It’s a double-edged sword…
If you’re ever forced to defend yourself with your firearm, a jury is going to take a hard, long look at how much training you’ve received and how often you practice.
The less training you do… the more it looks to a jury like you “just don’t care enough” about your legal responsibilities when taking a life…
But strangely, the more training you do… the higher the standard you may be held to for your actions!
In other words, you’ll be expected to have “known better” because you were “more trained”.
But wait, it gets worse…
Juries may now examine the TYPE of training you’re doing – and here’s the thing… your local gun range may be part of the problem, because…
Here Are 10 Gun Training Skills You Should Master… But CAN’T Get At The Range!
I know it doesn’t sound justifiable, but a recent court decision may suggest that without this training, you may even be held legally liable for the injury or death of someone in your line of fire (the criminal himself? a bystander? the neighbor who was sleeping in her bed across the street? a responding police officer?)
In Canton v. Ohio, the Supreme Court ruled against the city involved after a citizen was injured — because the responding officers hadn’t been trained properly for the situation they faced.
Police Are Now Being Held Legally Liable For How REALISTIC Their Firearms Training Is!
Now, I’m NOT saying that adding more “reality-based gunfight training” is a bad thing.
However, police everywhere will be even more pressured to “do more… do better… with less funding”… and STILL come under legal scrutiny because their training doesn’t simulate the actual challenges they will deal with on the job.
But this doesn’t just affect cops… this also affects YOU – the armed citizen…
You see, even “experts” who can shoot a 1” shot group at the range are completely clueless on what to train for in order to defend against a criminal ambush on the street, or even a home invasion.
And a prosecuting attorney could argue that if you had done more than just go down to the local range and practice target shooting at static, “square range” targets, the criminal “victim” may not have been shot like some paper silhouette.
Does that mean that if you shoot a bad guy who is trying to rob you… rape your wife… invade your home… or is just hell bent on murder… he could SUE YOU for being inadequately trained?
I’d like to say, “No”… but stranger things have happened, and as we always say…
“Owning a gun is NOT enough!”…
You have to back it up with tactics… and realistic training for such gun-fighting skills as…
- Shooting “On The Move”: Real-world gunfights are dynamic… you will have to move around, seek cover and avoid your attacker.
- Shooting Moving Targets: The bad guy isn’t going to be standing still either… and shooting a moving target is nothing like shooting stationary paper targets.
- Using “Fatal Funnels”: “Fatal funnels” are narrow, confined areas like hallways that make engaging attackers much easier.
- Shooting In Low Light: According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, 61 percent of home invasions take place at night… and if you can’t see your target, you can’t safely shoot at it.
- Quick “Shoot, Don’t Shoot” Decision Making: During a real-life gunfight you will be forced to make very quick decisions about whether or not to shoot.
- Multiple Attackers: Don’t assume that it’s going to be you and one attacker exchanging fire… you could be fighting against two or three armed attackers… or more!
- Detaining The Bad Guy After The Fight: Once the fight is over you need to know how to detain your attacker for the police… and doing this the wrong way can land you in legal hot water.
- Armed Retreat To A Safe Room: If you have a safe room in your house, don’t assume that you’ll be able to get there without a fight.
- Fighting To Your Weapon: Similarly, just because you have a gun on you doesn’t mean you’ll be able to immediately access it, for example if you are ambushed and have an attacker on top of you, you might have to fight to your gun.
- Simulated “Stress Shooting”: Real-life gunfights are stressful to say the least… so introducing stressors into your training is absolutely essential if you want to have any kind of chance to win and survive.
These are obviously NOT the typical type of skills you’re going to be able to practice at your traditional one-lane shooting range.
But are you seeking out this training from a local private range or searching for a national course that can provide you with these life-saving skills?
It may sound expensive, but face it… if you were to lose someone you love at the hands of some filthy meth-head who invaded your home, no amount of money in the world will bring them back.
Doesn’t it make sense to locate ways to master these tactics now while they can serve as your protection?
Your family’s lives could depend on it.
The Most Realistic “Gun-Fighting Range” Is Closer Than You Think…
What I’ve found is that you can actually train these skills much more effectively using at-home, “reality-based” gun training drills…
By incorporating specific dry-fire drills at home, you’ll get much better training cause… well, first of all… it’s YOUR home, right?
As long as the gun isn’t loaded you can do basically anything you want there.
Setting up your own “tactical range” for dry-fire in your home, you can now do any ONE of the 10 drills listed above that most local ranges would NEVER let you do.
Plus, you don’t have to pay all those high-priced range fees and high-ticket ammo prices (let alone travel to some remote location for a course).
But most importantly is the fact that these drills WILL make you a far better protector of those you love – even more so than those guys who are spending all their time down at the live-fire range.
This isn’t “target practice”… this is as close to the real thing as it comes… and it’s all done in your own home!