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Multiple Adversaries

If you do get into a gunfight, statistically there is a fair chance that you will be facing more than one assailant.

When confronted with more than one aggressor, there will be extraordinary demands for your physical and emotional attention. When facing multiple threats, move immediately. At the same moment, you must decide who presents the greatest, most immediate danger of inflicting death or great bodily harm. Address the most imminent of the potentially life-ending threats, deliver effective fire, and then direct your fire at the next most deadly threat. Considerations for determining who presents the greatest danger can be a suspect’s weapon capabilities, distance, immediate intent, and progression in the killing process. All at once you must move, decide, and shoot accurately. Don’t get fixated on the first gunman and block out or miss his partner(s).

Under these circumstances, you will not only have to decide who to shoot first but when to address the next imminent deadly threat. With multiple risks, it will probably become necessary to deliver rounds to the greatest threat and then address the next threat, after which you can turn back to the first suspect if he continues to be a threat. All your stance, grip, and movement drills will come into play here. You must control your movement for you have to hit what you’re shooting at and avoid the natural tendency to spray and pray. A bullet fired in haste with proper intent but poor technique that misses contributes only to the survival of the suspect.

Within most combat distances, as you first acquire the primary suspect with your eyes, consciously place the front sight in the middle of center-mass and press the trigger straight back. You do not slap the trigger of a rifle any more than you would slap the trigger of your pistol.

After you have fired into the first threat, you may realize you have to spread the wealth because another threat wants to kill you as well. It is important that as you move your eyes to the second suspect, you look to his center mass and then a millisecond later move the muzzle of your weapon smoothly, like your body is the turret of a battleship. Concentrating on smooth is key. Trust that the adrenaline furnished by the moment will make it fast. In this controlled manner, align your front sights with your dominant eye, placing the front sights in the center of the suspect’s center mass.

This method of moving, called the “Turret Transfer,” maintains the eye-gun-shoulder relationship necessary for good instinct shooting, in the event that you don’t think to use your sights because often you won’t. Just swinging your arms freely will probably cause you to swing past your adversary and fire wide. “Turret Transfer,” gives you 180-degree movement. You can achieve 360-degrees by adding a pivot. Remember, any time you locate a suspect scan for more. Whenever possible, fight from cover!

Keep you head down and keep the faith,


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