My first instinct is to make space and evaluate.
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Say you're carrying at home when you hear a door being kicked in, or walking down the street and suddenly a guy is running at you swinging a bat, or you're in the mall and hear gun shots very close by. Think of a hypothetical or actual situation similar and tell us what your instinctual reaction was. Duck/grip/draw/run/etc.
My instinct is to duck and grip, then once I realize I am tunneling my vision I force myself to look around and assess the environment.
I am running a companion thread about being startled but not being endangered here:
What do you do when you are startled? Not necessarily about being armed.
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My first instinct is to make space and evaluate.
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Once again, I am moving off the x to avoid being hit and evaluating from there. My gun will be out before I stop my movement. That is if I see the individual and the weapon.
If its a "sneak attack" and I do not see it coming, then all I can hope for is that I am not knocked out and can respond accordingly.
It is impossible to see everything all the time...
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Three choices 1= run 2= hide 3= fight, Any or all could apply.
The only possible way I would be in a mall is if dragged there by wife or daughterinlaws. I would get them out as fast as possible call 911 go for tacos.
It's difficult to say without a specific set of circumstances. Outside the home, my first reaction would probably be to run. I'm not in the mood for a confrontation and generally, even with a gun, you're at a disadvantage. If not at the time of the incident, you will be by the time you snake your way through our legal system.
Inside the home is a different story. If somebody kicks in my door, I doubt that I will retreat very far and a confrontation would be very likely.
I hope I would be focused enough to duck and grip as you stated. But finding cover might be first on the agenda.
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Most of the time I've got two little ones around, so my first priority is their safety. So I guess my first instinctive reaction is thinking about my proximity to family and the danger's proximity to family and putting myself in the position to defend.
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For starters, I usually get an instantaneous bout of gas followed shortly by unsettling noises from my belly. ie: being startled but not being endangered.
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My first rection to gunfire is duck and cover. My first reaction to a door kicked in is "Oh my!" My first reaction to my door kicked in is gun-up and investigate. My first reaction to someone running at me swining a bat is to put some distance between us.
If I'm at home and the door gets bashed in then I'm securing my family first, have them call 911, and addressing the threat with my EDC drawn (or better yet if I have time to grab it my MAK90) and ready to use if needed as a worst case scenario situation.
Oh, and the random guy swinging a bat scenario: I get out of his way and next step use my hands to defend myself before even thinking of drawing my EDC in SD.
My instinctual reaction is the same as everybody else's. That's why they're called "instincts". Distance, concealment & cover are calculated moves. IMHO, training & experience will make the transition from first reaction to wise tactics faster, but we've all just got two instincts - fight or flight.
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