Ok so i read this thread the other day and gave some thought to what i would do. Took some advice adjusted others then sorta made my own plan as it would be. Fast forward about 10 hours....i work 2nd shift 3-11. I get off work yesterday and needed a few things from Wally World. No big deal do it all the time right. In the store i run into a fellow co-worker( funny how many of us are there at midnight???? lol) and we talk and end up in one of two open check out lines. As we are talking 2 "gentlemen"(term used very loosely) are attempting to buy 1 tire with a check that the stores computer wont take. Not being nosy but aware as they loudly debate the worth of the check with the manager on duty i make a mental note to myself as i look around for options and avenues of escape and cover should things go sideways. The 2 finally figure out that the store is not going to accept the check and the manager is not going to just give them the tire and leave. I pay for my stuff say farewell to fellow co-worker(female btw) and head to my truck. Once in the parking lot low and behold who should appear?? No not Santa but 1 of the 2 guys that was just trying to buy a tire. He comes at me at a rather quick pace and being already in a heightened state of alertness i turn with my weak side to him take a couple steps backward while my strong side hand moves to the front of my open jacket "just in case". And for the record just knowing that my xd40 was right there locked and loaded felt really really good. So as the guy sees this he suddenly pulls up short saying he was a good guy hands up and all as i took a couple more side steps away from him. He proceeds to give me a five and dime sob story about how his buddies pastor gave him the check and he needs the tire to get home ect. ect. I quickly process this info....1 how did you get to Wally World at midnight with out a tire? 2 you live in a town only 5 minutes form here so why can't your buddy get you home till you work this out ect. So as he is telling me his plight i recall this thread look the guy in the eye and tell him i have no cash and walk away from him....actually back away from him. He realizes he isn't getting anywhere with me and turns to leave. At about this time fellow co-worker exits store(yes i was going to wait and make sure she got safely to her car too) ..i watch as she yells at me for parking too close to her car and as we share a laugh guy sees this and disappears arcoss the parking lot. I relate what happened to her then wait till she is in her car before leaving. Get to work today and am telling a few co-workers when one starts asking guys desciption. Turns out same guy approached her and her 2yo one night asking for gas money. Yes i did go to Wally World and inform the manager on duty who said he would notify LEO as these guys had been doing this for a few weeks. Sorry this was so long but after i got home last night i just had to stop and think....all the what if's. Never saw the other guy who was in the strore but not because i wasn't looking. So guys and gals....thanks for some insight and please don't hesitate to post senarios and situations for us all to read ponder and digest. Never know when something so simple can save someones life. I never felt in danger but i think alot of that had to do will knowing i was ready.....plus 13 rounds of .40sw jacketed hollow points on my hip didn't hurt either. Like i said sorry so long but keep up the good work guys>
Who... what... where... time. its late, your isolated... parking lot... questionable person approaches from a prior encounter. At this point a person has to get focus, and go on the offense. Example... SIR... (with your Palm facing him) STOP right there please, can i help you?
People have a tendency to observe and respond to hand gestures, keep as much distance as possible from your TARGET, your survival rate increases if he decides to shoot. Distance is an advantage to the train shooter, a thug SPRAYS AND PRAYS, without aiming more luck is needed. The odds are you will hit your target at a distance, he will not, if you can focus and default to your training.
Does anyone remember when they first started shooting, or knew of someone who under perfect conditions couldn't hit the Silhouette, or may of hit 2-3 out of 10 at 10 feet. After practicing your Mechanics over time, you now hit 8 out of 10 at 25 feet, or you may be a dead shot at 50 feet. The advantage goes to the train shooter as distance increases from your target, training and understanding training will help you survive, will help you react, or not react. It all starts with going to the range and shooting at still targets.
But Range shooting doesn't make you ready, tactical/combat type training will help you take your Mechanics to higher levels of alertness and reaction, because sometimes the best shot... is the one not taken. You can only default to your training... if you have no training, what will you default too.
Also be aware of your surroundings if cover, distance, or escape is needed. Anyone remember the shooter outside the court house shooting at the lawyer in the middle of the day. What kept that lawyer ALIVE, COVER & MOVING behind a tree... that's it... nothing else. His shooter had no training, or didn't apply it, he was SPRAYING AND PRAYING at close range... THE LAWYER SURVIVED, and at the end of the day... that's all that matters.
I know and understand training cost money, but if you have means and opportunity try taking some classes, it fun and interesting to say the least.