns. But let me suggest a few things, in no particular order, that might be just as important as guns for personal defense.