Do you also carry a quality flashlight? And practice your shooting skills with it? I hope so, the sheep are counting on you!
I don't know where you read sarcasm. None was meant. I guess it was more a reminder that I feel if carry a gun into and area of known darkness you should have a light and at least one flashlight technique you can shoot from. The sheep comment is that it only one prepared person in the crowd to save many. The sheep are obviously the many with their head up their butts. The prepared are the sheepdogs.I don't know if that was sarcasm or just my poor reading comprehension, Mike240. But know, I don't carry a flashlight. However, if I have my phone, I have a light. I just won't need it for any form of self defense.
Yes "they" do. But I am not speaking from a military perspective where everyone on the battlefield can be engaged regardless of their current actions. In the domestic world a justifiable threat must be identified before engaging it.I do have a flashlight "handy" and also a light on my bedside .45....Something that I've been trained to acknowledge is when the light comes on, "they" know where you are...
I totally agree. The last thing I want to do is over react and shoot someone that shouldn't be shot. I don't practice draw/presentation very much because our range doesn't allow it, so home dry fire is all there is. I've made the conscious decision to seek cover, then draw if necessary. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.Yes "they" do. But I am not speaking from a military perspective where everyone on the battlefield can be engaged regardless of their current actions. In the domestic world a justifiable threat must be identified before engaging it.
It used to be said years ago in LE training to assess a "target" for the reason to be justified in using deadly force against it. Which generally meant see if the pictorial target is pointing a gun at you or someone else. But that is not enough. People need to be trained to ID the person (or not be as to ID if they are a stranger versus someone you know ie. coworker) too. Too many cases of officer shooting other officers due to only looking for a weapon and not the "whole" picture as to who is holding the weapon. Same has occurred where family members have shot each other. Shooting at silhouettes and muzzle flashes can have poor consequences.
Cover is your friend. With protection comes comfort. And comfort affords extra time to make logical decisions. When surprised and or caught in the open we tend to panic or over react to perceptions.
Fortunately the "blue on blue" encounters we have experienced have involved poor shooters. Others have not been so lucky.