This is a discussion on At what distance would you engage a shooter? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by tns0038 Unless you practice regularly at distance with the same handgun you’re carrying, engaging the BG could result in you going to ...
Get his head down! I'd engage at the distance where I had cover, preferrably with more than one way out.
As to actual distances--our group practices routinely at 100 yards with everything from 9mm to .45 ACP. I am absolutely confident in my ability to put his head down with any of my full sized guns at that range. I might actually hit him, but I can certainly get inside of his decision cycle and give people some time to get out.
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how good of a shot are you if you can't hit the target at 5 yards you won't at 20.
Too many varibles to give a answer.
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50 yds with a .45 or .357 or 10mm; 200 yds with a .44 mag.
Depends on the situation
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As with many others, whenever I fear for my life...no matter what the distance...(within reason, of course).
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Completely depends on the circumstances. If I hit the lottery and a clear field of fire and a good back stop and good cover for me, I might be willing to go to a hundred yards with my P226. Now back to reality. I might go 50 yards with a full torso visible. If it has to be a head shot, no more than fifty feet. Even there I think I would be pushing my luck quite a bit. On paper it is easy enough, but I have never had a B-27 shoot back at me.
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Engage at about 25 yards, the perp would be filling the sites.
Anything further would be just luck (on my part).
I agree that there are too many possible variables to answer your question specifically.
Ideally, I'd want to be close enough to ensure I can place all my shots COM and a head shot if needed. That's a lot easier at the range than it is on a living moving target!
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At the distance required to terminate the deadly threat. That will vary by situation specifics, the existence of visual or physical cover, what arms were in play. Beyond about 30yds or so, I'd say the odds would be against making a dent against someone with a rifle.At what distance would you engage a shooter?