Validation of Research Based Practical FirearmsTraining Systems
We're focusing on how you can use verifiable and empirical research data to identify and select a truly practical defensive handgun shooting system, so you can better protect yourself and your loved ones in a life threatening attack.
Due to the amount of information we have to cover, we will spread it out over two weeks; part one this morning and part two next week.
I've been involved in law enforcement and practical firearms shooting since the late 1970's. The vast majority of law enforcement agencies as well as independent training courses utilize the traditional sight alignment/sight picture and front sight shooting techniques. These traditional techniques have a place in firearms training; however, real world verifiable empirical data from the FBI's "Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed in the Line of Duty" research from 1994 to 2006 documented that law enforcement officers failed to hit their assailants 69.4% of the time. This failure rate is totally unacceptable, and there's no reason to believe that these traditional techniques will provide a better success rate, when they are used by the private citizen under the same circumstances.
Since the practical definition of insanity is continuing to do what you already know doesn't work, sanity and good sense reasoning dictates, we find more successful techniques for personal defense.
First let's analyze facts from additional verifiable empirical data on real world police shootings compiled by the FBI UCR, a "Police Marksman Magazine" survey, additional related FBI research and practical firearms training logic.
Handguns are most frequently used.
The FBI UCR "Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed by Firearms" empirical data from 1999 to 2008, table #35, documents:
· 72.8% of the time handguns were used in armed attacks on police officers.
*Handguns are close range attack/defense weapons, so this validates the need for fast, accurate, close range shooting techniques, yet most traditional firearms technique begin training at five yards and work out to as much as fifty yards.
Over 80% of Police shootings occur under 21 feet.
The FBI UCR "Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed by Firearms" empirical data from 1999 to 2008, table #36, documents:
· 58.8% of all police shooting occurred from 0 to 5 feet (247 of 486)
· 69.6% of all police shooting occurred from 6 to 10 feet (338 of 486)
· 81.4% of all police shooting occurred from 11 to 20 feet (369 of 486)
*This also validates the need for fast , accurate, close range shooting techniques, yet once again most traditional firearms technique begin training at five yards and work out to as much as fifty yards.
Most police shootings occurred during dark time hours or under low light conditions.
The FBI UCR "Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed with Firearms" empirical data from 1999 to 2008, table #3, documents:
· 58.1% of all police shooting occurred between 6 PM and 6 AM
· 34.9% occurred between 6 PM and 12 AM (185 of 530)
· 23.2% occurred between 12 AM and 6 AM (123 of 530)
The highest percentage
· 36.7% occurred between 8 PM and 2 AM (195 of 530)
*This validates the need for low light shooting techniques, yet the traditional sight alignment/sight picture and front sight shooting techniques are almost impossible to use in darkness and difficult to use in low light situations.
Multiple shots are often times required to stop an assailant.
"Police Marksman Magazine's" five year "...Stopping Power Survey", April, 1993 documented:
· An average of 3.5 shots were needed to stop each assailant, in those shootings were a single head shot was not inflicted first.
The FBI Firearms Training Unit at the FBI Academy "Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness"; July, 1989 research documents:
· Only shots disrupting the brain or upper spinal cord will reliably and immediately stop a determined attacker.
*This validates the need for techniques focusing on firing multiple shots until the attacker(s) is completely neutralized or an accurate headshot has been inflicted. It also validates teaching a realistic vs. Hollywood expectation of handgun stopping power, yet most techniques are still focused on a belief that large bullet caliber and bullet design can achieve knock down power with one or two shots.
Most police shooting occur between 2 ½ to 3 ½ seconds:
Since the FBI research documented the majority of all police shootings occur under 10 feet, and after reviewing police dash camera videos of real shootings, most firearms trainers logically agree the vast majority of these shootings occur between this time span.
*This validates developing the ability to fire multiple accurate shots on an attacker(s) under 10 feet in 2 seconds or less, yet most conventional techniques still focus on firing at distances of 5 yards or more and with longer or no time limit requirements.
During a life threatening attack the human body produces physiological responses to danger.
One of these responses is commonly known as tunnel vision, and it comes from a total mental and physical focus on the threat itself. This physiological response makes it practically impossible to focus on your gun sights.
*This fact validates the need for the “Israeli” form of point shooting for fast, accurate body shots, yet the conventional sight alignment/sight picture and front sight shooting techniques are almost impossible to use, when the tunnel vision response has your total mental and physical focus on a threat 6-10 feet away.
Practical defensive handgun training techniques must be achievable with limited time, equipment and financial resources.
Every police officer as well as the private citizen must receive competent researched based practical firearms training, and they must practice frequently to maintain the techniques as well as their speed and proficiency. However, the fact of the matter is, most officers and legally armed citizens do not receive this type of training, nor do they practice frequently, yet the conventional sight alignment/sight picture and front sight shooting techniques require firing thousands of rounds to develop muscle memory for utilization under the stress of a real life threatening attack. This requirement is clearly documented on page 87 of the October, 2009 issue of “American Rifleman” in an article titled “The ABCs of Handgun Marksmanship”.
*This fact validates the need for the “Israeli” form of point shooting to deliver fast, accurate body shots, because it is easy to learn and understand; it also takes minimal time to master. It can also be immediately applied and retained with minimal practice.
Research based training can not only help your survive a life threatening attack on the street, it can also provide you with a viable defense in a subsequent civil litigation. Because the research validates the facts and needs for these specific defensive handgun techniques, and by using certified copies of the researced documentation, they can be presented as evidence.
At Canovi and Associates our R.E.A.L. Defensive Shooting System was developed with verifiable imperial research from real police shootings. This system concisely addresses all these facts and needs by utilizing the “Israeli” point shooting technique for close range, fast, accurate shots to the body followed up with an easy transition to front sight shooting for accurate headshot to eliminate the threat 100% of the time.
Remember, the R.E.A.L. in our R.E.A.L. Defensive Shooting System stands for: Researched Based Effective Armed Techniques for Life Threatening Situations, and that says it all.