Written by: Greg Ellifritz
It’s been a little more than five years since two officers were shot in a dramatic gunfight in a trailer park in Enon, Ohio. The gunfight is even more remarkable when considering that there was a photographer on scene taking photos as the shots rang out.
The photo above was taken as one of the officers was being shot and falling to the ground.
Bullets generally don’t make people fall. They don’t knock people off of their feet. The laws of physics are still in play. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.“. If a bullet had enough power to knock people down, the recoil would knock the shooter down.
So, why do people fall when shot?
Sometimes the bullet hits a support structure like a leg or hip bone. Sometimes the surprise just overwhelms the body. Sometimes people fall because that’s what they’ve been subconsciously programmed to do after seeing people fall in countless movie gunfights.
It doesn’t really matter. Just recognize you may fall in a gunfight. Be able to continue the fight from wherever you may end up.
Take another look at that picture. Imagine yourself in that position. Could you draw your gun? Those of you who carry in pants pockets, in the small of your back, or in an off-body holster may be out of luck.
Unload your CCW piece and put it in the holster you use for daily carry. Can you draw (preferably without muzzling yourself):
From the standing position?
From a kneeling position? One knee? The other knee? Both knees down?
Sitting on the ground?
Laying on your side? Both sides?
Laying on your back?
Laying on your stomach?
Give each of these positions a try with your unloaded gun.
Then try to draw from each position using your dominant hand only.
Finally, give it a try with your weak hand only.
If you can’t draw your weapon with either hand from any position you may find yourself in, I would submit that your carry location is suboptimal.
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