Doc Torr wrote:
I usually hear Tueller drill stuff from melee afficionados, or people who are too badass to be bothered by a couple rounds of .45ACP to the ribcage (their opinion.) While I understand the idea, and I agree that a fast, workable draw is a great thing to practice, I've never seen a statistic that shows how often a charging ninja with a knife "wins" a fight against a holstered gun. I say "wins" because nobody wins a gun or knife-fight, one of them just survives (usually) with less blood loss.
I've always thought that trying to win a Tueller drill is all well and good, but I'd rather focus on not beginning one. I've been practicing a few things that I think will help.
1. Get in better shape.
2. Situational Awareness/Paranoia
3. Unarmed combat. It amazes my how quickly 1-ton of applied force to the ribs takes the fight out of a charging opponent. Another tactic I saw the other day was dodging the charging attacker. Someone coming fast enough to beat a draw is usually moving too fast to stop or change directions quickly. The instructor in question side-stepped, turned to face the off-balance attacker, and calmly drew and yelled "BANG MOTHERFUCKER!"
There is no right answer, but I would love to see a statistic about how often the knife wins.
I mention the tueller drill simply because things can happen a lot faster then we expect, and simply having a pistol (CC or OC) is by no means insurance that you are any safer than an unarmed individual. If someone can rush you 21 feet in a tueller drill when you are prepared for it, then you are definitely screwed if you are not completely situationally aware. People with knives are not always going to display them before they are in range to stab you, and you are going to have to make the internal decision to use deadly force not knowing whether they are armed or not.
Even if you are one of those people practicing your quick draw, you have to take a lot of things into consideration. such as trying to draw your sidearm when someone is already within grappling distance, drawing from unusual positions like being down on the ground wrestling. You are unlikely to have a perfectly lined up shot at 21 feet with your gun already out in any defensive shooting. More then likely they will be in gas station convenience store ranges. If you are caught unaware, your brain is likely to take just as much time to register what is going on before you can even react as it would take someone to lunge 10 feet to kill you. The only way to stop a threat dead in its tracks is to sever the CNC, 5 shots of 10mm in their ribcage may be a mortal wound, but they may still have enough life left in them to sever your artery.
Do not lull yourself into a false sense of security just because you are carrying a firearm, or because someone else "only has a knife". I am not a knife aficionado, I am a gun guy, and I have to remind myself of these facts often.