Active Shootings Are Just This Fast

I am just not the type of person who can allow innocence to be destroyed by evil.  But, in order for me to successfully help my fellow man, I feel that it is completely necessary to be very well trained in how to handle extreme situations. If you wish to become proficient at protecting your family, friends and community, consider joining IDPA . The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is the governing body of a shooting sport that simulates self-defense scenarios and real life encounters.  Join and drill, drill, drill!  While I am actively pursuing this skill set, I am not the expert and therefore am reposting to ensure you all get the best information.

Active Shootings Are Just This Fast

[repost: http://bearingarms-com/active-shootings-just-fast/%5D



How do you think you’d respond in the event of a so-called “active shooter” situation?

Most of us like to think that we’d be able to respond quickly, decisively, and dare I say, it, heroically. The reality of the matter, however, is that the vast majority of people who haven’t been properly trained to react would be standing there when the bullets start flying, thinking “this can’t be happening to me,” as they start taking rounds.

Fortunately, there are a number of firearms instructors who are going beyond mere paper-punching on a square range to give students a real-world look at active shooter situations using either man-marker rounds (Simunitions or UTMs), or higher-end airsoft guns in force-on-force drills that develop “at the speed of life.”

Unfortunately, these kinds of training courses, as beneficial as they are, aren’t widely known by most people. We were very impressed that New 4 out of Jacksonville, Florida did a very in-depth story on “good guys” taking the Citizen Response To An Active Shooter course offered by Aaron Cowan and his team at Sage Dynamics.

From terrorist attacks in U.S. cities to mass shootings in offices and public places, active-shooter threats are causing legitimate concern across the country and raising the questions: Should you carry a firearm? If you have one, would you know what to do?

If you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, like nearly 1.5 million people in Florida and 750,000 in Georgia, could you react until law enforcement personnel arrive?

News4Jax traveled to Cartersville, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, to participate in a course offered by weapons expert Aaron Cowan. The U.S. Army veteran and former federal officer with the Department of Defense owns Sage Dynamics, and teaches proper tactics to not only law enforcement and military personnel, but also civilians who carry guns legally.

The training Cowan provides is intense, hands-on and at times very chaotic, and shows students how owning a gun is just the beginning of protecting their families.

“I think the thing a student’s going to get is the realization that for firearms, for self-defense with a firearm, that being able to mechanically work the gun is literally the lowest level of operation,” Cowan explained. “It’s the beginning.”

That’s a hard psychological point for many people to get past. Most people have convinced themselves that if they learn how to learn the basic mechanics of how to load, unload, and shoot their firearms against stationary targets on a square range, that they’re prepared.

In reality, they’re just getting to the point where they’re ready to take off their proverbial training wheels.

“We get more and more proficient with the use of a firearm, but just being able to run the gun isn’t enough,” explained Cowan. “You need to understand when to use the gun, how to best employ the gun and then factoring in a 360-degree environment working in a real-life situation where you don’t have a convenient berm or backdrop. You’re not against a paper target. You’re actually dealing with human beings.”

To get an idea of just how fast these scenarios happen, watch the videos at the links below.

WATCH SCENARIOS: Movie theater | Bank | Doctor’s office | Conference room |
Office building | Office building with police | Restaurant | Movie theater line

If you aren’t trained for the pace of people moving at real world speeds, you’re not in the best position to train to defend yourself and those you love.

Get the best training you can afford, folks. You won’t regret it.


21 thoughts on “Active Shootings Are Just This Fast

  1. I’m trying to envision practicing with my firearms, while taking my breaks at the various truck stops, across the country. That would certainly raise an eyebrow or two.

    One problem with the “lay down your weapon when the police show up” method, is that the bad guy may not be done shooting, yet. You go from being a hard target, to a soft one. The other side of that, of course, is that if you DON’T lay down your weapon, the police may shoot you.

    I try to avoid potential trouble spots, from the get-go. Don’t go to high crime areas, and avoid crowded areas. Also, if I see a “no guns” sign on the entrance of a building, I don’t enter.

    The best way to get out of a bad spot, is to not get into the bad spot, to begin with.

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  2. I have been in an active shooter situation and been shot at. This was in a hospital. The truth is, you will never know how you will react until you are in the situation. When your fight or flight response takes over, it becomes largely out of your control. Training does help you control your emotional response and make better decisions…. a lot of training.

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  3. An interesting idea for sure. What will the first responders from the police or military do arriving on the scene and seeing civilians with drawn handguns at the scene of the crime … Some perhaps in the act of firing their weapons?

    I’m going to have to think about this a bit.

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    1. You are trained to help law enforcement identify you (the good guy) vs. the bad guy, according to state laws. For instance, in our state, you inform the 911 responder that you have a concealled weapons permit, give them your description and state where you are. Once law enforcement is on scene you put down your weapon, kneel and put your hands behind your head. You train for this scenario. Great observation!!! 😉


      1. I don’t know … I see too many things that could go wrong with that plan.

        I hope and pray it never comes to that for you … Or anyone for that matter.

        In the mean time I’m sending your lamb recipe to my older sister … Who raises sheep for both wool and meat … And looking forward to trying it … It sounds delicious!


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  4. The simple fact is that none of us know how we would act in such situations. Just ask any soldier who has been in combat. Hopefully I would act heroically. But I am not so sure. Training helps. It helps a lot. Still we can all hope we never have to go up against these kinds of situations. I am not so sure I would be one of the brave ones.

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  5. Wow. I prefer easy and quick draw bear spray, first because it works, and second, because unlike a gun, if a violent killer takes it from me, I won’t die. Oh yes, I can carry the bear spray with me mostly anywhere.

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    1. Smart to have a back up. Just hope there isn’t any wind and that they are close enough for it to be effective. Great thought process! It is good to figure out what you will do before you are in the situation! Great job! 😉


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