| "BARE-HANDS TO HANDGUNS"|
| Self-defense Using KAHR PISTOLS|
|John Perkins, Guided Chaos' creator, highly recommends the Kahr pistol line for defensive concealed carry|
|By John Perkins, former
Yonkers NY detective, forensic crime scene expert and Guided Chaos
creator; and Ari Kandel, Guided Chaos 4th degree|
2012, the FBI radically modified its firearms training program. A
review of nearly 200 agent-involved shootings during a 17-year period
had found that 75% of incidents involved suspects who were within 3
yards of agents when shots were exchanged. The new training program
emphasizes fast close quarters shooting as opposed to traditional long
range marksmanship. It does not, however, go far enough away from
traditional firearms training towards preparation for dealing with the
reality of criminal violence.
For some, apparently, the result of
the study was a revelation. For others, however, it had been common
knowledge for a long time.
At least since the beginning of the
20th Century, there have been tensions between competition-based and
conflict-based training methodologies in military, police and civilian
firearms training. Repeatedly, periods of intense conflict (e.g.
Prohibition and the Great Depression for law enforcement, World War II
for the military) have given rise to training methodologies designed to
deal with the actual conflicts being fought. In the absence of such
all-consuming conflicts, however, methods based on competitive
marksmanship tend to quickly reassert themselves in the name of
Competition or Conflict-Based Training?
conflict-based methodologies have always included some variations of
“point shooting” (i.e. shooting without conscious use of the firearm's
sights) to deal with fast, close quarters, reactive conflict situations.
The FBI's early training methods, created in part by veteran
gunfighters such as Delf “Jelly” Bryce, and the World War II-era methods
developed by William Fairbairn and Rex Applegate, are good examples of
this. After the World War II era, however, as soldiers, cops, civilians
and trainers gradually became further and further removed from the
crucible of widespread total war, “combat competition”-based methods
moved to the forefront as the most “scientifically tested” and “proven”
training methods for gunfighting.
Unfortunately, combat (or more
appropriately, “action”) competition-based methods, while in some cases
useful for certain aspects of combative firearms application, completely
ignore the true, universal dynamics of close quarters reactive combat.
The hallmarks of the action competition-based methods, such as a
strictly prescribed, two-handed shooting stance and major focus on sight
alignment and sight picture, are almost never possible nor even
advisable in actual close quarters reactive combat (as distinct from
longer range and/or proactive combat, where you have the initiative and
control the timing of the engagement). As the late Jim Cirillo, veteran
NYPD gunfighter, wrote: “Your problem isn't your front sight, it's your
Close-Range Combat: True Dynamics
should be obvious that for the defense-minded civilian, conflicts
involving firearms are mostly extensions of general interpersonal
conflict and criminal assault. Arguments, assaults and criminal
predation don't usually start from 25 yards, or even 7 yards. Criminals
need to be close to you in order to do what they want to do, and most
recidivist offenders have become pretty good at getting to where they
need to be before tipping their hand. Arms' length distance, or at most
across a room of your home or business (or any business you may frequent
that is targeted by criminals while you're there), is the norm rather
than the exception for a civilian (which includes law enforcement, as
only members of the military are non-civilians).
available time and options reduce as distance decreases, and because the
odds that even an untrained criminal will “get lucky” are highest at
point-blank range (note that a recent major study revealed that cop
killers train far more often and more realistically than typical cops),
it behooves the armed citizen to devote most of his or her training time
and effort to dealing with the true dynamics of this most critical and
most likely scenario.
And it is those “true dynamics” of reactive
close quarters gunfighting that make action competition-based training
methods wholly unsuitable.
These gunfights erupt at the distances
where beatings, stabbings, strong arm robberies, abductions, rapes and
home invasions occur—because those are the situations the armed citizen
is trying to prevent by being armed!
Therefore, the psychological
and physical dynamics of this type of gunfight more strongly resemble
those of all-out unarmed or contact weapon combat than they do those of
any shooting match.
You Never Know What You're Dealing With
and rapists don't tell you in advance whether you're going to be in a
gunfight, or a fistfight or knife fight for that matter. It's a FIGHT
for your LIFE on someone else's terms and schedule and you need to train
yourself to adapt, move and bring your best weapons to bear as quickly
as possible to end the threat and escape before being overwhelmed and
possibly having your weapons taken from you.
Your movement will
be more instinctual and fight-or-flight-response-driven than refined and
intellectually driven. You may know the best positions, movements and
techniques to assure optimum marksmanship and speed under the pressure
and dynamics of an action shooting match, but your lower brain will
quickly recognize the fact that you're in a very different situation and
will accordingly prompt action before you're consciously able to figure
much out. We're hardwired to focus on and move away from danger. This
is why we constantly see even highly trained competitive shooters
“revert” to crouching, spastic backpedalling and “dodging” and
single-handed cyclic rate unsighted shooting when faced with an enemy
muzzle at near contact distance. Your body won't allow you to attain a
static, upright stance and focus on your front sight once it sees the
enemy's lethally threatening movement mere feet and split seconds away.
Just as your body would instinctively try to avoid a thrown object or
strike, it focuses on and tries to avoid an enemy muzzle being brought
to bear. Two hands often can't be brought to your weapon as practiced
because at least one is outstretched or moving to help maintain balance
during your ballistic avoidance motion, or is being used to shield
against or disrupt the threat.
Hand-to-hand Training PLUS Intuitive Shooting
training needs to account for these dynamics and work with them, rather
than against them. Therefore, your training needs to include point
shooting or “intuitive” shooting, seamlessly combined with unarmed
combat, as there is no guarantee you'll already have gun in hand when
violence commences, or indeed that you'll ever be able to get to it at
all. Fortunately, in terms of unarmed combat and reactive close quarters
gun fighting to deal with criminal violence, good training for one
reinforces the other, as the movement dynamics and required physical and
mental attributes are necessarily the same, e.g. awareness, balance,
muscular efficiency, whole body coordination, physical and mental
freedom of action, and moral will to prevail. See
http://www.attackproof.com/ for more information on how to develop
In order for a weapon to be suitable for this type of engagement, it must be:
- Constantly available,
meaning carryable and concealable at all times. Again, criminals do not
typically email you their intentions in advance, giving you time to go
home, unlock your safe and retrieve your favorite blaster!
- Reliable and durable
under extreme circumstances. In a close quarters fight, your weapon
likely won't be fired from a static, stable, upright stance. It may be
fired at strange angles, while spastically moving, in a suboptimal grip.
During the fight it may be struck or otherwise disrupted. Regardless,
it has to work.
- Simple and intuitive to
operate. Under extreme fight-or-flight effects, your body is best
prepared to use any hand-held object as a striking or throwing weapon.
It will already be an accomplishment of nurture over nature to actually
SHOOT THE GUN, so it's best to keep things as simple as possible to
accomplish that, regardless of time in training.
- Quick to grip and draw.
When split seconds count and your body is instinctively moving at
reflex speed (i.e. the speed at which your hand will pull away from a
sudden flame), any additional movement, effort and time required to get a
secure grip on an ill-fitting gun and clear snags during the draw is a
recipe for disaster.
- Well fit to your hand
and naturally pointable. While it is somewhat possible to adapt to an
ill-fitting gun through extensive training and practice, things are just
easier and faster and less likely to fall apart under lethal threat if
the tool and user are well matched from the beginning. This increases
the user's confidence as well.
- Shootable and
controllable enough for you to keep multiple rounds on target at cyclic
speed (i.e. as fast as you can pull the trigger) at close range, with
- Powerful enough to
consistently penetrate a big guy's vital organs through commonly worn
clothing from all angles with expanding bullets. Within the major combat
calibers (including 9x19mm through .45 ACP), this is largely a matter
of diligent ammunition selection. More attention should probably be paid
to consistently deep penetration, resistance to deflection,
consistently reliable expansion and destructive expanded bullet shape
than to initial and expanded bullet size or cavitation. Of course, the
selected ammunition should not disrupt requirement #6 above.
A Kahr Pistol + Adaptive Shooting = Survival
Kahr series of pistols fits the above criteria for most people. From
the larger T and TP pistols through the mid-size K and P pistols down to
the smallest MK and PM pistols, the basic Kahr design is reliable,
durable, simple, slick and adaptable to various people's concealment,
hand fit and shootability needs through its various size and caliber
(9x19mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, as well as .380 ACP for deep
In a fight for your life
against criminal assault, you need instantaneous, intuitive
spine-shot/head-shot accuracy from contact to seven yards (or as far as
you can manage) against wildly moving multiple targets while YOU are
focusing on the threats, dodging, moving, drawing, hitting, pushing,
evading and protecting your weapon at reflex speed, on your feet and on
the ground—without shooting yourself!
Many have succeeded, and
failed, with less. It behooves us to consider worst-case scenarios and
prepare accordingly to the best of our ability.
constitutes a “strategy of hope”: hope that YOUR attackers will be so
accommodating that they'll allow you to put basic marksmanship or
competition-based training to use, and you'll be “cool” enough to do it
when your life is in imminent danger…
Stay tuned for more articles on:
- Concealed Carry
- Gunfighting Grip and Trigger Pull
- Home Defense
- Other Weapons in the Gunfight
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can be the best target shooter in the world but if you can't fight
HAND-TO-HAND at CLOSE RANGE you will never even GET to your gun.
Worse, you could be shot with your own weapon! And if you get the
microsecond to draw, traditional Isosceles or Weaver stances could get
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