A thread started by our very own Steven Ting has prompted some thought about self defense in an area we don't often talk about. Firing while under attack/being mauled or fighting for your gun in order to use it.
This is the thread: http://wethearmed.com/general-firearms-discussion/force-on-force-training/msg423129/#msg423129
And this video which prompted my thoughts on the subject: http://www.carbontv.com/shows/beyond-breaking/episodes/1/?component=recent-episodes
It got me to thinking about something very overlooked in the self defense community. We often talk about a smooth draw and putting accurate rounds on target, but there is a very real chance that we may not perform any of those actions like we are used to at the range. We might have to shoot with our off hand, because the other one is injured. Or drawing and firing from lying on our back, or even shooting an attacker who is physically grappling us or hitting us.
The violence that someone else could bring upon us can be gritty, messy, scary, and even down right bizarre (below is a video of a man doing a drive by from a bicycle that turns into a 3 minute long fist fight... For instance
Every field of fire is different and every self defense situation will be: random, violent, and out of our control/from ambush (the bad guy always chooses when to launch an attack on us and most times it is a surprise attack).
One cannot prepare for every encounter, but it is something to consider.
Officer fights in close quarters against a bat wielding man:
As John said: "A gunfight is still a fight, there just happens to be guns involved".