He blinked a couple times and, in his good-ole-boy drawl, replied "Well, I reckon you should keep shootin' at 'em until they stop doin' whatever it was that made you start shootin' at 'em in the first place. Don't overthink things; don't try and plan how a gunfight's s'posed to go."
In the self-defense world, it's easy to get hung up on mantras. "Mindset" is one. People say that "mindset" is the key, but many do not explore any further just what exactly this "mindset" means.
Other mantras involve pre-programmed actions:
- Get to cover.
- Get off the X.
- Get out of the hole.
- Open the distance; range favors the better marksman.
- Don't forget "Command Voice".
- Call 911!
I was thinking of my instructor's response, (and this video,) while reading an article by Jeff Hall in this month's issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine.
Maybe sometimes the right answer to the situation at hand is to just pull your heater and shoot the bad guy?