Reloading was required in only 3 incidents. One of those involved killing an escaped lion with a .32 caliber revolver, which was eventually successful after 13 shots.
Perhaps the hard core LEOs here should realize that not everybody has to pull over cars, go to crime scenes, drive bullet magnets, wear bullet magnets, make arrests, make tactical entries, chase criminals, etc.
Yes, I have had training, and found it quite useful. I honestly agree with you (and have stated repeatedly as a caveat) that ANYTHING can happen to ANYONE at ANY TIME. I have never argued that point. But that statement is the written equivalent of Muzak. It conveys nothing and provides you nothing to work with. It's like repeating water is wet. I even hate seeing it in print.
My point has been that many gun hobbiests and posters here like to point statements such as "anything can happen, you never know.." to validate their self-defense choices. If you want to train like a ninja, carry around an entire arsenal of weapons, and condition like a SEAL, the exercise will do far more for your longevity than the ability to win a fight - especially if avoiding fights is your goal.
I certainly don't "bet my life" on anyone's numbers, but I do spend a good deal of effort endeavoring to effectively prioritize my risk management profile. To toss out another cliche', only a fool puts all his eggs in one basket.
When the one guy posted about his concern about potentially fighting a heroin addict across the street who calls him out, I am grateful I spent most of my early training resources on an undergraduate and graduate education in the military so I could move to a neighborhood where that scenario is simply unthinkable.
Could that happen in my neighborhood? Sure. I'll post here when that day comes. Don't hold your breath.
All kidding aside....
Yes, training is necessary. At least beyond what you get in a PCW (CCW, or whichever acronym fits your state). I posit that you cannot train for every possibility... The lion being a fairly good example.
I'm also certain that those who train constantly are living their lives to the fullest.... They enjoy the training... It's not for me. But it surely floats their boat...
I have several rods and reels... I go fishin' every once in a while... There's a state lake within 1/2 mile of my house... I catch some fish, too... even et a couple once or twice.... But I ain't no fisherman... I got no mega buck bass boat. don't have the 4X4 to pull one if I did... But... I still catch some fish... I still eat some I catch...
I've even gone huntin' in the past... got me some squirrel and some 'coons in my time.. don't have no 'coon hounds... but still got me a 'coon... even went on a deer hunt with my uncle... I didn't get a deer... but I et some...
Got me a table saw and a few other wood workin' tools... built me a stair case... did pretty good at it too... but I ain't no cabinet maker/finish carpenter
oh, and BTW all them joints is dovetails:
Got me a little cement mixer... one of them 31/2 cubic foot units.... I ain't no mason... but I built my fireplace.... Works pretty good too....
I even did the outside of it too.... here's when I started:
Made it alllaway to the top too I did.... But can't find those pix... guess I ain't no photographer...
Point is... I got a gun... I carry it, I got the permit to go with it... if I need it... I'll prolly make out okay...
But I ain't no pistolero... that'd be SIXTO
Dang, oakchas, that's flippin' AWESOME!!!! :danceban:
Oakchas, a state lake 1/2 mile from your house? You lucky dog. I have to drive about 80 miles to the closest one. It's worth it though. Last time I was up there we caught 161 Perch in 3 hours. One more trip and I should be have enough fish to last through the winter. :wink: Oh, and nice handywork too. Wish I could build stuff like that.
I think this thread is probably past any possibility of civil discussion, so who wants to talk fishing? :wave:
Put your mind to the task at hand and come out on top.... whatever the task is... and by whatever means necessary...