This is a discussion on this is a dead man within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Well done....
CZ 75 B
DPMS AR 15
CZ 453 American
Gg 1, bg 0
"First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand."
Edge of Darkness
As stated before he is expecting you to comply. His reaction time is going to be very slow since he is expecting to get your valuables. He isn't expecting a fight.
The decision to either comply and hope that the BG doesn't kill you or to pull your gun and stop the threat isn't one that should be made in that instant. You need to think about what you feel is the right thing for you to do.
As for me, Please reread the above quote!
If you have the skill and experience to do so though, your only option is a shot to the head. An experienced point shooter can do this reliably at this range I believe. I don't have the skill to do it; I would not draw anything in this situation. Talk to me again after I've had a few multi-day sessions of professional training.
Keep an open mind. When itís YOUR LIFE thatís on the line, no matter what anyone says you ought to do, use your common sense. You know your physique, conditioning, and skills, as well as your deficiencies and handicaps. With good awareness, youíll clearly see your options without extraneous clutter details. It will boil down to your mindset. Are you committed to survival? Are you going to fight back? I donít mean recklessly expose yourself to certain suicide by BG. I do mean that when attacked, your lifeís mission HAS to be to stop the threat as efficiently and quickly as possible. The first thought that went through our friendís mind was an expression of his mindset, his determination NOT to be a victim, and his confidence in his skill. What happens to you when in sudden jeopardy of death? We have experienced shock that words cannot adequately express nor range drills approximate. It is that warrior mindset, pushing us through the freezing fear and trembling terror, which steels our resolve and focuses our purpose.
Although some situations may share similarities, and generalizations can be deduced, hard and fast rules go out the door in a fight for survival. In this instance, the attack took place in the open at tic-tac range with zero chance of running away. Our 50+ yr old might have done a disarm, but going to ground was not appealing. The whole affair lasted less than 10 seconds, in which time it was assessed that the BG was experienced, professional, but when nonchalant, open to surprise. Because the BG evidently did not have the warrior mindset, the sudden shock of retaliation completely incapacitated him, and reduced his actions to reflexes. He got a taste of what heíd been dishing out.
Liberty, Property, or Death - Jonathan Gardner's powder horn inscription 1776
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
("Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.")
-Virgil, Aeneid, vi, 95
BG that is scared, shaking, on-edge, hyped-up, a lose cannon that could go off over any move, you were to go slow on the decision.
OTOH, the BG with a swagger waving the gun as an intimidator, you distract and take your best shot.
However, unless you had good reason to expect body armor, you point shoot CM not take a head shot.
As always, YMMV
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Not brave, but not WILLING for my death or love one's death to be at the choosing of BG without any meaningful input from me. If BG is just playing around he should be at arcade with a pocket full of coins. If he sticks a firearm in someones face just to get those coins then he may never play at the arcade again. Those who choose to defend themselves are not easily going to accept the demands, even at gun point, of some evil choosing BG. Choosing not to be a WILLING victim may well mean choosing to fight and even die, but the other fellow will know he was in a life and death fight.
As to the 380; fighting back may mean needing spare mag for other BG so always carry one or two.
Good to hear!
That which does not kill us leaves us broken and bleeding...
Donít mess with the guy who can barely stand up. His remaining options for self-defense don't include your survival.
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