A true story of a self defense

A true story of a self defense

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    A true story of a self defense

    Matt, who writes for my blog, was involved in a self defense shooting a few years ago. The anniversary of the event is approaching and he wanted to share his experience with us. I'm glad he did. I think there are some lessons in his story for many of us, even though Matt is a Sheriff and this took place while he was working.

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    Read it. Several good points. One that stands out to me is the drawing of that mental line in the sand. It says "I am in control of this situation. I will allow it to go this far and no further."
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    Nice read, I found it USEFUL that he set a mental line on how close he would let an armed man approach.
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    Great read!

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    Good read. Thanks for posting.

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    Very good read and a lot to think about.

    Hopefully my years of video gaming will pay off if I'm every in a shootout (hope that never happens!)
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    Thanks for posting that, very enlightening.

    Interesting point about video games too.
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    Kudos to Matt for sharing his story. He heavily reinforces having the right tool for the job, and practice! practice! practice! you will never be 100% ready if/when your time comes to be involved in a life or death situation defense related or otherwise...but 50% ready is much better than 0% ready!

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    Incredible story. Thank you to those LEOs out there that despite the possibility of being put in situations such as this or even worse, charge themselves with protecting and serving the public.
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    Wow, a truly harrowing story of suicide by cop. It all could have gone down differently if Matt had shown up minutes later when the whacko had setup his ambush.
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    Well written and well done, thanks for sharing.

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    Another reason why I advocate using 10.5"' or 11.5" SBR's for patrol. There are just too many advantages to it and the normal ranges encountered, they do just fine.
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    It is a good read and very well done. Thank you for sharing this real-life encounter.

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    He's also not the only one that advocates video game playing as a way to sharpen mental skills. There's another post or two on this forum that talks about as much. I've been saying for some time now the greatest weapon is the mind. Video games can present scenarios and cognitive exercises that you wouldn't normally get with other kinds of training. That's not to say we can neglect the physical training but never take the mental for granted.

    I hope others can benefit (as I'm sure they already have) from his encounter.

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    Very good story to share. A tragic story, but the officers did what they had to do.

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    Thanks for posting that, very enlightening.

    Interesting point about video games too.
    I've wondered myself about the effect games may have. As the author says, obviously they don't train physical skills, but mental preparedness? Maybe. I was once involved in a "road rage" incident where some guy got angry at me, passed me and tried to get in front of my car to block me in, apparently. Without thinking I swerved around him through the narrow space left behind him and sped away. My brother was with me at the time, and later remarked that he was impressed with my driving. Was it my Grand Theft Auto instinct kicking in, seeing the escape route and going for it? I tend to believe it was.
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    Intense and educational. Thanks for posting.

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