Podcast 182 – Shooting Speed that Matters

By on April 20, 2017

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Today:  How fast matters in a gun fight? What speed matters? And how can you measure that time?  Speed is relevant to the bad guy.  So how fast do you need to be?

Rob Morse called in a Voice Mail about the conversation Paul Carlson and I had about how fast should you shoot on the last podcast.  He brought up a great point about awareness and when you should use your speed.

Shooting fast matters, but not as much as self defense tactics or your awareness of what is going on.


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Podcast Outline:

Times that Matter:

  • Human Reaction Time 0.2-0.3 Seconds
  • Without a know response to a given stimuli closer to 1.5 seconds
  • Gun from low ready to shoot, untrained person, about 0.5 seconds
  • Distracted person add about 1.5 Seconds
  • Turn and fire with gun in hand, untrained person, about 1.5 seconds
  • Distracted turn and fire untrained person, about 3.0 seconds
  • Multiple Target test shows that drawn gun versus someone drawing a gun, first shot is about the same time.

Tactical Patience

  • Fight when you have the time
  • Fight when you have the advantage
  • Fight when you can’t lose
  • Fight when you have as much information as possible
  • Fight as a last resort
  • Sun Tzu “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.”


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