Shooting from the Seated Position

Frank G. was visiting a Waffle House in Georgia when another man walked into the restaurant and pointed a gun at the workers in an attempted robbery.

The attempted robber showed up at the Waffle House on Highway 61 in Villa Rica, Georgia, around 12:30 a.m.

That’s when Frank, who was eating at the restaurant, pulled out a gun and shot the attempted robber, sending the robber running from the Waffle House.

As the robber fled, he dropped his gun, which turned out to be a BB gun.

This isn’t the first time an armed Waffle House customer has stopped an attempted robber, even though the company has foolishly barred guns across all of the breakfast chains locations.

In October 2015, an armed man attempted to rob a Waffle House in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In that case, an armed customer fired at the robber, killing Joshua Davis, the 19-year-old robber.

Police said the man who shot Davis was in his vehicle outside the Waffle House as Davis tried to rob the restaurant and fired at Davis as he left the restaurant.

The reality is, we spend an enormous amount of time sitting, whether it’s at work, at home or in a car.

So, you might be more likely to encounter a threat when you are seated, depending on how you spend your day.

But, how much time does the average shooter spend practicing shooting from the seated position?

At Spy Ranch, we make this a part of all our gun courses because you never know when you may encounter a deadly threat while out to dinner.

With that being said, I want to share with you a few different aspects that are critical when defending your life while seated.

Added safety concerns. Drawing a handgun from concealment, while seated, brings up added safety considerations beyond the usual drawing from a standing position.

The first one is that you are more likely to sweep (muzzle) your own legs or other parts of your body when drawing from the seated position.

Of course, this is an absolute safety error, because if you accidentally discharge your weapon into your own leg, you could hit your femoral artery and bleed out quickly.

What I personally do when I draw from the seated position is to slightly turn my legs to the left when I draw, so I don’t point a gun at them. This is simple to do and takes no time at all.

Obstructions. Another concern is that when in a seated position, you are likely to be close to furniture or other items that can block your draw stroke.

If sitting at a table, a desk or behind the steering wheel, your draw could be obstructed. This is why it’s so critical to practice your draw stroke in these positions. How?

Using a safe and empty gun, practice in your car in your garage. Or practice your draw while seated at your kitchen table.

How you carry your firearm. Another problem that can arise when drawing a gun while seated, is that the position itself can hinder your draw.

For instance, if you pocket carry your gun, it can be increasingly difficult to get out of your pocket when seated.

As I just mentioned, this is why you practice drawing from various positions with a safe and empty gun.

Obviously, how you choose to carry your gun is up to you. Just make sure you can get the gun out fast whether you’re seated or standing.

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