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If ever you wonder about the validity of training to shoot while retreating, and shooting until the threat ends, check out this video.
Skip to 25 seconds for the action.
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I don't know why he'd feel comfortable getting that close just to backpedal but I'm glad that the end result was ideal given the circumstances.
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I wonder how many of the eight shots connected. No matter, enough did.
This is something that I try to practice. Draw from concealment, and aim center mass while back pedaling. While one can never really know what any particular situation would require, as a civilian I'm most worried about getting myself and others out of harms way.
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Be aware that quickly moving backwards comes with it's own set of cautions:
1. You can't see where you are going
2. You are aware of tripping hazards
Unless you are practiced at moving backwards quickly, it is something you actually have to give some thought to, as your balance point is very different than when moving forward
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I have practiced this....but it is low on the list and I'm usually circling to the side as well. This officer had the advantage of being in a large flat area on terrain he just walked forward over seconds prior so tripping over something or running into an obstacle wasn't a factor.
Thankfully as a citizen, I don't need to get close to sketchy people or try to use a less-lethal option first.
He's also lucky this dude didn't go full-tilt, you can run faster forwards than backwards. This is just a stalling tactic, your bullets have to put the down before they reach you (luckily in this case they did).
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We practice this regularly in our local club matches as well as IDPA matches. We usually start with some shots from retention at a close target, then retreat to cover. But those are all on a flat surface where there is no real tripping hazard. It is still a technique that needs to be learned.
When I see most of these videos of real shootings, it seems like a very fluid situation. Very few people stand their ground and simply shoot. There's a lot of movement!
So.... I practice shooting while moving left,right, forward and backward. In the past, while using a wrestling mat for padding , I tried shooting while falling on my butt....you can still put rounds on target. (It's not that hard at close range , even while you're falling.)
I don't practice falling on my butt but it's good to know that you don't become useless if you do.
Obviously ,I'm not shooting on a square range...mike
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It's pretty common to see examples of people who are rapidly backpedalling away from a threat, who then lose their balance and end up falling over backward and landing on their backs or their butts.
This is not only an unconventional position to shoot from that most folks have no experience with, but it also renders you a stationary target while you're on the ground or attempting to regain your footing.
In addition to practicing retreating, it's worthwhile to practice shooting while laying on your back or sitting on your butt, as well as (safely) practice quickly getting back on your feet with a gun on target.
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