3 Drills for surviving a firefight when you’re outgunned

Yolo County, California is part of the Greater Sacramento Region. The majority of the county is made up of rural agriculture.

One evening, the sheriff’s department responded to a residence after the homeowner reported a shooting.

When deputies arrived, they found two people had been shot. A man and a woman. Deputies performed CPR on the man but he died at the scene.

The woman was transported to the hospital and survived her injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, the homeowner returned to his house and noticed that tools and guns were missing.

Later in the evening, he noticed headlights coming from a vehicle on his property.

A short time later, the two suspects confronted the man inside his house.

The elderly man shot both suspects, then called 911.

The sheriff’s office said that both suspects had “extensive and recent criminal history.”

More often these days, criminals are working together to carry out their crimes.

From home invasions to store robberies, dirtbags are getting together to target victims.

Which means the way you train may need to change along with the times.

What I mean is, when training at the shooting range, you likely shoot at one paper target…

But with criminals committing crimes in groups, you will likely need to engage more than one target, and your training needs to reflect that.

So, here are a few things to consider…

Number of rounds to fire:

If you’ve ever trained with law enforcement, you’ve likely heard of the “double-tap.”

This is the shooting technique of firing two rounds at your target, one right after the other.

If you are engaging a threat you want to fire at least two rounds to neutralize them.

But when you are dealing with more than one threat, it can take precious time to fire two rounds at each target.

The best course of action would be to fire a single shot at each target.

By doing so, you would be able to engage threats twice as fast, compared to shooting each target twice.

The biggest factor is going to be how accurate your shots are.

Next time you’re at the shooting range, time yourself.

Practice shooting multiple targets once.

Then practice shooting each target twice.

Compare your times and accuracy.

This will help you to know whether you should engage a threat once or twice in the real world.

Follow-up shots:

After you have engaged each threat once, you need to reassess the situation.

Are the criminals down, or are they still a threat?

If they are still coming at you, obviously continue to fire and defend yourself.

Failure drill:

You’ve likely heard of the Mozambique drill.

This is the technique of shooting two rounds to the center mass and one round to the head.

During a deadly encounter with multiple threats, you will likely experience this type of scenario.

Maybe you hit the threat with your first two rounds but they are still engaging you.

This is where you would want to follow up with a shot to the head. A wound to the head is likely to instantly incapacitate the threat.

Also, if you’ve already hit your target with two shots to the center mass they should be somewhat slowed down.

If you don’t usually practice the Mozambique drill, start doing it every time you go to the range.

This drill is a must for learning how to deal with real-life threats that are not succumbing to center mass shots.

This is also a good drill in case you encounter a threat wearing body armor.

Today, homeowners are faced with more than one criminal breaking into their homes.

If you don’t train to engage multiple threats at the gun range then it will be difficult to do so in real life.

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