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    Voice commands. Do you practice them?

    Do you practice voice commands at the range or during dry fire when you are home? Coming out of the holster and shouting commands?

    My voice is one of my best weapons. My voice can become very intimidating. I have made a lot of people think twice about their actions more than once using just my voice.

    If I ever have to draw I'm pretty damn confident that what I will say will be very loud and said with confidence but even with knowing that I will continue to practice my voice commands when I'm drawing.

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    Not for a long time now.
    Tip: While volume and confidence are good, IMO the number one thing is earnest in what you say. A quality that causes anyone who hears, to believe what you say without a doubt.

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    I believe that my voice has saved my bacon a few times. Everytime I come home with a new gun I practice "I'm sorry it was on sale" "no honey, I did t already have one just like it" and so forth.

    In all seriousness it is a great thing to do. I haven't worked on it in quite some time and I need to get back into the practice.

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    What kinds of "commands"?

    I'm not a cop...I don't pretend to be one...

    Who am I "commanding"? What do I want them to do? Again, I'm not a cop....I'm not trying to arrest, detain, or otherwise control.

    If I'm drawing...it's beyond voice commands....

    The only thing I'm saying in a command voice is after it is all said and done and that is: "call 911......he/she tried to kill me/my wife/my children...." etc...
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    The only voice commands I might be giving would be to family/friends who (would be) caught up in the same 'incident' requiring me to draw.

    I worked with Base Security for a little while and the training was invalueable. I've often wondered if I'd revert 'back' to 'that' part of my training during a fight......using vox. commands?

    I certinally do not 'practice' that anymore.
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    Not regularly - occasionally at a practical club that is primarily oriented towards defensive practice rather than competition. I've seen some IDPA guys do it.

    I do believe it can be a sound tactical doctrine. A loud "LEAVE ME ALONE!", "I'M ARMED!", "DON'T COME ANY CLOSER!" etc. might not only have the desired effect; causing an assailant to de-escalate - it can also serve to draw attention to the confrontation and alert bystanders to take cover/call 911 etc. In the aftermath, witness testimony that you loudly warned your attacker before engaging lethal force should be a good thing. You never know, however.

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    Ya know, I hear ya should, but I don't.

    I'm concerned for the "combat squeak"--when adrenalin is running high and your voice breaks under stress--but I don't think you can practice getting around that.

    The brain can't do 2 things at once. I can run the gun or give commands. I think I'll run the gun...LOL...And give commands later.

    "Is everyone okay? Don't go closer, he still has a weapon! You--go check to see that everyone is okay. YOU! call the police and an ambulance. When you get the police let me talk to them..." etc
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    Yes I do!

    Back OFF!
    STOP!
    Leave me ALONE!

    are my primary commands.

    But! My "practice" commands are always followed up with: BANG! BANG! and sometimes: another BANG!! (Unless I'm shooting at two targets.)

    The last instance where I felt threatened, NO words were exchanged. It was a couple of minutes of stare down and me moving behind my vehicle to cover. (The three gentleman decided against any further action and the cars that had blocked my path sped off into the night.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back 40 View Post
    I believe that my voice has saved my bacon a few times. Everytime I come home with a new gun I practice "I'm sorry it was on sale" "no honey, I did t already have one just like it" and so forth.
    And MY personal favorite..."I've had this gun for years, it's just been in the back of the safe."

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    They taught us voice commands at Front Sight. But, I don't practice them at home.

    I'm not sure how I feel about them, where they fit in tactically...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoWeBePart1 View Post
    Do you practice voice commands at the range or during dry fire when you are home? Coming out of the holster and shouting commands?

    My voice is one of my best weapons. My voice can become very intimidating. I have made a lot of people think twice about their actions more than once using just my voice.

    If I ever have to draw I'm pretty damn confident that what I will say will be very loud and said with confidence but even with knowing that I will continue to practice my voice commands when I'm drawing.
    No. I've never practiced voice commands. #1 I'm not a LEO. #2 this may give away any tactical advantage I might have. I have a good, deep, confident voice BTW from what others have told me. I don't wish to startle anyone nor assert a canine dominance over another human being. I may have questions to ask in a simple tone while looking through my sights once they are in my sights as to their disposition at the time though. If voice commands worked as intended, we wouldn't need to carry a firearm now would we? Just like bullets against a drug induced homicidal maniac....what good would words do? Voice commands await a response. How many seconds are you willing to wait for a response while you contemplate the response that's necessary? It's only seconds that count. Many have lost their lives in the blink of an eye. How many seconds is a blink of an eye anyway? Less than one. Voice commands are out of my book. When in imminent danger, just simply respond.

    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    They taught us voice commands at Front Sight. But, I don't practice them at home.

    I'm not sure how I feel about them, where they fit in tactically...
    Exactly. I don't either.

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    Ram Rod make some good points.

    I see them as a method of possibly avoiding the use of lethal force, depending on your inclination. The proviso being that they are used from a position of sufficient advantage that they will not effect the outcome if they are ignored. The Roadside thread was an example of insufficient advantage and I would not have used them in that situation. How do you determine if sufficient advantage exists? Experience, instinct, and an honest evaluation of your own abilities.
    For non LE I think that their use would be minimal, other than situations that have not reached a level of lethality.

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    If you have the opportunity to do so you need to make it very clear that should someone continue pursuing an altercation they will have big big problems.

    You have to know how to defuse a situation. Can't just sit there or simply walk away every time or whip out your weapon when you're getting scared.

    But if there is an immediate danger and you need to decide whether to pull your weapon or say one last thing to hopefully get them to stop, then you should just be pulling your weapon most likely. The sight of the barrel is their last chance IMO.

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    I get to practice mine everyday when I'm at work
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    I raised teenagers, I work with teenagers...yes, I have had a lot of practice with my 'command voice'.

    And yes again, I have taken SD pistol classes where commands were part of the training.

    That said, I'm not a cop, so I doubt that I will be using my 'command voice'...I'm just defending myself and calling 911.
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