More on the Study of Violence
The Police and the Predator
In a way, they’re both hunters. Effective law enforcement officers are always mentally on the hunt. Their radar is constantly active, profiling and assessing. When they make a contact and have targeted someone, they strategically think ahead to maintain the initiative. Law Enforcement Officers train in the pro-active and a good officer is a master in the art of advantage.
The predator wants nothing to do with the police. They are better trained, better equipped and have resources; the police officer has nothing that the predator wants or that is worth the cost of the fight. A fight is to be avoided at all costs; but if it comes down to a fight with the police, the predator isn’t fighting for anything except the freedom to go and hunt another day. For him, a fight with the police is a very high risk escape and evasion problem.
Law enforcement weapon training refines the pro-active scenario assumptions that are viable to the mission they’re tasked with.
- Pro-active gun fight distances tend to be at stand-off, beyond reach distances (Distance is your friend). A typical law enforcement service pistol course of qualification will be fired at the three, seven, fifteen and twenty five yard lines. The fifteen and twenty five yard line stages of fire reflect their needs, based on their mission.
- Police exploitation of cover is to be assumed and thus, can justify the “stand your ground” and apply traditional marksmanship principles.
- Most police operate in open carry duty holsters with full size service pistols. Concealment is not a concern for most.
- The ideal scenario is to establish an ambush, provide the other guy the opportunity to surrender, but if he comes out shooting, he’ll spring the trap.
The Predator within Society
Within the community, the role of the predator changes; on the streets the predator is now the hunter always looking for an easy score. He doesn’t want a fight, he wants that easy payoff. But if a fight comes his way, he’s prepared. In his eyes, once you’ve been selected, you’re a fish on a hook and he’s not going to let you get away. His goal is to dominate, overwhelm and control his victim to get the payoff. The payoff is your property, your child, sexual gratification or possibly the elimination of you as a witness. He won’t leave until he gets what he wants or the fight makes it not worth it.
The potential lethal assault that a member of the public may encounter is more likely to be an up close and personal; what we call the “feel his breath” distance struggle. The criminal mindset is now completely different; the tactical solutions you need to employ in order to solve this problem are very different due to the change in dynamics.
- You will not be forewarned.
- The fight will be at very close quarters, usually within arm’s reach or just beyond and may involve a simultaneous physical struggle.
- The street predator doesn’t randomly choose location. It’ll be the territory that he’s comfortable with. He does the reconnaissance; he makes sure that the surroundings are to his advantage, he’ll have an avenue of escape and you’ll likely be boxed in; cover or movement may not be an option.
- He will establish the momentum. His goal is to put you in the “freeze” response; he wants to dominate and control the event and the outcome he wishes.
Most criminal assaults are set-ups and follow defined patterns or blueprints. These are the assaults that those of us who are NOT in uniform, are likely to face. Your defensive strategy, tactics and training development must reflect YOUR situation.
Close Quarters Handgun Operation
As more and more people within society come to accept that concealed carry is, for a large part of America, here to stay. The skill sets needed to prevail in a lethal attack have evolved as well; they didn’t come from the target shooting world and they aren’t watered down law enforcement tactics. High Desert Training Group’s Close Quarters Handgun series seminars build your tool box of skill sets.
- Expedient targeting methods that work when the urgency of the moment doesn’t provide the opportunity for sighted fire.
- Rock solid weapon retention methods that allow the pistol to be retained and deployed when involved in a physical struggle or even when on the ground fighting for life.
- An ability to fight a three hundred sixty degree gun based fight; prevailing in a conflict that expands and contracts and moves to flank you.
The close quarters lethal fight is one of the most neglected of the defensive handgun skill-sets. To use that business analogy of the tool box; when most pull out the tray marked extreme close quarters skills, the tray is empty. We’re here to help.