Shooting While Disoriented

Imagine this scenario: You go out to dinner and a movie with friends. You have a glass of wine or two with dinner. After the movie, you stop off for a nightcap on the way home. You get home from the movie at 11:00pm or so and, exhausted, stumble into bed.

Three hours later, the sound of breaking glass wakes you. You’re tired, maybe still a little tipsy, moving in the dark. Maybe you have time to grab your flashlight, but even so, you’re more than a bit disoriented. And then the bad guy kicks in your bedroom door.

Let’s suppose that your gun is on the nightstand. Could you deploy it effectively?

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Do You Know Your Enemy?

Over at, there’s a fascinating post today by Greg Ellifritz. Greg is the tactical training officer for a police department in the midwest, and also blogs over at Active Response Training, where he’s the president and primary instructor. (If you aren’t following Greg’s blog yet, add it to your RSS feed now. I’ll wait.)

Greg quoted in his post from Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, who wrote that “if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.” For serious students of self-defense and personal safety, Greg argues convincingly, that means understanding as much as you can about criminal behavior, criminal tactics, and how to respond to those tactics. Are you studying this topic in as much depth as you’re studying to improve your own skills? Military and law enforcement units train extensively on the tactics their opponents use and how to counter them. If you’re serious about safeguarding your own life and the lives of your loved ones, this is critical information.

Anyway, Greg decided, as part of this study, to examine and gather data about the firearms seized by his police department from criminals. He looked at 85 such weapons, and gathered statistics about them. And what he found may surprise you. It surely surprised me, and (since I’m also a mystery writer) I do a lot of reading about criminal behavior.

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