To Draw or Not To Draw???

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Carry Methods, Self Defense, Shooting, Women and Guns
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A robber bursts into the restaurant, shooting twice into the ceiling. “This is a robbery! Don’t Move!” he shouts. You are sitting 15 feet away. Your adrenaline surges. Your heart catapults into warp drive. Your vision tunnels in on him. Fear courses through your body. You are conceal carrying. What do you do? Do you immediately draw and shoot? Do you wait to draw until he is distracted by collecting the money? For most reading this blog, the instinct is likely to immediately enter the fight. We have trained both physically and mentally to eliminate threats. Faced with a very urgent, violent threat the reaction is one of equal violence. Threats to our life and the lives of those around us must be stopped. But what if immediate fight will only get you killed?


I watched this very scenario play out on a force-on-force training video. Bad guy burst into the “restaurant,” immediately shoots the first good guy with a gun while the second good guy with a gun is drawing his firearm and taking aim. They erupt into a firefight and the good guy is shot multiple times in lethal areas (head and torso). While good guy eventually drops bad guy, it was only after sustaining multiple life-threatening, if not lethal, hits. Like, I must ask: would it have been better to stay concealed until an opportune moment? As the bad guy bursts through the door, he is expecting resistance. He is looking for those who will fight back and is obviously ready to kill them. Would not hiding in plain sight, acting like the rest of the patrons, give him a false sense of security, enabling you to wait for that opportune moment? Some real-world experience would indicate yes.

Kenya Mall Attack

However, this approach certainly has its limitations. Can you determine in a split second if the bad guy is there to rob the store or there to kill everybody? Waiting for him to get distracted may only get you killed with your gun still in your holster if the intention is mass murder.

Force-on-force training is indispensable for realistic, reality-based training. It weeds out the unnecessary and reinforces the good. It reveals the unrealistic and instills reactions. The only downside I see is that all participants know a fight is coming (while not knowing from where or when) and thus ingrain an “immediate fight” reaction. Overall, the ability to quickly react with equal violence is a very valuable skill and much needed in many situations. However, there may be times when immediate fight will get you dead.



  1. scott says:

    Your wallet is not as important as your life. Wait until you have an advantage and shoot fast and accurate you might be able to line thew up and get a 2fer

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