This is a discussion on Excellent explanation of the 21 foot principle by Dennis Tueller within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bad Bob No. The proper tactic when one is being charged is to move laterally moving yourself offline to the attack. If ...
So many weapons, so little time.
Learning occurs only after repetitive, demoralizing failures.
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I had a national guard captain I taught about the 21 foot principle. The guard captain kept running a friend of mine down that was a local police chief that had shot and kill a wife beater that had attacked my friend while my friend was trying to get the wife beaters badly beaten wife to a woman's shelter. All the regular police units were tied up on calls they could not break away from so the Chief of this small town answered the call because he felt he needed to get there NOW and alone! The wife beater charged my friend from hiding while the chief was getting the woman into his patrol car and he hardly had time to STOP him with deadly force. The captain's name was Raymond so after I had all I could take I set up a similar scenario with Raymond knowing I was coming for him with my simulated knife. Little did Raymond know I had a "skosh" bit of knife training. I had Raymond holster his Sim-.45 in his holster and told him that as soon as he saw me coming to draw his gun. Combining what I know about knife fighting and human reactions from my psychology degree. I angled across the room slowly closing the distance without seeming to do so all the while gesturing and talking loudly letting him get used to seeing motion without feeling threatened by it. A trained knife fighter will never let you see he has a blade before you are cut. I started from well over 21 feet and before Raymond could react I had my blade under his chin with my right hand and my left hand had his right hand trapped on his sim-.45 still in its holster. I smiled and said if this was real my blade would have been in your brain. So do you still say you could have shot to wound the wife beater rather than killing him? Raymond swallowed hard looked around the rally room at everyone looking at us and said "I see your point." I laughed and let him of the hook so to speak. Raymond never brought up the subject of my friend again.
I was in my mid-30s back then.
Angular Motion can close distances without seeming to do so as well as making you a harder target. Practice is the key.
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