Van: some comments on Jim Cirillo's book 'Guns, Bullets and Gunfights'-
First, in closing, he stated that if he were still a member of the NYPD Stakeout Squad his weapon of choice would be the Glock 21 .45 semi-auto. That made me feel good. He has nothing good to say about the .38 special and round nose ammunition he was made to use in those days. His back up carry piece would be the compact Glock .40 S&W. The message here is that big is good!!!!!
Aside from having the correct weapon you must have the proper ammo - destructive, high power self defense rounds.
Training is the key to survival. As stated by all of the experienced masters of self defense, you perform the way you train. Train so that your subconcious performs all of the right moves when you are under extreme stress. If you train in bad habits, they will surface in deadly situations.
According to Cirillo, many, if not most, handgun training courses instill very dangerous habits, as do some handgun tournaments and competitions. Speed is emphasized, not cover and tactics. Also, economics, such as saving brass casings as many shooters do, can cause you to unconsciously reach for them under stress.
He told of an officer, who while in a gunfight, unloaded his empties into his shooting hand, and then looked for a place to store them before reloading. In another example, he told of one expert shooter who kept his ammo in his pocket when training and competing to have it convenient and have lots of it. In a gunfight, this officer reached into his pocket for ammo to reload, pulled out some change and a house key, and stood there befuddled. His ammo was on his belt in real practice. He recovered in time to put one bullet in his revolver, and had to pull the trigger three times, the first two were already spent, to stop an onrushing attacker who by that time was only a few yards away.
Cirillo did state that it is important to practice often, just do it properly. Also, tounaments and competitions are helpful, as they add some stress and teach accuracy, which is important. Just do not imprint bad habits while training, as noted above.
Mindset here is interesting. Shoot first and as often as necessary. Do not warn a bad guy with a gun to 'drop it'. That is a relic of old western movies.
The last major point - Think distance, cover and tactics when in a threatening situation.
All in all, a very interesting and important addition to my reading.
Rich in Richmond on the James