A common debate about practical defense-oriented shooting is whether a “speed draw” is really important. Some folks like to argue that their amazing power of awareness will protect them from any unplanned, unscheduled harm. However, an interesting tidbit comes from a recent article by Dr. Darrell Ross (professor and department head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Valdosta State University and Director of The Center of Applied Social Sciences) called Assessing Lethal Force Liability Decisions and Human Factors Research.
Professor Ross explains that in 90% of the 1,100 cases studied, an officer had less than two seconds to react to perceived lethal danger. (Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 2013, #13(2), p90)
Two seconds. Now sure, you can tell yourself that the Gunbelt of +5 Awareness around your waist will allow you to detect these dangers much more easily than the experienced street cops studied by Ross. After all, they only had professional training and years of experience upon which to rely. You’ve read about pre-fight cues on the internet! (and if I can add one more sarcastic comment: did you know that police officers can read stuff on the internet, too?)
So the next time someone tells you that a “quick draw never won a gunfight,” ask how they know that. Because I’ve yet to meet a gunfight survivor who said he wished he had drawn his gun more slowly…
Train hard & stay safe! ToddG