Close Quarter

Let’s say it’s night, late, and you hear a noise. You get up and move toward the door when the door breaks open and someone comes in. The total distance between you and the intruder is less than feet. He moves quickly to you…. when I was young, I could cover 100 yards in a little over 10 seconds which averaged a little over a second for 10 yards excluding acceleration which means I could be on top of you in little over a second. That would be about the same amount time you could mentally and physically respond to the attack. If I get hold of your gun…

In a close-quarters fight, if the bad guy gets even one hand on your gun, he can push it off target and cause a malfunction by keeping the slide from reciprocating, thus failing to allow a fresh cartridge to be carried to the chamber itself. If I get my hand on your gun during a fight, you are going to have to fight to maintain control of that pistol, keep it on target and, when possible, perform an immediate action drill to get a live round into the chamber. Don’t hesitate to get both hands on your gun in the battle to keep control; just make sure no part of your body is in front of the muzzle. That part of the gun is reserved for me, the bad guy.

In a struggle for the gun, you might only get one shot off before the gun malfunctions. That shot must be on target. By holding the grip of the gun with one hand and the slide with the other, you have much more leverage in a fight for the gun, but then you get only one shot before you have to manually rack the slide. This type of action takes training and practice to master.


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