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Tweet on Twitter Photo By: Christopher Mendoza Gunfights are awesome to watch on TV. The good guy wins, and bad guys go flying through the air in a spray of blood.
Unfortunately, these types of images we see on the silver screen rarely have much in common with reality. This can lead us as armed professionals, and concerned citizens, to make some critical errors if we ever find ourselves on a two way range.
Keep reading to discover the 17 most important gunfight statistics backed by data and real world experience. This article will break down a wide variety of statistics by topic, in the hopes that we can clarify some persistent errors in our thinking.
Each year there are roughly police officers that fire their weapons at a threat source 2. In the Violence Policy Center counted justifiable homicides, where citizens defended themselves and killed their attacker.
National Crime Victimization Survey estimates that about 67, times a year a crime is stopped by the presence of a firearm. When you divide stat 4 by stat 5 you see that about 5. What This Means I like to first point out the numbers of police officers that are involved in shootings annually, which is incredibly low, considering the amount of police contact with the public.
From these stats, we can infer that a police officer is roughly twice as likely to use their firearms as the average citizen. For example, in statistic 3 we see that there were cases of a civilians defending themselves, and killing their attacker. In that same year there were over cases of homicide, where a firearm was used.
Nothing could be further from the truth. That does not mean that we should not be ready and well trained to use them, because as we saw in stat 4 they were key in stopping over 67, criminal acts.
The average time for a police officer to mentally justify using their weapons was. The average time it takes for someone to draw from a level 1, friction retention holster, is 1. World Class shooters can draw and fire from a level 1 holster in.
Obviously level 1 holsters are the quickest, and more secure holsters i. From the stats above it looks like we can expect that a proficient shooter can draw and fire a weapon in about 1. This means that we need to create at least this much time and distance to employ our weapons once we are in a situations that warrants it.
Check out this video for an excellent demonstration of the utility in creating time and space. The deadliest distances for police gunfights is feet. This is true, but only at extended distances, where it is truly difficult to hit your target.
Alarmingly, they are more likely to hit the head because that is where their vision natural goes; where as trained personnel fire center of mass most of time. So we need some method to create time and distance to enhance our survivability. Shooting and Moving This section will cover the stats relating to the rounds fired, movements, and other important factors.The Most Important Things in my Life By Vasilios Politis Professor C.
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