Think, Aim, Fire podcast: Real gunfighting vs. ‘Hip shooting’ and other silliness

On this episode of our Think, Aim, Fire podcast, Bob and I talk about real, modern gunfighting versus the old-timey “hip shooting” or “instinctive shooting” that’s been brought up recently as a legitimate tool for your self-defense toolbox.

In short, it ain’t.

We also talk about the stress of a gunfight, or the lack thereof.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Enjoy, pardner!


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

1 Comment

  1. I am not going to argue.
    I am not tactical.
    I am not a soldier.
    I am not an operative.
    I am not a police officer.
    NONE of those situations apply to a citizen without qualified immunity and a DA to act as your defense lawyer.

    Perhaps you should not jump to judgement about not getting a sight picture.

    I am not a fighter although I was trained in defensive tactics which are not viable since my back went out at 55 and no one is coming to my rescue in five minutes. I am a retired correctional officer who restrained robbers, rapists, and murderers for a career. It was not a contest with dukes up. I am not going three seconds, much less three minutes with anyone to end a fight. I had to remember every tenth of a second for a report to the use of force committee who was tougher than a prosecutor in a court of law. I never had a “sight picture” when I took an inmate down.

    I am not going to have a gun FIGHT. A fight involves two. If they are within 9 feet, I am going to shoot from the hip. I am not aiming at the chest. I am aiming at the belly button AT THE HIGHEST. I am not going to struggle. What is SILLY is calling it a “gunfight.” We are not boxing. I am going to stop someone. If they are not in a wheelchair with a colostomy bag for the rest of their lives, I am not going to play pattycake with retention issues.

    We are not having a contest where anyone is not going to spend the rest of their lives regretting the consequences. If you felt good because you won after a use of force, you are not someone I want in an incident. You are LOOKING for a fight. This requires an assessment of the ability, opportunity, and intention of an aggressor necessary to cause serious or lethal harm.The use of persuasion and conflict reduction rather than to resort to the use of force requires assertiveness and courage. In a dorm alone with a possible 110 inmates, you avoid force because you are risking the life of everyone on the unit by possible loss of control.

    Regarding spray, I can eat every spray made and have seen inmates fight without stopping. The same goes for a TASER. The fact is a “stun gun” is like a cattle prod. A TASER crosses major muscles, so it is a lethal weapon. I heard your guest talk about shooting each other.

    Regarding a .380, I will never be on a range with one at a distance of more than nine feet. It has deadly terminal ballistics with the correct ammo and aim. No pistol has enough distance between the sights to be shooting 25 yards for the average person who does not shoot EVERY DAY.

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